Pullman/Kroul Farm Dinner Year #4: Truly Delicious!

Year #4 of the popular Pullman/Kroul farm dinner is in the books and once again the staff outdid themselves. Chef Smart and Pullman staff continue to present inspiring and beautiful dishes to attendees of this event and this year was no different. Considering they were cooking over an open flame on a close to 90 degree Sunday, you may have thought there would be hiccup….not at all! Every dish, start to finish was excellent!

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DISH #1
Za’atar eggplant gallette, sungold tomato, ricotta salata, green chile zhoug
Canteloupe gazpacho, coconut, cucumber, mint
Rosemary skewered Mussels, lemon-caper aioli, roasted red pepper

The perfect way to start the evening! A chilled gazpacho with melon and cucumber to cool off the hot evening and then digging into the mussel with a fresh caper aioli. Finish it off the somewhat spicy gallette and its flaky crust….I’ll take more of that gallette please!

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DISH #2

Wood-fired chanterelle mushrooms, grilled diver sea scallop, sweet corn, brown butter sabayon, pickled apple, hazelnut, sweet basil

The second dish might be my favorite of the night! A perfectly cooked scallop served alongside sweet corn and chanterelle mushrooms…absolutely outstanding! And anytime brown butter is added to a dish it makes it that much more exquisite…just an outstanding dish.

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DISH #3

Cedar plank trout, herb roasted marble potatoes, marinated cherry tomato, blistered green beans, horseradish & smoked trout roe cream, fines herbes

Extremely fresh fish and perfectly cooked vegetables made this the perfectly placed dish amongst the courses. The added touch of the horseradish to give it a little bite was very nicely done.

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DISH #4

Pavelka’s point Lamb Merguez with blistered shishito & onion
Roasted zucchini, confit summer squash, blistered radish, garlic, mint & red chimichurri

I love the idea of serving dishes family style and this lamb sausage dish not only tasted wonderful but was visually appealing as well. The sausage had a little heat to it and blistered shishito peppers were the perfect accompaniment. Delicious!

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DISH #5

Short rib Shepherd’s pie, roasted carrot, onion, celery root, thyme
Grilled prime cut of Kroul Farm’s beef
Roasted pumpkin & bitter greens with fresh chevre & apple-onion-pancetta agrodolce

I did say the scallop was my favorite until I remembered the short rib shepherd’s pie! Creamy and delicious with melt in your mouth beef. This is a dish for the cooler months for sure but it tasted damn good on a warm Sunday night as well! The prime cut of beef was perfectly cooked and seasoned and was melt in your mouth!

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DISH #6

Gooey butter cake & bourbon poached pears with maple cream, rosemary caramel, spiced streusel & candied ginger

I don’t consider myself much of a dessert guy but all 4 years of this dinner the crew has put together some of tastiest desserts I’ve ever had and this year was no different. The butter cake was extremely moist and the poached pears still had some crunch in them and were not mushy at all. The cake was paired wonderfully with one of the best coffees I’ve ever had, a chai cream coffee.

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Special thank you to the Kroul family for hosting once again and to Cory Kent and Chef Ben Smart and staff. A truly remarkable meal and I look forward to next year’s event! Cheers!

 

Abu Nawas drops this week! Amager, Labietis, Grimfrost, Pohjala, Omnipollo

A huge drop of some tasty beers from Abu this week. Beer and Mead galore coming at you!

