Deschutes Brewery Launch Events Iowa, July 19-26 Print
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Written by Richard Martin   
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 09:11

Bend, Oregon brewery plans series of tastings and events to help introduce its brews to craft beer fans in The Hawkeye State


02 July 2013 – Bend, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery is gathering a top-notch crew, hitching up its giant traveling beer barrel, Woody, and launching its beer in style for Iowans later this month. The public is invited to come to any of the following events to sample a few delicious Deschutes Brewery beers and chat with representatives.

Don’t miss Woody either!  The giant, good-times-on-wheels mobile bar rolls his way around Iowa during our launch week, complete with multiple delicious Deschutes Brewery beers, a stereo, and a disco ball. He is a natural gathering spot at any event for all thirsty individuals (and any misplaced members of your party). Follow Woody’s shenanigans on Twitter at @DBWoody or you can “friend” him at

The brewery is hosting 33 “Meet, Greet, Sample” events all over Iowa from Saturday, July 20 - Friday, July 26, as part of its launch efforts.  It’s the perfect opportunity to try some combination of official Deschutes Brewery Iowa Launch beers, including award winners and style leaders Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Twilight Summer Ale, and Chainbreaker White IPA.  Making small talk with Woody and other personalities from Deschutes Brewery is a terrific bonus.  This schedule follows below the signature events described below.  Please visit Deschutes Brewery’s events page for more information.


Friday July 19, 5-7 PM

What: Official Iowa Launch Party
Oh, the beers you will try! Woody will be present, sampling beers like Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Twilight Summer Ale, and Chainbreaker White IPA. At 5 PM sharp, they will tap the first kegs of Deschutes Brewery beers ever in Iowa , so don’t miss the dramatic unveiling!

Where: El Bait Shop, 200 SW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA, 50309

Friday July 19, 8 PM Start Time

What: Downtown Des Moines Pub Crawl
After visiting with Woody at El Bait Shop, it’s time to explore great craft beer all over downtown. Get your gang together and celebrate Deschutes Brewery beers on tap at some other local favorite watering holes.


  • El Bait Shop, 200 SW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA, 50309
  • The Royal Mile, 210 4th St, Des Moines, IA, 50309
  • Shorty’s, 208 Court Ave., Des Moines, IA, 50309
  • The Levee, 100 Court Ave., Des Moines, IA, 50309


Saturday, July 20, 3-7 PM

What: Cityview Brewfest
The Cityview Brewfest boasts some 500 craft beers and unlimited sampling.  Who’s thirsty?  It is the perfect Saturday afternoon spot to celebrate Deschutes Brewery’s arrival in Iowa.  Cost is $23 in advance and $30 at the door.  Go to for more information.

Where: Principal Park, 3530 Westown Pky, Des Moines, IA, 50266


Saturday, July 20, 8 PM

What: Official Deschutes Brewery After Party
Why stop the fun when the Cityview Brewfest comes to a close? Keep the party going with Deschutes Brewery beers and live music from Pianopalooza.

Where: The Keg Stand, 3530 Westown Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50266


Monday, July 22, 5 - 6:30 PM

What: Meet The Brewer
Are you a homebrewer or craft beer enthusiast? Now’s your chance to come chat with a brewer from Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery as their gang is in town celebrating their arrival in Iowa. Pick brewer Callan Vaccaro’s brain, try some beer samples, and expand your knowledge of the brewing process.

Where: Court Avenue Brewing Company, 309 Court Ave., Des Moines, IA, 50309


Monday, July 22, 8 PM

What: Brewery Olympics
Who doesn’t like a little friendly competition? We’re pulling out some classic bar games like bag toss (cornhole), washers, bowling, skee ball and darts to test some talent and celebrate Deschutes Brewery’s arrival in Iowa. Try to beat the brewer! Beer samples from Woody, Deschutes Brewery’s giant, good-times-on-wheels mobile bar, tops off the fun.

Where: Trophy’s, 2701 Douglas Ave., Des Moines, IA 50310


Tuesday, July 23, 6 PM

What: Bicycle Pub Crawl
Riding bicycles from pub to pub is one of our favorite things. Deschutes Brewery is in town to introduce and celebrate our arrival in the great state of Iowa.  And celebrate RAGBRAI.  We start at Ichi Bike, then move onto local favorites Capital Pub and Hot Dog, Beechwood Lounge, and Buzzard Billy’s.


  • Ichi Bike, 311 E Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, 50309
  • Capital Pub and Hot Dog, 400 SE 6th St., Des Moines, IA, 50309
  • Beechwood Lounge, 416 E Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, 50309
  • Buzzard Billy's, 615 3rd St., Des Moines, IA, 50309


Wednesday, July 24, 8-10 AM

What: RAGBRAI Farewell
You think it’s too early for beer? We think not.  It’s beer for breakfast with Woody, Deschutes Brewery’s giant, good-times-on-wheels mobile bar.  Woody will pour samples for RAGBRAI riders – and other thirsty visitors - on their way out of town to ensure the perfect start to the day’s ride.

