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2015 Bourbon County Lineup Announced

July 30, 2015

Goose Island chicagoThanks to the Beer Counselor for the link to the Chicago Tribune article announcing the lineup for 2015 Bourbon County Stout. Obviously, not sure what Iowa will see, but you can expect every year to be a Black Friday beer shopping spree and I’m sure it will continue to get busier. The following is courtesy of the Chicago Tribune:

  • Bourbon County Brand Stout
  • Bourbon County Brand Barleywine
  • Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout, made with Intelligentsia’s Los Delirios Nicaraguan coffee bean
  • Bourbon County Brand Regal Rye Stout, made with blackberry juice, cocktail cherries and sea salt
  • Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout, made with maple syrup aged in bourbon barrels, toasted pecans and guajillo peppers
  • Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout, which is being aged for two years in 35-year-old Heaven Hill whiskey barrels.

To read further on each of these releases please view the article here, terrific read:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/goose-island-new-bourbon-county-stout-story.html#page=1

Northside Oktoberfest set for October 3, 2015 in Downtown Iowa City

July 29, 2015

northside octoberfestThe 20th year of the Iowa City Brewfest is coming upon us fast! Downtown Iowa City is the place to be on October 3 as the 20th annual Northside Oktoberfest will take place. Here’s more on this terrific beer and food festival for the coordinators:

The Northside Oktoberfest benefiting Iowa City area non-profits showcases the Bohemian nature of the Northside Marketplace with great craft beers, neighborhood food, beer games, Iowa football and much more! Join us on Saturday, October 3rd as we take over the streets of the Northside, just blocks north of downtown Iowa City to celebrate the 20th year of the Iowa City Brewfes – See more at: http://downtowniowacity.com/pages/events/northside-oktoberfest.php#sthash.65ZPGLlq.dpuf

General admission tickets are $35 and Brewmaster tickets are $50. Brewmaster tickets get you access to over 500 beers, exclusive access to REAL ALE contest samples and voting, 20th anniversary glass and t-shirt. Here is a sample of some of the breweries that will be in attendance:

Northside Oktoberfest will feature over 50 breweries, here are just a few:

Big Grove Brewery
Millstream Brewing Company
Merchant du Vin -Specialty Beer Importer since 1978
New American Brewing Co
Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
Cedar Ridge Distillery
Founders Brewing Co.
August Schell Brewing Company
Central Waters Brewing Company
Confluence Brewing Company
515 Brewing Company
Kalona Brewery
Buck Creek Companies
Peace Tree Brewing Company
Lakefront Brewery
Zipline Brewing Co.
Founders Brewing Co.
Boulder Beer Company
Sutliff Cider
Boulevard
Boone Valley Brewing
New American Brewing Co

– See more at: http://downtowniowacity.com/pages/events/northside-oktoberfest.php#sthash.65ZPGLlq.dpuf

Todd the Axe Man Update

July 24, 2015

surlyReceived the following email from Surly detailing the Todd the Axe Man release. Very excited for this beer to be available in cans! Cheers!

Next week Surly Brewing will be launching a new canned beer – Todd The Axe Man, a west coast-style IPA, http://surlybrewing.com/beer/todd-the-axe-man/
Todd The Axe Man was originally a collaboration brew with Amager Brgyhus in Denmark. Surly’s director of brewing operations Todd Haug visited the brewery in 2014 and brought them the Golden Promise malt Surly uses for several of its other beers, from the UK. Along with Citra and Mosaic hops, they brewed Todd The Axe Man, named by Amager in honor of Todd’s other career as a metal guitarist.
Todd The Axe Man became a firm favorite at the Surly Beer Hall in Minneapolis, so much so that Surly decided to can it. Cans of the new beer will be available across Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Chicago starting next week.
Surly will be celebrating the launch of Todd The Axe Man on Monday July 27 at Pat’s Tap in Minneapolis from 3pm, http://surlybrewing.com/events/todd-the-axe-man-can-release-party-at-pats-tap/

Coming Soon: Next Boulevard Imperial X Stout, New Oskar Blues IPA, Founders, Great Divide, Alpine coming?

July 23, 2015

Quite a few tidbits on this Thursday to pass along. The next Big Grove double IPA gets released tomorrow and I’ll also be pouring some fine Big Grove brews tomorrow during ragbrai in Solon, so if you’re around stop by and say hi. Onto the news this week:

tart cherry**Boulevard Smokestack Series Imperial Stout X Cherry Tart – the next release in the series for Boulevard gets a little sour! They add tart cherries to fermentation. This brew will come in at 11% and will be available caged and corked in 750 mL bottles and be available in September.

