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Posted by Casey Wagner | May 2, 2017

After finishing some business on a warm, sunny, summer Saturday in downtown Davenport a few years ago, a couple friends and I stopped at the Great River Brewery. We each...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Apr 4, 2017

Photo by Jordan Sellergren MCF: Free Rock Show Saturday — April 8 at 2 p.m. Big Grove Brewery & Taproom, Iowa City April marks the beginning of my favorite pastime:...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Feb 28, 2017

Photo courtesy of Quarter Barrel Quarter Barrel Arcade & Brewery 616 2nd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids thequarterbarrel.com As someone who was born in the eighties, came of age in the...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Jan 31, 2017

Photo by Zak Neumann The “chew” in the beer of the month -- Confluence’s ChewBOCKa -- is the unintended but delicious result of a common brewing complication. One of the...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Dec 6, 2016

Illustration by Blair Gauntt It’s cold -- or at least it’s supposed to be cold in December. Regardless, it’s not an ideal time of the year for citrusy and tropical...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Nov 1, 2016

Photo via Surly Brewing Co November is the perfect time to drink brown ale. The style’s toasty notes befit the dropping temperatures, shortening days, bare tree branches and, of course,...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Oct 4, 2016

Photo via Ballast Point October, the best month of the year, is here again! It brings hayrack rides, colorful leaves, scary movie marathons, cool weather -- and pumpkin spice up...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Sep 6, 2016

Photo by Oder Sivan Dust off your one-liter beer mug because September is the time to enjoy the many Oktoberfest beers being brewed in eastern Iowa -- perhaps even at...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Aug 2, 2016

The beer of the month is a tart but tasty and drinkable brew that should wet your whistle on the hot, sticky, long days of August -- Gose Shore, brewed...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Jul 6, 2016

It’s that time of year when bicyclists are hitting the trails and country roads hard, training for RAGBRAI. One popular and effective (some may even say masochistic) route runs from...

ReUnion Brewery
Posted by Casey Wagner | Jun 3, 2016

Photo by Adam Burke Lager gets a bad rap. Commonly associated with the macro pilsners stacked ceiling-high in walk-in coolers across the nation, lager is panned by many craft beer...

Pompeii - Toppling Goliath
Posted by Casey Wagner | Apr 8, 2016

The beer of the month, Pompeii, is a tropical and citrusy dream come true, ideal for enjoying on warm, early spring afternoons when wearing t-shirts and shorts feels weird, but...

Posted by Casey Wagner | Mar 4, 2016

CocO Stout, brewed by West O Beer in Okoboji. This St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy the world-class, Iowa-brewed cream stout that has brought two straight gold medals home to West Okoboji:...

Holiday Beers
Posted by Casey Wagner | Dec 4, 2015

Holiday cheer makes its way to the beer aisle in the form of cherished seasonals and festive one-offs, perfect for enjoying and sharing at holiday gatherings and ugly sweater parties....