Abu Nawas Drops: Decadent and more Jester King + Blank Brewing comes to Iowa!

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Another week of some tasty brews coming to us from Abu Nawas and among those is another new brewery from Brooklyn…everyone welcome Blank Brewing Company to Iowa! Here’s more on this week’s drop!

First up, Blank Brewing will be starting their time in Iowa with their stout, A Round on the House.

From the mysterious brewery: The purpose of this message is to announce the arrival of a new entity – one whose origins and whereabouts are currently unknown and shall be kept anonymous for the duration of its existence. The purpose of the entity in question is to create beers that you have never seen before. You may or may not be aware of who is involved here, but identities will not be revealed. To clarify, there is a reason you can’t see me: because unless the ideas seem either entirely youthful or utterly forward-thinking, this entity will not produce them. Labels by Mr. ZZZZ, beer from me,_______.
 Is it a secret brewing cabal? The Illuminati? We’ll never know, but what we can say is they make great beer.
  • Blank Brewing A Round on the House 16oz CAN – Outstanding and full of Secrets Cocoa Pebble Imperial Milk Stout. 8% ABV

Decadent Ales

  • Decadent Ales Coconut Citrus Citra 16oz CAN – Triple Dry-Hopped All-Citra IPA brewed with Coconut & Citrus Fruit. 10.8% ABV.
  • Evil Twin/Decadent Ales Decadent Delight #2 CAN – Peanut Butter & Marshmallow Imperial Stout. 11.8% ABV.
  • Evil Twin/Decadent Ales Decadent Delight #1 CAN – We sold out of this one so fast that we had to Restock. The first collaboration with Evil Twin Brewing. This imperial stout was brewed with pistachio. Coconut and cinnamon tie the nutty aroma with the roast and chocolate of the base. 11.7% ABV
  • Decadent Ales Bacon French Toast 16oz CAN –  IPA with Maple Syrup, Caramelized Sugar and Loads of Bacon. 8.4% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Blueberry Frosted Pastry  16oz CAN –  Mosaic Dry-Hopped DIPA brewed with Blueberries & Madagascar Vanilla Beans. 8.6% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Coconut Almond Macaroon 16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped All-Mosaic IPA brewed with Coconut & Almond. 8.2% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Double Toasted Marshmallow  16oz CAN –  Dry hopped with a variety of hops featuring mosaic, Madagascar vanilla bean, marshmallows and a variety of candied, turbinado, coconut and other sugars create the mellow sweetness of campfire toasted marshmallow. 9.1% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Ectoplasmic Orange 16oz CAN – All Citra double dry hopped IPA, with tangerine and orange zest added.
  • Decadent Ales Peach Frosted Pastry 16oz CAN –  DIPA with peaches, cinnamon and allspice added. 8.6% ABV
  • Decadent Ales S’mores  16oz CAN – All Mosaic Double Dry-Hopped DIPA brewed with Graham Crackers & Marshmallows. 9.1% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Strawberry French Toast 16oz CAN – DIPA with Vermont Maple Syrup, sugar burned and caramelized stove top, juicy strawberries, and a touch of cinnamon. Notes of dough and pancake batter round out the finish. Good for breakfast. Great for dessert. 8.6% ABV
  • Decadent Ales Strawberry Frosted Pastry  16oz CAN – Mosaic Dry-Hopped DIPA brewed with Strawberries & Madagascar Vanilla Beans. 8.6% ABV.

Jester King

  • El Cedro 750ml Bottles – Hoppy Cedar-Aged Farmhouse Ale! The resinous, slightly evergreen aroma of the cedar would meld well with citrusy American hops. The funk from our mixed culture ended up adding an interesting over-ripened fruit note. 6..5% ABV.
  • Le Petit Prince 750ml Bottles – Le Petit Prince is dry and bitter, showcasing the raw Texas Hill Country water and character of our mixed culture. It’s the Jester King beer by the people and for the people. A brewery Favorite and ours as well. 3% ABV.
  • Figlet 750ml Bottles – Farmhouse ale refermented with Texas figs smoked by our world famed friends at FRANKLIN BBQ. 5.4% ABV. Yup, yup that’s Aaron Franklin on the Label!
  • Simple Means 750ml Bottles – Simple Means takes inspiration from Altbier. This Farmhouse version is brewed with unfiltered, raw, Hill Country well water, malted barley, beechwood smoked malted barley, and hops. 100% naturally conditioned through refermentation in the bottle. 5.6% ABV Sleep Well Beast, Sleep Well!
  • Reposé 750ml Bottles – Inspired by the dusty, hay-filled stone barns of the Nord de France that likely gave way to the rise of Bière de Garde, we included a small portion of hay in the mash for this beer. Taking a further cue from the slow and steady winter fermentation of the style, we allowed Reposé to rest in brandy barrels for almost a year. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% bottle-conditioned. 8.3% ABV.

