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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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Pints & Poses gets a new home

Over the course of the last few years, Michelle and I have done Pints & Poses events in a number of locations, including three different breweries. To keep things consistent and to build an audience for this fun beer-and-yoga event, … Continue reading

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A family reunion of sorts: Little Giant Beer Summit

“I was born very far from where I’m supposed to be, and so I’m on my way home.” -Bob Dylan I went home on Saturday. It may sound odd or wrong or alcoholic or offensive, but when I went to … Continue reading

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brewvana releases moisture-wicking VORLAUF clothing line

Better Beer Gear: VORLAUF by BREWVANA Tired of being hot and wet in the brewhouse? Recirculate your body heat and stay comfortable with VORLAUF by BREWVANA. “Whether you’re a homebrewer or a commercial brewery, brewing is hot and wet work,” … Continue reading

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Hoppy Days at Arrowhead

It wasn’t just a “Happy Hour.” It was “Happy Day.” Last weekend, Kyle and I trekked to the Arrowhead Hops Harvest Festival north of Madrid, Iowa, to check out the status of hop farmer Andy McCormick’s bounty and to lend … Continue reading

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A Good Beer Day for Iowa Beer Drinkers on Oct. 5

I mean, it’s not called “Good Beer Day.” It’s just that there is a string of coincidentally cool beer events shaping up on the calendar for Oct. 5, and if you acquire a designated driver, you might even be able … Continue reading

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Stretch your sipping muscles at Confluence Brewing Company

For our next installment of Pints & Poses, we’re partnering with Ken and John at Confluence Brewing Company in Des Moines, on Oct. 5. Michelle Wilson (yeah, she’s my wife) of Radiant Wellness Solutions will lead the bending of bodies … Continue reading

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CIB to release John’s Sour Ale to mark 65th anniversary

Back on June 22, I had the opportunity to taste a special beer from Carson, Iowa’s CIB Brewery, and now that all the duck are in a row, I’m free to talk about it. In the photo, you can see … Continue reading

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Cowboys and Indians

Nebraska Brewing Company released not one but two new beers in their Inception Series on May 26, and I was fortunate enough to receive a set of samples of this pair of beers originating of the same wort. Brewer Tyson … Continue reading

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Iowa Beer For Boston

Iowa brewers Eric Sorensen and Mike Gauthier dusted off Mike’s Dorchester Amber recipe to brew a special beer today. For Boston. The collaboration beer was brewed at Rock Bottom-West Des Moines today and will be released at a special tapping … Continue reading

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