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LV’s November 2016 Brew of the Month: Bender by Surly Brewing Company

November is the perfect time to drink brown ale. The style’s toasty notes befit the dropping temperatures, shortening days, bare tree branches and, of course, the cold rain. It’s an ideal brew to sip while relaxing with friends or family after Thanksgiving dinner. There are a number of high-quality brown ales that are widely available, […]

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Ballast Point’s Pumpkin Down is LV’s October 2016 Brew of the Month

October, the best month of the year, is here again! It brings hayrack rides, colorful leaves, scary movie marathons, cool weather — and pumpkin spice up the ass. From coffee to muffins and even pancakes, pumpkin spicing can border on excessive. Some pumpkin is good, but too much can ruin the appetite for a big […]

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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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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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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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LV Recommends: Turner Alley’s Czech Pilsner

Turner Alley Brewing’s Czech Village Pilsner pays homage to the historic Cedar Rapids neighborhood that underwent severe damage in the 2008 floods and has since recovered to become a burgeoning cultural and commercial… […]

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