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Iowa’s Big Grove Commemorates RAGBRAI’s 50th with Gold Can Giveaway

Iowa’s Big Grove Commemorates RAGBRAI’s 50th with Gold Can Giveaway

RAGBRAI Celebrates 50th Anniversary

It’s hard to believe that the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) is turning 50 this year. What started as a small group of friends biking across Iowa in 1973 has grown into a week-long event that attracts thousands of cyclists from all over the world.


For those who may not be familiar with RAGBRAI, the event is a week-long bicycle ride across Iowa that takes place in July. The ride starts on the western border of Iowa and ends on the eastern border. Each day, cyclists ride from one town to the next, stopping along the way to enjoy the sights, sounds, and hospitality of Iowa’s small towns.

Big Grove’s Role in RAGBRAI

One of the towns that RAGBRAI will visit this year is Solon, Iowa. Solon is home to Big Grove Brewery, a popular destination for cyclists and craft beer lovers alike. To celebrate RAGBRAI’s 50th anniversary, Big Grove is partnering with the Iowa Brewers Guild to create a special beer for the event.

The Gold Can Giveaway

In addition to the special RAGBRAI beer, Big Grove is also participating in a statewide “Gold Can Giveaway.” Throughout the state, select cases of craft beer will contain a golden ticket that can be redeemed for a prize package worth over $500.

Celebrating Iowa Craft Beer

The “Gold Can Giveaway” is a fun way to celebrate Iowa’s thriving craft beer industry while also getting people excited about RAGBRAI’s 50th anniversary. Whether you’re a seasoned RAGBRAI veteran or a first-time rider, Big Grove’s RAGBRAI beer and the Gold Can Giveaway are a great way to get involved in the celebration. So grab your bike and your favorite craft beer, and get ready to ride!


Dustin is a writer about craft beer and a professional brewer in the city of Chicago. He has written for several magazines and has over a decade of experience in the beer industry. He is currently working on a book about the history of beer in Chicago.

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