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Posted by Casey Wagner | Oct 1, 2011

October is my favorite month. Sweatshirt weather, colorful foliage, Big Ten football and Halloween spookiness. It cannot be beat. The evening air is tinged with the campfire-like smoke of wood-burning...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Sep 4, 2011

Named after an 18th century innkeeper and brewer, and traditionally served in glasses specially designed for drivers of horse-drawn carriages, Kwak provides the shift toward maltier brews that autumn weather...

Posted by Stephanie Catlett | Jul 29, 2011

So you think you know the Iowa City food scene? With several new restaurants opening their doors of late, it may be time for you to reconsider your options. If...

Posted by Erin Tiesman | Jul 29, 2011

Imagine five-hundred humpback whales. Twelve max-weight 18-wheelers. These amount to one million pounds--or the milestone reached by Iowa City’s Table to Table, a charitable organization that rescues food to support...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Jul 29, 2011

August kind of sucks. Summer vacation ends (for those who still have it), there is no reason to drive to Missouri for fireworks and the beginning of football season is...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Jun 5, 2011

Though it may look like any other fountain of sudsy goodness, the tap line behind the bar at Short’s Burger & Shine (18 South Clinton St.) is an icon. Its...

Posted by Casey Wagner | May 1, 2011

Brew of the Month: May Great River Brewery - 483 Pale Ale Brewer: Great River Brewery of Davenport, Iowa. Style: Pale Ale. Alcohol content: 5.4 percent ABV. Food pairings: The...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Apr 1, 2011

Now that spring has sprung, the ivy at Wrigley is slowly starting to leaf out and all Irish drinking holidays are behind us, the beer version of spring fever takes...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Mar 1, 2011

Not only does the March equinox mark the change of seasons, the transition to spring swings beer cravings back toward the light, citrusy and often hoppier brews enjoyed during T-shirt...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Feb 4, 2011

My original plan for February was to tap into Valentine’s Day tradition and recommend a beer reminiscent of the chocolate-covered cherries and dark fruit given to sweethearts across the world....

Posted by Casey Wagner | Jan 4, 2011

Much like Iowa’s arctic freeze, the season for high gravity beer persists through January. An ideal time to polish off the remaining supply of festive winter warmers, this month is...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Dec 3, 2010

Brewer: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company of Chico, California. Style: American IPA. Alcohol content: 6.8 percent ABV. Food pairings: Peppery cheeses (Monterey/Pepper Jack), sharp cheeses (Blue, Cheddar), pungent cheeses (Gorgonzola, Limburger),...

Posted by Kent Williams | Nov 25, 2010

I started with this recipe, but only because I thought it was a recipe for real, live all whole wheat french bread. Nothing wrong with that recipe, but I'm a...

Posted by Tara Atkinson | Nov 24, 2010

A little (maybe closer to a long) while ago, my friend Eric demanded I send him recipes "so that he might be jolly." I immediately thought of pies, but then...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Nov 10, 2010

To me, November falls in a gap between seasonal beer styles. It does not fit as well within the autumn brewing tradition as October, and it’s too early for holiday/winter...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Oct 6, 2010

Harvest is the traditional time to drink saison, a pale ale from Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium. Though perfect to quench the thirsts of workers toiling in the fields...