Abu Nawas Drops: Grimm, Freethought, Public Access

Another week and another drop of tasty liquids from Abu Nawas distribution. This week, we have beers from Grimm, Freethough, and Public Access! Let’s get to it:

GRIMM

  • Grimm Depth of Field 12/500ml – FLANDERS-INSPIRED DARK SOUR ALE W/ CHERRIES. CRANBERRIES & RASPBERRIES. This Flanders inspired ale is rich and complex without tipping toward heavy. Toasty Vienna and Munich malts build a layered base that provides a sweet warmth that never feels cloying. Dark cherry leads on the nose with quieter notes of leather, tobacco, and oak. A balanced showing of the sweet & tart characteristics from each fruit is found in the flavor — a juicy burst reminiscent of real maraschino cherry, the refreshing pucker tartness, and just-picked sweetness of raspberry, and the tangy punch from the cranberry. 7% ABV.
  • Grimm Double Negative 12/500ml – IMPERIAL STOUT. Double Negative pours jet black with burnt orange highlights. A long-lasting tan head leaves abundant lacing. Aromas bursting from the glass include coffee, bitter chocolate, caramel, black currant and blueberry. Creamy and viscous on the palate, the flavor initially follows the nose. A pop of smooth bitterness comes after, and then a lingering, roasty finish. 10% ABV.
  • Grimm Heliogram 12/500ml – FOEDER-FERMENTED SOUR ALE DRY-HOPPED WITH EL DORADO & NELSON SAUVIN. Heliogram is an easy-drinking, thirst-quenching foeder-fermented dry-hopped sour ale with Nelson Sauvin and El Dorado hops. The aroma is bright but tame–notes of freshly zested grapefruit, lemon verbena, honeydew, orange marmalade, and a touch of cotton candy sweet. A punch of acidity upfront quickly ebbs into gentle flavors of underripe pineapple and mango which is complemented by a pithy bitterness. 5.5% ABV.
  • Grimm I Still Love The Old World 12/500ml – Noble-Hopped Ale w/ Raw Wheat & Brettanomyces. An ode to the brewers and beers that have long inspired the Grimm philosophy. Created in collaboration with the legendary brewer/scholar Yvan De Baets of De La Senne in Brussels, this extra-hoppy old world ale shows off our unique and evolving house ale yeast — serially repitched since Grimm’s opening for favorable genetic drift — in combination with gentle Brettanomyces and noble hops. The result is a thirst-quenching Belgian-style blonde loaded with complex brett-forward fruitiness and a noble hop-driven lingering herbal bitterness. Raw wheat in the grist and a traditional step-mash process provide an elegant malt character to this brewer’s favorite beer. 5.3% ABV.
  • Grimm Patter 12/500ml – This Saison De Coupage — 70% young Saison blended with 30% barrel-aged golden sour — with blackberries and grapefruit zest is a bright and refreshing treat. The Belgian yeast esters are a subtle through line from aroma to flavor — a supporting character to the fruit. Tart and juicy blackberry aromas tickle the nose while the grapefruit comes through more in the flavor with a burst of fresh citrus up front that fades into a zesty bittersweet finish. 6% ABV.
  • Grimm Mango Guava Pop!12/22 oz. Creamsicle-inspired Dessert Berliner with Mango, Guavas, Milk Sugar, and Vanilla. 4.8% ABV.