Big Grove Tap Takeover @ Keg Stand Starting @ 3 p.m. today! Morgan Horse and Richard on the lines!

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A big tap takeover is taking place today in Des Moines at the Keg Stand as Big Grove has brought out some big guns for you Des Moines beer lovers! Here’s what you’ll find!

-2018 Richard
-Macaroon Richard
-Coffee Cake Morgan Horse
-Strawberry Rhubarb Gose
-Chocolate Covered Cherry Stout

A great way to spend your Tuesday so get over there for a taste or two! Cheers!

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Marto Brewing Opening June 20th!

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Folks in Western Iowa are in for a treat as Marto Brewing out of Sioux City will be opening their doors to the public on June 20th! They will NOT have their beers on tap at that time as they continue to brew and stock their own for a grand opening in July. Here’s more from the brewery:

It’s time!!!!! We are opening to the public on June 20th at 3pm. We will open with a full kitchen led by Chef Nick Goodwin. Chef and his crew have been preparing to bring you world class wood-fired food over the last month. We will have guest taps from many breweries in the area, along with our four collaboration beers that we recently brewed. While we have been brewing beer in our brewery over the past week, WE WILL NOT HAVE OUR OWN BEERS ON TAP on June 20th. We plan to build up a supply of our own beer and have a grand opening in July(date to be determined). We want to give you a full experience of our beers when they are all ready.

The opening beer tap list will feature beers from Barntown Brewing Company, Pulpit Rock Brewing Co., Kross Strain Brewing Company, Madhouse Brewing Company, Nebraska Brewing Company, and many more! We will have all four collaboration beers on tap from Madhouse, Kross Strain, & Jackson Street. The full beer lineup will be announced at the beginning of the week.

Hours –
Monday – Thursday 3pm to 10pm
Friday 3pm to Midnight
Saturday 11am to Midnight
Sunday 10am to 8pm

Kitchen Hours-
Monday – Thursday 4pm to 9pm
Friday 4pm to 9pm
Saturday 11am to 9pm
Sunday 10am to 7pm

See you all soon!!

 

Public Access Brewing Debuting in Iowa next week via Abu Nawas! Plus more Hoof Hearted, Omnipollo, Evil Twin, and Stillwater

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Another big drop from Abu Nawas will be coming next week and along with this drop is the debut in Iowa of Public Access Brewing. Here’s more on this brewery:

The story behind Public Access starts with a little bar in Greenpoint Brooklyn you may have heard of called Tørst. Since the day it opened in spring of 2013, Tørst has been a haven for beer nerds all over the world. It has also managed to produce some serious brewing talent. Guys like Joey Pepper from Folksbier and Anthony Sorice from Root + Branch, got their start bartending at Tørst and have since moved on to make some of the highest rated, most sought-after beer on the East Coast. Another of those Tørst talents – specifically Ramon Manuel Manrique Hung. The story of the superb new Public Access Brewing is the story of Venezuelan native Ramón Manrique, who was living in Belgium when he became enchanted by the variety and traditions of Belgian beer. His passion for craft beer led him to positions at world-renowned beer destinations Tørst & Proletariat,  We could not be more psyched to start bringing his Public Access beers to you. Their first release is on deck for this month…

For you untappd fans here’s what is being said about On Air:

https://untappd.com/b/public-access-on-air/3236823

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PUBLIC ACCESS 

  • Public Access On Air 16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped DIPA with Citra, Comet and Mandarina Bavaria. 8% ABV

 

Omnipollo:

