Confluence Brewing Company

Inspired Creations

Mango Dodger | Rye Barrel Aged Rock Dodger Double India Pale Ale with Mango

Available in a 22 oz. bomber!

Our Rock Dodger is already a hot fruity mess. We racked our fully dry-hopped double IPA into rye whiskey barrels over a mound of diced mangos. The base beer has a blend of hops including Citra, El Dorado and Simcoe, resulting in a fruit-forward double IPA. The mangos further accentuate the existing tropical fruit flavors of the base beer and are balanced by the bracing heat from the rye barrels, creating an irresistible finish. The result is nothing short of magnificent. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

ABOUT OUR CONFLUENCE COOPERAGE SERIES: 
This series employs a variety of cooperage to elevate the spirit of our beer, proving that good things come together, for those who wait. 

ABV 10.7%

IBU 88

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Ash Tree ESB | English-Style ESB

The ash tree has long been an icon of the landscape of England and Iowa. In fact, the tree’s common name comes from Old English aesc. Our ESB pays homage to this hardy tree that has seen better days and hopefully will again in our lifetime. Don’t be fooled by the term, “Extra Special Bitter (ESB).” English bitters offer an intriguing balance of malt and hops. The interplay between the crystal malts and the noble English hops delivers a sweet, yet slightly bitter tingly taste sensation. We used traditional base malts from Great Britain (Maris Otter and Golden Promise). The English yeast imparts a slight mineral character and some fruity notes, giving an overall flavor that reminds some of biscuits and marmalade.

ABV 6.3%

IBU 40

Double Dry Hopped South Side Citra W/ Tangerine and Orange Peel | Blonde Ale

As its name implies, our single hopped South Side displays all hte sharp and zesty notes of the aptly named Citra hop. Light and refreshing, our South Side Citra was crafted to capture the essence of a perfect summer day. But then we thought, why stop at perfection? We've doubled down on our bright summer afternoon with a double dry hop of the namesake to ratchet up the lush and juicy character of this already refreshing beverage. Then, because we could, we added gobs of tangerine and orange peel until the beer tasted like it had been freshly squeezed from the sun itself. From BBQ's on the South Side, to the beaches of Saylorville, and everywhere in between; this is our new summertime jam. Grab a 4-pack and join us!

ABV 5.7

IBU 22

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The Wizard Gose Style Sour Ale | Gose

When humans first began brewing beer, the science behind fermentation was not well understood and probably seemed a bit like magic. We now know that around 1000 AD in Goslar, in present-day Germany, lactic producing bacteria from the grain and air combined with the salinity of their local water source to help the brewers produce a tart, refreshing brew that we call Gose (GO-zuh). In conjuring up a plan for this beer, we honored that natural sort of magic by culturing lactobacillus organically from our grain to quickly sour a whole batch of beer. The resulting brew retains the magic of the original, with a citrus-like tartness and minerality that awakens and refreshes your palate with each sip. This style has been around for quite some time, and some may say Confluence is late to the party, but a Wizard is never late, nor early, he arrives precisely when he means to! Now that this Wizard is here, raise a pint and share in the magic with us. Cheers!

ABV 3.9

IBU 0

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The Watermelon Gose Style Sour Ale W/ Watermelon and Blueberry | Fruited Gose

When humans first began brewing beer, the science behind fermentation was not well understood and probably seemed a bit like magic. We now know that around 1000 AD in Goslar, in present-day Germany, lactic producing bacteria from the grain and air combined with the salinity of their local water source to help the brewers produce a tart, refreshing brew that we call Gose (GO-zuh). In conjuring up a plan for this beer, we honored that natural sort of magic by culturing lactobacillus organically from our grain to quickly sour a whole batch of beer. The resulting brew retains the magic of the original, with a citrus-like tartness and minerality that awakens and refreshes your palate with each sip. Of course any wizard worth the name has more than one trick up their sleeve. In this case, The Wizard has summoned hundreds of pounds of all natural watermelon and blueberries to impart a balancing sweetness and create an invigorating tonic guaranteed to amaze and delight. Grab a pint and share in the magic with us!

