May Beer Club: Cedar Rapids and Coralville Iowa

BeerClubLogolake-time-brewery-imperial-porterLake Time Brewery
Imperial Peanut Butter Porter
Clear Lake, Iowa

Lake Time Brewery went nuts creating a beer that resembles the delicious, confectionery peanut butter cups we have enjoyed for years. This Imperial Peanut Butter Porter is an amped up version of their regular Peanut Butter Porter. It combines a malty robust porter with creamy chocolate peanut butter flavor (using real peanuts)!

Beer Style: Dark & Roasty
Style: Porter – Imperial / Double
ABV: 9.5% alcohol / volume
IBU: 50
Ingredients:

  • Hops: Northern Brewer
  • Malts: 2 Row, Maris Otter, Caramel, Dextrine, Chocolate, Midnight Wheat, White Wheat, Flaked Oats, and Flaked Wheat
  • The Good Stuff: Lactose, Brown Sugar, Powered Peanut Butter

**Food Allergy Warning: This Beer Contains Peanuts**


Anchors-Aweigh-orange-peel-canLake Time Brewery
Anchors Aweigh
Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial

Clear Lake, Iowa

This Imperial Stout pours nearly black in color. Roasted malts and dark chocolate accent this brewery’s flagship stout with its plum and date fruit complexity.  Brewers then age it for over a year in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels before adding just the right amount of Valencia orange flavor – for that hint of sweetness you want with your bourbon.

Beer Style: Dark & Roasty
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10% alcohol / volume
IBU: 43
Ingredients:

  • Hops: Chinook, Centennial
  • Malts: 2-Row, Carmel 110, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Black Patten, Flaked Rye, Flaked Oats, Flaked Wheat
  • The Good Stuff: Valencia oranges, Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel Aged

ABOUT LAKE TIME BREWERY:
Established in 2012, Lake Time Brewery was born from a vision to cherish the simple things in life – time with friends and family around a campfire, fishing, sun-tanning on the beach, and floating around the lake on a pontoon. This state of mind has translated into great craft beer that can be enjoyed anywhere… not just on “Lake Time”. Today, Lake Time Brewery has expanded its production facility and is now distributed throughout Iowa. They have been featured in a number of industry publications including Brewery Magazine, Brew Your Own and Perfect Pour. Learn more about the brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.


Zipline-Triples-is-best-IPA-beer-canZipline Brewing Co.
Triples is Best IPA

Lincoln, Nebraska

This Imperial IPA is brewed with Columbus, Centennial, Amarillo, and Simcoe Hops. Created under the “Black Label Series” unleashed by the full creative power of their brewing team. This line of beers push the boundaries like never before with the most “over-the-top, flavor packed, premium beers” Zipline Brewing Co. has ever made.

Beer Style: Hoppy 
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 11% alcohol / volume
IBU: 88

ABOUT ZIPLINE BREWING CO.:
Zipline Brewing Co. was created from the founders’ inherent sense of adventure and their desire to connect with the thrill-seeking spirit in all craft beer fans. They create artisan ales and lagers with a clean, simple and direct approach to allow the drinker to focus their energy on enjoying ‘Brave New Brews’. Learn more about the team behind the brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.


KCBC-The CodFather-Beer-ImageKings County Brewers Collective
The Codfather Double IPA

Brooklyn, New York

This Double Dry Hopped, Double India Pale Ale is made with Citra, Strata, Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin and Motueka Hops. It contains barley, oats & wheat, creating a murky, burnished haze in the glass. There are notes of freshly squeezed grapefruit, crushed blueberries, Sicilian lemon and pineapple gelato. The mouthfeel is smooth and soft, with just a touch of sweet revenge. 

Beer Style: Hoppy
Style: Double IPA
ABV: 8.5% alcohol / volume

ABOUT KINGS COUNTY BREWERS CO.:
Located in a 5,000 square foot warehouse in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Kings County Brewers Collective is the first brick-and-mortar brewery to operate in the neighborhood for more than 40 years following the New York State hop blight and Prohibition. Today, they are a proud production brewery and taproom dedicated to bring unique and collaborative craft beers to New York City and beyond. Learn more about the brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.


