Clock House Brewing to release “Sour Patch Man II” tap only on August 7th!

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After the success of their first Sour Patch Man release, Clock House Brewing in the Cedar Rapids will be releasing their second version of this beer on August 7th! This will be a tap only event, so get their early if you want a taste! The doors open at 3 p.m!  Here’s more on this release:

We are excited to announce our Sour Patch Man series will continue! This Lemon flavored variant will ONLY be available on draft in our taproom on Friday, August 7th. This is another small batch beer, so supplies are very limited. No growlers or cans available for this release. Cheers!

Prairie Artisan Ales highlight Abu Nawas drop this week!

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Don’t forget to try American Solera’s Toucan Lady! A kolsch with passion fruit added! Hopefully we will see more beers from them down the road!

PRAIRIE ARTISAN ALES BOTTLES:
  • Prairie Weekend 12/12oz – Imperial Stout with Coconut, Cacao Nibs, and Marshmallow. 13.3% ABV.
  • Prairie Paradise 12/12oz Bottles – Imperial Stout with Vanilla and Coconut. 13% ABV.
  • Prairie Artisan Ales / Evil Twin Bible Belt 12/12oz – Prairie Version of A Collab of Epic Proportions. Bible Belt takes elements we love from Prairie Bomb! and combines them with Evil Twin Brewing’s world-famous stout, Even More Jesus. 13% 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 PeKan 12/355 ml. Another winner from our friends at Prairie. Imperial stout aged on Pecans and Vanilla. 11.5% ABV
PRAIRIE ARTISAN ALES CANS:  
  • Prairie Artisan Ales Pineapple Upside Down Cake 6/4/12oz CAN – Sour Ale with Pineapple, Pecans, Cherries, and Yellow Cake. 4.9% ABV.
  • Prairie Artisan Ales Slush 6/4/12oz CAN – Sour ale with strawberry and raspberry puree. Finished with fresh lemon and lime zest. 6.1% ABV.
  • Prairie Artisan Ales Rainbow Sherbet 6/4/12oz CAN – Back by popular demand! Have you ever drank a rainbow? Well, now you can! Sour ale with raspberry, pineapple, and orange. 5.2% ABV.
  • Prairie Artisan Ales Phantasmagoria 6/4/12oz CAN – Big, Bold Double IPA. 8.0% ABV.  
  • Prairie Artisan Ales Standard 6/4/12oz CAN – Light, crisp farmhouse ale dry-hopped with Motueka hops, a lovely New Zealand hop with a spicy lime like flavor and aroma. 5.6% ABV.
  • Prairie Artisan Ales Vape Tricks 6/4/12oz CAN – Sour Ale Aged on Cherries. 5.9% ABV.
  • Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie Flare 6/4/12oz CAN – Gose with Citrus Fruits and Coriander. 5.4% ABV.
  • Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie No Way Frose 6/4/12oz CAN – Sour Ale with Lime Zest, Strawberry and Pineapple, and Juniper. Perfect Summer Beer. 4.9% ABV

Big Ed + Tang O Rang Gusher highlight Big Grove’s Drive Thru Saturday this week!

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Big Grove’s Drive Thru Saturday this week will feature two familiar beers but two we nonetheless crave! Big Ed and Tang O Rang Gusher are back and will be available this coming weekend! Preorder is currently live by clicking here! Here’s more on this weekend’s release and the announcing return of Hop Lopper!

Big Ed is out of the thanks and ready for good times… and he’s joined by Tang-O-Rang Gusher! This week’s edition of Drive-Thru Brews turns it up a notch with two Big Grove favorites for the *almost* weekly Wednesday pre-order and Saturday drive-thru parties.
Big Ed is a hazy double IPA harnessing the power of Easy Eddy and taking it up a notch with Sabro hops. This 7.8% New Englander brings the noise with the refreshing flavors of papaya and coconut.
Tang-O-Rang Gusher returns for the first time since April. If you know… you know. Close your eyes for a day at the beach courtesy of this 32 oz Crowler.
Next week, the Drive-Thru will take a week off before its return on August 15 with the release of Hop Lopper and a few other goodies.

American Solera, Evil Twin, Nightmare, Hoof Hearted, Stillwater, Abomination, Freethought, Decadent, Public Access + Blackberry Farm highlight Abu Nawas release!

