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.

Big Grove IC hosting “Okotberfest” beer dinner on Thursday October 13th!

Tickets are available for Big Grove’s latest beer and food pairing, this time emanating from their Iowa City location. Menu and beers not released yet, but stay tuned for more info on that as the date nears! Get your tickets HERE. Here’s more from BG on this dinner:

Dust off the lederhosen and get ready for another Oktoberfest at Big Grove! The chefs and brewers of Big Grove are coming together for a one-night, 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 games and good times. We’ll have a pretzel flip, stein hold, hammerschlagen, and a special surprise at the end!

Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and dinner service will begin at 6:30 p.m. 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.

This event will be hosted in our private game room area with tables of 4 or 8.

Tickets are sold as a whole table.

Big Grove “Velvet” releasing August 27th, Pre-order link available, plus “Tropical Summer Jam” and !

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:

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.

Iowa Eats: Shuey’s Restaurant and Lounge; Shueyville, IA!

This past weekend I had some time to hang out with my oldest and I asked him where/what he wanted to eat. He simply responded, “Bar food”. So after a quick trip to Big Grove in Solon we headed to Shueyville, about 10-15 minutes from Solon, and hit up Shuey’s Restaurant and Lounge.

We were greeted right in by a very friendly staff and had drinks ordered within seconds. Easy Eddy for me, root beer for the lad. Tap lines were typical of your small town bar with some craft on, Easy Eddy seems to be an option no matter what bar you hit and tastes good all the time so the choice was relatively simple.

Although I wasn’t very hungry, their menu has a lot of intriguing options. I let my sign go crazy, if queso is on the menu, he’s going to order it, that with an order of sliders and a mushroom swiss burger. A lot more than I anticipated but was game to try it all.
Queso came out first and was delicious, warm and crispy tortilla chips. Paired well with the beer.
Sliders and burger next, meat quality tasted wonderful, perfectly seasoned. The crinkle cut fries served as the side also went well with the queso dip.

Overall, so much more I want to try. The food was delicious and tasted fresh, the staff was friendly and welcoming, the feel of your small town bar was definitely there but also a place you could bring your whole family for a delicious meal. A place I will frequent and a place you should check out too!

Big Grove celebrating 5 years in Iowa City on March 12th! 5 beers to be released including Velvet + Apple Brandy Imperial Stout!

5 years in the books for Big Grove in Iowa City and what better way to celebrate than releasing 5 beers for their beer-loving fan base to indulge in and help with the anniversary fun?! Here’s what’s happening at Big Grove on March 12th:

Let’s celebrate together on Saturday, March 12. To kick off the fun, we just opened the pre-order window for some special new and returning brews we’re brewing. More news and events to come for a week’s worth of fun on March 7-13… but for now you can check out this awesome release at our website’s shop tab.
🎁 Velvet vanilla imperial stout
🍎 Apple Brandy barrel-aged imperial stout
🥃 Bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout
💣 Cannonball hazy double IPA
🍺 Northside Helles

Reds Alehouse hosting “Battle of the Strata Combata” between Big Grove and Odell Brewing on 9/24!

Leading up to the University of Iowa football game against Colorado State, Reds Alehouse in North Liberty is hosting a “brew-off” between Big Grove and Odell Brewing. Both breweries have brewed their version of strata hopped beer, called “Strata Combata”, and you get to judge which you like best! Here’s more from Reds:

Join us for some speciality tappings of Strata Combata! Our friends at Big Grove and Odell Brewing have been hard at work to bring you a new hazy IPA, Strata Combata, for the Iowa vs CSU game! We’ll have prizes for both Big Grove and Odell for you to win!Both Breweries made a batch of this and its up to you to decide who’s is who!Also Tapping this day will be
Colorado Lager
Sippin Tropical
Hazer Tag

Big Grove Solon celebrating 8 years on Sept. 5! Deliciousness to be tapped!

Big Grove Brewery Brewpub in Solon will be celebrating their 8 year anniversary on September 5th and as Big Grove has always done, it will be one hell of a great party! Doors will open at 10 a.m. on that Sunday for food, drinks, and plenty to do for the kids! Here’s more from Big Grove:

Can’t believe it — but we’re almost ready to celebrate 8 years in Solon! We opened our doors Labor Day weekend in 2013… and every year we take that weekend as a chance to reflect on and appreciate all the joy you all bring us.Plus we like to party 🥳Sunday, September 5 • Doors open at 10am with food specials running all day… we’ll have the beer garden going on the patio and the street blocked off once again with beer tubs and walk-up service. And, of course, games for all and chalk and temporary tattoos for the kiddos! We’re excited to share some live music as well, with Keegan Moore from 12-2:30 + DJ Derek Thorn 3-6. And don’t miss the 50/50 raffle for the food bank.The beer? We haven’t even gotten to the good part yet!
🐢 Turtle Hunter Hazy DIPA
🐳 2016 Barrel-Aged Richard the Whale
🐳 2017 Barrel-Aged Richard the Whale
🥃 2020 Batch 1000 Barleywine Whiskey Barrel Blend
❤️‍🔥 Sidehill Sour Barrel Aged Sour with Passionfruit
🖤 Sidehill Sour Barrel Aged Sour with Blackberry

Big Grove unveils plans for Des Moines location in Summer 2022!

