The Tappening: A Beer Event; Saturday June 11th, Port of Dubuque

As part of America’s River Festival will be “The Tappening”. A beer festival mixed in with some great live music will be taking place Saturday June 11th from noon-4 in the Port of Dubuque. There will be more than 25 breweries, live music, and food. If you are in the Dubuque area make sure you check out this event! Stay tuned for more info on breweries that will be in attendance.

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Participating Breweries:

Another Road Brewing

Baraboo Brewing Co

Bent River Brewing

Big Grove

Blaum Bros. Distilling Co

Confluence Brewing

Exile Brewing

Franklin Street Brewing Co

Generations Brewing Company

Goose Island

Granite City Brewing

Jubeck Brewery

Kalona Brewing Co.

Millstream

Mississippi River Distilling Co.

Paradise Distilling

Potosi Brewery

Rockford Brewing Co.

Shock Top

Stella Artois

Third Base Brewery

Turner Alley

Keg Stand Winter Brewfest Feb. 28th Taplist Update

keg standThe Keg Stand in West Des Moines is going to be hosting Winter Brewfest on Sunday February 28th. The festival will be from 1-4 pm. Here’s more info, including an impressive updated tap list for this event:

Winter Brewfest returns Sunday, February 28th with expanded hours. This years event will once again be held at The Keg Stand from 1pm-4pm.  This years new additions will include an outdoor heated tent, featuring cask beers, along with live entertainment and food trucks.  Inside, find over 80 beers on draft and two full rooms of bottles for sampling.  Ticket price includes a tasting glass, stocking cap, 32oz growler fill and much more.  This is your chance to try many hard to find and vintage beers from all over the world.  Beer list and entertainment will be annouced closer to event.

*Bring your own growler for a free 32oz. fill

*32oz growlers will be available for purchase

*Other growler sizes may be filled for additional charge

*Food is not included in ticket price

 

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Northside Oktoberfest: A Fall Spectacle

northside octoberfestShamed to say that this year was my first Northside Oktoberfest, but after yesterday, I can safely say that it won’t be my last. The folks at John’s Grocery, the City of Iowa City, all of the brewers and vendors really pulled out all the stops and made yesterday’s event one to remember.

I was lucky enough to get a Brewmaster’sphoto 1 ticket enabling me to take part in the “Real Ale” contest. The setup to get in was wonderfully done as lines were moving at a great pace and no one had to wait too long to get in. Once you get in, the Ale tasting began! 11 breweries were a part of this contest. After tasting each beer, the ticketholders were given a wooden token to put into the basket of whom they considered having the best real ale. Some excellent submissions in this contest as folks from Kalona, Big Grove, Tallgrass, Peace Tree, Confluence and more had beers for this contest. In the end, the winner with their double dry citra-hopped Arms Race Pale Ale was Big Grove Brewery in Solon!

photo 2After the real ale contest you then get to walk up and down the streets trying and tasting tons of beer, wine, soda, ciders, etc. I was very impressed with the amount of room given to this festival and to top it off, in the middle of the festival was a huge seating area, similar to a German Beer Hall, where there was a big screen showing the Iowa v. Wisconsin game! That really helped cap a beautiful Iowa day, as being able to sit, eat, and when you wanted a brew you simply got up and hit whatever tent was calling your name. Watching the Hawks beat Wisconsin was the cherry on the top.

I can’t comment much on the food as I prepared photo (2)myself for lunch at Brix Wine and Cheese Shop but it seems that most of the food that I saw looked delicious. Burgers, brats, pizza, steak sandwiches, it looked like a little bit of everything. Brix was tremendous. Some charcuterie and cheese to pair with Exile’s Raspberry Bohemian beer sure hit the spot.

photo 3So many great brews, so little time! Luckily I found a bunch that kept calling my name throughout the day. Call me a snob, put for a beer festival, I usually avoid hitting the lines where they are pouring out of cans or bottles, unless it’s something very rare to get. I usually stick with who brought some kegs in. The beers that really stood out to me were:

*Big Grove Brewery Que Sera w/ raspberries and honey. This was a blow away beer. The raspberry addition added that perfect amount of fresh fruit flavor and the honey added that sweetness to set off the tartness of this berliner weisse. I kept going back for this one and was very happy I got to try it!

