This Week from Abu Nawas: Big Clown Shoes drop!

Abu Nawas will be getting a whole bunch of Clown Shoes beer to us this coming week. Here’s what’s coming up:

12 packs!
  • Clementine Witbier 12 Pack – Delicious Clementine witbier. 6.0% ABV.
  • Bubble Farm IPA 12 Pack – Easy Drinking IPA Brewed with Columbus hops and dry-hopped with Simcoe, Azacca, and Idaho 7, this easy-drinker will quickly float to the top of your everyday favorites list. 6.5% ABV
  • Galactica 16 oz CAN – Galaxy-hopped Double IPA. 8.0% ABV.
  • Space Cake 16oz CAN – All-Mosaic hopped Double IPA 9.0% ABV.
  • Clementine 12oz CAN 6Pack – Delicious Clementine witbier. 6.0% ABV.
  • Mango Kolsch  12oz CAN 6Pack – A traditional, crisp Kolsch, dry-hopped with Huell Melon hops and all-natural mango flavor. Now is 12 ounce cans just in time for the summer! 5.5%ABV
New CAN/Bombers:
  • CS Josh the Guava King  CAN 16oz –  Another old favorite is back! Enjoy a tropical take on an IPA, with guava notes derived from guava puree and from copious additions of Mosaic hops. ABV: 8%
  • Zen Garden CAN 16oz – NE-IPA from New England for a change! 7% ABV.
  • Cam The Conqueror CAN 16oz – Not at all what you’d expect from a high-ABV Triple IPA: Fruity, light bitterness, juicy, and smooth ABV: 10%
  • White Tail Unidragon 2019 22oz Bottles – This beer was supposed to be branded The Harrowing but due to Government Shut down and Labels not being Approved in time. it is now a 2019 Vintage of Whitetail Unidragon. New year, new deer! This updated take on Unidragon series sees a new Irish Imperial Stout base aged in both Bourbon and Rye barrels. ABV: 11%  Just in Time for a little know upcoming Irish Celebration. Go Big or Go Home
  • Hammer of the Holy (2019 Vintage) 22oz Bottles – Imperial Stout aged in rum barrels and it incorporates holy water, signature dark malts, oatmeal, and malt smoked with demon-killing stakes. Dear Undead, “Die, monsters, die!” ABV: 11%

This week from Abu Nawas: HUGE Evil Twin Drop!

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Abu Nawas continues to get Iowans some delicious brews and this coming week will be no different as they will be bringing a whole bunch of new and returning Evil Twin beers to Iowa; many of them new releases so will start with those:

Evil Twin – New Releases:

*Evil Twin Learn What is to be Taken Seriously 16oz CAN  – NE IPA
*Evil Twin Grand Cru 16oz CAN -21-month Maple Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout & Barley Wine Blend.
*Evil Twin Grand Cru Cuvee 16oz CAN -a double barrel-aged blend of 21-month Maple Bourbon and Marsala Wine Barrel-Aged  Imperial Stout & Barley Wine Blend.

Evil Twin – Draft Releases:

*Evil Twin A Man Who Does Not Love IPAs Loves Too Much –  8% Double Dry-Hopped Galaxy & Wai-iti DIPA,
*Evil Twin Key Lime Pie IPA – IPA brewed with Graham Crackers & Key Limes. 7% ABV
*Evil Twin Learn What is to be Taken Seriously
*Evil Twin Poetry is What Gets Lost in Translation brewed at Westbrook, hopped with Moteuka, Idaho 7, & Citra
*Evil Twin This Must Be Where IPAs Go To Die – Double Dry-Hopped Hazy IPA Hopped with Wai-iti, Amarillo, & Citra
*Westbrook / Evil Twin OFYMD  – Piña Colada Imp Stout 12.8% ABV
*Evil Twin I Love you my Stout – Jeppe Famed Stout 12% ABV

Returning Evil Twin Beers:

  • Evil Twin Even More Jesus 16oz CAN
  • Evil Twin Even More Pecan Jesus 16oz CAN
  • Evil Twin Hazelnut Imperial Biscotti Break 16oz CAN
  • Evil Twin Wet Dream 16oz CAN (Brown Ale with Kenyan Coffee!)
  • Evil Twin A is Apricot 12oz CAN
  • Evil Twin B is For Blueberry 16oz CAN
  • Evil Twin E is For Elderberry 16oz CAN
  • Evil Twin F is For Fruit Salad 16oz CAN
  • Evil Twin G is For Grapefruit 16oz CAN
  • Evil Twin Rhubarb Compote 16oz CAN
  • I Don’t Know How to Put This but This IPA Is Kind of a Big Deal 16oz CAN


This week from Abu Nawas: Clown Shoes and Grimm!

Abu Nawas will be sending some familiar faces from Clown Shoes but also some newbies as well along with a new berliner weisse from Grimm and a tasty sounding stout from them as well. Here we go!

First a few restocks from Clown Shoes, including:
  • Clementine 12oz Can 6-Pack
  • Clementine 1/6 bbl Keg
  • Clementine 1/6 bbl Keg.
  • Mango Kolsch 12oz Can 6-Pack
  • Mango Kolsch 1/6 bbl Keg
  • Mango Kolsch 1/6 bbl KegPlus some new guys from Clown Shoes!
  • BakedGoods 16oz CAN – Hoppy Pale Ale ***NEW FORMAT ALERT***
  • Baked Goods 1/6 bbl Keg.- Hoppy Pale Ale
  • Clown Shoes Mocha Sombrero 1/6 bbl Keg. – A Delicious Variant of the Mexican-Style Chocolate Stout, brewed with ancho chiles, cinnamon, extra chocolate malts, roasted dark, vanilla and cold-brewed coffee sourced from Lee, Mass.-based Barrington Roasting Co.7% ABV.
  • Drongo 16oz CAN –  The beer is a blend of kettle sour and Australian hopped IPA (Galaxy and Ella). 6.5% ABV. Named after a horse in Australia with plenty of pluck but no luck” who raced in the 1920s but never won a race.
  • Ride The Lion 2019 22oz Bottles. – Bourbon Barrel Aged Wee Heavy. 10.5% ABV.
  • Bubble Farm 2/12 Packs – Our Favorite IPA from our Mass Friends now in a 12 Packs Format. What is it not to like? 6.5% ABV.


  • Grimm Mango Guava Pop! 12/22 oz. Creamsicle-inspired Dessert Berliner with Mango, Guavas, Milk Sugar and Vanilla. 4.8% ABV
  • Grimm Icing on the Cake 12/22 oz. IMPERIAL MILK STOUT WITH CACAO & VANILLA. luscious dessert stout that tastes like a liquid slice of flourless chocolate cake. 10% ABV.


Abu Nawas bringing Nightmare Brewing to Iowa and many other releases!


Abu Nawas is at it again as they will be bringing Nightmare Brewing, a contract brewery out of New York, to our shelves in Eastern Iowa. The brews that we will be seeing are:

  • Nightmare Brewing Drawn and Quartered 16oz CAN – Quadruple dry-hopped Imperial IPA With Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy, Nelson & Citra
  • Nightmare Brewing Drawn and Quartered 1/6- Quadruple dry-hopped Imperial IPA With Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy, Nelson & Citra

Along with the welcoming of Nightmare Brewing to our shelves, we will be getting some Clown Shoes beers as well:

  • La Pinguina en Fuego 12/22oz BOT –  Beware of the Fiery Nun! Imperial Stout Aged in Rum Barrels.
  • Luchador en Fuego 12/22oz BOT – Mexican Style Chocolate Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels.
  • Snow On Maple The Tree 12/22oz BOT –  An Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels that had premium maple syrup aging in them.
  • Snow On Maple The Tree 1/6 bbl  –  An Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels that had premium maple syrup aging in them.

