Big Grove Featuring Blood Orange Arms Race + 3 Appetizer Trio 3/10 @3:00

Big Grove Brewery will be tapping another tasty sounding cask. This time it’s going to be their popular Arms Race Pale Ale brewed with Blood Oranges. This cask will be tapped Friday March 10, 2017.

Along with this cask the brewery will be releasing a 3 item appetizer trio. Check out the photo below for more info on this trio! Another fantastic sounding beer with a fantastic sounding dish!

big grove

Big Grove Brewery Releases “De Facto” Pale Ale

big groveAnother new release coming from Big Grove brewery today as they have released De Facto Pale Ale. Here’s the description from Big Grove:

A pronounced malt character featuring Rye to highlight its unique flavor & subtle spice. Balanced with an addition of honey at the end of the boil for a soft bitterness. Dry hopped with Centennial, Wakatu, and Mosaic for an aggressive flavor of tropical fruit and a big bouquet of floral and citrus in the aroma.

Arms Race and De Facto? Sounds like the perfect patio beers! Cheers!

Official Big Grove Brewery Press Release on Citra Triad!

big groveHere it is! Pretty pumped for these releases!

Big Grove Brewery. Thirsty Happens.™

For Immediate Release.

“A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”

December 15, 2015. On that date, my fellow Tree Chuggers, ask not what your Citra can do for you, but what you can do for your Citra.

As we review the year that is rapidly waning, we see all of the detritus from every batch of Arms Race that we’ve coaxed through our little facility. Hundreds of pounds of Citra were used, hundreds of hours were spent brewing. We’ve managed to fill some kegs, to slake some thirst, and to almost entirely fail to keep up with the amount of Pale Ale that people want.

Because we now know that we will never keep up with Arms Race, we’ve adapted to a new paradigm: “If you cannot sustain the volume, you may at least expand on the intensity.”


Arms Race Pale Ale – 6% ABV American Strong Pale Ale, hopped with Citra, Citra, and more Citra. It’s the aromatic hop bomb that you’ve all come to know and periodically drink when it’s available.

BGB-15 Minuteman – 9% ABV Double IPA. Well, we might as well use some more Citra to get the point across that there are hops in there. We’re going to build it the way we build our DIPAs: dry body, rich hops, and subtle alcohol.

Trident XII – 12% ABV Imperial IPA. How do you prevent the Cold War from going hot? Mutually Assured Desensitization.


We will launch the Triad on December 15 at 3pm. The fallout will occur on December 19 at selected Big Grove accounts, when we simultaneously open the three silos to the broader public.


The Brewery Staff
Big Grove Brewery

Big Grove Brewery Releasing “Citra Triad” Lineup of Beers!

big groveAdd this to another fantastic idea for Big Grove Brewery as Bill and company will be releasing a “Citra Triad”  beers. It will be a 12%, 9%, and 6% Arms Race brewed simultaneously (into FV4-6) then hopped to hell.  The beer checking in at 6% is the regular Arms Race, BGB-15 Minuteman will come in at 9% and Trident IIX will come in at 12%.

Beers are scheduled to be released at Big Grove Brewery on December 15th and December 19th to other accounts. Stay tuned as December just got fun at Big Grove!

Lunch at Pullman Bar and Diner; Iowa City, IA

pullmanThe latest venture from the folks at Reds Alehouse/Big Grove/30 Hop/Blackstone brings us a retro diner feel with an eclectic menu consisting of a burger to fried chicken to bone marrow. Add in a nice tap list of craft beers and the IC/CR area just got another gem of a restaurant to go to.

When any announcement that a group consisting of the Swifts are opening up a new restaurant, the excitement hits right away and your counting the days down to opening. That was the case with Pullman. My first experience was a Friday afternoon for lunch and luckily the only two seats open in the place were at the bar. Upon entering you get the feel of 50-60’s diner, from the old school stereo, the visibility of the chefs cooking up your meals, and some things on the menu with a new age twist.

photo (3)Usually when I go to a new restaurant I usually try a burger if it’s on the menu. I was recommended the burger here by a few folks on Twitter and that’s what I went with. My wife opted for the Quiche Lorraine and I was happy to see Big Grove Brewery arms race on tap. The burger was double patties with american cheese, house made bread and butter pickles and a “special sauce” which seemed like a garlic aioli. I’ve made many Top 5 lists in my day, Top 5 beers, top 5 books, top 5 movies, etc. Well, if I had a Top 5 burger from area, this Pullman Burger might be at the top, or at least close to it. Juicy burger, the sauce and cheese seem to melt together, and their hand cut fries were crisp on the outside and nice and soft in the middle. Paired with the arms race it was close to a perfect lunch. The Executive Chef is Benjamin Smart who is the chef at Big Grove Brewery so you know the meal is going to be of supreme taste and quality.

As we paid our bill I was very happy with my selection for lunch…….until I saw the fried chicken come out. My god! Two big pieces of chicken, fried until crispy as hell. I was tempted to sit back down and order but I’m trying to put a damper on my gluttony. I do know what I’m going to order next though. For all those folks waiting in line for 3 hours to get yourself some Popeyes, maybe take a trip to Iowa City and try Pullman’s fried chicken. I guarantee it will be 100 times better.

Overall, a wonderful addition to the downtown Iowa City area. The food was wonderfully prepared, beer selection was good, and the atmosphere makes you want to come back and bring friends and family next time. What’s next for this group of investors? I don’t know, but I can’t wait for the next announcement if there is one. Check out the menu items here: