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Posted November 18, 2015in Belly Up

Carbon’s footprint on Court Avenue

Six months ago, Chelsie Lyons opened her second bar, Carbon. Carbon has become a new and challenging adventure for Lyons, but one that she loves. “It’s the only thing I’ve ever known,” said Lyons. “I started working in the restaurant industry when I was 20. I did a lot of

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Posted November 11, 2015in Belly Up

Fox Brewing Co. sets itself apart

Des Moines has become a hotspot for the ever-growing micro-brewing community. To find success late in the game, a brewery must claim its spot in the growing list in a unique way. Fox Brewing Co. grabs the attention of guests and customers with the promise of good brews, good times

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Posted November 04, 2015in Belly Up

Five years’ difference for The Keg Stand

When owners Ryan Greening and Sarah Cattoor opened The Keg Stand five years ago, they had no idea how far their vision would take the bar. They began with only 12 beers on tap and were actually performing keg stands on the bar floor. The Keg Stand now hosts everyone

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Posted October 28, 2015in Belly Up

Experience the beer of Iowa

When avid beer lover and WOI-TV meteorologist J.D. Peterson found that a brewery tour didn’t exist in central Iowa, he began researching and contacting Iowa breweries to change that. Iowa Brew Tours was launched Oct. 1 in hopes of providing an educational tour of central Iowa breweries for local beer

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Posted October 21, 2015in Belly Up, Featured Story

Exile Brewing Co. has found its home

The word “exile” brings about a sense of loneliness, referring to the state of being barred from a particular place, especially a person’s native country. And while that is exactly where Exile Brewing Co. took its name from, the brewery puts a positive spin on it. It is named for

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Posted October 14, 2015in Belly Up

Louie’s Wine Dive is the opposite

The concept of a “wine dive” is sort of an oxymoron, isn’t it? With the exception of boxed wines, there is a certain level of elegance to be associated with wine — a very different vibe from the latter word, which describes “a disreputable nightclub or bar.” Although the staff

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Posted October 07, 2015in Belly Up, Featured Story

Authentic Cuban cuisine, made with love

When Tanya Suarez Tigner opened Ceviche Bar in mid-September, she didn’t expect people to be knocking on her locked door when she closed down the restaurant between lunch and dinner. But within a week of opening, that’s exactly what she got. I stopped into Ceviche one Wednesday at the end

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Posted September 30, 2015in Belly Up, Featured Story

Burger Daddy fills a need in Grimes

There’s a new place to get your burger fix in Grimes, and it’s also making a name for itself in game day locales. Burger Daddy opened in September in the strip mall on Gateway Drive, in the former Fat Boyz location. Owned by father-and-son duo Michael and Branden Roberts, Burger

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Posted September 23, 2015in Belly Up, Featured Story

Meet your football family at Cheap Seats Sports Bar

The official start of fall was Sept. 23, but many people probably considered Thursday, Sept. 17 as the beginning of the season. Why? Football. The NFL season kicked off with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots, thus ushering in the new season for sports bars all around the

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Posted September 16, 2015in Belly Up, Featured Story

The Waverly mixes up more than cocktails

Most everyone who’s looking for a new bar adventure is seeking something that sets one apart from all the others. Sports bars and dance clubs are a dime a dozen — and that’s fine — but the only way to survive in a saturated industry is by being different. Even

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