Clock House Brewing 4 year Anniversary party set for 9/18!! Tons of beer tappings including Pineapple Witch Slap!

Clock House Brewing in Cedar Rapids will be celebrating their 4 year anniversary on September 18th with a ton of beers being tapped including Pineapple Witch Slap and their 4 year anniversary stout! Here’s more from Clock House on this beer filled day!

WERE TURNING 4! CELEBRATE WITH US!
Join us Saturday, September 18th at 12 PM for our Anniversary celebration! We have an exciting lineup of beers to announce as well as live vinyl provided by our friends from Analog Vault. Be sure to put this day on your calendar, you won’t want to miss out!

SATURDAY LINEUP:12 PM:
Sour Patch Man (Kettle Sour with Blue Sour Candy) *DRAFT & LIMITED AVAILABILITY IN CANS
Pineapple Witch Slap (Our flagship NEIPA w/Pineapple) *DRAFT & CANS
BA Imperial Peanut Panic (12% ABV Imperial Stout aged in Driftless Glenn Bourbon Barrels for 16 months then rested on dry-roasted peanuts, cacao nibs, and vanilla beans) *DRAFT & LIMITED 500 ML BOTTLES
BA 4th Anniversary Stout (12% ABV Imperial Stout aged in Driftless Glenn Bourbon Barrels for 18 months then rested on toasted coconut, cacao nibs, and vanilla beans) *DRAFT & LIMITED 500 ML BOTTLES

3 PM:
FIRKEN TAPPING: Pineapple Coconut Witch Slap *DRAFT ONLY

6 PM:

FIRKEN TAPPING: Snozzberry Sour w/ Crunchberries *DRAFT ONLY
FIRKEN TAPPING: Chillin’ In CR w/Habaneros & Ghost Peppers *DRAFT ONLY
Live Vinyl from Analog Vault

.Releases will be first come first come first serve. No proxies. Limits will be decided at a later date

Iowa Eats: Ramen Belly; Iowa City, IA!

Start driving to Iowa City, take the Dubuque Street exit, come to the stop light before the Mayflower and hang a ralph, drive up and yes, it’s all houses/homes/condos/etc. keep going until you hit the Peninsula Neighborhood. Don’t worry, if you think you are totally missing a restaurant because it’s all houses, you would be correct, but just get to Martin Street and you’ll run into a legit restaurant…you’ve made it..1010 Martin Street in Iowa City….get your taste buds ready for Ramen Belly!

Nestled back in a beautiful Iowa City neighborhood is where you can get an extremely satisfying and fulfilling Asian meal. Ramen Belly has a small seating capacity with some outdoor tables which makes it charming and hospitable as do the wait staff and owners. You are given menus, but you place your order after scanning a QR code and the staff are eager to help if need be. The menu itself is mouth-water….potstickers, short ribs, poke bowls, and what I came there to eat…RAMEN!!! When I hit a new place and the menu has many options that appease they eye, it’s time to order a shit load of food! Before the food…the beer…….Ichiban on tap…get one, Japan’s pale ale, or get a Sapporo while you’re feeding your face. For the Iowa Craft scene, Easy Eddy was on the lines!

DISH 1 – Braised Pork and Mushroom Pot Stickers:

Potstickers are always an easy thing to order because they are usually extremely tasty if done correctly, and Ramen Belly does them extremely well. A bit of crunch on the outside, steamed perfectly, and the mushroom/roasted pork combo paired wonderfully. Definitely worth another order.

DISH 2 – Tuna Tartare

Fresh tuna tossed in a sriracha aioli with house pickled cucumbers, wonton strips, and thin strips of nori. Refreshing with a little punch of heat from the aioli, paired perfectly with a cold Ichiban.

DISH 3 – Poke Bowl

Yes, this dish and the one above look similar. Underneath this one however is some delicious white rice and a sesame flavored seaweed salad to go along with the mouth watering tuna. Refreshing, filling, and extremely tasty. The seaweed salad is the game changer in this dish. Those house cucumbers in there make for a perfect bite!

DISH 4 – RAMEN!!!

I went with the house blend ramen broth on this one and after talking to the owner you can appreciate it all those flavors that you get from it. The broth is cooked down for 36 hours before blending with others broths for at least an additional 18 hours. Packed full of flavor for all the lovely parts of chicken, pork, veggies, beef and then strained over al dente noodles, a big slab of the best tasting korean grilled short rib I’ll ever eat, soft boiled egg, and bean sprouts.

