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Iowa beer distro news

Discussion in 'US - Midwest' started by BottleCaps80, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (560) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    Since the "Iowa Rumors" got locked, I thought we could start a new thread to post confirmed or rumored Iowa distribution news and updates.

    I know it's been noted in other threads, but Crooked Stave has officially hit Iowa markets as of last week courtesy of Abu Nawas Beverage (who is killing it with bringing awesome beers to our state lately).
    http://www.crookedstave.com/

    More distro news is that Big Wood Brewery out of White Bear Lake, MN is now in Iowa. Big Wood Morning Stout and Bark Bite IPA are confirmed currently available in Des Moines. Johnson Brothers is handing distribution, so all markets in their footprint should eventually see this I'd think.
    http://www.bigwoodbrewery.com/
  2. mnstorm99

    mnstorm99 Advocate (535) Minnesota May 11, 2007

    My favorite brewery which is not distributed to me...so I am jealous of this. But, they are getting closer, fingers crossed. I assume the beers won't be easy to find though.
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  3. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (560) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    I'm thinking the 4 core beers in their lineup will be more common. No word on what/if we'll be seeing any of their beers outside of those as of yet.
  4. HawkeyeNation

    HawkeyeNation Aficionado (225) Iowa Jun 18, 2013

    Had a Hop Savant last night and man, was it worth it. Was a bit hesitant to buy more hoppy beer (a little hopped out from the summer) but this was very welcomed.
  5. redblacks75

    redblacks75 Savant (370) Iowa Oct 29, 2010


    From what I know, it will be just the four core beers. That's all NY is seeing, and all of the other places that are now getting distro.
    BottleCaps80 likes this.
  6. Ri0

    Ri0 Champion (925) Wisconsin Jul 1, 2012

    I take it Crooked Stave beer is pricey?
  7. HawkeyeNation

    HawkeyeNation Aficionado (225) Iowa Jun 18, 2013

    Yes. $7.99 and $9.99 per 12oz bottle. Haven't tried the Surette yet but Hop Savant was worth the $8 (though of course I'd prefer to pay a little less!). Local draft house posted their bottles on FB and can only imagine what they're selling those for!
  8. HawkeyeNation

    HawkeyeNation Aficionado (225) Iowa Jun 18, 2013

    Anyone know when we will get this years batch of FBS?
  9. DollCraftTrav

    DollCraftTrav Aficionado (110) Iowa Aug 14, 2012

    I like the new thread
  10. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (560) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    Hope to see you post any Doll Craft distro news you have in here, Travis! BTW...wassup, man....it's Nick from Twitter, etc. :)
  11. bossfan23

    bossfan23 Aficionado (120) Iowa Mar 26, 2012

    Any news on Dogfish Head heading back to Iowa? IA Beer Baron had a post last year saying there was a chance by the end of 2013. Haven't heard anything since besides them entering Wisconsin and Indiana again.
  12. DollCraftTrav

    DollCraftTrav Aficionado (110) Iowa Aug 14, 2012

    As I am sure you all know, I can post anything until pen is put to paper, but...sitting on some awesome info
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  13. DollCraftTrav

    DollCraftTrav Aficionado (110) Iowa Aug 14, 2012

  14. dckepley

    dckepley Savant (310) Iowa Aug 13, 2006

    Oskar Blues? Lagunitas? Any updates?
  15. bossfan23

    bossfan23 Aficionado (120) Iowa Mar 26, 2012

    Is this related to my DFH post?
  16. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (560) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    My guess (really, my wish): distribution deal with TG for Central Iowa after they are fully up and running with their new brewhouse/bottling line and turning out bottles on a consistent basis. Hopefully in the next few months.
  17. chadillac3

    chadillac3 Zealot (75) Iowa Dec 5, 2012

    I certainly wouldn't complain if Odells was coming to Iowa...fresh Myrcenary all the time would rock.
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  18. HawkeyeNation

    HawkeyeNation Aficionado (225) Iowa Jun 18, 2013

    Saw Big Wood at Johncy's last night so it should be in the Iowa City area.
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  19. chadillac3

    chadillac3 Zealot (75) Iowa Dec 5, 2012

    Black Butte 25 released in Cedar Rapids today...HyVee Oakland Road got 5 cases.
  20. HawkeyeNation

