Neil Hewitt
Nov
17
3:00 PM15:00

Neil Hewitt

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He may be born and bred Iowan, but his heart is in Nashville!  A country music superfan and talented entertainer, Neil Hewitt has been performing for years, opening for well-known acts such as Kellie Pickler, James Otto, Jerrod Neimann, and others.  He's a staple at county fairs, casinos, and breweries  -  wherever country fans flock for a good time.  Join us for a cozy afternoon of familiar country and classic rock favorites and Neil's own originals.  Cowboy hats welcome but not required!  No admission fee.  

More about Neil:  www.neilhewittmusic.com

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Fred Love
Nov
24
3:00 PM15:00

Fred Love

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Fred Love is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Ames, Iowa. He released his debut solo album, "Lily of the Valley," this summer.

A native of an isolated farm town, Fred has always thought of his music as an extension of the most primal forms in the American songbook. His direct blend of country, folk and blues lends his songs an immediacy that taps into the hearts of the wanderers, misfits and strangers that haunt America’s rural interior.
 
Fred’s hometown seldom attracted the attention of traveling musical acts, so he usually had to drive an hour or more to reach the nearest music venues for live shows. Now, as an established DIY singer-songwriter in Ames, he embraces every opportunity to play the local bars and honky tonks of the rural Midwest in an effort to bring live performances to communities that rarely host them.
 
You can often find him setting up his guitar and microphone stand in an out-of-the-way watering hole on the plains, serving up his original compositions alongside classic numbers from the likes of Lightnin’ Hopkins and Hank Williams. 

Find out more about Fred Love here:

https://fredlove.info/home

https://www.facebook.com/fredlovemusic

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Ornament Painting with Market 124
Nov
29
6:00 PM18:00

Ornament Painting with Market 124

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Relax, enjoy a drink from Fat Hill and have fun with our ornament painting class. Add your creativity to mercury glass ornaments. $25 includes all materials and one drink. Spaces limited, reservations required! Call Market 124 to reserve your spot or purchase online. No refunds on class purchases. If you are not able to attend the class can be used towards a future class at Market 124 if you give us 48 hours notice of your cancellation. Keep your receipt! Call Market 124 for questions at (641) 423-0929 Mon-Sat 10-5, 7pm on Thursdays. ornaments. $25 includes all materials and one drink. Spaces limited, reservations required! Click here to register and then look for the JOY ornament: https://squareup.com/store/market124masoncity/

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The Home Fires
Nov
30
7:00 PM19:00

The Home Fires

The Home Fires is an Americana duo based in Minneapolis comprised of critically acclaimed singer/songwriters, Sarah Morris and Vicky Emerson. Sarah and Vicky are established touring artists and after developing a close friendship and playing live shows together, they unearthed a gorgeous new sound featuring Sarah's clear, melodic voice and Vicky's warm, weathered harmony.  They describe their duo as a modern day version of The Judds, emphasizing harmonies, humor, and traditional country songs.  Covers that they love to play are remakes of "oldies but goodies" like Hank Williams' "Cold Cold Heart" or fun spins on popular 90's hits from Dwight Yokum and Shania Twain. 

Learn more about The Home Fires on their website or Facebook page.

As always, no admission fee for FHB concerts.  Come and join us for a cozy afternoon!

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Your Choice Wood Sign Painting Workshop
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

Your Choice Wood Sign Painting Workshop

Jennifer Miller of Charles City's Artsy Dabbler will be joining us on December 5 for this custom sign workshop!

You will have a choice of designs for this workshop and you can see all the choices on this Artsy Dabbler Facebook album.

Signs are handmade and constructed with new wood, most dimensions are 14.5" x 18", 7” x 48” or 11” x 36”. You will be supplied with all the materials and direction needed to create your own hand painted sign. When registering for this class, please indicate which design you would like to paint in the Sign Choice field of sign up. Class fee will include all supplies and instruction to create your own hand painted sign and your choice of one pint of beer, cider or root beer! 

Class fee: $49
Class size: max of 12 (so if you're interested, please register soon to avoid disappointment...the last Artsy Dabbler sign workshop we announced sold out in 2 days)
Restrictions: must be 21 or older to participate

Registration and pre-payment is required (through this link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b48a4a92aa2f49-your20 ) to reserve your space. Class fees are non-refundable. If you need to cancel, Jennifer will paint your sign for you and ship it to you. Please feel free to contact her with any questions at 641-257-9685

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Fernando Ufret
Dec
8
3:00 PM15:00

Fernando Ufret

 Obviously we had a good time the last time Fernando was in town!

Obviously we had a good time the last time Fernando was in town!

Originally from Puerto Rico, Fernando Ufret is a seasoned musician who now spends part of each year bringing his classical/flamenco/Spanish guitar infused music to the American Midwest.  His solo acoustic show has been running non-stop for 14 years, traveling from Aruba to Alaska.  His favorite music to play ranges from Jim Croce to Billy Joel and Micheal Jackson, from the Gipsy Kings to Bon Jovi.  There will be something for everyone at this cozy afternoon show!

No charge for admission. 

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Chad Elliott
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Chad Elliott

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Americana/Blues/Roots singer-songwriter Chad Elliott performs more than 200 shows each year and is lauded as “Iowa’s Renaissance man” by Culture Buzz.  Elliott’s early career demonstrates a love of folk, roots and singer-songwriter music. He has worked with many greats and shared the stage with artists of the highest caliber, including Odetta, Tom Paxton, Loudon Wainwright III, R.L. Burnside, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, etc. On his 20th album, “Wreck and Ruin,” Elliott dives into his love of roots-rock, soul and blues music with a rocking band behind his artfully crafted songs. Producer and drummer, Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) lined up the best rhythm and lead players in Nashville to create Elliott’s greatest album to date. Guitarist and bassist Kenny Vaughan and Dave Roe, legendary Nashville players, add the needed touches to rocket Elliott’s songs into a new arena of hard driving Americana. Elliott just released his 21st album, "RINGGOLD," which is full of stomp ballads and heart-breakers. Elliott is currently on the road introducing fans to his latest works during the RINGGOLD tour.  His next project is well-on-its-way, too. He recently recorded an album at Sun Studio in Memphis, TN, with his band, The Redemptions. This album will be released in 2018.  This cozy after-work concert in the taproom is, as usual, free of charge.

