Big Grove “Richard the Whale” tickets go on sale Oct. 19th! Plus 2 beers returning benefiting Iowa’s Waterways!

Richard the Whale 2022

Wednesday, October 19 at 10am — Richard the Whale will go on sale for pre-order… then you can sip and sit back with our favorite barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout when he resurfaces on December 3 in our Iowa City, Solon, and Des Moines taprooms. 

But it does beg the question… which variant styles should we pull from the oceans of options?? Chocolate Coconut Cake, Well Baked, and Coffee were reallllly tasty in 2021.

Wade Wisely and Greener State of Mind Returning

Wade Wisely and Greener State of Mind each return on Friday, September 30 with a mission to improve the quality of Iowa’s waterways!

Raise a glass of our annual Oatmeal Coffee Stout project with coffee from JBC Coffee Roasters and you’re benefiting The Driftless Flyathlon. And when you pick up our citrus-forward pale ale in collaboration with GreenState Credit Union, proceeds support the mission of Wings2Water

And after they hit the shelves of our breweries, they’ll both find their way across Iowa to your favorite beer coolers in the first week of October.

Clock House celebrating 5 year anniversary this Saturday! (9/24) Tons of releases!

This Saturday (9/24) starting at noon you’ll have the opportunity to get your hands on some tasty beers at Clock House as they will be celebrating their 5 year anniversary and will be spoiling us beer lovers in doing so! Here’s what they have in store for us:

*BA 5th Anniversary Stout: 14 hour long-boiled Imperial Stout aged in Cedar Ridge Bourbon Barrels for 12 months then rested on toasted coconut, cacao nibs, and vanilla beans. Available in 500 ML bottles. $25 per bottle. No limit.
*Clock House Black Lager: Crafted with a blend of pilsner and dark roasted malt then bittered with Hallertau Mittelfruh. This easy drinking Black lager has notes of floral and smooth coffee. Available in 16oz 4-packs.
*Glow Frog: Dry-Hopped with Strata, Nelson, and Cryo-Pop. Huge mouthfeel with notes of lemon, mango, papaya, and grape.
*Lucasville Slugger: The man, the myth, the Clock House legend. Lucasville Slugger is a New England IPA dry hopped with Citra and Sabro. It was then rested on 500 Grade A Madagascar Vanilla Beans. ‘Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.’ Available in 16 oz 4-packs.
*Tropical Snozzical: A tropical version of Snozzberry Sour! Brewed with Dragonfruit, Prickly Pear, Mango, and Passionfruit! Available in 16oz 4-packs. S
*Sour Patch Man: Our base kettle sour infused with loads of Blue Sour Patch Kids. Our spin on what adult candy would taste like. Available in 16 oz 4-packs. One 4-pack limit per customer.
*Watermelon Sour Patch Man: The Sour Patch Man series continues with a watermelon version! Loaded with multiple pounds of watermelon gummies! Draft only.
*Firkin Tapping Lineup:
4 PM: Root Beer Lager
5 PM: Anniversary Stout w/ Peanuts and Nutter Butter Cookies
6 PM: Tropical Snozzical w/ Ghost Peppers

Lion Bridge releasing “My Second Rodeo” imperial milk stout this Wednesday! (9/21)

Another delicious sounding release coming from an Iowa brewery this week! This time, it’s happening in the Czech Village at Lion Bridge! Hope to see you there this Wednesday! Here’s more on this release courtesy of Lion Bridge’s Facebook page:

This Wednesday we are releasing MY SECOND RODEO in bottles and on draft.

This is an Imperial Milk Stout w/Vanilla, Cacao, Cinnamon, 10.5% – Rested on Madagascar Vanilla Beans, Ecuadorian Cacao, and Saigon Cinnamon, this stout has seen a thing or two. Not their first rodeo.

Look out for this special beer!

Lua releasing 3 new beers this Friday (9/16)!

