CORALVILLE, IA – When Backpocket Brewing opened in Coralville’s Iowa River Landing in June, it was with a simple goal in mind: Find a bigger space to brew more beer.

“We set out not to make a restaurant,” said Jake Simmons, Backpocket’s brewmaster. “We set out to make a brewery with a taproom.”

Restaurant or not, the voters in the Press-Citizen’s annual Best of the Area survey were charmed by Backpocket’s brews and smitten with its brick oven pizzas, voting it the Best New Restaurant in 2012.

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