Big Grove Brewery has announced the release details for the one of the best, if not the best, beer releases in the state of Iowa as Richard the Whale will be coming back to us on December 4th! Pre Order starts this Wednesday (10/13), check out the information below courtesy of Big Grove for more details! Click HERE for Wednesday’s presale!
Richard the Whale, our bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout, resurfaces Saturday, December 4. To get your fins on this big, beautiful four-pack, you can snag it beginning Wednesday at 10AM online at biggrove.com. Additionally, we’ll once again host the Friday night Omakase Dinner at the Iowa City Taproom, featuring the very best in food and beverage from our chefs and brewers—prepared right in front of your table. Saturday, December 4, Richard the Whale returns with brunch for all alongside…HDTV | Imperial Hazy IPA Double Dry Hopped with Galaxy | We took inspiration from our Color TV, which is brewed with a whole lot of Galaxy hops and brewed a truly out-of-this-world beer: HDTV. This one is hitting the airwaves at a whopping 9.2% ABV. Project Hop Fisch | Big Grove collab with Lua Brewing + Toppling Goliath | This second round of the Hop Fisch IPA collab heads into the tanks later this week… and you can count on something special from this trio of Iowa brewmasters. This release is available from our Iowa City Brewery & Taproom and Solon Brewpub.Iowa City 7am-10am: in-house pick-up with brunch menu availableSolon 7am-10am: in-house pick-up with regular menu and breakfast options available No limits. Proxies are allowed with the buyer’s order number and a digital copy of ID. The pick-up for this release is in-house pick-up only and will not include a drive-thru.
Eastern Seaboard DDH DIPA A double dry hopped New England style IPA brewed with American barley, Canadian oats, Germany spelt malt, and a dash of lactose sugar. Hopped in the whirlpool and hop back before being dry hopped twice with 5 lbs per gallon of Lupulin saturated Mosaic, Citra & Galaxy.
New Territories IPA Abundantly tropical, saturated, and easy to drink… this high-tech IPA collab with Mikkeller Brewing San Diego uses a genetically modified yeast that directly produces massive tropical fruit aromas, active fermentation dry hopping with a fancy new blend of cryo hops that emphasizes mango aromatics, and Talus, everyone’s favorite new hop.
Union Lager Inspired by the Dortmunder Union brewery and their crispy golden lagers, Union Lager is somewhere between a Pilsner and a Helles in terms of hop expression and malt heft. Union Lager is our take on a Westphalian pale lager. It’s crisp, moderately malty, easy to drink but with a pronounced hop profile, and best of all, this beer is a celebration of our newfound status as a Union-operated brewery.
Hop Coastal DIPA Hop Coastal is your sea voyage from northern pine banks to southern tropical beaches. Bursting with a boatload of Simcoe and Citra hops, you’ll encounter the full depths of juniper, grapefruit, peach and melon. This double IPA, at 7.5% ABV, has enough umph to get you there and back again.
Orange Ripple Sorbet IPA Here is your favorite creamsicle NEIPA but without the lactose. The sweet creaminess comes from puréed oranges and vanilla which are both added after fermentation.
Batisserie S’mores Stout This S’mores beer is full-bodied, with a silky mouthfeel and layered with notes of milk chocolate, graham cracker and roasted marshmallow. Contains milk sugar. 10% ABV.
Bistro Spiced Apple Donut If you haven’t been able to visit the apple orchard this year, just reach for a can of Bistro Spiced Apple Donuts. It’s the fall experience in a can! Breathe in the bready donut aroma, watch the spice flecks descend like falling leaves and feel the thick body of apple pulp wash over your taste buds. Just like the classic fall donut, this heavily fruited Berliner Weisse delivers on not being too sweet while offering a comforting yet sophisticated flavor experience. 6.5% ABV
Dormitory Daze Hazy IPA Citra, Mosaic, El Dorado blend together for an overripe tropical juicy hop bomb. This hazie is a collab with our friends from Freehand Goods in Orlando. Pineapple, fresh orange peel, and dank mango fill out the nose and palate and finish out to a smooth mouthfeel.
Lemon Cheesecake Shakeeee Sharp, bright lemon and sweet lactose meet beautiful cheesecake flavors in this Berliner. Light and rich flavors from a favorite dessert all rolled into a fun and unique beer.
Cosmic Fudge Imperial Stout Imperial Milk Stout with Walnuts, Marshmallow, and Cocoa Nibs Rich chocolate brownies, deep fudge, whipped marshmallow, and roasted walnuts meld into this dessert stout. Sweet and flavorful!
Are You There God? It’s me Strawberry We’ve got some more goop for you. Our Mixed-Culture Foeder-Fermented Berliner-Base conditioned on unconscionable quantities of juicy Strawberries & Tahitian Vanilla Bean Caviar with a dash of Milk Sugar for good measure.
