Friday night, December 3rd, sitting on a high raise table overlooking some of the best chefs in the state, maybe even the country, put on an absolute clinic on cooking, plating, and presenting some of the most wonderful food I’ve ever had put in front of me, all the while sipping on the yet to be released Richard the Whale Well Baked and Shadeshine IPA….I thought to myself…all food/beer lovers need to experience this one day and how lucky I was at that moment to get to take part in it. Big Grove has been the upper echelon on their releases, especially the Richard the Whale release, and every year they make it even more enjoyable with their food and beer offerings, but the one thing that shines even more than those things is just how amazing their staff is. Friendly, helpful, and just overall looking like they are happy to be there. This setup was a spectacle, setup like an Iron Chef type feel, video displayed on TVs showing the chefs plating, the amount of work and thought put into everything was evident. I won’t be breaking down every dish, I’ll trickle some pictures here and there, take a look and let your mouth water.
Watching the chefs put their talents on display for a 15 course dinner of foods that elegant was the ultimate treat. The care about what they serve, the interaction with the diners, and pure joy and smiles they had throughout the night was reflected in every dish. I do want to implore you, that if the chance to go to a Big Grove beer dinner is ever on the table for you, no matter what..do it…it’s worth it..it will be completely worth it….do not hesitate…this group of people simply do it the best!
Thank you Janelle for having me, thanks to all the chefs especially Ben, Sean, and T.J., thanks do Doug and Matt, thanks to Andy for sampling out some of their amazing beers…now it’s time to make your mouth water with some pictures! Cheers and thank you BG!
21 Beers of Bad Luck DIPA – Beer Zombies Collab We got together with the friends in the band Bayside to brew up a collaboration to celebrate the end of their tour ” 21 Years Of Really Bad Luck” a massive DDH Hazy DIPA with Citra, Mouteka & Galaxy. Get ready for a big blast of fresh citrus, over ripe guava, a whispering og stone fruit and a back end of bright grapefruit.
Cash Imperial Coffee Stout Imperial Coffee Stout Collaboration with Mostra Coffee. Notes of Dark Chocolate, Espresso and Rich Malt
Juice Wolf TIPA – Ferrous Falcon An unfiltered Triple IPA with a crazy grain bill highlighted by Golden Promise and Chit malt. This is dry hopped three different times with Cashmere, Citra, Galaxy, and Nectaron. Collaboration with Electric Brewing
Mosaic Revengeance DIPA – Beer Zombies Collab 100% Mosaic hopped version of Mason’s Revengeance. Collaboration with Beer Zombies Brewing!
Nice Spruce NEIPA An Unfiltered IPA with a resinous punch and a touch of fresh Spruce tips on the finish, it’s the season.
U Too Can Tropical Sour Between broken fingers, spilt coffee, snapped pencils, negative Tinder matches, and Tiger King season 2, we’ve all been through some shit, but if Toucan can make it through, U Too Can. Introducing U Too Can, our Tropical Sour brewed with wheat, barley and oat malt. Then conditioned on a blend of passion fruit, strawberry, banana and pink guava! Don’t stress, with 6.4% ABV you’ll be nice and relaxed.
Liquid Strata Crystals NEIPA Ever been shot into the Strata(sphere) so quickly that your crystals turned into liquids? Introducing Liquid Strata Crystals, our continued exploration into “What do hops taste like?” This Double Dry Hopped Strata New England IPA hopped & double dry hopped w/ Strata.
