Abu Nawas drops: Introducing Short Throw Brewing! + Hoof Hearted, Omnipollo, Public Access

Some great brews coming from Abu Nawas this week and also a new brewery drop! Check the list below and let’s welcome Short Throw Brewing company to Iowa!

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SHORT THROW

*Short Throw Straight Bars 1/6bbl KEG – Triple Dry-Hopped American IPA.with Citra, Galaxy, and El Dorado. Lovingly dry-hopped with the same varietals. One sip and you’ll know we ain’t playin games. 6.5% ABV.

HOOF HEARTED

  • Hoof Hearted Tickling the Ivories16oz CAN – Super juicy IPA with Citra, Calypso, and Comet. 7.2% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Thanks For Letting Us Play 16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped All Galaxy India Pale Ale. 5.5% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Roads? Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads 16oz CAN – Heavy Duty DIPA with Enigma, Citra, & Cashmere. 9% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Everybody Wants Some CITRA 16oz CAN – All Citra Triple Dry-Hopped DIPA. 8% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Are We Having Fun Yet? 16oz CAN – Double Dry Hopped India Pale Ale with Belma, Citra, and Mosaic. 6% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted SaiZzurp Apricot Peach 16oz CAN – Sour Farmhouse Ale with Apricot Peach Added – 6.5% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Rose Gose 12oz CAN – Gose Brewed with Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, Coriander, Hibiscus, then soured with Lactobacillus and fermented with Saison yeast. 4.2% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted / Stillwater Fruit On the Bottom 6/4/16oz CAN – Stillwater Collab. Rotationally hopped sour IPA with milk sugar and Fruited with strawberry and banana and hopped with azacca and jarrylo. 6% ABV.

PUBLIC ACCESS LIQUIDS

  • Public Access Psychic Mirror16oz CAN – DDH DIPA w/ Galaxy & Motueka. 8% ABV.
  • Public Access Triumphant Intermission16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped IPA with Citra, El Dorado, and Comet. 7% ABV.
  • Public Access Entranced16oz CAN – Sour Ale brewed with Passion Fruit & Guava. 5% ABV.

OMNIPOLLO

  • Omnipollo Lifers 16oz CAN – This beer is like life should be. Collab with our ear candy friends The Lifers, this Miami Vice Strawberry Pineapple Coconut Daiquiri hits the spot. 6% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Hypnopompa Marshmallow & Vanilla 16oz CAN – Hypnopompa is our imperial stout brewed with almost 100 kilos of marshmallows and Tahitian vanilla beans (the size of cigars). Low carbonation and boiled a bit extra for good measure, this is a beer strictly for the stout inclined. 11% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Double Moa 16oz CAN –  lemon curd sour ale brewed with lemon and lactose sugar. 6% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Gematria 16oz CAN – Nelson, Citra, Mosaic. Nuff said. 7.3% ABV
  • Omnipollo Gygax 16oz CAN – Grapefruit Tonic Gose Ale Brewed with Grapefruit, Quinine & Lactose Sugar. 6% ABV.
  • Omipollo Henosis 16oz CAN – Nelson, Citra, Mosaic & Galaxy Hopped IPA. 702% ABV.

Lion Bridge announces 6th Anniversary Beer Releases!

Lion Bridge brewery in Cedar Rapids will be celebrating their 6th anniversary March 5th and in doing so will be releasing a couple of beers. Chocofetti Imperial Birthday Cake Stout and Click Bait double IPA will be released in cans. Here’s more on each of these brews:

Chocofetti (Imperial Birthday Cake Stout, 9%) – We’re havin a party, and everyone’s invited. We brewed this birthday cake stout up all special for our 6th birthday. Think chocolate cake and Funfetti frosting. Go ahead and have seconds.

Click Bait (Double IPA, 9%) – Brewed all special for our 6th anniversary, this batch has 6lbs of hops per barrel! Order a Click Bait to see the shocking results!

