It might not be the best idea to combine barrel-aged and imperials into one category but to have time I had to. So many great offerings again, vote for your favorite! As always, if I missed any beers that should be on this list please let me know!
The American-style imperial stout is the strongest in alcohol and body of the stouts. Black in color, these beers typically have an extremely rich malty flavor and aroma with full, sweet malt character. Bitterness can come from roasted malts or hop additions.
Alright folks, make sure you read carefully because the people at Big Grove have carefully outlined a plan for everyone to have a chance for not only getting your hands on one of the best beers brewed in Iowa and its variants but to also have an opportunity to dine on some of the best food you’ll ever taste! Lot’s going on, read carefully, get excited, drink local, enjoy this awesome beer and food given to us by this amazing group of people! Spotted Richard???? I know this is a family friendly event but you can’t tell me a Richard the Whale Spotted Dick shirt isn’t a cash grab! Cheers everyone!
TICKETS ON SALE THIS WEDNESDAY! @ 10 a.m. for all of these options!
DINNER AND RICHARD
𝐓𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟑 𝐚𝐭 𝟔:𝟑𝟎𝐩𝐦-𝟗:𝟑𝟎𝐩𝐦𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐓𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐃𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫 4-Pack of Bottles + Glass + 1 Richard Token, redeemable for any beer at any time. We are only offering 25 tickets to this interactive, omakase-style tasting dinner. We will reach out to you after your purchase to confirm your socially distanced table arrangement. Masks are required for each guest. The menu will be released at a later date. ($250 each)𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟒 𝐚𝐭 𝟔:𝟑𝟎𝐩𝐦-𝟗:𝟑𝟎𝐩𝐦𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐓𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐃𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫 4-Pack of Bottles + Glass + 1 Richard Token, redeemable for any beer at any time. We are only offering 25 tickets to this interactive, omakase-style tasting dinner. We will reach out to you after your purchase to confirm your socially distanced table arrangement. Masks are required for each guest. The menu will be released at a later date. ($250 each)
BEER AND GOLDEN TICKET
𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟓 𝐚𝐭 𝟕:𝟎𝟎𝐚𝐦 4-Pack of Bottles + Glass + 1 Richard Token, redeemable for any beer at any time. | Saturday, December 5 at 7am. Can be picked up at the Iowa City Bottomless Family Style Brunch, the Iowa City drive-thru, or the Solon Drive-thru. ($85 each) 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟓 𝐚𝐭 𝟕:𝟎𝟎𝐚𝐦 One Golden Ticket Richard the Whale | Saturday, December 5 at 7am. Can be picked up at the Iowa City Bottomless Family Style Brunch, the Iowa City drive-thru, or the Solon Drive-thru. ($40 each
All Release Party ticket holders will receive: • Two (2) 375 mL bottles of 2020 Richard the Whale • One (1) 375 mL bottle of 2020 with JBC Roasters Coffee • One (1) 375 mL bottle of 2020 Spotted Richard • One (1) 2020 Richard the Whale commemorative glassBottomless Family-Style Brunch | 7am-10am • $25 – purchase Saturday, December 5 on-site at the Iowa City location only • Masks are required for each guest • Menu released soon! GOLDEN TICKET – Richard the Whale Vietnamese Coconut Coffee (500 mL)We decided to make everything a little simpler this year— so we are selling our Golden Ticket online this year. Better get them fast because they won’t last long! Golden Ticket beer: Richard the Whale Vietnamese Coconut Coffee (500 mL). As in year’s past, we will be loading up our tap lines with some very special beers, including 2020 Richard the Whale, Richard variants, and surprises. For those that came to last year’s release event, expect a similar day of drinking, laughter, and good cheer. SCHEDULE FOR THE EVENT:7am – Doors open to Big Grove Brewery & Taproom (Iowa City). Drive-thru is available at Iowa City and Solon locations. 7am – Brunch experience and Drive-thru begins, 4-pack pick-up10am – Brunch party, Drive-thru, and ticketed event ends11am – Regular food menu available and Big Grove is open to the publicAll-day – Enjoy a beer with your friends and the Big Grove brewersADDITIONAL INFORMATION: • We will be maintaining our social distancing guidelines. Please wear your mask and help us stay safe. • There will be no overnight lines. You may enter our waitlist starting at 6am. We ask that once your name is placed on the list, you can wait in your car or around one of our social distanced firepits. You will receive a text message when your table is ready. • One Golden Ticket bottle per person. • All Ticket holders must bring a valid photo ID. • Ticket holders must be 21 years of age or older at the time of purchasing the Ticket. • Proxy bottle pickups can begin to pick up at 7am. • Pre-Sale ticket holders may pick up their bottles between 7am and 10am during the event. • Please have your order number ready. We will be checking individuals off our list. • Please do not bring open bottles into the taproom. • There will be no overnight lines. You may enter our waitlist starting at 6am. We ask that once your name is placed on the list, you can wait in your car or around one of our socially distanced firepits. You will receive a text message when your table is ready.
