BeerCast #5: Talking Drink Local Festival and Thew Brewing!

drink local.jpegWe were live from Thew Brewing in downtown Cedar Rapids for our 5th installment of BeerCast. We had awesome conversation with Mark Jensen and Matt Franklin from Cedar Rapids Brewing Society on their upcoming Drink Local! Festival which is happening this weekend at Benz Beverage Depot in downtown CR. Tickets available here. $25 now or $30 at the door. We were also joined by the proprietors Thew Brewing, Travis and Haley Flenker who talk about what is coming up for their brewery in the next few weeks. And of course, at Beercast wouldn’t be complete without wonderfully deep conversations from our host Scott and the rest of our panel. This will be the best hour and a half of your life! Check it out!

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UPDATE: Date Set for NEED PIZZA “FUNDS FOR FLENKER” EVENT

needMark your calendars for Thursday September 13th as Need Pizza will be hosting a “Funds for Flenker” event at their location in downtown Cedar Rapids. Brewery list will be coming soon and I’ll post that as soon as it’s available. If you missed the update last week check below:

NEED PIZZA HOSTING “FUNDS FOR FLENKER” EVENT

needNeed Pizza in downtown Cedar Rapids will be hosting a “Funds for Flenker” beer and food event. This event’s proceeds will go towards helping Mr. Flenker pay for his upcoming court costs. Details are in their infancy but expect it take place in late August or early September.

There will be tons of great beer, food, and socializing throughout this event. Rumors of a bottle share have also been heard. If you know a brewery or brewer that would like to participate feel free to call Need Pizza @ 319-362-6333 or email @ benmed15@yahoo.com. Stay tuned as more updates will be trickling in every day with tap lists, food, and a date that will be set in stone! Cheers!

BeerCast Episode #5 Recording Live from Thew Brewing Thursday Night Aug. 16th!

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The fellas and I are back with BeerCast Episode #5 and we will be recording live from Thew Brewing Company in Cedar Rapids this Thursday night starting around 5ish. If you’re in the area or just want to stop down and say hi please do! This will no doubt be an informationally charged show that you won’t want to miss…..but in all seriousness, we love talking beer and talking with fellow beer lovers. Haywood will have one of his infamous rants, Matt will be delving into some beer related news articles, I’ll break down the happenings and goings-on in the area and our Host will no doubt have some cool beer related games/activities planned and the insanely difficult job of keeping us on track! Thanks to Thew for hosting!

 

Need Pizza Hosting “Funds for Flenker” Event

needNeed Pizza in downtown Cedar Rapids will be hosting a “Funds for Flenker” beer and food event. This event’s proceeds will go towards helping Mr. Flenker pay for his upcoming court costs. Details are in their infancy but expect it take place in late August or early September.

There will be tons of great beer, food, and socializing throughout this event. Rumors of a bottle share have also been heard. If you know a brewery or brewer that would like to participate feel free to call Need Pizza @ 319-362-6333 or email @ benmed15@yahoo.com. Stay tuned as more updates will be trickling in every day with tap lists, food, and a date that will be set in stone! Cheers!

Lion Bridge Cucumber Kolsch Returns July 31st

lion bridgeA summer favorite will be making it’s way back to the tap lines as Lion Bridge will be releasing their annual summer crowd pleaser Cucumber Kolsch on July 31st. Here’s more info on the release courtesy of Lion Bridge’s release:

Join us for the release of one of our summer favorites!

Cucumber Kolsch: a light, clean, 4.6% abv and highly drinkable kölsch with a refreshing cucumber twist.

200 pounds of locally sourced Bass Farms L.L.C. cucumbers went into this bright summer beer.

Local gardeners are hard at work growing and providing fresh produce to our community and farmers markets. Some prefer to can and pickle their fresh garden harvests, but here at Lion Bridge we ferment and keg our fresh produce to bring a refreshing summer beer to YOU!

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Lion Bridge Brewery Presents: Dinner w/ Chef Regina Escalante!

lion bridgeA wonderful sounding menu that will no doubt include some wonderful beers, here’s the press release on the latest local beer dinner courtesy of Lion Bridge and Chef Escalante! This sounds like a can’t miss event!

Join us for a unique evening with Chef Regina Escalante from Merida, Mexico on August 6th at Lion Bridge Brewing Company.

Regina studied Culinary School and Restaurant Management at the prestigious Paul Bocuse Institute in France. She has worked at some of the finest restaurants in Paris, Lyon, and Marseille before returning to her hometown in Merida, Yucatan to start her own restaurant, Merci. She worked at Michelin star restaurants such as La Table de Lancaster with Chef Rochetau; the Hotel Crillon, with Chef Christopher Hache in Paris; and at Le Petite Nice, under Chef Gerald Passedat in Marseille.

Regina started her career under the tutelage of Chef Cheryl Lewis in Portland, Maine as well as Chef Roberto Solis from Mexico at the young age of 17. Regina’s mother is American and her father is from Merida, Mexico. The fusion of Mexican, American, and French cultures from her upbringing manifests itself in her dishes and creations.

Regina and her husband Vincent Ros opened the doors of their own restaurant Merci in 2014, where they focus on serving breakfast, brunch, and lunch chef-inspired, locally sourced dishes.

Regina was named one of “Mexico’s Top Chefs” by The Larousse Institute at the young age of 29.

Chef Regina Escalante has worked with The Nature Conservancy on a project to protect the traditional milpa systems of the Mayan and supports urban farming projects to empower her French-style cuisine and invite her consumers to support local products; in this meeting of worlds we are taken deep into the Maya Forest to discover how milpa farming systems continue to evolve to protect seed diversity and stop deforestation.

Regina is also part of the Slow Food Movement.

