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Coming to Shelves: Left Hand getting into the Session IPA, Boulevard Tell Tale Tart

April 17, 2015

*Left Hand Brewing will be the latest brewery to add a session IPA to their lineup when they release Introvert Session IPA. The following comes courtesy of beerstreetjournal.com:

An ale with hop aromas of tropical papaya and kiwi with woodsy pine, balanced by honey malt and a clean bitter finish.

Left Hand Introvert Session IPA will be available in 12oz bottles, and draft.

Style: IPA
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: TBA

4.9% ABV

tell tale tart*Boulevard Brewing has really been busy this year as they are set to release another new beer to their Smokestack Series offering. Tell Tale Tart will be hitting shelves this June and will be available in 12 oz 4 packs. Here’s more from the Boulevard website:

When we first shared our 2015 release calendar back in December, we indicated that we were planning to brew at least twelve new beers this year. What we didn’t share is that we had a couple of test beers in the development phase that we weren’t quite ready to discuss.

We’ve recently received label approval from the TTB for one of these projects and are very excited to share some preliminary details for a brand new beer, Tell-Tale Tart.

Joining our year-round lineup of Smokestack Series four packs, Tell Tale Tart is presented as “a slightly sour ale” that derives pleasant, refreshing lactic acidity from brewhouse souring, a process of lowering the pH during the brewing process. The brewhouse souring method results in a crisp, clean acidity that serves as a contrast to a soft, subtly sweet malt character contributed by our base pale malt and Munich malt.

Once Tell-Tale Tart has completed the bottle conditioning process, we’ll be able to share more specific sensory notes.

Tell-Tale Tart is slated for a June release and will ultimately be available year round in four packs of twelve ounce bottles. Stay tuned for more news!

Surly Gives a Damn Event Heading to Ames; Volunteers Needed

April 16, 2015

surlyReceived the following email from Surly Brewing Company so if anyone is in Ames and has some free time; help out this great cause!

WHAT: Come Give A Damn at this city wide volunteer effort that brings the entire Ames community together to clean the city up for spring. We are looking for Surly Gives A Damn (SGAD) volunteers to tackle the trash as part of the ‘Stash The Trash’ event, http://www.vcstory.org. The event will take place in Reiman Gardens, Ames, IA. And, there’s FREE Surly beer afterwards for volunteers!
WHERE: Reiman Gardens, 1407 University Blvd, Ames, IA
WHEN: 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18th
About SGAD: Surly Gives A Damn is the Public-spirited Side of Surly. Our mission is to “tap” Surly Nation’s goodwill and passion for giving back and supporting our community. We follow through with this mission with donations of Surly beer and swag to local businesses and charitable organizations in need, and with ongoing opportunities for our volunteers to participate in service projects throughout the year in Minnesota and Iowa. More info can be found at http://surlybrewing.com/surly-gives-a-damn

Upcoming Oakland Road Hy-Vee Beer Dinners

April 14, 2015

foundersReceived the following email from Oakland Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids:

We are coming up on an exciting time in craft beer, we are going to celebrate everything about craft beer with back to back weeks of recognizing everything that is great about craft beer. We are going to start off with the first annual Cedar Rapids Craft Beer Week. You will see lots of events going on right here in Cedar Rapids that week which will lead right into American Craft Beer Week which will focus on all American Craft Brewers. We will host a few events during these weeks and couple of which will be two fantastic beer dinners.  If you are interested in either of these beer dinners, please email me back to reserve your spot today. These should fill up fast so please be kind and only reserve a spot if you are sure you can make it.

 

Cedar Rapids Craft Beer Week(May 2nd– May 9th)

American Craft Beer Week(May 11th-May 17th)

Founders Beer Dinner<br />
Monday May 4th 6:30-8:00<br />
Social time with a beer starting at 6:15<br />
25 Dollars per person<br />
Beer samples as well!!</p>
<p>First Course<br />
Cheesy Beer Dip with Garlic Crisps (Served with Centennial IPA)</p>
<p>Second Course<br />
Goat Cheese Roasted Beet Salad with Rubaeus Vinaigrette(Served with Rubaeus Raspberry Ale)</p>
<p>Third Course<br />
ChimiChurri Seared NY Strip Steak Risotto Cakes (Served with Dirty Bastard Ale)</p>
<p>Forth Course<br />
Double Chocolate Torte with (Served with Porter)<br />

Tallgrass Beer Dinner<br />
Thursday May 14th 6:30-8:00<br />
Social time with a beer starting at 6:15<br />
25 Dollars per person<br />
Beer samples as well!!</p>
<p>First Course<br />
Red Chili Bacon Wrapped Brat Skewers (Served with Pub Ale)</p>
<p>Second Course<br />
Coconut Chicken Curry Soup (Served with Ethos IPA)</p>
<p>Third Course<br />
Fresh Crab cake Sliders with Remoulade Sauce(Served with Velvet Rooster Belgian Tripel) </p>
<p>Fourth Course<br />
Oatmeal Stout Float (Served with Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Stout)<br />


