Big Grove Solon tapping Richard! 2019 Coconut Vanilla Richard and 2020 Richard the Whale tomorrow (2/28) @ 9 a.m.!

Big Grove Brewery in Solon will be tapping a couple of heavy hitters tomorrow (Sunday 2/28) to go along with their amazing brunch menu! 2019 Coconut Vanilla Richard and 2020 Richard the Whale will find their way to the tap lines in Solon on Sunday morning! To go along with those two beers they will also be serving:
*Biscuits and gravy
*Brioche french toast with coffee custard
*Breakfast pizza

Brunch starts at 9 a.m. A perfect way to start your Sunday and finish your weekend!

Evil Twin, Blackberry Farm, Twelve Percent, American Solera, + FOC coming from Abu Nawas this week!

Tons of brews will be hitting the shelves this week thanks to Abu Nawas! Here’s what’s coming:

Evil Twin Brewing: 

Evil Twin Pink Pineapple 6/4/16oz CANS – CORAL-PINK SOUR IPA WITH NOTES OF RIPE PINEAPPLE AND A DROP OF LEMON. MEDIUM BODIED AND TART WITH A HINT OF SWEETNESS. 7% ABV.

Evil Twin Blue Raspberry 6/4/16oz CANS – AQUA-BLUE SOUR IPA WITH NOSTALGIC NOTES OF CANDIED RASPBERRIES AND A KICK OF LEMON. MODERATE TARTNESS WITH A TOUCH OF SWEETNESS. 7% ABV.

Evil Twin Brewing ET Left Home 1 6/4/16oz CANS – Sour IPA with Blueberry and Raspberry. 7% ABV.

Evil Twin Most Men Pursue IPA With Such Breathless Haste That They Hurry Drinking It 6/4/16oz CANS – IPA DDH with Ariana, Citra, and Callista. 7% ABV.

Blackberry Farm Brewery:

Blackberry Farm BFB Stout 6/4/16oz CANS – This robust, hoppy American Stout is a hearty welcome on a brisk evening, but balanced and drinkable for enjoying year-round. In addition to a complex roasted malt character of coffee and dark chocolate, a hefty addition of American hops adds bright, distinctive layers of tropical fruits, citrus, and pine. 6.8% ABV.

Blackberry Farm Leather Britches 6/4/16oz CAN – Dark, Rich Porter featuring a malty finish and hints of dark fruit and chocolate. An homage to the farm tradition of Leather Britches. An old southern method for preserving late-summer green beans. The beans are harvested, left in their pod, and hung up to dry. Dehydrating on the string, they start to look like leather pant legs. Brewed in collaboration with Heidi Geist of the 48 Beer Project. 6.4% ABV.

Blackberry Farm Spring Saison 12/750ml – A yearning for better days! Made with a healthy proportion of wheat, and gently spiced. 6.2% ABV.

Blackberry Farm Native Series Sorghum Saison 12/750ml – Farmhouse Ale brewed with Tennessee Heritage Malt, Sorghum syrup, and fermented with a wild strain of native yeast from the orchards at Blackberry Farm. 6.3% ABV.

Blackberry Farm Classic Saison 6/4/12oz 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 Mountain Lager 6/4/12oz CAN – Vienna-style Lager showcases Vienna and dark Munich malts, with distinctively toasty, bready aromas and flavors. A judicious hopping lends balance to the malty goodness. 5% 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

Twelve Percent Beer:

 Twelve Percent Beer Project House Lager 4/6/12oz CAN – A Snappy American Lager. 5% ABV.

American Solera:

American Solera Power TIPA 6/4/16oz CAN – Triple IPA with Citra & Mosaic Hops. 10% ABV.

American Solera This Is Cashmere 6/4/16oz CANS – American IPA brewed with Cashmere, Azacca & Mosaic hops. 7% ABV.

FAT ORANGE CAT FOC:

Fat Orange Cat FOC Baby Kittens 6/4/16oz CANS – NE IPA with Citra, Simcoe & Galaxy Hops. 6.5% ABV.

Fat Orange Cat FOC Dazed and Confused Teenage Kittens 6/4/16oz CANS – Awww, they’re growing up and going through those awkward & rebellious teenage years! A slightly amped-up version of Baby kittens, and aggressively hopped and dank; clocking in at 7.10% ABV.