Allerton-Brewing-Marshall-Ds-beer-canAllerton Brewing Company
Marshall D’s

Independence, Iowa

Although it is a little darker than your typical Hefeweizen, Marshal D’s is a German style beer that is light, refreshing and perfect for warm weather. It has balanced notes of banana and clove with a grainy-sweet malt character.

Beer Style: Fruity & Spicy
Style: Wheat Beer – Hefeweizen
ABV: 5.6% alcohol / volume
IBU: 12
SRM: 7
Fermentables: Pilsner Malt, Wheat Malt, Crystal 40L
Hops: Saaz

ABOUT ALLERTON BREWING CO.:
It all started has a hobby for Lucas in his college apartment at Iowa State University – little did Brenna (his now wife) know at the time, this hoppy would grow into a full blown obsession. After graduating Iowa State, Lucas and Brenna moved to Oconomowoc, Wisconsin where Lucas attended Barley to Barrel – a program specifically catered to aspiring brewery owners. Lucas says his biggest takeaway was that he needed a partner. Shortly there after, the couple moved to Independence, Iowa where Lucas teamed up with Brandon Miken and Pete Gaumer to create Allerton Brewing Company. Today, the brewery is fully owned and operated by Pete and Lucas. Learn more about the their story here, and follow them on Untappd.


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May Beer Club: WDM, Ankeny, and Johnston Iowa

BeerClubLogolake-time-brewery-imperial-porterLake Time Brewery
Imperial Peanut Butter Porter
Clear Lake, Iowa

Lake Time Brewery went nuts creating a beer that resembles the delicious, confectionery peanut butter cups we have enjoyed for years. This Imperial Peanut Butter Porter is an amped up version of their regular Peanut Butter Porter. It combines a malty robust porter with creamy chocolate peanut butter flavor (using real peanuts)!

Beer Style: Dark & Roasty
Style: Porter – Imperial / Double
ABV: 9.5% alcohol / volume
IBU: 50
Ingredients:

  • Hops: Northern Brewer
  • Malts: 2 Row, Maris Otter, Caramel, Dextrine, Chocolate, Midnight Wheat, White Wheat, Flaked Oats, and Flaked Wheat
  • The Good Stuff: Lactose, Brown Sugar, Powered Peanut Butter

**Food Allergy Warning: This Beer Contains Peanuts**


Anchors-Aweigh-orange-peel-canLake Time Brewery
Anchors Aweigh
Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial

Clear Lake, Iowa

This Imperial Stout pours nearly black in color. Roasted malts and dark chocolate accent this brewery’s flagship stout with its plum and date fruit complexity.  Brewers then age it for over a year in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels before adding just the right amount of Valencia orange flavor – for that hint of sweetness you want with your bourbon.

Beer Style: Dark & Roasty
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10% alcohol / volume
IBU: 43
Ingredients:

  • Hops: Chinook, Centennial
  • Malts: 2-Row, Carmel 110, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Black Patten, Flaked Rye, Flaked Oats, Flaked Wheat
  • The Good Stuff: Valencia oranges, Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel Aged

ABOUT LAKE TIME BREWERY:
Established in 2012, Lake Time Brewery was born from a vision to cherish the simple things in life – time with friends and family around a campfire, fishing, sun-tanning on the beach, and floating around the lake on a pontoon. This state of mind has translated into great craft beer that can be enjoyed anywhere… not just on “Lake Time”. Today, Lake Time Brewery has expanded its production facility and is now distributed throughout Iowa. They have been featured in a number of industry publications including Brewery Magazine, Brew Your Own and Perfect Pour. Learn more about the brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.


Zipline-Triples-is-best-IPA-beer-canZipline Brewing Co.
Triples is Best IPA

Lincoln, Nebraska

This Imperial IPA is brewed with Columbus, Centennial, Amarillo, and Simcoe Hops. Created under the “Black Label Series” unleashed by the full creative power of their brewing team. This line of beers push the boundaries like never before with the most “over-the-top, flavor packed, premium beers” Zipline Brewing Co. has ever made.

Beer Style: Hoppy 
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 11% alcohol / volume
IBU: 88

ABOUT ZIPLINE BREWING CO.:
Zipline Brewing Co. was created from the founders’ inherent sense of adventure and their desire to connect with the thrill-seeking spirit in all craft beer fans. They create artisan ales and lagers with a clean, simple and direct approach to allow the drinker to focus their energy on enjoying ‘Brave New Brews’. Learn more about the team behind the brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.


