Abu Nawas drops: Huge Prairie Drop!

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If we keep on drinking; they’ll keep on supplying! Kudos to the folks at Abu Nawas who continue to stock our shelves and for all delivery/distro workers during this time! Thank you all! Here’s the latest from Abu:

  • Prairie Rainbow Sherbet 12oz CAN – Have you ever drank a rainbow? Well, now you can! Sour ale with raspberry, pineapple, and orange..5.2% ABV.
  • Prairie Standard 12oz CAN – ***NOW IN CANS*** Light, crisp farmhouse ale dry-hopped with Motueka hops, a lovely New Zealand hop with a spicy lime like flavor and aroma. 5.6% ABV.
  • Prairie Vape Tricks 12oz CAN – Sour ale aged on cherries. 5.9% ABV.
  • Prairie / American Solera Collab. All Y’all 6/4/12oz CAN – Hazy India Pale Ale. 8.8% ABV.
  • Prairie Funky Gold Mosaic 12oz CAN – Mosaic Dry-hopped sour ale. 5.8% ABV.
  • Prairie Blueberry Boyfriend 6/4/12oz CAN – Sour Ale with Blueberries and Lemon Zest. 5.4% ABV.
  • Prairie Weekend 12oz BOTTLE – Imperial Stout with Coconut, Cacao Nibs and Marshmallow. 13.3% ABV.
  • Prairie BOMB 12/12oz BOTTLE – Imperial Stout aged on Nordaggio’s espresso beans, chocolate, vanilla beans, and ancho chile peppers. All the flavors meld to create a truly unique beer. The peppers add just the right amount of heat to complement the intense coffee and chocolate flavors. 13% ABV.
  • Prairie Oh! Fudge 12/12oz BOTTLE – Imperial Stout brewed with Brownies. 11.5% ABV.
  • Prairie Paradise 12/12oz BOTTLE – Imperial Stout with Vanilla and Coconut. 13% ABV.

Iowa Brewers Guild Presents: “BYOB Virtual Beer Festival”!

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Grab some of your favorite Iowa brewed beers and join your fellow Iowa beer lovers, Iowa beer brewers, and Iowa beer workers as the Iowa Brewers Guild is hosting a “BYOB Virtual Beer Festival” on March 28th with all proceeds will go to Iowa’s brewing industry staff. Here’s more on this great event:

A BYOB virtual beer festival to raise money for Iowa’s brewing industry staff. Though we love to drink beer in the company of friends, the future of one of our favorite pastimes—beer festivals—is tenuous. And so are the livelihoods of our Iowa breweries and their teams. To help our industry staff in their time of need, the Iowa Brewers Guild is holding a BYOB “virtual beer festival,” and you’re invited to join us!

Here’s how it works:

1. Buy a ticket

2. Pick up some of your favorite Iowa beer

3. Join us on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram on Saturday, March 28, so we can drink beer together (from a safe distance), with the help of our hashtag, #virtualbeerfest

ALL proceeds will go to affected Iowa Brewers Guild member breweries’ staff that have lost jobs or significant hours!

More info and how to get a limited edition shirt at www.virtualbeerfest.org

“Beer Money” Book Release tonight 3/10 at Big Grove Brewery in IC!

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Beer lovers, book lovers, Iowa City lovers, and history buffs rejoice as tonight “Beer Money” by S.C. Sherman gets released at Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City. I was lucky enough to get a copy and it truly is a fantastic read. Murder, beer, history, beer….it’s all there! This story puts you at the epicenter of the Iowa beer wars and the fact that we can still visit these spots make the story all that more special. If you can’t get a copy tonight you can preorder on Amazon by clicking here.

Here’s more on the release tonight:

Beer Money Book Release | Benefit for Strengthen Grow Evolve
MARCH 10TH, 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Big Grove Brewery
1225 S Gilbert St
Iowa City, IA52240

A captivating feat of historical fiction set during the 1880s clash between the prohibitionists and the three most powerful brewers in Iowa City—known as “The Beer Mafia.”

German, Czech, and Irish immigrants poured into America in the mid-1800s. They brought their language and traditions with them…and their love of brewing and drinking beer. In 1881, Iowa City was a bustling town full of immigrants. The population was exploding, and that meant two things: Fortunes were being made overnight and trouble was afoot.

Three large breweries had taken root, sprouting strong and proud in the “Northside” neighborhood. In one generation the brewers became wealthy and powerful men. They also came to be known as “The Beer Mafia.” The more powerful the brewers grew, the more passionate the ladies of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union became about abolishing alcohol altogether. They took their fight to the saloon, the street, and the Statehouse, preaching prohibition.

