Clown Shoes brews coming from Abu Nawas this week!

Big beer drop from Clown Shoes courtesy of Abu Nawas, including a barrel-aged IPA! Check out the list below:

CLOWN SHOES CANS:

  • Clown Shoes Origin Story 1/12/19.2oz “Stovepipe” CAN – IPA Aged in Bourbon Barrels. Rich and complex notes of bourbon and oak mingle uniquely with subtle hoppiness and a sturdy, slightly sweet malt backbone. 9.75% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes The Beast With No Name 1/12/19.2oz “Stovepipe” CAN – Imperial Stout Blended with Barleywine Ale Aged in Rum, Rye, and Bourbon Barrels. A proprietor’s blend of some of their best barrel-aged ales, this imperial stout can’t be described by a single name, so they didn’t try! 10.5% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Hammer of the Lion 24/16oz 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 6/4/16oz CAN – American Imperial Stout, with a kiss of smoke. Rich notes of coffee and chocolate mingle throughout an intense and full-bodied Stout. Holy Water is on the ingredients list, We are not kidding! 9% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes DDH Zen Garden 6/4/16oz CAN – Double Dry Hopped New England India Pale Ale, flush with full-bodied, hazy flavor from wheat and oat in the malt bill and a steady stream of hop additions. Hopped with Azacca, Citra, and Mosaic. 6.75% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Zebra Warren 2021 24/16oz CAN – Double IPA Mango and Pink Guava. 8% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Space Cake 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA with Mosaic and Citra Hops. 9% ABV.   
  • Clown Shoes Galactica IPA 6/4/16oz  CAN – Clown Shoes Famed Double IPA Dry hopped with Galaxy Hops, this one balances a hop profile of light bitterness and notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and pine with a clean malt backbone.. 8% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Galacticake 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA Featuring a base brew of Space Cake dry-hopped per Galactica specs, Galacticake combines Clown Shoes signature Double IPAs to make for a bevy of tropical citrus aromas and flavor. A balanced body showcases notes of both pine and citrus. 9% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Haze Cake 6/4/16oz CANS – Hazy Double IPA with Mosaic, Citra, and Centennial hops, Honey, and 2-row malts, wheat. 9% ABV.  
  • Clown Shoes Bubble Farm IPA  6/4/16oz 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 Rainbows are Real 6/4/16oz CAN – Hazy IPA Infused with Terpenes. 6.75% ABV.  
  • Clown Shoes Leviathan 6/4/16oz CANS – Big, Bold, and Full of Powerful hop Flavor, Leviathan is an intense TRIPLE IPA. Relentless hop additions throughout blend earthy, fruity, and floral notes. 10% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Tropical Blender 6/4/16oz CANS – Smoothie IPA with Guava, Pineapple, Mango, and Lactose. 7% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Tuscan Picnic 6/4/16oz CAN – Rosé India Pale Ale brewed with Lambrusco Grape Juice for sweet fruit flavor and a refreshing dryness reminiscent of a picnic under the Tuscan Sun! 6.5% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Clementine 6/4/16oz CAN – White Ale with Spices, All Natural Clementine Flavor, Sweet Orange Peel, Coriander, Mandarina Hops. 6% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Mango Kolsch 6/4/16oz CAN – American Kōlsch with All Natural Mango Flavor, Columbus, and Huell Melon Hops. 5.5% ABV.

Lion Bridge releasing 3 beers in the coming weeks!

It’s pilsner time! Lion Bridge will be releasing their popular Ziva Voda Czech style pilsner on March 10th and 2 more beers will be coming out before that release! Here’s more from Lion Bridge courtesy of their Facebook page:

3/10/2021 RETURNING!!!Živá Voda (Czech-style Pilsner, 4.8%) – Named for the “living water” of Czech fairy tales that heals infirmities and counteracts spells. Bohemian Pilsner Malt adds subtle richness and accents of clover honey, while the addition of traditional Saaz hops throughout the run-off and long boil give this beer the distinctive earthiness and spice associated with authentic Pilsners. Lagered for 6 weeks and brought to you for St. Joe’s Day and beyond.2/24/2021
NEW!!! Fun Size (Small beer w/Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Sea Salt, 6.5%) – Made from our Home-Baked second runnings. This beer is brewed with Maldon Sea Salt and then blended with cacao nibs and peanut butter deliciousness.
2/24/2021
RETURNING!!! Sweep the Leg (Rice Lager, 4.5%) Utilizing a clean fermenting Kveik yeast for this “lager” might be deemed cheating by some, but we say do whatever it takes to win.

