Archive | Spring 2014


Spilling the Beans …

Certified Cicerone to Sustainable Brewmaster

Ploughshare Brewing

Lincoln’s Matt Stinchfield has been brewing beer for more than 18 years. As Nebraska’s first certified cicerone (a designation for those with significant knowledge and professional skills in beer sales and service), he’s also been judging beer for the last nine. Matt’s beer career is about to come full circle when he opens his own brewery, Ploughshare Brewing Company.

Matt’s beers are carefully constructed. He approaches beer making with the heart and soul of an artist, carefully mixing his palette of hops, herbs and water to create futuristic infusions built on classic European styles. Lincoln’s unique terroir makes the city an excellent place to brew beer, he said.

“Our water is already like Edinburgh’s, Munich’s and the abbeys of Belgium. The mineral content is analogous to those areas. That’s a great place to start,” Matt said.

Ploughshare will brew seven styles in its regular rotation: Robbers Pils (a pre-Prohibition pilsner), Weathervane (a Belgian-style witbier), Tailgate Red (an Irish red ale), Buckboard Bitter (an extra special bitter dry-hopped with English hops), Pecheron (an American-style IPA), Farm Boy (a cream ale) and Smithy (an oatmeal stout). The brewery will also feature several seasonal beers—including … Read More

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Spilling the beans …….

Masterful Mixture of Milk

Doe’s and Diva’s

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Nestled in the beautiful Loess Hills of western Iowa, you’ll find treats and treasures to please both the eye and the palate. One of these hidden gems is Doe’s and Diva’s in Honey Creek. Doe’s and Diva’s is a goat and sheep dairy that specializes in delectable cheese, as well as soap and lotion.

Years ago, Janna Feldman, co-owner of Doe’s and Diva’s, started with just one goat to benefit her adopted daughter who couldn’t tolerate cow’s milk. What started out small grew bigger—one goat turned to three goats, then eight, then more. With her number of goats growing, and her interest in goat’s milk peaking, Janna attended and graduated from an artisan cheese-making school in California. She and her husband, Tom, opened up their certified goat and sheep dairy, Doe’s and Diva’s, early this spring.

Doe’s and Diva’s sells cheese at local farmers markets across the metro area. They produce a variety of feta, chèvres, aged tommes and farmhouse cheeses. Doe’s and Diva’s cheese is aged in Templeton Rye barrels or their stone cheese cave. The mixture of both goat’s and sheep’s milk, along with additions such … Read More

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