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Beer Tasting w/ a Brewer at 515 Brewing; Clive, IA 8/3/14

July 29, 2014

515I’ve had the pleasure of going to 515 Brewing in Clive, IA a handful of times. Sure, I wish I was closer, (or they were), so I could frequent more often, but these folks are what make craft beer great. I was just sitting enjoying a few brews with friends when owner/brewer Dave Ropte sat down and talked to us about all things beer for a good hour. It was great. Informative, honest, and just a pleasant experience. I highly recommend anyone who is the the Des Moines area on August 3 to check this event out. Their beer is terrific and the folks are even better! Here’s more from 515’s Facebook page:

Join us for a brewer-led beer tasting this Sunday. Purchase a brewer-designated beer flight between 1:30 – 2p with the tasting starting at 2p. (4-5oz pours for $8). Our brewers will talk about each selected beer and answer any questions you have about the beer or the brewery.

Visit their Facebook page for more or follow them on Twitter:
@515brewing
http://www.facebook.com/515Brewing?fref=photo

 

Left Hand Brewing Release Party Info!

July 21, 2014

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Pour Hard Iowa!
Left Hand Brewing returns to Iowa

LONGMONT, CO • July 21, 2014 – Left Hand Brewing Company is excited to announce their return to the Iowa market in early August!  Left Hand, in partnership with Johnson Brothers of Iowa, will officially re-enter the state and feature their award-winning portfolio of balanced and innovative brands including Milk Stout Nitro. “We’re thrilled to re-introduce Left Hand to the Iowa market and to offer our accounts and beer drinkers the full line of one of the most recognized breweries in the country,” comments Lyle Stutzman of Johnson Brothers.

Outpaced demand forced Left Hand to temporarily withdraw from the state in 2011, in order to maintain quality and service standards.  In recent years, Left Hand has undergone a significant production expansion, including a new bottling hall, 6K sq. ft. cooler, and the addition of eight-480 bbl fermenters. As a result, barrelage has increased 78% in volume since 2011, yielding 65,879 bbls in 2013 and on track for over 80K in 2014. The increased capacity has allowed for Left Hand’s expansion, including entry into upstate NY, MD, DC, Western PA, and Iowa in 2014. The nearly 21 year old brewery is now the 38th largest craft beer brewery in the country by volume and distributed in 28 states and the District of Columbia.

Fortunately, growth has not compromised quality. Left Hand won 3 Gold medals at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival, a 2013 Gold European Beer Star and most recently a Gold award at the 2014 World Beer Cup. “Left Hand has really pushed the envelope in the last couple of years by being the first craft brewery to bottle nitrogenated beer while continuing to produce beers that have consistently set the standard within multiple style categories,” notes Lyle Stutzman from Johnson Brothers. “Not only are we excited to have flagship favorites like Sawtooth Ale back, but also bring the Nitro series of beers to Iowa for the first time!”

Johnson Brothers will distribute Left Hand’s perennial line and Nitro series including: Milk Stout & Milk Stout Nitro, Sawtooth Ale & Sawtooth Nitro, 400 Pound Monkey IPA, Black Jack Porter, Polestar Pilsner, Stranger Pale Ale, Left Hand’s variety pack – Mountain Mixer as well as seasonals and limited editions. A series of launch events will be held in Iowa the first week of August including release parties at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, el Bait Shop, Zombie Burger, and more!

For a full digital list of Left Hand’s Iowa Events to share, visit our blog!

8/5-8/7 Left Hand Tastings
17 tastings from Council Bluffs to Bettendorf! Check out our Google map and get your first taste!

8/5 BLT – Beer, Bacon and our Return to Iowa!
Left Hand and the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival are teaming up to to re-introduce Left Hand Beers to Iowa. Join us at Brenton Skating Plaza on August 5 for three Iowa favorites: sweet corn, B.L.T.s and cold beer!

8/5 – Reds Alehouse Release Party – Iowa City
Red’s Ale House welcomes Left Hand Brewing back to Iowa with a comprehensive Tap Takeover including the rare Wake Up Dead Nitro, our Russian Imperial Stout!

8/5 Zombie Burger Late Night Release Party – Des Moines
Join Left Hand’s Iowa Beer Hero Joe Shea and Midwest Regional Manager Mike Walters at Zombie Burger in Des Moines for a Special Late Night Release Party featuring Wake Up Dead Nitro.

8/6 The Keg Stand Tap Invasion Launch Event
Left Hand is Invading The Keg Stand in Des Moines featuring our whole line-up of craft Beer for the Iowa Market. There is no better time to find your favorite Left Hand Beer.

8/7 – el Bait Shop Welcome Back Party
Join us as El Bait Shop welcomes Left Hand Brewing to the great State of Iowa with a Ten Line Tap Takeover, our largest of the Week including 4 special releases!

- See more at: http://lefthandbrewing.com/blog/2014/07/pour-hard-iowa/#sthash.SQrQLsLW.dpuf

Stone 18th Anniversary IPA coming 2nd Week of August

July 20, 2014

I received the following information from http://www.fullpint.com. The national release date for this beer is August 11. Here’s more:

(Escondido,CA) – Stone Brewing Co.’s 18th Anniversary IPA is set to drop the second week of August, while you may have guessed it would be something hoppy, Stone has done their best to stay creative and original, and have made a “Golden-Brown IPA brewed with all El Dorado Hops.” Here’s the description, label and close up of the customary long text on the back of the bottle. Enjoy!