OVERALL

I want to go back tomorrow. Every dish was delicious, flavorful, and well-executed. My one regret…I should have ordered a bunch of short ribs! I will not make that mistake again! Forget chicken noodle soup, Ramen is the way to go! Check out Ramen Belly on Facebook by clicking HERE and get over there and get some awesome food!

“Keeping it Craft” Episode 7 Part 1 @ Club 76!

What a day with Jeremy Freerks and Club 76. An American Legion unlike any other where the food coming from the kitchen and the rotating tap list is almost as incredible as the people who run and frequent the establishment. Part 1 of 2 starts with Jeremy Freerks talking beers, events, the Magic Bus and more! Part 2 coming at you soon with a look at wings and wraps at the Lodge!!

Toppling Goliath tap takeover @ Reds Alehouse this Thursday! (6/10)

One helluva lineup coming to you this Thursday at Reds Alehouse in North Liberty as Toppling Goliath is bringing some heavy hitters the lines! Get there early, these are sure to go quick!

Join us this #ThirstyThursday for a specialty tapping event featuring these TG Brews on draft:

**Term Oil Fluffernutter – Term-Oil Fluffernutter begins with a special blend of Imperial Stout that aged in bourbon barrels for well over a year. To that already decadent base, we added dry roasted peanuts, peanut butter, marshmallow, and vanilla beans to create the liquid version of the classic Fluffernutter sandwich.
**Term Oil Coconut Monster Cookie – Inspired by one of our favorite treats, this bourbon-barrel aged stout will warm you with notes of fresh monster cookies baked with heaps of honey-glazed toasted coconut, a touch of peanut butter, and candy coated chocolates.
**Ferrari Backpack DIPA – We vibed out with our compadres at Lua Brewing Company to manifest liquid opulence. Brewed with a pretentiously golden aesthetic, loaded with luxuriously oil-laden hops, and soft as thousand thread count sheets. Drink fresh. Pinkies out.
**Pineapple Papaya Fandango Sour – Conjure up warm-weather vibes with this kettle sour. Tropical papaya and fresh-squeezed pineapple juice will transport your tastebuds to a tropical wonderland. Sweet, tart, and then sweet again.
**Hot Dog Time Machine DIPA – Our amigos at Hop Butcher for the World shared the same interest as us in exploring the alternate reality of the “fluffy” IPA. We threw multiple types of wheat into our fluff capacitor, heavily hopped it everywhere except the 88 minute boil, and fermented with yeast primed for transtemporal travel. Last year was certainly the wurst of times, but now it’s time to ketchup with us on our journey and relish in this hot dog fueled time travel adventure.
Pompeii IPA – This IPA is created with the same attention to detail as the beautiful mosaics that graced the city of Pompeii. It features mango and pineapple hop flavors with a medium-body feel to tantalize the senses.

New this Week: Clock House and Lion Bridge releases!

Another week and another round of delicious sounding beers coming from the wonderful brewers at Clock House Brewing and Lion Bridge Brewing! Here’s what’s in store for us:

**CLOCK HOUSE RASPBERRY XXPLOSION**

The third variant of our sour XXplosion series features an excessive amount of fresh Raspberries from our friends at Buck Creek Hops. Thick, tart and sweet. This sour XXplodes out the glass and will leave you wanting more!Available on draft and in 16 oz 4-packs. No holds or pre-sales will be available prior to the release.

**LION BRIDGE COFFEE KOLSCH AND GOODY**

The classic diner pairing you know and love comes to you in beer form. This Wednesday 5/26 we are serving up, for the first time in cans, a @dashcoffeeroasters version of our Kölsch that is sure wow and surprise with beautiful coffee aroma and flavor, but no added color.And, as an “a la carte” addition we are offering Goody, an Imperial Cinnamon Roll Stout made with cream cheese icing, vanilla, and cinnamon.We highly recommend enjoying them together over good conversation about the weather and the 17 year cicada hatch.Pre-order now (click the link below) for Wednesday pick-up!https://www.toasttab.com/lion-bridge-brewing-company…/v3

Backpocket announces 9th Anniversary party for June 26th!

Backpocket will be celebrating their 9th anniversary this June! Stay tuned for more details on this event that is going to take place on the 26th! Variants to be released along with their popular Anniversary stout and allotments will be posted and updated up until the day of the party so keep following Backpocket on social media! Cheers!

