Contrary Brewing Co.

Contrary Brewing Company is a nano brewery in Muscatine, IA. As our name suggests, we don’t settle for just any beer. We want unusual and challenging. We want bold and memorable. We want cult classic. Better yet, we want it all locally.

Small batches ensure consistent and quality brews each time, with flavors changing regularly. Find adventure right down the street at Contrary with our tasting flights, or bring home a growler to enjoy any time.

Feeling Contrary? Quite.

In the Media

Contrary Brewery now open • Muscatine Journal

The brewery opened to the public Friday, April 17, and the brewmaster Mark Mitchell said business has been good.

Former mail carrier hopes his new brewery delivers • WQAD

Let's go to the hops • Muscatine Journal

It's time for Muscatine to have a brewery. We want to make good beer, consistently, and keep it local.



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Contrary Brewing Co.

411 W. Mississippi Dr.
Muscatine, IA 52761


Wednesday 4p to 10p, Thursday 4p to 10p
Friday 4p to 10p, Saturday 4p to 10p


Mark and Robin Mitchell
563-299-7894 or 563-299-6986


This club is limited to the first 60 people and includes the following:

  • Membership card
  • Contrary Brewing t-shirt
  • Contrary Brewing globe glass
  • 20-ounce pours for the 16-ounce price for the year of membership
  • Special invites to at least 3 private tapping events which include two complimentary pours and light snacks.

Exclusions apply - Club members will receive $1 off our Imperial beers instead of a 20-ounce pour.

The cost of a year-long Club Contrarian membership is $100 plus tax.



This club is limited to the first 100 people and includes the following:

  • Membership card
  • Contrary Brewing t-shirt
  • Contrary Brewing globe glass
  • 20-ounce pour for the 16-ounce price for the year of membership

The cost of a year-long "No-Mug" Mug Club membership is $50 plus tax.

Please visit the brewery at 411 W Mississippi Dr to join our "No-Mug" Mug Club


Mark Mitchell

The Brewer

When Mark moved to Germany with the armed forces in the late 1980s, he discovered a world of refreshing pilsners, rich doppelbocks, and dark, malty dunkels. Upon returning to the US, Mark found most American mass-produced beer lacking in comparison and decided to start making his own.

That was over twenty years ago, and Mark has been fermenting his own beer ever since. On the days he wasn’t carrying mail, he experimented like a mad scientist with hops, yeast, and grains. What started as a hobby grew into a passion, and soon Mark was bottling several of his own unique brews every season.

Mark’s dedication to flavor was apparent to anyone lucky enough to try his beer at tasting parties. After years of harassment from family, friends and neighbors, Mark finally relented and began making plans to open his own brewery where he could share drinks with everyone.

And that’s Contrary Brewing Company. Brewing in small, handmade batches, with different kegs every week. A haven for unique beer and an escape from the usual. Muscatine’s first brewery in over a century, right in the heart of downtown.