Cellar Sale! Reds Alehouse Opening their Cellar Sunday, February 25th

Courtesy of Reds Alehouse Facebook Page:

🚨🚨 BIG NEWS 🚨🚨 We are opening our cellar for the first time in years to the general public! Sunday, February 25th from 10am to 3pm, you will get the first chance to take home some very rare bottles of beer. These bottles are first come, first serve – no reservations! We will be adding all left over bottles to our beer list, however, Sunday is the only day you’ll be able to purchase at a discount! There will also be bottle give-a-ways and rewards for attending.

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Une Annee Beers Hitting Iowa Shelves with Abu Nawas?

une annee.pngA little rumor making its way around has Illinois based brewery Une Annee is coming to Iowa through Abu Nawas and it sounds like it’s going to happen sooner than later. If you don’t know much about Une Annee they are Belgian inspired brewery with Belgian inspired beers located in Niles, IL. Expect sours, wild ales, lambics, stouts, and much more from these guys! Hopefully more information will trickle in, but this is an exciting brewery to hit our shelves if/when it happens. Stay tuned for more, in the meantime, check out their website to learn more about their brews: uneannee.com

 

Coming Soon to Shelves: Surly, Founders, Great Divide Yeti

surlySome new brews will be hitting Eastern Iowa shelves in the next few months. Here we go with the update:

Surly Brewing
Surly will have a few new brews coming soon. Hopshifter IPA, BAOW!, which is a barrel-aged oat wine, and Surly Twelve which this year will be an Imperial Pilsner. Here’s more on each new brew:

*Hopshifter IPA

There are three things you need to know about Hopshifter, Surly’s newest year-round beer:

  1. It’s a new IPA. From Surly. That should be enough, but we committed to three things in the first sentence.
  2. It’s crafted to reduce gluten.
  3. The next one you have may very well be different from this one.

Let’s address the last point first. Hopshifter started in our Beer Hall as a way for our brewers to tinker with experimental hop varieties. They’re often so new that they don’t have sweet names like Amarillo or Mosaic yet, just an alphanumeric code. They’d fill a tank, put it on draft, and keep drilling down. It was a Surly-wide learning process, from our brew team to the hop-hunting IPA lovers who visit our Beer Hall. We made a dozen versions of Hopshifter over the last year, dialing in what worked and eliminating what didn’t.  We’re now confident enough to send the new variations out into the world.

While the end result is now being distributed, the philosophy developed over these months remains the same: Once that tank is gone, it’s gone. The hops shift at will. Embrace the temporary.

The opening salvo is the experimental Bru-1 hop, along with Citra and Chinook. You’ll get pineapple, mango, and tropical aromatics to go with a light-bodied, moderately bitter brew. It’s the perfect introduction to this groundbreaking series of beers. If you have any questions on what Hopshifter variation you’re drinking, check the bottom of the can or the wrap. We bought a laser that etches the hop name(s) onto them. Lasers are cool.

If you’ve been to the Beer Hall, you know that we’ve had gluten-reduced beers on the menu for a while now. You can read the whole story here, but the nickel version is this: We use an enzyme called Brewer’s Clarex™ to eliminate haze in our beer. That haze consists of the proteins that trigger gluten sensitivities. Without it, you’re left with an approachable, gluten-reduced IPA that tastes like an actual IPA.

(Since we still brew with grain, we can’t call Hopshifter gluten-free, even if it meets the less-than-20-parts-per-million criteria. Hence, it’s gluten-reduced. Read the Hopshifter FAQs and the lab report on this batch.)

Other things worth knowing:

  • Hopshifter will be a can-only release. We can’t guarantee gluten-sensitive draft lines outside of the dedicated ones we have in our Beer Hall.
  • The malt bill is simple. Hops are the showcase.
  • 6% ABV.
  • Tanner put a secret monster on the can.
  • Enjoy this one. It won’t be around long. (On the off-chance that this one isn’t for you, again, it won’t be around long.)

Given the limited amount we’re brewing, Hopshifter’s footprint will also be smaller than our other core brands. You can find it in select Surly markets the week of February 5th.

*Surly BAOW! 
Little is known right now about this beer other than it is a barrel-aged oat wine that will be packaged in 750 mL bottles and be aged in rye whiskey barrels. Stay tuned for more release info on this one.

*Surly Twelve
Info courtesy of mybeerbuzz.com:

This morning we get our very first peek at Twelve 12th anniversary beer from Surlybrewing in Brooklyn Center, MN.  The beer will be an imperial pilsner brewed with Weyermann Eraclea Pilsner Malt from the Mediterranean and Spalt Select hops created by head brewers Jerrod Johnson and Ben Smith.  Look for Twelve to be packaged and bottle conditioned in 750ml bottles that will carry the Independent Craft Seal from the Brewers Association.  According to the 2018 Surly Release Calendar, this beer will be coming in June 2018.  Stay tuned for AbV.

