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New beer alert: Surly Brewing Company comes to Iowa

The Surly Brewing Company of Brooklyn Center, Minn., has begun selling a limited amount of beer in the Des Moines, Ames, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City areas and plans a larger rollout in 2015. Surly made a grand entrance last Thursday, taking over the taps at El Bait Shop in Des Moines. Surly spokesman Lee Jones said representatives dropped off a pallet of BLAKKR, an Imperial Black IPA, for distribution by Johnson Brothers of Iowa. […]

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Get your grub on: Five Days of food in Iowa City

With so much buzz around Mission Creek and the talented musicians and artists visiting our town, it is easy to overlook the stellar line-up of food events that are happening throughout the week. Here’s a five-day guide to feasting through the festivities. […]

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Boozehound: Glenfiddich 18 Year Old Scotch Whisky review

This week we’re plunging directly into the world of single malt Scotch. Of all the types of whiskey out there, single malts tend to be the most expensive in the whisk(e)y category and the intimidation factor can be high. Compared to a good old-fashioned handle of Jim Beam bourbon or Jack Daniels Tennessee whiskey, single malts, with their fancy packaging and expensive price tags, can seem to be more of an inconvenience than anything else. After all, that’s a healthy chunk of change you’re putting down for a bottle of whisky — is it really worth the price tag? […]

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Chicken Little Reviews: Szechuan House

If you’ve ever had a hangover and you live in Iowa City, there’s a good chance you’ve already eaten food from Szechuan House, which offers delivery service. Their hangover standbys like orange chicken, crab Rangoon and pork fried rice are all solidly comparable to those at other Americanized Chinese places in town; however, there are […]

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Frost Line Rye is our March 2014 Brew of the Month

Just as March is stuck between seasons, the beer of the month, Summit’s Frost Line Rye, is a seasonal between seasonals. Offering spice and malt alongside an invigorating and energizing tease of citrus, Frost Line Rye befits a month when temperatures rise and the days lengthen but the snow still flies, the trees are still […]

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Zipline Brewing Company makes Iowa debut with tap takeover at Red’s Alehouse this Wednesday

Zipline co-founder and head brewer Marcus Powers said distribution in the Hawkeye State will officially kick off with tap takeovers at Red’s Alehouse in North… […]

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Chicken Little Reviews: India Cafe

When I first moved to Iowa City half a lifetime ago I had never eaten Indian food. The first time I fearlessly dove into the buffet at India Cafe would be the beginning of a lifelong love of Indian spices and preparations. I crave those crazy Indian pickles like other people do chocolate, and I’m […]

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