FINALLY! After whining about the weather a few newsletters ago, I'm happy to see that we have a little bit of sunshine back in Des Moines. Speaking of good things that are happening, we teamed up with YPC to announce the 2015 YP of the Year award winners last week. See the photos here. Now, let's talk about what else is going on around the city (and don't forget to tell a friend to subscribe here)... 


No matter where I live, as a native Texan, barbecue will always have a special place in my heart. While Des Moines may not have its own particular style of barbecue, there are plenty of tasty choices around town where I can grab some brisket. Here’s a look at six great barbecue restaurants right here in Des Moines.

New Jimmy John's: It's in Clive and there's a drive-thru window


No church building. No pulpit. No problem. Meet the Des Moines Downtown Disciples, an unapologetically progressive Christian community and urban ministry. Its mainline affiliate Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) gave the group a $57,000 grant to start last May. Smaller churches supported by their larger affiliates are a growing trend, Ed Stetzer, executive editor of the Christian publication Facts & Trends Magazine, writes in Christianity Today. The people of Downtown Disciples have helped many others, starting a drive to give children’s books to immigrants and holding concerts to benefit them, marching for gay rights and feeding the poor.

Experts say: The stigma of atheism has faded in Iowa


The brackets opened with 64 beers on March 9, all from Iowa and all found at the newly opened Iowa Taproom, and now a mere two remain in the final round. Passé, an American pale ale created by Clive-based 515 Brewing Company, is going against West O Beer's award-winning CocO Stout. Today is the last day to vote.

Food: A three-course cure at Taco Hangover


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