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Roundtable Discussion | Seasonal Beers out of Season

August 27, 2014 |

Fellow PorchDrinking staff member Joshua Kan started the discussion about a week ago. His story goes a little like this.

A friend of mine just posted this status:

“Boycotting pumpkin beers and pumpkin spice coffees until it’s OFFICIALLY fall. One season at a time guys. Don’t be a Walmart.”

Thought it was a pretty interesting topic. What are your thoughts on drinking seasonal beers out of season?
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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat

August 27, 2014 | 2

**UPDATE: Ska 19th Anniversary Tickets are SOLD OUT!!**

Hey there PorchDrinkers! Are you native to the city and looking for events to tide you over for the week? Are you new to the city and looking for the best place to find tasty suds? Visiting and looking for events to hit while you are in town? Check out this week’s Denver Beer Beat and every week to find all things #craftbeer.

Welcome back to another installment of PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat. The Denver Beer Beat brings news of openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, anniversaries, tap takeovers etc. Read More

Ultimate 6er| College Football Tailgate Edition

August 27, 2014 |

Like a barometer falling before a storm, there are certain signs that fall is coming. Some may note “back to school” ads in the paper, or spotting the first Octoberfest beer in the supermarket. My sure sign is the release of the AP Preseason football poll. While the sales at Target and fall beer releases may be exhibiting the same seasonal creep as Christmas decorations at Macy’s, the release of the AP Preseason poll is my alarm bell to start getting ready for football (and just as important, tailgate) season. No tailgate is complete without a beer (or six). Here’s the six you should bring to your next tailgate.

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Event Preview | Tiki Tiki Tiki Denver

August 27, 2014 |

Hold it right there. Stop packing away your swim trunks, dust off those wayfarers, and pop open another one of those mini umbrellas to add to your coconut drink summer is NOT over yet.

Heroes Like US, a local organization … Read More

Fat Head Brewery | Head Hunter IPA

August 27, 2014 |

ABV 7.5%
87 IBU
Columbus, Simcoe, Centennial
Pale, CaraMalt, C-15, Cara-Pils

We dismissed Fat Head Brewery’s beer immediately the first time we saw that chubby, caricatural face grinning behind sunglasses and a mustache on a bottle of beer. Then, the fat man began appearing, pale, naked, and in a barrel, perched atop tap handles as Fat Head’s beer began infiltrating our local bars. His enormous head had several inches on all of the other handles. It was Ohio in the early 2010s, the fat man was everywhere, and we were skeptical. Read More

Welcome to the InterNEAT! Volume 52

August 26, 2014 |

What is going on, y’all? Can you believe we are on the eve of football, following two straight days of award shows? And you know what? I got nothing from any of that! Onward and upward!

5. Granted, if I … Read More

Event Recap| Chive Fest Denver

August 26, 2014 |

Killer music, more tank tops than Justin Bieber’s wardrobe, Chivettes, KCCO Beers, and Blow up dolls, that pretty much sums up Chive Fest Denver. Our preview of the event was astonishingly accurate save for the prediction of the aforementioned blowup dolls but hey we’re all inclined to oversight once and a while.

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Festival Recap | Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival 2014

August 26, 2014 |

The theme for the day: Smoke Em If You Got Em! Or better yet, Drink Em If You Got Em!  And so it goes, that’s just what Christopher Day and I did! The phrase “Smoke ‘em if You Got ‘em” or “Smoke if You Got ‘em” is slang for “do what you want, if you have the means”. The phrasing was popular in the military during World War II, meaning to take a break. Officers would say “Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em”, allowing the soldiers to take a break and smoke their cigarettes. Where we were going, we didn’t need an approval to break from anyone. Turn Down for What! We were about to step inside the Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival. Fine cigars from manufacturers such as Drew Estates, Nat Sherman and Rocky Patel, microbrews from Crazy Mountain and Boulder Beer, local spirits from Peach Street and Feisty, hot cars, live music, & all the finer things in life. We also learned a ridiculous amount about cigar and beer pairing and what works and what does not.

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Brew Ha-Ha 2014

August 26, 2014 |

Cincinnati Brew Ha-Ha is a treat for anyone who loves craft beer, laughing, and friends. If you hate fun, it’s probably not for you. I look forward to this event every year perhaps more so than even—and I am hesitant to admit this— Cincinnati Beer Fest.

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Gigantic Brewing Company – Firebird Smoked Hefeweizen

August 26, 2014 |

ABV: 6.1%
IBU: 24

As summer rolls to a close, I’m filled with a sense of urgency. Fall/winter/spring is a long hard slog for us Seattleites. We’ve got to make the proverbial hay while the sun shines. I know that, come October, my beautiful Weber grill will likely be relegated to the garage and temperatures will begin to preclude drinking of summertime cervezas.

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2014 Emmys Live Blog

August 25, 2014 |

Join us tonight at 7:30 Eastern, 5:30 Mountain for our annual PorchDrinking.com 2014 Emmys Live Blog. Our pop culture writers will bring the snark and the hilarity and we’d love for you to share yours as well! Tune in here … Read More

Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

August 25, 2014 |

August 2014 is coming to an end and it’s going out with a bang. This month, we have seen the arrival of pumpkin beers, sinkholes decided to become cool, and hopsicles exist. It sounds like some sort of strange craft beer dream, doesn’t it? Well, believe it, people! This ain’t no dream – it’s real life beer news and it’s coming at ya in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.

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Rethinking My Baseball Monogamy

August 25, 2014 |

Baseball’s most exciting team (of at least the last two weeks) is playing in my town, and I feel like I am being unfaithful. When I was a little kid, I wavered back and forth between the Cubs and the White Sox, but Sammy Sosa’s home run exploits of 1998 and especially the Cubs disasters of 2003 and 2004 scarred me as a Cub fan for life. In no way has my devotion to the Cubs been reduced, but living in Washington and following the Nationals at close proximity has me rethinking my baseball monogamy.

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Martin House Brewing | Pretzel Stout

August 25, 2014 | 2

Martin House Brewing Pretzel Stout
ABV: 6.5%
IBU: 47
SRM: 50+

“That’s right, The Original Pretzel Stout.  This 6.5% abv stout is as black as oil and is brewed with over six pounds of crushed sourdough pretzels per barrel.  Guess what?  There’s no style guideline for this one.  The salty fingerprint of the pretzels works with the sweet and roasty flavors of the chocolate malted & roasted barley to give this beer a flavor that is much greater than the sum of its parts.”

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