Fat Orange Cat Vito The Beer Whale Cat 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA with Azacca and Simcoe Hops. 8% ABV

Fat Orange Cat Living In Our Own Private Idaho 6/4/16oz CANS – NE-IPA with Idaho 7, Azacca, and Simcoe hops. Citrusy with a hint of that undeniable piney Idaho 7 hop flavor on the end. 7.5% ABV.

Fat Orange Cat FOC I Don’t Like Mondays 6/4/16oz CAN – New England style IPA brewed with Galaxy, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops. 7.5% ABV.

Fat Orange Cat FOC Severe Tire Damage 6/4/16oz CAN – New England-style IPA hop forwarded with Simco, Citra and Mosaic hops. It’s a big beer at 9.4% ABV.

Big Grove Iowa City celebrating 4 years on March 13th! Batch 1000, Color TV, + Coconut King available!

4 year anniversary party coming to Big Grove’s Iowa City location and as always, Big Grove will be throwing some amazing brews our way! Here’s quick rundown of what we can expect and stay tuned for more info on these brews and on this anniversary party and check out Big Grove’s latest “Morning Brews” episode explaining the Batch 1000 variants. Here we go!

*Batch 1000 Barleywine
*Batch 1000 w/ 4 variants
*Color TV
*Coconut King – hazy IPA- in house only!

Beers will be available, allotments undetermined at this point, online for pickup or dine in with presale starting Wednesday March 3rd. Stay tuned for link info for that and below is the “Morning Brews” episode that is going to make you extremely thirsty! Happy Anniversary BG IC and I can’t wait to have a taste of all those brews! Cheers!

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Clown Shoes brews coming from Abu Nawas this week!

Big beer drop from Clown Shoes courtesy of Abu Nawas, including a barrel-aged IPA! Check out the list below:

CLOWN SHOES CANS:

  • Clown Shoes Origin Story 1/12/19.2oz “Stovepipe” CAN – IPA Aged in Bourbon Barrels. Rich and complex notes of bourbon and oak mingle uniquely with subtle hoppiness and a sturdy, slightly sweet malt backbone. 9.75% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes The Beast With No Name 1/12/19.2oz “Stovepipe” CAN – Imperial Stout Blended with Barleywine Ale Aged in Rum, Rye, and Bourbon Barrels. A proprietor’s blend of some of their best barrel-aged ales, this imperial stout can’t be described by a single name, so they didn’t try! 10.5% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Hammer of the Lion 24/16oz CAN – Imperial Stout blended with Wee Heavy Ale aged in Rum, Bourbon, and Brandy Barrels. Rich malt sweetness paired with complex notes of Rum, Bourbon, and dark chocolate. 11% ABV. 
  • Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher 6/4/16oz CAN – American Imperial Stout, with a kiss of smoke. Rich notes of coffee and chocolate mingle throughout an intense and full-bodied Stout. Holy Water is on the ingredients list, We are not kidding! 9% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes DDH Zen Garden 6/4/16oz CAN – Double Dry Hopped New England India Pale Ale, flush with full-bodied, hazy flavor from wheat and oat in the malt bill and a steady stream of hop additions. Hopped with Azacca, Citra, and Mosaic. 6.75% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Zebra Warren 2021 24/16oz CAN – Double IPA Mango and Pink Guava. 8% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Space Cake 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA with Mosaic and Citra Hops. 9% ABV.   
  • Clown Shoes Galactica IPA 6/4/16oz  CAN – Clown Shoes Famed Double IPA Dry hopped with Galaxy Hops, this one balances a hop profile of light bitterness and notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and pine with a clean malt backbone.. 8% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Galacticake 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA Featuring a base brew of Space Cake dry-hopped per Galactica specs, Galacticake combines Clown Shoes signature Double IPAs to make for a bevy of tropical citrus aromas and flavor. A balanced body showcases notes of both pine and citrus. 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 Bubble Farm IPA  6/4/16oz CAN – American IPA maintains an approachable medium-body without sacrificing any of the full aroma and flavor of copious dry-hopping additions of Simcoe, Azacca, and Idaho 7 hops. 6.5% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Rainbows are Real 6/4/16oz CAN – Hazy IPA Infused with Terpenes. 6.75% ABV.  
  • Clown Shoes Leviathan 6/4/16oz CANS – Big, Bold, and Full of Powerful hop Flavor, Leviathan is an intense TRIPLE IPA. Relentless hop additions throughout blend earthy, fruity, and floral notes. 10% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Tropical Blender 6/4/16oz CANS – Smoothie IPA with Guava, Pineapple, Mango, and Lactose. 7% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Tuscan Picnic 6/4/16oz CAN – Rosé India Pale Ale brewed with Lambrusco Grape Juice for sweet fruit flavor and a refreshing dryness reminiscent of a picnic under the Tuscan Sun! 6.5% 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.

