Moonlight Meadery, Eden Ciders, Stillwater, and Marlowe Artisanal Ales coming this week from Abu Nawas!

Moonlight Meadery:

  • Moonlight Meadery Little Apples 6/4/16oz CANS – Semi-Dry Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Hard Cider. Aged for 3 months. Not too sweet nor too dry, perfectly balanced and refreshing. 6.5% ABV. ***NOW IN 16oz CAN***NEW CAN DESIGN***
  • Moonlight Currant Obsession 4/6/12oz CAN – Black currant and apple session mead. Tart black currants and crisp apples combine into a bright and refreshing session mead, balanced by smooth floral honey characteristics. This session mead is everything you want. 6.8% ABV.
  • Moonlight Meadery IPA with Honey 6/4/16oz CANS – American IPA Double Dry-Hopped with Columbus, Amarillo, and Lemon Drop hops. Fermented with the addition of USDA Certified Organic Wildflower Honey. 7.2% ABV.
  • Moonlight Razz What She Said 6/4/12oz CANS – Session Mead with Deep, rich raspberry notes play off a smooth honey base, creating a luscious semi-sweet session mead with bright carbonation and an off-pink head. 6% ABV.
  • Moonlight Meadery Sam’s Strawberry 6/4/16oz CANS – Bright and Juicy Strawberry Session Mead. 6% ABV. 
  • Moonlight Thirteen 5 6/4/12oz CANS – A pre-prohibition style of cider from New England fermented with the addition of honey to create a high ABV. Aged 6 months in Rye Whiskey barrels. 13.5% ABV.
  • Moonlight A Common Disaster 12/375ml – 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 Meadery Desire 12/375ml – Award Winning Mead with blueberries, black cherries and blackcurrants. 14% ABV.
  • Moonlight Meadery Fling 12/375ml – Semi-sweet and tart Strawberry Rhubarb Mead. 14% ABV.
  • Moonlight Meadery Iniquity 12/375ml – Honey, apple and cranberry. Sinful double play on the senses. Sweet and smooth apple that leads into temptation with a finish of light, tangy cranberry. 12%
  • Moonlight Meadery Kurt’s Apple Pie 12/375ml – Meads made from local apple cider with Madagascar-bourbon vanilla and Vietnamese cinnamon spice added. Get your piece of the pie! 14% ABV.
  • Moonlight Meadery Sensual 12/375ml – Sweet Wildflower honey mead. 15.3% ABV.

Stillwater Seltzers and Such:

  • Stillwater Sparkling Red 6/4/12oz CAN – All natural hard seltzer with juicy pinot noir grapes, sour cherries, and a squeeze of lemon. 4.5% ABV. 0g sugar 2g carbs. Gluten-free – Vegan. 110 calories. 
  • Stillwater Sparkling White 6/4/12oz CAN – All natural hard seltzer with sauvignon blanc grape, tropical passion fruit, and fresh-squeezed lime. 4.5% ABV. 0g sugar 2g carbs. Gluten-free – Vegan. 110 calories. 
  • Stillwater Sparkling Rose Rosé 6/4/12oz CAN – All natural hard seltzer with rose hips, hibiscus, and Schisandra berries. 5% ABV. 0g sugar 2g carbs. Gluten-free – Vegan. 110 calories. 
  • Stillwater Sparkling Citrus Haze 6/4/12oz CAN – All natural hard seltzer with tangerine and grapefruit. Fermented dry & lightly dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic. 5% ABV. 0g sugar 2g carbs. Gluten-free – Vegan. 110 calories. 
  • Stillwater Sparkling Electric Yuzu 6/4/12oz CAN – All natural hard seltzer with yuzu, lemon, lime. Gently dosed with sansho and Sichuan Peppercorns. 5% ABV. 0g sugar 2g carbs. Gluten-free – Vegan. 110 calories. 
  • Stillwater Sparkling Ritual Pineapple 6/4/12oz CAN – All natural hard seltzer with pineapple and white sage. 5% ABV. 0g sugar 2g carbs. Gluten-free – Vegan. 110 calories. 
  • Stillwater Tropic Juicy Hard Seltzer 6/4/24/16oz CAN – All Natural India Pale Hard Seltzer dry-hopped with Sabro, Citra, & Galaxy. Cane Sugar & Agave Nectar fermented. Dry and intensely hopped. A lighter, crisper, hoppy alternative. 6% ABV. 0g sugar 2g carbs. Gluten-free – Vegan. 160 calories.
  • Stillwater Dank Citrus India Pale Seltzer 6/4/24/16oz CAN – All-natural India Pale Hard Seltzer Dry-Hopped w/ El Dorado, Mosaic & Simcoe. Cane Sugar & Agave Nectar fermented. Dry and intensely hopped. A lighter, crisper, hoppy alternative. 6% ABV. 0g sugar 2g carbs. Gluten-free – Vegan. 160 calories.
  • Stillwater Tropic Juicy Hard Seltzer 6/4/24/16oz CAN – All Natural India Pale Hard Seltzer dry-hopped with Sabro, Citra, & Galaxy. Cane Sugar & Agave Nectar fermented. Dry and intensely hopped. A lighter, crisper, hoppy alternative. 6% ABV. 0g sugar 2g carbs. Gluten-free – Vegan. 160 calories.
  • Stillwater Dry White 6/4/16oz CANS – Blanc Sour Ale Spritzer with Sauvignon Blanc Grape, Lime and Sea Salt. 4.5% ABV.
  • Stillwater Hot Pink 6/4/16oz CANS – Rosé Sour Ale Spritzer with Grenache Grape, Raspberry and Lemon. 4.5% ABV.
  • Marlowe Artisanal Ales Eager To Share (Citra & Mosaic) 6/4/16oz CAN –  Hazy Pale ale brewed with Citra and Mosaic Hops. 5.4% ABV.
  • Marlowe Artisanal Ales Eager To Share (Amarillo) 6/4/16oz CAN – Same Pale Ale as the Original brewed and dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic, however, they replaced some of the dry hop with Amarillo for a softer, smoother, tea-like pale ale with notes of cantaloupe. This beer is a crusher for sure! 5.4% ABV.
  • Marlowe Artisanal Ales Eager To Share (Galaxy) 6/4/16oz CAN – Hazy Pale Ale brewed with Citra, Mosaic, and Galaxy Hops. 5.4% ABV.

Clock House Brewing releasing “Last Tango Mango” gose this Friday (3/9)!

Clock House Brewing in Cedar Rapids will be releasing a new sour this Friday, April 9th @ 3p.m. “Last Tango Mango” gose will be coming our way on tap, in cans, and in growler fills! This gose style will have mango, lime, and Himalayan pink salt! Follow updates from Clock House’s Facebook page here and reading more below!

Whoever said it takes two to tango? There’s no shame in stopping down solo this Friday, April 9th as we release a new Mango Margarita inspired sour.Last Tango Mango is a 6.5% Gose brewed with loads of mango, a touch of lime, and Himalayan pink sea salt. This beer reminds us of warm weather and drinking margs beachside in the sun!Available in cans, growlers, and on tap. Cans will be able to be purchased through our website on the day of the release

Thew Brewing announces “Sour Saturday” set for April 17th!

Sour beer lovers rejoice as Thew Brewing will be filling their tap lines with their “Askew” sour series on April 17th starting at noon! The seven originals from the series along with 5 new ones will be hitting the lines! Here’s more from Thew’s Facebook page and follow along with updates on the event by clicking here:

Calling all sour fans! We’re bringing back the original seven from the Askew sour series and adding five more for a full takeover of our own taps! Vote for your favorite and you may see it in a bigger run and in crowlers.Supply will be limited. On tap only, no crowlers, no flights.

Crane and Against the Grain brews coming from Abu Nawas!

