Madhouse Brewery Releasing Carpe Diem Tomorrow (February 17th)!

madhouseThe highly anticipated release of Madhouse Brewing’s bourbon barrel aged imperial breakfast stout, Carpe Diem, will be taking place Friday February 17th and Madhouse Brewing in Des Moines, IA. One of my favorite beers of the past year will be released along with some other breakfast themed beers from Madhouse. Here’s more courtesy of Madhouse’s Facebook page:

A breakfast-themed beer release party! Miss Molly’s Jamaican Patty food truck will be on-site serving Jamaican and breakfast foods.

Beers to be released:

CARPE DIEM: Bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Breakfast Stout made with oats, cocao nibs, Kona coffee, and bourbon barrel-aged Iowa maple syrup. Available in 750ml bottles.

FREEDOM TOAST: Bourbon maple barrel-aged Wee-Heavy with cinnamon and vanilla. Draft only.

BLACK & BLUE: Barrel-aged sour Imperial Stout with blackberries and blueberries. Available in 750ml bottles.

CATAWBA-WABA: Barrel-aged sour Saison with fresh Iowa Catawba grape juice added. Draft only.

The event starts at 4:00: For more information visit Madhouse’s Facebook page here and feel free to pick the Baron up a bottle!!

Lagunitas Brewing Hosting “Beer PHD” at Mt. Vernon Rd. Hy-Vee; Wed. February 22nd @5:00 p.m.

lagunitasA fun event will be taking place at the Mount Vernon Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids as Lagunitas Brewing will be hosting a “Beer PHD”. This event will feature beer samples, History of Lagunitas, Beer PHD session, plus much more. Here’s the official release from Mt. Vernon Road Hy-Vee, check it out if you’re in the area, cheers!

We have a fun and unique FREE event coming up Wednesday, February 22nd starting at 5:00pm in our Wine & Spirits Tasting Room!

Join Lagunitas Brewing Company for a Beer “PHD”!

Here’s how the event will unfold….

February 22nd @ Mt. Vernon Rd Hy-Vee 5pm-7pm

* 5:30pm – 6:00pm – PHD Presentation

* Lagunitas History & Beer History

* Hop Vape and beer samples

* 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Reception – tasting – talking – mumbling -shaking hands

·        *** Tappin’ up a Dark Swan keg for the good people to get down on.***

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Cedar Rapids Ale Trail Spotlight: Breweries

ale.jpgThe Cedar Rapids Ale Trail is a terrific way to venture out and try some the best food and beer in the area and save money while doing so!

Over $500 in discounts and perks at more than 25 of the best breweries and restaurants in the Cedar Rapids area. Available on your phone for only $30 per year.

The best way to experience Cedar Rapids’ national award-winning craft beer & culinary scene.

Let’s go ahead and focus on some of the perks that having the CR Ale Trail app can get you by looking at what our local breweries/beer stores are offering when purchasing. Here we go:

another road**Another Road Brewing** 
1. Buy one pint get the second pint half off. Put the bag in the hole with one shot on table bags, get free bottle opener.
2. $5 off $25
3. Buy one pint and get 2nd pint 1/2 off

benz**Benz Beverage Depot**
1. 15% off 2 mix and match 6 packs.
2. 10% off 1 mix and match 6 pack
iowa-brewing**Iowa Brewing Company**
1. $10 off $25
2. $5 off a growler fill – limit two per day

lion bridge**Lion Bridge Brewing Company**
1. Free 8 oz beer with purchase of taster tra
2. 1/2 price nacho platter with purchase of taster tray

millstream**Millstream Brewing Company**
1. $10 off $25
2. Buy one beer and get the 2nd for $1

quarter barrel**The Quarter Barrel Arcade and Brewery**
1. Two free beer flights with purchase of any pizza
2. 1 liter glass stein of any house brew for price of a pint

third base**Third Base Brewery**
1. Receive a 25 oz mug for the price of a pint: $4.50

 

That’s just the breweries! Stay tuned for deals at Hy-Vees and restaurants! For more information visit the Cedar Rapids Ale Trail Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/crAleTrail/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Founders Bringing “Doom” Back to 4 packs and 750’s

foundersA barrel-aged double IPA will be making it’s way back to Eastern Iowa as Founders will be releasing “Doom”. This double ipa is aged in bourbon barrels and was last seen back in 2013. Here’s more on this release courtesy of Founder’s Brewing website:

We’ve just received the green light to share info about the third beer in our new Barrel-Aged Series: Doom. You heard it here first.

Doom may be impending but that doesn’t mean you have to fear it. A collision of worlds, the intense hop character of our imperial IPA mingles with the warm vanilla and oak notes imparted from time spent in our favorite bourbon barrels. Like all good things, Doom comes to those who wait.

We previously released Doom in 2013, although it was featured in our taproom as a draft-only option long before that. Given the number of times we’ve been asked when it will return to our lineup, we expect this news to be well-received.

Doom is the third release of 2017 in the Barrel-Aged Series, preceded by Frootwood and KBS. There are two remaining Barrel-Aged Series beers to be announced this year, with Backwoods Bastard being the fifth in the lineup.