    HawkeyeNation Aficionado (225) Iowa Jun 18, 2013

    $14.99 per if anyone is interested ^^

    I may pick one up. Really hoping Take the Black Stout gets here soon though and also BBQ.
  21. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (560) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    Hope that also means DSM will also be getting bottles soon!
  22. chadillac3

    chadillac3 Zealot (75) Iowa Dec 5, 2012

    Nah, CR hogged 'em all. ;) They also had the Imperial Smoked Porter from Deschutes....which I swear was 1/2 the price over in Illinois a few months ago. Got one for a buddy here in IA and he was not a big fan. I'm not a big smoked porter guy to begin with.
  23. HawkeyeNation

    HawkeyeNation Aficionado (225) Iowa Jun 18, 2013

    I think the only reason the Oakland Rd Hyvee got Black Butte XXV is because they had an event last night where a Deschutes rep was there. I doubt anywhere else in CR has any.
  24. chadillac3

    chadillac3 Zealot (75) Iowa Dec 5, 2012

    Very true, although Brian did mention they got "more" because of the rep being there. He didn't mention anything about it being early...although I have yet to see anything on Benz' FB page.
  25. Herky21

    Herky21 Advocate (585) Iowa Aug 7, 2011


    Guess I went out of my way to buy one in Minneapolis a couple months ago for no reason.
  26. dckepley

    dckepley Savant (310) Iowa Aug 13, 2006

    Big Wood is in Ames...Coffee Stout, Pale Ale, IPA, DIPA...$9.49/4-pack.
  27. Herky21

    Herky21 Advocate (585) Iowa Aug 7, 2011


    The Coffee Stout is really good, a little thin in body. I'd suggest picking it up. I'm excited to try the IPA - supposedly "too" bitter.
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  28. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (560) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    Per a tweet from TG, it sounds like Sosus could be getting bottled as early as next week if everything "goes as planned." With the arrival of their new brewhouse, it sounds like they will be ramping up production/bottling soon, which is great news for Midwest beer lovers!
    pkassel, HawkeyeNation and BrettHead like this.
  29. HawkeyeNation

    HawkeyeNation Aficionado (225) Iowa Jun 18, 2013

    Just read that on facebook. Pretty pumped.
  30. Herky21

    Herky21 Advocate (585) Iowa Aug 7, 2011


    and according to Kegstand's twitter you can now get TG Golden Nugget there!
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  31. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (560) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    Yep. First location in West Des Moines to carry TG on tap. Great news for metro area beer lovers!
  32. SaulTBauls

    SaulTBauls Aficionado (210) Iowa Mar 22, 2013

    El Bait Shop has Bomb on tap, to go along with the Templeton Rye Barrel Aged Stone IRS.
  33. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (560) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    Confluence Brewing also tapped their Oatmeal Stout that had been aged in Cedar Ridge Bourbon Barrels tonight.
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  34. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (560) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    Founders All Day IPA cans, Tallgrass Zombie Monkie Robust Porter and Deschutes Black Butte XXV have hit Des Moines: currently available at select metro HyVee locations (Ankeny#2 and Fluer to be exact).

    Ankney HyVee#2 also currently has a very nice selection of Omnipollo, Mikkeller, Evil Twin and other imports not available anywhere else in DSM.
  35. jjohnston884

    jjohnston884 Aficionado (180) Iowa Feb 22, 2007

    a handful of south Hampton beers were at a hy vee in cedar rapids today
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  36. dckepley

    dckepley Savant (310) Iowa Aug 13, 2006

    Southampton is in Ames. I wonder what the chances are that we'll get their special releases too?
  37. Roudy1

    Roudy1 Savant (260) Iowa Sep 29, 2012

    When is Boulevard's BBQ supposed to hit?
  38. Herky21

    Herky21 Advocate (585) Iowa Aug 7, 2011

    It already hit KC. Should be in Iowa any day now.
  39. CowsandBeer

    CowsandBeer Savant (355) Kansas Sep 24, 2012

    Hey guys, I'm going to Des Moines for the Modern Life is War show this weekend and am wondering where, if anywhere, I could pick up some Fantome and Prairie Artisan Ales bottles? Also, there's a place in town that has Topping Goliath on tap?
    Do these places exist or am I just dreaming?
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  40. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (560) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    I know for a fact that the new Ankeny HyVee has plenty of Prairie 'Merica, Funky Galaxy and Puncheon bottles currently. Also, should hopefully be getting Sue bottles later this week too. TG Brews are currently on tap at El Bait Shop, University Library Cafe, The Keg Stand and maybe Zombie Burger too.

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