AMAGER

  • Amager Black Donald 12/500ml bottles – From the “Wicked Tales of Scotland” – 4 whiskey barrel-aged beers. Whiskey Barrel-Aged Heavily Peated Imperial Stout in Laphroaig Barrels. 11% ABV.
  • Amager Red Cap 12/500ml bottles – From the “Wicked Tales of Scotland” – 4 whiskey barrel-aged beers. Whiskey Barrel-Aged Wee Heavy Ale in Auchentoshan Barrels.
  • Amager The Black Cat 12/500ml bottles – From the “Wicked Tales of Scotland” – 4 whiskey barrel-aged beers. Whiskey Barrel-Aged Peated Baltic Porter aged in Bowmore Barrels. 10% ABV.
  • Amager The Boobrie 12/500ml bottles – From the “Wicked Tales of Scotland” – 4 whiskey barrel-aged beers. Whiskey Barrel-Aged Double Mash Imperial Stout – aged in fresh Scottish Glen Garioch whiskey barrels. 12% ABV.
  • Mikkeller / Amager Bourbon BA Hr. Frederiksen Vaesel Brunch 12/500 ml. Collaboration blend with Mikkeller/Amager. A blend of Hr.Fredriksen (Amager) and Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Mikkeller) – then aged in Bourbon barrels. 10.7%
  • Amager Fru Frederiksen 12/500ml bottles. Delicious Danish Sout. Fru (Mrs.) Frederiksen is a wise lady that uses minimal effort to achieve her goals. 7% ABV
  • Amager Hr. Frederiksen 12/500ml bottles. Delicious Danish Imperial Stout. Hr. (Mr.) Frederiksen is a powerful dude, who enjoys nothing more than to stand and admire his own muscles. 10.5% ABV.
  • Amager Rye Porter 12/500ml bottles. Big, rich Rye Porter. 8.5% ABV.
  • Amager/ Goose Island RyeKing 12/500ml. Lightly Smoked Rye Stout. 7.7% ABV.
  • Amager/18th Street Lawrence of Arabica 12/500 ml. Delicious Coffee Orange Porter. ABV: 7%.

Labietis

  • Labietis Aroniju Ragana 12/500 ml – (Aronia Witch) A wonderful ruby red beer dry fruited with aronia berry juice and hopped Citra Hops. 5.1% ABV.
  • Labietis Gaismas Ragana 12/500 ml – (Witch Of Light) Bronze Age Braggot. 3400 years ago a girl was burried with a bucket of fermented beverage in Egtved. In 1929 archeologists recovered this grave and recently found out that the beverage was made of wheat, honey, cranberries, cowberries, meadowsweet, bog myrtle and lindenblossom. This giddy and sweetly aromatic braggot is a modern remake of that prehistoric recipe. 8% ABV.
  • Labietis Mežs 12/500 ml – (Forest) Inspired by Latvian folk songs about juniper berry beer, this one will be refreshing in a resinous fashion, balancing with slight malty taste and nice reddish color. Dry-hopped with a variety of hops derived from Eastern Europe wild hops – Kazbek. 5.5% ABV.
  • Labietis Pelašku Velns 12/500 ml – (The Yarrow Devil) Imperial Stout, Dark, aromatic and highly inebriating beer made from selected roasted malts, boiled and severely dry-hopped with Citra hops and yarrow. 8.8% ABV.
  • Labietis / Bakunin Purva Medus 12/500 ml – (Bog Honey) Mead with cowberry juice and bog myrtle brewed in co-lab with St Petersburg, Russia Bakunin brewery. 6.5% ABV.

Grimfrost

  • Grimfrost SuttungR Brew 12/750 ml – A rustic lingonberry mead with pine shoots and heather honey with a rich taste of Viking Age Sweden. 13% ABV.
  • Grimfrost Mungatt Braggot 24/330 ml – Mungátt (Old Norse: good for mouth) has been developed together with Mjödhamnen, Sweden’s most distinguished mead, and ale producer. With it, we would like to invite you on a journey back to the Viking Age when honeyed ale was one of the favorite festive beverages. Enjoy this fresh, supple brew with friends or a good meal. 8% ABV.

