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PorchDrinking’s Best in Beer 2018 | Utah and Beyond

December 27, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Chris & Sylvia Hollands and our Utah team take a look at the year in beer, 2018.

From new laws to near beers, the PorchDrinking.com Utah team covers everything from local occurrences to the national and regional scene, and that’s reflected in the picks from the crew. So, let’s take a final look at 2018, shall we?

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Dispelling the Myths Behind Utah’s Emerging Beer Scene

September 11, 2018 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Let’s face it, when you are planning a vacation around beer, Utah isn’t usually at the top of the list. The liquor laws that dictate ABV and where you can consume may deter serious beer drinkers before even firing up an Airbnb search. However, Utah beer has a character of its own, a character that is both quiet and formidable all at once: A sleeping bear that is slow to wake but indomitable when angered. As such, let’s dispel some of the myths surrounding Utah’s beer culture. Read More

Event Recap | Utah Beer Festival 2016

September 5, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

As the gate opened, it revealed a welcome invitation into the belly of the beast. Salt Lake City Weekly’s 7th Annual Utah Beer Festival 2016 was ready to rage. We prepared to soak up some sun, listen to solid tunes, gobble great eats and drink world class beer. Read More

Event Preview | Utah Beer Festival 2016

August 16, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

What: 7th Annual Utah Beer Festival

When: Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Utah State Fair Park – 155 N 1000 W, Salt Lake City, UT

Price: General Admission – $20 advance ($25 day of), includes 5 tokens and taster mug Early Beer Drinker Entry – $30, includes 1 hour early entry, 8 tokens and taster mug VIP $50 – Includes all GA benefits, access to the Devour VIP Lounge with exclusive samples, food pairings and Brewer Q&A. VIP Designated Driver – $20, all VIP entitlements excluding beer tokens and beer tastings in the VIP lounge Designated Driver Ticket – $5, includes admission and pats on the back for being a good friend. Purchase tickets here. Read More

Ultimate 6er | A Guide to Utah Pils

July 27, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

As I drive to meet a local brewer to learn about his most recent release, I think about the time we once asked another brewer what he felt was the ‘next big thing’ in craft beer. His reply: “German Pilsner.” This no doubt came as a bit of a shock. Berliner Weisse, session IPA, or even Imperial fruit beer would have all seemed appropriate. Instead, he picked a classic style originating from the Czech Republic in 1842. Interesting enough, we started noticing a trend: Friends working in breweries often mentioned pilsner as their go-to-beer. A few years ago there might not have been enough local quality pils to make an Ultimate 6er and although it hasn’t become the ‘next big thing’, it has made a resurgence. We give you a guide to Utah’s very own Pilsners. Read More

Epic Brewing Company | Sour IPA Utah Session Series

January 29, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

We live in a state known for our curious alcohol laws. Laws we would say have inadvertently given strength to the Utah beer industry. Local breweries have been forced to brew beer at the low-alcohol 4% abv in order to serve on draft or be available in grocery or convenience stores. How can this possibly be a good thing you ask? It means: Utah-based breweries perfected the art of the ‘Session’ beer long before ‘Session’ became a thing for breweries (outside of the Beehive state) who looked for ways to avoid knocking out their consumers with huge alcohol content. In a land surrounded by high elevation, we’ve been keeping it low for years. Read More

Ultimate 6er | Reliving Utah’s Past GABF Success

September 30, 2015 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

At the time you are reading this, we are either recovering from a week long hangover or dead! GABF would be the way to die. Hundreds of breweries bringing the best beers in the world. There is nothing greater than walking shoulder to shoulder with tens of thousands of like-minded people. Everywhere you turn is a new friend and a beer. Yep, pretty sure we died. Seems like the pearly gates are drenched in golden suds.

We live in Utah and dream of Denver, Bend, San Diego and Asheville. But wait a minute… if you believe in the alcohol lockdown in the Wasatch Mountains, we surely live in beer hell. We are here to say, this is absolutely not true. We present six GABF medal winning beers from the last several years. So when the Zion curtain locks us in, we will be okay, because Utah brewers make some sweet brews. Read More

Festival Recap | Utah Beer Festival

August 18, 2015 |

They came by the thousands this last weekend. A wave of thirsty beer lovers coming together to try hundreds of new brews from dozens of local and out of state breweries. Although the temperatures seemed to swell as the mid … Read More

Event Preview | Utah Beer Festival

July 29, 2015 |

What: The 6th Annual Utah Beer Festival

When: Saturday August 15, 2015 from 3 to 8 PM

Where: 200 E & Library Square (Downtown, Salt Lake City)

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General Admission – $15 advance (includes 5 tokens and taster mug), $25 day … Read More

