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Reviewed: Against All Hops

Against All Hops: Techniques and Philosophy for Creating Extraordinary Botanical Beers By Butch Heilshorn Page Street Publishing (2017) Judging a book by its cover might allow for this book by Butch Heilshorn to earn an assessment of shirking hops. But … Continue reading

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Time Travel and the Mutability of Paradise

As a kid, it was a real treat when my mom would throw up her hands and exclaim, “Ah, let’s just go to Pee-Wee’s!” This meant she wasn’t cooking dinner, and I’d be afforded a few of life’s simple pleasures: a … Continue reading

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Small town rivalries

Some of my followers are aware that I’m from rural Iowa. I grew up there, moved away to many places around the country for many years, and eventually returned (sometimes wondering why) a decade ago. Recently, I was chatting with … Continue reading

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Drinking Pants Pageant follow-up

Not gonna lie. Life’s gotten away from me. In an effort to take it back, please indulge the above screen shot (my all-time favorite of my television appearances to date) from this news broadcast about our inaugural #DrinkingPants Pageant on … Continue reading

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Drinking Pants Pageant slated for June 20

The Most Fun You’ll Have With Your Pants On! Along with my comrades at 818: a tiny design empire, I’ve been working hard to bring to life a very special event. Coming to Wooly’s on June 20 during Des Moines Beer Week, … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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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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