Abu Nawas drops this week! Amager, Labietis, Grimfrost, Pohjala, Omnipollo

A huge drop of some tasty beers from Abu this week. Beer and Mead galore coming at you!

AMAGER

  • Amager Black Donald 12/500ml bottles – From the “Wicked Tales of Scotland” – 4 whiskey barrel-aged beers. Whiskey Barrel-Aged Heavily Peated Imperial Stout in Laphroaig Barrels. 11% ABV.
  • Amager Red Cap 12/500ml bottles – From the “Wicked Tales of Scotland” – 4 whiskey barrel-aged beers. Whiskey Barrel-Aged Wee Heavy Ale in Auchentoshan Barrels.
  • Amager The Black Cat 12/500ml bottles – From the “Wicked Tales of Scotland” – 4 whiskey barrel-aged beers. Whiskey Barrel-Aged Peated Baltic Porter aged in Bowmore Barrels. 10% ABV.
  • Amager The Boobrie 12/500ml bottles – From the “Wicked Tales of Scotland” – 4 whiskey barrel-aged beers. Whiskey Barrel-Aged Double Mash Imperial Stout – aged in fresh Scottish Glen Garioch whiskey barrels. 12% ABV.
  • Mikkeller / Amager Bourbon BA Hr. Frederiksen Vaesel Brunch 12/500 ml. Collaboration blend with Mikkeller/Amager. A blend of Hr.Fredriksen (Amager) and Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Mikkeller) – then aged in Bourbon barrels. 10.7%
  • Amager Fru Frederiksen 12/500ml bottles. Delicious Danish Sout. Fru (Mrs.) Frederiksen is a wise lady that uses minimal effort to achieve her goals. 7% ABV
  • Amager Hr. Frederiksen 12/500ml bottles. Delicious Danish Imperial Stout. Hr. (Mr.) Frederiksen is a powerful dude, who enjoys nothing more than to stand and admire his own muscles. 10.5% ABV.
  • Amager Rye Porter 12/500ml bottles. Big, rich Rye Porter. 8.5% ABV.
  • Amager/ Goose Island RyeKing 12/500ml. Lightly Smoked Rye Stout. 7.7% ABV.
  • Amager/18th Street Lawrence of Arabica 12/500 ml. Delicious Coffee Orange Porter. ABV: 7%.

Labietis

  • Labietis Aroniju Ragana 12/500 ml – (Aronia Witch) A wonderful ruby red beer dry fruited with aronia berry juice and hopped Citra Hops. 5.1% ABV.
  • Labietis Gaismas Ragana 12/500 ml – (Witch Of Light) Bronze Age Braggot. 3400 years ago a girl was burried with a bucket of fermented beverage in Egtved. In 1929 archeologists recovered this grave and recently found out that the beverage was made of wheat, honey, cranberries, cowberries, meadowsweet, bog myrtle and lindenblossom. This giddy and sweetly aromatic braggot is a modern remake of that prehistoric recipe. 8% ABV.
  • Labietis Mežs 12/500 ml – (Forest) Inspired by Latvian folk songs about juniper berry beer, this one will be refreshing in a resinous fashion, balancing with slight malty taste and nice reddish color. Dry-hopped with a variety of hops derived from Eastern Europe wild hops – Kazbek. 5.5% ABV.
  • Labietis Pelašku Velns 12/500 ml – (The Yarrow Devil) Imperial Stout, Dark, aromatic and highly inebriating beer made from selected roasted malts, boiled and severely dry-hopped with Citra hops and yarrow. 8.8% ABV.
  • Labietis / Bakunin Purva Medus 12/500 ml – (Bog Honey) Mead with cowberry juice and bog myrtle brewed in co-lab with St Petersburg, Russia Bakunin brewery. 6.5% ABV.

