Your Iowa Beer Guide to Black Friday!

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If you are out and about this coming Black Friday there are quite a few options from the beer community to take advantage of. Can releases, bottle releases, and speciality tappings a plenty!
*If you know of an event that I didn’t post up please drop me a line and I’ll add it to the list! 

**Lion Bridge Brewery – Oakonut Delight release. 1 case per customer per purchase starting at 11 a.m., but if you get back in line you can get more! Imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels with coconut, chocolate, and caramel!  

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**Confluence Brewing – If you are in the Des Moines area Confluence has a stellar Black Friday lineup.
-Letter of Marque Rum Barrel Aged DIPA W/ Coconut
-Kiano’s Cut Rye Barrel Aged Rye DIPA
-Conifer Ginelly Gin Barrel Aged Saison W/ Cranberries & Spruce
Tips
-Ghostly Presents Tequila Barrel Aged W/ Agave & Peppers
Doors open at 11 AM. No bottle limits. Enjoy $2 off pours of everything in our taproom until noon!

 

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**Bricks Bar and Grill – Bourbon County and Black Friday go hand in hand and what better way to take a break from the early morning shopping and stop by Bricks for a 2020 BCS or variant. Here’s what Bricks will have on the lines:

Featuring Five BCBS beers on draft ~ 2018 BCBS Original ~ 2018 BCBS Bramble Rye ~ 2019 BCBS Original ~ 2019 BCBS Cafe De Olla ~ 2019 BCBS Mon Cheri
Blind Auction for 2 2015 BCBS Rare Bottles ~ 4 2012 BCBS Coffee Bottles

~Breakfast Taco Bar~

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**Iowa Brewing Company – a big day of bottles for Iowa Brewing Company as they are set to release Barrel-aged OREOja Baltic Porter that is finished in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels with “America’s Favorite Cookie.” This and the Hurricane Season will be available Friday the 29th @ 11AM only at the Iowa Brewing taproom.

thew**Thew Brewing Company – Thew will be continuing their “Dark Beer” week on Friday with a whole bunch of tappings. Here’s what they have going:

On tap Friday:
– Darkest Corners (barrel-aged imperial stout)
– Double Tappa (imperial brown ale)
– Old Man Strength (barrel-aged old ale)
– Black IPA
– Imperial stout
– Belgian strong

Bottle release deets courtesy of Thew:

We’ve had an old ale aging in a Weller barrel from Buffalo Trace and we’re anxious to share it with you. Old Man Strength will be packaged in 22 oz. bomber bottles and wax sealed.

Thew Crew members will have two bottles each reserved. You may pick your bottles up beginning Wednesday. Member bottles will be held until Friday, December 6th.

For the general public, release will start at noon on Friday. $20/bottle, 4 bottle per person limit.

In addition to Old Man Strength, we’ll have:
– Firkin of Double Tappa with Coconut
– Randall with Helianthus (sunflower saison) infused with fresh cranberries

 

**Quarter Barrel – Darkest Peru Russian Imperial Stout aged 9 months in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels with Peruvian Coffee, Peruvian Cacao, and Huacatay (Peruvian Black Mint) will be sold in 4-packs @ The Quarter Barrel Arcade & Brewery! 

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**Big Grove Brewery and Bootleggin’ Barzini’s have teamed up for an exclusive barrel-aged barleywine release only available at Barzinis on Black Friday. This barley wine is aged in Cedar Ridge single malt whiskey barrels and will come in a 375 mL bottle. Barzinis will also have their Bourbon County release.

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**Marto Brewing Company – Marto will be releasing All the Bean Things which is their
first in house collaboration that was brewed with  Barn Town Brewing!
A  13.1% imperial stout brewed with Ugandan vanilla beans, Caturra Coffee Roasting Co. – A Subsidiary of Coffee King, Inc Mexico Altura coffee beans, & Ghana ABOCFA cacao beans roasted by Just the Nib in Lincoln, NE.
Available on tap & limited crowlers to go. $18 per crowler.

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**Clockhouse Brewing – From Clockhouse:

They say, “We all need a little more fruit in our diet.” So we loaded our kettle sour with Raspberries, Blueberries, and Blackberries. The perfect trifecta for starting your post thanksgiving diet.

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**Need Pizza – Need tapping some heavy hitters on Black Friday!

