Abu Nawas Drops this week: Fantome, Eden Ciders, and Clown Shoes

Another week and another great drop including some treats from Fantome and Eden Ciders. Here we go!:

FANTOME

  • Fantome Lea’s Journey 750ml – Globe-Trotting Farmhouse Ale. Typically enigmatic!
  • Fantome Hiver 750ml – Brewer Dany Prignon changes his recipes every year, so we can’t so for sure what this year’s beer will be like, but it is sure to please lovers of Dany’s beers. 8% ABV.
  • Fantome Boo! 750ml – Special Fall Belgian ale. 8% ABV.

EDEN CIDERS

  • Eden BRANDY BARREL HEIRLOOM ICE CIDER 375ML – This limited production run of Eden flagship Heirloom Blend Ice Cider has been aged in 10-year old barrels previously used for apple brandy. It has notes of caramel, apple sauce, and vanilla, a round, full mouthfeel, and plenty of acidity to create a lasting, refreshing finish.
  • Eden HONEYCRISP ICE CIDER 375ML – This tangy, elegant ice cider is made 100% from Vermont-grown Honeycrisp apples. The Honeycrisp is a prized Northern USA apple variety. As its name suggests, there is a honeyed quality to its sweetness, accompanied by sufficient acidity to keep the flavor fresh and crisp. Enjoy with cheese, maple crème Brulee, or butter cookies. 10% ABV.
  • Eden HEIRLOOM BLEND ICE CIDER 375ML – Ice Cider brings the essence of pure apple to a sophisticated dessert wine. Vermont’s natural winter cold is used to concentrate cider to the optimum balance of sweetness and acidity. Our unique blend of traditional and heirloom apples produces a complex, delicious flavor that complements food yet may be savored on its own. It takes over 8 lbs. of apples to make just one beautiful bottle! 10% ABV.

CLOWN SHOES

  • Clown Shoes Churro Sombrero 16oz CAN – The latest entry into our Sombrero series, Churro Sombrero features sweet dessert notes from cinnamon and vanilla bean additions. This richly textured Mexican-Style Chocolate Stout gives a fresh twist of unique texture and flavor. 7% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Double Dry Hopped Yeeehaaw 16oz CAN – 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, DDH YEEEHAAW! is an explosion of the fruit notes and smooth full-bodied flavor that is exemplary of this modern style. 7% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Banshee and the Beast 22oz BOT – Blended Imperial Stout aged in Irish Whiskey and Bourbon barrels. Bold roasted malt flavor gives way to a smooth finish, abetted by barrel-aged complexity and the soft hints of Bourbon and Irish Whiskey. 10.25% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Clementine 4/6/12oz CAN – Delicious Clementine witbier. 6.0% ABV.

Lion Bridge releasing “Oakonut Delight” Imperial Stout on Black Friday!

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Black Friday has gone from Christmas shopping to beer shopping for many of us and Lion Bridge brewery has thrown their hat into the ring! On Black Friday, tap room only, they will be releasing “Oakonut Delight” Imperial Stout! Here’s more on this delicious sounding brew courtesy of Lion Bridge:

Oakonut Delight will be a brand new Imperial Stout from us at Lion Bridge. Coconut, Chocolate, Caramel and 10 months in whiskey barrels. Really looking forward to this.

Need Pizza + Stone Brewing hosting “Nights of the Gargoyle” on Oct. 23rd!

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Need Pizza in Cedar Rapids will be teaming up with Stone Brewing for a little Halloween fun this Wednesday, October 23rd for “Nights of the Gargoyle”. Specials beer tappings (Enjoy By, Xocoveza), trick or treating, and swag giveaway will be taking place. Here’s more from Need Pizza on the event:

@stonebrewing will be in the house with us on October 23rd during #happyhour with giveaways and the latest Enjoy By IPA. Come #trickortreat with us!

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Big Grove Richard the Whale release set for Dec. 7th, both locations! Tickets on sale October 9th!

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Big news from Solon and Iowa City today as Big Grove has announced the release of their popular Richard the Whale brew! The release date is set for December 7th and the tickets will go on sale the coming Wednesday, October 9th! They will be doing another golden ticket release so look for that as well! Here’s more on this release:

This year, Big Grove Brewpub in Solon joins the fun! Richard the Whale, our bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout returns for its annual party on Saturday, December 7. If you’re solely looking for a four-pack of bottles and collector’s glass, you’re invited to our Solon Brewpub! Tickets on sale Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 8:00am.

This ticket includes a collector’s glass and personal four-pack of Richard the Whale: 2 Richard the Whale, 1 Richard the Whale Coffee, 1 Richard the Whale Chocolate Hazelnut.

This package is $79.00 and can be purchased online here.

Golden Ticket beer, Richard the Whale Vanilla Coconut (500 mL), is exclusively available in Iowa City during the brunch bottle release party from 8:00-11:00am.

Tickets will be available through Eventbrite at this link.

Clock House Brewing releasing Pineapple Witch Slap 9/26

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Clock House Brewing company will be releasing a pineapple variant of their popular Witch Slap hazy IPA on September 26th! To make it even better they will be releasing this beer in 16 oz crowlers! Here’s more from Clock House!

The Witches are at it again and have decided to take our Flag Ship “Witch Slap NEIPA” to warmer places. They’ve added loads of Pineapple during primary and secondary fermentation to create a unique tropical twist. Don’t forget your sunglasses and fly into our taproom to enjoy our Hazy, Murky, Juicy Witch, infused with real pineapple! Get some while it lasts!

Iowa Brewing releasing Double Barrel Hang Fire + more on Oct. 12th!