Grimfrost

  • Grimfrost SuttungR Brew 12/750 ml – A rustic lingonberry mead with pine shoots and heather honey with a rich taste of Viking Age Sweden. 13% ABV.
  • Grimfrost Mungatt Braggot 24/330 ml – Mungátt (Old Norse: good for mouth) has been developed together with Mjödhamnen, Sweden’s most distinguished mead, and ale producer. With it, we would like to invite you on a journey back to the Viking Age when honeyed ale was one of the favorite festive beverages. Enjoy this fresh, supple brew with friends or a good meal. 8% ABV.

Pohjala

  • Pohjala BA Oo (XO Cognac) 24/330ml Bottles – Cognac Barrel-Aged Imperial Baltic Porter from the Fantastic Pohjala Brewery. 11.5% ABV.
  • Pohjala Cherry Banger 24/330 ml – Imperial stout with cherries, chocolate, and vanilla pods. 12.5% ABV.
  • Pohjala CocoBanger 24/330 ml – A banging imperial stout brewed with coconut and A Caturra coffee from Costa Rica. 12.5%
  • Pohjala Karneval 24/330 ml – An Imperial Dessert Stout with fresh flavors from raspberries, passionfruit, and toasted coconuts. Brewed in collaboration with Mother Kelly’s London. 10.9% ABV.
  • Pohjala Leevike 24/330 ml – A spiced sour ale brewed with fermented cranberries, hibiscus, heather honey, toasted cinnamon, and cloves. Translation: The Bullfinch. 6.5% ABV.
  • Pohjala Meri 24/330 ml – Translation: The Sea. A classic Gose, brewed with Himalayan rock salt and coriander seeds. 4.4% ABV.
  • Pohjala Must Kuld 24/330ml – Translation: Black Gold. A rich porter with smooth notes of milk chocolate. Enjoy on its own, or as a decadent dessert. 7.8% ABV.
  • Pohjala Ohtu 24/330 ml –  Translation: Evening Sky. An easy-going porter brewed with oats and rye, bursting with vanilla and chocolate flavors. 8% ABV.
  • Pohjala Oo 24/330ml – Translation: The Night – An imperial Baltic Porter as dark as the Estonian winter nights. 10.5% ABV.
  • Pohjala Prenzlauer Berg 24/330 ml – Raspberry Berliner Weisse. A rich and creamy sour wheat beer, brewed with raspberries. 4.5% ABV.
  • Pohjala Ulo (Cellar Series) 24/330 ml – Outstanding Chardonnay barrel-aged Imperial Saison with gooseberries. 10% ABV.
  • Pohjala / Jester King Port Over Easy (Cellar Series) 24/330 ml – Collab with Jester King – a Baltic porter brewed with caramelized Estonian birch syrup and Texan soul; aged in port wine barrels. Needless to say more! 10.5% ABV.

Omnipollo

  • Omnipollo Hypnopompa 6/4/16oz CAN – 👀💣tall boy OMNIPOLLO®️ HYPNOPOMPA®️ MARSHMALLOW ☁️VANILLA COFFEE ☕️ IMPERIAL STOUT 11% ABV. It•was•all•a•dream.
  • Omnipollo Double Bruno 6/4/16oz CAN – Raspberry Lime Crush Ale Brewed with Raspberry, Lime, and Fresh Mint. 6% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Bianca Blueberry Maple Pancake Lassi Gose 6/4/16oz CAN – Blueberry maple pancake lassi gose ale brewed with blueberries, lactose sugar & maple syrup. 6% ABV. 🍁 🥞
  • Omnipollo Aon Pecan Mud Cake Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) 24/33cl – From the Brewer: “When I was 12 I dreamed of becoming a pastry chef. Call this a creative outlet.
    Thick, rich and excessively decadent, this beer aims to bring back childhood memories.” Imperial Pastry Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels for 18 Months. De Molen Collab.11% ABV. 🥃🍰🥃
  • Omnipollo Devin the Dude 24/12oz – Beautifully made German-style pilsner. 5.2% ABV. 💗💗💗
  • Omnipollo Agamemnon 16oz CAN 24/16oz CAN – OmniPollo’s beloved, original Maple Syrup Imperial Stout is back and better than ever in 16oz cans. 12.5% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Andreas Oat 6/4/16oz 4-Pack Can –  Delicious NE-Style Oat IPA. 7% ABV. 💗💗💗
  • Omnipollo Nebuchadnezzar 24/16oz CAN – Omnipollo’s Award-winning IIPA “Neb” is a homebrew recipe that has been scaled up with no consideration to economies of scale. Some say idiotic, and as an economist, I would have to agree. Get fresh or die trying. 8.5% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Oaxaca 24/16oz CAN – Mango Margarita Slush IPA. IPA brewed with lactose sugar, mango, lime, grapefruit & vanilla added. 6.5% ABV
  • Omnipollo Quadruple Dry-Hopped Fatamorgana 24/16oz CAN – 4x Dry-Hopped Double IPA. 8.1% ABV. 💗💗💗
  • Omnipollo Shploing! 24/12oz Can – The return of a Classic! IPA with marshmallow, graham cracker, salt, and lactose sugar, it’s a MANGO S’MORES IPA. 7% ABV. 💗💗💗
  • Omnipollo Tetragrammaton 6/4/16oz  Can – Galaxy, Citra, & Mosaic IPA. 7.3% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Vanitas 24/16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped Imperial Baklava IPA brewed with Pistachios & Almonds. 8% ABV.