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Brewery Book Club:  Born a Crime
Dec
19
7:00 PM19:00

Brewery Book Club: Born a Crime

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FHB Book Club meets once a month at the brewery (3rd Wednesday of each month, at 7 pm) and anyone is welcome to come or not come based on their interest in that month's book. No commitment, no stress...just a chance to learn something new, share your opinions, and meet fellow supernerds. The book discussion is lead by our resident bookworm and brewery co-owner, Molly.  There's no fee to participate and no purchase required.

December's book is Born A Crime by Trevor Noah, which is a memoir about growing up biracial in apartheid South Africa.  His funny/heartfelt/nerve-wracking stories entertain and make you think, teach about South Africa's culture/history, and immortalize the character of his unconventional mother.  (Although Noah now hosts an American political/comedy TV show, our discussion will only be about his memoir and childhood and we will not his politics or current career.  You don't need to be a watcher of his stand-up or TV show to understand the book or participate in our discussion.)  

The book is available in all print and digital formats.  The author reads the audio version (that recording was the highest customer rated narration on all of Audible in 2016).  

About Born A Crime

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
Michiko Kakutani, New York Times • Newsday • Esquire • NPR • Booklist

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love.

Praise for Born a Crime

 “[A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [Trevor Noah’s] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . Born a Crime is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author’s remarkable mother.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“[An] unforgettable memoir.”Parade

 “What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider Born a Crime another such gift to her—and an enormous gift to the rest of us.”—USA Today

“[Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar.”—People

“[Noah’s] electrifying memoir sparkles with funny stories . . . and his candid and compassionate essays deepen our perception of the complexities of race, gender, and class.”Booklist (starred review)

“A gritty memoir . . . studded with insight and provocative social criticism . . . with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations.”Kirkus Reviews

 

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You Knew Me When
Dec
27
7:00 PM19:00

You Knew Me When

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Photo Credit: Kendra Burlew Bomar

Outfitted with an array of instruments, You Knew Me When is a husband and wife indie folk-rock pairing with a full band sound. Formerly of Nashville, TN, the duo have toured full-time since June of 2012 throughout the USA and Canada, sharing their collective sound and recent offerings "We Found Roads" and "The Only You EP". While living a true troubadour lifestyle, You Knew Me When continue to create and serve up an array of craft brewed compositions coast to coast.  They love to play at breweries...150 of them so far!

Join us for this cozy, free-of-charge show.  

Find out more at:

www.youknewmewhen.com

www.facebook.com/youknewmewhen

www.twitter.com/youknewmewhen

www.reverbnation.com/youknewmewhen

 

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Michael Betz
Dec
29
3:00 PM15:00

Michael Betz

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Our wintery afternoon concert on December 29 will have you feeling classy!  Mason City native Michael Betz, now living in Minneapolis working as a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, will be entertaining the taproom on his piano with a mix of jazz standards, original jazz compositions, and free improvisation.  Michael has studied and worked in music for years and loves to bring his talents back to his hometown!

Since this is an instrumental concert, it's the perfect occasion for a gathering of friends and family that might be in town for the holidays.  Michael will provide the ambiance while you catch up with people you don't get to see very often.

Please join us for this cozy afternoon show!  No admission fee.  

 

More info on Michael:

Michael Betz is a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Mason City, IA, currently living in Minneapolis, MN. His compositions are not limited to the concert stage and have appeared in a variety of media, including Android apps by developer Nathan Tornquist and the YouTube series Chadtronic. Comfortable in both the jazz and classical idioms, he maintains an active performance schedule as a solo and collaborative pianist in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. Recent collaborators include soprano Sonja Tengblad and singer-songwriter Matt Alber. He also performs as a solo improvisational synthesizer player, and has played Minneapolis experimental music series such as Drone Not Drones, the Tourniquet Noise Series, and Khyber Pass Thursdays. Betz enjoyed a full 4 years as a percussionist in the St. Olaf Band and Orchestra, and currently sings bass with Magnum Chorum, Aliro Voices, and MPLS (imPulse). He teaches beginning piano, violin, and guitar lessons through the Minnetonka Music Academy.

Betz is a recipient of the 2017 Jerome Foundation for New Music grant and is Composer-in-Residence for Magnum Chorum’s 2017-2018 concert season. His orchestra work Enclosure was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2017 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute. Three of his chamber works have received finalist designation in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. He has also received recognition in calls for scores from the Solo and Chamber Timpanist’s Initiative and Symphony Number One. In August 2015, he participated in the Source Song Festival, where he workshopped his song cycle Indra’s Ear with Libby Larsen. Indra’s Ear received further performances by RenegadeEnsemble at Antonello Recital Hall, Studio Z, the Baroque Room, and the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert Series in the Twin Cities.

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Jordan Mayland
Jan
5
7:00 PM19:00

Jordan Mayland

Jordan Mayland is well known for being involved in many musical projects such as Tires, Volcano Boys, and his solo project Jordan Mayland and the Thermal Detonators. Hailing from Rake, Iowa, Jordan started his first band Keepers of the Carpet with his close friends around 1996. He continued to study music at Central College in the early 2000’s and has since put out many albums and played countless shows around the nation. Expect to hear many of Jordan’s songs and his favorite covers (from bands like The Beatles, Tom Petty, and Weezer) during this rare North Iowa solo set!

No admission fee.

Here are some links to some of Jordan's projects.  He's BUSY!

http://www.jordanmayland.bandcamp.com

http://www.volcanoboys.bandcamp.com

http://www.tires.bandcamp.com

http://www.electronidoll.bandcamp.com

http://www.mantispincers.bandcamp.com

http://bewarethewheelers.com

 

 

 

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Tarot Card Readings
Jan
9
4:00 PM16:00

Tarot Card Readings

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Toni of Toni's Tarot here in Mason City will be spending the afternoon in the tap room on January 9 for some tarot card readings!

If you've ever seen these cards in action in movies or TV, this is event is an easy, fun way to cross the experience off your bucket list! Tickets would also make a fun Christmas gift!

"Tarot can enlighten you about the choices you have," says Toni.  "The cards don't tell you what you should do or what specifically is going to happen in your future, but rather illuminate the possibilities depending on the path you take."

Your 15-minute reading includes one beer, cider, or root beer and is $22. When buying your ticket, please note the TIME you are signing up for. (There is one ticket per time slot.) Please check in at the bar a few minutes before your scheduled time. If you're not there on time, there's no guarantee we'll be able to fit you in to the schedule so please make sure you arrive with enough time to get your beer and settle in before it's your turn.

