Hopocalypse Vol. 5, Blackberry Lemon Sour, and Detroit Style pizza all part of Big Grove Drive Thru this weekend!

A perfect weekend to watch some football (Go Bills!), sip on some suds and have a couple slices of pizza. Big Grove can’t take care of 2 of those 3 things for you with their offerings this weekend as the Drive Thru is back baby! Here are this weekend’s offerings:

BEER
Hopping into the tap lines and onto the shelves of Big Grove isย Hopocalypse Vol. 5ย ๐Ÿ‘พ In this first of three total rounds, we’re releasing a mixed four-pack that includes two 16oz cans ofย Baron von Taksย and two 16oz cans ofย Knockout and Crash.

Baron von Taks, a west coast double IPA brewed with Simcoe, pays respect to our beloved Brewery Operations Manager, Josh Seiler. He’s a stickler for the details and a no-nonsense fella, so don’t be messin’… ya hear?!

Knockout and Crash areย all-nonsense fellas. Wild card brewers, Matt Burkey and Lincoln Hackert are brought to life in 8-bit alter ego form in this Hazy Double IPA brewed with Simcoe. The battle waging between these two troublemakers and the Baron may be worthy of Christopher Nolan’s next blockbuster, honestly.

And because we stop at nothing to please… we are debuting an amazing new fruited sour this week,ย Blackberry Lemon Sour. With the perfect blend of sweet fruit flavors and sour lemon notes, it’s definitely a new favorite and we can’t wait to share it.

FOOD
Chef Ben is bringing back hisย Detroit-style Breakfast Pizzaย for the drive-thru (in Iowa City only)… order it by the slice withย sausageย orย vegetarianย and thank us later.

Food only in IC, but beers available in both Big Grove locations. Start your ordering by clicking HERE, cheers!

Beer Baron’s Top 10 Iowa Beers of 2020!

What a year it has been! With all that is going on our local breweries still put out a ton of amazing beers and this was the toughest “Top 10” I’ve had to come up with. As the year winds down, a heartfelt thank you to all the brewery/restaurant workers out there working their butts off to get us excellent beers and delicious food while trying to keep their businesses afloat. Keep supporting local people!

List criteria:
*Beer must have been released in 2020
*Iowa brewed only
*Annual releases not counted unless a new adjunct was added to the beer

I know that I’ve missed many, my goal in 2020 was to get to as many Iowa breweries as possible and I was able to get to many that I hadn’t been before and hopefully that trend continues in 2021. After you read my list I would love to hear what your Top 10 is this year! Follow me on twitter @iabeerbaron or join the Iowa Beer page on Facebook. Cheers to you all!

*Richard the Whale Vietnamese Coconut Coffee – 12.5% – the last few years of the Richard release, the golden ticket addition has added excitement but also even more creativity from the BG brewers and crew to up the ante every year to produce an amazing beer and this year was no different. The balance between the coffee and coconut blends perfectly with barrel and the vanilla rounds it out perfectly. A truly decadent and delicious beer. To quote Virginia Madsen from “Sideways”, “You know, the day you open a Richard the Whale Vietnamese Coconut Coffee….that’s the special occasion”.

Big Grove Richard the Whale Vietnamese Coconut Coffee

*Lion Bridge Off Grid – 6.6% – there may not be a better beer to showcase the trying year many people have faced in 2020. Off Grid was brewed after the derecho storm left many in the Cedar Rapids area without power, shelter, etc. Brewing with generator power, not only did Lion Bridge get beer to us, they gave us one of the best IPAs brewed in Iowa in 2020 and I hope we get a taste of it again in 2021….minus the derecho.

Lion Bridge Off Grid

*Barn Town Nelson Sauvin Neon – 6.5% – as Barn Town’s Neon is becoming more available in Eastern Iowa, it has certainly taken its place amongst my ever revolving beer fridge as a staple. However, Barn Town decided to showcase different hops in their popular IPA and after tasting Nelson Sauvin Neon, dare I say I want more of this version? I love Nelson hops and the addition of this adds a nice peppery finish to an already delicious citrus IPA.

