Abu Nawas drops: Huge Prairie Drop!

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If we keep on drinking; they’ll keep on supplying! Kudos to the folks at Abu Nawas who continue to stock our shelves and for all delivery/distro workers during this time! Thank you all! Here’s the latest from Abu:

  • Prairie Rainbow Sherbet 12oz CAN – Have you ever drank a rainbow? Well, now you can! Sour ale with raspberry, pineapple, and orange..5.2% ABV.
  • Prairie Standard 12oz CAN – ***NOW IN CANS*** Light, crisp farmhouse ale dry-hopped with Motueka hops, a lovely New Zealand hop with a spicy lime like flavor and aroma. 5.6% ABV.
  • Prairie Vape Tricks 12oz CAN – Sour ale aged on cherries. 5.9% ABV.
  • Prairie / American Solera Collab. All Y’all 6/4/12oz CAN – Hazy India Pale Ale. 8.8% ABV.
  • Prairie Funky Gold Mosaic 12oz CAN – Mosaic Dry-hopped sour ale. 5.8% ABV.
  • Prairie Blueberry Boyfriend 6/4/12oz CAN – Sour Ale with Blueberries and Lemon Zest. 5.4% ABV.
  • Prairie Weekend 12oz BOTTLE – Imperial Stout with Coconut, Cacao Nibs and Marshmallow. 13.3% ABV.
  • Prairie BOMB 12/12oz BOTTLE – Imperial Stout aged on Nordaggio’s espresso beans, chocolate, vanilla beans, and ancho chile peppers. All the flavors meld to create a truly unique beer. The peppers add just the right amount of heat to complement the intense coffee and chocolate flavors. 13% ABV.
  • Prairie Oh! Fudge 12/12oz BOTTLE – Imperial Stout brewed with Brownies. 11.5% ABV.
  • Prairie Paradise 12/12oz BOTTLE – Imperial Stout with Vanilla and Coconut. 13% ABV.

Abu Nawas drops: Abomination, Short Throw Brewing, Dugges Bryggeri, Freethought, Nightmare,

Abu Nawas with an exciting drop of some very tasty beverages. Take a look at this week’s releases and make sure to support your local establishments during this tough time! Cheers!

Abomination

  • Abomination Ales Drawing A Blank 16oz CAN – Triple NE-IPA with Galaxy, Citra, & Mandarina Bavaria. 11.2% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Urayuli 16oz  CAN – IPA hopped with Galaxy, Citra, and Mosaic. The Urayuli stands nearly 10 feet tall with arms down to their ankles, covered in a thick fur. The easiest way to spot them is by their luminescent eyes. Unlike some yeti species, the Urayuli is said to be peaceful. 6.3% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Shotgun Sour 16oz CAN – Sour Ale with Raspberry & Blackberry. 6.6% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Hop Thing16oz CAN – NE-IPA Brewed with flaked oats and wheat hopped and double dry-hopped with Zappa, Citra, and Mosaic! Beware of the Hop Thing! 6.9% ABV.
  • Abomination Brewing Hop Roulette 16oz CAN – Rotating Hop series Double Dry-Hopped DIPA. 8.8% ABV.
  • Abomination Bro Beer 16oz 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.

Short Throw Brewing

  • Short Throw Cop and Go 16oz CAN – American IPA with Galaxy & Mosaic hops, dry-hopped with the same varietals.. 6.5% ABV.
  • Short Throw Straight Bars 16oz CAN – American IPA hopped with Citra, Galaxy, and El Dorado. Lovingly dry-hopped with the same varietals. One sip and you’ll know we ain’t playin games. This ish is Straight Bars. 6.5% ABV.