Pohjala

  • Pohjala BA Oo (XO Cognac) 24/330ml Bottles – Cognac Barrel-Aged Imperial Baltic Porter from the Fantastic Pohjala Brewery. 11.5% ABV.
  • Pohjala Cherry Banger 24/330 ml – Imperial stout with cherries, chocolate, and vanilla pods. 12.5% ABV.
  • Pohjala CocoBanger 24/330 ml – A banging imperial stout brewed with coconut and A Caturra coffee from Costa Rica. 12.5%
  • Pohjala Karneval 24/330 ml – An Imperial Dessert Stout with fresh flavors from raspberries, passionfruit, and toasted coconuts. Brewed in collaboration with Mother Kelly’s London. 10.9% ABV.
  • Pohjala Leevike 24/330 ml – A spiced sour ale brewed with fermented cranberries, hibiscus, heather honey, toasted cinnamon, and cloves. Translation: The Bullfinch. 6.5% ABV.
  • Pohjala Meri 24/330 ml – Translation: The Sea. A classic Gose, brewed with Himalayan rock salt and coriander seeds. 4.4% ABV.
  • Pohjala Must Kuld 24/330ml – Translation: Black Gold. A rich porter with smooth notes of milk chocolate. Enjoy on its own, or as a decadent dessert. 7.8% ABV.
  • Pohjala Ohtu 24/330 ml –  Translation: Evening Sky. An easy-going porter brewed with oats and rye, bursting with vanilla and chocolate flavors. 8% ABV.
  • Pohjala Oo 24/330ml – Translation: The Night – An imperial Baltic Porter as dark as the Estonian winter nights. 10.5% ABV.
  • Pohjala Prenzlauer Berg 24/330 ml – Raspberry Berliner Weisse. A rich and creamy sour wheat beer, brewed with raspberries. 4.5% ABV.
  • Pohjala Ulo (Cellar Series) 24/330 ml – Outstanding Chardonnay barrel-aged Imperial Saison with gooseberries. 10% ABV.
  • Pohjala / Jester King Port Over Easy (Cellar Series) 24/330 ml – Collab with Jester King – a Baltic porter brewed with caramelized Estonian birch syrup and Texan soul; aged in port wine barrels. Needless to say more! 10.5% ABV.

Omnipollo

  • Omnipollo Hypnopompa 6/4/16oz CAN – 👀💣tall boy OMNIPOLLO®️ HYPNOPOMPA®️ MARSHMALLOW ☁️VANILLA COFFEE ☕️ IMPERIAL STOUT 11% ABV. It•was•all•a•dream.
  • Omnipollo Double Bruno 6/4/16oz CAN – Raspberry Lime Crush Ale Brewed with Raspberry, Lime, and Fresh Mint. 6% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Bianca Blueberry Maple Pancake Lassi Gose 6/4/16oz CAN – Blueberry maple pancake lassi gose ale brewed with blueberries, lactose sugar & maple syrup. 6% ABV. 🍁 🥞
  • Omnipollo Aon Pecan Mud Cake Stout (Bourbon Barrel Aged) 24/33cl – From the Brewer: “When I was 12 I dreamed of becoming a pastry chef. Call this a creative outlet.
    Thick, rich and excessively decadent, this beer aims to bring back childhood memories.” Imperial Pastry Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels for 18 Months. De Molen Collab.11% ABV. 🥃🍰🥃
  • Omnipollo Devin the Dude 24/12oz – Beautifully made German-style pilsner. 5.2% ABV. 💗💗💗
  • Omnipollo Agamemnon 16oz CAN 24/16oz CAN – OmniPollo’s beloved, original Maple Syrup Imperial Stout is back and better than ever in 16oz cans. 12.5% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Andreas Oat 6/4/16oz 4-Pack Can –  Delicious NE-Style Oat IPA. 7% ABV. 💗💗💗
  • Omnipollo Nebuchadnezzar 24/16oz CAN – Omnipollo’s Award-winning IIPA “Neb” is a homebrew recipe that has been scaled up with no consideration to economies of scale. Some say idiotic, and as an economist, I would have to agree. Get fresh or die trying. 8.5% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Oaxaca 24/16oz CAN – Mango Margarita Slush IPA. IPA brewed with lactose sugar, mango, lime, grapefruit & vanilla added. 6.5% ABV
  • Omnipollo Quadruple Dry-Hopped Fatamorgana 24/16oz CAN – 4x Dry-Hopped Double IPA. 8.1% ABV. 💗💗💗
  • Omnipollo Shploing! 24/12oz Can – The return of a Classic! IPA with marshmallow, graham cracker, salt, and lactose sugar, it’s a MANGO S’MORES IPA. 7% ABV. 💗💗💗
  • Omnipollo Tetragrammaton 6/4/16oz  Can – Galaxy, Citra, & Mosaic IPA. 7.3% ABV.
  • Omnipollo Vanitas 24/16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped Imperial Baklava IPA brewed with Pistachios & Almonds. 8% ABV.