Conrad Graf, J.J. Englert and John Dostal thought of themselves as honest businessmen capitalizing on America’s explosive growth by simply providing a product people wanted. Vernice Armstrong thought they were selling sin and destroying everything that made America great, one beer at a time. She made it her mission in life to bring them down, but they weren’t about to go down without a fight.

Blending real-life historical figures with compelling fictional characters, Beer Money is the story of how the brewers and “Teetotalers” slammed head-on into each other, turning the prairie red with blood. This is a tale of how the seemingly innocuous love of brewing and drinking beer became the flashpoint, sparking events that would shape America for a generation.

Thew Brewing celebrating 2 year Anniversary starting March 13th!

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Thew Brewing in Cedar Rapids will soon be celebrating their 2 year anniversary. Festivities will start on Friday March 13th and continue through the weekend. Here’s a rundown of what’s to come!

Friday, March 13th:
– Open at noon
Release of new Berliner Weisse
– Firkin of Fair Enough (English ale)
– Beer infused in the Randall

Saturday, March 14th:
– O’s Grill on site
Bottle release at noon of Lily, a barrel-fermented saison ($20, 22 oz. bomber, limit 2 per person). 50% off one previous bottle release with purchase of Lily! (Limit one 50% off bottle per person.)
– 10% off previous bottle releases
– March Comedy Madness at 8 p.m. showcasing the best of Central Iowa and Corridor comedy! Ticket includes two beers or hard seltzers or one canned wine. Tickets at shop.thewbrew.com, $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Sunday, March 15th:
– Yoga at 10 a.m.
– Trivia at 5:30 p.m.

Brewery for Sale! Old Man River up for grabs! Open House set for March 27th!

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In the market for your own brewery? Old Man River in McGregor, Iowa is up for sale and there will be an open house on March 27th. There will be half price appetizers and some gourmet food as well as 5 new beers being released.

The building was built in 1880 and has recently undergone a $4.5 million dollar renovation and has 8,236 square feet. Here’s the link to the Iowa Realty website for more info if you’re interested!

 

Abu Nawas drops: Spanning the Globe! Welcome Casa Bruja Brewing!

Huge drop coming from Abu Nawas this week that will bring many breweries and many beers from all over the world! Check it out!

Casa Bruja

Join us in welcoming Panama’s award-winning “Witch House” Casa Bruja Brewing Company to Iowa. A leader in the Latin American brewing scene.
Founded in December 2013, Casa Bruja was the first craft brewery in Panama. Many consider it responsible for starting what is now a multi-billion dollar craft beer industry in their home country.
  • Casa Bruja Flower Sour 24/12oz – Sour Wheat Ale w/ Flowers and Honey. Born from the belief that Beer traditionally uses flowers: hop flowers. 6.6% ABV.
  • Casa Bruja Mixed Gose 6/4/12oz – A mixed 4pks of the most interesting Gose they make! Graviola(Soursop), Kaffir Lime, Guava, & Raspberry.
From Spain:
CERVESERA DEL MONTSENY:
  • Cervesera del Montseny Mala Vida 16/330 ml – Lucious Imperial Stout. 11% ABV.
  • Cervesera del Montseny Mala Vida Bourbon 16/330 ml – Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels. 11% ABV.
  • Cervesera del Montseny Mala Vida Brandy 16/330 ml – Imperial Stout aged in Brandy Barrels. 11% ABV.
Edge Brewing Barcelona:
  • Edge Apassionada 24/330 ml – Tropical Berliner Weisse with passion fruit and hibiscus flowers. 4% ABV.

Brassiere de la Senne

  • De La Senne / Crooked Stave Collab.  Sunnyside of Bruxelles 12/375ml. – ***Super Excited about this*** Sunnyside Sour Red/Brown Ale brewed in collaboration with Yvan De Baets from Brasserie de la Senne. 6.7% ABV.
  • De La Senne / Grimm Collab. I Still Love The Old World 12/500ml – Noble-Hopped Ale w/ Raw Wheat & Brettanomyces. An ode to the brewers and beers that have long inspired the Grimm philosophy. Created in collaboration with the legendary brewer/scholar Yvan De Baets of De La Senne in Brussels, this extra-hoppy old world ale shows off our unique and evolving house ale yeast — serially repitched since Grimm’s opening for favorable genetic drift — in combination with gentle Brettanomyces and noble hops. The result is a thirst-quenching Belgian-style blonde loaded with complex brett-forward fruitiness and a noble hop-driven lingering herbal bitterness. Raw wheat in the grist and a traditional step-mash process provide an elegant malt character to this brewer’s favorite beer. 5.3% ABV. ****

De Ranke

  • De Ranke Franc Belge 330 ml – Well-bittered Belgian Pale Ale.
  • Kriek De Ranke 6/750 ml – Kriek de Ranke is an unsweetened cherry beer of mixed fermentation. It arises from a blend of old Flemish ale, lambic and 25 kilos of sour cherries. 7% ABV.
  • De Ranke XX Bitter 330 ml – Original hopped up Belgian, Hallertau and Brewers Gold hops.
  • De Ranke XXX Bitter750 ml – Souped-up hoppy Belgian.
  • De Ranke Saison de Dottignies 24/330ml bottles. Dry, earthy Saison. 5.5% ABV.

