Nightmare, Omnipollo, Decadent, and Hoof Hearted coming from Abu Nawas this week!

Nightmare Brewing Company:

  • Nightmare Brewing Drawn and Quartered 6/4/16oz CANS – Quadruple dry-hopped Imperial IPA With Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy, Enigma & Citra. This recipe is close to the original with one alteration. More hops! Not only does this receive a massive Quadruple Dry-Hopped, this also has hops thrown in throughout its process (Mash, Kettle, Fermenter, Brite) allowing for each hop flavor and aromatic to shine while being backed by a well-rounded bitterness. 10% ABV.
  • Nightmare Brewing Colombian Necktie 6/4/16oz CAN – Gose Soured on Colombian Mangoes, with Lulo, Soursop, and Colombian Lime zest. 7.2% ABV.
  • Nightmare Brewing Slow Slicing 6/4/16oz CAN – Asiatic-style Sour Ale. Soured on Mandarin Oranges, Cucumbers & Lemongrass with Yuzu and Rice Sugar. 8.3% ABV.

Decadent Ales:

  • Decadent Ales Fruit Machine – Kiwi Strawberry Lemon 6/4/16oz CANS – A Gose Style Ale, with Kiwi, Strawberries and lemons. 6.1% ABV
  • Decadent Ales Lil Gushy 6/4/16oz CANS – India Pale Ale w/ Orange Puree. 6.2% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Coconut Swirl 6/4/16oz CANS – Triple IPA brewed with Coconut & Vanilla. 10.2% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Orange Gusher 6/4/16oz CANS – Double India Pale Ale with Orange Purée. 8.5% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Orange Cream Pop 6/4/16oz CAN – All Citra dry-hopped IPA with a proprietary blend of sugars, Madagascar Vanilla Bean, and a touch of Orange Zest. 6% ABV.  
  • Decadent Ales Strawberry Frosted Pastry 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA with Strawberry, cinnamon, and allspice – reminiscent of a strawberry pop tart. 8.6% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Vermont Maple IPA 6/4/16oz CAN – Crisp Double India Pale Ale with Vermont Maple. 9.1% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Pecan Pie 6/4/16oz CAN – Double India Pale Ale with Pecans and Maple Syrup. 8.6% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Raspberry French Toast 6/4/16oz CAN – Double India Pale with Raspberry, Maple Syrup, and Cinnamon added. 8.6% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Passiflora 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA Brewed utilizing a blend of New Zealand hops, this brew produces notes of Guava, Citrus, and Passionfruit. 8.6% ABV. 
  • Decadent Ales Coconut Almond Macaroon 24/16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped All-Mosaic IPA brewed with Coconut & Almond, and a variety of sugars to create a biscuit character. 8.2% ABV.

Hoof Hearted Brewing:

  • Hoof Hearted $60 Nachos 6/4/16oz CANS – Double Dry-Hopped Double IPA w/ the gooiest Citra, Simcoe, & El Dorado. 8% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Skin Froot 6/4/16oz CANS – Kettle Soured IPA infused with heavy amounts of Peach and Mango Purèe. 4.5% ABv.
  • Hoof Hearted TURBOWATER – Methode Champenoise 6/4/16oz CANS – Chardonnay Grape, Vanilla, and Almonds Hard Seltzer. Collaboration w/ Evil Water. 5.5% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Tailpipin’ 6/4/16oz CANS – IPA brewed with Pilsner Malts and Hopped with Citra and Sirachi Ace. 6.5% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Maxxx Profitz 6/4/16oz CANS – Sour Frappe Style IPA brewed with Strawberry, Vanilla, Pink Guava, Vanilla, & Lactose. 6% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted One More Again 4/6/12oz CAN – Czech-Style Pilsner. 4.5% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Rose Gose 4/6/16oz CAN – Gose Brewed with Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, Coriander, Hibiscus, then soured with Lactobacillus and fermented with Saison yeast. 4.2% ABV.

