Reunion announces “Imperial Banshee” taproom only release for December 10th!

A perfect opportunity for you to check out Reunion’s stellar new taproom in downtown Iowa City or head back to old faithful on the Coralville strip, either way, make sure you get to one of those locations as they prepare to release “Imperial Banshee” barrel-aged stout! Here’s more on this release courtesy of Reunion’s Facebook page:

Our feared IMPERIAL BANSHEE Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout gets a dual release at both ReUnion Iowa City and the Coralville Taproom on Saturday, December 10th. This special 2022 vintage was aged for TWO YEARS in bourbon barrels. Stay tuned for more release details…

Drink These! Dimensional/Marto 300 Series!

I haven’t done a Drink This! write up in a while and after finishing off the 2nd beer of the collab between Marto Brewing and Dimensional Brewing I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about these 2 outstanding beers.

First off, I need to thank Zach Crawford for getting me a bottle of each of these brews. There’s always that beer guy in the back of my head telling me to cellar for a while and then kick them out randomly but I don’t have the will to do so…

Here’s the release info on these two collab beers courtesy of Marto’s Facebook page:

Two beers brewed by two breweries using the same ingredients and methods, designed to be mixed together.

Ok, yes, designed to be mixed together, only I didn’t, and I loved them both. So, after I give you my break down of each beer, if did blend the two I would love to hear your thoughts. Marto 300 West first!

300 West (Marto)this beer comes in at 12.8% aged in Rabbit Hole bourbon barrels with maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla beans. Sometimes with cinnamon added to beers I can be a bit apprehensive as it can be an overwhelming adjunct, but not with this beer. The balance was spot on and maple and barrels are a match made in heaven. Add that cinnamon spice at the end and you really have a delicious, decadent beer, perfect for this time of year!

300 East (Dimensional) – this beer comes in at 12.8% aged in Blaum Brothers bourbon barrels with peanuts, peanut butter malted milk balls, marshmallow, and vanilla. Had this post Thanksgiving meal and it was the perfect dessert! I got a bit of the peanuts/peanut butter malted milk but the star of the show in this beer was the marshmallow! Once again, the balance of the beer was wonderful. Not one dominant flavor but a sample of each adjunct hitting you at different times. Damn tasty!

Overall: I love when Iowa breweries do collabs together, and when they go big like Dimensional and Marto did here the results can be amazing like they were with this series of beers! Definitely beers you can cellar, but definitely beers that you can drink right now, wish I had a few more! Turn the house lights off, light up the Christmas trees, fireplace going, soft music in the background and Drink These beers! Cheers!

Lion Bridge releasing “Incredible True Story” rye IPA on 12/28!

Lion Bridge continues a busy few months as they lead into their big barrel aged filled month of January! At the end of December comes another new release, as “Incredible True Story” rye IPA will be available at the brewery! Here’s more on this beer courtesy of Lion Bridge’s Facebook page:

Incredible True Story (Rye IPA w/Columbus, Amarillo, Chinook, Citra, 7%) – Yes, it’s true, and it’s incredible. Rye IPA is amazing and we have one right here for you. Come and enjoy this beauty.

Lion Bridge releasing “The Full English” Baltic Porter on 12/14!

A baltic porter just in time for the holidays coming at you from Lion Bridge Brewing as they prepare to release “The Full English” on December 14th! Here’s more on this release courtesy of Lion Bridge Facebook page:

The Full English (Baltic Porter, 8.5%) – A strong, dark lager that gained fame when introduced to London’s working class. Akin to an imperial stout; an extended lagering period smooths out this big beer, and the results are beautiful.

Drekker brews coming from Pequod!

Braaaaaaains Zombie
We loaded this Braaaaaaaains up with Lemon, Lime, Cherry, Pineapple, & Passionfruit and then hit it with our double secret smoothie treatment of sea salt, lactose, and vanilla. It’s got us thinking that this must be what Braaaaaaaains taste like to a zombie. Because it’s dang delicious and it’s got us wanting more and more and now all we think about is Braaaaaaaains. So you know, zombies, we get it

Slang du Jour – Strawberry Shortcake
This Sour à la Mode is loaded up with the dynamite combination of Strawberry and Rhubarb plus granola, brown sugar, cinnamon, lactose, and vanilla beans for that slangy, cobblery, right out of Grandma’s oven flavor.

Magic of a Different Color Double IPA
Magic of a Different Color is a Phantasmically delicious DIPA brewed with a bunch of oats for a super soft body and then hopped with Centiennial, Citra, Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, and Phantasm for some super fruity & juicy notes, and then we fermented it with Helio Gazer yeast to bring out even more notes of viognier grapes, lychee, peach, pear, and tropical fruit!
Oh lawd… We took this sundae sour and baked it up with a mountain of confetti cake, filled it with strawberry and raspberry jelly then covered it in frosting and plopped a candle on top. It’s our party and we’ll Chonk if we want to!