Crane Brewing Beet Weiss 4/6/12oz CAN – The beer that made Michael Crane famous is an earthy, zinger that pairs great with food. Our Fall seasonal Berliner-style Weiss combines a sour German wheat beer with an unlikely vegetable, and, frankly, they look really good together. “Not Your Grandma’s Canned Beets!” 4.5% ABV.
Crane Brewing Lady Midday 4/6/12oz CAN – Gose brewed with Green Hatch Chiles, Apricot, and Mint. 5.5% ABV.
Crane Brewing Farmhouse IPA 4/6/12oz CAN – Dry Hopped Belgian Style Farmhouse IPA. 6% ABV.
Crane Brewing Odd Bird 4/6/12oz CAN – Mexican-Style Lager named for the Odd Bird Farm, who collects and uses our spent grain to feed their heritage Meishan pigs. 4.7% ABV.
Crane Brewing Omar 4/6/12oz CAN – Named after our cat that passed away too soon, Omar is a take on the traditional English porter. The fruity esters compliment the notes of bitter chocolate, licorice, and a hint of caramel sweetness. Almost an acceptable substitution for snuggles with our sweet Omar! 6% ABV.
Crane Brewing Thundergong 4/6/12oz CAN – Wheat Ale with Orange Peel. 1$ from every case donated to Steps of Faith Foundation for amputees in need. 5% ABV.
Une Année / Hubbard’s Cave Brewery:
Une Annee TRIPEL 6/4/16oz CANS – Belgian Abbey Ale. 8.7% ABV.
Une Annee No Regrets 6/4/16oz CAN – American Wild Ale fermented w/ Limes and Dry-hopped w/ Mosaic. 5.5% ABV.
Une Annee Framboise 12/2/16oz CANS (2 Pack) – American Wild Ale fermented w/ Raspberry. 6.5% ABV.
Une Annee Peche 12/2/16oz CANS (2 Pack) – American Wild Ale fermented w/ Peach. 6.5% ABV.
Une Annee Le Seul VI – Elderberry 12/2/16oz CANS (2 Pack) – American Wild Ale fermented w/ Elderberry. 6.5% ABV.
Hubbard’s Cave FRESH PALE 6/4/16oz CANS – Will be Canned on 10.21.2020 – Hazy Pale Ale w/ Citra and Simcoe hops. 6% ABV.
Hubbard’s Cave FRESH IIPA ONE HOP GALAXY 6/4/16oz CANS – Canned on 10.14.2020 – Hazy Imperial IPA w/ Galaxy hops exclusively. 8.5% ABV.
This category of stouts will not include imperial/barrel aged/pastry/adjunct except coffee! Those will be broken down into another category down the road! Thanks to everyone who has participated in the voting and to the brewer’s making the beer! Cheers!
Stout is a dark, top-fermented beer with a number of variations, including dry stout, oatmeal stout, milk stout. The first known use of the word stout for beer was in a document dated 1677 found in the Egerton Manuscripts, the sense being that a “stout beer” was a strong beer, not a dark beer.
Brown ale is a style of beer with a dark amber or brown colour. The term was first used by London brewers in the late 17th century to describe their products, such as mild ale, though the term has a rather different meaning today. 18th century brown ales were lightly hopped and brewed from 100% brown malt
Porter is a style of beer that was developed in London, England in the early eighteenth century. It was well-hopped and dark in appearance due to the use of brown malt. The name originated due to its popularity with street and river porters.
