New Drekker coming next week!

Braaaaaaains Mango/Orange/ Banana Double Fruit Sour 
We’re bringing back one of our favorite Braaaaaaaains! This one is stuffed with Mango, Orange, and Banana then of course we gave it our double secret smoothie treatment of sea salt, lactose, and vanilla beans

NEW Style – Evil Natured Robots DBL IPA 
Evil Natured Robots, our crazy soft & juicy IPA hopped with NZH-107 & Mosaic! NZH-107 is a new experimental blend of New Zealand hops with some amazing tropical & citrus fruit flavor & aroma, and pairing it with Mosaic really gives this IPA some great notes of peach, guava, lychee, and lime.⠀

Chonk x Hydra – Sundae Fruit Sour   (MORTALIS brewing collaboration!!!) 
we teamed up with our pals at @mortalisbrewing to create Hydra Chonk, the absolute heftiest of chonky bois! This multi-headed monster is eating for three and completely stuffed with gobs and gobs of raspberry, mango, dragonfruit, toasted coconut, cream of coconut, and NO lactose!⠀

Ice Ice Prrrrty – Guava / Lime / Coconut 

This one is packed with guava, key lime, lemon-lime slushy mix, and cream of coconut. Will it ever stop? Yo, we don’t know. Turn off the lights and you might not be able to see this siiiiick new PRRRT 17oz Nordic Cooler glass!

NEW to Iowa – Long haired Freaky People DBL IPA 
Double IPA and our latest deep dive into a single hop that we just can’t get enough of. This one is brewed with all Vic Secret so it brings huge citrus, pineapple, passionfruit & stone fruit aromas that carry right into the flavor until you get hit with a nice, balanced bitterness. ⠀⠀

Ectogasm – Hazy IPA 
Ectogasm is a juicy, hazy, and soft NE IPA brewed with Citra & Mosaic hops. The Flagship IPA of Drekker brewing!’

More Drekker brews headed our way via Pequod!

Braaaaaaains Cherry/Mango/Pineapple  Double Fruit Sour
This one is absolutely stuffed with Cherry, Mango, & Pineapple and then of course we hit it with our double secret smoothie treatment of sea salt, lactose, and vanilla for an absolute 🔥🔥🔥 flavor combo.⠀

NEW Style – Sometime Around Midnight – Dbl IPA 
A brand spankin’ new Double IPA! We brewed this one with oats and spelt for a light, fluffy body and hopped it with NZH107 & Vic Secret. Then we fermented this one HOT with Nordic Kviek yeast to really crank up the citrusy flavor & aroma, so you’ll get not-so-subtle notes of citrus & tropical fruit like guava, passionfruit, grapefruit, and lime.

Chonk PB & J Supreme – Sundae Fruit Sour 
PB&J Supreme Chonk is absolutely stuffed with strawberry, blueberry, plum, banana, lactose & vanilla beans

NEW to Iowa – King of the Thing – All Citra Hopped Double Hazy IPA 

King of the Thing, our liquid ode to the magnificence & splendor of Citra hops! This super soft and royally juicy Double IPA reigns supreme with notes of lychee, candied lemon, and peach bellini

Slang Du Jour – Pineapple Upside down Cake 
We get asked to bring this one back all the time so once again we went full on Pineapple Upside Down Cake and stuffed in a ton of pineapple, cherry, brown sugar, granola, cinnamon, lactose, and vanilla beans for another one of those flavors that probably shouldn’t taste so much like the real thing but it totally does.

Chonk Strawberry/Guava/Banana/Fluff Sundae Fruit Sour 
Our lovable hefty boi is back and this time he’s absolutely slathered with strawberry, guava, banana, and marshmallows. Our little absolute unit is suuuuper sticky but having a great time & breathing all heavy because this combo of flavors is extra decadent and tasty as hell.

MORE, Equilibrium, Mason Ale Works, Humble Forager, and Untitled Art coming from Pequod!

Bartlett Maibock  6.2% ABV (’tis the season)
𝗕𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗹𝗲𝘁𝘁 𝗠𝗮𝗶𝗯𝗼𝗰𝗸 is a brand new lager brewed in honor of our future taproom in the heart of downtown Bartlett. This German-Style Maibock balances the rich, bready malt core with assertive hops for a dry and celebratory finish. Like most springtime beers, the subtle hop character is balanced toward floral and earthy making it a bold and lively lager that’s worth celebrating with your friends and family on new endeavors. 

