Thew Brewing: “A Very Barrelly Weekend!” coming Jan. 29th!

Thew Brewing will be bringing some barrel aged brews to their taproom and at Johnson Avenue Hy-Vee for their “A Very Barrelly Weekend” event on January 29th! Here is what’s going down that weekend:

January 29th – releases of:
Max Walker: Timecop (BA Belgian Quad)
Thew’s Helpful Smile (BA Imperial Stout, brewed for Johnson Ave. Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids)
Crosspark in the Rye (BA Sour Rye Saison) and Raspberry Crosspark in the Rye (BA Sour Rye Saison with Raspberry) both brewed for Crosspark Rd. Hy-Vee in Coralville.

**All four beers will be on tap; limited bottles of the Hy-Vee beers will be available in our taproom.Thew Crew members will have the opportunity to reserve bottles of the Max Walker – a handful of platinum and silver memberships are left. They also just tapped This Mostly Iowa Fabric which is a NE pale ale dry hopped with cashmere hops from Buck Creek!

Thew Brewing announces barrel sampling for 1/13 and 2021 Thew Crew memberships plus more!

A lot of news from Thew Brewing today! A barrel sampling coming on January 13th, Thew Crew membership opportunities, and a barrel aged quad release coming? Here we go with this update:

Let’s start with the barrel sampling. All info courtesy of Thew:

Have you ever wondered what beer tastes like at different points in the barrel aging process? This event will give you the opportunity to sample beers from all barrels currently in use in our taproom. Our brewmaster, Chris, will give background on the barrels and the beers created for them.Chris Luken, Cheese Specialist at Oakland Road Hy-Vee, will be creating cheese and meat boards to be enjoyed with the samples. A vegetarian option is available.Cost for the event is $20 and includes one full pour in addition to samples from each barrel. Cheese boards are $15 and will be suitable for two people to share!Email haley@thewbrew.com to register. Please specify which night you are attending (Wednesday, January 13th or Thursday, January 14th), number of tickets, and number of cheese boards. Seating is limited.Appropriate Covid-19 distancing protocols are in place in our taproom. Masks are required when you are not seated at a table.

Thew is now offering memberships for the 2021 year. Membership includes:

Join the Thew Crew! Members at all levels enjoy the following benefits:

  • 20% off flights 
  • $2 off growler fills
  • $1 off four-pack bottles
  • $2 off full pours on Thew Crew Wednesdays
  • Option to create a personalized Thew Crew mug (cost of mug $10; option to use it in the taproom for 2021 or take home immediately)
  • Priority for special releases
  • Thew Crew party with special release beers later in 2021
  • Other special events TBD

For more info click the link here!

Stay tuned for a barrel-aged quad released! Exciting news from Thew! Cheers!

Beer Baron’s Top 10 Iowa Beers of 2020!

What a year it has been! With all that is going on our local breweries still put out a ton of amazing beers and this was the toughest “Top 10” I’ve had to come up with. As the year winds down, a heartfelt thank you to all the brewery/restaurant workers out there working their butts off to get us excellent beers and delicious food while trying to keep their businesses afloat. Keep supporting local people!

List criteria:
*Beer must have been released in 2020
*Iowa brewed only
*Annual releases not counted unless a new adjunct was added to the beer

I know that I’ve missed many, my goal in 2020 was to get to as many Iowa breweries as possible and I was able to get to many that I hadn’t been before and hopefully that trend continues in 2021. After you read my list I would love to hear what your Top 10 is this year! Follow me on twitter @iabeerbaron or join the Iowa Beer page on Facebook. Cheers to you all!

*Richard the Whale Vietnamese Coconut Coffee – 12.5% – the last few years of the Richard release, the golden ticket addition has added excitement but also even more creativity from the BG brewers and crew to up the ante every year to produce an amazing beer and this year was no different. The balance between the coffee and coconut blends perfectly with barrel and the vanilla rounds it out perfectly. A truly decadent and delicious beer. To quote Virginia Madsen from “Sideways”, “You know, the day you open a Richard the Whale Vietnamese Coconut Coffee….that’s the special occasion”.

Big Grove Richard the Whale Vietnamese Coconut Coffee

*Lion Bridge Off Grid – 6.6% – there may not be a better beer to showcase the trying year many people have faced in 2020. Off Grid was brewed after the derecho storm left many in the Cedar Rapids area without power, shelter, etc. Brewing with generator power, not only did Lion Bridge get beer to us, they gave us one of the best IPAs brewed in Iowa in 2020 and I hope we get a taste of it again in 2021….minus the derecho.

