Iowa Pints


Iowa Pints: A Guide to Iowa Breweries is an essential tool for the beer enthusiast in search of a tasty, locally crafted beer in the Hawkeye State.

“Though I was familiar with the Iowa beer scene before I started Iowa Pints, writing the book allowed me eight intense months of mining the nooks and crannies of the state to find not only the great beers on offer, but also to get to know the people behind them on a deeper level,” said Iowa Pints author J. Wilson. “Beer, after all, is all about people, and the stories of the people behind the beers are my favorite part of the book.”

In addition to profiles of over 50 Iowa breweries, this book is packed with Iowa beer history and information, as well as a beer tutorial, maps, itineraries, tips, and sneak peeks of over two dozen “still fermenting” breweries-in-planning.

With a foreword written by noted Iowa publican Jeff Bruning (el Bait Shop), Iowa Pints helps travelers explore everything from the smallest (10-gallon) brewery to the largest (33-barrel) in the state, while also recommending notable bars, beer aisles and the other resources within Iowa’s rising craft beer scene.

Iowa Pints is available at

What they’re saying

“Everything I know about beer in Iowa and Iowa beer, I learned from J. Wilson, the undisputed, unlikely-to-be-deposed king of beer in Iowa. No surprise, his latest project—a guide to Iowa beer—is first-rate and a must-read for beer lovers, Hawkeye or otherwise.”

-Maureen Ogle, author of Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer

“From the pioneers at Millstream Brewing to the newly born Franklin Street Brewing Co., this book is a well-researched and long-overdue guide to Iowa’s fast growing craft beer industry.”

-Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal beer writer

“This book is like a treasure map to discovering delicious beer and amazing atmospheres across Iowa. You really get to know the brewers and their craft. In the end your biggest problem will be trying to determine which brewery to go to first.”

-Colleen Murphy, Iowa Tourism Office

About J. Wilson

The author of Diary of a Part-Time Monk and editor of, J. Wilson is an award-winning homebrewer, BJCP certified beer judge and the Minister of Iowa Beer for the Iowa Brewers Guild. Named Wynkoop Brewing Company’s 2012 Beer Drinker of the Year, Wilson lives in rural Adams County with his wife and two sons

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One Response to Iowa Pints

  1. iabeerbaron says:

    Awesome! I cannot wait to read this! Cheers!

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