ABV 5.6

IBU 0

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Wild Influence | Wild Beer

Brettanomyces can be quite a fickle yeast, often leading to unpredictable results and "Wild" beers. Case in point, two and a half years ago we brewed our first beer using primary fermentation by Brettanomyces with our friends at Insight Brewing. But the beer–aptly named “Influence”–failed to turn out as we had hoped. Curious, we stowed a portion of the batch in rum barrels that had previously conditioned a beer with a completely different strain of Brett. For the past two years, those two separate strains have been working away, transforming our experiment into a one-of-a-kind beauty vastly different from the original. With its notes of tropical fruit and a hint of sweet vanilla from the rum barrels, we hope you enjoy the light tartness and

ABV 6

IBU -

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Olde Dirty Kent's English-Style Barleywine | English-Style Barleywine

Candid, astute, and always quick with a quip, Kent Middendorf has been a staple of Confluence Brewing for over six and a half years. As a brewer, cellarman, analyst, and handyman, Kent’s contributions have been instrumental to our success and the quality of our beer. We’ve crafted this English-Style Barleywine in honor of his retirement from brewing. Rich with notes of toffee, caramel, and dark fruits, it's the perfect beer to toast to our departing friend. Here’s to Olde Dirty Kent!

ABV 10.6

IBU -

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Oak Aged Pale Sour | Sour

We aged this beer in our Foeder for 15 months, letting a blend of Lactobacillus go to work to create a nice soft lemony tartness that's complimented by notes of vanilla and "wine-like" tannins from the wood. In contrast to the previous oak aged sour, Foeder Johns, this one has enough residual malt sweetness to balance and marry the complex flavors into an immensely enjoyable whole.

ABV 5

IBU -

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Wee Heavy | Wee Heavy

Our 13th beer release of 2020 is a Wee Heavy! This is a big malty beer with a nice residual sweetness and a touch of floral character from the use of Heather in place of some of the late addition hops. The Wee Heavy will be offered on draft only. Stay tuned for the next beers coming up in our 2020 Beer a Week release campaign!

ABV 10

IBU -

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Sophie's Mild | English-Style Mild

Release on draft and in cans (to-go) starting at noon on Friday, March 13th!

Our friend Mike Gauthier has been brewing Sophie’s Mild–named after his firstborn daughter–for over 12 years now. So, when we decided we wanted to brew a Mild Ale, we reached out to the expert with upwards of 15 years of experience to help us along. Brewed in the session ale tradition of England, Sophie’s Mild features a sweet caramel backbone with the lightest touch of roast. It’s the perfect backdrop for the fruity esters of the traditional English yeast strain as well as the light, floral character of the First Gold dry hop. The finish is clean, dry, and will leave you feeling as fresh as the flowers adorning this can–inspired by Sophie’s own drawings! From Mike, Sophie, and Confluence, we hope you enjoy this beer as much as we enjoyed brewing it. Cheers!

ABV 5

IBU -

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Currant Styles- Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Milk Stout W/ Black Currants | Barrel Aged Milk Stout

When our friends at WineStyles dropped by with a few Templeton Rye Barrels last year, it didn’t take us long to come up with a plan to put them to good use. Our Milk Man Milk Stout, with its rich chocolate notes and cream-like sweetness, seemed the perfect choice to stand up to the powerful and spicy character of the rye. The addition of tart black currants adds a fruity complexity to the profile, and results in an almost cocktail-like experience. A big thanks to our WineStyles collaborators for helping us to produce this delicious stout we’re sure you’ll enjoy. Cheers!

ABV 8.6

IBU -

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Lassos and Lasers, Brett IPA | Brett IPA

Everyone loves a good mashup, whether hip hop and electronica, cowboys and aliens, or in this case: a juicy New England-Style IPA and an Oak-Aged Wild Ale. We laid down our genre blend on a malt track similar to our Extinction Event series, and then layered on Galaxy and El Dorado hops for deep riffs of tropical fruit, cherries, and watermelon. Once the wort left the brewhouse, the record scratched and the real mashup was ready to begin. Fermented by a particularly fruity strain of Brettanomyces (funk, not sour) in our American Oak Foeder, this decidedly new-world IPA has diverged from its decidedly old-world techniques. The Brett adds a layer of funk so out-of-this-world that it perfectly complements the fruit-forward hops and has quickly become our new jam. Hop on your horse–or climb into your spaceship–and wrangle up this beer before it's gone!

