Drink This! Lion Bridge Home Baked 2020

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We are in the middle of Lion Bridge’s Barrel-Aged January and last night I was able to get a sneak peek of one of, if not, their most sought after beers, Home Baked! (Thanks Lange Brothers!).

I wouldn’t say last year’s release of Home Baked was a surprise hit since all of what Lion Bridge releases is of the best quality, but I think after a few social media posts, untappd check ins, and Iowa Craft Beer Crew posts this beer hit “best of Iowa” status quickly and the demand went through the roof! Attention from the 2019 version continued through the year and the countdown to today’s release (1/15) began! Here’s the deets from LB on their brew:

Dessert for your desert island. Fudge and saigon cinnamon meld with a little bit of hazelnut goodness to produce something we liken to a cookie in beer form

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I was lucky enough to be a +1 at the early release for Lion Bridge’s CSA members and eagerly watched with bated breath as the beer tender poured my beer. Served at the perfect temperature, maybe even let sit a bit after the initial pour, the aromas of hazelnut and cinnamon hit your nose immediately. The first sip is cinnamon with the roasted hazelnut, almost a coconutty taste to it followed by hit of fudge. The second sip…. pure decadence!

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The beauty of this beer is that not one adjunct dominates the flavor, they all mesh perfectly well and you get a hit of each with every sip. This is a beer to seek out, to beg a buddy to mule for you if you can’t get to CR, to pray to the beer gods that one winds up in your kitchen ready to be poured. Every sip comes with a smile!

This is one of the best beers that is brewed in Iowa…without a doubt and this year’s version may even be better than the 2019. Lion Bridge does it again…place of employment is canceled today, beer releases at 3:00 p.m…..hmm.. it looks like the beer gods want me to get more of this I believe! See you there and Drink This!

Your Iowa Beer Guide to Black Friday!

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If you are out and about this coming Black Friday there are quite a few options from the beer community to take advantage of. Can releases, bottle releases, and speciality tappings a plenty!
*If you know of an event that I didn’t post up please drop me a line and I’ll add it to the list! 

**Lion Bridge Brewery – Oakonut Delight release. 1 case per customer per purchase starting at 11 a.m., but if you get back in line you can get more! Imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels with coconut, chocolate, and caramel!  

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**Confluence Brewing – If you are in the Des Moines area Confluence has a stellar Black Friday lineup.
-Letter of Marque Rum Barrel Aged DIPA W/ Coconut
-Kiano’s Cut Rye Barrel Aged Rye DIPA
-Conifer Ginelly Gin Barrel Aged Saison W/ Cranberries & Spruce
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-Ghostly Presents Tequila Barrel Aged W/ Agave & Peppers
Doors open at 11 AM. No bottle limits. Enjoy $2 off pours of everything in our taproom until noon!

 

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**Bricks Bar and Grill – Bourbon County and Black Friday go hand in hand and what better way to take a break from the early morning shopping and stop by Bricks for a 2020 BCS or variant. Here’s what Bricks will have on the lines:

Featuring Five BCBS beers on draft ~ 2018 BCBS Original ~ 2018 BCBS Bramble Rye ~ 2019 BCBS Original ~ 2019 BCBS Cafe De Olla ~ 2019 BCBS Mon Cheri
Blind Auction for 2 2015 BCBS Rare Bottles ~ 4 2012 BCBS Coffee Bottles

~Breakfast Taco Bar~

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**Iowa Brewing Company – a big day of bottles for Iowa Brewing Company as they are set to release Barrel-aged OREOja Baltic Porter that is finished in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels with “America’s Favorite Cookie.” This and the Hurricane Season will be available Friday the 29th @ 11AM only at the Iowa Brewing taproom.

thew**Thew Brewing Company – Thew will be continuing their “Dark Beer” week on Friday with a whole bunch of tappings. Here’s what they have going:

On tap Friday:
– Darkest Corners (barrel-aged imperial stout)
– Double Tappa (imperial brown ale)
– Old Man Strength (barrel-aged old ale)
– Black IPA
– Imperial stout
– Belgian strong

Bottle release deets courtesy of Thew:

We’ve had an old ale aging in a Weller barrel from Buffalo Trace and we’re anxious to share it with you. Old Man Strength will be packaged in 22 oz. bomber bottles and wax sealed.

