I was lucky enough to get to Dubuque and visit Dimensional Brewing on a soft-opening night for the brewery and I came away completely impressed! Located at 67 Main St. in downtown Dubuque, pretty much right by Lot 1 and First and Main, Dimensional has all the makings to be one of the best breweries in the state, from the facility to the beer, these guys are good!
Upon walking in the place was shoulder to shoulder, the excitement was very evident. I had a seat next to my brother and brother-in-law at the bar and just dove right into a flight of beers. They had 10-12 beers on tap and I was impressed with the array of styles; from kolsch to stouts to sours to IPAs to Hefes, they pretty much had something for every beer drinker on the lines. Here’s what I had:
Beer #1: Claw Machine – New England IPA – 6% ABV – this NE IPA was creamy and had a wonderful nose of pineapple. Flavor was pineapple and oranges and it shone from first sip to last drink. Well done beer, would drink this every day.
Beer #2: Bill Brewski – New England IPA w/mosaic, simcoe, and citra – 7.9% ABV – the nose was citra dominant but the flavor was creamy melon. This drank so easy that the 7.9 abv is well hidden, a deliciously dangerous brew.
Beer #3: Coffee Milk Stout – lactose and Jumble coffee- 5% ABV – lots of coffee on the nose and in the flavor. They also had a hazelnut stout that my drinking companions really enjoyed. Nicely done stout!
Beer #4: A Little Drippy – kettle sour w/pink guava, passionfruit, and mango – 5.5% ABV – I was really impressed with this one and my mouth is watering thinking of it. Fruit galore and just enough of that sour pucker that sour fans love. If this is what they will giving us with sours, we are in for a treat!
Beyond impressed with this place. Not that Dubuque isn’t a town worth visiting but Dimensional has now put them on the Beer Lover’s list of destinations to hit up! They will be opening their doors to the public this coming Wednesday, Nov. 21st at 11 a.m. No food yet, but food trucks will be popping up. They are not filling growlers or crowlers at this time but they may change in the future. Check them out folks, you won’t be sorry! Cheers!
Lion Bridge twitter handle has announced that their NEIPA Majestic Beast and their yet to be released Coconut Disaster will hitting Eastern Iowa distribution on Monday November 19th! Today!! You can get the cans if you visit the taproom as Majestic Beast is available now and Coconut Disaster will be coming to the taproom in cans on the 24th or hit your local beer store to grab them both now! Here’s more on these beers:
Majestic Beast: 6.2%
This mirthful beverage was dry-hopped with Mosaic Lupulin Powder, as well as a bit of Simcoe and Eukanot. By using hop powder with the green plant material removed, we are dry-hopping a concentrated version of the aromatic oils found in the hops. Resinous and tropical; potent yet graceful. It may just bring a tear to your eye.
Coconut Disaster: 5.8%
Toasted Coconut is added to our award winning brown porter
What has become one of my favorite events of the year is starting to take shape. Lion Bridge Brewing has started to announce their lineup for the 2019 barrel-aged January releases. What is usually an awful month in Iowa has become much more tolerable thanks to the fine ales that Lion Bridge gives us every week!
WEEK 1: Big Smoosh
Here is Barrel-Aged January Week 1!!
Dr. Z’s Experiment brings the funk and is going to pair beautifully with the intense and robust flavor of Big Smoosh, our take on an almost forgotten about style of strong ale from long time ago Germany, the Adambier.
Big Smoosh is named after Brewer Robert’s mysterious and charismatic feline friend. This 9% strong dark ale was aged in whiskey and port barrels for 5 months with sour cherries. The result is a little smokey, a little tart, and a lot of awesome. Very excited about this new addition to the January line-up.
More ongoings at Lion Bridge:
Food Special for the week is Cherry BBQ Short Rib tacos with house Slaw.
Friday is our First Firkin Friday and we take Big Smoosh and add graham cracker and even more cherry to make a slightly more confectionary version of the original.
Sunday will be a teaser for our next Barrel-Aged January Beer, Home-Baked. Get a taste of the one-off before the full release the following Wednesday! This one is going to be a beaut.
Stay-tuned as we release the rest of the month during the course of next week!
Abu Nawas distribution will be supplying our shelves with some terrific sounding beers just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. This coming Tuesday you should be seeing the following beers hitting distro in the CR/IC area:
Evil **F is for Fruit Salad 16oz Can – Gose:
Let’s face it – we all like to put labels on things. It just makes us feel more comfortable. What assumptions have people made about you based on your race, religion, gender, the way you dress, or even the beer you drink? We did in fact label this year for your convenience. It has a fresh tartness, a twist of salt and a balanced fruitiness – apparently a complete reflection of your personality. We hope you like what this label says about you?
*Evil Twin It’s Soul Good, Man 16oz Can. – IPAFor the Breaking Bad Fans among you! Better Call Saul!
If you’re committed enough, you can make any story work
*Evil Twin Tart Cherry Soup Superior 16oz Can – lactose IPA brewed with tart cherries.
