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.***


Thanksgiving Week: Beer Happenings in Eastern Iowa

drink.pngQuite a few things going down Thanksgiving weekend in the beer community in Eastern Iowa. Everyone knows that Goose Island Bourbon County Stout releases on Black Friday but there are a ton of other goings on happening with local bars and breweries too! Below you will find a list of many releases taking place, not just BCBS. Also, a big update on future Big Grove pins and an update on their new brewery too! I’ll hopefully be updating this as the list continues to grow. For more info on Lion Bridge’s release, make sure you clink the link to their Facebook page. If you have more news, shoot me a message and I’ll get it posted ASAP!

another roadAnother Road Brewing
Another Road will be having a free lunch with a beer purchase. They will have beef stew made with Dry Pump Stout, beer cheese soup made with our Honey Wheat, and Brownies made with our Vanilla Porter. We will be tapping the Vanilla Porter at noon, As well as setting out food. This is all taking place on Small Business Saturday. Another Road brewing is located in Marion, IA. 

benzBenz Beverage Depot
Benz Beverage Depot will be handing out samples and releasing Goose Island Bourbon County Stout on December 10th from 10-Noon. Allocation information will be coming soon. On November 23rd they will be having a whiskey tasting. 10% off wine beer and spirits all day, and on November 25th it will 15% off wine beer and spirits.


big groveBig Grove Brewery
Here is the release schedule for future Big Grove pins. Make sure you mark these on your schedule. Also, some picture updates below on the new brewery coming to Iowa City next year! 

11/18 Boomtown with ginger, Honey, Vanilla

11/25 Que Onda Roja with Dates and Figs

12/2 IPA with Juniper

12/9  Arms Race Pale Ale with Pineapple, WL Amarillo

12/23 Russian Imperial with Ginger, Clove, Allspice, big-grove-2Molasses

12/30 Que Onda Roja with Tart Cherries’


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**30bbls serving vessels and a 60bbl fermenter.


barzinis.pngBootleggin’ Barzini’s
Barzini’s will be having a 6:00 p.m. release on Black Friday for regular Bourbon County Stout and the limit will be 2 per person. Any other Bourbon County offerings will be available via lotteries during December along with many sought after bourbons and whiskies…..Pappy something I hear. If in the Iowa City area check them out!

bricksBrick Bar and Grill
Bricks is hosting Stout and Wars and although the event is sold out there may be some tap lines that still have some greatness in them. Here’s more from Bricks:

11 of the 12 beers should make it through the event to be available at around 5 pm on December 10th when it finishes. (Vanilla Rye will be the only bottle pour of this event). To recap the full lineup:

1. Founders Brewing Co. Kentucky Breakfast Stout
2. Goose Island 2015 Bourbon County Brand Stout
3. Stone Brewing w00tstout 3.0
4. Stone Brewing Xocoveza Charred
5. Oskar Blues Brewery Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy
6. Big Grove Brewery Richard the Whale Praline
7. Odell Brewing Co Jolly Russian
8. Goose Island Bourbon County Vanilla Rye 2014
9. Third Base Brewery TBD Stout
10. Founders Brewing Co. Lizard of Koz
11. Avery Brewing Company Vanilla Bean Stout
12. Evil Twin Brewing Imperial Biscotti Break



confluenceConfluence Brewing Company
We will have extended taproom hours and beer specials throughout the week of Thanksgiving! Make sure you stock up on beer for your holiday gatherings. Our hours and specials are listed below.

Tuesday, November 22nd- noon-10pm. $2 off 64oz growlers, $1 off 32oz growlers (new and refills).

Wednesday, November 23rd- noon-10pm. $2 off 64oz growlers, $1 off 32oz growlers (new and refills).

Thursday, November 24th- Taproom CLOSED.

Friday, November 25th- Black Friday special! $1 off pints of “black” beers from noon-5pm.

Saturday, November 26th- noon-11pm. No beer specials.

Sunday, November 27th- noon-7pm. No beer specials.

