Uinta Brewing Coming to Iowa this Month!

uinta.pngRumors and speculation have have been swirling for the last couple of weeks that Uinta Brewing Company would be hitting shelves and my sources have finally been able to confirm that they will indeed be hitting our shelves, and they will be hitting them this month so be on the look out for their beer soon!

Here’s more on this brewery:

Our founder wanted to brew the country’s best beer, so he moved to the country’s least beer drinking state. He named us after a mountain range that even people here mispronounce (you-in-tuh).

We’ve been brewing and exploring since 1993, and here’s what we’ve learned: there’s no one right way to get anywhere. What you need isn’t a well-trod path, it’s a compass to trust as you cut your own. Following ours is how we ended up in Utah, and what we found here still inspires every beer we brew.

To see what beers they offer and their release schedule check out the Uinta site here.

Stone Enjoy By 5-30-16 Tangerine IPA and Prairie Releasing a Double IPA

stone**Stone Brewing company will be releasing their next Enjoy By beer soon. Enjoy By 5-30-16 will be brewed using Tangerines and should be hitting distro soon. Stone continues to take this very popular line of beer and make a few additions and tweaks to it.This will be available in 22 oz bottles and will check in at 9.4%.  Really looking forward to trying this one so be on the lookout for Stone Enjoy By 5-30-16 Tangerine IPA.

prairie.jpeg**Prairie will be releasing a double IPA in the near future as they prepare to brew and send out Phantasmagoria. No details on the hops being used in this beer and I think this might be the 1st Prairie IPA we’ve seen available? Super stoked to try this one when it comes out, stay tuned for more!

Firestone Walker Confirms Coming to Iowa in 2016

firestone.jpegSaw this in a few places on the web today. Firestone is definitely coming to Iowa this year as they increase their production to 600,000 barrels. Here’s the article courtesy of brewbound.com and thanks to Neil Erickson for sharing:

In the midst of a brewery expansion that will nearly double its production capacity, California-based Firestone Walker announced plans to enter eight new states beginning in March.

In a press release, the brewery said it had finalized agreements with wholesalers to launch in Connecticut, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico and Vermont. The company will also begin exporting to Canada and Sweden.

Following the roll out, Firestone Walker will be available in 26 states, with limited shipments also going to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

“These are markets that have been requesting our beer for years,” David Macon, Firestone Walker’s vice president of sales and marketing, said via press statement.

The new market entries signal a shifting focus for Firestone Walker: the brewery has historically prioritized California, where roughly 80 percent of the its beer is sold, over any commitments that could limit product availability within its best market.

“We have always taken a measured approach to distribution expansion, and we wanted to wait until we could fully serve each of these markets with confidence. That time has come,” Macon said.

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That newfound confidence comes just eight months after Firestone Walker sold to Duvel Moortgat USA for an estimated $250 million and a November announcement that it would invest$15 million into a brewery expansion. Expected to finish 2017, the expansion will double the company’s production capacity to 600,000 barrels annually.

Despite its intense focus on the California market, Firestone Walker grew production about 27 percent last year, producing upwards of 265,000 barrels.

“It’s fitting that this is happening during our 20th anniversary year,” David Walker, co-founder of the brewery, said in the press release. “We launched our brewery in 1996, and distribution was limited to the tri-county area of California’s Central Coast. We have come a long way.”

Coming to Shelves: Boulevard Tropical Pale Ale cans, Lagunitas Waldo’s Special Ale, Summit Pils, New Holland Sour Series, Bells Session Pale Ale

A few news tidbits from around the web this week with some updates of beers that should be coming to Eastern Iowa at some point. Have any news? Drop me a line @benmed15@yahoo.com:

tropical.jpeg**Boulevard Brewing Tropical Pale Ale – what started as a collaboration with Cigar City is now turning into a canned version solely released by Boulevard. Tropical Pale Ale will be released in cans. No word on if there will be a recipe change from the original and no release date yet. Stay tuned for more on this one.

 

waldo.jpeg**Lagunitas Waldo’s Special Ale – part of Lagunitas’ One-Hitter Series returns for a brief time and release date looks to be 4/20. This is a double IPA that in past checked in around 10.8% ABV and this year will be available in 12 oz bottles. Really excited for this one in bottles!