Lua Brewing will be the place to be as they are welcoming 3 new beers to their portfolio this coming Friday September 16th! A collab with Pulpit Rock and another with Horus Aged Ales out of California! Here’s the latest from the folks at Lua:

Two and a half years ago, we spent some time with our friends from @prbrewing and designed a stout recipe destined for barrels. Our friendship with the team at Pulpit is a special one, having such admiration for their beer long before Lua materialized. We look to the team there to inspire us, and push us to constantly improve our craft. We also have immense respect for them personally, and admire their integrity and care for their customers and community.

The beer we came up with was straightforward, a double mash, long boil stout that rested for well over 2 years in bourbon barrels. Two of these barrels were exemplary in our eyes, and worthy of showcasing on their own, unblended. The beer became Wistful, an homage to the time it was brewed, before the residual sugar arms race really reared its head.

WISTFUL BARREL #1 (14.9%) Imperial stout aged in a single Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel. Limit is one (1) 375mL bottle per person.

WISTFUL BARREL #2 (14.9%) Imperial stout aged in a single Blanton’s bourbon barrel. Limit is one (1) 375mL bottle per person.

GRACKLE (15%) Kyle from @horusagedales came over to the Hawkeye state a few months ago and helped us brew this big ol’ stout. Imperial stout conditioned on a whole buncha macadamia nuts, walnuts, almonds, coconut, cinnamon, vanilla, & cacao nibs. Limit is two (2) 750mL bottles per person.

TWO WAYS to order:

– The good old fashioned line! Grab your favorite lawn chair and camp out. You’ll be handed a ticket for your bottles in line, and doors open at 11AM for purchases. Cutoff for tickets will be 10:30AM. Stay, have some pours, & hang 🍺.

– Online ordering through TOAST! Bottles go live at 10:45AM CST. Proxies are allowed (just make sure your proxy has your order number and name ready at pickup). All bottles MUST be picked up at the Lua Taproom by end of service (11pm) on 9/16.

See you all this Friday. Who’s ready for a #PatioStout?!

Big Grove IC hosting “Okotberfest” beer dinner on Thursday October 13th!

Tickets are available for Big Grove’s latest beer and food pairing, this time emanating from their Iowa City location. Menu and beers not released yet, but stay tuned for more info on that as the date nears! Get your tickets HERE. Here’s more from BG on this dinner:

Dust off the lederhosen and get ready for another Oktoberfest at Big Grove! The chefs and brewers of Big Grove are coming together for a one-night, 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 games and good times. We’ll have a pretzel flip, stein hold, hammerschlagen, and a special surprise at the end!

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and dinner service will begin at 6:30 p.m. 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.

This event will be hosted in our private game room area with tables of 4 or 8.

Tickets are sold as a whole table.

Lua Oktoberfest party set for this Saturday (9/17)!

Des Moines will be the place to be this Saturday as Lua Brewing will be celebrating Oktoberfest with a parking lot party! Plenty of delicious food, activities, and of course beer awaits you! Here’s more info courtesy of Lua’s FACEBOOK page!

Join us on Saturday, September 17 for our biggest event of the year: Lua’s 2nd Annual Oktoberfest Celebration. We’re releasing TWO Oktoberfest-style beers, bringing in authentic German 1 liter tankards, and throwing a huge party to mark the occasion in true München style.
We’re converting our entire parking lot into a huge Oktoberfest tent, bringing in a stage with awesome live bands, and releasing authentic Oktoberfest food and beer, along with much more. This is Lua’s largest event of the year. Read on for more details!

TICKETS
Presale tickets are available at https://www.toasttab.com/lua-brewing-company/v3. Tickets are $18 and include admission to the event, a take-home Lua-branded 1 liter authentic German tankard (the same style and brand used in Munich), a full 1L fill of either festival beer, and discounted beer refills.
Admission only tickets are available for $5. Day-of tickets will be $22.
Kids 12 & under are free.
We will not mail physical tickets; ticket purchasers will be placed on a entry list and can arrive at any time on September 17.

