Abu Nawas drops this week: Moolight Meadery + Clown Shoes

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More tasty treats getting dropped in Iowa this coming week courtesy of Abu Nawas. A nice mix of beer and some meads from Moonlight Meadery highlight this week! Here we go!

 Moonlight Meadery Cans and Bottles:

  • Razz What She Said 12oz CAN – Delicious Session mead made with raspberries. Deep Rich raspberry notes play off a smooth honey base, creating a luscious semi sweet mead with bright carbonation and off-pink head. Perfect for the summer. 6.5% ABV.
  • Thirteen  12oz CAN – New England Style Honey Apple Wine. A pre-prohibition style of cider fermented with additional sugar to create 13.5% ABV
  • Little Apples 12oz CAN – New England Style Semi-dry and sparkling Hard Cider fermented in newly emptied rye whiskey barrels for a minimum of 3 months. 6.5% ABV.
  • How Do You Like Them Apples 12oz CAN –  Semi-dry Sparkling Hard CIder Aged for six months in rye whiskey barrels. 13.5% ABV.
  • Kurts Apple Pie 375ml Bottle – Made with local apple cider with Madagascar vanilla and Vietnamese cinnamon. 14% ABV. Two-time medal winner at the Mazer Cup International
  • Monkey Business 375ml bottle – Limited Release Banana Chocolate Orange Vanilla Mead, 14% ABV Sweet. We poured this at Hunahpu’s Day 2019 and the crowd went absolutely bananas for this mead…

Clown Shoes

  • Pineapple Space Cake 16oz CAN – Pineapple Double IPA. Matching the fruit flavor are juicy citrus hop notes from additions of Mosaic and Azacca hops. 7.77% ABV.
  • Coconut Sombrero 16oz CAN – Summer seasonal Mexican chocolate stout infused with tropical coconut flavors. 7% ABV.
  • Lil Crispy 16oz CAN – Beautiful Sessionable Pale Ale. 4.8% ABV.
  • Itaska Loonidragon 22oz Bottle – Bourbon Barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout brewed with Coconut. ABV: 11%
  • Bubble Farm 12oz 6Pack and 12Pack CAN –  Easy Drinking IPA Brewed with Columbus hops and dry-hopped with Simcoe, Azacca, and Idaho 7, this easy-drinker will quickly float to the top of your everyday favorites list. 6.5%
  • Clementine 12oz 6Pack and 12Pack CAN – Delicious Clementine witbier. 6.0%
  • Mango Kolsch 12oz 6Pack CAN – Kolsch, dry-hopped with Huell Melon hops and all-natural mango flavor. 5.5% ABV.

 

 

Abu Nawas Drops this week: Fat Orange Cat, Stillwater, Abomination

A bunch of new brews from 3 great breweries will be hitting the shelves next week from Abu Nawas. Let’s get to it!

FAT ORANGE CAT

  • Fat Orange Cat Blood Orange Billy 16oz CAN – Blood Orange NE-IPA. 6.66% ABV
  • Fat Orange Cat Lorenzo Blue 16oz CAN – New England DIPA LOADED with Galaxy and Citra. 8% ABV.
  • Fat Orange Cat Sweet Jane Pineapple 16oz CAN –  Milkshake IPA brewed with Vanilla, Lactose, Coconut, & Pineapple. 7.9% ABV.
  • Fat Orange Cat FOC All Cats Are Grey in the Dark 16oz CAN –  White Stout – A light colored stout with a hint of coffee and strong notes of both chocolate and vanilla. 7.2% ABV.