From BA: NEIPA is essentially an unfiltered IPA or Double IPA that’s been aggressively hopped. Appearance ranges from slightly hazy or cloudy to opaque or muddy. Dry-hopping, the use of high-protein grains (flours, flaked oats, wheat), certain yeast strains, water chemistry, CO2 levels, and other techniques may also contribute to the beer’s haze and mouthfeel. But the overall goal is typically a hazy, juicy IPA packed with fruity and floral flavors
Some fun and exciting beers coming from Abu Nawas including a favorite brewery of mine, Jolly Pumpkin. Here’s this week’s drop:
la Brasserie FANTOME:
Fantome BBBoo! 12/750ml BOT – Special Fall Belgian ale from the cult Belgian Brewery. 8% ABV. 👻👻👻
Fantome Saison 12/750ml bottles – Fruity, complex Saison beer from the Ardennes forest from a tiny farmhouse brewery very hard to find even in Belgium. Many drinkers out there who believe this is the “Nectar of the Gods.” Certainly, no other brewer makes beer like this, in Belgium or anywhere. 8% ABV.
Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales:
Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela 12/750ml – Jolly Pumpkin’s first pumpkin beer. Brewed with pumpkin and spices. 7.5% ABV.
Jolly Pumpkin Fuego del Otono 12/750ml – Brewed with Chestnuts, Star Anise, Crystal Ginger, & Cinnamon Sticks. To catch a bit of soft radiance in each bottle, Jolly Pumpkin waits for fall colors to begin their bright and fleeting glow before brewing this wonderful ale under their autumn fire. 6.1% ABV.
Jolly Pumpkin Bam Di Castagna 12/375ml – A fall-inspired version of Bam Biére. Brewed with chestnuts in the mash, Bam de Castsagna pours a rich auburn and is gently tart. Notes of earthy chestnuts, flavors of cashew, taro with traces of autumn smoke. 4.5% ABV.
Bam 375 Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam 12/750ml or 12/375ml – Weizen Bam Biere is ruddy golden, with yeast driven esters of banana, spicy clove, and nutmeg all wrapped up with a generous dose of rapscallion delight. Lots of brewers use oak barrels to age their beers these days, but Jolly Pumpkin actually ferments in the wood, and the result is beer of extraordinary complexity and earthiness. 4.5% ABV.
Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial 12/750ml bottles – A rich brown ale inspired by the enigmatic monastic brews of Belgium, and the mysterious mist shrouded jungles of the tropics. Brewed with real cacao, and spiced with cinnamon and sweet orange peel for a sensual delight. A brew to be sipped, savored, and enjoyed!7.5% ABV.
Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura 12/750ml bottles – A Belgian inspired stout that is as dark as a moonless midnight, brimming of roasted malts and bitter hops. It will keep you good company in all places, be thay light or dark. 8.1% ABV.
Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga 12/750ml bottles – The Firefly, an artisan pale ale brewed in the Grand Cru tradition. Enjoy its golden effervescence and gentle hop aroma. Coriander and Grains of Paradise round out the spicy palate, melting o so softly into a silken finish of hoppiness and bliss! 6.5% ABV.
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja 12/750ml Bottles – An artisan amber ale brewed in the Flanders tradition. Deep amber with earthy caramel, spice, and sour fruit notes developed through natural barrel aging. Unfiltered, unpasteurized and blended from barrels ranging in age from two to ten months. 7.2% ABV.
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja Kriek Vintage 12/750ml – Special version of Amber Sour Dark Ale with Kriek Sour Cherries. 7.5% ABV.
Jolly Pumpkin i.O. Saison 12/750ml – Ale Brewed with Rose Hips, Rose Petals, and Hibiscus. Let’s face it, Beer is an art form that excites our senses and stirs our imagination. This truth gave Jolly Pumpkin an idea. We’d create a limited series of beer by throwing caution to the wind and following our creative muse no matter where it leads. This is how we discovered Baudelaire Beer. 6.8% ABV.
Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza 12/375ml bottles. A JP Beer that is Dear to our Heart. Strong, pale, tart Farmhouse ale. 8.0% ABV.
Clown Shoes Rainbows are Real 6/4/16oz CAN – Hazy IPA Infused with Terpenes. 6.75% ABV.
Clown Shoes Pecan Pie Porter 2020 6/4/16oz CAN – American Porter with Pecan Pie Flavor. 8% ABV.
Clown Shoes Churro Sombrero 6/4/16oz CAN – Mexican Style Chocolate Stout with Madagascar Vanilla Beans and Cinnamon. 7% ABV.
Clown Shoes Space Cake 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA with Mosaic and Citra Hops. 9% ABV.
Clown Shoes Haze Cake 6/4/16oz CANS – Hazy Double IPA with Mosaic, Citra, and Centennial hops, Honey, and 2-row malts, wheat. 9% ABV.
