Hot out of the oven and fresh off the tap, Beers to You and Gourmet Too moves into its second decade bringing the greatest food in the Cedar Valley coupled with the nation’s finest brews. Foodie? Check. Brewmeister? Check. Fun seeker? Check. This event has something to delight everyone! Treat your palate and help raise funds for the Friends of the Gallagher Bluedorn and the Kaleidoscope Series for Youth. Join us for Northeast Iowa’s largest celebration of beer and gourmet food.
This year will feature two keynote speakers, Teresa Albert and Chris Priebe both from Millstream Brewery in Amana Iowa. Millstream Brewery is the oldest operational brewery in Iowa, having been founded in 1985. In Jan of 2001 Chris Priebe, Tom & Teresa Albert purchased the brewery and have been operating it for the last 17 years. Chris is Millstream’s head brewer and started his brewing career in 1993 at the Dubuque Star Brewery and has been brewing ever since. He is a trained brewer having received his degree in 1997 at The Siebel Institute of Brewing in Chicago. Since 2001 Chris is one of the most award winning brewers in the Midwest with his greatest achievement being bestowed upon him and Millstream in 2010 when his Schild Brau Amber received Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup. Teresa Albert has run the marketing and sales end of Millstream Brewery since the 2001 purchase. Before and during owning Millstream she taught 7-12 Industrial Technology at Clear Creek Amana School District. Now Teresa works with the outside world and distributors to make sure the beer can be found in your favorite local spots. She also coordinates all the activities and events that go on at the brewery. .
Seattle based beer importer Merchant du Vin sends Jason Wallace to this year’s Beer’s to You and Gourmet Too VIP experience. Jason will be providing a sampling and talk about the many beers imported by Merchant du Vin which could include samples from Sam Smith, Lindeman’s, Ayinger, Orval, Rochefort, Traquair and Westmalle.
Included in the VIP experience is a custom printed Beers to You and Gourmet Too canvas bag along with other promotional items from Merchant du Vin.
The VIP Experience begins at 2 PM in the lower meeting room of the convention center.