Blueberry Double Marbles Milkshake IPA Feeling BLUE? Well then we have the perfect marbles for YOU. Blueberry Marbles is back, and this time as a flavorsome double version! This milkshake DIPA is laden with a plentiful harvest of fresh blueberries, sweet vanilla, creamy milk sugar, and hopped with Mosaic to really compliment the sweet berry profile. Roll into the brisk weather and lose your marbles over a succulent blueberry juice bomb today! (8% ABV)
Away from the Norm Amber Making its way to you today is 𝗔𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗙𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗡𝗼𝗿𝗺 which is now available in cans for the very first time! This award-winning American Amber Ale recipe has dark shades of natural gold on full display. Moderately sweet maltiness is balanced with a steady hop profile for a smooth yet complex flavor. Meanwhile, subtle notes of dark molasses and caramel hover right under the palate and really boost the overall composition. (6% ABV)
Swerski Dunkel 𝗦𝗪𝗘𝗥𝗦𝗞𝗜 is a traditional German-style Dunkelweizen specially crafted for when da good guys storm the field in search for gridiron glory. A smooth dark wheat profile provides a rush of banana, chocolate, and sweet fresh bread flavor that’s sure to make da almighty Ditka proud (pictured last). (5% ABV)
DDH Double Space Boots DIPA This Double Dry-Hopped DIPA delivers a hefty cargo of Citra and Galaxy to create an atmospheric symphony of mango, pineapple, and bright citrus. Not to mention the metagalactic notes of fresh peach and melon that’s carried on the back of an extraterrestrial haze. Each 16oz can also features a temperature-sensitive ink on the “More” logo so you can finally enjoy your beer in the 4th-dimension. (8% ABV)
Morever DDH IPA We went on a quest of developing an IPA that one would want to drink again, and again, forever and forever. 𝗠𝗼𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 is a beer with mid-level ABV, which utilizes Citra, Motueka, and Simcoe hops, for neverending flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, & tangerine, followed by slight bitterness and a smooth, refreshing finish.
Non-alcoholic Variety Packs Your favorite N/A beers now in a variety pack! West Coast IPA, Juicy IPA, Italian Pils & Floridaweisse all included in this 12pk! These are going to be a huge hit. See below for pricing & case quantity discounts.
Fishing With Horus Imperial Stout A 13% ABV imperial coffee stout w/ coconut, hazelnuts, coffee and maple syrup. This is our collaboration with our great pal Kyle From Horus Aged Ales out of Oceanside California.
Chubby Bunny: Hot Mango Loads of mango puree have been smothered with a touch of chocolate, and finished with habanero peppers and marshmallows. This combo is out of this world and will strike the curiosity of most beer drinkers.
Pie Face: Banofee Pie Louisiana celebrates their pie cravings with this well known southern pie “BANOFEE”… It features a heap of banana puree, is paired with a mountain of rich caramel sauce, and finished with a medley of cream to give it a rich, caramely gooy’ness that you will never forget. Spin to Win: Pitt Boss: Blueberry, Pomegranate, Black Currant: Three fruits perfectly matched by cupid himself. This brew features ungodly amounts of pure fruit. It is tart, rich, and features a wonderful mouthfeel.
Fruit Fusion: Apple Crisp Alamode This one will surely hit the top of our Untapp’d list as our last apple pie brew grew quickly as a local favorite. We have upped the ante with this medley by pairing apple puree with caramel, cinnamon, graham cracker, and a sea of soft serve ice cream! The soft serve turns our sour brews into a rich creamy (frothy) beer that makes it tough putting down the glass. Once you take a sip, you will want another… or ten 🙂
SPIN TO WIN: CROSSFIRE Next up in our popular Spin to Win series is CROSSFIRE! This series features fruit… lots of it… and ONLY FRUIT! This combo is super crazy with Watermelon, Cucumber, and Lime! It is light, refreshing, and a change of pace from the thicc boys! Don’t be confused.. we brought in pallet loads of fruit for this brew! It is tart, flavorful, and memorable!
ROLL THE FRUIT: MANDARIN COOKIES Our Roll the Fruit series features brews that are inspired by cannabis strains. Mandarin cookies is a popular strain that has hints of citrus and vanilla cookies… SO WE loaded this bad boy up with tons of Mandarin orange puree, kiwi, sweet orange, and a sugar cookie treatment! This one is solid… and super unique!
FRUIT FUSION: GARRETT’S JAM When a customer asks for a new brew… we deliver! This one is named after the patron who inspired the recipe. It features tons of banana, coconut, and topped with rich caramel and soft serve ice cream! What’s there not to love!?! This brew delivers.
Spin to Win: Guacamole There will never be a better beer for TACO TUESDAY!!!! This brew is totally off-center and features a well known fruit-AVOCADO! We bought a truckload of crushed avocados and added it to our sour base. We added a touch of lime, and a touch of cilantro and BAM! WE GOT GUAC! Time to get yours before this awesome brew is gone.
