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Iowa beer distro news

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

  1. Herky21

    Herky21 Advocate (595) Iowa Aug 7, 2011

    Is there any word on King Sue in DSM? I'm seeing kegs of it popping up in the Iowa City Market, but haven't heard a thing about it here. Really wanted to try this.
     
  2. mattafett

    mattafett Savant (465) Iowa Mar 9, 2009

    True, but for me, I won't waste time or money on a beer that history tells me is probably bad. We get too much stuff that is consistently good. I'd rather spend on that.
     
  3. pepsican

    pepsican Savant (315) Iowa Nov 5, 2007

    Had some King Sue at shorts this afternoon. Appears to be on at reds as well. Good stuff.
     
  4. CavemanBrau

    CavemanBrau Aficionado (155) Iowa Apr 5, 2013

    Good for you. I had never heard of a history of PM being infected, and I'm sure I'm not the only one (maybe the only one with a BA account). I've drank one of my 4, and thought it tasted nice. We shall see what the other 3 hold. Plus, there aren't many bourbon aged coffee stouts on shelves in IA at all times.
     
  5. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (615) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    I have heard only 4 bars in Iowa got a keg, outside the taproom. Rumor is that El Bait is one of those, but if they have one, they haven't tapped it or officially said anything about it.
     
  6. Spinaltapped

    Spinaltapped Aficionado (195) Iowa Oct 24, 2013

    Shorts, Blackstone, and Sanctuary and that's just Iowa City.
     
  7. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (615) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    Billie Jo's in Algona of all places got a keg too. I only know this because my Dad lives there. He said the owner of Billie Jo's went to Decorah and got his keg and apparently they told him only 4 bars for kegs. Maybe it was those 3 in IA and El Bait in DSM (and he didn't count his bar)? Maybe he was wrong too?
     
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  8. huskermike12

    huskermike12 Savant (450) Iowa Nov 14, 2011

    Reds had it on tap too, and it was very good.
     
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  9. huskermike12

    huskermike12 Savant (450) Iowa Nov 14, 2011

    On another note, I just opened a Sosus and it was totally flat. No bubbles, no head, nothing. Bummed because I love the Mosaic hops. Anyone else have this happen or did I just get unlucky with this bottle?
     
  10. Pintofbrown

    Pintofbrown Advocate (540) Iowa Jun 25, 2011

    I had a bottle at the tap room and it was fine. Well, "enlightening" or "delicious" may be more apt words, but yeah, the beer was carbonated.
     
  11. jjohnston884

    jjohnston884 Aficionado (180) Iowa Feb 22, 2007

    Parlor City in Cedar Rapids had King Sue on as of Friday night. Doubt there is any left, as they tapped it on last Wed.
     
  12. huskermike12

    huskermike12 Savant (450) Iowa Nov 14, 2011

    I actually opened another bottle tonight and it was carbonated. I've never had that happen before except for a Fred from the Wood a couple years back. The carbed bottle was great BTW.
     
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  13. Pintofbrown

    Pintofbrown Advocate (540) Iowa Jun 25, 2011

    Glad it worked out!
     
  14. Herky21

    Herky21 Advocate (595) Iowa Aug 7, 2011

    Had the same problem with a bottle of X hops Red.
     
  15. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (615) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    Boone Valley Brewing just bought a building across the street from their current brewery to expand their brewhouse to a new 20bbl system (with 40bbl fermentation capacity) and will go full production (both kegs and bottles) by April, according to a Facebook post this weekend. That's awesome.
     
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  16. Roudy1

    Roudy1 Savant (260) Iowa Sep 29, 2012

    Red's, Short's, Blackstone, Sanctuary, Parlor City are the ones that I know of around CR/IC. Parlor City's blew at some point yesterday.
     
  17. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (615) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    More Sue bottles headed to DSM on Wednesday.

    Fresh Squeezed IPA (sixers) and Stone Go To IPA this week too.
     
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  18. SaulTBauls

    SaulTBauls Aficionado (235) Iowa Mar 22, 2013

    el Bait will have the Go To on Wednesday when they are having a benefit for one of their employees. Sounds like they are going to have some pretty sweet raffle/auction things going on too.
     
  19. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (615) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    Was surfing the TTB website today and came across these. Looks like Peace Tree will be bottling their No Coast IPA. This is hands down the best beer I've ever had from them. It actually uses an American Ale yeast (instead of their house Belgian yeast strain, which I can't stand) and is freaking phenomenal. Only available last year on tap, so I can't wait for bottles!

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    It also looks like they are going to bottle a new black IPA called Indecision. Apparently it will be sold in bombers.

