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Event Recap | Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival 2016

August 23, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Cigar purists are just like craft beer purists. That’s not a defamatory statement. That’s a big compliment. They embrace and showcase the vibrancy of their industry, the love of the leaf and the camaraderie that goes hand in hand with their hobby. They fight against regulation and the proverbial ‘man’ that holds them down, that tries to snub them out. While we feel their pain with the latter and their ongoing trials and tribulations with smoking ban after smoking ban, we see the big brands buying up our favorite craft breweries and controlling their distribution.

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PorchDrinking Playlist | Summer Transitions

August 23, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Have you noticed the change in the weather? Mornings that are a little cooler than normal, and evenings that are a bit more brisk than we’re used to? Whether we like it or not, summer is slowly coming to a close. For this week’s PorchDrinking Playlist we’ve got 10 songs to help ease the transition for you. Read More

Brewery Showcase | Around the Bend Beer Company

August 23, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Around the Bend Beer Company isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel; the two-year-old brewery is on a mission to make the wheel faster, slicker, and cooler. When brewing a Kolsch-style beer (Ghost of ‘Lectricity), a first-wort brewing process is applied to extract more hops flavor, yet also smooth out its edges. When Around the Bend brews an American Pale Ale (Silk Road), galangal is blended into the recipe. And who else make the connection between orange marmalade and a Double/Imperial IPA? You find it in Mr. Marmalade.

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Temperance Beer Co. | Greenwood Beach Blonde Ale

August 23, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Are you still searching for that perfect summer beer that can quench your insatiable thirst created by a scorching mid-day sun? Then you may want to wander over to Temperance Beer Co. in Evanston, IL, for their Greenwood Beach Blonde Ale with Pineapple. It is only around for a few months out of the year and makes its appearance on the Chicago beer scene in early May. Being named after Greenwood Street beach in Evanston, it makes sense that this blonde ale is one that you can sip on all day and truly enjoy what Temperance Beer Co. has brewed for you. Now back to the day where I first discovered this amazing beer! Read More

Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

August 22, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Stone Brewing releases plans for a hotel, Southern Tier breaks ground on their new brewery, and What the Funk!? invitational returns for its fifth installment. Don’t miss out on all of the moving and shaking going on in the craft brewniverse – this week’s craft beer news will inspire your next beer vacation! Keep reading to catch all of the details of in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.

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Inside the Tank | Stickman Brews’ Ethan Buckman

August 22, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

How would craft beer have evolved in America if we had a centuries-old farmhouse brewing tradition like Belgium? Head brewer and co-founder of Stickman Brews, Ethan Buckman, focuses his creativity on creating beers that could have existed in this alternate brewing history. He brews hop-forward American-style ales, which he then ferments farmhouse-style with different strains of Brettanomyces and wild yeasts in open-top fermenters. The resulting beers blur style guidelines in exciting new ways. Ethan doesn’t like to assign styles to his brews because he doesn’t feel there are any regularly used styles that accurately describe what he is trying to create.

He is probably right.

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Event Recap | 2016 Burning Can REEB Ranch

August 22, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 7 min

The light showers and skirting thunderstorms around the mountains in western North Carolina couldn’t hold a candle to the electricity coming from the stage at Oskar Blues Burning Can held at their REEB Ranch in Brevard the 15th and 16th of July. A weekend full of nature, funky tunes, great beer and fantastic activities swarmed festival attendees, with just enough rain to keep the crowd cool from the scorching summer heat many have been suffering. Read More

Eventide Brewing | Eventide Kölsch

August 22, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 5.3% | IBU: 24

I am grumpy and thus, I pen today’s beer showcase in the spirit of protest.

This is me standing up out of my chair, going to the window and yelling, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Or, something like that.

See, it’s another lovely Atlanta August day: 93 degrees and humid. That’s no surprise—that’s August in Georgia and that’s not why I’m yelling from my window. Read More

Beerstagram | August 11th – August 18th

August 19, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

This week’s Beerstagram is a mixed bag theme-wise and that is okay because there are plenty of nice photos nonetheless. This week’s beers are from a little bit of everywhere it seems. Cheers to another week! Read More

Gun Hill Brewing | Rise Up Rye

August 19, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

In “Hamilton,” the musical that is STILL dominating Broadway (and taking home 11 Tony Awards), our entry point into the American Revolution is a toast between friends with a shared vision. Alexander Hamilton, played by Javier Munoz, is a tenacious revolutionary with humble origins and big aspirations.

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Event Preview | Schlafly’s HOP in the City Festival in St. Louis

August 18, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

St. Louis has its fair share of beer festivals, but few incorporate music as well as Schlafly Beer‘s HOP in the City festival, which will hit our town on September 17th. Read More

What the Funk!? Announces 2016 Breweries and Event Date

August 18, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Denver’s premiere festival, What the Funk!? showcasing wild, spontaneous and sour beers returns Tuesday, October 4 at the Exdo Event Center. Over the years, the events surrounding The Great American Beer Festival have become just as popular and successful as the headlining event itself, and What the Funk!? always ranks at the top of that list.

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