Did you know that the Amana Colonies has an operating microbrewery? Back in 1985, the Millstream Brewing Co. opened its doors and became the first brewery to conduct business there in over 100 years. We judged the Iowa Pale Ale to have a strong, hoppy taste, somewhat akin to an India Pale Ale but not quite. The Back Road Stout was presented as an Oatmeal Stout with an alcohol content of 6.7%. To our taste, the BRS was similar to a middle-of-the-road Porter. Millstream advised that neither beer was for the faint of heart. Oh, which to choose? We purchased the Back Road Stout. Judging by the limited number of 6-packs left in inventory, the time for the 2013 Stout, a seasonal winter brew, was coming to an end. If you like freshly-brewed beer, be sure to taste Millstream’s sampler while relaxing in their outdoor biergarten.
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