KCBC-The CodFather-Beer-ImageKings County Brewers Collective
The Codfather Double IPA

Brooklyn, New York

This Double Dry Hopped, Double India Pale Ale is made with Citra, Strata, Mosaic, Nelson Sauvin and Motueka Hops. It contains barley, oats & wheat, creating a murky, burnished haze in the glass. There are notes of freshly squeezed grapefruit, crushed blueberries, Sicilian lemon and pineapple gelato. The mouthfeel is smooth and soft, with just a touch of sweet revenge. 

Beer Style: Hoppy
Style: Double IPA
ABV: 8.5% alcohol / volume

ABOUT KINGS COUNTY BREWERS CO.:
Located in a 5,000 square foot warehouse in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Kings County Brewers Collective is the first brick-and-mortar brewery to operate in the neighborhood for more than 40 years following the New York State hop blight and Prohibition. Today, they are a proud production brewery and taproom dedicated to bring unique and collaborative craft beers to New York City and beyond. Learn more about the brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.


Contrary-brewing-blueberry-lemonadeContrary Brewing Co.
Blueberry Lemonade Avalanche

Muscatine, Iowa

The Blueberry Lemonade Avalanche is gorgeous blueberry in color. It drinks light and easy with notes of blueberries and lemons dancing on your palate.

Beer Style: Sour
Style: Fruit Beer/Shandy
ABV: 5.3% alcohol / volume
IBU: 7

ABOUT CONTRARY BREWING CO.:
This is a small town brewery with big time flavor. As Muscatine’s only Craft Brewery, you can find adventure right along the Mississippi. Learn more about the their brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.


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April Beer Club: Iowa

BeerClubLogoSmokeyRowCoast-Barrel-Aged-bottleNoCoast Beer Co.
Barrel Aged Smokey Row Coast
Coffee Porter
Oskaloosa, Iowa

Made in collaboration with one of NoCoast’s favorite coffee shops, Smokey Row. This deep, robust, rye porter is brewed at NoCoast and diligently aged in Wild Turkey whiskey barrels for 11 months. It is then steeped with Smokey Row’s Tanzania peaberry coffee to impart aromas of rich oak, chocolate, coffee and whiskey. There are additional notes of spicy rye with a slight fruitiness, and a subtle acidity.

BeerStyles: Dark & Roasty
Style: Coffee Porter
ABV: 7.7% alcohol / volume

ABOUT NOCOAST BEER CO.:
Rooted in Midwest pride, NoCoast Beer Co. lives off the motto, “Friends over trends, land over sand, and beer over everything!”. In 2016, Head Brewer, Chuck Crabtree put together a crew of like-minded, passionate, beer enthusiasts and raised their glasses to the official launch of the brewery. Today, the NoCoast facility houses brewing, cold brewed coffee, and mobile canning operations. Learn more about the team behind the beers here, and follow them on Untappd.


Lil-Beaver-California-BeavinLil Beaver Brewery
California Beavin’
IPA

Bloomington, Illinois

West Coast Style India Pale Ale.

BeerStyles: Hoppy & Bitter
Style: IPA – American
ABV: 7% alcohol / volume

ABOUT LIL BEAVER BREWERY:
Years ago there was a young, eager Lil Beaver who enjoyed beer, but grew tired of the commercial offerings in his neck of the woods. After awhile, Chad Bevers (aka the Lil Beaver), decided it was time to hone in on his own beer making skills and start his own craft brewery – which opened in 2017. Learn more about the brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.


weldwords-juicy-fishWeldWerks Brewing Co.
JuicyFish
Double IPA

Greeley, Colorado

This Hazy Double IPA is made in collaboration with Pinthouse in Austin, Texas. It is made as a mashup of WeldWerks’ Juicy Bits and Pinthouse’s flagship hazy IPA, Electric Jellyfish. It is brewed with Citra, Lotus, and Azacca Hops for huge bursts of papaya, guava, pineapple, grapefruit and apricot, all supported by a silky-smooth mouthfeel.