Some beer news out of Dubuque, as Dimensional is getting ready to release two new beers to us in the coming weeks! Here’s what’s on the horizon courtesy of Dimensional’s Facebook page:
We are jolly to say we have TWO barrel aged beers that are ready to come out of their long slumber in barrels. We will be doing this release the similar to way we did Anny/Lampy Rub release. Please read the following details carefully. *Hank(2021) is a 13.5% imperial stout aged for 14 months in Blaum Brothers Bourbon Barrels and then rested on peanuts, marshmallows and Cacao! Hank is a beautifully blended, rich stout that perfectly balances the adjuncts with the bourbon notes from the barrel. – Tickets for Hank will be sold online via Etix at 7pm on Sunday, December 12th at this link: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/6555720/ – Hank will be sold in 2, 500ml bottle packages.- The limit is one set per order. – If you score a ticket for Hank, bottle pick up will begin on December 18th at 11am at the taproom. – Proxies are allowed for pick up. They must have a screen shot or printed copy of the buyers ID and Etix ticket to be scanned upon pick up. *Flabongo: Blend One is a 6.9% kettle sour that was aged in a Blaum Brothers Gin barrel and then infused with pineapple, pink guava and orange puree. This tropical cocktail inspired liquid will definitely take you a warm place! – This gin barrel aged smoothie sour will be available in 750ml bottles. – Due to the low bottle count, we will be releasing this beer first come, first served at 11am on December 18th at our taproom. – Limits will be determined upon turnout and final bottle count. – For those of you lining up, we will open the garage up around 9am to keep ya’ll from getting frost bitten. Facebook event page will be up soon.
**Raspberry Cheeseshake (Fruited Sour, 5.5%) – A kettle-soured golden ale with copious amounts of Raspberry, a healthy dose of cheesecakey goodness, and a graham cracker finish. Hope you saved room!
**Blueberry Cheeseshake (Fruited Sour, 5.5%) – A kettle-soured golden ale with copious amounts of Blueberry, a healthy dose of cheesecakey goodness, and a graham cracker finish. Hope you saved room!
**Oakonut Delight (Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout with Coconut and Caramel added, 9.5%) – Coconut and chocolate and caramel blend with a carefully selected blend of barrel aged beers from our cellar to produce this liquid treat.
Volcano Sauce Sour The tectonic plates have shifted, letting forth an eruption of gushing blackberries and blueberries. Each burst filled with milk sugar & vanilla for creamsicle smoothness. A freshly canned sour ale with explosively delicious flavor.
Cherry Lime Freeze Sour Sour Ale brewed with cherry, lime and vanilla frozen yogurt.
Velocirabbit IPA Using the same amounts of Mosaic, Simcoe and Chinook as Laser Raptors, this beer has a powerful berry aroma and nice pine note. The oats and wheat maintain the creamy mouthfeel that Laser Raptors is known for, lending the lower ABV the ability to make a crispy break just as the hops surprise your palate.
How Now Brown Cow PB/Chocolate/Coffee Milk Stout The weathers getting colder. How Now Brown Cow will warm you right up. Drinkable peanut butter cup meets coffee all wrapped up in a Milk Stout. Get ready for rich aromas of peanut butter, light roasted coffee, and a smooth chocolatey finish.
Species x Hyperthermic DIPA Certain yeast strains of Norwegian origin, known as “kveik”, can ferment at extremely high temperatures with little to no off-flavors. Popular with craft brewers for good reason, we naturally decided to put a lot of these strains in the same beer. On top of this, we scrounged around for some additional strains and species of yeast that also perform well at kveik-like temperatures. The result is a big-bodied juice chimera for the ages.
Drippin’ on the Cheap DIPA Drippin’ On The Cheap DIPA drinks like absolute silk!! Smooth, Mosaic’s berries & dankness stealing the show upfront, with Citra’s stone fruit and candied clementine to balance it all out.
TDH Sponge Bath DIPA Our constant pursuit of pillowy hop perfection leads us down many paths, but some combinations lather better than others. Triple helpings of our hand selected Citra Cryo, Mosaic, Cashmere Cryo & Strata. Soothing and refreshing, just like a sponge bath at Burning Man. Relax, Rinse & Repeat.
Pyramid Scheme TIPA Our hand selected strata and simcoe with some preposterously stinky new zealand motueka & nelson sauvin on a spelt heavy base. Believe us, you’re gonna want to get in on the ground floor of this one.
