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What We’re Drinking | October 11, 2021

October 11, 2021 |

Well, here we go. Fall Mode is now fully engaged. With that it brings stout season, PSLs, flannels and Halloween. Those of you that have been hoarding stouts in your fridge or cellar for the last six months, now is the time to bust them out! Our staff jumped on board with stout season, but is still holding on to some of the lighter beers from the summer. This is what we’re drinking.

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Yakima Chief Hops Announces the Pink Boots Blend for 2022

October 11, 2021 |

Typically the ladies of Pink Boots Society (PBS) come together at the Great American Beer Festival for the Annual Hop Rub. The tradition began in 2017 when PBS partnered with Yakima Chief Hops (YCH) to bring the best of their hop harvest, carefully laid out on tables for attendees to smell, touch and taste, with the goal of selecting the annual Pink Boots Society hop blend.

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Fantasy Football Recap | Week 4

October 9, 2021 |

We’re back! Week 4 of the NFL season is in the books, but oh wow was there some drama that came along with it. Thursday Night Football showed the world that Joe Burrow really is That Dude for the Bengals as he led a game-winning drive to send the Jaguars to 0-4. Sunday featured some late game antics in several matchups. The Atlanta Falcons did what they do best in blowing leads, while Saquon Barkley looked like himself before the injury against Kamara and the New Orleans Saints. Mahomes casually threw 5 TDs, and Kyler Murray and the Cardinals almost doubled up the Los Angeles Rams. Of course, there was a homecoming, too, as Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Bucs marched into Foxborough and got a W against Belichick. Read More

Black is Beautiful Creator Opening Charlotte Incubator to Further Brewing Inclusion

October 8, 2021 |

Ava DuVernay, American Filmmaker and Director of the 2014 film, Selma noted, “When we’re talking about diversity, it’s not a box to check. It is a reality that should be deeply felt and held and valued by all of us.”

This sentiment continues to ring true for Marcus Baskerville, co-founder of Weather Souls Brewing in San Antonio, TX, and creator of the Black is Beautiful initiative, a viral collaborative beer project that has seen participation from over 1,300 breweries and raised over $3 million to date toward organizations and efforts focused on promoting equity and inclusion.

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5 Questions with Against The Grain Brewery’s Co-Founder Sam Cruz

October 8, 2021 |

Against the Grain Brewery opened its doors in 2011 as Louisville’s first brewer-owned and operated brewery. And over the past ten years, Against the Grain has grown to four locations and a production facility. From the beginning of the Smokehouse in 2011 to opening the Public House in 2019, ATG has made a name for itself as a brewpub. However, this past year ATG decided to dabble into something more than beer and opened their first music venue, the Flamingo Lounge. ATG went back to its roots, and most recently, opened the ATG Sandwich Emporium which sits above the Flamingo Lounge in downtown Louisville.

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The PorchCast Ep 85 | The Empourium Brewing Freshtober Festival

October 8, 2021 |

In episode 85 of The PorchCast, Korey took over the captain’s chair and was joined by Bryant as they visited with The Empourium Brewing Co. in Denver to preview their Freshtober Festival happening this Saturday in Denver, CO.

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Barrel Culture Invitational 2021 Preview

October 8, 2021 |

Barrel Culture Brewing and Blending is hosting their Barrel Culture Invitational October 16 in Durham, North Carolina. After a forced hiatus in 2020 due to COVID-19 they are excited for the return of their annual festival. They will also be hosting a Preparty and a Hangover Party to make the weekend even more exciting! Read More

Elsewhere Brewing | Boobie Beer Rosé Hazy IPA

October 8, 2021 |

October is upon us which means the weather outside is delightful, the holidays are coming and Spooky Season is in full swing. Also, though, the calendar flipping to October signals the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Elsewhere Brewing, in Atlanta, Georgia, is taking the month to heart with festive celebrations and a particular new beer release. Read More

Colorado Beer Beat | Bi-Weekly Beer Release Guide 10/7

October 7, 2021 |

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 to find out what’s new in the Colorado beer scene.

As we start off the spookiest month of the year, we’re starting to see an increase in dark heavy beers to the release lineups. Some breweries are even trying to hit us with creepy can graphics… I’m looking at you Cerebral. With a number of beer events taking place around the industry this month, you won’t struggle to find something to do with your time this weekend.