Tons of beers will be hitting our shelves this week, including a delicious sounding Kolsch from American Solera! Here we go:

Blackberry Farm Brewery:
  • 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 Summer 12/750ml. Summer Saison with floor malted barley and Australian hops. 6.1% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Classic Saison 12/750ml. This Belgian-style Saison features European noble-type hops, authentic Belgian Saison yeast, and the finest European two-row malt. 6.3% ABV
Public Access Liquids:
  • Public Access Reason in Disguise 6/4/16oz CANS – Dry Hopped IPA with Citra, Galaxy, and Comet hops. 7% ABV.
Decadent Ales:
  • 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.
FREETHOUGHT:
  • FREETHOUGHT Open6/4/16oz CAN – Unfiltered IPA brewed with flaked + malted oats, raw + malted wheat, double dry-hopped with Simcoe flower, pellets + lupulin powder. Bubblegum and subtle watermelon aromas sit on top of a soft, fluffy pour that yields delicate notes of floral honey and beeswax. 6% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Night Vision 6/4/16oz CAN – Double Dark Sour Ale with blood orange and drinking chocolate. Brewed with chocolate malt, raw wheat, flaked and malted oats. Notes of citrus, raspberry, and cocoa. Lush mouthfeel with a bright and dynamic finish. 8% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Good Eye 6/4/16oz CAN – Sour Ale dry-hopped with Citra, Galaxy, and Mosaic. Notes of passionfruit, Earl Grey tea, kumquat, pine nut, and lime. 7% ABV.
Abomination Brewing:
  • Abomination Bro Beer6/4/16oz CAN – Extremely Crushable New England session IPA brewed with Flaked Wheat and Oats. Gently dry-hopped with 100% Galaxy Hops 4.7% ABV.
Hoof Hearted Brewing:
  • Hoof Hearted Thanks For Letting Us Play Tonight 6/4/16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped All Galaxy India Pale Ale. 5.5% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Rose Gose 6/4/12oz CAN – Gose Brewed with Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, Coriander, Hibiscus, then soured with Lactobacillus and fermented with Saison yeast. 4.2% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Are We Having Fun Yet? 6/4/16oz CAN – Double Dry Hopped India Pale Ale with Belma, Citra, and Mosaic. 6% ABV.
Nightmare Brewing:
  • Nightmare Brewing Glasgow Smile 6/4/16oz CANS – Gose soured on Wild Scottish Bilberries with Heather, Lemon Zest, Raspberries, and Blueberries. 6.7% ABV.
Stillwater Artisanal Ales:
  • Stillwater Last Daze of Disco 6/4/16oz CAN – Stellar Classic Farmhouse Ale. 6.5% ABV.
  • Stillwater EXTRA DRY6/4/16oz 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.
EVIL TWIN BREWING:
  • Evil Twin Anyone Have Any Thoughts On What An Empty New Haven Train Car Means? 6/4/16oz CANS – Outstanding thirst-quenching Pilsner. 5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin The Pure and Simple IPA Is Rarely Pure and Never Simple 6/4/16oz CANS – Hazy NE-Style Double Dry-Hopped Session IPA. 4.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Low Life6/4/16oz CANS – Hoppy Pilsner. Why drink a high life when you can have a Low Life? 5.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Geyser Gose 6/4/16oz CANS – Collab Gose, made with Icelandic herbs and smoked sea salt. 5.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Even More 8 LB 6 OZ Newborn Infant Jesus 6/4/16oz CANS – Session Milk Stout brewed with Lactose. 5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Even More JCs24/16oz Can. Affogato-style Imp Stout. 13% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Even More Jesus6/4/16oz CAN – Jeppe Legendary Imperial Stout. 12% ABV
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America Solera:

A single beer to start up with but a banging Kölsch, just what the doctor prescribed for this weather. We hope to see more down the road.

  • American Solera Toucan Lady 6/4/16oz CANS – Kolsch Style Ale with Passion Fruit. 5% ABV.

Small Town Iowa Eats: Kula’s It’s Just the Sauce; Walker, IA!

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If you’re looking for some excellent BBQ you need to head to Walker, IA. Yes, that is correct…Walker, IA. Once you get to town, roll your window down and let the aroma of smoking meats fill your car! Sitting on the main drag of Walker is Kula’s, It’s Just the Sauce BBQ!

