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Tour de Tanks launches across Iowa

In conjunction with American Craft Beer Week, over 50 Iowa Brewers Guild (IBG) member breweries opened their doors to beer lovers for Tour de Tanks, a daylong series of free VIP tours on May 21. An event I’d long wanted to … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Kelvin Cooperage

Interested in the allied trade industries spurred by the craft brewing industry here in Iowa, I jumped at the chance over the weekend to tag along with Rex Stancil and Jason Mason of Rework Enterprises as they set off for … 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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The great fest

There are two sorts of great: that of exceptional quality and that of grand size. After my second trip to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver recently, I’ve concluded that it is both but especially the latter that describes … Continue reading

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The Clash of Beer Festivals

The Clash of beer festivals, the Great Taste of the Midwest features over 1,000 beers from 150 Midwest breweries. While there are other fests that are larger in size, the Great Taste is quite possibly “only beer fest that matters.” … 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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Brewvana goes to Beervana for CBC 2015

I traveled to Portland April 14-18 for the Brewers Association’s 2015 Craft Brewers Conference. While education and networking were paramount on the agenda, one would be crazy if they thought I didn’t possess a separate list in my pocket for … Continue reading

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Awestruck by Moonstruck

It is, indeed, ridiculous that it’s taken me several years to drag myself to Bellevue, Nebraska’s Moonstruck Meadery. It’s only a little more than an hour’s drive away and with a gluten-free wife living the beer-free life, I’m simply embarrassed … Continue reading

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