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Iowa Recipe Quest-Cooking With Iowa’s Brews, Wines, & Spirits: Outdoor Salisbury Steak w/ Confluence Stout Gravy

Take Down Irish Stout: Confluence Brewing Company-Des Moines, IA You ever want one of those classic meaty meals that roasts the day away in your oven, but don’t want to turn your summertime kitchen into a sweat lodge. I’ll answer for you…Yes, you have skipped on your cravings for that very reason. Grandma’s famous pot… Continue reading Iowa Recipe Quest-Cooking With Iowa’s Brews, Wines, & Spirits: Outdoor Salisbury Steak w/ Confluence Stout Gravy

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Tis the Season to be Czech in Cedar “Red” Rapids

Cedar Rapids, IA: Linn County It’s two days after St. Patrick’s Day and what do you have planned? Perhaps your tongue has returned to it’s natural color from the tint of green after consuming some heavily dyed adult beverages. You may be combing the world of Pinterest looking up ideas for corned beef leftovers. When you… Continue reading Tis the Season to be Czech in Cedar “Red” Rapids

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Scouting RAGBRAI 2015-Part 3 of 8: The Personalities of Downtown Cedar Falls From an Old Ice House to 4-Alarm Thai Food

Cedar Falls, IA: Black Hawk County (Our 15th County!) RAGBRAI’s (Register’s-Annual-Great-Bike-Ride-Across-Iowa) overnight #5 is on The Iowa Gallivant and we’re geared up to take a trip to it’s historic downtown district. Time for a Cedar Falls getaway with a gaggle of locals chomping at the bit to show us a great time! Fight back thoughts of boredom,… Continue reading Scouting RAGBRAI 2015-Part 3 of 8: The Personalities of Downtown Cedar Falls From an Old Ice House to 4-Alarm Thai Food

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Scouting RAGBRAI 2015-Part 2 of 8: “Crafting” Our Way Through Downtown Davenport

Davenport, IA: Scott County We make the trek to RAGBRAI (Register’s-Annual-Great-Bicycle-Ride-Across-Iowa) 2015’s eighth and final overnight locale for the second installment of The Iowa Gallivant’s scouting of this proud Iowa tradition. The late July hum of bike tires, the sunny glare off of colorful headgear, and the sound of craft beer taps hard at work… Continue reading Scouting RAGBRAI 2015-Part 2 of 8: “Crafting” Our Way Through Downtown Davenport

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Scouting RAGBRAI-Part 1 of 8: 24 Hours Inside Iowa River Landing

Coralville, IA: Johnson County The Register’s-Annual-Great-Bicycle-Ride-Across-Iowa (RAGBRAI) has spoken! The 2015 route has been announced and The Iowa Gallivant will be scouting all 8 overnight stops. We begin with the 7th overnight locale that’s conveniently close to our headquarters in Hills- Iowa River Landing in Coralville, one of Johnson County’s premiere destinations for dining, shopping,… Continue reading Scouting RAGBRAI-Part 1 of 8: 24 Hours Inside Iowa River Landing

East Central Iowa · Iowa Wine, Beer, and Spirits

If you’re not at the not Millstream Brewing Company, then what are you doing?

Amana, IA: Iowa County (Our 8th County!) August 29th, 1999. After lunch at the Colony Inn, Jay Goodvin strolls over to the local brewery and has his fist pint of craft beer. It was my 21st birthday and the day I fell in love with microbreweries. The Millstream brew was the highlight of my day, back in… Continue reading If you’re not at the not Millstream Brewing Company, then what are you doing?

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Iowa State Fair, Y’All!-A Texas Gallivant at Our Proud State Fair……

Des Moines, IA: Polk County (Our 7th County!) It’s mid-August in Iowa and that means one thing. Getting your heinie to Des Moines and conquering the state fair. When roaming acre after acre of the Iowa State Fair, you start to wonder how any other state fair could be bigger. Well, Texas figured it out. And… Continue reading Iowa State Fair, Y’All!-A Texas Gallivant at Our Proud State Fair……