Backpocket set to release “Wake the F Up” Barrel-aged Coffee Imperial Stout on 12/4!

Stout weather is upon us and stout releases are on the horizon! Backpocket is releasing their popular “Wake the F Up!” barrel-aged coffee imperial stout on December 4th! Here’s more from Backpocket on this release:

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Wake The F Up Iowa 2021: Barrel Aged Imperial Coffee Stout release party will be December 4th. This BA Stout was aged in Mississippi River Distilling Barrels for boozy flavors that blend perfectly with the locally roasted coffee from Wake Up Iowa. If you love coffee and barrel aged beers, you gotta get some of this!
Stay tuned for more details on the release party!

Iowa Eats: the hip-stir opens in Marion! A Must Visit Restaurant!

Last night I was lucky enough to get to visit the latest restaurant being opened by the guys who have brought us Bricks, Local Pour, Cliff’s Dive Bar, and Moco Game Room! The hip-stir in Marion is officially opened and let me tell you, you’re going to want to check this place out! The food, ambiance, drinks, and staff made this a place that I will be frequenting!

Upon entering from the back alley you walk up a small flight of stairs and are greeted with a amazingly creative interior. Booth seats enveloped by wooden barrels and old parlor-esque hanging lamps coming down from the ceilings really give the comfortable vibe of your favorite speakeasy/pub. Upon being greeted by the friendly staff, we were sat in one of the wooden barrel booths to the delight of my kids.

Waters for the kids…beer for me. A nice mix of craft beers and domestic bottles were available along with some creative cocktails (ordering at least 1 next time) and a number of wines for the wine lover to choose. The hard part was coming up….narrowing down what to order! Every single thing on the menu sounded unique, creative, and most importantly delicious. I could be wrong but many items seem to be asian inspired which is perfectly fine with me! Onto the food:

*CALLAHAN WINGS – the wings were mammoth! Definitely not your traditional wing, these were oven baked and had a tangy/spicy sauce that seemed to be a mix of a buffalo/sweet and sour/orange chicken combination with big chunks of funky blue cheese. Terrific! These were a meal in itself and that tangy sauce hit the spot!

*HOT FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH – Usually when your read hot fried chicken you are thinking Nashville hot or maybe a spicy breading, well the hip-stirs’ version might be even better. A kimchi sauce…that’s right…kimchi sauced chicken sandwich with black garlic ranch. Simply delicious! Sweet and spicy and don’t forget those seasoned waffle fries on the side!

*BIGGER BETTER BURGER #1 – just an outstanding hamburger. Probably a top 5 all time burger. Two brisket patties, velveeta cheese, mustard sauce, onion, the coup de grace…pickled fresno chiles. The taste of the burger patties itself was delicious, add the accompaniments and it’s on another level. I’m a huge fresno chile fan and to get these pickled on this burger added a wonderful sweet and briney heat element. Excellent burger!

*PORK BELLY STEAM BUNS – this item right here will be ordered every time…without question. Sometimes steam buns can either be too pillowy and thick and too sweet…the hip-stir completely nailed the buns themselves. Not super thick, but enough to hold the ingredients on the inside. The pork belly was crispy and delicious and every steam bun needs that crunch and freshness from a cucumber. Add the kimchi sauce and you have a deathbed meal right here! THE BEST!!

OVERALL: Can’t say enough good things about the place really. I was blown away and it will be a place I return to frequently. My picture taking skills are shit and don’t do it justice by any means so you simply have to visit on your own. Marion has some great things going for it and the hip-stir certainly adds a unique and delicious destination to an up and coming area! Thank you Tim and staff!

Kinship signs with Pequod; plus beers from Blackstack and Company Values

FROM PEQUOD:

We are super pumped to share MORE exciting news with you… We have partnered with Iowa’s very own Kinship Brewing! We will be distributing these beers in the Eastern part of the state only. For specifics on where we will be able to distribute, please reach out to your sales person directly. 

