River Hops Brewing opens
12 Aug 2018
Downtown Fort Dodge is experiencing a commercial renaissance. It is becoming the home to a diverse array of specialized small businesses. The latest arrival is River Hops Brewing at 1014 Central Ave.
This new enterprise in the city’s historic center offers a unique selection of beers that have been crafted onsite by Ron Grebner, who co-owns the business with his wife, Diane Grebner. The combination brewery, taproom and entertainment venue began serving the public on July 25.
The establishment welcomes customers from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Additionally, River Hops Brewing can be booked for private parties and events.
What started out as a hobby has been transformed into commercial venture.
“My husband has been a home brewer for 10 years,” Diane Grebner said. “He always had it in the back of his mind that he wanted to do it as a business.”
A passion for brewing grew out of a trip the couple took.
“I think my interest in brewing really came about when Diane and I went to the Amana Colonies a number of years ago,” Ron Grebner said. “We went to Millstream Brewing and it was one the few breweries in the state at the time. It just smelled great. It looked great. We drank a couple beers. It tasted different. We thought it would be kind of neat to do.”
The decision to launch River Hops Brewing came about because for some years the Grebners have been exploring options for establishing a business that they could own and operate.