FREETHOUGHT

  • FREETHOUGHT Good Eye 6/4/16oz CAN – Sour Ale dry-hopped with Citra, Galaxy, and Mosaic. Notes of passionfruit, Earl Grey tea, kumquat, pine nut, and lime. 7% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Kismet6/4/16oz CAN – Unfiltered IPA double dry-hopped with Cashmere. Aromas of eucalyptus and root beer. Smooth, rich and full-bodied with flavors of white chocolate, coconut, pawpaw, and mint. 7% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Levitate 6/4/16oz CAN – Sour Ale with Pineapple, Tumeric, Lemongrass, and Makrut Lime. Pours bright ocher. Opens with earthy aromas of turmeric countered by tropical fruit and citrus tones. Lively and delicately tart with notes of makrut lime, yellow curry, and fruit loops. Finishes clean, dry, and crisp. 5% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Lucid 6/4/16oz CAN – Unfiltered IPA double dry-hopped with Amarillo flowers, pellets, and lupulin powder. Crisp and focused with aromas of sliced baguette and basil. Canary melon, sea salt and sassafras arise on the palate. Emphatic carbonation carries a finish reminiscent of Watermelon rind. 6% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Madcap 24/16oz Can – Madcap is a smoky sour ale inspired by campfires, S’Mores + Hot Cocoa with the flavor profile of a mezcal sour cocktail. Brewed with raw wheat, flaked + malted oats, lapsang souchong, cocoa + tamarind. Hopped with noble hops + dry-hopped with Simcoe lupulin powder. 6% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Night Vision 6/4/16oz CAN – Double Dark Sour Ale with blood orange and drinking chocolate. Brewed with chocolate malt, raw wheat, flaked and malted oats. Notes of citrus, raspberry, and cocoa. Lush mouthfeel with a bright and dynamic finish. 8% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Open 6/4/16oz CAN – Unfiltered IPA brewed with flaked + malted oats, raw + malted wheat, double dry-hopped with Simcoe flower, pellets + lupulin powder. Bubblegum and subtle watermelon aromas sit on top of a soft, fluffy pour that yields delicate notes of floral honey and beeswax. 6% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Shibumi 6/4/16oz CAN – Experimental Cuvée ale. Blended IPA with Golden Sour Ale, with added organic miso in the whirlpool, fermented on organic sweet cherries and finished with a cool steep of chamomile. It pours a sun-faded rose color, with a light, wispy head. Aromatics of honeyed chamomile + tropical punch. On the palate, miso adds a soft, umami texture to counter cherry popsicle, yellow chartreuse + salted plum. It finishes with layered floral tea notes. 5.5% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Temporal 6/4/16oz CAN – Sour Ale with Plum, Cardamom and Rose Water. Pours an opaque, faded rose. Floral nose complemented by flavors of chai and fermented lime. Finishes tart and dry. 5% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Twenty Twenty6/4/16oz CAN – Unfiltered DIPA dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic. Brewed with Maris Otter, flaked and malted oats, raw and malted wheat. Aromas of citrus, vanilla, guava and coconut followed by hints of chive blossom and mint on the palate. Smooth, creamy, and full-bodied. 8.5% ABV.

PUBLIC ACCESS

  • Public Access Entranced 6/4/16oz CAN – Sour Ale brewed with Passion Fruit & Guava. 5% ABV.
  • Public Access Omniscient Signal 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA with Galaxy, Citra, and Simcoe. 8% ABV.
  • Public Access Psychic Mirror 6/4/16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped DIPA with Galaxy, Motueka, Citra & Cashmere hops. 8% ABV.
  • Public Access Transitional Nature 6/4/16oz CAN – Imperial Sour Wheat Ale Conditioned With Raspberry and Passionfruit. 10% ABV.
  • Public Access Triumphant Intermission 6/4/16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped IPA with Citra, El Dorado, and Comet. 7% ABV.

Abu Nawas drops this week: Huge Grimm drop!

Even with a short week, Abu Nawas is getting us a huge Grimm release! Check it out below!

