The last few weeks have been incredibly stressful at work, but I was lucky to have a little time on the weekends to spend some time at two of my favorite breweries. 515 in Des Moines and Pulpit Rock in Decorah are straight killing it. The small but mighty breweries are kicking out some fantastic beers made even more enjoyable by the awesome people that brew them and work there.
|Scottie and Whitney keeping everyone hydrated!|
I'll start first with Pulpit Rock and their first ever bottle release. Pudgy, an Imperial Stout aged with vanilla beans. They had just 400 bottles of liquid goodness for sale on a cold Iowa morning, the day after a snow/ice storm, and the craft beer community still showed up to sample some incredible beer. 1 bottle of Pudgy may not be be enough so luckily the guys at PR (Pulpit Rock) out did themselves with the on tap line up. A few of the standouts, Stink Juice (Double IPA,) Pillow Talk (fruit beer,) and Sticker Shock (Imperial Stout.)
Check out their Facebook page for more of these great photos from the release courtesy of Erik Dutcher. And don't just check them out online, if you haven't been there, make a point to go, you will not be disappointed.
Bob, Justin, and Mike are the brewers at Pulpit Rock. They are talented, creative, funny, kind, and just plain good people. This brings me back to a theme from a previous entry when I met with Austin from Single Speed Brewery. Good people make good beer. Much like Austin, these 3 are some of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. They love what they do, and really enjoy great beer. Don't be afraid to say hello, or bring something special to share with them. Also, bring some growlers to fill, or buy their crowlers when available, because you are going to want to take their beer with you. Trust me.
You can get their Milk Stout, Brown Ale, Doppelbock, and many other great beers, but I tend to be drawn towards their hoppy selection. That is because Barb makes some of the best Pale ales and IPA's around.
Not to be outdone by the guys at Single Speed or Pulpit Rock, Barb, from 515 is again, not only a very talented brewer, but an exceptionally good person. After chatting over Twitter with her, I was finally able to meet her on this visit. Again the brewing passion is evident as is her kindness. She let me try some of Unholy Trinity, an IPA brewed in collaboration with Alluvial and Pulpit Rock, straight from the brite tank. The beer wasn't for sale yet, or even kegged, but she knew I was interested in trying it and wouldn't be around Des Moines when it hit the tap room. That is above and beyond what anyone should expect from any brewer or brewery. Yet it is just another example of what makes places like 515 so great! http://www.515brewing.com/
|515 IPA Flight|
If you like to know the people that make your beer, follow them on Twitter (Mike and Barb are very entertaining #SexyRespirator.)
@PRBC_Bob (fun game, finish a growler every time Bob tweets!)
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