Lion Bridge “King Cake” 5th Anniversary Stout Coming March 5th!

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In what will no doubt be a can’t miss release, Lion Bridge Brewery will be celebrating their 5th anniversary with “King Cake”, a caramel, chocolate imperial stout that will check in at 10.5% ABV. Here’s more:

5th Anniversary Beer is coming together…

King Cake is an Imperial Stout (10.5%) with caramel and chocolate. Gonna be a good fit for our 5th Anniversary Mardi Gras Celebration.

4-packs and draft available on 3/5/19

laissez les bon temps rouler!

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Audio Review for Havin’ One Podcast: Lion Bridge 2019 Gazprom! and Double Maple Gazprom!

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I had the pleasure of being asked to do a review of any beer I wanted for the Havin’ One podcast. Check these guys out on itunes here:

I decided to review Lion Bridge 2019 Gazprom! and Double Maple Gazprom! release since it was just released the same day of the review. Thanks to Zach for making not sound like a complete douche! Give it a listen using the link below!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/havin-one/id1340497542?mt=2&i=1000428835802&fbclid=IwAR3AgU8Goqb1XxiCNCALAqsAx_GJnwnIsNTOeX1AA_3iC89dl4nAmMTx4Us

 

Drink This! Lion Bridge Home Baked

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I realize it’s only been a handful of hours since Lion Bridge released this wonderful beer to the population but as the four packs are selling like hotcakes and the tap lines are getting hit harder than…(insert your own pun) I feel the need to implore you to try to get a taste of their latest wonderful barrel aged January release, Home Baked.

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A barrel aged imperial stout with saigon cinnamon, cocoa, and hazelnuts that clocks in at 11% and drinks like it’s around 6. The booze is well hidden, the hazelnuts shine as the beer warms and this is the perfect beer for a month that most Iowans would like to skip over. Grab a draw, grab a four pack, and find a nice fire place to sit and sip my friends. Cheers Quinton, Alec, Ana and crew!

Lion Bridge still has many beers up their sleeve for barrel aged January, but man, they came out swinging with a heavy hitting knockout to start. Like I said earlier, I’m not sure how long this one will last, so if you get a chance, get a taste and drink this brew!

Lion Bridge releasing 5 new canned beers

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Lion Bridge Brewery out of Cedar Rapids will be canning what looks like 5 new beers this coming January during their “Barrel-Aged January” and they all sound terrific. Coming off hot releases of Spice Must Flow and Majestic Beast, they will be canning their popular Gazprom, Home Baked, Disaster at Maui, Beer at Work, and then a secret release beer that they are teasing. Here’s more on these new canned brews:

 

gazprom*Gazprom!: Every January this is a highly anticipated beer release in the state of Iowa and Lion Bridge just made it even better buy offering it in 4 pack cans. In the past Gazprom! checked in at around 12% ABV and will probably be right around that mark again. I’m super excited for this one as this is one of my favorites.

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*Beer at Work: Another hazy IPA that’s going to be brewed with Vic Secret and Ella hops.

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*Disaster at Maui: what sounds like their popular Disaster at the Meux base that will have the addition of coconut, cacao nibs, and coffee. Sounds like the perfect dessert for me!

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*Home Baked: another imperial stout coming to cans that is brewed with hazelnut, cinnamon, cocoa nibs, and everyone’s favorite ingredient…love!

And the fifth would be the super secret release which will no doubt but just as good as the rest. Barrel-Aged January is coming soon folks, I hope to see you down at Lion Bridge sipping on some greatness. A special thank you to Lion Bridge for making the month of January in Iowa much more tolerable because of your wonderful beer releases.

Iowa Beer Baron’s Top 10 Iowa Beers of 2018!

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This is always a fun but difficult list to compile. Looking back at 2018 Iowa breweries all over the state have made some fantastic beers this year and continue to do so, as we as consumers are very lucky to have such excellent brewers in our state.

Living in Eastern Iowa it has been great to be able to get Big Grove, Lion Bridge, SingleSpeed, and Reunion in cans to go along with the great beers that are already available. I’m sure 2019 will be just as, if not better than 2018 in the year of Iowa beer.

For my list, these are beers that had to have been released in 2018. There are many that I didn’t try, so if your favorite didn’t make the list, my bad, chances are I didn’t get around to trying it. I would love to hear your favorites of 2018. All 10 of these have the chance to be awarded the most prestigious award a brewery can get: The Iowa Beer of the Year Award. GABF, eat your heart out. Beer of the Year will be awarded in my next post! Here we go:

**Big Grove Big Ed  7.8%– this one was a no doubter for me. I was stoked when they released and I’ll be stoked every time they re-release. A case or two every time for me please Big Grove. This juicy double IPA is one of Iowa’s best and is worth seeking out and is a challenger for Iowa Beer of the Year!

