LION BRIDGE BREWING is independently owned!

First Brewed



Iowa, United States


Lion Bridge Brewing Company was founded in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2014 by husband and wife Quinton and Ana McClain. Based out of the historic Fritz’s Food Market grocery building, Lion Bridge is at the center of the Czech themed “New Bohemia” neighborhood in Cedar Rapids. The brewery is named after the bridge less than two hundred yards from the brewery which is covered in lions, the symbol of the Czech Republic.

Quinton, who was from Cedar Rapids originally, moved out to Colorado to go to college, and became a brewer at Fort Collins Brewery while there. He saw the lack of breweries in Cedar Rapids as an opportunity to come back to town and fill a niche. Cedar Rapids has a large population of people of Czech heritage, including the McClains, and so they set up shop in New Bohemia. Their location was the first grocery store in town, and had recently flooded, so there was an opportunity to rehabilitate it.

Ana, who has an MBA, runs the business side of the operation. Lion Bridge quickly achieved critical success in 2014 with a GABF gold medal, which helped gain them recognition in the area. In 2018, the company added a canning line to increase their distribution throughout the state.

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