Category Archives: beer

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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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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Reviewed: Beer, Food, and Flavor

Beer, Food, and Flavor By Schuyler Schultz Skyhorse Publishing If there are two things I love alongside my wife, two boys, dog, coffee, hiking, music, bacon, beer, traveling, and photography, they are beer and food, and Schuyler Schultz’s expanded second … Continue reading

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Reviewed: Beer Pairing

Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros By Julia Herz & Gwen Conley Voyageur Press A lot of books position themselves as the “essential guide” to this or that, and while some disappoint, the upcoming Voyageur Press offering … Continue reading

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Reviewed: Brew Better Beer

Brew Better Beer By Emma Christensen Ten Speed Press From the earliest days of my homebrewing obsession, I’ve constantly sought to brew better beer. To that end, I’ve read books, tasted beers, and asked a lot of questions. If you’re … Continue reading

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