One of the best beer events of the year is coming up and tickets are available! On Saturday June 4th, you could have the opportunity to sample the best of what Iowa craft producers are making! VIP tickets are sold out but general admission tickets are still available! The Iowa Craft Beer Festival is the perfect place for you to try craft beers, ciders, and food! Here’s more on this event and the link to purchase tickets below courtesy of the Iowa Brewer’s Guild:
It’s the unofficial start to Iowa summer- the Iowa Craft Brew Festival!
Join the Iowa Brewers Guild on Saturday, June 4th and sample beer, cider and more from over 70 Iowa craft producers. The Iowa Craft Brew Festival happens at Des Moines Waterworks Park and every ticket includes unlimited sampling and live music. Food trucks, free parking, water, and plenty of space- we’ve got everything to start summer right. Grab your friends and join us!
General admission is only $45 and gets you in from 1-4pm. Tickets are selling quickly so purchase yours today!
NOT WITH THAT ATTITUDE – TIPA (10.1%) Our selected Citra, Cascade Cryo & Cryo Pop from our buds @yakimachief is never gonna work. Too many punchy fruit aromas to be contained. Well… Certainly not with that attitude
REAL ESTATE West Coast IPA w/ Crosby Estate Comet (7.0%) The first of several fun collaboration projects we have dropping this week for the impending Craft Brewer’s Conference in Minneapolis. Reminiscent of musk melon & citrusy sunshine, this crispy & extremely dry lil’ number was dreamt up with our buds @crosbyhops in Oregon to celebrate the magic that is their Estate Grown Comet.
Bloody Hell, our blood orange pale ale made with real blood… oranges. We brew Bloody Hell with oats and wheat, hop it with our hand selected Citra, Sabro, & Mosaic, then load it up with Blood Orange for a ridiculously refreshing & delicious burst of citrus.
Chonk – Strawberry chocolate coconut
a brand new Chonky absurdity! Our lovable hefty boi is back and as usual he’s preposterously decadent. This time around he’s stuffed with strawberry, coconut, and cacao nibs. Lots of heavy breathing happening right now.⠀
Braaaaaains Strawberry Pineapple Dragonfruit A new Braaaaaaaains! We stuffed this full of Strawberry, Pineapple, & Dragonfruit and then hit it with our double secret smoothie treatment of sea salt, lactose, and vanilla.⠀
Dangerous Night Crew DBL IPA
Our buds from Oliphant Brewing came to visit a few weeks ago and over some beers and sloppy steaks we discovered our mutual love of slicked back hair and a shared desire to use Talus hops in a crushable pale ale. So we got right to work and Dangerous Nights Crew, a hazy pale ale hopped with Centennial, Mosaic, Talus, Azacca, & Enigma was born. ⠀
a Blue Razz Slush Style Sour packed with Blueberry, Raspberry, Pineapple, Blue Raspberry Jolly Rancher® candies, and Blue Razz Slushy Mix. We could go on and on about how amazing and fruity it tastes, but these flavors blend perfectly together to taste exactly like a blue razz Jolly Rancher®
Master manipulator – DBL IPA
a brand spankin new double IPA! Master Manipulator is loaded up with oats and spelt and hopped to the hilt with our hand selected Citra & Vic Secret for some serious citrusy & peachy vibes.
Strawberry Prrrt – a – Colada
This PRRRT is loaded up with Strawberry, Pineapple, & Coconut and it’s super tropical & tasty like something that would be brought to you in a big weird glass with some of those tiny umbrellas in it while you’re chilling in a shaded cabana on the beach. ⠀
Limited Release – Barrel Aged Chocolate flavored Kisses Stout bottles Choco Flavored Kisses is back with a new single origin cacao nib to showcase! This big ol’ imperial stout was aged in Old Fitzgerald bourbon barrels and conditioned on a ridiculous amount of single origin Ecuadorian cacao nibs for a rich, fudgy chocolate flavor and aroma we can’t get enough of.
