Abu Nawas bringing Nightmare Brewing to Iowa and many other releases!


Abu Nawas is at it again as they will be bringing Nightmare Brewing, a contract brewery out of New York, to our shelves in Eastern Iowa. The brews that we will be seeing are:

  • Nightmare Brewing Drawn and Quartered 16oz CAN – Quadruple dry-hopped Imperial IPA With Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy, Nelson & Citra
  • Nightmare Brewing Drawn and Quartered 1/6- Quadruple dry-hopped Imperial IPA With Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy, Nelson & Citra

Along with the welcoming of Nightmare Brewing to our shelves, we will be getting some Clown Shoes beers as well:

  • La Pinguina en Fuego 12/22oz BOT –  Beware of the Fiery Nun! Imperial Stout Aged in Rum Barrels.
  • Luchador en Fuego 12/22oz BOT – Mexican Style Chocolate Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels.
  • Snow On Maple The Tree 12/22oz BOT –  An Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels that had premium maple syrup aging in them.
  • Snow On Maple The Tree 1/6 bbl  –  An Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels that had premium maple syrup aging in them.

And to cap off the week with Abu Nawas they will have the following back from Evil Twin and Stillwater:

  • Evil Twin Even More Jesus 16oz CAN
  • Even More Jesus   1/6
  • Evil Twin Even More Pecan Jesus 16oz CAN
  • Evil Twin F is for Fruit Salad 16oz CAN
  • Evil Twin Brewing Imperial Doughnut 16oz CAN
  • Stillwater Insetto 12oz CAN
  • Stillwater Nitro Double Nothing 16oz CAN. Both this and Faux Fur sold out last week, more in stock for this week!
  • Stillwater Faux Fur 16oz

Pullman Bar and Diner Presents Stouts, Sours, and Oysters for post-Northside Oktoberfest Celebration

pullmanPullman Bar and Diner in downtown Iowa City will have a great selection of brews available for people who are stopping in after the Northside Oktoberfest celebration this coming weekend. Starting at 3 p.m. Pullman will be putting the following brews on tap:

Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut
Evil Twin Even More Jesus
Prairie Paradise
Surly Darkness 
Founders KBS
Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero
Mikkeller Drinkin Berliner Blueberry
Mikkeller Drinkin Berliner Lemon
Mikkeller Drinkin Berliner Passionfruit
Mikkeller Drinkin Berliner Raspberry 
That’s a bad ass looking lineup of brews and accompanying those beers will be Chef Emily’s oysters. A can’t miss event, if you’re in the area hit up Pullman this Saturday, September 30th. Cheers!

Beer Review #110: Clown Shoes Brewing Genghis Pecan Pie Porter

clown shoesThe name alone sold me on this beer. I hadn’t done any research, read any reviews, got any feedback at all on this beer. I just saw it on the shelves at Benz Beverage Depot and took a shot. This was my 2nd Clown Shoes beer to try, I first had their Clementine White Ale a few years back and thought it was ok. This beer however, I had high hopes for! I pictured a nut-brown type flavor with a bit more sweetness and a little more thickness and roasted flavor to along with the porter style. Here’s the brewery description:


Our new Pecan Pie Porter no longer uses extract, but rather brown sugar and pecans roasted by friends at The Gallows in Boston. Buddy Hadry, a rep at Bella Vista in PA, gave me the name for this beer, the second Pecan beer now that he has named. Thank you, Buddy!

This beer had in past been brewed with pecan extract and recently Clown Shoes changed to using fresh roasted pecans. The beer definitely had some roasted notes and a subtle pecan and brown sugar flavor but not as much as I was hoping. Definitely not liquid pecan pie.

This was not a bad beer, just didn’t hit the expectations that I had for it. I think it could have actually been a tad sweeter and for some reason, I wanted to be blown away the flavor of the pecans and I just wasn’t. The mouthfeel was a bit too thin for me and what I like for porters. Once again, not a bad beer at all, just missed the mark in some departments for me. I think pecan is an underutilized ingredient in beer and this was just the 2nd beer I’ve had with it in beer. The Stone Woot Stout I’ve enjoyed and I know Abita Brewing and Lazy Magnolia have a pecan beer, but if any brewers are thinking have using this nut in their beer my advice would be not to skimp on the pecan! The perfect balance of malts and nuts in a beer would Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Ale. If that can be done with pecans, I’m in!


STYLE: Porter

ABV: 7%

PURCHASED AT: Benz Beverage Depot; Cedar Rapids

POUR: Medium sized tan head, dark black pour.

AROMA: Roasted malts, nuts, coffee.

TASTE: Very subtle, maybe too subtle, flavor of pecans and brown sugar. A bit thin on the mouthfeel.

Ratebeer.com rating: 92

Beeradvocate raing: 85

Overall: C

My recommendation: Decent porter, but once again, a bit misleading. Was looking for a post supper dessert beer but this wasn’t one to do that.