Lion Bridge releasing 3 beers in the coming weeks!

It’s pilsner time! Lion Bridge will be releasing their popular Ziva Voda Czech style pilsner on March 10th and 2 more beers will be coming out before that release! Here’s more from Lion Bridge courtesy of their Facebook page:

3/10/2021 RETURNING!!!Živá Voda (Czech-style Pilsner, 4.8%) – Named for the “living water” of Czech fairy tales that heals infirmities and counteracts spells. Bohemian Pilsner Malt adds subtle richness and accents of clover honey, while the addition of traditional Saaz hops throughout the run-off and long boil give this beer the distinctive earthiness and spice associated with authentic Pilsners. Lagered for 6 weeks and brought to you for St. Joe’s Day and beyond.2/24/2021
NEW!!! Fun Size (Small beer w/Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Sea Salt, 6.5%) – Made from our Home-Baked second runnings. This beer is brewed with Maldon Sea Salt and then blended with cacao nibs and peanut butter deliciousness.
2/24/2021
RETURNING!!! Sweep the Leg (Rice Lager, 4.5%) Utilizing a clean fermenting Kveik yeast for this “lager” might be deemed cheating by some, but we say do whatever it takes to win.

Clock House starting “Classified Hop Series”, 2 being released this Friday (2/19)!

Clock House Brewing is introducing their “Classified Hop Series” and the first two releases will be this Friday! Here’s more info on these new releases courtesy of Clock House’s Facebook page:

Come join us this Friday as we release two new juicy NEIPA’s.The very start of our Classified Hops series. Volume one features Enigma and HBC 586. Notes of stone fruit, berries, and mango round out this incredibly balanced treat!Westward Bound: Our take on a beer-mosa. A very citrus forward base complemented with a touch of cara cara orange. Silky, sweet, and crushable!Available in cans/growlers, and on draft!

Big Grove Drive Thru returns this Saturday! (2/20) Hopocalypse Vol. 5!

Big Grove Brewery will be brining their amazing drive thru option back for beer and food lovers this coming Saturday morning (2/20)! The last series of the popular Hopocalypse series will be releasing which features:

*Great Scott – this will be a hazy double IPA brewed with Galaxy hops.
*Doctor Voralouf – Pieces are going missing from Big Grove Brewery, and we’re beginning to believe that Vorlauf aka head brewer, Andy Joynt, has plans to become the most powerful brewing machine in the world! Or at least he plans to get to that right after he takes down one of these west coast double IPAs brewed with Galaxy.

Along with the Hopocalypse release BG will also be bringing back the coffee shop series with the release of Mocha Dunkel. Mocha Dunkel will feature La Union Columbia coffee from JBC Coffee Roasters and Tanzanian Kokoa Kamili cocoa nibs from Mast Brothers Chocolate.

And don’t forget the food! Chef Smart is ready to dish out h Detroit Breakfast Style pizza for the drive-thru. You can place your order for any of these items AND they are having 25% merch sale on 5 of their comfy sweatshirts! Lots going on, order now and make your weekend great! https://biggrovebrewery.com/product-category/drive-thru/

El Bait Shop presents “7th Annual Barrel-Aged Beer Brunch” for Feb. 27th!

El Bait Shop has released info and ticket options for their 7th Annual Barrel-Aged Beer Brunch that is set for February 27th! Here is the info on how to get tickets, sessions, and beers to be had, cheers!

