Iowa Eats: Ramen Belly; Iowa City, IA!

Start driving to Iowa City, take the Dubuque Street exit, come to the stop light before the Mayflower and hang a ralph, drive up and yes, it’s all houses/homes/condos/etc. keep going until you hit the Peninsula Neighborhood. Don’t worry, if you think you are totally missing a restaurant because it’s all houses, you would be correct, but just get to Martin Street and you’ll run into a legit restaurant…you’ve made it..1010 Martin Street in Iowa City….get your taste buds ready for Ramen Belly!

Nestled back in a beautiful Iowa City neighborhood is where you can get an extremely satisfying and fulfilling Asian meal. Ramen Belly has a small seating capacity with some outdoor tables which makes it charming and hospitable as do the wait staff and owners. You are given menus, but you place your order after scanning a QR code and the staff are eager to help if need be. The menu itself is mouth-water….potstickers, short ribs, poke bowls, and what I came there to eat…RAMEN!!! When I hit a new place and the menu has many options that appease they eye, it’s time to order a shit load of food! Before the food…the beer…….Ichiban on tap…get one, Japan’s pale ale, or get a Sapporo while you’re feeding your face. For the Iowa Craft scene, Easy Eddy was on the lines!

DISH 1 – Braised Pork and Mushroom Pot Stickers:

Potstickers are always an easy thing to order because they are usually extremely tasty if done correctly, and Ramen Belly does them extremely well. A bit of crunch on the outside, steamed perfectly, and the mushroom/roasted pork combo paired wonderfully. Definitely worth another order.

DISH 2 – Tuna Tartare

Fresh tuna tossed in a sriracha aioli with house pickled cucumbers, wonton strips, and thin strips of nori. Refreshing with a little punch of heat from the aioli, paired perfectly with a cold Ichiban.

DISH 3 – Poke Bowl

Yes, this dish and the one above look similar. Underneath this one however is some delicious white rice and a sesame flavored seaweed salad to go along with the mouth watering tuna. Refreshing, filling, and extremely tasty. The seaweed salad is the game changer in this dish. Those house cucumbers in there make for a perfect bite!

DISH 4 – RAMEN!!!

I went with the house blend ramen broth on this one and after talking to the owner you can appreciate it all those flavors that you get from it. The broth is cooked down for 36 hours before blending with others broths for at least an additional 18 hours. Packed full of flavor for all the lovely parts of chicken, pork, veggies, beef and then strained over al dente noodles, a big slab of the best tasting korean grilled short rib I’ll ever eat, soft boiled egg, and bean sprouts.

OVERALL

I want to go back tomorrow. Every dish was delicious, flavorful, and well-executed. My one regret…I should have ordered a bunch of short ribs! I will not make that mistake again! Forget chicken noodle soup, Ramen is the way to go! Check out Ramen Belly on Facebook by clicking HERE and get over there and get some awesome food!

Pequod releases for 7/27! Modist, Weldwerks, Company Values, Humble Forager, MORE, Untitled Art, and Blackstack!

Feather Bar Fruit Sour – J Wakefield Collaboration
Introducing Feather Bar, our Imperial Florida Weisse that we made in collaboration with our friends at J Wakefield. Feather Bar was brewed with w/ barley, wheat, passion fruit, pineapple & prickly pear.)

Dreamyard – Hazy IPA 
 New England IPA that’s made ENTIRELY from oats and wheat. Splendidly hazy with aromas of stonefruit, pineapple, and citrus. An insane amount of Citra and Denali hops per barrel make this beer an incredibly juicy and citrusy treat with an approachable level of bitterness

Advanced Fluid Dynamics 
Double India Pale Ale Brewed with Sabro, Lotus + Citra Hops

Guava Lime Gose
Sour Wheat Ale brewed with Sea Salt, Coriander, Lime Juice and Guava Puree

It’s a Unicorn Thing
Double India Pale Ale brewed with Citra, Mosaic and Lotus hops

Pina Colada IPA
Double India Pale Ale brewed with over 3,000 pounds of Pineapple Puree, Toasted Coconut, Milk Sugar, Vanilla and Sabro and Lotus hops

Space Tunnel 
Indie Pale Ale brewed with Galaxy, Strata and Mosaic hops

Triple Berry Cheesecake berliner
Berlin-style Sour Ale brewed with nearly 2,000 lbs blueberry, raspberry + strawberry puree, milk sugar + cheesecake

Dreams – Creamsicle tangerine & Vanilla Gluten Free Smoothie 6.2% ABV 
This might be the best one yet. Sweet and tastes like orange creamsicle. Made with Tangerine, Vanilla & Vanillin.

