Big Grove will be releasing one of their more anticipated beers on August 27th as “Velvet” comes back to their taprooms! About Velvet:
VANILLA BARREL-AGED IMPERIAL STOUT ABV: 13.3%
This special brew is an Extended Boil, Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout that we aged in freshly emptied Kentucky Bourbon barrels. The beer was aged for a year and then finished on Grade A Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans. You can expect a viscous mouthfeel, notes of roasted malt, marshmallow, dark chocolate, and an explosion of vanilla—highlighted by a smoothness that only comes from age and using the finest ingredients.
Along with “Velvet”, Big Grove will be releasing “Tropical Jam Fruit Sour” and “Double Norwegian Demon”. To pre-order your Velvet please click HERE! Below is more info on release day:
• Pick up period is 10:00am to 10:00pm on Saturday, August 27, 2022
• All three Big Grove Brewery locations will open at 10:00am for beer pick-up
• Breakfast food specials will be available from our chefs from 10:00am – noon
For the first time, we’ve crafted 100 bottles of a variant aged in a rum barrel sourced from the Virgin Islands with a nose of fresh cut sugarcane and light banana. This one-time release will only be available in bottles to the first 50 guests in Iowa City, 35 guests in Des Moines, and 15 guests in Solon.
Price: $50 per Barrel Aged Velvet bottle (500mL), limit of 6 per guest, available in Des Moines, Iowa City, and Solon. It will also be available in very limited draft at our breweries.
Variant: $50 per Barrel Aged Velvet Rum Variant bottle (500mL), limit 1 per guest in order of arrival. Available in Iowa City, (50 bottles), Des Moines (35 bottles), and Solon (15 bottles). It will also be served in very limited draft at our breweries.
New Brews Joining the Party: Tropical Jam Fruited Sour Ale (draft and 4-pack), Double Norwegian Demon Hazy Double IPA (brewery-only, draft-only).
Remember to bring your order number and a valid ID.
On Saturday, come on in and a Big Grove employee will greet you, check your ID, and retrieve your order. Please have the order number from your receipt available.
You’re invited to pick up the goods (proxy) on behalf of a friend, so long as you have their order number and a copy of their ID.
Pending availability, you’re welcome to purchase any of our remaining beer inventory at that time.
Clock House is kicking out a big boy this coming Thursday as they prepare for a bomber release of a barrel aged stout! Here’s more:
FORBIDDEN The cellar doors have opened. This Monster Imperial Stout was aged for over a year in Cedar Ridge Rye-Bourbon Blended Barrels then Rested on a touch of Cacao Nibs and Vanilla Beans. Bombers of Forbidden will be available at noon on Thursday, December 23rd until supplies last. These will be sold exclusively inside our taproom. Pre-sales will not be offered. Available on draft. $22 per bottle.
BINARY CODE Bourbon- Maple Barrel aged for over one year. This Imperial Stout is as smooth as it gets. Notes of molasses and maple rounded off with sweetness on the back end. Bottles of Binary Code will be available at noon on Thursday, December 23rd until supplies last. These will be sold exclusively inside our taproom. Pre-sales will not be offered. Available on draft. $20 per 500 ML bottle
More beers on their way from Pequod Distribution in the coming weeks! Here’s what should be making their way to our shelves!
18 Decillion We started off with a big base of oats and wheat before a LUPOMAX Idaho7 whirlpool and a tremendous Strata and Galaxy dry hop. 18 Decillion pours murky yellow with aromas of grove stand OJ being enjoyed in a forest made of Starburst (please add to your bucket list if you haven’t experienced this).
Astrophysics Astrophysics pours a vibrant milky yellow with heavy aromas of starfruit, passionfruit, tangerine Pez, and dank hops. Flavors of sweet orange flesh, passionfruit juice, cantaloupe, and gummy peach rings transition to notes of berry and yuzu before a Big Bang of our #EQjuice rainbow melon finish. This beer is very soft, round, and full the pallet.
Fluctuation DDH DIPA Our team’s favorite rotational makes its return today. Fluctuation has bright tropical notes of passion fruit, mango, pineapple, and lychee with an undercurrent of sorbet and cream await!
Fractal Citra/Sultana Fractal Citra/Sultana pours glowing yellow with big aromatic notes and flavors of Valencia orange, pineapple slices, and lime spritz in a balanced finish with touch of bitterness. Tropical in flavor with a manageable ABV, this crusher is the perfect companion for the warmer days and outdoor activities.