Thew Crew members will have two bottles each reserved. You may pick your bottles up beginning Wednesday. Member bottles will be held until Friday, December 6th.

For the general public, release will start at noon on Friday. $20/bottle, 4 bottle per person limit.

In addition to Old Man Strength, we’ll have:
– Firkin of Double Tappa with Coconut
– Randall with Helianthus (sunflower saison) infused with fresh cranberries

 

**Quarter Barrel – Darkest Peru Russian Imperial Stout aged 9 months in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels with Peruvian Coffee, Peruvian Cacao, and Huacatay (Peruvian Black Mint) will be sold in 4-packs @ The Quarter Barrel Arcade & Brewery! 

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**Big Grove Brewery and Bootleggin’ Barzini’s have teamed up for an exclusive barrel-aged barleywine release only available at Barzinis on Black Friday. This barley wine is aged in Cedar Ridge single malt whiskey barrels and will come in a 375 mL bottle. Barzinis will also have their Bourbon County release.

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**Marto Brewing Company – Marto will be releasing All the Bean Things which is their
first in house collaboration that was brewed with  Barn Town Brewing!
A  13.1% imperial stout brewed with Ugandan vanilla beans, Caturra Coffee Roasting Co. – A Subsidiary of Coffee King, Inc Mexico Altura coffee beans, & Ghana ABOCFA cacao beans roasted by Just the Nib in Lincoln, NE.
Available on tap & limited crowlers to go. $18 per crowler.

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**Clockhouse Brewing – From Clockhouse:

They say, “We all need a little more fruit in our diet.” So we loaded our kettle sour with Raspberries, Blueberries, and Blackberries. The perfect trifecta for starting your post thanksgiving diet.

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**Need Pizza – Need tapping some heavy hitters on Black Friday!

2018 Bourbon County Bramble Rye
2019 Madhouse El Jefe
Pours and crowlers available while they last!

Dimensional Brewing Celebrating 1 Year Anniversary w/ week long tappings!

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Happy Anniversary to Dubuque’s Dimensional Brewing Company. It was a year ago when I was lucky enough to check the place out at their soft opening and you just knew they were going to be successful. This week they will be tapping some speciality beers, something new every day, so make sure you go check them up. Here’s their lineup!

🎂🎂It’s our Birthday Week, so we are tapping new beers every day leading up to our big Birthday Bash on Saturday!🎂🎂

🍻New Beers on tap🍻

Wednesday
Atlast Hefeweizen- 5.7% 9 IBU A different recipe than Key City. This Hefeweizen has added some smoothness and a more pronounced banana presence. The Beer was named after the business that was occupying Dimensional Brewing Company prior to the changing of the guard. (Available to go Wednesday)

Robot Voice -NEIPA- 6.6% 26 IBU Brewed with Galaxy, Citra, and El Dorado hops. This is the first time DBC has used Galaxy hops in a beer. We had to showcase the Galaxy. (Available to go Saturday)

Thursday
90 Mile Smile- Sour Gose 4.7%. Raspberry/Lime Margarita Gose in collaboration with our friends at Pulpit Rock from Decorah, IA. It’s fruity with a the right amount of lime and a slightly salty finish, just like a margarita! 90 Mile Smile was named for the approximate distance between the 2 breweries and the anticipation of the tasty beverages at the end of those 90 miles. (Available to go Saturday)

Friday
Bubble Baths With Nelson- NEIPA 7.2% 26 IBUs- Brewed with Nelson Sauvin and Citra hops. This is the first time DBC has used Nelson hops in a beer. We had to showcase the Nelson. (Available to go Saturday)