There will be no refunds on tickets, period;  this includes no refunds for no-shows or late commers.  Must be 21 years or older.

Get your ticket here:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tarot-card-readings-tickets-52109067624

 

 

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Ruthless Ruth
Jan
10
6:00 PM18:00

Ruthless Ruth

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Picture via Ruth's FB.

Ruthless Ruth aka Ruth Lapointe is a high-energy folk-pop singer-songwriter specializing in edgy originals and classic cover songs. 

Original songs from such as  "Winnebago" and "On the Road" reference life while growing up in small town Iowa. 

Other originals such as "I'll Creep on You (Hope you don't mind)" and "Sometimes I wear slacks," which Ruth describes as  "female-empowerment anthems," promote women who go against gender stereotypes in their romantic relationships. 

Ruthless Ruth has performed on stages ranging from free shows on the street corners of Iowa City to entertaining thousands while performing during RAGBRAI events. 

There is no admission fee for this cozy after-work show.  

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Brewery Book Club:  News of the World
Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

Brewery Book Club: News of the World

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FHB Book Club meets once a month at the brewery (3rd Wednesday of each month, at 7 pm) and anyone is welcome to come or not come based on their interest in that month's book. No commitment, no stress...just a chance to learn something new, share your opinions, and meet fellow supernerds. The book discussion is lead by our resident bookworm and brewery co-owner, Molly.  There's no fee to participate and no purchase required.

January’s book is News of the World by Paulette Jiles, which is a critically acclaimed work of shorter historical fiction set right after the Civil War. It tells the story about a former soldier charged with a very special delivery - a child that needs to be restored to her family. (Or does she, really?)

The book is available in all print and digital formats.    

About News of the World

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.

Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself.

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Juni West
Jan
19
7:00 PM19:00

Juni West

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Local singer-songwriter Juni West independently released Warm Honey, a limited edition, five-track demo album in 2015. In 2016 she was a selected artist for the Iowa Music Project for her song Creeping Eyes. Currently she is preparing to recording her first full-length album.  She cites her influences as Jewel, Tori Amos, John Prine, St Vincent, Jenny Lewis, Patty Griffin, and Ray Lamantange, just to name a few.  

More about Juni West:  https://www.facebook.com/JuniWestMusic/

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Andrew Hoyt
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

Andrew Hoyt

 Photo by Brent Ganterbein (https://www.brentgantenbeincreatives.com/

Photo by Brent Ganterbein (https://www.brentgantenbeincreatives.com/

Andrew Hoyt, a singer/songwriter from Des Moines, has enjoyed performing across the Midwest for five years.  Ukulele is his unique signature instrument, which compliments his voice with its soft and sparkly tone and adds a smooth ambiance to his music.  Influenced by a wide variety of music, Andrew plays familiar tunes from the 70's, 80's, jazz, modern, and original music.

No admission fee for this super chill after-work show in the tap room.  

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Morgan Kahler
Feb
2
3:00 PM15:00

Morgan Kahler

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Fat Hill Brewing is going a little bit country for a cozy Saturday afternoon concert on in February!  Join us for a performance from north Iowa native (Lakota) Morgan Kahler. A seasoned vocalist and guitarist, Morgan has been performing for many years, sometimes opening for big acts like the Vic Ferrari Band.  Morgan cites her musical influences as favorite country oldies, new country hits, and even some rock and roll.  Expect to hear tunes from some of her favorites like Johnny Cash, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, and Journey during her show.

No admission fee.  For more about Morgan, visit her Facebook page.

 
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The Hats
Feb
23
3:00 PM15:00

The Hats

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Join us for an afternoon of local tunes with some Mason City favorites, singer-songwriter Paul Weitzel and The Hats! The Hats play folk, Americana, jam, country, and blues favorites as well as some of their own music, too.

Featuring:

Jeremy True - Upright Bass
Dan True - Lead guitar
Paul Weitzel - Vocals, Guitar and Mandolin

No admission charge.  

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John Statz
Mar
9
3:00 PM15:00

John Statz

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A prolific Americana/folk songwriter, John Statz has released seven studio albums, and performed all over North America (including Canada and Mexico) and Europe. Now based in Denver, we’re lucky enough to get John for an afternoon as he winds his way through the Midwest on his latest tour. Join us for a cozy afternoon of John’s original songs, which are flavored with some of his favorite influences (Bob Dylan, Kathleen Edwards, Greg Brown, Peter Mulvey, Kris Delmhorst, Bo Ramsey, Megan Burtt, Neil Young, Tom Waits, and Bruce Springsteen). No admission fee.

For more info on John Statz:

http://johnstatz.com/
https://www.facebook.com/johnstatzmusic/?fref=ts

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The Common Ground Company
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

The Common Ground Company

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The Common Ground Company’s unique blend of Bluegrass, Americana, and Folk have been dazzling the Twin Cities since the fall of 2015. Led by Steph Snow’s powerful vocals and piano, Jorgen Wadkins (guitar), Pete Whitemen (bass), Zach Tauer (banjo), and Jake Rohde (mandolin) blend their acoustic instruments to create a driving, dynamic soundscape.

More about The Common Ground:

Facebook

Website

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Dustin Prinz
Apr
4
6:00 PM18:00

Dustin Prinz

Nebraska native Dustin Prinz is a seasoned musician used to being on the road.  He's a singer-songwriter who draws inspiration from his favorites musicians, which include Michael Einziger of Incubus, Bon Iver, Travis Meeks of Days Of The New, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Tommy Emmanuel, Rodrigo y Gabriella and John Gomm. 

His guitar playing is a blend of hybrid picking and guitar tapping developed during his days as a drummer.  Dustin calls his style "Parapicking". 

In addition to touring, Dustin is always available on Youtube to his 27 thousand + subscribers.

We're excited to have him visit our tap room for this super casual after-work gig. 

Learn more about Dustin:

http://www.dustinprinz.com

https://www.facebook.com/dustinprinzmusic/

https://www.youtube.com/user/prinzd

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Joshua Sinclair
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

Joshua Sinclair

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Des Moines singer-songwriter Joshua Sinclair, once described as "Ryan Adams meets Ed Sheeran", will join us for no-admission charge acoustic show on April 26.  With songs ranging in styles from pop to alternative to crossover country, Sinclair is a seasoned musician, having toured for years and done work on no less than 14 albums. He has an eclectic mix of influences (Keith Urban, Dashboard Confessional, Thompson Square, The Cadillac 3, American Bang, etc.) which means there should be something for everyone at this super casual after-work weekday show.  