Founders Brewing –

Founders will be adding to their year-round lineup with a new Lager. Here’s more on this beer courtesy of Founders Brewing:

founders.jpg*Solid Gold

Our brewery was built on an attitude of no regrets. An attitude of taking risks to bring the best beer possible to our fellow renegades and rebels. Never brewing to style, but always brewing what we want to drink. Our take on a classic, Solid Gold is a drinkable golden lager brewed with the highest quality ingredients. Challenging what a lager can be? That’s something we won’t regret. 4.4% ABV, 20 IBUs.

Solid Gold will be released in 6-pack cans, 15-pack cans and on draft throughout our entire distribution network – that’s right, no bottles.  It will have a SRP of $7.99/6-pack and $14.99/15-pack. It will start shipping in February and will be available year-round.

For those of you familiar with the Solid Gold we’ve featured in our taproom for years, this is not the same beer. Our Brewmaster, Jeremy, completely revamped the recipe and it now features lager yeast, corn and Lemondrop hops for just the right hit of flavor.

Great Divide 

Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti

great divide.jpegOur last updated comes from Great Divide Brewing company as they extend their Yeti series with a oaked vanilla version of this popular brew. Here’s more on this brew courtesy of Great Divide’s website:

Yet another extension of our Yeti clan, Vanilla Oak Aged Yeti is the next flavor evolution for our cherished imperial stout. Sweet vanilla tones meld into the oak characteristics as the two flavors support and enhance one another. A pairing fit for a beast, the vanilla and oak are uplifted by the bold and roasty character we all know and love from Yeti.

ABV: 9.5 |  AVAILABLE: Seasonal |  SIZES: 22 oz, 15.5 gal and 5 gal kegs

Review: Firetrucker Mole Grail

IMG_0069.JPGThanks to sLim for hooking me up with a growler of this brew. One of Firetrucker’s latest releases is going to come at the cinnamon and spice beer lovers out there. If you dig Stone’s Xocoveza then this is a beer you can get behind.

Firetrucker’s Mole Grail is an imperial stout that is brewed with cocoa, cinnamon, and ancho and pasilia peppers. Perfect for a chilly Iowa evening and coming in at 8% it can warm you up quick.

Firetrucker Molé Grail.jpg

A bit thin on the body and the chiles are extremely subtle compared to some beers of this style, so if you’re hoping for a lot of spice, probably won’t get it here but the flavor the cocoa and cinnamon is spot on. Firetrucker has a good one here. Expect to see it on tap in the next few weeks or sooner at the Tin Roost in North Liberty, Need Pizza in Cedar Rapids, and Short’s Burger and Shine in downtown Iowa City.

 

 

Marquee Pizza Presents: Tap that Cask Up! Brrr Fest Eve

maqueeMarquee Pizza in the Iowa River Landing in Coralville will be hosting a great event Friday January 26 starting at 7:00 p.m. If you’re in the area for Brrr Fest the following day you’ll want to make sure to stop by. No cover, just lots of great beer. Here’s what beers will be available:

Event Details

Friday 1.26.18
7pm
Casks –

Madhouse

Cask – Maple VIP

Style – Maple barrel aged vanilla imperial porter

 

Lion Bridge

Cask – XXXX Mild with Chocolate

Style – Bourbon and rye barrel aged English mild ale w/chocolate  

 

Big Grove

Cask – Minuteman IPA w/Citra & Blood Orange

Style – Imperial IPA

 

Exile

Cask – Coffee Vanilla Jesus on a Forklift

Style – Horizon Line Coffee & vanilla  infused Rye barrel aged Stout

 

Reunion

Cask – Lemon & Lime IPA

Style – IPA with lemon, lime and additional simcoe hops

 

Barntown

Cask –  Field of Dreams

Style – IPA w/ orange peel & lemongrass

 

Fox

Cask – Aronia Berry Hefeweizen

Style – Berry/Rose Hefeweizen  

Toppling Goliath

Cask – IPA

Style – IPA

Also –  We will open at 9am on Saturday for Brrr Fest with breakfast pizza and tapping some limited kegs throughout the day but starting with

9am – Pulpit Rock Stink Juice
Jester King Mad Meg
Barntown – a new, unamed IPA dry hopped with citra, simcoe, & jarrylo
Crooked Stave Wild Ales, Evil Twin BA Stout, and more limited release kegs tapped throughout the day – will announce beers on Instagram story as tapped….look out for a end of brrr fest keg
@marqueepizzeria
Misc – no tickets required

Buster is Coming!

triple ipa.jpgNo, this isn’t a reference to Arrested Development, although Buster was a funny ass character. But, Big Grove is releasing their triple ipa this Friday with a few accounts getting kegs and both Big Grove locations selling 22 oz. bombers of this hoppy greatness. Ok, so the deets on this monster are this:

*11:00 a.m. tapping at both locations and at these locations:

Cedar Rapids/Monticello
*Need Pizza
*Bricks Bar and Grill
*Jitney Wine Bar

Iowa City/Coralville/North Liberty
*The Mill
*Mosleys
*Blackstone
*Reds Alehouse
*30hop
*Pullman
*Shakespeares
*Club 76
*Jitney Wine Bar

Des Moines Area
*El Bait Shop
*Iowa Taproom
*Keg Stand
*Cellar Peanut Pub (Pella)
*BeerStyles

*22 oz bombers are for sale at both locations

*Distro for bombers hits market. 

