“Keeping it Craft!” Episode #1: Need Pizza

Haywood and I with our first video shoot and no better place to start than Need Pizza! If you’re interested in us dropping by to see what you have going on in the kitchen or the brewery, hit us up at iabeerbaron@gmail.com! Thank you Need for the kitchen access, the amazing pie, and the delicious beer! Cheers!

Iowa Brewer’s Guild releasing “Unify Hazy IPA” this week!

The first ever beer brewed by and in support of the Iowa Brewer’s Guild will be released this week in stores and many different breweries! “Unify Hazy IPA” will check in at 6.5%. Availability is listed in the release that is quoted below courtesy of the IBG!



January 27, 2021– Des Moines, Iowa – The Iowa Brewers Guild (IBG), an organization which provides education, legislative support, and public awareness for 115 member breweries, announces the release of its first ever guild beer: UNIFY Hazy IPA, 6.5% ABV

The idea for this hazy, hoppy India Pale Ale was born during an IBG board meeting. Brainstorming ideas about how to creatively support the guild and its member breweries, Mike Wing chimed in, “Why don’t we do what we know how to do best, and brew a [guild] beer?”

IBG board members Dave Morgan (Single Speed Brewing) and Mike Wing (Iowa Brewing Co.) led the project. Contributors, sharing time and resources to make this beer a truly unified effort, include:

Wing collaborating to create the IPA recipe with Luke Henricksen (Backpocket Brewing), John Martin (Confluence Brewing), Austin Myers (Single Speed Brewing Co.), Zack Dunbar and Scott Selix (Lua Brewing); generous sponsors Buck Creek Distributing, 818 Design, Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., Grace Label, and Hollingbery & Son, Inc.; brewing and packaging support from Backpocket Brewing; and distribution support from Confluence Brewing.

In addition, all IBG members enjoy the option of brewing the recipe for their taprooms, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the guild.

Find UNIFY HAZY IPA beginning the first week of February on shelves across Iowa, and on tap or in cans at Iowa Brewers Guild member breweries including:515 Brewing, Allerton Brewing Co., Backpocket Brewing (Coralville and Dubuque locations), BIT Brewery, Big Rack Brew Haus, Brightside Aleworks, Confluence Brewing, Exile Brewing Co.,  Fenders Brewing, Firetrucker Brewing, Franklin Street Brewing Co., Gezellig Brewing Co., Iowa Brewing Co., Jackson Street Brewing, Kalona Brewing Company, Lion Bridge Brewing, Limestone Brewers, Lua Brewing, Peace Tree Brewing (Des Moines and Knoxville locations), Single Speed Brewing and West O Beer.

Anvil Meat Market + Iowa Brewing teaming up for a Valentine’s “Craft Beer and Charcuterie” event!

Mark your calendars for February 14th! No, not to get a box of chocolates or some flowers for your significant other, but to stuff your face with some amazing charcuterie and some tasty brews! Anvil Meat Market in the Czech Village is teaming up Iowa Brewing Company to bring your a beer and charcuterie tasting! Here are the details on this event:

Iowa Brewing Company + Anvil Meat Market have partnered to offer a Valentine’s Special of Craft Beer & Charcuterie. Get your plus one and join us at Iowa Brewing Co Sunday, February 14th between 2-5:30pm to enjoy a delicious Charcuterie board made by Anvil Meat Market plus a flight of beer each. Tickets for this event are $35/couple. Tickets are extremely limited, so order now using the link below.https://bit.ly/iowabrew-curbside

Confluence Brewing releases “Stout Month” schedule!