Abu Nawas drops: Prairie, Une Annee, Hubbard’s Cave

Three wonderful breweries will be sending some beers our way with Abu Nawas distro. A nice drop of Prairie, Une Annee and Hubbard’s Cave (draft) will be heading to Iowa. Here we go:

PRAIRIE

  • Prairie / American Solera Collab. All Y’all 6/4/12oz CAN – Hazy India Pale Ale. 8.8% ABV. ***NEW VERSION***
  • Prairie Funky Gold Mosaic 6/4/12oz CAN – Mosaic Dry-hopped sour ale. 5.8% ABV.
  • Prairie Standard 6/4/12oz CAN – Hoppy Farmhouse Ale. 5.6% ABV.
  • Prairie Blueberry Boyfriend 6/4/12oz CAN – Sour Ale with Blueberries and Lemon Zest. 5.4% ABV
  • Prairie BOMB 12/12oz – Imperial Stout aged on Nordaggio’s espresso beans, chocolate, vanilla beans, and ancho chile peppers. All the flavors meld to create a truly unique beer. The peppers add just the right amount of heat to complement the intense coffee and chocolate flavors. 13% ABV.
  • Prairie Oh! Fudge 12/12oz – Imperial Stout brewed with Brownies. 11.5% ABV.
  • Prairie Screenshot 12/12oz – Imperial stout with Hazelnut roasted coffee. 11% ABV.

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Une Annee 

  • Une Annee Quad 24/16oz CANS – 4 Pack. The richest of all Belgian ales, the Quadrupel is not for the faint of heart. Pouring deep amber, mellow in color but rich with flavor. Look for plum, dried cherry and fig esters with mild phenolic spice notes and a dry finish. 11% ABV.
  • Une Annee Framboise 24/16oz CANS – 2 Pack. American Wild Ale with Raspberries. 7.5% ABV
  • Une Annee Peche 24/16oz CANS – 2 Pack. American Wild Ale with Peaches. 7.5% ABV
  • Une Annee Kriek24/16oz CANS – 2 Pack. American Wild Ale with Morello Cherry. 7.5% ABV
  • Une Annee Le Seul I – Tart Cherry & Cranberry 24/16oz CANS – 2 Pack. Wild ale fermented with Tart Cherries and Cranberries. 7.1% ABV.
  • Une Annee Le Seul XXVIII Tangerine 24/16oz CANS – 2 Pack. American Wild Ale Fermented with Tangerine. 6.5% ABV.
  • Une Annee Le Seul VI– Elderberry  24/16oz CANS – 2 Pack. Wild ale fermented with Elderberries. 6.5% ABV.
  • Une Annee Le Seul XXVI Boysenberry 24/16oz CANS – 2 Pack. Wild ale fermented with Boysenberry. 6.5% ABV.
  • Une Annee Le Seul XXIV Plum 24/16oz CANS – 2 Pack. Wild ale fermented with Plum. 6.5% ABV.

Hubbard’s Cave (draft)

 

  • Hubbard’s Cave Fresh IIPA (Citra & Mosaic) 30L KEG – Imperial IPA  with Citra & Mosaic. 8.5% ABV.
  • Hubbard’s Cave Fresh IIPA (Ariana, Jarrylo, Pekko) 30L KEG – Imperial IPA  with Ariana, Jarrylo, Pekko. 8.5% ABV.
  • Hubbard’s Cave Fresh IIPA (Chinook, Idaho 7, Simcoe) 30L KEG –  Imperial IPA  with Chinook, Idaho 7 & Simcoe. 8.5% ABV.

Bricks and TG team up for St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Tap Takeover!

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day then slamming a few brews with the ones you love! On February 14th, Brick’s will be throwing some TG brews on the lines for your pleasure. Here’s the lineup:

Term Oil ~ served with Fudge Brownie
Morning Delight
Stout Hawk
Dragon Fandango
Pompeii
Psuedo Sue

No tickets necessary for this event, it’s first come first serve! Cheers!

Beer Dinner! Need Pizza + Gezellig Brewery Team up for 2/27 Event!

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What better way to end the month of February and jump into the (hopefully) warmer month of March than a pizza and beer dinner?!! Need Pizza in downtown Cedar Rapids is teaming up with Gezellig Brewery out of Newton for a 5 course beer and pizza pairing dinner on February 27th!

The $40 ticket gets you 5 courses and 5 beers and attendees get first choice of a crowler fill of any Gezellig brew! Stay tuned for more or follow their Facebook page here. 

Abu Nawas drops: Blackberry Farm, Dugges, Evil Twin, and Schramm Mead!

Drops coming from Abu Nawas this week includes one of my favorite breweries, Blackberry Farm. Has anyone ever been to Walland, TN and had the opportunity to check the place out? Looks like heaven, and definitely on my bucket list. On to the brews!

