The Fourth of July holiday is right around the corner – and while most people know where they’re going to grill and watch fireworks…has anyone given any thought to a festive drink?
Not to worry! If you’re looking for a good red, white or brew – I’m your girl!
Fourteen years ago, Iowa was home to about a dozen wineries and a handful of breweries. Today our website lists 135 Iowa wineries and breweries and that number goes up every year. Here are a few suggestions:
If you love a dry red wine then try a wine made from Frontenac grapes. This cultivar was introduced in 1996 and is a French-American hybrid. Frontenac’s are a lively dry wine that have a ruby color and bold cherry and red fruit smells. Check out Fireside Winery’s Frontenac – over the years it’s won numerous awards and it may be a winner for you.
When you hear red, do you only think of wine? What about red ales like Peace Tree Brewing Company’s Red Rambler. This malty beer uses combinations of malts to balance the flavor and bitterness with three varieties of hops. And it has a deep red color.
For me, summer is a great time to enjoy a cool glass of white wine. Try Iowa wines made with La Crescent or Edelweiss grapes. Both are popular with Iowa wineries and produce semi-sweet to sweet wines. La Crescent offers flavors like apricot, peach and citrus, while Edelweiss offers pleasantly fruity tones. A recent international wine competition sent a silver to Dubuque’s Barrel Head Winery for their White Sparkling La Crescent. Prairie Crossing Vineyard and Winery also took a silver for their Edelweiss.
Once again, you’re only thinking wine, right? Gotcha! Try John’s White Ale from Millstream Brewing Company. It’s a spicy brew infused with orange peel and coriander spices and has a slight ‘white’ haze from the large percentage of wheat used in the mash. Last year John’s White Ale took home the Silver at the North American Beer Awards.
Iowa is currently going through a beer boom with new craft breweries popping up regularly. From pale ales to stouts to special seasonal beer, Iowa brewers aren’t afraid to shake things up and keep us eager for the next draw.
Finally, we can’t have a Red, White and Brew post without talking about Tassel Ridge Winery‘s wine called Red, White & Blue. The traditional sweet, Concord based-blend is best served chilled and is the perfect treat on a warm summer night.
Need help finding wineries and breweries near you? Well, there’s an app for that!
Download the Iowa Wine and Beer app to navigate your way to bold reds, crisp whites and new brews all over Iowa.
Colleen Murphy | Partnerships Manager
Iowa Wine and Beer Promotion Board / Iowa Tourism Office