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Bottle Club Exploration | Odd Breed Wild Ales

January 20, 2022 |

With countless brewery running bottle clubs and memberships all around the country, we hope to spend some time this year scratching the surface and examining what some of these breweries offer. Bottle clubs aren’t anything new, but the exclusivity and things being offered has drastically changed in the last several years. On the surface, a bottle club sounds pretty straightforward, but if you have ever been a part of one then you know they can vary greatly in terms of what is offered, pricing and overall quality.

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Downhill Brewing | Saturday Nut Fever Peanut Butter Brown

January 19, 2022 |

Peanut butter fans will find a lot to love in Downhill Brewing Saturday Nut Fever Peanut Butter Brown. This brew packs in a strong dose of nutty flavors along with complementary chocolate and roast notes. The overall experience is much like peanut butter on dark chocolate. Read More

The PorchCast | Ep 89 Laird Mulderink – SweetWater Brewing

January 18, 2022 |

In episode 89 of The PorchCast, Tristan, Korey, and Bryant hit the road and headed up north to chat with Laird Mulderink VP of Operations for SweetWater Brewing’s new Fort Collins location. We dove into all of the ins and outs behind SweetWater’s massive arrival in Colorado including their new DIA taproom, everything that went into the transition into the former Red Truck Brewing space, their acquisition of Breckenridge Distillery as well as everything involved with their parent company, Tilray, and how their cannabis background plays into some of the strategies behind these moves.

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Foeder-Aged Ales at Pathlight Brewing

January 17, 2022 |

A glance at the Pathlight Brewing tap list reveals an impressive variety: ranging from an English Dark Mild, to a milkshake IPA called $ugar DaddY, to wild ales with wine grapes. Brewers Tanner Vaughn and David Harris strive to make “a little bit of everything.” The menu has something for every beer drinker.

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Colorado Beer Beat | Bi-Weekly Beer Release Guide 1/13

January 14, 2022 |

Welcome to the Colorado Beer Beat, a bi-weekly roundup of all of the new can releases around the state. From Denver to Grand Junction and everywhere in between, we have you covered. Be sure to check back on Thursdays (usually!) to find out what’s new in the Colorado beer scene.

We made it to 2022! Hopefully, you all had a great New Year and have been making it through the start of January fairly smoothly at this point. As we take a look at the new canned/bottled releases coming out around Colorado, we’re definitely seeing the number of new beers pick back up, and we can’t wait to try them!

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for a new version of the Colorado Beer Beat. We may have a few surprises for those of you that want to know about the new releases even further in advance!

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Vinnie Cilurzo & Matt Brynildson Discuss Their STiVO Pilsner Collaboration

January 14, 2022 |

Throughout history, there have been rare occasions when two once-in-a-lifetime talents combine to form a unity even more perfect, that prove combined talents can be just as good, if not better than individual achievements. Jordan and Pippen, Shaq and Kobe, Ruth and Gehrig, Simon and Garfunkel, Hall and Oates.

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Acopon Brewing | Hans Trapp Russian Imperial Stout

January 14, 2022 |

For the past four years, residents of and visitors to the Texas Hill Country have had a privilege rarely bestowed on American beer drinkers — the opportunity to enjoy freshly brewed English-style beers served on cask at the singular Acopon Brewing taproom in Dripping Springs TX. While their beautifully delivered flagship Homunculus Dark Mild Ale and Gaspipes ESB continue to draw in both cask-curious and happily acclimated patrons from season to season, at this time of year there is another very good reason to make a trip to Acopon — the annual release of their Hans Trapp BBA Russian Imperial Stout.

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Implications Behind Monster Energy’s Acquisition of CANarchy

January 13, 2022 |

2022 is already off to a wild start for craft beer and today it got a little wilder as it was announced that Monster Beverage Corps, the holding company whose subsidiaries include Monster Energy Drink has agreed to purchase CANarchy Craft Beverage Collective for $330 million in cash.