As with all the Barrel-Aged Series beers, Doom will be available in 750mL bottles and 4-packs of 12oz bottles. Look for it beginning in May, with most states receiving theirs by early June.

Brrr Fest Update: Lost Duck out, Iowa Brewing in

update: Here’s the official list from Iowa Brewing:

Iowa Eagle: Pre-Prohibition Lager
Tragedy of the Common: California Common (GABF Silver Medal Winner)
Hop Eagle Motueka: Pale Ale
The Red Thing: Hoppy Double Red Ale
Oja: Baltic Porter
Whiskey B.A. Oja: Baltic Porter aged aged in Cedar Ridge Whiskey Barrels
Rum B.A. Oja: Baltic Porter aged in 5 year Dark Rum barrels w/ cocoa nibs, coconut, and vanilla beansbrrrfest logo copy 2012 copyA last minute change to the Brrr Fest lineup has Lost Duck Brewing company not attending the event and Iowa Brewing Company taking their place.

Expect Iowa Brewing Company to bring their GABF silver medal winning Tragedy of the Commons and hopefully their barrel-aged Oja! See you in a few hours!

3 Iowa Beers to Drink Now!

beerbaronI couldn’t do just 1 Drink This! edition this time around as the state of Iowa is sending out so much great beer I had to do three! As we approach the 2017 Coralville Brrr Fest and with the program released this past week anticipation is mounting for ticket holders to get a taste of Iowa’s finest breweries and beers. Within the last 5 days I’ve had the opportunity to try 3 amazing beers from 3 amazing Iowa breweries. So here are three beers the you have to DRINK NOW!

img_0990**Big Grove Brewery – Buster Triple IPA** – Buster released this past Tuesday and I knew for sure I had to hit Big Grove and try this baby fresh. Mosaic hops shine with flavors of juicy fruit gum, tropical fruits, and some grassiness. A wonderful dank ass triple IPA. There is one thing that can be bad about this brew…it’s scary drinkable. An 11.4% ABV triple IPA can definitely put you on your ass if you don’t pay attention! This might arguably be the best or one of the best double/triple IPAs in the state. Follow this link to see my post on where it will be available and they also just hit the Cellar Peanut Pub in Pella with a hell of a lineup! So good, can’t wait for another glass! Cheers Big Grove!

 

IMG_0992.JPG**Lion Bridge Brewery – GAZPROM 2017** – I’ve been waiting for this release since last year. Lion Bridge takes the shitty, dark, long ass month of January and makes pretty damn enjoyable with their Barrel-Aged January releases. A new release, every week, for the month of January and all barrel-aged beers. I’ve loved the Winter Warmer and the Royal Wee but the big dog for me is GAZPROM!. The sweetness from the syrup is the perfect balance to booziness from the barrels. I say this a lot but this is a top-tier beer for me….maybe top 10? Top 5? Either way, I can’t wait to have more of this and thank you Quinton and Alec and Lion Bridge for making January tolerable!

 

img_0994**Madhouse Brewery – VIP Barrel Aged Vanilla Porter** – was happy my Mt. Vernon Road Hy-Vee had a few bottles of this, wasn’t sure if we would see it all. I had been hearing good things coming from the fine beer folks in Des Moines and was hoping to land one of these. I’ve been hit and miss with vanilla added to my beers. Sometimes I dig it when it’s not over they type vanilla extract and with Madhouse VIP I’m really digging it. The slight sweetness from the vanilla pairs with the barrel and just a faint hint of cigar smoke on the aftertaste. Viscous, tasty, and warming. An excellent companion to a chilly January evening.

There you go Iowa. Three newer beers for you to try. Hopefully all 3 make it somewhere close to your area and you get a taste, and hopefully you enjoyed them as much as I did/do! Cheers!

Big Grove Buster Kegged Today, Here’s Where You Can Find it Friday!

Big Grove will be releasing their Buster Triple IPA at the brewery Tuesday and below if where you will be able to get it at other locations around Cedar Rapids/Iowa City starting on Friday this week. Make sure you get yourself a taste of this bad boy!

busterThere she is..Buster Triple IPA checking in at 11.3%. It got kegged today and will be tapping this week on Friday. Here’s a list of who will have this bad boy on tap: Shorts Burger & Shine, Club 76, Reds, 30Hop, Vesta, Zeppelins, Need Pizza, Bricks, The Mill, Blackstone, Shakespeare’s, Central Standard and Mosley’s.

Big Grove Brewery Set to Release “Buster” Triple IPA Tuesday, Jan. 24th!

busterThe fellas at Big Grove Brewery in Solon continue to be busy brewing up some tastiness for us beer drinking folks and next Tuesday they are bringing out the big guns as “Buster” makes its way back to their tap lines.

This triple IPA is brewed with caliente, mosaic, and wakatu hops and will check in around 11.3%. Don’t forget tonight (Jan.20th) they have a pin of Trident triple IPA with amarillo and simcoe added! Friday night pins at Big Grove are a can’t miss! Cheers!