AboutBrandon Cohran, Author at PorchDrinking.com
Staff Picks for Best Beers of the Month | January 2023February 3, 2023 | Brandon Cohran
Holy hell, happy new year, here we go again. We’re all signed up for another 12 months and assumingly it’ll go by quicker than the last set did. That’s alright. Whether you did Dry January or were soaking wet all month, we made it through it. That’s what matters. Keep on, keeping on. In the meantime, here’s some of our Staff’s favorite beers from the last month (or so).
BREAKING | Fire Maker Brewing Co. Launches Partnership with Georgia PGAFebruary 1, 2023 | Brandon Cohran
This spring, as golf courses begin to repopulate with slow-playing foursomes and screeching golf carts, Georgia golfers will now have an official beer to drink on the links.
Atlanta’s Fire Maker Brewing Company announced today a new partnership with the Georgia PGA built around their Calamity Jane Blonde Ale. Read More
2022 Georgia Best in Year ReviewJanuary 2, 2023 | Brandon Cohran
Blink and you’ll miss it – 2022 did not slow down for anyone, it seems. It was a busy year in beer, as the industry continues to grow in Georgia, despite the limiting legislation in the state. Whether it be an individual beer, a brand new location, or a great event, there’s a good chance your favorite brewery made 2022 better for you. Read More
Staff Picks for Best Beers of the Month | October 2022November 10, 2022 | Brandon Cohran
Spooky SZN has come and gone, but that means that Turkey Day and all the other holidays are in full swing. Don’t worry about checking; I’m sure your calendar is already full. This time of year usually is full of all the adjunct-loaded Stouts, but we don’t have to tell you that Lagers and IPAs are always here to stay. Anyway, here are some of the staff picks from coast to coast. Read More
Staff Picks for Best Beers of the Month | September 2022October 10, 2022 | Brandon Cohran
Spooky season is upon us and we’re thinking back to some of our favorite beers over the last month or so. Schedules and holiday plans are probably dotting your calendars already as the football season rolls on and winter sports are about to start. The positive thing about having such chaotic weeks lately is that beers have tasted really great. Each one allows for that small break from reality for just a few minutes. As always, we hope you’ve had some of these beers we loved, too. Read More
PorchDrinking’s Best Beers of the Month | August 2022August 31, 2022 | Brandon Cohran
Vacations are ending, and school is starting back. That can only mean one thing: summer is ending and 2022 isn’t slowing down at all. That’s alright, though, because the last quarter of the year means good weather, football and big beers. Most of the time anyway. Before we get ahead of ourselves and send summer sailing, let’s all raise a glass one more time for the staff favorite beers of August. Read More
Beers of the Month | July 2022August 8, 2022 | Brandon Cohran
Surprised the Summer is coming to a close? Shit, us too. 2022 seems to be on a direct flight to next year. The MLB Season is more than halfway over. Football happens this month. School, both public and colleges, are back in session. Summer is hightailing it and so it’s basically the holiday season now? That’s how it feels, anyway. However, we’ve been doing our best to pump the brakes and appreciate the little moments. Especially the beer ones. We’ve rounded up some of the best and our favorite beers over the last month-ish. Read More
Fox Farm Brewery | Witch Meadow Black 2020June 6, 2022 | Brandon Cohran
Summer sunshine be damned, we’re still enjoying Stouts despite this heat. The beer fridge was full and the selection was plentiful, but the chosen bottle today is one to remember.
Witch Meadow Black 2020, an Imperial Stout aged in bourbon and rum barrels with smoked coconut by Fox Farm Brewery in Salem, CT certainly helped fight off the Sunday Scaries this afternoon! This incredibly complex yet smooth Stout was 500ml of pure bliss. It neither overwhelmed in a combination of flavor nor body, despite the 13.6% ABV. Read More
Allagash Brewing Co. | Seconds to Summer LagerMay 23, 2022 | Brandon Cohran
Summer is coming, and to no one’s surprise, Allagash Brewing Co. recently released a damn good Lager that should be at everyone’s hangout.
Seconds to Summer Lager, an apparent hit in their taproom-only release series last summer, found its way to cans and throughout distribution this season thankfully. The first and probably most defining characteristic of this beer is the aroma. It’s the beautiful Belgian yeast-forward aroma that is quintessentially Allagash – from White, and Fine Acre, to River Trip and so many others.
Event Review | Little Beer IIApril 15, 2022 | Brandon Cohran
What happens when you take some of the best in-and-out of state lager makers and bring them all to one town green in Duluth? A really damn good time enjoying Little Beer.
Over the weekend, Duluth’s Good Word & Public House hosted their second annual “Little Beer” fest, which saw 60+ breweries bring their best low ABV (mostly ~5% and lower) beers to the tables for craft drinkers to enjoy all day long. Oh, and there was snow — which for Georgia in April what the hell was that?! Read More
Elsewhere Brewing | Save the Sacks Helles LagerApril 13, 2022 | Brandon Cohran
There are plenty of blurred lines when marketing in the craft beer industry, but when it’s tastefully done a beer can really stand out in the crowd. Atlanta’s own Elsewhere Brewing once again nailed that feat with the new release in their “Beer For a Cause” series. The new release in the series, Save the Sacks Helles Lager, takes testicular cancer to heart and in an obvious way. Save the Sacks was released on the first of April, which is testicular cancer awareness month, and it’s no joke. Read More
Beers of the Month | March 2022April 8, 2022 | Brandon Cohran 1
It’s almost impressive that a quarter of the year is already in the books. Maybe it’s the increase of activity from the last two years in a COVID world, but the first few months of 2022 has kept drinkers happy and fridges full with beer events and special releases across the country. We certainly can’t make every event, or pop every top, but we’re giving it hell to try and find some of the best beers monthly to showcase. From Lagers to Barrel-aged Stouts and all of the dry-hopped IPAs in between, who knows which beers or styles will make this monthly list. So, grab a glass and, potentially, one of the beers featured for March. Cheers.
