Backpocket hosting “St. Practice Day Bar Crawl” @ Iowa River Landing 3/13!


Backpocket Brewing will be prepping beer drinkers for St. Patricks Day by hosting a “St. Practice Day” bar crawl on March 13th starting at 7 pm. The event will take place at Backpocket’s Iowa River Landing location. Here’s more on this event:

St. Patricks Day is right around the corner! Are you ready?!
Join us in the Iowa River Landing for a St. Practice Day bar crawl! Tickets are just $7 through the Eventbrite page and $10 at the door! Participants who make a purchase at each stop will be entered into a raffle for a prize basket containing a variety of gifts from 30 Hop, Backpocket Brewing, Vesta, and Marquee Pizzeria.
Tickets also include exclusive drink specials at each stop throughout the night!
Here’s the plan…
*Starting at 7:00 p.m. meet us at 30 Hop to get your raffle punch card.
*At 8:30 p.m. we will move to Marquee Pizzeria.
*At 9:00 p.m. Vesta will have a selfie station set up to capture you and your friends having the time of your lives!
*At 10:00 p.m. end the night at Backpocket Brewing. DJ Poison Candy will be mixing up some tunes. The winner of the raffle will be drawn here and you must be present to win!

30hop IRL Celebrating 5 Years w/ special Big Grove Tappings TONIGHT 8/21!

SPECIAL BEER RELEASE!!! For @30hop IRL’s 5 Year Anniversary party tonight we will be tapping 3 exclusive beers from @biggrovebrewery!!! The “Big Ed”, “2018 Richard the Whale”, and a double barrel aged “Richard the Whale”. Big Ed will be included with happy hour while the “Richard the Whales” will be exclusively priced. 🍻 With rockinfreakapotamus jamming on the#topofthehop for Rhythm and Brews it will be an awesome night!!!!


Big Grove Citra Triad Releases Around CR/IC

big-groveBig Grove Brewery will be releasing their Citra Triad today at the brewery and will follow with more tappings of these three brews at other locations. If you’re in the CR/IC area you’ll want to get your hands on these! These three beers are Arms Race, 16 Minuteman, and Trident, get them while you can! Here’s the info:

Thursday, December 22nd
11am-30Hop Crowler fill
12pm-3pm-Johns Grocery Minuteman & Trident sampling and growler fill
4pm-Zepplins Que Sera Lime & Honey pin tapping with Citra Triad
5pm-Brick’s Bar & Grill
6pm-Shorts Burger & Shine
8pm-The Mill
Friday, December 23rd
11am-1pm-HyVee North Dodge IC, Citra Triad sampling & growler fills
2pm-Need Pizza
4-6pm Film Scene Citra Triad & Third Base Brewery & Another Road collab “Friends Forever” sampling
Reds Alehouse will be tapping Citra triad Monday 26th

Big Grove Tap Invasion @Mosleys 6/25 for “Pig Pedal Classic Bike Ride”; 12 TAPS!

pig.jpgBig Grove Brewery will be invading Mosleys this Saturday June 25th as part of the Pig Pedal Classic Bike Ride. This ride raises money for Children’s Cancer Connection and Mosley’s is one of the stops on the tour. Here’s more info on how to become part of this great fundraiser:

Click the registration link below! Ride to raise money for a great cause and wrap it up with a Hog Roast and live music included with registration. Hosted by Mosley’s Barbecue and Provisions, the 1st Annual Pig Pedal Classic is for all skill levels with the goal to raise a pigload of money for Children’s Cancer Connection. It’s going to be a party – register via the link below!
• 8:30: Registration at Mosley’s
• 9-9:30: Pre-Party/Breakfast, 9:30 leave *Breakfast Included
• Hilltop Tavern (9:45 arrival, 10:30 leave)
• Reds (11:15 arrival, 1:00 leave) *Lunch available for purchase
• 30hop (1:30 arrival, 2:30 leave)
• Mosley’s (3:00 arrival- party all night)
• 3:30 band Catfish Murphy starts at Mosley’s
• Hog Roast included with admission starts at 4:00
• Raffle

Register here:

big groveAlong with those stops, at Mosleys, Big Grove Brewery will be taking over the lines with these 12 offerings:

Arms Race
Que Sera w/Rhubarb
Que Sera
Que Onda Rojo
West Main Wheat
Espresso Russian Imperial Stout-featuring Harfusa Espresso from JBC
Nitro Coffee Stout-Asopcafa Colombia
Dirty Little Secret

Not only can you get some BGB beers at Mosleys but they will be offering a variant of Que Sera at each stop on the ride. Here’s what each bar will offer:

Hilltop-Cucumber Mint
30Hop-Raspberry Honey,
Reds-Strawberry Rhubarb & Basil

Coming to Shelves and Tap Lines: New Belgium Lips of Faith Pear Ginger Beer + Boulevard The Calling

lips of faithWe will be seeing some new beers from familiar breweries hitting the shelves and tap lines in the near future. In fact, I believe The Calling has already been tapped at Parlor City in Cedar Rapids. According to Fleck’s Facebook post they will be having a tapping of this brew Thursday, March 5th, at 30Hop in Coralville. Hearing good things on The Calling and can’t wait for the Smokestack Series release.

