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FREE: Schitt's Creek Trivia Night at Big Grove Brewery

FREE: Schitt's Creek Trivia Night at Big Grove Brewery

Thursday June 24th, 2021, 7:00PM - Thursday June 24th, 2021, 9:00PM

Big Grove Brewery1225 S Gilbert StIowa City, IA52240 Map

“The last time I felt this emotionally encumbered, I was playing Lady Macbeth on a Crystal Skies cruise ship during Shakespeare at Sea Week.” Bring your best Moira, David, Alexis, and Johnny Rose knowledge, 'cuz it's Big Grove trivia night! Put that big brain of yours to use... good times and prizes are on the line.

• Free to participate
• Max team size is 8 participants

1st Place Team: $50 gift card
2nd Place Team: $30 gift card
3rd Place Team: $25 gift card

Brought to you by Andrew's Bar Exam.

The following Trivia Night at Big Grove Brewery is Thursday, July 22.
Theme: Gilmore Girls

1146 interested  ·  76 going
FREE: Bike Shop Pop-Up with Geoff's Bike & Ski

FREE: Bike Shop Pop-Up with Geoff's Bike & Ski

Sunday June 27th, 2021, 11:00AM - Sunday June 27th, 2021, 3:00PM

Big Grove Brewery1225 S Gilbert StIowa City, IA52240 Map

Our neighbors at Geoff's Bike & Ski are bringing their bike shop team over to Big Grove Brewery & Taproom on Sunday, June 27 from 11:00-3:00. Stop by for a brew and a tune-up and get your questions answered by some of the best in the bike biz.

26 interested  ·  2 going
William Elliott Whitmore | Big Grove Summer Jam Concert Series

William Elliott Whitmore | Big Grove Summer Jam Concert Series

Sunday June 27th, 2021, 4:30PM - Sunday June 27th, 2021, 9:00PM

Big Grove Brewery1225 S Gilbert StIowa City, IA52240 Map

Tickets are now on sale!

With opening act Dave Zollo and the Body Electric, Big Grove's Summer Jam Concert Series and Signal Flow Productions are proud to announce William Elliott Whitmore on an outdoor stage Sunday, June 27. Tickets are $25 pre-order and $30 at the door. Doors open at 4:30 with general admission and limited reserved table seating available.

William Elliott Whitmore is a singer-songwriter/banjoist/guitarist/drum-stompin’ solo act from Lee County, Iowa. He has released six full-length albums that seamlessly meld country, blues, folk, and punk styles - spanning from 2003’s Hymns for the Hopeless (Southern Records) to 2015’s Radium Death (ANTI-). His songs are haunting, rustic, powerful, and real – byproducts of living his entire life on the family farm, being involved in the hardcore-punk scene in the local community and touring hard across the country.

A man armed only with a banjo and a bass drum can be a formidable force, especially if his name is William Elliott Whitmore. With his powerful voice and honest approach, Whitmore comes from the land, growing up on a family farm in Lee County, Iowa. Still living on the same farm today, Whitmore has truly taken the time to discover where his center lies, and from that he will not be moved.

Whitmore has repeatedly carved his own path, honoring the longstanding tradition of folk music throughout his nearly 20 year career, while always allowing his blues, soul and punk rock influences to shine through. Getting his first break opening for his friend’s hardcore band with just a banjo in hand, he would discover bands like The Jesus Lizard, Bad Brains, Lungfish and Minutemen and soon learn to play his own brand of rural, roots music with that same DIY ethic.

William Elliott Whitmore has been back and forth across the United States and to cities around the world. He’s toured with such diverse acts as Frank Turner, Trampled By Turtles, Clutch and Chris Cornell to name a few. He’s appeared on some of the biggest stages around the world including Stagecoach Fest, Byron Bluesfest (Australia) and End of the Road Fest (UK). His willingness to take his show to any playing field has proved invaluable as he turned strangers to diehards with every performance.

1030 interested  ·  196 going
Dogs of Big Grove Yappy Hour

Dogs of Big Grove Yappy Hour

Tuesday June 29th, 2021, 5:30PM - Tuesday June 29th, 2021, 7:30PM

Big Grove Brewery1225 S Gilbert StIowa City, IA52240 Map

A happy hour? At Big Grove? With dogs?! Sounds like a perfect night to us. Come join us on Tuesday, June 29 from 5:30-7:30pm with your favorite furry friend. We’ll have Doggone Tasty, Furever Bandanas, Pals for Paws Petsitting, and Kaitlyn’s Pupcakes present with toys and treats galore. We’ll also have some beer tokens to hand out for all the paw-rents out there!

