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Iowa beer distro news

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

  1. Roudy1

    Roudy1 Savant (270) Iowa Sep 29, 2012

    Hell ya! I'm heading over for the MLIW show too. And Zombie Burger afterwards. It's going to be a great night.
     
  2. CowsandBeer

    CowsandBeer Savant (365) Kansas Sep 24, 2012

    Oh score! Were you at the "last show" in Marshalltown?
     
  3. CowsandBeer

    CowsandBeer Savant (365) Kansas Sep 24, 2012

    Thanks for the info! I'm going to try and track down some Crooked Stave while there as well. I've heard nothing but good things.
     
  4. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (615) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    All 4 of Crooked Stave's regular lineup beers are available at Ankeny HyVee as well.
     
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  5. BrettHead

    BrettHead Advocate (535) Nebraska Sep 18, 2010

    You don't live in Omaha at least some of the time CowsandBeer (I know your state always says KS, but seems like you are in Omaha often from some posts)?

    Anyways, plenty of Crooked Stave and Prairie bottles in Council Bluffs is why I ask.

    Don't know if it is still on, but last Tuesday El Bait Shop tapped Prairie Bomb.
     
  6. CowsandBeer

    CowsandBeer Savant (365) Kansas Sep 24, 2012

    Yeah, I'm kinda up there like once a month. For some reason I assumed Council Bluffs wouldn't get that stuff. But now that I know, I'm for sure going to check it out. Thanks man.
     
  7. Rob-P

    Rob-P Aficionado (125) Iowa Feb 29, 2012

    Check with Hy Vee on Fleur (very close to airport) as well as they generally have Prairie and Crooked Stave offerings...and could be on the way downtown if you're coming in from the south.
     
  8. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (615) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    Des Moines is not getting Sue and Sosus bottles until "next week." No specific date yet. Murph is currently busy with deliveries to all of his other Iowa accounts. It's coming though!

    Bell's Expedition, Java Stout, Third Coast and Founders Breakfast are all hitting select Des Moines accounts today!
     
  9. HawkeyeNation

    HawkeyeNation Savant (320) Iowa Jun 18, 2013

    Hoping to pick up Sue and Sosus today. Still waiting for FBS.
     
  10. CowsandBeer

    CowsandBeer Savant (365) Kansas Sep 24, 2012

    Thanks!
    So in this thread's opinion, which is the best store to hit up in Des Moines?
    I'm for sure going to hit up El Bait Shop and Zombie Burger. El Bait Shop's current tap list is unreal.
     
  11. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (615) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    For bottle shops, you really can't go wrong with Ankeny #2 HyVee, Pleasant Hill HyVee or Fleur HyVee. All 3 have pretty similar selections and are hands and feet above any other shops in town. If I currently had to choose one shop to hit, it would be Ankeny#2 for sure.

    For draft options, El Bait is a must hit for sure (usually 100+ taps and solid fod). Keg Stand is also great (killer wings too), Zombie Burger (great burger and a small, but impressive tap list) and Univeristy Library Cafe (again, small, but awesome tap list).
     
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  12. pepsican

    pepsican Savant (315) Iowa Nov 5, 2007

    FBS should be tomorrow, in the Iowa City area at least.
     
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  13. CavemanBrau

    CavemanBrau Aficionado (155) Iowa Apr 5, 2013

    Sosus and PseudoSue in IC. I've claimed some of the beasts.
     
  14. dckepley

    dckepley Savant (365) Iowa Aug 13, 2006

    Wow, the new Ankeny HyVee does have a great beer selection! That will save me from having to make trips to John's in Iowa City. They are getting things that I can't even get at Cyclone in Ames. What a promising sight to see for a grocery store selection.
     
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  15. pepsican

    pepsican Savant (315) Iowa Nov 5, 2007

    Toppling Goliath gone from our shelves at John's Grocery already. No surprise. I rarely buy special releases at the store but I had to get a Sosus. Loved it last time.
     
  16. huskermike12

    huskermike12 Savant (450) Iowa Nov 14, 2011

    I thought with a limit of one everywhere they would be around for a few hours, but that certainly wasn't the case. Everyone seems to have sold out in minutes not hours.
     
  17. Roudy1

    Roudy1 Savant (270) Iowa Sep 29, 2012

    Grabbed one of each. I really didn't feel like driving all over to grab multiples. Sosus is a great beer though.
     
  18. printer1

    printer1 Aficionado (235) Iowa Aug 29, 2005

    Hy Vee on 42nd and University in Des Moines had some Crooked Stave as of yesterday.
     
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  19. CavemanBrau

    CavemanBrau Aficionado (155) Iowa Apr 5, 2013

    Sosus is even better than I remembered, such a great beer. Got a few of each and very glad. Both Hy-vee locations that got it were sold out within an hour. Crazy
     
  20. bossfan23

    bossfan23 Aficionado (125) Iowa Mar 26, 2012

    Waterloo/Cedar Falls never got a shipment of Sosus last time it was bottled. We have yet to get it this time either. And I'm not seeing a delivery mentioned. We usually get our stuff on the same shipment as Des Moines from TG, even though DSM is twice as far away from Decorah as CF. Makes no sense to me why they never hit here on their Cedar Rapids and Iowa City runs, which are on the same side of the state as Cedar Falls.