Clock House starting “Classified Hop Series”, 2 being released this Friday (2/19)!

Clock House Brewing is introducing their “Classified Hop Series” and the first two releases will be this Friday! Here’s more info on these new releases courtesy of Clock House’s Facebook page:

Come join us this Friday as we release two new juicy NEIPA’s.The very start of our Classified Hops series. Volume one features Enigma and HBC 586. Notes of stone fruit, berries, and mango round out this incredibly balanced treat!Westward Bound: Our take on a beer-mosa. A very citrus forward base complemented with a touch of cara cara orange. Silky, sweet, and crushable!Available in cans/growlers, and on draft!

Big Grove Drive Thru returns this Saturday! (2/20) Hopocalypse Vol. 5!

Big Grove Brewery will be brining their amazing drive thru option back for beer and food lovers this coming Saturday morning (2/20)! The last series of the popular Hopocalypse series will be releasing which features:

*Great Scott – this will be a hazy double IPA brewed with Galaxy hops.
*Doctor Voralouf – Pieces are going missing from Big Grove Brewery, and we’re beginning to believe that Vorlauf aka head brewer, Andy Joynt, has plans to become the most powerful brewing machine in the world! Or at least he plans to get to that right after he takes down one of these west coast double IPAs brewed with Galaxy.

Along with the Hopocalypse release BG will also be bringing back the coffee shop series with the release of Mocha Dunkel. Mocha Dunkel will feature La Union Columbia coffee from JBC Coffee Roasters and Tanzanian Kokoa Kamili cocoa nibs from Mast Brothers Chocolate.

And don’t forget the food! Chef Smart is ready to dish out h Detroit Breakfast Style pizza for the drive-thru. You can place your order for any of these items AND they are having 25% merch sale on 5 of their comfy sweatshirts! Lots going on, order now and make your weekend great! https://biggrovebrewery.com/product-category/drive-thru/

Confluence Brewing releases “Stout Month” schedule!

The month of February is “Stout Month” at Confluence Brewing Company in Des Moines! Starting February 5th and ending February 26th, Confluence will be releasing six stouts throughout! Here’s the lineup and more details can be found by clicking here:

February is Stout Month and we have a killer lineup that’ll keep you rockin’ for 28 days straight! Complete our Stout Month beer tour and receive an amazing commemorative Stout Month 2021 t-shirt. This year we’re expanding our promo to include curbside orders, so you can participate from the safety of your car, or a seat in our taproom. How can you get your hands on this bada** shirt? Check out the instructions below:We’ll hand you a ticket stub in the taproom, or include one in your curbside order when you make a purchase of each of the 6 stouts we’re releasing. Qualifying purchases include a draft pour in the taproom, or a 4-pack or bottle depending on the beer (curbside or taproom). Collect a ticket for each unique beer and redeem all 6 stubs at the end of the month for the shirt.
Here’s the release schedule:
*2/5 Ferryman’s Fuel Russian Imperial Stout W/ Chocolate &Espresso
*2/12 Stavropol Russian Imperial Stout
*2/12 Sour’NDipity
*2/19 Ferryman’s Chocolate Covered Cherries
*2/26 Bourbon Barrel Monster Cookie Stout
*2/26 50’s Dad Barrel Aged Milk Stout W/ Coffee, Vanilla, & Chocolate

**We will have a hefty amount of shirts printed and ready to go at the end of the month, but redeem as soon as you can as we are making our best guess at how many we’ll need. If our shirt supply runs out, we will take your info and order a shirt for you. (available sizes S-2XL)
*Must redeem offer by 3/31/21
***Qualifying beers may be purchased at any time throughout the month, not just on the release date.

Drink These! Lion Bridge Barrel-Aged January releases!

