Drink This! Marto Brewing Coco Mo

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I was pretty stoked to see Marto Brewing crowlers make their way from Sioux City over to Eastern Iowa. I’ve been wanting to try these guys for a long time and hopefully within the next few weeks I’ll get to visit the brewery itself.

This beer is reminiscent of SingleSpeed’s Coconut Migration so just like with that one, you have to be a Pina Colada or pineapple/coconut combo fan to dig on this. On the flip side, this is could be a gateway beer for those Pina Colada lovers out there as well. Seeing this in Cedar Rapids goes to show the lengths these Iowa breweries will go and the time/travel/and hard work that they put in to get their beers into our hands.

POUR

Orange/yellow pour. Huge white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of the tropics: coconut/pineapple sweetness. Almost a creamy mouthfeel to this beer. Very enjoyable on this hot and humid early Iowa Summer day!

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TASTE

I pretty much covered this already. It’s a pina colada lovers dream in beer form really. This is your perfect poolside companion except in crowler form!

OVERALL

There’s a time and place for every beer and the time and place for this one is right now. The heat is rolling in, the humidity is making your shirt cling to your sweaty back, it’s time for you to finish mowing your lawn, pulling your weeds, playing whiffle ball with your kids, and grab a chair, plop your sweaty ass down and crack one of these in your driveway and soak the day in! The perfect time to Drink This!

5 new releases from Big Grove this weekend!

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Midweek is almost here and with that comes the announcement of 5 new Big Grove beers coming to us this weekend! Here’s they are and you can start your preorder tomorrow morning by visiting here:

ย ๐๐ฎ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐Œ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซwest coast IPA featuring African Queen hops from South Africa, paying homage to Queen Nandi.โฃ
๐๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐“๐ซ๐ฎ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ž -Dessert Stout with pomegranates, sea salt, and cocoa nibs.โฃ
๐’๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ ๐’๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ ๐‰๐š๐ฆ -the hottest Gusher yet makes its return. Be fast with your checkout to get this one!โฃ
๐‚๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ซ๐š ๐Ÿ.๐ŸŽ -Hazy IPA featuring Lotus, Idaho 7, Simcoe, and Citra hops.โฃ
๐†๐ซ๐š๐ฉ๐ž๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ ๐†๐จ๐ฌ๐ž Solon Summer Series kettle sour with a satisfying salt character.

Big Grove “Drive Thru Burgers” now Big Grove “Drive Thru Burritos”! + 3 more beer releases this weekend!

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With Big Grove opening back up both their Solon and Iowa City locations for social distancing dine-in option, the popular Big Grove drive thru on Saturdays is getting a little change up to make room for folks wanting to come to the restaurant! Instead of drive thru burgers, fries and beers from 11-2 it will now be drive thru breakfast burritos and beers from 9-11 a.m.! Preorder your burritos and beer by clicking here!

And just a quick thank you note to the staff at both Big Grove locations for the adaptability and also their generosity in still getting us beer and terrific food the last few months. Class act group of people! Onto the releases:

* Into the Woodsย kettle sour was originally brewed as part of a collab with our pals fromย Copper Kettle Brewingย in Denver, CO. Lactose, blackberries, and raspberries give this Berliner Weisse aย tart and fruity zing! If you haven’t tried it, it’s something special.
*A Better Tomorrowย hazy double IPA returns after its debut during Hazepocalypse 2019. Many said it was the best of the six in that Hazy Series #jussayin ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ Brewed with South African hops, this exceptionally fruity beer has notes of orange and sweet peach and a very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
*Strawberry Lemon Splash Gusherย tastes like… who knows?! These Gushers have been crazyโ€”and crazy delicious. They’re made in a tiny fermentor on Fridays with more fruit than should legally be allowed in beer. Strawberries and lemons work together, right?

Dimensional Brewing BA “Sticky Icky Beans” goes on sale this Thursday! 5/21

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Dimensional Brewing out of Dubuque will have their barrel aged Sticky Icky Beans going on sale this coming Thursday, May 21st. Online order form will be posted by the brewery sometime Thursday so stay tuned for more info on that. Here’s more from the brewery:

Barrel Aged Sticky Icky Beans is an Imperial Stout aged in Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. Bourbon Barrels for 14 months w/ Jumble Coffee Company and maple syrup added. BA Sticky Icky Beans will go on sale this Thursday, May 21st. We will continue to update information about this release. Select attending or interested in this event. Here are some details about the event.

