Big Grove “Starla” returns this weekend! Northside Oktoberfest in a box includes Big Grove/Adventurous Collab!

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Some exciting news from Big Grove Brewery this week as they plan to release their hazy double ipa “Starla” in cans this weekend. Showcasing citra and Idaho 7 hops, the first release of “Starla” clocked in at 6.4%, not sure if the 2nd run will be the same or not. Along with “Starla” Big Grove has also released “All New Everything” double IPA in cans.

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A busy week for BG for sure and to top it off, their collab with Adventurous Brewing, “Big Adventure” hazy double IPA and “Northside” Helles Lager will be featured in Northside Oktoberfest in a box. So, if you got in on the Northside release you’re getting what are sure to be some tasty brews! The weekend approaches and cold beer will be welcomed! Support your local breweries, bars, and restaurants! Cheers!

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Big Grove Brewery announces Richard the Whale 2020 release for Dec. 5th!

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Big news from Big Grove Brewery last night as they subtly announced the release date for Richard the Whale for December 5th! It was a sneak peek at a Richard sampling so as of now, no details on the process release were given, but stay tuned for more information on that as that date approaches! Here’s what BG had to say courtesy of their Facebook page:

Pulled a sample of Richard the Whale 2020 today from this Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel. Annnnd can bet the beer is fire 🔥 But you may not know the barrel (and more specifically the nail we used to pierce the barrel) was on fire to keep the process sanitary.
😏 Oh and save the date for Saturday, December 5 for the release of our favorite barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout 🐳

American Solera, Evil Twin, Nightmare, Hoof Hearted, Stillwater, Abomination, Freethought, Decadent, Public Access + Blackberry Farm highlight Abu Nawas release!

Tons of beers will be hitting our shelves this week, including a delicious sounding Kolsch from American Solera! Here we go:

Blackberry Farm Brewery:
  • Blackberry Farm Classic Saison 6/4/12oz CANS – Belgian-style Saison features European noble-type hops, authentic Belgian Saison yeast, and the finest European two-row malt. 6.3% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Summer 12/750ml. Summer Saison with floor malted barley and Australian hops. 6.1% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Classic Saison 12/750ml. This Belgian-style Saison features European noble-type hops, authentic Belgian Saison yeast, and the finest European two-row malt. 6.3% ABV
Public Access Liquids:
  • Public Access Reason in Disguise 6/4/16oz CANS – Dry Hopped IPA with Citra, Galaxy, and Comet hops. 7% ABV.
Decadent Ales:
  • Decadent Ales Orange Gusher 6/4/16oz CANS – Double India Pale Ale with Orange Purée. 8.5% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Orange Cream Pop 6/4/16oz CAN – All Citra dry-hopped IPA with a proprietary blend of sugars, Madagascar Vanilla Bean and a touch of Orange Zest. 6% ABV.
FREETHOUGHT:
  • FREETHOUGHT Open6/4/16oz CAN – Unfiltered IPA brewed with flaked + malted oats, raw + malted wheat, double dry-hopped with Simcoe flower, pellets + lupulin powder. Bubblegum and subtle watermelon aromas sit on top of a soft, fluffy pour that yields delicate notes of floral honey and beeswax. 6% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Night Vision 6/4/16oz CAN – Double Dark Sour Ale with blood orange and drinking chocolate. Brewed with chocolate malt, raw wheat, flaked and malted oats. Notes of citrus, raspberry, and cocoa. Lush mouthfeel with a bright and dynamic finish. 8% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Good Eye 6/4/16oz CAN – Sour Ale dry-hopped with Citra, Galaxy, and Mosaic. Notes of passionfruit, Earl Grey tea, kumquat, pine nut, and lime. 7% ABV.
Abomination Brewing:
  • Abomination Bro Beer6/4/16oz CAN – Extremely Crushable New England session IPA brewed with Flaked Wheat and Oats. Gently dry-hopped with 100% Galaxy Hops 4.7% ABV.

