The Founders Family, a group of passionate beer enthusiasts, has grown around this simple philosophy: “We don’t brew beer for the masses. Instead, our beers are crafted for a chosen few, a small cadre of renegades and rebels who enjoy a beer that pushes the limits of what is commonly accepted as taste. In short, we make beer for people like us.”
Fort Collins, Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is the third-largest craft brewer in the country. Co-Founder, Kim Jordan, a former social worker and now CEO of New Belgium, has made social responsibility an important part of the brewery’s mission. Inspired by a bike trip through Belgium, New Belgiium first began operations in 1991, with the vision of making world-class beers while minimizing its environmental footprint.
Today, New Belgium is a craft beer leader and strives to be a business role model with progressive programs such as employee ownership, open book management, and a commitment to environmental stewardship. In 2011, New Belgium sold more than 712,000 barrels of beer across 28 states and the District of Columbia.
Being avid gardeners and enjoying all aspects of “the good life,” Jean and Paul Groben first planted grape vines in the year 2000. Described as “a hobby that went astray,” they continued to plant vines at their property located outside of Newton. In 2003, their son, Mason, graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a degree in viticulture and enology (grape growing and wine science). For reasons still unknown, a family business was formed. Later that year, grapes were first pressed, wines was bottled, and the fledgling operation was up and running.
The winery first operated in a renovated warehouse building near downtown Newton. This was a perfect location for the small winery, and a tasting room was added to allow visitors to come and sample the wines. Over the next several years, the winery grew and began to gain a reputation of producing excellent quality wines. They were fortunate to receive positive reviews in such publications as The New York Times and Wine Spectator.
In 2007, it became apparent that the winery operation had outgrown it’s Newton location and needed to expand into a larger building. The Groben family was intrigued by the recent resurgence in downtown Des Moines. Therefore, they located a property near Grays Lake and began construction on the new winery building in fall 2007. The Des Moines winery opened summer of 2008.
Cedar Ridge Distillery & Winery
Cedar Ridge Vineyards is a small, family-owned winery and distillery nestled in the beautiful Iowa countryside between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, in Swisher, producing wines from its own estate-grown grapes. At first just a dream of Proprietor and Master Wine Maker and Distiller, Jeff Quint, the now lush 5,000 vines and 7,000 square foot winery, distillery, tasting room and event center provide the highest quality wines, spirits and entertainment experience in the area.
Mahoney’s Irish Pub was established in December, 1993 by Dennis Mahoney. After purchasing the business on December 13th, Mahoney quickly transformed former Werni’s Tap, into an authentic Irish Pub and opened to the public on the 15th of that same month.
Mahoney’s has established itself as a marquee pub with premier beer and liquor diversity. Mahoney himself has travel to many national and world beer festivals. Through his travels to Europe three times and to Asia twice, he is more convinced that the Irish DO know their beer.
Zephyr Printing & Design is a full-service print provider featuring web and graphic design, printing and binding, sign and banner production and large format printing. We specialize in copying and printing for businesses, organizations, and individuals. Our cornerstone is the integration of innovative design with cutting edge print technology, helping our customers clients to achieve higher return on their investment and improve bottom line results.
Eco Lips, founded in 2003, manufactures the highest quality certified organic and Fair Trade Certified lip care products on the planet. In addition, the company offers private label and contracting manufacturing services with a wide variety of options. Eco Lips initiated Iowa’s largest solar power project which is powering the neighborhood in which Eco Lips is located. The company is a Certified B Corporation focusing on the triple bottom line – people, profits, and the planet. Products are available online and at health food stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, outdoor stores and other fine retail outlets. Don’t panic, it’s organic! To learn more visit www.ecolips.com or call 866.326.5477.
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