Evil Twin Pineapple Flava Influencer 16oz Can:
This is The Flava Influencer IPA and it is an IPA brewed with oat, lactose, vanilla, pineapple and gooseberry. The beer will hit 7.8%-AbV and it will be packaged in 16oz cans at Dorchester Brewing in Boston, MA
*Stillwater Extra Extra 16oz Can – Double brut india pale ale
Stillwater Dank Dank 16oz Can – dank double IPA
*Omnipollo Maz 16oz –
Maz, formerly known as Mazarin, is my take on a “thinker’s beer”. Rather than being big and undecipherably complex I wanted to create something that would calm a hop yearning nerve without fuddling the brain too much. In other words, a lavishly hopped ale of judicious ABV — an Extra Special Pale Ale if you will.
In fact, so extra special that it snatched a gold medal at the Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival in 2013.
Thew Brewing will be releasing 11 a.m. Kickoff on November 21st. This is an imperial stout and will be released at 7 p.m. that Wednesday. Here’s more!
11am Kickoff is a full bodied imperial stout clocking in at a cool 12% abv.
- One 22oz bomber of 11am Kickoff
- One 12oz bottle of the scotcharoo variant, 11pm Snack
- One 32oz Crowler of Afternoon Kickoff
- One 10oz tap pour of 11am Kickoff
- Thew Brewing tulip glass for your collection
Tickets are $50 and available for purchase here:https://shop.thewbrew.com/bottle-release-party-112118
Marquee Pizza has released their tap list for Saturday’s big 1 year anniversary celebration. 2 beers by Pulpit Rock specifically made for Marquee are part of this excellent listing and as you can see from the image below, it’s quite an awesome list! Congrats again Marquee, I hope to see some of you there on Saturday! Cheers!
Iowa breweries keep the great beers coming! Add SingleSpeed to your holiday shopping on Black Friday as they are releasing their Cocoa Mint Milk Stout! It will be available on draft and in cans at both locations! More below:
Get ready, folks.
BOTH LOCATIONS will be launching CMMS’18 at 3:00pm on Black Friday.
No fear, we made more than last year!
Draft available for on-premise consumption only – No Growler fills, please.
Cans available for retail/to-go purchase.
The utilization of Cacao Nibs, Sidecar Coffee Roasters’ Espresso, and organically grown mint leaf make this Milk Stout a true original. Milk Stouts begin more sweet than the standard American Stout and this one is no exception. A full bodied, creamy beer carrying with it wave upon wave of joyous flavor.
This is the week Marquee Pizza in Coralville will be celebrating their 1 year anniversary all week with menu specials. On Saturday, they will be filling their tap lines with some fantastic beers and they have just released a bit of teaser as to what we can expect. 3 Pulpit Rock lines, Barn Town ,Madhouse, 2 Jester Kings, Jolly Pumpkin, 2 Mikkellers, Fat Orange Cat, Prairie and 2 Evil Twins along with some TBA! Check the photo below:
Also, don’t forget their specials all week:
• Monday – All beer and wine on happy hour, and happy hour will be extended from 3-close. We will also have some all Iowa cheese & charcuterie specials.
• Tuesday – $5 any pizza from 3pm until we sell! We will also be having a natural wine tasting from 5-7pm that is free for all guests to partake in.
• Wednesday – $9 burgers during lunch 11-3
• Thursday – $9 burgers during lunch 11-3, closing at 3pm for a private event
• Friday – #marqueecheesepull 3-6pm & 9-11pm our wildly popular mozzarella brick will be $1!! with purchase of another entree. 1 per person. dine in only.
• Saturday – rare and wild beers on tap
• Sunday – housemade linguine & meatball plates 3pm-sold out
Our favorite sour-only brewery has sent Abu Nawas a few things that are only going to be sent to a very limited set of non-Michigan places, including a special beer Ron Jeffries brewed in honor of his son Daemon’s wedding next weekend in Hawaii. The wedding beer is Keiki No More (Children no more…) It’s brewed with raspberry, lime and lime peel, and then aged in wood 5 months and given another dose of raspberries. We are encouraging everyone to raise their glass to the happy couple when they have the beer and tag Jolly Pumpkin with the below hashtags: #JollyWedding #FromIowaWithLove
Here’s more on Keiki No More:
Keiki No More is a saison base that was then refermented with raspberry, lime, and lime peel. This is a very special beer, brewed in celebration of the marriage of Ron and Laurie’s son Daemon and his bride Ashley. The addition of raspberry has given this beer a brilliant pink grapefruit hue. Eruptions of sweet raspberry jam and our house funk fill the nose. While the tastes of raspberry cobbler, ripe raspberry funk, subtle hints of key lime pie, and light acidity, will have you falling head over heels in love.
This beer will be on draft in Iowa at Marquee Pizza, El Bait Shop, and Cheese Bar. Along with that big and super limited release Abu Nawas will also be bringing limited supplies of the below Jolly Pumpkin beers as well. If you can get to Marquee, Cheese Shop, or El Bait Shop, order Keiki No More, raise your glass and toast the newlyweds but also toast Jolly Pumpkin and their staff and be grateful that our state gets their wonderful beers!