And to cap off the week with Abu Nawas they will have the following back from Evil Twin and Stillwater:

  • Evil Twin Even More Jesus 16oz CAN
  • Even More Jesus   1/6
  • Evil Twin Even More Pecan Jesus 16oz CAN
  • Evil Twin F is for Fruit Salad 16oz CAN
  • Evil Twin Brewing Imperial Doughnut 16oz CAN
  • Stillwater Insetto 12oz CAN
  • Stillwater Nitro Double Nothing 16oz CAN. Both this and Faux Fur sold out last week, more in stock for this week!
  • Stillwater Faux Fur 16oz

Abu Nawas Week in Beer; Tons of Evil Twin


Abu Nawas will be supplying our shelves with some outstanding beers in the coming week like they always do. That Evil Twin/Westbrook collab sounds mighty interesting!  Here’s what they be bringing this week!

Ok, reloads first!
  • Irish-ish Coffee Stout 16oz CAN –  Imperial Stout, Bailey’s style, brewed with Lactose, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Coffee, & Toasted Oak Spirals. 10.3% ABV
  • Hot Toddy-ish 16oz CAN – Barley-Wine brewed with Honey, Lemon, & Cinnamon. 10% ABV.
  • Even More JCs 16oz CAN – Affogato-style Imp Stout. 13% ABV.
  • Even More Pecan Pie Jesus 16oz CAN – Twist on Even More Jesus, Imperial stout brewed with molasses and pecan. 12% ABV.
  • I Always Felt Closer To IPAs Than I Did To People 16oz CAN. Double dry hopped with tons of tasty Galaxy, Citra, Simcoe and Falconer‘s Flight, Hazy NE-IPA 7.5% ABV.
  • The Check Please  12oz CAN –  collab with Blank Brewing; Double Dry-Hopped Black IPA. 7% ABV.
New Evil Twin Draft!
  • This IPA is Kind of a Big Deal 1/2 bbl Keg – Double Dry-Hopped DIPA brewed with Raw Wild Honey. 10% ABV   Limited Release!
  • This IPA is Kind of a Big Deal 1/6 bbl Keg – Double Dry-Hopped DIPA brewed with Raw Wild Honey. 10% ABV
  • The Pure & Simple IPA is Rarely Pure and Never Simple 1/2 bbl Keg –  Hazy NE-Style Double Dry-Hopped Session IPA. 4.5% ABV   Limited Release!
  • The Pure & Simple IPA is Rarely Pure and Never Simple 1/6 bbl Keg –  Hazy NE-Style Double Dry-Hopped Session IPA. 4.5% ABV
  • Øl Dorado 1/6 bbl –  Double El Dorado Dry-Hopped IPA 7% ABV.  Limited Release!
  • Poetry is What Gets Lost in Translation 1/2 bbl Keg – Fresh batch and the latest in the Erase & Rewind IPA series brewed at Westbrook, hopped with Moteuka, Idaho 7, & Citra. 7% ABV.   VERY LIMITED Release!!
  • Saigon Selfie Scooter 1/6 bbl KEG – Imperial Stout brewed with Vietnamese Coffee. This Vietnamese-Style Coffee Stout is inspired by the popular Vietnamese coffee drink called “Ca Phe Sua Da” (cahfe sah dah). It’s a thick and decadent brew just like a coffee milkshake and contains brown sugar and cream extract 11% ABV.     Limited Release!
  • Westbrook/Evil Twin OFYMD 1/6 bbl Keg. Piña Colada Imp Stout. 12.8% ABV.

New Evil Twin Cans:

  • This IPA is Kind of a Big Deal 16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped DIPA brewed with Raw Wild Honey. 10% ABV  Limited Release!

  • The Pure & Simple IPA is Rarely Pure and Never Simple 16oz CAN – Hazy NE-Style Double Dry-Hopped Session IPA. 4.5% ABV  Limited Release!

  • Øl Dorado 16oz CAN –  Double El Dorado Dry-Hopped IPA 7% ABV.   Limited Release!

