Worth Brewing Company

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

826 Central Ave
Northwood, Iowa, 50459-1520
United States

(641) 324-9899 | map

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Added by garymuchow on 07-07-2007

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Reviews by mdwalsh:
Photo of mdwalsh
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Been to Worth a few times now and it really is a place worth going. No pun intended. The building itself, a 100 year old bank building, is a sight to behold in it's beautiful restoration, but the beer is of course where it's at. The place is definitely a place frequented by locals, which is very nice as it keeps the atmosphere more casual and less pretentious. The beer is great, with a fantastic Mild that to me is worth the trip alone, though so is so much else. And the beer is cheap, I think about $3.50 a glass? The selection includes IPA, Mild, Stout, Pilsener/Blonde and some rotating seasonals and visiting brews. The service is great, though some could know a little more about the beer, but since the owner/brewer is there all the time, that's not a huge issue. Since batches are small (boiled in 10 gal then combined into a 27 gal fermenter, there is a bit more variation than most places, but that also means it's more interesting and fresher. So again, not a problem, just part of the experience.

I'm giving a 4 on food because while they don't prepare food here, you can order from the pizza place next door and they will deliver at no charge, and that food it great.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Graetzj
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Amazing brewery. If you are heading south out of the twin cities you must make time to stop here.

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Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Z_Anderson_0406
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of jjohns23
5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of bigbadmatt
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Great atmosphere and friendly helpful employees. Decent selection of something for everybody brews available year round [I prefer the IPA] and some great monthly specialties. There are also a couple of restaurants nearby with delivery service. Worth a visit if you're in the area - pun intended

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Photo of mscheve02
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Every time I'm in Northern Iowa for business, I make it a point to stop at Worth Brewing Company. The proprietor brews out of one of the smallest tanks in possibly the US, but the smaller size gives him the opportunity to experiment much more than larger breweries I've tasted. The building has character, and that I like. The free WiFi is nice, as I get to work on my laptop and drink some tasty brews. There are a couple local restaurants that will deliver food to Worth Brewing Company, and getting a pizza delivered from a couple doors down is worth it. The hours are limited, but worth the trek to catch it open and enjoy the beer.

As far as the beer goes, there seems to be a nice variety to suit many different palates. As some smaller breweries seem to have similar notes in all of their beers, Worth Brewing Company seems to have cast a wider net. So trying a couple different brews in one night, you wouldn't think they were brewed by the same company.

If you ever find yourself in Northern Iowa headed up I-35, seek this place out and try for yourself. For a small town brewery, this place serves up big time flavor.

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Photo of cpolking
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The Worth Brewing Company is in Northwood, Iowa. It is in north central Iowa, very close to the Minnesota border, several miles east of Interstate 35 North. Their beers are only available at the brewery (on tap and in growlers), which has a pub in front. The hours are limited, so check their website before you go. They have five standards, one rotating seasonal, and two guest taps. The brewery is located in an historic building with interesting and some historical related decor.

The beers are made in very small batches. It is probably more correct to call this a nano brewery than a micro brewery. The attention to the beers shows, they have a very solid lineup. The beers are excellent representations of their styles (and delicious too).

The brewer owner was the only one working while I was there and willing to answer any questions, very informative.

While they are a bit off the beaten path, it is definitely worth the trip. Highly recommended.

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Photo of morimech
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Worth is definately not a destination brewery but if you are passing by on I-35 it is worth the 7 mile detour (if you happen by when they are actually open!). The brewer and the bar have stayed true to their small town roots. Very quaint and welcoming. All the beers were good but nothing really blew the beer geek inside me away. I was most impressed with the English Dark Mild at 3% ABV. One of the best, if not the very best of the style I have had. I would love to drink that all day, and I could. The other beers they had on-tap were solid with the least impressive being the smoke rye porter. No food available but they allow deliveries from the nearby eating establishments.

I guess they have a business model that works, only brewing safe beers with extremely limited hours. They have been in business for four years now. Maybe if they had a beer that would bring the beer geeks in, they could thrive.

