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New Belgium/Perennial Artisan Ales | Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout

October 20, 2014 |

ABV: 9%
IBU: 35

It seems like every time I talk to someone outside St. Louis about the craft beer here, they ask me about Perennial Artisan Ales.  Either they’ve had it and are raving fans or they’ve heard about it and want to get their hands on some. It’s understandable considering the quality of the brew Perennial puts out and their participation in the overall scene. If you follow them around the labyrinth of the internet, you know they’re up to a LOT of good things. Brewer meet and greets, beer dinners and festivals all over the country. Not to mention collaborations with the likes of Evil Twin, Half Acre, Prairie Artisan, et cetera, et cetera. But if you aren’t familiar with them yet, you’re likely going to be thanks to this new bomber of delicious teamwork – New Belgium/Perennial Artisan Ales Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout, the latest addition to the Lips of Faith series. Read More

Pop Culture Week in Review: October 11-17

October 17, 2014 |

You know the drill, right? Pop culture surrounds us. And this week was no exception. Let’s jump right in to the week in review, PorchDrinkers! Read More

A Very Pop Culture Halloween

October 17, 2014 |

Double, double toil and trouble Halloween is coming up…bubbles!

Ok I’m not the best poet but I am pretty ok at coming up with pop culture inspired Halloween costumes.  Sometimes you think of an amazing costume but by the time … Read More

Highland | Thunderstruck Coffee Porter

October 17, 2014 |

ABV: 5.8%

IBU: 26

With a name like Thunderstruck Coffee Porter, the expectation is clear. Highland Brewing’s winter seasonal should bowl us over with its coffee essence. Read More

Cooking with Beer | Pecan Caramel Apple Crisp

October 16, 2014 | 1

Welcome to apple-pickin’ season. Even though I picked these apples right off the supermarket shelf, I used to love nothing more than visiting my local orchard and stocking up on this fall harvest fruit. I would make apple pies, caramel apples, apple streusels…the list goes on and on (do I sound like Bubba from Forest Gump yet?). This time around, I opted for the classic apple crisp. It is easy to make and the results are sure to impress. I have had the idea for apple crisp in my head for a while now; pretty much since I saw Abita’s Pecan Harvest Ale on the shelves. First off, I had never heard of a pecan ale so I was basically obligated to buy it. Second, I knew it would be the perfect brew to make some sort of delicious dessert. So a delicious dessert I made and now you can too with this Pecan Caramel Apple Crisp recipe.

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Event Preview| Denver Bacon and Beer Festival 2014

October 16, 2014 |

What: Denver Bacon and Beer Festival
Where: the Curtis – 1405 Curtis Street Denver, Colorado 80202
When: Sunday, November 16, 2014 – 2:30pm to 5:00pm
Ticket link: http://www.wheretoeat.in/2014-denver-bacon-and-beer-festival/

BACON AND BEER! Do not sleep on buying tickets! This event sells out in just a few weeks time!

In past years (we were there both years y’all!), this event has boasted some amazin’ bacon bites and the tastiest quaffs of local craft and this year is no different! For the ticket price, this is my favorite event of the year!  Here are some reasons you should get in on this bacon escape and let the waves of ale take you out to sea!

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Welcome to the InterNEAT! Volume 59

October 16, 2014 |

Happy Thursday, y’all! I hope you are doing well. This week’s InterNEAT is all about improvement. Not just trading out an ice cream for a salad, no. I’m talking about taking one good thing and making it even better.

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Schmaltz Brewing Company | He’brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale

October 16, 2014 |

ABV: 5.2%
IBU: 21

Thanks to football season, I spend a lot of time talking with the Lord in the fall. “JESUS F*CKING CHRIST!” I screamed when the Iowa kickers cost us the game against Iowa State. “Goddamn that was too close” when we beat Pitt 20-24 in September. But mostly I am huddled in a corner muttering “OH GOD OH GOD OH GOD” whenever Kirk Ferentz goes for it on 4th. Luckily for me (and all Iowa fans) we have Mark Weisman, our personal Hebrew Hammer of a running back who saves our drives on a continual basis. In honor of Iowa’s own savior, I thought it was time to introduce the PorchDrinking community to He’brew, the Chosen beers made by Schmaltz Brewing company.

