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Iowa beer distro news

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

  1. Will_Edgar

    Will_Edgar Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    Picked up some Hopslam tonight. First time having it, excellent DIPA!
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  2. Roudy1

    Roudy1 Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    I guess this is sort of an Iowa question...

    Where's the closest place to CR that I can pick up some Dirt Wolf and/or Hop Ranch? Is there anywhere in East Dubuque or East Moline that carries it?
  3. jjohnston884

    jjohnston884 Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    Didn't see it in east Dubuque last Sunday. They do carry victory though
  4. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    Fresh Sue is getting kegged today. Sounds like maybe bottled tomorrow and fresh bottles will hit distro next week. LOVE the recent uptick in Sue bottlings. I hope they can keep up on this production schedule from now on!
  5. HawkeyePA

    HawkeyePA Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    Also looks like TG is working on "tons" of SOSUS right now. Which would be wonderful.
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  6. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    Yes!! Hear we should be seeing a nice supply of bottles next month sometime. Fantastic news!!
  7. ToddSoonerFan

    ToddSoonerFan Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    On vaca next week. I might even chase the truck for the 1st time!
  8. falsenorth

    falsenorth Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    I don't think you are entirely accurate here. Either that or my attorney has got it wrong. Iowa Code § 123.130 makes it pretty clear that while an Iowa brewery can self distribute, if the brewery has a liquor control license (ie. is a brewpub with a full bar) it can only sell beer to be consumed on premise or to a distributor. This is because in Iowa a brewpub isn't considered a manufacturing facility with a full bar, but rather a retail establishment with the special permission to manufacture.
  9. mattafett

    mattafett Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    I believe you are correct, and is what Big Grove is working on (getting a distributor).
  10. 515BrewingDave

    515BrewingDave Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    That is the way it currently works. There is also some nuance regarding brewpubs and selling packaged beer to go. Basically the way it works is that any Class C or B licensee can actually sell package liquor or beer to go (though with liquor I believe it is limited to 2 bottles). They can, however, only sell package beer or liquor that has been acquired through a distributor/wholesaler, which is obvious for liquor under a class C, since the only way to get that for most restaurants is to buy it from the wholesaler (which in Iowa is exclusively the state), but this rule also applies for beer. Brewpubs may only sell beer in packages (kegs, cans, bottles, growlers, etc) that they have purchased from a distributor as well, since they cannot self-distribute. To sell growlers, kegs, cans, bottles, etc, they need to sell that beer to a distributor, and then buy it back from them at wholesale. This is a pretty painful situation (and, honestly, probably not followed religiously) for growlers in particular and it's something that we in the industry are hoping to get changed in the near future.

    Native Iowa breweries can possess a single class B beer permit, but that is it. So only one taproom, and they cannot (legally) serve anything other than beer. So no wine or liquor. They can, however, sell anything they want (either beer they produce themselves, beer they are a wholesaler for, or beer that they have bought from a wholesaler) in any package they want through their class B at retail.

    There are advantages and drawbacks to both routes from the business side of things.
  11. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    Dave doing some knowledge!
  12. HawkeyeNation

    HawkeyeNation Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    More PseudoSue headed to DSM today it looks like.
  13. ToddSoonerFan

    ToddSoonerFan Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    Picked up 6 bottles of Sue this afternoon. Nice job by Toppling Goliath!
  14. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    You pick those up all at the same store or hit multiple places? I know a few places that put 2 bottle limits on it, so just curious.
  15. HawkeyeNation

    HawkeyeNation Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    Looks like more headed to IC/CR, on Twitter they are saying 5 cases per store (for 11 of the accounts, anyway, not sure we have more than that in this market anyhow). Could this be the day they last overnight?
  16. ToddSoonerFan

    ToddSoonerFan Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    2 bottle limit at Ankeny hyvee #2 and valley west hyvee. 4 bottle limit at fleur hyvee. Gave 1 to the neighbor. Tasty stuff. Seems we are getting more beer runs from TG in DSM area. A very good thing!
  17. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    Central Waters will be here the last week in February. I have now gotten an update that along with the core lineup, some stores will also see the Brewers Reserves stuff (PM, BBBW and BBS) at rollout. If that holds true, I'm stoked!
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  18. CavemanBrau

    CavemanBrau Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    Eastern IA?
  19. Roudy1

    Roudy1 Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    Johncy's just posted a case of Hopslam.

    Can't wait for the Central Waters.
  20. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    Not certain, but Johnson Brothers will distribute, so I would assume so.
  21. je1129

    je1129 Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    I'm going to drink sooooo god damn much central waters bbbw.
  22. JediMatt

    JediMatt Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    Exciting news! Can't wait to try some more CW stuff!
  23. BrettHead

    BrettHead Member

    Location:
    Nebraska
    Yeah if it's J.Bros it should be everywhere. Even Council Bluffs! Doubt we see the BA stuff at kickoff though.
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  24. Roudy1

    Roudy1 Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    Has anybody bought the Shmaltz Brewing RIPA on Rye? Wondering if it's worth searching out.

    Bricks has another keg of Hopslam that they'll be tapping soon.
  25. BrettHead

    BrettHead Member

    Location:
    Nebraska
    Haven't had this year's but I've enjoyed it in the past.
  26. ToddSoonerFan

    ToddSoonerFan Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    Along the same line, have you had the Hop Manna? Passed by this a couple times. Wondering if it was any good.
  27. HawkeyeNation

    HawkeyeNation Member

    Location:
    Iowa
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  28. Pintofbrown

    Pintofbrown Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    It is worth the pickup, really good stuff with great barrel character.
  29. BrettHead

    BrettHead Member

    Location:
    Nebraska
    Not saying it is bad, but nothing special imo.
  30. Pintofbrown

    Pintofbrown Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    Seconded.
  31. ToddSoonerFan

    ToddSoonerFan Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    Message received!
  32. mattafett

    mattafett Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    Big Grove has a Lenny's on tap. Not sure of version. It was good.
  33. je1129

    je1129 Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    I like what big grove has done so far.
    P.S. I'm drinking BCBBW and abyss 12 at ribco if anyone is around the quad.
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  34. aubzachsyd

    aubzachsyd Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    I was hoping that CW would come to Iowa at some point. I just hope we can get the Brewers Reserve brews. Their barrel aged beers are exceptional.
  35. vidguy17

    vidguy17 Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    Half priced craft on Wednesday nights at RIBCO is the hookup.
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  36. Ave

    Ave Member

    Location:
    Iowa
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  37. Roudy1

    Roudy1 Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    Are we getting the Stone Grapefruit Slam?
  38. DollCraftEric

    DollCraftEric Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    Yes. The truck with this on it left California today so possibly Friday.
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  39. iabeerbaron

    iabeerbaron Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    Will that just be in central iowa or eastern iowa as well?
  40. DollCraftEric

    DollCraftEric Member

    Location:
    Iowa
    I can only speak for Doll Distributings area. I believe the Stone distributor(s) that handle Eastern Iowa are Fahr and Fleck. They would know better than I about that side of the state.

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