What’s On Tap: Nicole Carrier and Anette Lee of Throwback Brewery!
Throwback is a small, inspired brewery dedicated to crafting delicious, farm-fresh beers from local ingredients. Our vision at Throwback is to acquire 100% of our ingredients (such as hops, wheat, barley, fruit, and spices) from within 200 miles of the brewery. Currently, we are about 70 to 90% of the way there (depending on the beer) – which is really unique for the industry and something we are quite proud of.
Crafting beer from what is around us isn’t a new idea. Many breweries in the pre-prohibition era sourced their raw ingredients locally and then processed them before brewing. To that end, our brewery is really a throwback to the past. We strive to make small batches of high quality, artisanal beer from the freshest of local ingredients, with the intent that these beers be enjoyed by our surrounding communities.
While the name Throwback really represents our nod to the past, it also has a second meaning, which is throwing back a beer with friends and celebrating the good times. Since our beers are very approachable and easy to ‘throwback’, we think our name does a great job capturing the spirit of our brewery!
Finally, Throwback seeks to conduct business in ways that are healthier for the environment:
- All of our spent grain is used by local farmers as feed for their livestock.
- We encourage our customers to purchase our reusable growlers and to recycle our bottles.
- We save the water used to cool the hopped wort for brewing the next day.
Bert’s Better Beers’ Draft Pick of the Week:
1. Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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Kettle to Keg’s In the Kettle
1. Developing Your Beer Recipe
New app finds the right craft beer to pair with your supper
Their new mobile app project called Brewmasters.Club will help users choose the right food to go with the beer they ordered or the right beer to go with the food they are cooking.
“The app is a catalyst,” Gallagher said. “The hope is to get people involved in the craft beer scene.”
Tampa Bay’s craft beer scene has been growing for several years. It has even become a player in the region’s tourism industry.
The first version of the app will cost Gallagher and Foltyn about $10,000. They are hosting a beer and food pairing event in Carrollwood this weekend to help raise some of the money to get the app up and running.
Underground ‘sinkhole’ discovered near I-380 likely 150 year old beer caves
CEDAR RAPIDS — A bridge inspector thought he’d found a potentially hazardous sinkhole near an Interstate 380 access ramp late last month, but a preliminary investigation suggests it’s 150-year old beer caves, a remnant of a long closed brewery, officials said.
During a routine bridge inspection on July 31, an Iowa Department of Transportation staff member noticed an 18-inch void in a grassy shoulder off the Seventh/Eighth Street access ramps to I-380 southbound.
The ramp was closed to evaluate possible safety concerns, but they found more than they bargained for.
Cathy Cutler, a transportation planner with the Iowa Department of Transportation District 6 office, said the inspector lowered a camera underground revealing a structure beneath the earth.
Cutler said an older staffer in the District 6 office in Cedar Rapids suspected it was beer caves, which he said was a consideration when the interstate was built in the 1970s.
Beer caves were fairly common for breweries before refrigeration, and there’s several in Iowa, including under the north side of Iowa City. These subterranean caverns, some big enough to fit a truck, were typically constructed out of limestone or brick. READ MORE