Category Archives: beer

Reviewed: The Umami Factor

The Umami Factor: Full-Spectrum Fermentation for the 21st Century By Robert Rivelle George Schiffer Publishing After many years of viewing adjuncts (and lagers) with disdain, many modern American craft brewers are turning to sugars long used by Belgian brewers in … Continue reading

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Reviewed: Speed Brewing

Speed Brewing: Techniques and Recipes for Fast-Fermenting Beers, Ciders, Meads, and More By Mary Izett Voyageur Press Appropriately, I started reading Speed Brewing by Mary Izett with the Introduction. Right away, I found myself wanting to interrupt, to argue, to … 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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On Fred

Until April of this year, for five and a half years I worked as editor at the Adams County Free Press in Corning, Iowa. It may have been a humble weekly newspaper in a county with a population of less … 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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Sip, Savor and Read with Brewvana during Des Moines Beer Week

Des Moines Beer Week is slated for June 14-20, and I have scheduled a trio of events I hope folks will be eager to attend. Beer and Barrels The first shindig is the release of the Barrel-aged version of this … Continue reading

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Reviewed: The United States of Craft Beer

The United States of Craft Beer By Jess Lebow Adams Media, 2015 On one hand, the task of creating a book such as Jess Lebow’s The United States of Craft Beer is extraordinarily difficult, and on the other hand, it’s … 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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Renassance Savery in Des Moines features local beers at beer dinner

The Coda Lounge at the Renaissance Savery Hotel in Des Moines held their first beer and food pairing event on March 21, and I worked with Chef Katie to get the shenanigans off the ground. The Coda Lounge is a … Continue reading

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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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