Hoof Hearted Brewing:
  • Hoof Hearted Thanks For Letting Us Play Tonight 6/4/16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped All Galaxy India Pale Ale. 5.5% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Rose Gose 6/4/12oz CAN – Gose Brewed with Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, Coriander, Hibiscus, then soured with Lactobacillus and fermented with Saison yeast. 4.2% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Are We Having Fun Yet? 6/4/16oz CAN – Double Dry Hopped India Pale Ale with Belma, Citra, and Mosaic. 6% ABV.
Nightmare Brewing:
  • Nightmare Brewing Glasgow Smile 6/4/16oz CANS – Gose soured on Wild Scottish Bilberries with Heather, Lemon Zest, Raspberries, and Blueberries. 6.7% ABV.
Stillwater Artisanal Ales:
  • Stillwater Last Daze of Disco 6/4/16oz CAN – Stellar Classic Farmhouse Ale. 6.5% ABV.
  • Stillwater EXTRA DRY6/4/16oz CAN –  Definitely one of our Island Beers. Sake Style Saison brewed with sake rice and dry-hopped with Citra, Hallertau Blanc, and Sterling. 4.2% ABV.
EVIL TWIN BREWING:
  • 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 The Pure and Simple IPA Is Rarely Pure and Never Simple 6/4/16oz CANS – Hazy NE-Style Double Dry-Hopped Session IPA. 4.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Low Life6/4/16oz CANS – Hoppy Pilsner. Why drink a high life when you can have a Low Life? 5.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Geyser Gose 6/4/16oz CANS – Collab Gose, made with Icelandic herbs and smoked sea salt. 5.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Even More 8 LB 6 OZ Newborn Infant Jesus 6/4/16oz CANS – Session Milk Stout brewed with Lactose. 5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Even More JCs24/16oz Can. Affogato-style Imp Stout. 13% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Even More Jesus6/4/16oz CAN – Jeppe Legendary Imperial Stout. 12% ABV
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America Solera:

A single beer to start up with but a banging Kölsch, just what the doctor prescribed for this weather. We hope to see more down the road.

  • American Solera Toucan Lady 6/4/16oz CANS – Kolsch Style Ale with Passion Fruit. 5% ABV.

Clock House Brewing releasing “Summertime SIPA” this Friday (7/24)!

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An already busy week for beer releases in Iowa is getting even busier as Clock House Brewing out of Cedar Rapids has announced they will be releasing a sour IPA title “Summertime SIPA” this Friday at 3:00! Here’s more on this brew!

This Friday at 3 PM, we will be releasing Summertime SIPA! A Sour IPA that showcases the fruity character pulled from hops. Flavors of apricot, mandarin orange, lemon, and lime. Tart with a clean and crisp finish. We’ll let you choose whether or not to sip or chug this refreshing summertime fruit bomb!🍋🍊💣

Cans of Summertime SIPA will be available for purchase this Friday from 3-6 PM. To pre-order, click the link below! 🍻

https://fs26.formsite.com/kYff6Z/form/index.html

Releases this week in Iowa Beer

A lot of great beer releases happening this week around our state, so if you’re looking for something to do, supporting your local brewery is always an option. I know doubt know I’ve missed some other releases and many others may be posted later this so please feel free to let me know what to add! Contact me here benmed15@yahoo.com Here’s a look at this week’s releases:

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**Contrary Brewing – Friday July 24th – Syvyys Russian Imperial Stout

Barrel-aged (for 16 months!) Syvyys Russian Imperial Stout release is this Friday, July 24th at 3pm! We are selling the Syvyys 4-packs for $80/tax included. Sorry, no substitutes. Individual bottles will be available for sale, while supplies last. There will be no limit. No preorders, except for our Lifetime members (some limit restrictions apply, please see your email). That said, we did our best to get enough Syvyys into bottles that we do not foresee running out too quickly (I’ve been wrong before, and I will be again, but…). We look forward to sharing this beer with you!

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**Lion Bridge Brewing – Wednesday July 22nd- Cucumber Kolsch

One of our summer favorites, Cucumber Kölsch, will be available this Wednesday on draft and in cans for the first time ever!

The bright melon character of freshly picked local cucumbers play with the crisp, spicy nature of the style. The result is refreshing and delightful.

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**Big Grove Brewing– Saturday July 25th – BA Velvet, Double Nod, Into the Jungle

BA Velvet is a sold out ticket release, but will be available on tap. Double Nod and Into the Jungle will be available presale starting on July 22nd so check Big Grove out on Facebook for that link. Along with those 3 beers, their popular Strawberry Lemonade sour is available around the area right now. Here’s more on the 1st 3 brews:

We are excited to present you with Barrel Aged Velvet. This special brew is an Extended Boil Imperial Stout that we aged in freshly emptied Kentucky Bourbon Barrels. The beer was aged for a year and then finished on Grade A Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans. You can expect a viscous mouthfeel, notes of roasted malt, marshmallow, dark chocolate, and an explosion of vanilla—highlighted by a smoothness that only comes from age and using the finest ingredients.

We offer BA Velvet to you as an escape from life’s stressors, and a celebration of what is good in life.
Many thanks and cheers,
The Big Grove Team

Barrel Aged Velvet will be available for pick up July 25 in Iowa City and Solon. The Iowa City Taproom and Solon Brewpub will each open at 9:00 am. You’re welcome to come into the Taproom to get your beer (with strict social distancing measures in place), or we will have a contactless drive-thru available from 9-11 am. You’re required to have your ID and receipt with your order number (paper or electronic version) available for pick up.