A hectic month that once again becomes bearable thanks to the brilliance and deliciousness of Lion Bridge Brewing company’s “Barrel-Aged January”. Year after year this remarkable brewery plans, develops, and brews some of the best beers in the state and maybe even the country. As of typing this, many of these releases are still available at the brewery! So, there are a lot of Drink These! beers listed, but the beauty with many, if not all of these beers is that you can buy a 4 pack, drink 2, and store two. Or in my case, drink 3 or 4, store 1 or none! Either way, well worth the trip to Lion Bridge before they are gone!

BA January Beer #1 – GAZPROM! Double Maple w/Coffee – 11% ABV
Lion Bridge’s GABF award-winning barrel-aged stout with Dark Roast Dash coffee and extra maple deliciousness!
BA January kicked off with a great start. The beauty of this beer is the balance between the barrel, the coffee, and the maple. Coffee can sometimes dominate a beer and so can maple syrup. In this beer, the coffee is upfront and is balanced perfectly on the finish with maple. When meshed this well, coffee and maple make a happy couple!

BA January Beer #2 – 2021 GAZPROM! 11% ABV
Their 2016 GABF Bronze Medal Winner for Specialty Beer. Viscous and black. After primary fermentation this oily, Russian giant is re-fermented with Iowa dark maple syrup in bourbon barrels then blended back together to add consistency and complexity.
The beer (I assume) that started the BA January revolution! GAZPROM! returns and its 2021 form is just as good as I remember with the barrel flavor really standing out. Every year this is an excellent beer.

BA January Beer #3 – 2021 Homebaked – 11% ABV
Dessert for your desert island.
Fudge and Saigon cinnamon meld with a little bit of hazelnut goodness to produce something we liken to a cookie in beer form.

There’s not much left to be said about Homebaked really. This may be the best beer in Iowa, one of the best beers in the country, and definitely a beer that is worth seeking out. A beer that must be purchased every time you see it available!

BA January Beer #4 – Percussive Maintenance – 11% ABV
Put in barrels back when the world was a simpler place. Aged for 10 months then blended with a heavy dose of toasted and untoasted coconut as well as cacao nibs. A decadent treat for a time when we need to savor every sip.
An amazingly decadent beer! Barrel lovers and coconut lovers rejoice, as the beer you’ve been waiting for has arrived! Percussive Maintenance hits the nail on the head for those who aren’t necessarily into the overly sweet pastry stouts; instead we get more of a dark chocolate coconut combo that is more fresh coconut then sweetened and the balance of the barrels really makes this a special beer!

As Lion Bridge’s barrel-aged January comes to a close there is still hope for those who haven’t been down to the Czech Village to get a taste! All of these beers are still available for purchase in the taproom! If you’re lucky you may get a taste of one of them on tap, but you can definitely get a 4 pack or a few bottles to take home, and believe me, you should do just that and Drink These beers!

Clown Shoes brews coming from Abu Nawas this week!

CLOWN SHOES CANS:

  • Clown Shoes Zebra Warren 2021 24/16oz CAN – Double IPA Mango and Pink Guava. 8% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes DDH Zen Garden 6/4/16oz CAN – Double Dry Hopped New England India Pale Ale, flush with full-bodied, hazy flavor from wheat and oat in the malt bill and a steady stream of hop additions. Hopped with Azacca, Citra, and Mosaic. 6.75% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes The Beast With No Name 1/12/19.2oz “Stovepipe” CAN – Imperial Stout Blended with Barleywine Ale Aged in Rum, Rye, and Bourbon Barrels. A proprietor’s blend of some of their best barrel-aged ales, this imperial stout can’t be described by a single name, so they didn’t try! 10.5% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Hammer of the Lion 24/16oz 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 Leviathan 6/4/16oz CANS – Big, Bold, and Full of Powerful hop Flavor, Leviathan is an intense TRIPLE IPA. Relentless hop additions throughout blend earthy, fruity, and floral notes. 10% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Rainbows are Real 6/4/16oz CAN – Hazy IPA Infused with Terpenes. 6.75% ABV.  
  • Clown Shoes Space Cake 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA with Mosaic and Citra Hops. 9% ABV.   
  • Clown Shoes Galacticake 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA Featuring a base brew of Space Cake dry-hopped per Galactica specs, Galacticake combines Clown Shoes signature Double IPAs to make for a bevy of tropical citrus aromas and flavor. A balanced body showcases notes of both pine and citrus. 9% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Tropical Blender 6/4/16oz CANS – Smoothie IPA with Guava, Pineapple, Mango, and Lactose. 7% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Haze Cake 6/4/16oz CANS – Hazy Double IPA with Mosaic, Citra, and Centennial hops, Honey, and 2-row malts, wheat. 9% ABV.  
  • Clown Shoes Tuscan Picnic 6/4/16oz CAN – Rosé India Pale Ale brewed with Lambrusco Grape Juice for sweet fruit flavor and a refreshing dryness reminiscent of a picnic under the Tuscan Sun! 6.5% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Clementine 6/4/16oz CAN – White Ale with Spices, All Natural Clementine Flavor, Sweet Orange Peel, Coriander, Mandarina Hops. 6% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Mango Kolsch 6/4/16oz CAN – American Kōlsch with All Natural Mango Flavor, Columbus, and Huell Melon Hops. 5.5% ABV.

