Saturday, April 12, 2014
Not shown is my Hoodang Fresh Hop IPA. If you read my last entry, you know I used 4 pounds of home grown nugget hops to brew this. It was a lot of fun to make, and has turned out to be quite tasty. The first 2 months or so there was a lot of "green" flavor to it, almost vegetable like from all the fresh hops, now that flavor has dissipated, and it has turned into a really good IPA. It will be a perfect spring/summer beer for me to enjoy.
http://www.deschutesbrewery.com// If you haven't tried their beers yet, you need to. One of their latest beer I've tried is their Fresh Squeezed IPA. This is truly a thing of beauty if you like hops. I can't tell you how glad I am that they're available in Iowa now.
A few months ago, I went to Beers to You in Waterloo with my 2 brother in-laws and father in-law. The night was a bit of a blur, but there definitely were a few stand out beers of the night. Keeping with IPA's was Annabelle's IPA from Galena Brewing. http://www.galenabrewery.com/ So far this is the only beer I've had from them, but it was fantastic. I thought it was similar to Schlafly's Tasmanian IPA. I will absolutely be trying more of their brews in the future.
Another big hit from that night was Jobu from Capital Brewing. http://www.capital-brewery.com/Default.aspx This 8% abv brown ale aged in rum barrels was my favorite beer of the night, and I can't wait to get my hands on some more.
A local favorite for me was SingleSpeed Brewery. http://www.singlespeedbrewing.com/ I'm never dissappointed having one of their brews, and they brought 2 fantastic beers to the event. Brewed X 2 and IPA Blanco. I couldn't tell you which one was better, because they were both fantastic.
We are lucky to have a booming craft beer industry here in Iowa with greats like SingleSpeed, Toppling Golliath, Court Avenue, Millstream, and now gold medal winning (from GABF) Peace Tree Brewing. http://www.peacetreebrewing.com/landing.php?return=/&x=-1 Next time you're in Iowa take a look around, and I bet you can find a great, locally brewed beer near you.