  • Poetry is What Gets Lost in Translation 16oz CAN – Fresh batch and the latest in the Erase & Rewind IPA series brewed at Westbrook, hopped with Moteuka, Idaho 7, & Citra. 7% ABV.   VERY  Limited Release!

  • Saigon Selfie Scooter 16oz CAN – Imperial Stout brewed with Vietnamese Coffee. This Vietnamese-Style Coffee Stout is inspired by the popular Vietnamese coffee drink called “Ca Phe Sua Da” (cahfe sah dah). It’s a thick and decadent brew just like a coffee milkshake and contains brown sugar and cream extract 11% ABV.     Limited Release!

  • G is for Grapefruit 16oz CAN – Gose brewed with Grapefruit. 4.5% ABV.

  • Cranberry Saus Baus 16oz CAN –  IPA brewed with oat, vanilla, cranberry puree and lactose. 7.8% ABV. Just in time for the Season.   Limited Release!

  • Westbrook/Evil Twin OFYMD 16oz CAN – Piña Colada Imp Stout. 12.8% ABV.

Iowa Celebrating a Jolly Pumpkin Wedding!


Our favorite sour-only brewery has sent Abu Nawas a few things that are only going to be sent to a very limited set of non-Michigan places, including a special beer Ron Jeffries brewed in honor of his son Daemon’s wedding next weekend in Hawaii. The wedding beer is Keiki No More (Children no more…) It’s brewed with raspberry, lime and lime peel, and then aged in wood 5 months and given another dose of raspberries. We are encouraging everyone to raise their glass to the happy couple when they have the beer and tag Jolly Pumpkin with the below hashtags: #JollyWedding #FromIowaWithLove


Here’s more on Keiki No More:

Keiki No More is a saison base that was then refermented with raspberry, lime, and lime peel. This is a very special beer, brewed in celebration of the marriage of Ron and Laurie’s son Daemon and his bride Ashley. The addition of raspberry has given this beer a brilliant pink grapefruit hue. Eruptions of sweet raspberry jam and our house funk fill the nose. While the tastes of raspberry cobbler, ripe raspberry funk, subtle hints of key lime pie, and light acidity, will have you falling head over heels in love.

This beer will be on draft in Iowa at Marquee Pizza, El Bait Shop, and Cheese Bar. Along with that big and super limited release Abu Nawas will also be bringing limited supplies of the below Jolly Pumpkin beers as well. If you can get to Marquee, Cheese Shop, or El Bait Shop, order Keiki No More, raise your glass and toast the newlyweds but also toast Jolly Pumpkin and their staff and be grateful that our state gets their wonderful beers!


Eden Speciality Ciders Hitting Iowa Shelves Next Week via Abu Nawas Distro!

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If you’re a fan of ciders you can start rejoicing as Abu Nawas has announced that they will be getting Eden Speciality Ciders and the distro for those will be starting next week. Here’s more from Abu Nawas:

We’ve been working for years to bring you the incredible cider from way, way northern Vermont. We are honoured to bring you Eden Ciders of Newport, Vermont
Eden produces a wide range of unique Ciders with the jewel of crown being their Ice Ciders–their versions are the most sought after and highly prized examples of this unique form of cider made in North America. It takes over 8 lbs. of apples to make one 375ml bottle of ice cider! We have all their offerings in limited stock! All are 375ml Skinny Tall Bottles. Heirloom Blend, Honey Crisp and Barrel Aged Northern Spy.
Another product from Eden that we are extremely excited about is the Orleans Aperitif Ciders. A Farm to Bar alternative to the more industrial European Aperitif Wines commonly used in cocktails. We will sell these as a mixed case of 2 bottles each of Herbal, Bitter and Wood. All are 750ml.
In October of last year, the United States Association of Cider Makers released a set of style guidelines for cider.  The purpose was to start providing some broad standards to a category that is nearly as diverse as wine and beer.  The intention ultimately is to give cider drinkers a better chance of choosing a bottle off the retail shelf or the restaurant menu that they might actually enjoy drinking. One key distinction in the guidelines is between ‘Modern’ cider and ‘Heritage’ cider.  Heritage ciders are made exclusively from apples – without other fruits, spices or non-apple flavourings.  Modern ciders are made from dessert variety apples, whereas Heritage ciders are made with heirloom and cider variety apples and are likely made with more traditional wine-making approaches. Because of the very limited supply, we are doing a mixed case of each of the Heritage Ciders as well as one bottle each of Eden’s flagship ciders: Dry Sparkling and Imperial Rose.
And Lastly, we have the latest addition which is Eden Authentic Heritage Cider in a Can. Hailed by the New York Times as “the best canned cider I have ever had.” Their words not ours, but we wholeheartedly agree. Made from 100% New England Apples, this off-dry cider is packed with flavor without the cloying sweetness of a lot of commercial ciders.  Refreshing, immensely drinkable, this cider will see you through your entire meal.

