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LV’s May Beer of the Month: Your favorite beer, outside, with friends

After finishing some business on a warm, sunny, summer Saturday in downtown Davenport a few years ago, a couple friends and I stopped at the Great River Brewery. We each got our pints at the bar, walked outside and sat at a picnic table on the brewery’s front patio.

Soft music played on the outside speakers and the water flowing through a tap line fountain lulled us into serenity. The bike rack on the sidewalk was full and bicycles were chained to the brewery’s fence, their spandex-clad riders nursing plastic cups filled with stout and brown ale. […]

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LV’s April Beer of the Month: Boomtown by Big Grove Brewery

MCF: Free Rock Show Saturday — April 8 at 2 p.m. Big Grove Brewery & Taproom, Iowa City April marks the beginning of my favorite pastime: lawn mowing. Though I love baseball (another great pastime that begins its long season in April), lawn mowing has a special place in my heart. My first (though unofficial) […]

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Jim Beam and Mission Creek team up with Iowa City restaurants for festival cocktail offerings

Those enjoying the musical performances, literary readings and film screenings during the Mission Creek Festival can also wet their whistles with signature cocktails crafted by local mixologists. In partnership with Jim Beam and Mission Creek, participating venues — Forbidden Planet, The Mill, Motley Cow, Pullman, Trumpet Blossom, and the Blue Moose — will serve specially […]

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LV Recommends: Quarter Barrel Arcade & Brewery

Quarter Barrel Arcade & Brewery 616 2nd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids thequarterbarrel.com As someone who was born in the eighties, came of age in the nineties and did many 12-ounce curls in the naughties (or whatever you want to call the first decade of this century), arcade games and craft beer are among my favorite […]

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Proposed alcohol law changes would ‘level playing field’ among manufacturers

Requests to create a more level playing field for all alcohol manufacturers and to allow brewpubs to sell growlers without selling or sending beer to wholesalers first were among five recommendations for changing Iowa’s alcohol laws submitted to Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds on Feb. 1. — changes that brewing and distilling […]

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LV’s February Beer of the Month: ChewBOCKa by Confluence

The “chew” in the beer of the month — Confluence’s ChewBOCKa — is the unintended but delicious result of a common brewing complication. One of the problems that can vex brewers is what is known as a “stuck mash.” When separating the mash — a hot porridge of crushed grains and water — finely ground […]

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LV’s December Beer of the Month: You Be You by Kalona Brewing Company

It’s cold — or at least it’s supposed to be cold in December. Regardless, it’s not an ideal time of the year for citrusy and tropical IPAs. They’re still drinkable, sure, but much less fitting (double IPAs are a different story, however.) Stouts, including imperial stouts, are a much better fit for the cold temperatures […]

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LV’s November 2016 Brew of the Month: Bender by Surly Brewing Company

November is the perfect time to drink brown ale. The style’s toasty notes befit the dropping temperatures, shortening days, bare tree branches and, of course, the cold rain. It’s an ideal brew to sip while relaxing with friends or family after Thanksgiving dinner. There are a number of high-quality brown ales that are widely available, […]

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Ballast Point’s Pumpkin Down is LV’s October 2016 Brew of the Month

October, the best month of the year, is here again! It brings hayrack rides, colorful leaves, scary movie marathons, cool weather — and pumpkin spice up the ass. From coffee to muffins and even pancakes, pumpkin spicing can border on excessive. Some pumpkin is good, but too much can ruin the appetite for a big […]

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LV’s September 2016 Brew of the Month: Your guide to local Oktoberfest beers

Dust off your one-liter beer mug because September is the time to enjoy the many Oktoberfest beers being brewed in eastern Iowa — perhaps even at one of the area’s many Oktoberfest festivals. Here’s a run-down of the Oktoberfest beers being released by local breweries. Another Road: The Marion brewery will release its Oktoberfest, along […]

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Gose Shore by Exile Brewing Company is LV’s August 2016 Brew of the Month

The beer of the month is a tart but tasty and drinkable brew that should wet your whistle on the hot, sticky, long days of August — Gose Shore, brewed by the Exile Brewing Company of Des Moines. Gose Shore is best served in a weizen glass or a stange, which is a tall, skinny, […]

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Arms Race Pale Ale by Big Grove Brewery is LV’s July 2016 Brew of the Month

It’s that time of year when bicyclists are hitting the trails and country roads hard, training for RAGBRAI. One popular and effective (some may even say masochistic) route runs from Iowa City to the old Sutliff Bridge via the beastly hills of Sugar Bottom Road. It is a ride worthy of the beer of the […]

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