Building Blocks Mosaic & Wheat DIPA The brews in this series are meant to showcase some of our favorite raw materials. This version highlights Pilsner Malt from Wisconsin, Flaked & Malted Wheat from Canada, Our Hand Selected 2020 lot of Mosaic & Mosaic Cryo from the amazing folks at Loftus Ranches in Yakima Valley & Our Beloved London Ale 3.
Local 755 NEIPA Our All-Time Ale. Countless tweaks & nudges in the right direction over three and a half years in pursuit of our own turbid utopia. Citra, Azacca & Amarillo love from our house to yours.
Fugazi Italian-style Pilsner We’ve been brewing our little keisters off trying to keep our beloved Unfiltered Italian-Pilsner around full time, but we haven’t quite gotten there yet folks… One Day We do have a fresh batch in cans for you as we speak though Weyermann Pils Malt lagered for 7 weeks, Spunded for natural carbonation & kissed with Czech Kazbek. It’s the Rill Dilly
S’mores Stout – 8.0% ABV Pasty stout with vanilla extract, dark chocolate flavor, milk sugar, toasted marshmallow & pie crust flavor.
Tropical Smoothie Seltzer Version 2 – Omnipollo Collab – 5.0% ABV Smoothie Seltzer with Pineapple, Mango, Guava, and Apple
Another wonderful brewery will be gracing the shelves here in Iowa in the near future as news of Maine Beer Company coming to Iowa via Johnson Brothers has been confirmed! An eclectic portfolio that has a vast array of styles including the ever popular and delicious Lunch, Mean Old Tom, Peeper, and many more! It will be interesting to see what we get in Iowa, but I’m really looking forward to trying more of Maine’s offerings! Click HERE to visit their website to check out their brews! Cheers!
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!
Victory Wheat Thefirst non-alcoholic craft beer enriched with a full spectrum of all-natural electrolytes, vitamins, protein, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories. Purpose-brewed with a hint of orange zest, this functional NA beer pairs well with anytime fitness activities and post-recovery workouts to replenish hydration and quench thirst. Our crisp citrus wheat NA beer is only 85 calories, offered in 16oz cans and brewed with a hint of orange zest. Upgraded with Buoy, a formula of electrolyte supplements developed to meet the hydration standards of the World Health Organization, WellBeing Victory Wheat is worthy of the title “World’s Healthiest Beer”!
Intentional IPA Intentional IPA delivers the distinctly and delightfully bitter characteristics of Mosaic and Citra hops, refreshingly punctuated with pineapple and peach notes. This sessionable IPA offers a full-flavored, alcohol-free experience for any intentional occasion. Intentionally brewed to savor the moment, acknowledge the things that bring us gratitude, and inspire kindness to #RaiseWellbeing.
Heavenly Body Golden Wheat Heavenly Body Golden Wheat is based on a Great American Beer Festival award-winning recipe. This American-Style Wheat has more flavor than its light lager cousins. We add a hint of Cascade and German Traditional hops for a slight citrus character that balances the lighter malts. It’s dry, crisp and smooth, with a full-bodied mouthfeel. With only 68 calories, this is the perfect NA craft beer for after sports, yoga, marathon training, or anytime you are taking care to watch what is going in your heavenly body.
Hellraiser Dark Amber Hellraiser Dark Amberis the beer to drink when you are out with your friends ready to have a great time. This hop-forward amber has the perfect balance of floral aroma and spicy hops to delight the palette of craft beer enthusiasts everywhere.
Homestyle IPA – 6% ABV The one that started it all. This heavily oated, mosaic-only IPA softly beckons you to remember where you came from while giving you just enough of a ripe citrus kick to strive for where you want to go. Homestyle is the staple IPA of our brewery and, like almost all of our hoppy beers, focuses on highlighting the fruity & fragrant nuances of hops. At a relaxed 6.0% we think you’ll discover it’s easy to find your Homestyle.
Dbl Homestyle DIPA – 8.2% ABV It’s like your original favorite, but double the fun!
Vice Versa DIPA – 7.5% ABV Nelson – citra or citra – nelson. Our newest DIPA interchanges notes of effervescent bright citrus with smooth crushed pineapple & white grape juice in every sip for a balanced pint no matter which way you drink it.
Tunnel Vision IPA – 6.8% ABV Focus, focus. This IPA showcases a blurred-edge mouthfeel, multilayered juiciness of Mosaic and Citra, and a chewy, lemon starburst zing courtesy of El Dorado oil. This variant incorporates a double dry-hop of Citra, because why not more Citra?
Attention Please DIPA – 8.2% Mic check, mic check. It’s verbose, yet smooth, and always ready to have the last word. Attention Please!, our all Citra DIPA clocks in at a cool 8.2%.