“We have a passion for making good beer and fostering a thriving community.”
-Kinship Brewing

**Specific beers to be announced soon!**

Ghost Stories TIPA
Do you believe in ghosts? Bust out your flashlights, ‘cause sh*t’s about to get spooky. Terrifying quantities of our Hand-Selected Strata, Idaho 7 Cryo, Simcoe & El Dorado. Regardless of if you’re a true believer or not, this one is ghastly.

Building Blocks Strata & Spelt DIPA
A simplified (relatively) expression of some of our favorite raw materials. The ones we can take a leap with and know we have something close to home to land on. This version is comprised of Briess Pilsner Malt, Weyermann Speltmalz & our hand selected Strata from the amazing folks at Indie Hops & our beloved LA3 yeast. 

Convey Ideas
Rainbow Sherbert inspired smoothie-style fruited sour with Raspberry, Lime Juice, Orange Juice, & Vanilla

Weather the Storm 
Hurricane tiki inspired smoothie-style fruited sour with tangerine, passionfruit, pomegranate & lime

Drink This! Lion Bridge Silvia

In the day and age where hazy IPAs, fruited sours, and pastry stouts are the craze and dominate the release landscape of craft beer, Lion Bridge brewery in Cedar Rapids release a style of beer that my taste buds have been craving….a farmhouse ale! YES! REJOICE! As much as I love every style of beer I was ready for this one to hit my lips! Brett, barnyard funk, and wonderful hop aroma, exactly what I needed!

*STYLE – Farmhouse Ale
*ABV – 5%
*AVAILABILITY – On tap and in bottles

We hand-selected a blend of Brettanomyces and wild beer from our wood program and then dry-hopped it with Vic Secret hops and naturally carbonated kegs and bottles.

The nose is superb. Vic secret hops pair perfectly with the brett to give it that wet hay/barnyard smell that makes farmhouse ales so spectacular. First sip was exactly what I was hoping for, hops up front with the funk on the back of the tongue, wonderful dry finish and slightly tart – just right and just what I was looking for in this beer!

If you’re a funk head, love brett, and are looking to go back in time a bit in the craft world, this beer is a must try! It’s on tap now or you can stock up your cellar as it’s available in bottles too! Get out there and DRINK THIS beer!

GIVE AWAY TIME!!! Win an Iowa Beer Advent Calendar!!

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It’s that time of year! For the 2nd year in a row I’ve teamed up with Gly-Mawr The Local in Mt. Vernon, IA to put together an Iowa-only beer advent calendar! We tried to include as many Iowa breweries as possible and also to include different options than we had last year! With that being said, I’ll be giving one calendar away to one lucky winner! Here’s how you can win!

  1. Comment on any of my Facebook pages where this link is posted by telling me your absolute favorite Iowa brewed beer, Iowa brewery and tag one of your friends!
  2. Comment on my Instagram account by doing the same. Tell me your favorite Iowa brewed beer, Iowa brewery and tag a friend!

-Deadline: Last time to comment to enter the drawing will be Sunday, November 14th @ 8:00 p.m. I will be randomly drawing a name and will contact the winner. Pick up times for the calendar are as follows:

Wednesday, Nov 24th, 10-4
Friday, Nov 26th, 12-8
Saturday, Nov 27th, 8-8

Please spread the word! There are a few calendars left for purchase as well and they make wonderful gifts! Cheers and good luck! For more info on the calendar please click HERE!

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!

Thew Brewing releasing “Older and in the Wayer” triple IPA this Friday! (10/29)

Thew Brewing Company in Cedar Rapids will be paying homage to their “Old and in the Way” IPA with the release of “Older and in the Wayer” Triple IPA this Friday! Here’s more on this release courtesy of Thew:

Celebrate with us on Friday – Old and in the Way is turning another year older. Do you know what that means?We’ve got a special release for you – Older and in the Wayer – triple IPA – made just for you to celebrate Old and in the Way!Join us in the taproom on Friday – we’ll have popcorn and a few additional surprises us our sleeve.

