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America Now Boasts Over 6000 Breweries in Operation & More Beer Stats

December 13, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The Brewers Association published its end of year report this morning announcing that there were over 6,000 breweries in operation across the United States in 2017. That number reflects an increase of over 438 operational breweries since their mid-year report was announced in August, and an increase of approximately 1000 breweries in operation since last December 2016.

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Maplewood Lounge | A Taproom Example Worth Emulating

December 13, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Maplewood Brewery & Distillery didn’t merely open a taproom and tasting space, it opened a thoughtful representation of the entire Maplewood experience — and that’s how all breweries should approach taproom designs.

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Ultimate 6er | 6 Reasons to Love Bale Breaker Brewing Company

December 13, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The Yakima Valley in Eastern Washington accounts for nearly 80% of the United States hop crop, and the team at Bale Breaker Brewing Company have established themselves as leaders in the Yakima Valley hop scene, both as growers and as brewers. The brewery is located amongst hop fields that were first planted in 1932, and the brewers at Bale Breaker have made a point of showcasing Yakima Valley hops in virtually every Bale Breaker brew. Though a relatively young brewery (they opened in 2013), Bale Breaker has become one of the most well-known IPA producers in Washington and is a leader in the Eastern Washington brewing scene. Today we present an Ultimate 6er dedicated the people who made Bale Breaker what it is today: 6 Reasons to Love Bale Breaker Brewing Company. Read More

Brewer of Beyoncé-Inspired Beer Told to Hold Up

December 13, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Despite a late night signal boost from Seth Meyers, production of a beer named in honor of singer Beyoncé has been forced to re-brand. Lineup Brewing, a Brooklyn-based brewery known for their clever beer names, had brewed Biëryoncé since opening in late 2016, and recently canned the beer for the first time in 16 oz cans. The small brewery received a cease and desist letter last week from Beyoncé’s legal team ordering them to stop production.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Atlanta Beer Beat | December 13, 2017

December 13, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The Atlanta Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings and more!

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Reuben’s Brews | Holiday Gose

December 13, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

I’m going to start this off by saying I am not a fan of the holiday season. Suddenly, I’m expected to be merry and in good spirits, which is just not the way I work. Bribe me with a winter warmer and we might be able to talk, slip me an Imperial Stout and we will be best of friends. Like a lot of you, alcohol makes this season bearable. To quote National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, “I had a lot of help from Jack Daniels.”

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Revisiting Star Wars: The Original Trilogy

December 12, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

“The Last Jedi” comes out in a matter of hours. To celebrate, I’ve been re-watching the Star Wars movies.

I watched the prequels and wrote about it here.

No one asked me to do this, by the way.

I just really really love Star Wars.

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Scofflaw Brewing Plans to Expand a Third Time

December 12, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

A little over three months ago, highly celebrated, IPA driven and high gravity specialists, Scofflaw Brewing, celebrated their one year anniversary. From their inception up until that celebration, they tripled their production capacity and here we are again with plans to expand. Prior to their second expansion, it was rare to find cans in the market and once they upgraded the canning line was back up and running, but here we are again, expanding. I wonder what great things are coming this time.

I recently spoke with Jonathan Ingram, Media Relations at Scofflaw. He share some great news concerning some upcoming projects as well as what might make its way into cans this time around. Read More

Cigar City Begins Releasing Brewery List for 2018 Hunahpu’s Day

December 12, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Yesterday, Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing released a preliminary list of participating breweries for their 2018 Hunahpu’s Day event. This annual event is a celebration that is centered around the release of Cigar City’s Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout and is the only way to snag bottles of that elusive brew. The announcement, which came via the brewery’s Facebook page,  The post listed over 75 breweries from the “South” region and promised that more would be unveiled in coming days.
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How Craft Beer Gave Back in November 2017

December 12, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Welcome to the beginning a new monthly roundup! I will be sharing some of the great, creative and impacting community efforts that our brewery friends conducted over the past month. My goal with this column is to hopefully inspire you—our beautiful, motivated reader—to start your own partnership with a charity and begin a long-lasting, top-notch fundraiser. Whether you own a brewery, work at a brewery, or just drink at a brewery, you can make a positive change in other people’s lives.

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Stickman Brews | Obesity Epidemic

December 12, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

“Stickman Brews focuses on American twists of Belgian-inspired beers among other things.”

Smack dab on the middle of the homepage on their website, you will come across this self-description written in all caps. Obesity Epidemic, a Belgian-style stout, truly backs up that claim. This beer fuses those two cultures in perfect harmony.

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Chicago Quick Sips | December 11

December 11, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Quick Sips is our way of highlighting beer events, tap takeovers and other notable beer news around the city of Chicago. If you’d like to submit something to be included in the next Quick Sips, please email us at chicago@porchdrinking.com.

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PorchDrinking’s Beer-Themed Holiday Gift Guide

December 11, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The holidays are upon us and that means it is time to bring out the spiced beers, porters and stouts! It also means it’s gifting season. If you’e stumped and looking to find the perfect gift for that craft beer lover on you list, than look no further than our Beer-Themed Holiday Gift Guide! In this special guide you will find something for everyone, including the dog. If you’ve already finished your holiday shopping, good on you. But maybe that means it is time to treat yo self to some sweet holiday beer gifts!

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Revisiting Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy

December 11, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 7 min

I’m really, really excited for the new Star Wars movie. If you added up the time I’ve spent watching Star Wars movies in my life, it’s probably in the days. That’s not to mention the time spent playing with toys, writing about Star Wars, playing video games and standing in line for the Star Wars rides at Disneyland. And every once in a while, I need to add some more time to that counter. In anticipation of “The Last Jedi,” I’m going back and re-watching ALL the Star Wars movies. In order. Yes, starting with the prequels trilogy.

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New Holland Brewing Company | Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mocha Mint

December 11, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Just in time for the holidays, New Holland Brewing has given us another in their Dragon’s Milk Reserve line, Dragon’s Milk Reserve Mocha Mint. This bourbon barrel-aged Stout sits at 11% ABV and is just as delicious as it sounds.
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Ninkasi to Celebrate Return of BBA Ground Control with Alamo Drafthouse

December 9, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

This is a sponsored post for Alamo Drafthouse

To boldly go where no beer has gone before, in this day in age is a pretty dubious task. That said, Eugene, OR’s Ninkasi Brewing raised the bar in 2014 when they launched six samples of brewers yeast into space and back and successfully brewed a beer afterwards aptly named Ground Control.

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