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Brix Wine and Cheese
Posted by Chicken Little |
Chicken Little Reviews: Brix Cheese Shop and Wine Bar

Brix Cheese Shop and Wine Bar -- photo by Rachel Jessen On a rare rain-free afternoon in early June, I was feeling peckish and decided to risk crossing the road...

Pilsner Urquell
Posted by Casey Wagner |
Pilsner Urquell is our July brew of the month

For July, my instinct tells me to recommend a Czech pilsner. Light, refreshing, grassy and perhaps a touch skunky at first, I think the style not only suits hot, humid...

Beer Freshness
Posted by Casey Wagner |
The Hops: Quality assured?

“People want to know what they are buying and have confidence that it’s going to taste good after they go plunk down $10 for a sixer,” --Kenny Gunderman, Summit Brewing...

Iowa City Farmer's Market
Posted by Chicken Little |
Chicken Little Reviews: Farmers’ Market brunch

The Iowa City Farmer's Market, located in the Chauncey Swan Ramp, operates on Wednesdays and Saturdays until October 30. --photo by Alan Light Every Saturday from May through October, Iowa...

Posted by Casey Wagner |
The Hops: June brews of the month

Last summer's recommendation of PBR, my favorite lawn mower lager, disappointed at least one reader. Feeling the need to redeem myself this June, I am recommending two refreshing and tasty...

Bloody Mary
Posted by Luke Benson |
On the Table: Take a bloody break

I call it the “eat-whatever-you-want-whenever-you-want-so-long-as-doing-so-reduces-your-stress diet.” --photo by James Davies Here’s the conundrum: I’ve found myself at an unpleasant crossroads. I’m in my 30s, have high blood pressure and need...

Gears and Beers
Posted by Casey Wagner |
The Hops: Gears and beers

Where does the tight-knit connection between beer and cycling originate? For Ray Bennett, an avid bicyclist and 27-year RAGBRAI veteran, it is always nice to have a destination at the...

Posted by Chicken Little |
Chicken Little Reviews: El Banditos

El Banditos is a Northside restaurant that is capturing authentic fiesta flavor in their inventive, fresh cuisine. Holding its own in a growing pool of quality Mexican joints (La Michoacana...

Posted by Casey Wagner |
Rampant IPA is our May brew of the month

With supplies of spring’s seasonal brews dwindling, I’ve decided to suggest a spring-ish beer that is not only brewed year-round, but also offers a level of hop bitterness that exceeds...

Posted by Scott Samuelson |
A love letter to Leaf Kitchen’s Cubano

A few hours after I ate it, the taste still lingered in my mouth, like a lover’s perfume on your clothes. I love Leaf Kitchen’s “Cubano,” their version of the...

Posted by Casey Wagner |
Beer review: Dig Pale Ale from New Belgium Brewing

Fitting for springtime garden work and the May flowers that should pop up after all those April showers, Dig is an earthy, grassy pale ale that offers a nice bite...

Posted by Drew Bulman |
Bread Garden hosting event for would-be wine tasters

Dan Ceresia, wine specialist and consultant Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Bread Garden Market is hosting a "Break into Wine" tasting event as a sort of crash course...

Posted by Casey Wagner |
The bittersweet effects of the 2012 drought

Though brewers said the hot, dry summer of 2012 brought an increase in sales due to beer drinkers looking to quench their thirst, there were also consequences. Brewers say the...

Jimmy Jacks
Posted by Chicken Little |
Chicken Little Reviews: Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack

Last weekend, I followed my beak down Lower Muscatine Road, just past Sycamore mall to one of Iowa City’s favorite BBQ joints, Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack. Owned and operated by...