CRANE BREWING:

  • Crane Brewing 1,000,000 Watts 4/6/12oz CANS – The latest version of 1,000,000 Watts! Dual-fruited Sour IPA, features Blood Oranges, Black Currants, Lactose, and Madagascar Vanilla Beans. 6% ABV.
  • Crane Brewing The Time is Always Right 4/6/12oz CANS – Cold IPA featuring pilsner malt, rice, and lager yeast creating a light-bodied, incredibly delicate, crisp beer. It is then loaded with Cascade, Mosaic, Cashmere, and Amarillo hops providing full aroma, flavor, and a splendid finish. 6% ABV.
  • Crane Brewing Monument 4/6/12oz CANS – Sour Ale brewed with Blackberries, Passion Fruit and Lactose. 6% ABV.
  • Crane Brewing It’s Just A Phaze 4/6/12oz CAN – Delicious NE-Style IPA. 6.5% ABV
  • Crane Brewing Farmhouse IPA 4/6/12oz CAN – Dry Hopped Belgian Style Farmhouse IPA. 6% ABV.
  • Crane Brewing Thundergong 4/6/12oz CAN – Just in time for Spring! Wheat Ale with Orange Peel. 1$ from every case donated to Steps of Faith Foundation for amputees in need. 5% ABV.
  • Crane Brewing Trailsmith 4/6/12oz CANS –  Classic Farmhouse Saison. Delicate esters, crisp, refreshing, and perfect for whatever trail you are on in life. 6.8% ABV.
  • Crane Brewing Odd Bird 4/6/12oz CAN – Mexican-Style Lager named for the Odd Bird Farm, who collects and uses our spent grain to feed their heritage Meishan pigs. 4.7% ABV.
  • Crane Brewing Apricot Weiss 4/6/12oz CANS – The OG of Crane Sours. Juicy, tangy, and oh-so-perfect, no matter the season. 4.5% ABV.
  • Crane Brewing Gooseberry Gose 4/6/12oz CANS – Deliciously Refreshing Gose with Gooseberries. 4.1% ABV.  
  • Crane Brewing Guava Weiss 4/6/12oz CANS – Sour Wheat Ale with Tons of Guava Fruit. 4.5% ABV
  • Crane Brewing Hail Mellie 4/6/12oz CAN – brewed in honor of Mellie Pullman, the nation’s first woman brewmaster. This recipe, name, label, and release were created by the Women of Crane Brewing. Gose with Cucumbers & Watermelon. 4.5% ABV.
  • Crane Brewing Tea Weiss 4/6/12oz CAN – Easily their most approachable sour beer, this Berliner Weiss combines the distinct flavors of a berry rooibos tea blend with the mild acidity and tartness of their base beer. Tea Weiss pours like a fine rosé with a delicate pink hue attributed to hibiscus found in the tea, which is sourced from the Hugo Tea Company located in North Kansas City. 4.1% ABV.
  • Crane Brewing Beet Weiss 4/6/12oz CAN – The beer that made Michael Crane famous is an earthy, zinger that pairs great with food. The Berliner-style Weiss combines a sour German wheat beer with an unlikely vegetable, and, frankly, they look really good together. “Not Your Grandma’s Canned Beets!” 4.5% ABV.
  • Crane Brewing Apple Spice Gose 4/6/12oz CAN – As delicious by the fire or on the beach, they’ve struck the perfect balance with this lemony tart Gose with Apples and Cinnamon. 4.5% ABV
  • Crane Brewing Lady Midday 4/6/12oz CAN – Gose brewed with Green Hatch Chiles, Apricot, and Mint. 5.5% ABV.
  • Crane Brewing If…Then…. 4/6/12oz CANS – Fantastic Scotch Ale with Caramel and light roast flavor. 8%. ABV.
  • Crane Brewing Omar 4/6/12oz CAN – Named after their cat that passed away too soon, Omar is a take on the traditional English porter. The fruity esters compliment the notes of bitter chocolate, licorice, and a hint of caramel sweetness. Almost an acceptable substitution for snuggles with sweet Omar! 6% ABV.
  • Crane Brewing Thought & Memory 4/6/12oz CANS – Coffee Stout infused with Coffee from brand new KC roaster, Oleo Coffee with a high focus on family grown coffee from Brazil. 7.5% ABV.

