Need Pizza Hosting Big Grove Brewery Luckiest Man Ales for ALS tonight! 10/11

A great cause going on tonight at Need Pizza if you are in the Cedar Rapids area as Big Grove brewery will have their “Luckiest Man” pale ale being tapped tonight. Every year this gets tapped by Big Grove every pint that gets sold benefits ALS research. Speaking of the beer, this years release is tasting fantastic! Grab a pizza, have a couple of pints and help out a great cause!

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Funds For Flenker Beer List Released! See you Thursday @ Need Pizza!

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Need Pizza has released the brews that will be available this Thursday, September 13th at their location in downtown Cedar Rapids for the Funds for Flenker Event. Funds for Flenker is an event setup to help Flenker and Thew with their lawsuit. A lot of great beers and excellent pizza this coming Thursday, hope to see you there!

**PULPIT ROCK**
-Jamaican Blue Mountain Pour Over Porter
-To Hop & To Hold

**LARK BREWING**
-Sweet Disarray, Session NEIPA w/lactose

**SINGLE SPEED BREWING**
-Eastern Cottontail Experimental IPA

**KEG CREEK BREWING**
-Brick Red Ale
-De Vine Saison BBL aged in Vine Street Cellars’ Red Wine Barrels

**SIERRA NEVADA BREWING**
-Hazy Little Thing

**515 Brewing**
-Dart Dodger American IPA

**CRIMSON SUNSET CIDERY**
-Jacked Up Cider Tangerine
-Jacked Up Cider Sangria

**Alluvial Brewing**
-Nebula 3000 DIPA

**THEW BREWING**
-Scrappy Ale

**EXILE BREWING**
-2017 Jesus on a Forklift
-Pineapple Bohemian
-Lemony Trail
-GC Nebula
-Ruthie
-Oktoberfest
-Beatnik Sour

**REUNION BREWING**
-Double Dry Hopped Juice Factory

**Lion Bridge BREWING**
Bridge Beer

BACKPOCKET BREWING
-Sick Mustache

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Need Pizza “Funds for Flenker” Event Update #2: Brewery List

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With update #2 on the Need Pizza “Funds for Flenker” event will be the breweries who will have their beers flowing at Need on Thursday September 13th! Here’s the early list with more to follow as they come in and hopefully soon I’ll have a list of specific beers that will be available, hope to see you there:

*Lark Brewing
*515 Brewing
*Alluvial Brewing
*Pulpit Rock Brewing
*SingleSpeed Brewing
*Keg Creek Brewing

From earlier:

Need Pizza in downtown Cedar Rapids will be hosting a “Funds for Flenker” beer and food event. This event’s proceeds will go towards helping Mr. Flenker pay for his upcoming court costs. Details are in their infancy but expect it take place in late August or early September.

There will be tons of great beer, food, and socializing throughout this event. Rumors of a bottle share have also been heard. If you know a brewery or brewer that would like to participate feel free to call Need Pizza @ 319-362-6333 or email @ benmed15@yahoo.com. Stay tuned as more updates will be trickling in every day with tap lists, food, and a date that will be set in stone! Cheers!

Need Pizza Hosting “Funds for Flenker” Event

needNeed Pizza in downtown Cedar Rapids will be hosting a “Funds for Flenker” beer and food event. This event’s proceeds will go towards helping Mr. Flenker pay for his upcoming court costs. Details are in their infancy but expect it take place in late August or early September.

There will be tons of great beer, food, and socializing throughout this event. Rumors of a bottle share have also been heard. If you know a brewery or brewer that would like to participate feel free to call Need Pizza @ 319-362-6333 or email @ benmed15@yahoo.com. Stay tuned as more updates will be trickling in every day with tap lists, food, and a date that will be set in stone! Cheers!

Big Grove Citra Triad Releases Around CR/IC

big-groveBig Grove Brewery will be releasing their Citra Triad today at the brewery and will follow with more tappings of these three brews at other locations. If you’re in the CR/IC area you’ll want to get your hands on these! These three beers are Arms Race, 16 Minuteman, and Trident, get them while you can! Here’s the info:

Thursday, December 22nd
11am-30Hop Crowler fill
12pm-3pm-Johns Grocery Minuteman & Trident sampling and growler fill
4pm-Zepplins Que Sera Lime & Honey pin tapping with Citra Triad
5pm-Brick’s Bar & Grill
6pm-Shorts Burger & Shine
7:30pm-Mosley’s
8pm-The Mill
Friday, December 23rd
11am-1pm-HyVee North Dodge IC, Citra Triad sampling & growler fills
2pm-Need Pizza
3:30pm-Pullman
4-6pm Film Scene Citra Triad & Third Base Brewery & Another Road collab “Friends Forever” sampling
Reds Alehouse will be tapping Citra triad Monday 26th

A Taste of the Locals

beerbaronWith Cedar Rapids Beer Week behind us but  with American Craft Beer Week starting this week I thought I would take time to focus on some new and noteworthy offerings that have been given to us from the great brewers in our surrounding area and the places that serve them.