Hopocalypse Vol. 5, Blackberry Lemon Sour, and Detroit Style pizza all part of Big Grove Drive Thru this weekend!

A perfect weekend to watch some football (Go Bills!), sip on some suds and have a couple slices of pizza. Big Grove can’t take care of 2 of those 3 things for you with their offerings this weekend as the Drive Thru is back baby! Here are this weekend’s offerings:

BEER
Hopping into the tap lines and onto the shelves of Big Grove is Hopocalypse Vol. 5 👾 In this first of three total rounds, we’re releasing a mixed four-pack that includes two 16oz cans of Baron von Taks and two 16oz cans of Knockout and Crash.

Baron von Taks, a west coast double IPA brewed with Simcoe, pays respect to our beloved Brewery Operations Manager, Josh Seiler. He’s a stickler for the details and a no-nonsense fella, so don’t be messin’… ya hear?!

Knockout and Crash are all-nonsense fellas. Wild card brewers, Matt Burkey and Lincoln Hackert are brought to life in 8-bit alter ego form in this Hazy Double IPA brewed with Simcoe. The battle waging between these two troublemakers and the Baron may be worthy of Christopher Nolan’s next blockbuster, honestly.

And because we stop at nothing to please… we are debuting an amazing new fruited sour this week, Blackberry Lemon Sour. With the perfect blend of sweet fruit flavors and sour lemon notes, it’s definitely a new favorite and we can’t wait to share it.

FOOD
Chef Ben is bringing back his Detroit-style Breakfast Pizza for the drive-thru (in Iowa City only)… order it by the slice with sausage or vegetarian and thank us later.

Food only in IC, but beers available in both Big Grove locations. Start your ordering by clicking HERE, cheers!

Thew Brewing announces barrel sampling for 1/13 and 2021 Thew Crew memberships plus more!

A lot of news from Thew Brewing today! A barrel sampling coming on January 13th, Thew Crew membership opportunities, and a barrel aged quad release coming? Here we go with this update:

Let’s start with the barrel sampling. All info courtesy of Thew:

Have you ever wondered what beer tastes like at different points in the barrel aging process? This event will give you the opportunity to sample beers from all barrels currently in use in our taproom. Our brewmaster, Chris, will give background on the barrels and the beers created for them.Chris Luken, Cheese Specialist at Oakland Road Hy-Vee, will be creating cheese and meat boards to be enjoyed with the samples. A vegetarian option is available.Cost for the event is $20 and includes one full pour in addition to samples from each barrel. Cheese boards are $15 and will be suitable for two people to share!Email haley@thewbrew.com to register. Please specify which night you are attending (Wednesday, January 13th or Thursday, January 14th), number of tickets, and number of cheese boards. Seating is limited.Appropriate Covid-19 distancing protocols are in place in our taproom. Masks are required when you are not seated at a table.

Thew is now offering memberships for the 2021 year. Membership includes:

Join the Thew Crew! Members at all levels enjoy the following benefits:

  • 20% off flights 
  • $2 off growler fills
  • $1 off four-pack bottles
  • $2 off full pours on Thew Crew Wednesdays
  • Option to create a personalized Thew Crew mug (cost of mug $10; option to use it in the taproom for 2021 or take home immediately)
  • Priority for special releases
  • Thew Crew party with special release beers later in 2021
  • Other special events TBD

For more info click the link here!

Stay tuned for a barrel-aged quad released! Exciting news from Thew! Cheers!