Sneak Peek: Backpocket Brrr Fest Dark Days BA Imperial Chocolate Stout

Brrr Fest is a little less than two weeks away and all that are attending are in for a no doubt feast of wonderfully brewed beers by Iowa’s finest! Along with a stellar beer festival, party goers will have the opportunity to see how great the Iowa River Landing really is and how it’s becoming a destination for food and beer lovers! One of the many places is right across from where Brrr Fest will be taking place and that is Backpocket Brewery. Backpocket has been bringing out the big guns for years now during this festival and this year one of the beers they will be releasing is Dark Day and I just happen to be sipping on a bottle right now!(Thank you Aaron!) Before, I get too far into this brew, here’s the details for the brew:

Boiled for 24hrs, this BA imperial chocolate stout has multiple layers. The dark chocolate, cherry puree, toasted coconut & roasted pecans remind us of a classic german chocolate cake.

Pre-party info for Backpocket includes:

Pre-Party that include a pour of Dark Day, Maple Syrup BA Waffle Stout, an all you can eat breakfast, AND we’ll be releasing a pin variant at 10am!

Alright, let’s tear into this bad boy. As you can see by the picture, I’ve framed it up REAL nice!

– A nice viscous pour, thick with a small tan head. Smell of dark fruit and chocolate on the nose. Took a few sips with the beer being freshly poured and chocolate was dominant and blended very well with the barrel. With a beer like this, it’s best to let it sit or even just drink it room temperature. As the great Travis Lange will advise you, if you order a big stout, order another beer to drink while the stout sits and warms a tad…the fella is not wrong. Flavors pick up and sometimes if feels like you are drinking another tasty brew. When Dark Day warms, the cherries start to flood in and the slightest touch of coconut starts coming through. Chocolate still shines though..description says German Chocolate Cake which I’ve never had, but if it tastes like this, get me a slice soon! Definitely worth seeking, and if you’re heading to Brrr Fest, definitely a reason to stop into the Backpocket taproom! Along with this brew they’ve just released a DDH Galaxy version of Bubba, Tiki Sour is back and if you get there in time to try the Maple Syrup BA Waffle Stout you’ll be having yourself a lovely day.

Backpocket set to release “Wake the F Up” Barrel-aged Coffee Imperial Stout on 12/4!

Stout weather is upon us and stout releases are on the horizon! Backpocket is releasing their popular “Wake the F Up!” barrel-aged coffee imperial stout on December 4th! Here’s more from Backpocket on this release:

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Wake The F Up Iowa 2021: Barrel Aged Imperial Coffee Stout release party will be December 4th. This BA Stout was aged in Mississippi River Distilling Barrels for boozy flavors that blend perfectly with the locally roasted coffee from Wake Up Iowa. If you love coffee and barrel aged beers, you gotta get some of this!
Stay tuned for more details on the release party!

Backpocket releasing “That’s Tight! Vol. 5” this Friday (9/17)!

Backpocket keeps their “That’s Tight” hazy IPA lineup going with the release of Volume #5 this Friday! This version will be double dry hopped with Loral and Zappa hops! It will be ready for you on draft and in 16 oz packs Friday! Here’s more from Backpocket on this brew:

We used our same hazy malt base from our other That’s Tight Series but we’ve changed  up the hops! Vol. 5 has been double dry hopped with Loral & Zappa hops for a nice balance of fruity and floral notes.

Available on draft and in 16oz/4pks Friday, September 17th!

Backpocket announces 9th Anniversary party for June 26th!

Backpocket will be celebrating their 9th anniversary this June! Stay tuned for more details on this event that is going to take place on the 26th! Variants to be released along with their popular Anniversary stout and allotments will be posted and updated up until the day of the party so keep following Backpocket on social media! Cheers!

Backpocket releasing BA Wake the F Up Iowa Coffee Stout on 11/20!

Cooler days are ahead and that means stout weather is upon on us! Backpocket will get the ball rolling with their release of Wake the F Up Iowa barrel aged coffee stout coming at us on November 20th!

2020 Wake The F Up Iowa: BA Imperial Coffee Stout returns Friday, November 20th!!
Wake The F Up Iowa will be available on draft and in 12oz bottles. 12 oz bottles will be $10 per bottle and will only be available in the Coralville Taproom. Bottles will be first come, first serve and will go on sale at 12pm on Friday. Limit 4 per person.Wake The F UP Iowa Pin Variant: Gingerbread
Made with WTFUI base with additional coffee, ginger snaps, maple syrup, vanilla, and ginger spice. This will be sold as 16oz crowlers for $13. Limit 1 per person.
We will also be serving up a YIPES variant. Yipes is our smoothie sour pin series. This pin starts off with TIKI SOUR BASE with strawberries, peach, coconut and spices. Yipes will be served as 16oz crowlers $9. Limit 1 per person.

Great Iowa Beer Festival Vote: Barrel-Aged/Imperial Stouts

It might not be the best idea to combine barrel-aged and imperials into one category but to have time I had to. So many great offerings again, vote for your favorite! As always, if I missed any beers that should be on this list please let me know!

The American-style imperial stout is the strongest in alcohol and body of the stouts. Black in color, these beers typically have an extremely rich malty flavor and aroma with full, sweet malt character. Bitterness can come from roasted malts or hop additions.

Great Iowa Beer Festival Category Vote: Stouts

This category of stouts will not include imperial/barrel aged/pastry/adjunct except coffee! Those will be broken down into another category down the road! Thanks to everyone who has participated in the voting and to the brewer’s making the beer! Cheers!

Stout is a dark, top-fermented beer with a number of variations, including dry stout, oatmeal stout, milk stout. The first known use of the word stout for beer was in a document dated 1677 found in the Egerton Manuscripts, the sense being that a “stout beer” was a strong beer, not a dark beer.

Great Iowa Beer Festival Category Vote: Hazy/New England Sytle IPA

From BA: NEIPA is essentially an unfiltered IPA or Double IPA that’s been aggressively hopped. Appearance ranges from slightly hazy or cloudy to opaque or muddy. Dry-hopping, the use of high-protein grains (flours, flaked oats, wheat), certain yeast strains, water chemistry, CO2 levels, and other techniques may also contribute to the beer’s haze and mouthfeel. But the overall goal is typically a hazy, juicy IPA packed with fruity and floral flavors

Backpocket releasing “Iowa City Wave” this Friday!

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Backpocket Brewing will be releasing Iowa City Wave milkshake IPA this Friday at the Coralville taproom! This mango milkshake IPA is limited so get their fast to enjoy a pint! Here’s more on this release:

This weeks release, Iowa City Wave: Mango Milkshake IPA 🥭
Iowa City Wave is back with our most popular Milkshake IPA. This tropical mango juice bomb milkshake IPA was brewed with lactose & vanilla, then heavily dry-hopped with Azacca & Ekuanot hops for a burst of tropical & citrus flavors. ABV: 6.5% IBU: 30
Did you know that we donate $1 per pint of Iowa City Wave from our taproom to the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital?!
This IPA will be available for a limited time in the Coralville Taproom starting FRIDAY! Mug Clubbers stop in Thursday and get your free pour!