Harpoon Brewing Distro Hits Eastern Iowa Shelves

harpoon.jpgHarpoon Brewing out of Boston, MA has just showed up on Eastern Iowa shelves with a few of their selections. I believe they are being distributed by Johnson Brothers but I’ll have to double check that.

You can currently find Harpoon IPA, Harpoon Amber, and Harpoon Tailgate variety pack which includes Harpoon Golden Ale, Harpoon Flannel Friday, Harpoon IPA, and Harpoon Octoberfest. Check it out and I’d love to hear feedback on the newest brewery to hit Eastern Iowa. Cheers!

Kroul Farm/Pullman Bar and Diner Beer Dinner #3: Best gets Better

 

Year 3 of the Pullman/Kroul Beer Dinner is in the books and just when you think they can’t top last year’s event, Chef Ben Smart and staff roll up their sleeves and do just that. Sunday’s event wasn’t exactly fall-like to start the day as temps were in the high 80s, so a tip of the cap for sure goes to the Pullman staff as they slaved over open-pit fires to cook up our terrific meal. Even though it was hot early on, the weather chilled a bit as the sun set and you really can’t beat the ambiance of sitting at a Kroul Farm picnic table with friends as you sip a beer or glass of wine and get served some of the best and unique food I’ve had. Cheers to the Kroul Family, Cory Kent, Chef Smart and staff, this is my favorite event of the year! Onto the food!

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DISH #1 – Pan con Tomate – Bread, Heirloom tomato served with Broadbent Vinho Verde
Bread with a tomato puree? Sounds simple, and it is, but it was delicious. Local tomatoes with olive oil and salt put on top of some grilled bread and a glass of white wine, great start to the meal!

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DISH #2 – Sea Urchin Bavarois served with Broadbent Vinho Verde 
I had never had sea urchin before, but now I want sea urchin more often. The dish was presented and looked similar to a chowder dish with some charred sweet corn and that’s exactly how it tasted. Almost like a mix of a chilled lobster bisque/lobster chowder and the added local sweet corn really made the dish stand out. This was one I would have taken a whole bowl full of, excellent dish.

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DISH #3 Cedar Plank Salmon with slow roasted grilled lemons, herbs, shishito peppers, squash, and olives served with Prairie Standard Saison
Admittedly, I’m not a huge salmon guy, but, this dish was very good. Perfectly cooked salmon and a squeeze of some of the grilled lemon and tons of fresh dill on top made this a dish I could eat often. 3/3 so far Pullman crew!

DISH #4Potato Gnocchi with pumpkin puree, chanterelles, pistachio pistou, La quercia guanciale, and sheep’s milk cheese served with Prairie Standard Saison
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this dish as I’m hit and miss with pumpkin but this was a home run dish, from the presentation of being served in hollowed out pumpkins to the execution itself to the flavors. The gnocchi with pillow soft and combined with the pistachio and cheese with a little bite of the crispy and salty la quercia (pork cheek I believe) I had a hard time not finishing this dish in seconds. Blown away by this one. Keep it coming Pullman.

DISH #5 Duo of Kroul Beef – tenderloin, ribeye, and sauce bordelaise with mushroom pithivier, kale, carrot, currant, pine nuts, and aged balsamic, served with Trim Cabernet
I always look forward to the main course although the dishes leading up are just as terrific, but with this being Kroul’s beef that they were serving made it even more special. The beef was wonderful, perfectly cooked, tender and salted exactly how it needed to be. To cook for 110-120 people and execute it the way the Pullman staff did shows their talent, you worry about it being overcooked but that’s not the case at all. The beef was phenomenal but the thing that really sealed the deal for me was the Mushroom Pithivier, which essentially was a pie with sliced potatoes, mushrooms, and cheese. I savored every bite of it. Extraordinary meal!

