Great Iowa Beer Festival Category Vote: Hazy/New England Sytle IPA

From BA: NEIPA is essentially an unfiltered IPA or Double IPA that’s been aggressively hopped. Appearance ranges from slightly hazy or cloudy to opaque or muddy. Dry-hopping, the use of high-protein grains (flours, flaked oats, wheat), certain yeast strains, water chemistry, CO2 levels, and other techniques may also contribute to the beer’s haze and mouthfeel. But the overall goal is typically a hazy, juicy IPA packed with fruity and floral flavors

Thew releasing “Cure-All No. 2020” barleywine: An Oakland Rd. Hy-Vee Exclusive on Oct. 17th!

Thew Brewing release

Thew Brewing has teamed up with Oakland Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids for a special release of “Cure-All No. 2020” barleywine. This beer was made specifically for Oakland Road Hy-Vee and the release will consist of 16.9 oz bottles and it will be on tap with a special cheese pairing as well! Here’s more courtesy of Thew:

We brewed a barleywine for Oakland Road Hy-Vee and it has been aging in an apple brandy barrel from Cedar Ridge for nine months.Release details: A limited number of bottles will be available at our taproom release ($14, 16.9 oz. bottle). It will also be available on tap and Chris Luken, Oakland Road’s amazing cheese specialist, will be creating cheese boards to pair with the beer that will be available to enjoy in our taproom or to go. Details on cheese boards coming next week!Thew Brewing kindly requests that guests wear masks when moving about our taproom and observe social distancing guidelines. Per the Iowa ABD, guests must be seated while consuming food or beverages.

Clock House bringing back Pineapple Coconut Witch Slap on October 15th!

Big fan of this news as Clock House will be brining back a popular variant of their excellent Witch Slap! On October 15th, Pineapple coconut Witch Slap will be back! Here’s more from Clock House:

Our flagship NEIPA infused with DOUBLE the pineapple and coconut. If you like beer-adas and getting caught in the rain, this may be for you.This will be available in the taproom and in cans. The canning pre-order will be available on Facebook/Website on Sunday, October 11th at noon.

Lua announces 1 year anniversary beer dinner set for October 22nd!

Huge news out of Des Moines today as Lua Brewing has released the information for their 1 year anniversary beer dinner and bottle release! Here are the details!

1ST ANNIVERSARY BEER DINNER, BOTTLE RELEASE AND BRUNCH COMING IN HOT (10/22-10/25)It’s hard to believe, but we are coming up on one year of life as a lil brewery family, and we are working diligently to prepare for a few fun, safe events we have planned to celebrate with y’all 🥰 we will be announcing more details and selling tickets for all of these events this week, so keep them eyes peeled.

1st Anniversary Dinner – on 10/22, we will have a limited number of seats for a socially distant beer dinner hosted by Chef James Arbaugh and Brewer Zack Dunbar. 5 courses of James’ world class food paired with beers specially crafted and designed by James and Zack, and only sold at this dinner. Tickets will go on sale this week!

1st Anniversary Bottle Release – we will be packing up a set of 5 different beers to release on 10/23 and 10/24, inlcluding our first anniversary imperial pastry stout and our @prbrewing imperial pastry stout in 750ml bottles. The set will include these beers and 3 others, as well as a first anniversary glass. We will be announcing details about the rest of the beers in this package as well as details about how to enter the raffle to purchase a set this week!

1st Anniversary Pushpop Brunch – On Sunday, 10/25 James will be whipping up a tasty brunch menu, along with Michelada and Mimosa inspired Pushpops. We will also have a special Pushpop crowler available for brunch guests to purchase, more details about the brunch coming later this week. We can’t wait to share our first anniversary celebration with all of you, and show gratitude for all of the support and love that we’ve received over this last year. Thank you.

Lion Bridge fall releases and some future TBD releases announced!

Lion Bridge brewery has been busy and is bursting into fall with a plethora of releases! Their Cheeseshake sour releases have been extremely popular and delicious and if you haven’t tried Off Grid yet you need to do yourself a favor and get some! One of the best beers of the year IMO! Here’s what’s coming down the line this Fall and maybe into winter for Lion Bridge:

**Blackberry Cheeseshake Sour – the last of the Cheeseshake releases will be available on October 7th and will be available for online purchase starting this Sunday at 9 p.m. Click here for purchasing link!

**Zombie Awakening – released this week! In collaboration with Bloomsbury Farm. Black as the inside of a buried coffin, with enough Dash dark roast coffee to put a pep in the step of the even the most lumbering undead walker.

**Spice Must Flow – a seasonal favorite returns next Wednesday (10/7) as well!  This black Ale w/spices checks in at 7.0% and contains a melange of Maple, Saigon Cinnamon, nutmeg, and a robust black ale form this luxurious treat.

