Exile partners with Susan G. Komen Great Iowa to Help Fight Breast Cancer

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Courtesy of Exile Brewing press release:

Exile Brewing Partners with Susan G Komen Greater Iowa to Help Fight Breast Cancer

Exile Brewing Company (Des Moines, IA) grows its partnership with Susan G Komen Greater Iowa in its second year of their Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign. Exile uses Ruthie, their most popular year-round beer, as a platform to educate people about breast cancer and how Komen Greater Iowa can help.

Exile has created a custom pink Ruthie bottle label and 6-pack carrier to support breast cancer awareness and prevention efforts.  $1.00 per case will be donated to Komen Greater Iowa throughout the entire month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Last year’s proceeds equaled over $1,000 and Exile plans to exceed that number this year with their new pink Ruthie packaging and increased distribution. Exile also plans to sell pink Ruthie shirts at their brewpub with a portion of proceeds going to Komen Greater Iowa.

“Exile Builds, the philanthropic arm of Exile has been a great addition to our company’s structure. By working with organizations like Komen Greater Iowa we are able to build a highway between our culture and our community. Our goal at the end of the day is to bring people together, spread awareness, and enjoy craft beer.” said Erin Muir, Marketing Associate at Exile Brewing Company.

Komen Greater Iowa is dedicated to supporting the fight against breast cancer through education, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship care throughout their service area.  Their Affiliate is financially supported by funds raised through the Komen Greater Iowa Race for the Cure series, which hosts events in Des Moines, Sioux City, Ottumwa and Moline.

“We often speak with women who are without insurance or who can’t pay their insurance deductibles.  When faced with the decision to pay for food and other bills or have a yearly screening, they often choose not to have the mammogram.  Every dollar raised through this generous awareness campaign, helps us serve more Individuals in our community.” – Mission Director, Jessica Nelsen

Starting October 1st, you’ll find this unique Ruthie 6-pack at your favorite grocery or liquor stores across Iowa.

Abu Nawas drops this week: Moonlight Meadery, Evil Twin, and Stillwater!

A nice mix of brews and mead this week will be dropping from Abu Nawas. Here’s what’s coming this week:

MOONLIGHT MEADERY

  • Moonlight Little Apple 12oz CAN – Semi-Dry Hard Cider Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels. Made with the finest New England Apples. 6.5% ABV.
  • Moonlight Them Apples CAN – Bourbon Barrel Aged New England Style Sparkling Sweet Hard Cider. Barrels Aged for a minimum of 6 months. 13.5% ABV.
  • Moonlight Thirteen 5 CAN – New England Style Honey Apple Wine. A pre-prohibition style of cider fermented with additional sugar to create 13.5% ABV – so strong we have to call it a wine.
  • Moonlight Razz What She Said CAN – Delicious Session mead made with raspberries. Deep Rich raspberry notes play off a smooth honey base, creating a luscious semi-sweet mead with bright carbonation and off-pink head. Perfect for the summer. 6.5% ABV.
  • Moonlight Kurt’s Apple Pie 375ml – Made with local apple cider with Madagascar vanilla and Vietnamese cinnamon. 14% ABV. Get your piece of the pie!. Two-time medal winner at the Mazer Cup International
  • Moonlight A Common Disaster 375ml – An Iowa collaboration with Scot Schaar of Crawford Brew Works in Bettendorf, this mead took 1st place at the 2016 Mead Free or Die competition. Wildflower honey, hand-roasted pineapples, and smokey chipotle peppers. Slightly sweet pineapple notes fade to a smokey chipotle finish. 14% ABV.
  • Moonlight Coffee in Bed 375ml – Honey wine fermented with natural Sumatra coffee. This is luscious dessert style mead that pairs wonderfully with German chocolate cake or tiramisu. 15.3% ABV
  • Moonlight Indulge 375ml – Made from Madagascar-Bourbon vanilla beans, Vietnamese Cinnamon, honey, water and yeast. Reminiscent of a cinnamon bun. Bronze medal winner at the 2016 Mazer Cup International
  • Moonlight Brazen 375ml – Mead with Meadowfoam honey, habanero peppers, and roasted cacao nibs. The sweet start sets the stage for the intensely strong heat that the habanero brings, with a rich creamy finish from the cacao nibs. 14% ABV.
  • Moonlight Desire 375ml – Award Winning Mead with blueberries, black cherries, and blackcurrants.  14% ABV.
  • Moonlight Destiny375ml – Aged in Utopian casks and released one barrel at a time, it takes over 2 years to perfect a single batch. This mead is complex with lots of fruits and honey notes while the oak adds some dryness for the perfect balance. Honey, Black Currant, Blueberry, and Dark Sweet Cherry
  • Moonlight Fling375ml – Semi-sweet and tart Strawberry Rhubarb Mead. 14% ABV.
  • Moonlight Iniquity 375ml – Honey, apple and cranberry. A sinful double play on the senses. Sweet and smooth apple that leads into temptation with a finish of light, tangy cranberry. 12%
  • Moonlight Kamasumtra 375ml – Mead with Madagascar-Bourbon Vanilla and Sumatra coffee. 14% ABV.
  • Moonlight Last Apple 375ml – Heavenly Mead Aged in Jim Beam Barrels. 16% ABV. Gold Medal winner at the 2015 Mazer Cup International
  • Moonlight Paramour 375ml – Black Currant, Black Cherry, Black Raspberry, Blueberry Mead. Rich and complex layers of juicy sweet berry flavor and soft tartness greet the palate. 13.9% ABV.
  • Moonlight Red Dress 375ml – Semi-sweet mead with red currants. 13.9% ABV.
  • Moonlight Sensual 375ml – Sweet Wildflower honey mead. 15.3% ABV.
  • Moonlight Sumptuous 375ml – Mead made from honey and mangos, sweet but not overly so. Deliciously smooth and wonderfully complex with a long-lasting finish. Enjoy with spiced Mexican, Thai or Indian dishes.
  • Moonlight Wicked 375ml – Mead with ginger and Madagascar-Bourbon vanilla. 14% ABV. Gold Medal winner at the 2014 Mazer Cup International, Bronze medal winner at the 2015 Mazer Cup International.
  • Moonlight Wild 375ml – Unprocessed wildflower honey and wild mountain-grown blueberries from Alton Bay NH combine to make this light, dry mead. Get the party started with Wild. Pairs well with fruits, cheese, and romantic activities. 14% ABV.

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EVIL TWIN

  • Evil Twin Public Servant Teacher Edition 16oz CAN – This beer is to honor the teachers that educate our children. We ask you, fellow beer drinkers, to thank local teachers by sharing this beer with them. DIPA Dry hopped with Mosaic and Falconer’s Flight. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Public Servant Firefighter Edition 16oz CAN – This beer is to honor the extraordinary commitment and courage of Firefighters. We ask you, fellow beer drinkers, to thank local Firefighters by sharing this beer with them. DIPA Dry-hopped with Mosaic, Simcoe and Ekuanot 7% ABV.

STILLWATER

  • Stillwater / Hoof Hearted Fruit on the Bottom 16oz CAN – Fruit (And Hops) On The Bottom is a “rotationally hopped” sour IPA with lactose, vanilla extract, yogurt, strawberry and banana. 6% ABV.
  • Stillwater Strawberry Shakerato 16oz CAN – Sour ale with strawberries, vanilla, coffee, cane & milk sugar. 5% ABV.
  • Stillwater Double Mocha Affogato Nitro Stout 16oz CAN – Double mocha affogato stout with cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, coffee & lactose. 6.5% ABV.
  • Stillwater On Fleek 12oz CAN – Imperial stout brewed with dark sugars and molasses. 13.0% ABV.