STILLWATER

  • Stillwater ASMR Frisson 001 16oz  CAN –  Sour ale brewed with wild blueberry, rolled oats & milk sugar. 6% ABV.
  • Stillwater Log Out 16oz  CAN – Double India pale ale quadruple dry-hopped with Mosaic, Galaxy, Citra, and Nelson Sauvin. 9% ABV.
  • Stillwater This is only a Test Stout 005 CAN – Imperial Stout brewed with Ginger, Chili peppers and Sichuan Peppercorn 11% ABV
  • Stillwater Extra Dry 16oz CAN – A Saison brewed with sake rice and dry hopped with Citra, Hallertau Blanc, and Sterling. 4.2% ABV.
  • Stillwater Artisanal Ales Extra Extra 16oz CAN -Double Brut IPA. 8% ABV
  • Stillwater  Rhinestones & Sequins 16oz CAN – Sour Brut Double IPA brewed with Sauvignon Blanc Grapes. 8% ABV.

Abomination Brewing

  • Abomination Brewing Bedtime Stories 16oz CAN –  Imperial Milk Stout with Graham Crackers, Flaked Oats, Vanilla Beans and Marshmallows. 9.3% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Rotting Earth 16oz CAN – Double IPA with a blend of Ariana, Pacific Jade, Eukanot and Denali. 9.3% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Shotgun Sour 16oz CAN – Sour Ale brewed with Black Currant, Apricot, & Peach. 6.1% ABV

HUGE Crooked Stave drop coming from Abu Nawas!

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Tons of great Crooked Stave beers will be making their way to our shelves here in Iowa in the next week! Huge list so make sure to read through carefully!

CANS

  • Von Pilsner 12oz CAN – Unfiltered Keller Pilsner
  • CO WildSage 12oz CAN – Brett saison brewed with lemongrass and sage
  • St. Bretta 12oz CAN –  Brettanomyces citrus saison
  • Coffee Baltic Porter 12oz CAN – Baltic porter featuring rotating coffee roasters
  • Crooked Stave IPA  12oz CAN –  American style IPA
  • Do You Even Zest?! DIPA 12oz CAN – Citrus Double IPA ***NEW CAN*** Elevated from our experimental hazy IPA series, Do You Even Zest?! is a limited release loaded with an immense amount of hops and freshly zested citrus. This Citrus Double IPA was born out of our playful nature as brewers looking to challenge the status quo. Our team meticulously zests fresh citrus for each and every batch, which begs the question, do you even zest?
  • Sour Rosé 12oz CAN – Wild ale aged in oak barrels with raspberries and blueberries

750’s LIMITED

  • Framboise 2018  – Golden sour ale aged in oak barrels with Washington raspberries and vanilla beans.
  • Origins Vintage
  • Silly Cybies  – Belgian style dark ale aged in oak barrels with Washington raspberries
  • Mama Bears Sour Cherry Pie 2017  – Burgundy sour ale aged in oak barrels with Colorado Montmorency cherries
  • L’Brett d’Apricot 2017  – Golden sour ale aged in oak barrels with Colorado apricots
  • L’Brett d’Or  – Surreal golden sour ale aged in oak barrels
  • Surette Reserva Palisade Peach 2017 – Reserva saison aged in oak barrels with Palisade peaches
  • Nightmare on Brett Vintage – Dark sour ale aged in Leopold Bros whiskey barrels
  • Nightmare on Brett Sour Cherry 2017 l – Dark sour ale aged in Leopold Bros whiskey barrels with Colorado Montmorency sour cherries

