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Brian Phipps

Brian Phipps

Brian Phipps is the Founder and a Strategist at Confluence in Denver, Colorado, that consults businesses to increase their positive impacts in their corporate giving and social responsibility practices. Confluence offers strategy creation, implementation, and management. To find out more go to www.ConfluenceLLC.com.

Posts By Brian Phipps

36 Colorado Brewery Openings for January, February & March 2018

January 31, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 9 min

The first three months of 2018, the Colorado brewery, cidery, and meadery scene has been and will be VERY busy. In fact, 36 Colorado craft brewery openings will occur bringing deliciousness to all of our taste buds across the state!

Of the 36, two are breweries changing locations, two are re-branding, and eight are adding a second location. Find out more about each of the breweries, who they are, anticipated opening lists, and what you can expect to experience when you visit.

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Russian River Brewing Company | Pliny the Elder

January 20, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Some people might dread a visit to the in-laws over the holidays, but I did not. This could have been attributed to having fun relatives, playing tons of games and reminiscing about the year. Or it could be that one of the great beers from a fantastic brewery is just a few blocks away from the in-laws house. Let’s say it is a mixture of all that because Pliny the Elder is great beer to share with the family and celebrate the holidays. Now, I am sure you have a drink that makes you think of being with friends and family for the holidays. While Pliny the Elder is available year-round, it definitely makes me think about holidays in Northern California since that is the only time I get a chance to taste it.
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Makin’ Noise: A Pussy Riot Beer Project Celebrates Anniversary After Raising $25K

January 19, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Just over a year ago, five Colorado female brewers joined together for a series of collaboration beers made to raise money for charity and support a protest. Today, the Makin’ Noise: A Pussy Riot Beer series is starting its second year and releasing Version 5 on Saturday. To date, the movement has garnered 20 brewers to participate, and generated over $25,000 for various charities across Colorado!

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Breaking Down the 30 New Colorado Breweries that Opened in 2017

January 16, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

Last year, Colorado added 30 new breweries to its already impressive arsenal. That means all new recipes, taprooms and beers to explore throughout the Centennial state. How many of the new breweries did you visit last year? How many of these have you heard of? Either way, it’s time to welcome Colorado’s new class of brewers.

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How Craft Beer Gave Back in November 2017

December 12, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Welcome to the beginning a new monthly roundup! I will be sharing some of the great, creative and impacting community efforts that our brewery friends conducted over the past month. My goal with this column is to hopefully inspire you—our beautiful, motivated reader—to start your own partnership with a charity and begin a long-lasting, top-notch fundraiser. Whether you own a brewery, work at a brewery, or just drink at a brewery, you can make a positive change in other people’s lives.

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Craft Breweries Donated More Than An Estimated $73 Million in 2016

October 26, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The communities we live in are very special to us. Your neighborhood contains fun intricacies that you only know because you walk these blocks every day. Somehow, breweries in our communities represent many of the unique aspects you have grown in love with. Since breweries are embedded in our neighborhoods, they know how important their role as connectors and supporters are to giving back.
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Colorado Brewery Openings for October, November & December 2017

October 16, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 10 min

Autumn in Colorado might be the best showcase of why the Centennial State is so great. Oh, let me count the ways:

  • We still have the warm days to sport our flops like how one is supposed to.
  • We have the cold to days to sport our flops like how one is not advertised to do so.
  • The mountains getting their first pow-pow!
  • GABF
  • The Broncos are looking good. The Rockies made the playoffs for the first time since 2009. The Nuggets are prepping for a possible return to the playoffs. And the Avs are… aiming to improve, as we all are.
  • There’s G-A-B-F!!!
  • Oktoberfest beers, a whole day (more like all-month) to dress-up, pumpkin beers, Christmas ales, and holidays (aka great times to share your favorite brews with friends and family).
  • GABF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Colorado Brewery Openings for July, August & September 2017

July 11, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

It’s getting hot out herrrrrrre… like ridiculously hot. I just want to pop up a tent right next to an open fridge door like in The Simpsons and just cool off. However, a more refrigerator-motor-friendly option is to grab a beer from one of the 16 Colorado brewery openings occurring in the next three months.

From July to August and through September, breweries all across the state will open up. Many of these breweries you could even check out on your way to or from an awesome camping spot.

Just as the Fresh Prince said, “Summer, summer, summer time. Time to sit back and unwind.” You’ll want to unwind by checking out these new Colorado breweries.

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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

Colorado Brewery Openings for April, May & June 2017

March 30, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 9 min

Springtime in Colorado means the craft beer scene is blooming with new breweries! During the next three months, 28 Colorado brewery openings will occur, three in Colorado Springs and Denver and four in the Denver suburbs.

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Left Hand Brewing Co. Raised Over $800,000 for Charity in 2016

March 9, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

You may know Left Hand Brewing in Longmont, Colorado, for its delicious Milk Stout – it is tasty. If you do not, that is okay. Hopefully you will still be excited to learn that Left Hand Brewing raised over $800,000 for charity in 2016 through their engaging and annual initiatives.

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Colorado Brewery Openings for January, February & March 2017

January 5, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

Are you in need of some different New Year’s resolutions? Perhaps something more fun and tasty than the typical goal. Well here is a fun one that you and all your friends should share: We will visit at least five of the 20 new brewery openings in the Centennial State this January, February and March. New batches of deliciousness are being concocted across Colorado and who knows from which brewery your new favorite may come?
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How Craft Beer Gave Back In 2016

January 5, 2017 | 3 Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Photo courtesy of the Huffington Post.

Breweries are increasingly becoming integral centers of our communities by routinely providing fun, flavor, and festivities. In addition, they often serve as hosts for discussions of local issues and serve as a place to share information about local charities. Occasionally, breweries go above and beyond the call of duty by providing aid or money. Here are a select few of the many ways craft breweries gave back in 2016.

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Event Preview | Dry Dock Brewing Co.’s 11th Anniversary Party

October 21, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Dry Dock Brewing Co. celebrates its 11th anniversary this weekend with an exciting tasting of specialty, rare, and vintage beers at its North Dock location (2801 Tower Road). The party goes from 12pm – 5pm on Saturday and tickets are just $35, which can be purchased here.

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Colorado Brewery Openings for October, November & December 2016

October 14, 2016 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

Only two and half more months left in 2016! Seriously, that’s a bit ridiculous.

Now, please don’t freak out and start your holiday shopping now… well maybe you should if you are a bit of a procrastinator. Take a breather and stop by one of these 16 awesome new breweries, meaderies, and cideries, opening the next few months. Who knows? You might find a real cool gift for a friend, family member, coworker, or PorchDrinking writer.

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Colorado Brewery Openings for September 2016

September 9, 2016 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Before the craziness of determining which beers to try at the Great American Beer Festival in October, you should go to these brewery openings throughout September and taste some new brews.
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