Hoosier Brewing and Collective Project coming to Iowa via Pequod, plus Untitled Art, Weldwerks, Blackstack, MORE, and Modist!

Let’s welcome Hoosier Brewing into the Hawkeye State as they will be bringing their tasty brews to us via Pequod! A full list of what to see below plus more! Check it out!

HOOSIER BREWING:

Pie Face: Pumpkin Pie
One of our taproom favorites of the past. This brew is straight pumpkin pie in a glass! We started with a heap of real pumpkin puree, and added our pie treatment along with a few other secret ingredients. It is smooth w/a medium mouthfeel, and a little tart on the finish! Grab a can of whip cream and serve it on top of this baby when you partake at home.
Java Berry: Pinball
Black Currant, Dark Chocolate, Espresso. This series is super unique in that we start with our solid sourbase, add tons of real fruit puree, and top off with name brand coffee! It is rich, super unique, and sure to please the fruit-boys who are also coffee drinkers.

Chubby Bunny: Storm Cloud
Blueberry, Blackberry, Marshmallow: The sky is getting dark with this medley of flavors. We pulled out the dark berries and paired it with loads of marshmallows for a tart, rich, and creamy brew.

Spin to Win: Ace
Strawberry, Blueberry, Gooseberry: This series is all about the fruit.. no additional adjuncts needed- let the fruit shine! A beautiful arrangement of fruit with this one– featuring crazy amounts of real strawberry, blueberry & gooseberry puree….. A clean, tart, and super refreshing brew.

Let’s ALSO welcome Collective Project is a sister brand of Collective Arts focusing on CBD-infused sparkling juices and teas that feature international commissioned art projects on each can. List below:

Sparkling Juice – Cucumber, Lemon, Lime
This mix of real cucumber and lemon and lime cold pressed juices will keep you cool, calm and collected.

Sparkling Tea – Lemon, Pear, Schisandra Green Tea
Naturally energizing green tea with fresh lemon cold press juice and schisandra, a complex dried fruit with peppery notes.

Sparkling Juice – Mango, Pineapple, Coconut
Let us help your mind wander to the beach (and maybe some other places) with our twist on a classic. Silky mango and delicately citrusy lemongrass blend with the classic piña colada ingredients of fresh pineapple and coconut.

Sparkling Tea – Raspberry & Hibiscuc Rooibos Tea
Steeped with a blend of fruity Hibiscus tea with smooth, naturally sweet Rooibos, then infused with fresh raspberries for a tart, not too sweet finish.

Midnight Toffee Stout
Coming in at 12.3%, this imperial stout is filled with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, Belgian candi syrup & milk sugar. The Belgian candi syrup is used to boost the alcohol content without adding extra body to the beer, so this stout won’t feel as thick and heavy… just insanely delicious! This collaboration is only done once a year and flies off the shelves every time, so trust me, you don’t want to miss out!

Key Lime Pie Berliner
Freshly squeezed key limes, vanilla beans, and just a hint of graham cracker pair perfectly with the tart wheat base beer in our Key Lime Pie Berliner. We colored a bit outside the lines to recreate our favorite summer dessert, adding over 250 lbs of key limes for the signature citrus character, lactose and vanilla beans for the pie filling, and just a hint of graham cracker for the crust. Tart, creamy, complex, and dangerously drinkable.

Independent Reading Time IPA
Fans of the best-selling Citra series will love this latest edition as our main character embarks on another terpene-laden adventure with his old pals Mosaic and Motueka. When these three get together you know they’re going to get into some hijinx! The piney and fruity essences are still a huge plot point but with a lower ABV compared to a DIPA, to ensure you make it from cover to cover.

Cactus Valley IPA
Indie Pale Ale brewed with Prickly Pear Juice, Real Agave & Citra, Belma + Barbe Rouge hops. This poky boi is a remixed version of our Cactus Canyon IPA, only this time, we tossed in a lil’ somethin’ extra to make it even more cactus-y – prickly pear juice! That enticing yet still spiky red fruit on the top of a cactus adds a sugary fruitiness that perfectly compliments the Belma and Barbe Rouge hop profile. It’s another single IPA so it comes off very well balanced between hop and fruit notes. The agave adds a smooth sweetness and overall is much more enjoyable to consume than just straight up taking a bite out of a giant Saguaro. Which is, like, not recommended.