BLACKBERRY FARM

  • Blackberry Farm Classic Saison 12 oz CAN – 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 12 oz CAN – This hop-forward Belgian-style ale features notes of citrus fruit that complement its bready malt undertones. A soft bitterness, reminiscent of orange marmalade, balances delicate spice notes that result from a warm fermentation. 6.5% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Fenceline12oz CAN -Belgian-style ale brewed with generous portions of wheat malt for a creamy mouthfeel and hazy straw color. Generous additions of Huell Melon hops lend notes of melon and strawberry, along with a balanced bitterness. 5.9% ABV.
  • A variety of cool 375 and 750ml Limited editions!

DUGGES

Dugges Daylight 24-716oz CAN – A beer to salute the never-setting sun. Follow our journey as we tweak our way towards the perfect IPA. Step by step, beer by beer, on and on and on. Forever!  For our third IPA brewed on US soil and our first IPA brewed at the all-new Twelve Percent Beer Project brewery in North Haven, CT, we wanted to bring Sweden. During a couple of months every summer the northern parts of Sweden experience a never-setting sun. Literally daylight 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is that daylight in a can. Cheers! 7% ABV.

Evil Twin

  • Evil Twin Brewing I GREW UP IN NIVA 16oz CAN – IPA Brewed with Motueka, Galaxy, Falconer’s, and Citra. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Brewing I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO MY I-95 16oz CAN – Triple Epic IPA with Nelson, Galaxy, and Citra. 11% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Brewing All Galaxy Diane 16oz CAN – Small batch edition of Consumed 15 today Diane, all Galaxy IPA from Twelve Percent Project. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin How Cool Is This? In The Catskills We Can Get That True Upstate Experience 16oz CAN – DDH DIPA brewed with Citra, Simcoe, Ekuanot. Notes of peach, melon, lime zest and pine sap. Medium-bodied. Creamy mouthfeel. Subtle bitterness. Soft carbonation. 8% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Everyday, Once A Day IPA  16oz CAN – Double dry-hopped Imperial IPA brewed with lactose and vanilla beans. 9% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail 12oz CAN – Jeppe’s Legendary Triple IPA. 12% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail  Peach and Grapefruit  and Passionfruit 12oz CAN – Jeppe’s Legendary Triple IPA with a surprise twist. 12% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Molotov Lite 16oz CAN – Lite version of the Triple IPA is a Double IPA  at only 8.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break  16oz CAN – Imperial Stout with Almonds, Espresso, Vanilla. 11.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Even More Jesus 16oz CAN – Jeppe Legendary Imperial Stout. 12% ABV