Half Full batch 2 – Dbl IPA (8.0 % DIPA) a collaboration with District 96 Beer Factory.Named to serve an important message: Stay Positive. Optimism creates opportunity and pessimism kills it. Expecting good things helps formulate actions to produce good things. We are all in this together and we want you to remember to always see your glass as Half Full. If you have an empty glass, crack one of these cans, make it 100% full, then half full, enjoy and reflect on positive thoughts during this virtual tropical vacation.
Lupo Lab Linear Combination 2 (8.0 % DIPA) Pouring a vibrant yellow color, Linear Combination 2 offers notes of dank glasses of champagne with tangerine and mango wedges in fresh hop fields. Intense and saturated flavors of juicy citrus, ripe mango, and notes of a melon await with heavy earth and a touch of pine. This beer is aggressive and soft at the same time with an escalating juiciness builds into a #EQjuice finish.
MC2 (squared) DIPAMC² is Photon’s big brother. We literally took Photon’s hopping rate and squared it. This DIPA is our tribute to the amazing relationship that energy and mass are balanced, proportional to the speed of a photon squared. It pours a hazy tangerine color, releasing bright tropical notes of mango, pineapple, and apricot. MC² tastes like succulent mango juice loaded with chewy hop resins. It’s very drinkable for 8.0%; be careful, this one can sneak up on you.
Mmmmm…..Osa Mmm…Osa is our beloved Photon American Pale Ale conditioned on freshly zested oranges at a rate of 6 oranges per barrel. It’s everything photon is, with a dominant orange presence; this citric delight is our preferred way to start the afternoon.
Super Fractal Julia Set The Julia Set is named after the French mathematician Gaston Julia. This complex set exists as a by-product of the Mandelbrot set and was devised while studying complex dynamics during the early 20th century. This set of complex numbers can cause drastic changes in the sequence of iterated functions. We scaled up from Fractal using a super simple grain bill of 2-Row and our specific fractal fermentation profile before intensely hoping it with a Mosaic and El Dorado whirlpool and a dry hop of Citra, Mosaic, Strata and El Dorado.
Coastal Sunrise Ver.4 – Mango Lassi This Lassi inspired breakfast sour is packed with 3 ingredients from India, Alphonso Mango, planifolia vanilla beans and cardamom swirl with creamy indonesian coconut. It’s a mango bomb with a hint of vanilla and spice – just incredible!
Dry Hopped Watermelon/Lime Gose – 1840 Brewing Collaboration We teamed up with @1840brewing out of Milwaukee, WI (the BEST state!) to give you that refreshing picnic summer drink. This Kettle Soured Berliner Weiss is coming in at 6.6% ABV brewed with real watermelon , key limes, sea salt and lightly dry Link
Watermelon Gose – Non Alch beer (0.5% abv or less)The world of Non Alcohol beer is exploding and “healthy drinking” in in-style. Untitled art has a line of Non-Alch beers including Florida weisse, Juicy IPA and Chocolate milk stout. Today we are introducing Watermelon Gose and it’s fantastic! It’s made with Watermelon juice, Lime juice and sea salt.
Florida Seltzer reloads and kegs Blackberry/Agave Pineapple/Mango Prickly pear /Guava
Are you there God? it’s me Guava – Fruit sour Triple Guava Smoothie-Style Sour (6.4%) Our MIxed-Culture Foeder-Fermented Berliner-Base conditioned on questionable quantities of Pink Guava & Tahitian Vanilla Bean Caviar with a dash of Milk Sugar for good measure. This is our first foray putting our series of existential smoothie brews in these more slender beer tubes & we are very excited to share this stunning specimen of ostentatious over-fruiting with you.
Red Bottoms Dbl IPA – 8.8% ABV Our friends @ Track Brewing co in Manchester, UK did a thing using Mosaic, Strata, Riwaka from New zealand to make a smooth beautiful IPA.
Sponsored Content 5% ABV We saved a bunch of money on this beer by keeping the malt bill simple, phoning it in on the label & not doubling or tripling anything in the dry hop with our hand selected Mosaic, Centennial & Columbus Cryo. Instead of passing the savings onto you, the consumer, we decided to spend the fat stacks we saved on super effective & totally organic paid advertising. Cheers!