Here Comes The Sunflower
India Pale Ale brewed with malted Colorado sunflower seeds & Citra + Nectaron hops. Little darling, it’s been a long and hot summer. And as the seasons change and temps drop we wanted to make a beer using an ingredient right from our very state, the big tall yellow guy, that late-summer hit, the Colorado sunflower. We put a heapin’ helpin’ of sunflower seeds into this recipe to pay homage to the big bright blooming boy that helps us squeeze every last drop of sunlight out of summer. If you’ve never had sunflower seeds in a beer you’re gonna wanna give this a go or two. It’s as if our brewers found a way to liquify the beauty of a clear Colorado afternoon and package it. We’re also thrilled to add a new hop varietal to our arsenal! Nectaron hops come from New Zealand and bring forth a burst of passionfruit, pineapple citrus notes to further brightent his beer.

Juicy Bits IPA
Our flagship IPA features a huge citrus and tropical fruit hop character from the Mosaic, Citra & El Dorado hops and softer, smoother mouthfeel from the adjusted water chemistry, higher protein malts, and lower attenuation. The end result is a beer reminiscent of citrus juice with extra pulp, thus the name Juicy Bits.

Speltie Oatie Dope Delicious TIPA
A liquid love song for our favorite alien space pimps from the dirty south. Cadillacs full of our hand selected citra, amarillo cryo, simcoe cryo and el dorado on a long body malt base. If we were to describe it in 4 words, it would be: speltie, oatie, dope, delicious. Just wait for the trumpet solo. 

Meat Sweats Lager
This beer is a bastardization of some of our favorite lager/lagerish traditions from near and far with our good buds at the private sector. 

Autumn Fields Cream Ale
The leaves are changing, which means it’s time to bring back one of our favorite seasonal releases. 𝗔𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗺𝗻 𝗙𝗶𝗲𝗹𝗱𝘀 is a cream ale with cranberry and orange to provide you with some fresh Fall flavor that pairs nicely with the imminent brisk weather. Bright and crushable with a rush of tart fruity flavor, this light-bodied ale is perfect for a trip to the apple orchard, pumpkin patch, or while nestled in a blanket around an open fire. (4.5% ABV)

Dbl Frooted Mango 
This week we’re bringing back a doubled version one of our most popular variants from our FROOTED series…𝗗𝗢𝗨𝗕𝗟𝗘 𝗙𝗥𝗢𝗢𝗧𝗘𝗗 𝗠𝗔𝗡𝗚𝗢! This Smoothie Ale is absolutely loaded with fresh Indian-grown Mangos. Simply brilliant, this straightforward mango ale permeates with everything you love about the ripe tropical drupe that’s refreshing as it is tasty. Ultra-juicy with a nice tangy mouthfeel and exquisite fruity aroma. (8% ABV)

Mangoshino
What two words would you combine if you could combine two words?
Introducing Mangoshino, our Smoothie Sour w/ malted wheat, 2-row barley & over 3400 lbs of Mango & Sweet Cherries.

Abracadaver
A quick flick of the wrist. Don’t blink, you might miss it. “Abracadaver”. Was it sleight of hand? Is that an actual wizard? What is this sorcery? Don’t question it. Accept it. Abracadaver. Introducing Abracadaver, our New England Double IPA w/ barley, oats, flaked oats, hopped & double dry hopped w/ Sultana, Citra, El Dorado Cryo & Strata.

Dreamyard Hazy IPA
An New England IPA that’s made ENTIRELY from oats and wheat. Splendidly hazy with aromas of stonefruit, pineapple, and citrus. An insane amount of Citra and Denali hops per barrel make this beer an incredibly juicy and citrusy treat with an approachable level of bitterness.