Clock House releasing “Integrity Wheat” on April 15th!

A refreshing wheat beer will be coming from Clock House brewing this Friday as they prepare to release “Integrity Wheat” using locally grown wheat and locally milled malt! Here’s more on this beer courtesy of Clock House’s Facebook page:

Integrity Wheat: Bursting with Blood Orange flavors, our newest Wheat Beer is ready for warmer days. Integrity Wheat is brewed with locally grown Iowa Wheat and Genie Vienna Malt from Miller Malting Co in Cascade Iowa. At Miller Malting Co they are passionate about creating a solid connection with sustainable growers for the best quality grain possible, ultimately producing the best brews! They take pride in empowering the local farmer to explore other growing opportunities right here in Iowa.

Available on draft, and in growlers to go.

Clockhouse “I Know Jack” NE IPA releasing April 8th! Proceeds to the “I Know Jack” Cancer Awareness Foundation!

When local breweries/restaurants get involved in raising awareness for non-profits, it sure makes your heart full. Clockhouse Brewing continues this wonderful tradition as they have teamed up with the “I Know Jack” foundation to raise awareness for cancer patients and their families. Let’s drink this beer, let’s keep this fight going…here’s more from Clockhouse:

We’re very excited to announce we recently teamed up with the I Know Jack Foundation and brewed a delicious NEIPA to help spread awareness and raise funds for this incredible local non-profit.
By raising funds, they support cancer patients and their families through survivorship.
We are collaborating to help further their goal to raise awareness about cancer, support those affected by cancer, assist with cancer research, and improve the survivor’s quality of life.
We understand that cancer affects the entire family and that it takes a community to beat cancer.
With that in mind we be donating a part of the proceeds of I Know Jack NEIPA back to the foundation.
I Know Jack NEIPA is dry-hopped with Azacca, Nelson, and Strata which leaves notes of white wine, lemon peel, and citrus. Available in 16oz 4-packs, growlers, and draft.

Clock House bringing back “Java Gypsy” with 2 variants on March 11th!

A personal favorite makes it’s return as Java Gypsy is coming back to Clock House with a two variants available! Release is on March 12th, here’s more from Clock House:

JAVA GYPSY is back on Friday March 11th. And this year we brewed up something special for you! We brewed not 1 but 2 specialty brews for you, featuring our friends from @roasterscoffeehiawatha and @roastedonross .

For the first variant we decided to team up with Roasters Coffee House in Hiawatha! One of our favorite beans from them in the past has been their medium roast Caramel Pecan. If you can remember way back to our very first coffee porter (yes the one without a name) we actually used this flavored bean to craft that delicious brew. These beans provide very strong notes of pecan and sweet caramel that meld together in perfect harmony.

We teamed up with Ross Street Roasting Co and ordered a variety of their delicious offerings. After cold steeping three types of beans we were blown away by the results. All three were unique and delicious. It was hard to select our favorite from the group! After much thought and consideration we decided on their Bohemian Gothic. This bean gave our porter notes of chocolate and subtle smoke without coming across bitter. We’re excited to release this delicious offering! Be sure to look for their beans in stores.

We will be selling mixed 4-packs for $14. And each volume will be available on draft as well.

Coco Suenos: The Perfect Beer for the Girl Scout Caramel Delite Lover!

Yesterday, Clock House Brewing released two new beers in their taproom. One of those beers happened to come at a time when we all just dropped a paycheck on multiple boxes of Girl Scout cookies…and my favorite Girl Scout cookie is now in beer form thanks to Clock House….BEHOLD…..Coco Suenos!!!

Coco Suenos is a imperial stout loaded with who knows how many packages of caramel delite cookies, caramel, chocolate, and coconut! Let’s dive into this delicious brew!

AROMA
The nose is straight up cookies…caramel, chocolate, a bit of coconut…when the nose hits like this it’s hard to let the beer sit to about room temp, so I had to sneak in a quick sip!

APPEARANCE
Motor oil black, you can tell that the mouthfeel was going to be dense compared to some. Lots of lacing on the glass.

TASTE
All the flavors of the cookies shine…caramel, chocolate, coconut compliment the booze nicely. Let it warm a bit and you get all the flavors. It’s sweet, but not overly, that was an initial worry. Well-balanced, the mouthfeel was viscous. I like a thicker stout and this one surely is. Definitely a decadent stout worth seeking.

OVERALL
If you get a chance, don’t miss out. Only on tap at the Clock House brewery in Cedar Rapids. This is one worth seeking and sipping and enjoying. Definitely a beer to start my best of 2022 list with and I hope you give it a try and enjoy it! Cheers!

Clock House releasing “Coco Suenos” and “Grape XXtreme” Tuesday, Feb. 15th!

Two big releases coming from Clock House Brewing this Tuesday! A stout and a sour will be hitting the tap lines as Coco Suenos and Grape XXtreme will be released when the doors open! These are both draft only so get there and get a taste! Here’s more on both beers courtesy of Clock House’s Facebook page:

Bring your date on Tuesday February 15th for this draft only release!

Coco Sueños: Inspired by our favorite girl scout cookie. We boiled this monster 13.1% Imperial Stout for 14 hours then added Caramel DeLite cookies, caramel, chocolate, and coconut!

This Tuesday, February 15th along with Coco Suenos we will be releasing Grape XXtreme!

The very first of our experimental XXtreme series. We added 15 lbs of grape nerds, Lulo Fruit puree and our base kettle sour to craft something xxtremely ridiculous. Grape candy in liquid form! This will be a draft only release

Clock House releasing “Live, Laugh, Beer” kettle sour on 2/11!