Lark releasing “Jordan’s Brunch Maple Stout” this Saturday (4/17)!

Lark Brewing will be releasing “Jordan’s Brunch Maple Stout” this Saturday starting @ 10 a.m. for brunch at the Lark taproom! This is a small batch release and will be limited to in house pours only so make the trek over and get a taste! Here’s more on this beer courtesy of Lark’s Facebook page:

Jordan’s Brunch is a small batch Imperial Stout, aged with vanilla and chocolate, and blended with BLiS barrel aged maple syrup. Jordan Davis has been requesting a Lark Maple Stout since we first met. Without further delay, we will be releasing Jordan’s Brunch this Saturday @ 10AM…for brunch…Cheers!
(Small Batch – in house pours only)

Lion Bridge “Mallow Gold” returning this Wednesday April 14th! Preorder now!

Lion Bridge will be releasing “Mallow Gold” barrel aged stout to the public this Wednesday with preordering available right now! Here’s more from the brewery including a link to the preorder form!

A summer nights favorite is back!!!

Mallow Gold (9%abv, Barrel-Aged S’mores Stout) – We took bourbon barrel aged stout from our stock that have been aging for over a year, and s’moresified it! Marshmallow, Chocolate, and Graham Cracker meld beautifully in this campfire beer.

Pair it with our S’mores house made brownie for a taste sensation. Pre-order today for Wednesdays release.

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Moonlight Meadery, Eden Ciders, Stillwater, and Marlowe Artisanal Ales coming this week from Abu Nawas!

Moonlight Meadery:

  • Moonlight Meadery Little Apples 6/4/16oz CANS – Semi-Dry Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Hard Cider. Aged for 3 months. Not too sweet nor too dry, perfectly balanced and refreshing. 6.5% ABV. ***NOW IN 16oz CAN***NEW CAN DESIGN***
  • Moonlight Currant Obsession 4/6/12oz CAN – Black currant and apple session mead. Tart black currants and crisp apples combine into a bright and refreshing session mead, balanced by smooth floral honey characteristics. This session mead is everything you want. 6.8% ABV.
  • Moonlight Meadery IPA with Honey 6/4/16oz CANS – American IPA Double Dry-Hopped with Columbus, Amarillo, and Lemon Drop hops. Fermented with the addition of USDA Certified Organic Wildflower Honey. 7.2% ABV.
  • Moonlight Razz What She Said 6/4/12oz CANS – Session Mead with Deep, rich raspberry notes play off a smooth honey base, creating a luscious semi-sweet session mead with bright carbonation and an off-pink head. 6% ABV.
  • Moonlight Meadery Sam’s Strawberry 6/4/16oz CANS – Bright and Juicy Strawberry Session Mead. 6% ABV. 
  • Moonlight Thirteen 5 6/4/12oz CANS – A pre-prohibition style of cider from New England fermented with the addition of honey to create a high ABV. Aged 6 months in Rye Whiskey barrels. 13.5% ABV.
  • Moonlight A Common Disaster 12/375ml – An Iowa collaboration with Scot Schaar of Crawford Brew Works in Bettendorf, this mead took 1st place at the 2016 Mead Free or Die competition. Wildflower honey, hand-roasted pineapples, and smokey chipotle peppers. Slightly sweet pineapple notes fade to a smokey chipotle finish. 14% ABV.
  • Moonlight Meadery Desire 12/375ml – Award Winning Mead with blueberries, black cherries and blackcurrants. 14% ABV.
  • Moonlight Meadery Fling 12/375ml – Semi-sweet and tart Strawberry Rhubarb Mead. 14% ABV.
  • Moonlight Meadery Iniquity 12/375ml – Honey, apple and cranberry. Sinful double play on the senses. Sweet and smooth apple that leads into temptation with a finish of light, tangy cranberry. 12%
  • Moonlight Meadery Kurt’s Apple Pie 12/375ml – Meads made from local apple cider with Madagascar-bourbon vanilla and Vietnamese cinnamon spice added. Get your piece of the pie! 14% ABV.
  • Moonlight Meadery Sensual 12/375ml – Sweet Wildflower honey mead. 15.3% ABV.

