West Coast Tap War! Stone v. Ballast Point; Presented by Blackstone Restaurant July 29th!

Blackstone.jpgBlackstone restaurant in Iowa City will once again be hosting another great Tap War as Stone Brewing Company and Ballast Point Brewing will be engaging in the West Coast Tap War on July 29th starting @ 3 p.m. Xocoveza and Apricot Wench will be tapped at 5:00. Here are the lineups for this big event:

*Ruination with orange & vanilla
*Wootstout 2016
*Foudre aged imperial saison
*Barrel aged saison with blackberries
*Xocoveza charred

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*Victory at sea
*Orange Vanilla Fathom
*Apricot Sour Wench
* Cask Conditioned Pescadero Pilsner with Raspberries

Drink This: Pulpit Rock Loopy Lynn Double IPA

IMG_0349.JPGpulpiI should have probably done a post about something a bit easier to get a hold of, but I think many Iowa beer lovers make the trek to Decorah a few times a month to get the latest and greatest for TG, so why not talk about the latest double IPA I really enjoyed that you can get in Decorah as well?

This past Friday night at Blackstone in Iowa City, there was a Pulpit Rock tap takeover. One of the newest and hottest breweries in Iowa filled the lines at Blackstone with liquid gold. I was very excited to try the Joy of Almonds, which was on nitro, and that didn’t disappoint. Sometimes I think nitro can take away from the flavor of the beer, but not for this one. The other big beer I was excited about was the special release of Loopy Lynn. Loopy Lynn is double IPA dry hopped with Citra and Eureka hops. I was lucky to even get a glass as I arrived at 5:30 for a 5:00 tapping and almost missed out (Thanks Sam!).

Loopy Lynn has that huge aromatic citra nose and the hazy golden/orange pour looks like a glass of orange juice. The beauty of this double IPA is that the flavor lasts from first sip to last swallow. Lingering flavor of grapefruit, orange, and a bit of pine from the Eureka added to the “dankness” that makes this a dangerously drinkable 8.14% double IPA.

Decorah has been a beer destination for some time now with Toppling Goliath, now Pulpit Rock adds to that trip. Make sure to stop in. This is old news for some, but make sure you stop in and try the goods at Pulpit.

Only a few places in Eastern Iowa that have had Pulpit on tap has been guest lines at Lion Bridge, Iowa Brewing Company and the folks at Need Pizza. Or, just take a drive to Decorah and indulge in both great breweries there! The hashtag from the folks at Pulpit is perfect: #stinkjuice. Drink this #stinkjuice!

Beer List for Pulpit Rock Pop-Up Taproom @Blackstone

pulpiVery excited for this Friday night as Pulpit Rock will be bringing some beers to Iowa City blackstonefor a Pop-Up Taproom Takeover at Blackstone in Iowa City. Sam Hall once again making it happen by getting one of Iowa’s newest and hottest upcoming breweries to take over his lines at Blackstone. I hope to see some people there, if you attend, stop by and say hi! Here’s the list:

Preikestolen – American Blonde Mother
Mai-I – Maibock
Whistle While You Wit – Witbier
5th Ave – West Coast Style IPA
Saftig – East Coast Style IPA
Loopy Lynn – New Double IPA
Doc Rem’s – English Mild
Pour-Over Porter – Robust Porter w/Coffee
For the Joy of Almonds – Oatmeal Stout with toasted coconut, almonds & cacao nibs

Pulpit Rock Pop-Up Taproom Coming to Blackstone June 3rd

blackstoneIf you’ve been reading the rave reviews, seeing the photos and posts that make you drool, read the descriptions of their beer, but haven’t been able to try Pulpit Rock yet? Now is your chance Eastern Iowa! Blackstone restaurant in Iowa City will be hosting a Pulpit Rock Pop-Up taproom on June 3rd. 9 beers on tap from Pulpit Rock, one of Iowa’s hottest up and coming breweries! Check it out! Hope to see you there!


Blackstone Hosting Iowa Brewery Tap Room: Lion Bridge on Tap Friday, March 4th

blackstoneBlackstone Restaurant in Iowa City will be hosting it’s first installment of Iowa Tap Room featuring Lion Bridge Brewery out of Cedar Rapids. Lion Bridge brewers and crew will be at

When: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Beer Lineup:
Workman’s Compensation (English Mild) lion bridge
Disaster at Meux (Brown Porter)
Herr of the Dog (Kolsch)
Yard Sale (Citra Hopped IPA)
Tomahawk Saison (Saison)
Olde No. 17 (Dry Irish Stout)
Oktobot 3000 (BA Imperial Oktoberfest)
GAZPROM (BA Russian Imperial Stout w/ Maple Syrup)
Maple Disaster (BA Brown Porter w/ Maple Syrup)
Cabernet Saison (BA Saison in Cabernet Barrel)

Blackstone Restaurant Hosting Stone Brewing Tap Takeover Dec. 11th


Blackstone restaurant in Iowa City will once again be hosting a tap takeover of sorts as Stone Brewing will be invading their tap lines with some tasty suds. So far, I ‘ve heard the following will be available at this event:

-Barrel-aged Arrogant Bastard
-Depth Charged Arrogant Bastard
-Stone + Sierra Nevada NXS collab (blend of a dry hopped IPA + barrel-aged IPA
-Enjoy By on Randall

plus more to come! Stay tuned for further details on this event, hopefully I’ll have more information on Monday!

Tap Wars Rd 3: Deshutes v. Stone Brewing @Blackstone Restaurant Lineup for 2/28/15

blackstoneHere is the lineup and tapping times for the 3rd round of Tap Wars presented by Blackstone Restaurant. After 2 very successful tap wars, this one pits 2 west coast powers against each other. Get to Blackstone restaurant on February 28th to try the following beers:

Tap Wars – Round 3 – puts two west coast powerhouses to battle!

11:00 AM

Lineup with aprox. tapping times:

Green Tea IPA 11:00
Enjoy by 3.14 11:00
Old Guardian w/hops 11:00
12.12 Vertical Epic 12:12
Arbalest 12:30
Bang Bang 1:30

Hop Henge 11:00
Chainbreaker 11:00
Fresh Squeezed 11:00
Black Butte 25 11:30
Super Jubel 2015 1:00
2012 Abyss 2:00

West Coast themed entree specials will also be available as well as custom cali inspired t shirts for sale.
A few highly limited and rare bombers will be on hand for samples throughout the day as well.