Clock House Brewing releasing Pineapple Witch Slap 9/26

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Clock House Brewing company will be releasing a pineapple variant of their popular Witch Slap hazy IPA on September 26th! To make it even better they will be releasing this beer in 16 oz crowlers! Here’s more from Clock House!

The Witches are at it again and have decided to take our Flag Ship “Witch Slap NEIPA” to warmer places. They’ve added loads of Pineapple during primary and secondary fermentation to create a unique tropical twist. Don’t forget your sunglasses and fly into our taproom to enjoy our Hazy, Murky, Juicy Witch, infused with real pineapple! Get some while it lasts!

Iowa Brewing releasing Double Barrel Hang Fire + more on Oct. 12th!

 

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Iowa Brewing announcing another big release coming this fall! On October 12th they will be releasing double barrel Hang Fire, a variant of last year’s anniversary Hang Fire release. Along with Hang Fire, they will be releasing some other brews as well. Here’s more courtesy of Iowa Brewing:

For our first anniversary we brewed an Imperial Stout called Hang Fire. For our second anniversary we released four barrel-aged variants of it (Aquila-Nilla, Brunch AF, Rubus & Templeton). But that wasn’t all… The legacy of Hang Fire continues! We took one of the Templeton Hang Fire barrels and put that back into a fresh Rye barrel for an additional year! Behold! Double Barrel Hang Fire, two years in barrels and finished with chipotle, cinnamon and cocoa nibs.

But that also isn’t all…

Once upon a time we had a Belgian-style Tripel that we called, Tripel. We put some of that Tripel into a Cedar Ridge port wine barrel which was used to create one of their Single Malt silver label whiskies. We then let that barrel chill for two years! This magic liquid is now known as Barrel-Aged Tripel and will also be available in bottles.

“Is there more?” you ask…

Yes! We will be debuting the newest batch of our Juicy-Hazy IPA series, Jinkies! AND perhaps something else that’s extra fun, so stay tuned…..

Pricing TBD
Double Barrel Hang Fire, 375 ml bottle
Barrel-Aged Tripel, 375 ml bottle
Jinkies!, 16 oz. 4-pack

Iowa Brewing releasing “Jinkies” part of their hazy IPA series on 9/11!

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Iowa Brewing will be continuing their hazy/juicy IPA series this week with the release of “Jinkies” on September 11th. This release will be available in 4 packs @ 10.99 and also on draft. Here’s more from Iowa Brewing:

Jinkies! it’s time for another version of our Hazy/Juicy IPA series (previously known as Juicy McJuice Pants)

This newest batch features a delicious blend of El Dorado, Strata and Amarillo hops.

The beer will be available on draft with 16 oz. 4-packs to go @ $10.99 – the last version sold out in a couple hours so we’ll be canning a little more this time around but don’t dawdle, it won’t last long!