  • GRIMM / DE LA SENNE Collab. I STILL LOVE THE OLD WORLD 500ml – NOBLE-HOPPED ALE W/ RAW WHEAT & BRETTANOMYCES. An ode to the brewers and beers that have long inspired the Grimm philosophy. Created in collaboration with the legendary brewer/scholar Yvan De Baets of De La Senne in Brussels, this extra-hoppy old world ale shows off our unique and evolving house ale yeast — serially repitched since Grimm’s opening for favorable genetic drift — in combination with gentle Brettanomyces and noble hops. The result is a thirst-quenching Belgian-style blonde loaded with complex brett-forward fruitiness and a noble hop-driven lingering herbal bitterness. Raw wheat in the grist and a traditional step-mash process provide an elegant malt character to this brewer’s favorite beer. 5.3% ABV.
  • GRIMM PATTER 500ml – SAISON DE COUPAGE W/ GRAPEFRUIT ZEST & BLACKBERRIES. This Saison de Coupage — 70% young Saison blended with 30% barrel-aged golden sour — with blackberries and grapefruit zest is a bright and refreshing treat. The Belgian yeast esters are a subtle through-line from aroma to flavor — a supporting character to the fruit. Tart and juicy blackberry aromas tickle the nose while the grapefruit comes through more in the flavor with a burst of fresh citrus up front that fades into a zesty bittersweet finish. 6% ABV.
  • GRIMM DEPTH OF FIELD 500ML – FLANDERS-INSPIRED DARK SOUR ALE W/ CHERRIES. CRANBERRIES & RASPBERRIES. This Flanders inspired ale is rich and complex without tipping toward heavy. Toasty Vienna and Munich malts build a layered base that provides a sweet warmth that never feels cloying. Dark cherry leads on the nose with quieter notes of leather, tobacco, and oak. A balanced showing of the sweet & tart characteristics from each fruit is found in the flavor — a juicy burst reminiscent of real maraschino cherry, the refreshing pucker tartness and just-picked sweetness of raspberry, and the tangy punch from the cranberry. 7% ABV.
  • GRIMM FULL FREQUENCY 500ml – MIXED FERMENTATION BERLINER WEISSE W/ APRICOT & RHUBARB. Laced with rhubarb and apricot, Full Frequency is the second in our new series of traditional-method raw Berliner weisse! We are one of a tiny handful of breweries on the globe making Berliner in the old way — brewed from step-mashed wheat-based wort that is fermented with a long, mixed culture fermentation, instead of a kettle sour. This never-boiled crusher is crisp and thirst-slaking, presenting balanced flavors of fuzzy apricot, tart rhubarb, and citrus-herbal notes from dry hopping with Mandarina Bavaria. 3% ABV.
  • GRIMM MANGO GUAVA POP! 660ML – This tropical sour beer is a creamsicle in a glass. Mangoes, guavas, vanilla, and milk sugar are backed with a grapefruit-like acidity. 4.8 % ABV.
  • GRIMM ICING ON THE CAKE 660ML – IMPERIAL MILK STOUT WITH CACAO & VANILLA. Icing on The Cake is a luscious dessert stout that tastes like a liquid slice of flourless chocolate cake. Like the best stouts, it improves as it warms from cellar temperature up to room temperature. Even dessert stouts must be in balance, and for us that means the last sip should taste better than the first. 10% ABV.
  • GRIMM HELIOGRAM 500ML – FOEDER-FERMENTED SOUR ALE DRY-HOPPED WITH EL DORADO & NELSON SAUVIN. Heliogram is an easy-drinking, thirst-quenching foeder-fermented dry-hopped sour ale with Nelson Sauvin and El Dorado hops. The aroma is bright but tame–notes of freshly zested grapefruit, lemon verbena, honeydew, orange marmalade, and a touch of cotton candy sweet. A punch of acidity upfront quickly ebbs into gentle flavors of underripe pineapple and mango which is complemented by a pithy bitterness. 5.5% ABV.
  • GRIMM DOUBLE NEGATIVE 500ML – IMPERIAL STOUT. Double Negative pours jet black with burnt orange highlights. A long-lasting tan head leaves abundant lacing. Aromas bursting from the glass include coffee, bitter chocolate, caramel, black currant and blueberry. Creamy and viscous on the palate, the flavor initially follows the nose. A pop of smooth bitterness comes after, and then a lingering, roasty finish. 10% ABV.
  • GRIMM GAMELAN POP! 16oz CAN – POP-STYLE SOUR W/ MANGO, GUAVA, KAFFIR LIME & MILK SUGAR. Gamelan Pop! sour is a powerful tropical burst— Guava, Mango, and Kaffir Lime Leaves combine with Tahitian vanilla beans, milk sugar, Azacca dry hops, and our Pop! sour candy juice base. 6% ABV.
  • GRIMM TODAY’S SPECIAL NEW YORK 16oz CAN – 100% NEW YORK STATE INGREDIENT PALE ALE. We’ve revamped this 100% NY State-grown ingredient pale ale, this time sourcing Nugget & Chinook from Chimney Bluffs Hoppery and white wheat and pale malts from New York Craft. This result is a complex hazy pale ale bursting with musky jackfruit and damp forest floor aromas. The fruit cup funk found in the nose shifts into something entirely dry, earthy, and resinous in flavor with a soft yet lingering bitterness. 5.5% ABV.
  • GRIMM LUMEN 16oz CAN – IPA WITH CITRA, MOSAIC, & EL DORADO. Beautifully hazed-up new-school IPA. Juicy and soft with an aroma that catches your attention from across the room. Velvety mouthfeel, soft bitterness. Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado varietals kicking out a range of tropical flavors from guava and mango to orange and lime. 6.4% ABV.
  • GRIMM MAXIMUM INTRIGUE 16oz CAN – DOUBLE IPA W/ SABRO & MOSAIC. Mosaic and the hot ticket Sabro hops are giving us peak-ripeness notes of tangerine, mango, and stone fruit with a thick swirl of coconut cream. Although full to the brim with big fruit flavor, the body is surprisingly light and refreshing with a satin-like texture, fairly dry finish, and a deceptive 8% ABV.