Ever Clever DDH DIPA – 8.5% ABV It’s the cleverest of the ever-ests. Your favorite banter-slinging, foxy DIPA now bursts with a wicked double dry hop that’ll keep your taste buds as nimble as your wits.
Escape Artist IPA DIPA – 7.6% ABV Our newest release isn’t easy to pin down. Strata + cashmere + citra hops tie to subtle strands of expressive English yeast for a DIPA that’s smooth and just a bit of a sweet talker. Silky fresh-sliced mango mouthfeel and undaunted notes of lemon squares, clementine rind, and refreshing citrus sorbet leave a lasting impression.
Loose Candies DIPA – 8.4% ABV A Double Dry Hopped Double IPA exploding with zesty orange and grapefruity Citra Hops, juicy mango and stonefruity El Dorado Hops, and passionfruity Vic Secret Hops. These tropical treats come costumed and ready to party in a big ol’ lush body of haze!
Dark Lager Munich Dunkel – 4.8% ABV An easy drinking Dark Lager, perfect for those colder months coming up. Hints of nut, caramel, toffee, and chocolate lend way to a smooth light finish.
Humble Bumble V4 -5% ABV Buzzed seltzer with coconut, pineapple, passion fruit, mangosteen, banana, clementine, goldenrod honey and lavender flower.
BroCoNut – 6.2% ABV We brewed a Coconut IPA inspired by Kyle “The Bro” Arnold’s homebrew days. We are affectionately calling this BroCoNut – it is bursting with tropical fruit and juicy coconut goodness; we promise you won’t want to miss this one!
Go Fly A Kite Case – Untitled Art Collab – 5.6% ABVA Smoothie-style Sour Ale brewed with vanilla, mango, tangerine, passion fruit, and lime. Utilizing a different fruiting method, this 5.6% abv Sour Ale is thicker and bursting with tropical notes without the addition of lactose!
Passion fruit Guava Hill – 5.4% ABV a Fruited Sour Ale brewed with lactose, passion fruit puree, and guava puree! Clocking in at 5.4% abv, this Sour Ale’s sublime pairing of fruits has us hanging on to these tropical temps.
Pineapple Blackberry Hill – 5.6% ABVBrewed with lactose, pineapple, and blackberry puree, this 5.6% abv Fruited Sour Ale has a creamy, delicate body while still packing in a ton of tropical flavor!
Vanilla Peach Mango Hill – 5.4% ABV brewed with lactose, vanilla, peach, and mango puree. Packed full with thick, tropical mango and juicy peach, this 5.4% abv Sour Ale is enhanced by a subtle touch of vanilla that gives serious creamsicle vibes.
Teal Hazy IPA – 5.8% ABV this dependable New England IPA is brewed with barley, wheat, flaked oats, and hopped with Citra, Mosaic, and Rakau adding layers of juicy papaya, ripe strawberries, and mandarin orange notes.
Passion Fruit Endlayer – 7.3% ABV Introducing Passion Fruit EndLayer, our Fruited Gose brewed with malted wheat, pilsner malt, sea salt and conditioned on over 3000 lb of passion fruit. This layer doesn’t end, especially with 7.3% ABV.
Hop Rocket IPA – 6.5% ABV Octopi’s flagship… an all Citra & Mosaic hazy IPA
Easy Eddy fans get ready for Easy’s big brother Royal! This will be coming this October, “Royal Eddy” Imperial Hazy IPA will be making its debut on shelves and on tap! This bad boy will check in at 9% ABV. Stay tuned for more info on this release!
Lion Bridge Brewing is bringing back two fall favorites of mine as Spice Must Flow and Zombie Awakening will be available in cans and on draft starting today (9/15)! Here’s more on each of these fall favorites:
SPICE MUST FLOW – 7% ABV A melange of Maple and Saigon Cinnamon meld with a robust black ale to form this luxurious treat. He (or she, or they) who controls the Spice, controls the universe!
ZOMBIE AWAKENING – 7% ABV Black as the inside of a buried coffin, with enough Dash dark roast coffee to put a pep in the step of even the most lumbering undead walker
Leading up to the University of Iowa football game against Colorado State, Reds Alehouse in North Liberty is hosting a “brew-off” between Big Grove and Odell Brewing. Both breweries have brewed their version of strata hopped beer, called “Strata Combata”, and you get to judge which you like best! Here’s more from Reds:
Join us for some speciality tappings of Strata Combata! Our friends at Big Grove and Odell Brewing have been hard at work to bring you a new hazy IPA, Strata Combata, for the Iowa vs CSU game! We’ll have prizes for both Big Grove and Odell for you to win!Both Breweries made a batch of this and its up to you to decide who’s is who!Also Tapping this day will be Colorado Lager Sippin Tropical Hazer Tag