UPCOMING — DON’T MISS OUT!
Saturday, 8/24 — SQUINTIBUS. Starts at 6pm but GET HERE EARLY…
Don’t come cry’n if you miss out! Seriously.
IOWA CRAFT BEER REPORT
YES, we’re back from our trip biking across the state of Iowa! We survived with tales to tell. The people of Iowa are great, and so are their craft beers!
Here are our reports…
We got lucky that it wasn’t too hot this year… but even so, after biking miles in the summer heat — trust me, you are ready to chill out with a beer or two! Each day along the RAGBRAI route there was an undisclosed “pop-up” party thrown by Backpocket Brewery. What a treat to turn a corner and discover several hundred people enjoying beer and live music on someone’s sprawling farm.
My favorite from Backpocket was Jack Knife, a “GPA” — German IPA, made from a combination of German and American hops.
Backpocket was a favorite of our many in our “High 5!” cycling team in part because they gave a free pint to anyone who experienced a flat. And yes, there were a few…
(Side note: Team High 5 represented coast-to-coast [DC to San Francisco] but most of us were from Staunton. If you might like to join in next year get involved with the local group, Ride Staunton.)
My favorite day on the trip was our excursion to 515 Brewing in Des Moines (slogan: “Exceptional people drink exceptional beer” — we agree!)
My sister Annette and I took a detour from the official cycling route to see 515. We tried the Hippie Heifeweizen (named for the addition of hemp seed), Dubbel B (a Belgian) and my favorite, an IPA called Hopititus (and yes, I caught the fever).
We followed our beers with filling vegan chorizo from Tacopocalypse (on-site). Their logo is as good as their eats…(do you recognize the font?)
Watch for Brian’s new shirt from 515. It is blue and says: “Drink Local”.
It may feel like the start of Fall but we’re still on Summer hours (Noon ’til 10pm, Tuesday through Saturday).
Iowa has great beers, but there’s were a lot of non-Iowa brews to scope out. Two of my more memorable pours were:
Thunderhead Brewing Cornstalker dark wheat, from Nebraska. True to its name, its brewed with corn grits in the mash. To my palate, it was a much richer, fuller version of Yeungling (which is also brewed with corn grits). Great label too…
Another memorable brew was the mysterious Hard Root Beer from Sprecher Brewing in Wisconsin. Yep, a boozy root beer. Definitely not for everyone – this would make a fine dessert beer – just add vanilla ice cream. You know we carry their sodas, but, unfortunately, we can’t get any of their fine beers here.
See ya soon!