April Beer Club: Iowa

BeerClubLogoBAStoutTwisted Vine Brewery
Lady Shock-O-Lot
West Des Moines, Iowa

A very deep, dark, rich stout brewed with copious amounts of cocoa nibs and aged in a Templeton Rye whisky barrel.  It is full-bodied with hints of coffee and oak in the nose.  The flavor is complex yet smooth, with definite notes of espresso, chocolate, vanilla, and then finishes with a Port wine-like slightly sweet dryness. Allow to warm in a glass for several minutes before drinking to bring out all the complex flavors.

BeerStyles: Dark & Roasty
Style: Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.6% alcohol / volume
IBU: 60
Bottle:
16.9 ounce bomber

ABOUT THE BREWERY:
Founded by Brian Sabus, Steve Becker, and Steve Breman, Twisted Vine Brewery has been brewing beer for over five years in the rolling hills of Iowa. In 2015, Jasen Garrett and Paul Galloway joined as partners. All avid home-brewers, they set out with a simple mission to create shockingly good beer, even if it meant bending a few rules along the way. They look to continuously create hand-crafted unique, palatable and unpretentious beers. Learn more about their mission here.

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November Beer Club: Iowa

BeerClubLogosierra nevada rum barrel aged quadSierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Rum Barrel-Aged Quad
Chico, California

When beer meets barrel, incredible things happen. The passage of time and the influence of wood combine to create a final product much greater than the sum of its individual parts. Sierra Nevada’s ‘Trip in the Woods’ series is designed to highlight the complex interplay between beer and barrel. Each beer has matured in a wooden cask, originally used to age mellow spirits, the time in slumber creates rich and layered flavors unique to this difficult and hands-on process.

This classic Quad in rum barrels is a nod to the great Trappist brewers of Belgium. Deep ruby-brown in color, the beer is rich and full-bodied with the style’s familiar to dark fruit flavors, while the yeast creates a hint of spice. Rum barrels impart delicate sweetness and complexity to this beer, that can be enjoyed today or cellared for years to come.

BeerStyles: Malty & Sweet
Style: Belgian Quadrupel
ABV: 9.8% alcohol / volume
Bitterness Units: 45

ABOUT THE BREWERY:

Sierra Nevada shook things up in the ’80s, and it helped launch a beer revolution that’s in full force today. Ken Grossman started Sierra Nevada with a hand-built brewhouse in Chico, California with the odds stacked against him. In 1980, that patchwork of pipes, pumps and tanks began making beers that forever changed the course of American craft brewing. Since then, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company continues to push boundaries, whether that’s in the brewhouse, with sustainability, or in the great outdoors. Learn more about their story here. 

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