Central Waters Releasing Bourbon Barrel Quad

central watersSome great news coming from Amherst, Wisky as Central Waters has announced they are going to release Bourbon Barrel Quad to their distro footprint! It was bottled yesterday (9/7) and should be coming soon. Stay tuned for more release details. Here’s the release courtesy of Central Waters Facebook page:

Hello September!!! Cool nights, changing leaves (which actually kicks off the celebration of Christmas for one of our brewers!), and big beer weather! Getting bottled today – the newest beer to come out of the barrel warehouse – Bourbon Barrel Quad!

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Baron’s Best of 2015: The Final Chapter

best ofLet’s finish this drug out list off once and for all. With 2015 in the books, 2016 is starting out on a great foot as Lion Bridge’s Barrel-aged January has kicked off and the tapping of Royal Wee is a day away (Wed. 13th). Buster from Big Grove is getting released at the end of the month and Quarter Barrel has opened their doors. Lots of great things in store for Iowa in 2016.

*Big Grove Brewery Desperate Measures – this golden sour big groveale aged in Opus One wine barrels was released along the same time that Richard the Whale was for Big Grove. A well balanced sour that gives you that sour pucker but some fruit sweetness and bit of barrel that help this beer make the list. Would love this for a summer brew too!

nelson.jpeg*Alpine Nelson
– I never had the opportunity to try any Alpine beers prior to Green Flash acquiring them but I’m guessing that Nelson couldn’t have been much better than what we got in bottles…I could be wrong but I really enjoyed this beer. The Nelson Sauvin hop shines in this beer and goes perfectly with the rye malt. Lots of flavor, excellent balance, and extremely drinkable!

lag.jpeg*Lagunitas Born Yesterday – bottled and shipped the very same day? Yes, Lagunitas pulls this one off and the freshness of this beer really showed. Citrus and tropical fruits shine in this 6.5% beer and if it was readily available this would always be in my fridge. I hope Lagunitas releases this one again….so good.

*Lion Bridge Brewery Yard Sale – so happy to see this lion bridgebeer back on tap at Lion Bridge as another citra hop forward brew makes the list. I had this for the 1st time back in May and remember getting two growlers filled after my first taste. Such a great brew.

515*515 Brewing The Basil Protocol – I’m a sucker for a good farmhouse/saison which this beer is, but I admittedly am not the biggest fan of basil. I like it ok, just not a bunch, so when I tried this beer I went in thinking I wouldn’t dig it. I was totally wrong. The basil is there but it meshes so well with the cucumber and pepperiness of the saison to make a wonderfully refreshing beer. Not to mention enjoying it when it was 100 degrees outside…another perfect summertime beer!

firetrucker*Firetrucker Tropical Burn – might be one of the hottest (popular) beers made in Iowa right now and rightfully so. Huge mango and tropical fruits on the nose and on the palate. Galaxy and citra with fresh mangoes makes this a well-balanced double IPA. Very drinkable, but be aware of that 9.1% ABV.

*Big Grove 15 Minuteman – part of the “Citra Triad” release from Big big groveGrove. 15 Minuteman once again showcases the citra hop. Super smooth and refreshing, this is another beer that can get you into trouble because of it’s drinkability. Minuteman and Trident made for a fun couple trips to Big Grove over the holidays!

bells.jpeg*Bells 30th Anniversary Stout – I really loved this beer. It wasn’t barrel-aged but man, this was packed with flavor. Tons of dark chocolate, some dark fruit, and as with many stouts got better as it warmed. I wish I would have the restraint to have aged a couple but I saw them, salivated, drank them.

