Big Grove Releasing “Morgan Horse” barrel-aged maple imperial stout on 4/20! + 3 others!

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Big news from Big Grove this week as they prep to release “Morgan Horse” barrel-aged maple imperial stout on April 20th along with 3 variants of that brew. With that, they will be releasing “Color TV”, their double dry hopped New England style IPA as well. Both Big Grove locations will be participating in the release. Hope to see you there, check below for more info!

If you’re a fan of our Richard the Whale parties—or fond of fun parties in general—here we go again! Saturday, April 20 is the release of our new Barrel-Aged Maple Imperial Stout, Morgan Horse + 3 AWESOME variants.

Joining Morgan Horse at the party is the second coming of Color TV, our Double Dry Hopped New England Style IPA brewed with galaxy hops. Arrive early for brunch and stick around for what will be an all-day party. 9:00AM Doors Open. Free coffee for anyone in line.

No tickets required. This event will be hosted at both the Iowa City Taproom and Solon Brewpub. More info to be released in the coming weeks. Thanks for the support!

Local/Small Iowa Breweries Need Your Support Now! Please Read!

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Tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. an Iowa bill, HSB 210, will be presented that will greatly impact where us, as Iowans can purchase our favorite Iowa made beer. The bill that could greatly affect almost every brewery in the state of Iowa states:

HouseStudyBill210-BY(PROPOSED COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE BILL BY CHAIRPERSON CARLSON)A BILL FOR An Act concerning alcoholic beverage control,relating to:
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limitations on business interests of certain manufacturers,
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wholesalers and retailers of alcoholic beverages.
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BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:

So, in essence this bill that may be passed unless people step up, email and voice their concern to the subcommittee, will affect how we get our beer in this possible way:

I live 10 minutes from Big Grove in Solon. I love being that close and I’m there multiple times a week, however, if this bill passes, we wouldn’t be able to get anything that is brewed in the Iowa City Big Grove location at the Big Grove Solon location. So, going to Iowa City would mean no BGB IPA, Easy Eddy, Arms Race and many other fantastic beers. This also means that any place partner owners of Big Grove are partner owners elsewhere, those other locations wouldn’t be allowed to sell Big Grove beers. So, no Big Grove beers at Reds Alehouse, Pullman, St. Burch, etc. Also, if multiple breweries are owned, they would be limited to produced 10,000 bbls.

Big Grove is just my local example of how they would be affected. Chances are you have a local brewery being affected as well. Help those who get us our wonderful beer, and shoot an email or make a call to the following to voice your concern:

*Gary Carlson (R-Dist. 91) Gary.Carlson@legis.iowa.gov
*John Jacobsen (R-Dist. 22) Jon.Jacobsen@legis.iowa.gov
*Amy Nielsen (D-Dist. 77) Amy.Nielsen@legis.iowa.gov
*Senator Jake Chapman (Dist. 10-Dallas, Guthrie, Adair Counties)
jake.chapman@legis.iowa.gov
*Senator Amy Sinclair (R-Dist. 14-Knoxville and to the SW)
amy.sinclair@legis.iowa.gov
*Senator Jim Lykam (D-Dist. 45-Davenport) 
jim.lykam@legis.iowa.gov

Get those emails to them by 8:30 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday 2/27) and support our local breweries. Please help stopping this bill.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Dessert Stout latest Sugar Bottom Release from Big Grove

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Big Grove will be releasing their latest beer from their Sugar Bottom series as Chocolate Covered Cherry Dessert stout will be available on February 13th! Here’s more on this release and other goings on at Big Grove:

Looking for a spot to to bring the ones you love this week? Big Grove has you covered! (chocolate covered that is 😉)

Wednesday the 13th marks our next release in the Sugar Bottom Series, ‘Chocolate Covered Cherry’ dessert stout! Snag a bottle to share will your gal pals or your partner! 😍
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We will have food specials too!

Risotto with Poached Lobster, Beef Tenderloin, and a dessert you won’t want to miss!

Specials will run all week starting on the 13th until they are gone!

Mosley’s hosting BBQ+Beer Dinner with Big Grove Brewery on Jan. 22nd!

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Mosleys BBQ and Provisions will be hosting a BBQ and Beer dinner with Big Grove Brewery on January 22nd! More info below:

BBQ+Beer Dinner is set for Jan. 22 with our friends from pairing brews with our finest barbecue over 4 courses. Tickets are $40 and they’ll go fast—reserve your seat by emailing mosleysic@gmail.com.

Food and beer pairings will be:

*Burch the Bear paired w/ smoked Ham hocks
*Quick n’Dirty w/ stuffed pork loin
*Blood Orange Arms Race w/beef rib
*Espresso Imperial Stout paired with pecan diamonds & bourbon whip.

Iowa Beer Baron’s Iowa Beer of the Year: Big Grove Macaroon Richard

big groveAs we countdown the hours until 2018 is behind us and we ring in 2019, it’s time to name my 2018 Iowa Beer of the Year. So many wonderful brews came to us from our local breweries across the state that it made this a challenging task. In fact, I had a hard time narrowing my list of 10 for new Iowa beers of the year…which you can see if you click here.  So…without further ado, my Iowa Beer of the Year is…..

 

 

Big Grove Macaroon Richard!!

Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels, featuring organic toasted coconut & almonds.

The Richard the Whale release of 2018 was a very memorable experience. The line of guys waiting to get in and sharing beers with everyone, the wonderful food, the great conversation, and of course….the beer.

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I was expecting coffee to be my favorite just because I love coffee in barrel aged stouts. Macaroon was a bonus to get the others and then I went ahead and tried it on tap….BLOWN AWAY!!! The nose, creaminess, sweet but not over the top/coconut sugar sweet and the nuttiness from the almonds meshed so damn good together that I needed to have another glass…and then another one that night at the Solon location, and then another for lunch the next day…well, you get it, I really loved this beer and that is why it is my 2018 Iowa Beer of the Year winner! Congrats Big Grove and I’m looking forward to the 2019 Richard release!

 

 

Forbes Magazine Names JBC Roasters out of Madison one of 12 best in nation!

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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 nation

By 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.

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