•March 21, 2010 • 1 Comment

Since we have updated our website, we will no longer be updating this blog. Check us out at http://www.peacetreebrewing.com instead. Thanks for checking in!!


Grand Opening

•March 14, 2010 • 3 Comments

Patron Saint of Workers

While we are awaiting our new website to appear, thought we’d put up one more post to do a little explaining about our March 19 grand opening date.  We set it almost as soon as we came up with this crazy idea to start a brewery because we had just read about it at church.  (Yes, this brewery has gone from idea to full production in less that 1 year!)  In the Catholic tradition, St. Joseph is the patron saint of workers and an annual feast honors his memory.  Because it happens during lent and in the lean days of winter, bread and liquid bread (modernly known as beer) were often a large part of these feasts.   Some festivals of strong beer have even popped up around this idea spurred on by German monks.

So with this in mind  our grand opening is this Friday, March 19 from 11-9pm.  The Knoxville Chamber Ambassadors will be doing the official ribbon cutting at 3pm followed by a toast and a blessing of the bock.  We will offer tours and tastings all day and the first 100 people will get a commemorative pint glass marking the occasion.  At 4pm Jon McLemore will grace us with his guitar and vocals.  At 6:30, Another Side of Jane, an acoustic duo will perform for a couple of hours.

After this we will start to be open three nights a week, Thursday and Friday from 4-10 and Saturdays from 1-10pm.  Of course you can always stop by and see Dani during normal business hours if you need a growler, a t-shirt, gift certificate or any other business.

Thanks for welcoming us!

something new on tap…

•March 11, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Joe just added a Scottish Wee Heavy to the line for tonight. I didn’t think he was going to share it….. what a swell guy! 🙂


•March 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment


KNOXVILLE, IOWA – Knoxville’s own Peace Tree Brewing Company has become the first business to commit to participating in the inaugural “Red, Wheat & Bleu” wine-, beer- and cheese-tasting special reception to be held on Wednesday, August 11, at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum during the 50th annual Goodyear Knoxville Nationals presented by Lucas Oil. The reception is open to museum visitors on the first day of the four-day sprint car national championships, from 12:30 until 3:30 p.m., and it will be held on the museum’s air-conditioned second floor.

According to museum executive director Bob Baker today, “It is only appropriate that Knoxville’s new downtown brewery, owned by the McKay and Ziller families, has become the first vendor for our inaugural event. Dan McKay, daughter Megan and her husband Scott Ziller have been wonderful supporters of the non-profit museum, the race track and the town’s chamber of commerce for many, many years. We really are proud of their newest business venture and we thank them for helping us with this inaugural event. The chamber, the museum, the track and the fairboard are really going the extra mile this year to make sure that the 50th Knoxville Nationals is the biggest and best ever for our loyal fans!”

Those individuals interested in learning more about the Red, Wheat & Bleu wine-, beer- and cheese-tasting special reception at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum are urged to visit www.sprintcarhof.com. Those interested in the Peace Tree Brewing Company should visit www.peacetreebrewing.com. Those seeking additional information on the 50th Goodyear Knoxville Nationals, presented by Lucas Oil, should log onto www.knoxvilleraceway.com.

Green T’s- just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

•March 10, 2010 • 1 Comment

Peace Tree Brewing Company just got some new t-shirts in. Bright Lime and Kelly Green. Stop by and pick one up. Only $15 plus tax. Have a wheat beer while you’re here too. No green beer here either- only the t’s are green.

Thanks for modeling Jodi and Todd!

Fan favorite…

•March 7, 2010 • 1 Comment

Yesterday was another great milestone for our little brewery.  We did our first offsite sampling at Living History Farms for their Beer n’ Bread event.  Many of the Iowa breweries were present and it was fun to catch up with everyone and taste their samples.  Of what I got to taste, my personal favorite (other than ours of course) was Rock Bottom’s Amber Hemp ale.  The Iowa Brewers Union homebrew club was also out in force serving up great home brew. 

The event sold out so hopefully it was very successful for Living History Farms since it is a fundraiser for their great facility.  Joe was pouring his Hop Wrangler 3 IPA and a hefeweizen.  All five gallons of the Hop Wrangler was gone in exactly 46 minutes.  The hefeweizen was gone about an hour later.  Rookie mistake and next time we will know to bring bigger quantities!

It was also significant, because even though we ran out of beer very quickly, the fan’s voted our Hop Wrangler 3 as the favorite microbrew of the event.  We really appreciate all the support from our local friends who came out in support and had a great time making lots of new friends.  It is also fantastic to be so well received on our first road trip!!!

Tomorrow, we welcome our third full timer, Paul Stanley.   Paul has been a faithful customer from the beginning and we are really excited for him to join our team.  He will be helping Joe as we get started bottling and then will be delivering our beer as we get retail accounts set up.  He may be manning the tap room bar some too so be sure to give him a warm welcome! 

If you want to see us out again soon, we will be sampling at Honey Creek on Friday the 12th for All That Jazz: Wine, Jazz, Blues and Brews.   And don’t forget, next Friday, the 19th is our grand opening!!  Cheers!


•March 2, 2010 • Leave a Comment

It’s been a busy month at Peace Tree Brewing Company. Last week, we bottled and mailed out a variety of beers for the World Beer Cup set to take place in Chicago next month. There are around 3 thousand entries. To bring a medal home would be HUGE. Wish us luck! Scott has been working on labels and Megan’s already setting up beer accounts in Iowa City, Des Moines and Ames. Peace Tree Brewing Company has had a great start and we owe it all our patrons and of course, great beer.

Our Open House will be March 19th  11 am – 9 pm. Ribbon cutting will take place at 3 pm. The Beer n’ Bread fundraiser is this Saturday, March 6th, 3-6 pm at Living History Farms. We will be serving our Hop Wrangler IPA 3 and Hefeweizen. Visit www.lhf.org or call 515-278-5286 for more info. All That Wine, Jazz, Blues, and Brews is March 12th & 13th 6 pm at Honey Creek Resort. Our beer will be there also… not sure which ones yet. Check out www.honeycreekresort.com for more details and look at upcoming events on their homepage.

Starting March 26th, Peace Tree Brewing Company’s Taproom will be open for craft beer tasting Fridays and Saturdays. Hours: Thurs. 4-10 pm, Friday 4-10 pm and Saturday 1 pm – 10 pm. I’m also here Mon- Fri 8:30 am to 5 pm if you want to get a root beer or hefe growler.