Iowa Eats: Goldfinch Tap & Eatery; Marion, IA

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Last night I was lucky enough to attend a soft opening at Goldfinch Tap & Eatery (740 10th St. Marion) and I’m already eager to get back and try some more things on their menu.

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Goldfinch is headed by Andi Sofranko (Lincoln Winebar fame) and Chef Brandon Banaszek (Pullman fame) and is located in the old Louie’s Scoreboard location in Marion. With the addition of Goldfinch, Marion has a lot of beer/food offerings. Ramseys, Uptown Snug, Zoeys, and Tomasos are all located in the same area, so definitely an up and coming spot!

Let’s get to the nitty gritty. First thing on my mind…..

BEER
What looks to be an ever changing tap list that appeals to every beer drinker. Many local brews from Lion Bridge, Big Grove, SingleSpeed, Clockhouse and more to go along with the domestics of a Busch Light. Easy Eddy was my pick and it went down great with the apps we had.

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FOOD
The appetizer selections at Goldfinch are going to be a hot spot. A lot of great options to choose from, at the time they were out of the Buffalo Cholouah wings so we went with french onion dip, cheese balls, and loaded fries. Great pub food selections. The french onion dip was outstanding. I was worried it would be too sweet but was not, excellent starter. Cheese balls were good and crispy on the outside and served with a side of ranch..what’s not to love? The cheese fries were a nice combo of crispy bacon, green onion, and then a cheddar cheese/ranch combo which played together nicely. My kids loved them all!

 

At the time we arrived, they were out of their main entrees, which wasn’t a problem, although every one of them sounded great. Cavatelli with a sweet corn sauce??? YES PLEASE!! We went with some mac and cheese, pork tenderloin, and their burger. All tasty, all packed with flavor. The pork tenderloin will no doubt be an item they sell a lot of and this one is crispy and not over breaded. The burger was wonderful. I love a burger where the meat shines and this one does! Mac and cheese with crumbled bacon is just something that everyone should have!

 

Tip of the cap to the chefs and staff at Goldfinch, a busy soft opening night that they pulled off. They will be opening their doors to the public this Friday (9/13) @ 3:00 p.m. and then 2:45 on Saturday for the Iowa/Iowa State game. Happy hour is everyday from 3-6 so make sure to take advantage of their awesome list of cocktails, beers, and wine! Check it out!

Clock House Brewing releasing Pineapple Witch Slap 9/26

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Clock House Brewing company will be releasing a pineapple variant of their popular Witch Slap hazy IPA on September 26th! To make it even better they will be releasing this beer in 16 oz crowlers! Here’s more from Clock House!

