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When it comes to pairing an elegant meal or decadent dessert with an adult beverage, wine has always been king. However, the explosion of flavorful, well-made craft beer over the last 10 years has provided diners with a second option. No longer relegated to the barbecue or tailgate, most restaurants now offer as many beer […]
Breweries collaborate on making beers all the time. Beer week or festival? Collaborate. Raise money for charity? Collaborate. Brewing team in town just for fun? Collaborate. These days, it seems that a “collaboration” is as integral to craft breweries as hops and yeast are to the beers they create. Yet when a local brewery teams […]
Downtown restaurant and brewery, Court Avenue Brewing Company (CABCo.), is gearing up to celebrate its much-anticipated 20th anniversary. Since 1996 the restaurant and its owner, Scott Carlson, have been a key part of the Court Avenue district’s growth and development, as well as a foundation for launching other restaurant scene staples, such as Americana (2006) […]
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 began in cramped basements and […]
The great city of Des Moines has some odd things but make it truly unique. Being odd is good – literally. Some of the best pizza comes from an old Chinese restaurant, there are some questionable names but that doesn’t deteriorate the delicious flavors that come from their kitchen. There’s even a drink in town […]
Updated on March 28, 2019: Just like any big city, whether you like it or not, Des Moines has a hipster food scene. Hipsters are drawn to artisanal provisions and locally harvested produce. The best part about all of that is Des Moines is able to feed the need of those “food requirements”. If you […]
I was ready to rumble when Culinary Fight Night came to town. The thought of an interactive cooking competition with elements of “Iron Chef” and “Chopped” coming to Des Moines was quite an attention grabber. The night it came to town, Chef Mike Holman and Chef Dominic Iannarelli were in the ring. Literally.