2018 Bourbon County Bramble Rye
2019 Madhouse El Jefe
Pours and crowlers available while they last!

Lion Bridge releasing “Oakonut Delight” Imperial Stout on Black Friday!

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Black Friday has gone from Christmas shopping to beer shopping for many of us and Lion Bridge brewery has thrown their hat into the ring! On Black Friday, tap room only, they will be releasing “Oakonut Delight” Imperial Stout! Here’s more on this delicious sounding brew courtesy of Lion Bridge:

Oakonut Delight will be a brand new Imperial Stout from us at Lion Bridge. Coconut, Chocolate, Caramel and 10 months in whiskey barrels. Really looking forward to this.

Lion Bridge releasing Oktobot + Oktobot 3000 today! (9/4)

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Fall season is underway and what better way to ring it in than sitting in the Czech Village at the Lion Bridge patio and sipping on their fall favorite Oktobot…and if you’re feeling froggy……their Barrel-aged imperial Marzen Oktobot 3000 is available too! Here are the deets courtesy of Lion Bridge:

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Our odes to Oktoberfest become self-aware on draft and in package TODAY at 3pm.

These Imperial Oktoberfestbiers are the finest we’ve ever made and super excited to share with you all.

Oktobot (Imperial Märzen, 7.7%) – A fusion brew with German and Czech roots in the recipe as well as the name (“robot” is a word with Czech origins). Munich and Bohemian Pilsner Malt are the motherboard to this amped up version of the style, while a healthy dose of German hops provide fuel to keep it running. This is the non-barrel aged version. Look to Oktobot 3000 for even more power. Available in 6 packs.

Oktobot 3000 (Barrel-Aged Imperial Märzen, 8.5%abv) – A fusion brew with German and Czech roots in the recipe as well as the name (“robot” is a word with Czech origins). Munich and Bohemian Pilsner Malt are the motherboard to this amped up version of the style, while 6 months in Rye Whiskey barrels greases the cogs and makes sure it all computes. Available in 4 packs.

Cobble Hill/Lion Bridge Beer Dinner Set for April 4th!

Lion Bridge Brewing and Cobble Hill restaurant, both in CR, have announced the date for their popular beer dinner. April 4th is the date, and if you want tickets you might want to jump on this quick as last year’s event sold out in 2 days. One of Iowa’s best breweries and one of Iowa’s best restaurants together for a night leading to a can’t miss event. Click HERE for the link to tickets and more info on the event below.

Come celebrate the birthdays of two of your favorite local businesses: Cobble Hill and Lion Bridge Brewing! Cobble Hill turned 6 in February and Lion Bridge is coming up on year 5, this month!

Head Brewer of Lion Bridge, Quinton McClain, and Executive Chef Andy Schumacher, and their teams, have put together a 5 – course meal with beer pairings, beginning with a welcome pint and a snack at the bar for your first course. The menu and pairings will highlight, complement, and celebrate the skills of these two talented individuals and the diverse teams that assist them.

This will be an experience not to be missed! Unique and well loved beers from Lion Bridge will be paired with imaginative dishes from the Cobble Hill team.

Price includes all tax and gratuity. All you have to do is show up and enjoy!

Drink This! Lion Bridge King Cake…Happy 5 year LB!

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It really can’t be a surprise that this beer is my latest Drink This! addition. The winter months have been draining and soul sucking at times, but Lion Bridge has been able to lift us by the chin and say, “drink our beer, everything will be ok”. Not sure they would actually say that but Quinton does kind of look like the next coming of Jesus and actually, if he would run for President, I would vote for him or maybe Ana would be a better fit..??? any hoo…it’s no secret the demand that this beer has received, and that’s not why it’s my Drink This! choice. Publicity plays a big role into a sale, and this beer has been pubbed by many (yours truly included), but when your background has delivered and delivered on numerous occasions you can understand why at a 3:00 release on Tuesday afternoon, on your 5th Anniversary party you have line snaking almost outside your door, you have now hit that upper echelon of expectation.

