Category Archives: culture

Reviewed: Asian Pickles

Asian Pickles By Karen Solomon Ten Speed Press Not only do I like pickles, I love them. Not only do I make pickles, I go out of my way to experiment and push the pickle-y envelop. Steeped in passion and … 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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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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Farnam House, farmhouse, far-out beer house

At long last, I recently paid a visit to Farnam House Brewing Company in Omaha. Located at 3558 Farnam Street, FHBC brewer Phil Doerr has an affinity for riffing in a rustic realm. Doerr holds up his pants with a … Continue reading

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I wish we had more English IPAs

Sometimes, dreams come true. IPAs are really popular these days, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Personally, I often tip-toe around them because years of tasting beers has taught me about my own personal likes and dislikes. I don’t like … Continue reading

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Reviewed: We Make Beer

We Make Beer: Inside the Spirit and Artistry of America’s Craft Brewers By Sean Lewis St. Martin’s Press They say the early bird gets the worm, and perhaps that’s why the craft beer segment is riding such a high these … Continue reading

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Little Giant returns…

The Little Giant Beer Summit returns to El Bait Shop for its second installment on Sept. 20, and while I’d recommend going because last year was a blast, I’d also encourage you to attend because I’ll be on hand from … Continue reading

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Reviewed: Brew Britannia

Brew Britannia: The Strange Rebirth of British Beer By Jessica Boak & Ray Bailey Aurum Press (2014) I’ve been a fan of the Boak & Bailey beer blog since its earliest days. Launched around the same time as my own … Continue reading

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Great Taste Chronicles—2014, Part 2

As I mentioned yesterday, August 9 marked our third trip to the Great Taste of the Midwest, my favorite of all the beer festivals I’ve attended. Tickets are limited, the setting is beautiful and the Midwest-focused beers are stellar. This … Continue reading

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