Local 755 IPA Our Foggy Favorite. Azacca, Amarillo & a Gwop of Citra. Soft, Juicy & Hazy like 70’s Home Movies.
Fugazi Italian Style Pils Italian-Style Pils dry-hopped adoringly with Czech Kazbek. It’s the Real Deal.
Hex Code Quantum Mirror x REM5 VR Lab x Modist Lager brewed with Premium Pilsner malt, milk sugar, marshmallows, pineapple, toasted coconut and Madagascar vanilla beans
Knees in the Breeze There’s not much better than the open road, driving up the west coast, Knees in the Breeze and not a care in the world. Now imagine, after a long day of cruising, cracking open a balanced West Coast IPA. Introducing Knees in the Breeze, our West Coast IPA w/ pale ale malts, wheat malt, hopped & dry hopped w/ Simcoe, Citra & Cryo El Dorado.
Cinnamon Roll – Gold Stout Bakery in a glass! This gold stout is a liquid cinnamon roll in a glass. Perfectly balancing the Cinnamon which can be overdone, and landing in at only 8% ABV. I mean, who doesn’t like cinnamon rolls?! **Lactose Free**
Non-alcoholic Smores Dark Brew Think of the regular Untitled Art S’mores stout, but now in a non-alcoholic form! This beer will have you warmed up and feeling like you’re sitting by the fire roasting marshmallows. If you’re looking for a N/A option for Thanksgiving, the Smores Dark Brew is the way to go!
Amplify The Absurdity Sour This smoothie style sour ale with raspberry, banana, vanilla and marshmallow comes together for a decadent treat in liquor form! We took our base sour ale recipe and amplified it with some of the most delicious flavor combos we could think of along with a healthy dose of milk sugar.
Add November 20th to your beer calendars and plan a trip to West Des Moines to get in line for the release of Barn Town’s BA Cicada Killer! Here’s more from Barn Town on this sought after release:
Mark those calendars! Saturday, November 20th, BARREL AGED CICADA KILLER is back in two new versions! We are super stoked about these two and look forward to you getting your hands on them! First, COCONUT FUDGE! Thicc and brewed with a ton of toasted coconut and cacao nibs aged for over a year. Second is CINNAMON, COCONUT, CARAMEL, & CHOCOLATE, also aged for over a year. Both will be in new formats of 500 ml bottles. Stay tuned for allotment and price info.
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
Spyglass Sour A lemon & lime golden sour ale, Spyglass is tart and refreshing with a lower calorie count.
Paperweight Midwest Fruit Tart Apricot Midwest Fruit Tart. 3,000lbs of apricots per 30bbl batch.
Bushel Gose A gose with heritage cider apples and baking spices. Tart, salty, and delicious
Sour Mixed Variety Pack The mixed twelve packs will feature three cans each of four different beers, two of which are going to be exclusive to the mixed packs. Harrow, Keypunch, Spyglass & Pinery
The Tumi The Tumi is brewed with 3,000 lbs of Yellow Mombin per 30 bbl batch. Yellow Mombins, also known as caja or hog plums, originate in the rainforests of Central and South America. The taste is vaguely tropical with hints of mango, banana, papaya, and pineapple.
The Gadget Midwest Fruit Tart A Midwest Fruit Tart brewed with 1,200 lbs of blackberries, 1,200 lbs of raspberries, and 30g of vanilla beans per 30 bbl batch
Xmas Pickle Gose Naughty or Nice, our beloved Pickle Gose is ready to be unwrapped and enjoyed this holiday season. The light and refreshing taste of cucumber and dill make the perfect pairing for all the heavy, holiday feasts to be had.
Astronaut Food This otherworldly brew is made with freeze-dried blueberries, and has more fruit than any other beer we’ve made. With a 15% ABV and a dizzying amount of blueberries, this beer is out of this world.
Dear Annie Hazy IPA Deliciously juicy and hazy love note of lemon peel and orange pith with medium hoppy notes and light bitterness.
Off the Leash Pils Modern Iowa Corn Pilsner – Our approach to a refreshing corn lager. Clean, crisp, and off-the-charts crushable.
Kobes Unleashed Kölsch Light, refreshing, and clean. With a mild bitterness, this traditional brew is super crushable.