BeerStyles: Hoppy & Bitter
Style: Hazy Double IPA
ABV: 8.6% alcohol / volume

ABOUT WELDWERKS BREWING CO.:
Like many other great businesses do, WeldWerks started as a hobby in a garage. In 2009, Co-founder and head brewer, Neil Fisher, began home-brewing with his friends. Once a month, everyone would get together to brew, learn and enjoy each other’s company. By 2014, Neil had entered into the Big Beers, Belgians and Barley wines festival. Prior to this competition, friend, and no-CEO and co-founder, Colin Jones, made an agreement with Neil, promising to consider opening a brewery if Neil were to bring back a medal. Eleven months and two medals later, the first beers were poured at WeldWerks Brewing. Today, all of WeldWerks beers are produced in their downtown Greeley location on their 15 bbl 3-vessel steam brewhouse. They have produced 300+ unique beers in just four years across a nearly infinite range of styles. Learn more about the brewery here, and follow them on Untappd.


More-brewing-huntlely-helles-beer-canMORE Brewing Company
Huntley Helles
Lager

Villa Park & Huntley, Illinois

Named to honor the home of their Huntley facility, this German-style lager is brewed with soft water, along with a variety of German malts and hops. The beer is then lagered in their horizontal tank, giving the beer a soft mouthfeel with a pleasant malt profile and hints of noble hops.

BeerStyles: Crisp & Clean
Style: Lager
ABV: 4.5% alcohol / volume

ABOUT MORE BREWING CO.:
Named after their town in Villa Park (previous known as Ardmore), MORE Brewing Company is a craft brewing with locations in Villa Park & Huntley, Illinois. They specialize in hop-saturated ales, flavorful imperial stouts, and a variety of unique lagers. Learn more about the their locations here, and follow them on Untappd.


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October Beer Club: Iowa

BeerClubLogosuperhero-sidekicksKings County Brewers Collective
Superhero Sidekicks
Brooklyn, New York

Superhero Sidekicks is an IPA that uses Mosaic, Idaho 7, Cascade & Centennial hops to deliver a powerful lupulin punch with a balanced malt flavor to follow. On the palate, there are notes of ripe oranges, fresh pineapple and smooth pine.

BeerStyles: Hoppy & Bitter
Style: IPA
ABV: 6.9% alcohol / volume


Furriest-Five-picKings County Brewers Collective
Furriest Five
Brooklyn, New York

This West Coast IPA is fully loaded with Mosaic, Cashmere, Chinook, and Centennial hops. It is boosted with Idaho 7 Cryo for an extra hoppy character. The Furriest Five highlights flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, orange pith and resin.

BeerStyles: Hoppy & Bitter
Style: West Coast IPA
ABV: 6.9% alcohol / volume


5th-Orbit-canKings County Brewers Collective
5th Orbit
Brooklyn, New York

This 5th Anniversary Beer is a Double IPA enhanced with Citra, Galaxy, Motueka, Nelson Sauvin and Strata hops. The 5th Orbit has an ultra-soft mouthfeel with notes of fresh mango, bright citrus and creamy peaches. A touch of bitterness is added to round out this tropical hop joose.

BeerStyles: Hoppy & Bitter
Style: DDH Double IPA
ABV: 8% alcohol / volume


Ninja-kitties-KCBC-beer-canKings County Brewers Collective
Ninja Kitties
Brooklyn, New York

Brewed in collaboration with Interboro, the Ninja Kitties pours hazy yellow and highlights aromas of grapefruit, oranges & tropical fruit juices. It is hopped with Citra, Amarillo and Vic Secret.

BeerStyles: Hoppy & Bitter
Style: IPA
ABV: 8.5% alcohol / volume

ABOUT THE BREWERY:
Located in a 5,000 square foot warehouse in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Kings County Brewers Collective is the first brick-and-mortar brewery to operate in the neighborhood for more than 40 years following the New York State hop blight and Prohibition. Today, they are a proud production brewery and taproom dedicated to bring unique and collaborative craft beers to New York City and beyond. Learn more about their story here.