-We will open up Online orders sometime Thursday night. (Don’t worry, we will give a specific time sometime soon so you can plan.)
-Successful orders will have from Friday, May 22nd to Sunday, June 21st to pick up.
-We will allow proxy beer pickups. (We will detail how to name a proxy in detail in the near future.)
-QTY per person and cost are TBD.
-Thursday night will only allow you to order BA Sticky Icky Beans. If you would like other beers upon your pick up date, please place your additional beer order the day of your determined pick up.
-We will not have this beer on tap (During Covid-19 restrictions) to avoid having an over crowded Restaurant and Taproom.
-Should you plan on hanging out when picking up your beer, you must order some delicious food from Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ.
– Beer orders will be made at the same link that has been provided throughout our curbside pick up option.
https://shoparryved.com/preOrder?locationld=BESISo6J

Please stay tuned in for more details. We can’t thank you enough for your continued support. Thank you.

Abu Nawas drops this week: To ร˜l, Stillwater, Omnipollo, Evil Twin

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A plethora of beers coming to our shelves this week thanks to Abu Nawas! Here’s this weeks drop:

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  • To ร˜l Tool Babushka 12/375 ml. Barley Wine aged in Port Barrels with Prunes and Dates. 13.5% ABV.
  • To ร˜l Tool Black Baal 12/375ml. Black Triple IPA brewed with coffee. Weighing in at a mighty 14% ABV.
  • To ร˜l tool Black Ball Imperial Porter 24/330ml bottles. Delicious potent Porter with a well-balanced mouthfeel and a healthy dose of Simcoe, Centennial, and Cascade Hops. 8% ABV.
  • To ร˜l tool Black Bauble 24/330 ml. Delicious Black Ales with Cardamom and Orange Peel. 8% ABV.
  • To ร˜l Brettxit IPA 24/330 ml. Brett IPA with Galaxy and Nelson Sauvin fermented with both British Ale yeast and Brettanomyces. 3.6% ABV
  • To ร˜l By Udder Means (Milk Stout) 24/330ml bottles. The wonderful Milk Stout from our Danish friends makes a return. 7% ABV.
  • To ร˜l D’s Nuts 12/375 ml. Rich Oatmeal Stout with Hazelnuts. 12% ABV.
  • To ร˜l Mine Is Bigger Than Yours 12/375ml. Bigger than your Barley Wine. 12.5% ABV.
  • To ร˜l Pineapple Express 12/375ml. Stout brewed with Pineapples & Coffee. 10% ABV.
  • To ร˜l You Shall Nut Pass 24/330 ml. Stout brewed with hazelnuts. Deep complexity and nuttiness from hazelnuts and dark malts. Gandalf Anyone? 7.2% ABV.

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STILLWATER

  • Stillwater Whipped Nitro Mango IPA 6/4/16oz CAN – Stillwater Artisanal 8.5% ABV.
  • Stillwater Gin Fizz 6/4/16oz CAN – Cocktail Series: A nitro sour ale inspired by Gin Fizz, brewed with orange blossom, juniper berries, lemon, lime, and lactose. 5.5%
  • Stillwater MICRO 6/4/16oz CANS – Citra-focused Pale Ale. 4.5% ABV.
  • Stillwater World Famous Pilsner 6/4/16oz CAN – This one speaks to our Hearts. German-style Pilsner. German malt & hops. The most popular style on earth. 5% ABV.
  • Stillwater / AZ Wilderness Big Bunny is Everything6/4/12oz CAN – Strong Milk Stout collaboration with AZ Wilderness. Big Bunny IS everything. 8.0% ABV.
  • Stillwater On Fleek 6/4/12oz CAN – A 13 percent ABV imperial stout brewed with dark sugars and molasses. 13.0% ABV.
  • Stillwater Double Nothing6/4/16oz CANS – Nitro Doppelbock Style Lager. 8% ABV.
  • Stillwater Double Mocha Affogato Nitro Stout 6/4/16oz CAN – Double mocha affogato stout with cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, coffee & lactose on NITRO! 6.5% ABV.
  • Stillwater Critical Thinking 6/4/16oz CANS – Imperial Stout with tastes of roasted malt, dark chocolate, a hint of vanilla, molasses, a little bit of marshmallow 11% ABV.