Abu Nawas Drops: American Solera debuts in Iowa! Grimm and Prairie!

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Huge drop of excellent brews from Grimm and Prairie will be hitting shelves this week courtesy of Abu Nawas. Along with that, the 1st Iowa drop of American Solera brewery will be debuting on the shelves. Here’s this week’s update:

AMERICAN SOLERA

  • American Solera / Prairie Collab. All Y’all  – We wanted to bring All Y’all together for a really special draft only DIPA we are brewing for you this month. All Y’all is a hazy DIPA we dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops that comes in at 8.5% ABV.

PRAIRIE 

  • Prairie Bomb 355ml Bottles – The Beer that started it all for Prairie. Imperial Stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and chili peppers. 13.0% ABV.
  • Prairie Hulk HandsCAN -Gose dry hopped with Falconer’s Flight and Cascade Hops. 5.4% ABV.
  • Prairie Paradise 355ml Bottles – Imperial Stout with Vanilla and Coconut. 13% ABV.
  • Prairie Birthday Bomb 2019355ml Bottles – Prairie Yearly Celebration. It Happens only once a year. Get it while you can. A New Version this year. Imperial Stout Aged on Coffee, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans, Chili Peppers, Homemade Caramel Sauce and Toffee. 12% ABV. 🎂💣🎈🎉🙌
  • Prairie Barrel Aged Birthday Bomb 2019 355ml Bottles – Bourbon Barrel Aged Version of Birthday Bomb. 14.7% ABV. 🥃🎂💣🎈🎉🙌
  • Prairie Picnic CAN – A Picnic Pale Ale. 5.5% ABV
  • Prairie Standard – Light, crisp farmhouse ale dry hopped with Motueka hops, a lovely New Zealand hop with a spicy lime like flavor and aroma. 5.6% ABV.
    Prairie Draft:
    • Prairie Bomb 1/6 bbl Keg – The Beer that started it all for Prairie. Imperial Stout aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and chili peppers. 13.0% ABV.
    • Prairie Hulk Hands 1/6 bbl Keg –  A Restock just in time for this sweltering weather. Gose dry hopped with Falconer’s Flight and Cascade Hops. 5.4% ABV.
    • Prairie Picnic  1/6 bbl Keg  – A Picnic Pale Ale. 5.5% ABV
    • Prairie Standard 1/6 bbl Keg – Light, crisp farmhouse ale dry hopped with Motueka hops, a lovely New Zealand hop with a spicy lime like flavor and aroma. 5.6% ABV.
    • Prairie Birthday Bomb 2019  1/6 bbl Keg  – Prairie Yearly Celebration. It Happens only once a year. Get it while you can. A New Version this year. Imperial Stout Aged on Coffee, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans, Chili Peppers, Homemade Caramel Sauce and Toffee. 12% ABV. 🎂💣🎈🎉🙌
    • Deconstructed Bomb. A Set of 4 different 1/6 kegs – Coffe, Chili Peppers, Cacao Nibs and Vanilla –