Stillwater Seltzers and Such:

  • Stillwater Sparkling Red 6/4/12oz CAN – All natural hard seltzer with juicy pinot noir grapes, sour cherries, and a squeeze of lemon. 4.5% ABV. 0g sugar 2g carbs. Gluten-free – Vegan. 110 calories. 
  • Stillwater Sparkling White 6/4/12oz CAN – All natural hard seltzer with sauvignon blanc grape, tropical passion fruit, and fresh-squeezed lime. 4.5% ABV. 0g sugar 2g carbs. Gluten-free – Vegan. 110 calories. 
  • Stillwater Sparkling Rose Rosé 6/4/12oz CAN – All natural hard seltzer with rose hips, hibiscus, and Schisandra berries. 5% ABV. 0g sugar 2g carbs. Gluten-free – Vegan. 110 calories. 
  • Stillwater Sparkling Citrus Haze 6/4/12oz CAN – All natural hard seltzer with tangerine and grapefruit. Fermented dry & lightly dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic. 5% ABV. 0g sugar 2g carbs. Gluten-free – Vegan. 110 calories. 
  • Stillwater Sparkling Electric Yuzu 6/4/12oz CAN – All natural hard seltzer with yuzu, lemon, lime. Gently dosed with sansho and Sichuan Peppercorns. 5% ABV. 0g sugar 2g carbs. Gluten-free – Vegan. 110 calories. 
  • Stillwater Sparkling Ritual Pineapple 6/4/12oz CAN – All natural hard seltzer with pineapple and white sage. 5% ABV. 0g sugar 2g carbs. Gluten-free – Vegan. 110 calories. 
  • Stillwater Tropic Juicy Hard Seltzer 6/4/24/16oz CAN – All Natural India Pale Hard Seltzer dry-hopped with Sabro, Citra, & Galaxy. Cane Sugar & Agave Nectar fermented. Dry and intensely hopped. A lighter, crisper, hoppy alternative. 6% ABV. 0g sugar 2g carbs. Gluten-free – Vegan. 160 calories.
  • Stillwater Dank Citrus India Pale Seltzer 6/4/24/16oz CAN – All-natural India Pale Hard Seltzer Dry-Hopped w/ El Dorado, Mosaic & Simcoe. Cane Sugar & Agave Nectar fermented. Dry and intensely hopped. A lighter, crisper, hoppy alternative. 6% ABV. 0g sugar 2g carbs. Gluten-free – Vegan. 160 calories.
  • Stillwater Tropic Juicy Hard Seltzer 6/4/24/16oz CAN – All Natural India Pale Hard Seltzer dry-hopped with Sabro, Citra, & Galaxy. Cane Sugar & Agave Nectar fermented. Dry and intensely hopped. A lighter, crisper, hoppy alternative. 6% ABV. 0g sugar 2g carbs. Gluten-free – Vegan. 160 calories.
  • Stillwater Dry White 6/4/16oz CANS – Blanc Sour Ale Spritzer with Sauvignon Blanc Grape, Lime and Sea Salt. 4.5% ABV.
  • Stillwater Hot Pink 6/4/16oz CANS – Rosé Sour Ale Spritzer with Grenache Grape, Raspberry and Lemon. 4.5% ABV.
  • Marlowe Artisanal Ales Eager To Share (Citra & Mosaic) 6/4/16oz CAN –  Hazy Pale ale brewed with Citra and Mosaic Hops. 5.4% ABV.
  • Marlowe Artisanal Ales Eager To Share (Amarillo) 6/4/16oz CAN – Same Pale Ale as the Original brewed and dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic, however, they replaced some of the dry hop with Amarillo for a softer, smoother, tea-like pale ale with notes of cantaloupe. This beer is a crusher for sure! 5.4% ABV.
  • Marlowe Artisanal Ales Eager To Share (Galaxy) 6/4/16oz CAN – Hazy Pale Ale brewed with Citra, Mosaic, and Galaxy Hops. 5.4% ABV.