The month of February is “Stout Month” at Confluence Brewing Company in Des Moines! Starting February 5th and ending February 26th, Confluence will be releasing six stouts throughout! Here’s the lineup and more details can be found by clicking here:

February is Stout Month and we have a killer lineup that’ll keep you rockin’ for 28 days straight! Complete our Stout Month beer tour and receive an amazing commemorative Stout Month 2021 t-shirt. This year we’re expanding our promo to include curbside orders, so you can participate from the safety of your car, or a seat in our taproom. How can you get your hands on this bada** shirt? Check out the instructions below:We’ll hand you a ticket stub in the taproom, or include one in your curbside order when you make a purchase of each of the 6 stouts we’re releasing. Qualifying purchases include a draft pour in the taproom, or a 4-pack or bottle depending on the beer (curbside or taproom). Collect a ticket for each unique beer and redeem all 6 stubs at the end of the month for the shirt.
Here’s the release schedule:
*2/5 Ferryman’s Fuel Russian Imperial Stout W/ Chocolate &Espresso
*2/12 Stavropol Russian Imperial Stout
*2/12 Sour’NDipity
*2/19 Ferryman’s Chocolate Covered Cherries
*2/26 Bourbon Barrel Monster Cookie Stout
*2/26 50’s Dad Barrel Aged Milk Stout W/ Coffee, Vanilla, & Chocolate

**We will have a hefty amount of shirts printed and ready to go at the end of the month, but redeem as soon as you can as we are making our best guess at how many we’ll need. If our shirt supply runs out, we will take your info and order a shirt for you. (available sizes S-2XL)
*Must redeem offer by 3/31/21
***Qualifying beers may be purchased at any time throughout the month, not just on the release date.

Drink These! Lion Bridge Barrel-Aged January releases!

A hectic month that once again becomes bearable thanks to the brilliance and deliciousness of Lion Bridge Brewing company’s “Barrel-Aged January”. Year after year this remarkable brewery plans, develops, and brews some of the best beers in the state and maybe even the country. As of typing this, many of these releases are still available at the brewery! So, there are a lot of Drink These! beers listed, but the beauty with many, if not all of these beers is that you can buy a 4 pack, drink 2, and store two. Or in my case, drink 3 or 4, store 1 or none! Either way, well worth the trip to Lion Bridge before they are gone!

BA January Beer #1 – GAZPROM! Double Maple w/Coffee – 11% ABV
Lion Bridge’s GABF award-winning barrel-aged stout with Dark Roast Dash coffee and extra maple deliciousness!
BA January kicked off with a great start. The beauty of this beer is the balance between the barrel, the coffee, and the maple. Coffee can sometimes dominate a beer and so can maple syrup. In this beer, the coffee is upfront and is balanced perfectly on the finish with maple. When meshed this well, coffee and maple make a happy couple!

BA January Beer #2 – 2021 GAZPROM! 11% ABV
Their 2016 GABF Bronze Medal Winner for Specialty Beer. Viscous and black. After primary fermentation this oily, Russian giant is re-fermented with Iowa dark maple syrup in bourbon barrels then blended back together to add consistency and complexity.
The beer (I assume) that started the BA January revolution! GAZPROM! returns and its 2021 form is just as good as I remember with the barrel flavor really standing out. Every year this is an excellent beer.

BA January Beer #3 – 2021 Homebaked – 11% ABV
Dessert for your desert island.
Fudge and Saigon cinnamon meld with a little bit of hazelnut goodness to produce something we liken to a cookie in beer form.

There’s not much left to be said about Homebaked really. This may be the best beer in Iowa, one of the best beers in the country, and definitely a beer that is worth seeking out. A beer that must be purchased every time you see it available!

BA January Beer #4 – Percussive Maintenance – 11% ABV
Put in barrels back when the world was a simpler place. Aged for 10 months then blended with a heavy dose of toasted and untoasted coconut as well as cacao nibs. A decadent treat for a time when we need to savor every sip.
An amazingly decadent beer! Barrel lovers and coconut lovers rejoice, as the beer you’ve been waiting for has arrived! Percussive Maintenance hits the nail on the head for those who aren’t necessarily into the overly sweet pastry stouts; instead we get more of a dark chocolate coconut combo that is more fresh coconut then sweetened and the balance of the barrels really makes this a special beer!

