Like beer? Stone Brewing Co. is coming to Iowa

Heads up, beer lovers! Stone Brewing Co. beers will be available in Iowa, beginning Oct. 1.

Stone, which is known for its bold, flavorful and hop-centric beers, will be distributed throughout the Hawkeye state thanks to Doll Distributing in Des Moines, Council Bluffs, and Spencer; Fahr Beverage in Waterloo; and Fleck Sales Company in Cedar Rapids and West Burlington.

According to the news release, Stone CEO and co-founder Greg Koch is a sucker for a grandiose entrance, and the lineup of Iowa events will be no exception.  October 2 through 6 will be filled with tap takeovers, special release beers, festivals, and meet & greets with Greg and Stone representatives.

Want to be part of the celebration? Here's the lineup (note that Eastern Iowa events happen on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6):

Tuesday, Oct. 2:

  • Kick-off night at the Simon Estes Amphitheater (downtown south of City Hall at East First between Locus and Walnut, Des Moines) 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    • Meet & greet with Greg Koch, live music, and Stone beer
    • Admission is a $5 donation with the proceeds benefiting the Iowa Parks Foundation and The Ben Harris Fund.
Wednesday, Oct. 3:

  • Zombie Burger (300 E. Grand Avenue, Des Moines) 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    • 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: meet & greet with Greg Koch, Stone special release beers on tap and available in bottles, special burger created with Arrogant Bastard Ale.
  • El Bait Shop (200 SW 2ndStreet, Des Moines) 7 p.m.

    • Stone special release beers on tap, and live music.
Thursday, Oct. 4:

  • The Keg Stand (3530 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines) 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    • Meet & greet with Stone representatives, all nine year-round beers on tap and two special releases – Stone 16th Anniversary IPA and Double Dry Hopped Stone Ruination IPA.

  • DG’s Tap House(125 Main Street, Ames) 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    • Meet & greet with Stone representatives, Stone beers on tap and available in bottles.
  • Welch Ave. Station(207 Welch Avenue, Ames) 9 p.m.

    • Meet & greet with Stone representatives, Stone beers on tap and available in bottles.
Friday, Oct. 5:

  • Mulligans Brick Oven and Pub (205 East 18thStreet, Cedar Falls) 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    • Meet & greet with Stone representatives, seven year-round beers on tap.
    • Featuring two new “Stone Oven” pizzas made to pair with Arrogant Bastard Ale and Stone IPA.

Saturday, Oct. 6:

  • Reds Ale House(405 N. Dubuque, North Liberty) 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

    • Beer-akfast: meet & greet with Stone representatives, breakfast, all nine year-round beers on tap and two special releases – Stone 16th Anniversary IPA and Double Dry Hopped Stone Ruination IPA.
  • Northside Oktoberfest Beer Festival (Between Bloomington and Jefferson Streets and Lin and Gilbert Streets in Iowa City) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    • Meet & greet with Stone representatives, all nine year-round beers in bottles.
  • Parlor City Pub and Eatery (1125 3rdStreet SE, Cedar Rapids) 6 p.m.

    • Meet & greet with Stone representatives, all nine year-round beers on tap and two special releases – Stone 16th Anniversary IPA and Double Dry Hopped Stone Ruination IPA.

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