Thanksgiving Style Pairings, Updated Beer Army Perks, and New Releases/Events around the state.
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Thanksgiving Beer Style Pairings


Check out our handy (but definitely not exhaustive) list of beer style pairings with some common and not so common Thanksgiving dishes.

Thanksgiving can be a stressful time with family coming over, the weather getting colder, and the general busy-ness of the season. Don't stress over your beer choices for Thanksgiving (or any holiday get-together), here are some great go to pairings for your Iowa Brewers Guild staff!

 Saison and Turkey - Saison's wheaty, barnyardy flavors work well with turkey, and honestly all of the earthy, starchy goodness on your Thanksgiving table. This complies with the "matching flavor with flavor" style of paring. 

  Fruited Sour Ales and Regular Stuffing - Know how cranberries and stuffing taste awesome together? Same principle with a fruited sour, especially with a red fruit like cranberries or tart cherries. This complies with the "contrasting flavor with flavor" style of pairing.

 Milk Stout and Cranberry Stuffing - Rich, velvety flavors bring out the snap in the cranberries. Chocolate and fruit compliment each other, and so do these flavors. 

 Pumpkin beer and EVERYTHING - This is the season of the squash. Just as yams, potatoes, and other squashes fit in well on the Thanksgiving table, so do these beers. Just don't drink one with a slice of pumpkin pie...pumpkin overload!

 Porter and Sweet Potato Casserole - Also on the squash train is the comparative pairing of roasty, coffee driven porters with the sweet potato casserole - the one your grandma brings with the marshmallows. Coffee and cream, coffee and marshmallows. Same thing.

 Oktoberfest and Thanksgiving Spices - Oktoberfest's nutty, malty flavor will balance well with some heavier holiday spices. Because the Oktoberfest is malty, but not necessarily sweet, it will balance spices like allspice without making the combo overwhelming.

 Barleywine and Nutty Desserts - Barleywine's sweet and boozy taste will match perfectly with desserts like Pecan Pie and Bread Pudding. The desserts are both things that have a bit of bitter from nuts that will complement the sweet flavor from the higher alcohol in the barleywine.

 Barrel Aged Beers and Dessert - Whiskey and desserts are made for each other. So are Barrel Aged beers and desserts. The same principle of the slightly harsh, tangy alcohol that tames the sugar works with beers that have aged in barrels, from whiskey to wine.
Updated List of Beer Army Perks

An updated list of Beer Army Member Benefits. Remember to always check back on the website for up to date benefits in between updates in the newsletter!

THIRD BASE BREWERY – 25oz mug for the price of a pint

BARN TOWN BREWERY - $1 off any beer (one per customer, per party)

FAT HILL BREWERY - $5 off one t-shirt purchase

COURT AVENUE BREWERY - Upon presenting their Enthusiast Member Card, receive 10% off beer, retail, and food

FRONT STREET BREWERY - $1 off a beer at the taproom location and 25% off merchandise at either location

PEACE TREE BREWING – 10% off per visit at any taproom location including Knoxville, Des Moines, and Grinnell

BOONE VALLEY BREWING – $2 discount on the purchase of a 64 oz growler fill for members 

IOWA BREWING COMPANY - 10% off all beers including growler fills, Crowlers and to-go six packs

V’S RESTAURANT AND PUB – 10% off beer


PARKSIDE BREWING COMPANY – 10% off beer in the taproom

MILLSTREAM BREWING COMPANY – 10% off glasses of beer at Millstream Brewery and Millstream Brau House

BIG RACK BREW HAUS - $.50 off of your first beer and 10% off merchandise purchased at the brewery

THE IOWA TAPROOM – 25% off Iowa Taproom merchandise and your first 6oz pour (flight size pour) free each visit

CONFLUENCE BREWING COMPANY - $1 off pints in the taproom

RIVER RIDGE BREWING - $1 off a beer

WEST O BEER - $1 off a beer

Upcoming releases and tappings from across Iowa

General November Release - 

BackRoad Brewery - Mudslinger Chocolate Coffee Stout and Kiss of Maple Bock
Peace Tree - William Milo Stone Stout and Templeton Red BA
Keg Creek - Sesquissippi Weller BA Scotch Ale,  Sesquissippi Buffalo Trace BA Scotch Ale, and DeVine Saison Wine BA Saison
Lion Bridge - Gobble Wobble BA Imperial Brown Ale

Now Open! Peace Tree Grinnell Branch

Thanksgiving Hours and Specials - Confluence - 11/20-11/22 noon-10. Closed 11/23. Can and bottle special, $2 off 4-packs and $2 off bomber bottles purchased in the taproom.

November 1st - Millstream - Schokolade Bock Release

November 3rd - Lake Time Brewery - Old Man Winter Barrel Aged Barleywine Release

November 4th - Twisted Vine - Art For El Salvador Benefit Show 5-9pm

November 4th - Keg Creek - Live Music Hector Anchondo 7-10pm

November 4th - Pig & Porter (Cedar Rapids) - “Turf War Tap Takeover” Lion Bridge vs. Exile

November 8th - Third Base 10th Anniversary Party 5pm-2am

November 11th - Lake Time Brewery - 1st Annual Veteran's Day Chili Cookoff

November 11th - Pig & Porter (Cedar Rapids) - “Turf War Tap Takeover” Iowa Brewing Co. vs. Singlespeed

November 18th - Keg Creek - Live Music Josh Hoyer 7-10pm

November 18th - Pig & Porter (Cedar Rapids) - “Turf War Tap Takeover” Third Base Brewing vs. No Coast Beer Co.

November 24th - Iowa Brewing Co. Barrel-Aged (Cedar Ridge) Wee Heavy anticipated release

November 25th - Pig & Porter (Cedar Rapids) - “Turf War Tap Takeover” Confluence vs. Franklin Street
  1. i-Best Brewers Education Seminar and Tippling (November 4) at Worth Brewing in Northwood, IA
  3. Spring Hill Climb (More details to come)
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