Big Grove releasing “Coffee Shop Series: Coffee Oatmeal Stout” this weekend!

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You have to love the continued hard work from our local breweries and restaurants during these difficult times and also a ‘thank you’ to those who have continued to support these small businesses! With that being said, Big Grove Brewery will be releasing their first installment of their new “Coffee Shop Series” and it will be a coffee oatmeal stout brewed in collaboration with JBC Coffee Roasters!

This will be the first of 4 seasonal releases with JBC with the beer recipe and coffee used for this series changing for each release! Rumor has it there will be a few more things getting released this weekend, stay tuned!

 

Iowa Brewers Guild Presents: “BYOB Virtual Beer Festival”!

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Grab some of your favorite Iowa brewed beers and join your fellow Iowa beer lovers, Iowa beer brewers, and Iowa beer workers as the Iowa Brewers Guild is hosting a “BYOB Virtual Beer Festival” on March 28th with all proceeds will go to Iowa’s brewing industry staff. Here’s more on this great event:

A BYOB virtual beer festival to raise money for Iowa’s brewing industry staff. Though we love to drink beer in the company of friends, the future of one of our favorite pastimes—beer festivals—is tenuous. And so are the livelihoods of our Iowa breweries and their teams. To help our industry staff in their time of need, the Iowa Brewers Guild is holding a BYOB “virtual beer festival,” and you’re invited to join us!

Here’s how it works:

1. Buy a ticket

2. Pick up some of your favorite Iowa beer

3. Join us on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram on Saturday, March 28, so we can drink beer together (from a safe distance), with the help of our hashtag, #virtualbeerfest

ALL proceeds will go to affected Iowa Brewers Guild member breweries’ staff that have lost jobs or significant hours!

More info and how to get a limited edition shirt at www.virtualbeerfest.org

Brewery for Sale! Old Man River up for grabs! Open House set for March 27th!

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In the market for your own brewery? Old Man River in McGregor, Iowa is up for sale and there will be an open house on March 27th. There will be half price appetizers and some gourmet food as well as 5 new beers being released.

The building was built in 1880 and has recently undergone a $4.5 million dollar renovation and has 8,236 square feet. Here’s the link to the Iowa Realty website for more info if you’re interested!

 

Abu Nawas drops: Introducing Short Throw Brewing! + Hoof Hearted, Omnipollo, Public Access

Some great brews coming from Abu Nawas this week and also a new brewery drop! Check the list below and let’s welcome Short Throw Brewing company to Iowa!

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SHORT THROW

*Short Throw Straight Bars 1/6bbl KEG – Triple Dry-Hopped American IPA.with Citra, Galaxy, and El Dorado. Lovingly dry-hopped with the same varietals. One sip and you’ll know we ain’t playin games. 6.5% ABV.

HOOF HEARTED

  • Hoof Hearted Tickling the Ivories16oz CAN – Super juicy IPA with Citra, Calypso, and Comet. 7.2% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Thanks For Letting Us Play 16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped All Galaxy India Pale Ale. 5.5% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Roads? Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads 16oz CAN – Heavy Duty DIPA with Enigma, Citra, & Cashmere. 9% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Everybody Wants Some CITRA 16oz CAN – All Citra Triple Dry-Hopped DIPA. 8% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Are We Having Fun Yet? 16oz CAN – Double Dry Hopped India Pale Ale with Belma, Citra, and Mosaic. 6% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted SaiZzurp Apricot Peach 16oz CAN – Sour Farmhouse Ale with Apricot Peach Added – 6.5% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Rose Gose 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 / Stillwater Fruit On the Bottom 6/4/16oz CAN – Stillwater Collab. Rotationally hopped sour IPA with milk sugar and Fruited with strawberry and banana and hopped with azacca and jarrylo. 6% ABV.

PUBLIC ACCESS LIQUIDS

  • Public Access Psychic Mirror16oz CAN – DDH DIPA w/ Galaxy & Motueka. 8% ABV.
  • Public Access Triumphant Intermission16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped IPA with Citra, El Dorado, and Comet. 7% ABV.
  • Public Access Entranced16oz CAN – Sour Ale brewed with Passion Fruit & Guava. 5% ABV.

