Iowa beer distro news

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

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  1. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Love Child has been $8.99 the last two years in the Twin Cities. Not sure why, but I'm guessing distributor pricing error and everyone reaps the benefit.
     
  2. HawkeyeNation

    HawkeyeNation Jun 18, 2013 Iowa
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    Damn! Lucky them.
     
  3. daledeee

    daledeee Nov 11, 2002 Iowa

    I see Double Trouble is in some states? When does it come to Iowa?
     
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  4. jamal32

    jamal32 Jul 31, 2008 Iowa
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    Mirror Mirror is going on tap in Okoboji this Saturday!
     
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  5. jkwikkel

    jkwikkel Mar 18, 2008 Iowa

    Doll rep wants to sell me to replace my Saga handle with something from Schlafly. Oddly, I've never had any of their beers. Any suggestions, or do I tell him that I'm keeping my Saga?
     
  6. SaulTBauls

    SaulTBauls Mar 22, 2013 Iowa
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    Depends how much Saga you sell. People like new products. Hype up the Schlafly, put it on for a keg, see how it does and act accordingly. They're both relatively inexpensive kegs.
     
  7. jkwikkel

    jkwikkel Mar 18, 2008 Iowa

    3-4 (1/6 bbl) kegs/week, but for comparison, that's faster than we sell Bud Light.
     
  8. ElJosharino

    ElJosharino May 3, 2013 Nebraska
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    Well that makes it easy. Take off Bud Light and put on Schlafly.
     
  9. SaulTBauls

    SaulTBauls Mar 22, 2013 Iowa
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    Yeah, that's moving through some Saga! I say keep er on!

    Anyone have ideas as to what Bait Shop is putting on? Whole lotta teasing going on on Facebook.
     
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  10. bismarksays

    bismarksays Dec 7, 2008 Iowa

    In the Waterloo market, Schlafly has nothing that would rival Saga in terms of appeal or sales (other than pumpkin during fall).
     
  11. iabeerbaron

    iabeerbaron Dec 1, 2011 Iowa

    I think Saga's terrific and I do enjoy Schlafly offerings. If Saga is selling well, the only Schlafly I would replace it with would be American IPA
    I wish Schlafly's American IPA was a year round offering as that would be what I would suggest, or the Taz, but as far as one that could take over for Saga, I would say hold off.
     
  12. SudsSavant

    SudsSavant Jan 9, 2007 Minnesota
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    Shhh! If the rest of the Minnesotans get wind of this blasphemy talk of removing Saga this thread will be railroaded any day.
     
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  13. ToddSoonerFan

    ToddSoonerFan Aug 23, 2013 Iowa

    I thought the Schlafly APA was ok at best. IMO, keep the Saga.
     
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  14. DollCraftEric

    DollCraftEric May 10, 2013 Iowa

    Care to share the name of your establishment? You can direct message me if you don't want to make it public.
     
    #1614 DollCraftEric, Jun 12, 2014
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  15. iabeerbaron

    iabeerbaron Dec 1, 2011 Iowa

    Agreed, the dry hopped APA is decent, the A IPA is much better.
     
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  16. squashington

    squashington May 22, 2013 Iowa

    Why are you buying 1/6 barrels if you're turning 3-4 a week?
     
  17. bismarksays

    bismarksays Dec 7, 2008 Iowa

    Good call on the Taz
     
  18. jkwikkel

    jkwikkel Mar 18, 2008 Iowa

    Thank you, but I don't think that's necessary. I believe that the owner may have expressed interest in another beer, and that's where the suggestions began.
     
  19. HawkeyePA

    HawkeyePA Jan 7, 2014 Iowa
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    As mentioned before, Love Child No. 4 now at Fleur and Prairie Trail Hy Vee. I'm sure others as well.
     
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  20. jruno

    jruno Apr 1, 2014 Iowa
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    Just picked up Love Child 4 and Royal 41 at Happys in Cedar Falls. Love Child was $19.99, is that a bit more expensive than elsewhere?
     
  21. dragonaut

    dragonaut May 29, 2005 Iowa
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    I've seen it for as little as $16-17 in Des Moines last year, but paid $18.99 at Prairie Trail last night.

    Iowa Beverage recieved the FFF/New Belgium Grätzer in their warehouse today, starts delivering to DSM metro accounts next week.
     
