Backpocket Brrr Fest Pre-Party Details!

The party before the party! Backpocket Brewing in Coralville will be hosting a pre-party before the big Brfr Fest event on Saturday, January 29th! Some amazing beers and tasty food plus much more, check it out:

Did you get your BrrrFest tickets? Join us at Backpocket for a BrrrFest Pre Party! We will be releasing our 2022 BrrrFest: Dark Day German Chocolate Cake Barrel Aged Imperial Chocolate Stout , and Maple Syrup BA Waffle Stout. We will be serving up ALL YOU CAN EAT breakfast from 9-11AM, and releasing a pin variant at 10 AM.

Tickets are $30 and include…(1) Ticket for all you can eat breakfast. (Breakfast will be served from 9 am to 11 am.)(1) 4.5 oz. pour of 2022 BrrrFest: Dark Day:German Chocolate Cake(1) 4.5 oz. pour of Maple Syrup BA Waffle Stout and early access to purchase (4)12oz bottles of BrrrFest Dark Day: German Chocolate Cake and (4) 12oz bottles of Maple Syrup BA Waffle Stout.
FAQ-1. What are we having for breakfast? Breakfast will be Ham, Egg Bake, French Toast, Smoked Cheesy Hashbrowns, Yogurt Parfait Bar, Orange Juice and Coffee.
2. How many bottles can I purchase?Limit (4) BrrrFest Dark Day: German Chocolate Cake bottles per person. Limit (4) Imperial Waffle Stout per person. ABOUT THE BEER.BrrrFest Dark Day: German Chocolate CakeBrrrFest: Dark Day BA Imperial Chocolate Stout was Boiled for twenty four hours, this chocolate stout is the longest boil we have ever done. This imperial stout aged for 12 months has layers of different chocolate and caramel malts. With toasted coconut, roasted pecans, and a hint of cherry puree. Believe us when we say this dessert stout is not like the others. Imperial Waffle StoutImperial Stout barrel aged in maple syrup barrels for 12+ months infused with 150lbs of waffles, with maple syrup, and vanilla. TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE!…/brrrfest-pre-party-2022…Tickets are now on sale for our BrrrFest Pre Party!

Untitled Art, Blackstack, and Equilibrium coming from Pequod!

Barrel Aged French Toast Stout
13.5% imperial stout with maple syrup, cinnamon, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and milk sugar. All the french toast flavors truly come out in this beer and who doesn’t love some homemade french toast for breakfast? 

Viewers Like You Sour –  PBS MN Collaboration
Inspired by the Shrubs that farmers would drink during harvest time to replenish during long, hot days & steamy apple pies cooling on a window sill. We took a preposterous amount of Honeycrisp, Sweet Tango & Haralson Apple Cider & blended it with our Mixed Culture, Oak Fermented Berliner Base & a dash of Apple Cider Vinegar before conditioning on Cinnamon & Baking Spices.

Disintegration QIPA
You won’t need much help smearing your lipstick after this one. We decided to make a tribute to one of the greatest break up albums of all time. Our Hand-Selected Strata surrounded by a supportive group of our selected Citra Cryo, Sabro Cryo, Mosaic Cryo, Amarillo Cryo, Azacca Cryo, Cashmere Cryo, Idaho 7 Cryo & Ekuanot Cryo. Boys may not cry, but they certainly do Cryo… Get lost in this one

Amarillo By Morning IPA
We got together with our favorite Austin Oil Acolytes, Pinthouse Pizza, to give a little love to the king. An extremely tasty lot of Pinthouse’s selected Amarillo from Oregon and our selected Amarillo from Washington. Amarillo By Morning, Amarillos On My Mind.

Mobius Porter
We’ve gone through great lengths to refine the process to yield a Rich and Creamy Flavor and mouth feel to showcase the decadent flavors yet leave the harsh taste that dark grains can often leave behind. Incredible mouthfeel yet not cloyingly sweet to aid in its drinkability. 

