How does this pertain to the Iowa beer scene? Well, JBC are the coffee roasters that Big Grove uses for their Coffee Richard the Whale brew. Here’s a link to the article or it is quoted below. Awesome achievement!
Forbes ranks Madison coffee roaster as one of 12 best in the nationBy Jeff Dahdah Wisconsin
Forbes has ranked Madison-based JBC Coffee Roasters as one of the 12 best coffee roasters in the U.S.
“The pioneering Johnson family continues to set the coffee bar high in Madison, Wisconsin, always nailing the roast,” the article says about JBC.
Michael Johnson, part owner of JBC, said he was honored to be listed as one of the nation’s best.
“It just really feels good to be recognized for all the hard work that team has put forth in carrying out high grade and try to evaluate the coffee service around Wisconsin.” Johnson said.
The exposure has been good for business. Johnson said there’s been a steady stream of new people coming in to try the coffee.
With just five people working to perfectly pick, roast and brew the coffee, the company said it means a lot to them that people notice the care they put into the drink.
“We’re always trying to up our game to the next level and it feels great to be recognized,” said Danny Fallon, JBC’s brand ambassador.
JBC has been recognized in the past as one of the best small coffee makers in the nation by CNN’s Fortune Magazine. It’s also a two-time Good Food Award Winner.
Abu Nawas will be supplying our shelves with some outstanding beers in the coming week like they always do. That Evil Twin/Westbrook collab sounds mighty interesting! Here’s what they be bringing this week!
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- Irish-ish Coffee Stout 16oz CAN – Imperial Stout, Bailey’s style, brewed with Lactose, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Coffee, & Toasted Oak Spirals. 10.3% ABV
- Hot Toddy-ish 16oz CAN – Barley-Wine brewed with Honey, Lemon, & Cinnamon. 10% ABV.
- Even More JCs 16oz CAN – Affogato-style Imp Stout. 13% ABV.
- Even More Pecan Pie Jesus 16oz CAN – Twist on Even More Jesus, Imperial stout brewed with molasses and pecan. 12% ABV.
- I Always Felt Closer To IPAs Than I Did To People 16oz CAN. Double dry hopped with tons of tasty Galaxy, Citra, Simcoe and Falconer‘s Flight, Hazy NE-IPA 7.5% ABV.
- The Check Please 12oz CAN – collab with Blank Brewing; Double Dry-Hopped Black IPA. 7% ABV.New Evil Twin Draft!
- This IPA is Kind of a Big Deal 1/2 bbl Keg – Double Dry-Hopped DIPA brewed with Raw Wild Honey. 10% ABV Limited Release!
- This IPA is Kind of a Big Deal 1/6 bbl Keg – Double Dry-Hopped DIPA brewed with Raw Wild Honey. 10% ABV
- The Pure & Simple IPA is Rarely Pure and Never Simple 1/2 bbl Keg – Hazy NE-Style Double Dry-Hopped Session IPA. 4.5% ABV Limited Release!
- The Pure & Simple IPA is Rarely Pure and Never Simple 1/6 bbl Keg – Hazy NE-Style Double Dry-Hopped Session IPA. 4.5% ABV
- Øl Dorado 1/6 bbl – Double El Dorado Dry-Hopped IPA 7% ABV. Limited Release!
- Poetry is What Gets Lost in Translation 1/2 bbl Keg – Fresh batch and the latest in the Erase & Rewind IPA series brewed at Westbrook, hopped with Moteuka, Idaho 7, & Citra. 7% ABV. VERY LIMITED Release!!
- Saigon Selfie Scooter 1/6 bbl KEG – Imperial Stout brewed with Vietnamese Coffee. This Vietnamese-Style Coffee Stout is inspired by the popular Vietnamese coffee drink called “Ca Phe Sua Da” (cah–fe sah dah). It’s a thick and decadent brew just like a coffee milkshake and contains brown sugar and cream extract 11% ABV. Limited Release!
- Westbrook/Evil Twin OFYMD 1/6 bbl Keg. Piña Colada Imp Stout. 12.8% ABV.
New Evil Twin Cans:
This IPA is Kind of a Big Deal 16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped DIPA brewed with Raw Wild Honey. 10% ABV Limited Release!
The Pure & Simple IPA is Rarely Pure and Never Simple 16oz CAN – Hazy NE-Style Double Dry-Hopped Session IPA. 4.5% ABV Limited Release!
Øl Dorado 16oz CAN – Double El Dorado Dry-Hopped IPA 7% ABV. Limited Release!
Poetry is What Gets Lost in Translation 16oz CAN – Fresh batch and the latest in the Erase & Rewind IPA series brewed at Westbrook, hopped with Moteuka, Idaho 7, & Citra. 7% ABV. VERY Limited Release!
Saigon Selfie Scooter 16oz CAN – Imperial Stout brewed with Vietnamese Coffee. This Vietnamese-Style Coffee Stout is inspired by the popular Vietnamese coffee drink called “Ca Phe Sua Da” (cah–fe sah dah). It’s a thick and decadent brew just like a coffee milkshake and contains brown sugar and cream extract 11% ABV. Limited Release!
G is for Grapefruit 16oz CAN – Gose brewed with Grapefruit. 4.5% ABV.
Cranberry Saus Baus 16oz CAN – IPA brewed with oat, vanilla, cranberry puree and lactose. 7.8% ABV. Just in time for the Season. Limited Release!
Westbrook/Evil Twin OFYMD 16oz CAN – Piña Colada Imp Stout. 12.8% ABV.
This coming Saturday, Dec. 22nd, Iowa Brewing Company will be releasing their Barrel-aged Oja and variants. Below are the deets for this event. Cheers!
BARREL AGED OJA RELEASE INFO
Doors open at 11am on Saturday, December 22nd.