375s

  • Sunnyside of Bruxelles  – Sunnyside Sour Red/Brown Ale brewed in collaboration with Yvan De Baets from Brasserie de la Senne.
  • Raspberry Origins
  • Blueberry Origins
  • Petite Sour Tart Cherry
  • Petite Sour Blueberry 2016 Vintage  – Mixed fermentation ale aged in oak with Washington blueberries
  • Petite Sour Raspberry 2016 Vintage  – Mixed fermentation ale aged in oak with Washington raspberries
  • Petite Sour Rosé  – 2016 Vintage  – Wild ale aged in oak barrels on fruit skins
  • Petite Sour Peach  – Mixed fermentation ale aged in oak with Colorado Palisade peaches
  • St. Bretta  – Brettanomyces citrus saison
  • Vieille  – Artisanal barrel-aged saison lightly dry hopped
  • CO Wild Sage  – Brett saison brewed with lemongrass and sage
  • L’Brett d’Or Vintage  – Surreal Golden Sour Ale Aged in Oak Barrels
  • L’Brett d’Apricot  – Golden sour ale aged in oak barrels with Colorado apricots
  • Raspberry Bianca WWB  – A new school gose brewed with lactose and added raspberries, brewed in collaboration with Omnipollo 
  • Key Lime Tau – Collaboration with Hawkshead Brewery, a mixed culture fermentation brewed with lactose, fresh lime peel and lemongrass
  • Progenitor  – Dry hopped golden sour ale
  • HopSavant  – American Brettanomyces IPA
  • Vieille  – Artisanal barrel-aged saison lightly dry hopped
  • CO WildSage  – Brett saison brewed with lemongrass and sage
  • Progenitor – Dry hopped golden sour ale
  • Nightmare on Brett Blueberry 2015 – Dark sour ale aged in Leopold Bros whiskey barrels with Washington blueberries
  • Nightmare on Brett Raspberry 2015 – Dark sour ale aged in Leopold Bros whiskey barrels with Washington Raspberries
  • Ampersand Vol. 3 Ch. 1 –  Golden Sour Botanical Ale, Aged in Ransom Old Tom Gin Barrels
  • Ampersand Vol. 3 Ch. 2 – Burgundy Sour Ale, Aged in Ransom Rye Whiskey Barrels
  • Wild Wild Brett Batch #200 –  American Wild Ale Aged With Raspberries and Dry Hopped
  • Surette Reserva Prunus Persica – Golden sour ale aged in oak barrels with peaches We have hand picked each Surette Reserva from unique batches that develop with indefinable complexity. Through embracing variation within our brewing seasons, each limited release is an expression of the terroir from which our fruit is sourced, the skilled stewardship of the farmers we work with, and the rustic beers we produce.

Abu Nawas drops this week: More Hubbard’s Cave and Une Annee

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I’m not sure what everyone else things but Abu Nawas getting us Hubbard’s Cave beers to our market sure has been a treat! Love what these guys are doing and look forward to trying everything they release. Here’s what’s coming down the line this week from Abu Nawas:

  • Hubbard’s Cave: Fresh IIPA V5 (Citra, Mosaic) 16oz CANS – While these tropical fruit bomb hops need no further description, we’d also like to note that in addition to the subtle changes to the malt bill/brew process to amplify body/sweetness we made beginning with last week’s release (V29), this is the first batch trying a different yeast strain from what we’ve been using. We won’t spoil all the surprises but just want to say we think everyone will be pleased with the results.
  • Hubbard’s Cave: Fresh IIPA V30 (Chinook, Idaho 7, Simcoe) 16oz CANS – This one is another new addition to the V series, Fresh IIPA V30, but keeping with the updated malt base and yeast profile beginning with V5. Chinook and Idaho 7 in the boil (or whirlpool, rather) give this one a nice piney and lightly bitter backbone, then a bit of each along with a large charge of Simcoe in the dry-hop drives this home while also yielding a beautiful bouquet of tropical fruit.
  • Hubbard’s Cave: Coco Van  16oz CANS –  From the Brewery: “Last time we made this beer we added more coconut than we’ve ever used and our backs paid the price when it came time to dig out the fermenter. This time we said backs be damned and added even more! We’re left with a thick and decadent coconut bomb of an imperial stout that goes down far too smooth for 12%.” ***Very Limited***
  • Hubbard’s Cave: Mocha Pot de Crème16oz CANS   –From the Brewery: “This is a brand new addition to the PdC series! We were, as always, excited to team up with our friends Brian and Josh at Abacus Coffee Roasters for our coffee addition on this beer. When we told them we wanted something to pair with a thick and chocolatey lactose stout, they came back with El Salvador Red Honey Bourbon, and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Smooth, creamy, and bursting with coffee, this one lives up to its name.  ***Very Limited***
  • Une Annee: Framboise 16oz CANS –  American Wild Ale Fermented with Raspberries. 6.5% ABV ***Now in a Snazzy 2 Pack CANS***
  • Une Année Le Seul XXVI (Boysenberry)24-CANS – 2pk16oz –  Another in our Le Seul series makes its debut in cans! We’ve continued blending bits of our Brett culture into each batch of Le Seul to reduce acidity and add a little complexity, but that hasn’t stopped us from adding copious amounts of fruit to them! This batch saw a heaping addition of Boysenberries yielding a mild bitterness and strong aromas/flavors of sweet, jammy fruit.  ***Now in a Snazzy 2 Pack CANS***
  • Une Année Le Seul XXVIII (Tangerine)24-CANS – 2pk16oz   –  We have a new member of the Le Seul family with LS XXVIII (Tangerine). Falling in line with our other recent Le Seul releases, this one has a subtle tartness and a light Brett profile, with a luscious Tangerine aroma which brings Sunny D and daydreams of playing outside to mind. A springtime crusher!     ***Now in a Snazzy 2 Pack CANS***

