Lion Bridge 8th Anniversary this Saturday (3/5)! Crushberry Sour and Shindig Hazy IPA releasing!

A big weekend of beer, music, food and fun is coming up at the Lion Bridge Brewery taproom in the Czech Village in Cedar Rapids as the brewery celebrates their 8th Anniversary! They will be releasing two new beers, Crushberry Sour and Shindig Hazy IPA, Winterland will be playing, there will be free cake and of course their tasty food menu! Party starts when the doors open at 11 a.m., band starts at 5!

Here’s more on the two new releases:

Crushberry Kettle sour – 6.7% – For our 8th Anniversary, we wanted to come up with something that embodies the “terroir” of Cedar Rapids. When Crunchberry Day gives its sweet aromatic embrace to our fair city, we are children again; innocent and giggling. We hope this beer if fun for you. Drink on Crunchberry Day for extra enjoyment.

Shindig – (Hazy Double IPA with, Idaho 7, Galaxy, Bru-1, Sabro, Vic Secret 8.8%) – 8 years is no small feat for a small business. We are grateful for your support and we are grateful for super pungent tropical hazy IPAs. Cheers!

Drink This! Reunion Tropic Nightmare DDH Brett IPA

When Reunion was teasing this release and having Wake involved in the brewing process, I was already sold. Reading further about this release and being a fan of Brett IPAs, I was super excited to have the chance to get my hands on some of these brews! Here’s the description from Reunion:

Brewed in collaboration with the wizards of WAKE BREWING. This nightmarish IPA was fermented with Brettanomyces Claussenii for a funky and tropic twang and dosed with heaps of Cryo Mosaic, Citra Lupomax and El Dorado Lupomax.

There have been a few Brett IPAs that I’ve really enjoyed. I was lucky enough to score Allagash’s “Little Brett”, which I enjoyed, but wanted a bit more hop presence. The Stone Enjoy After Brett IPA was tasty and I did purchase multiple bottles and enjoyed them. Crooked Stave has been a favorite brewery of mine and their Hop Savant was outstanding, tons of barnyard with a splash of hops….and then Tropic Nightmare came along….

First of all, this beer is beautiful..I’ve had a fresh pour from Reunion and multiple cans and it’s a stunning beer. Orange juice look with a thick frothy white head. Aroma is hops up front, dank and lovely. If you keep your nose in the glass for a bit longer you get that barnyard funk that brettheads love and desire!

Extremely refreshing! The funk shines and is wonderfully balanced with the hop bill. Tartness from the brett on the back of the tongue but also that refreshing and juicy splash of hops. Complex and delicious. Lots of flavors going on in this beer and for me, all of them wonderful.

This has been such a sight for sore eyes release. Something different, something new and a tip of the cap to Reunion and Wake for going in on a style that hasn’t necessarily dominated the market and totally crush it with Tropic Nightmare. Worth seeking, I’ll need more! Get to the brewery on the Coralville Strip and Drink This beer!

Thew Brewing celebrating 4 years on March 12th! Releasing Chip’s Date (imperial stout with chocolate and mint)!

Thew Brewing will be celebrating their 4th anniversary on March 12th and have a lineup of events/beers/food to celebrate with! Here’s what’s going down on March 12th:

Noon: Bottle release of Chip’s Date (imperial stout with mint and chocolate)

Hacienda Las Glorias & La Cantina food truck will be on site 12-5 PM

3:30-6:00 PM: Pop-up drag show with Lexi Belle & Friends and CR Pride (family friendly!)

7:30 PM Doors for comedy show – Zach Martina featuring Leslie Mitchell and Mitch Banks, hosted by Travis Bails. Tickets available at shop.thewbrew.com

56 Brewing coming to Iowa via Peqoud! Plus Untitled Art, Blackstack, Modist, Equilibrium, Collective Arts, Modern Times, and Lil Beaver!

