A perfect weekend to watch some football (Go Bills!), sip on some suds and have a couple slices of pizza. Big Grove can’t take care of 2 of those 3 things for you with their offerings this weekend as the Drive Thru is back baby! Here are this weekend’s offerings:
Baron von Taks, a west coast double IPA brewed with Simcoe, pays respect to our beloved Brewery Operations Manager, Josh Seiler. He’s a stickler for the details and a no-nonsense fella, so don’t be messin’… ya hear?!
Knockout and Crash are all-nonsense fellas. Wild card brewers, Matt Burkey and Lincoln Hackert are brought to life in 8-bit alter ego form in this Hazy Double IPA brewed with Simcoe. The battle waging between these two troublemakers and the Baron may be worthy of Christopher Nolan’s next blockbuster, honestly.
And because we stop at nothing to please… we are debuting an amazing new fruited sour this week, Blackberry Lemon Sour. With the perfect blend of sweet fruit flavors and sour lemon notes, it’s definitely a new favorite and we can’t wait to share it.
You knew Big Grove would be bringing their big guns for this Saturday’s Richard the Whale release as they always do. One of the most highly anticipated releases in Iowa beer is upon us and Big Grove has released more beers that will be available for this coming Saturday’s Richard party!
The fresh brews are brewed and Richard the Whale awaits your loving embrace alongside his pals this Saturday. No doubt about it—this is our favorite weekend of the year:
*Batch 1000 Barleywine: this beer deserves its own release day honestly *HDTV: when you make a bigger, badder of version of Color TV, you call it HDTV *Into the Woods: if more fruit could’ve possibly fit into this sour, we woulda done it *Minuteman: double the Citra, double the fun with a Big Grove west coast classic
Tin Roost saves Thanksgiving!! An awesome idea from the North Liberty restaurant as they will be delivering beers directly to your doorstep on Wednesday, November 25th. Preorder will start Tuesday night. Here’s more from Tin Roost:
Alright, we’re just going to drop this little teaser right here! Mark your calendars because you are not going to want to miss this one. Our online store is going live Tuesday, November 24th @ 11am. We collaborated with 5 of our best buds in the Iowa Brewing scene to put together one KILLER Thanksgiving Beer Pack. The BEST part? We’re going to drop it like it’s hot directly on YOUR doorstep on Black Wednesday (contactless delivery, of course). Adventurous Brewing LLC. Barn Town Brewing. Big Grove Brewery. Lua Brewing. Pulpit Rock Brewing Company. More details with how to order and beer included coming soon. See you on Wednesday, November 25th with the fresh pack that’s gonna make your untappd buddies soooooooooooo jelly.
Alright folks, make sure you read carefully because the people at Big Grove have carefully outlined a plan for everyone to have a chance for not only getting your hands on one of the best beers brewed in Iowa and its variants but to also have an opportunity to dine on some of the best food you’ll ever taste! Lot’s going on, read carefully, get excited, drink local, enjoy this awesome beer and food given to us by this amazing group of people! Spotted Richard???? I know this is a family friendly event but you can’t tell me a Richard the Whale Spotted Dick shirt isn’t a cash grab! Cheers everyone!
TICKETS ON SALE THIS WEDNESDAY! @ 10 a.m. for all of these options!