GRIMM

  • Grimm Gamelan Pop! 16oz CAN – Sour ale – Gamelan Pop! sour is a powerful tropical burst— Guava, Mango, and Kaffir Lime Leaves combine with Tahitian vanilla beans, milk sugar, Azacca dry hops, and our Pop! sour candy juice base. 6% ABV. 🍈🍈🍈🍈🥭🥭🥭🍃🍃🍃
  • Grimm Castling 500ml – Farmhouse Pale Ale. This beer is BELOVED in the Grimm household. It is our most traditional, simple, and perfect beer. Brewed with complexly step mashed Pilsner malt and a generous whirlpool addition of noble hops, this is pure old world elegance. We think it’s best enjoyed with a slow pour into the center of a tall glass, to raise that gorgeous rocky white head that lasts right down to the last sip. Quenching with notes of hay, pepper, candied citrus. Noble hops age very differently than new world hops; we like to savor the flavor transitions over months in the bottle. Recommended if you like De Ranke, De la Senne, Dupont, Thiriez and Blaugies. 5.5% ABV. Joe Grimm’s favorite Grimm beer! 💗💗💗
  • Grimm Full Frequency500ml – Mixed-culture berliner weisse. Laced with rhubarb and apricot, Full Frequency is the second in our new series of traditional-method raw berliner weisse! We are one of a tiny handful of breweries on the globe making berliner in the old way — brewed from step-mashed wheat-based wort that is fermented with a long, mixed culture fermentation, instead of a kettle sour. This never-boiled crusher is crisp and thirst-slaking, presenting balanced flavors of fuzzy apricot, tart rhubarb, and citrus-herbal notes from dry hopping with Mandarina Bavaria. 3% ABV.
    Grimm Draft:
    • Grimm First Anniversary 1/6 bbl Keg – Triple IPA with Cashmere, Mosaic, and Nelson Sauvin. Don’t have a description yet…will be posted on Grimm Instagram later this week. 11% ABV. ***Draft Only***
    • Grimm Afterimage 1/6 bbl Keg – Bringing back an OG. Grimm’s Flagship DIPA with El Dorado, Mosaic, and Simcoe. Juicy, juicy, juicy. Hazy orange, soft carbonation, plush fruity aromas. Immense mango, marmalade, pine, honeysuckle, and lemon flavors. Smack dab in between Lambo and Tesseract on the sweet-to-dry spectrum. Just a hint of bitterness. 8% ABV 🍊🍊🥭
    • Grimm Castling 1/6 bbl Keg – Farmhouse Pale Ale. This beer is BELOVED in the Grimm household. It is our most traditional, simple, and perfect beer. Brewed with complexly step mashed Pilsner malt and a generous whirlpool addition of noble hops, this is pure old world elegance. We think it’s best enjoyed with a slow pour into the center of a tall glass, to raise that gorgeous rocky white head that lasts right down to the last sip. Quenching with notes of hay, pepper, candied citrus. Noble hops age very differently than new world hops; we like to savor the flavor transitions over months in the bottle. Recommended if you like De Ranke, De la Senne, Dupont, Thiriez and Blaugies. 5.5% ABV. Joe Grimm’s favorite Grimm beer! 💗💗💗
    • Grimm Full Frequency 1/6 BBL Keg – Mixed-culture berliner weisse. Laced with rhubarb and apricot, Full Frequency is the second in our new series of traditional-method raw berliner weisse! We are one of a tiny handful of breweries on the globe making berliner in the old way — brewed from step-mashed wheat-based wort that is fermented with a long, mixed culture fermentation, instead of a kettle sour. This never-boiled crusher is crisp and thirst-slaking, presenting balanced flavors of fuzzy apricot, tart rhubarb, and citrus-herbal notes from dry hopping with Mandarina Bavaria. 3% ABV.