Are you ready to fall into autumn?
School is in session, apples are being plucked, pumpkins are working on getting perfectly plump and pre-season football games have christened area fields.
The first Oktoberfest celebration, thouguh, is still more than a month away. Lucky for lovers of fermented hops and barley, the annual Festival of Iowa beers in Amana is like an Oktoberfest pre-party. This year's festival will be Aug. 31 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Held in late August or early September each year, the festival is bringing in more than 25 breweries who call the Hawkeye state home. Millstream Brewing Company - one of the state's oldest breweries - hosts the event, which also features live music and food for sale. There will also me a glassware seminar and a home brew supply display.
Need another reason to celebrate? This is the 10th annual Festival of Iowa Beers.
Though, there will plenty of opportunity for indecision on site with more than 100 Iowa-made beers available to taste, you can't wait to make up your mind about whether you'll attend or not. As in years past attendance is limited to 1,200 people.
Tickets - $20 (there is a $10 ticket for designated drivers) will only be available the day of the event for $25 each if it doesn't sell out in advance, which has happened. Order tickets online or at Millstream Brewery. Check or cash only; no credit card sales at the brewery. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Before you buy, give winning a try. We have five pairs of tickets to give away. Head over to our Facebook page to tell us about your favorite Iowa-brewed beer. We'll draw from the entries at 3 p.m Wednesday.
Breweries at the festival include:
Court Avenue Brewrey
Granite City Brewery
Great River Brewery
Keg Creek Brewery
Lion Bridge Brewery
Lost Duck Brewery
Mason City Brewery
New American Brewery
Peace Tree Brewery
Raccoon River Brewery
Single Speed Brewery
Third Base Brewery
Twisted Vine Brewery
West O Beer