Category Archives: food

Illuminator IV (and I) to hit Des Moines and Minneapolis

Well, it’s that time of year again—doppelbock time. Some brewvana readers will recall my 2011 historical investigation into the origins of doppelbock, which later became the book, Diary of a Part-Time Monk. For that Lenten study, I collaborated with my … Continue reading

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Three book reviews

In Meat We Trust: An Unexpected History of Carnivore America By Maureen Ogle Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2013) Sometimes Maureen Ogle pisses people off. And that’s just one of the things I like about her. She walks into each book a … Continue reading

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Doppelwort Ice Cream

I’m a big fan of ice cream. For years, I’ve enthusiastically shared my recipe for Milk Stout Ice Cream as the answer to all of life’s beer-and-ice cream-questions. But great recipes, as with great ideas, always have room for improvement. … Continue reading

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FAQs that I just made up about Illuminator

In the interest of answering all your burning questions about Rock Bottom’s next incarnation of my Illuminator Doppelbock, I sat down with myself for a self-interview. While not all of these questions are asked of me frequently, some of them actually … Continue reading

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I had Ruthie

A field trip to Exile Brewing Company There I was, hungry and thirsty, standing at 1514 Walnut Street in downtown Des Moines. To curb my hunger and slake my thirst, I walked into Exile Brewing Company, which was standing there … Continue reading

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Beer pairings for regular folks, Part 9

Not everybody likes stinky cheese, so in the interest of accessibility, I’m suggesting the most blasphemous use of a delicious craft beer since the day I advised pairing Boundary Bay’s barley wine with beanie weanies. Sorry, Adam. Your West Coast … Continue reading

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Dempsey’s in Watertown

On a brief foray into South Dakota recently, I stopped by Dempsey’s Brewery Restaurant and Brewpub for lunch. I’d heard from a fellow beer blogger that they could be inconsistent, and my lunch definitely fell on a bad day for … Continue reading

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Beer pairings for regular folks, Part 8

[an occasional series on how “regular folks” can integrate craft beer into their “culinary” endeavors] Boy, this one takes me back! It’s my mom’s fault that I used to embarrass her in restaurants from time to time. She made me … Continue reading

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Field trip to Boulevard Brewing Company

In the interest of enlightenment and delightenment, I took a field trip to Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, Mo., last Friday. The point, since there really was one, was to hang out with brewer Jeremy Danner as I work … Continue reading

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Pickled Eggs

It’s the details. Oh, sure, it’s cool to have a home bar. It’s cool to have a couple of beers on tap. But if you really want to stand out, you gotta have a jar of pickled eggs handy. My … Continue reading

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