    Glad to see Madison got their alotment though. And it sounds like Hudson is getting it before us too. It just sucks as a long time TG supporter. Waterloo/CF was one of the first big markets they were in, and we have them on tap at several places around town. But when they bottle, we always get passed over. Even though its only an hour and a half away from Decorah. No offense to you outta staters, but you have NG and Surly. I wish TG would satisfy their Iowa accounts before going out of state.
     
  21. HawkeyeNation

    HawkeyeNation Savant (320) Iowa Jun 18, 2013

    Has anyone seen FBS out yet today?
     
  22. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (615) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    More good beer distro news for our fine state. Iowa will be getting the next Stone Enjoy By IPA release 11.12.13. It is being bottled on 10.9, so if we are lucky, it will be on shelves early the week of 10.14. Stoked! http://www.stonebrewing.com/enjoyby/#
     
  23. BrettHead

    BrettHead Advocate (535) Nebraska Sep 18, 2010

    Damn you beat me to it BottleCaps80 :)

    I think it might actually drop the 11th or so if we are lucky. ETA is listed as 10/09

    edit: Nevermind, 35 days subtracted from 11.12.13 is 10.09.13. Page confused me with the Status and ETA :)
     
  24. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (615) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    Actually...my bad, I see it is being bottled today (10.4) and the ETA for it to hit shelves is 10.9 (next Wednesday). Sweet!
     
  25. BrettHead

    BrettHead Advocate (535) Nebraska Sep 18, 2010

    Hmm. Now I am really confused. Oh well, more Enjoy By! That's the important part.
     
  26. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (615) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    Some great stuff hit shelves yesterday/today in Des Moines!

    [​IMG]
     
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  27. BrettHead

    BrettHead Advocate (535) Nebraska Sep 18, 2010

    I knew I shouldn't have ordered that Bitter Monk from Cali... I get too impatient lol.
     
  28. printer1

    printer1 Aficionado (235) Iowa Aug 29, 2005

    Happy we get some stuff on tap, but agree, no love for Des Moines on the bottles.
     
  29. mattafett

    mattafett Savant (465) Iowa Mar 9, 2009

    Not the case at all. I bought 6 of each at Hy-Vee.
     
  30. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (615) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    Whoa, whoa, whoa.... Des Moines has gotten bottles of every TG release that has gotten distro other than the last bottling of Sosus. Do we usually get it a few days later than other markets...Yes, but that seems to be logistics. Be patient, bottle are coming to Des Moines. As a matter of fact, I hear they'll be here early next week.
     
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  31. printer1

    printer1 Aficionado (235) Iowa Aug 29, 2005

    Where do I have to be? At what time? Who do I need to kill to get them? I know the game. Sadly, I'm not connected to the 1 or 2 stores that will get them. I do pretty well with the special releases, but I wasn't aware Sosus has ever made Des Moines. Sorry, frustration setting in. I will emphasize my appreciation for what I can find on tap.
     
  32. BrettHead

    BrettHead Advocate (535) Nebraska Sep 18, 2010

    Sosus didn't make it the first and only time (until now) it was bottled.

    It is a 7 hour round trip from Decorah after all and that release must not have coincided with them needing to take kegs to Central IA. :)
     
  33. huskermike12

    huskermike12 Savant (450) Iowa Nov 14, 2011

    Well, I guess that explains why it sold out so fast. Everywhere I saw that posted on Facebook said one bottle limits.
     
  34. ToddSoonerFan

    ToddSoonerFan Aficionado (235) Iowa Aug 23, 2013

    Ankeny hyvee 2 got 5 cases of FBS in. 2 cases already sold.
     
  35. TgBC

    TgBC Aficionado (220) Iowa Aug 28, 2011

    Sosus and Sue will be hitting Des Moines early-mid next week. Sosus will hit a few locations, but it's more limited than the Sue since we bottled Sue twice this week. If you keep an eye on Facebook for the day of delivery and locations, it should be possible to pick up some bottles.

    -Mike
     
  36. bossfan23

    bossfan23 Aficionado (125) Iowa Mar 26, 2012


    Will Sosus be hitting Cedar Falls on that same delivery?
     
  37. CavemanBrau

    CavemanBrau Aficionado (155) Iowa Apr 5, 2013

    Found a bottle of Black Butte XXV last night at Waterfront Hyvee in IC. Quite a nice surprise.
     
  38. HawkeyeNation

    HawkeyeNation Savant (320) Iowa Jun 18, 2013

    Got FBS and Le Terroir yesterday at Oakland Rd Hyvee. Might need some more FBS...
     
  39. SaulTBauls

    SaulTBauls Aficionado (235) Iowa Mar 22, 2013


    I've always felt like those two companies do it right. Satisfy your in state demand before branching out on other ventures. I can understand TG's reasons financially and also for wanting to get their name out to more places, but I'm not sure releasing bottles once every few months and kegs to select bars in select markets is going to accomplish that. But hey, what do I know, I don't run a brewery, I just drink the stuff.
     
  40. mattafett

    mattafett Savant (465) Iowa Mar 9, 2009


    I think a lot of it has to do with Clark being a master of conducting the Hype Train. They are building a brand with very little product, and creating demand by exploiting it's lack of availability. The problem is, the beer is not as good as the hype suggests. They have some winners - Sosus, MD, Millenium Falcon. They have some losers too - Golden Nugget, Zeelander. As long as the train keeps rolling, they will continue to win.
     
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