*Lua Algorithm – 4% ABV – trips to Des Moines in the last year certainly have been more common to get some to go beers from many of the breweries in that area and one certain stop has been Lua. Lua’s lineup of beers range from wonderful pilsners, hoppy IPAs, BA stouts, and one their extremely popular Pushpop lineup of brews! There were many that I really enjoyed but Algorithm was the one that stood out to me most. The combo of orange, mango and peaches can be enjoyed any time of the day! Lua is currently doing curbside only for the foreseeable future so make sure you place an order with them and pick up some amazing beer and food!

*Clock House Peanut Panic Porter – 5.5% – Clock House has had an amazing year with their beer releases and with the addition of a canning line they can get us our favorites more efficiently and timely. Of all the beers I’ve had of theirs this year, (I think I’ve had them all), their Peanut Panic Porter stood out. I’m a huge porter fan, Founders Porter is still one of my all-time favorite beers, and when Clock House added peanuts to this beer I was sold. Now, this isn’t a overly sweet “peanut butter” beer, this is boiled raw peanuts and some added cocoa nibs making this one of the best porters I’ve had and definitely the best peanut porter I’ve ever had. Still on tap I believe, give it a shot!

*Big Grove HDTV – 9.2% – galaxy hops gone mad! Big Grove took their popular Color TV and added a bunch more galaxy hops to it to give us this baby! A wonderful welcome addition to Richard the Whale day, HDTV is not only delicious, but it’s deceptively drinkable coming in at 9.2%. You still may be able to find cans of this in the wild or certain bars (Club 76 has it on tap).

Big Grove HDTV

*Single Speed Barrel-Aged Double Donuts – 10% – aged in Cedar Ridge single malt whiskey barrels? Yes please! Single Speed took inspiration from their popular Zach’s Mexican Donuts, threw it in some amazing whiskey barrels and barrel-aged Double Donuts was born! Luckily I have a few cans left of this and I have every intention to sit by the fireplace and watch the snowstorm blow in tomorrow night and sip and enjoy this wonderful brew!

*Pulpit Rock Double Dave-O – 7.6% – I remember having this beer way back in January at Marquee Pizza in Coralville during their anniversary celebration. Marquee always did a great job getting Pulpit Rock on tap (Thanks Sam!) when many places couldn’t and I remember thinking that it’s going to be nice being able to visit here, have some great food and sip on some Pulpit beers…..things have changed a bit because of the pandemic but Pulpit sure has adapted to the changing times and have done an amazing job getting their cans available in certain locations around Eastern Iowa (Need Pizza + Reds Alehouse). Double Dave-O stood out because of the hop profile. Citra and mosaic, two of my favorites made this a quenching IPA leaving me wanting another one!

Pulpit Rock Double Dave-O

*Dimensional Imperial Cinna-Man Bun – 11.7% – there are some beers that you can be a little hesitant to order because you’ve already played it out in your head how it was going to taste. With this particular beer, I thought for sure it would be way too sweet for me with over the top cinnamon, admittedly I was completely wrong. Dimensional brought balance to a beer that could have gone the complete opposite direction, especially for a pastry stout. Another great fall/winter beer to sip on, wish I had some more of it!

Dimensional Imperial Cinna-Man Bun

*Clock House Sweet Innocence – 5.2% – 42 lbs of black cherries added to this kettle sour which made for a truly refreshing beer to sip on on hot ass August night in Iowa. This is a beer that I hope to see again during the warmer months and if you haven’t tried it, if Clock House does release it again, it’s worth the trip to Cedar Rapids!

Clock House Sweet Innocence

There is the list! It’s always fun to compile but never easy to narrow down! With such a trying year in the beer/restaurant industry it is amazing on how these breweries have adapted to keep their businesses alive and to also keep us stocked with beer. A huge cheers to all of them and I hope you continue to support your local brewery and businesses. I know I probably missed your favorite of the year so please let me know what your list looks like! Cheers!