I understand it’s very difficult for many of us to get out as much as we’d like due to jobs, kids, money, etc., but here are a few things to try IF you are able to get out on the town. Keep in mind, the breweries in our area are very kid friendly! I think my kids have been to Lion Bridge, Big Grove, and Third Base more than they’ve been to McDonalds. My son would be able to recognize Bill Heinrich, Doug Goettsch and Quinton McClain before Ronald McDonald. Anyway, here are a few things to get after!

big grove**Big Grove Brewery**– brand new Barley Wine just hit the lines to go along with De Facto pale ale. Was able to try their Cucumber/Mint que sera. Not sure they will be doing any more pins of that but if you see it (Last Friday @Bricks) jump at any variants of Que Sera. Can’t forget the new double IPA, Cronos. Peach, pine, and citrus in a glass. An extremely drinkable double.Rabbit, Kent, and Chad are busting ass and getting some great beer in our glasses. Tasty stuff! The food is some of the best in the area as well as Chef Benjamin Smart and crew bring the goods. If they ever advertise a beer dinner, jump all of that shit, it’ll be worth it!

lion bridge**Lion Bridge Brewery** – having Yard Sale readily available is a treat. This is one of my favorites in the area and each batch seems to get better and better. Throw in Alec Travis’ Cowabunga Common (California Common), at least one Saison (I believe Jackhammer is on right now, fantastic brew), and they always reliable Workman’s Comp to round out the lineup. Throw in some pork nachos to go with the brew, and my friend, that is a good night!

third base**Third Base Brewery** – UNDERRATED BREWER ALERT!! Jim Johnston can flat out brew some damn great beer! Many of you know this already, many of you don’t. You see the strip mall brewery and probably pass by it without a thought. His Pink Drink, a berliner-weisse with hibiscus, rose hips, passion fruit, and orange peel, is excellent and refreshing. I’m still going crazy of Shame, a pale wheat/blonde. Reminds me of Gumballhead, maybe better? Next time driving on Blair’s Ferry, make it a point to stop in and drink a few, and don’t forget to grab some wings, they might be the best in the area!


iowa**Iowa Brewing Company**
– the new kid on the block. I’ve been there twice since they’ve opened and have enjoyed my experience each time. With the addition of some food trucks on weekends, expect this to be a major player in the brew game. Their citra pale ale was delicious, and like many other breweries in the area, I expect them to get better and better with time.

 

Need**Need Pizza**– the pizza is great and then they went ahead and put Pulpit Rock/Alluvial Whippy-Dip Ah double IPA on tap ALONG with Saftig. It made for a good night, but almost made for a night to call a cab. CR have uber yet? Take your significant other and kids to Need, grab a pie, drink a couple beers, and enjoy downtown.

 

lincoln**Lincoln Winebar (Mt. Vernon)** – if you don’t know Jesse Sauerbrei, you’re missing out. To go along with his humorous personality, knowledge of fine wines and beer, and making the best pizza in the area, is a guy who has really kept the food movement going in the small town of Mt. Vernon. Not only are there excellent pizzas, but an extensive wine list and a great selection of bottles of beer. Always personable, always willing to talk local food scene, talk wine and beer, Winebar is a standout.

chameleon's.jpg**Chameleon’s Pub and Grub (Mt. Vernon) ** – don’t let a small town bar fool you. Don’t think they won’t have much to offer in terms of beer. Nick at Chameleon’s has made sure that the craft beer geek in all of us will not go thirsty in Mt. Vernon. This little bar will usually have something from Lion Bridge/Big Grove/Exile/Peace Tree on tap to go along with the newest from New Belgium among others. The last time I was there I was able to try PeaceTrees Grapefruit IPA and I always leave with a growler of Workman’s Comp from Lion Bridge (YES! They do growler fills).

turner alley**Turner Alley** – I’ll take Travis Scheidecker’s Pils over just about any I’ve had in the states, Pivo Pils withstanding…maybe. His double IPA was excellent and the Brucemore Brown was roasty and delicious. I’m looking forward to more offerings and I need to get my ass over the taproom to have a few from the source.

 

the sausage foundry**Sausage Foundry (NewBo Market)** – go to Sausage Foundry, talk beer and sausage with Steven, leave with a bunch of tubular meats to enjoy. If you’re smart, get there on a Thursday before his latest offerings fly off the shelves!

Weekend is looking nice folks! I haven’t touched the Iowa City area yet and above is a list of greatness awaiting you! Go out, eat local, drink local, and support local!