Iowa City Business Chosen for Statewide SBDC Award

Iowa City Brewlab chosen as Small Business of the Month


AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce that Drew Letcher, owner, Paha Hills, Inc. d/b/a Iowa City Brewlab, Iowa City, is the winner of the SBDC’s statewide Business of the Month Award.


Paul Heath, regional director of the University of Iowa SBDC, Coralville says, “I enjoyed working with Drew; he was very persistent at creating a successful business. I wish him the best of success for being one of the first microbreweries in Iowa City. He certainly deserves this statewide recognition.”


The Iowa City Brewlab is an Iowa native brewery and taproom located on the east side of downtown Iowa City. It brews artisan craft beers in small batches, which allows it to take chances that bigger production breweries can’t. The company’s philosophy is that the Brewlab does not merely offer commodity products to be sold; it offers an experience to be savored. Its slogan is Art – Science – Fermentation – Flavor. Along with craft beers and a deli, the Iowa City Brewlab has space to hold events; its Beer Hall easily accommodates up to 30 people, and more than 50 by special arrangement.


For more information on Iowa City Brewlab, visit its website at or its Facebook page at


The SBDC Business of the Month Award will be presented to Drew by SBDC Regional Director Paul Heath, who nominated the business for the award.


America’s SBDC Iowa is an outreach program of Iowa State University’s College of Business. Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3350 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515-294-7612, email


Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, America’s SBDC Iowa has 15 regional assistance centers located strategically across the state. Since program inception in 1981, the SBDC has helped hundreds of thousands of Iowa businesses and entrepreneurs through no fee, confidential, customized, professional business counseling and practical, affordable training workshops.


For more information on America’s SBDC Iowa programs or services, call (515) 294-2030 or visit


Press Contacts:

Paul Heath, University of Iowa SBDC, 319-335-3742,

Deb Duncan, America’s SBDC Iowa, 515-294-0021,



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