We will be running food specials starting at 9:00 am and Barrel Aged Velvet will be on tap at both locations.

Double Nod and Into the Jungle (new) will also be available for purchase. We will be launching a pre-sale for those 2 brands on 7/22 at 10 am. They will be available for pick up when during the same period as Barrel Aged Velvet. It is okay to order separately and pick up together, though we ask that you please keep all receipts on-hand.

Proxies are allowed. The party picking up the beer must have a photo of the buyer’s ID (smartphone image is acceptable) and the order receipt (paper or electronic version) for the beer they are picking up.

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**Backpocket Brewing – Wednesday July 22nd – Pucker Up Right Meow

Backpocket will be releasing their double dry hopped sour this coming Wednesday and if you’re a mug club member you can get a free pour today!

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**Marto Brewing – ALL WEEK! Happy 1 year anniversary to Marto Brewing Company and they have a lot of tasty beers in store all through the week! Here’s their lineup:

Bent w/ hazelnut, Madagascar vanilla beans, & coconut. 11% ABV pastry stout brewed with lactose. Available on tap only, no crowlers.

Monday- Bent w/ hazelnut, vanilla, & coconut. On tap only.

Tuesday- Squishee – Say It Ain’t So (Raspberry, Black Currant, Cherry Kool-Aid, & marshmallow) On tap only.

Wednesday- Member Berries – It’s back! On tap & crowlers.

Thursday – Whammo – Hefeweizen – On tap & crowlers.

Friday- Bent w/ cinnamon, vanilla, cacao nibs, & habanero. On tap only.

Saturday – Birthday Diva – Bourbon barrel aged imperial stout w/ toasted coconut, vanilla beans, cacao nibs, & pecans. On tap & available in limited bottles at noon.

Sunday – Bent w/ maple & Stone Bru coffee. On tap only.

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**Barn Town Brewing – Saturday July 25th – Citra Neon

Coming off a delicious release of Nelson Sauvin Neon, Barn Town looks to go back to back with the release of Citra Neon. Here’s more on this brew:

Our Neon Hazy IPA made with 100% Citra Hops & Double Dry Hopped with all the Citra Hops! Available in 4 packs and draft!

 

 

Drink This! My Beer of the Summer (so far); Big Grove Three Peat Wheat

The dog days are upon us and the typical Iowa July is officially here as the temps and humidity keep making us thirstier and thirstier for a cold brew. And while there are many great Iowa beer options out there I recently had the chance to try Big Grove’s latest wheat, Three Peat. Here are the deets:

Passion fruit, pineapple, and plum come together to create an exceptionally light and refreshing fruited wheat ale that’s bursting at the seams with all the right flavors – you’ll want to have it on repeat… or maybe more 😉

This wheat beer is brewed with pineapple, passion fruit, and plum and checks in at 5.2%. While this may sound like an over the top fruit beer, it’s not. In fact BG brewers did a great job on balancing the three fruits and not making this an over the top sweet treat. Big Grove knew exactly what they were doing with this one…hot ass Iowa months ahead, let’s make a summer slammer and this sure is hell is it. Easy drinking on their beautiful patio and add with a tuna poke bowl and you’re in heaven.

So, go grab yourself a pint or a growler and just hope they keep making this one as we hit these hot months. Any chance we can get these mutha in cans BG? My mouth is watering…I’m going to need one of these again really soon. Make sure you get out there and Drink This!

Big Grove Saturday Morning Drive-Thru: American Wheat w/Pink Guava + Plum Gusher, and Cooler Clean Out!

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Big Grove Brewery will continue their Saturday morning burritos and beers drive-thru and will have a new gusher beer available and also will be cleaning out their cooler with a great deal on some of their drive-thru classic beers! Here’s what’s in store:

BEER RELEASE
*American Wheat w/Pink Guava + Plum Gusher

COOLER CLEAN OUT
*This Saturday from 9-11am we are having a cooler cleanout! Pre-order some of our drive thru classics. We want to say thank you for all of the support you all have shown us during our shut down. To do that, we would like to offer you a free pint token for every $50 spent. For use in the Iowa City and Solon Taprooms. Thank you again, we appreciate you all.

Place your order here!

https://biggrovebrewery.com/product-category/beer/

Abu Nawas drops: Lambics and Evil Twin!

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A nice mix of styles coming from the latest Abu Nawas drop as we will get puckered with some old world lambics but also can grab the latest from Evil Twin! Here we go:

Brouwerij Kerkom

  • Kerkom Reuss 12/750ml – Blend of old Boon Lambic with Belgian Blonde.  6.5% ABV.
  • Kerkom Bink Blond 24/330ml – Delicious and balanced Belgian Blonde. 6.0% ABV.
  • Kerkom Bink Bruin 24/330ml – Mellow dark Belgian. 6.0% ABV
  • Kerkom Bink Bloesem 24/330ml – A unique Belgian Ale brewed with Honey and Pear Syrup. 7.1% ABV.

