New Belgium introduces next Hop Kitchen Beer: Hop Stout; draft only

new belgiumnew belgiumNew Belgium continues its Hop Kitchen Series by offering a pretty intense stout to the lineup. Hop Stout will be draft only and will check in at 100 IBUs and 8% ABV. According to New Belgium’s beer finder Jameson’s in Waterloo, El Bait Shop and Keg Stand in Des Moines have it currently on tap.

Hop Stout pours a deep, delicious chocolate brown with a creamy head atop. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee and toasted bread notes emerge from the blending of eight different grains and six hop varieties, which accent the richness with a citrusy, woodsy pop. Equinox, Chinook and Willamette are just a few of the hops that arm this unique stout.

“We wanted a wickedly hoppy and deeply malty stout to celebrate the fall season,” said Grady Hull, Assistant Brewmaster of New Belgium Brewing. “Hop Stout draws you into the malty woodwork of a traditional stout and then the hops storm in. It’s a really incredible, complex beer for those seeking a little more adventure with the change of seasons.”

At 8 percent ABV and 100 IBUs, Hop Stout isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s for malt and hop lovers alike. Hop Stout is now available on draft.

To find Hop Stout near you, use the New Belgium Libation Location

New Boulevard Winter Seasonal Coming in November: Snow and Tell Oak Aged Scotch Ale

Snow&Tell_08.18.15What a year for Boulevard. Their expanded portfolio has been pretty impressive and this November comes another new offering called Snow and Tell. Snow and Tell is an oak-aged Scotch Ale that will check in at 6.3% ABV. Really looking forward to trying this one! Thanks to Bottlecaps80 for the pic! Here’s more on this brew:

Brewery: Boulevard Brewing Company
Type: Ale
Style: Specialty Beer
Availability: Winter
ABV: 6.30
IBU: 25

Stone + 4 Hands Collab: Sorry Not Sorry IPA

sorry not sorryAccording to Stone Brewing, 4 Hands Brewing, and Bale Breaker will come together for a collaboration brew called Sorry Not Sorry IPA.  This will be a double IPA brewed peaches, simcoe hops, HBC 342, and HBC 344 hops. Here’s more courtesy of Stone Brewing and


3 New Schalfly Beers Coming: Grapefruit IPA, Noble Lager, Expo IPA

schaflySchlafly will be releasing 3 new beers, 2 of which will be a part of their year-round lineup, and the Noble Lager will be in rotation for the lager series. With the success of Tasmanian IPA and American IPA Schafly continues to impress with their ipa releases and if you’re a fan of Sculpin’s Grapefruit Sclupin I’m guessing the grapefruit IPA release will make you happy. Thanks to beeradvocate member Bottlecaps80 and here’s more info on these 3 new releases. Stay tuned on exact release dates for these 3 beers.

grapefruitGrapefruit IPA:

Schlafly Grapefruit IPA is all about the delight of citrus, using real grapefruit as well as citrusy aromatic hops to create a delightful refreshing IPA experience.  Available year round

Noble Lager:noble later

Schlafly Noble Lager has a full-bodied malt character with the perfect balance of hop bitterness and a floral aroma, creating an exceptional example of the classic traditional lager that’s rich, slightly sweet, crisp and clean.  Part of our rotating lager series.

schlafly expo

Expo IPA:

Schlafly Expo IPA delivers the best of all worlds with a fusion of global ingredients from the foremost sources to create a harmoniously delicious world class ale.  Available year round.

3 more Pumpkin Beers on Their Way to Shelves

rogueLove ’em or hate ’em, more are on the way! 3 more pumpkin beers will be joining the likes of O’Fallon, Schlafly, and Sam Adams, and New Holland on our shelves. Rogue’s Pumpkin Patch Ale, New Belgium’s Pumpkick, and the unique Boulevard Funky Pumpkin will be hitting Eastern Iowa shelves soon! Here’s more on each of these offerings:

Rogue Pumpkin Patch:

Independence, Ore., September 1, 2015 – Rogue Ales and Spirits announces the early release of Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale, brewed with fresh pumpkins grown and harvested at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon.