Lion Bridge releasing Oktobot + Oktobot 3000 today! (9/4)

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Fall season is underway and what better way to ring it in than sitting in the Czech Village at the Lion Bridge patio and sipping on their fall favorite Oktobot…and if you’re feeling froggy……their Barrel-aged imperial Marzen Oktobot 3000 is available too! Here are the deets courtesy of Lion Bridge:

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Our odes to Oktoberfest become self-aware on draft and in package TODAY at 3pm.

These Imperial Oktoberfestbiers are the finest we’ve ever made and super excited to share with you all.

Oktobot (Imperial Märzen, 7.7%) – A fusion brew with German and Czech roots in the recipe as well as the name (“robot” is a word with Czech origins). Munich and Bohemian Pilsner Malt are the motherboard to this amped up version of the style, while a healthy dose of German hops provide fuel to keep it running. This is the non-barrel aged version. Look to Oktobot 3000 for even more power. Available in 6 packs.

Oktobot 3000 (Barrel-Aged Imperial Märzen, 8.5%abv) – A fusion brew with German and Czech roots in the recipe as well as the name (“robot” is a word with Czech origins). Munich and Bohemian Pilsner Malt are the motherboard to this amped up version of the style, while 6 months in Rye Whiskey barrels greases the cogs and makes sure it all computes. Available in 4 packs.

Abu Nawas drops this week: Prairie, Blackberry Farm, Abomination, + Public Access

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Another week come and gone means another week of great beer drops from Abu Nawas! Let’s get it rolling!

PRAIRIE

  • Prairie No Way Frosé CAN – Sour Ale with Lime Zest, Strawberry, Pineapple and Juniper. 4.9% ABV.
  • Prairie Karate Chimp CAN – Sour Ale with Apricot, Mango and Tangerine. 5.4% ABV.
  • Prairie Standard CAN – light, crisp Saison with a hoppy finish. 5.6% ABV.
  • Prairie Phantasmagoria CAN – Big, Bold Double IPA. 8.0% ABV.
  • Prairie Lil’ Nap CAN – Sour Ale with Blackberries and Lime. 6% ABV.
  • Prairie  Hulk Hands CAN – Gose dry hopped with Falconer’s Flight and Cascade Hops. 5.4% ABV.
  • Prairie Flare CAN – Gose with Orange and Coriander. 5.4% ABV.
  • Prairie Prairie Picnic CAN –  A Picnic Pale Ale. 5.5% ABV
  • Prairie Vape Tricks CAN. Sour ale aged on Cherries. 5.9% ABV.

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BLACKBERRY FARM

  • Blackberry Farm Fenceline CAN – Belgian-style ale brewed with generous portions of wheat malt for a creamy mouthfeel and hazy straw color. Generous additions of Huell Melon hops lend notes of melon and strawberry, along with a balanced bitterness. 5.9% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Classic Saison CAN – Belgian-style Saison features European noble-type hops, authentic Belgian Saison yeast, and the finest European two-row malt. 6.3% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Boundary Tree CAN – This hop-forward Belgian-style ale features notes of citrus fruit that complement its bready malt undertones. A soft bitterness, reminiscent of orange marmalade, balances delicate spice notes that result from a warm fermentation. 6.5% ABV.

 

ABOMINATION

  • Abomination Brewing White Stouts Can’t Jump CAN – White Imperial Stout brewed with Lactose and aged on a monstrous amount of Cacao Nibs, Vanilla and Roasted Coffee. 9.6% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Hop Roulette CAN – Rotating Hop series DIPA featuring Pacific Jade. 8.8% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Bedtime Stories 6/4/16oz CAN – Imperial Milk Stout with Graham Crackers, Flaked Oats, Vanilla Beans, and Marshmallows. 9.3% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Rotting Earth 6/4/16oz CAN – Double IPA with a blend of Ariana, Pacific Jade, Eukanot and Denali. 9.3% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Shotgun Sour 24/16oz CAN – Sour Ale brewed with Black Currant, Apricot, & Peach. 6.1% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Wandering Into The Fog 6/4/16oz CAN – Brewed with a heavy wheat and oat malt bill, hopped and double dry hopped aggressively with 7+lbs per bbl of Mosaic, Pacific Jade, Citra, Summit and a ton of Galaxy! Fluffy, pillowy, juicy, dank, DDH goodness. 8.6% ABV.