Pequod will be bringing another brewery to our shelves! This time we are getting 56 Brewing out of Minneapolis! Here’s more on this brewery:

“FOR US, CRAFT BEER IS BREWED TO STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY. IT’S BREWED TO HOST A NEW CONVERSATION. IT’S BREWED FOR EVERYONE. AND IT PAIRS BEST WITH INTENTIONAL ACTION AND AN INCLUSIVE SPACE. WE BREW FOR BONFIRES, BARBECUES, AND LATE NIGHTS. WE STRIVE TO USE LOCAL INGREDIENTS TO BREW A BEER SO GOOD, THE ONLY WAY TO WASH IT DOWN IS WITH ANOTHER. WE BREW TO EXPLORE, TO CRAFT SOMETHING UNEXPECTED AND CHALLENGE EXPECTATIONS.

FROM MINNEAPOLIS TO THE WORLD, WE’RE 56 BREWING, AND WE’RE CRAFTING COMMUNITY, ONE BEER AT A TIME.”

Super ‘Sippi Squeeze – Double Dry hopped version of their flagship “Sippi Squeeze” made with Citra and Mosaic hops for sweet and juicy flavors with a bold 8.5% ABV

Rocky Road Imperial Stout – Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Shop Collaboration 
This is the 3rd collaboration with Wisconsin’s own The Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream company – This time it’s an Imperial Stout with cacao Nibs, Toasted Marshmallow, Vanilla Beans, Almonds and Milk Sugar. 

Watermelon, Papaya, and Mango Fruit Smoothie Seltzer
As my mother in law said – “Joe that Pina Colada was a 10 out of 10, this one might be a 20!” I would have to agree, it’s fantastic big watermelon and Papaya notes. It’s made with Mango puree, Watermelon juice, papaya and passionfruit. 

Slow Clap – NEIPA (7.5%)
At BlackStack we try to remember that every raucous standing ovation begins with one brave soul
*CLAP*
Just like in the movies. This beer is certainly worth a slow build.
*CLAP*
We used Strata and Cashmere in championship game movie montage amounts.
*CLAP*
So pour one out for the underdog who showed a lot of heart, but still lost.
And the overbearing dad who learns that winning really isn’t everything.
*CROWD GOES F%*$ING WILD*

Exit Row  – Triple Hazy IPA (10.0%)
In the event of an emergency, please take solace in the fact that you are enjoying mile high quantities of our hand selected Citra Cryo, Strata & High Oil Centennial. Please make sure you have had your fill before sharing with those around you. All that extra legroom comes with responsibility

Spare Parts – Dark lager  (5.3%)
We’ve been brewing this on and off since the garage days and it was one of the 4 beers we had on tap when we opened. Oddly enough, this also happens to be the beer we get the single most requests for in cans. You’re made of spare parts, aren’t ya bud? That’s a Texas Sized 10-4 good buddy

Mallow – dbl marshmallow laager (its fantastic)
Mallow is a Lager w/ marshmallow, vanilla bean & milk sugar

Double False Pattern – DDH New England Pale Ale 
Double False Pattern is a England Double Pale Ale w/ oats, hopped & double dry hopped w/ Mosaic & Simcoe

Double Fractal Hilbert Curve – DDH DIPA (cases only)
We formed a junction point of elements and hops from Urban South’s Junction DIPA with our Data Point’s to bring you Junction Points. Starting off with a big base of oats and wheat, we aggressively hopped this beer in the whirlpool and dryhop with our hand selected Mosaic and relative newcomer from New Zealand, Nectaron. Junction Points pours a hazy yellow with a sweet aroma of orange crush, dank sticky-icky, Kool-Aid, and complex berry.

Fractal Galaxy – IPA (kegs and cases!)
It utilizes our newest Aussie Galaxy crop making this simple yet complex liquid a batch favorite. Fractal Galaxy pours a resinous-hazy-yellow releasing complex aromas of citrus, passionfruit, and grass. Flavors of sweet orange, ripe passionfruit, peach , and a touch of lime lead into a highly resinous but juicy and creamy mouthfeel.

dHop40 – DDH DIPA  (cases only)
dHop40 pours hazy yellow with aromas of sliced orange wedges, assorted fruit snack gummies, and coconut. Dank pineapple juice and assorted citrus lead with pops of lime, berry, and melon with a complex Piña Colada flavor all wrapped together with a juicy finish and pointed bitterness

Fulcrum – DDH DIPA  (cases only)
Fulcrum pours a beautiful vivid yellow. As soon as you crack it open, bright notes of grass, citrus permeate from an imaginary coconut shell. Flavors of passionfruit, cannabis, white wine grapes, and coconut meld together beautifully with each sip. The buildup of dank fruit counters with a light and balanced bitterness and our #EQjuice finish

