Friday, November 20, 2015

Random Bits of the East Village

A charming table accent outside Locally Grown Clothing Co.


Oh crap…

Old school iPod.

Property corner.

Seeing these Sunday Register copies thrown about, outside the Iowa Newspaper Association, sadly makes me think, "Free papers!"

Tomorrow is not guaranteed.

A Ford F-100 named Frank.

Rapace noir.


Eye in the sky.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Random Bits of 50309

Financial Center in Blue.

A parting gift from Mr. Filet Steakhouse Restaurant on its last day.

Flowers at The World Food Prize.

I can see why this was on the clearance shelf at Walgreens.

Splash face.

Corn flavored popcorn. At DownTown Pantry.

There's a color for every mood.

Prescription glasses found at Water and Walnut Sts.

C is for Cracked.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Craft beer in Valley Junction, for Fox sake!

Views of the downstairs at Fox Brewing.

Fox Brewing is the latest craft brewery to open in the Metro, located in West Des Moines' Valley Junction neighborhood just south of Railroad Ave., at 103 S. 11th Street. On my first visit to Fox Brewing I was rather smitten with the cozy atmosphere of the tap room, with upholstered seating on opposite ends of the room, a large assortment of board games between the windows on the east end, and a counter-style table perched between two beams bisecting the seating space from the bar. More seating can be found upstairs along with a flat screen television and a commanding view of the brew room. On this occasion a crew of loyal TCU fans were upstairs, cheering their football team along.

Upstairs, a view of the brewroom.

A flight-and-a-half of Fox's range.

Fox offers Foxy Blonde and Fox Tail ales year-round, along "…with a constant rotation of single-batch and barrel-aged beers flavored with locally sourced ingredients when available." The Foxy Blonde, a Belgian blonde ale (6.3% ABV, 27 IBU) is easy drinking, lightly bright, and with just enough hops for character. Fox Tail, an Irish red ale (5.76% ABV, 17 IBU) is malty with a smooth mouth-feel. Slye Rye, a pale ale (4.9% ABV, 28 IBU) has scant aroma and tastes like brown bread. Its very approachable.

From left: Foxy Blonde, Fox Tail, Slye Rye.

Hop-A-Long Fox, an India pale ale (6.88% ABV, 75 IBU) sports a tongue-coating bitterness, and nary a hint of floral notes. The Fox Trots chocolate milk stout (8.28% ABV, 61 IBU) offers a roasty aroma, and deeply so in flavor. A fine marriage of hops and malt, its a keeper! Seasonal Fox-O-Lantern pumpkin ale (6.17% ABV, 21 IBU) has some spice on the aroma and flavor, but it doesn't overpower the Farmers' Market sourced pumpkin used in the batch.

From left: Hop-A-Long Fox, Fox Trots, Fox-O-Lantern.

I appreciate the neighborhood vibe of the brewery, and applaud their choice of location. With the glut of businesses clamoring around developments out on the frontiers of the Metro, its nice to see someone take interest in an old neighborhood, not unlike 515 Brewing on University Blvd. in Clive, and Firetrucker Brewery in Uptown Ankeny.

Fox Brewing Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Signs and Scribblings

La acera de los muertos.

Don't forget the apostrophe.

But I eat generic peanut butter! At Street Eats DSM.

Where being a Total Tool is a good thing.

Afraid to ask what a roving P.W.A. is?

69 cent cones. Mmm… that's a mouthful.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Random Bits of Ankeny

Ooh! Berries along an abandoned rail line. Yum!

Eating potato chips in the cemetery. Where else?

A tall White Russian at the Yankee Clipper. As good as it gets.

Can't beat a Bloody Mary and a beer-back at The Yankee Clipper, for just four bucks. Not even with a nail-studded bat.

So its okay to dump waste at grates that don't drain to a river?

Blue sky, green needles on the DMACC Ankeny Campus.

Where's Floppy?

Hops in sunlight at Firetrucker Brewery.

Dog rules. Applies more so to humans, IMHO.

Not Ankeny, but close enough. The view from the Visitors' Center at Saylorville Lake.