Kalona Brewing adding 4 new seasonal beers to winter lineup

kalonaKalona Brewing will be adding 4 new beers to their winter seasonal lineup and the cans will be hitting shelves very soon. Here’s what’s coming our way:

Start Up Coffee Stout 7.6% ABV

-Dark as a moonless night with bold coffee flavor equally enjoyable at breakfast, lunch or dinner!

-Brewed with locally roasted organic coffee from Cafe Del Sol in Iowa City.

-One of the Iowa Beer Baron’s Top Iowa Beers of 2014

Available in 1/6 bbl, 1/2 bbl & 16oz 4 pack cans


Coconut Abbey – Belgian Style Abbey Ale 9.2% ABV

-Coconut meets a Belgian Style Tripel and combines to make a smooth refreshing taste you won’t find anywhere else.

Available in 1/6 bbl & 12oz 4 pack cans


Junior Barrel Aged Stout 5.6% ABV

-We took our Junior Stout and barrel aged it in barrels from our friends at Mississippi River Distilling Company in LeClaire, IA. The barrel aging mellows out the stout and adds vanilla, oak and whiskey flavors.

Available in 1/6 bbl & 12oz 4 pack cans


You Be You – Imperial Stout 10.2% ABV

-A dark and robust imperial stout with massively rich malt.

Available in 1/6 bbl & 12oz 4 pack cans


Kalona Brewing Beer Dinner + Concert with Brendan James set for Tuesday Dec. 8th

kalonaKalona Brewing will be hosting a beer dinner Tuesday, December 8th and also will be hosting a concert featuring Brendan James. Here’s more from Kalona on this special event:

Join the Kalona Brewing Company for an exclusive event, a five-course dinner followed by an intimate concert with Brendan James on Tuesday, December 8th. This special event is limited to 75 guests and will sell out quickly.

Brendan’s songs have landed spots on over 15 major television shows BrendanJamesPosterKBCPresentsand feature films and he’s achieved the #1 Singer Songwriter spot on iTunes, multiple times. He has formed relationships with music legends Carly Simon and Cat Stevens, enjoyed on-stage experiences with the likes of John Legend, John Mayer, and Paula Cole. His new EP, The Howl, is bigger, badder, and dancier than anything he’s attempted to date. See more of Brendan’s music at http://www.brendanjames.com/video/

Tickets must be pre purchased over the phone at 319-656-3335 or in person at Kalona Brewing Company. Cheers!

America’s River Festival BrewFest set for Saturday June 13th in Dubuque, IA

2015_ARF-Brewfest-HeaderThe early planning stages are being worked on but right now I can confirm that Dubuque will be holding a BrewFest on Saturday, June 13th in the Port of Dubuque. This festival will pair local breweries to go along with some great music. More details on the brewfest can be found here:


Gates open at noon for VIP ticket holders ($40) and 1:00 p.m. for general admission ticket holders ($30). Here’s the list as of now of the breweries who will be pouring their delicious brew:

*Another Road
*Deb’s Brewtopia
*Green Flash
*Goose Island
*Great River
*Franklin Street
*Lion Bridge
*Old Man River
*Third Base
*Bent River

I’ll keep you posted if more breweries are added.

**I will be attending and I hope to see you there! Cheers!

Top 15 Iowa Beers of 2014: Part 2

Onto the next 5. While researching these 5 I came up with the realization that I need to get over to the Des Moines area more this year to try brews from Firetrucker, New American, Exile, and of course stop at 515. I’ll make this my New Year’s Resolution as I definitely need to try the great beers from these fine folks more often. Anyone have craft beer related New Year’s Eve plans? I’m torn between hitting up Big Grove for their prime rib or Lion Bridge… looks like I’ll do both! Onto the next 5:

kalona**Kalona Brewing Start-Up Stout** – I’m a sucker for great coffee beers as you’ve probably guessed and the folks in Kalona have brewed up a mighty tasty one. A great beer for winter months and excellent with your cocoa pebbles or your roast, Start-Up stout gives you the coffee you seek but if you let it warm a bit some chocolate shines through as well!

**Toppling Goliath 2014 Assassin** – I have to thanks Sam @blackstoneic for puttingtoppling goliath together the Tap Wars with Surly v. Toppling Goliath or trying this brew would have to have been a continuous dream. So creamy and smooth and easily drinkable makes it easy to see why the craft beer world seeks this beer out. Hope I can get a bottle or two of their 15 or hopefully the great Sam Hall and Blackstone can create another gem of a tap takeover.

millstream**Millstream Raspberry Latte Stout** – 3 stouts on one list? Blasphemy! The hopheads are probably getting pissed but it’s hard to ignore this one. Not only did Millstream nail this beer but it won the BARON FAMILY BEERFEST! Not many beers hold that acclaim so this is probably better than a gold at the Great American Beer Festival! Some folks have said too subtle on the raspberry, I think it is spot on. I get the perfect amount which makes this perfect for dessert or dare I say, another breakfast beer?

**Confluence Ayana’s Rhino Rye Double IPA** – I hadn’t heard anything about this beer but confluencewas able to get one at 30hop in Coralville. Juicy hops shine in this beer with the rye and malt adding a nice balance to this brew. I want to try more Confluence brews and I need to get to the brewery, these guys are doing things right and it show!

big grove**Big Grove Anniversary Double IPA** – brewed for their 1 year anniversary you would think I enjoyed this brew at the brewery, but no! I found myself sitting in my lovely town of Mt. Vernon at Chameleon’s Pub and Grub when I notice a Big Grove tap handle. What beer is it? I asked. Their anniversary double ipa, was the response. After I climbed back into my seat after falling over I began to order 1, then 2, then 3, and then slowly stagger to the door. LOVED THIS BREW! A recent tweet from Big Grove suggests another Double IPA tapping for tonight (New Year’s Eve)! Call me a homer, but Bill and crew at Big Grove are kicking out some the best tasting and most creative beers in Iowa, and for that I am thankful!

Thoughts? Let me know your list!