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Beer Review: Left Hand Brewing Company’s Milk Stout Nitro

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Nitrogen beers such as Guinness are served on draft using a pressurized mix of nitrogen and carbon dioxide, that results in a beer with a velvety smooth, creamy mouthfeel and little carbonation. Because nitrogen has a low solubility in liquid (meaning it cannot be dissolved), beers poured “on nitro” feature a distinctive cascade of bubbles that is caused by rising nitrogen. […]

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Left Hand Brewing returns to Iowa

Left Hand Brewing

Left Hand Brewing Company announced yesterday that a selection of its beers will return to Iowa in early August. Johnson Brothers of Iowa will distribute Left Hand’s brews across a number of Iowa locations, and the company says that the available beers will include Milk Stout, Sawtooth Ale, 400 Pound Monkey IPA, Black Jack Porter, Polestar Pilsner, Stranger Pale Ale and many seasonals like the Fade to Black series. […]

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

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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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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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New beer alert: Surly Brewing Company comes to Iowa

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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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