Coralville Brrr Fest

Brrr Fest tickets go on sale on Black Friday. Brewmaster/VIP tickets sold out in less than a week last year. Date for this year’s Brrr Fest is January 28th. John’s Grocery and Coralville Hy-Vee will be selling general admission tickets as well.

Coralville Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits
The Coralville Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits will be having a Black Friday bourbon county release 11/25/16. Their release will start at  6:00 am and be 2 per person limit on Bourbon County Stout and 1 per person limit on barleywine.

iowa brewing.pngIowa Brewing Company
Iowa brewing company is having a Ready for Eddie party on the patio Thanksgiving morning from 7-12.  They are offering $3.00 beers and an escape from parades and family. unless your family is cool, then you can bring them along. More details on our Facebook page.

johns.pngJohns Grocery
John’s Grocery will be filling Richard the Whale, Richard with Coffee, and Richard with Praline starting on Black Friday @ 11:00 a.m. They are hoping to have Bourbon County in at the same time but it all depends on the truck drops. BCBS Barleywine will be released sometime in December. 

KickshawKickshaw Barrel Works

Kickshaw Barrel Works will be doing a Pipo preview at Lion Bridge Brewing Company in Cedar Rapids on November 26th. Here’s more on Pipo:

7% watermelon sour, fermented for 5 months with Kroul Farms watermelons.Lion Bridge Brewery

lion bridgeLion Bridge Brewery

Lion Bridge will be having their Maple Disaster bottle release on Saturday, November 26th starting at noon. They will also be selling 2nd Anniversary Biere de Garde bottles and will have maple disaster, Coffee maple disaster, and Biere de Garde on tap that day as well. Click HERE to link to their Facebook event page, should be great! 

madhouseMadhouse Brewing Company
Not technically Thanksgiving week but Madhouse will be hosting a Barrel-Room Open House and tasting party. According to their Facebook page, which you can visit HERE, this is the list of brews that will be available:

Join us for a beer release party and grand opening for our new Sour Barrel-Room events space.


-2016 Madhouse Wee-Heavy – Imperial Scotch Ale aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels. Caramel and toffee aromas with sweet malt flavors. Available in 750ml bottles.

*Madhouse Fruit & Spice Series – A collection of sour beers, each showcasing a unique flavor combination of fruit and spice. Available in 750ml bottles.
-Strawberry Fields – Strawberry/Basil
-Mango Tango – Mango/Cardamom
-Velvet Fuzz – Peach/Lavender
-Maui Wowie – Pineapple/Coconut


Mt. Vernon Road Hy-Vee

We will be doing a first come first served basis on all bourbon county that we get, limit one or two depending on how much we receive. Delivery should be early in the morning but no set time. On Tuesday, November 22nd they will be releasing a barrel-aged Maple Disaster by Lion Bridge starting at 5:00. Limit 1 per person. 

Oakland Rd Hy-Vee

Oakland Rd. Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids will be releasing on the 28th at 4:00 pm and limit 3 person until it is gone. 

quarter barrelQuarter Barrel Brewery and Arcade
Quarter Barrel Brewing will be releasing  Ebenezer Old Ale on Black Friday. This is a recipe that the brewer and his wife have homebrewed and shared with friends and family for years before opening our brewery. Since they weren’t able to open in time to release a full scale version last year, it was brewed in February and set it off to age. A more limited availability whiskey barrel aged bottled version will be available closer to Christmas.

redsRed’s Alehouse
Reds Alehouse is planning a BOCO event on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and are still hammering out the details. They won’t have the 2016 release since that doesn’t drop until Friday but they are hoping to have some vintages and other cellared Goose Island brews available. All the information will be out in the next day or two! They will also be opening their doors Thanksgiving morning from 8-9 a.m. to do growler fills! 

sanctuarySanctuary Pub
The Sanctuary Pub in Iowa City will be tapping the Boulevard/Firestone Walker Collaboration on Black Friday. Here’s more on that brew:

Collaboration No. 6 will be composed of the following beers:

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad – 45%
Based loosely on the Smokestack Series’ The Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel is separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels where it ages for varying lengths of time, some for up to three years. Cherries are added to make up for the “angel’s share” of beer lost during barrel aging. Selected barrels are then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore.
ABV – 11.8, IBU – 19

Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee – 35%
Brewed with Belgian candi sugar and aged in a selection of fine bourbon barrels, Stickee Monkee trailblazes its own category as a “Central Coast Quad.” The name Stickee Monkee is a nod to the Central Coast’s native Sticky Monkey flower, as well as a shout­‐out to the Belgian monks who pioneered the Quad style. The Belgian candi sugar imparts a signature molasses sweetness to the beer. Meanwhile, maturation in bourbon casks brings ample barrel expression with notes of toasted oak, coconut, leather and cigar tobacco.
ABV – 13, IBU – 45

Imperial Stout X – Tart Cherry (Whiskey Barrel-aged) – 10%
Our special treat for lovers of big, complex stouts, the Imperial Stout “X” series offers a year-long roster of limited releases, each with a significant variation. This riff spotlights the addition of tart cherries to fermentation as well as a lactic souring on the brewhouse. The result is a perfect marriage of robust, smoky maltiness and bracing tartness. Unlike the release version of Imperial Stout X – Tart Cherry, this portion was briefly aged in previously used whiskey barrels.
ABV – 11, IBU – 64

Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin – 10%
Velvet Merkin is the beer that almost wasn’t…Indeed, this vintage oatmeal stout’s comical (or is it scandalous?) name went off the grid for several years, but now it’s back due to popular demand. Velvet Merkin is aged for a full year in retired spirits barrels from Heaven Hill, Woodford Reserve and others, yet manages to offer mind-­boggling balance and restraint. You will wig out when you taste Velvet Merkin’s rich milk chocolate, bourbon and espresso flavors, preceded by aromas of vanilla, coconut, toasted oak and mocha.
ABV – 8.5, IBU – 33

Collaboration No. 6 – Barrel-Aged Blend will be released starting in the Greater Kansas City Area on November 7th (draft) and November 8th (750 mL bottles) and will be sold through Boulevard’s distribution network. Areas that normally see Smokestack Series limited release beers like Saison-Brett or Rye-on-Rye should expect to see Collaboration No. 6 in the coming weeks.


Mt. Vernon Rd. Hy-Vee in CR Releasing Lion Bridge Brewing Maple Disaster Bottles: 11/22/16

CxOwLlaWEAIHFDB.jpgMt. Vernon Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids will be releasing Lion Bridge Brewing Maple Disaster bottles starting at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday November 22nd. This brew has been aged on Cedar Ridge bourbon barrels. There is a 1 bottle limit on from 5-6 and any bottles left will be up for sale. The bottles will be 750 ml flip tops.

Lion Bridge will be on hand to sample some brews. Cedar Ridge will be here to sample the bourbon that was in the barrels used to make this Maple Disaster. That bourbon will also be for sale so you can get bourbon and beer that were created in the same barrels.

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Mt. Vernon Road Hy-Vee, Cedar Rapids, Hosting Kickshaw “Orb” Beer Release Fri. August 26 from 6-8!

KickshawThe following information comes courtesy of Nate Lange, Assistant Manager at Mt. Vernon Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids. Be sure to check this out and this is just the beginning for Bill and Kickshaw Barrel Works!

orbJust a quick note to let all of our Beer Club know about a really cool upcoming event. Friday August 26th, from 6-8 pm we will be hosting a release party for Kickshaw Barrel Works. They are releasing ORB, a golden ale aged in oak barrels. Bill Heinrich, the brewer, will be on hand to talk about the beer, answer questions and give out some tasty samples! There will be plenty of bottles available for purchase as well. We are one of only a few select places that this First release from Kickshaw will be sold. Make sure to set a reminder so you don’t miss out on this event. There is no question that Kickshaw is going to be producing some amazing brews, how awesome would it be to get a few bottles from their first ever release! So stop on in Friday August 26th from 6-8 pm, buy some bottles, meet the brewer, enjoy some samples and snacks and be part of a great night!!