Saturday
The UnderCAKEer – Imp. Stout 12.2%- German Chocolate cake inspired Imp. Pastry stout brewed with cocoa nibs, pecans, coconut and lactose. We brewed this beer with Barn Town Brewing at Barn Town. (Draft Only)

Sweet Acoustics- Imp. Stout 13.5%- Imperial Stout w/ Madagascar vanilla beans added. Taste this beer cold and then periodically as it warms to experience the beer to its full potential. (Available to go Saturday)

Gussied Up- Imp. Stout 13.5%- Imperial Stout w/ Jumble coffee, toasted coconut, vanilla, and cinnamon. This beer will also have different tasting notes at different temps. You will be able to detect each of the flavors in this beer without being overpowered by any one ingredient. (Available to go Saturday)

Lion Bridge releasing “Oakonut Delight” Imperial Stout on Black Friday!

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Black Friday has gone from Christmas shopping to beer shopping for many of us and Lion Bridge brewery has thrown their hat into the ring! On Black Friday, tap room only, they will be releasing “Oakonut Delight” Imperial Stout! Here’s more on this delicious sounding brew courtesy of Lion Bridge:

Oakonut Delight will be a brand new Imperial Stout from us at Lion Bridge. Coconut, Chocolate, Caramel and 10 months in whiskey barrels. Really looking forward to this.

Abu Nawas drops this week: Off Color, Blackberry Farm, Evil Twin, and Nightmare Brewing

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Great list of brews coming from Abu Nawas this week. Check with your local beer rep/store to see if you get any of these goodies. Here we go:

BLACKBERRY FARM

  • Blackberry Farm Classic Saison 6/4/12oz CAN – Belgian-style Saison features European noble-type hops, authentic Belgian Saison yeast, and the finest European two-row malt. 6.3% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Fenceline 6/4/12oz CAN -Belgian-style ale brewed with generous portions of wheat malt for a creamy mouthfeel and hazy straw color. Generous additions of Huell Melon hops lend notes of melon and strawberry, along with a balanced bitterness. 5.9% ABV.
  • Blackberry Farm Boundary Tree 6/4/12oz CAN – This hop-forward Belgian-style ale features notes of citrus fruit that complement its bready malt undertones. A soft bitterness, reminiscent of orange marmalade, balances delicate spice notes that result from a warm fermentation. 6.5% ABV.

NIGHTMARE BREWING

  • Nightmare Brewing Flayed 16oz CAN – Imperial Oat IPA with Azacca, Zythos, Galaxy and Pacifica. 9.6% ABV.
  • Nightmare Brewing Blowing From A Gun 16oz CAN – Quadruple Dry Hopped DIPA brewed with Indian Cane Sugar and hopped with Cashmere, El Dorado, Calypso, Mosaic, & Huell Melon. 10.5% ABV.
  • Nightmare Brewing Colombian Necktie 6/4/16oz CAN – Gose Soured on Colombian Mangoes, with Lulo, Soursop, and Colombian Lime zest. 7.2% ABV.

EVIL TWIN

  • Evil Twin That’s the Kind of IPA That Makes You Wish You Spoke A Little French 16oz CAN –  Double Dry-Hopped Triple IPA Hopped with Galaxy & Motueka. 11% ABV.
  • Evil Twin I Don’t Know How to Put This but This IPA Is Kind of a Big Deal 16oz CAN – Double Dry-Hopped DIPA brewed with Raw Wildflower Honey. 10% ABV
  • Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail 12oz CAN – Triple IPA. This beer will knock your tongue off – it’s a tour de force in hoppiness and by far one of the craziest beer ever made by Evil Twin Brewing. 13% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Molotov Lite 16oz CAN – Lite version of a Triple IPA is a Double IPA @only 8.5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Molotov Surprise 12oz CAN – Everything you love about Molotov Cocktail, but now with a SURPRISE!  12% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Even More Jesus 16oz CAN – Jeppe Legendary Imperial Stout. 12% ABV.

