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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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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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12 oz. Curls: Deschutes’ Hop Henge IPA

While watching the second half of the NCAA men’s basketball championship game earlier this month, I enjoyed a bottle of Hop Henge Experimental IPA, brewed by the Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Ore.

According to the beer’s webpage, Hop Henge is Deschutes’ “annual exercise in IBU escalation … it’s all hop, no apologies.” Available January through April, Hop Henge is brewed with “an outrageous amount of Centennial and Cascade hops.” The beer is also heavily dry hopped, a brewing process where hops are a […]

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