Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 159
Beer Avg: 3.65
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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3.84/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
I was driving East on the beer wasteland that is the I-80 corridor on my way from CO to IL. It had been a long day of driving and I really wanted to stop for a beer and a bite to eat without taking a big detour. Thankfully, I' done my research ahead of time and planned on stopping at Backpocket.
From the outside, I was a little scared at first. Backpocket is in a big, very new, almost corporate looking warehouse right next to a big hotel and some upscale looking restaurants.
Inside, I was greeted to a space that's much smaller than the building lets on. Most of Backpocket's building is dedicated to their brewery. The restaurant gets just enough space for a mid-size bar and perhaps a couple of dozen tables and booths. There's also a good sized outdoor patio for nice days.
Despite the corporate feel, the crowd was anything but. Being right by the U of Iowa seemed to draw a lot of college students and teachers. There were even some music students on Summer break that were setting up to play an impromptu gig on the brewery's patio.
Back to the real reason I came here. I wanted beer and dinner and the menu offered up what I think is one of the best ideas ever: a beer and cheese flight. The flight included 4oz pours of six beers, each paired with a different cheese. A mix of crackers alongside gives you something to cleans your palate with between bites and beers. I really enjoyed it. The beers themselves were above average, with no huge standouts. If didn't need to get back on the road, I would have hung around and tried more of them.
Overall, I'm really happy I stopped here. The location is perfect and the place is a nice stop after a long drive.
11-09-2013 21:08:19 | More by Rayek
4.01/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
Backpocket opened their new facility in Coralville last fall and its a unique experience. Their focus is on brewing but a corner of the building is set up as a brewpub. The focus is on beer but they have a small menu (pizza and salad) but they are done very well - think artisan brick-oven pies. The staff is great and really know their stuff.
If you had been to the former location in MacGregor (which was also good) its a whole different experience. The new place is very close to I-80 so be sure to stop if you get a chance.
01-15-2013 00:01:02 | More by MarvinTheMarzen
3.2/5 rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
At the end of a cobblestone road with snow falling that night is where this place is located just off of HWY 80. It's a nice warehouse with a very tall ceiling at brand new fermentors. When you walk in to see the bar you see where they partitioned part of the brewery off to make a bar. They have around a dozen small four person tables with tall seats and a bar that seats a little less than 12. They have a nice stone hearth oven to make pizzas behind the bar. They had about 5 of their regular beers on tap and two guest taps. Before they pour they have a nice new glass rinser. They have nonics, weizen glasses, and skinny mugs. I saw a German Pale Ale on the board, but didn't try that one.
Went when it was late on a friday night to find a lot of locals getting drunk on german style lagers and weizens. Loudish music with TVs mounted to the wall behind the bar with rodeos on it. Service was ok, but we got one beer and never were interacted with until we were done drinking our last and on our way out.
Overall the whole setup is amazing and new and expensive looking, but the beer isn't above average and the service at least on this night was like being at the college bars.
12-27-2012 06:29:38 | More by Erdinger2003
Backpocket Brewing in Coralville, IA
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.