Abu Nawas Bringing Tre Fontane to Iowa!

Tre Fontane.jpgBig news coming again from Abu Nawas as they continue to supply our state with wonderful beers and they do it again! Tre Fontane, the 11th Trappist beer in the world from the only Trappist Brewery in Rome, will be gracing our shelves starting next week! Cheers to Frederique and Abu Nawas! Here’s the release on this awesome news!

We are we are humbled, honored and grateful to have been chosen to bring Iowa the latest Addition to the Authentic Trappist Beer Family. Tre Fontane Tripel The Abbey of the Tre Fontane is located in Rome in the sacred place where the martyrdom of St. Paul occurred in 67 AD.
The Abbey takes its name from the three fountains which miraculously appeared where the head of the apostle hit the ground in three locations after he was beheaded. Hence the name, Tre Fontane (Three Fountains). Today the Abbey is surrounded by beautiful eucalyptus trees which were planted by Monks starting in 1870. These trees were planted with the belief that eucalyptus had healing qualities that could prevent malaria. In actuality, eucalyptus does not prevent malaria. However, the trees do require a tremendous amount of water, therefore draining the surrounding swampy terrain. As a result the mosquitos, which later were determined to be the actual cause of malaria, disappeared as the swamps dried up. In 1873 with in-depth knowledge of the trees, the Trappist community began production of Eucalyptus oils and extracts.
These products have strong balsamic and antiseptic properties with intense, aromatic scent. They are also a pleasant digestive. In early 2000, thanks to the discovery of an ancient beer recipe, the monks began brewing Tre Fontane using the surrounding eucalyptus as a spice. Several years of intense work have now improved the quality, and finally, in May of 2015, Tre Fontane Tripel was awarded the ATP brand (Authentic Trappist Product). Tre Fontane is the 11th Trappist Beer in the world and the only Trappist Brewery from the ancient holy city of Rome.


Une Annee Beers Hitting Iowa Shelves with Abu Nawas?

une annee.pngA little rumor making its way around has Illinois based brewery Une Annee is coming to Iowa through Abu Nawas and it sounds like it’s going to happen sooner than later. If you don’t know much about Une Annee they are Belgian inspired brewery with Belgian inspired beers located in Niles, IL. Expect sours, wild ales, lambics, stouts, and much more from these guys! Hopefully more information will trickle in, but this is an exciting brewery to hit our shelves if/when it happens. Stay tuned for more, in the meantime, check out their website to learn more about their brews:


Abu Nawas Beverage Bringing Mikkeller San Diego to Iowa Market starting April 19th!

mikkellerAn excellent piece of news to start the holiday weekend as Abu Nawas Beverage has announced that they will be distributing Mikkeller San Diego to the Iowa Market. The news comes from Abu Nawas’ own Frederique Boudouani:

A new brand deeply rooted in the friendship of two world-renowned breweries–Mikkeller and AleSmith Brewing Company–this project seeks to merge the best craft beer traditions of Europe and Southern California while exploring the boundaries of modern beer brewing. Expect super fresh, hoppy beers as well as classic European styles. Available at your favorite retailers and imbibing establishments starting April 19, 2017