– DDH DIPA (8.8%) In addition to their podcast, our buds at Private Sector Provisions have been cranking out some of the most crave worthy smash burgs on either side of the Mississippi. We figured we better blow it out for this one, so we used flaming portions of our hand selected Citra, Citra Cryo & Australian Galaxy & hired a bunch of instagram models and influencers to accurately illustrate how lit this experience is certain to be.
Sippin’ & Forgettin’ – Coconut & Lemon Berliner wiesse Berliner Weisse brewed with malted wheat, barley malt and milk sugar then conditioned on Meyer Lemon, Madagascar Vanilla Beans and toasted coconut.
Fruitropolis Ver 2 The ALL NEW FRUITROPOLIS, Double Fruited Imperial Smoothie Sour w/ milk sugar, double blueberry, double blackberry & double black currant
Double Local Dream Mirror – Blackstack & Fairstate brewing Collab When we team up with our friends Fair State & BlackStack to do the whole “slam-o blam-o let’s take our flagships and kabam-o” the result is none other than DOUBLE LOCAL DREAM MIRROR. DLDM is a New England Double IPA hopped & double dry hopped w/ Citra, Mosaic, Sultana, Azacca, Amarillo, Citra Cryo, & El Dorado Cryo
Tasting sounding brew coming from the folks at Clock House this Thursday as they are set to release an Imperial IPA that is both west and east coast inspired! Holland Oats IPA will be released at 3:00 p.m. and will be available in cans!
An Imperial IPA inspired by West Coast bitterness and East Coast haze. Brewed with Galaxy, Vic’s Secret, and Citra hops. This beer has intense floral and melon notes with a nice clean bitter finish.
Cans will be available to purchase on Thursday, August 27th. Orders can be made using the link below!
Even with a short week, Abu Nawas is getting us a huge Grimm release! Check it out below!
GRIMM / DE LA SENNE Collab. I STILL LOVE THE OLD WORLD 500ml – NOBLE-HOPPED ALE W/ RAW WHEAT & BRETTANOMYCES. An ode to the brewers and beers that have long inspired the Grimm philosophy. Created in collaboration with the legendary brewer/scholar Yvan De Baets of De La Senne in Brussels, this extra-hoppy old world ale shows off our unique and evolving house ale yeast — serially repitched since Grimm’s opening for favorable genetic drift — in combination with gentle Brettanomyces and noble hops. The result is a thirst-quenching Belgian-style blonde loaded with complex brett-forward fruitiness and a noble hop-driven lingering herbal bitterness. Raw wheat in the grist and a traditional step-mash process provide an elegant malt character to this brewer’s favorite beer. 5.3% ABV.
GRIMM PATTER 500ml – SAISON DE COUPAGE W/ GRAPEFRUIT ZEST & BLACKBERRIES. This Saison de Coupage — 70% young Saison blended with 30% barrel-aged golden sour — with blackberries and grapefruit zest is a bright and refreshing treat. The Belgian yeast esters are a subtle through-line from aroma to flavor — a supporting character to the fruit. Tart and juicy blackberry aromas tickle the nose while the grapefruit comes through more in the flavor with a burst of fresh citrus up front that fades into a zesty bittersweet finish. 6% ABV.
GRIMM DEPTH OF FIELD 500ML – FLANDERS-INSPIRED DARK SOUR ALE W/ CHERRIES. CRANBERRIES & RASPBERRIES. This Flanders inspired ale is rich and complex without tipping toward heavy. Toasty Vienna and Munich malts build a layered base that provides a sweet warmth that never feels cloying. Dark cherry leads on the nose with quieter notes of leather, tobacco, and oak. A balanced showing of the sweet & tart characteristics from each fruit is found in the flavor — a juicy burst reminiscent of real maraschino cherry, the refreshing pucker tartness and just-picked sweetness of raspberry, and the tangy punch from the cranberry. 7% ABV.
GRIMM FULL FREQUENCY 500ml – MIXED FERMENTATION BERLINER WEISSE W/ APRICOT & RHUBARB. Laced with rhubarb and apricot, Full Frequency is the second in our new series of traditional-method raw Berliner weisse! We are one of a tiny handful of breweries on the globe making Berliner in the old way — brewed from step-mashed wheat-based wort that is fermented with a long, mixed culture fermentation, instead of a kettle sour. This never-boiled crusher is crisp and thirst-slaking, presenting balanced flavors of fuzzy apricot, tart rhubarb, and citrus-herbal notes from dry hopping with Mandarina Bavaria. 3% ABV.
