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The Weekly Buzz | January 13 – 19

January 20, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

If you want to fill your calendar with beer events, you have hit the mother lode! There were tons of announcements this week. I, on the other hand, work most weekends and will have to drink alone in my free time. That’s not sad, is it? I may be a sad sack, but you don’t have to be! This is The Weekly Buzz.

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Two Brothers Brewing | Northwind Imperial Stout

January 20, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV 9.1 | IBU 45

The sun dipped below the North Pole’s horizon long ago — not to be seen again until March. The relentless darkness creates indescribable arctic cold that marches southward all winter. But, there’s more than just frosty breezes arriving from the north, there’s Imperial Stout — Two Brothers Brewing Northwind Imperial Stout.

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Event Preview | 13th Annual Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting

January 19, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

This year’s 13th Annual Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting event is a first for me. I’ve never attended a beer event that instructs you on dress code, but the folks at ACAT advise patrons to bring a hat and gloves.

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Event Recap | Noon Whistle Brewing Second Anniversary (Chicago)

January 19, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Noon Whistle Brewing | Photo Credit: Mathew Powers

Suburban Chicago’s Noon Whistle Brewing is located in an old strip mall and barely visible from the main road; a location unlikely to garner a passing grade in a Business 101 class. Makes no matter because in the craft beer world, it’s not location, location, location that’s essential; it’s libation, fermentation, innovation.

The beer emerging from Noon Whistle Brewing pulls throngs of thirsty patrons through its doors. And that is why when I arrived a few minutes after the noon hour on a Friday — the first of two days dedicated for its two-year anniversary — I was far from the only person ready to indulge in a parade of special releases. By the time I left that night, the place was packed.

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Five Chicago Beers You Must Try

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

Chicagoans are extremely lucky to have a wide variety of craft beer at their fingertips. In fact many of us take our incredibly large selection for granted. But for the craft beer fan that is visiting Chicago for maybe only a weekend I selected five beers that are an absolute must try.

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Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Selects 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

Blank Slate Brewing Company | Fork in the Road

January 19, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 6.8% | IBU: 70

Blank Slate Brewing Company was my first exposure to the Cincinnati Craft Beer scene when I arrived in 2011, when you could only find its brews on draft. Safe to say, both Blank Slate and I have matured a bit since then. Now, in addition to having a tap room of its own, one of the Blank Slate Brewing stalwarts, Fork in the Road, is available in cans. 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 1/20/2017: Breckenridge Brewing, Boulder Beer, Bur Oak Brewing, Cascade Brewing, FoothillsBrewing, Second Self, The Bruery, Victory Brewing*

*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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