Coming Soon: New Belgium Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale, Boulevard Hibiscus Gose, Bell’s Saturn, Green Flash Cellar 3, Destihl

April 13, 2015

new belgiumLots of tidbits this week with beers coming out very soon or announcements of future releases. Let’s start with the new stuff that will be seeing on the shelves:

*New Belgium Salted Caramel Brownie- I just saw this release on beerstreetjournal.com and at first glance I was pretty excited. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Belgium Salted Chocolate but I’m hoping this one satisfies my taste buds. A collab brew with Ben and Jerry’s ice cream sounds excellent. This will be available in 22 oz bottles and comes in at 6.5%. More from the brewery:

When two B Corps come together, delicious ideas are created. Our mutual dedication to using business as a force for good means you get to enjoy this brown ale laden with the chocolatey, salted-caramel, vanilla goodness while helping Protect Our Winters combat climate change. Dig in!

saturn*Bell’s Saturn – the latest from the planet series brings us the Bringer of Old Age, a barrel-aged barleywine that checks in a big 11.5%. The brewery says the shelf life is unlimited, so this might be one to snag a few of. We should be seeing this beer this month. Here’s more from the brewery:

The fifth release in the Bell’s Planets Series is strong, robust and complex. Saturn is a bourbon barrel aged barleywine loaded with notes of toffee, caramel, oak and vanilla that finishes with a warming touch. The first beer brewed for this series, Saturn has been aging in casks since July 2014. True to its name, this beer is well suited for vintage aging.

*Green Flash Cellar 3 Series – with the popularity of the Silva Stout release Green Flash not only has one more Silva Stout release this year but will also be release many more. Will we see these beers? Hard to say. I’m hoping so, but my guess is that they will be extremely limited. Here’s what Green Flash is up to courtesy of thefullpint.com:

The Cellar 3 lineup in 2015 will include the following outstanding rare ale releases:

Silva Stout (2 releases in 2015)

Green Flash Double Stout ages in oak bourbon barrels, and artfully emerges as Silva Stout. Thismidnight black ale features elegant notes of oak, vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted barley and ripe cherry. Round and delicately balanced in body, each sip envelops the palate with its impressively complex craft composition.

green flash 1Flanders Drive

Originally released in 2013 during beer week, this highly coveted rare ale was the first sour produced by Green Flash.  Flanders Drive is the result of intense Brewmaster contemplation. Built on a canvas of structured malts, the sourness develops during extended aging in wood barrels lending to the beer’s depth and complexity. Heady top notes of tart cherry and dark fruit mingle with rich, subtle malt in the background for a truly satisfying sour ale.

Plum, Natura Morta Series

The first release from Cellar 3’s Natura Morta Series of fruit green flash 2fermented beers, this extraordinary ale begins as a Belgian-style Saison fermented in foudres with Brettanomyces. It is then aged in red wine barrels with Italian plum puree. After six months, a pink hued ale emerges. Elegant and flavorful, it renders notes of tart plum, rosewater and almond, balanced by barrel-drawn tannins and a refined dry finish.

Le Freak Barrique

Our Belgian-Style Trippel and American Imperial IPA hybrid ale is inoculated with Brettanomyces to create Le Freak Barrique. Highly nuanced, the resinous hop characteristics are refined by barrel-drawn notes of vanilla and French oak tannins. Wild yeast imparts a barnyard funk with hints of apple orchard that linger in the finish.

Cherry, Natura Morta Series

The second release from the Natura Morta Series is a refined evolution of our Belgian-Style Saison is foudre-fermented with Brettanomyces, then aged in red wine barrels with dark sweet cherry puree. After six months, an effervescent crimson ale is released with flavors of ripe stone fruit and barrel-drawn tannins. Retaining hints of earthy wild yeast, Natura Morta Cherry finishes like a fine Beaujolais.

cerise*Destihl Brewing Cerise Stout Imperiale – another beer that I’m quite sure its availability or even its release date is Cerise Stout Imperiale. The original beer release had it come in at 9.5% but according to mybeerbuzz.com this version will be 11%. More from the brewery:

Cherries and chocolate are made for each other, and in this case, it’s sour cherries and chocolate & roasted malts combining in this imperial stout made with Belgian yeast and aged in oak barrels. Black in color and full bodied with subtle aroma, flavor and tartness perceived from the addition of sour cherries and Belgian yeast.

gose*Boulevard Hibiscus Gose – a beer we saw a little glimpse of last year is making its return and I for one, am very excited. I thought Boulevard did a wonderful job with this beer. 4.2% and perfect for a warm spring day. More from the brewery:

Our version of an unusual, yet resurgent, beer style. It pays tribute to the pleasantly sour, slightly salty wheat beers that originated in Goslar and became popular in Leipzig, Germany around the late 1800’s. A great introductory sour beer, Hibiscus Gose receives coriander and sea salt during boiling, then we steep dried hibiscus flowers at the end to create a vibrant pink hue (really, though, it’s pink!). The result is a tangy, sweet and sour ale with a refreshing citrus character.

