Big Grove Richard the Whale release set for Dec. 7th, both locations! Tickets on sale October 9th!


Big news from Solon and Iowa City today as Big Grove has announced the release of their popular Richard the Whale brew! The release date is set for December 7th and the tickets will go on sale the coming Wednesday, October 9th! They will be doing another golden ticket release so look for that as well! Here’s more on this release:

This year, Big Grove Brewpub in Solon joins the fun! Richard the Whale, our bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout returns for its annual party on Saturday, December 7. If you’re solely looking for a four-pack of bottles and collector’s glass, you’re invited to our Solon Brewpub! Tickets on sale Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 8:00am.

This ticket includes a collector’s glass and personal four-pack of Richard the Whale: 2 Richard the Whale, 1 Richard the Whale Coffee, 1 Richard the Whale Chocolate Hazelnut.

This package is $79.00 and can be purchased online here.

Golden Ticket beer, Richard the Whale Vanilla Coconut (500 mL), is exclusively available in Iowa City during the brunch bottle release party from 8:00-11:00am.

Tickets will be available through Eventbrite at this link.

Big Grove 5th Anniversary Can/Tap Release Details

big groveBig Grove is staying busy as hell prepping for their big 5 year anniversary party this coming Sunday. They’ve now released what will be available for purchase at both Solon and Iowa City locations. Big Ed and Double Blackberry sour will be on draft and available in cans, Good Day to DIPA will be tap only in Solon and Iowa City, Pralines and Richard will be tap only Solon, and Stripe Cake will be 22 oz bottles and tap at both locations. Hopefully see some of you Sunday morning in Solon! Cheers!


Big Grove Releasing Single Barrel Richards and Richard Coffee with Panama Geisha on 5/4 @1st Ave Hy-Vee. John’s Grocery Single Barrel on 5/31

richard.jpgSome more great news coming from Big Grove brewery as this coming Friday, May 4th, at 1st Avenue Hy-Vee in Iowa City, they will be releasing bottles of Richard the Whale and Richard the Whale with Panama Geisha. They will also release a single barrel version on May 31st at John’s Grocery Here’s more on these releases.

Richard the Whale Single barrel release this Thursday May 4th at 1st Ave HyVee. Bottles go on sale at5 pm with a limit of 2 Richard the Whale & 2 Richard the Whale Coffee with Panama Geisha from JBC.

This single barrel Richard was aged in an Eagle Rare barrel provided by HyVee 1st Ave, Iowa City.

Johns Grocery is releasing the single barrel variant May 31st during their 70th Anniversary party. Their barrel was a Buffalo Trace.

Saturday Morning Glory @ Big Grove’s Richard the Whale Release

big groveFirst of all, my brother in law thought “Saturday Morning Glory” would be the perfect name for a tailgating beer, so any brewers that want to jump on to that go for it!

Big Grove’s Richard the Whale bottle release was the perfect way to start off your Saturday morning if you’re a beer lover. For this release, if you bought a ticket you received 2 bottles of Richard the Whale, 1 bottle of Richard Coffee, 1 Richard glass, and also the opportunity to drink many fantastic beers on tap. Even if you didn’t get a ticket, the beers on tap were still an option.

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So, to start off the morning I went with some Coffee Richard on tap, waiting patiently until that 10:00 tapping of Jean Luc Richard. What seemed like a simple bottle release was just a bit more at Big Grove. Along with all the tremendous beer on tap, the real treat was to be able to shoot the shit with the guys and girls who bring us this terrific beer. The opportunity to talk with the folks responsible for putting on an event, knowing there hasn’t been much sleep and some long ass days and they greet, smile and talk to everyone they can; so thanks to Chad, Danny, Rabbit, Doug, Matt, and Chef Smart..a terrific event and I’m looking forward to the next!

