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
Day #2 is finally here! Daydreaming of a delicious Iowa beer danced in my head all day and to be perfectly honest, it’s difficult not to tear into more than one of these adult beverage presents every night! So what did Drinky Claus bring for me to drink on day #2?:
DAY #2 BEER #2 – Clock House Brewing “Dinner Talk” – this might be the perfect holiday sour. Dinner Talk is a kettle sour with blueberry, cranberry, and plum with the addition of vanilla, cinnamon and maple syrup. The balance in the adjuncts is perfect as the cinnamon shines with the fruit and the maple syrup balances the sourness and sweetness wonderfully. This beer comes in at 5.8% ABV and would be the perfect pairing to almost any holiday dessert, and if your favorite holiday dessert is another beer, well this would be ideal to have one or two more!
Clock House Brewing is located at 600 1st St. SE in Cedar Rapids. The taproom is located in the Black Sheep Social Club restaurant. Check out Clock House on Facebook by clicking here to follow future releases as they have their delicious Snozzberry Sour coming out Saturday December 12th!
As always, don’t forget to visit downtown Mount Vernon and Glyn Mawr-The Local for all of your holiday gift giving needs. You don’t need anything else besides a Drink Local shirt, some home decor, a couple bottles of wine, a growler of a local Iowa beer and nice wedge of cheese this holiday season! Check them out on Facebook here!
And it begins! The only thing that used to get me excited about December 1st was the Family Channel/FreeForm, whatever the channel is called now, and their “25 Days of Xmas” constant cartoons and Christmas shows. Now, there’s a better reason! Glyn-Mawr-The Local Winery in Mount Vernon has come up with an Iowa brewery-only beer advent calendar. The brainchild of owner Anna Wilson, this advent calendar consists of 24 different Iowa brewed beers from 15 different Iowa breweries. Thanks to everyone who ordered a calendar and to the breweries who participated, it seems like this was considered a success and I hope everyone gets to experience how great the beer is in our fine state! Excited all day to get home to rip open my first beer present of the year, I was greeted with….
DAY #1 BEER #1 – Thew Brewing “This Most Beautiful Fabric” – this Hazy pale ale is brewed with cashmere hops which can bring many different citrus and tropical fruit tasting profiles. Coming in at 5.25% this is definitely a sessionable brew that you can enjoy a few of while watching your favorite Christmas show. Well done Flenker family! Grab some beers from Thew this holiday season and visit them at 301 2nd Ave SW in Cedar Rapids! They run daily specials, crowlers to go and are just great people to support! Check out their Facebook page by clicking here.
Don’t forget to swing through downtown Mt. Vernon and visit Glyn Mawr-The Local Winery this holiday season as well. Their house made wines, cold local Iowa beer, various local cheeses from Dan and Debbies, holiday decorations along with just a stunning building to visit is well worth the trip. They are running door buster prizes and deals on many items throughout their shop and are amazing people to support as well! Cheers Wilson family! Stay up to date with Glyn Mawr-The Local by clicking here.
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 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.
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.
Fun time of the year to try some new brews! Here’s the latest from Clown Shoes!
Clown Shoes Snow on the Maple Tree 2020 1/12/19.2oz “Stovepipe” CAN – Imperial Stout Aged in Maple Bourbon Barrels. 10% ABV.
Clown Shoes Tropical Blender 2020 6/4/16oz CANS – Smoothie IPA with Guava, Pineapple, Mango, and Lactose. 7% ABV.
Clown Shoes Rainbows are Real 6/4/16oz CAN – Hazy IPA Infused with Terpenes. 6.75% ABV.
Clown Shoes Galacticake 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA Featuring a base brew of Space Cake dry-hopped per Galactica specs, Galacticake combines Clown Shoes signature Double IPAs to make for a bevy of tropical citrus aromas and flavor. A balanced body showcases notes of both pine and citrus. 9% ABV.
Clown Shoes Galactica IIPA 6/4/16oz CAN – Clown Shoes Famed Double IPA Dry hopped with Galaxy Hops, this one balances a hop profile of light bitterness and notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and pine with a clean malt backbone. 8% ABV.
