Clown Shoes drop this week! Including “Rainbows are Real” hazy IPA infused with Terpenes

Here comes a big Clown Shoes drop! Check it out!

  • Clown Shoes Crunkle Sam 2020 1/12/19.2oz “Stovepipe” CAN – Bourbon Barrel-Aged American Barleywine. 10% ABV. Just in time for the 4th!
  • Clown Shoes Undead Rhapsody 1/12/19.2oz “Stovepipe” CAN – American Imperial Stout With Barleywine Ale Aged in Bourbon and Rum Barrels. 11% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Rainbows are Real 6/4/16oz CAN – Hazy IPA Infused with Terpenes. 6.75% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Cashed Up Bogan 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA with Australian Hops. 8% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes DDH Zen Garden 6/4/16oz CAN – Double Dry Hopped New England India Pale Ale, flush with full-bodied, hazy flavor from wheat and oat in the malt bill and a steady stream of hop additions. Hopped with Azacca, Citra, and Mosaic. 6.75% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Coconut Sombrero 6/4/16oz CAN – Mexican-Style Chocolate Stout adds Coconut into the mix for a smooth and sweet seasonal twist alongside the classic roasted malt and chocolate flavors that define our Sombrero series. 7% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Mocha Sombrero 6/4/16oz CAN – A variant of Chocolate Sombrero. Mexican-Style Chocolate Stout with Coffee and Vanilla. 7% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Sunhat 6/4/16oz CANS – Hazy Farmhouse IPA brewed with Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado Hops. Great Citrus-Forward Aroma Flavor. 7% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Drongo 24/16 oz 4-Pack. This beer is a blend of kettle sour and Australian hopped IPA (Galaxy and Ella). 6.5% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Leaving Atlantis 6/4/16oz CAN – IPA with Chardonnay Grape Must. 7% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Galactica IIPA 6/4/16oz CAN – Clown Shoes Famed Double IPA Dry hopped with Galaxy Hops, this one balances a hop profile of light bitterness and notes of tropical fruit, citrus, and pine with a clean malt backbone.. 8% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Space Cake 6/4/16oz CAN – Clown Shoes Space Cake 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA with Mosaic and Citra Hops. 9% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Pineapple Space Cake 6/4/16oz CAN – Pineapple Double IPA. 7.77% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Bubble Farm IPA  6/4/16oz CAN – American IPA maintains an approachable medium-body without sacrificing any of the full aroma and flavor of copious dry-hopping additions of Simcoe, Azacca, and Idaho 7 hops. 6.5% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Lil Crispy 6/4/16oz CAN – Crisp Light IPA with Centennial, Simcoe, and Huell Melon Hops. 4.8% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Clementine 6/4/16oz CAN –  White Ale with Spices, All Natural Clementine Flavor, Sweet Orange Peel, Coriander, Mandarina Hops. 6% ABV. ***NEW 16oz CAN***
  • Clown Shoes Mango Kolsch 6/4/16oz CAN – American Kōlsch with All Natural Mango Flavor, Columbus and Huell Melon Hops. 5.5% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Pecan Pie Porter 6/4/16oz CAN –  American Porter with All-Natural Pecan Pie Flavor. 8% ABV.

Weekend Releases: Big Grove + Pulpit Rock – Sours, IPAs, Stouts, + more

The Beer Gods continue to smile upon us even in this trying time as our wonderful brewers, brewery employees continue to get us great beer every damn week! Big Grove has been releasing 4 beers, many of them new, every week for the past how many weeks for their drive thru weekend operation and Pulpit has been pushing at least two releases every Friday! So, what do these breweries have for us this weekend?

PULPIT ROCK

JACUZZI MOVES

This beer has the moves, dancing with 600lbs of fresh strawberries and lemonade mix to give it that refreshing summer taste. Jacuzzi Moves – a strawberry and lemonade mix kettle pastry sour, $6.50/16oz. can, no limits

BLUSTERY

Blueberries, marshmallows, golden sandwich cookies oh my! Who could ask for a better combination? This blueberry sour will blow you away. Blustery is available this Friday. $6.50/16oz.can, no limits

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BIG GROVE

TAILWIND

 The official beer of RAGBRAI is back! This light and crisp golden ale rolls into town with a hot, new look and four new pals.⁣

PEACH MOSH PIT

Gose featuring peaches, apricots, and plums. Sweet, tart, and the perfect patio beer.⁣

ALL NEW EVERYTHING

Hazy double IPA delivers bright, juicy, and fruity greatness by way of the all-new experimental cryo hop blend and pilsner malt. Get ready… this one shines!⁣

BOSTON CREAM PIE

Is a pie that’s actually a cake that’s actually a beer! Chocolate, vanilla, and lactose come together for decadent dessert in a can.⁣

TROPICAL FREAK OUT

Is our latest Gusher. Highlighted by a Snowbird sour ale base, we added heaps of pineapple and tangerine to take you straight to the tropical paradise of your dreams.

If you have a release coming up and would like me to post just shoot me an email! Cheers everyone!

Abu Nawas drop this week: Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel, Evil Twin, Omnipollo, Blank Brewing, and Pohjala

Big drop from Abu Nawas this week and a lot of tasty brews, here we go!