Dugges Bryggeri

  • Dugges Bubble Gummy 16oz CAN – Follow our journey as we tweak our way towards the perfect Double IPA. A DIPA in the CRUSH series. From Sweden with love! Hopped with Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra and Ekuanot. 8% ABV.
  • Dugges Daylight 24-7 16oz CAN – A beer to salute the never-setting sun. Follow our journey as we tweak our way towards the perfect IPA. Step by step, beer by beer, on and on and on. Forever!  For our third IPA brewed on US soil and our first IPA brewed att the all-new Twelve Percent Beer Project brewery in North Haven, CT, we wanted to bring Sweden. During a couple of months every summer the northern parts of Sweden experience a never-setting sun. Literally daylight 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is that daylight in a can. Cheers! 7% ABV.

Freethought

  • FREETHOUGHT Twenty Twenty 16oz CAN – Unfiltered DIPA dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic. Brewed with Maris Otter, flaked and malted oats, raw and malted wheat. Aromas of citrus, vanilla, guava and coconut followed by hints of chive blossom and mint on the palate. Smooth, creamy and full-bodied. 8.5% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Night Vision 16oz CAN – Double Dark Sour Ale with blood orange and drinking chocolate. Brewed with chocolate malt, raw wheat, flaked and malted oats. Notes of citrus, raspberry and cocoa. Lush mouthfeel with a bright and dynamic finish. 8% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Good Eye 16oz CAN – Sour Ale dry-hopped with Citra, Galaxy, and Mosaic. 7% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT  Kismet 16oz CAN – Unfiltered IPA double dry-hopped with Cashmere. Aromas of eucalyptus and root beer. Smooth, rich and full-bodied with flavors of white chocolate, coconut, pawpaw and mint. 7% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT  Levitate 16oz CAN – Sour Ale with Pineapple, Tumeric, Lemongrass and Makrut Lime. Pours bright ocher. Opens with earthy aromas of turmeric countered by tropical fruit and citrus tones. Lively and delicately tart with notes of makrut lime, yellow curry and fruit loops. Finishes clean, dry and crisp. 5% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Lucid16oz CAN – Unfiltered IPA double dry-hopped with Amarillo flowers, pellets and lupulin powder. 6% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Madcap 16oz Can – Madcap is a smoky sour ale inspired by campfires, s’mores + hot cocoa with the flavor profile of a mezcal sour cocktail. Brewed with raw wheat, flaked + malted oats, lapsang souchong, cocoa + tamarind. Hopped with noble hops + dry-hopped with simcoe lupulin powder. 6% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Museum Dose 16oz CAN – Museum Dose is a botanical sour ale with strawberries, sarsaparilla + birch. It’s a celebration of Spring, an homage to nineteenth-century soda fountains + a total trip. 6% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Open 16oz CAN – Unfiltered IPA brewed with flaked + malted oats, raw + malted wheat, double dry-hopped with Simcoe flower, pellets + lupulin powder. 6% ABV.
  • FREETHOUGHT Temporal 16oz CAN – Sour Ale with Plum, Cardamom + Rose Water. Floral nose complemented by flavors of chai and fermented lime. Finishes tart and dry.  5% ABV.

Nightmare Brewing

  • Nightmare Brewing Gunga Rao 16oz CAN – Soured on pineapple with coconut, Moroccan mint, sabro, rohatu and cashmere hops. 8.3% ABV.
  • Nightmare Brewing Flayed 16oz CAN –  Imperial Oat IPA with Azacca, Zythos, Galaxy and Pacifica. 9.6% ABV.
  • Nightmare Brewing Exposure 16oz CAN – Citra and Mosaic Cryo-Hopped DIPA. 10.1% ABV.
  • Nightmare Brewing Scaphism 16oz CAN – Imperial Stout Brewed with Milk Sugar, Honey, Aged on Tahitian Vanilla & Organic Cacao. 15.% ABV.
  • Nightmare Brewing Blowing From A Gun 16oz CAN – DIPA w/ Indian Cane Sugar and Quintuple Dry Hopped w/ El Dorado, Calypso, Cashmere, Mosaic and Hull Melon hops. 10.5% ABV.
  • Nightmare Brewing Blood Eagle 16oz CAN – Scandinavian Sour Ale Soured on Lingonberries, Hawthorn Berries, Cloudberries & Comice Pears with Strawberries, Plums and Tart Cherries. 7.5% ABV.
  • Nightmare Brewing Crucifixion 16oz CAN – DIPA w/ Sacramental Bread, Calypso, Vic Secret & Simcoe. 10.6% ABV.

