Northside Oktoberfest set for October 2nd plus Oktoberfest in a Box returns!

Downtown Iowa City has announced the return of Northside Oktoberfest! This years version will be broken up in to 3 elements:

  • Northside Oktoberfest in a Box (Friday, September 3rd, 10th, and 17th)
    • Thanks to the success of the 2020 Northside Oktoberfest in a Box, we have been asked to bring this feature back as part of the 2021 festival. The 2021 Northside Oktoberfest in a Box will once again be a take-home box including a variety of beers and your favorite treats from Northside businesses. Each box is built for 2 people to enjoy and can be customized when ordering.
  • Iowa City BrewFest (Saturday, October 2nd, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
    • After taking a break from the in-person festivities in 2020, the sampling event is back to celebrate in-person with a new twist. For 2021, Iowa City Brewfest sponsored by FLY CID will be more exclusive than ever, with ONLY 600 BrewMaster tickets available. That means fewer lines and more beer for you to enjoy!
  • Northside Oktoberfest Outdoor Bier Hall (Saturday, October 2nd, 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
    • *New for 2021, Northside Oktoberfest will host an outdoor Bier Hall on Linn Street for general admission. Attendees can purchase a $15 Bier Hall mug to refill with at Northside restaurants and bars. Grab a drink, sit outside, and enjoy the traditional Oktoberfest entertainment that will be happening from the afternoon through the evening.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 5th @ 7:00 a.m. and you can order them by clicking here!

Here is what is included with each event listed above:

Northside Oktoberfest in a Box includes: 

  • 12 “Old World Classic” beers hand-selected by John’s Grocery & Iowa City’s “Bier Guy”, Doug Alberhasky
  • Take and bake Pagiliai’s Pizza of your choice
  • A featured kitchen item from Prairie Kitchen Store
  • (1) Bottle of wine from Brix Wine & Cheese Shop (choice of white or red)
  • $30 of gift cards to Northside businesses: $15 Gift Card for Dinner from a neighborhood restaurant & $15 Gift Card to a neighborhood shop
  • Northside Oktoberfest in a Box will be available for PICK-UP ONLY (Friday, September 3rd, 10th, and 17th)

Iowa City BrewFest ticket includes:

  • Exclusive access (only 600 available) to unlimited samplings from over 40 vendors from 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Northside Oktoberfest 2021 chalice glass
  • $5 for lunch at Northside vendors
  • 25th Anniversary Iowa City BrewFest shirt (choice of Brewer Work Shirt button-up or classic t-shirt, designed and supplied by Jonnie 5 Apparel)
  • First beer free at the new* Northside Oktoberfest outdoor Bier Hall

Northside Oktoberfest Outdoor Bier Hall 

  • $15 Bier Hall Mug (available to purchase only the day-of)
  • 1 free drink with purchase (while supplies last)
  • Can purchase wine and beer at Northside businesses to take to the street and enjoy
  • Access to Oktoberfest entertainment

Clock House releasing “Tidal Waves” tropical sour this Friday! (5/7)

Another week and another refreshing sounding release coming from Clock House Brewing. This Friday, Clock House will be releasing “Tidal Waves” tropical sour in 4 packs and on draft! Get there to get yours! Here’s more on this release courtesy of Clock House’s Facebook page:

You spoke, we listened! After hearing several requests to bring back this delicious sour, we decided it was time to brew more! Join us in our taproom this Friday, May 7th as we bring back Tidal Waves! A tropical punch inspired sour splashed with waves of cherry, pineapple, passion fruit, and lemon.Available in cans and on draft. No growler fills due to limited supply.
4-packs will be sold in-store only. No presales or online ordering

Evil Twin, Short Throw, Timber Ales, Public Access, Blackberry Farm + American Solera coming from Abu Naws!