208 interested  ·  37 going
FREE: Fit July with Big Grove & Benders Studio

FREE: Fit July with Big Grove & Benders Studio

Saturday July 3rd, 2021, 9:00AM - Saturday July 3rd, 2021, 10:00AM

Big Grove Brewery1225 S Gilbert StIowa City, IA52240 Map

Get FIT with Big Grove! We're offering a free fitness class every Saturday in July to help you get fit and stay energized for all of life's activities. Stick around after the class and fuel up or enjoy a brew with us!

Yoga with Benders Studio
July 3rd | 9am-10am
Doors open at 8:45am
Classes are free. Just hit "Going" to register to attend!
Classes will be held outside. If the weather is unfavorable we'll move inside. Please bring your own YOGA MAT and WATER BOTTLE to stay hydrated. Let's get fit together!

37 interested  ·  6 going
Chefs' Night Off Dinner at Big Grove

Chefs' Night Off Dinner at Big Grove

Monday July 5th, 2021, 3:00PM - Monday July 5th, 2021, 6:00PM

Big Grove Brewery1225 S Gilbert StIowa City, IA52240 Map

Monday, July 5
Iowa City | Chefs' Night Off Dinner at Big Grove
3:00-4:00 - Hang and Mingle with the Chefs of Big Grove
4:00-6:00 - Enjoy a freshly-prepared meal in the backyard at Big Grove

Here's your invitation to:
...a beautiful summer day
...a backyard barbecue
...live music from the Ben Schmidt Band
...talented local chefs cooking for you.

Ever wonder what chefs are cooking for their friends and family on their day off? This is your opportunity to go behind the scenes and experience a bountiful potluck-style meal, cooked right in front of you and served al fresco on a wonderful Iowa summer night. Chef's from Big Grove Iowa City and Big Grove Solon will be pulling back the curtain and sharing their passion (and maybe a beer or two) with you in the backyard of Big Grove Brewery & Taproom in Iowa City!

78 interested  ·  4 going
SOLD OUT: Big Grove Drag Brunch

SOLD OUT: Big Grove Drag Brunch

Sunday July 11th, 2021, 11:00AM - Sunday July 11th, 2021, 1:00PM

Big Grove Brewery1225 S Gilbert StIowa City, IA52240 Map

This event is now sold out!

What’s better than brunch? Drag brunch! Join us Sunday, July 11 for a 2000’s-themed drag brunch — with our brunch menu, regular food menu, and a deep lineup of craft beer. You won’t want to miss out, as reserved seating is limited to 13 total tables… ten tables seating up to 10 guests and three tables seating up to 4 guests.

𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐒𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐀𝐬:
• You purchase your table of 10 or 4
• You have up to 10 or 4 seats at your table to use at your discretion
• Brunch food and drink are not included, though the Big Grove brunch and regular menus are available.

𝐀 𝐟𝐞𝐰 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐬:
• Doors will be opening at 9:30am at Big Grove
• Doors to the game room will open at 11:00am
• Drag Show begins at noon
• Tickets are $100 for a table of up to ten
• Tickets are $40 for a table of up to four

This drag brunch will be hosted in the Big Grove game room.

121 interested  ·  19 going
FREE SHOW: Big Grove Summer Jam Concert Series | David Zollo

FREE SHOW: Big Grove Summer Jam Concert Series | David Zollo

Sunday July 11th, 2021, 1:00PM - Sunday July 11th, 2021, 3:00PM

Big Grove Brewery1225 S Gilbert StIowa City, IA52240 Map

Big Grove's Summer Jam Concert Series is excited to host David Zollo, for a second of two free shows on the patio of Big Grove Brewery & Taproom in Iowa City on Sunday, July 11 from 1-3pm.

Since bursting on to the midwestern music scene with the band High and Lonesome in 1992, Zollo has had a busy career. Along with constant touring, in the U.S and Europe, with High and Lonesome (1992-1998;) and his current band, The Body Electric (1998-present) he has recorded 7 records of his own material, including the most recent, 2015's "For Hire."