GRIMM MANGO GUAVA POP! 660ML – This tropical sour beer is a creamsicle in a glass. Mangoes, guavas, vanilla, and milk sugar are backed with a grapefruit-like acidity. 4.8 % ABV.
GRIMM ICING ON THE CAKE 660ML – IMPERIAL MILK STOUT WITH CACAO & VANILLA. Icing on The Cake is a luscious dessert stout that tastes like a liquid slice of flourless chocolate cake. Like the best stouts, it improves as it warms from cellar temperature up to room temperature. Even dessert stouts must be in balance, and for us that means the last sip should taste better than the first. 10% ABV.
GRIMM HELIOGRAM 500ML – FOEDER-FERMENTED SOUR ALE DRY-HOPPED WITH EL DORADO & NELSON SAUVIN. Heliogram is an easy-drinking, thirst-quenching foeder-fermented dry-hopped sour ale with Nelson Sauvin and El Dorado hops. The aroma is bright but tame–notes of freshly zested grapefruit, lemon verbena, honeydew, orange marmalade, and a touch of cotton candy sweet. A punch of acidity upfront quickly ebbs into gentle flavors of underripe pineapple and mango which is complemented by a pithy bitterness. 5.5% ABV.
GRIMM DOUBLE NEGATIVE 500ML – IMPERIAL STOUT. Double Negative pours jet black with burnt orange highlights. A long-lasting tan head leaves abundant lacing. Aromas bursting from the glass include coffee, bitter chocolate, caramel, black currant and blueberry. Creamy and viscous on the palate, the flavor initially follows the nose. A pop of smooth bitterness comes after, and then a lingering, roasty finish. 10% ABV.
GRIMM GAMELAN POP! 16oz CAN – POP-STYLE SOUR W/ MANGO, GUAVA, KAFFIR LIME & MILK SUGAR. Gamelan Pop! sour is a powerful tropical burst— Guava, Mango, and Kaffir Lime Leaves combine with Tahitian vanilla beans, milk sugar, Azacca dry hops, and our Pop! sour candy juice base. 6% ABV.
GRIMM TODAY’S SPECIAL NEW YORK 16oz CAN – 100% NEW YORK STATE INGREDIENT PALE ALE. We’ve revamped this 100% NY State-grown ingredient pale ale, this time sourcing Nugget & Chinook from Chimney Bluffs Hoppery and white wheat and pale malts from New York Craft. This result is a complex hazy pale ale bursting with musky jackfruit and damp forest floor aromas. The fruit cup funk found in the nose shifts into something entirely dry, earthy, and resinous in flavor with a soft yet lingering bitterness. 5.5% ABV.
GRIMM LUMEN 16oz CAN – IPA WITH CITRA, MOSAIC, & EL DORADO. Beautifully hazed-up new-school IPA. Juicy and soft with an aroma that catches your attention from across the room. Velvety mouthfeel, soft bitterness. Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado varietals kicking out a range of tropical flavors from guava and mango to orange and lime. 6.4% ABV.
GRIMM MAXIMUM INTRIGUE 16oz CAN – DOUBLE IPA W/ SABRO & MOSAIC. Mosaic and the hot ticket Sabro hops are giving us peak-ripeness notes of tangerine, mango, and stone fruit with a thick swirl of coconut cream. Although full to the brim with big fruit flavor, the body is surprisingly light and refreshing with a satin-like texture, fairly dry finish, and a deceptive 8% ABV.
Big 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.
I love Beerpulse (www.beerpulse.com). Not only do they have constant news from the beer world but one of my favorite things is when they show the newest label approvals for beers yet to be released. It gives us a great opportunity to take a look and plan out what is ahead. Now, not all of these beers will be available in Iowa, in fact, we might not see any of them. But I know there are readers that come to this blog that will travel to different states to get their hands on beers that we can’t get in Iowa. Below is a list of the newest label approvals, a brief description, and their link to beerpulse.com. Are any of these beers worthy of a drive to Chicago? Madison? Minny? Are any of these beers, whose brewer’s beers are usually on our shelves, absolutely a must to get into Iowa? I would love your thoughts! Here is a sampling:
Really excited for the Boulevard series they are coming out with. Also, I think I would head to Madison to get my hands on the Cafe Racer 15 from Bear Republic. To check out all the recent label approvals head over to http://beerpulse.com/beers/ with more from Lakefront, Alaskan, Anchor, Slyfox, Bells, Shipyard, and more!