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Photo of ballz50401
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I really enjoy visiting this establishment. My first time to Worth Brewing was six months ago. I have always wanted to check this place out and wish I would have come sooner since I only live 30 minutes away. I have been back a least once a month to try their monthy specialty beer. The atmosphere is nice and relaxing. The lighting and pictures on the wall are nice. They also have two TV's so you won't miss any big games. They always have their standard lineup: English Mild, Brown Ale, Dillon Clock Stopper, Pale Ale or IPA, and Oatmeal Stout. They also have one or two house specialty beers and one or two guest beers with a nice variety of bottled beer. I enjoy all of their beer but my favorites are the Field Trip IPA and whatever is the specialty of the month. The customer service is very good, also with the brewer Peter usually on hand to answer any questions. Growler's of beer can be purchased to take home but choice is limited (no specialty or OS) and the beer is usually flat after a day or two. They have a very good appetizer menu and pizza that can be delivered from the restaurant down the street. Overall quality and value is good. Can't wait til the next time I visit Worth Brewing to try their next specialty beer!

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Photo of slander
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Days and days of play, pre GABF, in places I've not been and landscapes I've not seen. The flight out offset a bit by time zone changes, it's now late in the would have been early something else somewhere else. And the first clip of hours now done behind the rental wheel headed south at the break mid day. Roughly halfway between where we came from and where we're going, in a non metered strip a few storefronts from the corner cop shop. Not too far over the line in Northwood, Iowa, for what is Worth...

Single room joint housed in the old Worth County State Bank, circa 1886, with a bar renovated from what may have been the original teller cage there; it's what they call "pretty damn cool". A tiny little thing, it seats just 2 on raised stools with an overhang of crazy. Ornamental stained glass panels over the bar, lined with Mardi Gras beads & Sunderland football scarves. Dangling mugs run the underside around and around and shelved guest bottles & some glassware on both ends in glass front cupboard pieces. 2 towers of 4 each on the fridge cooler thing behind the bar and 2 taps from a kegerator on the end. Stacked glassware behind the taps on the triplewide, and previous guest tap handles mounted on the end of the unit.

Yellowy plaster walls over brown textured walls with a deep rust trim between and the molding at the ceiling done up the same. Exposed ducts matching down the center of the room, drop spinny fans & cool vintage lamps with more wall mounted. Neat-o retractable awning over the big picture window up front curtained in half to the below, with more stained glass panels there and over the door. Vintage wood & tile floorings up front, with 5 tables of mix and match; the 3 on the far wall sharing a common bench, and a carpeted area to the rear with 3 mismatched tables.

The place is warmly decorated; an ancient framed Northwoods map of excellent, a board listing tap selections on the far wall, framed old town Northwood black & whites, boxed strawberry pieces in a row, and an events board listing duh, events (Artoberfest, Brewfest, Octoberfest, Harvestfest, Landerpalooza, etc). Drop dangle globe on a cord over the big rear corner table, and brewery signage & a single Shiner neon above. A pair of "My Goodness, My Guinness" Gilroy prints over where I'm sitting, bastardized with a "Please drink responsibly" notation added. TV above my head and another up front where people are watching Virginia Tech take Nebraska 16-15. Growlers with colored cozies & glassware for sale, shown shelved over the rear entranceway, and shirts displayed above on a string strung.

10 gallon, yes, gallon, batches done out back on a Sabco system. They're probably one of the smallest production breweries in the world here. 6 house beers on tap; 5 full timers (Sunderland Mild, 4.7%, a bit of diacetyl there; Dillon Clock Stopper, 5.5%, a pleasant Kolsch; Brown Ale, 4.7%, chocolatey with a slight roastiness; Pale Ale, 4.9%, Centennial & Cascade, with a good bitterness; Oatmeal Stout, 5.7%, oaty, roasty, creamy smoothness) and a seasonal (Belgian Grand Cru, 6.2%, ooh, also some diacetyl there, Belgian candy sugar and a bit of local honey), + guest tap Franziskaner (there were two, but the Lindemans Framboise kicked). The Brown Ale & Oatmeal Stout were the best two but the Dillon Clock Stopper was no slouch. A few were off but what was on, was on. Nothing over 6.2% in Iowa and they're treading the line.

Also a dozen plus guest bottles, mostly meh imports (Franziskaner Hefe, Ayinger Jahrhundert & Dunkel, Kostritzer Schwarzbier, Fullers London Pride & ESB, Lindemans Kriek & Framboise, Guinness, Pilsner Urquell), plus a few micros (Schells Pilsner, and Summit "where he used to play" IPA), and a collection of cider, N/A, coolers & sodas.