Pina Colada Smoothie Seltzer – Collaboration with LUA Brewing
This thing is like a smoothie beer but not thick like a milkshake, rather thinner and crushable body with that classic Pina Colada flavor with a hit more carbonation. If you like Pineapple & Coconut this is for you!

Non- Alcoholic Italian Pilsner
Light crisp and less than 0.5% alcohol, this clean drinking beer is riddled with Hallertau Mittlefruh & Strata Hops.

Non- Alcoholic Floridaweisse Sour ale – #1 rated Non-Alch Beer in the world!
0.5% ABV. Non- Alcoholic Berliner Weisse with real passionfruit, Pink Guava and Cranberry. tart and Smooth. Tastes like real beer, nothing artificial. This is currently the #1 rated Non Alcoholic beer in the world 

Orange Cream Dbl Marbles Milkshake IPA
Milkshake Style Double India Pale Ale with Orange and Vanilla
Loads of ripe, juicy oranges emanate from the can and fill the air with its bright, citrusy aroma. A copious addition of both Amarillo and Citra hops add some tropical complexity that is rounded out with sweet vanilla and milk sugar for a dreamy creamsicle tang. (8% ABV)

Building Blocks Citra & Oats DBL IPA 8% ABV
The Brews in this series are meant to showcase some of our favorite raw materials. In this case 2 different years of our hand selected Citra & Citra Cryo hops along with Malted & flaked oats, with the same base malt & yeast throughout the series so you can see how they stack up!

Live Bait – Fruited Sour (6.9%)
We got bloody crazy with terrifying helpings of Passion Fruit, Tart Cherry, Blood Orange, & Key Lime in honor of @sharkweek 

 Blended on our House Mixed Culture Foeder Fermented Berliner Base. Come on in, the water’s fine!

Local 755 Hazy IPA
Our Foggy Favorite. Azacca, Amarillo & a Gwop of Citra. Soft, Juicy & Hazy like 70’s Home Movies.

“Keeping it Craft” Episode 7 Part 1 @ Club 76!

What a day with Jeremy Freerks and Club 76. An American Legion unlike any other where the food coming from the kitchen and the rotating tap list is almost as incredible as the people who run and frequent the establishment. Part 1 of 2 starts with Jeremy Freerks talking beers, events, the Magic Bus and more! Part 2 coming at you soon with a look at wings and wraps at the Lodge!!

Clock House releasing “Scuba Todd” sour this Thursday (7/1)!

Another week and another beer release to quench our thirst from the fine folks at Clock House Brewing! This Thursday, July 1st, you’ll be able to get your hands on “Scuba Todd” sour! Here’s more on this beer:

Is that Scuba Steve? Scuba Sam? No that’s Scuba Todd! If you’ve ever walked through Black Sheep and gazed through the Man-Aquarium you might have seen this beerhero. He doesn’t wear a cape nor have any superpowers. He wears beer goggles during the day and tinted safety glasses at night. He’ll walk around the brewery in rainboots and occasionally sport some dope rubber gloves. The man has never heard of water, he only showers in beer. Beer with coconut of course because that’s the only way it should be. He’s sour like lemon lime and sweet like blue raspberry. This is Todd’s world and we’re just living in it. We’re just happy to be apart of it.

Now about the beer…if you haven’t gathered the info yet we’re making a pretty delicious sour. Brewed with Lemon, Lime, Blue Raspberry, and unfiltered coconut. We’re making the closest thing to Ocean Water so Scuba Todd can dive right in.Available in 16oz 4-packs and on draft. *One 4-pack limit per person.

Clock House releasing “Street Fighter” double NEIPA this Friday! (6/25)

After many successful sour releases Clock House is back at with another hazy! This Friday, starting at 3:00 p.m., their latest NE IPA will be available to us on tap and in 4 packs! Here’s more on “Street Fighter”:

You better watch your back, because this beer packs a punch 🥊. Street Fighter Double NEIPA will be making its fighting debut Friday, June 25th. We equipped this beer with extra hops to demolish every target in it’s path. Sabro, Mosaic, and Idaho 7 round out this beast, leaving heavy notes of coconut, lemon and pine. 🍻Available in 4 packs, growlers and on draft.

