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PorchDrinking Playlist | Ex Novo Brewing

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

In the heart of downtown Portland, Oregon there must be a Nickelback concert happening this very moment. It turns out to just not to be the case, however it may be the folks at Portland’s Ex Novo Brewing Company trying to break up a boring day. “One of our favorite pastimes at the brewery is to blast some super shitty music and see how long it takes before someone changes it,” said head brewer, Ryan Buxton. This seems to be a game they play to keep things from getting stale. The tradition keeps things fresh because it rarely lasts more than three songs at a time. And please do not worry, this is all done before the doors open to the public. Read More

Brewery Showcase | Schmohz Brewing Company

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

Schmohz Brewing Company is one of the lesser known breweries in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In a field of highly recognizable names, it’s not surprising, but it is unfortunate because the beers are stellar and the people are good fun. It is possible that part of the reason for their lack of publicity is that the atmosphere at 2600 Patterson SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan is a little different from what you might expect at a modern microbrewery. Read More

Mikerphone Brewing, Toppling Goliath Talk Beer Releases

September 19, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

Beer releases are a tricky thing. As more and more people take an interest in craft beer, the next release of a hazy NE-IPA, mix culture barrel-aged wild/sour, or big barrel-aged stout are getting more hyped, more complex and trickier for the brewery to manage. There is no such thing as a perfect release, however, breweries today are doing their best to figure out how to get their beer out to their customers.

Whether it’s a smaller/newer brewery like Mikerphone Brewing, or a more established one like Toppling Goliath, the logistics behind releasing highly sought-after beer are nothing simple.

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Tröegs Independent Brewing | Hop Knife Harvest Ale

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

Tröegs Independent Brewing holds a special place in my heart. I had enjoyed trying new beers since I studied abroad in Germany around the turn of the century, but a visit to the Tröegs production brewery in Hershey, Pennsylvania is at the epicenter of my ever-blossoming beer geekery.  In the five years since that visit, I’ve enjoyed watching their beer lineup change and evolve. With roots in Tröegs’ Scratch program and a new home in the Hop Cycle Seasonal lineup, Hop Knife Harvest Ale is a beer that I’ve been enjoying since its first wide release.
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Chicago Quick Sips | September 18

September 18, 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

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2 Days, 2 Nights | A Complete Guide to Fort Collins, Colorado’s Craft Beer Scene

September 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 8 min

Situated on the Cache La Poudre River and about 65 miles north of Denver lies Fort Collins, home of the CSU Rams and where craft beer flows in abundance. Two years ago, I moved to Fort Collins from Denver and I was a bit apprehensive; Denver was home to me. There was always something to do — whether it was a Rockies game, art opening or new brewery to check out. And admittedly, as a proud Colorado Buffalo (#Skobuffs), Fort Collins felt a little like enemy territory.

But like one of those teachable Hallmark movie moments, Fort Collins proved me wrong. This college town is the fourth largest city in Colorado but it has plenty of local charm. Fort Collins is laid back like a lackadaisical Sunday afternoon. It’ll make you want to hop on your cruiser bike and ride over to the nearest brewery and watch the sun sink down across the foothills. Fort Collins has made me a tourist in my own state — which is really refreshing. And so, I present to you, the best spots to visit the next time you’re in Fort Collins — in my humble opinion, of course.

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Event Preview | Toppling Goliath GABF Tap Takeover at Tap and Handle

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

Toppling Goliath Brewing Company, a brewery that RateBeer has awarded several “best” categories including double IPA, strong stout and American amber or pale, will be making its Colorado debut during the week of the Great American Beer Festival. The esteemed Iowa brewery will have a special GABF tapping at Tap and Handle in Fort Collins, Colorado at 5 p.m. on Monday October 2 (the brewery will also make its way down to Denver on October 4 at LowDown Brewery). Read More

Dovetail | Bamberger Dunkel

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

Fans of Bavarian-style beers will want to check out Dovetail’s new beer, Bamberger Dunkel. It’s released just in time for Oktoberfest celebrations in the city of Chicago or just kicking off the fall season. This beer will make you feel warm with the windy city chill. It is medium bodied, so the drinker will not feel too full after a glass, thus leaving room for plenty of German sausage. If you forgot to BYOS (bring your own sausage) to Dovetail, don’t worry. They will have plenty of Landjäger for sale.