Lion Bridge Off Grid

*Barn Town Nelson Sauvin Neon – 6.5% – as Barn Town’s Neon is becoming more available in Eastern Iowa, it has certainly taken its place amongst my ever revolving beer fridge as a staple. However, Barn Town decided to showcase different hops in their popular IPA and after tasting Nelson Sauvin Neon, dare I say I want more of this version? I love Nelson hops and the addition of this adds a nice peppery finish to an already delicious citrus IPA.

*Lua Algorithm – 4% ABV – trips to Des Moines in the last year certainly have been more common to get some to go beers from many of the breweries in that area and one certain stop has been Lua. Lua’s lineup of beers range from wonderful pilsners, hoppy IPAs, BA stouts, and one their extremely popular Pushpop lineup of brews! There were many that I really enjoyed but Algorithm was the one that stood out to me most. The combo of orange, mango and peaches can be enjoyed any time of the day! Lua is currently doing curbside only for the foreseeable future so make sure you place an order with them and pick up some amazing beer and food!

*Clock House Peanut Panic Porter – 5.5% – Clock House has had an amazing year with their beer releases and with the addition of a canning line they can get us our favorites more efficiently and timely. Of all the beers I’ve had of theirs this year, (I think I’ve had them all), their Peanut Panic Porter stood out. I’m a huge porter fan, Founders Porter is still one of my all-time favorite beers, and when Clock House added peanuts to this beer I was sold. Now, this isn’t a overly sweet “peanut butter” beer, this is boiled raw peanuts and some added cocoa nibs making this one of the best porters I’ve had and definitely the best peanut porter I’ve ever had. Still on tap I believe, give it a shot!

*Big Grove HDTV – 9.2% – galaxy hops gone mad! Big Grove took their popular Color TV and added a bunch more galaxy hops to it to give us this baby! A wonderful welcome addition to Richard the Whale day, HDTV is not only delicious, but it’s deceptively drinkable coming in at 9.2%. You still may be able to find cans of this in the wild or certain bars (Club 76 has it on tap).

Big Grove HDTV

*Single Speed Barrel-Aged Double Donuts – 10% – aged in Cedar Ridge single malt whiskey barrels? Yes please! Single Speed took inspiration from their popular Zach’s Mexican Donuts, threw it in some amazing whiskey barrels and barrel-aged Double Donuts was born! Luckily I have a few cans left of this and I have every intention to sit by the fireplace and watch the snowstorm blow in tomorrow night and sip and enjoy this wonderful brew!

*Pulpit Rock Double Dave-O – 7.6% – I remember having this beer way back in January at Marquee Pizza in Coralville during their anniversary celebration. Marquee always did a great job getting Pulpit Rock on tap (Thanks Sam!) when many places couldn’t and I remember thinking that it’s going to be nice being able to visit here, have some great food and sip on some Pulpit beers…..things have changed a bit because of the pandemic but Pulpit sure has adapted to the changing times and have done an amazing job getting their cans available in certain locations around Eastern Iowa (Need Pizza + Reds Alehouse). Double Dave-O stood out because of the hop profile. Citra and mosaic, two of my favorites made this a quenching IPA leaving me wanting another one!

Pulpit Rock Double Dave-O

*Dimensional Imperial Cinna-Man Bun – 11.7% – there are some beers that you can be a little hesitant to order because you’ve already played it out in your head how it was going to taste. With this particular beer, I thought for sure it would be way too sweet for me with over the top cinnamon, admittedly I was completely wrong. Dimensional brought balance to a beer that could have gone the complete opposite direction, especially for a pastry stout. Another great fall/winter beer to sip on, wish I had some more of it!

Dimensional Imperial Cinna-Man Bun

*Clock House Sweet Innocence – 5.2% – 42 lbs of black cherries added to this kettle sour which made for a truly refreshing beer to sip on on hot ass August night in Iowa. This is a beer that I hope to see again during the warmer months and if you haven’t tried it, if Clock House does release it again, it’s worth the trip to Cedar Rapids!

Clock House Sweet Innocence

There is the list! It’s always fun to compile but never easy to narrow down! With such a trying year in the beer/restaurant industry it is amazing on how these breweries have adapted to keep their businesses alive and to also keep us stocked with beer. A huge cheers to all of them and I hope you continue to support your local brewery and businesses. I know I probably missed your favorite of the year so please let me know what your list looks like! Cheers!

Reunion releases 4 new BA Stouts!

A busy week for Reunion Brewery as they released 4 new barrel-aged stouts this past week, 2 of which are exclusive only to certain stores. Below are the details of these 4 new brews and where you can find them! Cheers!

*Imperial Banshee w/ vanilla + almond – 13% ABV – A veil of inky blackness. Roast soaked in booze and oak. Distant screams in the dark. The Banshee has been waiting. The Banshee is calling. Vintage 2020 of our feared Imperial Banshee Imperial Stout aged 10 months in Cedar Ridge Bourbon barrels. 30 cases of this variant, visit your local liquor store to find it!