Garbage People Double IPA
Don’t know about you guys, but we were always a little more Garbage Pail Kids than Cabbage Patch Kids. We grew up (technically, but not really) and we aren’t kids anymore so we’re just Garbage People. This new Double IPA is hopped with Mosaic, Galaxy, Citra, and Vic Secret with some serious dank, orange zest, bubble gum, & apricot flavor and aroma.⠀

So crack one of these and decide which Garbage Pail Kid you feel like? Oozy Suzy? Maybe a little more like Jay Decay? Let us know, we’ve got a feeling you’re Garbage People too.⠀

Pontoon Brewery coming to Iowa via Pequod! Plus Blackstack, Untitled Art, Modern Times, Humble Forager, Weldwerks, and Wiley Roots!

Pontoon Brewery out of Sandy Springs, GA will be hitting Iowa shelves in the coming week thanks to Pequod! To check out their portfolio and learn more about them click HERE to visit their website! Here’s more on this week’s releases:

Witching Hour Belgian

Czech Under the Bed

Down with the Thickness Imperial Stout

MARGS! Sour

SEASONAL RELEASES

  • Blackstack Brewing – Straight from the Can Gose – LIMITED
  • EQ – Mobius Porter – NEW SEASONAL
  • EQ – Peanut Cloud Imperial Stout
  • Untitled Art – Waffle Stout
  • Humble Forager – Smells Like a Humble Adventure – Mikerphone Collab
  • Humble Forager – BA Existential Bliss
  • Weldwerks – Little Man Oreo Stout
  • Wiley Roots – Deep Roots Porter
  • Wiley Roots – Breakfast at Wiley’s Cinnamon Roll
  • Wiley Roots – You Had an Extra Pair of Gloves??

Blackstack Brewing

  • 86: Mosaic Cryo
  • Are We Clear? California IPA

Untitled Art

  • Candied Canteloupe
  • Juice Drops IPA

Modern Times

  • Dungeon Map
  • 12pk of Radness

Weldwerks Brewing Company

  • Blueberry Cobbler
  • Nerdy Professor – NERDS SOUR

Wiley Roots Brewing Company

  • Three C’s IPA
  • Stick Shift Ranchero

Iowa Brewing releasing BA Imperial Oja + variants on Black Friday! 11/25!

Big news out of Cedar Rapids as Iowa Brewing Company will be coming off of their ever popular Cousin Eddie Thanksgiving Day party and on Black Friday releasing Barrel-Aged Imperial Oja and variants. Here’s a rundown of this release courtesy of Iowa Brewing’s Facebook page:

We’re releasing FOUR barrel-aged beer variations of our popular Oja Baltic Porter. Availability starting on Black Friday.

Barrel-Aged Imperial Oja – Regular

Barrel-Aged Imperial Oja – Double Vanilla

Barrel-Aged Imperial Oja – Cordial Cherry

Barrel-Aged Imperial Oja – Praline Coconut

All four variations have been aged in Cedar Ridge bourbon barrels.

Tin Roost holding “mini” tap takeover featuring Fair State Brewing on 11/14!

If you want to try 3 beers from Fair State Brewing, one featuring Iowa’s own Lua Brewing Company, you’ll want to head to Tin Roost in North Liberty on Monday November 14th! Here’s more on this “mini” tap takeover courtesy of Tin Roosts’ Facebook page:

🍻 It’s time for a MINI TAP TAKEOVER!
Monday, November 14th, Fair State Brewing Cooperative is taking over Tin Roost tap lines to showcase their delicious brews. From 4-6PM you can try out their beers, speak with the expert owners, and get your hands on some sick Fair State swag.

The three beers we are showcasing are…
Dad Hat Amber Ale (In collaboration with Lua Brewing), Mirror Universe Hazy IPA, and Work Life Balance English Barleywine.

Find more information on these beers on the Untappd App or Fairstate.coop online.

Tap = Taken over

Give Away Time! Win an Iowa Beer Advent Calendar from the Local in Mt. Vernon!

It’s that time of year! For the 3rd year in a row I’ve teamed up with Gly-Mawr The Local in Mt. Vernon, IA to put together an Iowa-only beer advent calendar! We tried to include as many Iowa breweries as possible and also to include different options than we had last year! With that being said, I’ll be giving one calendar away to one lucky winner! Here’s how you can win!

**Comment on any of my Facebook/Twitter/Instagram pages (@iabeerbaron) where this link is posted by telling me your absolute favorite Iowa brewed beer, Iowa brewery and tag one of your friends and share the post!

-Deadline: Last time to comment to enter the drawing will be Wednesday, November 16th @ 8:00 p.m. I will be randomly drawing a name and will contact the winner. Pick up times for the calendar are as follows:

Wednesday, 11/23…10A-4P
Friday, 11/25…12-8P
Saturday, 11/26…8A-6P
Wednesday, 11/30…10A-3P

Please spread the word! There are a few calendars left for purchase as well and they make wonderful gifts! Cheers and good luck! For more info on the calendar please click HERE!