There’s a John Lennon-themed Iowa beer coming to a tap near you
More than a dozen breweries are planning to open or expand across Iowa in 2017, including in cities such as Burlington, Waukee, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Dubuque. Wochit
Come together right now … over a new John Lennon-themed beer.
Coined “John Lemon Tart Pale Ale,” the newly announced collaboration brew comes from Des Moines’ Exile Brewing Co. and Denver’s Station 26 Brewing Co. in celebration of the impending Des Moines Beer Week, which runs June 16-25.
Described in a news release as “a single malt, single hop beer that features Exile's signature sour culture, as well as Lemondrop hops,” John Lemon comes in at 5.5 percent alcohol-by-volume.
Station 26 brewer Wayne Waananen joined the Exile beer crew in Des Moines on Thursday afternoon to craft the John Lemon batch.
"The John Lemon collaboration is a special one since it is the first time we have partnered with a brewery from outside of Iowa,” Exile head brewery Joey Hansen said via email.
The beer isn’t the first from Exile to don the name of a dead idol. Shortly after the death of David Bowie in 2016 the brewery launched “The Rise of Ziggy Sourdust,” a dark Berliner-Style Weisse with chocolate and sour cherry that can be found in bottles or on tap.
A John Lemon launch party is scheduled for 4 p.m. on June 9 at the Exile taproom, 1514 Walnut St. Starting June 13, a limited supply of the beer will be available in bottles and kegs at central and eastern Iowa restaurants, bars and grocery retailers.
Des Moines Beer Week, founded in 2014, features a number of craft beer-related events across the metro. Self-described as a week that “aims to celebrate the Des Moines area’s growing craft beer scene,” events include the Iowa Craft Brew Festival, a meet the brewers night and beer sensory workshop.