 

Best of Iowa Beer (Part 2 of 2)

baron.jpgFinally, after a few weeks I’m finally getting back to finishing the Top Ten list that everyone’s been waiting for….(crickets)…..Anyway, with all the great things happening in the Iowa beer scene, every year making a list becomes that more difficult. There are so many breweries I would like to visit, and some I wish I could spend more time at. New Year’s Resolutions are always fun but sometimes get forgotten. I, however, will make one of my Resolutions happen…I will make it to some more Iowa breweries, I will continue supporting my local breweries, and I will continue supporting the Iowa Beer Community! Onto the final five!

backpocket*Backpocket 5th Anniversary Stout – many are hailing this as their Iowa Beer of the Year and it would be hard to argue. I thought I had missed out on this beer until a lunch trip to Backpocket Pilot Pub in downtown Cedar Rapids and to my astonishment, 5th Anniversary was still on the lines. After a Grinch-like smile, I went ahead and ordered one…..and then another….and then…kidding, only two but it totally lived up to the hype. If you still are sitting on bottle..you lucky bastard…

The deets:

12.3% ABV

Russian Imperial Stout

third base*Third Base Miserable in Mexico – I had this beer at the 2017 Brrr Fest (missing this year unfortunately) and was blown away. Jim has been making some great beers for a while now and has 3rd Base as an under the radar brewery.  Miserable and Mexico would have been the perfect beer to have these past few weeks in chilly-ass Iowa. Booziness from the bourbon, a bit of heat from the pepper and a ton of chocolate. Boozy Mexican hot chocolate..yes please! Well done Jim and 3rd Base!

The deets:

12.5% ABV

It all started when we put our “Endless Descent Into Ruin” imperial stout in a bourbon barrel and let it rest for 8 months. It emerged as “Miserable.” We then took Miserable and infused it with chocolate and chili peppers. Grown up Mexi Hot (Cold) chocolate

pulpi*Pulpit Rock Rechoncho – Another Brrr Fest 2017 beer and another imperial stout to add to my list. Another brew similar to a Mexico hot chocolate but with some added vanilla to it. Pulpit Rock has become a big time player in the Iowa beer game in a short amount of time and 2018 will be even bigger and better for them.

The deets:

12.2% ABV

Spanish for Pudgy – this decadent stout was brewed with Ancho and Chipotle chile peppers, cocoa, cinnamon, Mexican vanilla beans, & coffee.

barn town*Barn Town Brewery Pulp Non-Fiction – the new kid on the block has taken off pretty damn fast as a must try brewery! I finally got to visit and not only were the beers tasty but the food was excellent as well. Check out my write-up on Barn Town here: I was pleasantly surprised to this brew on tap at 30hop and have since seen some Barn Town pop up at a few other Eastern Iowa locations and hopefully we see them hit even more spots in 2018. A hazy, NE style juice bomb full of the murky, hoppy goodness!

The deets:

7%

A juicy & hazy NEIPA brewed with Simcoe, El Dorado & Citra. Roy-al-ly hopped!

lion bridge*Lion Bridge Majestic Beast – I’ve been a fan of all of Lion Bridge’s IPAs when released but it seems recently they’ve really upped their game. Dangler was delicious, they now have Triple IPA that’s been barrel-aged slightly and one that I hope that they bring back is Majestic Beast. A 7% IPA that is extremely drinkable made with a journey into Lupulin powderes. Lion Bridge continues to impress, in every beer style, in food, in what it means to be a local business. More of this please!

The deets:

7%

First foray into lupulin powders has produced this mirthful beverage. By using a hop with the green plant material removed we are only dry hopping a concentrated version of the aromatic oils found in eukanot and mosaic. Resinous and tropical; potent yet graceful.

There you have it! The list of Best of Iowa beers 2017. Chances are your list looks a bit different but that’s what makes drinking and trying local beer great! It was stressful, I’m sweating and need a beer. I also have to give a shout out to Nick Jubeck for creating the Iowa Beer Baron logo at the top of the post! Thanks man, check out and like his Facebook page by clicking here: Cheers to the breweries who make the beers, the restaurants and bars that serve them and cheers to 2018!