Clown Shoes Pineapple Space Cake 6/4/16oz CAN – Pineapple Double IPA. 7.77% ABV.
Clown Shoes Clementine 6/4/16oz CAN – White Ale with Spices, All Natural Clementine Flavor, Sweet Orange Peel, Coriander, Mandarina Hops. 6% ABV.
Clown Shoes Mango Kolsch 6/4/16oz CAN – American Kōlsch with All Natural Mango Flavor, Columbus, and Huell Melon Hops. 5.5% ABV.
This coming weekend The Great American Beer Festival would usually be packing beer lovers into the lovely Denver, CO for a weekend of fun, beer, and food and some of our wonderful Iowa breweries have been well represented there. This year, the festival goes virtual, so I thought it would be fun to do an Iowa only beer festival. I’ll be posting polls on here (blog), linking from my Twitter account, and various Facebook Iowa beer pages. You will only be able to vote once in each category so make sure you read the entire list. Brewer’s, I would love for you to send a video my way bragging up your beer so feel free to email those to me! The categories will be:
Each beer selected will be by using untappd filter as to the number checked in or recently added. Feedback is welcomed as I probably missed a beer or two to add to the categories. If there is a category I need to add please let me know! This is all for fun but I welcome the discussion, cheers to Iowa breweries!
Tons of brews coming from Abu Nawas, perfect time to fill up your fridge! Here we go:
Blackberry Farm Classic Saison 6/4/12oz CANS – Belgian-style Saison features European noble-type hops, authentic Belgian Saison yeast, and the finest European two-row malt. 6.3% ABV.
Blackberry Farm Boundary Tree 6/4/12oz CAN – A hop-forward Farmhouse Ale brewed with Hallertau Blanc, Southern Cross, Comet, and Citra hops. 6.5% ABV.
Blackberry Farm Barrel Series: Brett Belgo IPA 12/375ml. A hoppy ale aged in red wine barrels. 6.3% ABV.
Blackberry Farm Native Series: Brett Saison 12/375ml. A golden farmhouse ale fermented with brettanomyces and aged in French oak California red wine barrels. 6.3% ABV.
Blackberry Farm Dubbel 12/375ml – A deep and rich abbey-style Dubbel brewed with Muddy Pond Sorghum. 8% ABV.
Stillwater Artisanal Extra Dry Chu-Hi With Red Grapefruit 6/4/16oz CAN – Following the classic Extra Dry: Sake-Inspired Saison comes a fruited variant – also inspired by one of our favorite Japanese refreshments introduced to us, chūhai. Often sold as ‘Chu-Hi’ – the term is an abbreviation of “shōchū highball” – it’s a (commonly canned) cocktail of shōchū & carbonated water, flavored with various fruits. Extra Dry Chu-Hi is a brighter & lighter take on the familiar Saison, topped up with a touch of citrus and fermented dry. RED GRAPEFRUIT is the first flavor. 4.2% ABV.
Stillwater EXTRA DRY 6/4/16oz CAN – Definitely one of our Island Beers. Sake Style Saison brewed with sake rice and dry-hopped with Citra, Hallertau Blanc, and Sterling. 4.2% ABV.
Stillwater Artisanal Plant Based Double IPA With Mango & Palm Sugar 6/4/16oz CAN – Double India pale ale with mango & coconut palm sugar. Hopped with Citra, Sabro & Galaxy. All-natural. 100% vegan. 8.4% ABV.
Stillwater General Gose 6/4/16oz CAN – Sour amber wheat ale brewed with orange peel powder, Thai chili powder, sea salt, and msg seasoning. 4.5% ABV
Stillwater Insetto 6/4/12oz CAN – Dry-hopped Sour with Italian plum. The beer-drinkers’ rosé. Brian worked backward with this one – first came the design, then we reverse-engineered a beer to match.5% ABV.
Stillwater On Fleek 6/4/12oz CAN – A 13 percent ABV imperial stout brewed with dark sugars and molasses. 13.0% ABV.
Stillwater / AZ Wilderness Big Bunny is Everything 6/4/12oz CAN – Strong Milk Stout collaboration with AZ Wilderness. Big Bunny IS everything. 8.0% ABV.
Stillwater Dry White 6/4/16oz CANS – Blanc Sour Ale Spritzer with Sauvignon Blanc Grape, Lime and Sea Salt. 4.5% ABV.
Stillwater Hot Pink 6/4/16oz CANS – Rosé Sour Ale Spritzer with Grenache Grape, Raspberry, and Lemon. 4.5% ABV.