Schramm

  • SCHRAMM VALENTINE 375ML – Black Currants and Maravilla Red Raspberries. Valentine marries the focused acidity and crisp flavor of whole red raspberries with the unmistakably deep and rich aromatics of black currants. A combination of two of our most popular flavors, we are certainly sweet on Valentine. Pair someone you love.
  • SCHRAMM MARIONBERRY 375ML – Marionberry is a Melomel made purely from Willamette Valley Marion Blackberries. Like our ‘Blackberry’, Marionberry has a full, natural fruit acidity that is balanced by premium Orange Blossom honey sweetness to create an extremely flavorful mead. Very dark in color, the Marionberries provide a jammy, juicy fruit-forward character. This mead has great aging potential for many years, though it’s pure fresh fruit character may make it difficult to leave alone for long. 14% ABV.
  • SCHRAMM CRANBERRY 375ML – Cranberry Mead takes the distinct tartness of the earthy, fragrant and penetrating cranberry and matches it with the sweet, yet balanced style for which Schramm’s Mead is known. The pronounced acidity of the fruit demands to be offset by substantial sweetness, and the vast number and throaty nature of the berry’s flavor compounds requires pairing with a complex, full-bodied honey.
  • SCHRAMM LUTOWKA STATEMENT 375ML – This unique incarnation of The Statement is made with Lutowka Morello-type cherries from Poland. The taste is definitely cherry, but more focused, brighter and with a touch more acidity than our standard Balaton version. It is delicious in its own singular way and is demonstrative of the subtle but notable differences in flavors that can be achieved by using different fruit variations.
  • SCHRAMM RASPBERRY 375ML – Schramm’s Raspberry is a mead made from whole Michigan raspberries. The flavor is unmistakably fruity raspberry, reminiscent of Michigan summers, and is balanced by honey sweetness. Due to the high level of acidity from the berries, it can age gracefully for many years. A tribute to our home state’s strong fruit growing tradition, this was the first mead made by head meadmaker Ken Schramm. It holds a special place in our history as well as our cellar.
  • SCHRAMM THE STATEMENT 375ML – The Statement is our Balaton cherry mead – made with the highest quality Traverse City Balaton cherries, carefully selected honey and twenty years of experience – having gone through more than a dozen iterations. Living up to its name, this mead truly makes a statement due to its incredible expression and depth of flavor and character rendered from honey and Michigan tart cherries. A natural complement to chocolate and sharp or blue cheeses, The Statement also pairs well with grilled pork and makes a terrific reduction sauce for desserts.
  • SCHRAMM MADELINE 375ML – Schramm’s Madeline is our boysenberry mead, made with whole boysenberries and Michigan honey. A cross between European raspberry, common blackberry and American dewberry, the boysenberry has a unique tannic flavor which combines wonderfully with carefully selected premium honey. The resulting mead is thick, jammy and extremely flavorful and pours dark purple with a very smooth, lightly tart finish. This mead is a tribute to our favorite, tiny release to date, Madeline June Schramm Naeger. Ten percent of sales of this mead are donated to the Royal Oak Beaumont NICU, where Madeline spent nearly the first three months of her life. She was beautiful when she was born, but we know she will continue to mature beautifully with age. 14% ABV.
  • SCHRAMM BLACK AGNES 375ML – Our sweet black currant mead, Black Agnes, is named after one boisterous Scottish wench who successfully defended the Scottish Castle of Dunbar during a five-month siege by William Montague, the Earl of Salisbury. While relatively unknown in the United States, black currants have been grown in the British Isles for more than five hundred years and used by herbalists since the Middle Ages. Sharply tart and acidic, the potent flavors of the fruit are perfectly balanced by the sweetness of premium honey to create a particularly unique, memorable and delicious mead. 14% ABV.
  • SCHRAMM RED AGNES 375ML – Schramm’s Red Agnes is finely balanced Melomel. Red currants provide deep floral aromatics, a fruitier initial impression, more focused acidity, and a stunning cardinal hue. This mead is dangerously drinkable with a delicately balanced acidity which allows the honey and fruit to sing in harmony together. 14% ABV.
  • SCHRAMM BLACKBERRY 12/375ML – Blackberry is earthy, brightly acidic mead balances the lingering tartness of whole blackberries and carefully selected honey. Intensely fruity with balanced acidity, a complex flavor profile and an earthy aroma, this mead is reminiscent of picking fruit on a mid-summer day. A strong option for the cellar, blackberry will continue to mature and develop in the bottle for years. Blackberry pairs well with creamy cheeses, duck, and veal. 14% ABV.
  • SCHRAMM GINGER 375ML – Schramm’s Ginger is a full-throated, unapologetic expression of pure grated ginger and honey. Honey sweetness is balanced by full ginger flavor with a touch of spiciness, making this mead a perfect choice to pair with spicy Indian, Ethiopian or Thai cuisine, grilled Korean mackerel or flavorful sushi and sashimi. It also pairs well with dark chocolate and is a great addition to a whiskey ginger cocktail or a Moscow Mule. 14% ABV.

Chameleon’s Pub in Mount Vernon Hosting Bourbon Barrel Aged Beer Tapping January 30th!

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It’s always great to see a small town bar, especially my favorite watering hole, get their hands on some brews that most small town bars aren’t able to land. Chameleon’s Pub and Grub here in Mt. Vernon will have their own barrel-aged tap takeover that will feature this year’s Goose Island Bourbon County stout and also feature 3 Iowa brewed barrel aged beers. The event is next Thursday January 30th, stop on in if you’re around the Mt. Vernon area! Here are more deets on these tappings:

Winter is in full swing in Iowa and what could be better than belling up to the bar with a barrel aged brew to warm your insides. We will be tapping four beautifully crafted barrel aged brews featuring the nationally renown Bourbon County from Chicago’s Goose Island Barrel House along side three local brews. We will be offering specially priced flights on the night of the event so you can try all four! These beers are very limited and will go fast so be sure to stop before they go.

