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Welcome to the InterNEAT! Volume 74

January 27, 2015 |

Post goin’ up, on a Tuesday!

Put your best foot forward, and I think this InterNEAT is only getting better from here! Read More

*Updated* | Nebraska Brewing Coming to Colorado

January 27, 2015 |

While most of the big stories in craft beer lately have been mired by litigation battles, another more positive industry development focuses on the positive side of growth, namely the ever expanding availability of great beer across the country. The rise in … Read More

The Good, the Bad & The Ugly | Sports Recap 1/27

January 27, 2015 |

The Good

Max Scherzer just hit the lottery in Washington, a contract that shaking plenty of heads. Putting together a “Thank You” ad for the fans of Detroit enhances his image more than than those 8 zeroes that are going to his bank account. Read More

Fullsteam Brewery | Fearrington Winter Coffee Pecan Porter

January 27, 2015 |

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ABV: 6.0%

IBU: Unavailable, but low

Today we have another installment in Fullsteam Brewery’s plow-to-pint series, the Fearrington Winter coffee pecan porter. In the previous installment, I discussed Fullsteam’s commitment to using locally grown produce in their limited edition brews. Fearrington Winter upholds that commitment. Inspired by southern pecans and nearby Pittsboro’s Fearrington Village coffee beans, Fearrington Winter embodies the dark roastiness and toastiness of a porter without being overly bitter. Read More

Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

January 26, 2015 |

This edition of the Weekly Growler Fill is jam-packed with craft beer news. Seriously, this is the longest one I’ve ever compiled. Does this mean I get to take next week off? Probably not, but it does mean that some big changes are coming in the brewniverse. For example, Florida may lift the growler ban and Oklahoma may allow for the sale of refrigerated alcohol. Or how about the biggest story of the week: Elysian was acquired by AB-InBev. If you want to know more, because you need to know more, keep reading the Weekly Growler Fill.

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“Gotham” Gets It Right

January 26, 2015 |

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Five of the top ten highest grossing films of 2014 starred superheroes. Release dates for more crime fighting epics continue to come out of the woodwork, effectively rendering any comic book nerd senseless with anticipation. With so much superhero noise, it can be easy to tune it out altogether. But then you might miss out on Fox’s new series, Gotham, which would be a mistake.

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Unity Vibration | KPA (Kombucha Pale Ale)

January 26, 2015 |

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ABV: 7%

I would like to begin by saying I LOVE THIS BEER. Unity Vibration’s Kombucha Pale Ale is funky, weird, and intensely flavored. It is also organic, gluten-free, and vegan, if you’re into that. I was initially drawn to it as a fan of kombucha tea. Read More

Pop Culture Week in Review: January 17-23

January 23, 2015 |

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My fellow PorchDrinkers, I am here today to tell you that the state of pop culture is strong. (Hold for applause, standing ovation)

Yes, it’s the week of the State of the Union. Not really a pop culture event in the traditional sense, but try telling that to Twitter. It wasn’t just the President’s address to Congress that made people take notice this week. Plenty of news (well, “news” is a strong word so let’s just call it “stuff”) to cover in this week’s Pop Culture Week in Review. Let’s go.

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Cooking with Beer | Pig Out Sliders

January 22, 2015 |

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What is the one thing everyone does during the Super Bowl? Pig out, of course. No matter what team you’re rooting for, I’m sure you’ll be shoveling food and beer into pie hole while your eyes are glued to the TV. To honor this feast of snacks, I’m bringing you a recipe for some epic sliders. First, you will make a hoppy orange pulled pork with Rebel IPA to properly perfume your house before the party. Next, you will make a creamy peanut coleslaw so the pulled pork can have a crunchy friend in this tiny sandwich. Then … sausage. Because a ‘pig out’ slider clearly needs extreme amounts of pork. Finally, you will pile it all up on a Hawaiian sweet roll because they are the best and the only real way to properly transport this much pork into your gullet. Good luck to all the teams and may the pork be with you.

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PorchCast Episode 9 | Eric Ponce at Vail Big Beers

January 22, 2015 |

Episode 9 of the PorchCast features Eric Ponce, Senior Brewer of Goose Island Brewing Company‘s Barrel Program who sat in with us during the Vail Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines Festival. We were also joined by guest host Cory Pelc, … Read More

Stone Brewing Co. | Master of Disguise Imperial Golden Stout

January 22, 2015 |

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9.7% ABV
National Release/ Limited Season

As is usually the case this time of year, dark weather brings out the dark beer in my libation rotation. Shying away from the conventional brewed coffee, the stout has become my go-to for comfortable drinking. Spending time in Ireland just recently, my liver has come to expect little else than the delicious homemade Guinness that really isn’t the same on this side of the Atlantic. Coming back after a fair share of Black & Tan’s and Baby Guinness Shots (the most delicious shot if Kahlua and Baileys are up your alley), I spent a fair amount of time during the Holidaze getting reacquainted with Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Sierra Nevada Stout and the annual Christmas Car Bomb (while abroad, order at your own risk, fyi).

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Roundtable Discussion | Beer and Cheese Pairings

January 21, 2015 |

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To celebrate National Cheese Day (wait … no one else is celebrating?!) on Jan. 20, we asked the PD Staff for their favorite beer and cheese pairings. Pretty soon everyone got hungry and made a quick trip to the grocery store to stock up on the real essentials. We’d love to hear from you. Add your  recommendations in the comments.

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Ultimate 6er | Robert Burns Night

January 21, 2015 |

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Photo Credit: http://www.robertburns.org.uk

Next Sunday is the late, great Robert Burns’s birthday. For those who are not familiar with Burns, he was a well-known Scottish poet from the 18th century, considered the national poet of that fair land. Most people know about one of his many poems titled Auld Lang Syne, a little song we all sing tipsily around the New Year. Apart from that small element of Hogmanay, there are others who commemorate his life and his poetry by celebrating his birthdate every January 25. Robert Burns Night dinners have been popular events for many years now: parties that are not wanting in scotch, bagpipers, poetry readings, haggis, neaps, and tatties. In my experience, festival-goers will most likely find themselves at a brewery where there is a fresh tapping of a scotch ale, or more than one! Therefore, what better way to commemorate our dear friend Robbie than with a few of the best scotch ales out there*? Read More

PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat

January 21, 2015 |

Hey there PorchDrinkers! I am back from a week away from the blog. I was in Vegas hanging with my wife and our friends Ramon and Jess. That shit was tight. But, I am back and I want to make … Read More

Mobcraft Beer | Beelzebub’s Run

January 21, 2015 |

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ABV: 7.6%

IBU: 23

Have you ever had a great idea for a beer but no means to realize it? Do you lay awake at night longing for that imperial rice lager aged in fish sauce barrels that nobody seems interested in brewing? Well, don’t lose hope; Mobcraft, the world’s first crowdsourced brewery, might just be the answer to your dreams.

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*Updated* 2015 Craft Beer Release Calendars

January 20, 2015 | 19

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*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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