No admission fee.  

 

For more info about Joshua, please visit:

www.joshuasinclair.com

www.facebook.com/joshuasinclairmusic

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Ryne Doughty
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

Ryne Doughty

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Join us for a super casual after work concert with Des Moines-based roots-americana musician Ryne Doughty! Ryne says he had a great time here in last winter so we're excited to have him back again.

Ryne is an accomplished singer-songwriter whose forth studio album was released a few months ago and is now for sale at his live shows, iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon and Spotify.

We really dig Ryne's original song Far and Wide (https://bit.ly/2M3bumF).

For more info about Ryne and to listen to some of his music or buy his cds, visit: www.rynedoughty.net/

No admission fee.

 

About Ryne

"Ryne Doughty is a roots-americana musician out of Des Moines whose music is deeply rooted in real life stories of love, loss, work, and play. His stripped down, earthy sound is directly influenced by the small, rural town where he was born and raised. Playing behind his fourth studio album, “Date Night”, Doughty is back in Iowa after a few years in the mountains of Colorado and is starting to make a name for himself in the Midwest scene. With solid finger-style guitar picking and a rich baritone voice he brings a dynamic of warmth and richness to the stage. Doughty’s performances are always passionate and full of energy and songs that tell real life stories.

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Body Butter Make-And-Take Night
Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

Body Butter Make-And-Take Night

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Essential oil guru Nikki Harken is back to host a fun and easy come-and-go workshop on November 15. Nikki will provide several different body butter bases and then you get to choose from lots of scents to add to those bases to make a heavenly-smelling, moisturizing masterpiece! It’s kind of like designing a custom perfume or cologne, except the body butters provide both scent and soften skin. Make a custom perfect-just-for-you treat or create a unique gift — or both!  

“The whipped body butters literally melt into your skin and smell good enough to eat,” says Nikki.

Your first trip through the body butter bar is $20 and includes one body butter, container, scents, and instructions/encouragement. Each additional trip through the body butter bar is $5. The price of your first body butter creation includes one free includes one beer/cider/root beer!

This is a come-and-go event so show up anytime between 6 PM and 8:30 PM. Nikki plans to wrap up the event around 9 PM.

Nikki would love if folks prepay using Venmo (@Nikki-ZumbachHarken) or Paypal (nicholekea@gmail.com).  This will help ensure she has the right amount of supplies to go around.

If you have questions, please email Nikki directly at nicholekea@gmail.com.

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Brewery Book Club:  The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Nov
14
7:00 PM19:00

Brewery Book Club: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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FHB Book Club meets once a month at the brewery and anyone is welcome to come or not come based on their interest in that month's book. No commitment, no stress...just a chance to learn something new, share your opinions, and meet fellow supernerds. The book discussion is lead by our resident bookworm and brewery co-owner, Molly.  There's no fee to participate and no purchase required.  Usually book club meets 3rd Wednesday of each month, at 7 pm, but this month due to Thanksgiving week, we're meeting a week early, on the 2nd Wednesday of November, November 14.  We've picked a shorter book to accommodate the shorter-than-usual time between meetings.  

November's book is The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, which is a short novel ("a fairy tale for adults"), perfect for a late fall escape.  Although most of his novels were published years ago, Gaiman is a bit of a trendy name right now  -  his books have spawned buzz-worthy, binge-inducing TV in the last year and a half (American Gods and Good Omens), and his foray into creative nonfiction with his Norse Mythology in 2017 continued to illustrate his unique range and inventiveness as a writer.  If you've never read him before, the just-250ish-paged The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a great way to try out Neil Gaiman.  

 

About The Ocean at the End of the Lane:

UK National Book Awards 2013 "Book of the Year"

“Fantasy of the very best.” Wall Street Journal

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse where she once lived, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

A groundbreaking work as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out.

“[Gaiman’s] mind is a dark fathomless ocean, and every time I sink into it, this world fades, replaced by one far more terrible and beautiful in which I will happily drown.” New York Times Book Review

“Remarkable . . . wrenchingly, gorgeously elegiac. . . . [I]n The Ocean at the End of the Lane, [Gaiman] summons up childhood magic and adventure while acknowledging their irrevocable loss, and he stitches the elegiac contradictions together so tightly that you won’t see the seams.” (Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE)

“Gaiman has crafted an achingly beautiful memoir of an imagination and a spellbinding story that sets three women at the center of everything. . . .[I]t’s a meditation on memory and mortality, a creative reflection on how the defining moments of childhood can inhabit the worlds we imagine.” (Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee, WI))

“His prose is simple but poetic, his world strange but utterly believable—if he was South American we would call this magic realism rather than fantasy.” (The Times (London) on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE)

“[W]orthy of a sleepless night . . . a fairy tale for adults that explores both innocence lost and the enthusiasm for seeing what’s past one’s proverbial fence . . . Gaiman is a master of creating worlds just a step to the left of our own.” (USA Today on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE)

“Poignant and heartbreaking, eloquent and frightening, impeccably rendered, it’s a fable that reminds us how our lives are shaped by childhood experiences, what we gain from them and the price we pay.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“[A] compelling tale for all ages . . . entirely absorbing and wholly moving.” (New York Daily News on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE)

“[A] story concerning the bewildering gulf between the innocent and the authoritative, the powerless and the powerful, the child and the adult. . . . Ocean is a novel to approach without caution; the author is clearly operating at the height of his career.” (The Atlantic Wire on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE)

“Ocean has that nearly invisible prose that keeps the focus firmly on the storytelling, and not on the writing. . . . This simple exterior hides something much more interesting; in the same way that what looks like a pond can really be an ocean.” (io9)

“This slim novel, gorgeously written, keeps its talons in you long after you’ve finished.” (New York Post on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE)

“In Gaiman’s latest romp through otherworldly adventure, a young boy discovers a neighboring family’s supernatural secret. Soon his innocence is tested by ancient, magical forces, and he learns the power of true friendship. The result is a captivating read, equal parts sweet, sad, and spooky.” (Parade on THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE)

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Tarot Card Readings
Nov
14
4:00 PM16:00

Tarot Card Readings

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Toni of Toni's Tarot here in Mason City will be spending the afternoon in the tap room on November 14 for some tarot card readings!

If you've ever seen these cards in action in movies or TV, this is event is an easy, fun way to cross the experience off your bucket list!

"Tarot can enlighten you about the choices you have," says Toni.  "The cards don't tell you what you should do or what specifically is going to happen in your future, but rather illuminate the possibilities depending on the path you take."

