365 Iowa Beers: 107-112: Flix, Forks & Cheese

I don’t really have a good intro for this post. I kept coming up with a lede, but it felt too forced. So I’m just kind of typing words until it feels like I’ve set this up well enough. Is this enough? No, too soon. There, that’s probably good.

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Beer 107: Millstream Hoppy Hour White IPA
ABV: 8%
Notes: I enjoy Millstream beers, but I would be hard-pressed to describe them as hoppy. Iowa’s oldest brewery came into existence before the IPA trend kicked off. This is a much more “modern” beer from the Iowa City brewery, hoppy, high ABV and even the label strikes me as a bit different from the rest of their lineup. Tasty.

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Beer 108: Flix Brewhouse Shandy
ABV: 2.75%
Notes: Summer is winding down, and I think I’m over shandies for the year. This was fine, my understanding is it’s a farmhouse ale mixed with… something sweet.

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Beer 109: Confluence Cheese Party Pale Lager
ABV: 5.6%
Notes: When I first heard about it, I feared (or maybe secretly hoped) there was cheese involved in the brewing process. There isn’t, it just pai5rs well with cheese. It’s made with American and Belgian malts, German and French hops along with coriander and orange peel. It was approximately 176 degrees that day, but sitting on Confluence’s brewery and sipping it in the heat felt good.

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Beer 110: Flix Brewhouse Devil May Care Abbey Ale
ABV: 6.5%
Notes: A very rich ale, thanks to the vanilla. This might have been a better beer for a fall day, but movie theaters are usually cold, so this worked. There was some nice fruit and spice to it.

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Beer 111: Fork & Spoon Artemisia
ABV: ?
Notes: Another beer from my brother and sister-in-law that had been in my fridge for quite a while. It’s an amber beer, brewed with mugwort instead of hops. It struck me as more sweet than bitter. I’m not sure if that’s due to the mugwort, the extended stay in my fridge, or if I was just imagining things.

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Beer 112: Lion Bridge Workman’s Comp

ABV: 4.2%

ABV: This wasn’t my first time trying this beer, but it was my first time this year. It has a darker color and a coffee-ish flavor, much stronger than you would expect from a low ABV beer. I want to swing through Iowa City and Cedar Rapids in the near future to collect some eastern Iowa beers for this challenge. I’m at the point where I think I need to do some traveling for this to continue. I’ve actually started already, but more on that in the next post.

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