So many great conversations with the fellas from 7G, who are great beer conversationalists all the time, so cheers to Collin, Clint and Garrett from 7G! Also, Bob and Dave from Need and as always, the guy who should be in the Dos Equis most interesting man in the world commercials, Jeremy from Club 76.

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Richard and the variants tasted amazing, although I didn’t eat the buffet I’m kind of kicking myself as it looked terrific. Bellied up at the bar with a some great stouts I was offered a glass of Big Grove’s Easy Eddy from Mr. Swift. He told me they switched the yeast strain and what he poured came back as a hazy, juicy, hop bomb. It was delicious! Easy Eddy is tasting great right now folks! They also had a double dry hopped IPA on tap that was very tasty.


Overall, the new space in Iowa City was perfect for hosting this event and the folks who run the show really knocked it out of the park. Beer, food, conversation, (not to mention the sweet ass swag BG has going right now), all made for a fantastic event. When Big Grove has their next release, there’s no question I’ll be there and there’s no question they will try to top how great Saturday’s Richard release was! Check out those sweet as Richard labels as well!  Cheers BG!

Big Grove Happenings: April 20th +21st Richard Reserve Tapping, Que Sera w/Strawberry + Rhubarb. Plus Blackstone hosting Richard Reserve and Barrel-Aged Darkness Tapping

big groveA couple of big events featuring Big Grove Brewery and taking place at John’s Grocery and Blackstone Restaurant in Iowa City.

**Thursday April 20th – John’s Grocery – Big Grove Brewery Richard Reserve(Richard the Whale aged in a Eagle Rare barrel w/ JBC roasters Panama Geisha coffee) growler fills.


**Friday April 21st – Blackstone Restaurant – Big Grove Brewery tapping Richard Reserve at Blackstone along with Que Sera with strawberry and rhubarb. They will also have Surly Brewing Barrel-aged Darkness and Pentagram as well.

Tasty things happening in Eastern Iowa with Big Grove, Blackstone, and John’s. Make sure you get out and hit up one of these events!

Big Grove Pulling out all the stops for Northside Oktoberfest! What will the Richard variant be?

big groveBig Grove brewery is bringing out the big guns for this weekend’s Northside Oktoberfest with the announcement that they will be pouring out of two tents, one of which is a cask tent that will have 12pins! Another question is, what will the Richard the Whale variant be? In talking with Chad Young, he sent me a pic (see below) of what he and Chef Benjamin Smart came up with for the variant. Here’s a list of the things that Big Grove will have for sure, along with many surprises! Hope to see you there on Saturday!


*Barleywine with Deri Kochoha from JBC roasters

*Russian Imperial Stout with Cinnamon & Vanilla beansbg3

*IPA with whole cone cascade
*Plan A Triple IPA with Wet Cascade & Columbus
*Arms Race with whole cone Citra & Wet cone centennial
*Harvest with whole cone Cascade
*Que Onda Roja with Concorde Grapes
*Quantum Finish with whole cone cascade
*IPA with Rosemary & Lavender
*ESB w/Apricot
*Que Onda Retacca with Cacao Nibs

Big Grove Richard the Whale and variants to be released Sunday Sept. 4 @11 a.m.

big groveBig Grove Brewery in Solon is celebrating their 3 year anniversary this coming Sunday and what better way to do so than release some Richard the Whale and Richard variants! Not only is Richard (barrel-aged stout aged in Heaven Hill barrels) enough to get excited for but the coffee variant will be coming back as well. And, new this year, will be “Praline’s and Richard” which will be with roasted pecans and almonds. Everyone remembers the Wayne’s World ice cream scene correct? A little help if you don’t:

So, here’s what you can get your hands on Sunday at Big Grove:

heaven hill barrelsRichard the Whale barrel aged Imperial Stout
Coffee variant featuring “Worka Ethiopia” from JBC Roasters,
Pralines and Richard” with Roasted Pecans and Almonds.

Add some amazing food and life will be good Sunday! Cheers!