Backpocket releasing “This is Fire” double dry hopped IPA and “Iowa Nightmare” pumpkin stout this week!

Two big releases this week coming from Backpocket Brewing! “This is Fire” will be released this Friday (10/7) and “Iowa Nightmare” will be coming at us on Saturday (10/8)! Here’s more on these two delicious sounding releases!

🔥Friday 10/7 THIS IS FIRE! This double dry hopped IPA was brewed with our friends at Reserve Artisan Ales! This hazy IPA is crafted with Flaked Wheat and Golden Promise Malt for a full body and soft, pillowy mouthfeel. Ekuanot and Galaxy hops create a flavorful IPA, with flavors of citrus, peach and passionfruit.

🎃Saturday 10/8 Iowa Nightmare! This pumpkin stout was barrel aged in Mississippi River Distilling Company barrels for 9 months. This big, bold stout has flavors of oak, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. After being in barrels, we added squash purée and pumpkin pie spices for the perfect seasonal treat!

More Drekker brews coming from Pequod!

Braaaaaaains Blackberry Cherry Plum
A new Braaaaaaaains! We stuffed this one with Blackberry, Cherries and Plum and then hit it with our double secret smoothie treatment of sea salt, lactose, and vanilla!⠀

NEW – Two Right Eyes – Hazy DBL IPA 

For this banger we set out to laser focus our vision, flip our perspective and get weird with our hopping scheme. To kick it off we chose our lovely and hand-selected Citra & Mosaic. It’s all very nerdy and scientific but basically we reimagined a totally new dry hop schedule and used our evil robot centrifuge to create a total juice unit. It simply explodes with notes of apricot, pineapple, kiwi, melon and that sticky icky dankness we just can’t get enough of. ⠀

Prrt – So Good 
You know you’re in for a good time when you see people walking around with cotton candy, and this one’s definitely a good time. PRRRT So Good is loaded it up with Strawberry & Blueberry and then hit it with cotton candy floss for that real melt in your mouth, sticky fingers at the fair cotton candy flavor.â €Contains no lactose.

Chonk – Birthday Cake 
Oh lawd… We took this sundae sour and baked it up with a mountain of confetti cake, filled it with strawberry and raspberry jelly then covered it in frosting and plopped a candle on top. It’s our party and we’ll Chonk if we want to!

Weldwerks, Untitled Art, Blackstack, Phase Three, and Southern Grist coming from Pequod!

El Dorado Extra Extra Juicy Bits DIPA – 8.6% ABV Hazy Double IPA brewed with 14+ lbs per bbl of Citra, Mosaic + El Dorado hops and Double Dry Hopped with Extra Extra El Dorado.

Guava Lime Gose – 4.4% ABV Sour Ale w/ Guava, Salt, Coriander and Lime Juice, Colorado

Punch Out Vodka Smoothie Laguna Blend 6.0% ABV Vodka with Peach, Mango and Apricot fruit and natural flavors.

Microdosing Strata IPA – A 7.2% Single hop, Microdosed  New England IPA. This is the fifth in the series that uses a single hop (Strata) added every day during primary fermentation – Microdosing. The previous four have been very well received for single, single New England IPAs, making us very excited for this release. Microdosing: Mosaic is 4.24 and Microdosing: Citra 4.15 on Untapped.

I Am The Manager DIPA An 8.4% Double New England IPA. It features Strata, Equanot Cryo, Loral Cryo, Mosaic and Experimental 586 hops.

Perpetual Sounds DIPA – 7.7% ABV.  Double IPA brewed with mosaic and amarillo hops. Ripe peach, earl grey, lemon, blueberry, pine.

Tonal Range DIPA – 8.0% ABV. Tonal Range we experimented with dialing back that residual sweetness but made sure to not lose the creamy body that’s so important to us in our hazies. This batch showcases Idaho 7, Ekuanot and El Dorado hops, imparting some dank flavors while still showcasing a dialed-in, slightly dryer malt bill.

A Bushel of Apples – Collab with Affy Tapple. 6.0% ABV. Peanut Caramel Apple Ale with apple juice and natural flavors.

Strawberry Biscuit Ale – Collab with Hardee’s 5.2% ABV. The Strawberry Biscuit Ale is a full-bodied, cream ale that incorporates delicious hints of strawberry jam and buttermilk.