German Chocolate Cake Oja: 375ml bottle, $13, two per person.
Rye Barrel Aged Oja: 375 ml bottle, $10 each, one per person.
Available on Draft:
German Chocolate Cake Oja – $8 6oz pour (half tulip)
Rye Barrel Aged Oja – $7 6oz pour (half tulip)
Bottle shares will be allowed in line, please line up at our patio door and keep any open containers inside the patio.
Parking: There is free street parking surrounding the brewery, as well as parking ramps within walking distance. Please do not park in the YMCA parking lot across the street.
Big Grove brewery will be releasing a new New England style IPA to the mix on December 22nd as “A Real Nice Surprise” will be a brewery only release! Doors open at 10:00 a.m!
Lion Bridge Brewery out of Cedar Rapids will be canning what looks like 5 new beers this coming January during their “Barrel-Aged January” and they all sound terrific. Coming off hot releases of Spice Must Flow and Majestic Beast, they will be canning their popular Gazprom, Home Baked, Disaster at Maui, Beer at Work, and then a secret release beer that they are teasing. Here’s more on these new canned brews:
*Gazprom!: Every January this is a highly anticipated beer release in the state of Iowa and Lion Bridge just made it even better buy offering it in 4 pack cans. In the past Gazprom! checked in at around 12% ABV and will probably be right around that mark again. I’m super excited for this one as this is one of my favorites.
*Beer at Work: Another hazy IPA that’s going to be brewed with Vic Secret and Ella hops.
*Disaster at Maui: what sounds like their popular Disaster at the Meux base that will have the addition of coconut, cacao nibs, and coffee. Sounds like the perfect dessert for me!
*Home Baked: another imperial stout coming to cans that is brewed with hazelnut, cinnamon, cocoa nibs, and everyone’s favorite ingredient…love!
And the fifth would be the super secret release which will no doubt but just as good as the rest. Barrel-Aged January is coming soon folks, I hope to see you down at Lion Bridge sipping on some greatness. A special thank you to Lion Bridge for making the month of January in Iowa much more tolerable because of your wonderful beer releases.
This is always a fun but difficult list to compile. Looking back at 2018 Iowa breweries all over the state have made some fantastic beers this year and continue to do so, as we as consumers are very lucky to have such excellent brewers in our state.
Living in Eastern Iowa it has been great to be able to get Big Grove, Lion Bridge, SingleSpeed, and Reunion in cans to go along with the great beers that are already available. I’m sure 2019 will be just as, if not better than 2018 in the year of Iowa beer.
For my list, these are beers that had to have been released in 2018. There are many that I didn’t try, so if your favorite didn’t make the list, my bad, chances are I didn’t get around to trying it. I would love to hear your favorites of 2018. All 10 of these have the chance to be awarded the most prestigious award a brewery can get: The Iowa Beer of the Year Award. GABF, eat your heart out. Beer of the Year will be awarded in my next post! Here we go:
**Big Grove Big Ed 7.8%– this one was a no doubter for me. I was stoked when they released and I’ll be stoked every time they re-release. A case or two every time for me please Big Grove. This juicy double IPA is one of Iowa’s best and is worth seeking out and is a challenger for Iowa Beer of the Year!
**Toppling Goliath Term Oil Maple Cakes – a quick trip to Decorah (which is never a bad thing) and my first trip to TG’s new spot allowed me a pour of this delicious beer. A bourbon barrel aged stout with maple. Absolutely delicious and a perfect breakfast beer!
**Pulpit Rock Seriously Bro’?6.1% – Marquee Pizza celebrated their 1 year anniversary with a terrific taplist that included two beers brewed by Pulpit Rock especially for this anniversary; one of which was Seriously Bro? a milkshake IPA. While, I’m a little behind on the milkshake IPA craze, this one was packed with orange zest and a hint of vanilla. Delicious!
**Lion Bridge Brewing Tidbits –6.7%– this beer was my summer staple. A delicious pale ale brewed with unfermented pineapple led to a tropical and refreshing beer to enjoy in the midwest heat all summer long. I hope to see this one again this summer!
**Barn Town Pink Guava Massacre – 4.6% ABV -between this and Little Drippy from Dimensional for my favorite two Iowa sours of the year. Guava in a beer just works so damn good and with this sour it was spot on. Luckily, a few places in Eastern Iowa got some bottles of this so I was able to indulge. Well done Barn Town, keep this one coming!
**Lion Bridge Spice Must Flow 8% ABV – this is the perfect beer for me in the fall and winter months in Iowa. Maple Syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg added to a black ale screams cold weather drinking! Lion Bridge added this in cans which made for an easy taste by walking my ass to the fridge.
**Pulpit Rock Koffee and Doughnuts 6.8% ABV – breakfast in glass is served. Pulpit took their Pour Over porter and added a shit load of donuts to it and you have a Koffee and Doughnuts. Hope this one pops back up again as this was delicious.
**Big Grove Richard the Whale Macaroon 10% ABV – their Richard base with the addition of toasted coconut and almonds…this beer blew me away and I couldn’t wait to get another glass. Big Grove has had an amazing year and their beers have been fantastic. This one might have topped them all though!
**Dimensional A Little Drippy – 5.5% ABV – the new kid on the block came out with a bang and has made some terrific beers and these guys are just going to keep getting better. I enjoyed every beer I had at Dimensional but A Little Drippy just hit on all cylinders. Once again guava got the taste buds and the addition of passion fruit and mango make this one damn fine sour!
**Big Grove Color TV – 7.8% ABV – a double dry hopped hazy IPA that lets the galaxy hop shine. Another winner by Big Grove and hopefully another beer that they will make again….and again. Looking forward to what these guys have in store for 2019!