Big Grove releasing “A Real Nice Surprise” 12/18!

I got the dates wrong on the original post! My bad! What is quickly becoming a favorite holiday IPA will be making its way back to our beer fridges just in time for the Xmas! Big Grove “A Real Nice Surprise” double NE IPA will be available the week of December 18th! Here’s more on this brew:

Our gift to you this holiday season, this hazy DIPA, packed with Simcoe, Idaho 7, Citra, and Mosaic is our hoppiest beer on record! This beer checks in at 9% ABV.

Also, if you missed out on HDTV from the Big Grove release I’ve seen it trickle into the wild so check your local liquor store to see if they got any. Cheers!

HDTV, Batch 1000 Barleywine + more coming from Big Grove for Richard the Whale Saturday release!

You knew Big Grove would be bringing their big guns for this Saturday’s Richard the Whale release as they always do. One of the most highly anticipated releases in Iowa beer is upon us and Big Grove has released more beers that will be available for this coming Saturday’s Richard party!

The fresh brews are brewed and Richard the Whale awaits your loving embrace alongside his pals this Saturday. No doubt about itโ€”this is our favorite weekend of the year:

*Batch 1000 Barleywine: this beer deserves its own release day honestlyโฃโฃ
*HDTV: when you make a bigger, badder of version of Color TV, you call it HDTVโฃโฃ
*Into the Woods: if more fruit couldโ€™ve possibly fit into this sour, we woulda done itโฃโฃ
*Minuteman: double the Citra, double the fun with a Big Grove west coast classicโฃโฃ

Tin Roost offering beer delivery on Black Wednesday! Featuring brews from Adventurous, Barn Town, Big Grove, Lua, and Pulpit Rock!

Tin Roost saves Thanksgiving!! An awesome idea from the North Liberty restaurant as they will be delivering beers directly to your doorstep on Wednesday, November 25th. Preorder will start Tuesday night. Here’s more from Tin Roost:

Alright, weโ€™re just going to drop this little teaser right here! Mark your calendars because you are not going to want to miss this one. Our online store is going live Tuesday, November 24th @ 11am. We collaborated with 5 of our best buds in the Iowa Brewing scene to put together one KILLER Thanksgiving Beer Pack. The BEST part? Weโ€™re going to drop it like itโ€™s hot directly on YOUR doorstep on Black Wednesday (contactless delivery, of course). Adventurous Brewing LLC. Barn Town Brewing. Big Grove Brewery. Lua Brewing. Pulpit Rock Brewing Company. More details with how to order and beer included coming soon. See you on Wednesday, November 25th with the fresh pack that’s gonna make your untappd buddies soooooooooooo jelly.

GIVE AWAY TIME! Iowa Beer Advent Calendar courtesy of Glyn Mawr Winery up for grabs!

What better way to ring in December than with your very own Iowa Beer advent calendar! I was lucky enough to take part in helping pick out some amazing Iowa beers to include in this awesome calendar made by Glyn Mawr Winery in Mount Vernon, IA and now you have a chance to get one for free! Here’s what you need to do:

*Visit Glyn Mawr’s Facebook post and respond to it with your favorite Iowa brewed beer and also tag and friend and you will automatically be entered. Visit their Facebook page by clicking HERE!

*Visit Glyn Mawr’s Instagram account and respond to the post with your favorite Iowa brewed beer and also tagging a friend. Click HERE to go to their Instagram account!

*Winner will be randomly drawn and notified. Proxies are allowed for pickup, just notify myself or the winery for that!

About the calendar: We tried to include as many different Iowa breweries as possible and also tried to include as many different styles of beer as possible. There are so many great beers being brewed and I think we have a great collection included in this calendar!

