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The Beer Industry in Iowa: On the Thursday, April 29 edition of The Iowa Journal

April 27, 2010

(Johnston, Iowa) –Thursday’s episode of The Iowa Journal will look at the growth of the beer industry in Iowa. This program airs Thursday, April 29 at 8 p.m. It will be rebroadcast Friday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television and Saturday, May 1 at 8:30 a.m. on IPTV WORLD. It will also be available online at iptv.org/iowajournal.

Nationally, the number of small, independent microbreweries and brew pubs has grown to more than 1,540. Some of that growth has occurred in Iowa, where craft breweries have popped up in towns of all sizes including Ames, Des Moines, Davenport, Amana, Northwood and Shenandoah. The Iowa Journal visited Olde Main Brewery & Restaurant in Ames. The company boasts it has doubled production every year since opening in 2004 and now distributes beer across the state. The Iowa Journal also visited Beer Crazy, a retail specialty beer and home brew supply store located in Urbandale.

In the studio to discuss what's brewing in the Iowa beer industry are three guests:  Dave Coy, president of the Iowa Brewers Guild and head brewer at Raccoon River Brewing Company in Des Moines; Doug Alberhasky, store manager and bier guy at John’s Grocery in Iowa City; and Tim Hynds, chief photographer and beer writer for the Sioux City Journal.

This episode of The Iowa Journal will also feature an excerpt of a speech by author and film maker Peter Hedges. The West Des Moines native first gained national attention with his book “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” which was later made into a movie.

For more information about The Iowa Journal, visit www.iptv.org/iowajournal or call (515) 242-3146. For information on how to watch IPTV WORLD in your area, visit Iptv.org.

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Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than 1.5 million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television offers three programming channels statewide: IPTV, IPTV LEARNS, and IPTV WORLD. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak. Information on programming channels, reception, and more can be found at www.iptv.org.

For immediate release:
April 27, 2010

For information contact:
Kristen L. Gray
Director of Communications
kristen.gray@iptv.org
515-725-9703

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