 

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Iowa Brewing announcing another big release coming this fall! On October 12th they will be releasing double barrel Hang Fire, a variant of last year’s anniversary Hang Fire release. Along with Hang Fire, they will be releasing some other brews as well. Here’s more courtesy of Iowa Brewing:

For our first anniversary we brewed an Imperial Stout called Hang Fire. For our second anniversary we released four barrel-aged variants of it (Aquila-Nilla, Brunch AF, Rubus & Templeton). But that wasn’t all… The legacy of Hang Fire continues! We took one of the Templeton Hang Fire barrels and put that back into a fresh Rye barrel for an additional year! Behold! Double Barrel Hang Fire, two years in barrels and finished with chipotle, cinnamon and cocoa nibs.

But that also isn’t all…

Once upon a time we had a Belgian-style Tripel that we called, Tripel. We put some of that Tripel into a Cedar Ridge port wine barrel which was used to create one of their Single Malt silver label whiskies. We then let that barrel chill for two years! This magic liquid is now known as Barrel-Aged Tripel and will also be available in bottles.

“Is there more?” you ask…

Yes! We will be debuting the newest batch of our Juicy-Hazy IPA series, Jinkies! AND perhaps something else that’s extra fun, so stay tuned…..

Pricing TBD
Double Barrel Hang Fire, 375 ml bottle
Barrel-Aged Tripel, 375 ml bottle
Jinkies!, 16 oz. 4-pack

Iowa Brewing releasing “Jinkies” part of their hazy IPA series on 9/11!

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Iowa Brewing will be continuing their hazy/juicy IPA series this week with the release of “Jinkies” on September 11th. This release will be available in 4 packs @ 10.99 and also on draft. Here’s more from Iowa Brewing:

Jinkies! it’s time for another version of our Hazy/Juicy IPA series (previously known as Juicy McJuice Pants)

This newest batch features a delicious blend of El Dorado, Strata and Amarillo hops.

The beer will be available on draft with 16 oz. 4-packs to go @ $10.99 – the last version sold out in a couple hours so we’ll be canning a little more this time around but don’t dawdle, it won’t last long!

Quarter Barrel “Darkest Peru” Imperial Stout 4 pack going to the Pop Culture Trivia winner on September 10th!

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Quarter Barrel Arcade and Brewery with some fun news to share. On September 10th they will be hosting a Beer and Pop Culture Trivia Night on September 10th and the winning group on this night will be receiving a 4 pack of their yet to be released 4 pack imperial stout called “Darkest Peru”! Here’s more on this tasty sounding brew:

It’s a 14% abv imperial stout that was aged in bourbon barrels for 9 months and with Peruvian coffee, Peruvian cacao nibs, and an herb called Huacatay that is also known as Peruvian Black Mint (it’s not particularly “minty”, but just adds some spice to the heat).

And for you trivia freaks who happen to be beer freaks…here’s how you sign up for this event:

Maybe you can’t pronounce Reinheitsgebot, and for all you know, the ingredients in beer are hops, skips, and jumps … but you’ve grown up on movies, music, and TV that more than occasionally reference the world’s greatest beverage. Queue up some old episodes of Cheers, re-watch Strange Brew, channel your inner Barney Stinson and join us for Beer in Pop Culture trivia on Tuesday, September 10. The Quarter Barrel is the featured brewery at this year’s BrewNost International Beer Festival at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, so we’ve teamed up with them for a little pre-game fun.

We cap Trivia at 20 teams. The cost is $5 per team and registration proceeds will benefit the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. You need your team size and team name to register. Teams are limited to 6 members or less. Trivia sells out so register now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beer-in-pop-culture-trivia-registration-70730072551.

Come early to eat, drink and be merry before Trivia starts at 7:30pm. Prizes will be given to the 1st and 2nd place teams!

Also, go visit the NCSML staff at the BrewNost table where you can purchase a raffle ticket for $10 to win a trip to Prague with airfare for 2 and 7 nights with breakfast at Hotel Rott. BrewNost will also be giving out throwback glasses and will have a special BrewNost giveaway free to enter! To purchase tickets to BrewNost visit: NCSML.org/BrewNost

Another great local event with another great local beer to be had. Get to Quarter Barrel and give your team a shot..even if you don’t win…you might be able to get a taste of Darkest Peru sometime…if you’re lucky!

 

Lion Bridge releasing Oktobot + Oktobot 3000 today! (9/4)

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Fall season is underway and what better way to ring it in than sitting in the Czech Village at the Lion Bridge patio and sipping on their fall favorite Oktobot…and if you’re feeling froggy……their Barrel-aged imperial Marzen Oktobot 3000 is available too! Here are the deets courtesy of Lion Bridge:

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Our odes to Oktoberfest become self-aware on draft and in package TODAY at 3pm.

These Imperial Oktoberfestbiers are the finest we’ve ever made and super excited to share with you all.

Oktobot (Imperial Märzen, 7.7%) – A fusion brew with German and Czech roots in the recipe as well as the name (“robot” is a word with Czech origins). Munich and Bohemian Pilsner Malt are the motherboard to this amped up version of the style, while a healthy dose of German hops provide fuel to keep it running. This is the non-barrel aged version. Look to Oktobot 3000 for even more power. Available in 6 packs.

Oktobot 3000 (Barrel-Aged Imperial Märzen, 8.5%abv) – A fusion brew with German and Czech roots in the recipe as well as the name (“robot” is a word with Czech origins). Munich and Bohemian Pilsner Malt are the motherboard to this amped up version of the style, while 6 months in Rye Whiskey barrels greases the cogs and makes sure it all computes. Available in 4 packs.