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August Beer Club: Iowa

BeerClubLogodhop5Equilibrium Brewing
dHop5
Double IPA
Middletown, New York

dHop5 is a Double IPA made by enhancing one of Equilibrium Brewing’s favorite IPAs – the Fractal Citra/Galaxy. Milky, straw-yellow in color, the dHop5 releases aromas of passionfruit, peach, lime and pineapple. On the palate, it is bright, creamy and tropical. Equilibrium Brewery scaled down on the Fractal’s grain bill, water treatment and fermentation; and intensified the hop bill of citra and galaxy making an extremely drinkable and balanced DIPA.

BeerStyles: Hoppy
Style: DIPA
ABV: 8% alcohol / volume


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Super Fractal Kangaroo Set
Triple IPA
Middletown, New York

Super Fractal Kangaroo Set was inspired by brewmaster and owner, Pete, and a trip he took to Australia. This Triple IPA starts off with a fractal grain bill, then Galaxy hops lead their way on the dry hop with support from Sabro and Citra. It is hazy intense yellow in color with tropical fruit, coconut and citrus aromas. On the palate, there are flavors of orange, melon, pineapple and coconut. 

BeerStyles: Hoppy
Style: IPA – Triple
ABV: 10% alcohol / volume


Equilibrium Brewery_South St. PilsEquilibrium Brewery
South St. Pils
Pilsner
Middletown, New York

Named after the Brewery’s new address, the South St. Pils is pale golden-yellow in color. It is light bodied and crisp, with a very soft hop aroma. On the palate, there are notes of flower medleys, fresh cut lawn, and yeasty crackers. This beer has a refreshing, clean finish.

BeerStyles: Crisp & Clean
Style: Pilsner
ABV: 5.5% alcohol / volume

ABOUT THE BREWERY:
Equilibrium Brewery considers themselves to be an experimental brewery, emphasizing research and exploration. They are curious scientists and beers drinkers looking to share delicious beverages created in an organic process. Equilibrium Brewery works with local producers to use the freshest ingredients possible. They believe it is an essential part of their business to maintain an equilibrium between local supply and demand. Learn more about their story here.


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July Beer Club: Iowa

BeerClubLogoThe Good MonsterCollective Arts Brewing
Good Monster DIPA
Toronto, Canada

This New England style Double IPA is a beast, but in a GOOD monster type of way. It is double dry hopped with 24 g/L of Mosaic, Citra, Simcoe and Amerillo; highlighting flavors of tropical mango, passionfruit, peach, bright orange, lemon and grapefruit.

BeerStyles: Hoppy & Bitter
Style: New England DIPA
ABV: 8% alcohol / volume
Artist: Kire Torres


Guava GoseCollective Arts Brewing
Guava Gose
Toronto, Canada

This Guava Gose is soft cloudy pink in color with tropical aromas. This Gose is similar to a sour mashed wheat beer, dosed with as much guava as possible. It is balanced with lemony tartness, Himalayan pink sea salt and coriander, with a flowery, brightness from the guava. This is a perfect harmony of tart, sweet, and sour.

BeerStyles: Sour, Tart & Funky
Style: Gose
ABV: 4.9% alcohol / volume
Can Artist: Sergio Vazquez


SmoCollective Arts Brewing
Berry, Banana, Acai, & Granola Smoothie
Toronto, Canada

This sour beer is everything reminiscent of a breakfast smoothie bowl. Collective Arts Brewing uses strawberries, blackberries, açaí berries, banana, granola and milk sugar to make this bright, sour beer.

BeerStyles: Sour, Tart & Funky
Style: Sour
ABV: 5.6% alcohol / volume
Artist: Joel Mackenzie

ABOUT THE BREWERY:
Collective Arts Brewery combines the creativity of their craft beverages with the inspiration of local artists all around the world. They feature limited-edition pieces of artwork on all of their cans, and aspire to produce equally creative and delicious drinks inside. Learn more about their company here.


Astro-world-canBlackStack Brewing
Astroworld
St. Paul, Minnesota

This triple New England IPA is made with Comet, Australian Galaxy and hand-selected Strata from Indie Hops. It highlights citrus and grapefruit flavors with a sweet melon finish. 

