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Posted June 24, 2015in What's Brewing?

Shiner beer

In 1909, Shiner Brewery Association began brewing its handcrafted beers with old-world influences. Founder Kosmos Spoetzel, a Bavarian immigrant, wanted to share his passion for beer with his fellow immigrants in their new home of Shiner, Texas. Since that day, Spoetzel’s “Little Brewery” has made every single can, bottle and

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Posted May 27, 2015in What's Brewing?

Smith & Forge

Cider beers have been gaining mass-market appeal as the “beer for people who don’t like beer.” With the sweet apple taste, ciders make for a refreshing, light drink that hits the spot from the warm spring months to the chilly days of autumn. They satisfy beer drinkers who want something

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Posted April 22, 2015in What's Brewing?

Dos Equis

We also don’t always spotlight Mexican beers, but when we do, we spotlight Dos Equis. Known for its often-quoted commercials, Dos Equis is a big brand with a small product line. For a Mexican brewing company to make it big with only two iconic beers to its name, that says

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Posted March 25, 2015in What's Brewing?

Crispin Brewing Co.

Des Moines is creeping out of the dreary winter days and dancing into those long awaited, warm summer days. That means it’s time to drop the stouts and amber beers and grab something more seasonally festive. Most people first think of a shandy or a lager for summertime, but there

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Posted February 25, 2015in What's Brewing?


Almost 4,000 miles northeast of Des Moines is Ireland’s historic capital, Dublin. Amidst St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Dublin Castle is St. James’s Gate. Located near the south quays and the River Liffey, this historic building was once the starting point for Irish pilgrims to travel to Spain. But in

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Posted January 21, 2015in What's Brewing?

Spotlight: Blue Moon Brewing Company

It’s baseball season in 1995. The spring air is fresh and crisp, and the sun is shining. You’re with all of your friends and holding a classic: a beer from The SandLot Brewery. Sound relaxing? Definitely. If The SandLot Brewery doesn’t sound familiar, it’s because it later changed the name

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Posted December 24, 2014in What's Brewing?

Spotlight: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

  Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company When asked what comes to mind when thinking of Wisconsin, most people would probably say cheese, the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee. But what you might not realize is that Wisconsin produces the most cranberries in the United States, and it is also the home

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Posted November 26, 2014in What's Brewing?

Spotlight Founders Brewing Company Just a few miles east of Lake Michigan, owners Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers brew handcrafted beer for the outlaws of radical Grand Rapids, Michigan. According to the website, The Founders Family has a particular goal for their unique beers: “complex, in-your-face ales with huge aromatics,

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Posted October 22, 2014in What's Brewing?

Spotlight New Belgium Brewing Company New Belgium made its home in Fort Collins, Colorado, in 1991, but now it is preparing to expand to a second brewery in Asheville, North Carolina. As with many other breweries, the company’s CEO, Jeff Lebesch, started as a home brewer. It was 1989 when

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Posted September 24, 2014in What's Brewing?

Spotlight Boulevard Brewing Company Located in Kansas City, Missouri, Boulevard’s mission is a simple but successful one: “to produce fresh, flavorful beers using the finest traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques.” It’s that dedication to quality that’s helped the company become the largest specialty

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