Big Grove Richard the Whale release set for Dec. 7th, both locations! Tickets on sale October 9th!

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Big news from Solon and Iowa City today as Big Grove has announced the release of their popular Richard the Whale brew! The release date is set for December 7th and the tickets will go on sale the coming Wednesday, October 9th! They will be doing another golden ticket release so look for that as well! Here’s more on this release:

This year, Big Grove Brewpub in Solon joins the fun! Richard the Whale, our bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout returns for its annual party on Saturday, December 7. If you’re solely looking for a four-pack of bottles and collector’s glass, you’re invited to our Solon Brewpub! Tickets on sale Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 8:00am.

This ticket includes a collector’s glass and personal four-pack of Richard the Whale: 2 Richard the Whale, 1 Richard the Whale Coffee, 1 Richard the Whale Chocolate Hazelnut.

This package is $79.00 and can be purchased online here.

Golden Ticket beer, Richard the Whale Vanilla Coconut (500 mL), is exclusively available in Iowa City during the brunch bottle release party from 8:00-11:00am.

Tickets will be available through Eventbrite at this link.

Big Clown Shoes drop this week from Abu Nawas!

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A whole bunch of goodies coming to us from Clown Shoes this week courtesy of Abu Nawas. Tons of different syles including some fall/winter warmers coming our way!

Clown Shoes:

  • Clown Shoes Apple Baron 16oz CAN – Brandy barrel-aged Wee Heavy Ale with a rich malt body and startling sweetness. An intense caramel apple aroma and notes of pineapple make for a rich palate of full-bodied flavor. 11% ABV. 🍎🍎🍎
  • Clown Shoes Hammer of the Lion 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 CAN – Imperial Stout, with a kiss of smoke. Rich notes of coffee and chocolate mingle throughout an intense and full-bodied Stout. This beer is brewed with Holy Water, We are not kidding! 10% ABV. 🧛🧛🧛
  • Clown Shoes Pecan Pie Porter 16oz CAN – American Porter with All-Natural Pecan Pie Flavor. A seasonal favorite to go alongside a classic dessert, Pecan Pie Porter puts sweet dessert flavors inside a full-bodied and robust porter. 8% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Bubble Farm 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 Leaving Atlantis 16oz CAN – This IPA uses Chardonnay Grape Must to showcase dry and tart flavors that perfectly suit the season, and any epic occasion. Huell Melon and El Dorado hops maintain crisp notes throughout in this refreshing offering. 7% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Space Cake 16oz CAN –  Mosaic and Citra Hopped Double IPA features robust hop aromas that carry through to the strong juicy flavors of tropical citrus. A sweet and strong malt backbone pairs with a subtle booziness to make Space Cake an approachable DIPA fit for an extraterrestrial odyssey. 9% ABV.
  • Clown Pineapple Shoes Space Cake 16oz CAN – Pineapple Double IPA. Pineapple brings luscious tropical citrus flavor to this Double IPA. Matching that fruit flavor are juicy citrus hop notes from additions of Mosaic and Azacca hops. 7.77% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Ride the Lion 2019 22oz – Bourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy. A strong malt body couples with rich bourbon notes to give this Wee Heavy a full range of malt flavor in this take on a classic Scottish style.10.5% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Nillionaire 22oz – English Style Barleywine Aged in Rum Barrels with Vanilla Added. 11% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher (formerly Vampire Slayer) 22 oz – Imperial Stout, with a kiss of smoke. Rich notes of coffee and chocolate mingle throughout an intense and full-bodied Stout. 10% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Hammer of the Holy (2019 Vintage) 22oz – Imperial Stout aged in rum barrels and it incorporates holy water, signature dark malts, oatmeal, and malt smoked with demon-killing stakes. Dear Undead, “Die, monsters, die!” ABV: 11%

Dimensional releasing “Can-D-Bar” coconut imperial stout bottles 10/26!