Kulas is barely a year old and besides a Casey’s General Store, is about the only place to dine in this small town. What used to be a bowling alley is now a refurbished bbq joint where three smokers are filled with delicious meats!

During my visit there was a brisket sandwich special but I definitely wanted to try the wings and why not some fries smothered in pulled pork, bbq sauce, and cheese sauce?

THE FOOD

The brisket was tender with the perfect amount of smoke and just a little bit of bbq sauce, I also got horseradish sauce on mine. The wings were smokey and crispy, smoking the wings and then flashing frying them leads to tender and delicious meat, accompanied by a few sides of Kula’s famous sauces! The Carolina fries were exactly what I was expecting; delicious pulled pork, tangy bbq sauce, and cheese sauce. A great item to share.

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The menu has something for everyone. If you’re not a bbq fan, they’ve got homemade pizzas which is something I need to try for sure and I also hear that their Friday fish fry is phenomenal as well. Smoked chicken dinners, smoked prime rib…etc., so many great specials on any given day at Kula’s! Make sure you check their Facebook page by clicking HERE to see what specials they have and to also view their hours!

BEER

Kula’s has your pretty typical tap offerings that you would find in most small Iowa towns but a big plus for me was seeing that Big Grove Easy Eddy tap handle!

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OVERALL

Kula’s has given me enough reason to make the 25 minute drive to Walker to have some excellent BBQ. There are so many other menu items that I would love to try so if you’re driving around the Cedar Rapid’s area and craving some ‘Q head to Walker and to Kula’s, you won’t be disappointed!

Clock House Brewing releasing “Summertime SIPA” this Friday (7/24)!

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An already busy week for beer releases in Iowa is getting even busier as Clock House Brewing out of Cedar Rapids has announced they will be releasing a sour IPA title “Summertime SIPA” this Friday at 3:00! Here’s more on this brew!

This Friday at 3 PM, we will be releasing Summertime SIPA! A Sour IPA that showcases the fruity character pulled from hops. Flavors of apricot, mandarin orange, lemon, and lime. Tart with a clean and crisp finish. We’ll let you choose whether or not to sip or chug this refreshing summertime fruit bomb!🍋🍊💣

Cans of Summertime SIPA will be available for purchase this Friday from 3-6 PM. To pre-order, click the link below! 🍻

https://fs26.formsite.com/kYff6Z/form/index.html

Releases this week in Iowa Beer

A lot of great beer releases happening this week around our state, so if you’re looking for something to do, supporting your local brewery is always an option. I know doubt know I’ve missed some other releases and many others may be posted later this so please feel free to let me know what to add! Contact me here benmed15@yahoo.com Here’s a look at this week’s releases:

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**Contrary Brewing – Friday July 24th – Syvyys Russian Imperial Stout

Barrel-aged (for 16 months!) Syvyys Russian Imperial Stout release is this Friday, July 24th at 3pm! We are selling the Syvyys 4-packs for $80/tax included. Sorry, no substitutes. Individual bottles will be available for sale, while supplies last. There will be no limit. No preorders, except for our Lifetime members (some limit restrictions apply, please see your email). That said, we did our best to get enough Syvyys into bottles that we do not foresee running out too quickly (I’ve been wrong before, and I will be again, but…). We look forward to sharing this beer with you!

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**Lion Bridge Brewing – Wednesday July 22nd- Cucumber Kolsch

One of our summer favorites, Cucumber Kölsch, will be available this Wednesday on draft and in cans for the first time ever!

The bright melon character of freshly picked local cucumbers play with the crisp, spicy nature of the style. The result is refreshing and delightful.

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**Big Grove Brewing– Saturday July 25th – BA Velvet, Double Nod, Into the Jungle

BA Velvet is a sold out ticket release, but will be available on tap. Double Nod and Into the Jungle will be available presale starting on July 22nd so check Big Grove out on Facebook for that link. Along with those 3 beers, their popular Strawberry Lemonade sour is available around the area right now. Here’s more on the 1st 3 brews:

We are excited to present you with Barrel Aged Velvet. This special brew is an Extended Boil Imperial Stout that we aged in freshly emptied Kentucky Bourbon Barrels. The beer was aged for a year and then finished on Grade A Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans. You can expect a viscous mouthfeel, notes of roasted malt, marshmallow, dark chocolate, and an explosion of vanilla—highlighted by a smoothness that only comes from age and using the finest ingredients.