Alleyway Brew IPA
Alleyway Brew has healthy dose of white wheat, flaked oats with a large dry hop of Nelson from Hop Revolution and Citra. Alleyway Brew pours an extremely vibrant opaque yellow with potent flavors of tangerine, passionfruit, mango, and Riesling grape with lighter notes of berry, and New Zealand earth. Alleyway Brew has a creamy mouthfeel and our signature #EQjuice finish that will have you windmilling in the pit at your next NYHC show.

Double Fractal Gosper Island DIPA
Our Double Fractal Series brings you all the goodness of our Fractal and Super Fractal series but in DIPA format. Named after the famous Gosper Island Fractal Set pictured on the label, Double Fractal Gosper Island combines our fractal fermentation, simple 2-row base malt bill, and the brand new HBC 586 hop. If you’re unfamiliar with the still unnamed HBC 586 Hop, read MANGO MANGO MANGO! Pouring a vivid yellow, a dominant ripe tropical mango profile leads into supporting notes of guava, lychee and assorted creamy citrus creamsicles making this a liquid tropical fruit medley. With a luscious body and our escalating #EQjuice profile, Double Fractal Gosper Island will have you seeing fractals and spirals after a few juicy sips.

Fractal HBC 586/Citra IPA
Fractal HBC 586/Citra pours a vibrant yellow releasing complex aromas and flavors of mango, green grapes, dank grass, passionfruit, and earth. The taste follows the aroma with a resinous creamy mouthfeel and a firm but rounded bitterness.

Island Crush Sour
Our newest Sour IPA uses crushed white grapes, passion fruit, pink guava, and pineapple to bring you beach vibes year around. Island Crush pours a tropical yellow sunrise releasing waves of thirst-quenching flavors of tropical paradise in drink form. This tropical fruit bowl medley is fruity, vibrant and is buoyed by a luscious and creamy finish with a #BalancedAcidity that’ll make you feel like you’re chilling on the beach.

Y’all Really Need Science DDH DIPA- Cerebral Collab
Y’all Really Need Science uses a big base of oats & wheat and adds a hop bill of Citra, Nelson, and Strata, before a healthy double dry hop. Y’all Really Need Science pours bright yellow with an aroma of assorted citrus and dank grass. The flavor profile is loaded with citrus, peach fruit cup in syrup, ripe mango slices, lime gummies, and weed in a crazy drinkable dank finish loaded with #EQjuice.

Astro Fluff IPA
Astro Fluff takes one of our latest tropical fruit forward IPA’s and adds astronomical addition of Marshmallow. Pouring like a glass of hoppy haze milk custard, you’ll instantly get pleasant whiffs of tropical fruit salad topped with marshmallow fluff and Grandma’s peaches and cream. Big flavors of passionfruit, fresh squeezed OJ, mango sorbet, and melted orange vanilla creamsicles transform into a luscious mouthfeel leading into a Big Bang of rainbow melon and our #EQjuice finish.

Reds Alehouse tapping Surly BA Darkness and Darkness on Friday 11/12 @ 5 p.m.!

Reds Alehouse in North Liberty will be hosting a special tapping of Surly’s popular barrel-aged Darkness and regular Darkness on Friday November 12th starting @ 5 p.m.! Here’s more from Reds:

With the Minnesota Gophers coming to town we thought why not have special tappings?!Tapping at 5pm will be Surly BA Darkness’20 and Surly Darkness’20 to pair side by side with a Seafood Special coming from our own Chef Al!Can’t wait till 5 for darkness? Have a couple new happy hour pints from surly while you wait! We’ll also be tapping Caribbean Dream- Sour and Midway Hazy- Hazy IPA.Grant From Surly will be here from 5-7 passing out samples and some swag!

Gezellig releasing 4 new brews across the state today!

A busy Tuesday in the beer newsroom as Gezellig has announced they are releasing 4 new beers to hit distro today! Be on the lookout and give them a taste! Here’s what’s coming our way:

Heavens To Betsy – Hazy IPA-
Our goal here was a divine experience. A magical juicy IPA with some of the old reliable citrusy hops and a few spunky young guns. Plus a brand spanking new yeast fabled to kick off strawberry jam notes. Citra, Ekuanot, and IA Cascade assure you the water is warm. Talus, Bru-1, and Callista hops convince you we all forgot our trunks too.