  • Omnipollo Nebuchadnezzar 16oz CAN – Omnipollo’s Award-winning IIPA… 8.5% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Gygax 16oz CAN –  Grapefruit Tonic Gose Ale Brewed with Grapefruit, Quinine & Lactose Sugar. 6% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Andreas Oat 16oz CAN –  7% NE-Style Oat IPA
  • Omnipollo Devin the Dude 12oz CAN – Officially the most price-friendly Omni beer ever released Stateside!!! 5.2% Pils.
  • Omnipollo Tetragrammaton 16oz CAN –  7.3% Galaxy, Citra, & Mosaic IPA
Evil Twin:
  • Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break 16oz CAN – Imperial Stout with Almonds, Espresso, Vanilla. 11.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Even More Coco Jesus 16oz CAN – Imperial Stout brewed with Maple Syrup and Coconut. 12% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Geyser Gose 16oz CAN –  Collab Gose, made with Icelandic herbs and smoked sea salt. 5.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin / Omnipollo Pink Lemonade IPA 12oz CAN – Summer Seasonal Collab with Omnipollo; 7% Pink Lemonade-Style IPA.
  • Evil Twin Mission Gose 12oz CAN – 4.5% Gose brewed with Eucalyptus
Stillwater:
  • Stillwater Artisanal  Levadura 16oz CAN – Oaxacan-style Gose sour ale brewed with salt, agave, & lime. 4.6% ABV.
  • Stillwater Artisanal Stateside 16oz CAN – Stillwater’s flagship beer, Anglo-Belgian saison. 6.8% ABV.
  • Stillwater Artisanal  Classique 12oz CAN –  Super Excited to see this one back! Post-Prohibition Style (ale)… corn, rice, pilsner malt… and lots of your favorite old-school American hops… “your Grandfather’s new beer.” 4.5% ABV.
Off Color:
  • Off Color Spots 12oz Bottles – Tropical Fruit Berliner Weisse. 3.8% ABV
  • Off Color Troublesome 12oz Bottles – Gose. 4.5% ABV
  • Off Color Apex Predator 12oz Bottles – Off Colors Legendary Saison! 6.5% ABV.
  • Off Color Sparkles Finds Trouble 12oz Bottles – Gose brewed with Hibiscus Flowers. 4.2% ABV
  • Off Color Le Woof 12oz Bottles –  Biere de Garde. A French-style farmhouse ale. 7.8% ABV.
Hoof Hearted:
  • Hoof Hearted Did We Just Become Best Friends 16oz CAN – Rotating dual hop series. 8% NE-Style DIPA with Galaxy & El Dorado.
  • Hoof Hearted Everybody Wants Some 20 Azacca 16oz CAN – Rotating single-hop DIPA. 8% All  Azacca Double Dry-Hopped DIPA.

Draft

  • Hoof Hearted Dorks of Hazard 1/6 bbl – 7% NE-Style DIPA
  • Hoof Hearted Did We Just Become Best Friends 1/6 bbl  –  Rotating dual hop series. 8% NE-Style DIPA with Galaxy & El Dorado.
  • Hoof Hearted Everybody Wants Some Simcoe 1/6 bbl –  Rotating single-hop DIPA. 8% All   Simcoe Double Dry-Hopped DIPA.
  • Hoof Hearted Everybody Wants Some Azacca 1/6 bbl – Rotating single-hop DIPA. 8% All  Azacca Double Dry-Hopped DIPA.

Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen announcement from Abu Nawas! Last call before 2022!

 

 

A major Lambic Announcement coming from Abu Nawas and Brouwerij Drie Fonteinen as the brewery is allowing Abu Nawas to ship directly. Shipment is planned for later this year, arriving in September, and it’s the last time we’ll see lambic from them before 2022, because of the very high demand they are experiencing both in Europe and the Far East. We know it is hard to think about the holidays in June but think about ordering accordingly as this would be a great offering for the Holiday Season.

The only limit that might have to be imposed would be on the Oude Kriek. No Limit on the Gueze front. There are also awesome looking MAGNUMS available to us.Please let Abu Nawas know as soon as you can! They have to get this back to our Drie Fonteinen by 7 PM Brussels time on Friday. So they are setting a deadline for noon our time on Friday!

CLARIFICATION: We Appreciate the tremendous amount of request and inquiries so we thought this clarification was due. ABU NAWAS BEVERAGE as a wholesaler is prohibited from selling to the public. As such, you will need to talk to your favorite Retailer/License Holder so they can place an order, as we cannot sell directly to end consumer/public. Thank you all!

 

La Vecina opening this week! Soft opening review!