OFF COLOR

  • Off Color Yuzu Fierce 24/12oz Bottle – Berliner Weiss Ale brewed with Yuzu. 3.8% ABV
  • Off Color Spots 24/12oz Bottle – Tropical Fruit Berliner Weisse. 3.8% ABV
  • Off Color DinoS’more 24/12oz Bottle – Imperial stout brewed w/ graham flour, marshmallow, molasses, cocoa nibs & vanilla bean. 10.5 ABV.
  • Off Color Eeek 12/750ml Bottle – “Champagne of Wild Ales.” A collaboration with Miller High Life. Bottle Conditioned Wild Ale with Champagne Yeats. 5.5% ABV. ***Thanksgiving Perfection***
  • Off Color Apex Predator 16oz CAN – The Saison you should be Drinking! Now in a CAN! 6.5% ABV.

Abu Nawas drops this week! Evil Twin, Dugges, Abomination, Hoof Hearted, + Public Access

Lots of tasty treats coming this week from Abu Nawas; here’s the list:

EVIL TWIN

  • Evil Twin Kiwi Coconut Fizz CAN – Berliner style Weisse ale with kiwi and coconut. 5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Watermelon Spritzer 6/4/16oz CAN – Watermelon Gose brewed with Salt & Vanilla. 5% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Cocktail Series: Tangerine Tonic 6/4/16oz CAN – Gin & Tonic-Inspired Sour DIPA brewed with Tangerine. 8% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Cocktail Series: Bellini 6/4/16oz CAN – Bellini style Sour DIPA brewed with Peaches. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Cocktail Series: Mojito 6/4/16oz CAN – Mojito-style Sour DIPA brewed with Lime & Mint. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Cocktail Series: Negroni6/4/16oz CAN – Negroni-style Sour IPA brewed with Juniper, Blood Orange, & Rhubarb. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Cocktail Series: Passionfruit Margarita 6/4/16oz CAN – Margarita-style Sour IPA brewed with Passionfruit, Lime, & Orange Peel. 7% ABV.

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Dugges Sunshine Orchard CAN – Tastes like sunshine infused orchard. Mosaic & Citra DIPA. 8% ABV.

Abomination

  • Abomination Brewing Wandering Into the FogCAN – This big fluffy DIPA was brewed with a metric sh*t ton of flaked oats and wheat. Kettle hopped with Pacific Jade, Mosaic, Citra, Summit, and then double dry-hopped with a ridiculous amount of Mosaic. 8.6% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Uralyi CAN – We’re super hyped to kick off the “yetti-esque” series. A line of beers that reflect the monstrosity that’s been our motif since the beginning. This hazy pale ale pours a golden yellow reminiscent of their gleaming eyes and is consciously hopped with Galaxy, Citra, and Mosaic. A mouthfeel as soft as their pelt, and approachable like the beast it’s self-clocking in at 6.3% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Does This Look Infected? CAN – Sour IPA Brewed with milk sugar, flaked oats, and wheat, then kettle soured and fermented on top of a generous amount of Mangoes. Hopped and DDH with Azacca Hops. Notes of citrus, passionfruit, tart pineapple, tangerine, and ripe mango. 7.2% ABV. ****BEST BEER NAME EVER****
  • Abomination Brewing Bro Beer CAN – Extremely crushable New England session IPA brewed with flaked wheat and oats. Gently dry-hopped with 100% galaxy hops! Juicy, tropical and hazy! The perfect beer to crack open with your bro’s! 4.7% ABV.

Hoof Hearted

  • Hoof Hearted Saizzurp(Pink Guava) CAN – “We made it rain with Amarillo, Citra, & Sorachi Ace hops at flameout and then let the French Saison yeast knock the bottom out. When fermentation ends we add Pink Guava for an electrifying effect to bring the thrill.” 6.5% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Rose Gose 12oz CAN – ***NEW FORMAT***  Gose Brewed with Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, Coriander, Hibiscus, then soured with Lactobacillus and fermented with Saison yeast. 4.2% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted/Stillwater Fruit on the Bottom CAN – Fruit (And Hops) On The Bottom is a “rotationally hopped” sour IPA with lactose, vanilla extract, yogurt, strawberry, and banana. 6% ABV.
  • Hoof Hearted Thanks For Letting Us Play Tonight CAN – Double Dry-Hopped All Galaxy New England Style IPA. 5.5% ABV.