The Witches are at it again and have decided to take our Flag Ship “Witch Slap NEIPA” to warmer places. They’ve added loads of Pineapple during primary and secondary fermentation to create a unique tropical twist. Don’t forget your sunglasses and fly into our taproom to enjoy our Hazy, Murky, Juicy Witch, infused with real pineapple! Get some while it lasts!

Iowa Brewing releasing Double Barrel Hang Fire + more on Oct. 12th!

 

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Iowa Brewing announcing another big release coming this fall! On October 12th they will be releasing double barrel Hang Fire, a variant of last year’s anniversary Hang Fire release. Along with Hang Fire, they will be releasing some other brews as well. Here’s more courtesy of Iowa Brewing:

For our first anniversary we brewed an Imperial Stout called Hang Fire. For our second anniversary we released four barrel-aged variants of it (Aquila-Nilla, Brunch AF, Rubus & Templeton). But that wasn’t all… The legacy of Hang Fire continues! We took one of the Templeton Hang Fire barrels and put that back into a fresh Rye barrel for an additional year! Behold! Double Barrel Hang Fire, two years in barrels and finished with chipotle, cinnamon and cocoa nibs.

But that also isn’t all…

Once upon a time we had a Belgian-style Tripel that we called, Tripel. We put some of that Tripel into a Cedar Ridge port wine barrel which was used to create one of their Single Malt silver label whiskies. We then let that barrel chill for two years! This magic liquid is now known as Barrel-Aged Tripel and will also be available in bottles.

“Is there more?” you ask…

Yes! We will be debuting the newest batch of our Juicy-Hazy IPA series, Jinkies! AND perhaps something else that’s extra fun, so stay tuned…..

Pricing TBD
Double Barrel Hang Fire, 375 ml bottle
Barrel-Aged Tripel, 375 ml bottle
Jinkies!, 16 oz. 4-pack

Iowa Brewing releasing “Jinkies” part of their hazy IPA series on 9/11!

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Iowa Brewing will be continuing their hazy/juicy IPA series this week with the release of “Jinkies” on September 11th. This release will be available in 4 packs @ 10.99 and also on draft. Here’s more from Iowa Brewing:

Jinkies! it’s time for another version of our Hazy/Juicy IPA series (previously known as Juicy McJuice Pants)

This newest batch features a delicious blend of El Dorado, Strata and Amarillo hops.

The beer will be available on draft with 16 oz. 4-packs to go @ $10.99 – the last version sold out in a couple hours so we’ll be canning a little more this time around but don’t dawdle, it won’t last long!

Quarter Barrel “Darkest Peru” Imperial Stout 4 pack going to the Pop Culture Trivia winner on September 10th!

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Quarter Barrel Arcade and Brewery with some fun news to share. On September 10th they will be hosting a Beer and Pop Culture Trivia Night on September 10th and the winning group on this night will be receiving a 4 pack of their yet to be released 4 pack imperial stout called “Darkest Peru”! Here’s more on this tasty sounding brew:

It’s a 14% abv imperial stout that was aged in bourbon barrels for 9 months and with Peruvian coffee, Peruvian cacao nibs, and an herb called Huacatay that is also known as Peruvian Black Mint (it’s not particularly “minty”, but just adds some spice to the heat).

And for you trivia freaks who happen to be beer freaks…here’s how you sign up for this event:

Maybe you can’t pronounce Reinheitsgebot, and for all you know, the ingredients in beer are hops, skips, and jumps … but you’ve grown up on movies, music, and TV that more than occasionally reference the world’s greatest beverage. Queue up some old episodes of Cheers, re-watch Strange Brew, channel your inner Barney Stinson and join us for Beer in Pop Culture trivia on Tuesday, September 10. The Quarter Barrel is the featured brewery at this year’s BrewNost International Beer Festival at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, so we’ve teamed up with them for a little pre-game fun.

We cap Trivia at 20 teams. The cost is $5 per team and registration proceeds will benefit the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. You need your team size and team name to register. Teams are limited to 6 members or less. Trivia sells out so register now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beer-in-pop-culture-trivia-registration-70730072551.

