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Iowa beer distro news

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

  1. Roudy1

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    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?
     
  2. jjohnston884

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    Didn't see it in east Dubuque last Sunday. They do carry victory though
     
  3. BottleCaps80

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    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!
     
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    Also looks like TG is working on "tons" of SOSUS right now. Which would be wonderful.
     
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    Yes!! Hear we should be seeing a nice supply of bottles next month sometime. Fantastic news!!
     
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    On vaca next week. I might even chase the truck for the 1st time!
     
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    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.
     
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    I believe you are correct, and is what Big Grove is working on (getting a distributor).
     
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    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.
     
  10. BottleCaps80

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    Dave doing some knowledge!
     
  11. HawkeyeNation

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    More PseudoSue headed to DSM today it looks like.
     
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    Picked up 6 bottles of Sue this afternoon. Nice job by Toppling Goliath!
     
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    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.
     
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    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?
     
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    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!
     
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    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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    Eastern IA?
     
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    Johncy's just posted a case of Hopslam.

    Can't wait for the Central Waters.
     
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    Not certain, but Johnson Brothers will distribute, so I would assume so.
     
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    I'm going to drink sooooo god damn much central waters bbbw.
     
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    Exciting news! Can't wait to try some more CW stuff!
     
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    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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    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.
     
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    Haven't had this year's but I've enjoyed it in the past.
     
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    Along the same line, have you had the Hop Manna? Passed by this a couple times. Wondering if it was any good.
     
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    It is worth the pickup, really good stuff with great barrel character.
     
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    Not saying it is bad, but nothing special imo.
     
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    Seconded.
     
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    Message received!
     
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    Big Grove has a Lenny's on tap. Not sure of version. It was good.
     
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    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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    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.
     
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    Half priced craft on Wednesday nights at RIBCO is the hookup.
     
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    Are we getting the Stone Grapefruit Slam?
     
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    Yes. The truck with this on it left California today so possibly Friday.
     
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    Will that just be in central iowa or eastern iowa as well?
     
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    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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    Draft accounts?
     
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