Dugges Chinook Citra Denali 6/4/16oz CAN – Follow our journey as we tweak our way towards the perfect Hoppy Ale. Step by step, beer by beer, on and on. Forever. From Sweden with love! Brewed in North Haven, CT. 6% ABV.
Short Throw Brewing:
Short Throw Lips and Lungs 6/4/16oz CAN – DIPA with Strata and Citra hops, dry-hopped with the same varietals. 8% ABV.
Short Throw Cop And Go 6/4/16oz CAN – American IPA with Galaxy & Mosaic hops, dry-hopped with the same varietals.. 6.5% ABV
Hoof Hearted Cowboy Konkey Dong 6/4/16oz CAN – Fermented in Donkey Kong barrels and excessively dry-hopped. Sitting high in the saddle and hopped with Motueka, Dr. Rudi, and Nelson Sauvin all from New Zealand along with some Mosaics and a heaping helping of Amarillo for that authentic Texas flavor. 8% ABV.
Hoof Hearted / Against the Grain Clearly Everybody Wants Some 6/4/16/oz CAN – This “Hazy Boi” IPA is a hop lover’s dream featuring the juiciest hops & all the lupulin haze you need! 7.2% ABV.
Decadent Ales Strawberry Orange Banana 6/4/16oz CAN – IPA brewed with Strawberry, Orange, and Banana Puree – just like your favorite juice. 8.2% ABV.
Decadent Ales Strawberry Frosted Pastry 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA with Strawberry, cinnamon, and allspice – reminiscent of a strawberry pop tart. 8.6% ABV.
Decadent Ales Vermont Maple IPA 6/4/16oz CAN – Crisp Double India Pale Ale with Vermont Maple. 9.1% ABV.
Decadent Ales Pecan Pie 6/4/16oz CAN – Double India Pale Ale with Pecans and Maple Syrup. 8.6% ABV.
Decadent Ales Raspberry French Toast 6/4/16oz CAN – Double India Pale with Raspberry, Maple Syrup, and Cinnamon added. 8.6% ABV.
Decadent Ales Peach Frosted Pastry 6/4/16oz CAN – Double India Pale Ale with peaches, cinnamon. 8.6% ABV.
Decadent Ales Mocha Latte 6/4/16oz CAN – American IPA brewed with Coffee and Chocolate. 8% ABV.
Decadent Ales S’mores 6/4/16oz CAN – All Mosaic Double Dry-Hopped DIPA brewed with Marshmallows, Graham Crackers, Madagascar Vanilla Beans, Cinnamon and a touch of Chocolate. 8.6% ABV.
Decadent Ales Passiflora 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA Brewed utilizing a blend of New Zealand hops, this brew produces notes of Guava, Citrus, and Passionfruit. 8.6% ABV.
Decadent Ales Orange Gusher 6/4/16oz CANS – Double India Pale Ale with Orange Purée. 8.5% ABV.
Decadent Ales Orange Cream Pop 6/4/16oz CAN – All Citra dry-hopped IPA with a proprietary blend of sugars, Madagascar Vanilla Bean, and a touch of Orange Zest. 6% ABV.
Decadent Ales Blueberry French Toast 6/4/16oz CAN – Double India Pale Ale with blueberries, maple syrup, and cinnamon. 8.6% ABV.
Decadent Ales Coconut Almond Macaroon 24/16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped All-Mosaic IPA brewed with Coconut & Almond, and a variety of sugars to create a biscuit character. 8.2% ABV.
Decadent Ales Coconut Citrus Citra 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA Triple Dry-Hopped with All Citra. Brewed with Orange Zest Coconut. 8.6% ABV.
Decadent Ales Elderflower Mochi 6/4/16oz CAN – Milkshake Double India Pale Ale brewed with Elderflower and Vanilla. 8.6% ABV.
Decadent Ales Ectoplasmic Orange 24/16oz CAN – All Citra double dry-hopped IPA with tangerine, and orange zests added. 8.7% ABV.
Decadent Ales (Evil Twin Collab.) Delight 6/4/16oz CAN – Imperial Stout Brewed with Pistachio, Coconut, and Cinnamon. 11.7% ABV.
Timber Ales People Power 6/4/16oz CAN – IPA dry-hopped with a combination of Citra and Galaxy hops. This beer was brewed to support the People Power Beer initiative started by our friends at Threes Brewing in collaboration with the ACLU. 7% ABV.