One of Iowa's most sought-after beers will be released this summer. Here's how you can score a bottle
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Time to test your luck, beer lovers. Tickets to snag one of Iowa’s most sought-after craft brews go on sale in the coming weeks.
Brewers at Decorah-based Toppling Goliath this spring unveiled plans to release Mornin’ Delight, an imperial stout, on Aug. 25.
Demand for this beer outweighs supply — 80,000 tried to score one of 500 tickets in a 2016 lottery. This year, fans must buy a ticket in advance of the late summer release date.
How it works:
- Tickets go on sale July 10 via tgbrews.com.
- For $100, you get two 22-ounce bottles of Mornin’ Delight, one piece of specialty glassware, an on-site pour of the beer and access to the release event.
- Toppling Goliath is allowing for the first time patrons to buy an additional ticket for a guest.
- The taproom will serve ticketed guests from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., prior to opening to the public.
Released about once a year, Mornin’ Delight holds the third highest rating on user-generated craft beer RateBeer. It’s the 10th highest rated on Beer Advocate — a 4.7 out of five stars from 1,361 reviews. Dining publication the Daily Meal this week called Mornin’ Delight one of the 101 “best beers” in America.
The beer’s description, per the Toppling Goliath website: “A huge Imperial Stout with an explosive espresso aroma followed by strong notes of maple syrup and coffee.”
Toppling Goliath opened doors in early 2018 to a new taproom and brewery, a 9,000 square foot building with a taproom capacity of about 1,300 people. Brewers at Toppling Goliath plan to produce 30,000 to 35,000 barrels of beer in 2018.
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The brewery served about 1,300 ticketed guests at a release earlier this year, CEO Clark Lewey said, in addition to about 1,000 visitors when doors opened to the public.
The brewery estimates beer releases bring $1 million in economic impact to Decorah.
Find more information at tgbrews.com.