Pequod releases for week of June 22/25! More, Mason Ale Works, Blackstack, Untitled Art, Modist

Another week approaches and more new beers hitting our shelves courtesy of Pequod Distribution. This week they are bringing in some beers from More Brewing, Mason Ale Works, Blackstack, and Untitled Art! Check out the list below:

MORE BREWING

Summer Fields
 is our brand new Belgian-style Wheat Ale with juicy oranges and tangy lemons. A fresh new take on our series of “fields,” this slighly hazy wheat ale is ultra crisp with a gentle malty body. Whispers of sweet vanilla and honey interplay with the citrus and zest which build nicely on a lightly acidic body. Crack open a can of sunshine today! (5.5% ABV)

Mas Chela
𝗠á𝘀 𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗮 uses our ultra-purified, soft water from our production facility in Huntley and then is cool stored in our horizontal german lagering tank for 5-6 weeks. The slow lagering process provides us with an incredibly balanced, super clean flavor that’s moderately malt forward, lightly bitter, and has notes of freshly baked bolillo. (5% ABV)

Hopperatus – DDH IPAA Double Dry Hopped Hazy IPA hit with Mosaic, Idaho 7, Simcoe and Strata hops. This IPA is bursting with a complex assemblage of pungent tropical fruit, rosy florals, and dank earthy hemp that leaves lots of room for exploration. (7.2% ABV)

Fog Zombie Triple Dry hopped Triple IPA
Triple Dry Hopped Hazy Triple IPA 10.6% (Beer Zombies Beer) Collaboration with Abomination Brewing – Connecticut

Motueka’s Revenge
Collaboration with Beer Zombies Brewing. This Double Dry Hopped Hazy Double IPA was hopped with Motueka and just a touch of Galaxy.

Nonsense Fuel
Thanks to our homie @blackninjadesign for the sick can art in this Hazy DIPA. Now available at better bottle shops coast to coast! Double Dry Hopped with Enigma, Rakau, HBC 431, and HBC 586 this juice bomb is straight 🔥🔥🔥

Raven’s Light  – Pastry Stout $13.5% (the first two beers in this series are all over 4.3 on Untappd!!!)
Pastry Stout with Cacao Nibs, Raspberry, Iverson Coffee, and Madagascar Vanilla

Florida Seltzer VARIETY PACK
With the incredible success from the Florida seltzer line, Untitled Art has decided to make a variety pack. it features:

  • Blackberry/Agave 
  • Blood Orange/Pomegranate
  • Pineapple/Mango
  • Prickly pear/Guava

ASTROWORLD – Triple Dry Hopped TIPA (10.1%)
We went down south & full sicko mode for this one. Out of this world additions of Comet, Australian Galaxy & our hand-selected Strata from our buds @indiehops. Come take a ride with us🚀🚀🚀

Local 755 IPA
Our Foggy Favorite. Azacca, Amarillo & a Gwop of Citra. Soft, Juicy & Hazy like 70’s Home Movies.

Sippin’ & Forgettin’ – Coconut & Lemon Berliner wiesse 
Berliner Weisse brewed with malted wheat, barley malt and milk sugar then conditioned on Meyer Lemon, Madagascar Vanilla Beans and toasted coconut.

Fruitropolis Ver 2
The ALL NEW FRUITROPOLIS, Double Fruited Imperial Smoothie Sour w/ milk sugar, double blueberry, double blackberry & double black currant

Double Local Dream Mirror – Blackstack & Fairstate brewing Collab
When we team up with our friends Fair State & BlackStack to do the whole “slam-o blam-o let’s take our flagships and kabam-o” the result is none other than DOUBLE LOCAL DREAM MIRROR. DLDM is a New England Double IPA hopped & double dry hopped w/ Citra, Mosaic, Sultana, Azacca, Amarillo, Citra Cryo, & El Dorado Cryo

Toppling Goliath tap takeover @ Reds Alehouse this Thursday! (6/10)

One helluva lineup coming to you this Thursday at Reds Alehouse in North Liberty as Toppling Goliath is bringing some heavy hitters the lines! Get there early, these are sure to go quick!

Join us this #ThirstyThursday for a specialty tapping event featuring these TG Brews on draft:

**Term Oil Fluffernutter – Term-Oil Fluffernutter begins with a special blend of Imperial Stout that aged in bourbon barrels for well over a year. To that already decadent base, we added dry roasted peanuts, peanut butter, marshmallow, and vanilla beans to create the liquid version of the classic Fluffernutter sandwich.
**Term Oil Coconut Monster Cookie – Inspired by one of our favorite treats, this bourbon-barrel aged stout will warm you with notes of fresh monster cookies baked with heaps of honey-glazed toasted coconut, a touch of peanut butter, and candy coated chocolates.
**Ferrari Backpack DIPA – We vibed out with our compadres at Lua Brewing Company to manifest liquid opulence. Brewed with a pretentiously golden aesthetic, loaded with luxuriously oil-laden hops, and soft as thousand thread count sheets. Drink fresh. Pinkies out.
**Pineapple Papaya Fandango Sour – Conjure up warm-weather vibes with this kettle sour. Tropical papaya and fresh-squeezed pineapple juice will transport your tastebuds to a tropical wonderland. Sweet, tart, and then sweet again.
**Hot Dog Time Machine DIPA – Our amigos at Hop Butcher for the World shared the same interest as us in exploring the alternate reality of the “fluffy” IPA. We threw multiple types of wheat into our fluff capacitor, heavily hopped it everywhere except the 88 minute boil, and fermented with yeast primed for transtemporal travel. Last year was certainly the wurst of times, but now it’s time to ketchup with us on our journey and relish in this hot dog fueled time travel adventure.
Pompeii IPA – This IPA is created with the same attention to detail as the beautiful mosaics that graced the city of Pompeii. It features mango and pineapple hop flavors with a medium-body feel to tantalize the senses.

Pequod releases for week of June 14th! Equilibrium, Humble Forager, Untitled Art, Blackstack, and Modist

More beers on their way from Pequod Distribution in the coming weeks! Here’s what should be making their way to our shelves!

Equilibrium

18 Decillion
We started off with a big base of oats and wheat before a LUPOMAX Idaho7 whirlpool and a tremendous Strata and Galaxy dry hop. 18 Decillion pours murky yellow with aromas of grove stand OJ being enjoyed in a forest made of Starburst (please add to your bucket list if you haven’t experienced this).

Astrophysics
Astrophysics pours a vibrant milky yellow with heavy aromas of starfruit, passionfruit, tangerine Pez, and dank hops. Flavors of sweet orange flesh, passionfruit juice, cantaloupe, and gummy peach rings transition to notes of berry and yuzu before a Big Bang of our #EQjuice rainbow melon finish. This beer is very soft, round, and full the pallet.

Fluctuation DDH DIPA
Our team’s favorite rotational makes its return today. Fluctuation has bright tropical notes of passion fruit, mango, pineapple, and lychee with an undercurrent of sorbet and cream await!

Fractal Citra/Sultana
Fractal Citra/Sultana pours glowing yellow with big aromatic notes and flavors of Valencia orange, pineapple slices, and lime spritz in a balanced finish with touch of bitterness. Tropical in flavor with a manageable ABV, this crusher is the perfect companion for the warmer days and outdoor activities.

Half Full batch 2 – Dbl IPA (8.0 % DIPA) a collaboration with District 96 Beer Factory.Named to serve an important message: Stay Positive. Optimism creates opportunity and pessimism kills it. Expecting good things helps formulate actions to produce good things. We are all in this together and we want you to remember to always see your glass as Half Full. If you have an empty glass, crack one of these cans, make it 100% full, then half full, enjoy and reflect on positive thoughts during this virtual tropical vacation.

Lupo Lab Linear Combination 2 (8.0 % DIPA)
Pouring a vibrant yellow color, Linear Combination 2 offers notes of dank glasses of champagne with tangerine and mango wedges in fresh hop fields. Intense and saturated flavors of juicy citrus, ripe mango, and notes of a melon await with heavy earth and a touch of pine. This beer is aggressive and soft at the same time with an escalating juiciness builds into a #EQjuice finish.

MC2 (squared) DIPAMC² is Photon’s big brother. We literally took Photon’s hopping rate and squared it. This DIPA is our tribute to the amazing relationship that energy and mass are balanced, proportional to the speed of a photon squared. It pours a hazy tangerine color, releasing bright tropical notes of mango, pineapple, and apricot. MC² tastes like succulent mango juice loaded with chewy hop resins. It’s very drinkable for 8.0%; be careful, this one can sneak up on you. 

Mmmmm…..Osa
Mmm…Osa is our beloved Photon American Pale Ale conditioned on freshly zested oranges at a rate of 6 oranges per barrel. It’s everything photon is, with a dominant orange presence; this citric delight is our preferred way to start the afternoon.

Super Fractal Julia Set
The Julia Set is named after the French mathematician Gaston Julia. This complex set exists as a by-product of the Mandelbrot set and was devised while studying complex dynamics during the early 20th century. This set of complex numbers can cause drastic changes in the sequence of iterated functions.
We scaled up from Fractal using a super simple grain bill of 2-Row and our specific fractal fermentation profile before intensely hoping it with a Mosaic and El Dorado whirlpool and a dry hop of Citra, Mosaic, Strata and El Dorado.