Achel

  • Achel 8° Blonde 24/330ml – Blonde Trappist Ale 8.0% ABV.
  • Achel 8° Bruin24/330 ml – BruinTrappist Ale 8.0% ABV.
  • Achel Trappist Extra 6/750 ml – Belgian Quadrupel extraordinary ale is brewed by the Trappist Monks of the St. Benedictus Abbey at Achel, Belgium. 9.5% ABV

Blaugies

  • Blaugies Darbyste 375ml – 375ml – of Belgian Saison made with fig juice.
  • Blaugies La Moneuse 375ml – One of our all-time favorites! Delicious and Earthy, well-hopped farmhouse ale. 8% ABV.
  • Blaugies Saison d’Epeautre 375ml – Saison made with spelt, dry and funky.  6.0%

Brouwerij Kerkom

  • Kerkom Bink Bloesem 24/330ml – A unique Belgian Ale brewed with Honey and Pear Syrup. 7.1% ABV.
  • Kerkom Reuss 12/750ml. Blend of Belgian Ale and well-aged lambic. 6.5% ABV  ❤️❤️❤️
  • Kerkom Bink Blond24/330ml – Delicious and balanced Belgian Blonde. 6.0% ABV.
  • Kerkom Bink Bruin 24/330ml – Mellow dark Belgian. 6.0% ABV

Brasserie Au Baron

Au Baron / Jester King Collab. Noblesse Oblige 6/750 ml – Bière de Garde brewed with honey and Simcoe, Cascade, and Sorachi Ace hops. 4.7% ABV.

Brasserie Thiriez

  • Thiriez Amber Farmhouse Ale 330 ml – NEW FORMAT – Amber French Farmhouse, roughly Biere de Garde in style.
  • Thiriez Blonde Farmhouse330 ml –  NEW FORMAT – Hop-accented pale Belgian made with classic French Saison yeast strain (pssst. it’s from this brewery.)
  • Thiriez Extra Farmhouse Ale330 ml –  NEW FORMAT –  Absolute Classic hoppy low-alc Farmhouse Ale. Inspiration for Jester King’s Petit Prince, Jolly Pumpkin’s Bam, Taras Boulba and many others!
  • Thiriez/Get Radical Train to Mars 750 ml – American hops put to use in the French Countryside.
  • Thiriez Vieille Brune 750 ml – Wine barrel-aged sour brown ale.

Kulmbacher Brauerei 

  • EKU 28 330 ml –  Rich and dark strong lager, if you had to put this in a style, triple bock is probably where it would end up.
  • EKU Pils330 ml –  Clean bright straw-toned malts and pretty European noble hop character backbone this delicious and approachable pilsner.
  • EKU Pils5L Mini-Keg (two-pack) –  Clean bright straw-toned malts and pretty European noble hop character backbone this delicious and approachable pilsner.
  • Kulmbacher Pils330 ml –  Slightly leaner and drier than the EKU Pils, but honestly both are delicious.
  • Kulmbacher Pils 5L Mini-Keg (two-pack) –  Slightly leaner and drier than the EKU Pils, but honestly both are delicious.
  • Kulmbacher Eisbock 330 ml –  Strong dark beer (9.6%) enriched and concentrated by freezing and removing the ice and leaving the concentrated beer behind.
  • Monchshof Kellerbier500 ml swing top – Well-bittered and unfiltered Amber Lager.
  • Monchshof Kellerbier 5L Mini-Keg (two-pack) –  Well-bittered and unfiltered Amber Lager.
  • Monchshof Schwarzbier 500 ml swing top – Delicious and classic black lager.
  • Monchshof Schwarzbier 5L Mini-Keg (two-pack) –  Delicious and classic black lager.

