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About- Brad Hartsock

Brad Hartsock

Brad Hartsock

Brad’s Kentucky roots are responsible for his love of bourbon and his writing for Porchdrinking.com as he started after watching a Kentucky Wildcats game at the College Inn in Denver with Scott and Tristan. A Seattleite now, he believes the only thing more fun that drinking beer is homebrewing beer and the only thing more fun than homebrewing beer is homebrewing beer while drinking beer.

Posts By Brad Hartsock

Lantern Brewing | Tripel

June 26, 2014 |

Lantern Brewing | Tripel – 8% ABV

If you are even casual fan of Belgian style beers, especially the tripel, you know they can get pretty out there with high ABV, bacteria treated sours, complicated aging processes, and unusual ingredients. They can become so complex that it’s easy to forget why people loved them to start with: they are refreshing, clean-flavored, balanced beers that happen to punch above their weight class in terms of alcohol content. Read More

Short’s Brewing | Huma Lupalicious

April 8, 2014 |

7.7% ABV, 96 IBU

The world can be full of happy coincidences. I just made a trip to Michigan to plan my upcoming wedding to a beautiful gal. While enjoying the last Michigan beer I would have until we return … Read More

Epic Ales | The Briny Deep (Ale Brewed with Oysters)

April 1, 2014 |

6% ABV

25 IBU

Ale brewed with Hama Hama oysters

I won’t lie. I’ve been intimidated by this beer since I bought it. I love oysters and I love beer… but did that mean I’d love a beer brewed with oysters? As intrigued as I’ve been with the concept of putting animals in the mash since I read about Cock Ale in “The Joy of Homebrewing,” I was a bit surprised at my trepidation. I worked up my courage throughout the day and eventually cracked my 22.  Read More

Ultimate 6er – The Kentucky Wildcats

March 19, 2014 |

Everyone who loves craft beer has a soft spot for their favorite college watering hole. While I attended the University of Kentucky (Go Big Blue), I found Pazzo’s. With a location only a few minutes from the student center, pint nights that provide free drinking glasses with the purchase of a pitcher, and around 150 beers I enjoyed many delicious beverages while I watched my beloved Kentucky Wildcats.  Here are a few notable mentions.

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The 13th Beer – A Salute to the Seattle Seahawks

February 2, 2014 | 3

Before we get into this homage to the Seahawks and the city I love, Seattle, there’s something I need to confess: the Seahawks are honestly my second favorite team. See, I was raised in Kentucky, where there are no professional … Read More

Reuben’s Brews – Roggenbier

January 28, 2014 |

ABV: 5.3% IBU: 19

PorchDrinking.com recently had a round table discussion about what beer best suits our personalities.  I found myself unable to come up with an answer that I thought really encompassed the various traits I have.  Sometimes I can be slow and sweet (stout), occasionally aggressive and powerful (Imperial IPA), sometimes delicate and light (Pilsner).  Ok I’m reading that last line and maybe I misunderstood the assignment. Read More

Drinking Outside the Box

January 6, 2014 | 1

I’m going to make a wild assumption that if you’re reading this, you are a regular consumer of the nectar of the gods – beer. That magical elixir washes away the stress of your week on Friday night, forms bonds fleeting and enduring over your favorite sporting events, and creates a jovial (or at least tolerable) atmosphere at a variety of social gatherings like weddings, dinner parties, and the like. There is no doubt that a good beer is welcome, perhaps essential, at these moments. But are they too obvious?

Over the course of my beer drinking career, I’ve had the opportunity and good fortune to enjoy beer in a variety of other situations which can be equally satisfying and often much more so. While these aren’t totally unusual, they certainly aren’t your normal after work ritual but more special occasions. I’m sure you’ll find some that you too have enjoyed, but if you see something new, I can assure you, it’s well worth your time to drink outside the box. Read More