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2022 PorchDrinking Staff’s New Beer Resolutions

January 13, 2022 |

In 1919, Prohibition came, but then things were roaring. In 2019, SARS-CoV-2 arrived, but at least breweries were still pouring. So yeah, things are tough, but we can still enjoy a good drink. In fact, we have more than 8,000 breweries producing beer in 2022, and that gives us something to look forward to. So, it is time for us to reveal our 2022 New Beer Resolutions. What are your goals for the upcoming year? Let us know!

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2021 Georgia Best in Beer Year-End Honors

January 13, 2022 |

Even though 2021 seemed to pass by at an outrageous pace—two years of a pandemic will do that—there were several memorable beers, new breweries and stories that came out of Georgia. 2021 saw Lagers catch a ton of love across the state, finally. There were still plenty of other styles and releases that garnered tons of trades and attention, but shoutout to Lagers for stealing the spotlight. Seltzers, distilleries and everything in between are starting to populate and associate with craft breweries from Atlanta to LaGrange and north to south. Read More

Stigma | Going Sober While Working in Beer Sales

January 12, 2022 |

This article is written by Kyle Van Deventer, Former Director of Sales for Griffin Claw Brewing Co. and originally appeared on Better on Draft

Craft beer is an industry filled with thoughts of endless streams of alcohol, beer dinners galore, festivals every weekend (sometimes multiple) and just pure gluttonous behavior. As someone who has been in the industry for over 12 years and having known nothing but this behavior, the illustrious vision of others was becoming a stigma for me. As a 33-year-old father now, my health isn’t the greatest. My goals aren’t the same as they were when I was 21, and staying out at a bar isn’t what I would call a good time anymore. There needed to be a change, but I caught myself wondering how I could make that change. It started with plenty of fears both professionally and personally. Having the fear of missing out, the fear of peer and customer opinions and the fear of perception, kept me from making any change. That is until I went to get a check-up.

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Revolution Releases Two New Year-Round Beers

January 12, 2022 |

Two previously announced beers from Revolution Brewing are now available in cans in the city of Chicago.

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Sly Fox Brewing Co. | Helles Golden Lager

January 12, 2022 |

This is one for the lovers of classic styles. The ones who appreciate restraint yet quality. This is Sly Fox Helles Golden Lager – a clean and crisp rendition of the German-style lager that stays true to form. While innovation is always exciting, there is beauty in simplistic that is just as worthy as praising.

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2021 Colorado Best in Beer Year-End Honors

January 11, 2022 | 1

It’s been another bizarre year as the global pandemic continues to rear its ugly head. While the beer world is typically abuzz when it comes to adjunct variants, I think we’re all ready to bid adieu to spinoffs when it comes to Delta and Omicron.

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New Belgium Brewing Interview | Sustainability & Future Goals

January 11, 2022 |

Given the continued craziness of COVID-19 and its impacts on the craft beer industry, how are breweries’ sustainability goals progressing? Did breweries have to abandon these goals in 2021 or were they able to meet their objectives? To answer these questions, I recently interviewed two sustainability leaders in the craft brewing industry, Brewery Vivant and New Belgium Brewing.

Below is my interview with Katie Wallace, Director of Social and Environmental Impact at New Belgium Brewing. You can read the interview with Kris Spaulding, Owner and President of Brewery Vivant, here.

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Ørkenoy | Django Pennsylvania Grodziskie

January 10, 2022 |

Often times, smoked beers can offer similar notes and flavors to beef jerky. Separately, both incredible things; combined, not my cup of tea (or beer). Thankfully, no two iterations of any beer style are the same. Enter Django Pennsylvania, a Grodziskie style beer brewed by Ørkenoy in Chicago, IL in collaboration with Live Oak Brewing out of Austin, TX. A Grodziskie is a traditional Polish style, which is a very light, smoky beer, brewed with 100% wheat malt.

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