Thew Brewing Releasing “Planned Sick Days Pale Ale” this Friday Oct. 19th!

thewThew Brewing will be releasing a collaboration beer with internet celebrity Planned Sick days called “Planned Sick Days Pale Ale” this coming Friday in conjunction with the University of Iowa homecoming weekend! Looking forward to try this one! Here’s a bit more info on this collab: And follow Planned Sick Days on twitter with their handle: @PlannedSickDays

Happy homecoming, Hawkeyes! We’ll be releasing our newest beer, a pale ale brewed in collaboration with the internet’s Planned Sick Days. On tap and in crowlers starting at 3 p.m.!

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Big Grove Turtle Hunter Cans Coming Friday Oct. 19th!

Big Grove has had a busy canning week with Easy Eddy making its way around Eastern Iowa and now Turtle Hunter will be coming back this coming Friday at 11:00 a.m. 4 pack cans and on tap available!

Turtle Hunter is their double dry hopped hazy IPA that checks in at 7.4%. Enjoy!

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Big Grove Easy Eddy hitting tap lines tomorrow! (10/13) + Easy Eddy Cans Return Next Week!

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Big Grove Brewery just made a bunch of beer lovers happy as they’ve announced that Easy Eddy will return to their tap lines tomorrow, (Saturday, October 13th)! This was announced through the Iowa City location so I’m not sure if both locations will have it on the lines.

What’s even more exciting is the announcement that Easy Eddy cans will be available next week at select Iowa City and Cedar Rapids stores! Here’s more from BGB!

Ready for good news? Your friend and mine, Easy Eddy returns to the taps Saturday 🙌 and we’re hosting a pre-release + Iowa at Indiana Gamewatch Party.
More good news? Next week, these cans will be sold in several of your favorite stores around Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.

Meet the Brewer @ Reds Alehouse: Toppling Goliath w/ Mornin’ Delight 10/10/18

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Reds Alehouse has announced its next Meet the Brewer event will feature Toppling Goliath and TG will be bringing their infamous Mornin’ Delight to be tapped at the event! Here’s more from Reds:

If It’s TGIF, Why are are looking forward to Wednesday more?

Oh yeah – Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. Meet the Brewery and Mornin’ Delight Release! Here are the deets:

Tapped all day – Imperial Golden Nugget, Thresher, Pseudo Sue, Golden Nugget

Tapping at 7pm – Mornin’ Delight

Pours will be on a first come, first serve basis. As a special little treat, Chef Abe is cooking up a dessert paring to go with your pour of MD.

Espresso Truffle: Local candied butternut squash, dark chocolate truffle, candied orange peel, espresso glee, hazelnut crumble, bourbon sea salt.

Stay tuned for teasers, prices and pictures in the time leading up to the release!

Big Grove Richard the Whale Release set for Dec. 1st; Tickets on Sale Oct. 10th

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Big Grove Brewery has released details on their highly anticipated 2018 Richard the Whale Release. The release will take place on Dec. 1st, and tickets will go on sale Wednesday October 10th. Here’s more:

Richard the Whale Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout release party at Big Grove Brewery & Taproom in Iowa City 🐋

‣ 2 Richard the Whale .375 L bottles
‣ 1 Coffee Richard .375 L bottle
‣ 1 Macaroon Richard, this year’s special variant .375 L bottle
‣ Richard the Whale 2018 collectable glass
‣ 6 oz. pour of Richard the Whale

Tickets 🎟: $75
🔜 On sale on Wednesday, October 10 at 11:00 AM (link will go live on Oct. 10 in this Event post)
🔜 Many more details to come and we’re looking forward to hosting a whale of a party!

Harpoon Brewing Distro Hits Eastern Iowa Shelves

harpoon.jpgHarpoon Brewing out of Boston, MA has just showed up on Eastern Iowa shelves with a few of their selections. I believe they are being distributed by Johnson Brothers but I’ll have to double check that.

You can currently find Harpoon IPA, Harpoon Amber, and Harpoon Tailgate variety pack which includes Harpoon Golden Ale, Harpoon Flannel Friday, Harpoon IPA, and Harpoon Octoberfest. Check it out and I’d love to hear feedback on the newest brewery to hit Eastern Iowa. Cheers!

Kroul Farm/Pullman Bar and Diner Beer Dinner #3: Best gets Better

 

Year 3 of the Pullman/Kroul Beer Dinner is in the books and just when you think they can’t top last year’s event, Chef Ben Smart and staff roll up their sleeves and do just that. Sunday’s event wasn’t exactly fall-like to start the day as temps were in the high 80s, so a tip of the cap for sure goes to the Pullman staff as they slaved over open-pit fires to cook up our terrific meal. Even though it was hot early on, the weather chilled a bit as the sun set and you really can’t beat the ambiance of sitting at a Kroul Farm picnic table with friends as you sip a beer or glass of wine and get served some of the best and unique food I’ve had. Cheers to the Kroul Family, Cory Kent, Chef Smart and staff, this is my favorite event of the year! Onto the food!

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DISH #1 – Pan con Tomate – Bread, Heirloom tomato served with Broadbent Vinho Verde
Bread with a tomato puree? Sounds simple, and it is, but it was delicious. Local tomatoes with olive oil and salt put on top of some grilled bread and a glass of white wine, great start to the meal!

