Big Grove releasing Buster Triple IPA next week!

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A recent tweet from the wonderful Chad Young of Big Grove announced that they will be releasing their Buster Triple IPA next week. Here’s more:

Next week is back! Limited bottles and draft. Freshest samples in the world at next Sat.

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Mosley’s hosting BBQ+Beer Dinner with Big Grove Brewery on Jan. 22nd!

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Mosleys BBQ and Provisions will be hosting a BBQ and Beer dinner with Big Grove Brewery on January 22nd! More info below:

BBQ+Beer Dinner is set for Jan. 22 with our friends from pairing brews with our finest barbecue over 4 courses. Tickets are $40 and they’ll go fast—reserve your seat by emailing mosleysic@gmail.com.

Food and beer pairings will be:

*Burch the Bear paired w/ smoked Ham hocks
*Quick n’Dirty w/ stuffed pork loin
*Blood Orange Arms Race w/beef rib
*Espresso Imperial Stout paired with pecan diamonds & bourbon whip.

Iowa Beer Baron’s Iowa Beer of the Year: Big Grove Macaroon Richard

big groveAs we countdown the hours until 2018 is behind us and we ring in 2019, it’s time to name my 2018 Iowa Beer of the Year. So many wonderful brews came to us from our local breweries across the state that it made this a challenging task. In fact, I had a hard time narrowing my list of 10 for new Iowa beers of the year…which you can see if you click here.  So…without further ado, my Iowa Beer of the Year is…..

 

 

Big Grove Macaroon Richard!!

Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels, featuring organic toasted coconut & almonds.

The Richard the Whale release of 2018 was a very memorable experience. The line of guys waiting to get in and sharing beers with everyone, the wonderful food, the great conversation, and of course….the beer.

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I was expecting coffee to be my favorite just because I love coffee in barrel aged stouts. Macaroon was a bonus to get the others and then I went ahead and tried it on tap….BLOWN AWAY!!! The nose, creaminess, sweet but not over the top/coconut sugar sweet and the nuttiness from the almonds meshed so damn good together that I needed to have another glass…and then another one that night at the Solon location, and then another for lunch the next day…well, you get it, I really loved this beer and that is why it is my 2018 Iowa Beer of the Year winner! Congrats Big Grove and I’m looking forward to the 2019 Richard release!

 

 

Forbes Magazine Names JBC Roasters out of Madison one of 12 best in nation!

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How does this pertain to the Iowa beer scene? Well, JBC are the coffee roasters that Big Grove uses for their Coffee Richard the Whale brew. Here’s a link to the article or it is quoted below. Awesome achievement!

Forbes ranks Madison coffee roaster as one of 12 best in the nation

By Jeff Dahdah Wisconsin 

Forbes has ranked Madison-based JBC Coffee Roasters as one of the 12 best coffee roasters in the U.S.

“The pioneering Johnson family continues to set the coffee bar high in Madison, Wisconsin, always nailing the roast,” the article says about JBC.

Michael Johnson, part owner of JBC, said he was honored to be listed as one of the nation’s best.

“It just really feels good to be recognized for all the hard work that team has put forth in carrying out high grade and try to evaluate the coffee service around Wisconsin.” Johnson said.

The exposure has been good for business. Johnson said there’s been a steady stream of new people coming in to try the coffee.

With just five people working to perfectly pick, roast and brew the coffee, the company said it means a lot to them that people notice the care they put into the drink.

“We’re always trying to up our game to the next level and it feels great to be recognized,” said Danny Fallon, JBC’s brand ambassador.

JBC has been recognized in the past as one of the best small coffee makers in the nation by CNN’s Fortune Magazine. It’s also a two-time Good Food Award Winner.

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Iowa Beer Baron’s Top 10 Iowa Beers of 2018!

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This is always a fun but difficult list to compile. Looking back at 2018 Iowa breweries all over the state have made some fantastic beers this year and continue to do so, as we as consumers are very lucky to have such excellent brewers in our state.

Living in Eastern Iowa it has been great to be able to get Big Grove, Lion Bridge, SingleSpeed, and Reunion in cans to go along with the great beers that are already available. I’m sure 2019 will be just as, if not better than 2018 in the year of Iowa beer.