Lupus Salictarius – Triple IPA – Mortalis Collaboration   (cases only)
Paying homage to the Hops we use on a daily basis. Lupus Salictarius, which literally translates as “wolf of the willows”, is disputably the first hop plants and is said to be the botanical name immortalized by a famous Roman Philosopher (who is also an extremely tasty West Coast IPA. Respect). Tying into the Latin references Mortalis uses, we decided on a recipe that showcases some of our favorite hops to pay homage to the OG of hops and Lupus Salictarius was born.

Junction Points – DDH DIPA – Urban South Collaboration  (cases only)

We formed a junction point of elements and hops from Urban South’s Junction DIPA with our Data Point’s to bring you Junction Points. Starting off with a big base of oats and wheat, we aggressively hopped this beer in the whirlpool and dryhop with our hand selected Mosaic and relative newcomer from New Zealand, Nectaron. Junction Points pours a hazy yellow with a sweet aroma of orange crush, dank sticky-icky, Kool-Aid, and complex berry.

Miami Berlienr – 375ml bottles Wild Ferm Fruit beerWe took our introductory wild ale, Welcome to the Jungle, and refermented it on a copious amount of Blueberry, Passionfruit, and Guava totaling more than 4 lbs/gallon (fyi that’s 2x total fruit in TABA). The result is tropical blast to your senses with an olfactory experience of a sophisticated tropical punch boosted by the expression of the 100% Brett fermentation with a beautifully #balacedacidity. This beer is jammy, dry, unfiltered, unpasteurized, naturally carbed, and will continue to evolve over time if properly cellared.

Limited item – IPA  #20 – ongoing IPA series
How much Citra can we put in one IPA? We decided to find out and bring it to you in the latest of our IPA Series! We used FOUR different types of Citra hops for a beer that showcases everything we love about one of the craft beer world’s go-to hops. Regular Citra combines with Citra CRYO, Citra INCOGNITO and Citra SPECTRUM for sweet, fruity aromas of bright grapefruit and orange citrus, with flavours of lemon meringue pie combined with juicy tropical fruits. 

Dark Fruit Citrus Gose 
This dark and tart Gose uses our award winning Prophets & Nomads brew as the base, the pour is a cloudy shade of midnight. This beer is refreshing, with berries that add a surprising punch of sour on your first sip, with low hop bitterness. Coriander and Himalayan salt adds spice and just a touch of sharpness to the beer to finish. 

Black House – Coffee lager 
an oatmeal coffee stout positively redolent with coffee aroma and flavor. It’s not acrid. It’s not astringent. It doesn’t taste like that brown puddle at the bottom of the office carafe at 4pm. It kind of tastes like chocolate covered espresso beans, only drier and more like beer. It’s the full-blown coffee beer experience in a sessionable-ish package.

Fruitlands w/Passion fruit and Guava
Fruitlands is tart, fruity, & frighteningly delicious. The sour, salty base beer lays down the funky refreshment, while a heavy dose of passion fruit and guava turns the whole thing into a wall-to-wall tropical fruit fiesta. It’s a marvelous mix of elements that collides with your mouth like a fruit-filled asteroid of flavor traveling at the supersonic speed of party.

Orderville – IPA
Hazy Mosaic IPA. Our most palate-crushing IPA to date, Orderville is a sledgehammer of dankness wrapped in a velvety peach pillow, underscored by a dry, chilled out malt bill that keeps your attention focused on the hop fireworks exploding in your mouth. 

Dungeon Map IPA
West Coast IPA with Nelson, Strata, Mosaic and Centennial hops.

Technomancer IPA
Ready your grill-piece for a juice-bomb of breathtaking proportions. Hopped with exorbitant amounts of Bru-1, Strata, and Galaxy hops, this beer’s murky depths are replete with notes of pineapple, peach, and passion fruit that combine in an absurdly satisfying fashion. It’s a glorious, all-inclusive cruise through tropical waters, and your taste buds have VIP tickets.