*Imperial Banshee – 10% ABV – Our 10% abv Russian Imperial Stout is an inky black, roasty, barrel aged monster. Aged in Wild Turkey and Four Roses bourbon barrels for 7 months this ale is layered in rich notes of bourbon, vanilla, toasted coconut, and cocoa. 30 cases of this variant, visit your local liquor store to find it!

*The Knob Diablo – 12% ABV – This one we’re really excited about. Our buddies @waterfronthyvee were kind enough to hook us up with a 15 year old Knob Creek barrel. We pulled some of the base beer for our Cocoa del Diablo out of the cellar to rest in this extremely special barrel. This single barrel Imperial Stout is thick and creamy with 15 years worth of bourbon notes. Available EXCLUSIVELY @ Water Front Hy-Vee in Iowa City!

*I Already Had This Last September – 12% ABV – Another barrel aged stout you say? But I ALREADY HAD THIS LAST SEPTEMBER! This is a very special stout collab we did with the goons down @johnsgrocery last September. A long boil RIS that was rested for a full year in a single Jefferson Reserve barrel. This silly stout will be at John’s Grocery this weekend so go snag some before they drink it all! Available EXCLUSIVELY @ John’s Grocery in Iowa City!

Need Pizza announces “Cellar Club 2021” details!!

Cellar Club 2021

Read carefully to get your name on this list! I’ve been down to Need’s cellar and they sure have some amazing beers that they can kick out, and like it says below the first beer for you if you belong to the Cellar Club will be a 2015 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Only 15 spots available, here are the specifics, get you’re name on the list!

  • We have been adding to our cellar beer collection since we opened in 2015. 2021 is the year we kick of our first cellar club.
    This is an exclusive club with only 15 spots available. Members will get a free crowler of a cellared beer on the first Sunday of every month. In addition, get 10% off craft beer pours
    all year and a cellar club t-shirt. Membership is $350 for the year.
  • The January release will be Bourbon County 2015! You will have to trust us to take care of you the rest of the year with some fantastic releases.
  • To secure your spot for this inaugural cellar club, email specialevents@needcr.com

HDTV, Batch 1000 Barleywine + more coming from Big Grove for Richard the Whale Saturday release!

You knew Big Grove would be bringing their big guns for this Saturday’s Richard the Whale release as they always do. One of the most highly anticipated releases in Iowa beer is upon us and Big Grove has released more beers that will be available for this coming Saturday’s Richard party!

The fresh brews are brewed and Richard the Whale awaits your loving embrace alongside his pals this Saturday. No doubt about it—this is our favorite weekend of the year:

*Batch 1000 Barleywine: this beer deserves its own release day honestly⁣⁣
*HDTV: when you make a bigger, badder of version of Color TV, you call it HDTV⁣⁣
*Into the Woods: if more fruit could’ve possibly fit into this sour, we woulda done it⁣⁣
*Minuteman: double the Citra, double the fun with a Big Grove west coast classic⁣⁣

Lion Bridge “Barrel-Aged January” 2021 release schedule!

Yes!! The schedule has been released and Lion Bridge can once again save the month of January!

Release schedule:

Jan 2, GAZPROM! Double Maple with Coffee

Jan 6. GAZPROM! 2021

Jan 8. First Firkin Friday: Barrel Aged Chocolate Cheesecake Firkin

Jan 13. Apple Cherry Graf collaboration with Wilson’s Orchard (draft)

Jan 20. Home Baked 2021

Jan 23. GAZPROM! Caramel Pecan

Jan 27. Percussive Maintenance (Macaroon)

This year, because of COVID, we will be offering three at home experiences.

All “experiences” come with a suggested playlist for maximum home enjoyment!

Food Specials Available all month for curbside pickup or dine in

  • Vladimir Poutine with local cheese curds (Beef Stroganoff on a bed of house fries)
  • Honey Pecan Goat Cheese Panini with Apple Chutney
  • Maple Burger: Maple Coffee Jam with garlic aioli, lettuce bacon, & caramelized onions.  Add cheese, and/or add an egg

GAZPROM! / VLADIMIR’S SNACK PACK (100 AVAILABLE)
PRE-ORDER FOR 1/2/21 PICK-UP

GAZPROM! 2021 Canvas tote bag (exclusive to Snack Pack)

GAZPROM! 2021 T-shirt 

2021 GAZPROM! (2, 12oz cans)

2021 Caramel Pecan GAZPROM! (1, 12 oz can)

2021 Double Maple Coffee GAZPROM!  (1, 12oz can)

($70 + tax and deposit)