Mahr’s Brau

  • Mahr’s Der Weisse Bock 500 ml – Extra strong and malty hefeweissen from Bamberg, Germany.
  • Mahr’s Hell 500 ml – Helles lager, a Bavarian classic.
  • Mahr’s Mastodon Lager 500 ml – Collaboration with the metal band, it’s a fantastic unfiltered kellerbier.
  • Mahr’s Pilsner 500 ml – Hopped up pils from Bamberg, the cultural heart of Franconian culture (and brewing!)
  • Mahr’s Ungespundet Lager (Kellerbier) 500 ml – The “U” Mahr’s flagship unfiltered lager.
Braubacker:
  • Braubacker Berliner Weisse 24/330 ml – Old-school triple-fermented Berliner Weisse. Complex, funky and hugely drinkable fruity quencher. 2.5% ABV.
From the Czech Republic:
  • Konrad 11 Degree 20/500ml bottles. Golden, full-bodied, Czech Pilsner with that brilliant flowery Czech hop finish. 4.8% ABV.
  • Konrad 14 Degree 20/500ml bottles. Classic Czech Pilsner with more weight and more bitter hops than the typical Bohemian session beer. 6% ABV.
World Cider:
France:
  • L’Hermetière Cidre Demi-Sec 6/750ml bottles. Farmhouse French Cider. Off-dry. 5.0% ABV.
  • L’Hermetiere Poire de Normandie (Perry) 6/750ml bottles. Farmhouse French Pear Cider. 4.0% ABV.
  • L’Hermetiere Cidre Brut 6/750ml bottles – Farmhouse French Dry Cider. 5.0% ABV

England:

The Long-awaited return of ciders from Henney’s with the addition of a new one!
  • Henney’s Dry Cider 12/500 ml – Sweet apply aroma. The palate has a delicious bittersweet apple character with some spicy bite and a bit of tannic grip. Very fruity and quite pure. With a nice savory twist. 6% ABV
  • Henney’s England’s Pride Medium Cider 12/500 ml – Similar to the Henney’s Dry Cider, but with a touch more sweetness and acidity. 6% ABV. **NEW**
  • Henney’s Vintage Cider 12/500ml – This vintage cider is made from a single year’s harvest. It is naturally still and has been only coarsely filtered in order to retain as much flavor as possible. 6.5% ABV.
  • Hogan’s Dry Cider 12/500ml bottles. Dry, sparkling British cider balances the complexity of tannic English bittersweet cider apples with a hint of residual sweetness. 5.8% ABV.
  • Hogan’s Medium Dry Cider 12/500ml bottles. Medium dry, sparkling British cider. 5.8% ABV.
New Zealand:
  • Zeffer Red Apple Cider 24/330ml – Red Apple Cider captures the fresh flavor of the unique Mahana Red apples used to make it. Grown in the sunny Nelson region of New Zealand these flavourful and aromatic apples result in a juicy full-flavored cider. 5% ABV.
  • Zeffer Mixed Cider 4-pack 6/4x330ml – Apple Crumble, Crisp, Red, Hopped!
  • Zeffer Crisp Apple Cider 12/500ml. You can’t go wrong with a classic, straight-up, crisp green apple cider. 5% ABV.
  • Zeffer Hopped Up Pippin 12/500ml. Cider infused with Riwaka, Sauvin, and Motueka Hop 5.8% ABV

Big Grove Brewery Celebrating 3 years w/ 4 new can releases on 3/14!

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Big Grove in Iowa City will be celebrating their 3 year anniversary on March 14th and in doing so will be releasing 5 beers, 4 of which had yet to be canned. This beers will be available in Iowa City and Solon locations on March 14th! Here’s more from BGB!

Iowa City Lager | German Style Pilsner
Color TV | Hazy Double IPA w/ Galaxy
Passion Fruit Vanilla | Fruited Sour Ale
Creek Jumper | New World Pale Ale
Bananas Foster | Rum Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Bananas

Available ONLY at Big Grove Brewery in Solon and Iowa City starting Saturday March 14. Both locations opening at 10:00AM.

Lion Bridge announces 6th Anniversary Beer Releases!

Lion Bridge brewery in Cedar Rapids will be celebrating their 6th anniversary March 5th and in doing so will be releasing a couple of beers. Chocofetti Imperial Birthday Cake Stout and Click Bait double IPA will be released in cans. Here’s more on each of these brews:

Chocofetti (Imperial Birthday Cake Stout, 9%) – We’re havin a party, and everyone’s invited. We brewed this birthday cake stout up all special for our 6th birthday. Think chocolate cake and Funfetti frosting. Go ahead and have seconds.

Click Bait (Double IPA, 9%) – Brewed all special for our 6th anniversary, this batch has 6lbs of hops per barrel! Order a Click Bait to see the shocking results!

Bricks and TG team up for St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Tap Takeover!

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day then slamming a few brews with the ones you love! On February 14th, Brick’s will be throwing some TG brews on the lines for your pleasure. Here’s the lineup:

Term Oil ~ served with Fudge Brownie
Morning Delight
Stout Hawk
Dragon Fandango
Pompeii
Psuedo Sue

No tickets necessary for this event, it’s first come first serve! Cheers!