The Curse of the Whale 1

It started with a Surly Furious. A four pack, actually. On sale at my neighborhood Hy-Vee for $9.99. (Hi, Sam!) Surly is brewed in the twin cities, and hasn’t been readily available outside of Minnesota until just this year. Twelve months ago I would have been ecstatic to find Furious on […]

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Spanish Tapas Recipes + 3 Spots In Des Moines For Tapas

There is always something rewarding when you’re able to reproduce a certain culinary style and tradition in your very own kitchen. Doing so can save you money by not purchasing plane tickets and there won’t be any language barriers. Although, sometimes corn fields look better than this 😉 Not. Another thing to consider […]


Crafts on Court: Notes from ICBF 2015 2

Not long ago, back when you could count the number of Iowa microbreweries on one hand (and that term was still used to describe them), a festival, let alone an entire week, devoted to celebrating craft beer culture in Iowa was unheard of. Even the inaugural version just five years ago of […]

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Father's Day Gifts

Father’s Day Gifts for the Craft Beer Connoisseur

What happened to June? The end of winter dragged on endlessly, April and May lasted forever…yet all of the sudden we’re staring down the barrel of July, just ten short days away. Memorial day weekend was forever ago, Flag Day has come and gone, and summer officially kicks off this […]


Des Moines Beer Week | Q&A with 818 Design’s Rachel and Melissa 1

If you know anything about the craft beer industry, it’s a very busy and growing one. With new breweries popping up in buildings monthly, it can be tough to keep up with everything. If you don’t know what IPA stands for, what craft beer means or still not sure if you enjoy […]

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EXILE BREWING

Field Trip | Exile on (Walnut) Street 1

Now that craft beer boom in full swing, the grassroots rhetoric has become commonplace. As I’ve mentioned before, you don’t have to look far to find the “started from the bottom, now we’re here” success story of low-budget home brewers turning their fledgling passion into a full-time career. Nano-breweries that […]


18 Of The Best Instagram Photos From @Djonuts in Des Moines 1

Happy National Donut Day, Des Moines!  National Doughnut Day started on June 7, 1938. Ever since that day, the first Friday of every June is deemed as National Donut Day. Little do most people know is that there is a special meaning behind this day. It’s not just a day […]

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Spent Grain Scones

As a Foodster, this may be the most Foodster thing you could do. I’ve been homebrewing – on my 5th brew – and learned that the spent grain can be more than just something that is simply thrown into your compost pile or fed to livestock. It’s something that can […]


Thoughts from a Home Brewer 3

There is a significant amount of time to kill during the home brewing process, which gives the home brewer a lot of time to think. On most occasions, such thoughts usually consist of sheer panic and “Oh crap, I think I just screwed this whole thing up.” But other times, […]

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[Sponsored] Bonefish Grill Brings Back Three Favorite Flavors for Just $7

Back by popular demand, Bonefish Grill – the fresh fish experts and winner of the 2015 Consumer Picks Best Seafood award – are offering guest favorites Bang Bang Shrimp® Tacos and Blackened Baja Fish Tacos (both served in Bonefish Grill’s original soft shell) and their original Fish + Chips. From […]