OMNIPOLLO

  • Omnipollo Lifers 16oz CAN – This beer is like life should be. Collab with our ear candy friends The Lifers, this Miami Vice Strawberry Pineapple Coconut Daiquiri hits the spot. 6% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Hypnopompa Marshmallow & Vanilla 16oz CAN – Hypnopompa is our imperial stout brewed with almost 100 kilos of marshmallows and Tahitian vanilla beans (the size of cigars). Low carbonation and boiled a bit extra for good measure, this is a beer strictly for the stout inclined. 11% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Double Moa 16oz CAN –  lemon curd sour ale brewed with lemon and lactose sugar. 6% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Gematria 16oz CAN – Nelson, Citra, Mosaic. Nuff said. 7.3% ABV
  • Omnipollo Gygax 16oz CAN – Grapefruit Tonic Gose Ale Brewed with Grapefruit, Quinine & Lactose Sugar. 6% ABV.
  • Omipollo Henosis 16oz CAN – Nelson, Citra, Mosaic & Galaxy Hopped IPA. 702% ABV.

Lion Bridge announces 6th Anniversary Beer Releases!

Lion Bridge brewery in Cedar Rapids will be celebrating their 6th anniversary March 5th and in doing so will be releasing a couple of beers. Chocofetti Imperial Birthday Cake Stout and Click Bait double IPA will be released in cans. Here’s more on each of these brews:

Chocofetti (Imperial Birthday Cake Stout, 9%) – We’re havin a party, and everyone’s invited. We brewed this birthday cake stout up all special for our 6th birthday. Think chocolate cake and Funfetti frosting. Go ahead and have seconds.

Click Bait (Double IPA, 9%) – Brewed all special for our 6th anniversary, this batch has 6lbs of hops per barrel! Order a Click Bait to see the shocking results!

Chameleon’s Pub in Mount Vernon Hosting Bourbon Barrel Aged Beer Tapping January 30th!

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It’s always great to see a small town bar, especially my favorite watering hole, get their hands on some brews that most small town bars aren’t able to land. Chameleon’s Pub and Grub here in Mt. Vernon will have their own barrel-aged tap takeover that will feature this year’s Goose Island Bourbon County stout and also feature 3 Iowa brewed barrel aged beers. The event is next Thursday January 30th, stop on in if you’re around the Mt. Vernon area! Here are more deets on these tappings:

Winter is in full swing in Iowa and what could be better than belling up to the bar with a barrel aged brew to warm your insides. We will be tapping four beautifully crafted barrel aged brews featuring the nationally renown Bourbon County from Chicago’s Goose Island Barrel House along side three local brews. We will be offering specially priced flights on the night of the event so you can try all four! These beers are very limited and will go fast so be sure to stop before they go.

This year’s Bourbon County Stout, aged in a mix of Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace, and Wild Turkey barrels, yields a rich, complex mouthfeel. Flavors of cocoa, fudge, vanilla, caramel, almond, plus leather and tobacco, permeate this beer and deepen with each sip. At 14.7 ABV it won’t take long to forget the cold and to feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Our local options are as followed;

2019 Jesus on a Forklift a barrel-aged imperial rye stout from Exile Brewing Co. of Des Moines, Iowa. This heavy hitter was aged for 9 months in first use Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels and gives of flavors and aromas of rich chocolate, with bourbon and the rye lending some spiciness.

Back Road coconut porter aged in Jim Beam barrels from Millstream Brewing Co. out of Amana Iowa. Black malt and roasted barley give the beer its color, and coffee-like flavors.

Wake the F Up Iowa Imperial Coffee stout from Backpocket Brewing out of Coralville, Iowa. This beer features coffee from our fellow Mount Vernon business owners and friends at Wake Up Iowa Coffee and is barrel aged it in Cedar Ridge and Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels to make Wake The F Up Iowa – an imperial coffee stout that’s plenty boozy, plenty smooth.

Lion Bridge releasing “Emperor of Ice Cream” Feb. 12th!

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Another exciting release from Lion Bridge will be taking place on February 12th as they will be releasing the “Emperor of Ice Cream”! Deets below:

The Emperor of Ice Cream (Imperial Milk Stout w/Strawberry, Chocolate, Vanilla, 8.5%)

Let be be finale of seem. The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.

Released on draft and available in 4-Packs (1 case limit). We will have a cupcake pairing from That One Cupcake Place.