OMNIPOLLO

  • Omnipollo Oaxaca 6/4/16oz CANS – Mango Margarita Slush IPA brewed with lactose, mango, lime, grapefruit & vanilla. 6.5% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Bianca Blueberry Maple Pancake Lassi Gose 6/4/16oz CANS – Blueberry maple pancake Lassi Gose ale brewed with blueberries, lactose sugar & maple syrup. 6% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Bianca Lemon Coconut Tart Lassi Gose 6/4/16oz CAN – Lemon Coconut Tart Lassi Gose ale brewed with lemon, coconut & lactose sugar. 6% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Double Raspberry Bianca 6/4/16oz CAN – Double Raspberry Lassi Gose Ale Brewed with 2x Raspberries & Lactose Sugar. 6% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Henosis 6/4/16oz CAN – IPA brewed with Nelson, Sauvin, Citra, Mosaic & Galaxy hops. 7.2% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Zodiak Multiverse 6/4/16oz CANS – Hazy Citra Double IPA. 8% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Hypnopompa 6/4/16oz CAN – Imperial Stout brewed with Marshmallow and Madagascan Vanilla Beans. 11% ABV.

EVIL TWIN

  • Evil Twin Kiwi Coconut Fizz 6/4/16oz CAN – Berliner Style Weisse Ale with Kiwi and Coconut. 5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Brewing H is for Hops 6/4/16oz CANS – Dry-hopped Gose-style ale brewed with Salt. 4.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin I Don’t Know How to Put This but This IPA Is Kind of a Big Deal6/4/16oz CANS – Double Dry-Hopped DIPA brewed with Raw Wildflower Honey. 10% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Learn What Is to Be Taken Seriously and Laugh at the Rest 6/4/16oz CANS – Hazy NE-IPA. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Citra Sunshine 6/4/16oz CANS – Citra packed IPA. 4.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Evil Twin Imperial Simcoe Slacker 6/4/16oz CANS – Simcoe packed IPA. 7.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Hot Toddy-ish 6/4/16oz CANS – Blonde barley wine-style ale 10% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Irish-ish Coffee Stout 6/4/16oz CANS – Imperial Stout brewed with Lactose, Demerara Sugar, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Medium Toast Oak Spirals and – of course – a ton of Coffee. 10.3 % ABV.

Clockhouse “Snozzberry Sour” can release this Friday! 5/15

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Clockhouse Brewing out of Cedar Rapids will be releasing another beer into cans this coming Friday, May 15th, starting at 3:00 p.m. Snozzberry Sour will be their latest and you can preorder it and other Clockhouse beers by clicking here.

Here are the details on this brew:

They say, “We all need a little more fruit in our diet.” So we loaded this kettle sour with Raspberries, Blueberries, and Blackberries. The perfect trifecta for starting your post quarantine diet.

*Available in 16 oz cans

5% ABV

Weekend Releases: Big Grove + Pulpit Rock – Sours, IPAs, Stouts, + more

The Beer Gods continue to smile upon us even in this trying time as our wonderful brewers, brewery employees continue to get us great beer every damn week! Big Grove has been releasing 4 beers, many of them new, every week for the past how many weeks for their drive thru weekend operation and Pulpit has been pushing at least two releases every Friday! So, what do these breweries have for us this weekend?

PULPIT ROCK

JACUZZI MOVES

This beer has the moves, dancing with 600lbs of fresh strawberries and lemonade mix to give it that refreshing summer taste. Jacuzzi Moves – a strawberry and lemonade mix kettle pastry sour, $6.50/16oz. can, no limits

BLUSTERY

Blueberries, marshmallows, golden sandwich cookies oh my! Who could ask for a better combination? This blueberry sour will blow you away. Blustery is available this Friday. $6.50/16oz.can, no limits

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BIG GROVE

TAILWIND

ย The official beer of RAGBRAIย is back! This light and crisp golden ale rolls into town with a hot, new look and four new pals.โฃ

PEACH MOSH PIT

Gose featuring peaches, apricots, and plums. Sweet, tart, and the perfect patio beer.โฃ

ALL NEW EVERYTHING

Hazy double IPA delivers bright, juicy, and fruity greatness by way of the all-new experimental cryo hop blend and pilsner malt. Get ready… this one shines!โฃ

BOSTON CREAM PIE

Is a pie that’s actually a cake that’s actually a beer! Chocolate, vanilla, and lactose come together for decadent dessert in a can.โฃ

TROPICAL FREAK OUT

Is our latest Gusher. Highlighted by a Snowbird sour ale base, we added heaps of pineapple and tangerine to take you straight to the tropical paradise of your dreams.

If you have a release coming up and would like me to post just shoot me an email! Cheers everyone!

Drink This! Reunion DDH Dr. Dank!