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The Weekly Buzz | September 8 – 14

September 15, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

This week was a bummer in a lot of ways. Houston is still reeling from Harvey, Florida got beat up by Irma and we remembered the anniversary of a devastating terrorist attack. You know what, though? We got through it. We’ll continue to get through it. Even though at times it may seem like we are kicking ourselves in the ass, we’ll find a way to make it right. Until that day, we will have America’s greatest coping mechanism at our disposal–beer. Crack open a fresh one, and get ready for The Weekly Buzz.
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What We’re Drinking | September 15, 2017

September 15, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The past few weeks have been full of ups and downs with Natural Disasters disrupting the lives of many across the United States as well as remembering the 16th anniversary of one of the toughest days in American history – September 11. The PorchDrinking team stayed safe during these events, and our thoughts are with those who were severely affected. To get your mind off the images of flooding and catastrophe, here is What We’re Drinking this week.

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Beerstagram | September 7 – September 14

September 15, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Hello Beerstagram fans! How has your week been? Somehow it is already the weekend again. It’s pretty crazy that we are already talking plans for Great American Beer Festival over here at’s Denver headquarters and that this will be the last weekend of summer. Fall is coming and so are those malty beers. But while it is still summer officially, at least for one more week, let’s keep on soaking in those lighter styles and outdoor beer shots, OK? Also, enjoy those Oktoberfest activities many of you have plans for this weekend, too. Cheers! See you back here again next week.

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Event Preview | Toppling Goliath GABF Tapping at LowDown Brewery

September 15, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Toppling Goliath, the Iowa brewery who has gained national acclaim in recent years, is making its Colorado debut during Great American Beer Festival with the help of Denver’s LowDown Brewery. On Wednesday October 4 at 11am, LowDown located at 800 Lincoln St, Denver, CO, will tap nine Toppling Goliath beers including PseudoSue, King Sue and Mornin’ Delight.

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Cellar West Artisan Ales | Sapience

September 15, 2017 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

I know, I know. We’re post-Labor Day, school has started and the pumpkin ales and warm toasty porters are hitting the shelves. But as I sit here in my kitchen with the windows thrown wide, trying to tempt the air to somehow drop below 80, I just can’t bring myself to go there yet.

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Event Preview | Telluride Blues & Brews Festival 2017

September 14, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Music and Beer. Two of my favorite hobbies will be taking center stage at this weekend’s Telluride Blues and Blues. Notorious for being one of southern Colorado’s leading mountain town destinations, Telluride will be hosting its annual Blues and Brews Festival in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
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Brew Gentlemen | Pure Powerplant

September 14, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

I worked the night shift for the last six years of my Medical Technology career, which included many negatives: living an opposite schedule from your family and friends, sleep is completely messed up and you constantly feel tired — and that’s just the start. However, my schedule also allowed me to visit craft breweries on release days and beat the crowds, which was the case with the release of Brew Gentlemen Pure Powerplant IPA.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | September 13, 2017

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

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

It’s me, Cory Pellicle, on top of all things beer (see what I did there?) for this week here in the Denver area. I’m filling in for Jeremy while he is out on vacay. He is probably skulling coldies right now and hiking hills and doing all kinds of other ill shit. Well deserved, Jeremy, well deserved.

But don’t worry! Jeremy will be back next week and we will be continuing to flesh out the 2017 GABF calendar. We just put up a shipload of events. Go peep ’em out, beer nerds. And keep coming back for more GABF coverage on the site!

Go to the Calendar now

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