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John’s Grocery will carry Colorado’s Ska Brewing beers

UPDATE: Stores across Iowa, including John’s Grocery, will soon stock their shelves with beer from Colorado craft beer company Ska Brewing. Based in the southwest Colorado city of Durango, Ska is best known for its delectable India Pale Ales and eye-catching packaging. Ska beers are not readily available in Iowa, and when the shipment arrives in October, it will be the first time in more than eight years John’s Grocery will sell the craft label. […]

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Explore Czech Village and New Bo destinations at Room with a Brew

Room with a Brew returns to Czech Village and the New Bo neighborhood this weekend, and organizers are hopeful that the second edition of the event will not have to contend with any weather issues. This year’s event is this Friday, Sept. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. The starting point is the NewBo City Market where there will be prize drawings and exhibitors and where participants can pick up a souvenir glass and a tour map. The self-guided tour includes four excellent examples of the urban living options in the district and four great eateries. The tour map serves as the ticket, granting access to the living spaces and securing participants two free beverage tastings and appetizers at the restaurants. […]

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Rent a kitchen with Iowa’s new community kitchen website

Maybe you’ve been told, “This tastes so good — you could open a restaurant.” But starting a food business is a lot harder than it sounds. A new website makes that leap a little less daunting, partnering commercial kitchens in Iowa with people looking for a licensed place to prepare food. […]

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Big Grove Brewery and Pullman Diner usher in fall with seasonal dinner

On Sunday evening, Sept. 17, nearly 90 people gathered around picnic tables at Kroul Farms to celebrate summer’s transition to fall with a six-course meal prepared by Pullman Bar and Diner and Big Grove Brewery. “The idea behind this when we started writing the menu was to … show this [seasonal] transition,” said Ben Smart, […]

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Frequent ‘Antiques Roadshow’ appraiser Nicholas Lowry to appear at BrewNost

BrewNost National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library — Friday, Sept. 15 at 6:30 p.m. Nicholas “Nicho” Lowry — president of Swann Auction Galleries in New York City and well known for his appearances on Antiques Roadshow — will serve as the celebrity auctioneer at this year’s Brewnost event at the National Czech & Slovak […]

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Iowa City RadTour heads out Sunday, Sept. 10 for 43 miles of culinary delight

Iowa City Rad Tour convenes at New Pioneer Co-Op — Sunday, Sept. 10 at 9 a.m. This year’s Iowa City RadTour, formerly known as the Iowa City Culinary Ride, will welcome riders Sunday, Sept. 10 for a 43-mile ride around area farms, featuring local chefs cooking even-more-local produce. RadTour promotes the local-food movement and celebrates […]

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Don’t black out! A guide to local, low-alcohol craft beers

Iowans love craft beer, but when one pint is as strong as a double shot of vodka, unsuspecting social drinkers may find themselves stumbling after just one or two of their favorite brews. Here is your guide to a local beers under five percent ABV but just as tasty.
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How To Make: Cucumber Mint Espresso Tonic

Sam Caster from Prairie Lights Cafe and Brass Ring Coffee demonstrates how to make the drink of the summer, the Cucumber Mint Espresso Tonic: Sam Caster's Cucumber Mint Espresso Tonic Sam Caster from Prairie Lights Cafe and Brass Ring Coffee demonstrates how to make the drink of the summer, the Cucumber Mint Espresso Tonic: Posted […]

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