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Iowa Brewtiful is Back!

Alright, who missed me?! I cannot even fathom that it has been nearly two months since my last post.  This blog consumed the lion’s share of  my free time for an entire semester.  Apparently it paid off, thanks to much love from all of my supporters.


There are no words for how great that 100% felt.  To any of you who followed my request to email my professor, THANK YOU! Also, as promised, here is that cliche picture in front of UNI’s campanile I just had to have.


This is what PURE JOY looks like!

This is what PURE JOY looks like!

So, just in time for Des Moines Beer Week, Iowa Brewtiful is back.  I’m still working on the re-formatting tweaks, but I’m too excited to not post something.  Stay tuned for posts on my recent brewery adventures, all the latest share-worthy news in the Iowa Beer Scene, and anything else my fingers feel like gabbing about. This week is likely to be full of them, capped by a special invite to the  Iowa Craft Brew Festival this Saturday in Des Moines.  More on all of that to come SOON.  In the meantime, thanks for all the love and support!


Many of you may have noticed that lack of activity on my end in recent weeks.  The truth is, I started this blog as a semester-long class assignment, which I have since submitted for grading.  This is one of the best assignments I have ever been given, but I’m not going to lie when I say it was a headache.

I have loved all of my brewery trips.  But Cedar Falls just does not have an ample supply of breweries nearby, so every post had to be planned around a trip once I had exhausted most of my local resources.  I enjoyed all of them, but trying to squeeze them in between a heavy course load, a restaurant job that demands nights and weekends, and then making time to sit down and craft a blog post has been a bit stressful at times.


How life feels 18 days out from graduation

How life feels 18 days out from graduation


So I feel okay to go ahead and admit that I have not TOUCHED anything blog-related in the last week.  But today you all blew me away.  In a last-ditch effort to procrastinate my homework, I checked my Google Analytics app.  To my surprise, my traffic has been super-steady and ya’ll just keep showing up.

I had been debating whether or not to keep this blog up, because after graduation in 2.5 short weeks I will no longer have free site-hosting and software usage from UNI.  But seeing the love today, I don’t feel like I can stop.  And I imagine blogging is much more enjoyable when its not being graded.


I cannot promise a post every week.  There will be an address change once UNI kicks me off.  And you probably still won’t see much of me until after graduation, moving, and life settles down a little bit.  But I promise that every time I make it to a new brewery or just have something wonderful to share, I will be back.  In the meantime, cheers to you and all your love!

P.S. Feel free to email my professor at [email protected] and tell him to give me an A! Seriously.

Iowa Beer Bike Jerseys

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


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