DINNER AND RICHARD
𝐓𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟑 𝐚𝐭 𝟔:𝟑𝟎𝐩𝐦-𝟗:𝟑𝟎𝐩𝐦𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐓𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐃𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫 4-Pack of Bottles + Glass + 1 Richard Token, redeemable for any beer at any time. We are only offering 25 tickets to this interactive, omakase-style tasting dinner. We will reach out to you after your purchase to confirm your socially distanced table arrangement. Masks are required for each guest. The menu will be released at a later date. ($250 each)𝐅𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟒 𝐚𝐭 𝟔:𝟑𝟎𝐩𝐦-𝟗:𝟑𝟎𝐩𝐦𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐓𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐃𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫 4-Pack of Bottles + Glass + 1 Richard Token, redeemable for any beer at any time. We are only offering 25 tickets to this interactive, omakase-style tasting dinner. We will reach out to you after your purchase to confirm your socially distanced table arrangement. Masks are required for each guest. The menu will be released at a later date. ($250 each)
BEER AND GOLDEN TICKET
𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟓 𝐚𝐭 𝟕:𝟎𝟎𝐚𝐦 4-Pack of Bottles + Glass + 1 Richard Token, redeemable for any beer at any time. | Saturday, December 5 at 7am. Can be picked up at the Iowa City Bottomless Family Style Brunch, the Iowa City drive-thru, or the Solon Drive-thru. ($85 each) 𝐒𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟓 𝐚𝐭 𝟕:𝟎𝟎𝐚𝐦 One Golden Ticket Richard the Whale | Saturday, December 5 at 7am. Can be picked up at the Iowa City Bottomless Family Style Brunch, the Iowa City drive-thru, or the Solon Drive-thru. ($40 each
All Release Party ticket holders will receive: • Two (2) 375 mL bottles of 2020 Richard the Whale • One (1) 375 mL bottle of 2020 with JBC Roasters Coffee • One (1) 375 mL bottle of 2020 Spotted Richard • One (1) 2020 Richard the Whale commemorative glassBottomless Family-Style Brunch | 7am-10am • $25 – purchase Saturday, December 5 on-site at the Iowa City location only • Masks are required for each guest • Menu released soon! GOLDEN TICKET – Richard the Whale Vietnamese Coconut Coffee (500 mL)We decided to make everything a little simpler this year— so we are selling our Golden Ticket online this year. Better get them fast because they won’t last long! Golden Ticket beer: Richard the Whale Vietnamese Coconut Coffee (500 mL). As in year’s past, we will be loading up our tap lines with some very special beers, including 2020 Richard the Whale, Richard variants, and surprises. For those that came to last year’s release event, expect a similar day of drinking, laughter, and good cheer. SCHEDULE FOR THE EVENT:7am – Doors open to Big Grove Brewery & Taproom (Iowa City). Drive-thru is available at Iowa City and Solon locations. 7am – Brunch experience and Drive-thru begins, 4-pack pick-up10am – Brunch party, Drive-thru, and ticketed event ends11am – Regular food menu available and Big Grove is open to the publicAll-day – Enjoy a beer with your friends and the Big Grove brewersADDITIONAL INFORMATION: • We will be maintaining our social distancing guidelines. Please wear your mask and help us stay safe. • There will be no overnight lines. You may enter our waitlist starting at 6am. We ask that once your name is placed on the list, you can wait in your car or around one of our social distanced firepits. You will receive a text message when your table is ready. • One Golden Ticket bottle per person. • All Ticket holders must bring a valid photo ID. • Ticket holders must be 21 years of age or older at the time of purchasing the Ticket. • Proxy bottle pickups can begin to pick up at 7am. • Pre-Sale ticket holders may pick up their bottles between 7am and 10am during the event. • Please have your order number ready. We will be checking individuals off our list. • Please do not bring open bottles into the taproom. • There will be no overnight lines. You may enter our waitlist starting at 6am. We ask that once your name is placed on the list, you can wait in your car or around one of our socially distanced firepits. You will receive a text message when your table is ready.
I’m a little late to the party on this event, but get your tickets to this years Big Grove “Oktoberfest”! The Iowa City location will be hosting this event, below are the details and the only thing I see missing from the event is a good old fashioned “slap off”! Chad Young v. Kent Ball anyone?
Here are the details:
Dust off the lederhosen! The chefs and brewers of Big Grove are coming together for a one-night-only, German beer dinner in Iowa City Throughout this five-course meal, prepared by our award-winning chefs, we’ll celebrate our very own Oktoberfest with socially distant games and good times. We’ll have hammerschlagen (each table gets its own hammer), stein holding contests, and maybe even a lil’ yodle-ay-hee-hoo!Each guest will receive their own Big Grove stein and a complimentary pour of their Big Grove lager of choice. The menu will be released closer to the event date.Tables are available in groups of 4 ($200), 6 ($300), or 8 ($400). Guests will be spaced throughout the taproom and patio areas in their groups of 4, 6, or 8.Any questions regarding table sizes, please email email@example.com
Some exciting news from Big Grove Brewery this week as they plan to release their hazy double ipa “Starla” in cans this weekend. Showcasing citra and Idaho 7 hops, the first release of “Starla” clocked in at 6.4%, not sure if the 2nd run will be the same or not. Along with “Starla” Big Grove has also released “All New Everything” double IPA in cans.
