Roger Brown said his microbrewery is almost working as a type of speakeasy.
With limited hours of operation and its location in a Morton building, Iowa River Brewing in Marshalltown can often be overlooked. That's fine with Brown, who prefers to grow slowly as his business gets going.
"We are trying to grow slow and not get too big too fast," Brown said.
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Roger Brown, owner of Iowa River Brewing Company, looks over a beer Friday at the 107 N. 1st St. location in Marshalltown. Also pictured, from left, is Cale Puls, Dave Meeter and John Knapp.
The microbrewery has produced 98 different types of beers on tap and overall the past two months response to the brew has been positive.
"I think the response has been very good," Brown said. "For the most part, people really enjoy the environment."
Brown transformed the former home of Marshallnet at 107 N. First St. into a relaxing place to sip on unique types of beers brewed on site.
Customer John Knapp, of Grundy Center, likes the variety on tap.
"It's good beer," Knapp said. "And it's nice because there's always something new."
Brown has a few future goals - including bottling his beer for sale at other locations. He already has an Indian pale ale that he plans to bottle by the end of the year.
"I think every brewery wants to get into some sort of distribution," he said. "We'll see how far it goes."
He also wants to add musicians to play at the brewery to add to the atmosphere.
A special grand opening event is planned from noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 21 to coincide with the opening of the Oktoberfest in Germany. It will feature food, music, and of course, beer.
The brewery is open from 3 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For more information call the brewery at 641-753-1140.