**Toppling Goliath Term Oil Maple Cakes – a quick trip to Decorah (which is never a bad thing) and my first trip to TG’s new spot allowed me a pour of this delicious beer. A bourbon barrel aged stout with maple. Absolutely delicious and a perfect breakfast beer!

**Pulpit Rock Seriously Bro’?6.1% – Marquee Pizza celebrated their 1 year anniversary with a terrific taplist that included two beers brewed by Pulpit Rock especially for this anniversary; one of which was Seriously Bro? a milkshake IPA. While, I’m a little behind on the milkshake IPA craze, this one was packed with orange zest and a hint of vanilla. Delicious!

**Lion Bridge Brewing Tidbits 6.7%– this beer was my summer staple. A delicious pale ale brewed with unfermented pineapple led to a tropical and refreshing beer to enjoy in the midwest heat all summer long. I hope to see this one again this summer!

**Barn Town Pink Guava Massacre4.6% ABV -between this and Little Drippy from Dimensional for my favorite two Iowa sours of the year. Guava in a beer just works so damn good and with this sour it was spot on. Luckily, a few places in Eastern Iowa got some bottles of this so I was able to indulge. Well done Barn Town, keep this one coming!

**Lion Bridge Spice Must Flow 8% ABV – this is the perfect beer for me in the fall and winter months in Iowa. Maple Syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg added to a black ale screams cold weather drinking! Lion Bridge added this in cans which made for an easy taste by walking my ass to the fridge.

**Pulpit Rock Koffee and Doughnuts 6.8% ABV – breakfast in glass is served. Pulpit took their Pour Over porter and added a shit load of donuts to it and you have a Koffee and Doughnuts. Hope this one pops back up again as this was delicious.

**Big Grove Richard the Whale Macaroon 10% ABV – their Richard base with the addition of toasted coconut and almonds…this beer blew me away and I couldn’t wait to get another glass. Big Grove has had an amazing year and their beers have been fantastic. This one might have topped them all though!

**Dimensional A Little Drippy – 5.5% ABV – the new kid on the block came out with a bang and has made some terrific beers and these guys are just going to keep getting better. I enjoyed every beer I had at Dimensional but A Little Drippy just hit on all cylinders. Once again guava got the taste buds and the addition of passion fruit and mango make this one damn fine sour!

**Big Grove Color TV – 7.8% ABV – a double dry hopped hazy IPA that lets the galaxy hop shine. Another winner by Big Grove and hopefully another beer that they will make again….and again. Looking forward to what these guys have in store for 2019!

Lion Bridge Releasing “Coconut Disaster” cans 11/24! Taproom Release!

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It’s been a wonderfully busy month in Eastern Iowa for beer releases, and another can’t miss release will be taking place on Saturday, November 24th as Lion Bridge Brewery will releasing “Coconut Disaster in their taproom starting at 11 a.m.! Here’s more from the brewery on this release:

Come celebrate Small Business Saturday in Czech Village, Cedar Rapids and enjoy our Coconut Disaster Porter!

6 packs available to-go! Food Specials available from our kitchen!

We will also have holiday gift baskets and some new really awesome merchandise for sale just in time for the holidays!

Cheers!

Film Scene Hosting Brewmaster Movie Showing Beer Tasting Nov. 5th!

filmscenceFilm Scene in Iowa City will be hosting a special showing of the documentary Brewmaster on November 5th. For $18 ($15 for Film Scene members) you get your ticket to the movie and beer tastings from some of Iowa’s finest breweries including Big Grove Brewery, Lion Bridge, and Iowa Brewing Company.

Along with those fantastic breweries they will be tapping a 2015 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout! Check out Film Scene’s link for more info on this special event and also check out the trailer to the documentary “Brewmaster”.

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Lion Bridge Cucumber Kolsch Returns July 31st

lion bridgeA summer favorite will be making it’s way back to the tap lines as Lion Bridge will be releasing their annual summer crowd pleaser Cucumber Kolsch on July 31st. Here’s more info on the release courtesy of Lion Bridge’s release:

Join us for the release of one of our summer favorites!

Cucumber Kolsch: a light, clean, 4.6% abv and highly drinkable kölsch with a refreshing cucumber twist.

200 pounds of locally sourced Bass Farms L.L.C. cucumbers went into this bright summer beer.

Local gardeners are hard at work growing and providing fresh produce to our community and farmers markets. Some prefer to can and pickle their fresh garden harvests, but here at Lion Bridge we ferment and keg our fresh produce to bring a refreshing summer beer to YOU!

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