Oregon’s heat-wave sped up the growing process this year, giving us ripe pumpkins in the middle of August. Thanks to Mother Nature, the fall favorite will be available earlier than ever before without the use of canned pumpkins, purees or concentrates.

“It’s worth the wait,” says Rogue Brewmaster John Maier.

Pumpkin Patch Ale begins in the dirt at Rogue Farms. Six acres of GYO DreamTMSugar Pumpkins were planted in May alongside the Rogue Farms hops, rye, hazelnuts, jalapeños, marionberries and buzzing honey bees. As soon as they were picked, the pumpkins were driven to the Rogue Brewery in Newport, Oregon just 77 miles away. The pumpkins were hand-chopped and seeded, roasted in pizza ovens, and pitched fresh into the brew kettle along with vanilla bean, ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and Rogue Farms Independence hops to create pumpkin patch ale. 
Pumpkin Patch Ale will make its worldwide debut in 750 ML bottles and on draft September 15th. For more information on Pumpkin Patch Ale and growing pumpkin beer visit

pumpkickNew Belgium Pumpkick:

What’s that bite of tartness doing in a pumpkin beer? Adding the unexpected kick of cranberry juice to brighten this traditionally spiced seasonal ale. PUMPKICK is brewed with plenty of pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but it’s the cranberries and touch of lemongrass that send your tastebuds sailing.

Boulevard Funky Pumpkin:

Deliveries of Funky Pumpkin, our new fall seasonal, will begin in the Greater pumpkinKansas City Area on September 1st with other cities to follow soon. Funky Pumpkin will be available on draft and in six packs of twelve ounce bottles.

Spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and ginger, Funky Pumpkin is a blend of brewhouse soured beer and beer aged in a stainless steel tank with brettanomyces. Tart and slightly earthy, Funky Pumpkin features a subtle toffee/caramel malt character that allows pumpkin pie spices to shine against a soft acidity.

Wasn’t really a fan of Pumpkick and I know Rogue is sometimes hit and miss but I do think their Pumpkin beer is one of the better ones on the market. I think Boulevards will be an interesting try.

Bootleggin’ Barzini’s Sixpoint Can Release Details!

sixpoint If you need your Sixpoint fix early and often you need to get to Bootleggin’ Barzini’s in Coralville, Iowa next week. They will be one of the first in Eastern Iowa doing an early Sixpoint can release. They will have Sweet Action, Bengali Tiger, Crisp, Resin, and 4Beans available. They will also be doing a tasting next Thursday (8/27/15) from 5-7 pm and Kevin from Abu Nawas will be present to talk all things Sixpoint and all things Abu Nawas! Stop in, check it out, grab some beer, and support a local beer store and an Iowa distribution company. Cheers!

Sixpoint Brewing coming to Iowa with Abu Nawas Distribution

sixpointJust saw this release on Facebook from Abu Nawas distribution. More exciting beer news for us in Iowa! Cheers!

We are very excited to announce that we are going to be bringing the beers from theSixpoint Brewery to Iowa!

(Elkader, Iowa) – August 11th, 2015 – Abu Nawas Beverage Company is proud to announce the addition of Six Point Brewery to their beer portfolio. Starting August 27th, 2015, Iowa will be treated to the respected craft and highly-rated beers of Sixpoint Brewery from Brooklyn, New York. The Brewery began operations in the. Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn in 2004, when co-founder Shane Welch decided to open up his own brewery after relocating from his home state of Wisconsin. Shane got his start in home brewing while still a student at the University of Wisconsin. Since their inception, Sixpoint has garnered some major street cred in the craft beer industry as a leader in expertly crafted beers, excellent customer service, and innovative packaging design.
Abu Nawas Beverage Company is humbled, thankful and extremely excited to bring the outstanding beers of Six Point Brewery to the great State of Iowa. Abu Nawas will be carrying both cans and kegs for customers. Retailers interested in carrying Six Point products should contact Abu Nawas through their

Tallgrass Brewing Announces Explorer Series Starting in September

explorerVery excited to share this news and look forward to trying each of these four beers. The following comes from Tallgrass Brewing’s Facebook page:

We’ve given you teasers, now here’s the full scoop. Next month the Explorer Series, a new line of specialty beers from Tallgrass, will officially launch with the release of Bourbon Barrel Buffalo Sweat. More on the first four beers below and many more to come in 2016! ‪#‎tallgrassbrewing‬‪#‎craftbeer‬ ‪#‎explorerseries‬

Each brand in the Explorer Series will be packaged in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans. A mix pack box containing one of each of the Explorer Series beers will be available November-December.