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Big news out of Dubuque and Dimensional Brewing as they will be releasing a tasty-sounding imperial stout on October 26th. Can-D-Bar will be an imperial stout with coconut and chocolate and will be released in bottles as well! Here’s more from Dimensional on this release:

Saturday, October 26th, 11:00 AM Dimensional Brewing Company will be releasing bottles for the first time. Can-D-Bar is a imperial stout with a bunch of coconut and chocolate present in the beer. It reminds us of a tasty candy bar. We will be offering other to-go beer as well. Stay tuned for more beer updates.

Food- Chocolate Hog BBQ and Catering will be serving up their super delicious BBQ.

Music- Nate Jenkins starts at noon.

Abu Nawas Drops: FOC, Prairie, Pasteur Street, Kupziner, Mahr’s Brewing, Timothy Taylor, Ridgeway Brewing

Another big drop coming from Abu this week. Let’s get on with it:

FAT ORANGE CAT

  • Fat Orange Cat Someone In My Head16oz CAN – Double Dry Hopped New England style DIPA with Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, & Apollo. 8.8% ABV.
  • Fat Orange Cat It’s Not Yesterday Anymore 16oz CAN – New England style IPA. Gorgeous hazy blonde colored brew with soft pine, uplifting lime zest, and hearty hoppy bitterness on the finish. Hopped with Azacca, Eureka and Mosaic. 7% ABV.

Prairie

  • Prairie Basic Becky 355ml Bottles – Imperial stout with honey-roasted pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, and pumpkin spice coffee. 13% ABV. Pumpkin Spice Latte Anyone? 🎃🎃🎃
  • Prairie Oh! Fudge355ml Bottles – Imperial stout brewed with brownies. 11.5% ABV.
  • Prairie Bomb 355ml Bottles – The Beer that started it all for Prairie. Imperial Stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and chili peppers. 13.0% ABV. 💣💣💣
  • Prairie Blueberry Boyfriend 12oz CAN – Sour Ale with Blueberries and Lemon Zest! Just in time of the heat wave. 5.4% ABV.
  • Prairie Karate Chimp 12oz CAN – Sour Ale with Apricot, Mango and Tangerine. 5.4% ABV.
  • Prairie No Way Frosé12oz CAN – Sour Ale with Lime Zest, Strawberry and Pineapple and Juniper. Perfect Summer Beer. 4.9% ABV.🌞🌞🌞

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Pasteur Street

Hailing all the way from Saigon, Vietnam! Pasteur Street Brewing Company (PSBC) started with the simple idea to combine American craft brewing techniques with fresh and exotic Vietnamese ingredients to create amazing craft beer.

  • Pasteur Street Passionfruit Wheat 330ml CAN – Delisiousy refreshing Classic American style wheat beer made with fresh-squeezed passionfruit from Da Lat, Vietnam. 4% ABV.

Kupziner

  • Kapuziner Weisse 5L Mini-Keg (two-pack) – The most refreshing beer in the world. Malted wheat and special yeast give Kapuziner Weissbier its light touch and distinctive taste – a yeasty tang offset by a solid malt body and a delightful tropical fruitiness. Unfiltered yeast lends a hazy, seductive look. 5.4% ABV.
  • Monchshof Kellerbier 500 ml swing top – Well-bittered and unfiltered Amber Lager.
  • Monchshof Kellerbier 5L Mini-Keg (two-pack) –  Well-bittered and unfiltered Amber Lager.
  • Monchshof Schwarzbier 500 ml swing top – Delicious and classic black lager.
  • Monchshof Schwarzbier 5L Mini-Keg (two-pack) –  Delicious and classic black lager.
  • EKU Pils 5L Mini-Keg (two-pack) –  Clean bright straw-toned malts and pretty European noble hop character backbone this delicious and approachable pilsner.