“Beer Money” Book Release tonight 3/10 at Big Grove Brewery in IC!

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Beer lovers, book lovers, Iowa City lovers, and history buffs rejoice as tonight “Beer Money” by S.C. Sherman gets released at Big Grove Brewery in Iowa City. I was lucky enough to get a copy and it truly is a fantastic read. Murder, beer, history, beer….it’s all there! This story puts you at the epicenter of the Iowa beer wars and the fact that we can still visit these spots make the story all that more special. If you can’t get a copy tonight you can preorder on Amazon by clicking here.

Here’s more on the release tonight:

Beer Money Book Release | Benefit for Strengthen Grow Evolve
MARCH 10TH, 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Big Grove Brewery
1225 S Gilbert St
Iowa City, IA52240

A captivating feat of historical fiction set during the 1880s clash between the prohibitionists and the three most powerful brewers in Iowa City—known as “The Beer Mafia.”

German, Czech, and Irish immigrants poured into America in the mid-1800s. They brought their language and traditions with them…and their love of brewing and drinking beer. In 1881, Iowa City was a bustling town full of immigrants. The population was exploding, and that meant two things: Fortunes were being made overnight and trouble was afoot.

Three large breweries had taken root, sprouting strong and proud in the “Northside” neighborhood. In one generation the brewers became wealthy and powerful men. They also came to be known as “The Beer Mafia.” The more powerful the brewers grew, the more passionate the ladies of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union became about abolishing alcohol altogether. They took their fight to the saloon, the street, and the Statehouse, preaching prohibition.

Conrad Graf, J.J. Englert and John Dostal thought of themselves as honest businessmen capitalizing on America’s explosive growth by simply providing a product people wanted. Vernice Armstrong thought they were selling sin and destroying everything that made America great, one beer at a time. She made it her mission in life to bring them down, but they weren’t about to go down without a fight.

Blending real-life historical figures with compelling fictional characters, Beer Money is the story of how the brewers and “Teetotalers” slammed head-on into each other, turning the prairie red with blood. This is a tale of how the seemingly innocuous love of brewing and drinking beer became the flashpoint, sparking events that would shape America for a generation.

Thew Brewing celebrating 2 year Anniversary starting March 13th!

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Thew Brewing in Cedar Rapids will soon be celebrating their 2 year anniversary. Festivities will start on Friday March 13th and continue through the weekend. Here’s a rundown of what’s to come!

Friday, March 13th:
– Open at noon
Release of new Berliner Weisse
– Firkin of Fair Enough (English ale)
– Beer infused in the Randall

Saturday, March 14th:
– O’s Grill on site
Bottle release at noon of Lily, a barrel-fermented saison ($20, 22 oz. bomber, limit 2 per person). 50% off one previous bottle release with purchase of Lily! (Limit one 50% off bottle per person.)
– 10% off previous bottle releases
– March Comedy Madness at 8 p.m. showcasing the best of Central Iowa and Corridor comedy! Ticket includes two beers or hard seltzers or one canned wine. Tickets at shop.thewbrew.com, $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Sunday, March 15th:
– Yoga at 10 a.m.
– Trivia at 5:30 p.m.

Brewery for Sale! Old Man River up for grabs! Open House set for March 27th!

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In the market for your own brewery? Old Man River in McGregor, Iowa is up for sale and there will be an open house on March 27th. There will be half price appetizers and some gourmet food as well as 5 new beers being released.

The building was built in 1880 and has recently undergone a $4.5 million dollar renovation and has 8,236 square feet. Here’s the link to the Iowa Realty website for more info if you’re interested!

 

Abu Nawas drops: Spanning the Globe! Welcome Casa Bruja Brewing!

Huge drop coming from Abu Nawas this week that will bring many breweries and many beers from all over the world! Check it out!