Abu Nawas drops this week! Evil Twin, Dugges, Abomination, Hoof Hearted, + Public Access

Lots of tasty treats coming this week from Abu Nawas; here’s the list:

EVIL TWIN

  • Evil Twin Kiwi Coconut Fizz CAN – Berliner style Weisse ale with kiwi and coconut. 5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Watermelon Spritzer 6/4/16oz CAN – Watermelon Gose brewed with Salt & Vanilla. 5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Cocktail Series: Tangerine Tonic 6/4/16oz CAN – Gin & Tonic-Inspired Sour DIPA brewed with Tangerine. 8% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Cocktail Series: Bellini 6/4/16oz CAN – Bellini style Sour DIPA brewed with Peaches. 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: Negroni6/4/16oz 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.

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Dugges

Dugges Sunshine Orchard CAN – Tastes like sunshine infused orchard. Mosaic & Citra DIPA. 8% ABV.

Abomination

  • Abomination Brewing Wandering Into the FogCAN – This big fluffy DIPA was brewed with a metric sh*t ton of flaked oats and wheat. Kettle hopped with Pacific Jade, Mosaic, Citra, Summit, and then double dry-hopped with a ridiculous amount of Mosaic. 8.6% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Uralyi CAN – We’re super hyped to kick off the “yetti-esque” series. A line of beers that reflect the monstrosity that’s been our motif since the beginning. This hazy pale ale pours a golden yellow reminiscent of their gleaming eyes and is consciously hopped with Galaxy, Citra, and Mosaic. A mouthfeel as soft as their pelt, and approachable like the beast it’s self-clocking in at 6.3% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Does This Look Infected? CAN – Sour IPA Brewed with milk sugar, flaked oats, and wheat, then kettle soured and fermented on top of a generous amount of Mangoes. Hopped and DDH with Azacca Hops. Notes of citrus, passionfruit, tart pineapple, tangerine, and ripe mango. 7.2% ABV. ****BEST BEER NAME EVER****
  • Abomination Brewing Bro Beer CAN – Extremely crushable New England session IPA brewed with flaked wheat and oats. Gently dry-hopped with 100% galaxy hops! Juicy, tropical and hazy! The perfect beer to crack open with your bro’s! 4.7% ABV.

Hoof Hearted

  • Hoof Hearted Saizzurp(Pink Guava) CAN – “We made it rain with Amarillo, Citra, & Sorachi Ace hops at flameout and then let the French Saison yeast knock the bottom out. When fermentation ends we add Pink Guava for an electrifying effect to bring the thrill.” 6.5% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Rose Gose 12oz CAN – ***NEW FORMAT***  Gose Brewed with Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, Coriander, Hibiscus, then soured with Lactobacillus and fermented with Saison yeast. 4.2% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted/Stillwater Fruit on the Bottom CAN – Fruit (And Hops) On The Bottom is a “rotationally hopped” sour IPA with lactose, vanilla extract, yogurt, strawberry, and banana. 6% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Thanks For Letting Us Play Tonight CAN – Double Dry-Hopped All Galaxy New England Style IPA. 5.5% ABV.

Decadent

  • Decadent Ales Mango Sorbet CAN – Gose Style Ale Brewed with Mango. 5.8% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Wildberry Smoothie 6/4/16oz CAN – Sour Ale brewed with Strawberry, Blueberry, Blackberry, and Raspberry. 5.8% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Lime Citrus CitraCAN – Delicious Double India Pale Ale with lime and orange zest. 8.6% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Coconut Citrus Citra 6/4/16oz CAN – Triple Dry-Hopped All-Citra IPA brewed with Coconut & Citrus Fruit. 10.8% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales S’mores 24/16oz Can – All Mosaic Double Dry-Hopped DIPA brewed with Graham Crackers & Marshmallows. 9.1% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Raspberry French Toast 16oz CAN – Double India Pale with raspberry, maple syrup, and cinnamon added. 8.6% ABV.

Public Access

  • Public Access Triumphant Intermission 6/4/16oz CAN – Outstanding Double Dry-Hopped IPA with Citra, El Dorado, and Comet. 7% ABV.
  • Public Access Silent Rejoice 6/4/16oz CAN – Double dry-hopped New England IPA. 7% ABV.