Light at the end of the tunnel – IPA 6.8% ABV Light At The End of The Tunnel uses Photon as its inspiration with some modifications and upgrades including an all Survivable hop blend for the whirlpool and a large dose of Lupomax Citra in addition to a supersized Photon hop bill. Aromas and flavors of soft pineapple, navel orange, stone fruit, EQ’s rainbow melon, and lime juice radiate with a touch of pine resin at the finish making it an easy drinker
Stacked Science – Blackstack Brewing collaboration – DDH DBL IPA 8.5% ABV We had some fun in the lab with Murph from Blackstack to bring you stacks on stacks on stacks of flavor! We blended in 2-row, Flaked oats, White wheat, and Flaked wheat as the foundation for a Citra Incognito, Citra Lupomax, and Idaho 7 whirlpool before a big dry hop of Mosaic, Strata, Eclipse, and Galaxy.
Strata Points – DDH Dbl IPA 8% ABV A Strata Point takes our Data Points grain bill and replaces ALL of the hops with our hand CY 2021 selected Strata. Pouring vivid yellow in color, aromas of OJ, rainbow melon, and a blueberry strain of the devil’s lettuce lead into dank flavors of passionfruit juice, ruby red grapefruit, Frankenberry cereal, melon, complex concord grape, and strawberry.
Tie Dye Science IPA 6.5% ABV Tie-Dye Science starts off with a nice base of oats and wheat before a T90 and Lupomax Citra and Mosaic hop bill for both the whirlpool and dry hop. Aromas and flavors of orange slices, papaya, pink starburst, lime gummies lead into a bright juicy finish with a touch of hoppy bitterness all wrapped up in a creamy mouthfeel.
Peanut Butter Smores Imperial Stout – Limited release While engineering our S’mores sandwich stout which has Marshmallows, Cacao Nibs, and Graham Crackers, we to bring you Peanut Butter S’mores Blueprint. Draw up a blueprint and follow the design carefully, engineering a S’mores sandwich is serious business and requires precision! Following the plans from the first batch, we took a thick and fluffy base and conditioned it on Peanut Butter, Marshmallows, Cacao Nibs, and Graham Crackers.
NEW – Kiwi Coconut Mango Smoothie Seltzer Hello summer weather! This new smoothie seltzer is packed with Mango puree, Kiwi puree, cream of coconut and passion fruit juice.
NEW – Florida Seltzer Vareity pack Version 2 New vareity pack with 2 brand new flavors!! Gluten Free & Vegan approved. Each pack contains 3 cans each of the following flavors per 12pk:
A new month means new releases for many Iowa breweries. Lion Bridge brewing will be releasing two new beers this month, an imperial milk stout and an IPA (draft only). Here’s more on these two releases:
Houby Daze Imperial Milk Stout
Fungophiles rejoice! A special Houby Days release! We cold steeped the famed Lactarius rubidus, aka, Candy Cap Mushroom in this stout to produce an earthy, maple character that we thought would be a great accompaniment to a robust mix stout base,
Release date 05/12
The Eye of Thiol
Trying out a new yeast strain that accentuates hop flavors and aroma. We brewed this draft-only IPA with some of our favorite hop varietals. Enjoy!
End 2 End Burners Ver 2 – Dbl Hazy IPA – Collaboration with THE ANSWER Second annual collaboration between Beer Zombies and The Answer (Richmond, VA) for 4/20 day. Double Dry Hopped Hazy Double IPA with Citra, Cryo Citra and Galaxy Hops
OB – 1 Can-OBI DDH IPA
Grab your lightsaber! This Double Dry Hopped Hazy Double IPA is loaded with Citra and Galaxy Hops. Best enjoyed in a Galaxy far far away…
Six am Karaoke
Collaboration with Kings Brewing (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) Frose Smoothie Style Sour with Blueberry, Sweet Cherry, Black Berry and Vanilla
Arthur’s Last Journey
Last one in this Pastry Stout series. Arthur’s Last Journey is a creme brulee inspired Pastry Stout with Lactose
Checkerboard Pink – Hazy IPA – Beer Zombies collab Part of the Checkerboard rotating hop series. Checkerboard Pink is a Double Dry Hopped Hazy Double IPA with Vic secret and Mosaic Hops
Morever DDH IPA This Double Dry Hopped IPA is a delicious juice bomb thanks to a hefty hopping of Citra, Motueka, & Simcoe hops. An endless succession of juicy pineapple, grapefruit, and tangerine notes are leveled out with a hint of bitterness that resolves onto a smooth and refreshing finish.
