A full reload on stuff from Rush River this week. Nicely priced 6 pack beer from our friends in Wisconsin. Full reload on the regular core beers, Unforgiven Amber, Scenic Pale, Bubblejack IPA and Double Bubble Double IPA, plus seasonals Nevermore (Chocolate Oatmeal Stout) and Winter Warmer (Scotch Ale – strong dark and malty.) Full list here:Rush River Nevermore 4/6-Pack – Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. $36Rush River Nevermore 1/6bbl – Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. $75Rush River Nevermore 1/2bbl – Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. $175Rush River Mixer 2/12 Packs – Porter, Golden Blend, IPA, Amber $27Rush River Bubblejack IPA 4/6-Pack – American IPA $27Rush River Bubblejack IPA 1/6bbl – American IPA $60Rush River Bubblejack IPA 1/2bbl – American IPA $135Rush River Double Bubble X2IPA 4/6-Pack – Imperial IPA $36Rush River Double Bubble X2IPA 1/6bbl – Imperial IPA $75Rush River Double Bubble X2IPA 1/2bbl – Imperial IPA $175Rush River Scenic Pale Ale 4/6-Pack – American Pale Ale $27Rush River Scenic Pale Ale 1/6bbl – American Pale Ale $135Rush River Unforgiven Amber 4/6-Pack – Amber Ale $27Rush River Unforgiven Amber 1/6bbl – Amber Ale $60Rush River Unforgiven Amber 1/2bbl – Amber Ale $135Rush River Winter Warmer 4/6-Pack – Scotch Ale $36Rush River Winter Warmer 1/6bbl – Scotch Ale $75Rush River Winter Warmer 1/2bbl – Scotch Ale $175Plus a couple special treats —Templeton Rye BA Über Alt 1/6 bbl: We sent this barrels up and these specially made for us!What do you get when you age an extra-strength Altbier in rye whiskey barrels for 6 months? You get the Rush River Barrel-Aged Über Alt of course. It begins with a high gravity, German-style Old Ale that is malt forward with a touch of sweet fruitiness from our house ale yeast. We feel this base beer is the perfect companion for an empty rye whiskey barrel. From there it takes on a hint of the spicy, peppery bite of rye, balancing the rich, malty sweetness. Mahogany in color with notes of maple and vanilla, this seasonal sipper is built for the holidays.ARISE – Russian Imperial Stout BA in Heaven Hills barrels for 18 months 1/6 bbl: We sent this barrels up and these specially made for us!Birth, death and rebirth – that is the cyclical nature of things. Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, this barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout is born from an 18-month rest in the blackened, charred interior of a bourbon barrel. The body of this mythical beast has roasted barley, black and chocolate malts at its core. The extensive barrel aging process then lends a warming bourbon nose and mouth feel and gives this bold beer a silky smooth finish. Enjoy this while you can because when it is gone it will not return until it rises again.
Mosleys BBQ and Provisions will be hosting a BBQ and Beer dinner with Big Grove Brewery on January 22nd! More info below:
BBQ+Beer Dinner is set for Jan. 22 with our friends from
@BigGroveBrewery pairing brews with our finest barbecue over 4 courses. Tickets are $40 and they’ll go fast—reserve your seat by emailing email@example.com.
Food and beer pairings will be:
*Burch the Bear paired w/ smoked Ham hocks
*Quick n’Dirty w/ stuffed pork loin
*Blood Orange Arms Race w/beef rib
*Espresso Imperial Stout paired with pecan diamonds & bourbon whip.
I realize it’s only been a handful of hours since Lion Bridge released this wonderful beer to the population but as the four packs are selling like hotcakes and the tap lines are getting hit harder than…(insert your own pun) I feel the need to implore you to try to get a taste of their latest wonderful barrel aged January release, Home Baked.
A barrel aged imperial stout with saigon cinnamon, cocoa, and hazelnuts that clocks in at 11% and drinks like it’s around 6. The booze is well hidden, the hazelnuts shine as the beer warms and this is the perfect beer for a month that most Iowans would like to skip over. Grab a draw, grab a four pack, and find a nice fire place to sit and sip my friends. Cheers Quinton, Alec, Ana and crew!
Lion Bridge still has many beers up their sleeve for barrel aged January, but man, they came out swinging with a heavy hitting knockout to start. Like I said earlier, I’m not sure how long this one will last, so if you get a chance, get a taste and drink this brew!
Madhouse brewing will be releasing their bourbon barrel aged wee heavy, Freedom Toast, on Thursday January 24th! Along with that they will have 3 other beers available, 2 on draft and one available in bottles as well. Check it out below!
2019 FREEDOM TOAST
Bourbon barrel-aged Wee-Heavy with the addition of Iowa maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla. 13.5% ABV. Available draft and 375ml bottles. $12/bottle.
BLUEBERRY FREEDOM TOAST
Freedom Toast with the addition of blueberries. Available on draft at event only.
Wee-Heavy variant made with maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, nutmeg, and clove. Available on draft at event only.
Gin barrel-aged sour saison with juniper berries. 7.0% ABV. Available draft and 750ml bottles. $15/bottle.
As always, bottle shares encouraged!\
More on this event and release can be found on Madhouse’s Facebook page here!
This coming Thursday night, January 10th, El Bait Shop is hosting an excellent lineup of Central Waters brews! Tap lines open up @ 4 for some hard to get Central Waters greatness. If you’re in the area make sure to stop in and get a taste, here is what will be on tap!
Central Waters Black Gold
Central Waters XX
Central Waters Cassian Sunset
Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout
Central Waters Rum Barrel Coconut Porter
Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine
Central Waters Pilot Batch: Rose Pinot
Central Waters HHG Pale
Central Waters Mudpuppy Porter
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
As we countdown the hours until 2018 is behind us and we ring in 2019, it’s time to name my 2018 Iowa Beer of the Year. So many wonderful brews came to us from our local breweries across the state that it made this a challenging task. In fact, I had a hard time narrowing my list of 10 for new Iowa beers of the year…which you can see if you click here. So…without further ado, my Iowa Beer of the Year is…..
Big Grove Macaroon Richard!!
Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels, featuring organic toasted coconut & almonds.
The Richard the Whale release of 2018 was a very memorable experience. The line of guys waiting to get in and sharing beers with everyone, the wonderful food, the great conversation, and of course….the beer.
I was expecting coffee to be my favorite just because I love coffee in barrel aged stouts. Macaroon was a bonus to get the others and then I went ahead and tried it on tap….BLOWN AWAY!!! The nose, creaminess, sweet but not over the top/coconut sugar sweet and the nuttiness from the almonds meshed so damn good together that I needed to have another glass…and then another one that night at the Solon location, and then another for lunch the next day…well, you get it, I really loved this beer and that is why it is my 2018 Iowa Beer of the Year winner! Congrats Big Grove and I’m looking forward to the 2019 Richard release!