A busy week for BG for sure and to top it off, their collab with Adventurous Brewing, “Big Adventure” hazy double IPA and “Northside” Helles Lager will be featured in Northside Oktoberfest in a box. So, if you got in on the Northside release you’re getting what are sure to be some tasty brews! The weekend approaches and cold beer will be welcomed! Support your local breweries, bars, and restaurants! Cheers!
A brewery that is as good as any with their releases and celebrations has announced their Solon location’s 7th anniversary details! Food, beer, and socially distant fun will be had, this lineup includes some new beers and a the chefs will be doing up some smoked pork shoulder tacos. Here’s more on the anniversary party:
Join us Sunday in Solon to celebrate our 7th Anniversary! This year will look a little different from past anniversary parties—as we add a bit of socially-distant fun and subtract a few pieces from previous years that aren’t a fit in 2020.
Most importantly… here’s the tap lineup:
• Barrel Aged Velvet
• Color TV
• Batch 1000
• Turtle Hunter
• Solon Summer Series Peach Pecan Pie
• Stouted Nut Roll 🆕
We’ll be taking over the street in front of our brewpub to expand patio seating—and all guests must be seated by a host and remain at their table while dining. Face coverings are encouraged.
A specialty Big Grove-themed coloring book will be available for the kids. And we’ve added a from-your-table scavenger hunt with prizes. No chalk contest this year, unfortunately.
Our chefs will be doing a smoked pork shoulder taco special and the bakers are whipping up Sweet Corn Cheesecake and cupcakes! Our fabulous service staff brings the goods to your table.
We’ll have live music from 12-6, made up of former and current staff members.
We’re grateful to be celebrating a seventh anniversary. Back in 2013, we weren’t sure if we’d even have a one-year anniversary—and it’s been a fun ride every day since. This year’s been a doozy—but we believe we can celebrate responsibly. We’d be honored if you could join us.
As in year’s past, we will be open on Labor Day Monday 👍
Big news from Big Grove Brewery last night as they subtly announced the release date for Richard the Whale for December 5th! It was a sneak peek at a Richard sampling so as of now, no details on the process release were given, but stay tuned for more information on that as that date approaches! Here’s what BG had to say courtesy of their Facebook page:
Pulled a sample of Richard the Whale 2020 today from this Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel. Annnnd can bet the beer is fire 🔥 But you may not know the barrel (and more specifically the nail we used to pierce the barrel) was on fire to keep the process sanitary. 😏 Oh and save the date for Saturday, December 5 for the release of our favorite barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout 🐳
Reds Alehouse in North Liberty will be hosting a barrel aged breakfast featuring Big Grove Breweries barrel-aged Velvet! Tickets will go on sale next Monday, August 10th and more details of this event will be released then as well! For more, check out Reds’ Facebook page by clicking here!
Big Grove’s Drive Thru Saturday this week will feature two familiar beers but two we nonetheless crave! Big Ed and Tang O Rang Gusher are back and will be available this coming weekend! Preorder is currently live by clicking here! Here’s more on this weekend’s release and the announcing return of Hop Lopper!
Big Ed is out of the thanks and ready for good times… and he’s joined by Tang-O-Rang Gusher! This week’s edition of Drive-Thru Brews turns it up a notch with two Big Grove favorites for the *almost* weekly Wednesday pre-order and Saturday drive-thru parties.
Big Ed is a hazy double IPA harnessing the power of Easy Eddy and taking it up a notch with Sabro hops. This 7.8% New Englander brings the noise with the refreshing flavors of papaya and coconut.
Tang-O-Rang Gusher returns for the first time since April. If you know… you know. Close your eyes for a day at the beach courtesy of this 32 oz Crowler.
Next week, the Drive-Thru will take a week off before its return on August 15 with the release of Hop Lopper and a few other goodies.