Mahr’s Brewing

  • Mahr’s Der Weisse Bock 500 ml – Extra strong and malty hefeweizen from Bamberg, Germany.
  • Mahr’s Hell 500 ml – Helles lager, a Bavarian classic.
  • Mahr’s Mastodon Lager500 ml – Collaboration with the metal band, it’s a fantastic unfiltered kellerbier.
  • Mahr’s Pilsner500 ml – Hopped up pils from Bamberg, the cultural heart of Franconian culture (and brewing!)
  • Mahr’s Ungespundet Lager (Kellerbier) 500 ml – The “U” Mahr’s flagship unfiltered lager.

 

Timothy Taylor

Timothy Taylor Landlord500ml Bottle – The drinkers’ favorite Bitter, classic pale ale with a complex citrus and hoppy aroma. A recent survey revealed that Landlord has the highest proportion of drinkers who call it their favorite ale. And it has won more awards than any other beer, winning both CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Britain and the Brewing Industry Challenge Cup four times. 4.3% ABV.

Ridgeway Brewing

  • Ridgeway Imperial Stout 330ml Bottle – Imperial Russian Stouts. 10% ABV.
  • Ridgeway Imperial Barley Wine 330ml Bottle – Imperial English Barleywine. 10% ABV.
  • Ridgeway Querkus Smoked Porter 500ml Bottle – Smoked/oaked porter, Querkus is made with a blend of Scottish peated whiskey malt and traditional English pale malts, as well as real English hops. 5.8% ABV.

Small Town Iowa Eats: JR’s Place; Wheatland, IA – Chicken Wing Friday Nights!

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It’s Friday night and you’re craving chicken wings. Where do you go? JR’s Place of course! This hidden gem is located off of Highway 30 in Wheatland, IA and has some of the best chicken wings I’ve had!

JR’s is the type of place every small town needs but most towns in general are lacking. A focus on doing something really good that people will come in for. On Friday nights, Wheatland will see a bigger influx of people make their way downtown because that is the ONLY night that JR’s has their chicken wings available. Get them breaded or naked, sauced or unsauced, spicy or mild, however you’d like!

BEER

A decent amount of cans and bottles available and on tap was Bud Light or Keystone Light, so we went with a few pitchers of Keystone Light. Any beer would work with the wings at this joint really.

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WINGS

I went with the breaded hot wings. The part I love about JR’s hot wings is that the spice is in the breading. I didn’t need them to be doused in a sauce which in some cases turns the wing into mush. They are perfectly spiced and a side of hot sauce to dip was all I needed! I added a side of some fried shrimp as well and they were damn tasty. I also tried the half bbq/half wing sauce wing and that was very flavorful. The wings held up to the sauce so the breading stayed nice and crispy as well.

So…if you’re looking for a new place to try out and are craving some wings. Get on Highway 30, head to Clinton County and stop in Wheatland! Grab a pitcher of beer, order a few baskets of wings and you’ve got yourself a nice little Friday night!

Zwanze Day tap list @Schera’s Released!

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Zwanze Day quickly approaches and Schera’s in Elkader is prepping to make this a day beer lovers will not forget! They’ve just released their tap list and it is a Lambic and Mead lover’s dream! Here it is:

Abu Nawas Drops: Evil Twin, FreeThought, Public Access, Fat Orange Cat, Hoof Hearted, Abomination, + Nightmare Brewing

Huge drop of beers coming from Abu Nawas this week! Lots of releases across the state this week!