We offer BA Velvet to you as an escape from life’s stressors, and a celebration of what is good in life.
Many thanks and cheers,
The Big Grove Team

Barrel Aged Velvet will be available for pick up July 25 in Iowa City and Solon. The Iowa City Taproom and Solon Brewpub will each open at 9:00 am. You’re welcome to come into the Taproom to get your beer (with strict social distancing measures in place), or we will have a contactless drive-thru available from 9-11 am. You’re required to have your ID and receipt with your order number (paper or electronic version) available for pick up.

We will be running food specials starting at 9:00 am and Barrel Aged Velvet will be on tap at both locations.

Double Nod and Into the Jungle (new) will also be available for purchase. We will be launching a pre-sale for those 2 brands on 7/22 at 10 am. They will be available for pick up when during the same period as Barrel Aged Velvet. It is okay to order separately and pick up together, though we ask that you please keep all receipts on-hand.

Proxies are allowed. The party picking up the beer must have a photo of the buyer’s ID (smartphone image is acceptable) and the order receipt (paper or electronic version) for the beer they are picking up.

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**Backpocket Brewing – Wednesday July 22nd – Pucker Up Right Meow

Backpocket will be releasing their double dry hopped sour this coming Wednesday and if you’re a mug club member you can get a free pour today!

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**Marto Brewing – ALL WEEK! Happy 1 year anniversary to Marto Brewing Company and they have a lot of tasty beers in store all through the week! Here’s their lineup:

Bent w/ hazelnut, Madagascar vanilla beans, & coconut. 11% ABV pastry stout brewed with lactose. Available on tap only, no crowlers.

Monday- Bent w/ hazelnut, vanilla, & coconut. On tap only.

Tuesday- Squishee – Say It Ain’t So (Raspberry, Black Currant, Cherry Kool-Aid, & marshmallow) On tap only.

Wednesday- Member Berries – It’s back! On tap & crowlers.

Thursday – Whammo – Hefeweizen – On tap & crowlers.

Friday- Bent w/ cinnamon, vanilla, cacao nibs, & habanero. On tap only.

Saturday – Birthday Diva – Bourbon barrel aged imperial stout w/ toasted coconut, vanilla beans, cacao nibs, & pecans. On tap & available in limited bottles at noon.

Sunday – Bent w/ maple & Stone Bru coffee. On tap only.

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**Barn Town Brewing – Saturday July 25th – Citra Neon

Coming off a delicious release of Nelson Sauvin Neon, Barn Town looks to go back to back with the release of Citra Neon. Here’s more on this brew:

Our Neon Hazy IPA made with 100% Citra Hops & Double Dry Hopped with all the Citra Hops! Available in 4 packs and draft!

 

 

Brews from Une Annee/Hubbard’s Cave + Ciders from Eden Ciders highlight this week’s Abu Nawas drop!

Tons of drinks for cider + beer lovers this week, here we go!

