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.

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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

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.

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Coming to Shelves and Tap Lines: New Belgium Lips of Faith Pear Ginger Beer + Boulevard The Calling

lips of faithWe will be seeing some new beers from familiar breweries hitting the shelves and tap lines in the near future. In fact, I believe The Calling has already been tapped at Parlor City in Cedar Rapids. According to Fleck’s Facebook post they will be having a tapping of this brew Thursday, March 5th, at 30Hop in Coralville. Hearing good things on The Calling and can’t wait for the Smokestack Series release.

New Belgium releasing a new Lips of Faith offering called Pear Ginger Beer and it looks to be coming in at 7% ABV. Here’s more on the LOF offering courtesy of

This is Pear Ginger Beer and as you may have guessed this ale is brewed with pear juice, lemon and ginger.  This Lips of Faith release appears to also be geared toward using it to make beer cocktails…as the label says, “Add fizz & flavor to the mix with this spicy ginger meets citrusy pear concoction.  A tantalizing beer on its own, Pear Ginger is also eager to bring a crisp tartness to your cocktail creations.  Recipes and mixology at

the callingAnd here is more on The Calling from Boulevard Brewing:

 Our most heavily hopped beer ever bursts forth with unmistakable tropical fruit and pine hop aromas and flavor supported with a slightly sweet malt character, tapering to a crisp, dry finish. Heed your call and enjoy.