Odell Releasing Jolly Russian

Odell Brewing company will be releasing Jolly Russian in their taproom this Friday and hitting their 13 state footprint for distro as well. Here’s more on this brew courtesy of Odell’s Facebook page:

The barrels have been emptied, the bottles have been capped. Jolly Russian arrives on Friday! A rich 13.3% Russian Imperial Stout stowed away in rum barrels for aging, Jolly Russian is our first single bottle 12oz offering in over a decade. You can get your hands on it across our 13-state footprint. Better yet, join us in the taproom on Friday. We’ll we’ll be giving away tee shirts, a limited edition hand painted Jolly Russian nesting doll, and even Odell branded eye patches. Live music will kickoff at 4:00p thanks to The Swashbuckling Doctors. See you there!

Big Grove Pulling out all the stops for Northside Oktoberfest! What will the Richard variant be?

big groveBig Grove brewery is bringing out the big guns for this weekend’s Northside Oktoberfest with the announcement that they will be pouring out of two tents, one of which is a cask tent that will have 12pins! Another question is, what will the Richard the Whale variant be? In talking with Chad Young, he sent me a pic (see below) of what he and Chef Benjamin Smart came up with for the variant. Here’s a list of the things that Big Grove will have for sure, along with many surprises! Hope to see you there on Saturday!


*Barleywine with Deri Kochoha from JBC roasters

*Russian Imperial Stout with Cinnamon & Vanilla beansbg3

*IPA with whole cone cascade
*Plan A Triple IPA with Wet Cascade & Columbus
*Arms Race with whole cone Citra & Wet cone centennial
*Harvest with whole cone Cascade
*Que Onda Roja with Concorde Grapes
*Quantum Finish with whole cone cascade
*IPA with Rosemary & Lavender
*ESB w/Apricot
*Que Onda Retacca with Cacao Nibs

A Look at Kickshaw “Bibelot”

bibelotKickshaw’s next bottling will be of “Bibelot”, an ale aged and fermented in Cedar Ridge Malted Rye barrels. Here’s more from Bill and Kickshaw on his latest bottling:

Bibelot (ˈbē-bə-ˌlō) is the next Kickshaw beer headed to bottles. The wort comes from the rye run, but was fermented and aged in a Cedar Ridge Malted Rye barrel (courtesy of North Dodge Hyvee – thanks Seth!). The oak and whiskey notes have blended with the brett notes to create a bright pinot character in the nose, and a bit more mouthfeel.

This is the first single barrel fun run, and will be released at North Dodge Hyvee, because it is Seth’s barrel.

Kickshaw “Curio” Coming Soon!

curio.jpgKickshaw brewer/owner Bill Heinrich has updated his next project coming down the bottling line. “Curio” will be hitting shelves hopefully by the end of September. Here is Mr. Heinrich’s description of this brew:

While the art of the barrel may be blending, the soul of the craft brewer is experimentation. This batch of golden ale has a malted rye variation that seemed like a good idea when we brewed it at Lion Bridge Brewing CO. I hope you enjoy drinking it as much as we enjoyed trying it. – BH

Stay tuned for further release details and locations!

Joe’s Place Hosting Northside Oktoberfest Post Party

joes.pngThe day of September 24th can’t get here soon enough! Another year of the annual Northside Oktoberfest is nearing and after my 1st time going last year, I’ve been eagerly waiting for this day! Like last year there will be a few after parties. Joe’s Place in Iowa City has announced they will be hosting one that will start right when the festival ends at 3 p.m. According to Iowa City Downtown District Facebook page here’s what’s going to be on tap at Joe’s:

Join all the Brewery Reps for a Celebration of Beer @ Joe’s Place

o Potosi – GOP bottles

o Boulevard – Tropical Pale draft

o Founders – PC PILS

o Peace Tree – John’s Sour Wit draft

o New Belgium – Fat Tire draft

o Oskar Blues – Dales Pale draft

o Lion Bridge – Octobot 3000 draft

o Schell – Octoberfest draft

o Lagunitas – Tuberfest draft

o Front Street – Cherry Bomb Blonde draft

o Sam Adams – Octoberfest Tallboys

o Blue Moon – Belgian Wit draft

Central Waters Releasing Bourbon Barrel Quad

central watersSome great news coming from Amherst, Wisky as Central Waters has announced they are going to release Bourbon Barrel Quad to their distro footprint! It was bottled yesterday (9/7) and should be coming soon. Stay tuned for more release details. Here’s the release courtesy of Central Waters Facebook page:

Hello September!!! Cool nights, changing leaves (which actually kicks off the celebration of Christmas for one of our brewers!), and big beer weather! Getting bottled today – the newest beer to come out of the barrel warehouse – Bourbon Barrel Quad!

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Big Grove Brewery Anniversary Project Triple IPA + Pale Ale to be Released this Friday (Sept. 2nd)

big groveBig news from Big Grove as they continue their busy anniversary week by releasing a triple IPA and a pale ale. Both beers will be released this Friday (Sept. 2nd) at 11 a.m. This release with the Richards being released Sunday has the makings of a Big Grove weekend! Do they allow camping on their patio? Here’s the info!

BGB 2016 Anniversary Project

This year our brewers decided to test their tolerance not only with the limits of the brew schedule but literally the alcohol level too. They set out to challenge one of the smallest brew systems in Iowa to make the biggest beer yet. At the end of 36 straight hours brewing 4 batches of beer, we present the first runnings, Plan A, and second runnings, Plan B. The project reflects the hard work and dynamic approach our brewers bring every day. Other than the power outage overnight from that monsoon of a storm, things went pretty smoothly. The first runnings, the heavy wort extracted from the mash before sparging the grain, was boiled separately before the rinsing the grain bed for the second runnings. Between the two beers over 1200 lbs. of malt was used and let’s just say we gave our local bees a lot of job security. Hops? Yes, bushels and bushels of hops.

Plan A First runnings, Triple IPA 12.5% abv

A massive malt backbone, dense and rich with candied fruit flavor. Dry hopped with Simcoe, Mosaic, Southern Cross, and Columbus to balance the caramel sweetness and add dank, herbal, pine, berry, citrus, and apricot aromatics.

Plan B Second runnings, Pale Ale 5.4%abv

The grains still had plenty to give producing a mild biscuity malt character in the body with a light oak hue. Wakatu, Columbus, and Cascade make this dry hop bright with zesty citrus aromatics. It still echoes some of its sibling’s fruit sweetness, but just a touch dryer on the finish.