*Lion Bridge Brewery Sorachi LIberace – a heavily hopped Saison using Sorachi Ace hops photo 4and once I had my nose in the glass I got a whiff of juicy fruit bubble gum and the same on the tongue followed by the dry grassiness that a saison gives. This will not be available at the brewery for another week I believe, so to be able to try it was a real treat. Another winner from the 2-time gold medalists at GABF.

*515 Brewing Reaper in the Rye – I could easily put their OJ IPA on here as well but
I’ve had that one before and wish I could have it whenever I wanted but I’ll go with their newer release. This heavily hopped cascadian dark/Black IPA was so good I had to go back for 2nds and then 3rds. The amarillo hops shine and pair nicely with the photo 5 (1)spiciness that the rye brings to the table. An excellent brew!

*Exile Raspberry Bohemian – I missed this at their tent but was informed it was on tap at Brix Wine and Cheese Shop. Luckily, I planned on getting a bite to eat at Brix so that confirmed my decision. A bit sour and tangy with the perfect amount of raspberry. This is a beer that I would love to keep stocked in my fridge. Refreshing and delicious!

*Peace Tree Sour Mash Saison – wasn’t sure what I would think of this one but I really enjoyed it. Very sour and tart but also refreshing and extremely drinkable. Between this and the No Coast citra-hopped Peace Tree really had a great day!

*Firetrucker Resuscitator Doppelbock – goes to show that almost every style of beer was well represented at this beer festival. Firetrucker showcasing a style that I usually don’t go out of my way for but after tasting theirs, I would be more than happy having this in my beer fridge arsenal on a constant basis. Excellent body, malty aroma, and the caramel and nuttiness on the flavor makes this the perfect beer for fall. Give me a slice of pumpkin pie to pair with this beer and I’m in heaven!

Lots of great bottled stuff like Goose Island Bourbon County, some great offerings from Founders, 30th Anniversary by Bells, Silva Stout from Green Flash, and quite a few things from Abu Nawas. A great event that I can’t recommend enough! Looking forward to next years already and I hope to see you there!

Reminder: Northside Oktoberfest Set for October 3rd, tickets still remain

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The Northside Oktoberfest benefiting Iowa City area non-profits showcases the Bohemian nature of the Northside Marketplace with great craft beers, neighborhood food, beer games, Iowa football and much more! Join us on Saturday, October 3rd as we take over the streets of the Northside, just blocks north of downtown Iowa City to celebrate the 20th year of the Iowa City Brewfest! We will be featuring over 500 beers from around the block to around the world!

Tickets available here:
http://downtowniowacity.com/pages/events/northside-oktoberfest.php

Ticket prices increase on Sept 1

Northside Oktoberfest set for October 3, 2015 in Downtown Iowa City

northside octoberfestThe 20th year of the Iowa City Brewfest is coming upon us fast! Downtown Iowa City is the place to be on October 3 as the 20th annual Northside Oktoberfest will take place. Here’s more on this terrific beer and food festival for the coordinators:

The Northside Oktoberfest benefiting Iowa City area non-profits showcases the Bohemian nature of the Northside Marketplace with great craft beers, neighborhood food, beer games, Iowa football and much more! Join us on Saturday, October 3rd as we take over the streets of the Northside, just blocks north of downtown Iowa City to celebrate the 20th year of the Iowa City Brewfes – See more at: http://downtowniowacity.com/pages/events/northside-oktoberfest.php#sthash.65ZPGLlq.dpuf