Description

As we compose the text for this celebratory beer—a golden-brown India pale ale dry-hopped exclusively and abundantly with El Dorado hops—we stand ready to leap from the precipice of all we know into a new era for our company, our beers and, most importantly, our fans. It’s one that will see us exploring new territory, both geographically and creatively, as we evolve from pacesetters for the American craft brewing movement to cross-planetary champions of the worldwide cause of craft, hoisting our banner to proclaim artisanal beers’ vast superiority over stripped-down, business-driven, industrialized, fizzy, yellow mediocrity. We thank you for shadowing us for the first 18 years of our journey, and welcome you to join us for next leg and all that follows.

Restaurant Review: Brix Cheese Shop and Wine Bar; Iowa City, IA

July 14, 2014

brixI’ve told my wife if I could open up any type of restaurant or bar it would be a charcuterie, cheese and beer store. Food and beer go hand in hand and at Brix Cheese Shop and Wine Bar in Iowa City, (209 N. Linn St.) they have a huge selection of great cheese and meat pairings. Obviously, as the name of the restaurant implies, they have a massive selection of fine wines. Unfortunately, the Baron doesn’t really know a damn thing about wine, (I enjoy it, just don’t know much), but I did notice that they had 6 craft taps. After talking to the waiter, who was wonderfully patient with me and knowledgeable, he said they always carry a Toppling Goliath brew and are constantly rotating their taps. I went for a Destihl Brewing stout and on the recommendation of the waiter, ordered the Monger’s Choice which ended up being half a sheeps milk and half a goat’s milk halved with some sort of ash consistency that paired great with my beer. Along with some strips of pancetta and crunchy, chewy bread, I was in heaven.

brix1Along with the great meat and cheese selections they had a huge menu full of sandwiches as well. This is going to be a stop I make frequently when in that area of Iowa City. Very impressed with the staff and selection and even if you don’t know much about wine, they have some excellent beers on tap as well. I can’t wait to get back! Cheers!

Perennial and New Belgium Lips of Faith Collab: Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout

July 8, 2014

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I post this not knowing whether or not we will be getting this beer in Iowa, but I am assuming that we will since we have seen most of, if not all of, New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series beers. This one really has my attention as I have heard and read nothing but good things about Perennial and the name of the beer alone makes my mouth water. Here’s more on the beer courtesy of Feast Magazine written by Stacy McCann:

Perennial Artisan Ales has announced a collaboration with New Belgium Brewing out of Fort Collins, Colorado. The new edition, a Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, will be a part of New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series to be released later this year.

The collaboration itself, as Emily Wymore of Perennial explains, is the result of friendship. Lauren Salazar is the Wood Cellar and specialty brand manager at New Belgium as well as a good friend of the Perennial crew. Wymore explains that Salazar approached Perennial last year about brewing together for their Lips of Faith series, and Perennial was quick to accept with what Wymore describes as both honor and excitement.

Considering Perennial’s previous success with stouts, Salazar suggested they work together on “a stout with a twist.” Together, the two breweries decided on a Salted Chocolate Belgian Stout. According to Wymore, both breweries then brewed a test batch and decided on a final recipe, which co-founder Phil Wymore and head brewer Cory King will brew alongside New Belgium staff this August in Fort Collins. In addition, Salazar will join Perennial in October to celebrate their third anniversary and brew the collaboration on Perennial’s own system.

Wymore and the Perennial crew see this opportunity as unlike many they’ve come across, especially considering the vast reach of the New Belgium audience.

“To give this project scale,” explains Wymore, “the volume produced by New Belgium of this beer alone will be more than Perennial produces in a year.”

Jubeck’s New World Brewery opening in Dubuque July 17th!

July 8, 2014

jubeckJay Jubeck has announced that his brewery in Dubuque will be opening their doors on July 17th. They currently feature 5 beers on their website:

Golden Hybrid Beer

A light hybrid session beer of blondish gold hue with a slight honey-like sweetness and a mild herbal hop character.

Lavender Honey-Wheat

A delightfully refreshing light wheat ale with a subtle spicy herbal flavor.

Warrior Stout

A bold imperial stout with a full-bodied, roasty, malty flavor.

Dark IPA

Wonderfully dark and slightly roasty, but not too much roasted malt bitterness.

Apricot Pale Ale

American pale ale style beer finished with a healthy dose of citra hops and dried apricots, added late in the boil, for a subtle fruity flavor.
Jubeck recently interviewed with KCRG to discuss the upcoming opening. Here’s the link to that interview:
http://www.kcrg.com/dubuques-jubeck-new-world-brewery-to-open-july-17th-20140708

Stone Enjoy By 8.16.14 hits Shelves July 12

July 3, 2014

stone enjoy byLooks like we will be getting another nationwide release on the newest batch of Stone’s popular Enjoy By IPA. You have 2 days to finish off the last batch and then on the 12th there should be more to come! Here’s more:

(Escondido,CA) – Stone Enjoy By 07.04.14 is set to turn back into a pumpkin in two days, but not to fret, a new batch is in the tanks and ready to hit the streets July 12th. This will be called Stone Enjoy By 08.16.14 IPA.

From our preliminary info, this will have the same hop blend as the past few batches:Ahtanum, Super Galena, Simcoe, Amarillo, Delta, Target, Calypso, Cascade, Citra, Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, Motueka and Helga.

While a few batches have been limited to a few markets, we believe this to be another national release like the 07.14.14 batch.

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