** Fun Size – releasing October 9th and according to LB this is a small beer w/chocolate and Sea Salt and checks in at 7.0% – This beer is brewed with Sea Salt and then fermented with a Scandinavian Kveik yeast called Lutra that ferments quickly and produces a very clean yeast profile. We then rest this beer on a lot of cacao nibs. The result is an adult treat for Halloween. No tricks needed!

**Oco Noco – releasing October 14th with an October 11th presale is this imperial milk Stout w/coconut that will check in at 10.5% – For batch 1001 we wanted to make something special. We decided to take an exceptional Imperial Milk Stout base beer and put an obscene amount of toasted and un-toasted coconut into it until beer and confectionary treat melded seamlessly together. Simple, but oh so decadent.

**TBD BEERS!!

Lion Bridge releasing “Oco Noco” Imperial milk stout w/coconut on Oct. 14th!

This one is sure to be a can’t miss for coconut lovers! Batch 1,001 coming from Lion Bridge! Here’s more:

Oco Noco (Imperial Milk Stout w/Coconut, 10.5%) – For batch 1001 we wanted to make something special. We decided to take an exceptional Imperial Milk Stout base beer and put an obscene amount of toasted and un-toasted coconut into it until beer and confectionary treat melded seamlessly together. Simple, but oh so decadent.$21.99 4-pack.
Available to place orders on Sunday Oct 11 at 9pm for pick up on Wednesday.

Big Grove “Oktoberfest” beer dinner set for Thursday, October 22nd!

I’m a little late to the party on this event, but get your tickets to this years Big Grove “Oktoberfest”! The Iowa City location will be hosting this event, below are the details and the only thing I see missing from the event is a good old fashioned “slap off”! Chad Young v. Kent Ball anyone?

Here are the details:

Dust off the lederhosen! The chefs and brewers of Big Grove are coming together for a one-night-only, German beer dinner in Iowa City 🍻 Throughout this five-course meal, prepared by our award-winning chefs, we’ll celebrate our very own Oktoberfest with socially distant games and good times. We’ll have hammerschlagen (each table gets its own hammer), stein holding contests, and maybe even a lil’ yodle-ay-hee-hoo!Each guest will receive their own Big Grove stein and a complimentary pour of their Big Grove lager of choice. The menu will be released closer to the event date.Tables are available in groups of 4 ($200), 6 ($300), or 8 ($400). Guests will be spaced throughout the taproom and patio areas in their groups of 4, 6, or 8.Any questions regarding table sizes, please email events@biggrovebrewery.com

Tribute Eatery and Bar opening in Coralville’s Iowa River Landing!

From the folks who brought you 30hop, comes Tribute! A new restaurant that should be opening its doors in mid to late October! Here’s more on this new dining option:

IOWA RIVER LANDING LOCATION UNDERGOES RENOVATION ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE NEW XTREAM ARENA!

CORALVILLE, IA – 30hop Restaurant is excited to introduce it’s newest full service concept, Tribute Eatery & Bar to the corridor. With an anticipated opening date in the second half of October, Tribute is currently undergoing a full renovation with a brand new design.

Tribute aims to bring sophisticated and fresh cuisine to a smart and convivial crowd. Its menu focuses on delivering artisanal sandwiches, shareable snacks, hearty salads and seasonal favorites with its inviting, classic space and laid back vibe anchored by a spanning warm wood bartop.

Tribute Eatery & Bar is brought to you by the 30hop team. We are exciting to announce 30hop Cedar Rapids Managing Partner, Darin Blum, will function as its General Manager. Coralville’s current Sous Chef, Cody Sammons, has been appointed to Executive Chef and current Assistant Manager, Blake Laughton, will act as the Assistant General Manager!

Tribute is now hiring for all front and back house positions. We encourage those will all degrees of experience to apply!

Big Grove “Starla” returns this weekend! Northside Oktoberfest in a box includes Big Grove/Adventurous Collab!

Starla

Some exciting news from Big Grove Brewery this week as they plan to release their hazy double ipa “Starla” in cans this weekend. Showcasing citra and Idaho 7 hops, the first release of “Starla” clocked in at 6.4%, not sure if the 2nd run will be the same or not. Along with “Starla” Big Grove has also released “All New Everything” double IPA in cans.

Big Adventure

A busy week for BG for sure and to top it off, their collab with Adventurous Brewing, “Big Adventure” hazy double IPA and “Northside” Helles Lager will be featured in Northside Oktoberfest in a box. So, if you got in on the Northside release you’re getting what are sure to be some tasty brews! The weekend approaches and cold beer will be welcomed! Support your local breweries, bars, and restaurants! Cheers!

Northside Helles