Clock House Brewing releasing “Last Tango Mango” gose this Friday (3/9)!

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

Thew Brewing announces “Sour Saturday” set for April 17th!

Sour beer lovers rejoice as Thew Brewing will be filling their tap lines with their “Askew” sour series on April 17th starting at noon! The seven originals from the series along with 5 new ones will be hitting the lines! Here’s more from Thew’s Facebook page and follow along with updates on the event by clicking here:

Calling all sour fans! We’re bringing back the original seven from the Askew sour series and adding five more for a full takeover of our own taps! Vote for your favorite and you may see it in a bigger run and in crowlers.Supply will be limited. On tap only, no crowlers, no flights.

Clock House releasing “Orange XXplosion” sour on Friday April, 2nd!

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.

Clown Shoes and Prairie coming from Abu Nawas this week!

PRAIRIE

  • Prairie Artisan Ales Spectrum 6/4/12oz CANS – Sour Ale with Cinnamon, Hibiscus, and Chili Peppers. 5.3% ABV.
  • Prairie Artisan Ales Plum Conundrum 6/4/12oz CANS – Sour Ale with Plum, Black Currant, and Blackberry. 5.2% ABV.

CLOWN SHOES

  • Clown Shoes Space Cupcake 6/4/16oz CANS – Every Space Cupcake has been evil…until now. Space Cake’s signature sweet malt backbone and juicy hop profile meet a sessionable ABV in this American IPA. Mosaic hops are front and center in the citrusy aroma and flavor this delectable IPA presents. 5.75% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes DDH YEEEHAAW! 6/4/16oz CANS – This year’s edition of this New England IPA doubles down on its tropical citrus focus with a double dry hopping in the fermentation tank. With Citra, Azacca, and Mosaic hops leading the way. 7% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes DDH Zen Garden 6/4/16oz CAN – Double Dry Hopped New England India Pale Ale, flush with full-bodied, hazy flavor from wheat and oat in the malt bill and a steady stream of hop additions. Hopped with Azacca, Citra, and Mosaic. 6.75% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Rainbows are Real 6/4/16oz CAN – Hazy IPA Infused with Terpenes. 6.75% ABV.  
  • Clown Shoes Bubble Farm IPA  6/4/16oz CAN – American IPA maintains an approachable medium-body without sacrificing any of the full aroma and flavor of copious dry-hopping additions of Simcoe, Azacca, and Idaho 7 hops. 6.5% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Clementine 6/4/16oz CAN – White Ale with Spices, All Natural Clementine Flavor, Sweet Orange Peel, Coriander, Mandarina Hops. 6% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Mango Kolsch 6/4/16oz CAN – American Kōlsch with All Natural Mango Flavor, Columbus, and Huell Melon Hops. 5.5% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Tropical Blender 6/4/16oz CANS – Smoothie IPA with Guava, Pineapple, Mango, and Lactose. 7% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Space Cake 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA with Mosaic and Citra Hops. 9% ABV.  
  • Clown Shoes Tuscan Picnic 6/4/16oz CAN – Rosé India Pale Ale brewed with Lambrusco Grape Juice for sweet fruit flavor and a refreshing dryness reminiscent of a picnic under the Tuscan Sun! 6.5% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Haze Cake 6/4/16oz CANS – Hazy Double IPA with Mosaic, Citra, and Centennial hops, Honey, and 2-row malts, wheat. 9% ABV.  
  • Clown Shoes Zebra Warren 2021 24/16oz CAN – Double IPA Mango and Pink Guava. 8% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Galactica IPA 6/4/16oz  CAN – Clown Shoes Famed Double IPA Dry hopped with Galaxy Hops, this one balances a hop profile of light bitterness and notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and pine with a clean malt backbone.. 8% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Galacticake 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA Featuring a base brew of Space Cake dry-hopped per Galactica specs, Galacticake combines Clown Shoes signature Double IPAs to make for a bevy of tropical citrus aromas and flavor. A balanced body showcases notes of both pine and citrus. 9% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Origin Story 1/12/19.2oz “Stovepipe” CAN – IPA Aged in Bourbon Barrels. Rich and complex notes of bourbon and oak mingle uniquely with subtle hoppiness and a sturdy, slightly sweet malt backbone. 9.75% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Hammer of the Lion 24/16oz CAN – Imperial Stout blended with Wee Heavy Ale aged in Rum, Bourbon, and Brandy Barrels. Rich malt sweetness paired with complex notes of Rum, Bourbon, and dark chocolate. 11% ABV. 
  • Clown Shoes Undead Party Crasher 6/4/16oz CAN – American Imperial Stout, with a kiss of smoke. Rich notes of coffee and chocolate mingle throughout an intense and full-bodied Stout. Holy Water is on the ingredients list, We are not kidding! 9% ABV.

