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Photos: Third annual Northside Oktoberfest

Despite a bit of rain, the annual Northside Oktoberfest amounted to an exciting beer-filled afternoon for thousands of attendees. Hundreds of (delicious) beers were available for sampling at the annual Iowa City Brew Fest, and the whole event was capped off with a victory for the Iowa Hawkeyes–which was of course broadcast on a large […]

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Chicken Little Reviews: The Mill

For the uninitiated, which I assume is none of you, The Mill is, according to a tweet from Menomena, “the most fun [you will have in a restaurant] in years, if not decades! great place, great peeps.” The “great peeps” during my Friday lunch at noon were just me and the waitress. She did not […]

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Cyclists gearing up for third annual Culinary Ride

Bicyclists and locavores in the Iowa City area are gearing up for the third annual Culinary Ride, which begins this Sunday at 8 a.m. Participants in the Culinary Ride will choose whether they want to ride the shorter, 10-25 mile “Cherry Tomato” route, or the more challenging, 60+ mile “Beat-it-Up” route. Both routes take riders […]

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Hop Wranger is our September 2013 brew of the month

‘Tis the season for football and saison! Oddly enough, the September beer of the month—Hop Wrangler, brewed by Peace Tree Brewing in Knoxville, Iowa—is not a saison; however, it offers flavors and aromas reminiscent of this traditionally spicy style. According to Kaleb Livingston, the operations manager at Peace Tree, Hop Wrangler is a different kind […]

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Beard Beer is brewed with yeast cultured from an actual beard, and you can try it tonight at Sanctuary

This just in: the Sanctuary Pub will be tapping Rogue Beard Beer tonight. The beer is an American wild ale made with yeast cultured from Rogue Brewmaster John Maier’s beard, and that’s no joke. Back when Beard Beer was new on the scene, Huffington Post gave this detailed account of this strange brew’s origins: The […]

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XIEcrets of a Restaurant Redemption

On August 27, XIE (pronounced “shay”) hosted a grand reopening after receiving a makeover from Restaurant Redemption, a yet to be aired program that will be showed on The Cooking Channel. There was promise of a “celebrity chef” and a free meal for up to 100 people. Chicken Little would like to go on record […]

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