Category Archives: Sentimental beer

Illuminator V

For the fifth year in a row, Eric Sorensen of Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewing in West Des Moines and I tapped our Lenten collaboration beer, Illuminator Doppelbock. Brewed on Jan. 7, this year’s version (we’ve played around with the … 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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20 years, 20 beers: A Love Story

My wife and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary this week, and since she’s such a wonderful beer wife, I thought I’d share the “card” she got me. I’ve never cared much for giving Hallmark my money, and have always … Continue reading

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Favorite Brewers’ Favorite Brewers, Part 7

Welcome to an ongoing BREWVANA series, Favorite Brewers’ Favorite Brewers. The project is simple: I ask some of the industry’s most notable brewers to share which brewers they most admire and why. He was a longtime Rock Bottom brewer with … Continue reading

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Favorite Brewers’ Favorite Brewers, Part 6

Welcome to an ongoing BREWVANA series, Favorite Brewers’ Favorite Brewers. The project is simple: I ask some of the industry’s most notable brewers to share which brewers they most admire and why. Maker of ridiculously good beer, Matt Van Wyk … Continue reading

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Favorite Brewers’ Favorite Brewers, Part 5

Welcome to an ongoing BREWVANA series, Favorite Brewers’ Favorite Brewers. The project is simple: I ask some of the industry’s most notable brewers to share which brewers they most admire and why. Hill Farmstead Brewery’s Shaun Hill is no slouch … Continue reading

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Favorite Brewers’ Favorite Brewers, Part 4

Welcome to an ongoing BREWVANA series, Favorite Brewers’ Favorite Brewers. The project is simple: I ask some of the industry’s most notable brewers to share which brewers they most admire and why. Vinnie. Like Madonna, Sting and Prince, Vinnie Cilurzo … Continue reading

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Favorite Brewers’ Favorite Brewers, Part 3

Welcome to an ongoing BREWVANA series, Favorite Brewers’ Favorite Brewers. The project is simple: I ask some of the industry’s most notable brewers to share which brewers they most admire and why. John Laffler. Until recently, he was the guy … Continue reading

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Favorite Brewers’ Favorite Brewers, Part 2

Welcome to an ongoing BREWVANA series, Favorite Brewers’ Favorite Brewers. The project is simple: I ask some of the industry’s most notable brewers to share which brewers they most admire and why. You’ve probably heard of Mitch Steele. He’s the … Continue reading

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Favorite Brewers’ Favorite Brewers, Part 1

Welcome to a new BREWVANA series, Favorite Brewers’ Favorite Brewers. The project is simple: I ask some of the industry’s most notable brewers to share which brewers they most admire and why. To start, let’s find out who influences the … Continue reading

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