Fun Size, Wolf Shirt, and TAG all coming back this month from Lion Bridge!

This month continues to see some great beer releases in Iowa, and now Lion Bridge is bringing back three excellent beers! Fun Size, Wolf Shirt, and TAG will all be coming back to the Lion Bridge portfolio! Here’s more courtesy of Lion Bridge:

Release date: February 15th

SPRING THEMED Fun Size (Porter with Vanilla and Chocolate, 5.2%) – Madagascar Vanilla Beans and cacao nibs yield big, delicious surprises in this small beer.

Wolf Shirt (Hazy IPA w/Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, 7.2%) – This beer is not a shirt. But wolf shirts are awesome. This beer is awesome.

Release date: February 28th

Tag Tangerine (Tangerine Wheat Beer, 4.2%) – Inspired by German “Radlers” that combine soda and beer to produce a light and refreshing beverage. Tag is a juicy and hazy wheat beer with the zesty citrus bite of tangerine. Enjoy a Tag! Enjoy the Day!

February is “Stout” month! What stout are you drinking?

Ever since 1993, February as been designated “Stout” month. What better way to celebrate the end of January than by cracking a bottle/can of your favorite roasty stout? There are so many great stouts to choose from in our great state, but here’s what I’ll be sipping on this month…plus any others I may cross paths with!

**Lion Bridge Percussive Maintenance** – the perfect beer to pop open during February. I was lucky enough to procure a few bottles and also has this decadent baby on tap. One of the best beers in the state in my opinion. 12% can be scary, but it’s extremely well hidden. Sip on this one and relish it, maybe share it, but make sure you are sharing with someone worthy of this brew.

**Singlespeed Tip the Cow** – sometimes we take for granted those things that are readily available to us. Tip the Cow happens to be one of those beers, You can find it in almost any grocery store in the area and also happens to be a fantastic stout. Coffee and chocolate and I think I’ll have at least two of these!

**Big Grove Richard the Whale** – another harder to get beer that you can’t just pick up at your local grocery store…BUT…this baby is currently on tap at my local watering hole, Chameleon’s Pub and Grub in Mount Vernon, and once I drink that dry I still have a few bottles stashed in the cellar. If you were lucky enough to attend Richard Day, you probably have some variants to drink as well….LUCKY!

**Backpocket Cookie Junkie** – when I first saw this can I thought for sure this beer would be too sweet, but the balance of the peanut butter and the 175 pounds of sandwich cookies was perfect at not cloying at all. After a big winter feast, this is going to be my dessert!

**Clock House Pet Elephant** – the new kid to the party. Just released last weekend. This is an end of nighter, nightcap, grand finale beer. 14% is frightening, and when you finish that last sip it may seem at the moment you could handle another….hold tight….save that next bottle for another evening…get the fireplace going, turn on some Lord Huron lightly in the background, and savor every last drop of this nutter butter filled brew.

There they are! Those 5 for sure and hopefully some more stouts I run into along the way. What stout are you drinking this month and what else do I need to try? Cheers to Stout Month!

Lion Bridge 9th Anniversary set for March 5th!

9 years in the books for Lion Bridge Brewing on March 5th! And to celebrate they are releasing some wonderful sounding beers! Here’s what’s in store for this celebration courtesy of Lion Bridge’s Facebook page:

Save the date! Join us to celebrate our 9th Anniversary all day on Sunday, March 5th.

Live music by Dr. Z’s Experiment (2pm – 5pm)

FREE CAKE for everyone to celebrate all things Lion Bridge. (while supplies last)

Food Specials!

The release of 2 BRAND NEW beers!!

Wolf Shirt XXL (Imperial IPA w/Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, 8.5%) – More hops, more ABV, robot wolves fighting intergalactic space battles in front of an epic moon. What’s not to love?

Anniversary Imperial (Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout w/Ghanaian Cacao Nibs, 12%) – A whopping 17lbs of cacao nibs per barrel of beer. Brewed for our 9th Anniversary! Cheers!

Lion Bridge has become the catalyst to conversation and community that we always dreamed it could be. Come join us, raise a glass, and enjoy some cake to celebrate an amazing 9 years of Lion Bridge Brewing Company!! 

Big Grove “Citrus Surfer” enters year round portfolio!

Big Grove Brewery has added “Citrus Surfer” to their year round release portfolio. Released to markets earlier this week on now available on tap at all Big Grove locations, this is the perfect beer to get into the warmer weather mindset, or to add to your Super Bowl Party spread! Here’s the press release courtesy of Big Grove Brewery:

[Iowa City, IA]: Today, Big Grove announced a brand-new fruited wheat release to join their year-round beer portfolio. Now pouring in their Iowa City, Solon, and Des Moines taprooms, Citrus Surfer is loaded with real orange and lemon citrus at a crushable 4.8% ABV. Each taproom will feature citrus-inspired culinary dishes to celebrate the beer release. 

A refreshing new twist on Big Grove’s past award-winning wheat beers, Citrus Surfer offers fans “significant drinkability,” according to Andy Joynt, Director of Brewing. The brewery team produced ten concept batches spanning eight months, beginning with research and development at their Solon pilot brewery before scaling to their Des Moines system as an intermediate step, ultimately crafting the beer for full-scale production at the Iowa City brewery.

“The finish and aromatics were something we focused on. We wanted pop with the right citrus flavor, plus a clean and satisfying finish, bringing you back for another sip,” remarked Joynt. 