GIVEAWAY TIME!! ๐ŸบYou guys have BLOWN US AWAY with pre-orders, so we have decided to have a GIVEAWAY for one of our Craft Iowa Beer Advent Calendars! ($85 value!)๐ŸŽ„TO QUALIFY: COMMENT below with your favorite IOWA craft beer, and TAG a friend that might want to get in on one of our calendars before they sell out! ๐ŸบCheck out the list of breweries we have included: @clockhousebrewing, @fsbtaproom, @singlespeedbrewingco, @dimensionalbeer, @gezelligbrewing, @thewbrew, @biggrovebrewery, @tgbrews, @5ivecitiesbrewing, @reunionbrewery, @exilebrewingco, @backpocketbrewing, @sutliffcider, @lionbridgebrew, @iowabrewingco, @wilsonsorchardia We will pick a winner this weekend! It will be available to pick up 11/25, 11/27, or 11/28!๐Ÿบ๐ŸทALSO, we only have 10 CALENDARS LEFT, so get online and pre-order yours today!

Big Grove announces Richard the Whale 2020 release plans!

Dick the Whale returns!

Alright folks, make sure you read carefully because the people at Big Grove have carefully outlined a plan for everyone to have a chance for not only getting your hands on one of the best beers brewed in Iowa and its variants but to also have an opportunity to dine on some of the best food you’ll ever taste! Lot’s going on, read carefully, get excited, drink local, enjoy this awesome beer and food given to us by this amazing group of people! Spotted Richard???? I know this is a family friendly event but you can’t tell me a Richard the Whale Spotted Dick shirt isn’t a cash grab! Cheers everyone!

TICKETS ON SALE THIS WEDNESDAY! @ 10 a.m. for all of these options!

DINNER AND RICHARD

๐“๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐๐š๐ฒ, ๐ƒ๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ”:๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ๐ฉ๐ฆ-๐Ÿ—:๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ๐ฉ๐ฆ๐ˆ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐“๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ƒ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ
4-Pack of Bottles + Glass + 1 Richard Token, redeemable for any beer at any time. We are only offering 25 tickets to this interactive, omakase-style tasting dinner. We will reach out to you after your purchase to confirm your socially distanced table arrangement. Masks are required for each guest. The menu will be released at a later date. ($250 each)๐…๐ซ๐ข๐๐š๐ฒ, ๐ƒ๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ’ ๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ”:๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ๐ฉ๐ฆ-๐Ÿ—:๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ๐ฉ๐ฆ๐ˆ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐“๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ƒ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ
4-Pack of Bottles + Glass + 1 Richard Token, redeemable for any beer at any time. We are only offering 25 tickets to this interactive, omakase-style tasting dinner. We will reach out to you after your purchase to confirm your socially distanced table arrangement. Masks are required for each guest. The menu will be released at a later date. ($250 each)

BEER AND GOLDEN TICKET

๐’๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐๐š๐ฒ, ๐ƒ๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ“ ๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ•:๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐š๐ฆ
4-Pack of Bottles + Glass + 1 Richard Token, redeemable for any beer at any time. | Saturday, December 5 at 7am. Can be picked up at the Iowa City Bottomless Family Style Brunch, the Iowa City drive-thru, or the Solon Drive-thru. ($85 each)
๐’๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐๐š๐ฒ, ๐ƒ๐ž๐œ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐Ÿ“ ๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ•:๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐š๐ฆ
One Golden Ticket Richard the Whale | Saturday, December 5 at 7am. Can be picked up at the Iowa City Bottomless Family Style Brunch, the Iowa City drive-thru, or the Solon Drive-thru. ($40 each

