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 year’s Illuminator Doppelbock.

Brewed back in January with my partner in Lenten crime, Eric Sorensen of Rock Bottom -West Des Moines, a portion of this malty bomb blast of a beer has been resting patiently in a Mississippi River Distillery barrel.

This is the fifth year that Eric and I have collaborated on this beer, which was first brewed as part of my Diary of a Part-Time Monk research into the origins of the doppelbock style which tested the story that tells us that German monks developed the style to sustain themselves during their Lenten fasts on this this bold brew. That first iteration took a silver medal at the Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers in Chicago, and we’re excited at the prospects of this year’s vintage.

While the “regular” version of Illuminator has sold out, the barrel-aged version taps for the first time on June 17 at 6 p.m. Come give it a try!

Beer and Food

The second event will take place at the Renaissance Savery Hotel’s Coda Lounge in Downtown Des Moines on Thursday, June 18, at 5:30 p.m. This is the second time I’ve partnered with Chef Katie Van Dyke at the Coda, a hotel lounge that really excites me thanks to its devotion to serving local beers for travelers passing through Des Moines. All hotel lounges should care this much!

This time around, we’ve invited brewmasters Karl Schmitz of West O Beer (West Okoboji) and David Bryan of New American Brewing Company (Ankeny) to join us. The brewers will each have two of their beers featured during the four-course meal and be available to discuss the beers, the pairings and field questions from those attending.

It will be fun–and delicious! Tickets ($40) are available at Eventbrite.

Beer and Books

My third event takes place on June 19 (4-5 p.m.) at 515 Brewing Company in Clive, pairing books and beer in a chatting-drinking-book signing event that includes one of my beer writing buddies–Maureen Ogle.

Ogle will be signing copies of Ambitious Brew: the Story of American Beer, while I’ll be signing my books, Diary of a Part-Time Monk and Iowa Pints: A Guide to Iowa Breweries. Books will be available for purchase.

The details for this free event are available on my Facebook event page.

Information for  these events and many others can also be found on the Des Moines Beer Week website. We hope to see you several times throughout the week!

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