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DISH #2 – Sea Urchin Bavarois served with Broadbent Vinho Verde 
I had never had sea urchin before, but now I want sea urchin more often. The dish was presented and looked similar to a chowder dish with some charred sweet corn and that’s exactly how it tasted. Almost like a mix of a chilled lobster bisque/lobster chowder and the added local sweet corn really made the dish stand out. This was one I would have taken a whole bowl full of, excellent dish.

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DISH #3 Cedar Plank Salmon with slow roasted grilled lemons, herbs, shishito peppers, squash, and olives served with Prairie Standard Saison
Admittedly, I’m not a huge salmon guy, but, this dish was very good. Perfectly cooked salmon and a squeeze of some of the grilled lemon and tons of fresh dill on top made this a dish I could eat often. 3/3 so far Pullman crew!

DISH #4Potato Gnocchi with pumpkin puree, chanterelles, pistachio pistou, La quercia guanciale, and sheep’s milk cheese served with Prairie Standard Saison
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this dish as I’m hit and miss with pumpkin but this was a home run dish, from the presentation of being served in hollowed out pumpkins to the execution itself to the flavors. The gnocchi with pillow soft and combined with the pistachio and cheese with a little bite of the crispy and salty la quercia (pork cheek I believe) I had a hard time not finishing this dish in seconds. Blown away by this one. Keep it coming Pullman.

DISH #5 Duo of Kroul Beef – tenderloin, ribeye, and sauce bordelaise with mushroom pithivier, kale, carrot, currant, pine nuts, and aged balsamic, served with Trim Cabernet
I always look forward to the main course although the dishes leading up are just as terrific, but with this being Kroul’s beef that they were serving made it even more special. The beef was wonderful, perfectly cooked, tender and salted exactly how it needed to be. To cook for 110-120 people and execute it the way the Pullman staff did shows their talent, you worry about it being overcooked but that’s not the case at all. The beef was phenomenal but the thing that really sealed the deal for me was the Mushroom Pithivier, which essentially was a pie with sliced potatoes, mushrooms, and cheese. I savored every bite of it. Extraordinary meal!

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DISH #6The Space Donut – Sweet potato mousse, walnut shortbread, white chocolate goat cheese cremeux, pear, salted caramel ice cream paired with Cafe Amaretto
Onto the final course…dessert. I’m not sure how the staff could top last years parsnip cake served with Jean Luc Richard, but they came pretty damn close! The parsnip cake is my all time favorite dessert, hands down, but they brought out the big guns for this Space Donut. Chef Smart described it to every table how they concocted it and I’m not going to even try to replicate him, let’s just say it was tasty, eye-appealing, and very unique.

I’ve said this since the Kroul Farm dinner started 3 years ago and I’ll repeat myself again…this is a can’t miss event for food lovers, wine lovers, beer lovers, and people who just enjoy sitting and chatting with others. I look forward to this event every year and hope it continues. Thanks again to the Matt Kroul and family, Chef Smart and Staff, and Cory Kent for spoiling us once again this year! Cheers!

Reds Alehouse Meet the Brewer: Firetrucker and New Belgium Wednesday Sept. 19th!

redsReds Alehouse will once again be playing host to meet the brewer night this coming Wednesday, September 19th. This time around they will have Scott from Firetrucker and Melissa from New Belgium will be there answering questions and chatting about their beers. Here’s the lineup:

New Belgium
-Fat Tire – Amber Ale – 5.2% ABV
-Voodoo Ranger – Juicy Haze IPA – 7.5% ABV
-Clutch – Dark Sour Ale – 8.5% ABV
Firetrucker
Hydrant – American Pale Ale – 4.9% ABV
Uptown IPA – American IPA – 5.8% ABV
Tropical Burn – DIPA w/ Mango – 8.5% ABV
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Funds For Flenker Beer List Released! See you Thursday @ Need Pizza!

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Need Pizza has released the brews that will be available this Thursday, September 13th at their location in downtown Cedar Rapids for the Funds for Flenker Event. Funds for Flenker is an event setup to help Flenker and Thew with their lawsuit. A lot of great beers and excellent pizza this coming Thursday, hope to see you there!

**PULPIT ROCK**
-Jamaican Blue Mountain Pour Over Porter
-To Hop & To Hold

**LARK BREWING**
-Sweet Disarray, Session NEIPA w/lactose

**SINGLE SPEED BREWING**
-Eastern Cottontail Experimental IPA

**KEG CREEK BREWING**
-Brick Red Ale
-De Vine Saison BBL aged in Vine Street Cellars’ Red Wine Barrels

**SIERRA NEVADA BREWING**
-Hazy Little Thing

**515 Brewing**
-Dart Dodger American IPA

**CRIMSON SUNSET CIDERY**
-Jacked Up Cider Tangerine
-Jacked Up Cider Sangria

**Alluvial Brewing**
-Nebula 3000 DIPA

**THEW BREWING**
-Scrappy Ale

**EXILE BREWING**
-2017 Jesus on a Forklift
-Pineapple Bohemian
-Lemony Trail
-GC Nebula
-Ruthie
-Oktoberfest
-Beatnik Sour

**REUNION BREWING**
-Double Dry Hopped Juice Factory

**Lion Bridge BREWING**
Bridge Beer

BACKPOCKET BREWING
-Sick Mustache

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