I had the chance to hang out in Ottumwa last weekend during the Hogs 4 Dogs Heartland Animal Rescue League and we were treated to a great dinner at a new restaurant/brew pub.
It's the Appanoose Rapids Brewing Company. You can find it right on Main Street. The place is in a very cool renovated area of Ottumwa's downtown.
You are looking at the back of the restaurant. It is right on the Des Moines River.
Through the street-side entrance you will see a huge bar that has the company's own micro brews. The three original beers include a west coast pale, a raspberry wheat and a brown ale. They will also have a seasonal beer on tap.
To the owner...Tim Ware...way to go! This is a great addition to the Ottumwa downtown area. This is the kind of place that is going to be the lifeblood of Main Street. Our towns need people who will take the risk and put together classic places to gather. This will help keep the lights on in the storefronts of the hearts of our Iowa communities.