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Ultimate 6er | Wood-aged Beers Worth Bragging About

March 4, 2015 |

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A month after the Super Bowl, Budweiser’s infamous, widely-derided “Brewed the Hard Way” advertisement is still polluting our commercial breaks, eliciting groans and chuckles from anybody who likes to fuss over their beer. During this pathetic, moronic, and unoriginal 60-second viewing experience, one of the most eye roll-worthy moments is their mention of beechwood aging. In a triumphant, chest-thumping, knuckle-dragging celebration of all things mediocre, I suppose it’s appropriate, because the process is all about speedy lagering and filtering, not taste. After being processed in sodium bicarbonate, the beechwood chips they use contribute no flavor whatsoever. In contrast, I’d like to showcase six wood-aged craft brews using woods that actually contribute something to the beer.

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Epic Brewing | Pfeifferhorn Lager

March 4, 2015 |

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5.3% ABV

When I stopped at the Utah state-owned liquor store last night after a day on the slopes, the label of Epic Brewing’s Pfeifferhorn Lager stood out, what with its powder-covered peak imagery. Named after the 11,326 foot Pfeifferhorn Peak, a.k.a Little Matterhorn, which overlooks the Salt Lake Valley, this beer’s label proclaims that its namesake’s “craggy summit lures hikers and skiers year round.” Read More

Living the Dream Brewing Co. Fundraiser for NSCD

March 3, 2015 | 1

On Wednesday, March 4, Living the Dream Brewing Company in Littleton will donate 20 percent of sales from all pints sold from 6-8pm to the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD). The event is one of many initiatives the … Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | Denver’s Best Bands

March 3, 2015 |

In honor of 303 Day, we compiled a list of Denver’s best bands and comedians. The Mile High City has so much musical and comedic talent and while we left off a few of the glaringly obvious, we wanted to expose you … Read More

Renegade Brewing Company | Elevation Triple IPA

March 3, 2015 |

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In honor of 303 Day, we re-visit one of our favorite Denver beers, Renegade’s Elevation Triple IPA

11.2 % ABV, 100+ IBUs

Elevation Triple IPA was the first beer I ever had from Renegade Brewing Company and it can easily be compared to learning to swim by being thrown in the deep end. While it is a big beer in terms of style and ABV, the flavor is surprisingly hospitable and constantly making you want more. Elevation is a beer I love sharing with people getting into craft beer. A couple years ago, my younger brother suspiciously tried a can and now I never make a trip home to Indiana without a 4-pack in my bag for him.

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Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

March 2, 2015 |

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It’s Monday which means the craft beer news is here. I know you don’t have time to sort through all of the beer-related articles, so I compiled the best ones for you. This week, we’re giving you the details about a few pro-golfers that have opened up a brewery, the scoop on New Belgium’s latest beer, and a farewell to the original Stone Pale Ale. Click read more and education yourself with this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.

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Sports | New Rules Should Quicken Pace of MLB Games

March 2, 2015 |

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As spring training gets underway fans will notice something different when they head to the ballpark this season – they’ll be heading home sooner. At least that’s what Major League Baseball hopes.

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Jackie O’s | Razz Wheat

March 2, 2015 |

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Jackie O’s Razz Wheat is certainly not a new beer, but it was just released in cans for the first time a couple weeks ago. Although it’s on tap year-round here in Athens, OH, Razz Wheat reminds me of summertime and sitting on Jackie O’s back patio. And during this brutal winter, I couldn’t be wishing for anything more!

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Devils Backbone Brewing Gets Adventurous

February 27, 2015 |

Devils Backbone Brewing Company is based in bucolic wine country, about three hours southwest of Washington, D.C., near Charlottesville, Va.

Photo credit Heidi Crandall

This spring, the brewery is pushing to expand its influence in the DC region — and … Read More

*Updated* 2015 Craft Beer Release Calendars

February 27, 2015 | 21

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*Updated 2/27/2015 at 6:30 P.M. EST w/  Beachwood BBQ, Brewery Vivant, Boulder Beer, Cambridge Brewing Company, Coronado, Fort Collins Brewing, Laurelwood, Nebraska Brewing*

*Updated 2/15/2015 at 11:45 P.M. EST w/  MadTree, Smuttynose, Terrapin*

*Updated 2/9/2015 at 2:30 A.M. EST w/  Lagunitas, Ommegang, Pelican*

*Updated 2/3/2015 at 1:50 P.M. EST w/  Great Lakes, Sun King*

*Updated 1/30/2015 at 11:50 P.M. EST w/  Allagash, Big Boss, Great Northern, Good People, and Ninkasi, Westbrook*

*Updated 1/28/2015 at 2:30 A.M. EST w/  Devils Backbone, Fremont, Golden Road, and Shipyard*

*Updated 1/25/2015 at 1:45 A.M. EST w/ Almanac, Back Forty, New Holland and Sly Fox*

(Special thanks to all of the breweries who willingly provided these calendars for publish and to Justin Vicroy who helped assist with the research for this post! We did not publish any release calendars without expressed consent from each brewery)

This is going to be a BIG year for craft beer. Many breweries who started developing around the beginning of the craft beer resurgence have begun distributing their product more widely, and several of the country’s largest breweries are set for major expansions. With that wider distribution and those expansions, we’ll begin seeing tons of new beers hitting store shelves.

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Pop Culture Week in Review 2/21-2/27

February 27, 2015 |

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The Oscars Happened

Here’s basically all you need to know, if you haven’t heard it already:

Travolta did something insane to Idina Menzel…again. I look forward to this becoming an Oscar tradition. Read More

Hail to the Chief | House of Cards Season 3 Drinking Game

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There’s an extra chill in the air. The winds have begun to change. It’s that time of year again when we cozy up to our Netflix accounts and watch as the political backstabbing, intrigue, and bloodshed sweep through our Nation’s Capital. As Season 3 of everyone’s favorite political thriller premieres, it is time to prepare ourselves with the best way we know how: with a House of Cards drinking game.

So stock your bars and pour a tall one. There is a new President in Washington. Here’s to you, President Underwood.

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Paradox Beer Company | Pepitas Grande

February 27, 2015 |

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There’s nothing like getting two days off work in a row. With this heaven-sent rarity I find that one has more of a chance to actually take a step back and relax, while also having time to be productive and catch up with reality if needed. My two day weekend was complimented with the oh-so-pleasant tartness of Paradox’s Pepitas Grande paired with my legs propped up on my lazy boy listening to The Growlers.

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10 Creative Ways Craft Beer Is Giving Back

February 26, 2015 |

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last year raised over $220 million globally. The viral awareness campaign also reached the brewing industry where it inspired several breweries to go out to make their own videos to raise … Read More

Awesomesauce | Retro Modern Tunes

February 26, 2015 |

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I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but according to every BuzzFeed Quiz I’ve ever taken, I’m something of an old soul. Seriously, I’m a fan of Blues Brother Ray Bans (no New Wayfarers for me….what is that anyway?  They look tiny on your face!) pompadours, and Frankie Valli.  I credit all of these loves to my awesome parents, who introduced me to Motown before I could talk, and if the popularity of Duffy, Amy Winehouse, and Adele in recent years is any indication, the rest of the world is finally jumping on the retro bandwagon too.  Read More

Verboten Brewing | Pure Imagination Double Oatmeal Stout

February 26, 2015 |

Verboten Brewing | Pure Imagination Double Oatmeal Stout

ABV: 7.4% IBU: 37 SRM: 35-40

This is a sponsored post from Small Batch Liquors, Denver, CO.

This review has been a long time coming. Verboten Brewing has been on the PorchDrinking … Read More