Pullman Bar and Diner Presents Stouts, Sours, and Oysters for post-Northside Oktoberfest Celebration

pullmanPullman Bar and Diner in downtown Iowa City will have a great selection of brews available for people who are stopping in after the Northside Oktoberfest celebration this coming weekend. Starting at 3 p.m. Pullman will be putting the following brews on tap:

Evil Twin Imperial Doughnut
Evil Twin Even More Jesus
Prairie Paradise
Surly Darkness 
Founders KBS
Clown Shoes Chocolate Sombrero
Mikkeller Drinkin Berliner Blueberry
Mikkeller Drinkin Berliner Lemon
Mikkeller Drinkin Berliner Passionfruit
Mikkeller Drinkin Berliner Raspberry 
That’s a bad ass looking lineup of brews and accompanying those beers will be Chef Emily’s oysters. A can’t miss event, if you’re in the area hit up Pullman this Saturday, September 30th. Cheers!

Abu Nawas Beverage Bringing Mikkeller San Diego to Iowa Market starting April 19th!

mikkellerAn excellent piece of news to start the holiday weekend as Abu Nawas Beverage has announced that they will be distributing Mikkeller San Diego to the Iowa Market. The news comes from Abu Nawas’ own Frederique Boudouani:

A new brand deeply rooted in the friendship of two world-renowned breweries–Mikkeller and AleSmith Brewing Company–this project seeks to merge the best craft beer traditions of Europe and Southern California while exploring the boundaries of modern beer brewing. Expect super fresh, hoppy beers as well as classic European styles. Available at your favorite retailers and imbibing establishments starting April 19, 2017

Coming to Shelves: Prairie, Ballast Point, Lips of Faith, Mikkeller

prairie artisan alesUrging everyone who can make it to get to Lion Bridge for Barrel-Aged January. So many great beers are being pumped out by Quinton and crew! Also, Buster from Big Grove sounds like it’s going to make its anticipated return at the end of the month. Add the opening of Quarter Barrel and Iowa City Brewlab to the mix and things are looking good for Eastern Iowa breweries. Onto the news:

(courtesy of Prairie’s website)

ape snakeApe Snakeis a dark, dry hopped farmhouse ale. We’ve taken our dark farmhouse base and dry hopped it with Falconer’s Flight and Centennial hops. The combination of yeast and hops create an explosion of flavors, and this beer will continue to develop as it ages. Check it out in 500ml bottles and on draft at your favorite restaurants and bars!

bomb!.jpegBarrel-Aged Bomb! is the result of our world famous imperial stout, Bomb!, that was tucked away in wooden barrels for several months.  Vanilla and caramel notes balance the big flavors from the whiskey barrels and come together for an extremely complex yet balanced experience. This beer will be available in 12oz bottles.

(courtesy of mybeerbuzz.blogspot.com)

mikkeller.jpeg*Mikkeller – Mikkeller will be releasing 3 beers that SHOULD hit our market.

-Stick in the Ear – A west-coast style IPA that checks in at 6.5% ABV.

Mastodon Mother Puncher – an IPA that is made with passionfruit and checks in at 6.6% ABV.

Recipe 1000 – is an ale aged in Chardonnay barrels and comes in at 9%

lof.jpeg*New Belgium Lips of Faith Golden Ale –  is a collaboration with Belgium’s Hof Ten Dormaal and is brewed with sunflower seeds and wild carrot root. An interesting sounding brew to say the least. Here’s more on this one courtesy of beerstreetjournal.com:

Hof Ten Dormal is a farmhouse brewery nestled in the countryside of Tildonk, Belgium. Part of the brewery was damaged by fire in 2014. In a “New” Belgium to “real” Belgium collaboration, the two breweries are creating this upcoming Lips of Faith offering, Golden Ale.

Described as a springtime offering, Golden Ale is brewed with new Mosaic, and old (read: traditional) Saaz hops. The breweries malted sunflower seeds, and nuanced this beer with wild carrot herbs. You didn’t think this was going to be just a regular old golden ale did you?

A deliciously uncommon springtime beer, our Golden Ale brewed with Hof Ten Dorsal blends modern Mosaic hops and malted sunflower seeds with Old World ingredients such as Saaz hops, spelt, and wild carrot herbs. It’s New and Old Belgium together in a bottle.

New Belgium Lips of Faith Golden Ale will be a draft, and 12 ounce bottle offering (4 packs for the first time).

Style:Golden Ale (w/ Sunflower Seeds, Wild Carrot Herbs)
Hops: Mosaic, Saaz

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft
Release: TBA

7% ABV

bp.jpeg*Ballast Point Orange Vanilla Fathom – this is an IPL base style with orange and vanilla idea. The idea is to get an orange creamsicle flavor. It will be available in 22 oz bombers and possibly on tap. Here’s more courtesy of Ballast Point:

Our Orange Vanilla Fathom India-Style Pale Lager continues our quest for exploration. The piney and citrus hop aromas of our India-Style Pale Lager combine with sweet orange and creamy vanilla – while staying true to classic lagering techniques. Brewed with a touch of nostalgia, it may remind you of a childhood treat, but this one is just for adults.

*Know of anything new hitting our shelves soon? Drop me an email @benmed15@yahoo.com or post a comment. Thanks!

Beer Review #111: Mikkeller Sort Gul Black IPA

mikkellerMikkeller beers are usually a very adventurous brewery to buy from. Very cool artwork on the labels that usually don’t tell you much about the beer but for some reason I always go for it. Their beer usually costs a bit more but I have yet to be absolutely disappointed in any that I’ve tried.

My most recent Mikkeller purchase was their black IPA, Sort Gul. I was drawn by the awesome artwork on the label and then seeing black IPA made it a no-brainer.

Dark mahogany pour with a nice thick tan head. Toasted malt aroma with dark chocolate and then the hoppy pine aroma as well. Huge lacing on the glass. On the first sip you get the roasted malt flavor and then the citrus from the hops comes through. Not overpowering, great mix with the roasted malts. Very drinkable beer.

I get that the price tag on Mikkeller beers can be a bit hefty, but they sure a fun brewery to try. This was a very good black IPA. I would go back to this one without any hesitation.



ABV: 7.3%

PURCHASED AT: John’s Grocery; Iowa City, IA

POUR: Medium sized tan head, dark black pour.

AROMA: Roasted malts, piney hops.

TASTE: Roasted malt flavor balance nicely by the hops.

Ratebeer.com rating: 98

Beeradvocate raing: 88

Overall: B+

My recommendation: Give it a shot. If you’ve had Black Top from New Glarus you will definitely enjoy this brew.