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Expectation has always been there for Lion Bridge for every beer they’ve made. They expect quality, always have, and their gold medals show that. Now, however, they’ve hit the ever demanding beer lover, beer trader, beer connoisseur level of the craft market. When you’re a brewery that makes a wonderful pils (ziva voda returns soon), a terrific IPA (yard sale), a gold medal English Mild, and a hazy IPA that I can’t wait to see again (Majestic Beast), and now pair that with their Barrel-Aged January greatness that included the January mainstay Gazprom! and it’s variants along with my beer of the year nominee Home Baked, you’ve set yourself up to be an in demand brewery. Which leads us to….

**King Cake** – 5th Anniversary beer, brilliantly released on Fat Tuesday and a beer that dominates your tastebuds. It’s so easy to critique the things you don’t care for in a beer sometimes, but it sure is nice to appreciate the beauty of an amazing beer and taste what the brewers intended for you to taste. Decadence is the word used by Lion Bridge and that is spot on. That’s the perfect word to describe this beer, a caramel, chocolate, toffee, masterpiece really. So, for those who got it, sit back, sip on it, maybe share a taste with a buddy or loved one and just appreciate it.

McClain family…what a joy these last 5 years have been. Your class and focus on local has been such a welcome addition to the community and I’m very thankful I’ve had the opportunity to converse with you both. I would be remiss not to involve Alec Travis in this post…hard working, talented, class act who has been at Lion Bridge since the beginning…..such a great crew, with great leaders. Happy 5 Lion Bridge, King Cake was the perfect beer for this anniversary so it’s time to Drink This! beer!

Lion Bridge “King Cake” 5th Anniversary Stout Coming March 5th!

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In what will no doubt be a can’t miss release, Lion Bridge Brewery will be celebrating their 5th anniversary with “King Cake”, a caramel, chocolate imperial stout that will check in at 10.5% ABV. Here’s more:

5th Anniversary Beer is coming together…

King Cake is an Imperial Stout (10.5%) with caramel and chocolate. Gonna be a good fit for our 5th Anniversary Mardi Gras Celebration.

4-packs and draft available on 3/5/19

laissez les bon temps rouler!

Drink This! Lion Bridge Home Baked

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I realize it’s only been a handful of hours since Lion Bridge released this wonderful beer to the population but as the four packs are selling like hotcakes and the tap lines are getting hit harder than…(insert your own pun) I feel the need to implore you to try to get a taste of their latest wonderful barrel aged January release, Home Baked.

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A barrel aged imperial stout with saigon cinnamon, cocoa, and hazelnuts that clocks in at 11% and drinks like it’s around 6. The booze is well hidden, the hazelnuts shine as the beer warms and this is the perfect beer for a month that most Iowans would like to skip over. Grab a draw, grab a four pack, and find a nice fire place to sit and sip my friends. Cheers Quinton, Alec, Ana and crew!

Lion Bridge still has many beers up their sleeve for barrel aged January, but man, they came out swinging with a heavy hitting knockout to start. Like I said earlier, I’m not sure how long this one will last, so if you get a chance, get a taste and drink this brew!

Lion Bridge releasing 5 new canned beers

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Lion Bridge Brewery out of Cedar Rapids will be canning what looks like 5 new beers this coming January during their “Barrel-Aged January” and they all sound terrific. Coming off hot releases of Spice Must Flow and Majestic Beast, they will be canning their popular Gazprom, Home Baked, Disaster at Maui, Beer at Work, and then a secret release beer that they are teasing. Here’s more on these new canned brews:

 

gazprom*Gazprom!: Every January this is a highly anticipated beer release in the state of Iowa and Lion Bridge just made it even better buy offering it in 4 pack cans. In the past Gazprom! checked in at around 12% ABV and will probably be right around that mark again. I’m super excited for this one as this is one of my favorites.

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*Beer at Work: Another hazy IPA that’s going to be brewed with Vic Secret and Ella hops.

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*Disaster at Maui: what sounds like their popular Disaster at the Meux base that will have the addition of coconut, cacao nibs, and coffee. Sounds like the perfect dessert for me!

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*Home Baked: another imperial stout coming to cans that is brewed with hazelnut, cinnamon, cocoa nibs, and everyone’s favorite ingredient…love!

And the fifth would be the super secret release which will no doubt but just as good as the rest. Barrel-Aged January is coming soon folks, I hope to see you down at Lion Bridge sipping on some greatness. A special thank you to Lion Bridge for making the month of January in Iowa much more tolerable because of your wonderful beer releases.