Mystery Science Beaver 3000 – DBL NEIPA 
New England Double IPA with Citra, Azacca, Sabro, and Lotus Hops

Rye Barrel LiL’ Bit of wonderful – Barrel Aged Milk Stout

Lil Bit of Wonderful, our milk stout with chocolate, coconut and milk sugar aged in rye whiskey barrels for 18 months!

Lord of Peach Rings – Sour IPA with peach and peach rings
Sour india pale ale with peaches and milk sugar.

Big Grove celebrating 5 years in Iowa City on March 12th! 5 beers to be released including Velvet + Apple Brandy Imperial Stout!

5 years in the books for Big Grove in Iowa City and what better way to celebrate than releasing 5 beers for their beer-loving fan base to indulge in and help with the anniversary fun?! Here’s what’s happening at Big Grove on March 12th:

Let’s celebrate together on Saturday, March 12. To kick off the fun, we just opened the pre-order window for some special new and returning brews we’re brewing. More news and events to come for a week’s worth of fun on March 7-13… but for now you can check out this awesome release at our website’s shop tab.
🎁 Velvet vanilla imperial stout
🍎 Apple Brandy barrel-aged imperial stout
🥃 Bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout
💣 Cannonball hazy double IPA
🍺 Northside Helles

Aslin, Fair State, MORE, Untitled Art, Wild Mind beers coming from Pequod!

With a baseball Bat – Peanut Butter and Strawberry IPA 
With A Baseball Bat is PB&J sammich inspired. Jammy strawberry sweetness + creamy peanut butter = a satisfying smoothness that doesn’t require you to cut the crusts off. Hopped with Citra & Mosaic, this one’s crazy good, you gotta try it!

Nuances of Meaning –  Citra/Mosaic IPA 
Nuances of Meaning is a crowd pleasing IPA that we plan on having available way more often! It’s solely dry-hopped with Citra & Mosaic, boasting flavors of citrus-y clementine, sweet bramble berry & a hint of pine.

Infared Starfish – IPA w/New Zealand hops
A new spin on our classic recipe, Infrared Starfish features Nectaron, the little sister to Waimea hops. Add in some Citra and Galaxy and you get huge notes of juicy pineapple, peach, nectarine, lime and tropical passionfruit.

Laser Raptors – Imperial IPA
Laser Raptor is one of our classic DIPAs made with oats and wheat, giving it a satisfying creamy mouthfeel. Double-dry hopped with Mosaic, Chinook, and Simcoe hops we find notes of berries, pineapple and pine.

Volcano Sauce – Blackberry/Blueberry Fruit sour
Each sip of this fruity, smooth, satisfying sour is packed with bursts of blueberry & blackberry. Milk sugar & vanilla give it it’s signature creamsicle smoothness.

That Shiz Slaps – Dopplebock
This returning Doppelbock gives us flavors of toasted bread and a light malt. Dark fruit flavors of raisin & prune give a sweetness to this one, with a texture that is satisfyingly full-bodied. With no hints of bitterness, this goes down easy & pairs excellently with a hearty meal.

Which Clock Tower – Dbl Hazy IPA – Mortalis Brewign Collab 
Which Clock Tower?, our collab with Mortalis, drops today! Citra, Mosaic, Cascade and Nelson make for a fruit forward brew with just the right amount of bitterness.

Dbl Orange Starfish – Dbl Hazy IPA

We took our Orange Starfish recipe and made it twice as nice. Big juicy flavors of plump candied oranges are the star in this one.

Heckin Chonker Barrel Aged Stout (limited)
“Bourbon barrel–aged stout with vanilla beans. Sure, it’s not lasagna, but it beats the pants off of your average Monday. Also Nermal can gtfo. Aaaaanyway, Heckin’ Chonker is a luxurious blend of multiple barrel-aged stouts with a hint of fresh stout added for vibrancy. It’s ideal for naps in sunbeams, if you can find a suitable one in the winter.”