BeerStyles: Hoppy & Bitter
Style: Triple IPA (TDH TIPA)
ABV: 10.1% alcohol / volume

ABOUT THE BREWERY:
A family owned and operated brewery, the Johnston family have had a long love affair with great beer. In the 1990’s, Scott Johnson, the patriarch of the family, owned of All Saints Brands, Inc., a distribution company bringing European classic beers into Minnesota. Finally, in 2017, the entire family was able to launch BlackStack Brewing. Learn more about their journey here.


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March Beer Club: Iowa

Evil Twin Brewing

© Evil Twin Brewing

Evil Twin Brewing
Most Men Pursue IPA With Such Breathless Haste That They Hurry Drinking It
Hinnerup, Denmark | Brooklyn, NY

Double dry hopped IPA with Ariana, Citra and Callista hops. Strong citrus and sweet hop on the nose. Refreshing and soft medium-body. Crisp up front and dry finish. Cloudy, orange color, small head of foam.

BeerStyles: Hoppy & Bitter
Style: IPA
ABV: 7% alcohol / volume
Production: Brewed by Twelve Percent Beer Project


Evil Twin Brewing
IPA Is Not A Problem To Be Solved, But A Reality To Be Experienced
Hinnerup, Denmark | Brooklyn, NY

Triple IPA, double dry hopped with Waimea, Citra and Wakatu hops. Cloudy, golden orange in color.  Aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, orange, guava and caramel. Tropical fruit taste with toasted caramel and piney bitterness.

BeerStyles: Hoppy & Bitter
Style: Triple IPA
ABV: 10% alcohol / volume
Production: Brewed by Twelve Percent Beer Project

ABOUT THE BREWERY:
Evil Twin Brewing was started up “nomadically” in 2010 by Jeppe Jarnit- Bjergso. In 2012, Jeppe and his family decided to make New York City their home and join the burgeoning local beer scene. In 2016, Jeppe was approached with the opportunity to finally root his ideas & dreams and Evil Twin Brewing NYC was born. Evil Twin Brewing now exports to more than 35 different countries, is in around 35 states in the US, and brews at 5 different breweries around the world. Learn more here.

Fat Orange Cat

© Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.

Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.
Welcome to Harga
East Hampton, CT

“A Double IPA copiously hopped with Nelson and Motueka. We love this hop combination and hope we do May Queen proud. Don’t worry, she’ll be smiling soon.” – Fat Orange Cat Brew Co.

BeerStyles: Hoppy & Bitter
Style: Double IPA
ABV: 8.5% alcohol / volume
Production: Brewed at Twelve Percent Beer Project

ABOUT THE BREWERY:
Fat Orange Cat Brew Co. is a small, seasonal homestead brewery, that opened for tastings and growler sales/fills out of their barn in August of 2016. They now have the ability to produce Small Batch Beers and Large Batch Beers under their name, with the help of Twelve Percent Beer Project. Fat Orange Cat Brew Co. specialize in extremely high quality small batch recipes, and are making every effort to support and promote local agriculture. Learn more about their brewery here.

 


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February Beer Club: Iowa

BeerClubLogoEmpyrean Bottle ImageOmnipollo
Empyrean Double IPA
Sweden

A bold yet tropical Double IPA. Full of Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy and Citra hops. Soft mouthfeel, balanced bitterness but with a healthy, hearty dose of hoppiness.

BeerStyles: Hoppy
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.5% alcohol / volume
Production: Brewed at Dugges Bryggeri in Sweden
Can Artwork: Karl Grandin


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Menelik Stout
United States

Menelik, or as it is also called, Menelik Mansplanation Stout, is a beer about listening, tuning in and being a counterweight to toxic masculinity. It has a ton of ingredients and a very difficult brew, so in a way, it is impossible to talk about without getting into some mansplaining yourself. Brewed with yellow raisins, coffee, vanilla, cocoa nibs, almonds, hazelnuts, nut mix, spice, milk chocolate and lactose sugar.

BeerStyles: Dark
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 11% alcohol / volume
Production: Brewed by Twelve Percent Beer Project in the USA
Can Artwork: Karl Grandin


Maz CanOmnipollo
Maz
Belgium

Omnipollo Maz (formerly Mazarin) is brewer, Henok Fentie’s take on a “thinker’s beer”. Rather than being big and indecipherably complex, Henok wanted to create something that would calm a hop yearning nerve without fuddling the brain too much. In his words, this beer is “a lavishly hopped ale with judicious ABV — an Extra Special Pale Ale, if you will”. This Pale Ale received a gold medal at the Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival in 2013.

