Iowa Beer

Today in 1846, Iowa became the 29th state.


Iowa Breweries

Iowa Brewery Guides

Guild: Iowa Brewers Guild

State Agency: Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division


  • Capital: Des Moines
  • Largest Cities: Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City, Waterloo
  • Population: 2,926,324; 30th
  • Area: 56276 sq.mi., 26th
  • Nickname: Hawkeye State
  • Statehood: 29th, December 28, 1846


  • Alcohol Legalized: April 15, 1933
  • Number of Breweries: 21
  • Rank: 24th
  • Beer Production: 2,462,310
  • Production Rank: 29th
  • Beer Per Capita: 25.4 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 26.5%
  • Cans: 61.9%
  • Kegs: 11.1%

Beer Taxes:

  • Per Gallon: $0.19
  • Per Case: $0.43
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $5.89
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $5.89

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $10,089,237
  • Direct Impact: $655,803,630
  • Supplier Impact: $220,436,254
  • Induced Economic Impact: $378,926,548
  • Total Impact: $1,255,166,432

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Sale Hours: 6 a.m.–2 a.m. Mon–Sat
    8 a.m.–2 a.m. Sun
  • Grocery Store Sales: Yes
  • Notes: ABV > 5% beer shipped through state warehouse


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.


  1. says

    The Depot Deli in Shenandoah, those are some of the nicest folks in Southeastern Iowa and offering some fine beer after a long day riding the Wabash Trace Bicycle Trail…

  2. Watsonsmom says

    The ABV % allowed to be sold by distributors in Iowa was increased in 2010. Beer distributors can now sell >5% but not more than 12% ABV. Some light beers fall below the 5% benchmark but are NOT considered 3.2 as sold in neighboring states.

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