Heated Agreement – Dbl IPA 
This DIPA is the liquid equivalent of that. Fermented with an insane yeast that produces abundant tropical aromas, and hopped to the gills with our Perrault Farms Mosaic, Mosaic Cryo, and some choice Idaho 7

Best Kept Secret – Dbl New England IPA

Citra leads the charge with mango, guava, and lychee notes, while the Vic Secret adds a subtle dankness with an alluring finish of resinous timber. Silky smooth mouthfeel with a luxurious body, there’s a lot to love about this hazy little mystery. (8.3% ABV)

Villa Pilsner – German Style PilsnerThis beer was then lagered in our traditional horizontal lagering tank for about 6 weeks to slowly ferment and develop its brilliant clarity and delicately delicious flavor profile. Smooth and light with a healthy amount of carbonation packed in every sip, the Villa Pils is a stone cold killa pils. (4.8% ABV)

Juicy IPA Ver 12

The OG returns – This time made the Juicy and Hazy IPA is made with Galaxy, Citra and Azacca hops 

Die Dreaming – Fruit Smoothie Sour 
Inspired by the smoothie drink of  Dominican Republic – Morir Sonando, this smoothie style sour ale is made with Orange, Pineapple, and Milk sugar. 

Lion Bridge releasing “Crushberry” kettle sour for 8th Anniversary on 3/5!

A smell very familiar for Cedar Rapidians will be coming in beer form thanks to Lion Bridge Brewing’s March 5th release! “Crushberry” kettle sour will be bring the delight of Quaker’s Crunchberry day’s armoa into beer from! Here’s more from Lion Bridge:

Crushberry (Kettle Sour with Blueberry and Berry flavor, 6.7%) – For our 8th Anniversary, we wanted to come up with something that embodies the “terroir” of Cedar Rapids. When Crunchberry Day gives its sweet aromatic embrace to our fair city, we are children again; innocent and giggling. We hope this beer if fun for you. Drink on Crunchberry Day for extra enjoyment.

Reunion Brewery releasing “Lucid Lemur Dreams” Hazy IPA this weekend!

Reunion Brewery will be debuting “Lucid Lemur Dreams” hazy IPA this coming weekend on tap lines and shelves throughout Eastern Iowa! Here’s more on this release courtesy of Reunion’s Facebook page:

Lucid Lemur Dreams is about to drop! Our newest hazy IPA brewed with a dreamy blend of Mosaic Lupomax and Zappa hops hits taps and shelves this weekend. Laced with juicy, tropical flavors and a uniquely green twang from Neomexicanus Zappa hops. You won’t want to sleep on this one!

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!

Dimensional tickets for Barrel-aged “Can-D-Bar” go live on 3/6 @ 7 p.m.! “neat” imperial stout releases 3/12 – taproom only!

Dimensional Brewing in Dubuque, IA is kicking off the month of March with a bang as they are set to release two beers! Tickets for their popular “Can-D-Bar’ will open Sunday, March 6th @ 7 p.m.! The following week will see the debut of “neat” imperial stout for a tap room only release starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday March 12th! Details below! Cheers!

It’s time for us to get our Barrel Aged March on. We are excited to bring back B.A. Can-D-Bar & to introduce you to our best nonadjunct B.A. Stout to date. We will be doing this release similar to our most recent releases. Please read the following details carefully.

B.A. Can-D-Bar is a 11.35% imperial stout aged for 14 months in Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. Bourbon Barrels and then rested on Coconut and Cacao!

– Tickets for B.A. Can-D-Bar will be sold online via Etix at 7pm on Sunday, March 6th. Please look for an event page to be posted soon. We will supply a link to etix on the event page.

– B.A. Can-D-Bar will be sold in 2, 500ml bottle packages.

– The limit is one set per order.

– If you score a ticket for B.A. Can-D-Bar bottle pick up will begin on Saturday, March 12th at 11am at the taproom.

– Proxies are allowed for pick up. They must have a screen shot or printed copy of the buyers ID and Etix ticket to be scanned upon pick up.

Introducing “neat”

-neat is a big thicc 11.8% stout aged in a Blaum Brothers Rye barrel for 13 months and that’s it! This Rye Barrel Aged Stout has created such a harmonious blend of the beer & barrel that we can’t wait to send your taste buddies into a state of nirvana.

– This Rye barrel aged Stout will be available in 500ml bottles.

– Due to the low bottle count, we will be releasing this beer first come, first served at 11am on Saturday, March 12th at our taproom.

– Limits will be determined upon turnout and final bottle count.

– For those of you lining up, we will open the garage early for pre game shenanigans because we love you.