Casa Bruja

Join us in welcoming Panama’s award-winning “Witch House” Casa Bruja Brewing Company to Iowa. A leader in the Latin American brewing scene.
Founded in December 2013, Casa Bruja was the first craft brewery in Panama. Many consider it responsible for starting what is now a multi-billion dollar craft beer industry in their home country.
  • Casa Bruja Flower Sour 24/12oz – Sour Wheat Ale w/ Flowers and Honey. Born from the belief that Beer traditionally uses flowers: hop flowers. 6.6% ABV.
  • Casa Bruja Mixed Gose 6/4/12oz – A mixed 4pks of the most interesting Gose they make! Graviola(Soursop), Kaffir Lime, Guava, & Raspberry.
From Spain:
CERVESERA DEL MONTSENY:
  • Cervesera del Montseny Mala Vida 16/330 ml – Lucious Imperial Stout. 11% ABV.
  • Cervesera del Montseny Mala Vida Bourbon 16/330 ml – Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels. 11% ABV.
  • Cervesera del Montseny Mala Vida Brandy 16/330 ml – Imperial Stout aged in Brandy Barrels. 11% ABV.
Edge Brewing Barcelona:
  • Edge Apassionada 24/330 ml – Tropical Berliner Weisse with passion fruit and hibiscus flowers. 4% ABV.

Brassiere de la Senne

  • De La Senne / Crooked Stave Collab.  Sunnyside of Bruxelles 12/375ml. – ***Super Excited about this*** Sunnyside Sour Red/Brown Ale brewed in collaboration with Yvan De Baets from Brasserie de la Senne. 6.7% ABV.
  • De La Senne / Grimm Collab. I Still Love The Old World 12/500ml – Noble-Hopped Ale w/ Raw Wheat & Brettanomyces. An ode to the brewers and beers that have long inspired the Grimm philosophy. Created in collaboration with the legendary brewer/scholar Yvan De Baets of De La Senne in Brussels, this extra-hoppy old world ale shows off our unique and evolving house ale yeast — serially repitched since Grimm’s opening for favorable genetic drift — in combination with gentle Brettanomyces and noble hops. The result is a thirst-quenching Belgian-style blonde loaded with complex brett-forward fruitiness and a noble hop-driven lingering herbal bitterness. Raw wheat in the grist and a traditional step-mash process provide an elegant malt character to this brewer’s favorite beer. 5.3% ABV. ****

De Ranke

  • De Ranke Franc Belge 330 ml – Well-bittered Belgian Pale Ale.
  • Kriek De Ranke 6/750 ml – Kriek de Ranke is an unsweetened cherry beer of mixed fermentation. It arises from a blend of old Flemish ale, lambic and 25 kilos of sour cherries. 7% ABV.
  • De Ranke XX Bitter 330 ml – Original hopped up Belgian, Hallertau and Brewers Gold hops.
  • De Ranke XXX Bitter750 ml – Souped-up hoppy Belgian.
  • De Ranke Saison de Dottignies 24/330ml bottles. Dry, earthy Saison. 5.5% ABV.

Achel

  • Achel 8° Blonde 24/330ml – Blonde Trappist Ale 8.0% ABV.
  • Achel 8° Bruin24/330 ml – BruinTrappist Ale 8.0% ABV.
  • Achel Trappist Extra 6/750 ml – Belgian Quadrupel extraordinary ale is brewed by the Trappist Monks of the St. Benedictus Abbey at Achel, Belgium. 9.5% ABV

Blaugies

  • Blaugies Darbyste 375ml – 375ml – of Belgian Saison made with fig juice.
  • Blaugies La Moneuse 375ml – One of our all-time favorites! Delicious and Earthy, well-hopped farmhouse ale. 8% ABV.
  • Blaugies Saison d’Epeautre 375ml – Saison made with spelt, dry and funky.  6.0%

Brouwerij Kerkom

  • Kerkom Bink Bloesem 24/330ml – A unique Belgian Ale brewed with Honey and Pear Syrup. 7.1% ABV.
  • Kerkom Reuss 12/750ml. Blend of Belgian Ale and well-aged lambic. 6.5% ABV  ❤️❤️❤️
  • Kerkom Bink Blond24/330ml – Delicious and balanced Belgian Blonde. 6.0% ABV.
  • Kerkom Bink Bruin 24/330ml – Mellow dark Belgian. 6.0% ABV

Brasserie Au Baron

Au Baron / Jester King Collab. Noblesse Oblige 6/750 ml – Bière de Garde brewed with honey and Simcoe, Cascade, and Sorachi Ace hops. 4.7% ABV.