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DISH #6The Space Donut – Sweet potato mousse, walnut shortbread, white chocolate goat cheese cremeux, pear, salted caramel ice cream paired with Cafe Amaretto
Onto the final course…dessert. I’m not sure how the staff could top last years parsnip cake served with Jean Luc Richard, but they came pretty damn close! The parsnip cake is my all time favorite dessert, hands down, but they brought out the big guns for this Space Donut. Chef Smart described it to every table how they concocted it and I’m not going to even try to replicate him, let’s just say it was tasty, eye-appealing, and very unique.

I’ve said this since the Kroul Farm dinner started 3 years ago and I’ll repeat myself again…this is a can’t miss event for food lovers, wine lovers, beer lovers, and people who just enjoy sitting and chatting with others. I look forward to this event every year and hope it continues. Thanks again to the Matt Kroul and family, Chef Smart and Staff, and Cory Kent for spoiling us once again this year! Cheers!

Reds Alehouse Meet the Brewer: Firetrucker and New Belgium Wednesday Sept. 19th!

redsReds Alehouse will once again be playing host to meet the brewer night this coming Wednesday, September 19th. This time around they will have Scott from Firetrucker and Melissa from New Belgium will be there answering questions and chatting about their beers. Here’s the lineup:

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-Fat Tire – Amber Ale – 5.2% ABV
-Voodoo Ranger – Juicy Haze IPA – 7.5% ABV
-Clutch – Dark Sour Ale – 8.5% ABV
Firetrucker
Hydrant – American Pale Ale – 4.9% ABV
Uptown IPA – American IPA – 5.8% ABV
Tropical Burn – DIPA w/ Mango – 8.5% ABV
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Funds For Flenker Beer List Released! See you Thursday @ Need Pizza!

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Need Pizza has released the brews that will be available this Thursday, September 13th at their location in downtown Cedar Rapids for the Funds for Flenker Event. Funds for Flenker is an event setup to help Flenker and Thew with their lawsuit. A lot of great beers and excellent pizza this coming Thursday, hope to see you there!

**PULPIT ROCK**
-Jamaican Blue Mountain Pour Over Porter
-To Hop & To Hold

**LARK BREWING**
-Sweet Disarray, Session NEIPA w/lactose

**SINGLE SPEED BREWING**
-Eastern Cottontail Experimental IPA

**KEG CREEK BREWING**
-Brick Red Ale
-De Vine Saison BBL aged in Vine Street Cellars’ Red Wine Barrels

**SIERRA NEVADA BREWING**
-Hazy Little Thing

**515 Brewing**
-Dart Dodger American IPA

**CRIMSON SUNSET CIDERY**
-Jacked Up Cider Tangerine
-Jacked Up Cider Sangria

**Alluvial Brewing**
-Nebula 3000 DIPA

**THEW BREWING**
-Scrappy Ale

**EXILE BREWING**
-2017 Jesus on a Forklift
-Pineapple Bohemian
-Lemony Trail
-GC Nebula
-Ruthie
-Oktoberfest
-Beatnik Sour

**REUNION BREWING**
-Double Dry Hopped Juice Factory

**Lion Bridge BREWING**
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BACKPOCKET BREWING
-Sick Mustache

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Big Grove 5th Anniversary Can/Tap Release Details

big groveBig Grove is staying busy as hell prepping for their big 5 year anniversary party this coming Sunday. They’ve now released what will be available for purchase at both Solon and Iowa City locations. Big Ed and Double Blackberry sour will be on draft and available in cans, Good Day to DIPA will be tap only in Solon and Iowa City, Pralines and Richard will be tap only Solon, and Stripe Cake will be 22 oz bottles and tap at both locations. Hopefully see some of you Sunday morning in Solon! Cheers!

 

Iowa Turf War: Tap Takeover Presented by Pig and Porter starting September 1st!

pig and porter1.jpgThe Pig and Porter restaurant located near the NewBo Market in Cedar Rapids will once again be playing host to the Iowa Turf War Tap Takeover. 2 Iowa breweries pitted against each other each week to see whose beers reign supreme! The bracket is listed below, pay attention to the dates and make sure you get to Pig and Porter to try the brews and eat their awesome food! Cheers!