PUBLIC ACCESS

  • Public Access Suspended Disbelief CAN – Double Dry Hopped Hazy NE-DIPA w/ Citra, El Dorado & Simcoe. 8% ABV.
  • Public Access Outer Reality CAN – Double Dry Hopped NE-IPA w/ Mosaic, Comet & El Dorado. 7% ABV.
  • Public Access Emergency Broadcast CAN – Double Dry Hopped Hazy Pale Ale. 5.2% ABV.
  • Public Access Omniscient Signal CAN – DIPA with Galaxy, Citra, and Simcoe. 8.3% ABV.

Madhouse closing their doors in September…Sundae Fundae their last release set for Sept. 20th!

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Sad to see a brewery close, especially one that has been satisfying Iowa beer lovers for 10 years. At the end of September, Madhouse Brewing will be closing their doors but not before one last release. Here are the details for Sundae Fundae release…and a quick thank you to the folks at Madhouse for 10 great years. Cheers to you guys!

After 10 years in operation, Madhouse will be closing at the end of September. We’d like to thank all of the people who have supported us over the years, many of whom have become good friends.

Friday, September 20th, from 4-11pm, will be our last release party. We’ll have our Neapolitan barrel-aged stout available in bottles, and will be giving away free Madhouse pint glasses to the first 200 people. As always, bottle shares are encouraged, and we’ll be opening some stuff from the Madhouse library. Live music provided by Brian Congdon.

New release beers-

Sundae Fundae- Bourbon barrel-aged Neapolitan Stout with chocolate, vanilla, and strawberries. 13.5% ABV. Available draft and 375ml bottles. $12. Limit 6.

Maui Wowie- Barrel-aged sour with pineapple and coconut. 7.4% ABV. Available draft and 500ml bottles. $10.

Madhouse Oud Bruin- Traditional barrel-aged Belgian-style sour red-brown ale. 6.8% ABV. Available draft only.

Mic Drop- Fresh batch of our 100% Citra hops IPA. 7.2% ABV. Draft only.

Abu Nawas drops this week: Against the Grain, B Nektar + Schramm Mead!

Some brews and some mead this week being dropped by Abu Nawas! Here’s the latest:

AGAINST THE GRAIN

  • Against the Grain 35K 6/4/16oz CAN – ATG’s Infamous Milk Stout. 7.7% ABV.
  • Against the Grain The Brown Note6/4/16oz CAN – The brown ale to end all brown ales. Enjoy it, because there is no longer any reason to drink another. 5% ABV.
  • Against the Grain Citra Ass Down 6/4/16oz CAN – The Anticipated return of one of our Favorites. Double IPA brewed with Citra hops. It is sticky, hoppy and delicious. 8.2% ABV.
  • Against the Grain Pile of Face 6/4/16oz CAN – A Delicious American IPA from our Kentucky friends. 6.5% ABV.
  • Against the Grain Rico Sauvin IPA 6/4/16oz CAN – A Double India Pale Ale featuring a whole bunch of Nelson Sauvin hops GOODNESS! 8.2% ABV.
  • Against the Grain Mixed Case 750ml Includes:
    • 2 Bottles of Atilla the Hen – An imperial version of Kentucky Ryed Chiquen. A rye amber ale aged in rye bourbon barrels. 12.7% ABV.
    • 2 Bottles of 70K – Take awesome and double it can only result in double awesome. It’s math. This is essentially the 35K recipe doubled. Double roasty, double chocolatey, double creamy, double delicious. Then they decided to make it 2.5X awesome by aging it in Angel’s Envy barrels for a really, really long time. The bourbon and oak flavors perfectly compliment the massive flavors in the double mega imperial milk stout. You don’t swim in this beer, it swims in you! 13.1% ABV.
    • 2 Bottles of Johann Paycheque – A Wine barrel-aged sour with Brettanomyces. 6.5% ABV
    • 2 Bottles of Herbie Samplecock – French Saison to transcend the noise. Additions of Lemon Balm and Lemon Verbena to the aroma of herbs and fresh-zested lemon. French Saison yeast contributes a floral, peppery flavor and light-body, and a load of spelt in the mash keep it balanced with a hint of richness. Take that beautiful base beer, then age it 6 months with Brett Clausenii and you have a bright, funky, tart Saison with layers of citrus, herbs, hay, and acidity that bring this beer to a new level.
    • 4 Bottles of Brett The Hipman Hop – American Wild Ale. This beer is the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.