Brasserie Thiriez

  • Thiriez Amber Farmhouse Ale 330 ml – NEW FORMAT – Amber French Farmhouse, roughly Biere de Garde in style.
  • Thiriez Blonde Farmhouse330 ml –  NEW FORMAT – Hop-accented pale Belgian made with classic French Saison yeast strain (pssst. it’s from this brewery.)
  • Thiriez Extra Farmhouse Ale330 ml –  NEW FORMAT –  Absolute Classic hoppy low-alc Farmhouse Ale. Inspiration for Jester King’s Petit Prince, Jolly Pumpkin’s Bam, Taras Boulba and many others!
  • Thiriez/Get Radical Train to Mars 750 ml – American hops put to use in the French Countryside.
  • Thiriez Vieille Brune 750 ml – Wine barrel-aged sour brown ale.

Kulmbacher Brauerei 

  • EKU 28 330 ml –  Rich and dark strong lager, if you had to put this in a style, triple bock is probably where it would end up.
  • EKU Pils330 ml –  Clean bright straw-toned malts and pretty European noble hop character backbone this delicious and approachable pilsner.
  • EKU Pils5L Mini-Keg (two-pack) –  Clean bright straw-toned malts and pretty European noble hop character backbone this delicious and approachable pilsner.
  • Kulmbacher Pils330 ml –  Slightly leaner and drier than the EKU Pils, but honestly both are delicious.
  • Kulmbacher Pils 5L Mini-Keg (two-pack) –  Slightly leaner and drier than the EKU Pils, but honestly both are delicious.
  • Kulmbacher Eisbock 330 ml –  Strong dark beer (9.6%) enriched and concentrated by freezing and removing the ice and leaving the concentrated beer behind.
  • Monchshof Kellerbier500 ml swing top – Well-bittered and unfiltered Amber Lager.
  • Monchshof Kellerbier 5L Mini-Keg (two-pack) –  Well-bittered and unfiltered Amber Lager.
  • Monchshof Schwarzbier 500 ml swing top – Delicious and classic black lager.
  • Monchshof Schwarzbier 5L Mini-Keg (two-pack) –  Delicious and classic black lager.

Mahr’s Brau

  • Mahr’s Der Weisse Bock 500 ml – Extra strong and malty hefeweissen from Bamberg, Germany.
  • Mahr’s Hell 500 ml – Helles lager, a Bavarian classic.
  • Mahr’s Mastodon Lager 500 ml – Collaboration with the metal band, it’s a fantastic unfiltered kellerbier.
  • Mahr’s Pilsner 500 ml – Hopped up pils from Bamberg, the cultural heart of Franconian culture (and brewing!)
  • Mahr’s Ungespundet Lager (Kellerbier) 500 ml – The “U” Mahr’s flagship unfiltered lager.
Braubacker:
  • Braubacker Berliner Weisse 24/330 ml – Old-school triple-fermented Berliner Weisse. Complex, funky and hugely drinkable fruity quencher. 2.5% ABV.
From the Czech Republic:
  • Konrad 11 Degree 20/500ml bottles. Golden, full-bodied, Czech Pilsner with that brilliant flowery Czech hop finish. 4.8% ABV.
  • Konrad 14 Degree 20/500ml bottles. Classic Czech Pilsner with more weight and more bitter hops than the typical Bohemian session beer. 6% ABV.
World Cider:
France:
  • L’Hermetière Cidre Demi-Sec 6/750ml bottles. Farmhouse French Cider. Off-dry. 5.0% ABV.
  • L’Hermetiere Poire de Normandie (Perry) 6/750ml bottles. Farmhouse French Pear Cider. 4.0% ABV.
  • L’Hermetiere Cidre Brut 6/750ml bottles – Farmhouse French Dry Cider. 5.0% ABV