This year’s Bourbon County Stout, aged in a mix of Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace, and Wild Turkey barrels, yields a rich, complex mouthfeel. Flavors of cocoa, fudge, vanilla, caramel, almond, plus leather and tobacco, permeate this beer and deepen with each sip. At 14.7 ABV it won’t take long to forget the cold and to feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Our local options are as followed;

2019 Jesus on a Forklift a barrel-aged imperial rye stout from Exile Brewing Co. of Des Moines, Iowa. This heavy hitter was aged for 9 months in first use Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels and gives of flavors and aromas of rich chocolate, with bourbon and the rye lending some spiciness.

Back Road coconut porter aged in Jim Beam barrels from Millstream Brewing Co. out of Amana Iowa. Black malt and roasted barley give the beer its color, and coffee-like flavors.

Wake the F Up Iowa Imperial Coffee stout from Backpocket Brewing out of Coralville, Iowa. This beer features coffee from our fellow Mount Vernon business owners and friends at Wake Up Iowa Coffee and is barrel aged it in Cedar Ridge and Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels to make Wake The F Up Iowa – an imperial coffee stout that’s plenty boozy, plenty smooth.

Breweries and Beers Announced for 2020 BrrrFest!

We have an early list of breweries and beers that will be available at the 2020 Coralville BrrrFest thanks to the folks at flitebrite. You can access and create your untappd wishlist for the event by clicking here

Here’s the list, I’ll continue to post updates as they come in. Cheers!

-515 Brewing Company
*Dunkel on the Haterz
*Mexican Spring
*OJ Gets Lei’d
*Poobah of Passe
*Puppy Jake
-5ive Cities Brewing Company
-7 Hills Brewing Co.
*Baca Inocula
*Betty’s Private Reserve
*Bi-Polar Vortex
*Bold Blavatsky
*Cerebral Haze
*Muddy Tugger w/Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup
-Alluvial Brewing Company
-Backpocket Brewing
-Barn Town Brewing
-Bent River Brewing Company
*Barrel-Aged Marshmallow Stout
*Chocolate Covered Banana
*Lactobaxpress
*Liquified
-Big Grove Brewery
*Buster
*Cask Sera w/white peppercorn + pineapple
*Easy Eddy Strawberry Pineapple Milkshake
*Experimental Sour w/passion fruit, raspberry + vanilla
*Justice for Barb
*Richard the Whale Vanilla Coconut
*Snowbird
*Static
*White Stout
*Xibalba Wade Wisely
-Boone Valley Brewing
-Brightside Aleworks
-Carroll Brewing Company
*Black Lager
*Carroll Red
*India Pale Ale
*Mild
*Tokyo Pils
-Cedar Ridge
-Clock House Brewing
-Confluence Brewing
-Contrary Brewing
*Finger Licken’ Good
*German’s Chocolate Cake
*Punch You in the Eye
*Zoom Doggy (w/maple & cinnamon)
-Court Avenue Brewing Company
-Crawford Brew Works
-Dimensional Brewing
*Dad Bod
*Denim Venom
*Easy Steve
*Gussied Up
*Jumbled Up: Hazel
*Sweet Acoustics
-East Grove Meadery
-Exile Brewing Company
-Fat Hill Brewing Company
-Fenders Brewing
*Morning Ride
-Firetrucker Brewery
*Black Magic Coffee Stout
*Brigade Ale
*Burnout Brown
*Destination IPA East Coast Style
*Tropical Burn Mago DIPA
-Fishback and Stephenson Cidery
*Maple Starship
*Salty Poser
-Fox Brewing
Franklin Street Brewing
-Front Street Brewery
Gezellig Brewing Company
*From Zero to Iffy
*Hug Deal Gone Sideweiss
*Tank in the Frank!
-Green Tree Brewing
-Iowa Brewing Company
*Barrel-Aged In-Tents w/ Trung Nguyen Legendee Coffee
*Barrel-Aged OREOja
*Bohemian Rapids
*Cousin Eddie’s Breakfast Ale
*David Hefehoff
*Double Barrel Hang Fire
*Eagle Lime
*Jinkies! – Lotus, Exp. 07720, Exp. 09326
*Oja’s Peanut Butter Cup Porter
-Jackson Street Brewing
*4 Non Blondes
*Hell’s Half Acre Stout – French Toast
*Imperial Chocolate Peanut Butter Treat
*Nannerbock
*Sioux City Sours & Barrel Aged Stouts
-Jefferson County Ciderworks
-Kalona Brewing Company
-Keg Creek Brewing Company
*Brick Red Ale
*Illuminator VII
*Kashmir Kush DIPA
*Mas Mexican Style Lager
*Moongold Apricot
*Rehashed IPA
-Lake Time Brewing
*Funfetti
*Haze of Our Lives
*Lost Dutchman
*Oreo Speed Wagon
*Peanut Butter Porter
*Welcome to the Jungle Juice
-Lark Brewing Company
-Limestone Brewers
-Lion Bridge Brewing Company
-Millstream Brewing Company
-Mississippi River Distilling
Mistress Brewing Company
-NoCoast Beer Co.
-Parkside Brewing Company
*Belly Dancer Chai Stout
*Kyle
*No Scurvy
*Raspberry Mother
-Peace Tree Brewing Company
-Pivo Brewing
*Balltown Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Brownie Milk Stout
*Dorchester British Best
-Pulpit Rock Brewing Company
-Quarter Barrel Arcade & Brewery
-Reclaimed Rails Brewing 
-ReUnion Brewery
*Cosmic Creamsicle Juice Factory
*Imperial Banshee (2019)
*Ocean Sprayed Cranberry Gose
*Reunion Lager
*Rock ‘N Roll Bus Driver
*Tank Puncher IPA
-Second State Brewing
*Schwarzbier
*Vienna Lager
-SingleSpeed Brewing 
*A-Two-Hoo
*Gable
*Hard Won Not Done
*Slightly Heightened Conversation V2.0
*Tip the Cow
*Tip the Cowconut
*Two Cows (Walk into a Barrel)
*Victory Dance
-Thew Brewing
*Candy Double Tappa
*Hello Hazy
*Lit Up Like A Christmas Tree
-Third Base Brewing
*At the Heart of Winter
*Smoak ‘Em If You Got ‘Em
-Toppling Goliath Brewing
*Cherry Fandango
*Dorthy’s New World Lager
*Dragon Fandango
*King Sue
*Mornin’ Delight
*Pompeii
*Pseudo Sue
*Supa’ Sumo
*Term Oil
-Torrent Brewing Company
-Twisted Vine Brewery
*5 Horizons Black Lager
*Cali-Steamer
*Snowlicious
*Twisted Blonde
*Westown IPA
*Whadda Juicebag
-West O Beer
-Wild Culture Kombucha
-Wilson’s Hard Cider
*Old Blue
*Pina de Iowa
*Sutliff Hard Cider
-Worth Brewing