As Lion Bridge’s barrel-aged January comes to a close there is still hope for those who haven’t been down to the Czech Village to get a taste! All of these beers are still available for purchase in the taproom! If you’re lucky you may get a taste of one of them on tap, but you can definitely get a 4 pack or a few bottles to take home, and believe me, you should do just that and Drink These beers!

American Solera, Decadent, Fat Orange Cat, Nightmare, Timber, Blackberry Farm brews hitting shelves this week!

Decadent Ales:

  • Decadent Ales Coconut Swirl 6/4/16oz CANS – Triple IPA brewed with Coconut & Vanilla. 10.2% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Orange Gusher 6/4/16oz CANS – Double India Pale Ale with Orange Purée. 8.5% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Strawberry Orange Banana 6/4/16oz CAN – IPA brewed with Strawberry, Orange, and Banana Puree – just like your favorite juice. 8.2% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Strawberry Frosted Pastry 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA with Strawberry, cinnamon, and allspice – reminiscent of a strawberry pop tart. 8.6% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Vermont Maple IPA 6/4/16oz CAN – Crisp Double India Pale Ale with Vermont Maple. 9.1% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Pecan Pie 6/4/16oz CAN – Double India Pale Ale with Pecans and Maple Syrup. 8.6% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Raspberry French Toast 6/4/16oz CAN – Double India Pale with Raspberry, Maple Syrup, and Cinnamon added. 8.6% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Peach Frosted Pastry 6/4/16oz CAN – Double India Pale Ale with peaches, cinnamon. 8.6% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Mocha Latte 6/4/16oz CAN – American IPA brewed with Coffee and Chocolate. 8% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Passiflora 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA Brewed utilizing a blend of New Zealand hops, this brew produces notes of Guava, Citrus, and Passionfruit. 8.6% ABV. 
  • Decadent Ales Multiflora 6/4/16oz CAN – Mosaic Double IPA. Double dry-hopped. 9.7% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Orange Cream Pop 6/4/16oz CAN – All Citra dry-hopped IPA with a proprietary blend of sugars, Madagascar Vanilla Bean, and a touch of Orange Zest. 6% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Blueberry French Toast 6/4/16oz CAN – Double India Pale Ale with blueberries, maple syrup, and cinnamon. 8.6% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Coconut Almond Macaroon 24/16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped All-Mosaic IPA brewed with Coconut & Almond, and a variety of sugars to create a biscuit character. 8.2% ABV.


  • Fat Orange Cat This Is Not My Beautiful Beer 6/4/16oz CAN – NE-IPA Galaxy and Mosaic hops. Mellow with a building bitterness. Notes of Passionfruit, and loads of Citrus. 7.5% ABV.
  • Fat Orange Cat Living In Our Own Private Idaho 6/4/16oz CANS – NE-IPA with Idaho 7, Azacca, and Simcoe hops. Citrusy with a hint of that undeniable piney Idaho 7 hop flavor on the end. 7.5% ABV.
  • Fat Orange Cat FOC I Don’t Like Mondays 6/4/16oz CAN – New England style IPA brewed with Galaxy, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops. 7.5% ABV.
  • Fat Orange Cat FOC Severe Tire Damage 6/4/16oz CAN – New England-style IPA hop forwarded with Simco, Citra and Mosaic hops. It’s a big beer that clocks in at 9.4% ABV.
  • Fat Orange Cat Vito The Beer Whale Cat 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA with Azacca and Simcoe Hops. 8% ABV

Nightmare Brewing Company:

  • Nightmare Brewing Drawn and Quartered 6/4/16oz CANS – Quadruple dry-hopped Imperial IPA With Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy, Enigma & Citra. This recipe is close to the original with one alteration. More hops! Not only does this receive a massive Quadruple Dry-Hopped, this also has hops thrown in throughout its process (Mash, Kettle, Fermenter, Brite) allowing for each hop flavor and aromatic to shine while being backed by a well-rounded bitterness. 10% ABV.
  • Nightmare Brewing Colombian Necktie 6/4/16oz CAN – Gose Soured on Colombian Mangoes, with Lulo, Soursop, and Colombian Lime zest. 7.2% ABV.
  • Nightmare Brewing Blood Eagle 6/4/16oz CAN – Scandinavian Sour Ale Soured on Lingonberries, Hawthorn Berries, Cloudberries & Comice Pears with Strawberries, Plums and Tart Cherries. 7.5% ABV.
  • Nightmare Brewing Slow Slicing 6/4/16oz CAN – Asiatic-style Sour Ale. Soured on Mandarin Oranges, Cucumbers & Lemongrass with Yuzu and Rice Sugar. 8.3% ABV.

Timber Ales:

  • Timber Ales I Must Be Dreaming 6/4/16oz CAN – Sour Ale brewed with Prickly Pear, Passionfruit, Vanilla Beans, and Milk Sugar. 6% ABV.

Blackberry Farm:

  • Blackberry Farm Leather Britches 6/4/16oz CAN – Dark, Rich Porter featuring a malty finish and hints of dark fruit and chocolate. An homage to the farm tradition of Leather Britches. An old southern method for preserving late-summer green beans. The beans are harvested, left in their pod, and hung up to dry. Dehydrating on the string, they start to look like leather pant legs. Brewed in collaboration with Heidi Geist of the 48 Beer Project. 6.4% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Boundary Tree 6/4/12oz CAN – A hop-forward Farmhouse Ale brewed with Hallertau Blanc, Southern Cross, Comet, and Citra hops. 6.5% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Mountain Lager 6/4/12oz CAN – Vienna-style Lager showcases Vienna and dark Munich malts, with distinctively toasty, bready aromas and flavors. A judicious hopping lends balance to the malty goodness. 5% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Classic Saison 6/4/12oz CAN – Belgian-style Saison features European noble-type hops, authentic Belgian Saison yeast, and the finest European two-row malt. 6.3% ABV

American Solera:

  • American Solera An Offering of Passion 6/4/16oz CAN – Mosaic & Chinook Sour IPA along with 500lbs Of Passionfruit, as well as Milk Sugar, & Vanilla . Crazy in all the right places. 7.3% ABV.
  • American Solera Tulsa Pipe 6/4/16oz CAN – West Coast IPA brewed with Simcoe, Amarillo, and Azacca hops. 6.5% ABV.

Thew Brewing: “A Very Barrelly Weekend!” coming Jan. 29th!

Thew Brewing will be bringing some barrel aged brews to their taproom and at Johnson Avenue Hy-Vee for their “A Very Barrelly Weekend” event on January 29th! Here is what’s going down that weekend:

January 29th – releases of:
Max Walker: Timecop (BA Belgian Quad)
Thew’s Helpful Smile (BA Imperial Stout, brewed for Johnson Ave. Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids)
Crosspark in the Rye (BA Sour Rye Saison) and Raspberry Crosspark in the Rye (BA Sour Rye Saison with Raspberry) both brewed for Crosspark Rd. Hy-Vee in Coralville.

**All four beers will be on tap; limited bottles of the Hy-Vee beers will be available in our taproom.Thew Crew members will have the opportunity to reserve bottles of the Max Walker – a handful of platinum and silver memberships are left. They also just tapped This Mostly Iowa Fabric which is a NE pale ale dry hopped with cashmere hops from Buck Creek!

Clown Shoes brews coming from Abu Nawas this week!