Saturday February 27th
SESSION 1 – 9am-12pm
SESSION 2 – 1pm -4pm
El Bait Shop will be closed/private for the event until 4pmRESERVED SEATING available for online purchase beginning Wednesday, February 17 at 4pm:
https://www.toasttab.com/highlife-baitshopAdmission is $60 per person and sold by table reservation only:
– Table for 3-4ppl $180-$240 (9 available)
– Table for 5ppl $300 (1 available)
– Table for 6, 7 or 8ppl $360-$480 (4 available)
– Bar Seating for 2ppl $120 (5 available)Each member of your party will receive:
– Punch Card for 12 – 3oz Samples
– Biscuits + Gravy, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Unlimited Pancakes
– Event Mug
– 50% off Lunch from our menu.Attendees will need to leave after their scheduled event time to allow us to reset and sanitize between groups.In accordance with local guidelines, we must stress the importance and necessity of being masked-up unless at your seat.

BEER LIST

Backpocket 8th

Backpocket 8th: Almond Coconut Chocolate

Backpocket 8th: Oatmeal Raisin

Backpocket Black Forest Cake

Backpocket Wake The F Up Iowa 2021

Boulevard Rye on Rye 6

Boulevard Rye on Rye Maple

Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout 2019

Clown Shoes Exercising of Baxter

Clown Shoes Hephaestus

Clown Shoes Luchedor En Fuego

Confluence BA Ferryman’s Chocolate + Orange

Confluence BA Ferryman’s German Chocolate

Confluence BA Ferryman’s Bourbon BA

Exile Jesus on a Forklift 2019

Exile Jesus on a Forklift 2020

Firestone Walker Parabola 2019

Firestone Walker Parabola 2020

Firestone Walker Cocoanut Parabola

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout 2020

Founders KBS Maple Macinac Fudge

Great Divide Whisky Barrel Aged Yeti

Jackson Street Campers Delight

Jackson Street Breakfast w/Capone

Jackson Street Hells Half Acre French Toast (Rye BA)

Madhouse Sundae Funday

Moonlight Meadery Bourbon BA Kurt’s Apple Pie

New Holland Dragons Milk Reserve: Rum BA w/Chocolate, Hazelnut, & Coconut (2020-1)

Ommegang Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Smoked Porter

Peace Tree Cedar Ridge Coffee

Prairie Barrel Aged Bomb!

Sierra Nevada Trip In The Woods: Barrel Aged Ovila Abbey Ale

Sierra Nevada Trip In The Woods: Rum Barrel Aged Quad

Singlespeed Barrel Aged Double Donuts

Singlespeed Two Cows (Walk Into A Barrel)

Non BA Selections:

Alluvial Aurox Imperial Stout w/Maple 2020

Dimensional Imperial Cinna Man Bun

Barn Town Oh My Goodies

Thew + Pulpit Rock collab “Together 4ever” Peach Milkshake IPA releases this Friday! (2/12)

Thew Brewing and Pulpit Rock Brewing are once again coming together for a collab release of “Together 4ever”! This release will take place this Friday, February 12, @4:00 p.m. Here are the details on this beer:

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Together 4ever is back! We brew this milkshake IPA with peach, vanilla, and lactose every year with our pals at Pulpit Rock. Come get this sweet treat! Available on tap and in crowlers.

Along with the collab release, Thew will have the following beers available:

We will have cans of Pulpit Rock beers to enjoy in our taproom or to go:
Island Life – pastry sour with strawberry, mango, and lemonade (contains lactose)
Blemon – pastry sour with blueberries, white cake, and lemon zest (contains lactose)
Show and Tell – blackberry kettle sour (contains lactose)
Never Again – pastry stout with peanuts, maraschino cherries, sugar cookies, and cocoa nibs (contains lactose & nuts)
Koffee and Biscotti – coffee porter with almond biscotti
Chuggernaut – hazy pale aleWe will also have cans of UNIFY, a hazy IPA brewed for the Iowa Brewers Guild, to enjoy in our taproom or to go!

“Keeping it Craft!” Episode #1: Need Pizza

Haywood and I with our first video shoot and no better place to start than Need Pizza! If you’re interested in us dropping by to see what you have going on in the kitchen or the brewery, hit us up at iabeerbaron@gmail.com! Thank you Need for the kitchen access, the amazing pie, and the delicious beer! Cheers!