Lagunitas Brewing Hosting “Beer PHD” at Mt. Vernon Rd. Hy-Vee; Wed. February 22nd @5:00 p.m.

lagunitasA fun event will be taking place at the Mount Vernon Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids as Lagunitas Brewing will be hosting a “Beer PHD”. This event will feature beer samples, History of Lagunitas, Beer PHD session, plus much more. Here’s the official release from Mt. Vernon Road Hy-Vee, check it out if you’re in the area, cheers!

We have a fun and unique FREE event coming up Wednesday, February 22nd starting at 5:00pm in our Wine & Spirits Tasting Room!

Join Lagunitas Brewing Company for a Beer “PHD”!

Here’s how the event will unfold….

February 22nd @ Mt. Vernon Rd Hy-Vee 5pm-7pm

* 5:30pm – 6:00pm – PHD Presentation

* Lagunitas History & Beer History

* Hop Vape and beer samples

* 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Reception – tasting – talking – mumbling -shaking hands

·        *** Tappin’ up a Dark Swan keg for the good people to get down on.***


Beer Review #116: Central Waters Satin Solstice Imperial Stout

centralEven when warm weather approaches I still like to kick back on the deck on a summer evening and enjoy some stouts. Imperial stouts are usually associated with cold weather but I would consider them year-round. There are quite a few good ones out there right now and with Central Waters Brewing entering our market (

Smooth and creamy with the nice flavor of chocolate, coffee, and  the nice warming sensation you get from the alcohol makes this an imperial stout that will frequent my fridge. More from Central Waters:

This smooth, creamy stout and a crackling fireplace are the perfect answer to a wintry evening in Wisconsin. The rich coffee flavor compliments the “warm, fuzzy feeling” you get from the abundant alcohol. Formerly a winter seasonal, named Satin Solstice.

While barrel-aged stouts are all the rage it is nice having this along with some Old Rasputin to keep on hand. Maybe not the best to age too long, but it will last a while in the fridge or cellar and not have too much of the flavor compromised. Central Waters is doing some really great things and it’s great to see their brews on our shelves here in Eastern Iowa.


STYLE: Imperial Stout

ABV: 7.5%

PURCHASED AT: Johncy’s, North Liberty, IA

POUR: Deep black pour with a medium tan head.

AROMA: Coffee sticks out in this Imperial stout.

TASTE: Coffee, chocolate, and hint of caramel sweetness. rating: 96

Beeradvocate rating: 86

Overall: B

My recommendation: A nice imperial stout to have as an option.