These Iowa breweries are among America's fastest growing, experts say

Matthew Leimkuehler | mleimkuehler@dmreg.com | 11:47 am CDT April 12, 2018
Breweries are one group who stand to benefit from the new tax code as the excise tax is cut in half, from $7 per barrel to $3.50. Keg Creek had plans underway to expand but are excited to have the extra funds if needed.
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A pair of Iowa craft breweries are raising a glass to being recognized among the fastest growing in the nation. 

A beer is poured inside the Iowa Taproom on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in the East Village.
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Ankeny-based New American Brewing Co. and Glenwood’s own Keg Creek Brewing Co. landed on a Brewers Association list showcasing America’s 50 fastest growing craft breweries of 2017. Released earlier this week by the not-for-profit trade organization, New American earned the 15th spot, with Keg Creek coming in at 18th. 

Milford, Massachusetts’ Craftroots Brewing Co. topped the association’s list. The Iowa breweries come second and third on the list for Midwest breweries, behind 12th place Paddle Hard Brewing, hailing from Grayling, Michigan.  

The list methodology:

The breweries featured showed a 216 percent median growth from 2016 to 2017, a news release said. The Colorado-based Brewers Association represents roughly 4,000 independent and small breweries coast-to-coast.

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David Bryan, owner of New American Brewing stands for a portrait in his Ankeny taproom which opens today, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.
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New American Brewing Co. began selling beer out of a two-barrel brewing system in 2013, upgrading to a full taproom and 10-barrel system in 2017. The brewery increased production from 115 barrels in 2016 to about 450 barrels in 2017, said co-founder David Bryan. The brewery hopes to produce 1,000 barrels in 2018.

Flagship New American beers include the Freedom IPA, Independence Pale Ale and 1789 Porter. You can find the New American taproom at 1631 SW Main St. in Ankeny.

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The new tax law cuts the excise tax on barrels of beer in half, from $7 to $3.50. Keg Creek Brewing had plans to expand their operation from their taproom seen here in Glenwood before but say the new law will give them more flexibility as they continue to grow on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.
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Keg Creek Brewing opened in southwest Iowa in 2011, brewing about 30 to 40 barrels a year. The brewery expanded operations to a new facility in 2017, producing roughly 1,500 barrels. Keg Creek told the Register earlier this year they plan to increase production anywhere from 50 to 100 percent in 2018.

Flagship Keg Creek beers include Brick Red Ale, Breakdown Brown and No Paddle IPA. You can find the Keg Creek Taproom at 111 E. Sharp St. in Glenwood.

See the full list at brewersassociation.org.

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Originally Published 10:54 am CDT April 12, 2018
Updated 11:47 am CDT April 12, 2018
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