Prince Goro Imperial Hazy IPA Coming straight from the realm of Outworld, our newest DDH DIPA will tear your tastebuds limb from limb. 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗚𝗼𝗿𝗼 is a hulking hazy that’s fatally hopped with Citra, El Dorado, Idaho-7, and NZL 32-2 hops. The nuances of this IPA is honestly quite difficult to fully describe. Sure, there’s your familiar combo string of tropical pineapple and juicy citrus that’s intermingled with a sticky resin roundhouse. However, this new breed of experimental hops fresh from New Zealand impart some unique hop flavors yet to be classified by mere mortals…so we’ll just call it “essence of dragon.” (8% ABV)
I bring you love – Oak Aged Foeder Lager You’re out in the foeders forest, a glowing green shape comes towards you, they say “I bring you love” and look at your beer… Do you share your Czech Pils with them? It’s brewed with Bohemian Pilsner malt, Saaz Hops & Czech lager yeast. Then extensively lagered & conditioned in our oak foeders. Choose your own adventure. The truth is out there but, so are the lies. D’oh!
Water Pipes DDH IPA Wwwwoooooaaaaahhh… Careful with your language there bud… They’re actually called “Water Pipes”. Comin’ in hot with piping additions of our selected Strata & extra dank newcomer Talus. Feel free to add ice, just not to the beer.
Strata and Chill IPA – Single Hop Cold IPA (7.0%) Hand Selected Strata from @indiehops, Pilsner Malt, Rice + Chico Yeast Fermented Cold? This algorithm is getting out of control… Get your comfy pants on, we made this one for you to enjoy responsibly on your next night of bingeing
Uncut James – fruit sour –Mixed Berry Sour Beer (5.3%) Finding a muse in Raspberry, Blueberry, Strawberry & Madagascar Vanilla with our Gem of a Mixed Culture Berliner Weisse.
Enchanted Island v1 – Imperial Tiki Sour ale – 16oz cans
Enchanted Island v1 is returning in 16oz format featuring pineapple, orange, coconut and nutmeg
Coastal Sunshine v3 – 16oz cans The return of one of the best sellers – version 3 features Tangerine, Passion fruit, mango and Soursop
ElectroJet Hazy IPA 6.8% This herculean feat of haze-craft is an IPA of singular bomb-diggityness, packed to the rafters with Galaxy and El Dorado hops, and just enough Simcoe to tie the room together. The result of this lupulin-laden trifecta is an unquestionably choice adult beverage that explodes with thunderous notes of juicy peach flesh, bright citrus, ripe mango, and stone fruit. It’s a breathtaking bouquet that’s going to ignite your sensory synapses in a rapturous conflagration of pure pleasure.
Dingo Magic IPA
Should you choose to unleash the contents of this can, you’ll be met with an unrelentingly delightful barrage of bright citrus, guava, peach, and sundry tropical radness, all coming together to form a liquid palanquin upon which to gently deliver your tastebuds into the loving arms of the flavor gods. Should you choose not to open this can, that’s also totally fine. We respect your agency.
German Chocolate Cake Stout 8% ABV A Collaboration with XUL brewing, this beer features Cocoa Nibs, Coconut and Pecan Nuts to give a delightful and dessert filled experience. It unsurprisingly tastes just like cake.
Double Mango Sour – 6% ABV
Next up is Double Mango sour, made with both Mango Puree & Mango juice… Untitled art does Mango incredibly well, so I’m personally excited to sip on this one and enjoy the upcoming weather.
This past weekend I had some time to hang out with my oldest and I asked him where/what he wanted to eat. He simply responded, “Bar food”. So after a quick trip to Big Grove in Solon we headed to Shueyville, about 10-15 minutes from Solon, and hit up Shuey’s Restaurant and Lounge.
We were greeted right in by a very friendly staff and had drinks ordered within seconds. Easy Eddy for me, root beer for the lad. Tap lines were typical of your small town bar with some craft on, Easy Eddy seems to be an option no matter what bar you hit and tastes good all the time so the choice was relatively simple.
Although I wasn’t very hungry, their menu has a lot of intriguing options. I let my sign go crazy, if queso is on the menu, he’s going to order it, that with an order of sliders and a mushroom swiss burger. A lot more than I anticipated but was game to try it all. Queso came out first and was delicious, warm and crispy tortilla chips. Paired well with the beer. Sliders and burger next, meat quality tasted wonderful, perfectly seasoned. The crinkle cut fries served as the side also went well with the queso dip.
