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Take a ride on Millstream’s 13th Annual Tour de Brew

13th Annual Tour de Brew

The Millstream Brewing Company is inviting cyclists to warm up their legs and palates for RAGBRAI on the 13th annual Tour de Brew this Saturday, July 12. Registration for the 38-mile tour costs $25 and will take place at the brewery (835 48th Ave., Amana) from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The tour will take riders through Norway, Blairstown and West Amana before returning to Millstream. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Amana Colonies Recreational Trail. […]

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pseudoSue is LV’s July 2014 Brew of the Month

LV's July 2014 Brew of the Month

Toppling Goliath Brewing Company’s pseudoSue is an American pale ale that puts other beers to shame with its ferocious aroma and flavors of citrus and tropical fruit. Created as a more hop-forward version of Toppling Goliath’s other pale ale, Tsunami Pale, Toppling Goliath brewmaster Michael Saboe said pseudoSue was first called Pseudo Tsu. However, “Tsu” […]

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Beer Review: Deschutes Brewing’s ‘Hop in the Dark’

Hop in the Dark

Black IPAs have become one of my favorite styles of beer, pairing the characteristics I love most about darker beers wtih those of IPAs. Not only does it offer the chocolate and toasted malt flavors characteristic of heavy, opaque stouts, it also features IPA bitterness and flavors of citrus, tropical fruit and pine. […]

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Beer Reviews: Squatters Full Suspension Pale Ale

Home to many alcohol-abstaining Mormons, Utah has some of the most restrictive alcohol laws in the country. Beer sold at grocery stores, convenience stores and bars without special licenses cannot have an alcohol content higher than 3.2 percent by weight (4 percent ABV). […]

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Beyond the Pale IPA is LV’s June 2014 brew of the month

Beer time!

When camping on cloudless, moonless nights, it is hard not to look up and admire the vast, dark, star-stippled sky. My eyes are always drawn to the Big Dipper, and I fruitlessly try to find the Little Dipper (I can never remember where it is). I search for the little red dot that is Mars […]

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Border Hop Fest to offer tasting of rare Midwestern brews

Backpocket Brewing

We’ve all done it — crossed Iowa’s borders to buy beer unavailable in the Hawkeye State, be it from New Glarus or Half Acre. This Saturday, May 24 from 1-5 p.m. though, beers that normally require visiting a neighboring state to enjoy will be coming to Backpocket Brewing for Border Hop Fest, located on the top level of the Coralville Marriott parking ramp. […]

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Beer Reviews: Birrificio Montelupo’s Turbone Wheat Ale

Turbone Wheat Ale

While perusing the beer section of a local store, trying to figure out what to review next for Little Village, my eyes were drawn to the discounted price ($3.99 per bottle) of Turbone Wheat Ale, brewed by the Birrificio Montelupo of Montelupo Fiorentino, Italy. I thought: Why not take a chance on Turbone Wheat Ale — especially since its normal price is listed at $7 a bottle? Oh, let me count the ways … […]

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Des Moines IPA is LV’s May 2014 Brew of the Month

Des Moines IPA

May’s beer of the month is the well-balanced, Iowa-brewed IPA from Confluence Brewing Company: Des Moines IPA. Though some IPAs are overwhelmingly dry and bitter, John Martin, the head brewer at Confluence, proudly admits that he wants his IPA to have a balance of malt and hop characteristics. Instead of going overboard with abrasive hop […]

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