The beer is anticipated to create a big wave in Iowa, giving Blue Moon Belgian White and Leinenkugel’s Wheat drinkers a more widely available, Iowa-made alternative. “Although Iowa is not coastal, nor is it a state known for its surfing, Citrus Surfer represents that mentality and a laid-back approach to life and the moments it brings,” said Bryan Farrell, Director of Integrated Sales & Marketing. “Iowans love to seek out new experiences and travel, especially in the winter months. We’re offering a call-to-action for fans to ‘Find Your Moment’ through trip and experience giveaways.” 

Throughout 2023, Big Grove will be giving away flights, Airbnb gift cards for unique Iowa rentals, and other fun offers and experiences. Fans can enter to win flight vouchers to any destination of their choosing, redeemable at major Iowa airports (CID, DSM, DBQ, SUX, ALO). Keep an eye out for more waves of giveaways and experiences throughout the spring and summer months. To enter, go to

Check out your favorite local beverage shop to catch the closest Citrus Surfer near you. Citrus Surfer is available on draft, six-packs, and 12-packs at a majority of retail locations across Iowa. 

Jolly Pumpkin getting re-launched in Iowa via Abu Nawas!

The first brewery that Abu Nawas brought to Iowa will be making their way back to our lovely state starting next week and will also be bringing cans with them! Here’s more courtesy of Abu Nawas!


  • Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere 6/4/16oz CANS – Farmhouse Ale. This delicious, low-calorie, farmhouse ale is named for Ron’s Jack Russell who was struck by a car but bounced back in fine tenacious Jack Russell fashion. This farmhouse ale is brewed for those of us who have been knocked down, have picked up, dusted off, and carried on undaunted. Golden, naturally cloudy, can-conditioned, and dry-hopped for a perfectly refreshing balance of spicy malts, hops, & yeast. TIME IN OAK: 2 Months. 4.5% ABV – 24 IBU – MI
  • Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Blanca 6/4/16oz CANS – Farmhouse Witbier. Blanca is a low-calorie farmhouse witbier brewed in Belgium’s beer blanche tradition. Spiced with orange peel & coriander, you’ll find it refreshingly tart, with a wonderfully dry finish. A year round favorite for sure. TIME IN OAK: 2 Months. 4.8% ABV – 15 IBU – MI
  • Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza 6/4/16oz CANS – Wild Artisan Golden Ale. Oro is brewed in the Franco-Belgian tradition of strong golden ales. Spicy and peppery with a gentle hop bouquet and the beguiling influence of wild yeast. Named one of the top 25 beers in America by Men’s Journal. Great American Beer Festival Gold medal winner for the Belgian & French Ale category. TIME IN OAK: 6-9 Months. 8.0% ABV – 30 IBU – MI
  • Jolly Pumpkin iO Saison 6/4/16oz CANS – Wild Saison. Aged in oak with wild yeasts & can conditioned, iO Saison is a unique creation brewed with rose hips, rose petals, & hibiscus giving this saison a character & color all its own. This very vibrant, bright, rose-colored saison has floral & spice notes mixed with hints of tartness from foeder aging & the hibiscus flowers. A beautiful piece of art presented in a glass. Cheers and mahalo plenty! TIME IN OAK: 3 Months. 6.4% ABV – 15 IBU – MI

Cerebral Brewing coming to Iowa via Pequod!

New Brewery: Cerebral Brewing

  • Neon Lite– American Lager
  • Rare Trait- Flagship IPA
  • Forever Awake– Imperial Coffee Stout NOLA Style
  • Momentum Shift– IPA w/ Nelson, Citra & Moteuka
  • Cryptic Message– Foeder Fermented Schwarzbier
  • Dark Galaxie- 6.5% Oatmeal Stout
  • Inhabited Form- DH Oat Lager w/ Galaxy & Citra

Here’s more on the brewery courtesy of their website, super excited for this!

Cerebral Brewing was brought to life in 2015 by co-founders Sean Buchan and Dan McGuire in Denver’s Congress Park neighborhood along the city’s famed Colfax Avenue. Since the beginning, Cerebral has focused on quality, innovation, and evolution in all endeavors, from the beer we brew to the culture we create. We’re here to serve our community through our craft – raising funds and awareness for local causes we care about.

Need Pizza announces “Craft Beer Dinner” with Dimensional Brewing on Feb. 21st!

Need Pizza’s next beer dinner paired with some of Iowa’s finest beers and breweries will showcase not only the talents of Need’s kitchen staff but also beers from Dimensional Brewing out of Dubuque! This will be a five course ticketed meal. Stay tuned for more info or visit Need’s event page on Facebook by clicking

Drekker, Blackstack, Untitled Art, MORE, Phase Three, and Modist coming from Pequod!

  • Black Light Syndicate – IPA
  • King of the Thing – IPA
  • Prrrrty O’s – Peach Ring Sour
  • Super Mega Lager
  • Milk Maiden – Milk Stout
  • Chonk – Funky Monkey

BlackStack Brewing

  • Full Disclosure NE IPA
  • Family Style – Triple NE IPA
  • Local 755 – Flagship IPA  
  • Final Fantasy: 3 – Double NE IPA

Untitled Art

  • West Coast IPA (V2)

MORE Brewing Company

  • Elixer Fields – IPA
  • K.I.S.S – IPA – Double Dry Hopped
  • Villa Pils – Pilsner
  • Lil’ Dusty – Flagship Pale Ale

Phase 3 Brewing Company 

  • Pixel Density Lite – Low ABV IPA

Modist Brewing Company

  • Supra Deluxe – Japanese Rice Lager