Iowa Eats: The Red Frog – Cedar Rapids, IA

As the weather warms and the itch of getting outside is finally getting scratched, the streets and sidewalks start to come to life in the Czech Village in Cedar Rapids. There are many locally owned restaurants, breweries, bars, and shops in the few blocks that make up the Czech Village area and this past weekend I was able to pay my first visit to The Red Frog. The Red Frog is owned by Jake Brummer and Amy Winkler, who had opened up the Kingston Pub only for the Derecho to rip its roof off. The Red Frog is located in what used to be Dirty Shirleys, tucked in between Anvil Meat Market and Luckys.

The Red Frog could fit the dive bar definition, which I love and appreciate, but the uniqueness and variety of their food menu is what many restaurants strive to achieve and many miss the boat. Great appetizers, sandwiches, and smoked meats make up the menu the but the Frog also serves breakfast on the weekends.

BEER
10 tap lines filled with a nice mix of styles and many local beers. Tank Puncher, Easy Eddy, Witch Slap, Tip the Cow, and a few more to go along with your typical domestics along with some breakfast cocktails if you choose to go that route. I went with a Witch Slap (a few of them) to go along with my food.

FOOD
Went with my buddy’s recommendations at the started with Sriracha cheese balls. A brilliant call from him on this one, I know I have a lot of Top 5 lists, but these cheese balls definitely hit that list, maybe even to the top. The spice added to the breading from the sriracha and how perfectly cooked and creamy they were make for the perfect start and will wake up your taste buds a bit. Glad I had that cold beer next to me.
Next up, the Reuben Wontons. Take your favorite wonton from your favorite chinese restaurant, and stuff that baby with a reuben mixture of swiss, kraut, and corned beef, add a side of homemade 1,000 island and you have an Irish twist on a delicious dish. So far, 2 for 2 at the Red Frog. Lastly, had to try something from the smoker. Really wanted the ribs but after devouring 2 apps I was getting a bit full, so I went with the smoked wing basket. 6 plump and juicy wings with the perfect amount of smoke, accompanied by one of the best blue cheese dressings I’ve had, raspberry habanero sauce, and regular wing sauce hit the spot. The wings were crispy, filling, and tasty.

OVERALL
There are so many things on their menu that I haven’t tried yet that I would love to get a taste of. Do yourself a favor, head to the Czech Village and check out the many restaurants/bars/stores in that area, and then stop by The Red Frog and get yourself those sriracha cheese balls and a beer and just sit back and enjoy! Check out their menu by clicking HERE or their website by clicking HERE!