BeerStyles: Hoppy
Style: Pale Ale
ABV: 5.6% alcohol / volume
Production: Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij in Belgium
Can Artwork: Karl Grandin


Omnipollo Founders

ABOUT THE BREWERY:
Omnipollo® is a beer production company founded by brewer Henok Fentie and artist Karl Grandin in 2010 with a shared vision of changing the perception of beer — forever. They brew a plethora of styles to explore what beer has and can become. As a joint and equal partnership between a brewer and a graphic artist, their creative process has come to resemble the work shop of other pop cultural expressions such as music. Omnipollo® beers are always a collaborative effort and are brewed at breweries in all corners of the world. This approach means they stay curious, grounded and tuned in. Learn more here.


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January Beer Club: Iowa

BeerClubLogoIce Creamy White Chocolate PeachOmnipollo
Ice Creamy White Chocolate Peach
United States

Triple IPA brewed with Cocoa Nibs, White Chocolate, Peach & Lactose Sugar

BeerStyles: Hoppy
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 10% alcohol / volume
Brewed: By Twelve Percent Beer Project in the USA

Omnipollo FoundersABOUT THE BREWERY:

Omnipollo® is a beer production company founded by brewer Henok Fentie and artist Karl Grandin in 2010 with a shared vision of changing the perception of beer — forever. They brew a plethora of styles to explore what beer has and can become. As a joint and equal partnership between a brewer and a graphic artist, their creative process has come to resemble the work shop of other pop cultural expressions such as music. Omnipollo® beers are always a collaborative effort and are brewed at breweries in all corners of the world. This approach means they stay curious, grounded and tuned in. Learn more here.


New SensationStillwater Artisanal
New Sensation
United States

A double dry-hopped IPA, but translated to “International Pale Ale” for the range of ingredients and techniques used. European malts, domestic flaked grains, and Scandinavian Ale Yeast (Kveik) come together to create a hazy lush malt. This IPA is double dry-hopped with US Citra and Sabro hops, as well as German Hallertau Blanc and Australian Galaxy hops. It is bursting with citrus, coconut, and white grape with a floral bouquet, making for an elegantly elevated IPA experience.

BeerStyles: Hoppy
Style: IPA – International
ABV: 7.6% alcohol / volume


FrutariaStillwater Artisanal
Frutaria
United States

A collaborative project with Morada Cia Etílica from Curitiba in Southern Brazil, this beer will take you on a virtual trip to South America. Frutaria is a tropical fruit Gose inspired by the fruit markets of South America. It is loaded with ripe mango, guava, pineapple and passionfruit with a touch of sea salt.

BeerStyles: Sour, Tart & Funky
Style: Gose
ABV: 6% alcohol / volume

ABOUT THE BREWERY:
Stillwater Artisanal is the nomadic ‘gypsy’ brewing venture headed by Baltimore native, Brian “Stillwater” Strumke. A former internationally renowned techno DJ and producer who rather quickly made his mark in the home-brewing community for his often odd concoctions and unconventional brewing methods. Competitions often yielded wins in the more esoteric categories and his intricate use of herbs, spices, wild yeasts, and anything else he could get his hands on often came to judges with both intrigue and enjoyment. In 2010, after about 5 years of backyard brewing, Brian has taken Stillwater Artisanal Ales to the public. Traveling the world to collaborate with various breweries hand-crafting small-batch, authentic ales.


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October Cheese Club: Iowa

Cheese ClubApple Smoked CheddarCarr Valley
Apple Smoked Cheddar
La Valle, WI

This white cheddar is apple smoked and then hand rubbed with paprika. It has a light smoky flavor that balances very well with the flavors from the paprika.

WINE & CRAFT BEER PAIRING: Merlot and Shiraz grape wines will bring out the mature flavor of the cheese. For beer, reach for a Hard Cider or a Porter when pairing with this cheese.

