Free beer! That's right ... Juice and the Iowa Taproom want to give you free beer as part of the Beer Brackets "final pour" tasting event. Head to the Taproom (215  E. 3rd) from 4-6 p.m. Friday to try the final four beers in the tournament. After trying the beer, you'll be able to cast a vote for your favorite. Now, for all things entertainment in Des Moines ... 

I'm willing to wait for it. 

Yes, the first national touring production of "Hamilton" is coming to Des Moines ... but not until 2018. The show will take over the Des Moines Civic Center stage June 27-July 15, 2018. Find out what other musicals and plays are coming in the 2017-18 Willis Broadway Series here.

What a tease. 

It snowed in central Iowa Tuesday morning, but that didn't stop Nitefall on the River from revealing 12 shows slated to take place as part of the downtown Des Moines summer concert series. Everclear, Blue October, Drive-By Truckers and Turnpike Troubadours top the list of released shows. See the full lineup here.

Happy hour highlight: 

Do not throw away your weekend ... 

  • All weekend: Catch a rendition of Mel Brooks' famed "Young Frankenstein" at the Des Moines Playhouse. More information at
  • Friday: Radio-friendly folk rock act The Lumineers are set to perform at Wells Fargo Arena. Read the band's interview with Juice and get more information here
  • Saturday: Brazilian 2wins are set to perform at Wooly's with a guest appearance from Des Moines staple the Isiserettes. More information at
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