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Graft | The Haunting Artwork of Branch & Bone’s Autumn Zephyr

October 7, 2021 |

The bare shoulder and neck of what we assume is a human woman is sketched in pencil. The lines vary in shade and weight like they’re drawn from shadows. Where the neck meets the face, a skeletal jaw emerges, the teeth all wrong like they were ripped from something that hunts the dark forest. The upper teeth are human, and above them, the hollow eye sockets of a skull that nonetheless seem to stare straight into us.

And it’s here the nightmare really begins. Massive branches of a great tree split from the top of the skull like an antler rack, too heavy for the neck but held up by a hidden, infernal strength, stretching their limbs and fingers into the fog. Looking closer, the creature’s own arms bear a faint pattern of bark, the entire thing some alchemy of primeval nature and inchoate humanity stalking the landscape of our dreams.

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Maplewood Brewery & Distillery | Cold Chisel IPA

October 7, 2021 |

Chicago’s Maplewood Brewery & Distillery just released a new Cold IPA, Cold Chisel, that is fermented and conditioned at colder temperatures, similar to a lager. As the temps begin to drop here in the Midwest, it’s the perfect time to try this new brew from one of the best Chicago breweries. Read More

Anchorage Brewing Adds Innovative Wood Coolship

October 6, 2021 |

Anchorage Brewing in Alaska’s most populous city has been known for its sour and mixed-fermentation beers since opening in 2010, and will soon be adding a new layer to its sour program: a 14 bbl coolship on the rooftop deck of its new expansion. While a new coolship at an American craft brewery is noteworthy on its own, this one is even more unique in being the first all-wood coolship in commercial operation. It was made by Foeder Crafters in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Drekker Brewing Co. | Braaaaaaaains Strawberry, Blueberry & Banana

October 6, 2021 |

With spooky season approaching quickly, how could you not want to try Drekker Brewing Co.s Braaaaaaaains Series?! Making waves all the way from North Dakota, Drekker Brewing proves just how delicious Fruit Smoothie Sours can be.

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2021 AL Wild Card Drinking Game | Red Sox vs. Yankees

October 5, 2021 |

The Red Sox and Yankees both won in fairly dramatic fashion on Sunday to secure their Wild Card spots. But, for one team, the joy will only last for one more game. From Babe Ruth to a bloody sock to Bucky %$# Dent, the rivalry has produced some memorable games and moments. Tonight, the rivals will battle again for bragging rights, and a chance to meet the Tampa Bay Rays — the 100-win Rays, that is.

Whether you are a Sox fan, Yankees fan, or get tired of hearing about both teams, we are here to enhance your enjoyment of the game. Without further ado, your 2021 AL Wild Card Drinking Game.

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An Ode to the Fall-Time Classic | The Pumpkin Beer

October 5, 2021 |

Every Midwesterner is familiar with the ritual. A stiff, cool breeze pushes through the air, alerting you to the change in seasons. A familiar crunch of dying foliage and an ominous whiff of bonfire – or maybe it’s grill smoke from the tailgate – fill the senses. The squirrels start moving a bit slower and look a bit rounder.  Maybe today I’ll get a hot coffee. Maybe this morning is the time to pull out the sweatshirt from its slumber. It’s time for Fall and everything it has in store. Fall is objectively my favorite time for seasonal beers. You get Oktoberfests, Wet Hop IPAs and more – you also get a heavy dose of pumpkin beers. While the Oktoberfest style might have the most celebrated history, the pumpkin ale has a unique story as well, and the booming seasonal style doesn’t show any sign of slowing down. 

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Ska Brewing | Barrel Aged Old Fashioned – 25th AND 26th Anniversary Edition

October 5, 2021 |

Breweries like to go big on their anniversary. Usually a party, special tappings, food trucks, and sometimes, a special beer. Ska Brewing in Durango, Colorado celebrates their anniversary with live ska bands and around 25 guest breweries pouring shaker glasses full of beer for thirsty partygoers. With COVID in full swing last September, the team made the tough decision to cancel the party. This year, they went big… really big. (And I’m not just talking about the Mighty Mighty Bosstones headlining the sold-out party.)

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