*Big Grove/3rd Base Que Amarillo – am I homer for Iowa big grovebeers or what? That wasn’t the intention but it’s hard not to be when so many of our local brewers are kicking out great beers and Que Amarillo is one that stood out to me. I could be wrong, but I believe this was brewed with Jim at 3rd Base Brewery…feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. A Berliner-weisse that is hopped to high hell with Amarillo hops. If you don’t like your Berliner-Weisses’ too sour, this one’s for you. Tasty and refreshing. Maybe if I ask Bill and Jim nicely they will keep brewing it?

calling.jpeg*Boulevard The Calling – Boulevard did a major overhaul of their portofolio in 2015 and some where hits and some not so much in my opinion. One beer that they did a great job on was The Calling. I admittedly am not a huge fan of their Single-Wide IPA so when I saw that they were adding a double IPA to their Smokestack 4 pack series I was excited to try it. Oranges and pineapple with a bit pine round out this heavily hopped double.

space.jpeg*Central Waters Space Ghost – an imperial stout that is brewed with ghost peppers. It sounds like a one and done beer as some of these can be overwhelming with heat, but this is beautifully balanced and gives you just enough heat but not overpowering to go along with the richness from the stout.

*Big Grove Famine – I got to pour for Big Grove at an famiineevent in Dubuque last spring. I got to pour Arms Race, IPA, Que Sera, and….FAMINE! What a treat that was. Introducing a community to this beer and to Big Grove was exciting and I would love to do it again. When people asked what it tasted like, Collin (fellow pourer) and I had to take a drink just to remind ourselves how good it was. Part of the Hopocolaypse series this past Spring. I hope to see a return this year as well!

Central Waters Tap Takeover @ Red’s Alehouse Tuesday Dec. 1st!

central watersThe following comes from Red’s Alehouse Facebook page. Central Waters tap takeover with some heavy hitters on the menu; sounds like a great time in North Liberty tomorrow (Tuesday Dec. 1st):reds

This cold and rainy weather is only good for one thing.
Central Waters Brewing Company barrel aged beers, that’s what!

Tomorrow, Reds will be tapping the following beers from our Wisconsin friends:

2014 Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout
2015 Bourbon Barrel Stout
2014 Bourbon Barrel Aged Scotch Ale
Call Me Ol’ Fashioned
(American Strong aged in Brandy barrels with cherries and orange peel)

along with Cassian Sunset and Slainte Scotch Ale

Rainy days are good for some things I suppose!

Big Grove Brewery 2 Year Anniversary Bottle Share News

big groveGoing off of some earlier news about Big Grove Breweries 2 year anniversary party on August 29th and the highly anticipated release of Richard the Whale and variants was also the fact that they will be hosting a bottle share:

Also on the docket, we’re setting up the bottle-share glassware at 11am, so feel free to stop in with a bottle of something cool and explore the world through liquid.

Now, for this share, I can confirm that Big Grove will be kicking out some stellar kegs for tasting as well to go along with this. Here’s a glimpse of four beers will see make its way from the Big Grove cellar and to the tap lines:

*Founders KBS

*2013 Evil Twin Biscotti Break

*Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout

*Evil Twin NYE Hotel Room

So, bring a bottle or two of your own and stop on in! Cheers!

Coming to Shelves? Stone Ruinten now a Triple, Central Waters, next Stone Stochasticity Project, Double Two Hearted Ale?

Some tidbits on some upcoming releases that may hit Eastern Iowa shelves. Here we go!:

stone*Stone RuinTen will now be a Triple IPA instead of double IPA. According to mybeerbuzz.blogspot.com the 10th Anniversary release will still come in at 10.8% and will be available in 22 oz bombers. Stay tuned for more on this release.

*Central Waters Summarillo IPL – Central Waters will be throwing their hat into central watersthe ring of IPL makers as they will be releasing Summarillo, their version of an India Pale Lager. No word on the ABV or when it will be released, I’ll keep you posted on this brew.

stone*Stone Stochasticity HiFi+LoFi Mixtape Strong Ale – the following comes from the Stochasticity website:

A beer that pays homage to a centuries-old tradition of combining new beer with aged “stock ales.” Freshly brewed beers of the day often were very smoky and bitter tasting, and were blended with older beer that had mellowed with age to produce more drinkable libations. This modern brew will showcase our brewers’ talents by blending a stock ale aged more than three months in oak foudres (large wooden fermentation vessels) with a fresh version of the same beer to create a perfect harmony spanning end to end on the taste spectrum.

bells*Bells Double Two Hearted mybeerbuzz.blogspot.com released a nice little teaser today of a keg label of Bells Double Two Hearted Ale. No word on if this beer will be available outside of Michigan, bottled, or draft only, but it sure is making my mouth water thinking about it. Hopefully more news to come on this possible brew.