Horoscope Homies – Juicy DIPA
Aside from beer, we share a love of astrology, healing crystals, and celestial objects. Recently our horoscopes predicted we would brew an otherworldly juicy DIPA with friends and who were we to argue?
Gemini, Galaxy, and Eclipse hops are the shining stars of the show, no pun intended. Cosmic Punch yeast also pitches in to play Major Tom to our Ground Control perfectly.

Cranberry Side Dish – Fruited Sour
Fruity, festive, and enough ABV to help you truly connect with everyone and everything around you. That’s what this delightful sour beer is all about.
First we soured, then we fermented with a Kveik & Saison yeast blend, and finally we blended in just the right amount of Cab Sauv barrel-aged sour beer.
The cherry on top, if you will, was cramming this complex concoction full of cranberries, cherries, and red plums. She’s perfect for pairing around a holiday table or an excellent liquid lunch for festively fighting off scurvy.

Señor Pudín – Rice Pudding Inspired Milk Stout
Señor Pudín says whether you call it arroz con leche or rice pudding, we can all agree it’s a delicious dish!

Inspired by that truth, we used a decadently enhanced milk stout as our ring and let a baker’s half dozen of ingredients wrestle it out for pudding-esque flavor supremacy. Hopefully Tag Team would be proud.

Toasted rice flakes, milk sugar, cinnamon sticks, jumbo raisins, and vanilla beans make this bad boy a worthy option when packing a lunch seems too hard

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Backpocket Brewing releasing “Mallow Vibes” kettle sour this Friday! (10/29)

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Another Friday release coming at us this week! Backpocket will be releasing “Mallow Vibes” kettle sour. This berliner weisse is brewed using marshmallows, orange puree, orange sherbert, vanilla, and milk sugar! Here’s more from the brewer:

Mallow Vibes is our newest marshmallow themed kettle sour series. This berliner weisse base has loads of marshmallows and our first batch has a heavy dose of Orange Puree, orange sherbert, with a hint of vanilla and milk sugar. 🧡🤍 Mallow Vibes: Orange Marshmallow will be available on draft and in 16oz/4pks on FRIDAY! Mug Clubbers swing in to the Coralville Taproom on Thursday for your FREE POUR!

Iowa Craft Beer Advent Calendar Pre-Sale now available from The Local in Mount Vernon!

Year #2 is ready for your order! The Local in Mount Vernon has their extremely popular Iowa Craft Beer Advent calendar ready for pre-order! All the beers come from Iowa’s amazing breweries! Stay tuned for teasers on styles and breweries that will be showcased in this advent calendar! More info below click the link to order!

We are so excited to launch our 2021 Craft Iowa Beer Advent Calendar!🎄 We teamed up again with @Ben Beerbaron to treat you to an amazing line-up of craft Iowa beers.

Each calendar contains 24 different Iowa beers from over 20 Iowa breweries! Available for $95! Head to our website to order!

Wed, Nov 24, 10-4
Fri, Nov 26, 12-8
Sat, Nov 27, 8-8

Thanks for shopping small this holiday season and DRINKING LOCAL!

Click HERE to order!

Cedar Rapids Brewing Society hosts “Drink Local Festival” tomorrow (8/21) @ Benz Beverage Depot at 1 p.m.!

If you are in the Cedar Rapids area tomorrow, it is the perfect time to support local brewers as the Cedar Rapids Brewing Society is hosting the “Drink Local Festival” starting at 1:00 p.m. at Benz Beverage Depot! Here’s isore on this event:

We’re excited to announce that our annual beer festival is back for 2021
Join the Cedar Rapids Brewing Society, Home brew clubs from across the state, and Professional Craft Brewers in celebrating the art of Craft Beer.Tickets are $30 and can be purchased via eventbrite.…/drink-local-festival…

The perfect chance to try the best homebrews the state of Iowa has to offer, including the infamous F*** Your Face Triple IPA!