Come early to eat, drink and be merry before Trivia starts at 7:30pm. Prizes will be given to the 1st and 2nd place teams!

Also, go visit the NCSML staff at the BrewNost table where you can purchase a raffle ticket for $10 to win a trip to Prague with airfare for 2 and 7 nights with breakfast at Hotel Rott. BrewNost will also be giving out throwback glasses and will have a special BrewNost giveaway free to enter! To purchase tickets to BrewNost visit: NCSML.org/BrewNost

Another great local event with another great local beer to be had. Get to Quarter Barrel and give your team a shot..even if you don’t win…you might be able to get a taste of Darkest Peru sometime…if you’re lucky!

 

Lion Bridge releasing Oktobot + Oktobot 3000 today! (9/4)

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Fall season is underway and what better way to ring it in than sitting in the Czech Village at the Lion Bridge patio and sipping on their fall favorite Oktobot…and if you’re feeling froggy……their Barrel-aged imperial Marzen Oktobot 3000 is available too! Here are the deets courtesy of Lion Bridge:

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Our odes to Oktoberfest become self-aware on draft and in package TODAY at 3pm.

These Imperial Oktoberfestbiers are the finest we’ve ever made and super excited to share with you all.

Oktobot (Imperial Märzen, 7.7%) – A fusion brew with German and Czech roots in the recipe as well as the name (“robot” is a word with Czech origins). Munich and Bohemian Pilsner Malt are the motherboard to this amped up version of the style, while a healthy dose of German hops provide fuel to keep it running. This is the non-barrel aged version. Look to Oktobot 3000 for even more power. Available in 6 packs.

Oktobot 3000 (Barrel-Aged Imperial Märzen, 8.5%abv) – A fusion brew with German and Czech roots in the recipe as well as the name (“robot” is a word with Czech origins). Munich and Bohemian Pilsner Malt are the motherboard to this amped up version of the style, while 6 months in Rye Whiskey barrels greases the cogs and makes sure it all computes. Available in 4 packs.

Big Grove Batch #1000 Release Details!

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A big day coming tomorrow (Saturday August 31st) as not only is college football kicking off in our great state but Big Grove Brewery will be releasing their Batch #1000 starting at 10 a.m. at the Solon taproom! Here are the details, hope to see you there!

Details for Saturday’s Release Party: Batch 1000 Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout:
Batch 1000 is our long-boil imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels. This brew, our 1,000th batch of beer brewed in Solon, began its journey in February 2018 and we’ve been aging it since. We’re offering the base beer, Batch 1000, alongside two variants: Chocolate Covered Orange and Madagascar Vanilla Coffee.

The trio is available on draft and in 375 mL bottles beginning Saturday at 10:00am in Solon and Iowa City.

375 mL bottles
Batch 1000: $15 each — 13 cases in Solon + IC
Chocolate Covered Orange: $18 each — 13 cases in Solon + IC
Madagascar Vanilla Coffee: $25 each — 9 cases in Solon + IC

Limit one bottle of each, per customer. You’re invited to get back in line as you wish.

Abu Nawas drops this week: Prairie, Blackberry Farm, Abomination, + Public Access

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Another week come and gone means another week of great beer drops from Abu Nawas! Let’s get it rolling!

PRAIRIE

  • Prairie No Way Frosé CAN – Sour Ale with Lime Zest, Strawberry, Pineapple and Juniper. 4.9% ABV.
  • Prairie Karate Chimp CAN – Sour Ale with Apricot, Mango and Tangerine. 5.4% ABV.
  • Prairie Standard CAN – light, crisp Saison with a hoppy finish. 5.6% ABV.
  • Prairie Phantasmagoria CAN – Big, Bold Double IPA. 8.0% ABV.
  • Prairie Lil’ Nap CAN – Sour Ale with Blackberries and Lime. 6% ABV.
  • Prairie  Hulk Hands CAN – Gose dry hopped with Falconer’s Flight and Cascade Hops. 5.4% ABV.
  • Prairie Flare CAN – Gose with Orange and Coriander. 5.4% ABV.
  • Prairie Prairie Picnic CAN –  A Picnic Pale Ale. 5.5% ABV
  • Prairie Vape Tricks CAN. Sour ale aged on Cherries. 5.9% ABV.