Secret Cosmos DDH Hazy IPA  7% ABV 

 This Double Dry-Hopped IPA is brimming with Vic Secret, Galaxy, and Mosaic hops. Crack open a can and witness the stars align with astronomical notes of tropics such as pineapple and passionfruit, alongside a cosmic medley of berries and stone fruit. Experience this supernova of flavor today. (7% ABV)

Strheum – Strawberry Rhubarb Fruit sour 7.2% ABV 

Newly canned for the first time, our previously draft-only fruited sour is packaged and on our shelves today! 𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗵𝗲𝘂𝗺 is a kettle sour that’s jam-packed with farm fresh rhubarb and lusciously juicy strawberries for a balanced infusion of robust sweetness followed by a refreshing tart finish.

Shadows West coast IPA 6.7% ABV Inspired by the early days of the midwestern emo music scene, this classic West Coast IPA has a dynamic blend of Citra, Columbus, and Simcoe that really showcases a bold and electric hop profile. Pensive woody resin has subtle jolt of citrus pulp quickly fades into an herbaceous ensemble that’s incredibly snappy and clean.

Infinity Polar Vortex Triple IPA  – Northern Monk Brewery collaboration  Click the EQ logo above for a Rad video for this label
Brewery Release 3/28/22 Infinity Polar Vortex pours deep bright yellow and has a strong nose of resinous pineapple, bright citrus, grass, and a touch of apple candy. This fruit punch smoothie packs a medley of fresh squeezed OJ, deep papaya, Anjou pear, melon, and candied lime, with complex assorted berry notes throughout.

Astrophysics IPA  6.5% ABV (case only)
Astrophysics pours a vibrant milky yellow with heavy aromas of starfruit, passionfruit, tangerine Pez, and dank hops. Flavors of sweet orange flesh, passionfruit juice, cantaloupe, and gummy peach rings transition to notes of berry and yuzu before a Big Bang of our #EQjuice rainbow melon finish. 

dHop5 Dbl IPA 8.5% ABV  (case only) Brewery release date 3/17/22
dHop5 pours a milky yellow releasing aromas of bright passion fruit, peach rings, lime, and pineapple juice all integrated with a sorbet twist. The taste is a bright creamy tropical flavor that is dangerously drinkable and balanced with our signature #EQjuice finish.

Energy Equals Dbl IPA 8% ABV (case only)
We start with MC² as a base and incorporate the well received process we like to refer to as the ‘Energy Dry Hop’ which gives this beer an intense brightness and flavor. Energy Equals has enhanced flavor characteristics of mango, pineapple, citrus, and apricot. With the new technique in place, we notice a much deeper flavor profile while being extremely bright and lighter in body.

MC2  Dbl IPA – 8% ABV (case only)
It pours a hazy tangerine color, releasing bright tropical notes of mango, pineapple, and apricot. MC² tastes like succulent mango juice loaded with chewy hop resins.

Gwion and the Witch – Cinnamon Bun Pastry stout 13.5% ABV 
Next up in this Pastry Stout series. Gwion and the Witch is a Cinnamon Bun Style Pastry Stout. Thick buy not syrupy with perfect amounts of cinnamon and notes of Frosting on the nose. Fun beer 

Nelsonomicon Hazy DIPA – Ogopogo Collab
Collaboration with Ogopogo Brewing (San Gabriel, CA). This Hazy Double IPA is packed full of Nelson, Citra and NZ Cascade Hops

Citra Revengeance Hazy DIPA – Beer Zombies Collab
Beer Zombies Brewing Collaboration. Double Dry Hopped Hazy Double IPA with 100% Citra Hops

Sweet Creams are made of these – Fruited Sour 
Milkshake inspired ale with huge amounts of raspberries and blueberries added with vanilla and lactose. Thick body with tart raspberry and blueberry notes.

Respeto – Mexican Style Lager  (cases only) 
Gold medal at the Ensenada Beer Festival in the Mexican Lager Category!

Foggy Footpath DDH DIPA (Fairstate brewed)
A Hazy DDH Double IPA that was brewed at Fairstate Brewing, made with Citra Cryo, Mosaic, and el dorado Cryo hops.  The beer was described as bright, soft and “made with a lot of hops”. 

