Club 76 announces “9th Annual Stouts, Sours, and Oysterfest” for Saturday March 26th!

Club 76 in North Liberty has announced the date for their always amazing “Stouts, Sours, and Oysterfest” event! Saturday March 26th is the date and tickets will be going on sale on November 28th! Click HERE to follow their Facebook page with updates. Here’s more from Club 76 on this event:

Oysterfest is back. We discovered last year that most people who attended enjoyed the setup change we used last year. We also discovered it worked better for the volunteers and staff as a fewer ticketed and more intimate event with the opportunity to reserve tables. Same great food and spectacular beers selection. Tentative date for tickets to go on sale is November 28. We will update the page if that changes as we are going to try to make the process even easier this year. We will be having our Whiskey Raffle again. This is a great event for the American Legion and the proceeds helps us help the community including brand new scholarships this year locally at Liberty High School for sons and daughters of American Veterans. We also appreciate any feedback back on how we can help local organizations in the community in need especially Veteran or Children in need.

Along with the amazing food, you know there is going to be an amazing, hard to get tap list of some of the best stouts and sours that are attainable in Iowa. Here’s a list of possible brews being tapped at Oysterfest:

2017 Stone Mikhail
2019 Prairie Bible Belt
30th Boulevard Imperial Cuvée
Richard Port Barrel
2015 Sierra BA Narwal
2020 Clown Shoes Hammer of the Holy and Hammer of the Lion
Cascade Kentucky Peach and Pear Mary
Big Grove Trip in the Woods
Multiple Bourbon County’s 18 and Varietals

Backpocket set to release “Wake the F Up” Barrel-aged Coffee Imperial Stout on 12/4!

Stout weather is upon us and stout releases are on the horizon! Backpocket is releasing their popular “Wake the F Up!” barrel-aged coffee imperial stout on December 4th! Here’s more from Backpocket on this release:

𝚂𝙰𝚅𝙴 𝚃𝙷𝙴 𝙳𝙰𝚃𝙴‼️
Wake The F Up Iowa 2021: Barrel Aged Imperial Coffee Stout release party will be December 4th. This BA Stout was aged in Mississippi River Distilling Barrels for boozy flavors that blend perfectly with the locally roasted coffee from Wake Up Iowa. If you love coffee and barrel aged beers, you gotta get some of this!
Stay tuned for more details on the release party!

MORE Brewing Tap Takeover @Red’s Alehouse set for Oct. 7th!

Reds’ Alehouse will be welcoming MORE Brewing Company to our state with a tapping of some pretty limited beers! Head on over to North Liberty on Thursday, October 7th and get ready to taste some excellent brews! Here’s what’s going to be on tap:
Arketype:Coco Flux- Imerpial Stout
Henna: Coconut Double Rainbow- Imerpial Stout
Into the Sun: Wheet Beer
Sun City: Dry Hopped Lager (HH)
Morever- New England IPA (HH)

Here’s more on this event courtesy of Reds:

Join us for a special tapping to help introduce one of our new favorite breweries making their way to Iowa!More Brewing Company is located in Villa Park, IL and specializes on juicy ipas, stouts and sours. Come see what they’re all about!

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.