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  22. BenJames

    BenJames Mar 3, 2012 Illinois
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    Has anyone seen any love child in the quad cities yet?
     
  23. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Rush River Brewing is coming to Iowa soon, via Abu Nawas distribution. Cool to see Abu Nawas land a regional brewery that is outside of their normal Shelton Brothers, Artisanal Imports, Tweleve Percent portfolios.
     
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  24. HawkeyeNation

    HawkeyeNation Jun 18, 2013 Iowa
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    That's cool and all, but looking at the reviews on this site it doesn't look to be anything outstanding that I should be excited about. Is there something I'm missing?
     
  25. dragonaut

    dragonaut May 29, 2005 Iowa
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    He has Adnams, too. Cool to see him going after British beer, though I'll stick with my Bitter Brewer for now.
     
  26. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Never had a Rush River beer before, so I won't comment on that. I was simply stating that I think it's cool to see Abu Nawas (a very small, but solid distributor) starting to branch out to land a regional brewery deal. It's basically a one man show, but Frederique works his tail off. Just hope that he stays with trying to land quality brewery deals, not just quantity. Up to this point though, he's bringing in some of the best beers Iowa gets.
     
  27. HawkeyeNation

    HawkeyeNation Jun 18, 2013 Iowa
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    Oh I agree with you fully on some of the best beers we get. I had just never heard of them today and after reading reviews, I'll probably never try them. There's just too much beer out there sometimes! Now if we can just get more Bomb!...
     
  28. Herky21

    Herky21 Aug 7, 2011 Iowa
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    isn't Destihl sort of regional?
     
  29. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Yeah, definitely is (Illinois). I guess I didn't realize that Abu Nawas distro'd them too!
     
  30. ToddSoonerFan

    ToddSoonerFan Aug 23, 2013 Iowa

    Enjoying a Sucha Much IPA from Kalona Brewing . Found this at Ankeny Prairie Trail in the cooler instead of out in the display case. Hmmmmmmm. Very good beer. 6 pack cans!
     
  31. TGanyone

    TGanyone Jan 29, 2014 Iowa
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  32. Will_Edgar

    Will_Edgar Oct 23, 2013 Iowa
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    Sue headed out to IC/CR today, QC Friday and DSM Monday.
     
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  33. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Along with fresh Dorothy as well!
     
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  34. Will_Edgar

    Will_Edgar Oct 23, 2013 Iowa
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    Yes, thanks forgot to mention that!
     
  35. TheBeerBro

    TheBeerBro Sep 10, 2013 Iowa

    fwiw - I think both Schlafly AIPA and TIPA are better than Saga (TIPA being the best of the three). None of them are bad beers by any means. Schlafly's pumpkin ale in the Fall is one of the better "shelf beer" pumpkin beer offerings around.
     
  36. dragonaut

    dragonaut May 29, 2005 Iowa
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    Winter ESB and Irish-Style Extra Stout also very good. Schlafly has some pretty good seasonal sixers.
     
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  37. dragonaut

    dragonaut May 29, 2005 Iowa
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    Founder's truck hits Iowa Beverage warehouse tomorrow so we should see fresh All Day cans in the metro next week.

    Abu Nawas deliveries this week included more Gose Gone Wild and a bunch of new Mikkeller stuff: HUES, French Oak Series and Show Me Cuvee. Black Hole and Black, too, which has hung around at Cyclone for ages but hasn't been available elsewhere for a while.

    I know there's reviews, too, but any local BAs try any of these Mikeller lambic-style beers yet? Given the cost, I guess I'd rather just stick with Tilquin. I do dig the Keith Shore labels, though.
     
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  38. ToddSoonerFan

    ToddSoonerFan Aug 23, 2013 Iowa

    Any chance of Double Trouble included on that Founders delivery?
     
  39. BrettHead

    BrettHead Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    I would think so. It's in the warehouse here.
     
  40. redblacks75

    redblacks75 Oct 29, 2010 Iowa
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    When Abu Nawas starts delivering Gold Rush bottles, snatch those up. It's a collaboration cider from Oliver's & Virtue, and they are fermented with Lambic yeast, and then aged in oak barrels. Exceptional stuff, with a unique twist.
     
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