Humble Forager, Energy City, MORE, Mason Ale Works, Modist, Aslin, Fair State, and Untitled Art brews coming from Pequod!

Humble Bumble V3 – 5% ABV
Mango piña colada (mango, pineapple, Calamansi, coconut, tiger lily blossoms, Wildflower honey).This mango infused piña colada is reminiscent of a fresh fruit cocktail.  

Pineapple Orange Zephyr Turbine
This is a jam packed breakfast beer that will transport you to a tropical oasis! Imagine fresh squeezed orange juice topped with spoonfuls of crushed pineapple and garnished with a flower of Citra Hops in this American Sour Ale.

Mango’rine Sorbet IPA
Creamy mango, zesty tangerine and floral Citra hops combine to create a pungent and succulent experience. With all the fruit added after fermentation this is truly a slushy version of a NEIPA. 6.8% ABV

Apple Cranberry Crumble Mosa
This dessert-themed hard smoothie seltzer showcases a full gooey body from baked apple pectins along with spicy cinnamon, rich brown sugar and warming alcohol. All that comforting goodness is nicely balanced with tart cranberries and a white wine-like finish. 6.5% ABV=

Mango Strawberry Mosa
This is a liquid version of a decadent fruit sorbet! We added tons of mango purée to create a sweet and creamy base. We then layered in enough fresh strawberries for some tartness and a floral finish. 6.5% ABV.

Dusty – 6% ABV
A New England-style Pale Ale brewed and dry hopped with loads of Citra hops to create flavors of grapefruit, passionfruit, lychee, and orange zest.

Lemon Meringue Dbl Marbles – 7.5%
Newest addition to the Marbles series… A Milkshake-style Double IPA with Meyer lemon, vanilla, & milk sugar added. Not overly sweet, with nice lemon flavor and medium body. This is truly an impressive beer.

Creature McMason – 13% ABV
Earlier this year we got with our friends over at Creative Creature to do an Acai Bowl inspired pastry sour. Our end of the collab had the same idea, but in stout form! This huge, sweet, fruity, and rich stout will be sure to leave you wanting more after every sip. With a finishing gravity of 14 plato, the 13.5% ABV won’t even be detectable. Beware! If you have a sweet tooth this one may be dangerous.

Nelson Revengence – 8% ABV
Absolutely bursting with Nelson, this collaboration single hopped IPA with our friends over at beer zombies is exploding with the gooseberry and tropical flavors that nelson is known for. All late addition hops and dual dry hops also get rid of any potential bitterness lending to an absolute juice bomb of a Hazy DIPA.

One Man Riot – 7.5% ABV
Named for that friend we all have who can single handedly destroy a room without even trying, One Man Riot is our year-round Hazy IPA. Loaded up with Mandarina Bavaria, Citra and Nelson hops, this beer is juicy as hell. Enjoyed best with friends, homies, Star Wards fanatics and Conor McGregor…

Zombie Aneurysm – 8.5%
DDH hazy double IPA with Galaxy, Citra, Talus & Pacific Sunrise. Big bursts of bright citrus featuring lemons and clementine followed by tropical fruits and stone fruit jammy sweetness. With a hint of earth and pine on the back end

Greens Greens Hazy IPA 
What does it take for your average pink blob to become a hero? Does it have to do with inhaling, holding it in your lungs for a bit, and releasing? Does it have to do with absorbing your enemies and becoming a little spacey? No. GREEN GREENS makes its triumphant return.
Welcome the return of GREEN GREENS, our New England IPA hopped & double dry hopped w/ Sabro, Galaxy & Simcoe Cryo

Half Believeing TIME – Apricot, Cara Cara Orange, Coconut, almond, vanilla Fruited Berlinerweisse 
Ponder time and life itself with Half Believing Time, our latest in the Half Believing series: a Fruited Berliner Weisse w/ wheat malt, apricot, Cara Cara orange, cherry, coconut, almonds, milk sugar & vanilla beans.