HUMBLE FORAGER

Coastal Sunrise Ver.4 – Mango Lassi 
This Lassi inspired breakfast sour is packed with 3 ingredients from India, Alphonso Mango, planifolia vanilla beans and cardamom swirl with creamy indonesian coconut. It’s a mango bomb with a hint of vanilla and spice – just incredible!

UNTITLED ART

Dry Hopped Watermelon/Lime Gose – 1840 Brewing Collaboration
We teamed up with @1840brewing out of Milwaukee, WI (the BEST state!) to give you that refreshing picnic 🧺  summer drink. This Kettle Soured Berliner Weiss is coming in at 6.6% ABV brewed with real watermelon 🍉 , key limes, sea salt🧂 and lightly dry  Link

Watermelon Gose – Non Alch beer (0.5% abv or less)The world of Non Alcohol beer is exploding and “healthy drinking” in in-style. Untitled art has a line of Non-Alch beers including Florida weisse, Juicy IPA and Chocolate milk stout. Today we are introducing Watermelon Gose and it’s fantastic! It’s made with Watermelon juice, Lime juice and sea salt.

Florida Seltzer reloads and kegs
Blackberry/Agave 
Pineapple/Mango
Prickly pear /Guava 

BLACKSTACK

Are you there God? it’s me Guava – Fruit sour
Triple Guava Smoothie-Style Sour (6.4%)
Our MIxed-Culture Foeder-Fermented Berliner-Base conditioned on questionable quantities of Pink Guava & Tahitian Vanilla Bean Caviar with a dash of Milk Sugar for good measure. This is our first foray putting our series of existential smoothie brews in these more slender beer tubes & we are very excited to share this stunning specimen of ostentatious over-fruiting with you.

Red Bottoms Dbl IPA – 8.8% ABV
Our friends @ Track Brewing co in Manchester, UK did a thing using Mosaic, Strata, Riwaka from New zealand to make a smooth beautiful IPA. 

Sponsored Content 5% ABV
We saved a bunch of money on this beer by keeping the malt bill simple, phoning it in on the label & not doubling or tripling anything in the dry hop with our hand selected Mosaic, Centennial & Columbus Cryo. Instead of passing the savings onto you, the consumer, we decided to spend the fat stacks we saved on super effective & totally organic paid advertising. Cheers!

STRAIGHT FYRE

 – DDH DIPA (8.8%)
In addition to their podcast, our buds at Private Sector Provisions have been cranking out some of the most crave worthy smash burgs on either side of the Mississippi. We figured we better blow it out for this one, so we used flaming portions of our hand selected Citra, Citra Cryo & Australian Galaxy & hired a bunch of instagram models and influencers to accurately illustrate how lit this experience is certain to be.

MODIST

Sippin’ & Forgettin’ – Coconut & Lemon Berliner wiesse 
Berliner Weisse brewed with malted wheat, barley malt and milk sugar then conditioned on Meyer Lemon, Madagascar Vanilla Beans and toasted coconut.

Fruitropolis Ver 2
The ALL NEW FRUITROPOLIS, Double Fruited Imperial Smoothie Sour w/ milk sugar, double blueberry, double blackberry & double black currant

Double Local Dream Mirror – Blackstack & Fairstate brewing Collab
When we team up with our friends Fair State & BlackStack to do the whole “slam-o blam-o let’s take our flagships and kabam-o” the result is none other than DOUBLE LOCAL DREAM MIRROR. DLDM is a New England Double IPA hopped & double dry hopped w/ Citra, Mosaic, Sultana, Azacca, Amarillo, Citra Cryo, & El Dorado Cryo

Gezellig releasing 4 new bottles on 6/12!

Gezellig Brewing Company out of Newton will be releasing 4 new beers and bottling each one, all 4 will be available on June 12th starting at 9 a.m.! Here’s more on the 4 beers, cheers!

BOTTLE RELEASE!

On June 12 at 9 am we will be holding our first bottle release. These anniversary beers have been lovingly aged and we can’t wait to share them with you. We are bottling fewer than 200 of each of these lovely beers and will be available only in our taproom. They will not be available via online ordering unless we have remaining bottles the following week.
**Big Boi Vanilla Party – Imperial Stout aged in a Henry McKenna Bourbon barrel with vanilla beans 14.5% abv
**Get Chocolate Wasted – Imperial Stout aged in a Templeton Rye Whiskey barrel with nibs & coffee 14.5%
**All Roggs Go To Heaven – Double Roggenbier aged divinely in an Elijah Craig barrel 10.5% abv
**Tequila Little Time With You – Blended sour aged in an Anejo Tequila barrel 7.7% abv

The first 22 people in line will receive a complimentary anniversary glass.