Big Grove Releasing “Velvet” vanilla imperial stout +”Lunar Tourist” hazy IPA in bottles/cans July 20th!

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Another can’t miss Big Grove release approaches as they are set to release “Velvet” vanilla imperial stout and “Lunar Tourist” hazy IPA with South African hops on Saturday July 20th! Here’s more!

Saturday, July 20, Big Grove Brewery is releasing two new beers on draft and in bottles + cans.

Velvet | Vanilla Imperial Stout with Madagascar Vanilla
Lunar Tourist | Hazy Double IPA with South African Hops

Arrive early for brunch and stick around for what will be an all-day party. 9:00AM Doors Open. No tickets required. This event will be hosted at both the Iowa City Taproom and Solon Brewpub.

Marto Brewing Opening June 20th!

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Folks in Western Iowa are in for a treat as Marto Brewing out of Sioux City will be opening their doors to the public on June 20th! They will NOT have their beers on tap at that time as they continue to brew and stock their own for a grand opening in July. Here’s more from the brewery:

It’s time!!!!! We are opening to the public on June 20th at 3pm. We will open with a full kitchen led by Chef Nick Goodwin. Chef and his crew have been preparing to bring you world class wood-fired food over the last month. We will have guest taps from many breweries in the area, along with our four collaboration beers that we recently brewed. While we have been brewing beer in our brewery over the past week, WE WILL NOT HAVE OUR OWN BEERS ON TAP on June 20th. We plan to build up a supply of our own beer and have a grand opening in July(date to be determined). We want to give you a full experience of our beers when they are all ready.

The opening beer tap list will feature beers from Barntown Brewing Company, Pulpit Rock Brewing Co., Kross Strain Brewing Company, Madhouse Brewing Company, Nebraska Brewing Company, and many more! We will have all four collaboration beers on tap from Madhouse, Kross Strain, & Jackson Street. The full beer lineup will be announced at the beginning of the week.

Hours –
Monday – Thursday 3pm to 10pm
Friday 3pm to Midnight
Saturday 11am to Midnight
Sunday 10am to 8pm

Kitchen Hours-
Monday – Thursday 4pm to 9pm
Friday 4pm to 9pm
Saturday 11am to 9pm
Sunday 10am to 7pm

See you all soon!!

 

Gezellig Brewing in Newton opening June 7th!

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Newton, IA will be the home of Iowa’s newest brewery as Gezellig Brewing will be opening their doors on June 7th! Before the doors to the brewery open however, you will be able to try their beer if you’re in the Muscatine or Pella area as Bonnie’s on the Avenue in Muscatine and the Cellar Peanut Pub in Pella will have the following brews on tap from Gezellig: Turn Down for Brown, Newtonian Haze IPA, and Kviek and Subscribe IPA. These beers will be tapped at 1:00 this Friday, May 24th at those two locations.

Here’s more info on a couple beers mentioned above, and stay tuned for more info on the opening of this brewery. If you want some Gezellig beers on your lines, reach out to them via their Facebook page by clicking here.

Onto the brews:

*Newtonian Haze – Newtonian Haze checks all the boxes. Plenty hazy, a huge fruity nose, and it’s quaffable as all get out. Massive pineapple, papaya, and passionfruit leap out and say ‘it’s gonna be one of those nights, Jim’. Super-charged lemon lime pineapple coats your tongue but doesn’t overstay its welcome. If you wanted a milkshake, Dairy Queen is down the street. This right here is a drinking beer.

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*Turn Down for Brown -Cool kids beware. Your old man loves this beer and wants to tell THOSE 3 stories all night on repeat. Slight roasty coffee, sweet chocolate, and a hint of vanilla from German Ariana hops are rounded out by a bittering addition of UK Challenger and carefully selected caramel malts. Hunker down in brown town buddy. It’s gonna be a long night.

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Drink This! Lion Bridge King Cake…Happy 5 year LB!

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It really can’t be a surprise that this beer is my latest Drink This! addition. The winter months have been draining and soul sucking at times, but Lion Bridge has been able to lift us by the chin and say, “drink our beer, everything will be ok”. Not sure they would actually say that but Quinton does kind of look like the next coming of Jesus and actually, if he would run for President, I would vote for him or maybe Ana would be a better fit..??? any hoo…it’s no secret the demand that this beer has received, and that’s not why it’s my Drink This! choice. Publicity plays a big role into a sale, and this beer has been pubbed by many (yours truly included), but when your background has delivered and delivered on numerous occasions you can understand why at a 3:00 release on Tuesday afternoon, on your 5th Anniversary party you have line snaking almost outside your door, you have now hit that upper echelon of expectation.

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Expectation has always been there for Lion Bridge for every beer they’ve made. They expect quality, always have, and their gold medals show that. Now, however, they’ve hit the ever demanding beer lover, beer trader, beer connoisseur level of the craft market. When you’re a brewery that makes a wonderful pils (ziva voda returns soon), a terrific IPA (yard sale), a gold medal English Mild, and a hazy IPA that I can’t wait to see again (Majestic Beast), and now pair that with their Barrel-Aged January greatness that included the January mainstay Gazprom! and it’s variants along with my beer of the year nominee Home Baked, you’ve set yourself up to be an in demand brewery. Which leads us to….