Your 15-minute reading includes one beer, cider, or root beer and is $22. When buying your ticket, please note the TIME you are signing up for. (There is one ticket per time slot.) Please check in at the bar a few minutes before your scheduled time. If you're not there on time, there's no guarantee we'll be able to fit you in to the schedule so please make sure you arrive with enough time to get your beer and settle in before it's your turn.

There will be no refunds on tickets, period;  this includes no refunds for no-shows or late commers.  Must be 21 years or older.

Get your ticket here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tarot-card-readings-tickets-49676028338

 

 

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Jessica McClintock
Nov
10
4:00 PM16:00

Jessica McClintock

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Jessica McClintock (a Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac, and George Strait super-fan) will join us for a cozy, slightly country concert on November 10!  Jessica is Fort Dodge native who loves to preform all over Iowa, citing the occasions when she gets to open for big acts like LoCash and Jordan Davis as especially proud moments.  A self-taught musician, she loves country, oldies, and some modern pop, her influences ranging from classic country to Beatles to Coldplay.  When she's not on the road, she's in college studying Radiology.

No addmission fee.

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Marc Bailey
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Marc Bailey

Marc Bailey, a singer-songwriter and craft beer superfan from the Des Moines area, will join us for a casual after work concert on November 8th!  Marc's show will include familiar songs from today all the way back to the 50s, so get ready to hear Imagine Dragons next to Oasis next to some CCR.  Some will be straightforward renditions, while others are original takes on songs not usually heard in an acoustic setting (Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne, for example).  Marc's originals emphasize his unique guitar style and show influence from some of Marc's favorite songwriters like David Gray, Noel Gallagher, and Glen Hansard.  If Marc looks familiar, you might have seen him and his dad in the Des Moines Register last year (https://dmreg.co/2natUUo) when they were undertaking their epic quest to visit all the breweries in Iowa.  (Sounds like our kind of guy.)  As always, no admission fee. 

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November Bottle Share
Nov
8
4:00 PM16:00

November Bottle Share

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We love beer. We love the beer we make, but we also love trying other beer.  Join us for our next bottle share!

We have some goodies from our epic beer adventure in Scotland to share this time.

We host a bottle share on the second Thursday of each month from 4-8 pm. Craft beer lovers are encouraged to bring at least 16 ounces of a new, rare, old, oddball, or just plain delicious beer they’d like to share. Whether it’s a 2004 Cantillon Loerik you traded a kidney for, or just a great pale ale you had at the tiny brewery near your grandma’s house last weekend, beer geeks are encouraged to bring anything they’d like to share.

If you’re a big enough beer nerd to have a favorite sampling glass, feel free to bring it. If not, we’ve got a clean glass for you! This is a casual, come-and-go-as-you-please event, so show up at any time and stay as long you’d like. There is no cost for this event, but we do suggest a generous tip for your friendly bartender who will be cleaning up after us all night.

As always, over-imbibing is not allowed and we retain the right to refuse service to anyone out of line. Hard alcohol is never allowed in our taproom.  The bottle share is for beer only.  This is the only time outside beer is allowed to be brought into our tap room.

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J. Jeffrey Messerole
Nov
3
3:00 PM15:00

J. Jeffrey Messerole

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Multi-award winning songwriter J. Jeffrey Messerole is an Americana musician originally from Iowa's Great Lakes region. To date, Messerole maintains his Iowa roots living on the western side of the state, on the banks of the Little Sioux river. From there, J. Jeffrey masterfully blends the sounds of his guitar with engaging lyrics and harmonica to tell gritty American tales that are bound to evoke emotion from all of his listeners. Whether solo, or often seen with his road band "The Stone Horses", he’s happy to share his original folk, blues, and alternative country music that is rooted right here in the heart of the Great Plains.

More info on J. Jeffrey Messerole:
Website: www.jjeffreymesserole.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jjeffreymesserolemusic
Bandcamp: www.jjeffreymesserole.bandcamp.com

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November Sit-And-Knit
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

November Sit-And-Knit

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New and experienced knitters are welcome to join our monthly knitting meet-up!  The brewery knitters meet every 1st Thursday of the month at 7pm for a very casual gathering.

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Bring your supplies and your new ideas and get ready for a fun and creative evening in the tap room!

If you've never knitted before and want to learn, that is totally OK.  It's a really friendly group and they love to teach.

The knitting meet-up is hosted by Mason City knitting club Hooked on Yarn.  

 

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Fat Hill Halloween
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Fat Hill Halloween

Save the date! FHB Halloween is coming! We're giving you a month's notice to come up with your craziest costume ever! Fancy Halloween treats, costume contest, spooky decor, bartenders all decked out - we'll have it all on October 27. Plan to join us to celebrate one of our favorite holidays!

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Intro to Craft Beer Mini Class & Brewery Production Tour
Oct
27
1:00 PM13:00

Intro to Craft Beer Mini Class & Brewery Production Tour

FHB brewer Jake will lead a small-sized class on Saturday, October 27 beginning at 1:00pm. 

Have you ever wanted to feel, smell, and taste raw ingredients that go into your favorite beer?  Then this is the event for you!  Brewer Jake will lead you through a guided tasting (a flight of beers he chooses), teach you about flavors and ingredients, take you through the brewing process on an in-depth behind-the-scenes tour (pint of beer included), and set you up with a t-shirt to remember the day.  You'll leave with a better understanding of the brewing process and what kind of beers are for you.

To review, your $40 ticket includes:

-  class and tour

-  flight of four 5 oz beers

-  pint or 10 oz beer during the tour

-  t-shirt to take home

 

The class and tour together will be about 2 - 2.5 hours.  Classes are limited to 7 people each.

This is a great opportunity to meet our brewer, ask questions, see our brew area and basement, and take your beer hobby to the next level!  

Tickets are available by via our online ticketing system.  Please click here to order!  

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Halloween Candy + Beer Pairing
Oct
27
12:00 PM12:00

Halloween Candy + Beer Pairing

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Don't let the kids have all the fun this Halloween season! Join us for a grown-ups-only candy and beer pairing on Saturday, October 27.

Your $10 ticket price includes the candy and accompanying beers (four types of candy/four 5 oz beers). No substitutions. (Although the final menu is yet to be set, it is likely this event will be unsuitable for anyone who avoids nuts, chocolate, sugar, etc.)