In addition, he founded and operated the seminal, Iowa-based, roots music label, Trailer Records (Bo Ramsey; Joe and Vicki Price; Greg Brown; The Pines; Brother Trucker; Kelly Pardekooper; Pieta Brown, as well as his own work, and that of others, from 1994-2005;) played keyboards and sang harmonies on many records by Nashville folk singer Todd Snider; fellow Iowan William Elliot Whitmore, and Greg Brown, amongst many other artists; and worked as a producer (The Pines; Brother Trucker; Kelly Pardekooper.) More recently, he also formed a new band with Whitmore, guitarists Stephen Howard and Steve Doyle, and Body Electric drummer Brian Cooper, called Middle Western. Their debut release, When Your Demons Are Under Ground And You’ve Got To Dig Them Up. was recorded at Lone Tree, Iowa’s Flat Black Studios, and was released in 2018.

Despite the many things David Zollo has done during his career, it is as a live performer that many feel he's at his best.

• Social distancing will be required.
• While reservations are not available, we do recommend using the Yelp app for "call-ahead seating": yelp.to/lTm3sUzV9eb

390 interested  ·  19 going
Gravel Curious with the Gravel Scouts and Big Grove

Gravel Curious with the Gravel Scouts and Big Grove

Monday July 12th, 2021, 6:30PM

World of Bikes723 S Gilbert StIowa City, IA52240 Map

Gravel Curious? This is your moment!

Join the Gravel Scouts and Big Grove for a very special Monday Night Gravel event.

The Gravel Curious ride will be a shorter, no drop ride. So bring your friends, your neighbor, kid, family, co-worker, or just you!

⏰ Leave World of Bikes at 6:30pm sharp.
🧠 Wear a helmet + bring lights
🚲 Ride (route coming soon!)
🍻 End at Big Grove and get a FREE pint
πŸ•ΊπŸ½ Hang with some awesome people + try something new!

Need a bike? Let us know and we'll try and hook you up with one!

88 interested  ·  15 going
FREE: Bike Shop Pop-Up with Geoff's Bike & Ski

FREE: Bike Shop Pop-Up with Geoff's Bike & Ski

Sunday July 18th, 2021, 11:00AM - Sunday July 18th, 2021, 3:00PM

Big Grove Brewery1225 S Gilbert StIowa City, IA52240 Map

Our neighbors at Geoff's Bike & Ski are bringing their bike shop team over to Big Grove Brewery & Taproom on Sunday, July 18 from 11:00-3:00. Stop by for a brew and a tune-up and get your questions answered by some of the best in the bike biz.

31 interested  ·  2 going
FREE SHOW: Big Grove Summer Jam Concert Series | Kevin "B.F" Burt

FREE SHOW: Big Grove Summer Jam Concert Series | Kevin "B.F" Burt

Sunday July 18th, 2021, 1:00PM - Sunday July 18th, 2021, 3:00PM

Big Grove Brewery1225 S Gilbert StIowa City, IA52240 Map

Big Grove's Summer Jam Concert Series is excited to host Kevin "B.F" Burt once again for a free show on the patio of Big Grove Brewery & Taproom in Iowa City on Sunday, July 18 from 1:00-3:00pm.

For more than 25 years, Kevin Burt has been electrifying audiences throughout the Midwest dispelling the myth that true blues has no roots in Iowa. His soul-inspired presentation is unique which consistently gets him compared to a range of artists like Bill Withers and Aaron Neville, with the ability to build an audience rapport that has been compared to B.B. King. Kevin is a self-taught musician (vocals, harmonica, and guitar) whose smooth, warm vocal presentation sets a mood of relaxed exhilaration, with a welcome mixture of serious music and infectious humor audiences of all ages seem to enjoy. His voice and presence are powerful. His unique delivery ranges from the sweetest, fullest, juiciest come-on to the most playful growl.

Kevin Burt has won many awards and played many festivals both solo and with his band. In 2018, Kevin “B.F.” Burt absolutely crushed it at the Blues Foundations 34th International Blues Challenge (IBC) taking home top honors in three categories. Kevin won first place Solo/Duo, the Cigar Box Guitar Award recognizing him as the best guitar player in the Solo/Duo category, and the Lee Oskar Award for Best Harmonica Player. Kevin was among 235 bands & solo/duo acts from around the world who entered into the 5-day event on Beale Street. In 2019, Kevin Burt was nominated for a Blues Music Award for his debut album Heartland And Soul (Best Emerging Artist Album) and was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame.