For my list, these are beers that had to have been released in 2018. There are many that I didn’t try, so if your favorite didn’t make the list, my bad, chances are I didn’t get around to trying it. I would love to hear your favorites of 2018. All 10 of these have the chance to be awarded the most prestigious award a brewery can get: The Iowa Beer of the Year Award. GABF, eat your heart out. Beer of the Year will be awarded in my next post! Here we go:

**Big Grove Big Ed  7.8%– this one was a no doubter for me. I was stoked when they released and I’ll be stoked every time they re-release. A case or two every time for me please Big Grove. This juicy double IPA is one of Iowa’s best and is worth seeking out and is a challenger for Iowa Beer of the Year!

**Toppling Goliath Term Oil Maple Cakes – a quick trip to Decorah (which is never a bad thing) and my first trip to TG’s new spot allowed me a pour of this delicious beer. A bourbon barrel aged stout with maple. Absolutely delicious and a perfect breakfast beer!

**Pulpit Rock Seriously Bro’?6.1% – Marquee Pizza celebrated their 1 year anniversary with a terrific taplist that included two beers brewed by Pulpit Rock especially for this anniversary; one of which was Seriously Bro? a milkshake IPA. While, I’m a little behind on the milkshake IPA craze, this one was packed with orange zest and a hint of vanilla. Delicious!

**Lion Bridge Brewing Tidbits 6.7%– this beer was my summer staple. A delicious pale ale brewed with unfermented pineapple led to a tropical and refreshing beer to enjoy in the midwest heat all summer long. I hope to see this one again this summer!

**Barn Town Pink Guava Massacre4.6% ABV -between this and Little Drippy from Dimensional for my favorite two Iowa sours of the year. Guava in a beer just works so damn good and with this sour it was spot on. Luckily, a few places in Eastern Iowa got some bottles of this so I was able to indulge. Well done Barn Town, keep this one coming!

**Lion Bridge Spice Must Flow 8% ABV – this is the perfect beer for me in the fall and winter months in Iowa. Maple Syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg added to a black ale screams cold weather drinking! Lion Bridge added this in cans which made for an easy taste by walking my ass to the fridge.

**Pulpit Rock Koffee and Doughnuts 6.8% ABV – breakfast in glass is served. Pulpit took their Pour Over porter and added a shit load of donuts to it and you have a Koffee and Doughnuts. Hope this one pops back up again as this was delicious.

**Big Grove Richard the Whale Macaroon 10% ABV – their Richard base with the addition of toasted coconut and almonds…this beer blew me away and I couldn’t wait to get another glass. Big Grove has had an amazing year and their beers have been fantastic. This one might have topped them all though!

**Dimensional A Little Drippy – 5.5% ABV – the new kid on the block came out with a bang and has made some terrific beers and these guys are just going to keep getting better. I enjoyed every beer I had at Dimensional but A Little Drippy just hit on all cylinders. Once again guava got the taste buds and the addition of passion fruit and mango make this one damn fine sour!

**Big Grove Color TV – 7.8% ABV – a double dry hopped hazy IPA that lets the galaxy hop shine. Another winner by Big Grove and hopefully another beer that they will make again….and again. Looking forward to what these guys have in store for 2019!

“Color TV” Big Grove’s Latest Double IPA to Release this Saturday (11/3)@ 10 a.m!

big groveBig Grove Brewery keeps on pumping out new brews and this Saturday they will be getting us another one! This time a double IPA called “Color TV” that is brewed with galaxy hops! Here’s more from the brewery on this beer:

Color TV 📺 is our new double dry hopped New England Double IPA featuring Galaxy Hops—and it hits the airwaves Saturday at 10:00 AM in Solon and Iowa City

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Film Scene Hosting Brewmaster Movie Showing Beer Tasting Nov. 5th!

filmscenceFilm Scene in Iowa City will be hosting a special showing of the documentary Brewmaster on November 5th. For $18 ($15 for Film Scene members) you get your ticket to the movie and beer tastings from some of Iowa’s finest breweries including Big Grove Brewery, Lion Bridge, and Iowa Brewing Company.

Along with those fantastic breweries they will be tapping a 2015 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout! Check out Film Scene’s link for more info on this special event and also check out the trailer to the documentary “Brewmaster”.

Film Scene Link