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.
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.
Lua Brewing out of Des Moines will be releasing some amazing beers in bottles and cans on Saturday, April 2nd! This is going to be an immensely popular release and it’s first come/first serve so plan accordingly! Here are the details from Lua:
Barrel Aged Stouts and Our First Can Release
Please join us Saturday, April 2 at 11am for our first CAN RELEASE. We’ll also release two new barrel-aged stouts.
The stouts will be released in 4-packs with two 375mL bottles of each blend for $100. Cans will be in 4-packs. All will be sold on a first come, first served basis when we open at 11am. Limits TBD.
WANDER (14.2%) is a blend of imperial stout bases aged 23 months in Willett and Weller bourbon barrels. Baker’s chocolate, espresso, vanilla, barrel.
FLEETING (13.9%) is a blend of imperial stout bases aged two years in Weller and Heaven Hill Rye barrels, before being rested on a massive amount of coconut. Rich fudge and coconut.
SUN FOR MILES (6.6%) is our new *flagship* hazy IPA. Generous amounts of your favorite hops were added both in the whirlpool and at dry-hopping, giving Sun For Miles bright flavors of POG juice, white peach, and sticky cannabis.
TINY BEAM OF LIGHT (5.7%, not pictured) is our beloved all-citra Hazer Lazer™. Crushable, sessionable, yet immensely flavorful, TBOL boasts dank aromas of nectarine, melon, and passionfruit. This beer is meant to be consumed in multiples.
SCIENCE IS MAGIC THAT WORKS (9.0%) is the result of some seriously cutting edge science in collaboration with our buds at Toppling Goliath and Sapwood Cellars. We utilized a revolutionary thiol-releasing yeast strain from Berkeley and Phantasm, a new-age form of powderized grape skin from New Zealand that is loaded with thiol-precursors. Mash hops, whirlpool hops, and a generous dry-hop with some of TG’s dank, extraordinary Nelson Sauvin hops produced huge notes of passionfruit and sauvignon blanc grapes. Thanks to TG and Sapwood for pushing the envelope with us on this one.
NAPPING UNDER THE ECHO TREE (7.0%) is a fruited sour featuring dragonfruit, passionfruit, mango, and guava.
SOME GRACE (7.0%) is a berry donut inspired sour, and features Oregon marionberry, boysenberry, blackberry, blueberry, and over 2,000 Krispy Kreme glazed donuts.
Glyn-Mawr Winery-The Local in downtown Mount Vernon has decided to build off of their popular wine club and offer a Local Beer Club for those interested. The link to the form is below and is free to join but signing up requires an obligation to purchase one variety 12 pack per quarter. This is an awesome deal for any beer lovers and would be a great gift as well! Check out the details below and click the link to sign up:
We’re so excited to roll out The Local Beer Club as a partner to our Wine Club!
This clubs offers a loyalty program to our customers, filled with savings & perks!
As a beer club member, you will enjoy:
15% off your variety 12-pack each quarter!
10% off all branded merchandise AND 10% off growler fills everyday!
Half price on our new growlers!
Invitations to beer club member exclusive events!
A free Local pint glass with pick up of your first order!
Our club is free to join…your obligation is agreeing to purchase one variety 12-pack per quarter (we curate the 12-pack) to take home and enjoy!
If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, just complete this Google form to get started!
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!
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
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 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!