**Summit Brewing 30th Anniversary Pils – Summit’s 30th summitAnniversary coming out and another beer they’re releasing in celebration is a Keller Pils. This unfiltered German-style pils will come in at 5.1% ABV and be available in 12 oz cans and be released late spring/summer this year.

new holland.jpeg**New Holland Mischievous – part of New Holland’s Sour Series is Mischievous. This is an American Wild Ale that is fermented with brett. This beer checks in at 5.5% abv and will be available in 22 oz bottles. Here’s more from the brewery:

Mischievous presents flavors derived from its 100% brettanomyces fermentation. This wild yeast contributes earthiness, spice, mineral-character and slight tartness.

**Bells Oatsmobile Ale – a session pale ale brewed with oats is bells.jpegcoming from Bells this April. At 4.3% ABV, this hop-forward pale ale is dry hopped with Mosaic, citra, and amarillo, amongst others and the using malted oats to give it that unique body. Here’s more from Bells:

COMSTOCK, Mich.—Bell’s Brewery will roll out a brand new beer in April. It is the first new addition to its year-round lineup since 2010.

A hop-forward session Pale Ale brewed with oats, Oatsmobile Ale (4.3% ABV) will be available on draught and in 12 oz. bottles, packaged in six-packs across Bell’s distribution footprint.

Oatsmobile is dry-hopped with a blend of classic and modern Pacific Northwest hops, including Mosaic, Citra and Amarillo, for a pungent blend of stone fruit and tropical aromas.

“This beer is unique. Aromatics may drive it, but the signature ingredient – oats – are what really makes this beer stand apart and also where the name comes from. It’s approachable and intriguing with a fun personality,” said Bell’s Vice President, Laura Bell.

“The use of malted oats help give it a body that you don’t see in most other session Pale Ales. Once we tweaked the recipe to combine the body from the oats with those powerful hop aromas, we thought it would make a great addition to our year-round portfolio,” she said.

This 100% all-malt Pale Ale was first brewed in 2013 to explore the use of oats in a Pale Ale at Bell’s original brewery in downtown Kalamazoo. Initially Oat Ale, it was renamed Boiling Pot Pale Ale when it was released as a limited specialty draught option in select markets.

Oatsmobile launch events and additional details will be shared at bellsbeer.com and on Bell’s social media as it becomes available.

Lion Bridge to Start Distro to Des Moines Area

lion bridgeNews from Facebook today that Lion Bridge Brewery out of Cedar Rapids will start shipping their award-winning beers to Cedar Rapids in the coming weeks. No specific date announced but here’s the info I got from Lion Bridge:

We are looking to roll out 15-20 accounts initially and make sure we can keep up and expand if possible. Probably in Des Moines and surrounding areas, Ankeny and Ames. They will be getting Work Comp, Disaster at Meux, Kölsch, some of the saisons and some of the barrel-aged beers. We are dialing in a more concise line up for 2016 with seasonals and specialties which we haven’t released yet.

We’ve been cautious with growth and wanted to make sure we can supply our home market and taproom before branching out. We are now ready to get on at some bars and restaurants outside of Eastern Iowa.

Awesome news for Des Moines! Drink it up folks!

Coming to Shelves: Prairie, Ballast Point, Lips of Faith, Mikkeller

prairie artisan alesUrging everyone who can make it to get to Lion Bridge for Barrel-Aged January. So many great beers are being pumped out by Quinton and crew! Also, Buster from Big Grove sounds like it’s going to make its anticipated return at the end of the month. Add the opening of Quarter Barrel and Iowa City Brewlab to the mix and things are looking good for Eastern Iowa breweries. Onto the news:

(courtesy of Prairie’s website)
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ape snakeApe Snakeis a dark, dry hopped farmhouse ale. We’ve taken our dark farmhouse base and dry hopped it with Falconer’s Flight and Centennial hops. The combination of yeast and hops create an explosion of flavors, and this beer will continue to develop as it ages. Check it out in 500ml bottles and on draft at your favorite restaurants and bars!

bomb!.jpegBarrel-Aged Bomb! is the result of our world famous imperial stout, Bomb!, that was tucked away in wooden barrels for several months.  Vanilla and caramel notes balance the big flavors from the whiskey barrels and come together for an extremely complex yet balanced experience. This beer will be available in 12oz bottles.

(courtesy of mybeerbuzz.blogspot.com)

mikkeller.jpeg*Mikkeller – Mikkeller will be releasing 3 beers that SHOULD hit our market.

