North Iowa has a lot to offer locals and visitors when it comes to finding a good drink.

In the past 10 years, several craft and microbreweries, vineyards and wineries have popped up from Algona to Clear Lake and Mason City.

"It would be nice to have craft beer everywhere," Bob Rolling said laughing. "It's a fun time to be in the industry and Iowa has just touched the surface for craft beers." 

Rolling moved to Clear Lake eight years ago and decided to open Lake Time Brewery.

"I was a home brewer for 15 years," he said. "The timing was right and Clear Lake needed a brewery."

The population around the lake dramatically increases in the summer months. Rolling feels he has provided the perfect place to hang out and relax after a day in the sun.

He connects with multiple local festivals, even one in Des Moines.

"It's a great way to get your name out there," Rolling said. "We do American Craft Beer Week on May 21st." 

Lake Time has 10 beers on tap. With that much variety, Rolling said he has a little something for everyone. 

"Life's too short to drink bad beer," Rolling said. 

Rustic Brew

Joel and Kathy Heuer decided to open Rustic Brew in Hampton with Brad and Kim Mulford in 2013.

The have 14 beers total and rotate some out seasonally.

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"I was a home brewer," Joel said. "It's been a whirlwind and we've been so lucky to have so much community support."  

The Brew sends beer up to Mason City's festival in the Fall and is considering starting a festival in Hampton. 

Rustic Brew is a combination brewery and coffeehouse that also serves food and wine. 

"It's a great draw because wives don't always want beer and husbands don't always want wine," Joel said.

Train Wreck Winery

Steve Larson of Train Wreck Winery in Algona says he is happy with how his business has taken off. 

The winery is located at the old Chicago North Western Railroad station in Algona while the vineyard rests at the Clark Century Farm south of Livermore. The farm is adjacent to the site of a train wreck on the old Minneapolis-St. Louis Rail Line, giving it the name TrainWreck Winery.  

Owner Dallas Clark, a former Superbowl champion, decided to plant grapes in May 2008 and officially opened the doors of the winery in December 2011.

"We have 170 retailers across the state and we try to get out to them for wine tastings on a regular basis," Larson said.

The winery holds Sangria Saturday's beginning in May that run throughout the summer.

The're also preparing to roll out a new sweet red wine called "Hooterville Express" where $2 of every bottle purchase will  go to breast cancer awareness.   

"It's been fun every day since we opened," Larson said. "We take our wine-making seriously but we try not to take ourselves too seriously."

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