Breweries booming across Iowa

Beer brewers across eastern Iowa are staying busy. The beer boom across the country has created more than 5,000 jobs according to the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association.

More breweries are popping up across the country, including in Iowa.In 2015, there were 65 breweries back in Iowa.

By the end of 2019, there will be more than 100.

Breweries that have opened in small towns throughout Iowa have also provided an economic impact.

Kalona Brewing Company says its brewery has become a tourism destination. Workers say people will stop in for a beer and a meal, then shop at some downtown spots afterward.

Workers say the beer industry brings good paying jobs with benefits and room for growth.

"In just a couple of years, you can go from knowing almost nothing and making kind of, you know, a living wage,” said Elliot Lamb, General Manager of Kalona Brewing Company. “To having a really creative role and having a huge impact."

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With the growth, officials are reminding people to be responsible if they are going to have a drink.

Iowa produced more than 120,000 barrels of beer last year, according to the Iowa Brewers Guild.