Looking for something to get that special someone for Valentine’s Day? How about some beer? Even if you’re not in the Valentine’s mood you still will be able to enjoy Clock House Brewing’s latest kettle sour coming our way on Friday, February 11th! Here’s more on this release from the brewery:

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this fruited kettle sour is brewed with love along with dark cherry, coconut, and marshmallow fluff.

Available on draft and in 16oz 4-Packs

Clock House releasing CH Kolsch this Friday! 2/4

An old historical beer style that originated in Cologne, Germany; the Kölsch is a top fermented ale that ages for weeks at cold temperatures to replicate a lager. Our take on this style features locally crafted Pilsner Malt from Sugar Creek in Indiana. This premium malt creates a very clean, delicate base that allows the hops and fruity esters to shine. Bittered with Tettnang, a German noble hop that is very traditional and idigenous from the Saaz group. Thus providing subtle floral and herbal notes that can be found throughout the beer.Available in 16oz 4-packs, growlers, and draft.

Clock House releasing “Valley Gurl” sour this Friday, 1/28!

Let your mind drift to warmer days ahead as you sip on the latest release coming to us from Clock House Brewing this Friday, January 28th as they are releasing “Valley Gurl” sour! Here’s more on this beer courtesy of Clock House’s Facebook page:

Valley girls love it, don’t be ashamed if you do too! After over a year and a half in the waiting, we decided to bring back this highly requested sour! Brewed with Lemons, Raspberries, Strawberries, and lemonade mix to resemble an ice cold pink lemonade!Available in 16oz 4-packs and on draft.

Beer Baron’s Top 10 of 2021!

Another year in the books, and like every year since I’ve been doing this blog and releasing my Top 10 I was once again blown away by the amazing beers that our Iowa brewers and their staff have made for us this year! Not only that, the resiliency shown by breweries/restaurants/bars during the past few years cannot be overlooked and huge thank you to all service industry workers! Cheers to you! Onto the TOP 10!
LIST CRITERIA
*Beer must have been brewed in Iowa
*Beer must have been released in 2021
*Annual releases not counted unless a new adjunct had been added to that particular beer

Like every list, I know opinions will differ and I’m looking forward to reading what your top 10 list was for this year! Once again, so many beers, so little time, and I know I wasn’t able to even scratch the surface as to the beers I wanted to try!

**Big Grove Richard the Whale Chocolate Coconut Cake– – this year’s “Golden Ticket” beer during the Richard the Whale release, and like every year, it does not disappoint. Chocolate and coconut shine as this is wonderfully balanced, great for any time of the day, another win for Big Grove with this beer!

**Lion Bridge Silvia – Farmhouse ales are a style that goes overlooked and thankfully is making their way back to some breweries, and Lion Bridge not only made a great one, but possibly my favorite beer of the year. It was a perfect accompaniment to the Thanksgiving dinner table..not just one bottle either…If you’re a saison/farmhouse ale fan this is one to definitely try!

**Pulpit Rock Island Life – first enjoyed on a guy’s trip to Decorah and was blown away by the wonderful tropical flavor this beer brought. Maybe the setting had a lot to do with it, but I’m pretty sure it’s just a great beer to drink!

**Gezellig Long Story Short – 4.9%– smoothie sours/seltzers were all the rage in the beer world this past year and Iowa breweries sure made a whole lot of good ones. One of my favorites comes from the lovely folks in Newton, Iowa at Gezellig. Strawberry starbursts and pomegranate helped make this a flavor packed brew!

**Lua Brewing Dawn – 13.5% – part of last year’s “Resolution” I set for myself was trying to make it to Central and Western Iowa more often to taste what the breweries are pushing out there, especially the ones that don’t get much distro to Eastern Iowa..I kind of failed in that endeavor, however, I did get to Des Moines a few times and was able to procure some Lua brews! One that really stood out was this imperial stout. Coffee and a hint of vanilla make this decadent brew stand out, and hides that ABV very well! Looking forward to more from Lua in 2022!

**Clock House Brewing Barrel Aged Peanut Panic Porter – 12% – the base beer was one of my favorites in 2020 and then adding it to barrels and resting it on peanuts, cocoa nibs, and vanilla really added more depth to an already wonderful beer. The misconception from some was that this was a peanut “butter” beer, not the case, straight up peanuts and the balance of the flavors comes through remarkably!

**Adventurous Easy Peel (triple dry hopped Mosaic)- 8.3% – the 2nd Easy Peel I’ve had this year and I think the Mosaic barely beats out the El Dorado for me. Both very good and the combo of the mosaic hops and cryo mosaic hops really stands out. Excellent beer, any of the Easy Peel beers from Adventurous would be a safe bet!

**Lion Bridge Percussive Maintenance Macaroon – 11% – Chocolate and coconut paired with a great barrel is hard to go wrong and Lion Bridge balances this beer perfectly. There are some beers that you’ll always remember opening and pouring and this is definitely one of those for me. One to sip on yourself or share with someone you care about….a moment making beer for sure! One of the best of the year!

**Lua Pushpop: Because My Heart is in Iowa – Lua Pushpops can be hard to come by if you live in Eastern Iowa, luckily they sometimes drop a few beers off at Tin Roost in North Liberty to get us a taste here in Eastern Iowa. Mango and cherry beer, super thick and delicious. Lua dominated the slushie/sour landscape in the beer world! A trip to Des Moines in needed soon!

**Dimensional You Down with OCP – 13.1% – Pastry stouts can be hit and miss with me. Many are too sweet for my liking, and the adjuncts are too dominate over the base beer, but not with this one…Dimensional added 100 lbs each of oatmeal cream pies, oatmeal cookies, and toasted coconut to this big beer and it worked wonderfully. Not too sweet at all, in fact, if the 13.1% wouldn’t drop me I could easily see myself sipping on glass #2 letting the beer warm me up in the Iowa winter!