The Ultimate 6er | Finding Beer in Utah on a Sunday

February 18, 2015 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

The taboos associated with Utah seem to be broad and polarizing. Locals are protective of their state. From the outside looking in you can only imagine men with five wives who belong to a cult that won’t allow you to drink alcohol. Visitors to the state seem to revel in its beauty, gloating over world-class ski resorts to the vast red rock desert in the southern regions and are often puzzled over the strange Utah liquor laws.
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Red Rock Brewing | Secale

January 23, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Old Man Winter is waking up. With a dramatic inhale, the air is flowing in like a tide. We get a moment of calm at the apex, followed by the full rush of winter frost signaling the changing of the seasonal guard. The ice sentinels are lumbering in, flanked by soldier pines to plant their totem, a proclamation that winter has taken over.

The bitter cold drags us from the comfort of our warm weather beer. IPAs, pilsners and hefeweizens run, depleted, only to be replaced by the heavy palate crushers. Stouts and sours reign supreme in these times as people dig into their cellars in search of something more unrelenting than the weather. While we all love the bourbon barrel aged stouts with ABVs in the teens, there will always be something magical about the ever-crushable flavors of summer.

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Breweries Offering Free Food & Beer to Furloughed Government Workers

January 18, 2019 |

Putting aside one’s political party affiliation or beliefs, the government shutdown, which is now the longest in American history at 28 days, has impacted over 800,000 furloughed government workers and contractors and affected even more government adjacent jobs. But luckily, … Read More

2019 Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Pour List Once Again Brings Heat

January 2, 2019 |

Throughout my years of visiting breweries, attending beer festivals and covering the industry, one thing has become abundantly clear, Coloradoans are spoiled when it comes to beer. This assertion is none more evident than the collection of talent that’s assembled … Read More

2018 Great American Beer Festival Pour List Preview

September 17, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

As the 2018 Great American Beer Festival approaches, I bet you’re wondering what kind of delights you can expect to sample on the festival. A hazy IPA from that Vermont brewery that doesn’t distribute in your state? A rare whale stout aged in the most fantastic of barrels? A wild, enamel-stripping sour ale full of hand-picked snozzberries? PorchDrinking has you covered!

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Ultimate 6er | Summer’s Best TV Dramas

September 5, 2018 | 1

It has never been a better time to be a couch potato. A recent study done by FX Studios found that the number of scripted TV shows will top 520 in 2018. If you are like me and work multiple … Read More

The Complete 2018 GABF Week Events Guide

September 4, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 55 min


For one week a year, Denver and the surrounding metro area turn upside down for the Great American Beer Festival. While the festival floor is a great place to sample thousands of beers from all across, the events happening outside of the festival have become equally as impressive and formidable. From tap take-overs to beer dinners, special release to actual full-blown separate beer festivals all together have broken off of GABF. So, to help provide some perspective and frothy guidance, we have made that navigation a bit easier with a 2018 GABF Week Events Guide. Too much to sort through and choose? Don’t worry, chuggernaut, we got you covered.

 

2018 GABF Week Events Guide

Something we missed? Is your brewery hosting a GABF event? Feel free to contact us and we’ll update this list.

 

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BREAKING | Founders Brewing is Finally Coming to Colorado

August 30, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Well folks, the wait is finally over. After much speculation, Founders Brewing has shared news with PorchDrinking, that they will begin full distribution throughout the state of Colorado beginning mid-to-late October 2018.

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BREAKING | Three Weavers Brewing Joins Oskar Blues’ CANarchy Collective

July 17, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Los Angeles-based Three Weavers Brewing has announced today that it will be joining Oskar Blues Brewing Company under the Fireman Capital-backed Canarchy Craft Brewery Collective. Today’s news comes less than a week after the announcement that Dallas-based Deep Ellum Brewing would also be joining the CANarchy family.

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Deep Ellum Brewing Sold to Oskar Blues’ Canarchy Collective

June 12, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

DALLAS, TX – Deep Ellum Brewing Company has confirmed that the brewery is joining Oskar Blues Brewing Company under the Fireman Capital-backed Canarchy Craft Brewery Collective.

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Taking a Look at the Craft Beer Industry’s Eco-Friendly Earth Day Initiatives

April 20, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

A very merry almost Earth Day to you, my fellow earthlings! I hope you are enjoying your day on this lovely planet by reading this article with a beer in your hand. While you do that, be sure to recognize all the different resources it takes to make that craft beer you are holding. Everything that you see in the brew, as well as the device containing that beer, comes from a vast number of components and people to make it happen. With this special relationship between us and Earth, being eco-friendly is very important. Read More