Cedar Rapids Craft Beer Week Set for May 2nd – May 9th

April 13, 2015

benzMatt Hanlin of Benz was kind enough to send the following information along in regards to Cedar Rapids Craft Beer Week starting May 2nd.

Cedar Rapids Craft Beer Week

The first annual Cedar Rapids Craft Beer Week will be held May 2nd-May 9th. Cedar Rapids Craft Beer Week brings together a group of local breweries, distributors, restaurants, bars, retail outlets, and beer fans all working together to promote and enjoy craft beer.

The week will kick off with a national event “Big Brew for National Homebrew Day”. In 1988, May 7 was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created AHA Big Brew as an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day around the world. AHA Big Brew is held each year on the first Saturday in May.

Parlor City Pub & Eatery will be rotating taps to feature different Craft Breweries all week – Boulevard, Deschutes, Founders, Goose Island, New Belgium, Rogue and Surly. Additional events with different retailers, bars, restaurants and venues to host Craft Beer inspired events and specials are being planned.

The week will culminate at the 11th Annual Benz Beerfest benefiting the American Heart Association. Over 50 breweries and distributors represented, pouring over 200 beers, Benz Beerfest has become the premier spring beer festival in Eastern Iowa.

Check the Cedar Rapids Craft Beer Week Facebook page for a list of events and plan on being part of this inaugural local event.

 

Benz Beverage Depot BeerFest Update

April 10, 2015

11th Annual Benz Beerfest

501 7th Ave SE

Saturday May 9th

1:00pm-2:00pm (VIP hour)

2:00pm-5:00pm (General Admission)

Benefiting the American Heart Association

 

V.I.P. Tickets – $35

General Admission – $20 (in advance), $30 (day of event)

 

Live Music

Jordan Bruce and The Derelectics

 

11 years and counting! The craft beer scene in Iowa continues to boom. New national brands are arriving monthly and the list of Local brewpubs and breweries continues to grow. This year will be the biggest and best yet. We will have around 60 breweries and distributors represented pouring over 200 beers. Jordan Bruce and the Derelctics will be performing.  We will have food to purchase. All of the proceeds will go to the American Heart Association. Come enjoy an afternoon in downtown Cedar Rapids, drink some awesome beer, and support a fantastic charity.

 

BenzTickets are on sale at Benz Beverage DepotIt’s hard to believe that we have been doing this for 10 years. Come help up celebrate a decade of beer shenanigans!
This year will be the biggest and best yet. We will have around 50 breweries and distributors represented pouring 50… 100… I don’t know it will be a lot of beer. The Diplomats of Solid Sound will be performing their soul music with a modern garage band twist. We will have food to purchase. All of the proceeds will go to the American Heart Association. Come enjoy an afternoon in downtown Cedar Rapids, drink some awesome beer, and support a fantastic charity.

Tickets are on sale at Benz Beverage Depot
The Diplomats of Solid Sound

It’s hard to believe that we have been doing this for 10 years. Come help up celebrate a decade of beer shenanigans!
This year will be the biggest and best yet. We will have around 50 breweries and distributors represented pouring 50… 100… I don’t know it will be a lot of beer. The Diplomats of Solid Sound will be performing their soul music with a modern garage band twist. We will have food to purchase. All of the proceeds will go to the American Heart Association. Come enjoy an afternoon in downtown Cedar Rapids, drink some awesome beer, and support a fantastic charity.

Tickets are on sale at Benz Beverage Depot

Sanctuary in Iowa City Hosting Spring Home Brewers Share Event April 25th

April 8, 2015

sanctuaryI received the following information from the Sanctuary Pub in Iowa City. Sounds like a great opportunity to taste and talk with some of the truly great home brewers we have in the area. Tickets are $10 and available at the Sanctuary. Cheers!

Spring Home Brewers Share event… Sanctuary Pub, Iowa City Saturday April 25th @ 3pm. ALL proceeds will benefit the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic. If you love beer this is your chance to have some wonderful beers from some very talented brewers. Tickets are $10 and are now available at the Sanctuary

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