Backpocket 2nd Annual “Smoked Meat and Beer Pairing” set for August 12th!

The first time when so well they’re going to do it again! Backpocket Brewery will be hosting their 2nd annual “Smoked Meat and Beer Pairing” on August 12th starting at 7 p.m. The menu is listed below as well as a link to get your tickets! Here’s more from Backpocket!

Tickets for our 2nd Smoked Meat and Beer Pairing are LIVE!! These sold out quickly last time!

Course 1: Texas Twinkies – Two large jalapenos filled with cream cheese, slow smoked brisket and shredded cheddar cheese while wrapped in bacon and slow smoked at 225 degrees for two and a half hours. The bite from the jalapeno is cooled by the cheese while the crispy bacon blanket is the perfect partner to the soft creamy filling. Served with 12oz. Bubba IPA.

Course 2: Beef Short Rib Tacos – Two handmade from scratch, flour tortillas filled with slow smoked beef short ribs, smoked yellow onions and pepper jack cheese grilled to melt the cheese slightly. We also took roasted corn and combined it with cotija cheese, lime and mayo with a little bit of tajin for a twist on the classic street corn. Served with 16oz. Tipsy in Tijuana.

Course 3: Homemade Banana Pudding – A classic bbq dessert option, we combine whipped cream with vanilla pudding layered on a bed of vanilla wafers and fresh cut bananas and topped with made from scratch whipped cream. Served with a 16oz. Hawktoberfest.

Clock House releasing “Pineapple Witch Slap” and “Kickin’ Kangaroo” imperial IPA tomorrow! (7/15)

Just in time for the weekend are two releases coming from the fine folks at Clock House! Pineapple Witch Slap, which has been released before, and a new imperial IPA, Kickin’ Kangaroo, will be available when the taproom opens on Friday, July 15th! Here’s more on these releases from Clock House’s Facebook page:

Kickin’ Kangaroo: We brewed up a bitter Imperial IPA and dry-hopped it with Australian hops. The result is a dank and grassy melon DIPA that finishes with just enough kick!

Pineapple Witch Slap: Our beloved flagship NEIPA infused with real pineapple. Get some while you can this won’t last long!

2 New Beers coming from Lion Bridge this month!

A new month means new beers and Lion Bridge Brewing will get the partying rolling on April 6th when they release the first of 2 new beers! Lemon Lime Cream Cheese Bar will come our way April 6th and then will be followed by Mount Trashmore Trail Mix on April 13th! Here’s more on these two beers:

Lemon Lime Cream Cheese Bar

An Ale with fruit, graham cracker and cream cheese flavor! Bright and tangy Meyer Lemon and Key Lime blend with a cream cheese finish and a graham cracker crust. Save room for seconds! The potluck dessert of your dreams.

Release date Wednesday 04/06

Mount Trashmore Trail Mix

A kettle sour with granola, vanilla and blueberry. A beery love song to the Cedar Rapids Mountain we all love so much. Raise your glass to a successful summit or fortify your body before the attempt. We love you, Mt. Trashmore!

6.7% ABV

Release date 04/13

Clock House releasing “ClockEyed” citrus American wheat on Sunday (5/2)!

Another week and another tasty sounding release coming from Clock House Brewing in Cedar Rapids. This coming Sunday, they will be releasing “ClockEyed” citrus American Wheat! Here’s more on this release:

Our twist on this elegant, Summer Crusher, fruity sessionable wheat-based ale. Straw in color and cloudy from starch haze and yeast. Has a fruity aroma with a malty-sweet grain flavor with a melody of fruit from start to finish. Whirlpool additions of Orange peel, Lemon peel and coriander gives this beer a zesty, lemon, orange-citrusy fruitiness.Available on draft, cans and in growlers. Online ordering available day of release

Great Iowa Beer Festival Category Vote: Stouts

This category of stouts will not include imperial/barrel aged/pastry/adjunct except coffee! Those will be broken down into another category down the road! Thanks to everyone who has participated in the voting and to the brewer’s making the beer! Cheers!

Stout is a dark, top-fermented beer with a number of variations, including dry stout, oatmeal stout, milk stout. The first known use of the word stout for beer was in a document dated 1677 found in the Egerton Manuscripts, the sense being that a “stout beer” was a strong beer, not a dark beer.

Drink This! My Beer of the Summer (so far); Big Grove Three Peat Wheat

The dog days are upon us and the typical Iowa July is officially here as the temps and humidity keep making us thirstier and thirstier for a cold brew. And while there are many great Iowa beer options out there I recently had the chance to try Big Grove’s latest wheat, Three Peat. Here are the deets:

Passion fruit, pineapple, and plum come together to create an exceptionally light and refreshing fruited wheat ale that’s bursting at the seams with all the right flavors – you’ll want to have it on repeat… or maybe more 😉

This wheat beer is brewed with pineapple, passion fruit, and plum and checks in at 5.2%. While this may sound like an over the top fruit beer, it’s not. In fact BG brewers did a great job on balancing the three fruits and not making this an over the top sweet treat. Big Grove knew exactly what they were doing with this one…hot ass Iowa months ahead, let’s make a summer slammer and this sure is hell is it. Easy drinking on their beautiful patio and add with a tuna poke bowl and you’re in heaven.

