Clock House Brewing in Cedar Rapids will be releasing a new sour this Friday, April 9th @ 3p.m. “Last Tango Mango” gose will be coming our way on tap, in cans, and in growler fills! This gose style will have mango, lime, and Himalayan pink salt! Follow updates from Clock House’s Facebook page here and reading more below!
Whoever said it takes two to tango? There’s no shame in stopping down solo this Friday, April 9th as we release a new Mango Margarita inspired sour.Last Tango Mango is a 6.5% Gose brewed with loads of mango, a touch of lime, and Himalayan pink sea salt. This beer reminds us of warm weather and drinking margs beachside in the sun!Available in cans, growlers, and on tap. Cans will be able to be purchased through our website on the day of the release
Another tasty sounding sour coming our way from Clock House brewing this coming Friday, April 2nd! “Orange XXplosion” will be the second release of their XXplosion series! Here’s more from the brewery:
The second variant of our XXplosion series features a trio of orange citrus fruits including: Tangerine, Cara Cara Orange, and Southern Hemisphere Oranges. Thus, creating a complex plethora of flavor that XXplodes out the glass. Enjoy this crushable juice around the table during brunch or outside on warm sunny day. We’re talking Vitamin C all day long baby!Available on draft and in cans. No growler fills due to limited supply.Release date: Friday, April 2nd at 3 PM.
Clock House is back at with another release! This Friday they will be releasing “Morning Nitecap” coffee sour! This will be a draft only release at the brewery, here are the details for this:
We love pushing the boundaries of innovation. For this small project we partnered up with Dash coffee roasters to create a simple but complex sour. We infused a small portion of our sour base with carefully selected Kenyan coffee that was roasted on the lighter side. Thus accentuating the tropical fruit character of this particular bean. We chose this bean alongside with our friends because we felt it paired well with our already fruit forward sour base. We then added vanilla to marry the coffee and beer together. Creating a very complex yet familiar character. Roasty nose, with a tropical sweet mid palate, and a familiar coffee aftertaste.Draft Only Release on Friday, March 5th at 3 PM.
Clock House will be bringing back the delicious double New England IPA, Witches be Trippin’ back to tap lines and in cans on March 11th! Here’s more from Clock House:
The witches have returned with their signature Double NEIPA potion. This hazy, juicy, witch is flippin’ trippin’. Double dry hopped with loads of Azacca, Idaho 7, Citra, and Mosaic. Intense mango and tropical melon rounded off with a savoring sweet finish.Available in cans/growlers, and on tap
Clock House Brewing is introducing their “Classified Hop Series” and the first two releases will be this Friday! Here’s more info on these new releases courtesy of Clock House’s Facebook page:
Come join us this Friday as we release two new juicy NEIPA’s.The very start of our Classified Hops series. Volume one features Enigma and HBC 586. Notes of stone fruit, berries, and mango round out this incredibly balanced treat!Westward Bound: Our take on a beer-mosa. A very citrus forward base complemented with a touch of cara cara orange. Silky, sweet, and crushable!Available in cans/growlers, and on draft!
After two extremely popular releases of Sour Patch Man #1 and #2, Clock House Brewing is back at it this Saturday with the release of Sour Patch Man #3! This will be the green version of this adult candied beverage! DRAFT ONLY!! Here’s more on this release:
Our flagship kettle sour infused with loads of Green Sour Patch Kids. Our spin on what adult candy would taste like.Draft only release
Two new beers will be making their way to the Clock House taproom this Friday, January 8th, at 3 p.m. Here are the details on these two new beers courtesy of Clock House Facebook’s page:
Come join us in the taproom on Friday, January 8th as we release two new but old school beers.Great Uncle Dunkel: A dark and bready lager with notes of mild caramel and toast. Brewed with Black Gold Local Craft Premium malt from our friends in Cascade, Iowa.Nothing But Plaid: A West Coast style IPA dry-hopped with Amarillo, Citra, and local 2020 Chinook from Buck Creek Hops in Solon, Iowa. Notes of heavy citrus and floral.Available on draft and in growlers to go
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”.
*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.
*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).
*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!
*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!
*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!
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!
Clock House will be releasing a barrel aged stout on December 23rd just in time to help keep us nice and warm during the holidays! “Frayed Knot” BA stout will be available for purchase starting this Wednesday at noon! Here’s more on this brew from Clock House:
The cellar doors have opened. This Monster Imperial Stout was Aged for over a year in Cedar Ridge No. 9 Reserve Rye-Bourbon Blended Barrels then Rested on Cacao Nibs and Vanilla Beans.Bombers of Frayed Knot will be available at noon on Wednesday, December 23rd until supplies last. These will be sold exclusively inside our taproom. Pre-sales will not be offered.$20 per bottle.
Day #2 is finally here! Daydreaming of a delicious Iowa beer danced in my head all day and to be perfectly honest, it’s difficult not to tear into more than one of these adult beverage presents every night! So what did Drinky Claus bring for me to drink on day #2?:
DAY #2 BEER #2 – Clock House Brewing “Dinner Talk” – this might be the perfect holiday sour. Dinner Talk is a kettle sour with blueberry, cranberry, and plum with the addition of vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup. The balance in the adjuncts is perfect as the cinnamon shines with the fruit and the maple syrup balances the sourness and sweetness wonderfully. This beer comes in at 5.8% ABV and would be the perfect pairing to almost any holiday dessert, and if your favorite holiday dessert is another beer, well this would be ideal to have one or two more!
Clock House Brewing is located at 600 1st St. SE in Cedar Rapids. The taproom is located in the Black Sheep Social Club restaurant. Check out Clock House on Facebook by clicking here to follow future releases as they have their delicious Snozzberry Sour coming out Saturday December 12th!
As always, don’t forget to visit downtown Mount Vernon and Glyn Mawr-The Local for all of your holiday gift giving needs. You don’t need anything else besides a Drink Local shirt, some home decor, a couple bottles of wine, a growler of a local Iowa beer and nice wedge of cheese this holiday season! Check them out on Facebook here!