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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Madhouse Brewing Co. Changes Flagship Lineup; Updates 2018 Release Schedule

Des Moines' Madhouse Brewing Company announced lineup changes and new beer releases today on their Facebook Page. Gone are some favorite flagships that helped put the Newton, Iowa, born brewery on the map. Always affordable Coffee Sumatra Coffee Stout, Oak-Aged Imperial Red and Past Time Pale Ale are no more. The Honey Pilsner will remain and cheap drunk Hop Burst DIPA will get an overhaul dropping its ABV from 7.2% to 6.2%.

Madhouse will bolster its portfolio with several new additions:
  • Monk Town- Belgian-style Dubbel Ale 6.8% 12oz 4-packs
  • Citra Storm IPA- Double New England-style IPA. 100% Citra draft only
  • Fountain of Youth- Oak barrel-aged wild yeast sour ale made with “super fruits”
  • 2017 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wee-Heavy- Imperial Scotch-style 750ml
  • Alexander-Heavy- Wee-Heavy variant with chocolate and nutmeg draft only
Interesting stuff, especially the NE Style DIPA. Of course, New England Style IPAs are the hottest thing in beer but Des Moines still lacks compared to surround cities like Chicago and Minneapolis. New West Des Moines brewery Barn Town is leading the city thus far in hazy, DDH goodness and it'll be interesting to see how other DSM breweries follow suit. 

Finally, we get the 2018 Barrel Aged release schedule that includes Freedom Toast. A tap room legend last year ( Freedom Toast makes its debut in January). VIP (Vanilla Imperial Porter) will follow previous years December drop. Carpe Diem, a maple-bourbon glass of goodness hits in February followed by Mexican Cake-like El Jefe in March. 

After infection issues that hit VIP and Carpe Diem in 2015/16, Madhouse not only learned from mistakes but improved on pretty solid beers. These releases at one time sat awhile atop Des Moines shelves but last season sold out rather quickly. There's still likely plenty to go around and we haven't reached line status yet but you still will want to get to your local Wine and Spirits early to grab the best Des Moines made BA beers you'll see this year. 

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