Lawrence Beer Tasting Club: Chocolate Beers 2014

February 12, 2014
Written by Bailey DeReus
Boulevard’s Chocolate Ale came out last week. How is everyone feeling about that? Still bitter becuase you weren't able to snag a bottle? Or savoring your last (only?) bottle for Friday’s day of love? We had scheduled our February beer tasting for the weekend after the Chocolate Ale came out - which meant we really needed a bottle if this was going to be a legit tasting. We ended up with 3 bottles; Phil even walked half a mile to Cork & Barrel the day it came out (in the middle of the snow storm) to make sure we had a bottle. Of the nine beers we tasted, Boulevard’s was the only ale (stouts are a subset of ales but definitely a different beer experience.

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Lawrence Beer Tasting Club: Oatmeal Stouts and Imperial Oatmeal Stouts

February 7, 2014
Written by Bailey DeReus
For beer fans, lagers and wheat beers are the go-to beers for summer. In the winter, darker, richer beers bring a comfort to the cold days. After our first few month of “seasonal” or holiday-themed beers (pumpkin, ciders, holiday), we decided to pick a simpler beer: the oatmeal stout.

For a few of our tasters, their go-to oatmeal stout is the hometown favorite Free State. So, to level the field, we tasted this group of beer blind: of the 12 people tasting, 11 did not not know which beers were being tasted at which time. And only a few people knew which beers were even in the mix. Oatmeal stouts were an interesting choice for our January tasting since several people weren’t even sure they had tried a stout. Ever. We also had a couple die-hard stout fans. So an interesting balance.

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Now open: The Brewhaus serves up coffee in North Lawrence

January 16, 2014
Written by Bailey DeReus
It took a few years to get there but Tom Mac Ewan and Beth Pine have opened The Brewhaus, now North Lawrence’s only coffeeshop. The doors opened at 624 N. 2nd Street, right next to Iwig Dairy last Thursday and they have already seen support from the neighborhood: about 20 customers per day have come through the doors in the first few days of business.

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Kids Calendar publisher fulfills local event needs for families

January 13, 2014
Written by Bailey DeReus
Before 2011, if you were a parent in Lawrence, you might not have believed you lived in a community that had a lot for kids and families to do. Beth McKeon, a Lawrence-based private teacher, knew that wasn’t true. Beth also had a challenge: in her own business, she was having trouble connecting with local parents.

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Spangles restaurant closes in Lawrence

January 1, 2014
Written by Eric J. Gruber
Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building. After more than seven years, Spangles restaurant in west Lawrence has closed. A “for lease” sign now hangs outside the local of the former eatery at 3240 W. Sixth Street.

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Lawrence Beer Tasting Club: Holiday Beers

December 23, 2013
Written by Bailey DeReus
Back in October, the Lawrence Beer Tasting Group tasted pumpkin beers to honor the month’s favorite flavor. Heading into December, I knew we needed to taste craft brewery’s take on the holidays. Not just a stout, IPA or something you’d be more likely to  drink during colder months but something that was obviously Christmas or winter holiday related.

We headed to On The Rocks and picked up a couple bottles of anything that screamed holidays. Before tasting the group was optimistic but also cautious. We were worried about the beers having “too much nut flavor” and worried about not finding the good ones but trying ones that were just “god-awful”. But, we forged ahead!

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1 Million Cups: Transcend Tracker

December 12, 2013
Sebastian Kline has a vision. It's a vision for warehouse palette tracking. It's accurate, cost-effective and revolutionary.

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The Weekend List: December 6-8, 2013

December 6, 2013
Written by Bailey DeReus
It's gotten cold and it might be tempting to stay inside this weekend. But there’s way too much to do so get your mittens, your favorite hat, get some furry boots and suck it up (you'll be thanking me in January when you're not suffering from cabin fever when it's 20 degrees colder).

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1 Million Cups: WyCo ShareStream

December 5, 2013
Written by Jay Wachs
his week's 1 Million Cups presenters were the winners of KU's Global Entreprenuership Week competition challenging students to create healthy communities in Wyandotte County.

You wake up in the morning.
You need a haircut.
You need it fast and nearby.
Jose's Barber Shop is one block away.
And there is no waiting.
But you don't know about Jose or his shop.
Why? Because Jose can't afford to advertise.
Enter Wyco Airstream.

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The (holiday) Weekend List: Nov 29- Dec 1, 2013

November 29, 2013
Written by Bailey DeReus
Happy Holiday Weekend! Get downtown (avoid the crazy shopping scene on the south side of town) and enjoy some art, music, and sunshine!

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