SingleSpeed Releasing Cocoa Mint Milk Stout on Friday Nov. 23rd!

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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.

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Marquee Pizza Releases Beer Menu Teaser for Saturday’s 1 Year Anniversary Tap Lines

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:

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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

Iowa Celebrating a Jolly Pumpkin Wedding!

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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

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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!

 

Marquee Pizza Celebrating 1 Year Anniversary with week long celebration starting 11/12!

maqueeMarquee Pizza in Coralville will be celebrating their 1 year anniversary starting next week (11/12) with a week long celebration. Tons of great events, great food, and great drink all week long!

Our one Year Anniversary Party is coming up!
So in true pizza party fashion we are going to celebrate all week long:

• 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

Thanks to everyone for making this one year event happen and all of our pizza dreams a reality!

Shoutout to Meghan M. for creating some original & fantastic art work!

Prairie Double Dunk and Xmas Bomb 2018 Coming Soon!

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Two big releases from Prairie should be gracing our shelves very soon in Eastern Iowa, hopefully within the next few weeks, as Double Dunk and Xmas Bomb 2018 should be hitting distro very soon in our fine state. Stay tuned for the exact release date for these two brews!

Double Dunk is their imperial stout that is brewed with oreo cookies and will clock in at 13% ABV. It’s going to be a heavy hitter so watch out!

Xmas Bomb! 2018 is an imperial stout and will also check in at 13%.

Eden Speciality Ciders Hitting Iowa Shelves Next Week via Abu Nawas Distro!

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If you’re a fan of ciders you can start rejoicing as Abu Nawas has announced that they will be getting Eden Speciality Ciders and the distro for those will be starting next week. Here’s more from Abu Nawas:

We’ve been working for years to bring you the incredible cider from way, way northern Vermont. We are honoured to bring you Eden Ciders of Newport, Vermont
Eden produces a wide range of unique Ciders with the jewel of crown being their Ice Ciders–their versions are the most sought after and highly prized examples of this unique form of cider made in North America. It takes over 8 lbs. of apples to make one 375ml bottle of ice cider! We have all their offerings in limited stock! All are 375ml Skinny Tall Bottles. Heirloom Blend, Honey Crisp and Barrel Aged Northern Spy.
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Another product from Eden that we are extremely excited about is the Orleans Aperitif Ciders. A Farm to Bar alternative to the more industrial European Aperitif Wines commonly used in cocktails. We will sell these as a mixed case of 2 bottles each of Herbal, Bitter and Wood. All are 750ml.
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In October of last year, the United States Association of Cider Makers released a set of style guidelines for cider.  The purpose was to start providing some broad standards to a category that is nearly as diverse as wine and beer.  The intention ultimately is to give cider drinkers a better chance of choosing a bottle off the retail shelf or the restaurant menu that they might actually enjoy drinking. One key distinction in the guidelines is between ‘Modern’ cider and ‘Heritage’ cider.  Heritage ciders are made exclusively from apples – without other fruits, spices or non-apple flavourings.  Modern ciders are made from dessert variety apples, whereas Heritage ciders are made with heirloom and cider variety apples and are likely made with more traditional wine-making approaches. Because of the very limited supply, we are doing a mixed case of each of the Heritage Ciders as well as one bottle each of Eden’s flagship ciders: Dry Sparkling and Imperial Rose.
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And Lastly, we have the latest addition which is Eden Authentic Heritage Cider in a Can. Hailed by the New York Times as “the best canned cider I have ever had.” Their words not ours, but we wholeheartedly agree. Made from 100% New England Apples, this off-dry cider is packed with flavor without the cloying sweetness of a lot of commercial ciders.  Refreshing, immensely drinkable, this cider will see you through your entire meal.
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Bricks Bar and Grill Announces Stout Wars 2018!

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Bricks Bar and Grill in downtown Cedar Rapids has announced the date for Stout Wars 2018. It will take place on Saturday, December 8th starting at 3:00 p.m. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow (Nov. 1st)! Here’s more deets on this event:

12 beers – 3 flights, coarsed meal, prizes, lots of fun!
Tickets are $70, one per person.
To be very clear, this is a ticketed event, you must purchase tickets at Bricks and you must have a ticket to participate the day of.
Tickets go on sale 11.1.18!

And the list has been announced!

Stout Wars Line Up:

Exile Jesus on a Forklift
Surly Darkness
Founders CBS
Sierra Nevada BA Narwahl
Lion Bridge Gazprom
Third Base Brewery
Reunion Imperial Banshee
Stone Mikhal Espresso
Backpocket 6th Anniversary
Firestone Parabola
Destihl Dosvidanya Rye
North Coast BA Rasputin XX

More deets and hopefully the brews will be released soon so stay tuned for more as the information comes in! Visit the Stout Wars’ Facebook page by clicking here.

Lion Bridge Releasing “Coconut Disaster” cans 11/24! Taproom Release!

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It’s been a wonderfully busy month in Eastern Iowa for beer releases, and another can’t miss release will be taking place on Saturday, November 24th as Lion Bridge Brewery will releasing “Coconut Disaster in their taproom starting at 11 a.m.! Here’s more from the brewery on this release:

Come celebrate Small Business Saturday in Czech Village, Cedar Rapids and enjoy our Coconut Disaster Porter!

6 packs available to-go! Food Specials available from our kitchen!

We will also have holiday gift baskets and some new really awesome merchandise for sale just in time for the holidays!

Cheers!