Spirit Foul DDH Hazy IPA Brewed in collaboration with San Diego’s Modern Times Beer, Spirit Foul was Fair State’s first hazy IPA. Brewed with the freshest Strata hops and plenty of Citra and Mosaic for its passion fruit aroma. Pilsner malt, pale wheat, flaked oats, and flaked barley give this beer its soft body and signature haze. Super juicy, tropical, and dank.
Luxury of Restraint IPA IPA you can see through? Yes, you read that right. The Luxury of Restraint is a collaboration with Shared Brewing (St. Louis, MO), hopped liberally with hand-selected Strata, Simcoe, and Nelson Sauvin. Assertive but polite bitterness, crispy malt character, and notes of stonefruit, gooseberries, nebulous tropicalia, and a waft of dankness. Can- and keg-conditioned for extra intangibles.
Double Hi-Five DIPA – Collab W/ Ology This Triple Dry-Hopped Double IPA brewed with our good friends at Ology Brewing is just bursting with tropical notes from 3 massive dry hops of Citra, Galaxy, Idaho 7, and Mosaic.
Huntley Helles – Kegs Only Named to honor the home of our Huntley facility, this German-style lager is brewed with our soft water and some of our favorite German malts and hops, then lagered in our horizontal tank. An extremely soft mouthfeel with a pleasant malt profile and hints of noble hops, then ends in an ever so smooth finish.
Fruit Fusion Blueberry/Mango Yogurt Fruit Fusion is all about pushing the limits. This brew is no exception as we have paired two amazing fruits (BLUEBERRY & MANGO) with tons of real vanilla yogurt and a touch of granola. This is a thicc boy, and absolutely smooth and delicious.
Chubby Bunny Kiwi Mallowmellon Marshmallow and real Kiwi puree.. what more can you ask for!?! Sweet/tart/and absolutely delicious all the way down the hatch. This is the first time that HBC has used Kiwi and we must ask ourselves… why have we waited this long?
Haze Head Seven Candles Celebrating our seventh year in style with Seven Candles. This one has stupid amounts of hops. Like all of our NEIPAs– they are balanced with a strong backbone of chewy malts, but we pushed hard to give this one an edge as we incorporated seven of our favorite hops! This beer is absolute heaven to the hazy and IPA lovers. This may be the silkiest NEIPA we have offered thus far!
Spin 2 Win Pit Boss Blueberry, Pomegranate, Black Currant: Three fruits perfectly matched by cupid himself. This brew features ungodly amounts of pure fruit. It is tart, rich, and features a wonderful mouthfeel.
Swingin’ Sticks Imperial Sweet Stout – Collab w/ Angry Chair Austin teamed up with our friends at Angry Chair Brewing out of Tampa Bay Florida to bring you an Imperial Sweet Stout with coconut from Sri Lanka, pistachios from California, and cocoa nibs from Bolivia. This decadent brew should remind you of a rich chocolatey pistachio ice cream with the perfect amount of coconut and caramel swirl!
Hiking With Pulpit Rock This newly developed pastry seltzer showcases Pulpit Rock Brewing Company’s innate talents for creating outstanding pastry sours while blending Austin’s style and love for new creations; like his previous Forager Brewery “Seltzer Pops”. The two styles come together for an epic Dole whip meets a citrus gin and tonic one-of-a-kind refreshing summertime beverage that begs you to wonder— just how did they do it?
Haizer Triple IPA Version 4 This triple IPA is brewed with motueka, nelson, citra & hort 4337. Coming in at 9.8%, this beer is incredibly smooth and easy drinking. One of their best TIPA’s to date!
Blackberry Cobbler A La Mode This berliner weisse style ale with blackberry, pie crust & cinnamon tastes dangerous close to an actual blackberry cobbler. This one will seriously WOW you!
Can I Speak To Your Manager? NEIPA A lil’ liquid shout out to all of our service industry compatriots. Strata, Mosaic, Ekuanot Cryo & HBC 568 in condescending quantities. Sometimes it’s just one of those nights.
Now Presenting Passionfruit/Plum/Grapefruit Sour Our Foeder-Fermented Mixed Culture Berliner Base conditioned on gobs of Plum, Grapefruit & Passionfruit with a bit of Milk Sugar to round things out.
Double Maple Imperial Morning Stout Brewed with loads of coffee beans and a multiple of maple, this 11% brew goes down smooth. The first notes of maple sweetness are balanced out by the flavors of deep roasted coffee