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Holly Gerard

Holly Gerard

Posts By Holly Gerard

PorchDrinking Playlist | ‘Tis the Season

December 2, 2015 |

It is now December and the Holiday season is here! Holiday music may or may not be your favorite thing but it does always seem to add a bit of cheer to the season! Give a listen to this … Read More

Ultimate 6er | Beers to Pair with Your Thanksgiving Meal

November 25, 2015 |

Photo courtesy of Discover San Diego

Ah, Thanksgiving. That time of year we kick off the holiday season with family, friends and lots of food. It only seems fitting to pair all of that food with appropriate beers though, right? Well, be sure to take some notes and get your beer shopping on, these pairings won’t disappoint. I had a great time whipping up these dishes to pair with some very stellar beers.

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Event Recap | Nitro Fest 2015

November 19, 2015 |

For one night, one night only, Longmont, Colorado was transformed into the full Ringling Brothers experience during Left Hand Brewing’s Nitro Fest 2015 on Saturday night. Only in its second year of existence, Nitro Fest is quickly becoming one of the … Read More

Event Recap | Mockery Brewing’s 1st Anniversary Block Party

November 9, 2015 |

 

Mockery Brewing rocked the block this past weekend with their 1st Anniversary Party!

It was a beautiful November afternoon for food trucks, a photo bus, live music and, of course, delicious beer. Mockery served up some limited edition uniquely … Read More

Dogfish Head Brewery | Punkin Ale

October 13, 2015 |

ABV: 7.0% | IBU: 28

Pumpkin beers: love them or hate them, they seem to be one of the most contested beer styles out there. Even at this year’s GABF no pumpkin beer scored high enough in the judging to take home a gold medal, only silver and bronze were awarded this year*. While I do admit, I am quite the sucker for a pumpkin beer and each year when they start rolling out on store shelves I pick up an assortment to try, one pumpkin beer staple in my fridge each October is Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales’ Punkin Ale.

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Event Recap | Beers Made By Walking

September 25, 2015 |

Beers Made By Walking is a national event that highlights unique beers only found at the festival, that were inspired by nature walks in the brewer’s home state. The Colorado edition of the festival was held last night and … Read More

Odell Brewing Co. | Mountain Standard Double Black IPA

September 25, 2015 |

ABV: 9.5%

This week marks the start of Autumn and while pumpkin beers seem to currently be the rage, I find myself always picking up a 4-pack of Odell Brewing Company’s Mountain Standard Double Black IPA come this time of year. This beer is around for a brief time each Autumn (as it is Odell’s current seasonal release) right around when we are all about to set our clocks back to “Mountain Standard Time”, it is quite the catchy name if you ask me! In conjunction to it being a dark beer and it getting dark at 5 p.m. soon, the name is even more clever the more you think about it. As much as I dread summer ending each year, I do look forward to the release of this special gem!
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Brewery Showcase | Station 26 Brewing Co.

September 1, 2015 |

Address:
7045 E 38th Ave, Denver, CO 80207

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 2-10pm
Friday-Saturday: 1-11pm
Sunday: 1-9 pm

Food Trucks:
Their Food Truck schedule changes weekly but is posted on their Facebook page every week.

The recent proliferation of neighborhood breweries has on the whole been positive. It’s these neighborhood breweries that have help fuel the recent boon in beer consumption, exposing blue collar Americans to a wide array of exciting new styles and flavors. According to the Brewers’ Association, craft beer market share grew from 9.44 to 11.05 last year and small neighborhood breweries make up a decent percentage of that.

However, one alarmingly negative trend that continues to plague these micro and nanobreweries, is a lack of focus on the quality of beer being produced, as well as the decision to open up shop before they’re actually ready. Over the past year, a growing number of these operations have opened their doors only to run out of beer within a matter of days, and in some cases within a matter of hours. Even worse is the practice of flat out serving beer that isn’t ready to be served.

Luckily, Station 26 Brewing Company wasn’t one of those breweries. In fact, from the moment it opened its doors, it began renewing our faith in these neighborhood brewing operations. Why? Because they’ve done it the right way.

Station 26 Brewing Co. is one of those breweries that definitely stands out in your mind, not only because they have great beers but because their location is rather unique. Located in a former Denver Firehouse, Station 26 owns their surroundings, turning the historical building into a modern and inviting tap room even down to the red firehoses that form the lining for wall behind their bar. Their south facing patio also connects directly with a set of sliding garage doors giving the interior the feel of, well a communal porch.
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Founders Brewing Co. | Rübæus

August 31, 2015 |

ABV: 5.7% IBU: 15

Founders Brewing Co is one of those breweries that have a national following, and for good reason. They make incredible beer. When visiting Michigan for a beer tour a couple of summers back, my husband and … Read More

4 Noses Brewery Company | Hiker’s Helles

August 10, 2015 |

I have to admit, I am not really one for Lagers but for some reason a Helles always seems to appeal to me, especially 4 Noses Brewing Company’s Hiker’s Helles. If you aren’t yet familiar with this style … Read More

Event Recap | Sesh Fest

August 4, 2015 |

This past Saturday may have been the hottest day in Denver so far this summer but it didn’t stop a large crowd from sipping on a wide variety of delicious low ABV suds at this year’s Sesh Fest.

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Venue Preview | Great Divide’s Barrel Bar

July 30, 2015 |

As we broke the story earlier this week, Great Divide Brewing Company will officially open its 2nd location’s Barrel Bar on Brighton Boulevard this Friday at Noon. We got a sneak peek last night during Great Divide’s Friends and Family … Read More

Event Preview | Seshfest

July 23, 2015 |

When: Saturday, August 1st from 12-4 p.m. Where: Sculpture Park – 1345 Champa Street, Denver, CO 80204

Cost: $27.24

Prefer your beers on the lower side of the ABV category? Then Seshfest is for you! With session-style beers (no higher … Read More

Barrels & Bottles Brewery | the Big LeBEERski

July 22, 2015 |

I’ve seen a trend in craft beer lately that includes both a.) coffee and b.) “golden” stouts. I had yet to try a beer combining both of these trendy concepts  — then I did at Barrels & Bottles Brewery last night! I never seem to get over being blown away by the fact that a beer the color of an ale or IPA could taste so roasty and chocolatey, as one the color of a traditional stout does, but that is just the case with the Big LeBEERski. Read More

Strange Craft Beer Company | Cherry Bomb Stout

June 26, 2015 |

IBU: N/A

ABV: 5.2%

Somehow, the year is already about half over and the official start of summer is only about a week away. Despite that fact, this may be the soggiest Spring I can recall here in Denver … Read More