Save the date for BrewNost, September 20, 2024.

Enjoy food and beverage from some of the area’s finest restaurants, local breweries and distilleries, along with international beers, wine, and spirits. Supporting the educational and cultural mission of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, this festive outdoor celebration includes live music from the Dolnemcanka Brass Band, live and silent auction prizes, and the drawing of the BrewNost raffle prize — a trip for two to Prague! (Need not be present to win)

2024 BrewNost Ticket Levels

Introducing new ticket levels for 2024! Do you enjoy unlimited food and beverage? Don’t need alcohol, but yes to all the food you can eat? How about some of both? See below for expanded options to fit your taste! Beverages will not be sold individually.

• 5:30 p.m. Early BrewNost Entry
• Unlimited Food and Beverage Offerings
• 2024 VIP BrewNost Glass

General Admission
• 6:30 p.m. BrewNost Entry
• Unlimited Beverage and Food Offerings
• 2024 BrewNost Glass

Designated Driver
• 6:30 p.m. BrewNost Entry
• Unlimited Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverage Offerings
• 2024 BrewNost Glass

Opportunities to Be Involved

If you are interested in vendor or sponsorship opportunities for BrewNost 2024, email or call 319-362-8500.

2023 BrewNost Vendors

Enjoy food and beverage from some of the best local brewers, distillers, and chefs! Beverages will feature a wide range of international beers hand selected to pair with food offerings by Doug Alberhasky, from John’s Grocery in Iowa City! Unlimited food and beverage tickets are still available this year, with added options of unlimited beverages only, the option to purchase food in $4 and $8 portions, or an unlimited food and nonalcoholic beverages option for designated drivers. Beverages will not be available for individual sale.

Aroma Artisan Pizza

Luna Gelato & Ice Cream

John’s Grocery

Providing a minimum of 15 styles of beers, hand-selected to pair with each food vendor. See complete list below.

Pivo Brewery


Pulled pork slider on a pretzel bun w/ beer cheese • Pork belly burnt ends

Kolache Club

Several varieties of homemade kolache

Lucky's on Sixteenth Avenue

Seafood chowder mac & cheese • Veggie Mac

The Hangry Lady

Chef-Curated Charcuterie

Jelinek Midwest


Cedar Ridge Distillery

Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery

Original 86 Bourbon; Barrel Proof Bourbon; The Quintessential: American Single Malt Whiskey
Wines: Harvest Blush; Nine-Sixty-Five; Atlas

That's So Cheesy

Serving edible cookie dough.

Confluence Brewing Company

Royal Roots Porter

Ruzicka's Catering

Providing a hog roast with all the fixings.

Julia's Kitchen

The Quarter Barrel Arcade & Brewery

Oktoberfest and Ťopek Czech Pilsener beer

Raising Cane's

Serving their lemonade and iced tea.


Shawnnie Steak or Chicken Phillies and buttery delicious cookies.

Ukrainian Treats

Foods: Beetroot salad, Napoleon cake, Sunflower Seed Bars
Drinks: Chicory, Kompot

Oblozene Chlebicky (Open-faced sandwiches)

Traditional Czech open-faced sandwiches

Big Grove Brewery & Taproom

Festbier, Turtle Hunter IPA, and Que Onda Roja

Beverages Hand-Selected by John’s Grocery

🔸 Sour: Rodenbock Classic • JP La Roja • Big Grove Brewery Que Onda Roja
🔸 Belgian Blonde: Delirium Tremmens • Gazellic Illegally Blonde
🔸 Belgian Dark: Gulden Draak • Ommegang Three Philosphers
🔸 Porter: SS Taddy Porter • Confluence Brewing Company Royal Roots
🔸 Stout: O’Hara’s Celtic Stout • Lion Bridge Brewing Company Olde 17
🔸 IPA: DeRanke XX Bitter • Big Grove Brewery Turtle Hunter IPA
🔸 Czech-Style Pilsener: The Quarter Barrel Arcade & Brewery Ťopek Czech Pilsener
🔸 Dopplebock: Paulaner Salvator • John’s No Imitator
🔸 Oktoberfest: Weihenstephaner Fest • Big Grove Brewery Festbier • Quarter Barrel Oktoberfest
🔸 Hefeweizen: Ayinger Ur Weisse • John’s Thrilla in Armrilla
🔸 Czech Lager: Praga Cans • ReUnion Brewery Floral Pils
🔸 Dunkle: Praga Cerne • Field Day Brewing Co. Dark Czech Lager
🔸 Rauchbier: Schenkerla Martzen • West O Smoked Red
🔸 Kolsch: Reisdorf Kolsch • Phase 3 Sprudel
🔸 Radler: Ottakringer Grapefruit • Urban Chestnut Big Shark
🔸 Ginger: Crabbies • Fire Trucker Copper Cat
🔸 Wines: Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery Harvest Blush • Cedar Ridge Nine-Sixty-Five • Cedar Ridge Atlas
🔸 Spirits: Cedar Ridge Original 86 Bourbon • Cedar Ridge Barrel Proof Bourbon • Cedar Ridge The Quintessential: American Single Malt Whiskey • R. Jelinek Slivovitz • Becherovka
🔸 Non Alcoholic: Peacetree Rootbeer • Weihenstephaner • Chicory • Kompot • Raising Cane’s Lemonade and Iced Tea

Thank you to our 2024 sponsors for supporting BrewNost during our 50th Anniversary!