So, go grab yourself a pint or a growler and just hope they keep making this one as we hit these hot months. Any chance we can get these mutha in cans BG? My mouth is watering…I’m going to need one of these again really soon. Make sure you get out there and Drink This!

Lion Bridge releasing “Mallow Gold” BA S’mores Stout + “Me Time” NEIPA next Thursday! (6/18)

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Two new brews coming from Lion Bridge on June 18th and both of these sound like a release you’ll want to plan your day around!

Mallow Gold (9%abv, Barrel-Aged S’mores Stout) – We took bourbon barrel aged stout from our stock that have been aging for over a year, and s’moresified it! Marshmallow, Chocolate, and Graham Cracker meld beautifully in this campfire beer. $17.99 4-pack

Me Time (NEIPA, 7.2%) Heavy on the Citra with a comforting dose of Cashmere hops. It’s ok, have some more Me Time. $12.99 4-pack

Pulpit Rock releasing 4 beers this Friday! (6/5)

Brewers continue to busy across the state of Iowa, releasing cans of our favorite beers and this Friday, Pulpit Rock Brewing will be releasing 4 more brews! Check out the deets courtesy of Pulpit’s Facebook page:

First up, everyone’s favorite beer is back! Saftig – our classic IPA with mosaic, simcoe, and citra will be available Friday. $4.00/16oz. can, 2 case limit (48 cans)
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Missing those church lunches during the summer afternoons trying to decide which cold salad you are going to eat? Look no further. We’ve got the best one in town for you. Church Salad is packed full of fresh pineapple, coconut, marshmallows, and walnuts. This pastry kettle sour is available Friday. $6.50/16oz. can, 8 can limit.
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Missed your chance to drink Poolside, poolside last season? Now is your chance! This pastry kettle sour has hundreds of pounds of fresh raspberries infused into it and topped off with lemonade mix. Available Friday, $6.50/16oz. can, 8 can limit.
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And for our newest sour – meet Jamboree! It is filled with fresh strawberries, graham crackers, and cheesecake mix! We are excited for you to try this one. Available Friday, $6.50/16oz can, 8 can limit.
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*We will be maintaining our drive-thru service this weekend. Please follow signs and enter the line on Painter St. using our alley. keep in mind, if the line is too long and causing issues with local traffic, we may need to open early. As a reminder, we are still donating 10% of our sales to affected local businesses and their employees. Your support each week is highly appreciated!

Drink This! Marto Brewing Coco Mo

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I was pretty stoked to see Marto Brewing crowlers make their way from Sioux City over to Eastern Iowa. I’ve been wanting to try these guys for a long time and hopefully within the next few weeks I’ll get to visit the brewery itself.

This beer is reminiscent of SingleSpeed’s Coconut Migration so just like with that one, you have to be a Pina Colada or pineapple/coconut combo fan to dig on this. On the flip side, this is could be a gateway beer for those Pina Colada lovers out there as well. Seeing this in Cedar Rapids goes to show the lengths these Iowa breweries will go and the time/travel/and hard work that they put in to get their beers into our hands.

POUR

Orange/yellow pour. Huge white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of the tropics: coconut/pineapple sweetness. Almost a creamy mouthfeel to this beer. Very enjoyable on this hot and humid early Iowa Summer day!

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TASTE

I pretty much covered this already. It’s a pina colada lovers dream in beer form really. This is your perfect poolside companion except in crowler form!

OVERALL

There’s a time and place for every beer and the time and place for this one is right now. The heat is rolling in, the humidity is making your shirt cling to your sweaty back, it’s time for you to finish mowing your lawn, pulling your weeds, playing whiffle ball with your kids, and grab a chair, plop your sweaty ass down and crack one of these in your driveway and soak the day in! The perfect time to Drink This!

Big Grove Drive Thru offering 4 new beers for this weekend! (4/11-4/12)

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Big Grove in both Solon and Iowa City will continue their popular drive thru for folks who need a burger and fries and some might fine ales to wash them down with! 4 new beers will be available along with many others. You will have until 8 p.m. on Friday to place your order and pick up times will be Saturday and Sunday from 11-2! Click HERE to place your order! What are the new brews? Here we go:

Norwegian Demon (16oz 4-pack): hazy IPA with Simcoe, African Queen, Mosaic, and Ekuanot 🇳🇴 ⁣
Apricot Pistachio Torte (500 mL bottle): our Sugar Bottom Series continues with this delicate, sour, dessert beer 🍰 ⁣
Tropical Wheat (32oz crowler): wheat beer with pineapple and mango 🍍 ⁣
Passion Fruit Gusher (32oz crowler): a Que Será with an irresponsible amount of passion fruit (3x our usual amount for fruited sours) 👀⁣

**Also available: Boomtown | West Main Wheat | Que Será | Arms Race | Big Grove IPA | Burch the Bear | 1939 Amber Ale | Easy Eddy | Strawberry Cherry Swirl | Iowa City Lager | Coffee Shop Series: Coffee Oatmeal Stout | Color TV | Turtle Hunter | Red Wedding Wheat | Brew Berry | Passionfruit Vanilla