Iowa Beer Week in Review: Big Grove, Lion Bridge, Thew, TG, 3rd Base, BP, Millstream

Quite a few new releases making their ways to our local Iowa breweries with the big news of Big Grove brewery beers hitting our local liquor stores. Here’s more:

**Big Grove**– with a successful release of Easy Eddy cans last Saturday (I would like more of this please!) Big Grove followed that up with the release of 4 packs of First Launch Double Dry Hopped IPA. These cans hit select spots (see poster) and will be followed with the release of Big Grove’s core lineup. Exciting stuff coming from Solon and Iowa City. Also, that cask of Easy Eddy w/pineapple and mango was absolutely terrific. But yes, more Easy Eddy cans please!

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**Lion Bridge Brewery** – swinging over to Cedar Rapids where Lion Bridge has been consistently busy supplying us with new and awesome beers. Zack Morris Cell Phone IPA release was a hit and delicious and they have followed that up with Tidbits Pineapple Pale Ale which was tapped yesterday (4/26). I’m looking forward to sucking a few of those down this weekend. Along with Tidbits, Lion Bridge is getting back to getting some of their amazing Saisons on the lines. This past week Plum Saison was tapped and prior they had their Apricot Saison on the lines. And last but not least for Lion Bridge was the release of one of my favorites…Coffee Kolsch! They even got that on the lines of my local watering hole in Mount Vernon, Chameleon’s Pub and Grub. Guessing Quinton, Rob and Alec did that just for me, thanks fellas!

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thew**Thew Brewing** – the new kid on the block continues to impress with some excellent offerings even though they are less than a month old! This week they released I-380 pale ale which checks in at 6.7% and Kingston Kolsch made its way to their lines. Thew brews have also found homes in a few other establishments in CR and the surrounding area so keep an eye out. Food Trucks and Friday $2 off pours make this your perfect post work pit stop today!

third base**Third Base Brewery** – some excellent beers brewed and consumed on Blair’s Ferry Road this past week as 3rd Base released their version of a hazy New England style IPA, Crooked Monkey. Along with the Monkey they also released a delicious double pils called Intergalactic Pilsner.

backpocket**Backpocket Brewing** – starting this week Backpocket offers 16 oz crowlers to be filled of your favorite Backpocket brew. They also released an Australian sparkling ale and two other beers. SOKOL juicy IPA and a variation of their Australian Sparkling ale made with tangerine purée, vanilla, lactose sugar, cinnamon and clove. Those all tap today (4/27)!

millstream**Millstream Brewing** – Iowa’s oldest brewery has been testing some brews on their pilot system and yesterday tapped a Session IPA. Brewery only for this one so get there and grab a taste.

**Barn Town Brewing** – heading over to the Des Moines area we have Barn Town continuing to pump out some very tasty ales. The addition of their beers to tap lines at 30hop, Marquee, and Tin Roost has been welcomed with open arms. Pulp non-Fiction is back on the lines at the brewery which hopefully means we will see it back on the lines near us. Along with that, they released Appaloosa, a New England style IPA that checks in at 7.3% and is currently available at Marquee Pizza in Coralville! They also announced that Sticky Juice will be their next bottle release. Stay tuned for more news on that!


**Toppling Goliath** – the big news out of TG this week is the return of the popular Scorpius Morchella, a double IPA. This beer has been brewed and distro has started so keep your eyes peeled for this bad boy!


**That’s all I have for this week. If I missed something or you have news or brews to share drop me a line! Cheers!

Backpocket Brewing Dubuque Taproom Opening Friday May 5th

backpocketThis Friday Backpocket Brewing will be opening their taproom doors in Dubuque. Beer lovers in the area need to head to 333 E. 10th Street in Dubuque and try it out! Here’s more info courtesy of Backpocket Brewing:

Opening Details

We are breaking up the opening into a few soft opening days before the Friday public opening.

We look forward to seeing you.

Address – 333 E. 10th St. Dubuque IA 52001

In Novelty Iron Works Building of the Millwork District


Backpocket Building a Taproom in Dubuque

backpocketBackpocket Brewing based out of Coralville has announced they will be adding a taproom to Dubuque. The taproom will be located in the Dubuque Millwork District and will have special release and limited Backpocket beers available. A taproom means there will not be any brewing on site but will feature the beers from Backpocket Brewing. Here’s more info on this announcement courtesy of Backpocket Dubuque along with pictures found on that link:


Backpocket Brewing will be opening a Taproom in the Dubuque Millwork district in early 2017. We will feature all the new releases/specialty Backpocket beers, those with limited availability. Initially we will serve drinks only, opening our doors to all local restaurants to deliver food to our patrons. In time we hope to make the same great pizzas that we serve in Coralville. We are super excited to bring our craft beers to Dubuque!

Enjoy the pics of the raw space. We will update you as we make it ours.


Border Hopfest releases list of breweries and beers!

borderOn May 24th, from 1-5, Backpocket Brewing is hosting Border Hopfest and they have just released details on what breweries are coming and what they are bringing. The big name on the card is Surly Brewing company. Here is who is coming and what they are bringing:

Surly Brewing
beers: TBD

Lucid Brewing
*Air Golden Ale
*Foto IPA

Flat Earth Brewing Company
*Cygnus X-1
*Xanadu Porter

Summit Brewing
*Saga IPA

Brau Brothers Brewing
*Strawberry Wheat
*Alternative Imperial Alt
*Paradox Black IPA


Great Dane Brewing
*Uber Bock
*Imperial Vanilla Stout
*Imperial IPA
*Peck’s Pilsner
*Crop Circle Wheat
*Velvet Hammer Bock


Empyrean Brewing
*Imperial Mango IPA
*Carpe Brewem Black Ale
*Chaco Canyon Gold Blonde Ale

*Triumph Lager
*Gold Crest Amber
*Wood Duck Wheat
*Mugs Pale Ale

*Biere de Garde
*Session IPA
*Yakima Wheat