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Happy Hour Post | Shakey Graves and Esme Patterson

October 15, 2014 |

Have you ever been a part of that magical moment when you witness someone reach super stardom right before your eyes? Whether it’s dropping back-to-back buzzer beating daggers like Aaron Harrison for Kentucky during last year’s NCAA tournament, or when it happened during … Read More

Roundtable Discussion | Homecoming

October 15, 2014 |

This past weekend was Homecoming Weekend at my alma mater, Ohio University. We may not be big on football, but we are big on fun! Friday night everyone’s just getting into town, so naturally everyone meets at the bars. And I’m talking EVERYONE. There were lines 20-30 people deep just to get in! Even the university’s drumline makes an appearance! Saturday morning the bars open around 7 for kegs & eggs, the parade is at 10 (my favorite part of which is the alumni band pictured above), and then it’s time to tailgate. Or go to the bars. The football game is usually mid-afternoon, and if anyone goes, they pretty much stay until halftime, and then…yep, you guessed it, they go to the bars. Homecoming in Athens is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. People fly in from all over the country, some from all over the world, just to be back here for this one weekend, so I was curious to find out what Homecoming is like at other schools. I think the number of responses I got speaks for itself, but let’s go ahead and see what our staff had to say in this week’s Roundtable Discussion.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat

October 15, 2014 |

As we push closer to the holidays, we will see an increase in more localized tastings, pairings and celebrations. This week is no different. Check out all of the foamy happenings in the greater Denver area this week.

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Ultimate 6er |Coozie Doozies

October 15, 2014 |

Yeah, a nice craft beer sipped from a fancy glass is great, but sometimes a little neoprene sleeve around a classic can of suds is even better. The coozie keeps your beer from getting warm and your hand from getting … Read More

Pyramid Breweries | Apricot Ale

October 15, 2014 |

ABV: 5.1%

IBU: 11

Since I couldn’t attend GABF this year, I decided to do the second-best thing and write about it. Today I’d like to introduce you to Pyramid Breweries’ Apricot Ale, the 2014 GABF Gold Medal Winner in the Fruit Wheat Beer category. Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | Kele of Bloc Party, New Album: Trick

October 14, 2014 |

With the release of his newest album, “Trick,” Kele Okereke surpasses his previously successful stint as a solo artist. Speaking to Billboard, “I feel like you become more confident in every record you make.”  Familiar fans know Kele as the frontman for … Read More

DC Homebrewers Hosts Fall Barbecue

October 14, 2014 |

If you are a homebrewer in the DC region and you’re aching to exchange recipes and improve your techniques, you need to get in touch with the awesome individuals at DC Homebrewers.

If you like beer, barbecue and supporting local … Read More

Event Preview| The Grand Coffee Bazaar

October 14, 2014 |

What: The Grand Coffee Bazaar – A coffee-centric event celebrating Denver coffee roasters.
Where: Our Mutual Friend – 2810 Larimer St, Denver, Colorado
When: Sunday, October 19, 2014 – 10am-2pm

We here at PorchDrinking.com believe in all of our libations being well-crafted, and this doesn’t fall short in the AM when we need a quick pick-me-up. Denver is seeing a resurgence of craft coffee and artisan roasters, and we aren’t the only ones taking note. So, it only makes sense that we are getting hella stoked on Denver’s upcoming caffeinated invitational, the Grand Coffee Bazaar. Our down-ass-homies over at Imbibe are throwing this first-of-its-kind event, promising deliciously roasted beans, brews carefully prepared from a variety of mechanisms and methods, brunch foods via food trucks, specialty coffee libations and craft beer.

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