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AboutBrian Phipps, Author at PorchDrinking.com

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.

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Westbound & Down Opens Taproom in Denver’s Dairy Block

July 5, 2022 |

Idaho Springs brewery, Westbound & Down, is now serving its beer inside the Free Market building in Downtown Denver’s Dairy Block. Patrons will have ten beers available on draft and seven beers available to-go in four-packs.

Excitingly, the opportunity to have an opening in Denver started with an invitation by id est hospitality and BRUTØ. The new taproom exists in the BRUTØ space.

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Great Divide Brewing is Updating Its Look

May 27, 2022 |

Denver’s Great Divide Brewing Co. is freshening up its look. The brewery, celebrating its 28th anniversary later this year, is updating all of its cans, boxes and icons. Of course, beer fans will still see its infamous Yeti on its Imperial Stout but will notice a brighter scheme on its packaging as well as Great Divide in a bright red box.

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Resolute Brewing Selling Gift Boxes for Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council

April 26, 2022 |

Today, Resolute Brewing is wrapping up a month-long fundraiser for the Arapahoe County Early Childhood Council‘s (ACECC) “Parents as Teachers” program by selling specialized gift boxes. Importantly, this program provides resources for parents to help get their kids ready for school as research has shown that greater parent involvement is a critical link in the child’s development.

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Hops & Pie Hosts Drekker Brewing & WeldWerks Takeovers this Weekend

April 21, 2022 |

This upcoming weekend, Denver’s own Hops & Pie will host two terrific tap takeovers with Drekker Brewing Company on Friday, April 22, and then WeldWerks Brewing Company on Sunday, April 24. Excitingly, at least 16 different and hard-to-find beers will be available.

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Over 175 Breweries Participating in April 6 Colorado Pint Glass Day

March 22, 2022 |

The return of Colorado Pint Day will occur on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. The annual fundraiser takes $1 from each pint glass sold going to the Colorado Brewers Guild. Excitingly, over 175 brewery locations across Colorado will be selling these collectible pint glasses.

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Do-It-4-MDOG Aims Big in 2nd Annual Fundraiser

March 16, 2022 |

For the second year in a row, Jack’s Bottle Shop of Rochester, Minnesota is putting together its Do-It-4-MDOG fundraiser. This year the beneficiary is Children’s Minnesota, a place Jack’s Bottle Shop owner Jack Lester is very close to.

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Denver Beer Co. Announces Fourth Brewery & Taproom Location in Lowry

March 15, 2022 |

Denver Beer Co. announced today that they are moving forward with a new location in Denver’s Lowry neighborhood with construction beginning next month. The new site is at the Boulevard One development near South Quebec Street and East 1st Avenue and marks the brewery’s fourth location.

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Old Bust Head Brewing’s Sustainability Drive is Inspired by Daughter’s Mission

March 15, 2022 |

In Northern Virginia, resides Old Bust Head Brewing a 7,000 barrel producing brewery focused on making good beer and sustainability. Since its conception, owners Ike and Julie Broaddus envisioned their brewery to exemplify sustainability and make a richer community. When the brewery opened in 2014, they had already installed a geothermal system and renovated an old building.

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Highside Brewing | Wall Slammer White Russian Imperial Stout

February 7, 2022 |

In the beer calendar, the winter months are a great time to celebrate the chocolatey porters and full-bodied, creamy stouts of the world. If you are heading up for skiing in central Colorado, Highside Brewing in Frisco serves a wonderful White Russian Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels that is great for sipping slowly and warming your body up after an outing in the cold. It is known as Wall Slammer.

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New Belgium Challenges Winter Olympic Sponsors to Put Climate Action Before Ads

February 4, 2022 |

As the 2022 Winter Olympics begin this Friday, February 4, New Belgium Brewing is pushing all sponsors of the games to have 2030 Climate Action plans. Furthermore, to generate awareness amongst beer drinkers New Belgium is producing a limited-edition, charity-fundraising Fat Tire Point of Snow Return, a Dark Helles brewed with spruce tips.