Eden Specialty Ciders:
  • Eden Heritage Cider 6/4/16oz CAN – Authentic Heritage Cider. Locally grown Heritage apple varieties. Pressed at harvest, fermented slow and cold to preserve every drop of flavor. No added sugar, color or flavoring. Kingston Black, McIntosh, Empire, Bulmers Norman, Gravenstein. 6.2% ABV.
  • Eden Sparkling Dry 12/375ml Bottles. This elegant hard cider is reminiscent of Champagne. Barrel-fermented and aged 1 year in French Oak puncheons • Secondary fermentation in the bottle using juice, no sugar added.100% Vermont Apples. 8.5% ABV.
Eden Specialty ICE CIDERS:
  • Eden Heirloom Blend Ice Cider 2013 6/375ml Bottles. Ice Cider brings the essence of pure apple to a sophisticated dessert wine. Vermont’s natural winter cold is used to concentrate cider to the optimum balance of sweetness and acidity. Our unique blend of traditional and heirloom apples produces a complex, delicious flavor that complements food yet may be savored on its own. It takes over 8 lbs. of apples to make just one beautiful bottle! 10% ABV.
  • Eden Honeycrisp Ice Cider 2015 6/375ml Bottles. This tangy, elegant ice cider is made 100% from Vermont-grown Honeycrisp apples. The Honeycrisp is a prized Northern USA apple variety. As its name suggests, there is a honeyed quality to its sweetness, accompanied by sufficient acidity to keep the flavor fresh and crisp. Enjoy with cheese, maple Cème Brulee, or butter cookies. 10% ABV.
Eden Orleans Specialty Aperitif:
  • Eden Orleans BITTER Aperitif 6/750ml BOT – ORLEANS BITTER. Traditional and heirloom varieties of apples, infused with red currant and blended with dandelion, gentian and angelica bitters. 16% ABV.
  • Eden Orleans HERBAL Aperitif 6/750ml BOT – ORLEANS HERBAL. Traditional and heirloom varieties of apples, infused with whole fresh Vermont-grown herbs. 16% ABV.
  • Eden Orleans WOOD Aperitif 6/750ml BOT – ORLEANS Wood APERITIF is a CIDER INFUSED WITH WORMWOOD ROOT, SPRUCE TIPS, SWEET GALE, WILD MINT & RAW HONEY. 16% ABV
Une Année / Hubbard’s Cave Brewery:
  • Une Annee MAYA 6/4/16oz CANS – Belgian IPA with Amarillo, Citra, and Summit hops. 7.6% ABV.
  • Une Annee TABLE 6/4/16oz CANS – Dry-Hoppy Tart Light Saison. 4.8% ABV.
  • Une Annee QUAD Vintage 2019 6/4/16oz CANS – 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 Framboise12/2/16oz 2-Pack CANS – American Wild Ale Fermented with Raspberries. 6.5% ABV
  • Une Annee Kriek 12/2/16oz 2-Pack CANS – American Wild Ale with Morello Cherry. 7.5% ABV
  • Une Annee Le Seul Tangerine 12/2/16oz 2-Pack CANS – American Wild Ale Fermented with Tangerine. 6.5% ABV.
  • Une Annee Le Seul Tart Cherry & Cranberry 12/2/16oz 2-Pack CANS – Wild ale fermented with Tart Cherries and Cranberries. 7.1% ABV.
  • Une Annee Le Seul Elderberry  12/4/16oz 2-Pack CANS – Wild ale fermented with Elderberries. 6.5% ABV.
  • Une Annee Le Seul Plum 12/24/16oz 2-pack CANS – 2 Pack. American Wild Ale Fermented with Plums. 6.5% ABV.
  • Une Annee Peche 12/2/16oz 2-Pack CANS – American Wild Ale with Peaches. 7.5% ABV
  • Hubbard’s Cave GLAMPFIRE VICTUALS 6/4/16oz CANS – Golden Pale Ale with Mosaic, Simcoe, and Ekuanot hops. 6% ABV.
  • Hubbard’s Cave ICED MOCHA 6/4/16oz CANS – Delicious Stout with Chocolate, Coffee, Vanilla, and Lactose. 6% ABV.
  • Hubbard’s Cave BLACKBERRY FRENCH TOAST12/2/16oz CANS (2 Pack) – Imperial Stout with Maple Syrup, Cinnamon, Vanilla, Lactose, and Blackberries. 12% ABV.

Drink This! My Beer of the Summer (so far); Big Grove Three Peat Wheat

The dog days are upon us and the typical Iowa July is officially here as the temps and humidity keep making us thirstier and thirstier for a cold brew. And while there are many great Iowa beer options out there I recently had the chance to try Big Grove’s latest wheat, Three Peat. Here are the deets:

Passion fruit, pineapple, and plum come together to create an exceptionally light and refreshing fruited wheat ale that’s bursting at the seams with all the right flavors – you’ll want to have it on repeat… or maybe more 😉

This wheat beer is brewed with pineapple, passion fruit, and plum and checks in at 5.2%. While this may sound like an over the top fruit beer, it’s not. In fact BG brewers did a great job on balancing the three fruits and not making this an over the top sweet treat. Big Grove knew exactly what they were doing with this one…hot ass Iowa months ahead, let’s make a summer slammer and this sure is hell is it. Easy drinking on their beautiful patio and add with a tuna poke bowl and you’re in heaven.

So, go grab yourself a pint or a growler and just hope they keep making this one as we hit these hot months. Any chance we can get these mutha in cans BG? My mouth is watering…I’m going to need one of these again really soon. Make sure you get out there and Drink This!