-Stick in the Ear – A west-coast style IPA that checks in at 6.5% ABV.

Mastodon Mother Puncher – an IPA that is made with passionfruit and checks in at 6.6% ABV.

Recipe 1000 – is an ale aged in Chardonnay barrels and comes in at 9%

lof.jpeg*New Belgium Lips of Faith Golden Ale –  is a collaboration with Belgium’s Hof Ten Dormaal and is brewed with sunflower seeds and wild carrot root. An interesting sounding brew to say the least. Here’s more on this one courtesy of beerstreetjournal.com:

Hof Ten Dormal is a farmhouse brewery nestled in the countryside of Tildonk, Belgium. Part of the brewery was damaged by fire in 2014. In a “New” Belgium to “real” Belgium collaboration, the two breweries are creating this upcoming Lips of Faith offering, Golden Ale.

Described as a springtime offering, Golden Ale is brewed with new Mosaic, and old (read: traditional) Saaz hops. The breweries malted sunflower seeds, and nuanced this beer with wild carrot herbs. You didn’t think this was going to be just a regular old golden ale did you?

A deliciously uncommon springtime beer, our Golden Ale brewed with Hof Ten Dorsal blends modern Mosaic hops and malted sunflower seeds with Old World ingredients such as Saaz hops, spelt, and wild carrot herbs. It’s New and Old Belgium together in a bottle.

New Belgium Lips of Faith Golden Ale will be a draft, and 12 ounce bottle offering (4 packs for the first time).

Style:Golden Ale (w/ Sunflower Seeds, Wild Carrot Herbs)
Hops: Mosaic, Saaz

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft
Release: TBA

7% ABV

bp.jpeg*Ballast Point Orange Vanilla Fathom – this is an IPL base style with orange and vanilla idea. The idea is to get an orange creamsicle flavor. It will be available in 22 oz bombers and possibly on tap. Here’s more courtesy of Ballast Point:

Our Orange Vanilla Fathom India-Style Pale Lager continues our quest for exploration. The piney and citrus hop aromas of our India-Style Pale Lager combine with sweet orange and creamy vanilla – while staying true to classic lagering techniques. Brewed with a touch of nostalgia, it may remind you of a childhood treat, but this one is just for adults.

*Know of anything new hitting our shelves soon? Drop me an email @benmed15@yahoo.com or post a comment. Thanks!

Avery Coming to Iowa in February?

averySocial media outlets and beer forums giving out the info that we should be seeing Avery Brewing hitting our shelves in Iowa next month (February) through Johnson Brother’s Distribution. Add this to the news that Odell is in line for an Iowa release soon as well and our shelves are filling up with amazing beer! More news on Avery release will hopefully be coming soon.

 

Coming to Shelves: 2 new Prairie Beers, Rogue Voodoo, Green Flash Tangerine Soul Style

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There will be some new beers making their way to shelves in the coming weeks and months, 3 of which Iowa will see, and the two Prairie beers sound like they will make it up here but I haven’t confirmed that yet. Here’s more on these brews:

*Prairie! Flare – is a Gose with added citrus. More from Prairie on this beer:

First up, Prairie Flare!  Flare (yes, that’s how we are spelling it) is our gose that we have added citrus fruit to.  This beer is slightly tart, a little salty, and has a nice balance from the fruit and spices.  Look for this beer in 16.9oz bottles and on tap at your favorite pubs!

*Prairie Vanilla Noir – imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels and then the addition of vanilla beans. Here’s more:

Next on the list is one of our barrel aged beers, Vanilla Noir!  We have taken our imperial stout base and aged it in whiskey barrels for about half a year, then dosed it with vanilla beans.  I’m not sure there will be a better beer for the greatly anticipated cooler weather!

rogueRogue Voodoo Doughnut Mango Astronaut Ale – yep, that’s the name of this brew as they once again team up with Voodoo Doughnut. Here’s more on this one:

In this collision of crazies, Rogue teams up again with world-famous Voodoo Doughnuts to celebrate two of the greatest inventions on planet earth: beer & doughnuts. Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Mango Astronaut Ale was inspired by the Voodoo Doughnut Mango Tango, a doughnut filled with mango jelly and topped with vanilla frosting and a tangy orange powder.

green flash*Green Flash Tangerine Soul Style IPA – Green Flash adds tangerine zest to their IPA that is brewed with citra, simcoe, and cascade hops. This will be a year-round beer added to their lineup.