Mostly M’s 
Mmmmm a *new* DIPA. Mostly M’s is a mouthful. Idaho7, Mosaic & Motueka mingle masterfully to manifest a magnificently multidimensional malt. Mosey on into the weekend with a 4-pack (or maaaybe three??) of this heavy hitter

Notes from the Underground – Drekker Collab
Notes From The Underground is a Double Dry Hopped DIPA we did in collaboration with @drekkerbrewing! We’ve got a fever and the only prescription is… Voss yeast and dry hopping with Sultana, Sabro, Citra and NZH107! You thought we were going to say, “cowbell?”

Demonic Woodland Creatures
Demonic Woodland Critters is a collaboration with our buds @thinmanbrewery out of Buffalo, NY. This Sour Ale is packed with raspberries, blackberries & lemon for a fruit-forward puckery flavor. Mellow marshmallow, macadamia nuts & milk sugar give it a delectably creamy mouthfeel & a touch of sweet.

pterodactyl Trampoline IPA
Citra, Motueka, Sabro, Vic Secret & milk sugar.

Purple orange Starfish
Starfish but make it PURPLE. A twist on one of our ol’ reliables, Purple Starfish is hopped with Citra, (a bit more) Mosaic & rounded out with Galaxy.
This IPA is juicy & full of citrus-y flavor but still totally crushable.

Bringing Extra Sexy Back 
This DIPA is an amped up version of a favorite, dry-hopped with Mosaic. It’s giving us sweet berry, ripe peach, & mango, all wrapped up in a smooth dank finish.

Jenerik Triple IPA – 13% ABv ALL CITRA
Jenerik is a triple dry-hopped, triple IPA with ALL Citra hops. Yeah, all Citra.
Basic, but like, in the best way.

Mango Freeze 
Mango Freeze is our NEW Sour Ale brewed with Mango & non-dairy vanilla frozen yogurt. Gently tart, full of mango flavor & big on creaminess.

Hazelnut Imperial Milkstout – Collaboration with Mikerphone Brewing (see photo)
One of the highest rated beers from Untitled Art returns with the 2021 version. Ratings Link  it’s bold and smooth with big notes of hazelnut and chocolate. 

Bourbon Barrel Aged Hazelnut imperial Milkstout – 2020 version Collaboration with Mikerphone Brewing
This is the newest 2020 version of their infamous Bourbon Barrel aged beer. NOW IN CANS!

Festbier Oktoberfest Lager – 5.7% ABV 
We’ve brewed this beer every fall since 2014, and it’s usually one of our very favorite lagers of the year. We decoction mash Festbier, which means we actually boil part of the grain in order to capture the elusive malty but not sweet body that makes it such an absolute joy to drink in quantity.

Tasting Notes – Crisp but beefy, strong malt character, malty but not sweet. Well-balanced

Art & Agriculture DDH Hazy IPA  – Collaboration with Pinthouse Pizza 6.6% ABV
Beer is in large part an agricultural product, even though we don’t think about it that way very often. The aromatic quality of an IPA, for example, is determined by the quality of the hops that go into the tank. Art & Agriculture is a beer that’s all about hop selection. We happened to select the same lot of Mosaic from the Yakima valley for our 2020 crop year Mosaics as our friends at Pinthouse, and we thought we’d celebrate by brewing a beer with them. The hops selected for this year bring a ton of tropical and dank character to our beers, with a super high degree of intensity, and we’re happy to have a chance to show them off.

Cedar Rapids Craft Beer Week returns August 21st!

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Just a reminder that Cedar Rapids Craft Beer Week is back starting on August 21st and going until August 28th! I’ll try to post updates on brewery events and announcements. Here’s more:

Cedar Rapids Craft Beer Week is back August 21st-28th! Watch for announcements about each brewery’s events and mark Saturday, August 28th on your calendar for beers, fun and games at a wrap-up brewnival at NewBo Market.

Updates will continue leading up to the week of as to what is being brewed and offered and what other events and food are taking place, so check back often here or hit up Keeping it Craft or Iowa Beer on Facebook by clicking the link in the title! Breweries included:

*Thew Brewing
*Lion Bridge Brewing
*House Divided Brewing
*Iowa Brewing
*3rd Base Brewing
*Clock House Brewing