LV’s May Beer of the Month: Your favorite beer, outside, with friends

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 got our pints at the bar, walked outside and sat at a picnic table on the brewery’s front patio.

Soft music played on the outside speakers and the water flowing through a tap line fountain lulled us into serenity. The bike rack on the sidewalk was full and bicycles were chained to the brewery’s fence, their spandex-clad riders nursing plastic cups filled with stout and brown ale. […]

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LV’s February Beer of the Month: ChewBOCKa by Confluence

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 problems that can vex brewers is what is known as a “stuck mash.” When separating the mash — a hot porridge of crushed grains and water — finely ground […]

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LV’s December Beer of the Month: You Be You by Kalona Brewing Company

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 IPAs. They’re still drinkable, sure, but much less fitting (double IPAs are a different story, however.) Stouts, including imperial stouts, are a much better fit for the cold temperatures […]

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Gose Shore by Exile Brewing Company is LV’s August 2016 Brew of the Month

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 by the Exile Brewing Company of Des Moines. Gose Shore is best served in a weizen glass or a stange, which is a tall, skinny, […]

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Pompeii by Toppling Goliath Brewing Company is LV’s April 2016 Brew of the Month

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 oh-so-familiar and awesome. Part of Toppling Goliath’s Hop Patrol series of IPAs, Pompeii is inspired by the House of Faun in Pompeii, Italy, where beautifully […]

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Rover Truck by Toppling Goliath is LV’s November 2015 Brew of the Month

Stout is a polarizing beer style. While some savor it, others run screaming at the sight of a glassful. For one reason or another — the dark color, the coffee-like roasted flavor, the heavier mouthfeel — many want nothing to do with stout. And that is perfectly fine. If they do not like it, they […]

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