2014 Cedar Rapids Beer Nuts Homebrew Festival

CR Beer NutsThe Cedar Rapids Beer Nuts Home Brew Club will be hosting a home brewing festival Saturday, September 27th from 1:00-5:00 PM at Benz Beverage Depot 501 7th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401. Home brewing clubs from around the state will be traveling to Cedar Rapids to serve their one-of-a-kind beers to the public.

In addition to beer sampling, there will be live music, food vendors, soda sampling, and educational presentations. This is a very unique event in which home brewed beer is spotlighted. No commercial breweries will be in serving. This is one of only a handful of home brew-only festivals to be held in the United States. Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Tickets can be purchased online at or in person at Benz Beverage Depot, BIY Homebrew supply, or by contacting the Cedar Rapids Beer Nuts, Designated drivers are admitted free and will receive a cup for sampling sodas. Proceeds from the event will benefit Pints for Prostates.

Save $5 and buy your tickets now!

If you are a homebrewer and would like to pour your beers, either as an independent or part of a club, please let us know at cedarrapidsbeernuts@gmail.com

August Meeting

The August meeting is Tuesday, August 12 at 7 pm. The topic is SMASH beer; bring your homebrew SMASH beers.

The meeting will be held at Fred’s. If you need directions or information contact membership(at)thirstyhomebrew.org

July Meeting

The July meeting is Tuesday, July 8 at 7 pm. The topic is Hops; we will be experimenting with hop teas.

The meeting will be held at Susan’s. If you need directions or information membership(at)thirstyhomebrew.org

May Meeting

The May meeting is Tuesday, May 13

Something a bit different for the May meeting. Since it coincides with American Craft Beer Wee. We will gather at  Filmscene to watch the Beer Hunter Movie. The evening begins with a Beer Tasting on the roof-top garden hosted by 7G Distributing (at 4:30) followed by the movie at 6:30. Contact membership@thirstyhomebrew.org for information.


May is Mild month

May is designated as Mild month by CAMRA. Mild Ales can be categorized as Pale or Dark in color and in general are an average of 3.5% ABV. The BJCP categorizes Mild Ales (11A) in the English Brown Ale Category (11).

Both import and domestic versions are commercially available. I know Kalona Brewing Company has a mild on tap or maybe it is now on their handpump.

If anyone is interested in exploring this style, brew a mild and bring it to the May meeting (Tuesday, May 13)