Northside Oktoberfest set for October 2nd plus Oktoberfest in a Box returns!

Downtown Iowa City has announced the return of Northside Oktoberfest! This years version will be broken up in to 3 elements:

  • Northside Oktoberfest in a Box (Friday, September 3rd, 10th, and 17th)
    • Thanks to the success of the 2020 Northside Oktoberfest in a Box, we have been asked to bring this feature back as part of the 2021 festival. The 2021 Northside Oktoberfest in a Box will once again be a take-home box including a variety of beers and your favorite treats from Northside businesses. Each box is built for 2 people to enjoy and can be customized when ordering.
  • Iowa City BrewFest (Saturday, October 2nd, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
    • After taking a break from the in-person festivities in 2020, the sampling event is back to celebrate in-person with a new twist. For 2021, Iowa City Brewfest sponsored by FLY CID will be more exclusive than ever, with ONLY 600 BrewMaster tickets available. That means fewer lines and more beer for you to enjoy!
  • Northside Oktoberfest Outdoor Bier Hall (Saturday, October 2nd, 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
    • *New for 2021, Northside Oktoberfest will host an outdoor Bier Hall on Linn Street for general admission. Attendees can purchase a $15 Bier Hall mug to refill with at Northside restaurants and bars. Grab a drink, sit outside, and enjoy the traditional Oktoberfest entertainment that will be happening from the afternoon through the evening.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 5th @ 7:00 a.m. and you can order them by clicking here!

Here is what is included with each event listed above:

Northside Oktoberfest in a Box includes: 

  • 12 “Old World Classic” beers hand-selected by John’s Grocery & Iowa City’s “Bier Guy”, Doug Alberhasky
  • Take and bake Pagiliai’s Pizza of your choice
  • A featured kitchen item from Prairie Kitchen Store
  • (1) Bottle of wine from Brix Wine & Cheese Shop (choice of white or red)
  • $30 of gift cards to Northside businesses: $15 Gift Card for Dinner from a neighborhood restaurant & $15 Gift Card to a neighborhood shop
  • Northside Oktoberfest in a Box will be available for PICK-UP ONLY (Friday, September 3rd, 10th, and 17th)

Iowa City BrewFest ticket includes:

  • Exclusive access (only 600 available) to unlimited samplings from over 40 vendors from 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Northside Oktoberfest 2021 chalice glass
  • $5 for lunch at Northside vendors
  • 25th Anniversary Iowa City BrewFest shirt (choice of Brewer Work Shirt button-up or classic t-shirt, designed and supplied by Jonnie 5 Apparel)
  • First beer free at the new* Northside Oktoberfest outdoor Bier Hall

Northside Oktoberfest Outdoor Bier Hall 

  • $15 Bier Hall Mug (available to purchase only the day-of)
  • 1 free drink with purchase (while supplies last)
  • Can purchase wine and beer at Northside businesses to take to the street and enjoy
  • Access to Oktoberfest entertainment

Clock House releasing “Tidal Waves” tropical sour this Friday! (5/7)

Another week and another refreshing sounding release coming from Clock House Brewing. This Friday, Clock House will be releasing “Tidal Waves” tropical sour in 4 packs and on draft! Get there to get yours! Here’s more on this release courtesy of Clock House’s Facebook page:

You spoke, we listened! After hearing several requests to bring back this delicious sour, we decided it was time to brew more! Join us in our taproom this Friday, May 7th as we bring back Tidal Waves! A tropical punch inspired sour splashed with waves of cherry, pineapple, passion fruit, and lemon.Available in cans and on draft. No growler fills due to limited supply.
4-packs will be sold in-store only. No presales or online ordering

Clock House releasing “Whole Lotta Colada” sour this Friday (4/30)!

Earlier this week it was the announcing of a citrus wheat from Clock House and today we are getting a pineapple coconut sour! Clock House continues to roll us into the warmer months as they will be releasing “Whole Lotta Colada” sour this Friday (4/30) at 3:00 p.m. Draft and cans available, here’s more from the brewery:

Stop on down this Friday as we release Whole Lotta Colada! A fruited Kettle Sour infused with loads of Pineapple and Coconut! If you’re crazy for coconut you’re not alone! Brewmaster Todd woke up at 3 AM to toast the tasty coconut used in this summer crusher.Taproom sales only. Draft and cans available.