SingleSpeed Brewing Co. in Cedar Falls
THE BEER TRAIL OPENS MAY 22, 2021!
Cedar Falls is well known as an exciting trail destination. Breweries, locally-owned restaurants, unique boutiques, and overnight accommodations are only a “hop” and a skip from trails in the Cedar Falls Downtown District, southern Cedar Falls, the area of College Square Mall and the University of Northern Iowa.
Let’s add a beer trail to your adventure! Unique to Cedar Falls is the abundance of breweries and taprooms. Our Beer Trail Passport provides a map and inspiration for exploring six of our local craft breweries and taprooms (and two in Waterloo). Click HERE for a suggested bike route and car route. Bike or drive responsibly to each destination on the trail and be sure to stop and dine like a local and explore local, chef-inspired cuisine at award-winning restaurants.
What’s the connection between bikes and brews? Breweries support cycling and cyclists enjoy craft beer. It isn’t unusual to see bicycles crowded into racks in the Downtown District, along the outdoor patios or even inside our largest brewery, SingleSpeed Brewing’s Waterloo location in the former Wonder Bread factory.
Join us for the kickoff event on May 22. THIS IS WHEN IT ALL BEGINS! Between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, visit River Place Plaza in the Cedar Falls Downtown District (at E. 2nd and State Streets). We’ll be passing out Beer Trail Passports and providing fun yard games for the entire family. You’ll also get to purchase a taste of some of our local craft beer. Peruse the Downtown District, get a bite to eat and begin filling your passport!
Cedar Falls Downtown District - there's always room for one more bike
How does the Beer Trail Passport work? The Cedar Falls Beer Trail showcases our local craft breweries and taprooms in Cedar Falls and Waterloo and celebrates the safe use of our extensive trail system.
To begin your adventure on the Cedar Falls Beer Trail, pick up a passport at our kickoff event on May 22, print a passport at home by clicking HERE, or pick up a passport at one of our eight participating breweries/taprooms. Each passport may be used by one person age 21 or older.
Next, ask your waitress or bartender to stamp your passport when you visit any four of the eight destinations and purchase a craft beer. The breweries and taprooms will also gladly stamp your passport whether you’re sipping an IPA, a soda, or other non-alcoholic beverage. . .
128 Main Street, Cedar Falls
SingleSpeed Brewing is focused on brewing small-batch, unique beers built for the venturesome beer drinker and is crafted and poured in the heart of historic downtown Cedar Falls.
203 State Street, Cedar Falls
Second State Brewing serves a selection of brews made by the owner: S’mores, Peanut Butter Stout, Second State Lager, Nut Brown, Galaxy NE IPA, Double IPA, Irish Red, Blood Orange Blonde, Berry Blonde and Oatmeal Stout. Double check when Chef Dan is in the kitchen.
6301 University Avenue, Cedar Falls
Good times and craft beer. Stop by their location at the entrance of College Square Mall and enjoy dining in, carryout or a brew and food on their outdoor patio.
421 Main Street, Cedar Falls
The Brass Tap offers more than 200 craft beers from around the globe in a neighborhood atmosphere that feels both relaxed and upscale.
205 E. 18th Street, Cedar Falls
A casual dining restaurant offering burgers, signature sandwiches, homemade appetizers, salads, pastas, original recipe brick oven pizzas and a tap beer menu.
2205 College Street, Cedar Falls
Octopus our friendly, neighborhood College Hill bar serving craft beer inside or on the patio. Vinyl played nightly.
325 Commercial Street, Waterloo
SingleSpeed Brewing in Waterloo “brews beers built for the venturesome beer drinker.” The brewery features a traditional beer hall and located in the renovated Wonder Bread factory.
327 W. 3rd Street, Waterloo
Verve Kombucha is a “brand new kombucha experience located in downtown Waterloo, complete with kombucha brewery, restaurant, and bar. We brew our own all-natural kombucha on site and serve a full menu in our taproom."
- To complete your adventure, purchase four craft beers in one week, four weeks, or two months. The passport will be valid through 2021! When you have four stamps in your passport, stop at the Cedar Falls Recreation Center (110 E. 13th Street) or at the Cedar Falls Visitor Center (6510 Hudston Road) and redeem your passport for a little Cedar Falls swag to commemorate your ride.
- The Rec Center is open until 8:00 pm Monday – Thursday and until 7:00 pm Friday, 2:00 pm Saturday and 4:00 pm Sunday. The Cedar Falls Visitor Center is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Plan your trip. Review the Cedar Falls Beer Trail and decide where you want to ride, where to imbibe and where to overnight. You’ll discover great hotels along the trail by visiting our Places to Stay. If you’d like to spend the weekend or several weekdays, visit our online visitor guide for inspiration. (Please note that it is a 2020 guide and annual event dates will differ in 2021).
Have fun, plan ahead for a safe trip and enjoy responsibly.
Thirsty for more? Pick up a Cedar Valley Trails & Recreation Guide (map) from the vestibule of the Cedar Falls Visitor Center on Hudson Road. Want to learn more about local craft beer? SingleSpeed Brewing offers tours at their Waterloo taproom. Live music is also beginning to appear again at local taprooms and outdoor venues near Cedar Valley Trails. Check out all events taking place on our online calendar, CedarValley365.com.
Share your favorite Cedar Falls Beer Trail moments by using the hashtags #CedarFallsBeerTrail and #WeKnowHowToWeekend in your social media posts!
PLEASE NOTE: You must be 21 years of age to participate in the Beer Trail Passport.
Hours of operation of your favorite brewery or taproom may vary without notice due to COVID-19. It’s always a good idea to confirm hours by checking the Facebook page and/or website of your destination.
If everything is spinning, not just your bike…drunk biking is illegal so take a taxi or a hike!
Cyclists at Second State Brewing in Cedar Falls