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

  • Dieu du Ciel! Aphrodite 24/341ml Bottle – Stout with cocoa and vanilla beans. Its flavor profile offers dark chocolate, bourbon, and roasted malt tones. Gentle sweetness from the vanilla harmonizes alongside the bitterness of cocoa, presenting a subtle and surprisingly balanced finish. 6.5% ABV.
  • Dieu du Ciel Derniere Volonte Brett 24/341ml bottles – Belgian Style Funky IPA. Bottle re-fermented with Brettanomyces, the characteristic aromas of these wild yeast intermingle with the floral bouquet of the beer. Its warm leathery flavors envelop the equilibrium achieved between the malt and the notes of hops. Imperceptibly bitter, the hoppy finish is counterbalanced by the Belgian yeast esters, revealing a hint of spicy overtones. 7% ABV.  Translation: The Last Wishes!
  • Dieu du Ciel! Equinoxe du Printemps 24/341ml bottles – To celebrate the arrival of spring in Quebec this Scotch Ale is brewed with maple syrup, proposing oak and malt flavors with a hint of caramelized fruit. The warmth of alcohol envelops the mouth and enhances the maple flavor for a sweet yet balanced finish. 9.1% ABV.
  • Dieu du Ciel! Grande Noirceur24/341 ml Bottle – Canadian Imperial Stout. 9.0% ABV. Translation: The Great Darkness.
  • Dieu du Ciel! Peche Mortel24/341ml bottles – Outstanding Coffee Imperial Stout. A Deadly Sin indeed. 9.5% ABV.
  • Dieu du Ciel Solstice d’Ete (Raspberry) 24/341 ml Bottles – Beautiful Berliner Weisse with Raspberries. 5.9% ABV.
  • Dieu du Ciel! Disco Soleil 24/341 Bottles – Kumquat IPA. A touch of acidity from the kumquat zest finishes things off with a smile and wink. 6.5% ABV.

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Blank Brewing

Blank Brewing The One That Just Kicked 6/4/16oz CAN – Imperial NE-IPA. shall be kept anonymous for the duration of its existence. 8% ABV.

Evil Twin Brewing

  • Evil Twin The Check Please 6/4/12oz CAN – Collab with Blank Brewing; Double Dry-Hopped Black IPA. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Evil Twin Flava Influencer6/4/16oz CANS – Oat & Lactose IPA brewed with Vanilla, Pineapple, & Gooseberries. 7.8% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Pineapple Flava Influencer 6/4/16oz CANS – Pineapple Milkshake IPA. 8% 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 / Westbrook OFYMD 24/16oz CAN. Pina Colada Imperial Stout Brewed with Lactose, Mauritian Muscovado Sugar, Pineapple and Toasted Coconut. 12.8% ABV.

Omnipollo

  • Evil Twin / Omnipollo Coffenade IPA 6/4/12oz CANS – Coffee IPA brewed with Lemon. Think of a Modern Ice Tea. 7% ABV. (Search these under EVIL TWIN)
  • Evil Twin / Omnipollo Rainbownade IPA6/4/12oz CANS – IPA brewed with grapefruit passion fruit, mango, raspberry, and blueberry. 7% ABV.  (Search these under EVIL TWIN)
  • Omnipollo Pleroma 6/4/12oz CANS – Raspberry Crème Brulee Sour Ale. Needless to say more. 6% ABV. 💗💗💗
  • Omnipollo Tetragrammaton 24/16oz 4-Pack CANS – Wonderful Galaxy, Citra, & Mosaic Hopped IPA. 7.3% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Devin the Dude 6/4/12oz CAN – Beautifully made German-style pilsner. 5.2% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Agamemnon 6/4/16oz CAN – OmniPollo’s beloved, original Maple Syrup Imperial Stout is back and better than ever in 16oz cans. 12.5% ABV.

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Pohjala Brewery

  • Pohjala Torm 24/330ml Bottle – Imperial Gose. A strong sour and salty wheat beer brewed with lingonberry, heather tips, and honey. 8% ABV. Translation: Storm.
  • Pohjala Jouluoo 24/330ml Bottle –  A silky smooth chocolate-vanilla oak aged Imperial Porter aged on cacao nibs, fresh vanilla pods, and French oak for a heady chocolate dessert character with a luscious vanilla taste and aroma. 8% ABV.
  • Pohjala Leevike 24/330ml Bottle – A spiced sour ale brewed with fermented cranberries, hibiscus, heather honey, toasted cinnamon and cloves. Translation: The Bullfinch. 6.5% ABV.
  • Pohjala Meri 24/330ml Bottle – A classic Gose, brewed with Himalayan rock salt and coriander seeds. 4.4% ABV.  Translation: The Sea.
  • Pohjala Must Kuld 24/330ml Bottle – A rich porter with smooth notes of milk chocolate. Enjoy on its own, or as a decadent dessert. 7.8% ABV. Translation: Black Gold.
  • Pohjala Ohtu 24/330 ml – An easy-going porter brewed with oats and rye, bursting with vanilla and chocolate flavors. 8% ABV. Translation: Evening.
  • Pohjala Oo 24/330ml Bottle – An Imperial Baltic Porter as dark as the Estonian nights. 10.5% ABV.
  • Pohjala Prenzlauer Berg 24/330ml Bottle – Raspberry Berliner Weisse. A rich and creamy sour wheat beer, brewed with raspberries. 4.5% ABV.

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.