ABV 5.7

IBU -

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Homegrown Honey Kolsch, Kolsch-Style Beer | Kolsch

Ever since we first fired up the boil kettle we’ve been dreaming of producing a beer that was 100% Iowan. So when our new friends at Black Gold Malt Farm near Cascade malted their first batch of Iowa-grown barley, we had everything we needed to make our dream a reality. Their barley forms the backbone of this crisp, clean, and brilliant Kolsch style beer, further enhanced by the addition of Sweet Success honey harvested outside of Winterset. Triple Pearl hops grown by Bobst Hop Farms near Runnells create a gentle aroma of melon and clementine with a touch of balanced bitterness. A collaborative effort between four local businesses, this beer is made by Iowans, for Iowans–and that makes us as happy as a pig in... well... Iowa. So join us in raising a pint to all the good things that come from the Hawkeye State!

ABV 5.3

IBU -

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CANE And Maple (Rum Double Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout) | Russian Imperial Stout

Two beers diverged in bourbon wood,

And happy I can drink them both

And be one stout, our Stavropol

Spilt between the Rum and Maple

To produce these products, grandiose;



This one bourbon, and then the maple

The flavors of syrup so sweet and rich

A complement to the whiskey's heat

With chocolate malt, it's a treat

With just one sip you'll be bewitch'd!

ABV 10.3

IBU -

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Cane And MAPLE (Maple Double Barrel Aged Stavropol Russian Imperial Stout) | Russian Imperial Stout

Two beers diverged in bourbon wood,

And happy I can drink them both

And be one stout, our Stavropol

Spilt between the Rum and Maple

To produce these products, grandiose;

 

This one bourbon, and then the maple

The flavors of syrup so sweet and rich

A complement to the whiskey's heat

With chocolate malt, it's a treat

With just one sip you'll be bewitch'd!

ABV 10.5

IBU -

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Batch 1252 Hazy Double IPA | Hazy Double IPA

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ABV 9.5

IBU -

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The Orange Wizard, Gose Style Sour Ale W/ Orange | Gose

When humans first began brewing beer, the science behind fermentation was not well understood and probably seemed a bit like magic. We now know that around 1000 AD in Goslar, in present-day Germany, lactic producing bacteria from the grain and air combined with the salinity of their local water source to help the brewers produce a tart, refreshing brew that we call Gose (GO-zuh). In conjuring up a plan for this beer, we honored that natural sort of magic by culturing lactobacillus organically from our grain to quickly sour a whole batch of beer. The resulting brew retains the magic of the original, with a citrus-like tartness and minerality that awakens and refreshes your palate with each sip. Of course any wizard worth the name has more than one trick up their sleeve. In this case, The Wizard has summoned hundreds of pounds of oranges to impart a balanced sweetness and create an invigorating tonic guaranteed to amaze and delight. Grab a pint and share in the magic with us!

ABV 5

IBU -

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Kettles & Cones, Kettle Sour IPA | Sour IPA

Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Malt of caramel soft n’ sweet,

In the cauldron, gently heat;

A shake of microbes o’er night,

Adds a tartness, makes it bright,

Heavy with the El Dorado,

Intrigues the “Juicy” aficionado,

And the same with Lemon Drop,

Make it bold, make it pop,

Vic Secret for the blast of fruit,

Much better than an eye of newt,

Dash of Cascade smooth and floral,

For easy finish without quarrel,

A brew that drinks without trouble,

On your lips shall dance and bubble.

ABV 5.1

IBU -

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Wicked Tripel, Oak Barrel Aged Belgian-Style Tripel Ale W/ Brett | Barrel Aged Tripel

Belgian beer culture is world-renowned for the quality of its Trappist-style ales and its mixed culture beers. We figured we’d try our hand at blending the two, and you hold the results of that experiment in your hand. Twelve separate strains of Brettanomyces duked it out alongside Lactobacillus and Pediococcus in the battleground of American white oak for three years, transforming our classic Belgian-Style Tripel Ale into an altogether different beast. Citrus, floral, and honeyed notes blend with lush tropical fruits, a slight tart bite, and a funkiness that can only come from Brett. At nearly 11% ABV, this one’s got a bit of a wicked streak, but that shouldn’t dissuade you from joining us for a walk on the wild side. Cheers!

ABV 10.9

IBU -

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