Overall, so much more I want to try. The food was delicious and tasted fresh, the staff was friendly and welcoming, the feel of your small town bar was definitely there but also a place you could bring your whole family for a delicious meal. A place I will frequent and a place you should check out too!
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.
Ice Ice Prrrty 6.2% ABV Ice Ice PRRRTY is a Slushy Style Sour that’ll grab ahold of you tightly, then flow like a harpoon daily and nightly. Will it ever stop? That’s up to you to put down this absolute banger stuffed with lemon, cherry, plum, coconut, and lemon slushy mix. ⠀
Lizard People IPA DBL IPA The world is run by interstellar lizards in people suits, and as a nod to those who are really pulling the strings is Lizard People. Our reptilian overlords concocted this soft, juicy, & citrusy double IPA in some smoky back room of a super secret, non-descript, possibly government building – we don’t know or really care to know for that matter. It’s delicious and we don’t want to find out what happens when you ask too many questions.⠀
Slang Du jour Cranberry/Raspberry/Lemon/Strawberry Y’all ever had a Cranberry Raspberry Lemon Strawberry Cobbler? Ok, us neither. But we thought it sounded amazing so we loaded up this Slang with Cranberry, Raspberry, Lemon, Strawberry, Granola, Cinnamon, Brown Sugar, Lactose, & Vanilla Beans. This cacophony of awesomeness is the cobbler mashup that dreams are made of and we’re pretty sure you’re gonna dig it as much as we do.⠀
Struggle Bus – Breakfast Sour 6.4% ABV a Breakfast Sour with Orange, Brown Sugar, Vanilla, a little Coconut & cinnamon, and Maple Syrup seems a little weird but not THAT weird, right? So we’re bringing it back and we think it’s goddamn delicious, and we can’t wait to hear what you think!
Ectogasm IPA Ectogasm is a juicy, hazy, and soft NE IPA brewed with Citra & Mosaic hops. The Flagship IPA of Drekker brewing!
Berry Prrrrty Paradise he newest PRRRT, a fruited sour loaded up with Blueberry, Blackberry, Plum, Key Lime, and Cream of Coconut for a stupidly tasty tropical berry flavor!⠀
Braaaaaaains Lemon Apricot – 7.3% ABV a new Braaaaaaaains! We stuffed this one with all of the lemon & apricot we could find and then hit it with our double secret smoothie treatment of sea salt, lactose, and vanilla beans.⠀
Garbage People DBL IPA – 8.5% ABV Don’t know about you guys, but we were always a little more Garbage Pail Kids than Cabbage Patch Kids. We grew up (technically, but not really) and we aren’t kids anymore so we’re just Garbage People. This Double IPA is hopped with Mosaic, Galaxy, Citra, and Vic Secret with some serious dank, orange zest, bubble gum, & apricot flavor and aroma. So crack one of these and decide which Garbage Pail Kid you feel like? Nasty Nick? Maybe a little more like Spacey Stacey? Let us know, we’ve got a feeling you’re Garbage People too.
Heaps – Coconut Milk Stout Heaps is a Coconut Milk Stout brewed with a big, smooth, chocolatey malt bill with a chef’s kiss of lactose to pump up that body and then it was conditioned on cacao nibs and heaps on heaps of toasted coconut! Heaps, we tell ya! ⠀
A new month means new beers and Lion Bridge Brewing will get the partying rolling on April 6th when they release the first of 2 new beers! Lemon Lime Cream Cheese Bar will come our way April 6th and then will be followed by Mount Trashmore Trail Mix on April 13th! Here’s more on these two beers:
Lemon Lime Cream Cheese Bar
An Ale with fruit, graham cracker and cream cheese flavor! Bright and tangy Meyer Lemon and Key Lime blend with a cream cheese finish and a graham cracker crust. Save room for seconds! The potluck dessert of your dreams.
Release date Wednesday 04/06
Mount Trashmore Trail Mix
A kettle sour with granola, vanilla and blueberry. A beery love song to the Cedar Rapids Mountain we all love so much. Raise your glass to a successful summit or fortify your body before the attempt. We love you, Mt. Trashmore!
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.