Abu Nawas Drops for this week! Hubbard Cave/Une Annee

Another drop of terrific brews coming from Abu Nawas as Hubbard’s Cave and Une Annee will be getting some more of their great beers to us next week. Here’s what’s coming:

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  • Le Seul XXIV (Plum) 24-CANS – 2pk16oz – American Wild Ale Fermented with Plums. 6.5% ABV. From The Brewery: “This beer is being released for just the second time ever and for the first time in cans! With this batch we’ve continued blending bits of our Brett culture into our original mixed-culture base, allowing more of its character to shine and also resulting in a more restrained acidity. We also threw so much plum purée at this one that even our centrifuge couldn’t get it clear! The result is a complex and refined, yet easy-drinking crusher fruit bomb of a sour beer.”
  • Hubbard’s Cave: Fresh IIPA V28 (Ariana, Jarrylo, Pekko) 24-CANS – 4pk16oz – Fresh IIPA. 8.5% ABV. From The Brewery: “We were feeling a little poetic in crafting this one, paying homage to springtime with Jarrylo being named after the Slavic God of fertility and Pekko named after the Finnish God of farming. The result is a lightly tropical, herbal and earthy IIPA that hits the mouth soft and sweet, but finishes dry and crisp with a light bitterness…keeping in tradition with our hoppy beers landing square between the coasts’ respective styles.”
  • Hubbard’s Cave: Fresh IIPA V29 (Falconer’s Flight, Michigan Copper) 24-CANS – 4pk16oz – Fresh IIPA. 8.5% ABV. From The Brewery: “This batch saw a few tweaks to the brew process resulting in a moderate increase in sweetness, more amplified body, and a smoother bitterness. [read: more juicy] Playing with the new base profile, we’ve got floral and citrus character from the Falconer’s Flight while Michigan Copper is more known for its fruit punch and cherry candy-like flavors, with both imparting notes of pine resin.” 8.5% ABV.
Treats in 750ml Bottles:
  • Hubbard’s Cave: Bananas Foster 12-750ml Bottles – Imperial Stout with Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Vanilla and Bananas. 12% ABV.
  • Hubbard’s Cave: Coffee and Cakes 12-750ml Bottles – Imperial Stout Brewed with Coffee from Chicago ABACUS Coffee and Maple Syrup. 12% ABV.

 

Iowa Brewing Company releasing barrel-aged In-Tents Smores Stout 5/11/19!

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Some exciting news out of Cedar Rapids as Iowa Brewing Company has announced their release on “In-Tents”, a barrel-aged Smores stout. The release will come on May 11th, right before the Benz Beverage Depot beer festival. To get more info read below or check out Iowa Brewing’s event release on Facebook by clicking here:

𝗜𝗻-𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 was brewed last year to celebrate our second anniversary. A huge imperial s’mores stout with tons of pale and biscuit malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, and graham flour for a rich full flavor with notes of cookies and a touch of char. Afterwards we rested on pure liquid cacao and a blend of Madagascar and Tahitian vanilla beans. Half of the batch was put into Four Roses barrels and a vanilla bourbon barrel to rest for (almost) a year, and finished with cocoa nibs, graham crackers and marshmallows.

