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Quinton McClain

Founder of Lion Bridge Brewing Company

Quinton has had an interest in artisan beer and food since his family took a trip to Belgium when he was 17.   Samples of Belgian Strong Ales and White Beers paired with mussels peaked his interest in not only beer styles and food pairings, but also the narrative behind every beer. A move to Fort Collins, Colorado to attend Colorado State University furthered his exposure to the diverse range of beers available.  Oh, and he got a couple degrees too. After graduating, Quinton moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina to work at a newspaper and teach English.Argentina has amazing wine and a burgeoning craft beer scene, but Quinton missed having access to US craft beer, so, after there were no more Malbecs left to try or interesting meats to eat, he moved back to the US and encountered an entry level brewing job at the Fort Collins Brewery.  This job allowed him to move back to the craft beer epicenter he so loved and learn the commercial trade.In 2011, Quinton saw the opportunities that were arising in his hometown of Cedar Rapids.  With legislative changes and the development of the downtown, the time for a craft brewery was ripe and the idea for Lion Bridge Brewing Company was born.

Lion Bridge Brewing Company will be a 10-barrel, artisan brewery that will open in the spring of 2014. The brewery and pub will be located on the property of the former Fritz’s Food Market at 59 16th Avenue SW (Czech Village in Cedar Rapids, Iowa).

The LBBC will offer artisan beer produced in small batches as well as a selection of farm-to-table food prepared in an on-premise kitchen. LBBC wishes to develop relationships with restaurants, caterers and other artisans in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor and help foster a community that is constantly striving to be new and innovative.

The end goal is to produce delicious, complex, and approachable beers with a focus on food pairing, community and local collaboration.  Adding to the ambiance will be the façade and interior of the old food market building that will be contrasted by a modern brewing facility where patrons can see the technology and detail that is involved in every glass of beer.  At LBBC, we want to get patrons better acquainted with the complexity of the brewing process, the vast array of beers that can be produced through this process, and the artisans who craft the beer they are consuming.

LBBC will initially offer 5 beers brewed on-site with additional space for another 15 Lion Bridge Beers. There will also be space for 3-5 rotating “guest” taps (beers from other breweries that the brewer or staff want to showcase) and artisan sodas crafted by the brewer (ginger ale, root beer, soda waters, and kombucha).  The kitchen will allow the patrons to order beer-centric food to accompany their beer or soda.  The menu will feature a seasonally rotating list of approximately 10 items. Windows throughout the public space will offer a view of the daily brewing activity and any barrel aging that is taking place.

Lion Bridge beers will available at the pub as well as at select local bars and eateries in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor.

 

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