  • Evil Twin Raspberry Jelly Donut Even More Jesus 6/4/16oz CANS – Imperial Stout brewed with Donuts & Raspberry. 12% ABV.
  • Evil Twin IPA is the Dizziness of Freedom  6/4/16oz CANS – DDH IPA w/ Mosaic, Citra & Cascade. 6% ABV.
  • Evil Twin What our Age Lacks is Not Reflection, But IPA 6/4/16oz CANS – Double IPA with Citra, Idaho 7 and Simcoe. 8% ABV.
  • Evil Twin ET Left Home v2 6/4/16oz CANS – Sour IPA with Watermelon, Apricot, and a heavy addition of Key Lime. It’s like a jolly rancher times a million. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Lemon Meringue 6/4/16oz CANS – Sour Ale brewed with Lemon & Marshmallow. 6% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Scandi Noir 6/4/16oz CANS – Imperial Stout with Peanuts & Vanilla. 12% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Low Life 6/4/16oz CANS – Hoppy Pilsner. Why drink a high life when you can have a Low Life? 5.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Anyone Have Any Thoughts On What An Empty New Haven Train Car Means? 6/4/16oz CANS – Outstanding thirst-quenching Pilsner. 5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Falco 6/4/16oz CAN – Perfectly balanced American IPA. 7.0% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Nasty Trunks 6/4/16oz CANS – Dry-Hopped Hazy Sour IPA. 5.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Thirteen Months of Sun 6/4/16oz CAN – Hazy IPA with Ethiopian Sidamo coffee beans. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Imperial Simcoe Slacker 6/4/16oz CANS – Simcoe packed IPA. 7.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Wet Dream 6/4/16oz CANS – Beautiful Brown Ale with Kenyan Coffee Beans. 6.9% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail 6/4/12oz CAN – Jeppe’s Legendary Triple IPA. 12% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Molotov Grapefruit 4/6/12oz CAN – Jeppe’s Legendary Triple IPA with a surprise Grapefruit twist. 12% ABV.
  • Evil Twin 60 Day Dry-Aged Stout 6/4/16oz CANS – Oatmeal Stout brewed with 60 days dry-aged malt. 6% ABV.     
  • Evil Twin 90 Day Dry-Aged Stout 6/4/16oz CANS – Milk Stout Brewed with Dry-Aged Malt 9% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Even More Jesus 6/4/16oz CAN – Jeppe Legendary Imperial Stout. 12% ABV.


  • Short Throw Metronome 6/4/16oz CAN – Cashmere and Mosaic IPA. 6.4% ABV.
  • Short Throw Mutual Respeck 6/4/16oz CANS – Double IPA with Citra and Cashmere. 8.2% ABV.
  • Short Throw What it Do? 6/4/16oz CANS – Decadent, Silky Imperial Stout layered with Coffee and Toasted Coconut. The beer speaks for itself, Nuff said. 11% ABV.
  • Short Throw Treachery of Fruit Cherry 6/4/16oz CANS – The Treachery Of Fruit: Raspberry is the first rendition of heavily fruited Gose style ales with copious amounts of the finest raspberry puree to replace some sweetness, which also provides its remarkable color and texture. If you enjoy it when beer meets puree, then this is your jam. 4% ABV.
  • Short Throw Treachery of Fruit – Apricot & Mango 6/4/16oz CANS – The Treachery Of Fruit: Apricot & Mango is the second rendition of heavily fruited Gose Style ales with copious amounts of the finest Apricot & Mango puree to replace some sweetness, which also provides its remarkable color and texture. If you enjoy it when beer meets puree, then this is your jam. 6% ABV.
  • Short Throw Little Lungs 6/4/16oz CANS – Scaled down version of Lips And Lungs DIPA. Brewed with gracious amounts of Strata and Citra hops and dry-hopped with the same varietals. Floral, juicy, and simply crushable. 6% ABV.


  • Timber Ales / Casa Agria Specialty Ales Collab. Star Searching 6/4/16oz CANS – The beer that put these guys on the map! IPA dry-hopped with Citra and galaxy. 7% ABV.
  • Timber Ales / Horus Aged Ales / Mindful Ales Collab. Vanilla Maris 6/4/16oz CANS – An English-style Barleywine Aged on Vanilla Beans. It’s outstanding! 12% ABV.


  • Public Access Grandeza 6/4/16oz CANS – A collab with @rootandbranchbrewing – Gose Style Ale with Pineapple and Dragon Fruit. 8% ABV.
  • Public Access Reason in Disguise 6/4/16oz CAN – Dry Hopped IPA with Citra, Galaxy, and Comet hops. 7% ABV.

