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.

Stillwater 12 pack seltzer, Prairie Cherry Bomb and more coming from Abu Nawas this week!

STILLWATER 12 packs!

Big Grove “Drive-Thru” back on May 1st!

Details out for the next Big Grove Brewery “Drive-Thru” and the link posted below to get the goods ordered and ready for yourself! Here is what’s coming:

Soooo smooth and soooo glad it’s back again👌 **Velvet, our Madagascar Vanilla Imperial Stout, goes on pre-order sale Wednesday at 10am on our website. This decadent beauty releases Saturday, May 1 and is joined by First of Her Name—our new Talus-hopped double IPA—and the return of Starla and Queserita. You might even find Big Ed, Turtle Hunter, and Colorado Smuggler in the online store if you play your cards right 😏 Pre-order will be available Wednesday, April 21 from 10am until Tuesday, April 27 5pm (or as supplies last). Pick-up window is Saturday, May 1 from 9:00-11:00am with drive-thru and in-house options.

Here’s the link for the Drive Thru! https://biggrovebrewery.com/product-category/drive-thru/

Clock House releasing “Southern Bound” NEIPA this Friday (4/23) at 3!

A new hazy IPA will be coming to our beer loving selves this Friday, as Clock House will be releasing “Southern Bound” NEIPA. Be ready for some peachy deliciousness from this brew! Here’s more from Clock House on this release!

We’re packing our bags and heading down south! This juicy NEIPA was dry-hopped with Azacca and Callista to achieve a peach forward base. This was further accentuated by adding Columbian peaches in the secondary.This crushable hazy will be available on draft, in growlers and 4-packs to go (16 oz)

“Keeping it Craft” Episode 5 Part 1 from Big Grove Solon!

Keeping It Craft is all about showcasing the experiences, stories, and people that make our favorite restaurants, breweries, and bars special. Part one of our trip to Big Grove Brewery shines the light on a process many of us never get to see. Join us as Chef Ben Smart and Chef Sean Towley show us how they butcher and break down a suckling pig for the upcoming Big Grove Beer Dinner on April 19th. If you care about where your food comes from, and the care that goes into making it great this one is for you.

Stay tuned for Part 2 with Chef T.J., Chef Brandon, Big Grove G.M. Andrew, Pasta Carbonara, and White Sausage Pizza paired with some of the best beer in the state! Cheers!