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Dry Dock Brewing Co. | Dry Dock IPA

April 26, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 7% | IBU: 60

What better way to symbolize the greatness of craft beer than relating it to one of history’s greatest children’s book authors? Recently I picked up a six-pack of Dry Dock Brewing Co.’s newest beer Dry Dock IPA. My attention was immediately drawn to a quote on the top of each can. I had been reading Dr. Seuss to my 4-year old son so, naturally, I connected the two. Read More

BREAKING | Molson Coors Donates to Student Suds & A New CSU Teaching Brewery

April 25, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

The micro(brew)cosm of community that never seems to surprise in craft beer isn’t relegated to the small guys as the Molson Coors Brewing Company (Golden, CO) provides a big helping hand to Colorado State University this week.

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PorchDrinking Playlist | Spring Storms

April 25, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Photo Credit: Mathew Powers: Campo, Colorado tornado (2010). 

No place on Earth enjoys conditions more conducive for tornadoes than the U.S. It’s not even close. And, late April into June marks the peak of tornado season. Music, like severe weather, masterfully pieces otherwise chaotic components into an orderly, harmonious sensory delight. Both can evoke feelings of tranquility or make one’s heart beat rapidly.

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Half Acre Beer is Experimenting with Mixed Fermentation

April 25, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Featured image courtesy of Half Acre Beer Co.

Half Acre Beer Co. is expanding and it’s a good sign for Chicago craft beer drinkers. Their new Balmoral Brewery space, a massive 60,000 square foot expansion, is getting closer and closer to opening to the public. Not only does this mean more real estate, but it also means more opportunities to brew beer, including the newly announced mixed fermentation program at their original brew spot in Lincoln Square.

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Brewery Showcase | Real Ale Brewing Company

April 25, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Real Ale Brewing Company has just celebrated 21 years of brewing beer in the Texas Hill Country — and they don’t show any signs of slowing down. The Brewers Association recently posted the Top 50 Craft Breweries in the US by sales volume and Real Ale made the list at number 49. It’s impressive for a brewery whose motto is “unavailable in 49 states”. That’s right, you can only enjoy the popular Firemans #4 or a unique small batch Mysterium Verum release in the great state of Texas. Recently, the brewery announced the launch of the Real Spirits Distilling program that includes Hill Country Signature Whiskey, Grain to Glass Gin, and the highly limited first batch of Single Barrel Whiskey only available at the Real Ale Taproom.

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Dovetail Brewery | Pilsner

April 25, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 4.4 | IBU: 39

Brewed in the traditional process, Dovetail’s Brewery’s Pilsner is a trip to Europe in a Czech stein. The outside of the glass has circular divots patterned all around, amplifying the beautiful caramel color. This Pilsner receives its color from a triple decoction mash — the repeated boiling of a portion of mash, then returning it to the main mash. The head on the beer is thick and foamy, remaining stuck to the sides of the glass as you take your sips.

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Event Recap | 4th Annual Firkin Fest

April 24, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Earlier this month Headquarters Beercade hosted its fourth annual Firkin Fest. 40 different breweries brought firkins of some of their well-known beer, giving those in attendance a chance to try a unique twist on the beer they’ve come to know.

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Event Recap | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s Burly Beer Fest

April 24, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

PorchDrinking closed out winter with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild during their Burly Beer Fest on Saturday, April 1st. The festival featured 113 different beers with some really rare and special offerings available from 55 different breweries from all across the country. According to Margo Metzger, the Executive Director of the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild, Burly Beer Fest “raised $10,000 to support [the] guild’s mission to make North Carolina the best place to brew beer (and drink beer) in the nation.” Combine all that was available with the general atmosphere provided by the grounds around Sierra Nevada and it was easy to relax, enjoy yourself and sip some huge beers in a proper send off to winter all in support of a great cause.

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The Beer Industry’s Creativeness to Help the Earth

April 24, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Photo Courtesy of Saltwater Brewery

If you haven’t had your share of planet friendly posts this weekend, we’ve got you covered. In honor of Earth Day, we are highlighting the ingenuity and creativity of the beer industry’s actions to help the Earth. Some of the eco-friendly initiatives are implemented for the brewery’s love of the environment. Others are formed out of necessity. By protecting the environment and minimizing resource usage, breweries protect their access to future ingredients to make our future beers. Read More

Founders Brewing | Lizard of Koz

April 24, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Sometimes what you crave is the combination of sweet treat and delicious beer. Founders Brewing’s Lizard of Koz is the perfect intersection of just that. Released last year, the Imperial Blueberry Stout comes from the brilliant mind of Jeremey Kosmicki. Founders’ Brewmaster, Kosmicki created this sweet concoction for someone very dear to him. This imperial stout was made special for his little sister’s birthday. He included all her favorite ingredients: fresh Michigan blueberries, rich chocolate and vanilla aged in bourbon barrels. Needless to say, Kosmicki’s little sister, Liz, loved her brother’s creation.

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Avery Brewing Returns to Connecticut Shelves

April 23, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Feature image courtesy of Avery Brewing.

Boulder’s Avery Brewing Co. announced earlier this month that they would be returning distribution to Connecticut, after leaving the state in 2011 because of financial reasons and growing pains.

Connecticut was one of eight states Avery exited from six years ago, as they had lost “the ability to support all markets with a steady supply of fresh beer,” a press release said at the time. Now, due to a new brewery that opened in 2015 with the capabilities to produce 150,000 barrels, Avery says that can start to handle the larger demand and return to some of places they had to leave.

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BREAKING | Upland Brewing Company Expands to Philadelphia

April 22, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Featured Image courtesy of Upland Brewing Company.

Bloomington, Indiana brewery Upland Brewing Company has partnered with Penn Beer to expand the distribution of their wood-aged sour beers to the Philadelphia area. The first of their brews to reach the City of Brotherly love will be Hopsynth, Iridescent and a limited quantity of Cursed Kettles, which will be available on tap at specialty craft beer bars and bottle shops.

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What We’re Drinking | April 21, 2017

April 21, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

What did one craft beer lover say to another craft beer lover on Easter?

Answer: Hoppy Easter!

Ok, you didn’t come here for the lame jokes. You came here for the booze….this is What We’re Drinking.

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Beerstagram | April 13 – April 20

April 21, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Hey, hey Beerstagram fans! How is it going this week? I want to give a big thank you shout out to Hannah for taking the feed over for me last week while I was traveling. It was fun to jump back in again this week and catch up with what you all have been sipping on, plenty of great photos to choose from, that is for sure. Cheers, folks! See you again back here next week!

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The Weekly Buzz | April 14 – 20

April 21, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The inclusion of so many Pennsylvania breweries was a happy accident brought on by sleep deprivation, but I’m sticking with it. I love the beers brewed in my commonwealth and thing that you should drink them no matter where you live. I will personally guide any and all beer tourists to the best breweries in PA. I mean… I’ll do it if I’m not busy. I’ll probably be busy… Have no fear, dear reader. We have plenty of fun the rest of the country in this edition of The Weekly Buzz, too.

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