Camping and beer pretty much go hand in hand. Good nights and great times usually start with both. For those beer-loving critics out there: why not enjoy your next vacation soaking up the sun, enjoying the nature around you and (of course) finding your next watering hole favorite? Look no further than home sweet Iowa for your next craft brew.
This Iowa brewing company has a winning personality and even better beers. Its brews even have names: like the Assassin, named for its dark and bitter flavor, and Naughty 90, which was inspired by oak barrels voyaging over the ocean. Every beer lover will find something they enjoy at this one-of-a-kind stop that features fruity to hoppy beers and everything in between. Take a stroll through their taproom, talk with the masterminds behind the brewing madness and buy yourself a few rounds to enjoy on the road (safely parked at your campsite).
If you’re looking for a place to stay ‘round these parts, check out Pulpit Rock Campground. With reasonable nightly rates, find yourself in the midst of beautiful Iowa wildlife with all the amenities you need. Trails, streams and canoe landings push this campsite over the edge if you’re looking for even more activities during your stay. And what goes best with camping and beer? Fishing! Cast your line into Twin Springs Trout Stream to really live up your Good Life during your Toppling Goliath Brewing Company stay.
Creative brewmasters reign over these ten taps and 25-barrel system. When you visit their taproom, you never know exactly what you’ll find there. The brewers change their beer menu with the seasons, further adding to the intrigue and mysteriousness of their craft. OBC has another trick up its sleeve: a one-barrel R&D system perfect for experimenting to find that taste-bud-kicking brew. Time your visit just right, and you might be one of the lucky ones to try their latest flavor. One thing’s for sure. No matter when you go, you’re always in for a seasonal treat when you visit this brewhouse.
While you’re visiting Okoboji, look into Fieldstone RV Park. It’s packed with amenities and close to the waterfront, making it an ideal campground for vacationers. When you’re done touring the OBC, hit the golf course with your beer purchase for a few rounds with your new favorite brew. If you’re looking for something more fast-paced, take the bike trails out for a spin or sober-race your friends on the go-cart track.
In addition to having what we could argue as the coolest looking bottle labels, Peace Tree Brewing’s beers have the taste to back up those kickin’ wraps. Smooth blonde ales, balanced porters and aromatic stouts are just a few of their unique blends. In addition to four taste-bud tantalizing beers, Peace Tree also brews numerous seasonal and specialty blends, making it easy for beer lovers everywhere to find that perfect mug.
Nestled in small-town Knoxville, Iowa, stop by Lake Red Rock after your taproom tour. Elk Rock State Park’s campground is just down the road from the brewery. Endless trails against the serene lake make this setting the ideal way to wind down your day. Perfect for fishing and hiking, this campground also features horse stalls and trails for horseback riding. Bonus: if you come between April and September, you can catch a race at the Knoxville Raceway in town.
These three Iowa breweries make our A-list for taste, adventure and prime camping real estate. Hit these local favorites up the next time you come down to our neck of the woods for a tasting and camping experience you won’t forget in this Good Life.