Georgia Beer Day | March 5, 2022March 4, 2022 | Brandon Cohran
Beer deserves to be celebrated! That’s why this Saturday, March 5, 2022, beer lovers across the state will have the chance to raise a glass in honor of Georgia Beer Day as the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild hosts it’s second annual Beer Day. Over 70+ breweries from Acworth to Valdosta are participating in the event.
Breweries have the option to go full-on shindig or just have the commemorative glasses, by artist Ali Lamoureux, available for customers but either way $1 of the sale of the glass goes back to the Guild to help promote growth and support of the industry. The design is an homage to the beautiful landscapes throughout Georgia “from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Driftwood Beach” as an outdoor refuge is portrayed on the Becher pint glass. Last year, these limited (at each brewery) glasses went FAST, so make sure to get there early and support all day!
Beers For Gaming | Firewatch & Woodland Chill Cold IPAFebruary 4, 2022 | Brandon Cohran
Some games might draw you in with intense action, or a complex mechanic, whereas some games are simply there to tell a story and leave an impression. Firewatch, a 2016 game from Campo Santo, is a compelling adventure game that wonderfully mixes in mysterious interactions with incredible dialogue and perfectly scored music all set against a picturesque backdrop of the Wyoming Wilderness. Read More
2021 Georgia Best in Beer Year-End HonorsJanuary 13, 2022 | Brandon Cohran
Even though 2021 seemed to pass by at an outrageous pace—two years of a pandemic will do that—there were several memorable beers, new breweries and stories that came out of Georgia. 2021 saw Lagers catch a ton of love across the state, finally. There were still plenty of other styles and releases that garnered tons of trades and attention, but shoutout to Lagers for stealing the spotlight. Seltzers, distilleries and everything in between are starting to populate and associate with craft breweries from Atlanta to LaGrange and north to south. Read More
Fantasy Football Recap | Week 12December 3, 2021 | Brandon Cohran
Week 12 of the NFL season was once again highlighted by several huge performances from running backs across the league. Leonard Fournette won the day by carrying the ball 17 times for 100 yards while adding 31 yards through the air on seven catches. Oh, and he had a cool four TDs on top of the yardage for a 40+ point week. The Atlanta Falcons do-it-all back Cordarrelle Patterson rushed 16 times for 108 and a pair of scores. Dontrell Hilliard for the Derrick Henry-less Titans had 131 on only a dozen carries with a score, too. Mixon, Taylor (again) and Elijah Mitchell all had days that probably led your team to a W, or to an L if they lined up against you. Either way, that’s how it goes sometimes. Read More
Fantasy Football Recap | Week 10November 20, 2021 | Brandon Cohran
Week 10 of the NFL season was a wild ride, to say the least. The craziness started with the Thursday night upset of the Baltimore Ravens losing to the Miami Dolphins by double-digits. Sunday games kept the momentum going when Cam Newton made his Carolina return and secured a 34-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals. The winless Lions tied the Pittsburgh Steelers -somehow- and the Green Bay Packers held Russell Wilson scoreless for the first time in his NFL career. Fantasy matchups stayed as wacky, as some stars burned out and others never even showed up. Read More
Fantasy Football Recap | Week 7October 29, 2021 | Brandon Cohran
We joined the first bunch of byes in Week 6, and we came back to more than a handful of teams resting up in Week 7. Many of those teams had fantasy rockstars in lineups across the globe, so players were left scrambling on how to replace them for the week. Usual studs like Dalvin Cook, Josh Allen and rookie-sensation Najee Harris all were among players inactive last week. Jacksonville and the LA Chargers took a break, too. Try to replace players for a week or simply stack the deck and take a week essentially off while not having to worry about others? That’s the gamble. Now, let’s see if it paid off.
Arches Brewing | Black Gold SchwarzbierOctober 21, 2021 | Brandon Cohran
Isn’t this the absolute best time of the year? Trees are starting to lose leaves and become shaded in every color. Football, the ever-approaching holidays and cool breezes are ahead in the next few weeks. Now is the chance to enjoy it all.
But, the best part of autumn is easily the beer releases. Yes, there will be an abundance of pantry-ravished Pastry Stouts, and for good reason. However, those are not the only beers to hoard or enjoy this time of year.
Fantasy Football Recap | Week 5October 15, 2021 | Brandon Cohran
Quarterbacks are often thought to be the most important position on the field in the NFL. Look at draft classes, MVP Awards and contracts. Love it or hate it, that’s typically how “real football” works. Fantasy Football usually plays by those rules but not always. In Week 5 of the 2021 NFL season, though, it was a Quarterback’s world. Justin Herbert, Josh Allen (with a hurdle) and Lamar Jackson absolutely painted the sky with fireworks throughout the weekend and into Monday Night Football. There were some outliers like Mark Andrews, Austin Ekeler and Johnathan Taylor, sure, but the majority of the weekend what the hell’s are due to stellar quarterback play. Anyway, they get enough praise as is. Let’s get to it.