WINESTYLES: Bold, Fruity, or Nectar
BEERSTYLES:
Dark and Roasty; or Fruity and Spicy

Carr Valley Cheese

Photo by Carr Valley Cheese: Apple Smoked Cheddar

ABOUT CARR VALLEY:

Owned and operated by the Cook family, Carr Valley Cheese Company is over one-hundred years old. Nestled amongst the rolling hills and lush pastures of central Wisconsin, they remain one of Wisconsin’s traditional cheese plants, famous for making cheese the old-fashioned way!

Carr Valley Cheese has won numerous awards over the years and continues to offer delicious and unique Wisconsin Cheeses. Certified Master Cheesemaker, Sid Cook, has won more top national and international awards than any other cheesemaker in North America. As a fourth-generation cheesemaker, he received his cheesemaking license when he was 16, and now owns and operates four cheese plants and eight retail cheese stores in Wisconsin. As a company, Carr Valley Cheese began in 1902, and today is best known for producing high-quality, artisanal aged Cheddars. Using cow, goat, and sheep milks, Sid enjoys creating new cheeses, and Carr Valley now produces more than 50 original varieties.

APPLEWOOD SMOKED CHEDDAR AWARDS:

  • 1st Place 2016 Los Angeles Int. Dairy Competition
  • 1st Place 2005 American Cheese Society
  • 2nd Place 2007 World Cheese Competition
  • 2nd Place 2012 American Cheese Society Competition

Maytag White CheddarMaytag Dairy Farms
7 Year Aged Cheddar
Newton, Iowa

This 7 Year Aged Cheddar has a robust cheddar flavor and an assertive tang that can be slightly acidic or even lactic. It showcases dense, fruit notes and a slightly earthy flavor. The aging process takes the cheddar from a smooth creamy texture to a drier, more crumbly style. This is the 2nd most popular cheese in America and is very versatile. Traditional food pairings include apple pie, or a salted caramel for a nice contrast.

HOW IT IS MADE:
Made from cow’s milk, Maytag 7 Year Cheddar has gone through the traditional process of “cheddaring” which involves stacking the blocks of cheese on top of one another to press out moisture. The aging process makes the recognizable cheddar flavor of this cheese even more pronounced and concentrated.  Typical “grocery store” cheddars only age 2-3 months, while this cheddar is aged for 7 years.

WINE & CRAFT BEER PAIRINGS: For Aged Cheddars with earthy undertones, look for the yin and yang. This cheese pairs well with hoppy bitters and dryness, like an IPA Beer and a Cabernet Wine; or full bodied red, stout, or scotch.

WINESTYLES: Fruity; Nectar; or Bold
BEERSTYLES: Dark and Roasty; Fruity and Spicy; or Hoppy and Bitter

Maytag Family

Photo by Maytag Diary Farms: Maytag Family

ABOUT MAYTAG DIARY FARMS:

In 1919 E.H. Maytag, the son of Maytag Appliance company founder F.L. Maytag, purchased a single Holstein cow to provide fresh clean milk to his children. E.H. quickly developed a passion and determination to breed champion Holstein-Friesian cows that could supply milk to the community while also winning blue ribbon upon blue ribbon at livestock shows across the United States.

Cave Wheels

Photo by Maytag Diary Farm: Cave Wheels

Upon E.H.’s death in 1940, his sons Fred and Robert Maytag assumed leadership of the farms and Fred pursued his idea of creating a uniquely American blue cheese made from cow’s milk. Maytag Dairy Farms collaborated with Iowa State University to pioneer the first great American blue cheese that would compete with classic European cheeses such as Roquefort, made from sheep’s milk. The cheese plant and caves were completed a year later, and the first wheels of Maytag Blue Cheese were formed in October of 1941. Fred’s son Fritz Maytag assumed leadership in 1962 and helped guide the small family company for the next 50 years. In 2003, Fritz was awarded the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional, and in 2008 won the Beard Foundation Award for Lifetime Achievement. Fritz now serves as Chairman Emeritus and a director with his brother, Ken Maytag, and their sister, Martha Maytag Peterson.

Today, Seventy nine-years after the first wheels of Maytag Blue Cheese were made, the family tradition continues. Each wheel is handcrafted on the family farm in the rolling hills of central Iowa. Maytag Dairy Farm is still owned and operated by the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of E.H. Maytag. His legacy is the pleasure and joy taken from good food shared with people you cherish.


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