*Bourbon Barrel Buffalo Sweat: Tallgrass’ award-winning oatmeal cream stout, aged in bourbon barrels to create a rich, complex, medium-bodied beer with chocolate-espresso flavor and aroma with an oak barrel backbone. Available Sept-Dec.

*Big RICC: Russian Imperial Stout with coffee and chocolate. Bold coffee flavor and aroma with strong chocolate notes. Full-bodied and great for sipping. Winner of silver medal in coffee beer at 2014 U.S. Open Beer Championships. Available Oct-Feb.

*Wooden Rooster: The Rooster returns after an appearance earlier this year! Tallgrass’ Belgian-style Tripel ale, Velvet Rooster — the first-ever Tripel in a can — aged in rye whiskey barrels. It has a candy-like sweetness and slight spice, with vanilla, oak and rye whiskey prominent in aroma and flavor. Available October.

*Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat with Cinnamon: Tallgrass’ highly popular winter seasonal, Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat, aged in bourbon barrels with cinnamon added during fermentation. Cinnamon is prominent in aroma and flavor along with vanilla, chocolate and espresso, with warm bourbon undertones. Available Nov-Dec.

Toppling Goliath Signs with Johnson Brothers

Statewide distribution throughout Iowa will start happening as Toppling Goliath Brewery out of Decorah, IA has signed a distribution deal with Johnson Brothers. Including statewide distro for Iowa TG will begin entering the Minnesota market as well. toppling goliath

Johnson Brothers continues to make a splash by getting TG to sign. They’ve gotten Surly, and Great Divide, and many more beers into the Iowa market with more rumored to be on the way.

So, if you area in Iowa hasn’t been able to get TG, that shouldn’t be a problem any more. King Sue and Naughty 90 up for grabs today, hope you get a chance to land a few bottles!

Coming to Shelves: Left Hand getting into the Session IPA, Boulevard Tell Tale Tart

*Left Hand Brewing will be the latest brewery to add a session IPA to their lineup when they release Introvert Session IPA. The following comes courtesy of

An ale with hop aromas of tropical papaya and kiwi with woodsy pine, balanced by honey malt and a clean bitter finish.

Left Hand Introvert Session IPA will be available in 12oz bottles, and draft.

Style: IPA
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: TBA

4.9% ABV

tell tale tart*Boulevard Brewing has really been busy this year as they are set to release another new beer to their Smokestack Series offering. Tell Tale Tart will be hitting shelves this June and will be available in 12 oz 4 packs. Here’s more from the Boulevard website:

When we first shared our 2015 release calendar back in December, we indicated that we were planning to brew at least twelve new beers this year. What we didn’t share is that we had a couple of test beers in the development phase that we weren’t quite ready to discuss.

We’ve recently received label approval from the TTB for one of these projects and are very excited to share some preliminary details for a brand new beer, Tell-Tale Tart.

Joining our year-round lineup of Smokestack Series four packs, Tell Tale Tart is presented as “a slightly sour ale” that derives pleasant, refreshing lactic acidity from brewhouse souring, a process of lowering the pH during the brewing process. The brewhouse souring method results in a crisp, clean acidity that serves as a contrast to a soft, subtly sweet malt character contributed by our base pale malt and Munich malt.

Once Tell-Tale Tart has completed the bottle conditioning process, we’ll be able to share more specific sensory notes.

Tell-Tale Tart is slated for a June release and will ultimately be available year round in four packs of twelve ounce bottles. Stay tuned for more news!