The newest venture from Sam Hall, owner/operator of Marquee Pizza and Clinton Street Social Club, is set to open its doors this coming week. La Vecina, located in the popular Iowa River Landing district, is going to be opening their doors this coming Wednesday to the public. Hours are going to limited in the first couple of weeks so stay tuned to their Facebook page for updates. Check it out here:

I was lucky enough to attend their soft opening on Friday night. When asked to describe the cuisine, the easy answer is Mexican food, which in most regards can get my ass to that place, but this is a bit more than that..maybe a lot more than that. I’ve never been to San Diego but for some reason this cuisine put me on a beach in Southern California; the freshness, open fire grill, and ambiance of the restaurant make it hard for you not to be California dreaming. Sam and staff had to have done their research…the technique, the flavors, the freshness and the care put into every dish were exactly what you’d expect from a west coast “mexican” restaurant. Enough of my jabber, let’s look at the dishes:

STARTERS

The guac: It’s hard to mess up guac, but it’s easy to overdo it as well and La Vecina makes the best guac I’ve ever had. The thing everyone needs to realize is that the chips/tortillas are freshly made. Not just pressed, but the corn is ground there, pressed, and then made into tortillas/chips. Crunch rim, soft and chewy middle. Load those suckers up with guac, or pic #2 is a shrimp ceviche that I would walk through broken glass to get to.
Pic #3 is octopus. Don’t be scared folks, it’s amazing. The sauce that completes the char on the octopus compliments it perfectly. Soft and tender and refreshing dish. On to the queso fundido…my recommendation…just order this dish…you may want two…cheesey and amazing and served with fresh tortillas, cilantro and pickled onions which complement it perfectly. You can’t go wrong with the starters here.

TACOS

I missed a few pics but I tried the four tacos on the menu. You get three to an order and you are wanting more and more…

*Carnitas – you really can’t go wrong. Tender meat, fresh veggies, and a perfect complement of salsas.

*Fried Avocado Tacos – the surprise of the night. Crispness from the avocado with a chewy interior mixed with the fresh veggies and sauce…yes..I would eat a million of these bad boys.

*Fish Tacos – a huge chunk of white fish. Flaky, delicious and that spice from the salsa makes you happy you have drink next to you. Wonderful fish taco.

*Brisket Tacos – the meat was as tender as you’d expect. The beauty was the guava bbq.

It wouldn’t be hard to put 3 of each taco down during a sitting. Everyone had a something unique about them but everyone was delicious. Share with someone, order all 4 and share. Worth it.

DRINKS

I don’t know shit about cocktails, but I tried everyone on the menu. Watermelon, jalapeno, basil, bell pepper…a mix huge mix of ingredients with the finest booze around and you can’t go wrong when pairing with a taco or ten. Plus, Big Grove has El Lenador on tap..a craft spin on a Mexican lager which was a perfect pairing to everything.

I can’t say enough about how great this place is going to be. Our waitress was beyond terrific and each dish was unique, fresh, and exactly what makes it stand apart and should make you want to get to La Vecina. Sam, Staff, Chefs…keep rolling…this is EXACTLY what the area needs. Cheers!

Abu Nawas drops this week: Moolight Meadery + Clown Shoes

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More tasty treats getting dropped in Iowa this coming week courtesy of Abu Nawas. A nice mix of beer and some meads from Moonlight Meadery highlight this week! Here we go!

 Moonlight Meadery Cans and Bottles:

  • Razz What She Said 12oz CAN – Delicious Session mead made with raspberries. Deep Rich raspberry notes play off a smooth honey base, creating a luscious semi sweet mead with bright carbonation and off-pink head. Perfect for the summer. 6.5% ABV.
  • Thirteen  12oz CAN – New England Style Honey Apple Wine. A pre-prohibition style of cider fermented with additional sugar to create 13.5% ABV
  • Little Apples 12oz CAN – New England Style Semi-dry and sparkling Hard Cider fermented in newly emptied rye whiskey barrels for a minimum of 3 months. 6.5% ABV.
  • How Do You Like Them Apples 12oz CAN –  Semi-dry Sparkling Hard CIder Aged for six months in rye whiskey barrels. 13.5% ABV.
  • Kurts Apple Pie 375ml Bottle – Made with local apple cider with Madagascar vanilla and Vietnamese cinnamon. 14% ABV. Two-time medal winner at the Mazer Cup International
  • Monkey Business 375ml bottle – Limited Release Banana Chocolate Orange Vanilla Mead, 14% ABV Sweet. We poured this at Hunahpu’s Day 2019 and the crowd went absolutely bananas for this mead…

Clown Shoes

  • Pineapple Space Cake 16oz CAN – Pineapple Double IPA. Matching the fruit flavor are juicy citrus hop notes from additions of Mosaic and Azacca hops. 7.77% ABV.
  • Coconut Sombrero 16oz CAN – Summer seasonal Mexican chocolate stout infused with tropical coconut flavors. 7% ABV.
  • Lil Crispy 16oz CAN – Beautiful Sessionable Pale Ale. 4.8% ABV.
  • Itaska Loonidragon 22oz Bottle – Bourbon Barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout brewed with Coconut. ABV: 11%
  • Bubble Farm 12oz 6Pack and 12Pack CAN –  Easy Drinking IPA Brewed with Columbus hops and dry-hopped with Simcoe, Azacca, and Idaho 7, this easy-drinker will quickly float to the top of your everyday favorites list. 6.5%
  • Clementine 12oz 6Pack and 12Pack CAN – Delicious Clementine witbier. 6.0%
  • Mango Kolsch 12oz 6Pack CAN – Kolsch, dry-hopped with Huell Melon hops and all-natural mango flavor. 5.5% ABV.