Decadent

  • Decadent Ales Mango Sorbet CAN – Gose Style Ale Brewed with Mango. 5.8% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Wildberry Smoothie 6/4/16oz CAN – Sour Ale brewed with Strawberry, Blueberry, Blackberry, and Raspberry. 5.8% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Lime Citrus CitraCAN – Delicious Double India Pale Ale with lime and orange zest. 8.6% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Coconut Citrus Citra 6/4/16oz CAN – Triple Dry-Hopped All-Citra IPA brewed with Coconut & Citrus Fruit. 10.8% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales S’mores 24/16oz Can – All Mosaic Double Dry-Hopped DIPA brewed with Graham Crackers & Marshmallows. 9.1% ABV.
  • Decadent Ales Raspberry French Toast 16oz CAN – Double India Pale with raspberry, maple syrup, and cinnamon added. 8.6% ABV.

Public Access

  • Public Access Triumphant Intermission 6/4/16oz CAN – Outstanding Double Dry-Hopped IPA with Citra, El Dorado, and Comet. 7% ABV.
  • Public Access Silent Rejoice 6/4/16oz CAN – Double dry-hopped New England IPA. 7% ABV.

Abu Nawas drops this week: Moonlight Meadery, Evil Twin, and Stillwater!

A nice mix of brews and mead this week will be dropping from Abu Nawas. Here’s what’s coming this week:

MOONLIGHT MEADERY

  • Moonlight Little Apple 12oz CAN – Semi-Dry Hard Cider Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels. Made with the finest New England Apples. 6.5% ABV.
  • Moonlight Them Apples CAN – Bourbon Barrel Aged New England Style Sparkling Sweet Hard Cider. Barrels Aged for a minimum of 6 months. 13.5% ABV.
  • Moonlight Thirteen 5 CAN – New England Style Honey Apple Wine. A pre-prohibition style of cider fermented with additional sugar to create 13.5% ABV – so strong we have to call it a wine.
  • Moonlight Razz What She Said 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.
  • Moonlight Kurt’s Apple Pie 375ml – Made with local apple cider with Madagascar vanilla and Vietnamese cinnamon. 14% ABV. Get your piece of the pie!. Two-time medal winner at the Mazer Cup International
  • Moonlight A Common Disaster 375ml – An Iowa collaboration with Scot Schaar of Crawford Brew Works in Bettendorf, this mead took 1st place at the 2016 Mead Free or Die competition. Wildflower honey, hand-roasted pineapples, and smokey chipotle peppers. Slightly sweet pineapple notes fade to a smokey chipotle finish. 14% ABV.
  • Moonlight Coffee in Bed 375ml – Honey wine fermented with natural Sumatra coffee. This is luscious dessert style mead that pairs wonderfully with German chocolate cake or tiramisu. 15.3% ABV
  • Moonlight Indulge 375ml – Made from Madagascar-Bourbon vanilla beans, Vietnamese Cinnamon, honey, water and yeast. Reminiscent of a cinnamon bun. Bronze medal winner at the 2016 Mazer Cup International
  • Moonlight Brazen 375ml – Mead with Meadowfoam honey, habanero peppers, and roasted cacao nibs. The sweet start sets the stage for the intensely strong heat that the habanero brings, with a rich creamy finish from the cacao nibs. 14% ABV.
  • Moonlight Desire 375ml – Award Winning Mead with blueberries, black cherries, and blackcurrants.  14% ABV.
  • Moonlight Destiny375ml – Aged in Utopian casks and released one barrel at a time, it takes over 2 years to perfect a single batch. This mead is complex with lots of fruits and honey notes while the oak adds some dryness for the perfect balance. Honey, Black Currant, Blueberry, and Dark Sweet Cherry
  • Moonlight Fling375ml – Semi-sweet and tart Strawberry Rhubarb Mead. 14% ABV.
  • Moonlight Iniquity 375ml – Honey, apple and cranberry. A sinful double play on the senses. Sweet and smooth apple that leads into temptation with a finish of light, tangy cranberry. 12%
  • Moonlight Kamasumtra 375ml – Mead with Madagascar-Bourbon Vanilla and Sumatra coffee. 14% ABV.
  • Moonlight Last Apple 375ml – Heavenly Mead Aged in Jim Beam Barrels. 16% ABV. Gold Medal winner at the 2015 Mazer Cup International
  • Moonlight Paramour 375ml – Black Currant, Black Cherry, Black Raspberry, Blueberry Mead. Rich and complex layers of juicy sweet berry flavor and soft tartness greet the palate. 13.9% ABV.
  • Moonlight Red Dress 375ml – Semi-sweet mead with red currants. 13.9% ABV.
  • Moonlight Sensual 375ml – Sweet Wildflower honey mead. 15.3% ABV.
  • Moonlight Sumptuous 375ml – Mead made from honey and mangos, sweet but not overly so. Deliciously smooth and wonderfully complex with a long-lasting finish. Enjoy with spiced Mexican, Thai or Indian dishes.
  • Moonlight Wicked 375ml – Mead with ginger and Madagascar-Bourbon vanilla. 14% ABV. Gold Medal winner at the 2014 Mazer Cup International, Bronze medal winner at the 2015 Mazer Cup International.
  • Moonlight Wild 375ml – Unprocessed wildflower honey and wild mountain-grown blueberries from Alton Bay NH combine to make this light, dry mead. Get the party started with Wild. Pairs well with fruits, cheese, and romantic activities. 14% ABV.