Another first time to can release (I think anyway) of a wonderful Iowa brewed IPA is double dry hopped Dr. Dank from Reunion brewery in Coralville. Reunion has been very strong in their pale ale/IPA game as their Juice Factory and Tank Puncher grace our shelves and our beer fridges regularly. Yes, it is available in cans right now but….if you go to my favorite place in the area to have a beer, Mr. Jeremy Freerks has a keg he is going to tap at Club 76 in North Libery, so you can fill a growler with this goodness…so stay tuned for that tapping! TBA!

I remember the first time I had Dr. Dank on tap and it was at Need Pizza in downtown CR and thought to myself, if they can this beer up I’d be all over it….well, here we are! Another example of our amazing Iowa breweries continuing to meet the need of the beer drinkers during this pandemic. Let’s get to the details of this beer courtesy of Reunion before we delve too deep:

It’s madness!!! He can’t be serious?!?! Sheer lunacy! He’ll destroy us all!!! Double dry hopped with Columbus, Citra and Mosaic, DDH Dr. Dank reeks of dank resiny goodness and heady, musky, tropical, juicy fruit. Oh, the humanity!!!

POUR
Clean pour, no floaties, dark yellow with some orange hue. Nice thin head and as your pouring you get the waft of the hops. Citrus and resin galore! Just what your looking for in this beer.

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TASTE
With the haze craze upon us, which I do enjoy, I love the bitterness that comes with this beer. Yes, you get the fruit and you get the dank, but the wonderful old school IPA bitterness also shines. The combo is terrific and makes 7.5% ABV beer seem like you need another…and then maybe 1 more…

OVERALL
Reunion had me sold with Tank Puncher and now Dr. Dank has me ready to head back to the store for a few more 4 packs, unless they are already sold out. If you are a hop head and like the dank stickiness that Mosaic and Citra bring and mix that with the resinous from Columbus than you need to Drink This!

Mickey’s Irish Pub in IC w/ crowler + growler sale this Saturday (5/9) featuring: Big Grove Richard the Whale Coffee!

More great beer news as we approach this weekend. Not only will Big Grove be hosting another drive-thru with some new beers for us, but you also have a chance at landing a crowler of Richard the Whale Coffee crowler, among other beers, if you head to Mickey’s Irish Pub in downtown Iowa City! Here are the deets and beers they will have at Mickeys:

This Saturday, May 9th, we are selling some special 32 oz crowlers from our friends at Big Grove for carryout only starting at 11am.

-Big Grove Richard the Whale Coffee Variant, 1pp, $28

-Into the Woods Fruited Sour, Big Grove and Cooper Kettle colab 1pp, $16

-Pineapple Mango Main Street Wheat $12

We are also going to have growlers available of the following:
-Big Grove Iowa City Lager
-Big Grove Starcourt hazy IPA
-Big Grove Strawberry Cherry Swirl
-ReUnion Hefewizen
-ReUnion Juice Factory
-Exile Ruthie
-Single Speed Hard Won not Done
-Barn Town Cherry Limeaide

We also have a very limited amount of fresh ReUnion Dr. Dank cans for sale, $3.75 per can.

Add our famous pretzel bites with house made beer cheese, and stone ground mustard for $5 with any beer purchase.

Stop by in person, or call us at 319-338-6860

Iowa Beer Sneak Peek! Clock House Low Bandito!

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Before I get into the details of this brew from Clock House I just want to share the release info for it which is coming this Wednesday!

*For the first time Clock House will be offering their delicious imperial stout in 16 oz cans starting this Wednesday, May 6th starting at 3:00 p.m. Low Bandito is an imperial stout aged with habanero peppers, limes, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and cinnamon. This is what you think a Mexican hot chocolate would taste like. This bad boy checks in at 11% ABV. Pick yours up at Clock House curbside starting this Wednesday!

Alright, there are the deets for the release. Onto the tasty brew itself. Was very grateful to Clock House staff for hooking me up with one first of all, so thank you to them! I’ve been spending a lot of my time driving over and picking up Pineapple Witch Slap on what seems to be a daily basis but this Wednesday I’ll be driving over for Low Bandito.

POUR
Dark viscous pour, aroma of cinnamon and cocoa take center stage with vanilla on the back. Nice looking tan head on this thing this dissipates.

TASTE
Cinnamon, chocolate, and vanilla right away and then a small shot of heat from the habanero, the lime is very subtle, but you can definitely get some faint citrus from it.

OVERALL
I can’t wait to get more of this. A few to sip on when the spring evening gets a tad cool and the sun goes down and maybe a few to store to see what the flavors do. Clock House has been upping their game constantly; IPAs, Sours, stouts, etc…they’ve been pushing it and they’ve been delivering! Get there this Wednesday folks and if you get some I’d love to hear your thoughts! Cheers!

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