BrewNost is a festive community event supported by the generosity of individual supporters, leading area businesses, and community associations. Together, with attendees, vendors, and volunteers, they enrich the educational and cultural mission of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. Sponsors are listed by support level and alphabetized within equal sponsorships.

Interested in becoming a 2024 BrewNost Sponsor? Email

Platinum Sponsors

Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust

Gold Sponsors

McGrath Family of Dealerships

Paulson Electric


Silver Sponsors

Graham Construction

Glasses Sponsor
Tesar Group

Bronze Sponsors
3A Inc logo

3A, Inc



Cedar Rapids Area Association of Realtors

Czech Catholic Union

Doug & Lori Wenzel

Gray, Stefani & Mitvalsky P.L.C.

GreenState CU logo

GreenState Credit Union

King’s Material

Lynch Ford Chevrolet Inc.

Ohnward Bank & Trust

OPN Architects

Randy's Flooring

Randy’s Flooring

Ron & Sue Olson

Shuttleworth & Ingersoll

Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC

Van Meter, Inc.

In-Kind Sponsors

Media Sponsor

Water Sponsor

Signage Sponsor
Signs etc.

Hotel Sponsor
Hotel Rott

2023 Prague Getaway Raffle

For only $10 per raffle ticket, you will be entered to win a trip to Prague, Czech Republic! The winner will receive round trip airfare for 2 and 6 nights lodging at the Hotel Rott in Prague, in the heart of historic Old Town Square.*

Tickets are for sale until 7:45 p.m. onsite at BrewNost, September 15. They must be purchased with cash or check only and you must be 18 or older to enter. The drawing will be held at BrewNost, but you need not be present to win.

All mailed raffle entries must be received by September 14 for entry into the raffle. NCSML is not responsible for lost or stolen mail.

* The winner is responsible for all expenses not included in the prize description, such as travel related taxes, income taxes, personal expenses, incidentals, meals, beverages, insurance, and expenses incurred by flight interruption. Air tickets and lodging must be used by September 1, 2024. NCSML will approve all final arrangements up to $1,500 per person for airfare for two people to Prague (including all fees and taxes), or the cost of the tickets, whichever is less. Winner is encouraged to schedule airfare and lodging several months in advance. Dates are subject to availability. Prizes have no cash value, redemption, or barter value.

2023 BrewNost Live Auction

To lead BrewNost’s 20th anniversary live auction, we welcome back Emcees Doug Wagner, 600WMT Morning Show Host, and Doug Alberhasky, from John’s Grocery, who will be accompanied on stage by Dr. Martin Izakovic, NCSML Board Member, and auctioneer, Nick Davis!

Born and raised in Iowa, Nick has been fascinated with auctioneering since a young age when he was exposed to farm, livestock, and estate sales. In 2011, he attended the World Wide College of Auctioneer in Mason City, Iowa where he learned the auction chant and was exposed to my types of auctions, including fundraising. Since then, he has auctioneered at multiple events and enjoys bringing competitive fun and excitement to various organizations. Nick and his wife currently reside in Bloomington, Minnesota but enjoy family visits to Iowa.

2023 BrewNost Live Auction Prizes

School Programs Sponsor
As NCSML continues its great leadership role with elementary, secondary, and university students, it is so important to continue to offer free tours. Guided by our education team throughout the year, we’re setting a high bar for ourselves this year, aiming for 5,000 elementary students, and 1,700 students from other levels. Please help us by being a School Programs Sponsor and place your bid via the Qtego platform until 11:30 p.m.!
Donated by You!

Authentic Czech & Slovak Dinner for Six
Enjoy authentic Czech and Slovak cuisine served up with equally authentic Czech and Slovak hospitality as Dr. Cecilia Rokusek prepares a seven-course dinner at her home for you and five guests. Includes ample Czech and Slovak wines, slivovitz, and special spirits from both countires. Live accordion music may be included, courtesy of Dr. Robert Petrik.
Donated by Dr. Cecilia Rokusek

One Week Retreat in Bratislava
Win a trip for two to Bratislava, Slovakia where you will stay in a luxury condo situated in the heart of city. Spend your vacation exploring the rich history of Slovakia’s capital city. Immerse yourself in the local culture, history, arts, and the picturesque mountains.
Donated by Luba DeWitt