Evil Twin

  • Evil Twin Watermelon Spritzer 16oz CAN – Watermelon Gose brewed with Salt & Vanilla. 5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Cocktail Series: Tangerine Tonic 16oz CAN – Gin & Tonic-Inspired Sour DIPA brewed with Tangerine. 8% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Cocktail Series: Bellini 16oz CAN – Bellini style Sour DIPA brewed with Peaches. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Cocktail Series: Mojito 16oz CAN – Mojito-style Sour DIPA brewed with Lime & Mint. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Cocktail Series: Negroni 16oz CAN –  Negroni-style Sour IPA brewed with Juniper, Blood Orange, & Rhubarb. 7% ABV.💗💗💗
  • Evil Twin Cocktail Series: Passionfruit Margarita 16oz CAN – Margarita-style Sour IPA brewed with Passionfruit, Lime, & Orange Peel. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Imperial Wedding Cake Break 16oz CAN –  Yes, this is a beer brewed with an actual wedding cake. What started as a gift to a friend on his big day quickly made it online with crazy ratings and thus, the latest (one-time) iteration of Imperial Biscotti was born.

FreeThought

  • FREETHOUGHT Museum Dose 16oz CAN – Museum Dose is a botanical sour ale with strawberries, sarsaparilla + birch. It’s a celebration of Spring, an homage to nineteenth-century soda fountains + a total trip. 6% ABV. 🥤⛲
  • FREETHOUGHT Madcap CAN – Madcap is a smoky sour ale inspired by campfires, s’mores + hot cocoa with the flavor profile of a mezcal sour cocktail. Brewed with raw wheat, flaked + malted oats, lapsang souchong, cocoa + tamarind. Hopped with noble hops + dry-hopped with Simcoe lupulin powder. 6% ABV. 💖💖💖
  • FREETHOUGHT Phosphorescent 16oz CAN – All-Galaxy, Uber-Hopped New England Pale Ale. 5.5% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Shibumi 16oz CAN – IPA Cuvée with Cherry, Miso + Chamomile 5.5% ABV. 🍒🍒

Public Access

  • Public Access Triumphant Intermission 16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped IPA with Citra, El Dorado and Comet. 7% ABV. 🌠🌠🌠
  • Public Access Emergency Broadcast 6/4/16oz CAN – Double Dry Hopped Hazy New England Style IPA. 5.2% ABV.
  • Public Access Omniscient Signal 6/4/16oz CAN – Double Dry Hopped DIPA with Oats and hopped with Galaxy, Citra and Simcoe. 8.3% ABV.

Fat Orange Cat

  • Fat Orange Cat Someone In My Head 16oz CAN – Double Dry Hopped New England style DIPA with Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, & Apollo. 8.8% ABV.
  • Fat Orange Cat It’s Not Yesterday Anymore 16oz CAN – New England style IPA. Gorgeous hazy blonde colored brew with soft pine, uplifting lime zest, and hearty hoppy bitterness on the finish. Hopped with Azacca, Eureka and Mosaic. 7% ABV.
  • Fat Orange Cat FOC I Don’t Like Mondays 24/16oz Can 4 Pack – New England Style IPA hopped with Mosaic & Simcoe. 7.5% ABV.

Hoof Hearted

  • Hoof Hearted Thanks For Letting Us Play Tonight 16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped All Galaxy New England Style IPA. 5.5% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Everbody Wants Some Galaxy 16oz CAN –  All Galaxy New England style DIPA. 8% ABV.

Abomination

  • Abomination Brewing Bro Beer 16oz CAN – ****NOW IN CANS*** Extremely crushable New England session IPA brewed with flaked wheat and oats. Gently dry hopped with 100% galaxy hops! Juicy, tropical and hazy! The perfect beer to crack open with your bro’s! 4.7% ABV. #beermonster
  • Abomination Bedtime Stories 6/4/16oz CAN – Imperial Milk Stout with Graham Crackers, Flaked Oats, Vanilla Beans and Marshmallows. 9.3% ABV. #beermonster
  • Abomination Hop Roulette 6/4/16oz CAN – Rotating Hop series DIPA featuring Pacific Jade. 8.8% ABV. #beermonster

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Nightmare Brewing

Nightmare Brewing Colombian Necktie 16oz CAN – Gose Soured on Colombian Mangoes, with Lulo, Soursop, and Colombian Lime zest. 7.2% ABV.