Small plates available for the eat; Hummus, cheeses, wursts, etc. Friendly folks and a good comfortable house overall. Not exactly close to anything else but was well... it wasn't time wasted coming out here to see. And I'd do it again if ever in Iowa.

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Photo of LittleTimmy
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I had tried Worth's beers on the festival circuit, and had first visited about a year ago. My girlfriend and I stopped in on our way north over Thanksgiving weekend, and were both very impressed. We started with the seasonal smoked Kellerbier and the IPA, both of which were excellent. The oatmeal stout was only average, although the English-style mild was a surprise--a flavorful low alcohol session beer. The menu is very limited, although some satisfying appetizers can be had at very reasonable prices. The pub itself is small and cozy. As others have mentioned, this is a pleasant place to stop just off I-35.

It's great to see a place like this, apparently thriving in small town Iowa. Typically, it's next to impossible to find decent beers in Iowa's smaller burgs, so it's encouraging to see a place like this serving excellent locally-brewed beer.

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Photo of Flynvet
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This was a surprising stop at a brewpub I found on BeerFly. Worth Brewing is conveniently located just a few miles off of I35 in northern Iowa. Peter, the head brewer and owner, was working when I stopped and provided an excellent tour of their brewery along with information on their various beers. Worth Brewing has a wide selection of very tasty beers in a quaint atmosphere with great service. I'd sum this establishment up as "Small town, small system, big variety, big taste. A stop "Worth" making!"

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Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Small, almost quaint environment that has a nice small town feel with some nice pieces that allow small town prairie feel with interesting tidbits of various cultural pieces. One person operation at this time with the brewer playing all roles. Good guy and open to conversation.
Beer was good, esp. considering all the limitations a small brewery, especially one this size, has to overcome. Nice mix of styles with tasty results.
Seems to run 4 regulars at this time with 3 seasonals available and also a guest tap (this time was Tetley's Pub Ale), all for less than $5 per pint. Seems pretty good.
If in the area, make the stop by (check times, as they are limited), because it's worth it. Get it?! Worth it.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A friend of mine and I road trippe down to Norwood, Iowa on a Saturday afternoon simply for the pleasure of drinking at the smallest commercial brewpub in the US. At least, that was the billing on the podcast in which I heard owner Peter Ausenhus talk about his family brewpub in Iowa. Growing up in a similarly small town in northwest Iowa, I was really interested in what a brewpub in a small farm town would look (and drink) like.

Put simply, it is "worth" your time to pull off of I35 for a pint. We went in the middle of the afternoon in hopes of it not being too busy and to chat with Peter, which we did. We drank everything on tap and chatted about his upcoming release, business pressures and family emergency in progress while he was working his pub. The dedication is takes to run a business and a life with him and his wife amaze me. I would stop to drink for this alone. On top of it, the beer is good too. All of Peter's beers were of very good with the Brown Ale and the Smoked Rye Porter being my favorite. We ordered some snacks, which were very good as well, but you'll need to find dinner some place else since appetizers

Talking to a couple of the locals, it seems that they are terribly proud of their local watering hole. In addition, from the friendly banter, it actually remeinded me of being in my home town bar where I grew up listening to my dad and his friends chat over beers--except at Worth, the beer isn't crappy like my home town.

Get off the freeway, and have a pint at Worth Brewing. Check out the hours first, since they are only open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. You'll be glad you did.

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Photo of strohs
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This tiny brewing operation, located in a small town in rural Iowa is a gem. It's located in a storefront on the main street in this county seat of richly agricultural Worth County, Some of the town's history is reflected in framed old photos hanging on the walls in the front room. The room has about a half dozen tables and a tiny stand-up bar with taps for currently available brews. Walk through the small kitchen/brewery in back and out the back door there's a few more tables on a covered patio.

There are 3 "regular" beer selections...a clean fruity "cream" ale, a more fruity pale ale and a rich brown. There's currently a special brew-of-the-month available, in our case an Irish stout that was just slightly less dry than Guiness. All the beers are as advertised, clean and delicious. Food is limited to tasty selections of "snacks". The beer holds center stage.

Northwood is about ten miles East of Interstate 35, about half way between Des Moines and Minneapolis. Well worth a stop.

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Worth Brewing Company in Northwood, IA
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