 

Drink This! Lion Bridge Home Baked 2020

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We are in the middle of Lion Bridge’s Barrel-Aged January and last night I was able to get a sneak peek of one of, if not, their most sought after beers, Home Baked! (Thanks Lange Brothers!).

I wouldn’t say last year’s release of Home Baked was a surprise hit since all of what Lion Bridge releases is of the best quality, but I think after a few social media posts, untappd check ins, and Iowa Craft Beer Crew posts this beer hit “best of Iowa” status quickly and the demand went through the roof! Attention from the 2019 version continued through the year and the countdown to today’s release (1/15) began! Here’s the deets from LB on their brew:

Dessert for your desert island. Fudge and saigon cinnamon meld with a little bit of hazelnut goodness to produce something we liken to a cookie in beer form

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I was lucky enough to be a +1 at the early release for Lion Bridge’s CSA members and eagerly watched with bated breath as the beer tender poured my beer. Served at the perfect temperature, maybe even let sit a bit after the initial pour, the aromas of hazelnut and cinnamon hit your nose immediately. The first sip is cinnamon with the roasted hazelnut, almost a coconutty taste to it followed by hit of fudge. The second sip…. pure decadence!

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The beauty of this beer is that not one adjunct dominates the flavor, they all mesh perfectly well and you get a hit of each with every sip. This is a beer to seek out, to beg a buddy to mule for you if you can’t get to CR, to pray to the beer gods that one winds up in your kitchen ready to be poured. Every sip comes with a smile!

This is one of the best beers that is brewed in Iowa…without a doubt and this year’s version may even be better than the 2019. Lion Bridge does it again…place of employment is canceled today, beer releases at 3:00 p.m…..hmm.. it looks like the beer gods want me to get more of this I believe! See you there and Drink This!