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BLACKBERRY FARM

  • Blackberry Farm Fenceline CAN – Belgian-style ale brewed with generous portions of wheat malt for a creamy mouthfeel and hazy straw color. Generous additions of Huell Melon hops lend notes of melon and strawberry, along with a balanced bitterness. 5.9% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Classic Saison CAN – Belgian-style Saison features European noble-type hops, authentic Belgian Saison yeast, and the finest European two-row malt. 6.3% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Boundary Tree CAN – This hop-forward Belgian-style ale features notes of citrus fruit that complement its bready malt undertones. A soft bitterness, reminiscent of orange marmalade, balances delicate spice notes that result from a warm fermentation. 6.5% ABV.

 

ABOMINATION

  • Abomination Brewing White Stouts Can’t Jump CAN – White Imperial Stout brewed with Lactose and aged on a monstrous amount of Cacao Nibs, Vanilla and Roasted Coffee. 9.6% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Hop Roulette CAN – Rotating Hop series DIPA featuring Pacific Jade. 8.8% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Bedtime Stories 6/4/16oz CAN – Imperial Milk Stout with Graham Crackers, Flaked Oats, Vanilla Beans, and Marshmallows. 9.3% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Rotting Earth 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA with a blend of Ariana, Pacific Jade, Eukanot and Denali. 9.3% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Shotgun Sour 24/16oz CAN – Sour Ale brewed with Black Currant, Apricot, & Peach. 6.1% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Wandering Into The Fog 6/4/16oz CAN – Brewed with a heavy wheat and oat malt bill, hopped and double dry hopped aggressively with 7+lbs per bbl of Mosaic, Pacific Jade, Citra, Summit and a ton of Galaxy! Fluffy, pillowy, juicy, dank, DDH goodness. 8.6% ABV.

PUBLIC ACCESS

  • Public Access Suspended Disbelief CAN – Double Dry Hopped Hazy NE-DIPA w/ Citra, El Dorado & Simcoe. 8% ABV.
  • Public Access Outer Reality CAN – Double Dry Hopped NE-IPA w/ Mosaic, Comet & El Dorado. 7% ABV.
  • Public Access Emergency Broadcast CAN – Double Dry Hopped Hazy Pale Ale. 5.2% ABV.
  • Public Access Omniscient Signal CAN – DIPA with Galaxy, Citra, and Simcoe. 8.3% ABV.

Madhouse closing their doors in September…Sundae Fundae their last release set for Sept. 20th!

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Sad to see a brewery close, especially one that has been satisfying Iowa beer lovers for 10 years. At the end of September, Madhouse Brewing will be closing their doors but not before one last release. Here are the details for Sundae Fundae release…and a quick thank you to the folks at Madhouse for 10 great years. Cheers to you guys!

After 10 years in operation, Madhouse will be closing at the end of September. We’d like to thank all of the people who have supported us over the years, many of whom have become good friends.

Friday, September 20th, from 4-11pm, will be our last release party. We’ll have our Neapolitan barrel-aged stout available in bottles, and will be giving away free Madhouse pint glasses to the first 200 people. As always, bottle shares are encouraged, and we’ll be opening some stuff from the Madhouse library. Live music provided by Brian Congdon.

New release beers-

Sundae Fundae- Bourbon barrel-aged Neapolitan Stout with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberries. 13.5% ABV. Available draft and 375ml bottles. $12. Limit 6.

Maui Wowie- Barrel-aged sour with pineapple and coconut. 7.4% ABV. Available draft and 500ml bottles. $10.

Madhouse Oud Bruin- Traditional barrel-aged Belgian-style sour red-brown ale. 6.8% ABV. Available draft only.

Mic Drop- Fresh batch of our 100% Citra hops IPA. 7.2% ABV. Draft only.