Des Moines PR Announcement 2021

Media Contact: Janelle Buxton, Big Grove Brewery, (970) 342-3545, marketing@biggrovebrewery.com

Big Grove Brewery proposed to open summer 2022 in Des Moines

[Iowa City, IA]: Big Grove Brewery is honored to announce its newest brewery and taproom location scheduled to open in Des Moines in 2022. Plans for the 15-barrel brewery and taproom are proposed to be located on the eastern side of the Crescent Chevrolet Building as part of the Ingersoll corridor project.

This milestone is a major move for Big Grove Brewery. “For me, it was crazy because I came back to Iowa eight years ago to complete our dream of opening a location in Solon. For the longest time, we didn’t think anything past that. I’m thrilled by our growth and bringing the magic of Big Grove to Des Moines. It is a perfect next step,” says Doug Goettsch, co-owner of Big Grove.

Big Grove looks forward to contributing to an already successful and growing craft beer scene in Des Moines, while furthering efforts to make the state of Iowa a craft beer destination. “In Des Moines, we plan to cover a full range of beer styles, from barrel aged sours to hazy double IPAs and everything in between,” said Head Brewer Andy Joynt. “Quality and freshness are important to us, so it’s great to get people closer to the source.”

Much like the different ranges in beer, distinct types of cuisines will be offered, “Our chefs are developing a vibrant menu ranging from traditional and approachable brewery fare to global street food, as well as vegan and gluten-friendly options,” said Big Grove Culinary Director and 2018 Iowa Restaurateur of the Year, Benjamin Smart.

For service-style, Big Grove is looking to do a hybrid model. There will be a large full service section, but if you choose to, you can sit in a self service section which “allows flexibility for bigger parties and people to get up and mingle and just have a different experience that doesn’t confine them to their table,” said Smart. A heavy emphasis will be placed on the experience, especially for families. “Families come and feel welcome, and kids have a place to come around and play while parents gather.” commented Goettsch.

Krause+ will be overseeing the building of Big Grove Des Moines and the redevelopment of 5.5 acres including the Crescent block on the north side of Ingersoll Avenue, which aims to eventually connect pedestrian and bicycle traffic. According to Jerry Haberman, President of Krause+, “We have always envisioned the “Crescent block” to include an ‘eatertainment’ venue consisting of music, food, and a brewery. This is a successful Iowa brewing scene — Des Moines is becoming a destination for craft beer and brewing.”

The brewery plans to move forward with the same humble spirit, appreciating the process of architectural revitalization. “At the heart of Big Grove is a goal of fostering the community around us and being environmentally responsible while we do it,” says CEO of Big Grove Matthew Swift. “These efforts are rewarded with our current Green Platinum Brewery certification and being a good neighbor to the craft beer community and our guests.”

Big Grove Des Moines plans to hire guest services, kitchen, and brewery staff. “One thing for anyone involved in Big Grove, is the ability for staff to take care of themselves. We want them to be the best versions of themselves and we encourage them to take care of their family and friends as well and from there to take care of the guests and the community at Big Grove,” added Danny Standley, Big Grove managing partner.

This announcement comes in the wake of many recent award-winning accomplishments of the brewery, finding success with Easy Eddy Hazy IPA, the fastest-growing IPA brand in Iowa. Later this summer, Big Grove plans to launch Squeeze Hard Seltzer, inviting another set of drinkers, including gluten-free audiences, to join the Big Grove experience.

With the announcement of Big Grove Des Moines, the company plans to open a brewery location in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 2023, focusing on lagerhaus and open-fermentation concepts. Cedar Rapids is part of a broader economic development plan in the downtown area.

About the Company: Big Grove is among the top craft beer producers in Iowa and ranks in the top 3% for barrel production nationally. According to 2019 data from the national Brewers Association, Iowa ranks 26th for craft beer production and is home to 107 breweries. In 2013, the brewery got its start as a 3.5-barrel brewhouse in Solon, Iowa and focused on freshly made craft beer and elevated pub cuisine. Four years later, the brewery opened a 28,000 square foot production facility, serving as an anchor for the Iowa City Riverfront Crossings redevelopment project. Big Grove has received multiple craft brewing medals including a gold medal for Easy Eddy Hazy IPA.