 

 

Abu Nawas Drops this week: Fat Orange Cat, Stillwater, Abomination

A bunch of new brews from 3 great breweries will be hitting the shelves next week from Abu Nawas. Let’s get to it!

FAT ORANGE CAT

  • Fat Orange Cat Blood Orange Billy 16oz CAN – Blood Orange NE-IPA. 6.66% ABV
  • Fat Orange Cat Lorenzo Blue 16oz CAN – New England DIPA LOADED with Galaxy and Citra. 8% ABV.
  • Fat Orange Cat Sweet Jane Pineapple 16oz CAN –  Milkshake IPA brewed with Vanilla, Lactose, Coconut, & Pineapple. 7.9% ABV.
  • Fat Orange Cat FOC All Cats Are Grey in the Dark 16oz CAN –  White Stout – A light colored stout with a hint of coffee and strong notes of both chocolate and vanilla. 7.2% ABV.

STILLWATER

  • Stillwater ASMR Frisson 001 16oz  CAN –  Sour ale brewed with wild blueberry, rolled oats & milk sugar. 6% ABV.
  • Stillwater Log Out 16oz  CAN – Double India pale ale quadruple dry-hopped with Mosaic, Galaxy, Citra, and Nelson Sauvin. 9% ABV.
  • Stillwater This is only a Test Stout 005 CAN – Imperial Stout brewed with Ginger, Chili peppers and Sichuan Peppercorn 11% ABV
  • Stillwater Extra Dry 16oz CAN – A Saison brewed with sake rice and dry hopped with Citra, Hallertau Blanc, and Sterling. 4.2% ABV.
  • Stillwater Artisanal Ales Extra Extra 16oz CAN -Double Brut IPA. 8% ABV
  • Stillwater  Rhinestones & Sequins 16oz CAN – Sour Brut Double IPA brewed with Sauvignon Blanc Grapes. 8% ABV.

Abomination Brewing

  • Abomination Brewing Bedtime Stories 16oz CAN –  Imperial Milk Stout with Graham Crackers, Flaked Oats, Vanilla Beans and Marshmallows. 9.3% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Rotting Earth 16oz CAN – Double IPA with a blend of Ariana, Pacific Jade, Eukanot and Denali. 9.3% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Shotgun Sour 16oz CAN – Sour Ale brewed with Black Currant, Apricot, & Peach. 6.1% ABV

Backpocket Anniversary Party set for June 29th!

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Backpocket Brewing will be celebrating their 7th Anniversary next month as they host their anniversary party and will be releasing their highly sought after  Anniversary Stout! Live music, food, and most importantly delicious beer aplenty. Here are the deets on the party:

On Saturday, June 29th join us for our private Anniversary Party from 9am – 11am. DJ NYJ will be spinnin tracks from 9am – 12pm as we release our 7th Anniversary Russian Imperial Stout. You’ll want to stick around because we will have all you can eat breakfast, timed pins, a surprise brewery only bomber release at 11am, and live music from The Surf Zombies from 4 – 6 pm.
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Tickets will be on sale for the general public Tuesday, May 28th at 8am.
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General Ticket Holders will receive:
(1) Bottle of 7th Anniversary Stout.
(1) Bottle of our 7th Anniversary Stout Double Barrel (Rum and Bourbon) Variant
(1) 4 oz. Pour of 7th Anniversary (Bourbon ONLY)
(1) Exclusive 7th Anniversary Glass
(1) Ticket for ALL YOU CAN EAT breakfast.
Access to a party exclusive pin variant.
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VIP tickets are $110 and will include..
(1) Bottle of 7th Anniversary Stout.
(1) Bottle of 6th Anniversary Stout
(1) Bottle of our 7th Anniversary Stout Variant Double Barrel (Rum and Bourbon) Variant
(1) 4oz. Pour of 7th Anniversary (Bourbon ONLY)
(1) Exclusive 7th Anniversary Glass
(1) Ticket for ALL YOU CAN EAT breakfast.
Access to a party exclusive pin variant