Category Archives: Life

Drinking Pants Pageant follow-up

Not gonna lie. Life’s gotten away from me. In an effort to take it back, please indulge the above screen shot (my all-time favorite of my television appearances to date) from this news broadcast about our inaugural #DrinkingPants Pageant on … Continue reading

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Drinking Pants Pageant slated for June 20

The Most Fun You’ll Have With Your Pants On! Along with my comrades at 818: a tiny design empire, I’ve been working hard to bring to life a very special event. Coming to Wooly’s on June 20 during Des Moines Beer Week, … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of a Successful Beer Blogger

I had an interesting day earlier this week. Actually, it was a series of interesting days. Actually, that series of interesting days was an intense couple of weeks. Along with Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO Carlos Brito, Brewers Association CEO Bob Pease, … Continue reading

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I should drink in KC more often

In an absurd point of fact, I’ve lived about two and a half hours from Kansas City for nearly eight years but have only showed up a few times. Two of those were trips to the airport (which full-blown don’t … Continue reading

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Turner Alley adds to the Cedar Rapids beer scene

Back in 2005, Travis Scheidecker went from bartender to head brewer in the course of a staff meeting debriefing about the freshly departed brewer at Third Base Brewery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Scheidecker had lot to learn. He’d never brewed … Continue reading

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Des Moines Beer Week II

Ain’t it funny how time slips away? A month has elapsed since the second Des Moines Beer Week (DSMBW) brought a celebration of the Des Moines beer scene to central Iowans, and with a fair amount of press interest and … Continue reading

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Illuminator V is on the way

According to the calendar, it’s time to put a lager in the tank—a very special lager. If my award-winning  Illuminator Doppelbock is to be ready for its Fat Tuesday release on Feb. 17, Rock Bottom’s Eric Sorensen and I were … Continue reading

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Little Giant returns…

The Little Giant Beer Summit returns to El Bait Shop for its second installment on Sept. 20, and while I’d recommend going because last year was a blast, I’d also encourage you to attend because I’ll be on hand from … Continue reading

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Great Taste Chronicles—2014, Part 2

As I mentioned yesterday, August 9 marked our third trip to the Great Taste of the Midwest, my favorite of all the beer festivals I’ve attended. Tickets are limited, the setting is beautiful and the Midwest-focused beers are stellar. This … Continue reading

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Great Taste Chronicles—2014, Part 1

Over the weekend, I managed to take my third trip to Madison, Wisconsin’s Great Taste of the Midwest. Now, I haven’t been to every beer festival on the planet, but of the many I’ve attended, Great Taste is absolutely at … Continue reading

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