***Optional food add ons***

Beef Stroganoff & Buttered Noodles AND/OR Vladimir Poutine

Dessert- Pecan Bourbon Pie 

HOME BAKED TAKE AND SLAKE KIT (60 AVAILABLE)
PRE-ORDER FOR 1/20/21 PICK-UP

Barrel-Aged January Cotton tote bag (exclusive to BAJ Kit)

2020 Home Baked (1, 12oz can) (exclusive to Take and Slake Kit)

2021 Home Baked (4, 12oz cans)

Barrel-Aged January Teku Glass in gift box exclusive to the kit

House Made Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (4)

($80 + tax and deposit)

  ***Optional food add ons***

House Made Tater Tot Casserole

Dessert- House Made Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

HOME MAINTENANCE KIT (70 AVAILABLE)
PRE-ORDER FOR 1/27/21 PICK-UP

Barrel-Aged January cotton tote bag (exclusive to BAJ Kit)

Percussive Maintenance (2, 500mL bottles)

Percussive Maintenance glass (2, 10.5oz old fashioned glasses exclusive to Kit)

House Made Coconut Macaroons (4)

($70 + tax and deposit)

***Optional food add ons***

Anvil Meat Market Ribeyes to Cook at Home (2) & Mashed Potatoes

Dessert – Additional Macaroons (4)

Available as stand alone items:

GAZPROM! Double Maple Coffee 4-pack – $24.99 +tax & deposit (1/2/2020)

GAZPROM! 2021 4-pack $19.99 +tax & deposit (1/6/2020)

Home Baked 2021 4-pack – $24.99 +tax & deposit (1/20/2020)

GAZPROM! Caramel Pecan 4-pack – $24.99 +tax & deposit (1/23/2020)

Percussive Maintenance (Macaroon) $19.99 (500ml waxed top bottle) + tax & deposit (1/27/2020)

Teku Barrel Aged January Glasses $10 + tax

GAZPROM! 2021 Tshirt – $20 +tax (Preorder HERE under the Merchandise Menu)

Lion Bridge “Emperor of Ice Cream” returns December 9th!

Another week goes by and it seems our brewers and breweries are doing everything in their power to keep our heads up on a weekly basis as disturbing news and difficult times continue; even though many of them are fighting to keep their heads above water. The plea has been said all over social media, but if you are able, support your local businesses, bars, and breweries. Hopefully good times will be seen soon….in the meantime, a favorite from Lion Bridge returns on December 9th!

The Emperor of Ice Cream (Imperial Milk Stout w/Strawberry, Chocolate, Vanilla, 10%)Let be be finale of seem. The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.Released on draft and available in 4-Packs.

Tin Roost offering beer delivery on Black Wednesday! Featuring brews from Adventurous, Barn Town, Big Grove, Lua, and Pulpit Rock!

Tin Roost saves Thanksgiving!! An awesome idea from the North Liberty restaurant as they will be delivering beers directly to your doorstep on Wednesday, November 25th. Preorder will start Tuesday night. Here’s more from Tin Roost:

Alright, we’re just going to drop this little teaser right here! Mark your calendars because you are not going to want to miss this one. Our online store is going live Tuesday, November 24th @ 11am. We collaborated with 5 of our best buds in the Iowa Brewing scene to put together one KILLER Thanksgiving Beer Pack. The BEST part? We’re going to drop it like it’s hot directly on YOUR doorstep on Black Wednesday (contactless delivery, of course). Adventurous Brewing LLC. Barn Town Brewing. Big Grove Brewery. Lua Brewing. Pulpit Rock Brewing Company. More details with how to order and beer included coming soon. See you on Wednesday, November 25th with the fresh pack that’s gonna make your untappd buddies soooooooooooo jelly.

Backpocket releasing BA Wake the F Up Iowa Coffee Stout on 11/20!

Cooler days are ahead and that means stout weather is upon on us! Backpocket will get the ball rolling with their release of Wake the F Up Iowa barrel aged coffee stout coming at us on November 20th!

2020 Wake The F Up Iowa: BA Imperial Coffee Stout returns Friday, November 20th!!
Wake The F Up Iowa will be available on draft and in 12oz bottles. 12 oz bottles will be $10 per bottle and will only be available in the Coralville Taproom. Bottles will be first come, first serve and will go on sale at 12pm on Friday. Limit 4 per person.Wake The F UP Iowa Pin Variant: Gingerbread
Made with WTFUI base with additional coffee, ginger snaps, maple syrup, vanilla, and ginger spice. This will be sold as 16oz crowlers for $13. Limit 1 per person.
We will also be serving up a YIPES variant. Yipes is our smoothie sour pin series. This pin starts off with TIKI SOUR BASE with strawberries, peach, coconut and spices. Yipes will be served as 16oz crowlers $9. Limit 1 per person.