Where: Steer and Stein (at the State Fairgrounds), 106 3rd St SE, Altoona, IA, 50009


Wednesday, July 24, 8:30 PM

What: Beer-lesque: Tastings and Tassels!
What’s better than an evening full of craft beer from Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery? An evening full of craft beer…coupled with the one and only Naughty Pierre and his troupe of lovely ladies.  They will feature a Deschutes Brewery beer in each of their burlesque and variety stage acts. This is sure to be a night of excitement, laughter, and unforgettable fun.  Try beers like Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Chainbreaker White IPA, Twilight Summer Ale and Fresh Squeeezed IPA.

Where: The Gramercy Tap, 400 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA, 50309

Cost: $10.  Tickets can be purchased at The Gramercy Tap in advance, or at the door, or by calling 515.288.9606.   This event will sell out!


Thursday, July 25, 7 PM

What: Hats Off To Homebrewers
Attention homebrewers and beer geeks!  Come share your love for craft at Red’s Alehouse with the gang from Deschutes Brewery and the brand new Big Grove Brewery and Public House.  Chat with Big Grove Head Brewer, Bill Heinrich, and Deschutes Brewery Brewer, Callan Vaccaro.  Sip on delicious beers new to the state of Iowa, as everyone marvels at the birth of one brewery and the arrival of another…25 years in the making.  Gather complimentary brewing supplies, including clone recipe booklets and bags of whole flower hops, to use in your next homebrew (supplies are limited).  And don’t forget to check out Woody, the giant good-times-on-wheels mobile bar.  But that’s not all….

Enjoy beer samples expertly paired with Red’s Alehouse Executive Chef Shane Miller’s original food creations.  Mix in a “Stump the Brewmaster” Q & A session.  It all adds up to a can’t-miss-night!

Where: Red’s Alehouse, 405 N. Dubuque St., North Liberty, IA, 52317

Cost: $20  Tickets can be purchased at Red’s Alehouse in advance, or at the door, or by calling 319.626.2100.  This event will sell out!


Friday, July 26 , 6-9 PM

What: Deschutes Brewery Flight Night
Friday is flight night! Take off with original small plate creations by Executive Chef Will Evans, each paired perfectly with Deschutes Brewery beers like Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Chainbreaker White IPA, Twilight Summer Ale and Black Butte Porter. If that doesn’t make you fly on down here, then you will when you hear what foods inspired the small plates: bacon, cheese, chocolate and panna cotta. Everyone’s favorite!

Where: Blackstone, 503 Westbury Drive #1, Iowa City, IA, 52245

Cost: $18 Flights include 4 beer samples and 4 food small plates


Meet, Greet, Sample Schedule (W = Woody Present)

Des Moines - unless otherwise noted

Saturday, July 20, 2013

  • HyVee-Madison Avenue (Council Bluff)  3-6 PM (W)
  • Tish's (Council Bluffs) 8-10 PM (W)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

  • HyVee-Urbandale  2-4 PM (W)

Monday, July 22, 2013

  • Zombie Burger              11:30-1 PM (W)
  • Legends American Grill  5-6:30 PM (W)
  • Johnny's Hall Of Fame              5-6:30 PM (W)
  • Mickey's Irish Pub  5-6:30 PM (W)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

  • Wellman's Pub-West Glen  11-12:30 PM (W)
  • HyVee-Grand  1-3 PM (W)
  • Gateway Market   4-6 PM (W)
  • Whole Foods   4-6 PM (W)
  • HyVee-Fleur    4-6 PM (W)
  • Saints Pub and Patio   4-6 PM
  • Dublin Bay (Ames)  4-6 PM
  • The Point  4-6 PM

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

  • Jethro's-Waukee  11:30-1 PM (W)
  • Dahl's-Ingersoll  5-6:30 PM
  • HyVee-Ankeny              5-6:30 PM
  • Mavericks  5-6:30 PM
  • Old Chicago-Ankeny  5-6:30 PM (W)
  • HyVee-Mills Civic Pky  5-6:30 PM

Cedar Rapids, North Liberty, and Iowa City

Thursday, July 25, 2013

  • Mondo's Drafthouse  11:30-1 PM (W)
  • HyVee-Coralville  1:30-3:30 PM (W)
  • New Pioneer Food Co-Op  1:30-3:30 (W)
  • HyVee-Waterfront  4-6 PM (W)
  • John’s Grocery 4-6 PM (W)
  • Zeppelin's Bar And Grill  4-6 PM
  • Clinton St. Social Club              4-6 PM
  • Mickey's Irish Pub-Iowa City  4-6 PM

Friday, July 26, 2013

  • Parlor City  11-12:30 PM  (W)
  • HyVee-Marion   1-3:30 PM (W)
  • HyVee-Oakland Rd.  1-3:30 PM (W)
  • Benz Beverage Depot  4-5:30 PM (W)
  • Sanctuary Pub 4-5:30 PM


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