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Cyclists gearing up for third annual Culinary Ride

Culinary Ride

Bicyclists and locavores in the Iowa City area are gearing up for the third annual Culinary Ride, which begins this Sunday at 8 a.m. Participants in the Culinary Ride will choose whether they want to ride the shorter, 10-25 mile “Cherry Tomato” route, or the more challenging, 60+ mile “Beat-it-Up” route. Both routes take riders […]

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Hop Wranger is our September 2013 brew of the month

Hop Wrangler

‘Tis the season for football and saison! Oddly enough, the September beer of the month—Hop Wrangler, brewed by Peace Tree Brewing in Knoxville, Iowa—is not a saison; however, it offers flavors and aromas reminiscent of this traditionally spicy style. According to Kaleb Livingston, the operations manager at Peace Tree, Hop Wrangler is a different kind […]

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Beard Beer is brewed with yeast cultured from an actual beard, and you can try it tonight at Sanctuary

Beard Beer

This just in: the Sanctuary Pub will be tapping Rogue Beard Beer tonight. The beer is an American wild ale made with yeast cultured from Rogue Brewmaster John Maier’s beard, and that’s no joke. Back when Beard Beer was new on the scene, Huffington Post gave this detailed account of this strange brew’s origins: The […]

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XIEcrets of a Restaurant Redemption

XIE Secrets

On August 27, XIE (pronounced “shay”) hosted a grand reopening after receiving a makeover from Restaurant Redemption, a yet to be aired program that will be showed on The Cooking Channel. There was promise of a “celebrity chef” and a free meal for up to 100 people. Chicken Little would like to go on record […]

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Crafty: Pickling 101

Every year, I dream up elaborate plans for my summer vegetable garden. And each year, at about this time, I start to lose steam. The constant weeding and watering are too much for me and I can never seem to battle the bugs and pests in an effective way. I tried to keep it in check this year and scale back a bit on planting. I selected things that we truly like and actually eat, and that also are relatively easy to care for. I planted, among numerous other vegetables, three tiny cucumber plants. […]

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Ethos IPA is our August brew of the month

While I was browsing the shelves in the beer cooler at John’s one Friday last month, Joe Hotek walked in and I asked him for a recommendation. “You mean for August?” he asked. I have often sought Hotek’s advice for my Little Village recommendations, but this time I was shopping for myself. “Nah, just for […]

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