EVENTS/ACTIVITIES
-Munich-style Oktoberfest tent
-Two Oktoberfest-Style Beers
-Full tap list of contemporary Lua beers
-Authentic Munich-Style Food from Chef James and Friends
-Live Music courtesy of Some Friends – noon-3pm and Kick! starts at 7pm
-Family Hours 11am-2pm – face painting, balloon animals, henna, and airbrush tattoos
-BAGS TOURNEY – email pete@luabeer.com to sign up
-Sausage Toss Contest
-German Patio Drinking Games including stein holding contest for men and women and STUMP (hammer-nail)
-Prizes for best dressed Oktoberfest patrons
-Commemorative 1 Liter German Tankard to keep

FOOD
-Bratwursts (we partnered with our friends at Old Station Craft Meats to make authentic bratwursts featuring Lua’s Märzen)
-House Schnitzel
-Bavarian Pretzels with mustard and cheese
-Spaetzle and Cabbage

BEERS
Our regular taplist will be available, but the stars of the show will be our two beers for the Fest: a Märzen and a Festbier. While often confused, they are in fact two distinct German styles, both with fascinating histories.

Märzen is the amber-hued Oktoberfest lager most often made in the USA for Oktoberfest celebrations. But did you know that Märzen is not the style served at the actual Oktoberfest in Munich?
Rather, the authentic Oktoberfest beer now served in Germany is called Festbier, a pale (golden), flavorful lager.
It’s true. It’s also complicated. Märzen indeed was the traditional beer served at Munich’s autumnal celebration starting with the first celebration involving alcohol in 1818. At that time, the style most closely resembled a dunkel, deep brown to black in color with roasted characteristics. Today’s lighter, amber Märzen began to appear in the mid-19th century as technological advances made lighter colored (“pale”) malt possible. This new amber-style Märzen took the festival by storm. It was the preferred Oktoberfest lager until the 1970s when Paulaner, one of the six traditional Munich breweries (the others being Spaten, Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, and Löwenbräu) began offering a golden lager that it believed would appeal to Germans’ increasing favoritism toward paler beer. This style, later dubbed “Festbier,” was an immediate hit, and by the 1990s, Festbier had become *the* authentic Oktoberfest bier.

Ironically, America’s continuing association of Märzens with Oktoberfest is one of the few instances where American beer norms are perhaps more traditional than our German counterparts.

Lua’s devotion to authenticity in European drinking traditions made our brewing an authentic Festbier an inevitability. But no American Oktoberfest celebration is complete without the amber-hued Märzen that traditionally marks the coming of autumn in the Americas. So to celebrate the right way, we made both. Like all of our continental-style beers, expect unparalleled and painstaking attention to detail and authenticity in the creation and presentation of these classic lager styles.

Oliver’s Oktoberfest (5.7%) is an amber Märzen-style lager brewed with 100% German malts, hops, and yeast. A five-step mash complete with a decoction resulted in a beer that drinks super clean with low bitterness and classic notes of toasted cracker and caramel maltiness.
Festbier (5.2%) was brewed in collaboration with our friends and fellow German-loving lagerheads at Confluence Brewing. Festbier is similar to Oliver’s in that it uses 100% German ingredients and a five step, single decoction mash. Festbier, however, is golden in color and features lighter flavor notes of rich biscuity malt.

Come try both authentic Oktoberfest-style beers and see which you prefer!

GLASSWARE
A regular admission ticket ($18 in advance, $22 at the door if available) gets you in plus a 1 Liter Oliver’s Oktoberfest branded mug and a 1 Liter (33.8 ounce) pour of your choice of Märzen or Festbier.

Why 1 Liter? Because liters traditionally are the only size served at Oktoberfest. Want less than a liter of lager? In Munich, you’d order a Radler/Shandy, which is a full liter of half beer and half lemonade or soda. Both will be available!

In addition to traditional Oktoberfest beers and pour sizes, our regular beers and sizes will be available.

BOTTOM LINE
Come eat, drink, and party like a German all day on September 18 at Historic Sherman Hill’s oldest craft brewery.

Backpocket, Trees Forever, and FNF restaurant group team up for “Recovery Red IPA”!