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  20. BrettHead

    BrettHead Advocate (535) Nebraska Sep 18, 2010

    Thank god they are going to bottle no coast
     
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  21. printer1

    printer1 Aficionado (235) Iowa Aug 29, 2005

    Can't wait to try No Coast. 3 of my favorite hops.
     
  22. jjohnston884

    jjohnston884 Aficionado (180) Iowa Feb 22, 2007

    Lion Bridge Brewing opens in Cedar Rapids tomorrow. Come grab a pint. I will be the guy with a beard, glasses, and some sort of beer shirt
     
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  23. CavemanBrau

    CavemanBrau Aficionado (155) Iowa Apr 5, 2013

    Just picked up Fresh Squeezed in a 6pk. Great day. Also, PseudoSue is finally a shelf turd:)
     
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  24. ToddSoonerFan

    ToddSoonerFan Aficionado (235) Iowa Aug 23, 2013

    Any idea what the ABV is on these two?
     
  25. Roudy1

    Roudy1 Savant (260) Iowa Sep 29, 2012

    Oh glorious day. Picked up a bottle of Sue tonight at 7. They had at least a case left. Sue is finally making it through the night!

    Hopefully going to be able to visit Lion Bridge sometime this week. I have a feeling the beers could actually be good.
     
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  26. BrettHead

    BrettHead Advocate (535) Nebraska Sep 18, 2010

    Oh that guy! I see you everywhere, lol. :D
     
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  27. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (615) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    Same!
    It was fantastic when I had it at el Bait Shop last year. Had multiple pints. Dry and citrusy from what I remember!
    No idea.
     
  28. Herky21

    Herky21 Advocate (595) Iowa Aug 7, 2011

  29. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (615) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    Peace Tree just replied to my tweet(s) from yesterday and said that No Coast is being bottled right now and will be available mid-March! Also, they said Indecision will be bottled shortly after, it will be in bombers and will be available sometime in April.

    Stoked!
     
  30. Roudy1

    Roudy1 Savant (260) Iowa Sep 29, 2012

    I saw Westbrook's Table Beer at Hy Vee. Looks like it hit a couple of weeks ago and according to Abu Nawas' Twitter we will be seeing more of their stuff. Gose please.

    Oskar Blues should be here this year too.
     
  31. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (615) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    I also saw the Westbrook Table Beer at Paririe Trail HyVee in Ankeny. I asked Blake if we'd be getting other Westbrook beers and he said he thought so, but wasn't sure what or when. Are they distributed with Shelton and/or 12% Imports?

    Oskar Blues sounds like a for sure bet for 2014, just not sure when. They just announced they are launching in Kansas soon. Missouri is supposed to be in 2014 too.
     
  32. Berg77

    Berg77 Aficionado (220) Iowa Nov 30, 2013

    Does anyone know what's the story with Schlafly's distribution in Iowa? I saw a tweet from one of the Iowa City Hy-Vee's yesterday that showed some Schlafly in stock there, but I have never seen it in DSM. Thought that was strange that they would distribute in eastern Iowa but not DSM? Too bad, as I've had a couple that were quite delicious!
     
  33. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (615) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    It's because they only have distribution deals with distributors out of Eastern Iowa for some reason. It's very strange and they have a strange footprint in a few other states as well. I really wish someone like Doll would pick them up, so we would get them in Central Iowa as well. See more here: http://schlafly.com/beers/distribution/

    Here is their current distro map.

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  34. SaulTBauls

    SaulTBauls Aficionado (235) Iowa Mar 22, 2013

    Is Backpocket still contracting Schlafly's beers? That could have something to do with it.
     
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  35. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Advocate (615) Iowa Jan 12, 2013

    As far as I'm aware, but I don't know why that would have anything to do with it?
     
  36. BrettHead

    BrettHead Advocate (535) Nebraska Sep 18, 2010

    I know some of their distro already falls outside this, but I know I read somewhere that they mainly want to be available in markets in a 300 mile radius around STL.
     
  37. Berg77

    Berg77 Aficionado (220) Iowa Nov 30, 2013

    Thanks, that at least explains it, although doesn't make much sense to me. Oh well, guess it gives me something to hunt for next time I'm over in Iowa City!
     
  38. SaulTBauls

    SaulTBauls Aficionado (235) Iowa Mar 22, 2013

    It shouldn't have anything to do with it, but I'm guessing they just use eastern Iowa's distributors and keep the product around there instead of distributing it throughout the state. It should be easy, but I'm sure there is some dumb reason why it doesn't happen.
     
  39. BeersAndBears

    BeersAndBears Savant (395) Nebraska Dec 30, 2012

    Does anyone know what abv % this round of Sue is clocking in at?
     
  40. printer1

    printer1 Aficionado (235) Iowa Aug 29, 2005

    Bottles I just picked up say 6.0
     

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