New Belgium releasing a new Lips of Faith offering called Pear Ginger Beer and it looks to be coming in at 7% ABV. Here’s more on the LOF offering courtesy of

This is Pear Ginger Beer and as you may have guessed this ale is brewed with pear juice, lemon and ginger.  This Lips of Faith release appears to also be geared toward using it to make beer cocktails…as the label says, “Add fizz & flavor to the mix with this spicy ginger meets citrusy pear concoction.  A tantalizing beer on its own, Pear Ginger is also eager to bring a crisp tartness to your cocktail creations.  Recipes and mixology at

the callingAnd here is more on The Calling from Boulevard Brewing:

 Our most heavily hopped beer ever bursts forth with unmistakable tropical fruit and pine hop aromas and flavor supported with a slightly sweet malt character, tapering to a crisp, dry finish. Heed your call and enjoy.

Restaurant Review: 30hop; Coralville, IA

30hopThe trend of some excellent craft beers and tasty food continues to strike in Eastern Iowa, this time in the Iowa River Landing area in Coralville. A location that already hosts Backpocket Brewing the newly opened Winestyles continues its impressive dedication to craft beer and food with 30hop. More from their website:

Trendy and yet a comfortable, urban-industrial, dining and drinking establishment will feature the area’s first rooftop patio. The contemporary menu will focus on simple, fresh, delicious offerings and will include 60 beers on tap on the main level and 30 beers on the rooftop. Through constant focus on superior service, exquisite food, and craft beers, guests will be eager to make 30hop a new hangout. Welcome to the newest addition to Iowa River Landing, Coralville’s gateway to the corridor.

photo 2 (13)As you approach it’s hard to ignore the rooftop seating and the view that you will experience when you get up there. But once you get in it’s hard to ignore the view of the 60 beers on tap! A fantastic looking chalkboard with ever-rotating lines of deliciousness greets you as you enter. I think I was too busy focusing on the board of beer as the hostess was trying to ask how many in my party, but eventually she got through to my beer-numbed mind and we took a spot near the back wall with the sweet looking giant American flag. photo 1 (13)

The beer menu was up-to-date and I noticed Toppling Goliath pseudosue, which I photo 3 (11)hear is good:), so I order a glass of greatness as my wife and I pondered our food move. So many things that looked intriguing and unique but I usually test a place by their wings. It might be a bit cliche but damn, I love wings. These were called Firecracker wings and they had an asian flare to them. Soy, sesame, cilantro with a cool blue cheese dipping sauce and fried crisp to perfection was the perfect starter and went well with my Sue.

photo 4 (6)And then it was on to the beast. Now, it wasn’t a huge burger size wise, but it was huge in flavor. The 50/50 burger at 30hop is 50% beef and 50% bacon and is mouth watering delicious. My wife and I agreed we would share it, (I could eat 2 by myself and then die a happy heart-attack death) and after our first few bites she made me promise I wouldn’t order it again because…..IT WAS SO FREAKING AWESOME! I loved this burger! A bit messy, but you really can’t go wrong with that mix of ingredients. Burger went terrific with a Deschutes Black Butte Porter and the trip overall was great. Was happy to meet a few beer lovers there as well!

After leaving I took a trip to Winstyles and picked up a few bottles of brew. (Evil Twin BA Imperial Biscotti Break!) This area really has it all, great food, shopping, and not too far from University of Iowa athletics. We will be back (and have been!).

Update on Iowa City/Coralville’s newest beer bar: 30 Hop












Iowa River landing’s website recently gave its Facebook followers an update on the progress of 30 Hop, which is an American Grill and Craft beer bar. Owners of Big Grove Brewery, Blackstone, Vesta, and Reds Alehouse have announced a possible opening at the end of July and recently hired a chef. Here’s the article courtesy of

30hop will be the next business to open in the Iowa River Landing. It is a restaurant/bar with the area’s first rooftop patio. Located directly east of the University of Iowa Healthcare Clinic on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 9th street as guests turn to approach Von Maur.

After utilizing the owners’ network of Big Grove Brewery, BlackStone, Reds Alehouse, and Vesta in search of a chef with a fresh perspective, 30hop is excited to announce the hiring of Ryan Funk as Executive Chef.

Ryan is originally from Iowa City, graduated from the Art Institute of California-San Diego before helping Top Chef contestant, Brian Malarkey, open Burlap restaurant in San Diego. After the corporation shifted focus, Ryan was integral in the transition of Burlap restaurant to another concept, Searsucker. This is where he furthered his culinary skills working alongside voted San Diego best Chef Anthony Sinsay. During his time in culinary school, Ryan was a student worker allowing him to gain extra mentoring from some of the best Chef Instructors in the Nation.

Ryan will provide a refined perspective on modern American cuisine for 30hop. He will focus on introducing fresh & seasonal ingredients in a creative way, while making the dishes approachable and unique with an Asian inspired twist.

30hop is looking to open towards the end of July. The restaurant is currently looking to hire 130 employees. Please email Managing Partner Dan Blum at for questions, employment information, and to set up an interview. Ryan Funk is available at The website is under construction, but is available at