597 interested  ·  30 going
FREE SHOW: Big Grove Summer Jam Concert Series | New Dawn

FREE SHOW: Big Grove Summer Jam Concert Series | New Dawn

Sunday July 25th, 2021, 1:00PM - Sunday July 25th, 2021, 3:00PM

Big Grove Brewery1225 S Gilbert StIowa City, IA52240 Map

Big Grove's Summer Jam Concert Series is excited to host New Dawn for a free show on the patio of Big Grove Brewery & Taproom in Iowa City on Sunday, July 25 from 1-3pm.

New Dawn plays the songs that you grew up loving! This talented group of local high school musicians will have you tapping your feet and singing along to classics from bands such as Journey, Boston, Motley Crue, and Bon Jovi. New Dawn has entertained concert goers at the Iowa City Arts Festival, Johnson County Fair, Regina Family Fun Festival, and Coralville 5th Street Social. So find that old 80s concert t-shirt in the back of your closet and come enjoy the music of New Dawn.

• Social distancing will be required.
• While reservations are not available, we do recommend using the Yelp app for "call-ahead seating": yelp.to/lTm3sUzV9eb

112 interested
FREE SHOW: Big Grove Summer Jam Concert Series | Blake Shaw

FREE SHOW: Big Grove Summer Jam Concert Series | Blake Shaw

Sunday August 1st, 2021, 1:00PM - Sunday August 1st, 2021, 3:00PM

Big Grove Brewery1225 S Gilbert StIowa City, IA52240 Map

Big Grove's Summer Jam Concert Series is excited to host Blake Shaw for a free show on the patio of Big Grove Brewery & Taproom in Iowa City on Sunday, August 1 from 1-3pm.

Blake Shaw is a musician from Iowa City. Being an ambitious and hungry bassist has helped him navigate through many different genres of music and work with a wide variety of artists. When Blake plays solo he loops live vocal beats and bass grooves to accompany his melodies stretching from R&B, rock, blues, pop, jazz, and more. That alongside his use of other effects pedals, Blake creates an atmosphere leaving you wondering, “Is that really one person?" Yes, the answer is yes.

• Social distancing will be required.
• While reservations are not available, we do recommend using the Yelp app for "call-ahead seating": yelp.to/lTm3sUzV9eb

193 interested  ·  6 going
FREE SHOW: Big Grove Summer Jam Concert Series | Brendan Kelly of the Lawrence Arms

FREE SHOW: Big Grove Summer Jam Concert Series | Brendan Kelly of the Lawrence Arms

Monday August 2nd, 2021, 6:00PM - Monday August 2nd, 2021, 9:00PM

Big Grove Brewery1225 S Gilbert StIowa City, IA52240 Map

Big Grove's Summer Jam Concert Series is excited to host Brendan Kelly, lead vocalist for Chicago punk rock legends, the Lawrence Arms, for a free show on the patio of Big Grove Brewery & Taproom in Iowa City on Monday, August 2.

Doors open at 6:00, a TBD opening act at 7:00, and Brendan Kelly takes the stage at 8:00.

Brendan Kelly has been voted “Best Twitter” by Chicago Reader, was a TV Host, is the guy behind Nihilist Arby’s, sings in The Lawrence Arms, works at The Onion, makes weird art… the list goes on. Now after a couple years crafting deviant songs he has something new for his cult to consume: a 10-song album called Keep Walkin’ Pal. He releases his “solo” material under the name Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds, but this is not some emo boy with a guitar or another “punk goes acoustic” outing, this is an artist collective like Wu-Tang Clan or Crass. It involves musicians, visual artists, studio nerds, and even a college film professor. We’re not sure how to describe this wild record (Space Rock? Chiptune?), but we know it’s a likable mix and a real departure from what you’re used to hearing from Brendan and this scene.

52 interested  ·  16 going
FREE: Bike Shop Pop-Up with Geoff's Bike & Ski

FREE: Bike Shop Pop-Up with Geoff's Bike & Ski

Sunday August 8th, 2021, 11:00AM - Sunday August 8th, 2021, 3:00PM

Big Grove Brewery1225 S Gilbert StIowa City, IA52240 Map

Our neighbors at Geoff's Bike & Ski are bringing their bike shop team over to Big Grove Brewery & Taproom on Sunday, August 8 from 11:00-3:00. Stop by for a brew and a tune-up and get your questions answered by some of the best in the bike biz.