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This fall two Iowa breweries will be competing to become turf war champion. Each brewery will have 3 beers to sample (a flight of 6) then vote on who is better.
Who wins depends you your VOTE!
Special food, prizes and brewery swag will be available during the event and a chance to meet the brewers.
Entry is free, you only need to buy a flight to vote.
Seating is limited so come early (event starts at 5pm)

Need Pizza “Funds for Flenker” Event Update #2: Brewery List

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With update #2 on the Need Pizza “Funds for Flenker” event will be the breweries who will have their beers flowing at Need on Thursday September 13th! Here’s the early list with more to follow as they come in and hopefully soon I’ll have a list of specific beers that will be available, hope to see you there:

*Lark Brewing
*515 Brewing
*Alluvial Brewing
*Pulpit Rock Brewing
*SingleSpeed Brewing
*Keg Creek Brewing

From earlier:

Need Pizza in downtown Cedar Rapids will be hosting a “Funds for Flenker” beer and food event. This event’s proceeds will go towards helping Mr. Flenker pay for his upcoming court costs. Details are in their infancy but expect it take place in late August or early September.

There will be tons of great beer, food, and socializing throughout this event. Rumors of a bottle share have also been heard. If you know a brewery or brewer that would like to participate feel free to call Need Pizza @ 319-362-6333 or email @ benmed15@yahoo.com. Stay tuned as more updates will be trickling in every day with tap lists, food, and a date that will be set in stone! Cheers!

Pullman Bar + Kroul Farm Dinner Slated for September 16th

Kroul FarmsThe 3rd annual Kroul Farm dinner featuring Pullman Bar and Diner chefs will be taking place on Sunday September 16th. Speaking from experiencing the first two dinners, this is a can’t miss event. The food, beer, and wine along with great company make this well worth the price tag. You can get your tickets by clicking here.  More information on this event below:

Farm Dinner part three! We’re excited to partner with Kroul Family Farms once again! Chef Ben Smart, Chef Nathan Woody, and Chef Matt Prince and the rest of the Pullman team invite you to join us on Sunday, September 16th for a culinary experience you won’t forget! Cocktail hour will begin at 3 pm with a family-style dinner immediately following. Courses will be paired with wine and beer of our choosing.

We look forward to working with Kroul Farms, as it is our highlight event of the year. We hope to see you there!

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BeerCast #5: Talking Drink Local Festival and Thew Brewing!

drink local.jpegWe were live from Thew Brewing in downtown Cedar Rapids for our 5th installment of BeerCast. We had awesome conversation with Mark Jensen and Matt Franklin from Cedar Rapids Brewing Society on their upcoming Drink Local! Festival which is happening this weekend at Benz Beverage Depot in downtown CR. Tickets available here. $25 now or $30 at the door. We were also joined by the proprietors Thew Brewing, Travis and Haley Flenker who talk about what is coming up for their brewery in the next few weeks. And of course, at Beercast wouldn’t be complete without wonderfully deep conversations from our host Scott and the rest of our panel. This will be the best hour and a half of your life! Check it out!

UPDATE: Date Set for NEED PIZZA “FUNDS FOR FLENKER” EVENT

needMark your calendars for Thursday September 13th as Need Pizza will be hosting a “Funds for Flenker” event at their location in downtown Cedar Rapids. Brewery list will be coming soon and I’ll post that as soon as it’s available. If you missed the update last week check below:

NEED PIZZA HOSTING “FUNDS FOR FLENKER” EVENT

needNeed Pizza in downtown Cedar Rapids will be hosting a “Funds for Flenker” beer and food event. This event’s proceeds will go towards helping Mr. Flenker pay for his upcoming court costs. Details are in their infancy but expect it take place in late August or early September.

There will be tons of great beer, food, and socializing throughout this event. Rumors of a bottle share have also been heard. If you know a brewery or brewer that would like to participate feel free to call Need Pizza @ 319-362-6333 or email @ benmed15@yahoo.com. Stay tuned as more updates will be trickling in every day with tap lists, food, and a date that will be set in stone! Cheers!