England:

The Long-awaited return of ciders from Henney’s with the addition of a new one!
  • Henney’s Dry Cider 12/500 ml – Sweet apply aroma. The palate has a delicious bittersweet apple character with some spicy bite and a bit of tannic grip. Very fruity and quite pure. With a nice savory twist. 6% ABV
  • Henney’s England’s Pride Medium Cider 12/500 ml – Similar to the Henney’s Dry Cider, but with a touch more sweetness and acidity. 6% ABV. **NEW**
  • Henney’s Vintage Cider 12/500ml – This vintage cider is made from a single year’s harvest. It is naturally still and has been only coarsely filtered in order to retain as much flavor as possible. 6.5% ABV.
  • Hogan’s Dry Cider 12/500ml bottles. Dry, sparkling British cider balances the complexity of tannic English bittersweet cider apples with a hint of residual sweetness. 5.8% ABV.
  • Hogan’s Medium Dry Cider 12/500ml bottles. Medium dry, sparkling British cider. 5.8% ABV.
New Zealand:
  • Zeffer Red Apple Cider 24/330ml – Red Apple Cider captures the fresh flavor of the unique Mahana Red apples used to make it. Grown in the sunny Nelson region of New Zealand these flavourful and aromatic apples result in a juicy full-flavored cider. 5% ABV.
  • Zeffer Mixed Cider 4-pack 6/4x330ml – Apple Crumble, Crisp, Red, Hopped!
  • Zeffer Crisp Apple Cider 12/500ml. You can’t go wrong with a classic, straight-up, crisp green apple cider. 5% ABV.
  • Zeffer Hopped Up Pippin 12/500ml. Cider infused with Riwaka, Sauvin, and Motueka Hop 5.8% ABV

Backpocket hosting “St. Practice Day Bar Crawl” @ Iowa River Landing 3/13!

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Backpocket Brewing will be prepping beer drinkers for St. Patricks Day by hosting a “St. Practice Day” bar crawl on March 13th starting at 7 pm. The event will take place at Backpocket’s Iowa River Landing location. Here’s more on this event:

St. Patricks Day is right around the corner! Are you ready?!
Join us in the Iowa River Landing for a St. Practice Day bar crawl! Tickets are just $7 through the Eventbrite page and $10 at the door! Participants who make a purchase at each stop will be entered into a raffle for a prize basket containing a variety of gifts from 30 Hop, Backpocket Brewing, Vesta, and Marquee Pizzeria.
Tickets also include exclusive drink specials at each stop throughout the night!
Here’s the plan…
*Starting at 7:00 p.m. meet us at 30 Hop to get your raffle punch card.
*At 8:30 p.m. we will move to Marquee Pizzeria.
*At 9:00 p.m. Vesta will have a selfie station set up to capture you and your friends having the time of your lives!
*At 10:00 p.m. end the night at Backpocket Brewing. DJ Poison Candy will be mixing up some tunes. The winner of the raffle will be drawn here and you must be present to win!

Big Grove Brewery Celebrating 3 years w/ 4 new can releases on 3/14!

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Big Grove in Iowa City will be celebrating their 3 year anniversary on March 14th and in doing so will be releasing 5 beers, 4 of which had yet to be canned. This beers will be available in Iowa City and Solon locations on March 14th! Here’s more from BGB!

Iowa City Lager | German Style Pilsner
Color TV | Hazy Double IPA w/ Galaxy
Passion Fruit Vanilla | Fruited Sour Ale
Creek Jumper | New World Pale Ale
Bananas Foster | Rum Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Bananas

Available ONLY at Big Grove Brewery in Solon and Iowa City starting Saturday March 14. Both locations opening at 10:00AM.