Against The Grain:

  • Against the Grain Loo-a-vuhl Pale Ale 6/4/16oz CANS – Hazy Pale Ale. Generous dry hopping lends notes of peach, strawberry, mango flavors. 5.5% ABV. 
  • Against the Grain Citra Ass Down 6/4/16oz CANS – American style IPA with 11Lbs of CITRA in the Boil and 6Lbs of CITRA post-fermentation. Notice a theme? 8.2% ABV. 
  • Against the Grain Pile of Face 6/4/16oz CANS – American IPA. 6.5% ABV. 
  • Against the Grain Pool Boi Light 6/4/16oz CANS – Light Beer with Blackberry. Some of y’all only drink seltzer, and it shows. Why not mix it up and grab a Pool Boi Light? This crisp, refreshing beer with Kentucky blackberries is everything you wanted in a light beer. 3.2% ABV. 
  • Against the Grain Fish Boi 6/4/16oz CAN – Refreshing Ale with Strawberry & Rhubarb. 3.2% ABV. 
  • Against the Grain Keller 6/4/16oz CAN – Malty, balanced German-style Kellerbier aged with oak alternatives that result in a spicy, floral aroma and flavors that complement this lager and replicates the old-style wooden cask character. 5.8% ABV. 
  • Against the Grain / Freigeist Gegen Den Strom: Lichtenhainer 6/4/16oz CAN – A Traditional German Style Smoked Sour Beer. 4.7% ABV. 
  • Against the Grain / Freigeist Gegen Den Strom: Zerbster Bitterbier 6/4/16oz CAN – Traditional German-style smoked beer. 6.8% ABV.
  • Against the Grain Retitled Pils 6/4/16oz CAN – Lager Beer. 5% ABV. ATG ****NEW PROMO PRICING!****
  • Against the Grain The Brown Note 6/4/16oz CANS – The brown ale to end all brown ales. Enjoy it, because there is no longer any reason to drink another. You’ve reached the pinnacle. 5% ABV. ATG
  • Against the Grain 35K 6/4/16oz CANS – Delicious Full Body Milk Stout. 7% ABV.
  • Against the Grain Mix Case 12/750ml: 2 Bottles of Atilla the Hen 750ml 2 Bottles 70K 750ml 2 Bottles Johann Paycheque 750ml 2 Bottles Herbie Samplecock 750ml 4 Bottles BRETT THE HIPMAN HOP 750ml

Clock House releasing “Orange XXplosion” sour on Friday April, 2nd!

Another tasty sounding sour coming our way from Clock House brewing this coming Friday, April 2nd! “Orange XXplosion” will be the second release of their XXplosion series! Here’s more from the brewery:

The second variant of our XXplosion series features a trio of orange citrus fruits including: Tangerine, Cara Cara Orange, and Southern Hemisphere Oranges. Thus, creating a complex plethora of flavor that XXplodes out the glass. Enjoy this crushable juice around the table during brunch or outside on warm sunny day. We’re talking Vitamin C all day long baby!Available on draft and in cans. No growler fills due to limited supply.Release date: Friday, April 2nd at 3 PM.

Iowa Eats: The Red Frog – Cedar Rapids, IA

As the weather warms and the itch of getting outside is finally getting scratched, the streets and sidewalks start to come to life in the Czech Village in Cedar Rapids. There are many locally owned restaurants, breweries, bars, and shops in the few blocks that make up the Czech Village area and this past weekend I was able to pay my first visit to The Red Frog. The Red Frog is owned by Jake Brummer and Amy Winkler, who had opened up the Kingston Pub only for the Derecho to rip its roof off. The Red Frog is located in what used to be Dirty Shirleys, tucked in between Anvil Meat Market and Luckys.