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EVIL TWIN

  • Evil Twin Public Servant Teacher Edition 16oz CAN – This beer is to honor the teachers that educate our children. We ask you, fellow beer drinkers, to thank local teachers by sharing this beer with them. DIPA Dry hopped with Mosaic and Falconer’s Flight. 7% ABV.
  • Evil Twin Public Servant Firefighter Edition 16oz CAN – This beer is to honor the extraordinary commitment and courage of Firefighters. We ask you, fellow beer drinkers, to thank local Firefighters by sharing this beer with them. DIPA Dry-hopped with Mosaic, Simcoe and Ekuanot 7% ABV.

STILLWATER

  • Stillwater / Hoof Hearted Fruit on the Bottom 16oz CAN – Fruit (And Hops) On The Bottom is a “rotationally hopped” sour IPA with lactose, vanilla extract, yogurt, strawberry and banana. 6% ABV.
  • Stillwater Strawberry Shakerato 16oz CAN – Sour ale with strawberries, vanilla, coffee, cane & milk sugar. 5% ABV.
  • Stillwater Double Mocha Affogato Nitro Stout 16oz CAN – Double mocha affogato stout with cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, coffee & lactose. 6.5% ABV.
  • Stillwater On Fleek 12oz CAN – Imperial stout brewed with dark sugars and molasses. 13.0% ABV.

Dimensional releasing “Can-D-Bar” coconut imperial stout bottles 10/26!

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Big news out of Dubuque and Dimensional Brewing as they will be releasing a tasty-sounding imperial stout on October 26th. Can-D-Bar will be an imperial stout with coconut and chocolate and will be released in bottles as well! Here’s more from Dimensional on this release:

Saturday, October 26th, 11:00 AM Dimensional Brewing Company will be releasing bottles for the first time. Can-D-Bar is a imperial stout with a bunch of coconut and chocolate present in the beer. It reminds us of a tasty candy bar. We will be offering other to-go beer as well. Stay tuned for more beer updates.

Food- Chocolate Hog BBQ and Catering will be serving up their super delicious BBQ.

Music- Nate Jenkins starts at noon.