Local Iowa wine and beer was featured at the second Taste of Clinton Thursday at The Rodeo Saloon and Feedhouse, 1801 Lincoln Way.

From 6 to 8 p.m., several local brew masters offered samples of their distinctive beers, wines and spirits.

The idea for the event was very simple, according to owner Jon Van Roekel. The bar already features 12 draft beers from local Iowa breweries along with wine from Clinton’s Wide River Winery, so the event allows local brewmasters to come in and talk to braggers about their unique drafts.

“It’s a great way to support local businesses,” Van Roekel said. “The more local we get the better it is for everyone.”

The brewmasters enjoyed having the opportunity to come out and promote their products as well.

“I have the fun job,” Teresa Albert, from the Mill Stream Brewing Company in Amana, said. “I get to go to fun events like this, while the other guys have to stay back and brew the beer.”

The event remained busy until the very end, with DJ Chris Gatena announcing that the tasting would soon come to a close. The attendees didn’t seem to mind as they took their time to savor all the unique brews.

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