Clown Shoes Space Cake 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA with Mosaic and Citra Hops. 9% ABV.
Clown Shoes Haze Cake 6/4/16oz CANS – Hazy Double IPA with Mosaic, Citra, and Centennial hops, Honey, and 2-row malts, wheat. 9% ABV.
Clown Shoes Pecan Pie Porter2020 6/4/16oz CAN – American Porter with Pecan Pie Flavor. 8% ABV.
Clown Shoes Churro Sombrero 6/4/16oz CAN – Mexican Style Chocolate Stout with Madagascar Vanilla Beans and Cinnamon. 7% ABV.
Clown Shoes Clementine 6/4/16oz CAN – White Ale with Spices, All Natural Clementine Flavor, Sweet Orange Peel, Coriander, Mandarina Hops. 6% ABV.
Clown Shoes Mango Kolsch 6/4/16oz CAN – American Kōlsch with All Natural Mango Flavor, Columbus, and Huell Melon Hops. 5.5% ABV.
What better way to ring in December than with your very own Iowa Beer advent calendar! I was lucky enough to take part in helping pick out some amazing Iowa beers to include in this awesome calendar made by Glyn Mawr Winery in Mount Vernon, IA and now you have a chance to get one for free! Here’s what you need to do:
*Visit Glyn Mawr’s Facebook post and respond to it with your favorite Iowa brewed beer and also tag and friend and you will automatically be entered. Visit their Facebook page by clicking HERE!
*Visit Glyn Mawr’s Instagram account and respond to the post with your favorite Iowa brewed beer and also tagging a friend. Click HERE to go to their Instagram account!
*Winner will be randomly drawn and notified. Proxies are allowed for pickup, just notify myself or the winery for that!
About the calendar: We tried to include as many different Iowa breweries as possible and also tried to include as many different styles of beer as possible. There are so many great beers being brewed and I think we have a great collection included in this calendar!
GIVEAWAY TIME!! You guys have BLOWN US AWAY with pre-orders, so we have decided to have a GIVEAWAY for one of our Craft Iowa Beer Advent Calendars! ($85 value!)TO QUALIFY: COMMENT below with your favorite IOWA craft beer, and TAG a friend that might want to get in on one of our calendars before they sell out! Check out the list of breweries we have included: @clockhousebrewing, @fsbtaproom, @singlespeedbrewingco, @dimensionalbeer, @gezelligbrewing, @thewbrew, @biggrovebrewery, @tgbrews, @5ivecitiesbrewing, @reunionbrewery, @exilebrewingco, @backpocketbrewing, @sutliffcider, @lionbridgebrew, @iowabrewingco, @wilsonsorchardia We will pick a winner this weekend! It will be available to pick up 11/25, 11/27, or 11/28!ALSO, we only have 10 CALENDARS LEFT, so get online and pre-order yours today!
We are nearing the 2 year mark of Dimensional brewing supplying Iowa beer lovers with their tasty and creative beers and you know this group is going to celebrate their anniversary! Before posting the details of their upcoming anniversary and releases that go with it, a big time congrats to the folks at Dimensional, another great example of a brewery that adapted when COVID hit and continued supplying us with excellent beers!
We will have new 4-packs, an individual can, limited birthday glassware, some rotating special taps, new hats, new apparel, Live Music, heated outdoor seating, and the release of Barrel Aged Can-D-Bar. Barrel Aged Can-D-Bar is an Imperial Stout aged in @Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. 12year Knotter Barrels for 14 months, 1 day, and 14 hours. We then pack an obscene amount of toasted coconut and cacao to make this a barrel aged, liquid, chocolate/coconut candy bar.BA Can-D-Bar will be available for purchase via an online ticketed format. Please follow this event page for further details. Including a link for BA Can-D-Bar, Proxy information, beer details, and party details.You may party whether you purchase Can-D-Bar or not. You may also pick your purchases up without partying if this is your wish. No matter your choice, please recognize and adhere to all of our regular COVID-19 expectations. Please treat our Dimensional family and guests the way they want to be treated. Thank you. Stay safe. We can’t wait to see you. Cheers!