Iowa Farm Bureau’s Renew Rural Iowa (RRIA) award recipient, Peace Tree Brewing Company, will be featured on Iowa Public Television’s (IPTV) Iowa Entrepreneur on July 7 at 6:30 p.m. and again on July 9 at 10:30 a.m.
After opening the doors to their first location on Knoxville’s main street in 2009, Peace Tree not only garnered success as a business but as an ignitor for rural vitality. Many residents have noticed the brewery’s presence has brought life back to many downtown restaurants and even the local movie theater.
“Iowa Farm Bureau’s investment in Iowa companies through its RRIA program has provided an economic impact of more than $125 million over the last 10 years for rural communities, helping businesses like Peace Tree boost local economies,” says Sandy Ehrig, Iowa Farm Bureau economic development administrator. “They are a prime example of making an entrepreneurial effort work in favor for everyone, and are a great leader to showcase in this IPTV series.”
Peace Tree has also expanded their business to include a private event center in Knoxville, a taproom in the East Village of downtown Des Moines and soon another taproom in Grinnell. Their handcrafted brews can be found in restaurants, bars and stores across the state as well as parts of Nebraska adoring vibrant and psychedelic-looking labels. Most well-known for their “Blonde Fatale,” Peace Tree also concocts seasonal beers, and taproom visitors also can sample “experimental brews.”
Other businesses affiliated with Iowa Farm Bureau’s RRIA program in this year’s IPTV series have included Fire Farm Lighting, StarrMatica Learning Systems and Puck Custom Enterprises. RRIA brings together business experts, educational seminars and various resources through their five pillars of education, mentoring, connecting, recognition and financing. For more information about the next RRIA Business Success Seminar, “The Journey to Your Vision,” offered in October and November, visit http://programs.iowafarmbureau.com/RRI/.