Category Archives: food

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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Reviewed: Cooking with Coffee

Cooking with Coffee By Brandi Evans Skyhorse Publishing If you like coffee like I like coffee, food blogger-turned-cookbook author Brandi Evans’ new book, Cooking with Coffee: Brewing up Sweet and Savory Everyday Dishes, might be for you. This offering lays out … Continue reading

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Reviewed: Beer, Food, and Flavor

Beer, Food, and Flavor By Schuyler Schultz Skyhorse Publishing If there are two things I love alongside my wife, two boys, dog, coffee, hiking, music, bacon, beer, traveling, and photography, they are beer and food, and Schuyler Schultz’s expanded second … Continue reading

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Reviewed: Praise the Pig

Praise the Pig By Jennifer L.S. Pearsall Skyhorse Publishing Though the title of the book is Praise the Pig, page 34 revealed that bacon blogger turned cookbook author Jennifer Pearsall isn’t a fan of the whole animal. While loin, shoulder, … Continue reading

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Reviewed: Beer Pairing

Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide from the Pairing Pros By Julia Herz & Gwen Conley Voyageur Press A lot of books position themselves as the “essential guide” to this or that, and while some disappoint, the upcoming Voyageur Press offering … Continue reading

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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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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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Renassance Savery in Des Moines features local beers at beer dinner

The Coda Lounge at the Renaissance Savery Hotel in Des Moines held their first beer and food pairing event on March 21, and I worked with Chef Katie to get the shenanigans off the ground. The Coda Lounge is a … Continue reading

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Illuminator V is on the way

According to the calendar, it’s time to put a lager in the tank—a very special lager. If my award-winning  Illuminator Doppelbock is to be ready for its Fat Tuesday release on Feb. 17, Rock Bottom’s Eric Sorensen and I were … Continue reading

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Reviewed: The Foodie’s Beer Book

The Foodie’s Beer Book By Brooke and Luther Fedora Skyhorse Publishing I didn’t like this book. Some of it had to do with personal preferences like I don’t care for the seasonally-divided and menu-geared layout of the book. Sometimes I … Continue reading

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