Kumquat Mango Smoothie Seltzer (it’s pretty amazing) 
I’ll be honest I don’t recall what Kumquat is supposed to taste like, but the Mango in this is from the ataulfo Mango, also known as the Honey mango. It bright, tropical and bursting with true mango goodness!

Untitled Art, Artisanal, MORE, Weldwerks, Modist, Blackstack, and Wild Minds coming from Pequod this week!

Juice Drops Mango Lotus IPA – Collaboration with Toppling Goliath (limited amount available)
Here’s the 2nd collab between TG and UA, this time brewed at Untitled art. Juice Drops is an IPA featuring Lotus hops, accented with Mango Juice and mango puree. 

Warheads Seltzer
A mixed variety of the Warhead Sour candy seltzer including:

  1. black cherry
  2. watermelon
  3. blue raspberry
  4. Green Apple

Warheads Xtreme Ale Sour beer  
A mixed variety of the Warhead Sour candy ales including:

  1. Watermleon
  2. lemon
  3. blue raspberry
  4. Green Apple 

NEW – Brain Fuzz
Inspired by the classic Lime Rickey. Tart citrus and sugary cherry meld perfectly into a comfy nest of marshmallow sweetness. Luscious and vibrant red, and bursting with stone fruit. 

Main Course – DDH DIPA
DDH DIPA 𝗠𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲 is back and tasting juicier than ever! Viscously dry hopped with Citra and Idaho-7 for a banquet of peach marmalade, glazed pineapple gummies, and ripe starfruit with a pear-like, melony finish. Subtle bitterness provides some balance to the predominant juice composition which makes this NEIPA truly a chef d’oeuvre. (8.3% ABV)

Pineapple Dbl Marbles 

Our latest installment of our Marbles series is a certain kind of nautical nonsense that will make even the crabbiest of flounders say “shiver me timbers!” 𝗣𝗶𝗡𝗲𝗔𝗽𝗣𝗹𝗲 𝗗𝗼𝗨𝗯𝗟𝗲 𝗠𝗮𝗥𝗯𝗟𝗲𝗦 is a Milkshake-style DIPA with Pineapple, Vanilla, and Milk Sugar and a scrupulous helping of both citra and chinook hops. A tropical upsurge of pineapple heaves a coffer of straight dole whip that resolves with a bounty of sweet island tang. (8% ABV)

Blueberry Cobbler

Sour Ale brewed with vanilla, milk sugar, graham cracker, blueberry puree & with natural flavors added

Juicy Bits IPA
Our flagship IPA features a huge citrus and tropical fruit hop character from the Mosaic, Citra & El Dorado hops and softer, smoother mouthfeel from the adjusted water chemistry, higher protein malts, and lower attenuation. The end result is a beer reminiscent of citrus juice with extra pulp, thus the name Juicy Bits.

Pineapple Upside Down
We think we bested Betty Crocker on this one. 🍍🙃 🍰
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Berliner

Mosaic Extra Extra Juicy Bits
MXXJB is *always* fashionably late (tag that friend 😆) but you know they’ll be looking fabulous by the time they show up, and keen on all the hot gossip. Rumor has it that this Hazy DIPA is bursting at the seams with notes of pineapple and tangerine.. talk about a diiiiva.⁠

Werk – IPA 
This 6.2% IPA has been around the block before, (for this iteration, we made some notable modifications to the grain bill, as well as significantly increased the amount of dry-hop additions) absolutely loves attending brewery safety meetings, is a real hard werker, but knows how to punch out right at 5pm and certainly doesn’t take werk home.

Key Lime Pie 
Key limes, vanilla beans, and a hint of graham cracker?.. YOU KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS and you best believe we’re welcoming back Key Lime Pie with arms wide open. In case you haven’t had a chance to try KLP yet, this 4.2% citrusy Sour Ale is tart, creamy, complex, and dangerously drinkable.. 

Juicy Fish DBL IPA – Pinthouse brewing Collab
Juicy Fish is a delectable 8.6% DIPA that is bursting at the seams with papaya, guava, pineapple, and grapefruit, brewed in collaboration with our buddies over Pinthouse Brewing in Austin, TX. This fruit-bomb DIPA is a mashup between their flagship Hazy, Electric Jellyfish, and of course, our beloved Juicy Bits.