Central Waters Brewing Tap Takeovers Set for El Bait Shop and Parlor City

central watersCentral Waters Brewing will be taking over tap lines at 2 Iowa restaurants/bars. The first is set to take place at Parlor City on April 1st followed by another takeover at El Bait Shop on April 3. Here’s more from Central Waters’ Facebook page:

Alright Iowa, you’ve been asking for it. This week we’re bringing it to you! We’ll be invading the taps of two of your finest drinking establishments this week and we’re bringing out some of the big guns! Exact tap lineups will be revealed the day of the events, but trust us, you aren’t gonna want to miss either one.

Parlor City Pub & Eatery in Cedar Rapids on Wed, April 1

el Bait Shop in Des Moines on Fri, April 3

Stay tuned…

Coming Soon to Shelves: Hopslam, Central Waters, Rogue, New Belgium, Oskar Blues

Some new beers should be making their way to Eastern Iowa shelves very soon. The yearly anticipated release of Bells Hopslam, Central Waters Bourbon Barrel aged stout and possible cherry variant, Rogue releasing a spring pumpkin beer and New Belgium coming out with a porter for spring. Here we go:

hopslam**Bells Hopslam** – the annual release should be hitting our shelves in the next week or two. It will be interesting to see how the sales go as l saw last years $19.99 six packs sitting for a while in a few stores.

**Central Waters Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout**- a highly anticipated release from stoutCentral Waters is now available while supplies last. I saw Johncey’s in North Liberty post that they had it but it would be gone relatively quick. If you are lucky enough to find some, snag it up, it ages well and this is an underrated brew. Going off of that, rumor has it some Iowa accounts might see the bourbon barrel-aged cherry variant of cherrythis brew. I cannot confirm this but have heard rumblings. This would be a most welcome beer, as I’ve longed to try it!

**Rogue Pumpkin Savior Ale** – Rogue will be releasing this witbier that uses pumpkins that had been frozen from their fall harvest for the spring of 2015. More on this beer from http://www.beerstreetjournal.com:

Created with pumpkins grown at rogue farms in 

pumpkinIndependence, Oregon. This year we had an abundant harvest that left us with extra pumpkins after we brewer  pumpkin patch ale. So rather than let our precious pumpkins rot in the field we decided to save them by freezing them whole and brewing a spring pumpkin wit.

Rogue Pumpkin Savior Ale will be available of 750ml bottles in Spring, 2015.

Style: WItbier (w/ Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Vanilla, Ginger, Cloves)
Availability: 750ml bottles
Arrival: Spring, 2015

portage**New Belgium Portage Porter** – this beer will be hitting the shelves soon and will be available through March. Here’s more from http://www.thefullpint.com:

With New Belgium Brewing so close to the Cache la Poudre river, there’s a lot of us at the brewery that love to kayak and paddle,” said New Belgium’s Collaboration Business Analyst, Tye Eyden. “This time of year is great because the snowmelt begins and the rivers start to rise. But, often times, that will bring precarious conditions and rapids that we might have to portage around. Portage Porter pays tribute to that awesome experience – the obstacles are part of the fun!”

**Oskar Blues PINNER Throwback IPA** – this beer will be available this month, but with the rollout of Oskarpinner Blues in Iowa so fresh, I’m not sure when we will see it. Dry hopped with many different hops including a new variety, this “session” IPA comes in at 4.9%. Hopefully we see it soon!

**If you see any of these beers available please drop me a line and let me know where! Cheers!**

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.


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.