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Posted by Chicken Little | Jan 29, 2013

Tucked into the busy lineup of Clinton Street storefronts, wedged between two other doorways, an unassuming red awning marks the entrance to one of the city's newer and more exciting...

The Hops
Posted by Casey Wagner | Jan 29, 2013

CALLED TO COMMUNIONRever-friends have a pint at their regular hangout, The Old Capitol Brew Works. At first they seem like a group of old frat buddies meeting after work. Over...

Posted by Kristy Hartsgrove | Dec 14, 2012

Photos by Jason Alan Fries When I was a kid, you got your ice cream at a Baskin Robbins franchise in a strip mall next to a Fayva, where you...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Dec 13, 2012

‘Tis the season for holiday beers, a time when breweries release festive winter warmers or special one-offs made with top secret ingredients, and a time that for me is the...

Posted by Chicken Little | Nov 29, 2012

It was a warm, fall Sunday when my wife and I stopped by Her Soup Kitchen for lunch. The restaurant was buzzing with people, every table was filled, and we...

The Hops
Posted by Casey Wagner | Nov 29, 2012

TRIED IT. LIKED IT. What’s Next? Green Flash Brewing’s West Coast IPA is among the new-to-Iowa craft brews For two years, a collaboration of brewers from the Boston Beer Company...

Posted by Kate Hess | Nov 14, 2012

Arnold Lobel’s storybook characters Frog and Toad are two of the literary giants from my childhood that have enjoyed second, third and (currently) fourth revivals for me as I’ve shared...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Nov 14, 2012

My plan to recommend a tasty and potent weizenbock this month fell through, so I have decided to suggest a stout that is so good I drank it for breakfast...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Oct 31, 2012

The sun has yet to rise but the full moon still hovers over the western horizon. Its pale light illuminates the trash strewn parking lot behind Kinnick Stadium. Cars dodge...

Posted by Chicken Little | Oct 24, 2012

Trumpet Blosson Cafe 310 E. Prentiss St. As an ex-vegan I still love to frequent vegetarian/vegan restaurants and was delighted when the Trumpet Blossom opened. Trumpet Blossom is a fully...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Oct 11, 2012

Though I love carving pumpkins for Halloween, and finishing Thanksgiving dinner with a slice of pumpkin pie, pumpkin-flavored beer never appealed to me; it seemed like a bad combination. However,...

Posted by Tonya Kehoe | Oct 11, 2012

FINDING A DEALER: Sweet corn, jerky, all kinds of goods are available on the streets of Iowa. I am supposed to meet him (I don't know his name) at the corner...

Posted by Chicken Little | Sep 25, 2012

Bobalicious might just be the kind of place Anthony Bourdain is always searching for—a family-run, hole-in-the-wall, authentic pho joint. Rather difficult to locate, Bobalicious is attached to a Deli Mart...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Sep 25, 2012

Photos Courtesy Jen Fisher When golfing, Kent Ball will drink Miller Lite because it’s refreshing, watery and usually cheaper than bottled water. It is a beer, he said, that he...

Posted by Tonya Kehoe | Sep 11, 2012

Photo by Heather Atkinson How does a middle-class working mother splurge? Retail therapy? No, not shoes—if I can’t wear them to work or at home then why bother? Not handbags—they...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Sep 7, 2012

September is a time for football (oh, sacred game) and funk. Brettanomyces funk, that is. Affectionately known as Brett, Brettanomyces is a strain of yeast used in many Belgian beers....