B Nektar

  • B. Nektar Zombie Killer 500ml – Deep Pink Cider with Michigan Star Thistle Honey and Tart Cherries. Perfection. 5.5% ABV.
  • B. Nektar Prickly Pear Kill All The Golfers 500ml.- Rich Honey and notes of Prickly Pear fruit contribute a mild sweetness followed by mildly bitter black tea and tart notes of lemon. 6% ABV.
  • B. Nektar Kill All The Golfers 500ml – Mead with Orange Blossom Honey, Black Tea, and Lemon Juice. 6% ABV. Think of A boozy Arnold Palmer!
  • B. Nektar Tuco Style Freakout 500ml. Mead with Orange Blossom Honey, Agave Nectar, Lime Juice, and Lime Zest. 6% ABV. #BreakingBad
  • B. Nektar Punk Lemonade Cider 500ml – Raspberry & Lemon Hard Cider. 100 % Gluten Free. Mildy tart apple and lemon character that flows into a light raspberry sweetness. Medium body with a full mouth experience balancing sweet, tart and acidity. Refreshing sweet/tart finish.
  • B. Nektar Core Crusher (Dry Cider) 500ml – Bone-dry hard cider. Encompassing the apple in its entirety. Slightly tannic with balanced acidity and medium body. Notes of earth and barn wood complement the dry, refreshing finish. 6.5% ABV
  • B. Nektar Believe (American Gods) 500ml – B.Nektar is excited to announce it has partnered with the critically acclaimed TV show American Gods. Believe is Fresh Pressed Michigan Cider and Orange Blossom Honey. 5.6% ABV.
  • B. Nektar Stupid Man Suit 500ml – Ruby Red Cider with Michigan Balaton Cherry, Raspberry, and Black Currants. Simply Delicious! 5.5% ABV. #DonnieDarko
  • B. Nektar Dragons Are Real (Dragon’s Milk barrel-aged mead) 375ml. For the Game of Thrones in you! Essential Elements – Wildflower honey, tart cherry juice, smoky chipotle peppers, and cacao nibs, aged in New Holland Dragon’s Milk barrels. 14% ABV 
  • B. Nektar Rhube Strawburg 500ml – Mead made with orange blossom honey, strawberry juice and pressed rhubarb. A combination from the Heavens 6.2% ABV.