Big Grove “Richard the Whale” tickets go on sale Oct. 19th! Plus 2 beers returning benefiting Iowa’s Waterways!

Richard the Whale 2022

Wednesday, October 19 at 10am — Richard the Whale will go on sale for pre-order… then you can sip and sit back with our favorite barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout when he resurfaces on December 3 in our Iowa City, Solon, and Des Moines taprooms. 

But it does beg the question… which variant styles should we pull from the oceans of options?? Chocolate Coconut Cake, Well Baked, and Coffee were reallllly tasty in 2021.

Wade Wisely and Greener State of Mind Returning

Wade Wisely and Greener State of Mind each return on Friday, September 30 with a mission to improve the quality of Iowa’s waterways!

Raise a glass of our annual Oatmeal Coffee Stout project with coffee from JBC Coffee Roasters and you’re benefiting The Driftless Flyathlon. And when you pick up our citrus-forward pale ale in collaboration with GreenState Credit Union, proceeds support the mission of Wings2Water

And after they hit the shelves of our breweries, they’ll both find their way across Iowa to your favorite beer coolers in the first week of October.

Coming to Shelves: 2 new Prairie Beers, Rogue Voodoo, Green Flash Tangerine Soul Style

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There will be some new beers making their way to shelves in the coming weeks and months, 3 of which Iowa will see, and the two Prairie beers sound like they will make it up here but I haven’t confirmed that yet. Here’s more on these brews:

*Prairie! Flare – is a Gose with added citrus. More from Prairie on this beer:

First up, Prairie Flare!  Flare (yes, that’s how we are spelling it) is our gose that we have added citrus fruit to.  This beer is slightly tart, a little salty, and has a nice balance from the fruit and spices.  Look for this beer in 16.9oz bottles and on tap at your favorite pubs!

*Prairie Vanilla Noir – imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels and then the addition of vanilla beans. Here’s more:

Next on the list is one of our barrel aged beers, Vanilla Noir!  We have taken our imperial stout base and aged it in whiskey barrels for about half a year, then dosed it with vanilla beans.  I’m not sure there will be a better beer for the greatly anticipated cooler weather!

rogueRogue Voodoo Doughnut Mango Astronaut Ale – yep, that’s the name of this brew as they once again team up with Voodoo Doughnut. Here’s more on this one:

In this collision of crazies, Rogue teams up again with world-famous Voodoo Doughnuts to celebrate two of the greatest inventions on planet earth: beer & doughnuts. Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Mango Astronaut Ale was inspired by the Voodoo Doughnut Mango Tango, a doughnut filled with mango jelly and topped with vanilla frosting and a tangy orange powder.

green flash*Green Flash Tangerine Soul Style IPA – Green Flash adds tangerine zest to their IPA that is brewed with citra, simcoe, and cascade hops. This will be a year-round beer added to their lineup.

Beer Review #116: Central Waters Satin Solstice Imperial Stout

centralEven when warm weather approaches I still like to kick back on the deck on a summer evening and enjoy some stouts. Imperial stouts are usually associated with cold weather but I would consider them year-round. There are quite a few good ones out there right now and with Central Waters Brewing entering our market (www.centralwaters.com)

Smooth and creamy with the nice flavor of chocolate, coffee, and  the nice warming sensation you get from the alcohol makes this an imperial stout that will frequent my fridge. More from Central Waters:

This smooth, creamy stout and a crackling fireplace are the perfect answer to a wintry evening in Wisconsin. The rich coffee flavor compliments the “warm, fuzzy feeling” you get from the abundant alcohol. Formerly a winter seasonal, named Satin Solstice.

While barrel-aged stouts are all the rage it is nice having this along with some Old Rasputin to keep on hand. Maybe not the best to age too long, but it will last a while in the fridge or cellar and not have too much of the flavor compromised. Central Waters is doing some really great things and it’s great to see their brews on our shelves here in Eastern Iowa.

REVIEW

STYLE: Imperial Stout

ABV: 7.5%

PURCHASED AT: Johncy’s, North Liberty, IA

POUR: Deep black pour with a medium tan head.

AROMA: Coffee sticks out in this Imperial stout.

TASTE: Coffee, chocolate, and hint of caramel sweetness.

Ratebeer.com rating: 96

Beeradvocate rating: 86

Overall: B

My recommendation: A nice imperial stout to have as an option.