Note to readers: This story has been edited to correct the spelling of Tia Heidebrecht’s name.
Dave Winslow and Tia Heidebrecht, a married couple and owners of Jackson Street Brewing, met when he was a meteorologist and she was a photographer and reporter at KTIV in Sioux City.
“We enjoyed telling stories in Sioux City and Siouxland during our time on television,” Heidebrecht said. “So we’re always telling stories in a different way through our beer labels and the friends we’ve made along the way.”
The journey to brewery ownership began about nine years ago when Winslow began making wine from ingredients they could find around Sioux City or grow at home.
“He quickly started making cider and eventually all-grain beer,” Heidebrecht said. “We also used to make homemade liqueurs by infusing local fruits and spices into alcohol.”
Determined to start a brewery in Sioux City and after enduring two failed partnership attempts, the couple decided to strike it out on their own.
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“We formed a company in February 2015 with our first child, named Jackson, and opened the doors to downtown Sioux City in July 2015, just in time for the launch of RAGBRAI in Sioux City. We had a lot of community support. We launched a successful Kickstarter campaign and competed for and won a few local grants. We were the first brewery in Sioux City since the early 2000s,” Heidebrecht said.
Jackson Street brews most types of beer, but they always have their Keelin’ It Exploration IPA on tap.
“This beer is named after the keelboat Lewis & Clark traveled Siouxland and it plays on the fact that this beer is an exploration of a variety of hops to make different IPA combinations,” Heidebrecht said.
Another of their signature beers is the Stone Park IPA, “an ode to our favorite national park where we love running together and hiking with our kids,” she said.
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Because each has a strong German heritage, the couple also started brewing Heidel-Brau, the reimagining of a classic German pilsner that was originally brewed by Sioux City Brewing Company over half a century ago. century. They also make a Hell’s Half Acre series – “a cask-aged stout with various admixtures, brewed a small batch at a time to resemble historic times in Sioux City,” Heidebrecht said.
Sours are also popular menu items.
“Almost all of our beer names have a particular historical place, memory or meaning. Maybe those are the ingredients we grow in our orchard or pick with friends in town,” she said.
The bar is in a century-old building in downtown Sioux City, which has housed many businesses over the century.
“Vintage would be a great description,” Heidebrecht said, “with a bit of guts and character.”
Last summer, the couple completed the renovation of a nearby 110-year-old space to expand the brasserie and bar. They describe it as a “speakeasy feel”, with an original gold-painted tin ceiling and exposed brickwork.
“During our many trips to Menards, we came across an employee who owns a sawmill near Sioux City,” Winslow said. “He helped cut huge 100-year-old live edge tiles that we incorporated into our table tops and bar top.” This addition also allowed them to double their patio space, which is also dog-friendly.
“We started with a shoestring budget, but poured our hearts and souls into our small but mighty family business,” Heidebrecht said. “Operating with a dedicated and hardworking staff, our Midwest values have brought together a beer community in what has been a hometown light beer town. Our tasting room offers 19 taps with something for everyone. We’ve grown to love traditional, true-to-style beers, while experimenting with fun and whimsical creations to keep people coming back for more. The expansion into our neighboring space has sparked a brand new renovation of our entire tasting room to honor a classic vintage style and an ambience that takes you back in time.
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Address: 607 5th Street, Sioux City
Call: (712) 574-8403
Distance from downtown Des Moines: 193 miles
Hours: 4pm-9pm from Tuesday to Thursday, 3pm-10pm on Friday, 11am-10pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday.
Food: They recently started offering Roberto’s Pizza, but customers are also welcome to bring their own food. On Sundays, their “Sunday Brunch” features a pairing of their Big Beers with Roberto’s Breakfast Pizza and local donuts from Jitters. “We’ve built a strong community of beer lovers who come together every Sunday for what they call ‘Beer Therapy.’ Some are retired teachers, others are young teachers, workers and engineers, basically people from all walks of life, but brought together with their love of beer,” Heidebrecht said.
Children: Jackson Street Brewing’s atmosphere is welcoming and family-friendly. They serve Millstream Root Beer on tap for kids or ‘kids at heart’.
Events: See you on February 19 for Bockfest, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., marking the eventual transition from winter to spring with traditional German Bock beers. They will also be giving away a special glass with a goat printed on it as well as a traditional Bockfest beer refill for $12. Learn more about it at facebook.com/events/316979543653089.
Rental space: In July 2021, the couple opened 609 Space, an intimate space for parties of up to 30 people that can be rented out for parties or other events. “It’s really fun when it’s warm enough because we can open the two 10-foot high garage doors and it feels very different,” Heidebrecht said. “We have six taps in this space and friends book the space for $50 and they get a private beertender and the space. It’s only $200 plus tip for two hours. Friends can bring their own food. Slow cookers are popular. And, in the future, we hope to offer a few more items as well. We always look ahead. »
while you are there: “We always recommend visiting The Diving Elk (bar and restaurant), The Warrior Hotel, where there is a bowling alley in the basement, taking a hike in Stone Park or at least visiting the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center which is in Stone Park,” the couple said. Marto Brewing Company and Brioux City Brewery.