General admission tickets are $35 and Brewmaster tickets are $50. Brewmaster tickets get you access to over 500 beers, exclusive access to REAL ALE contest samples and voting, 20th anniversary glass and t-shirt. Here is a sample of some of the breweries that will be in attendance:

Northside Oktoberfest will feature over 50 breweries, here are just a few:

Big Grove Brewery
Millstream Brewing Company
Merchant du Vin -Specialty Beer Importer since 1978
New American Brewing Co
Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
Cedar Ridge Distillery
Founders Brewing Co.
August Schell Brewing Company
Central Waters Brewing Company
Confluence Brewing Company
515 Brewing Company
Kalona Brewery
Buck Creek Companies
Peace Tree Brewing Company
Lakefront Brewery
Zipline Brewing Co.
Founders Brewing Co.
Boulder Beer Company
Sutliff Cider
Boulevard
Boone Valley Brewing
New American Brewing Co

– See more at: http://downtowniowacity.com/pages/events/northside-oktoberfest.php#sthash.65ZPGLlq.dpuf

Benz Beverage Depot BeerFest Update

11th Annual Benz Beerfest

501 7th Ave SE

Saturday May 9th

1:00pm-2:00pm (VIP hour)

2:00pm-5:00pm (General Admission)

Benefiting the American Heart Association

 

V.I.P. Tickets – $35

General Admission – $20 (in advance), $30 (day of event)

 

Live Music

Jordan Bruce and The Derelectics

 

11 years and counting! The craft beer scene in Iowa continues to boom. New national brands are arriving monthly and the list of Local brewpubs and breweries continues to grow. This year will be the biggest and best yet. We will have around 60 breweries and distributors represented pouring over 200 beers. Jordan Bruce and the Derelctics will be performing.  We will have food to purchase. All of the proceeds will go to the American Heart Association. Come enjoy an afternoon in downtown Cedar Rapids, drink some awesome beer, and support a fantastic charity.

 

BenzTickets are on sale at Benz Beverage DepotIt’s hard to believe that we have been doing this for 10 years. Come help up celebrate a decade of beer shenanigans!
This year will be the biggest and best yet. We will have around 50 breweries and distributors represented pouring 50… 100… I don’t know it will be a lot of beer. The Diplomats of Solid Sound will be performing their soul music with a modern garage band twist. We will have food to purchase. All of the proceeds will go to the American Heart Association. Come enjoy an afternoon in downtown Cedar Rapids, drink some awesome beer, and support a fantastic charity.

Tickets are on sale at Benz Beverage Depot
The Diplomats of Solid Sound

It’s hard to believe that we have been doing this for 10 years. Come help up celebrate a decade of beer shenanigans!
This year will be the biggest and best yet. We will have around 50 breweries and distributors represented pouring 50… 100… I don’t know it will be a lot of beer. The Diplomats of Solid Sound will be performing their soul music with a modern garage band twist. We will have food to purchase. All of the proceeds will go to the American Heart Association. Come enjoy an afternoon in downtown Cedar Rapids, drink some awesome beer, and support a fantastic charity.

Tickets are on sale at Benz Beverage Depot

List of 2015 Coralville Brrr Fest Breweries

brrfestThis should be another great event, and by looking at this list there should be some absolutely phenomenal beers to try. Hope to see you there! Here’s the list from Backpocket Brewing’s Facebook page:

Brrrfest Brewery list is located below. Going to be a great event. List is subject to change… but we doubt it will at this point.

Backpocket
Broad Street
Lost Duck
515
Racoon River
Confluence
Kalona Brewing
Mason City
West O
Court Ave
Boone Valley Brewing
Keg Creek
Buck Creek Brewing
Third Base
Big Grove
Madhouse
Single Speed
Exile
Worth
Millstream
Peace Tree
CIB
Great River
Toppling Goliath
Cedar Ridge
Twisted Vine
Lion Bridge
Another Road Brewing
New American
Firetrucker
Bent River
Blue Cat
Granite City
Potosi
Founders
Empyrean
Schell
New Belgium
Goose Island
Tallgrass
Bell’s
Schlafly
Baraboo
Boulevard
Summit
Lagunitas
Left Hand
Two Brothers
Oskar Blues
Zip Line
Galena Brewing Co.

