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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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Does Hydro Flask really perform?

In a word, yes. I’ve heard about how impressive Hydro Flask growlers are, and after a recent conversation with one of the sales representatives at the Craft Brewers Conference last week, I received a complimentary 16-ounce True Pint to test … Continue reading

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The challenge of collaboration beers

We began conversations about the Des Moines Beer Week collaboration beer weeks ago. Potential beer styles and brew dates moved via email among the 14  Des Moines area brewers participating in the special release beer, which will be one of … Continue reading

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Reviewed: Craft Brew

Craft Brew: 50 Homebrew Recipes from the World’s Best Craft Breweries By Euan Ferguson Frances Lincoln (2016) For those homebrewers eager to duplicate notable beers from some of the best breweries around the globe, London beer writer Euan Ferguson serves up Craft … 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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Reviewed: Gardening for the Homebrewer

Gardening for the Homebrewer By Wendy Tweten & Debbie Teashon Voyageur Press I’ve made frail attempts at gardening over the years, and in some cases, those attempts were pointed directly in the direction of my longtime homebrewing hobby. But I’ve … Continue reading

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Vertical Tasting: 5 years of Bigfoot

It took a while, but I finally piled up five vintages of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. Generous, I sidestepped pounding all five of these 9.6 percenters on my own by gathering up a gang of friends from my local homebrew club, … 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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Reviewed: A Visual Guide to Drink

A Visual Guide to Drink By Ben Gibson & Patrick Mulligan Avery Look, I got rid of my (really cool looking) coffee table for two reasons: 1) it was somewhat oversized for my current TV room, and 2) if there’s … Continue reading

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