Backpocket Brewing Company has partnered up with Trees Forever and the ReLeaf project for Cedar Rapids to help with planting trees in the community along with making a beer to help raise money for the project.  They have also collaborated with Cedar Rapids based FNF Restaurant group as they will have the beer on draft at their locations (LP Street Food, Cliff’s Dive Bar, The hip-stir, Bricks Bar and Grill, MOCO) to support the cause.  All of the grain and hops were donated by Backpocket suppliers and it will be a limited release in the Cedar Rapids metro. 

“Recovery Red” checks in at 6.5%.

SingleSpeed “Zach’s Mexican Donuts Day” set for Saturday, October 8th!

A bid day in Cedar Falls approaches as SingleSpeed Brewing has announced the date for their popular “Zach’s Mexican Donuts Day”! There are 3 tiers available for purchase so make sure you read carefully and the link to the tickets follows the descriptions. Here’s more courtesy of SingleSpeed:

Imagine Coco on the TVs, while you listen to Live Bossa Nova Music, with a beer in one hand and a donut in the other. Now envision kicking off your Saturday with access to hyper-limited beer and custom donut holes on top of that… Welcome to ZMD DAY 2022.

This will be a ticket holder only event from 9:00AM-11:00AM. You will have access to Hyper-Limited releases of Barrel-Aged Double Donuts, Blueberry Streusel (Fruited Pastry Sour), alongside Zach’s Mexican Donuts!
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TICKET DETAILS:

🍩 Tier #1: The Donut Hole || $15

– Early access to Zach’s Mexican Donuts Day

-(1) Set of 4 one-of-a-kind Commemorative ZMD DAY 2022 Coasters

-(1) Commemorative ZMD Day 2022 Glass filled w/ the ZMD Day Beer of your choosing

– Donut Hole / Beer Pairing for the limited releases courtesy of Icon Donuts

– Access to the hyper-limited draft options: Barrel Aged Double Donuts & Blueberry Streusel Sour

– Live music by Marcus DeJesus

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🍩 Tier #2: The Cake Donut || $35

– Early access to Zach’s Mexican Donuts Day

-(1) 500ml bottle of Double Donuts – 2022 (Barrel-Aged)

-(1) Set of 4 one-of-a-kind Commemorative ZMD DAY 2022 Coasters

-(1) Commemorative ZMD Day 2022 Glass filled w/ the ZMD Day Beer of your choosing

– Donut Hole / Beer Pairing for the limited releases courtesy of Icon Donuts

– Access to the hyper-limited draft options: Barrel Aged Double Donuts & Blueberry Streusel Sour

– Live music by Marcus DeJesus

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🍩 Tier #3: The Ultimate Fritter || $55

– Early access to Zach’s Mexican Donuts Day

-(1) 500ml bottle of Double Donuts – 2021 (Barrel-Aged)

-(1) 500ml bottle of Double Donuts – 2022 (Barrel-Aged)

-(1) Set of 4 one-of-a-kind Commemorative ZMD DAY 2022 Coasters

-(1) Super Cool Commemorative ZMD Day 2022 Glass filled w/ the ZMD Day Beer of your choosing

– Donut Hole / Beer Pairing for the limited releases courtesy of Icon Donuts

– Access to the hyper-limited draft options: Barrel Aged Double Donuts & Blueberry Streusel Sour

– Live music by Marcus DeJesus

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**Doors will open back up to the public at 11:00AM, in which you may (are encouraged to) stay for The Diplomats playing from 11:00AM-2:00PM, and, of course, more food and beer!**Get your tickets by clicking the following link:

September releases coming from Backpocket!

Pretzel Stout – Chocolate stout that was infused with pretzels with a splash of peanut butter.

Oatmeal Stout – Experimental oatmeal stout that has a touch of vanilla (draft only/taproom release)

Cereal Killer – Hazy IPA with loaded with lactose, marshmallow and mosaic, azacca and equinox hops then infused with hundreds of pounds of fruity cereal.

Saturday Morning Raspberry/Feijoa – One of our favorites in the Saturday Morning smoothie sour series with the return of Raspberry and Feijoa which is a mix of strawberry, guava and pineapple fruit flavors.