  • Clown Shoes Zebra Warren 2021 24/16oz CAN – Double IPA Mango and Pink Guava. 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 The Beast With No Name 1/12/19.2oz “Stovepipe” CAN – Imperial Stout Blended with Barleywine Ale Aged in Rum, Rye, and Bourbon Barrels. A proprietor’s blend of some of their best barrel-aged ales, this imperial stout can’t be described by a single name, so they didn’t try! 10.5% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Hammer of the Lion 24/16oz CAN – Imperial Stout blended with Wee Heavy Ale aged in Rum, Bourbon, and Brandy Barrels. Rich malt sweetness paired with complex notes of Rum, Bourbon, and dark chocolate. 11% ABV. 
  • Clown Shoes Leviathan 6/4/16oz CANS – Big, Bold, and Full of Powerful hop Flavor, Leviathan is an intense TRIPLE IPA. Relentless hop additions throughout blend earthy, fruity, and floral notes. 10% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Rainbows are Real 6/4/16oz CAN – Hazy IPA Infused with Terpenes. 6.75% ABV.  
  • Clown Shoes Space Cake 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA with Mosaic and Citra Hops. 9% ABV.   
  • Clown Shoes Galacticake 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA Featuring a base brew of Space Cake dry-hopped per Galactica specs, Galacticake combines Clown Shoes signature Double IPAs to make for a bevy of tropical citrus aromas and flavor. A balanced body showcases notes of both pine and citrus. 9% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Tropical Blender 6/4/16oz CANS – Smoothie IPA with Guava, Pineapple, Mango, and Lactose. 7% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Haze Cake 6/4/16oz CANS – Hazy Double IPA with Mosaic, Citra, and Centennial hops, Honey, and 2-row malts, wheat. 9% ABV.  
  • Clown Shoes Tuscan Picnic 6/4/16oz CAN – Rosé India Pale Ale brewed with Lambrusco Grape Juice for sweet fruit flavor and a refreshing dryness reminiscent of a picnic under the Tuscan Sun! 6.5% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Clementine 6/4/16oz CAN – White Ale with Spices, All Natural Clementine Flavor, Sweet Orange Peel, Coriander, Mandarina Hops. 6% ABV.
  • Clown Shoes Mango Kolsch 6/4/16oz CAN – American Kōlsch with All Natural Mango Flavor, Columbus, and Huell Melon Hops. 5.5% ABV.

Iowa Eats: Pedaler’s Fork in CR is worth a visit!

Pedaler’s Fork in Cedar Rapids is located in what used to be the Broken Spoke restaurant and with the owners of the Blind Pig adding their touches to the places it has made it a beer lover’s destination for sure with 108 taps…but oh my…that food makes it well worth the trip as well! Upon walking in the space is big enough for proper spacing for those who are social distancing and you notice the many tap lines right away. Flat screens on every wall for you to catch the game while you sip and snack as well.

108 tap lines – you can definitely find something for any beer style that you’d like. I had a few Big Grove Shadeshines. To keep up to date on Pedaler’s Fork’s tap list, click HERE for their untappd menu!

Pedaler’s Fork has one of those menus that makes it difficult to pick just one thing to order, so naturally I order more than one thing. Their nachos can be either with tortilla chips or waffle fries and served with mild or hot queso and they have some damn fine options! Started with the Mexican Elote nachos which is your favorite street corn in nacho form: pork carnitas, poblano cream sauce, ghost pepper cheese, fire roasted corn, cotija cheese, cilantro and lime. Fantastic start! What’s better than nachos and beer? Another order of nachos and another beer so bring on the…
BBQ Brisket nachos – queso, smoked beef brisket and pulled pork, smoked cheddar, spicy mac and cheese, bacon, and bbq drizzle. This order had some heat to it but man it was flavor packed in every bite! Both of these dishes are worth going back! Still not done though. Had to get the Southwest Chicken egg rolls! Exactly what you would think; chicken, black beans, and corn served with a southwest ranch. What I really loved about these were that they were so crispy and delicious and not a greasy mess you can get with egg rolls. Check out their menu by clicking HERE:

The menu is very diverse. Sandwiches, burgers, nachos, salads, tacos and much more. So many things I would like to try, knowing it’s going to be extremely tasty makes Pedaler’s Fork an easy destination to get back to. You need to check it out! Dine in or order to go! Delicious food awaits!