Iowa Brewing Releasing Barrel Aged Oja and German Chocolate Cake Oja 12/22!

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Some exciting news from Iowa Brewing Company today as they’ve announced the release of Barrel-Aged Oja and German Chocolate Cake Oja. The release will be on December 22nd and the doors will open at 11:00 a.m. Here’s more from the brewery:

For the last year and half our Baltic Porter has been aging in a few Templeton Rye whiskey barrels. In two of the barrels we’ve added cocoa nibs, pecans, coconut and lactose for a German Chocolate Cake Oja! (I know, and yes, it is as amazing as it sounds).

To say that we’ve left the remaining barrel “plain” just doesn’t at all give credit to how deliciously rich and smooth Rye Barrel Aged Oja is.

Bottles of these two Oja variations will only be available in our taproom.

They go on sale Saturday the 22nd and we open at 11:00.

Quantities will be very limited. Get here early.

Dimensional Brewing Ready to Roll!

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I was lucky enough to get to Dubuque and visit Dimensional Brewing on a soft-opening night for the brewery and I came away completely impressed! Located at 67 Main St. in downtown Dubuque, pretty much right by Lot 1 and First and Main, Dimensional has all the makings to be one of the best breweries in the state, from the facility to the beer, these guys are good!

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Upon walking in the place was shoulder to shoulder, the excitement was very evident. I had a seat next to my brother and brother-in-law at the bar and just dove right into a flight of beers. They had 10-12 beers on tap and I was impressed with the array of styles; from kolsch to stouts to sours to IPAs to Hefes, they pretty much had something for every beer drinker on the lines. Here’s what I had:

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Beer #1: Claw Machine – New England IPA – 6% ABV – this NE IPA was creamy and had a wonderful nose of pineapple. Flavor was pineapple and oranges and it shone from first sip to last drink. Well done beer, would drink this every day.

Beer #2: Bill Brewski – New England IPA w/mosaic, simcoe, and citra – 7.9% ABV – the nose was citra dominant but the flavor was creamy melon. This drank so easy that the 7.9 abv is well hidden, a deliciously dangerous brew.

Beer #3: Coffee Milk Stout – lactose and Jumble coffee- 5% ABV – lots of coffee on the nose and in the flavor. They also had a hazelnut stout that my drinking companions really enjoyed. Nicely done stout!

Beer #4: A Little Drippy – kettle sour w/pink guava, passionfruit, and mango – 5.5% ABV – I was really impressed with this one and my mouth is watering thinking of it. Fruit galore and just enough of that sour pucker that sour fans love. If this is what they will giving us with sours, we are in for a treat!

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Beyond impressed with this place. Not that Dubuque isn’t a town worth visiting but Dimensional has now put them on the Beer Lover’s list of destinations to hit up! They will be opening their doors to the public this coming Wednesday, Nov. 21st at 11 a.m. No food yet, but food trucks will be popping up. They are not filling growlers or crowlers at this time but they may change in the future. Check them out folks, you won’t be sorry! Cheers!

Drink These! Lion Bridge BA Gobble Wobble and Coffee Kolsch

lion bridgeA great time for some great beer here in Eastern Iowa. Many local breweries have been busting their ass with some spectacular releases and one of those breweries is Lion Bridge. Last week I was able to make it down and get to taste one of their seasonals in Gobble Wobble and one that we see every now and then in Coffee Kolsch.

Let’s start with the Kolsch. We visited Iowa Taproom last fall the first time I had it and I must say I was a bit apprehensive as I thought the Kolsch style with a coffee adjunct just wouldn’t be that great….but I was completely off in that thinking.

Here’s more on this brew:Our Herr of the Dog Kolsch with a healthy dose of Peruvian light roast coffee added before kegging. A delightfully different beer. Coming in at 4.6%

This is an anytime of day beer. The coffee nose is intoxicating and the flavor isn’t overpowering coffee but definitely there and delicious. I want this with my bacon and eggs or for a post meal drink. If you’re not into the Kolsch style I promise you’ll still dig this beer. Coffee and beer lovers can rejoice, Lion Bridge nailed it with this brew! I just hope it’s still on tap for this coming weekend!

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Onto the seasonal release of Gobble Wobble. There are many beers that mark the beginning of fall for me…Founders Breakfast Stout is one for sure and Lion Bridge Gobble Wobble is another! Here’s more on this brew:

Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels set the table, but this rich, malty brown ale is the main dish. No Thanksgiving table is complete without a glass or two of this hearty brew.

Gobble Wobble is an Imperial Brown ale that is aged in Wild Turkey barrels. This is the perfect beer for the chilly fall months as the nuttiness that the brown ale gives you is not necessarily consumed by the booziness of the barrel. Don’t get me wrong, the barrel is evident….and makes this beer even more delicious.

Get these and drink these two while you can, they may not be around much longer!

 

Drink This! SingleSpeed + Pulpit Rock Coconut Migration Double IPA

cocont.jpgSweltering hot and humid Iowa summers make you yearn for a beachside drink while overlooking the ocean, well, for me they do and thankfully SingleSpeed Brewery and Pulpit Rock Brewery have teamed up for a collab that brings the tropics to Iowa. We are missing the white sandy beaches and crystal clear ocean but we have the drink…we have the drink!!

Visiting Need Pizza I was honestly a bit skeptical of ordering this beer as it didn’t seem coconut and a double IPA would go well together. I ordered a small sample and my skepticism was immediately put to rest! Pineapple and coconut are very evident and extremely refreshing, not too overpowering and the hop profile does not overpower or get lost with the toasted coconut. A very creamy double IPA that goes down easily. As I stated in my untappd check-in, if a double IPA and a Pina Colada banged the shit out of each each this would be their love child.

Here’s more from the brewery on this beer:

American Double IPA, rested on toasted coconut

A Pulpit Rock Brewing Co. (Decorah, IA) / SingleSpeed Brewing Co. Collaboration

Brewing with the guys from Pulpit Rock is like taking a vacation. This time around our destination is the tropics. If you like Piña Coladas and/or getting caught in the rain you’re probably gonna be feeling this beer. If you don’t like either of those things, well that sucks for you. We still recommend ordering one.

This is a Pina Colada in beer form, but for me, it tastes even better. If you don’t like coconut, then, as SingleSpeed said, sucks for you, if you enjoy coconut and tropical fruits this a beer you must seek out this summer. Thankfully, Need Pizza and I believe Bricks had it in Cedar Rapids, for how long? I’m not sure, but I hope this beer hits more lines. Possible beer of the year so far for me. Drink This! this summer!

Kalona Brewing Adding 16 oz cans for 2 Beers to Lineup

kalonaKalona Brewing is adding 2 beers to their lineup that will come in 16 oz cans. You should be seeing these soon on shelves and be sure to check out their other offerings as well. An Oktoberfest beer perfect for this time of year and a light lager to go with your Saturday morning tailgating. For more info on Kalona Brewery and their others beers and stacked food menu, go to kalonabrewing.com. Here’s more on the 16 oz releases:


Limber Legs Oktoberfest 5.4% – 16oz cans

The Oktoberfest tradition started with the celebration of the marriage of Classic and Oktoberfest CansBavarian Crown Prince Ludwig in 1810. Limber Legs Lager is a true representation of this style.

Kalona Classic – Light Lager 4.2% – 16oz cans

Many of the local residents in Kalona and the surrounding area enjoy lighter beer as their preferred beer of choice. We decided to bring its own unique take on the style for a beer that is refreshing, light in body and finishes with a toasty note.