Week of Events @Mt. Vernon Rd. Hy-Vee in CR; Celebrating Cedar Rapids Craft Beer Week

crcbMount Vernon Road in Hy-Vee has an impressive lineup of events celebrating Cedar Rapids craft beer week. That stout breakfast sounds pretty damn promising!

Hopefully you can get yourself out and make it to a few of these events! Cheers!

Here are the events we are hosting the rest of the week:

Wednesday 5/11 5-7pm Meet Big Grove
We will be hosting Big Grove Brewery in our Tasting Room. They will be available to chat and answer questions about the brewery and brewing process. We will be pouring their new IIPA and they will have samples of some of their other brews. Free Event!

Thursday 5/12 5-7pm Beer 101 with Chad Atherton from Founders Brewing
Come chat and have a beer with Chad as he gives us some of the basics of beer. We will be pouring Founders Curmudgeon and maybe a bonus Founders brew! Free Event!

Friday the 13th 4:30-7pm Tasting Event
We will have 13 vendors pouring a variety of things to try, food from our Chefs and a DJ spinning the tunes! Free Event!

Saturday 5/14 8-11am Stout Breakfast
Our Market Grille will host a Stout Breakfast featuring a Breakfast Buffet and 4 Four ounce pours of beer. The buffet will feature two special Chef prepared items, Chicken Fried Brisket with and stout and coffee gravy and Pork Belly Hash amongst other b fast favorites. The beers are Tall Grass Barrel Aged Vanilla Buffalo Sweat, MadHouse Carpe Diem, Central Waters Rye Barrel Porter( although not a stout I couldn’t pass it up) and finally Barrel Aged Yeti! Cost for the buffet and flight is $25

Mt. Vernon Rd. Hy-Vee Hosting 99 Bottle Beer Club Event May 10th from 5-7

99 bottles.jpgIf you’re a member of the 99 Bottle Beer Club, Mt. Vernon Rd. Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids is hosting a beer and food tasting event. Bryan and Nate are doing great things at this Hy-Vee and Lion Bridge will have some of their beers on tap. Here’s more on this event courtesy of Hy-Vee email:

We are less than a week away from our 99 Bottle Beer Club Members Only Event, so we just wanted to send out a little reminder. The event is Tuesday May 10th from 5pm-7pm in our Tasting Room. This is a free event for all members and we will have some members only specials on beer purchases after the event. We are featuring a couple of gems from Lion Bridge Brewing Company and our chefs will have some awesome things to nibble on throughout the night. This is a great chance to come, socialize, eat, drink and be merry!! Be sure to wear your 99 Bottle T-Shirt!! Also all next week is Cedar Rapids Beer Week. Make sure to check out all of the events we are having at our store, as well as all of the events going on around town!!crcb.jpg

Surly Tap Takeover @Mt. Vernon Rd. Hy-Vee; Cedar Rapids Jan. 29th

surlyAre you ready to get SURLY!! This Friday January 29th in our Market Grille, Surly Brewing Company will be taking over all of our tap lines!! This is going to be an awesome event that you will not want to miss!! We will be featuring a great variety of Surly brews, including Furious, Over Rated!, Bender, Coffee Bender, Hell Lager, Doom Tree, CynicAle,  as well as 2 Special Release Surly Beers!! To go along with all of these amazing brews, our very own Pit Master, Smokin Shawn will be serving up some truly mind blowing grub!! He will be offering Smoked Chicken Wings, Pork belly Nachos, Ribs, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Beef Brisket Sandwiches, as well as Carolina Pork Loin Sandwiches! Shawn and our Chefs also made some amazing sauces using Surly Brews. For desert we are offering a NY Colossal Cheese Cake with Surly Bender Chocolate Raspberry Chipotle Sauce!! And if all of that was not enough, there will be fantastic music from Blues Musician Kevin BF Burt!! Come join in all of the fun this Friday from 5-10pm in our Market Grille. to see all of you there!!