Few things beat one of those first sunny afternoons of spring in Iowa when the weather is finally warm. Especially when you spend one hanging out at Peace Tree Brewing Company in Knoxville. Which is exactly what I did the Saturday before Easter. Its only a short drive from Des Moines and one that’s worth it if you’re not a local. This was my second trip there, but I’m sure there will be many to follow. They just recently celebrated their 5th Year Anniversary, and I won’t be surprised if I make it to their 50th.
Aren’t you just loving this weather?! Ok, not this weather, but the weather before Monday. And *hopefully* this weekend. I DEFINITELY am. For me, gorgeous weather = biking. I put my bike away for the winter the first week of December and had it back out my the first week of March. That’s a long enough hiatus. If you’re a biker, you know the excitement of a new bike jersey. It’s another way for us to express ourselves within our bike cult. So it should come as no surprise that my first jersey was one from a brewery: Exile Brewing in Des Moines. We stopped in for dinner one night and saw them on display and just had to have them. This year, the Easter Bunny left a pretty new one from SingleSpeed in my Easter basket. Good bunny. Continue reading
You already know how I feel about Iowa having great beer. But I don’t know how I could write this blog without mentioning another Iowa great: Templeton Rye. For those of you who don’t know what it is, one, HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING IN A CAVE?! And two, if you’ve heard of it but aren’t certain what it is I borrowed this description from their website:
When Prohibition outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages in 1920, many enterprising residents of a small town in Iowa chose to become outlaws – producing a high caliber and much sought-after whiskey known as Templeton Rye, or “The Good Stuff” to those in the know. Based on the original Prohibition era recipe and aged in charred new oak barrels, Templeton Rye provides a smooth finish and a clean getaway.
So what happens when you mix Templeton awesomeness and craft beers? Beverages of epic proportions! I wanted to give a shout out to a few of Templeton Rye Aged Beers, both in Iowa and out of. Continue reading