Two Saints Winery holds fast to the belief that wine should be representative of its region. That's why to create its award-winning Iowa wines, Two Saints uses only grapes from its own property or grapes grown by local farmers. Embedded within the rippling countryside of rural Warren County, the facility produces up to 30,000 bottles per year. And instead of using juices retrieved from faraway sources, such as California or the mini refrigerators inside seashells, Two Saints spurns flavor enhancements and lets the natural flavors of Iowa's land emerge by aging bottles for at least a year. Customers, meanwhile, can enjoy those products right at the winery, especially during free tastings and live events held frequently on the property.
Jasper's modern winery squeezes the life out of central Iowan grapes to create a delicious lineup of colorful wines. The 60-minute VIP tasting gives groups of four or double-four a tour of the winery's chambers and splashes tongues with tastes of all 11 vintages, which include the crisp and citrusy Edelweiss white and the Norton dry red, whose smells of baked fruit awaken connoisseurs to flavors of currant and blackberry with slight hints of cinnamon and mint.
Variety is the main draw at Last Stop Beverage Shop, a family-owned-and-operated emporium of adult-friendly elixirs. The doors of this unassuming roadside warehouse open to reveal sprawling shelves stocked with wine, beer, whiskey, tequila, and other potent potables that can easily enliven any celebration or Meet the Press viewing party. Owner Jim Swacker and his knowledgeable staff are on hand to make recommendations or help navigate the well-stocked aisles, where coveted labels such as Black Velvet, Patron, and Ecco Domani share space with budget-friendly bottles of Barefoot and Jacob’s Creek wine.
It was a long, 18-month process rehabbing the historic Ankeny landmark. Finally, on October 16th, 2012, local couple Matt and Jessie Sims’ cut the ribbon on their very own Number 7 brewpub. The menu had everything they’d hope for––house-made beer and slow-smoked barbeque. It also had farm-fresh ingredients, sourced from local Iowa family plots. While dining on brisket or smoked spare ribs, diners may even catch Matt and Jessie gabbing about their long but worthwhile journey renovating one of the oldest buildings in town.
The Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce promotes local business and quality of life across the city with a variety of services. The chamber curates a directory of local businesses, provides volunteer opportunities, and facilitates yearly networking sessions. Community-outreach efforts include events hosted throughout the year, such as charity runs, business events, and SummerFest—a yearly celebration of nature's triumph over antiperspirant.