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Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Purchases Historic Site for Expansion

January 19, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

REJOICE! At long last, Creature Comforts Brewing Co. is making its move to expand into an additional facility in 2017 with the purpose of raising production (and possibly its footprint) in 2018. This news follows two years of steady growth as one of America’s fastest growing breweries and a zealous commitment to raise $100,000 for local community organizations. Creature Comfort’s future location of choice, the Southern Manufacturing Co. Mill, is no surprise to those who have followed the brewery over its short but influential career in Athens, Georgia. Read More

Ultimate 6er | NFL Conference Championship Weekend

January 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

As Chiefs fans continue to complain about officiating and Cowboys fans wait yet “another year,” it is time for the rest of the country to gear-up for the NFL Championship games. The Green Bay Packers take their cheese-loving selves to Atlanta to face the “Dirty Bird” Falcons while the Steelers will be waving their terrible towels at Gillette Stadium against the Patriots. To celebrate the championship games I have built the Ultimate 6er showcasing some of the best beers that represent these sports town cities. Included are two brews that will keep us looking forward to the Super Bowl and into next season.

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Event Preview | LowDown Barrel-Aged Beer Festival

January 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

If you have attended LowDown Brewery’s Barrel-Aged Beer Festival in the past, you remember the laid back, line-free day of great rare beers. This year’s event is bound to be twice as good; mainly because it’s twice as long with more than double the barrel aged beers. LowDown will again host the event at their brewery this weekend, January 21 and 22.

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The PorchCast | Ep 30 Recapping Beer in 2016 & Predictions for 2017

January 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The PorchCast team of Tristan Chan, Jesse Brookstein and Hunter Grondin are back at it in the new year. In this first episode of 2017 the trio take a look back at some of their favorite beers, breweries, and festivals from the past year. They also dive deeper into Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines Fest while discussing on Tristan’s cardboard celebrity at the fest.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | January 18, 2017

January 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The Denver Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, etc. Read More

2017 Beer Release Calendar Roundup

January 18, 2017 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

*Updated 1/19/2017: Bronx Brewery, Funkwerks, Santa Fe Brewing, Virtue Ciders*

For the past two years we’ve helped compile a round up of beer release calendars featuring some of your favorite breweries from around the country. It was another massive year for American beer as we’ve now crested over 5000 active breweries in the US and believe it or not, 2017 is shaping up to be even bigger. To help get you excited about the new brews coming out in 2017, we bring you the 2017 Beer Release Calendar round up.

Please keep in mind that these are merely a framework for anticipated releases. All dates and beers are subject to change. Breweries often end up producing these as a framework for their yearly production schedule, but will often adapt accordingly throughout the year.

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Scofflaw Brewing Co. | Interrogation Coffee Milk Stout

January 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

ABV: 6.8% |  IBU: 75

In high school, a party was a form of subversion, a rebellion, it was when you began to test the limits. It had it’s moments. The college party was more a celebration of freedom (see “Stair Diving” from 1984’s Revenge of the Nerds), and more testing of limits, but without the threat (or thrill?) of getting caught, it was merely a party for party’s sake.

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PorchDrinking Playlist | My Girlfriend’s Car

January 17, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Featured Image from Pixabay.com

My girlfriend Laina and I have been together for more than three years. We live together, have a child together, and love each other a lot. It’s not all rainbows and unicorns, though. Just like in most relationships, disagreements arise. Our fifth-largest bone of contention is control of the car stereo. In my car we listen to brilliant podcasts. My girlfriend’s car stereo is almost always tuned to the country station.

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Inside the Tank | Griesedieck Brothers Brewery’s Robert Griesedieck

January 17, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

St. Louis’ brewing legacy does not start nor end with Anheuser-Busch. Not by a long shot.

According the bible of St. Louis beer, “St. Louis Brews” the list of major breweries included many names still known around here a century later. Names like Busch, Lemp, Falstaff and Griesedieck, still ring familiar to beer drinkers, generations after their heyday. But you know the saying, “what was old is new again.”

That is exactly what is happening with the rebirth of the famed Griesedieck family brewery.

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Event Preview | The Wolpertinger Festival

January 17, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Outside of St. Louis, the city has been known as the beer capital of the world primarily because of the success of the Anheuser-Busch Company and its flagship brew Budweiser. But inside St. Louis, beer drinkers know the city has a deeper connection to the history of suds then just AB. In fact St. Louis has been in the brewing business for more than two centuries with more than 120 breweries operating at one time.

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Starr Hill Brewery | Warm Up Winter Ale

January 17, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

ABV: 6.1% | IBU: 15

If a brewery says its beer pairs well with gouda and snickerdoodle cookies, you know you’re drinking the right thing.

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Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

January 16, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Georgia plans to update their beer laws, Founders releases Frootwood in honor of their 20th anniversary, and the number of brewery permits hits an all-time high. Mondays suck but craft beer makes it all better, even if it’s just news. Keep reading to catch the details of these stories and more in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.

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Maplewood Brewery & Distillery Spirits Launch

January 16, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Maplewood Brewery, as it is rountinely referred, officially goes by the name, “Maplewood Brewery & Distillery,” and on January, 18, those in Chicago will finally be able to experience Maplewood’s multi-faceted focus on imbibing. At Chicago’s Fountainhead — a hip craft beer and whiskey bar, one can attend and enjoy what is officially being called, “Maplewood Spirits Launch & Boilermaker Night.”

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National Beer Writers Share Their Favorites from 2016

January 16, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 10 min

Cover Photo By Natrice Miller

In the spirit of collaboration, inspired by the beer industry we cover, the PorchDrinking team reached out to some of our buds who also do a tremendous job covering the beer scene and asked them to reflect on 2016, while also looking ahead in 2017. We polled a handful of these national beer writers and journalists about their favorite beers, breweries, trends and festivals from 2016, and predictions for 2017. Hear what they had to say!

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