Dinner at the Slovak Ambassador’s Residence in D.C.
Slovak Republic’s Ambassador to the U.S. Radovan Javorčík is as adept in the kitchen as he is at diplomacy. A party of four will enjoy the hospitality and culinary acumen of Ambassador and Mrs. Javorčík at their home in Washington, D.C. The Ambassador will prepare his specialty and favorite dish: zivanska. It is a Slovak dish made of two kinds of meat, sliced potatoes, freshly ground spices, and, of course, wine.
Donated by Ambassador & Mrs. Radovan Javorčík

Dinner at the Czech Ambassador’s Residence in D.C.
Czech Ambassador to the U.S. Miloslav Stašek and Mrs. Stašek are pleased to host a dinner for four at their D.C. residence. The embassy’s award winning chef will prepare an authentic Czech meal to remember for a lifetime.
Donated by Ambassador & Mrs. Miloslav Stašek

Mountain Retreat in Donovaly, Slovakia

Mountain Retreat in Donovaly, Slovakia
Enjoy a one-week escape to the Tatra Mountains of Slovakia; a skier’s paradise in winter, within walking distance from the ski lift, and a hiker’s paradise in spring, summer, and fall. This penthouse level apartment sleeps six and has spectacular views with restaurants and breweries nearby. Close enough to Poland and Hungary for easy day trips, plus abundant spas and water parks.
Donated by Dr. Robert Petrik and Dr. Cecilia Rokusek

Vacation in Southern Bohemia
If you have dreamed of traveling in south Bohemia, the time is now! Bid on this rare opportunity to stay in Nové Hrady, only minutes from the Austrian border, and near both Ceske Budejovice and Tabor. This location also features simple train access to Prague. Accommodations sleep four.
Donated by Marcela Kotrcova of Novy Hrady, Czechia

Vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Enjoy six nights at a condo at Cabo Del Sol where you’ll take in views of the Sea of Cortez. This 3 bedrooms, 3 baths condo sleeps six and the property also includes private beach access and community pool, a fitness center, golf course, underground parking, as well as concierge services. (Dates to be agreed with winning bidder.)
Donated by Mike and Becky Brown

Iowa City Beer Caves Tour and Beer Tasting
You don’t have to be a spelunker to enjoy this cave tour. Join Marlin Ingalls for a guided tour for up to 16 through Iowa City’s historic beer caves. These caves are found under an extensive area of Iowa City, and exemplify the voussoir arch technique developed by Roman architects. After the tour, head over to John’s Grocery for a tasting with local beer expert Doug Alberhasky. Participants must be able to climb up and down a ladder, and manage in tight spaces. Other requirements arranged with buyer.
Donated by John’s Grocery

BrewNost Silent Auction

New this year, silent auction bidding is now live! By signing up with Qtego, our silent auction bidding platform, you can bid in real time up until 9:15 p.m. CST on September 15. A wide variety of items including art, gift baskets, fine spirits, wine, jewelry, and experiences are up for auction. Check back often as new items will be added.

silent auction items

What happens when I support BrewNost 2023?

BrewNost is NCSML’s largest fundraising event of the year. All proceeds go to support our education and cultural outreach initiatives.

How old do I have to be to attend BrewNost?

BrewNost is a 21+ event.

How do I receive my BrewNost tickets?

All tickets are virtual. When you provide your name and/or company name at check-in outside in our circle drive, you’ll receive a wristband for entry into the event. VIP and Patron General Admission can begin check in at 5:30 p.m. and General Admission begins at 6:30 p.m. Online ticket sales close at 9 a.m. on September 15, but tickets may be purchased day of at the gate.

Where can I park?

There are several open lots on or near the grounds of the NCSML. Please note that parking in the underground garage will be limited to people meeting ADA Accessibility Standards.

Will any seating be provided?

Ample seating and tables will be provided under the tented areas. Standing cocktail tables will also be available.

What happens if it rains?

BrewNost is a rain or shine event, no refunds will be issued. Weather will be monitored for any severe warnings for the safety of participants. Ample tents will be available during the event.

Do I need to be present to win the Prague Getaway Raffle?

Winner need not be present – but you would be missing out on a great time! And, raffle tickets can be purchased on the day, too.

If I win a Silent Auction or Live Auction prize, how can I pay?

All silent auction prizes are managed through our online bidding platform, Qtego, and winners will receive a text message upon auction close if they’ve won an auction. During the live auction, NCSML spotters will confirm payment with the winners.

What do I need to have, to get into the afterparty at Hospoda?

The same wristband you will receive on entering BrewNost will get you into to Hospoda, starting at 9:30 p.m. and ending at 11:30 p.m.

How do I access a safe ride home?

Thanks to our SafeRide Sponsor, TrueNorth, you can receive a complimentary ride home. Every hour from 9 p.m. – 12 a.m., one of our vans will be available to take you where you want to go, within a 10 mile radius of NCSML. Don’t want to wait? You can also book your own ride through Lyft or Uber. Send a dated copy of your receipt to and we will reimburse your ride up to $25.

Where can I find lodging?

There are several hotel, motel, and Airbnb options in the Cedar Rapids metro area. You can visit Cedar Rapids Tourism for local hotel recommendations. Early booking is highly recommended.