Millstream Brewing Company
Iowa's oldest microbrewery is now sporting a magnificent new German Beer Hall
In addition to being Iowa’s oldest microbrewery, Millstream Brewing Company of Amana, Iowa is arguably the Hawkeye State’s largest. Located in east central Iowa (closest city is Cedar Rapids to the northeast), Millstream Brewing Co. opened its doors in 1985 - the first brewery to operate in Amana since 1884 - and began producing small batches of hand-brewed, German-style beer. Today, the award-winning brewery is crafting 16,000 barrels each year and is consistently recognized for its top-notch efforts.
Originally owned by Carroll F. Zuber and brothers James and Dennis Roemig, the brewery has changed hands and is now owned by Steve and Susan Charlier, along with Justin Cohanim. The team is committed to continually making quality brews, one batch at a time, while also introducing many different styles of beer to the brewery. With a current count of 33 national awards and 1 international award, Millstream Brewing Co. crafts some of the finest beer from the Midwest.
In 2016, the brewery opened a second location, the Millstream Brau Haus, offering an authentic German Bierhalle experience, complete with German-inspired pub food and a large selection of Millstream beers on tap. To customers, it feels as though you are visiting a place in the Old Country. Showing its passion for the local community and historic Amana Colonies, the Brau Haus’ wooden tables are made from local trees (sourced from Iowa’s largest privately held forest, and professionally managed for sustainability) and the long table seats are from reclaimed 1940’s telephone poles. Also on display are the original doors from the historic Colony Inn that date back to 1860. Lining the walls are taxidermy and the ceiling shows exposed wooden beams, adding to the rustic ambiance. Millstream Brewing is proud to display these local treasures and celebrate the historic German community of Amana. The Beer Hall is located next to the brewery on the banks of the Mill Race Canal, a man made waterway that flows into the Iowa River.
The Brau Haus also gives Millstream Brewing the opportunity to make more ‘one of a kind’ brews and specialty ales that are only to be sold in the Brau Haus. From Ambers, Wheats, Pilsners, and Stouts, to Barrel-Aged, IPA’s, and Porters, Millstream Brewing Co. crafts a wide selection of speciality beers from the purest of ingredients. The Millstream Brewing team intends to continue expanding its lineup of handcrafted beers in the upcoming years that will enhance the company’s already illustrious reputation. Please enjoy two of their local favorites. Cheers!