11 interested
FREE SHOW: Big Grove Summer Jam Concert Series | Ben Schmidt Band

FREE SHOW: Big Grove Summer Jam Concert Series | Ben Schmidt Band

Sunday August 8th, 2021, 1:00PM - Sunday August 8th, 2021, 3:00PM

Big Grove Brewery1225 S Gilbert StIowa City, IA52240 Map

Big Grove's Summer Jam Concert Series is excited to host a second rendition from Ben Schmidt Band! This is a free show on the patio of Big Grove Brewery & Taproom in Iowa City on Sunday, August 8 from 1-3pm.

Singer/ Songwriter Ben Schmidt steps out of the “coffee house” and into the “barrelhouse.” With the help of the Power Plant Rhythm Section—Matt Bernemann (drums), and Rich Wagor
(bass)—this trio celebrates everything from blues, funky soul, to outlaw country, folk, and rock and roll. “The Band” gives Schmidt an opportunity to set aside the largely introspective acoustic songs featured on his releases, and focus on the joy of playing live music with supremely talented musicians. Digging in with a mix of original tunes and old favorites, the band likes to “keep it greasy”, to stretch out and reimagine arrangements on the fly. The veteran core of the
BSB is linked to many of the regions’ finest players, and guest appearances and cross-combinations are frequent -- adding to the easy-going, playful dynamic of the live experience.
• Social distancing will be required.
• While reservations are not available, we do recommend using the Yelp app for "call-ahead seating": yelp.to/lTm3sUzV9eb

119 interested  ·  1 going
FREE SHOW: Big Grove Summer Jam Concert Series | Dogs on Skis

FREE SHOW: Big Grove Summer Jam Concert Series | Dogs on Skis

Sunday August 15th, 2021, 1:00PM - Sunday August 15th, 2021, 3:00PM

Big Grove Brewery1225 S Gilbert StIowa City, IA52240 Map

Let's have another round! Big Grove's Summer Jam Concert Series is back for a second show with Iowa Rock and Roll Music Association Hall of Famers, Dogs on Skis, for a free concert on the patio of Big Grove Brewery & Taproom in Iowa City on Sunday, August 15 from 1-3pm.

Dogs on Skis formed in the mid-1980s playing covers of classic rock. The band gained popularity in and around Iowa City/Cedar Rapids by focusing on playing songs that people liked to dance to. From the beginning, the focus was put on the band’s ability to perform material with vocal harmonies. In 1990 the Dogs released their first album ‘I Bark Therefore I Am’. As the band gained popularity they began to play larger outdoor events, wineries, and breweries. That trend continues today as the band typically performs 40-70 shows a year.

Over the years, the band continued to grow and mature. Instead of becoming complacent and content with where they were, they continually overhaul their material based on crowd reaction and requests. Because of this, they can perform hundreds of songs and can play many of them as requested. Dogs On Skis' goal is to play the music they like and that their fans will enjoy dancing to. With a backlog of material covering the 50’s to the present, the Dogs have the uncanny ability to read a crowd and mold a set on the fly to the audience in front of them. Not unlike a quarterback reading a defense and calling an audible play at the scrimmage line, Dogs On Skis are well known for ‘calling an audible’ while in the middle of a song so the members know exactly what to do to keep a dance floor filled. In 2013 they were inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Music Association Hall of Fame.

• Social distancing will be required.
• While reservations are not available, we do recommend using the Yelp app for "call-ahead seating": yelp.to/lTm3sUzV9eb

775 interested  ·  13 going
Bags for Boys & Girls Club - 4th Annual

Bags for Boys & Girls Club - 4th Annual

Saturday August 21st, 2021, 9:00AM - Saturday August 21st, 2021, 6:00PM

Big Grove Brewery1225 S Gilbert StIowa City, IA52240 Map

We are back and ready to yell Holy Moly Triple Cornholy! Join us on Saturday, August 21st at Big Grove in Iowa City for our Bags for Boys & Girls Club tournament.

Cost will be $40.00 per team

Registration will open on August 1st, 2021!

57 interested  ·  6 going
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