**Oskar Blues Blue Dream IPA – the latest release from the brewery as it was oskar bluesrecently unveiled at the Brevard, NC facility. Little is known about this release right now except it will be another can offering and will check in at 6.4% abv. Stay tuned for more on this brew.

founders**Founders Spectra Trifecta – following Mosaic Promise and Black IPA comes Spectra Trifecta. A kolsch style beer, this will be coming in at 5.9% and be available in September. Here’s more from the brewery:

Brewed in the traditional kolsch style, which requires fermenting ale yeast at a colder temperature and give she beer a clean finish without fruity yeast esters. This bright, golden beer is brewed with a trifecta of natural ingredients: earthy, floral and slightly sweet chamomile; a touch of citrusy lemongrass; and a hint of spicy fresh ginger.

whitewater**Great Divide Whitewater Hoppy Wheat – the newest seasonal release which was originally a gold medal winner at GABF in 1994 is back in 6 packs of cans and bottles. It checks in at 6.1%.  Here’s more from the brewery:

WHITEWATER is an American wheat ale built for exploration. The bold hop profile adds complexity to this crisp, balanced ale, while hints of citrus, light floral notes, and a satisfying bitterness leave a perfect reminder of trails climbed and rapids subdued. Whitewater is the perfect complement to any adventure.

alpine**Alpine Brewing hitting the Iowa Market in August – the beeradvocate forum is bursting with news that Alpine Brewing, which was recently acquired by Green Flash, will start hitting the market (Des Moines specifically) in August. According to some folks from Doll Distribution it will start with kegs and then bottles will roll out in November. I hope this means the same for Eastern Iowa!

*Any news or new beers you want to talk about? Send me a line: benmed15@yahoo.com

Restaurant Review: Mosley’s Barbecue and Provisions; Iowa City, IA

July 18, 2015

photo 1 (4)A building that once held the bar responsible for many drunken college nights has now been transformed into a modern, inviting, illuminating barbecue joint. As soon as I walked towards the Vine the smell hit me in the face. No, not the smell of stale piss and vomit that one could get a whiff on a weekend, but the wonderful smell of smoked meats. Walking into Mosley’s, takes you back a bit to the Fitzpatricks days and the Old Capitol days but now we are greeted by families, couples, and friends sitting around happily shoveling wonderful BBQ into their faces. The bar looked immaculate
and the glistening taps get your attention right away. Definitely a kid friendly joint which is plus for us, my kids love que and now we have another place to take them.  But, oh, that smell! QUE THE SKYNRD!

Mosley’s is brought to you by Matt Swift and Corey Kent, both of whom have had big photo 4 (2)success in the area with Pullman Diner, Big Grove, Blackstone, 30hop, and of course Red’s Alehouse. Knowing the background of these two and their success it’s hard not to have extremely high expectations for a place, but man o man, they deliver!

photo 5Salivating as we get to our table I told my wife to do the ordering as I was up for anything on the menu. 1/2 slab of ribs and the Mosley sandwich which is a pulled pork butt with coleslaw, vinegar and their gold standard bbq sauce. Add a side of coleslaw, mac salad, and house made pickle slices, and wash it all down with a Big Grove Arms Race Pale Ale, we are set! Now the gold standard sauce is a carolina mustard sauce and it was my first experience photo 2 (4)having such a sauce. It went perfectly with the pulled pork! It was slightly sweet but not overly, great tang from the mustard and it paired well with the coleslaw. AWESOME SANDWICH! The ribs were terrific! Not mushy, completely off the bone. They hold to the bone just enough but once you sink your teeth in, they are tender with a little spice from their vinegar pepper sauce. The coleslaw was delicious and had a bit of sweetness to it. I missed out on the smoked sausage as they were out at that time but that is an item I plan on devouring the next time I visit. Our server was fast, friendly, and knowledgeable and the experience as a whole gets two thumbs up.

This was opening night at Mosley’s and my wife and I are already craving another trip back. The scary thing is that this place will keep getting better and better too which is going to make many BBQ fanatics in this area very happy indeed! Will be back sooner than later……hopefully this weekend again! Cheers!

Toppling Goliath Signs with Johnson Brothers

July 17, 2015

Statewide distribution throughout Iowa will start happening as Toppling Goliath Brewery out of Decorah, IA has signed a distribution deal with Johnson Brothers. Including statewide distro for Iowa TG will begin entering the Minnesota market as well. toppling goliath

Johnson Brothers continues to make a splash by getting TG to sign. They’ve gotten Surly, and Great Divide, and many more beers into the Iowa market with more rumored to be on the way.

So, if you area in Iowa hasn’t been able to get TG, that shouldn’t be a problem any more. King Sue and Naughty 90 up for grabs today, hope you get a chance to land a few bottles!

Stone’s 19th Anniversary Beer Set: Thunderstruck IPA to be released in August

July 16, 2015

Stone

mybeerbuzz.blogspot.com and thethefullpint.com are reporting that Stone’s 19th Anniversary beer coming in August will be called Thunderstruck IPA and will be using all things Austrailian. Hops and malt will be strictly Australian, hops will be galaxy, topaz, ella, and vic secret. Malt will be fairview. August 10th looks to be the rumored release date and it will be available in 22 oz bombers and come in at 9%. 

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