Crippling Predictability – Triple IPA  (Blackstack Brewing
Collaboration)

Two of Minnesota’s finest breweries coming together to knock out a banger IPA. or as the cool kids say – “This shit slaps”. A Modist x Blackstack collaboration New England Triple IPA w/ Maris Otter, Boho Pils, wheat & flaked oats. Hopped & double dry hopped with Black Stack’s selected Cashmere, our own select Citra, Strata, Sultana & Cryo El Dorado.

Olde Omen – Bock
All ye who drink this elixir beware, ancient traditions and rituals are upon thee. Steeped in history and celebrations, this beer is our Modist omen of fun times.

Introducing Olde Omen our Bock Dark Lager Bier w/ heritage German Munich Malts, hopped with Sultana, long boiled & lagered.

Dreamyard – Hazy IPA 
An New England IPA that’s made from oats and wheat. Splendidly hazy with aromas of stonefruit, pineapple, and citrus. An insane amount of Citra and Sultana hops per barrel make this beer an incredibly juicy and citrusy treat with an approachable level of bitterness.

Dear Diary – Triple IPA – TIPA (10.0%)
Dear Diary, what a day it’s been… Misunderstood quantities of hand-selected Strata, Michigan Chinook, El Dorado & Cashmere Cryo. What does it all mean? …and furthermore, who cares?

Piano Lessons  – Dbl New England IPA – DIPA (8.1%)
How much did you practice this week? Be honest… Diligent additions of Hand Selected Citra Cryo, El Dorado & Mosaic Cryo with A sprinkle of Sabro. I swear, it sounded way better at home. Can I switch to guitar?

Dimensional tickets for Barrel-aged “Can-D-Bar” go live on 3/6 @ 7 p.m.! “neat” imperial stout releases 3/12 – taproom only!

Dimensional Brewing in Dubuque, IA is kicking off the month of March with a bang as they are set to release two beers! Tickets for their popular “Can-D-Bar’ will open Sunday, March 6th @ 7 p.m.! The following week will see the debut of “neat” imperial stout for a tap room only release starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday March 12th! Details below! Cheers!

It’s time for us to get our Barrel Aged March on. We are excited to bring back B.A. Can-D-Bar & to introduce you to our best nonadjunct B.A. Stout to date. We will be doing this release similar to our most recent releases. Please read the following details carefully.

B.A. Can-D-Bar is a 11.35% imperial stout aged for 14 months in Blaum Bros. Distilling Co. Bourbon Barrels and then rested on Coconut and Cacao!

– Tickets for B.A. Can-D-Bar will be sold online via Etix at 7pm on Sunday, March 6th. Please look for an event page to be posted soon. We will supply a link to etix on the event page.

– B.A. Can-D-Bar will be sold in 2, 500ml bottle packages.

– The limit is one set per order.

– If you score a ticket for B.A. Can-D-Bar bottle pick up will begin on Saturday, March 12th at 11am at the taproom.

– Proxies are allowed for pick up. They must have a screen shot or printed copy of the buyers ID and Etix ticket to be scanned upon pick up.

Introducing “neat”

-neat is a big thicc 11.8% stout aged in a Blaum Brothers Rye barrel for 13 months and that’s it! This Rye Barrel Aged Stout has created such a harmonious blend of the beer & barrel that we can’t wait to send your taste buddies into a state of nirvana.

– This Rye barrel aged Stout will be available in 500ml bottles.

– Due to the low bottle count, we will be releasing this beer first come, first served at 11am on Saturday, March 12th at our taproom.

– Limits will be determined upon turnout and final bottle count.

– For those of you lining up, we will open the garage early for pre game shenanigans because we love you.

Odell and Avery next to enter Iowa?

odellRumors flying on beeradvocate, specifically from BottleCaps80, that Odell Brewing and Avery Brewing will averyhave representatives in our great state next week trying to work out distribution deals to enter Iowa. Avery has been rumored since the beginning of the year and speculation with Odell has continued since they are in the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Missouri. With both of these big dogs in the craft beer world on the verge of entering our market, shelf space once again becomes a hot commodity in Iowa and more decisions for beer lovers is always welcome.

With that too, which breweries are going to get overlooked. There are a few that come to mind that I’ve passed up since they’ve entered our market but if both Odell and Avery enter, we have some the best options for craft beer in the country. A good problem to have for us, some breweries on our shelves might not be too happy. Cheers!