Tickets are required for this event. Walk-in requests for candy flights unfortunately cannot be fulfilled. Tickets to our flight nights usually sell out more or less right away so get 'um while you can! (There are just 50 tickets available for this event.)

Please come in any time between noon and 10 PM on October 27 to claim your goodies.

No refunds on tickets.

(This pairing event overlaps with our Halloween party, which is from 7pm - 11pm the same night. Come in costume if you'd like to be in our come-and-go style staff-favorite costume contest. Winner gets a $50 FHB gift card!)

Click here to get your tickets.

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The Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

The Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League

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The Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League is a swing sextet from Minneapolis,
Minnesota.  A melting pot of hot jazz, swing, and latin rhythms, brought to a boil by soaring
vocals and endless energy. Their second album, "Masquerade" was released on June
3rd, 2017. GATL's second full-length album is a masterful mix of old-time hot jazz and
latin rhythms, held together by modern songwriting and layered stories.

We are lucky enough to get them because they are passing through the area on the way to other gigs.  Come join us for this rare BIG BAND Thursday after-work show.  No admission fee.  

What the critics say about GATL's music: 

“The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League take things all the way back to the 1930s
with their Django Reinhardt-influenced gypsy jazz, and they do it damn well.”
-Andrea Swensson, The Current


"... takes the best style of music from each decade after Prohibition and creates a
unique musical style."
-CBS Minnesota


“Some would call it “old-timey,” while others would argue “timeless.’’
-Duluth Homegrown

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Matt Woods
Oct
20
3:00 PM15:00

Matt Woods

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PHOTO CREDIT: JEN TAYLOR

Please join us for an afternoon with roots and blues musician Matt Woods. Matt is a seasoned performer who is excited to share the diversity of roots and blues (traditional delta, hill country and urban electric blues, to gospel, country and folk music) with Mason City! 

There is no cover charge for this free concert. 

About Matt Woods Blues Music:
An Iowa native, Woods has been performing regularly since 2002 and has released 4 albums (two solo albums, and two backed by his unparalleled band, The Thunderbolts). He has also won the Iowa Blues Challenge and gone on the represent the state in the International Blues Challenge an unprecedented 3 times. Matt’s first solo album, “If I Was a Fish”, finished inthe top 5 of the International Blues Foundation’s “best self-produced CD” category in 2006. His two subsequent albums, with The Thunderbolts, have also gained national attention. 2007’s, “Be My Friend”, was referred to as “blistering” by Dirty Linen magazine, and Living Blues magazine called 2010’s “Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts”, “a smoking amalgam of Hound Dog Taylor and Freddy King”. Additionally, Blues Revue called the album; raw, hypnotic and “very appealing”. Matt latest album, “Sawdust and Gasoline” was release in 2015. “Sawdust and Gasoline”, which has received extensive airplay in the U.S. and Europe, finished in the Top 5 of the International Blues Foundations “best self-produced CD” category in 2015, and has recently been nominated by Blues Blast Magazine for album of the year in the “Acoustic Blues” category!

Over the course of his career, Matt has also shared the stage with many notable acts, including; Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton, Pinetop Perkins, Louisiana Red, Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, John Primer, RJ Mischo, Delbert McClinton, The Arc Angels, Dr. John, Kelly Hunt, and Joe Price. Perhaps most notably, in 2010, Matt Woods and The Thunderbolts opened for Pat Benetar and REO Speedwagon at the famed Iowa State Fair Grandstand in front of a crowd of 10,000+.

For more info:

http://www.mattwoodsmusic.com

 

Here's a clip of Matt playing in his barn for the cats.

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Oktoberfest Release Day
Oct
20
12:00 PM12:00

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Oktoberfest Release Day

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After taking a 9-month slumber in freshly emptied bourbon barrels, this deep-ruby-colored lager has reached the apex of Autumnal ecstasy. The echos of bourbon and oak of the barrel meld with the rich, full-bodied malty goodness of the Oktoberfest to forge an unbreakable friendship in flavor. (6.7% abv - 19 ibu)

This beer will be available in our tap room in 10 oz pours while our limited supply lasts. We'll also have a limited-edition, special-label, special-sized crowler run (750 ml) of exactly 150 and no more for $20 each. No growlers. Limit 3 per customer per day.

Saturday, October 20 will be the public's first chance to purchase this special beer. Sales start at noon sharp and not before. 

We expect the crowlers to sell fast! These crowlers were purged of oxygen and filled from the bottom, meaning they can be aged for several years if they’re stored at cellar temp (65 or lower). We’d recommend trying one now and sticking one in the cellar to see how the flavors develop and round out over the next year. If you’ve never aged beer before, this would be a great one to start with.

(If you're coming to grab a BA Oktoberfest and like good music, we also have blues phenom Matt Woods from 3 PM - 6 PM on this day as well!)

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Groove to End Violence
Oct
18
5:00 PM17:00

Groove to End Violence

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Promote peace and justice in our communities with live music with Paul Weitzel, Levi Smith, Matt Jensen, Mike Dunn, Jon Bergo, and other local favorites. Door prizes to the first 50 people wearing tie-dye or purple! 

All proceeds and donations from this event will help Crisis Intervention Service in its mission to walk alongside people affected by violence.

(Admission is free and no donation is necessary, but there will be a special purple tip jar if you'd like to make one.)

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Mini Cheesecake Flight Night  -  A Fundraiser for Crisis Intervention Service
Oct
18
4:00 PM16:00

Mini Cheesecake Flight Night - A Fundraiser for Crisis Intervention Service

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We're pairing four delicious little cheesecakes from our friends Taste in Osage with four taster size Fat Hill Brewing beers! Pairing food with beer helps you recognize and enhance new flavors in both the beer and the food. In short, it makes both things more delicious. And the best part? A big chunk of your ticket price goes to make our area a better place to live!

Your $30 ticket price includes the cheesecake flight and accompanying beers (four types of cheesecake/four beers). No substitutions.

Why is this flight more spendy than usual? This is a fundraiser for Crisis Intervention Service and the lion's share of profits from your ticket will go towards supporting their mission to provide persons affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and homicide with professional, confidential, 24-hour services including safety and support and to prevent violence in north Iowa communities through education.

Tickets are required for this event. Walk-in requests for cheesecake flights unfortunately cannot be fulfilled. Due to space restrictions in the brewery and cooler, we are selling exactly 50 tickets and no more, so if you're interested we suggest you buy now. These flight nights sell out right away.No refunds on tickets.

Come in anytime between 4pm and 10pm on Thursday, Oct. 18 to claim your goodies!