The Red Frog could fit the dive bar definition, which I love and appreciate, but the uniqueness and variety of their food menu is what many restaurants strive to achieve and many miss the boat. Great appetizers, sandwiches, and smoked meats make up the menu the but the Frog also serves breakfast on the weekends.

BEER
10 tap lines filled with a nice mix of styles and many local beers. Tank Puncher, Easy Eddy, Witch Slap, Tip the Cow, and a few more to go along with your typical domestics along with some breakfast cocktails if you choose to go that route. I went with a Witch Slap (a few of them) to go along with my food.

FOOD
Went with my buddy’s recommendations at the started with Sriracha cheese balls. A brilliant call from him on this one, I know I have a lot of Top 5 lists, but these cheese balls definitely hit that list, maybe even to the top. The spice added to the breading from the sriracha and how perfectly cooked and creamy they were make for the perfect start and will wake up your taste buds a bit. Glad I had that cold beer next to me.
Next up, the Reuben Wontons. Take your favorite wonton from your favorite chinese restaurant, and stuff that baby with a reuben mixture of swiss, kraut, and corned beef, add a side of homemade 1,000 island and you have an Irish twist on a delicious dish. So far, 2 for 2 at the Red Frog. Lastly, had to try something from the smoker. Really wanted the ribs but after devouring 2 apps I was getting a bit full, so I went with the smoked wing basket. 6 plump and juicy wings with the perfect amount of smoke, accompanied by one of the best blue cheese dressings I’ve had, raspberry habanero sauce, and regular wing sauce hit the spot. The wings were crispy, filling, and tasty.

OVERALL
There are so many things on their menu that I haven’t tried yet that I would love to get a taste of. Do yourself a favor, head to the Czech Village and check out the many restaurants/bars/stores in that area, and then stop by The Red Frog and get yourself those sriracha cheese balls and a beer and just sit back and enjoy! Check out their menu by clicking HERE or their website by clicking HERE!

Reds Alehouse w/ Pulpit Rock cans available for purchase! + more from Reds!

Reds Alehouse has just gotten in a shipment of some tasty brews from the folks at Pulpit Rock. Limited quantities available so get there ASAP to get a couple cans for yourself! Here’s what is available:

**Easy Lover – session IPA
**Saftig – New England IPA
**Never Again – pastry stout w/ peanuts, maraschino cherries, sugar cookies and cocoa nibs
**Show and Tell – blackberry infused kettle sour
**Island Life – pastry sour infused strawberry, mango, and lemonade mix
**What Would You Like for Breakfast? – blackberry pastry kettle sour with maple extract and fresh baked muffins
**Prances with Wolves – pastry sour packed with peaches, graham crackers, and cinnamon
**Scone On – Pastry sour with blueberry and fresh blueberry scones

Clock House Brewing releasing “Morning Nitecap” coffee sour Friday 3/5!

Clock House is back at with another release! This Friday they will be releasing “Morning Nitecap” coffee sour! This will be a draft only release at the brewery, here are the details for this:

We love pushing the boundaries of innovation. For this small project we partnered up with Dash coffee roasters to create a simple but complex sour. We infused a small portion of our sour base with carefully selected Kenyan coffee that was roasted on the lighter side. Thus accentuating the tropical fruit character of this particular bean. We chose this bean alongside with our friends because we felt it paired well with our already fruit forward sour base. We then added vanilla to marry the coffee and beer together. Creating a very complex yet familiar character. Roasty nose, with a tropical sweet mid palate, and a familiar coffee aftertaste.Draft Only Release on Friday, March 5th at 3 PM.

Clock House releasing “Witches be Trippin” on Thursday 3/11!

Clock House will be bringing back the delicious double New England IPA, Witches be Trippin’ back to tap lines and in cans on March 11th! Here’s more from Clock House:

The witches have returned with their signature Double NEIPA potion. This hazy, juicy, witch is flippin’ trippin’. Double dry hopped with loads of Azacca, Idaho 7, Citra, and Mosaic. Intense mango and tropical melon rounded off with a savoring sweet finish.Available in cans/growlers, and on tap