FURTHER DEETS

All Release Party ticket holders will receive:
โ€ข Two (2) 375 mL bottles of 2020 Richard the Whale
โ€ข One (1) 375 mL bottle of 2020 with JBC Roasters Coffee
โ€ข One (1) 375 mL bottle of 2020 Spotted Richard
โ€ข One (1) 2020 Richard the Whale commemorative glassBottomless Family-Style Brunch | 7am-10am โ€ข $25 – purchase Saturday, December 5 on-site at the Iowa City location only
โ€ข Masks are required for each guest
โ€ข Menu released soon!
GOLDEN TICKET – Richard the Whale Vietnamese Coconut Coffee (500 mL)We decided to make everything a little simpler this yearโ€” so we are selling our Golden Ticket online this year. Better get them fast because they wonโ€™t last long! Golden Ticket beer: Richard the Whale Vietnamese Coconut Coffee (500 mL). As in year’s past, we will be loading up our tap lines with some very special beers, including 2020 Richard the Whale, Richard variants, and surprises. For those that came to last year’s release event, expect a similar day of drinking, laughter, and good cheer.
SCHEDULE FOR THE EVENT:7am – Doors open to Big Grove Brewery & Taproom (Iowa City). Drive-thru is available at Iowa City and Solon locations. 7am – Brunch experience and Drive-thru begins, 4-pack pick-up10am – Brunch party, Drive-thru, and ticketed event ends11am – Regular food menu available and Big Grove is open to the publicAll-day – Enjoy a beer with your friends and the Big Grove brewersADDITIONAL INFORMATION: โ€ข We will be maintaining our social distancing guidelines. Please wear your mask and help us stay safe. โ€ข There will be no overnight lines. You may enter our waitlist starting at 6am. We ask that once your name is placed on the list, you can wait in your car or around one of our social distanced firepits. You will receive a text message when your table is ready. โ€ข One Golden Ticket bottle per person. โ€ข All Ticket holders must bring a valid photo ID. โ€ข Ticket holders must be 21 years of age or older at the time of purchasing the Ticket. โ€ข Proxy bottle pickups can begin to pick up at 7am. โ€ข Pre-Sale ticket holders may pick up their bottles between 7am and 10am during the event. โ€ข Please have your order number ready. We will be checking individuals off our list. โ€ข Please do not bring open bottles into the taproom. โ€ข There will be no overnight lines. You may enter our waitlist starting at 6am. We ask that once your name is placed on the list, you can wait in your car or around one of our socially distanced firepits. You will receive a text message when your table is ready.

Great Iowa Beer Festival Category Vote: Stouts

This category of stouts will not include imperial/barrel aged/pastry/adjunct except coffee! Those will be broken down into another category down the road! Thanks to everyone who has participated in the voting and to the brewer’s making the beer! Cheers!

Stout is a dark, top-fermented beer with a number of variations, including dry stout, oatmeal stout, milk stout. The first known use of the word stout for beer was in a document dated 1677 found in the Egerton Manuscripts, the sense being that a “stout beer” was a strong beer, not a dark beer.

Great Iowa Beer Festival Category Vote: Hazy/New England Sytle IPA

From BA: NEIPA is essentially an unfiltered IPA or Double IPA thatโ€™s been aggressively hopped. Appearance ranges from slightly hazy or cloudy to opaque or muddy. Dry-hopping, the use of high-protein grains (flours, flaked oats, wheat), certain yeast strains, water chemistry, CO2 levels, and other techniques may also contribute to the beerโ€™s haze and mouthfeel. But the overall goal is typically a hazy, juicy IPA packed with fruity and floral flavors

Big Grove “Oktoberfest” beer dinner set for Thursday, October 22nd!

I’m a little late to the party on this event, but get your tickets to this years Big Grove “Oktoberfest”! The Iowa City location will be hosting this event, below are the details and the only thing I see missing from the event is a good old fashioned “slap off”! Chad Young v. Kent Ball anyone?

Here are the details:

Dust off the lederhosen! The chefs and brewers of Big Grove are coming together for a one-night-only, German beer dinner in Iowa City ๐Ÿป Throughout this five-course meal, prepared by our award-winning chefs, we’ll celebrate our very own Oktoberfest with socially distant games and good times. We’ll have hammerschlagen (each table gets its own hammer), stein holding contests, and maybe even a lil’ yodle-ay-hee-hoo!Each guest will receive their own Big Grove stein and a complimentary pour of their Big Grove lager of choice. The menu will be released closer to the event date.Tables are available in groups of 4 ($200), 6 ($300), or 8 ($400). Guests will be spaced throughout the taproom and patio areas in their groups of 4, 6, or 8.Any questions regarding table sizes, please email events@biggrovebrewery.com