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Kevin Boehnke
Oct
13
3:00 PM15:00

Kevin Boehnke

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Kevin Boehnke, a native of Ventura, will join us for a rare north Iowa solo concert this Saturday.  Showing versatility beyond his 21 years, Kevin plays guitar, trumpet, and sings as well as writes his own music.  His solo shows are influenced by artists like John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Ray Charles, Beatles, and Darius Rucker, but as a UNI School of Music student he brings classical and jazz training to the mix as well.  He's preformed across the midwest and beyond, recently recording an album with award-winning songwriter Chad Elliot at Sun Studios in Memphis.  Expect to hear a genre-blending hodgepodge of rock, pop, and country favorites and Kevin's original songs during this cozy no-cover-charge show.  

For more info about Kevin:

https://www.kevinbmusic.com/ 

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Levi Smith
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Levi Smith

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Levi Smith returns to Fat Hill with Matt Root for a Thursday evening performance. Come out for a pint and enjoy catchy original songs and popular classics by Tom Petty, Neil Young, the British invasion and west coast scene bands, as well as acoustic inspirations familiar in his music. Light percussion accompanies this vocal and acoustic performance.

No admission fee.  

Learn more about Levi and his music on his Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/levismithguitar/

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Courtney Krause
Oct
6
3:00 PM15:00

Courtney Krause

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Des Moines singer/songwriter Courtney Krause will be joining us for a cozy afternoon concert on October 6!  Courtney will play some original songs and also a wide variety of covers from Bob Dylan, to The Beatles, and John Prine, even R.Kelly to Bastille, Alicia Keys, and more in between.   

No admission charge.  As usual, FHB is a 21+ venue.

 

About Courtney Krause:

From Des Moines, Iowa, Courtney Krause's music has been featured on KCWI 23, KCCI 8, Iowa Public Radio (IPR), and KFGM Homegrown. From events like Des Moines Music Coalition's Little BIG Fest, to annual volunteering at Race for the Cure, Women Helping Women, and JDRF, Krause has significantly contributed to the musical growth in Des Moines; at the same time, bringing people and music listeners of all ages and backgrounds together. 

In 2016, Krause was added to 80/35 Music Festival lineup, after the song "Hardwood Floors" was selected for Carpe Diem III and the song "I Understand" was used to be chosen for the 2016 Community Selected Artist for Des Moines Music Coalition's Gross Domestic Project. 
 

www.courtneykrausemusic.com
www.facebook.com/courtneykrausemusic

 

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British Isles Cheese & Beer Flight Night (SOLD OUT)
Sep
26
4:00 PM16:00

British Isles Cheese & Beer Flight Night (SOLD OUT)

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In honor of the brewery's upcoming trip to Scotland, we're breaking out another cheese pairing night - this time focused on cheese from the British Isles, a term that incorporates the thousands of islands that includes Great Britian, Ireland, the Isle of Man, etc.

Your $20 ticket price includes the cheese flight and accompanying beers (four types of cheese/four beers) and a few crackers/fruit/nuts as well to refresh the pallet in between tastings. No substitutions.

Tickets are required for this event because we need to know how much cheese to order. Walk-in requests for cheese flights unfortunately cannot be fulfilled. Due to space restrictions in the brewery and cooler, we are selling exactly 50 tickets and no more, so if you're interested we suggest you buy now. (Our last flight night sold out in less than 24 hours.)  No refunds on tickets.

Come in any time we're open on Sept. 26 to claim your goodies! We open at 4 PM and close at 11 PM, so please come not later than 10 PM so you have enough time to enjoy your flight at a relaxed pace.

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 Erwin Wilhelm Otto
Sep
22
7:00 PM19:00

Erwin Wilhelm Otto

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North Iowa native Will Bartz will be bringing his new solo project Erwin Wilhelm Otto to Fat Hill Brewing. Former member of The Euclids, Bartz has recently relocated back to Iowa after living in Nashville for the last three years. During his time with The Euclids, Bartz worked with Grammy award winning producer Joe Trevino as well as producer John Elefante formerly of the band Kansas.  Bartz’s new solo project will be featuring an upcoming album heavily influenced by groups like Cage the Elephant, The Black Keys, Jet, and The Shins, among other rock and indie rock artists. Expect  a mix of indie, rock, and pop covers along with originals from Erwin Wilhelm Otto’s upcoming self titled album.

No admission fee.

For more info:

https://www.facebook.com/erwinwilhelmotto 

https://www.instagram.com/ewomusic/?hl=en

https://twitter.com/EWOmusic

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Ruthless Ruth
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Ruthless Ruth

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Picture via Ruth's FB.

Ruthless Ruth aka Ruth Lapointe is a high-energy folk-pop singer-songwriter specializing in edgy originals and classic cover songs. 

Original songs from such as  "Winnebago" and "On the Road" reference life while growing up in small town Iowa. 

Other originals such as "I'll Creep on You (Hope you don't mind)" and "Sometimes I wear slacks," which Ruth describes as  "female-empowerment anthems," promote women who go against gender stereotypes in their romantic relationships. 

Ruthless Ruth has performed on stages ranging from free shows on the street corners of Iowa City to entertaining thousands while performing during RAGBRAI events. 

There is no admission fee for this cozy after-work show.  

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The Iowa Grill pop-up

Thursday, Sept. 20 from 5:30 PM until 8 pm (or all gone)

One of your favorite local food trucks, famous for Iowa-style comfort food, will be setup as a pop-up restaurant in the taproom during the Ruthless Ruth show!  On the menu are toasty dogs, pub burgers, chips, cookies, and all the fixins'. 

The Iowa Grill doesn't do a lot of events during the colder months so get it while you can!

Cash only sales for food, please. 

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Bryan Odeen
Sep
15
4:00 PM16:00

Bryan Odeen

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Bryan Odeen is a Midwestern boy, born and raised on Johnny Cash, John Denver, and Bob Dylan, who fell in love with the mountains of North Carolina. You’ll hear hints of country, folk, rock, and gospel in a cozy setting. Like so many Midwestern towns, Bryan’s music is a bit off the beaten path, but you’re sure to find a friend if you stay a while.

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Juni West
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Juni West

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Local singer-songwriter Juni West independently released Warm Honey, a limited edition, five-track demo album in 2015. In 2016 she was a selected artist for the Iowa Music Project for her song Creeping Eyes. Currently she is preparing to recording her first full-length album.  She cites her influences as Jewel, Tori Amos, John Prine, St Vincent, Jenny Lewis, Patty Griffin, and Ray Lamantange, just to name a few.  Brent Estlund will joining the show on cajon.  