Brouwerij BOON

  • BOON OUDE GEUZE12/12.7oz (12/375ml). Oude Geuze Boon is one of the finest examples of the traditional 100% spontaneous fermentation Lambic style. To moderate the sourness, Boon Brewery only brews Lambic in the 7 cold months, from early October until April, according to the traditional “turbid mash” system. This Lambic beer is brewed from 40% unmalted wheat, 60% of barley malt, aged hops, and wild yeasts collected from our coolship and is aged for 1, 2 or 3 years in oak casks. The blend, a mild average of 18 months old Lambic (unsweetened, unfiltered, unpasteurized) is refermented in the bottle and can be stored up to 20 years. Brewed in Lembeek, the village that gave Lambic its name. Awards at the World Beer Championships: 2008 Gold, 2010 Silver, 2012 Gold Medal. 7% ABV.
  • BOON FRAMBOISE 12/12.7oz (12/375ml). Framboise Boon is a traditional Belgian Lambic fruit-beer. It is brewed according to the traditional Lambic style of spontaneous fermentation. Only fresh raspberries (25%) and wild cherries (5%)are used for this Lambic beer. Framboise Boon is the missing link between beer and wine and is served chilled in flute glasses. NO artificial sweeteners, flavorings, preservatives or coloring agents. Brewed in Lembeek, the village that gave Lambic its name. 5% ABV.
  • BOON KRIEK 12/12.7oz (12/375ml). Kriek Boon is a traditional Belgian Lambic fruit-beer. It is brewed according to the traditional Lambic style of spontaneous fermentation. Only fresh cherries (25%) are used. Kriek Boon is slightly sweet, with the surprising natural fragrance of sour cherries and almonds. 4% ABV.
  • Mikkeller / Boon Oude Geuze 12/750 ml – The Mikkeller Oude Gueze lambic is a new unique collaboration between Mikkeller and Boon. Blending lambic from one to three years old, this blend is made in the traditional method of spontaneous fermentation in the Senne valley, Belgium. This special blend has a distinct twist being matured in oak foeders previously used for Calvados. Ideal before a meal or paired with cheese. 6.4% ABV.

EVIL TWIN

  • Evil Twin Even More COCO Jesus 6/4/16oz CAN – Imperial Stout brewed with Maple Syrup and Coconut. 12% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Even More Jesus 6/4/16oz CAN – Jeppe Legendary Imperial Stout. 12% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Brewing I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO MY I-95 6/4/16oz CAN – Hops: Citra, Galaxy, Nelson Double Dry Hopped Triple IPA. 11.3% ABV.
  • Evil Twin I Always Felt Closer to IPAs Than I Did to People 6/4/16oz CAN – Double dry-hopped with tons of tasty Galaxy, Citra, Simcoe and Falconer‘s Flight, Hazy NE-IPA 7.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Everyday, Once A Day IPA 6/4/16oz CAN – Double dry-hopped Imperial IPA brewed with lactose and vanilla beans. 9% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Learn What Is to Be Taken Seriously and Laugh at the Rest 6/4/16oz CANS – Hazy NE-IPA. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Cocktail Series: Mojito 6/4/16oz CAN – Mojito-style Sour DIPA brewed with Lime & Mint. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Cocktail Series: Negroni 6/4/16oz CAN – Negroni-style Sour IPA brewed with Juniper, Blood Orange, & Rhubarb. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Cocktail Series: Passionfruit Margarita 6/4/16oz CAN – Margarita-style Sour IPA brewed with Passionfruit, Lime, & Orange Peel. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Cocktail Series: Tangerine Tonic 6/4/16oz CAN – Gin & Tonic-Inspired Sour DIPA brewed with Tangerine. 8% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Irish-ish Coffee Stout 6/4/16oz CANS – Imperial Stout brewed with Lactose, Demerara Sugar, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Medium Toast Oak Spirals and – of course – a ton of Coffee. 10.3 % ABV.

Lion Bridge releasing “Mallow Gold” BA S’mores Stout + “Me Time” NEIPA next Thursday! (6/18)

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Two new brews coming from Lion Bridge on June 18th and both of these sound like a release you’ll want to plan your day around!

Mallow Gold (9%abv, Barrel-Aged S’mores Stout) – We took bourbon barrel aged stout from our stock that have been aging for over a year, and s’moresified it! Marshmallow, Chocolate, and Graham Cracker meld beautifully in this campfire beer. $17.99 4-pack

Me Time (NEIPA, 7.2%) Heavy on the Citra with a comforting dose of Cashmere hops. It’s ok, have some more Me Time. $12.99 4-pack