**King Cake** – 5th Anniversary beer, brilliantly released on Fat Tuesday and a beer that dominates your tastebuds. It’s so easy to critique the things you don’t care for in a beer sometimes, but it sure is nice to appreciate the beauty of an amazing beer and taste what the brewers intended for you to taste. Decadence is the word used by Lion Bridge and that is spot on. That’s the perfect word to describe this beer, a caramel, chocolate, toffee, masterpiece really. So, for those who got it, sit back, sip on it, maybe share a taste with a buddy or loved one and just appreciate it.

McClain family…what a joy these last 5 years have been. Your class and focus on local has been such a welcome addition to the community and I’m very thankful I’ve had the opportunity to converse with you both. I would be remiss not to involve Alec Travis in this post…hard working, talented, class act who has been at Lion Bridge since the beginning…..such a great crew, with great leaders. Happy 5 Lion Bridge, King Cake was the perfect beer for this anniversary so it’s time to Drink This! beer!

Thew Brewing Releasing “Planned Sick Days Pale Ale” this Friday Oct. 19th!

thewThew Brewing will be releasing a collaboration beer with internet celebrity Planned Sick days called “Planned Sick Days Pale Ale” this coming Friday in conjunction with the University of Iowa homecoming weekend! Looking forward to try this one! Here’s a bit more info on this collab: And follow Planned Sick Days on twitter with their handle: @PlannedSickDays

Happy homecoming, Hawkeyes! We’ll be releasing our newest beer, a pale ale brewed in collaboration with the internet’s Planned Sick Days. On tap and in crowlers starting at 3 p.m.!

Big Grove Richard the Whale Release set for Dec. 1st; Tickets on Sale Oct. 10th

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Big Grove Brewery has released details on their highly anticipated 2018 Richard the Whale Release. The release will take place on Dec. 1st, and tickets will go on sale Wednesday October 10th. Here’s more:

Richard the Whale Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout release party at Big Grove Brewery & Taproom in Iowa City 🐋

‣ 2 Richard the Whale .375 L bottles
‣ 1 Coffee Richard .375 L bottle
‣ 1 Macaroon Richard, this year’s special variant .375 L bottle
‣ Richard the Whale 2018 collectable glass
‣ 6 oz. pour of Richard the Whale

Tickets 🎟: $75
🔜 On sale on Wednesday, October 10 at 11:00 AM (link will go live on Oct. 10 in this Event post)
🔜 Many more details to come and we’re looking forward to hosting a whale of a party!

Reds Alehouse Meet the Brewer: Firetrucker and New Belgium Wednesday Sept. 19th!

redsReds Alehouse will once again be playing host to meet the brewer night this coming Wednesday, September 19th. This time around they will have Scott from Firetrucker and Melissa from New Belgium will be there answering questions and chatting about their beers. Here’s the lineup:

New Belgium
-Fat Tire – Amber Ale – 5.2% ABV
-Voodoo Ranger – Juicy Haze IPA – 7.5% ABV
-Clutch – Dark Sour Ale – 8.5% ABV
Firetrucker
Hydrant – American Pale Ale – 4.9% ABV
Uptown IPA – American IPA – 5.8% ABV
Tropical Burn – DIPA w/ Mango – 8.5% ABV
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Iowa Turf War: Tap Takeover Presented by Pig and Porter starting September 1st!

pig and porter1.jpgThe Pig and Porter restaurant located near the NewBo Market in Cedar Rapids will once again be playing host to the Iowa Turf War Tap Takeover. 2 Iowa breweries pitted against each other each week to see whose beers reign supreme! The bracket is listed below, pay attention to the dates and make sure you get to Pig and Porter to try the brews and eat their awesome food! Cheers!

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This fall two Iowa breweries will be competing to become turf war champion. Each brewery will have 3 beers to sample (a flight of 6) then vote on who is better.
Who wins depends you your VOTE!
Special food, prizes and brewery swag will be available during the event and a chance to meet the brewers.
Entry is free, you only need to buy a flight to vote.
Seating is limited so come early (event starts at 5pm)

Need Pizza “Funds for Flenker” Event Update #2: Brewery List

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With update #2 on the Need Pizza “Funds for Flenker” event will be the breweries who will have their beers flowing at Need on Thursday September 13th! Here’s the early list with more to follow as they come in and hopefully soon I’ll have a list of specific beers that will be available, hope to see you there:

*Lark Brewing
*515 Brewing
*Alluvial Brewing
*Pulpit Rock Brewing
*SingleSpeed Brewing
*Keg Creek Brewing

From earlier:

Need Pizza in downtown Cedar Rapids will be hosting a “Funds for Flenker” beer and food event. This event’s proceeds will go towards helping Mr. Flenker pay for his upcoming court costs. Details are in their infancy but expect it take place in late August or early September.

There will be tons of great beer, food, and socializing throughout this event. Rumors of a bottle share have also been heard. If you know a brewery or brewer that would like to participate feel free to call Need Pizza @ 319-362-6333 or email @ benmed15@yahoo.com. Stay tuned as more updates will be trickling in every day with tap lists, food, and a date that will be set in stone! Cheers!

Big Grove Summer Jam Coming to Cans!

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Big Grove Brewery, fresh off of a successful release of their core beers is about to release a summer favorite to cans. Summer Jam will be coming soon (Ragbrai?). Expect 4 packs with 12 oz cans to hit and it sounds like they are hoping in time for Ragbrai. Stay tuned for more on this release, but check out those sweet ass labels! A BeerCast live from Big Grove during Ragbrai sounds great, doesn’t sLim? Cheers!