Blackberry Farm Brewery:

  • Blackberry Farm Classic Saison 6/4/12oz CAN – Belgian-style Saison features European noble-type hops, authentic Belgian Saison yeast, and the finest European two-row malt. 6.3% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Mountain Lager 6/4/12oz CAN – Vienna-style Lager showcases Vienna and dark Munich malts, with distinctively toasty, bready aromas and flavors. A judicious hopping lends balance to the malty goodness. 5% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Boundary Tree 6/4/12oz CAN – A hop-forward Farmhouse Ale brewed with Hallertau Blanc, Southern Cross, Comet, and Citra hops. 6.5% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Leather Britches 6/4/16oz CAN – Dark, Rich Porter featuring a malty finish and hints of dark fruit and chocolate. An homage to the farm tradition of Leather Britches. An old southern method for preserving late-summer green beans. The beans are harvested, left in their pod, and hung up to dry. Dehydrating on the string, they start to look like leather pant legs. Brewed in collaboration with Heidi Geist of the 48 Beer Project. 6.4% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm BFB Stout 6/4/16oz CANS – This robust, hoppy American Stout is a hearty welcome on a brisk evening, but balanced and drinkable for enjoying year-round. In addition to a complex roasted malt character of coffee and dark chocolate, a hefty addition of American hops adds bright, distinctive layers of tropical fruits, citrus, and pine. 6.8% ABV.


  • American Solera Handsome Brothers 6/4/16oz CAN – IPA Double Dry hopped with Cryo Citra hops. 5.2% ABV.
  • American Solera Fat Camp 6/4/16oz CANS – Imperial Milk Stout with Chocolate, Cinnamon, and Vanilla. 10% ABV.
  • American Solera Power TIPA 6/4/16oz CAN – Triple IPA with Citra & Mosaic Hops. 10% ABV.

Clock House releasing “Whole Lotta Colada” sour this Friday (4/30)!

Earlier this week it was the announcing of a citrus wheat from Clock House and today we are getting a pineapple coconut sour! Clock House continues to roll us into the warmer months as they will be releasing “Whole Lotta Colada” sour this Friday (4/30) at 3:00 p.m. Draft and cans available, here’s more from the brewery:

Stop on down this Friday as we release Whole Lotta Colada! A fruited Kettle Sour infused with loads of Pineapple and Coconut! If you’re crazy for coconut you’re not alone! Brewmaster Todd woke up at 3 AM to toast the tasty coconut used in this summer crusher.Taproom sales only. Draft and cans available.

Clock House releasing “ClockEyed” citrus American wheat on Sunday (5/2)!

Another week and another tasty sounding release coming from Clock House Brewing in Cedar Rapids. This coming Sunday, they will be releasing “ClockEyed” citrus American Wheat! Here’s more on this release:

Our twist on this elegant, Summer Crusher, fruity sessionable wheat-based ale. Straw in color and cloudy from starch haze and yeast. Has a fruity aroma with a malty-sweet grain flavor with a melody of fruit from start to finish. Whirlpool additions of Orange peel, Lemon peel and coriander gives this beer a zesty, lemon, orange-citrusy fruitiness.Available on draft, cans and in growlers. Online ordering available day of release

Stillwater 12 pack seltzer, Prairie Cherry Bomb and more coming from Abu Nawas this week!

STILLWATER 12 packs!

Big Grove “Drive-Thru” back on May 1st!

Details out for the next Big Grove Brewery “Drive-Thru” and the link posted below to get the goods ordered and ready for yourself! Here is what’s coming:

Soooo smooth and soooo glad it’s back again👌 **Velvet, our Madagascar Vanilla Imperial Stout, goes on pre-order sale Wednesday at 10am on our website. This decadent beauty releases Saturday, May 1 and is joined by First of Her Name—our new Talus-hopped double IPA—and the return of Starla and Queserita. You might even find Big Ed, Turtle Hunter, and Colorado Smuggler in the online store if you play your cards right 😏 Pre-order will be available Wednesday, April 21 from 10am until Tuesday, April 27 5pm (or as supplies last). Pick-up window is Saturday, May 1 from 9:00-11:00am with drive-thru and in-house options.

Here’s the link for the Drive Thru!

“Keeping it Craft” Episode 5 Part 1 from Big Grove Solon!

Keeping It Craft is all about showcasing the experiences, stories, and people that make our favorite restaurants, breweries, and bars special. Part one of our trip to Big Grove Brewery shines the light on a process many of us never get to see. Join us as Chef Ben Smart and Chef Sean Towley show us how they butcher and break down a suckling pig for the upcoming Big Grove Beer Dinner on April 19th. If you care about where your food comes from, and the care that goes into making it great this one is for you.

Stay tuned for Part 2 with Chef T.J., Chef Brandon, Big Grove G.M. Andrew, Pasta Carbonara, and White Sausage Pizza paired with some of the best beer in the state! Cheers!