Dubuque on Ice Brewfest Set for February 21st, 2015

dubuqueThe 4th annual Dubuque on Ice Brewfest is slated to take place on Saturday, February 21st starting at 1:00 and ending at 5:00 p.m. It takes place at the Mystique Ice Arena in Dubuque with a VIP entrance time slated for noon. $35 general admission and $50 for VIP tickets. Tickets will be on sale starting December 10th. Last year saw many breweries in attendance including Exile, Toppling Goliath, Big Grove Brewery and many more. A great event and I hope to see you there! For more info visit www.dubuquebrewfest.com!

Iowa Craft Brew Festival list of Beers

 

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The following information comes from http://www.iowabeer.org. Here is a list of breweries and beers that will be attending the Iowa Craft Brew Festival on June 14th in Des Moines.

515 Brewing
*OJ IPA
*Mexican Spring

Anchor Brewing
*Anchor IPA
*Anchor Liberty

Albia Brewing Company
*Avery Pale Ale
*Albia IPA
*Soap Creek Shandy
*Grant & Benjamin’s Root Beer

Backpocket Brewing Company-Coralville, IA

TBD

Big Sky Brewing Company-Missoula, MT

Big Sky IPA

Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale

Blue Moon Brewing Company-Golden, CO

Blue Moon Belgian White

Blue Moon Summer

Boone Valley Brewing Company-Boone, IA

Roxie Irish Red Ale

Iron Horse IPA

Double IPA

Hefeweizen

Midnight Stout

Dunkelweizen

Boston Beer

TBD

Boulevard Brewing Company-Kansas City, MO

Wheat

Pop-Up IPA

80-Acre

KC Pils

Zon

Brick Street Brewing Company-Woodbine, IA

TBD

Broad Street Brewing Company-Reinbeck, IA

Sticky Wicket

CooCooCachoo

Pale Ale

CIB Brewery-Carson, IA

Pott. County Purple (Belgian Trippel IPA)

John’s Sour Ale Batch #2 (aged on charred burr oak staves)

Strawberry Tart (sour American Ale fermented with strawberries)

Confluence Brewing Company-Des Moines, IA

TBD

Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Company-Des Moines, IA

ESB

Biere de Garde

Bock (Cody Road Bourbon barrel-aged)

Belgian Golden Strong (aged in a wine barrel with caramelized blueberries)

Crispin Cider-Colfax, CA

Crispin Original

Crispin Pear

Crispin Blackberry Pear

Deb’s Brewtopia-Elkader, IA

TBD

Empyrean Brewing Company-Lincoln, NE

Third Stone Brown

Super Nova Summer Ale

Watchman IPA

Dark Side Vanilla Porter

Burning Skye Scottish Ale

Exile Brewing Company-Des Moines, IA

TBD

Founders Brewing Company-Grand Rapids, MI

All Day IPA

Dirty Bastard

Dry Hopped Pale Ale

Great River Brewery-Davenport, IA

Dirty Blonde Chocolate Ale

The Herd IPA

Tripel Crank

Golden Ale

Granite City Food & Brewery-Cedar Rapids, Clive & Davenport, IA

TBD

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company-Chippewa Falls, WI

Summer Shandy

Sunset Wheat

Kalona Brewing Company-Kalona, IA

TBD

Keg Creek Brewing Company-Glenwood, IA

Apricot Wheat

Keg Creek IPA

Impure Thoughts Saison

Waseya Cream Ale

Lake Time Brewery-Clear Lake, IA

8:08 Coffee Brown Ale

Chasing Sunsets Amber Ale

Lion Bridge Brewing Company-Cedar Rapids, IA

Iron Lion (Belgian Strong Ale w/ Hibiscus and Ginger)