She will be presenting at Newbo Evolve™ in Cedar Rapids the weekend of August 4-5 and hosting a 4-course dinner at Lion Bridge Brewing Company on August 6. We will have suggested beer pairings with all of her courses.

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Big Grove Summer Jam Coming to Cans!

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Big Grove Brewery, fresh off of a successful release of their core beers is about to release a summer favorite to cans. Summer Jam will be coming soon (Ragbrai?). Expect 4 packs with 12 oz cans to hit and it sounds like they are hoping in time for Ragbrai. Stay tuned for more on this release, but check out those sweet ass labels! A BeerCast live from Big Grove during Ragbrai sounds great, doesn’t sLim? Cheers!

 

Dubuque’s Dimensional Brewing Releasing Crowlers July 14th!

d2.jpgUp and coming Dimensional Brewing company out of Dubuque will be releasing crowlers of their beer for the 1st time to the public on July 14th. They will be releasing a sour and a NE Style IPA. More details below, a great opportunity to check out one of Iowa’s newest breweries! Cheers!

Dimensional Brewing Company…..

CROWLER RELEASE!

Date: 7.14.18
Time: Noon
Location: Monk’s

Name: A Little Drippy (Sour)
Stats: 5% ABV
Availability: 25.4 oz. Crowler (Quantity: approximately 100)
Featured Ingredients: Pink Guava, Passion Fruit and Mango

Name: Claw Machine (NE IPA)
Stats: 6% ABV
Availability: 25.4oz. Crowler (Quantity: approximately 100)
Featured Ingredients: Citra Hops

Quantities Limited. Per person limits will be determined the day of the release.

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Iowa Brew News: Big Grove, Contrary, Thew, Lion Bridge, SingleSpeed, Backpocket, Barntown, and more!

cherry pe.jpgTons of news tidbits from the past week to pass along to beer lovers. Iowa brewers have been busy with new releases, canning lines, and getting their beer to our shelves. So much great stuff out there to drink right now, get out there and support local breweries! Next Saturday (June 30th) is packed with beer releases! Big Grove, Barn Town, and Thew all will be doing bottle releases. Huge beer day in Iowa!

**Big Grove Brewery**– Big Grove has just announced that next Saturday (June 30th) they will be releasing bottles of Cherry Pie, a berliner weisse beer with tart cherries, lactose, and spices that is part of their Sugar Bottom Series. Both locations will have bottles, limit 6 per person, and a bit on tap. Make sure you check it out!

**Lion Bridge** – Lion Bridge keeps kicking out beers with the release of 380 South and Majestic Beast this week. 380 South is a collab with SingleSpeed (who did 380 North), and is a hazy IPA brewed with guava. Here’s more on these beers from Lion Bridge:

Lion Bridge and SingleSpeed are connected by more than a highway, and while we may not be mirror images of one another, the commonalities between the two of us are certainly worth noting. Both organizations are passionate about: community, historical preservation, authenticity, and of course, perhaps above all, the creation of great beer.

380 South sits as one half of what is a truly unique collaborative experiment. This hazy, single-hop Denali Pale Ale was crafted at Lion Bridge Brewing in Cedar Rapids, using the same grain and hops as 3-Eighty North, crafted at SingleSpeed Brewing in Waterloo. The only differences were the yeast, water and the fruit added. 380 South features guava, while 3-Eighty North features mango puree. A side by side tasting of the two sister brews is highly recommended.

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The other Lion Bridge release is a re-release of Majestic Beast. One of my personal favorites. Here’s more on this brew courtesy of Lion Bridge:

This mirthful beverage was dry-hopped with Mosaic Lupulin Powder, as well as a bit of Simcoe and Eukanot. By using hop powder with the green plant material removed, we are dry-hopping a concentrated version of the aromatic oils found in the hops. Resinous and tropical; potent yet graceful. It may just bring a tear to your eye.

contrary.jpg**Contrary Brewing** – heading over to Muscatine and Contrary Brewing company as they continue their line of Milkshake IPAs with a perfectly timed Bomb Pop Milkshake IPA. Here’s more on this brew courtesy of Contrary:

Next in our series of Milkshake IPA is the Bomb Pop! We combined raspberry purée, blueberry purée and lemonade with milk sugar, vanilla and hops. Summer is here! See you soon.

DgDc-kkUwAICgGM**SingleSpeed Brewing ** – everyone knows by know that SingleSpeed cans have it the market. Victory Dance, Ring Around the Gose, Tricycle, and Tip the Cow are all available so if you haven’t gotten some, this is the perfect weekend to grab a couple of sixers!

**Backpocket Brewing** – a widely anticipated release is on the horizon as Backpocket as announced the release of their 6th Anniversary barrel-aged stout. July 7th is the date, mark it on the calendar, make a day of it!

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**Thew Brewing ** – the new kid on the block is going to start bottling soon as Thew Brewing in Cedar Rapids has announced for June 30th. Two amazing sounding stouts and other releases for the day. $50 gets you food and 2 12 oz bottles of their stouts. More below:

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**Barn Town Brewing ** – Barn Town keeps pumping out the releases with another announcement of a guava berliner weisse and a sour IPA. More below:

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SingleSpeed Can Launch Party Hits IC/CR Today! (6/19)

singlespeedSingleSpeed Brewery will be hosting a few launch parties around the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area today, Tuesday June 19th. The brewery will be releasing 4 core beers: Tricycle (Cream Ale), Tip the Cow (Cocoa Espresso Milk Stout), Victory Dance (IPA), and Ring Around the Gose (Gose). Check their release poster below to see where they will be available in the IC/CR area and make sure to stop in a grab some of their beers. Congrats SingleSpeed!

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