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ReUnion Lager by ReUnion Brewery is LV’s June 2016 Brew of the Month

ReUnion Brewery

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 enthusiasts as boring and simple, worthy only for the unenlightened to drink from plastic cups. Sure, it is simple, but dismissing it overlooks the fact the lagers being brewed […]

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LV Recommends: Iowa City Brewlab

Located just outside the heart of downtown, Iowa City Brewlab has a spacious and inviting taproom that serves a continuous rotation of excellent guest taps and beers brewed on-site — individual batches of which often run out in less than a month. With its ever-changing line-up, our recommendation this month is to stop by the […]

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

Pompeii - Toppling Goliath

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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CocO Stout by West O Beer is LV’s March 2016 Brew of the Month

This St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy the world-class, Iowa-brewed cream stout that has brought two straight gold medals home to West Okoboji: CocO Stout, brewed by West O Beer. According to the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) style description, a sweet/cream stout should be dark, sweet and full-bodied; its flavor should be dominated by chocolate and […]

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The Disaster at Meux is LV’s February 2016 Brew of the Month

Disaster at Meux

February’s beer of the month is another world-class beer brewed in the City of Five Seasons: The Disaster at Meux. First brewed in 2014, The Disaster at Meux is named after the London Beer Flood of 1814. According to Lion Bridge brewer and co-owner Quinton McClain, English breweries at that time were racing to build […]

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New Pi Co-op continues collaborative beer series with ‘Transporter,’ a granola porter

The New Pioneer Food Co-op is partnering with Iowa brewers and food producers on a series of locally-flavored collaboration beers. Brewed with ingredients or products sourced from Iowa, the beers are part of New Pioneer’s commitment to connect consumers with local producers — and to fill the store’s shelves with tasty brews, said Melissa Arp, […]

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

Rover Truck

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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Bell’s Best Brown Ale is LV’s October 2015 Brew of the Month

Best Brown Ale

It doesn’t get much better than October. Cooler temperatures perfect for hooded sweatshirts, colorful autumn foliage, hayrack rides, football, peaceful walks along leaf-covered trails and Friday the 13th marathons. It’s a magical month, indeed. The beer of the month, Best Brown Ale by Bell’s Brewery, evokes everything there is to love about October and autumn. […]

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Workman’s Compensation by Lion Bridge Brewing Company is LV’s September 2015 Brew of the Month

Policy on the Rocks at Lion Bridge

In honor of Labor Day, this month’s beer of choice is an award-winning, tasty, low-alcohol compensation that is perfect to enjoy after a hard day of work: Workman’s Compensation, brewed by the Lion Bridge Brewing Company of Cedar Rapids. Lion Bridge classifies Workman’s Compensation as dark mild—a malty, low-alcohol style that originated in Britain. Lion […]

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New on the scene: Green Tree Brewery finds success in eastern Iowa

Green Tree

Less than a week after opening the Green Tree Brewery in Le Claire, Iowa, brewmaster and co-owner Richard Day said he was already thinking about expansion. Demand and interest were been so overwhelming at Green Tree, which officially opened on Aug. 7, that Day said he was eyeing neighboring plots of land to expand the […]

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