Two variants will be available in 375ml bottles:

𝗕𝗔 𝗜𝗻-𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 – Aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels plus a vanilla bourbon barrel and finished with cocoa nibs, graham crackers and marshmallows.

𝗕𝗔 𝗜𝗻-𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗟𝗲𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗲 – Aged in Four Roses bourbon barrels plus a vanilla bourbon barrel and finished with cocoa nibs, graham crackers, marshmallows, and Trung Nguyen Legendee coffee.

Stop by before Benz Beerfest starts and be the first to grab a bottle, these won’t last long. Bottle shares will be allowed in line, please line up at our patio door and keep any open containers inside the patio.

Contrary Brewing celebrating 4 year anniversary starting April 12th!

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Contrary Brewing Company in Muscatine will be celebrating their 4 year anniversary this coming weekend (4/12)! There will be food, music, and the highlight of the weekend will be the release of “Mexican Pariah” a barrel-aged imperial stout. Here’s more from Contrary:

4th Anniversary Weekend Highlights!
Along with special beer tappings all weekend, enjoy the following:

Friday, April 12th 6pm – Sun Green (FREE Concert)

Saturday, April 13th Noon – Barrel-aged Mexican Pariah Imperial Stout bottle release! 22oz bomber($20), extremely limited quantities.

Saturday, April 13th 3pm – tapping of Mexican Pariah Imperial Stout coffee variant.

Sunday, April 14th Noon – Brand New BBQ (award winning BBQ) and help us kick the kegs! We will serve all the special tappings until gone or 6pm.

SingleSpeed Releasing Coconut Migration Saturday April 27th!

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One of my favorite beers as the weather gets warmer will soon be returning to cans. Singlespeed Brewing is releasing their collab beer with Pulpit Rock on April 27th. That’s right, Coconut Migration will be making its return to cans just in time (hopefully) for the warmer weather! Here are the deets:

Join us as we celebrate the return of our Pulpit Rock Brewing Company collaboration! 🥥

If you like Piña Coladas, and/or getting caught in the rain, you’re gonna be feeling this beer. If you’re not into either of those things, well that sucks for you. We still recommend ordering one.

BEER STATS
IBU: 75
OG: 1.070
ABV: 7.4%

Firetrucker Tropical Burn coming to cans April 4th!

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Firetrucker will be releasing their popular mango double IPA in cans on Thursday April 4th, starting at 4:00 p.m. at the brewery in Ankeny. Here’s more info on this release courtesy of Firetrucker’s Facebook page:

☀️We think you’ve waited long enough…

😎Kick off patio season with a Tropical Burn in your hand! This DIPA with a one-two punch of mango is the perfect beer to take anywhere you go!

🔥Release is set for April 4th! Grab all the 4-packs you can carry starting next Thursday before they are available anywhere else. This 16oz can is full of 8.5% ABV goodness, so drink responsibly!

Big Grove Releasing “Morgan Horse” barrel-aged maple imperial stout on 4/20! + 3 others!

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Big news from Big Grove this week as they prep to release “Morgan Horse” barrel-aged maple imperial stout on April 20th along with 3 variants of that brew. With that, they will be releasing “Color TV”, their double dry hopped New England style IPA as well. Both Big Grove locations will be participating in the release. Hope to see you there, check below for more info!

If you’re a fan of our Richard the Whale parties—or fond of fun parties in general—here we go again! Saturday, April 20 is the release of our new Barrel-Aged Maple Imperial Stout, Morgan Horse + 3 AWESOME variants.

Joining Morgan Horse at the party is the second coming of Color TV, our Double Dry Hopped New England Style IPA brewed with galaxy hops. Arrive early for brunch and stick around for what will be an all-day party. 9:00AM Doors Open. Free coffee for anyone in line.

No tickets required. This event will be hosted at both the Iowa City Taproom and Solon Brewpub. More info to be released in the coming weeks. Thanks for the support!