Distribution Rumor: Avery Brewing coming to Iowa in 2015?

averyThe latest gossip I’ve been hearing about breweries entering the Iowa market takes us to Boulder, Colorado and Avery Brewing company (www.averybrewing.com). While the brewery is undergoing another expansion from my sources it sounds like once expansion is complete in 2015 they will be looking to expand distribution into Iowa. Their 1.55 million gallons wasn’t enough to cover their previous distribution map and had to pull out of some states and put further distribution on hold. Now, with the new brewery it looks like they could be producing up to 500,000 barrels of sweet, wonderful brew.

There is not definite confirmation on this rumor quite yet but it sounds pretty promising so stay tuned to further developments. In the meantime, checkout and do a little research on Avery brews here: http://averybrewing.com/our-ales/

**If you have any beer news, rumors, a review you would like posted, feel free to drop me an email at benmed15@yahoo.com.

New to Shelves: Prairie Artisanal Ales

prairie artisan alesEastern Iowa should be seeing a brewery from Oklahoma hitting the shelves. Prairie Artisanal Ales out of Kress, Oklahoma should have their bottles on our shelves soon (possibly today). Here’s the brewery description:

Welcome to the world of Prairie Artisan Ales. A company started by two brothers. We didn’t start it due to a lack of good beer, or whatever people like to say in this part of their website. We wanted to do something that was awesome. We have the talent, and most importantly the years of experience needed to get it done. So we did it. We have funded the company on our own, and only want to work with people that care about beer, super good beer. Our goal is to show people what is possible when you start with “step one”.

They have many different Saison styles beers and a bourbon barrel aged stout. A very promising brewery if you dig saisons. Check this link to read more on their brews: http://www.prairieales.com/Beers.html.

Beer Review #99: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

bcsThe very first barrel-aged beer America stills stands strong today as Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout continues to make beer headlines nationwide as one of/if not the best barrel-aged beer around. I got up very early on a cold Iowa Tuesday morning to capture the prize of a few four-packs of this brew, and was glad I did. As I have slowly evolved into a barrel-aged beer lover, I’ve come to appreciate what the booze offers a really good crafted stout. Earlier in my beer drinking days, I would have scoffed, and possibly spit this beer out proclaiming it to be too boozy and downright undrinkable, but now, I relish the opportunity to taste the vanilla from the bourbon and oak flavor from the barrel.

Goose Island has made many headlines in the beer world this last few years as the Evil Empire that is AB-InBev bought them out, and as much as I avoid buying the big 3, I’ve also come to appreciate that Goose Island hasn’t sacrificed their quality of product with the buyout…. yet, and I hope they never do.

From the brewery:

“I really wanted to do something special for our 1000th batch at the original brewpub. Goose Island could have thrown a party. But we did something better. We brewed a beer. A really big batch of stout-so big the malt was coming out of the top of the mash tun. After fermentation we brought in some bourbon barrels to age the stout. One hundred and fifty days later, Bourbon County Stout was born-A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with a thick foam the color of bourbon barrels. The nose is a mix of charred oak, vanilla,carmel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer. It overpowers anything in the room. People have even said that it’s a great cigar beer, but I haven’t yet tried a cigar that would stand up to it.”

I will be letting a few four packs age and hopefully at some point I can put together a vertical tasting of this beer, but as I was sipping the last one, (about 2 weeks ago), and as it warmed, it might have been the best barrel-age I’ve tasted. The aroma of the vanilla shines through the longer this beer sits, and as I finished the last half of it, it started tasting like a liquid form of an almond joy candy bar. Anyone else get that flavor? Such a great beer to sit and sip on, especially on a cold winter night! The alcohol warms you up nicely but does not overpower the fantastic flavor of this wonderfully well-crafted brew.  Cheers!

REVIEW

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV:15%

Purchased at: Hy-Vee

Pour: Viscous black pour, very thick.

Aroma: Bourbon sweetness, vanilla, coconut.

Flavor: Chocolate flavor, the bourbon is there, coconut is well. Liquid almond joy (that can get you drunk)

Ratebeer.com rating: 100/100

Beeradvocate.com rating: 100/100

Overall: A

My recommendation: A fantastic beer, proceed with caution as a few of these could put you on your ass pretty quick. If you are not into barrel-aged beers this would be something great to try with a group of people at a tasting event.