More about Juni West:  https://www.facebook.com/JuniWestMusic/

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Mini Sandwich Cookie Flight Night
Sep
5
4:00 PM16:00

Mini Sandwich Cookie Flight Night

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We're pairing four delicious little sandwich cookies from our friends at Mad Batters Bakery with four taster size Fat Hill Brewing beers! Pairing food with beer helps you recognize and enhance new flavors in both the beer and the food. In short, it makes both things even more delicious!

Your $22 ticket price includes the little sandwich cookie flight and accompanying beers (four cookies/four 5 oz beers). No substitutions. (Although the final menu is yet to be set, it is likely this event will be unsuitable for anyone who avoids chocolate, nuts, or dairy products.)

Come in any time between 4 PM and 10 PM on Wednesday, September 5 to claim your goodies.

Tickets are required for this event. Walk-in requests for cookie flights unfortunately cannot be fulfilled. Tickets to our flight nights usually sell out more or less right away so get 'um while you can! (There are just 50 tickets available for this event.)

No refunds on tickets.

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Dustin Prinz
Sep
1
3:00 PM15:00

Dustin Prinz

Nebraska native Dustin Prinz is a seasoned musician used to being on the road.  He's a singer-songwriter who draws inspiration from his favorites musicians, which include Michael Einziger of Incubus, Bon Iver, Travis Meeks of Days Of The New, Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Tommy Emmanuel, Rodrigo y Gabriella and John Gomm. 

His guitar playing is a blend of hybrid picking and guitar tapping developed during his days as a drummer.  Dustin calls his style "Parapicking". 

In addition to touring, Dustin is always available on Youtube to his 27 thousand + subscribers.

We're excited to have him visit our tap room for a cozy fall afternoon. 

Learn more about Dustin:

http://www.dustinprinz.com

https://www.facebook.com/dustinprinzmusic/

https://www.youtube.com/user/prinzd

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Writing Workshop with Loretta Ellsworth
Aug
7
6:30 PM18:30

Writing Workshop with Loretta Ellsworth

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Are you secretly working on the Great American Novel or have a half-finished screenplay in a drawer somewhere? Maybe thinking about doing a memoir some day? Or maybe you’re just trying to boost your creativity or just love books? If you answered “yup, guilty” to any of those questions, please clear your schedule for the evening of Tuesday, August 7! We’re opening up special that night to host a free writing workshop facilitated by Mason City native Loretta Ellsworth, author of the novel Stars Over Clear Lake. Loretta will guide us through writing prompts and exercises, talk about her road to publication, share tips about how to engage readers on page one, give advice about where/when to publish your writing, and give instructions on how to write a proper query letter to an editor or agent. The workshop is designed to get your creative juices flowing, no matter what your experience level or preferred genre. The workshop is 100% free and no purchase is required. Please bring a notebook and a pen (or something to type on) and all your burning writing/publishing questions. Doors open at 6 PM and the workshop will begin promptly at 6:30 PM and end around 9PM, with a break in the middle. 

This workshop takes the place of our regularly scheduled August FHB Writing Group meeting.  (Yes, we have a brewery writing group!  If you'd like more info on that, please click here.) 

More About Loretta Ellsworth Author Page

From Mason City, Loretta is a former Spanish teacher and the author of four young adult novels: The Shrouding Woman, In Search of Mockingbird, In a Heartbeat, and Unforgettable. Her debut adult novel, Stars Over Clear Lake (May, 2017, St. Martin’s Press) is set in Clear Lake, Iowa. Her books have been awarded many accolades, including Teen’s Top Ten Finalist, ALA and IRA Notables, New York Library List of Books for the Teen Age, Midwest Bookseller’s Choice Honor Award, Midwest Connection’s Pick, BBCB Choice, NEMBA (North Eastern Minnesota Book Award) finalist, Rebecca Caudill Nominee, and Charlotte Award Nominee. Loretta received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University and lives with her husband and children in Lakeville, Minnesota. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s usually playing tennis.

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Popcorn Flight Night
Aug
1
4:00 PM16:00

Popcorn Flight Night

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We're pairing four delicious piles of sweet or savory flavored popcorn from Here's What's Poppin with four taster size Fat Hill Brewing beers! Pairing food with beer helps you recognize and enhance new flavors in both the beer and the food. In short, it makes both things even more delicious!

Here's What's Poppin is a family owned and operated gourmet snack shop in historic downtown Cedar Falls. They specialize in freshly-made super creative concoctions.

Your $13 ticket price includes the popcorn flight and accompanying beers (four types of popcorn/four 5 oz beers). No substitutions. (Although the final menu is yet to be set, it is likely this event will be unsuitable for anyone who avoids nuts, chocolate, or dairy.)

Come in any time between 4 PM and 10 PM on Aug. 1 to claim your goodies.

Tickets are required for this event. Walk-in requests for popcorn flights unfortunately cannot be fulfilled. Tickets to our flight nights usually sell out more or less right away so get 'um while you can! (There are just 50 tickets available for this event.)

No refunds on tickets.

Click here to buy your popcorn flights!

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Chardonnay Barrel-Aged Hibiscus Saison Release Day
Jul
28
12:00 PM12:00

Chardonnay Barrel-Aged Hibiscus Saison Release Day

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What happens when you put our Hibiscus Saison in a French oak Chardonnay barrel for 5 months? Magic! The subtle vanilla, butterscotch, and residual wine flavors of French oak serve as the perfect balancing act for the cherry, raspberry, slightly earthy hit of the Hibiscus Saison we used as the base for this beer.  (6.7 abv  -  29 ibu)

This beer will be available in our tap room in 5 oz or 10 oz pours while our limited supply lasts. We'll also have a limited-edition, special-label, special-sized crowler run (750 ml) of exactly 100 and no more for $20 each. No growlers. Limit 3 per customer per day.

Saturday, July 28 will be the public's first chance to purchase this special beer. Sales start at noon sharp and not before. 

We expect the crowlers to sell fast! These crowlers were purged of oxygen and filled from the bottom, meaning they can be aged for several years if they’re stored at cellar temp (65 or lower). We’d recommend trying one now and sticking one in the cellar to see how the flavors develop and round out over the next year.  

(If you're coming to grab a Saison and like good music, we also have Fernando Ufret from 3 PM - 6 PM on this day as well!)

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