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Left Hand Brewing returns to Iowa

Left Hand Brewing

Left Hand Brewing Company announced yesterday that a selection of its beers will return to Iowa in early August. Johnson Brothers of Iowa will distribute Left Hand’s brews across a number of Iowa locations, and the company says that the available beers will include Milk Stout, Sawtooth Ale, 400 Pound Monkey IPA, Black Jack Porter, Polestar Pilsner, Stranger Pale Ale and many seasonals like the Fade to Black series. […]

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Mobile food vending program starts today

Local Burrito

The City of Iowa City pilot program for mobile food vendors starts today as five food carts set up shop in Chauncey Swan Park. The new program goes through October 31 and will allow vendors the opportunity to sell their food on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the downtown park. […]

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On the table: Laid-back libations

Sticking with the theme of last month’s column, party preparation, let’s bring our attention to the main event: dinner and drinks. As a relatively social person, I’ve hosted groups of friends and family at my house for dinner, drinks and dessert numerous times over the years. Sometimes I get overly ambitious and attempt to make something I’ve never tried before with the world’s longest recipe in hopes of making our dinner a meal to remember. […]

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Boozehound: Toast to summer with a tasty gin and tonic

Gin and tonic

This week, I’m celebrating the most summery of cocktails: the gin and tonic. This cocktail got its start back in the halcyon days of the British Empire when its subjects — especially those in the more exotic, tropical colonies — would drink this cocktail for their health. […]

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Take a ride on Millstream’s 13th Annual Tour de Brew

13th Annual Tour de Brew

The Millstream Brewing Company is inviting cyclists to warm up their legs and palates for RAGBRAI on the 13th annual Tour de Brew this Saturday, July 12. Registration for the 38-mile tour costs $25 and will take place at the brewery (835 48th Ave., Amana) from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The tour will take riders through Norway, Blairstown and West Amana before returning to Millstream. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Amana Colonies Recreational Trail. […]

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pseudoSue is LV’s July 2014 Brew of the Month

LV's July 2014 Brew of the Month

Toppling Goliath Brewing Company’s pseudoSue is an American pale ale that puts other beers to shame with its ferocious aroma and flavors of citrus and tropical fruit. Created as a more hop-forward version of Toppling Goliath’s other pale ale, Tsunami Pale, Toppling Goliath brewmaster Michael Saboe said pseudoSue was first called Pseudo Tsu. However, “Tsu” […]

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Beer Review: Deschutes Brewing’s ‘Hop in the Dark’

Hop in the Dark

Black IPAs have become one of my favorite styles of beer, pairing the characteristics I love most about darker beers wtih those of IPAs. Not only does it offer the chocolate and toasted malt flavors characteristic of heavy, opaque stouts, it also features IPA bitterness and flavors of citrus, tropical fruit and pine. […]

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Chicken Little Reviews: Thai Spice

Thai Spice

It’s no coincidence that people who live in hotter climates enjoy fiery cuisine year-round; it’s basic science: Spicy food makes you sweat; sweat makes you cool down. The aptly named Thai Spice has the best green curry in town, but I don’t find it to be unbearably spicy; the coconut milk cuts the heat with […]

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