Schramms

  • SCHRAMM BRAMBLE 12/375ML – Bramble possesses some of the most concentrated and delicious flavors in the world of fruit. Blackberries, black raspberries, heritage red raspberries, and boysenberries create a composite of harmony, poise, and mouth-watering proportionality. Densely fruity, dark, and wonderfully balanced – an expression of quality from branch to bottle.
  • SCHRAMM CHRISSIE 12/750ML – Chrissie balances the flavors of bright, juicy red currants, earthy, robust black currants and California True Source Certified orange blossom honey. This mead pairs beautifully with black pepper rubbed sirloin, a citrus salad or your favorite Kenneth McKellar song.
  • SCHRAMM GINGER 12/375ML or 12/750ml – Schramm’s Ginger is a full-throated, unapologetic expression of pure grated ginger and honey. Honey sweetness is balanced by full ginger flavor with a touch of spiciness, making this mead a perfect choice to pair with spicy Indian, Ethiopian or Thai cuisine, grilled Korean mackerel or flavorful sushi and sashimi. It also pairs well with dark chocolate and is a great addition to a whiskey ginger cocktail or a moscow mule. 14% ABV.
  • SCHRAMM MADELINE 12/375MLor 12/750ml – Schramm’s Madeline is our boysenberry mead, made with whole boysenberries and Michigan honey. A cross between European raspberry, common blackberry and American dewberry, the boysenberry has a unique tannic flavor which combines wonderfully with carefully selected premium honey. The resulting mead is thick, jammy and extremely flavorful and pours dark purple with a very smooth, lightly tart finish. This mead is a tribute to our favorite, tiny release to date, Madeline June Schramm Naeger. Ten percent of sales of this mead are donated to the Royal Oak Beaumont NICU, where Madeline spent nearly the first three months of her life. She was beautiful when she was born, but we know she will continue to mature beautifully with age. 14% ABV.
  • SCHRAMM MARIONBERRY 12/375ML – Marionberry is a melomel made purely from Willamette Valley Marion Blackberries. Like our ‘Blackberry’, Marionberry has a full, natural fruit acidity that is balanced by premium Orange Blossom honey sweetness to create an extremely flavorful mead. Very dark in color, the Marionberries provide a jammy, juicy fruit-forward character. This mead has great aging potential for many years, though it’s pure fresh fruit character may make it difficult to leave alone for long. 14% ABV.
  • SCHRAMM RASPBERRY 12/375ML or 12/750ml – Schramm’s Raspberry is a mead made from whole Michigan raspberries. The flavor is unmistakably fruity raspberry, reminiscent of Michigan summers, and is balanced by honey sweetness. Due to the high level of acidity from the berries, it can age gracefully for many years. A tribute to our home state’s strong fruit growing tradition, this was the first mead made by head meadmaker Ken Schramm. It holds a special place in our history as well as our cellar. This melomel pairs well with grilled Great Lakes salmon, salads, cheesecake, and summer evening bonfires by the lake. 14% ABV.
  • SCHRAMM RED AGNES 12/375ML – Schramm’s Red Agnes is finely balanced Melomel. Red currants provide deep floral aromatics, a fruitier initial impression, more focused acidity, and a stunning cardinal hue. This mead is dangerously drinkable with a delicately balanced acidity which allows the honey and fruit to sing in harmony together. 14% ABV

Zwanze Day tickets @ Schera’s on sale this Saturday 8/24 @ 9 a.m!

zwanze

Zwanze Day tickets are quickly approaching as they will go on sale this Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. Here’s more and what to expect with your ticket!

 First, let us thank you for patience as we worked on our offerings for Zwanze 2019. We are extremely excited to add Schramm’s Meads to the lineup alongside classic beers and excellent Cantillon selections including the 2019 Zwanze brew, a smoked gueuze.

 As with previous years, we won’t know our final list of available beers until they actually arrive in house–we’ll post a final tap list on Untappd around the 20th or so of September. But we do know what is included in the premium ticket package:

  • Cantillon Zwanze pour
  • Cantillon pour (to be announced)
  • Tilquin Quetsche pour
  • Geuze Boon Sélection pour
  • 2x Schramm’s Mead pours (to be announced)
  • Zwanze T-shirt
  • Zwanze Glass
  • Commemorative Poster
  • Lunch (Harissa Chicken Tacos; vegetarian option available)
  • Visit Schera’s Zwanze page for event details

 Tickets will go on sale this Saturday, August 24 at 9 am (come hell or high water) at Midwest Ale House.

 Copies of Ken Schramm’s book The Compleat Meadmaker will be available for purchase on Saturday as well.

 We hope you’ll be able to join us for this exciting event, and thank you again for your patience!