Ryed in the English Countryside (English Rye IPA)

Workman’s Compensation (Dark Mild)

Živá Voda Czech Pilsner

Untitled Saison

Lost Duck Brewery-Fort Madison, IA

TBD

Madhouse Brewing Company-Des Moines, IA

Honey Pilsner

Pastime Pale Ale

Hopburst IPA

Oak-Aged Imperial Red

Sumatra Coffee Stout

Maple City Brewing Company-Osage, IA

Sage Hopper IPA

Dam Sweet Wheat

Kealiher’s Irish Red Ale

Osager Weiss

Millstream Brewing Company-Amana, IA

White IPA

Schild Brau Amber Lager

Hefe “r” Weissen

Iowa Pale Ale

Old-Fashioned Root Beer

Moonstruck Meadery

TBD

Nebraska Brewing Company

TBD

New American Brewing Company-Ankeny, IA

1789 Porter

Independence Pale Ale

Shenanigans Session IPA

Double IPA

New Belgium Brewing Company-Fort Collins, CO

Fat Tire Amber Ale

Snapshot

Rampant Imperial IPA

Ranger IPA

Summer Helles

Number 7 Brewery-Ankeny, IA

Drunken Sailor IPA

Number 7 Amber

TBD

TBD

Okoboji Brewing Company-Spirit Lake, IA

Veneration IPA

Shot in the Dark Vanilla Cream Stout

Boji Blue Pale Ale w/ Apricots

Coffee Porter

Olde Main Brewing Company-Ames, IA

Dinkey Wheat®

Off KILTer Scottish Ale

Lemontyme Lemon Ale

Peace Tree Brewing Company-Knoxville, IA

Blonde Fatale

Red Rambler

Hop Wrangler

Sidekick

Royale 41

Indecision Dark IPA

Rye Porter

Templeton Hop Wrangler

Raccoon River Brewing Company-Des Moines, IA

Vanilla Cream Ale

Homestead Red

Bandit IPA

Cerveza Negra

TBD

Redd’s Brewing Company-Milwaukee WI

Redd’s Apple Ale

Redd’s Strawberry

Schlafly-St. Louis, MO

Pale Ale

Helles Summer Lager

Dry Hopped APA

Yakima Wheat

IPA

Kolsch

SingleSpeed Brewing Company-Cedar Falls, IA

Stout (un-named)

IPA Blanco (White IPA)

Smith & Forge-Memphis, TN

S & F Hard Cider

Spoetzel Brewing Company-Shiner, TX

Shiner Ruby Redbird

Shiner Bock

Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale

Stone Brewing Company-San Diego, CA

TBD

Summit Brewing Company

TBD

Tallgrass Brewing Company-Manhattan, KS

Halcyon Wheat

8-Bit Pale Ale

Ethos IPA

Pub Ale

Thunderhead Brewing Company

Golden Frau Honey Wheat

Cropduster IPA

Cornstalker Dark Wheat

Leatherhead Red

Toppling Goliath Brewing Company-Decorah, IA

Zeelander IPA

Smoove Opferator Brown Ale

Pseudo Sue Pale Ale

Dorothy’s New World Lager

Third Base Brewery-Cedar Rapids, IA

IPA

Session IPA

Hefeweizen

TBD

TBD

Twisted Vine Brewery-St. Charles, IA

Nugget IPA

Old Crusty’s Scottish Ale

Twisted Blonde (wine barrel-aged)

West O Beer-West Okoboji, IA

West O Pilsner Lager

West O Smoked Red

Holy L Session India Pale Lager

Honeysuckle Saison

10FOOT10 Double IPA

Woodchuck Cider-Springfield, VT

Amber

Granny Smith

Pear

Raspberry

Summer

Worth Brewing Company-Northwood, IA

Queen’s Pride Honey Lager

Devil’s Delight Dark Lager

Cascadian Concussion Black IPA

Zipline Brewing Company

TBD