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Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Revamps with New Brewers Showcase

January 26, 2022 |

The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is changing its beer programming in a big way for 2022. This year, the festival is holding five different sessions and a more intimate experience with its new Brewers Showcase. Guests can speak with breweries and try a variety of new, classic, and rare craft beers in each different session. In previous years, the Saturday of the festival featured one session known as the Grand Tasting.

As of now, the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is planned for Friday, September 16 to Sunday, September 18, 2022.

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New Belgium Brewing Interview | Sustainability & Future Goals

January 11, 2022 |

Given the continued craziness of COVID-19 and its impacts on the craft beer industry, how are breweries’ sustainability goals progressing? Did breweries have to abandon these goals in 2021 or were they able to meet their objectives? To answer these questions, I recently interviewed two sustainability leaders in the craft brewing industry, Brewery Vivant and New Belgium Brewing.

Below is my interview with Katie Wallace, Director of Social and Environmental Impact at New Belgium Brewing. You can read the interview with Kris Spaulding, Owner and President of Brewery Vivant, here.

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Brewery Vivant Interview | Sustainability and Future Goals

December 23, 2021 |

During a year in which COVID-19 continues to affect all aspects of life, how are breweries sustainability goals progressing? To answer this question, I recently interviewed several sustainability leaders in the craft brewing industry. Over the next few weeks, I will share these conversations. My first interview is with Kris Spaulding, Owner and President of Brewery Vivant, which is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Spaulding shared about the brewery’s progress over 2021 and what they hope to accomplish in 2022.

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BREAKING | McWhinney Purchases Great Divide Brewing Co.’s Barrel Bar

December 20, 2021 |

Great Divide Brewing Co. announced today that its Barrel Bar facility in Denver’s River North Art District was purchased by Colorado-based real estate investment, development, and management firm McWhinney. Service at the Barrel Bar will continue uninterrupted.

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Mother Earth Brew Co. | Cali Creamin’ Vanilla Cream Ale

November 18, 2021 |

Have you ever been asked to haul beer for someone because they know you can drive back to them? This was the situation for me just a month ago with Mother Earth Brew Co.‘s flagship beer, Cali Creamin’ Vanilla Cream Ale. I ended up driving back a case for my sister. This wasn’t the first time either.

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Over 65 Colorado Breweries Creating Benefit Beer Colorado Strong IPA

November 3, 2021 |

During the initial phases of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) and the Left Hand Brewing Foundation joined forces to raise funds for the Colorado craft brewing industry by creating a benefit beer, Colorado Strong. For 2021, Colorado Strong returns as an India Pale Ale where proceeds will go towards the Colorado chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as well as the CBG in support of membership fees and other CBG programs.

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Epic Brewing | 2021 Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout Variants Preview

October 1, 2021 |

For the previous 10 years, Epic Brewing of Utah and Colorado produces Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout, a stout aged in whiskey barrels with added cacao nibs and coffee. It is a delightful beer, the ingredient flavors are recognizable, and it is high in ABV at 11.7%. Since 2016, Epic Brewing each year produces variants with this year’s batch showing fulfilling and fun achievements.

To start, the just-released 2021 line-up features six variants: Naked Baptist, In The Rye, Black Forest Cake, Double Barrel, Double Jam and Chocolate Mint. All are available across retail partners across Colorado starting September 30 and customers are able to order online for pick up from September 30 – October 11.

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Bruz Beers | Dame Blanche Belgian-Style Witbier

September 22, 2021 |

Although the official end of summer is here, warm fall days are ahead. Dame Blanche, one of the flagship beers from five-year-old brewery Bruz Beers in Colorado, is a Belgian-Style Witbier made perfect for a warm day in the sun and is around all year long.

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New Belgium Brewing Interview | The Carbon Neutral Toolkit

September 7, 2021 |

One year after making Fat Tire the first certified carbon neutral beer in the United States, New Belgium Brewing is releasing a Carbon Neutral Toolkit, available on their website, DrinkSustainably.com. With the toolkit, breweries can educate themselves on climate change, learn what outputs they need to track and use the toolkit’s spreadsheet for recording. Additionally, in April, New Belgium released Torched Earth Ale, a beer made of ingredients they believed “would be available in a climate-ravage future.

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Celebrating Eco-Friendly Practices of Craft Breweries For Earth Day

April 22, 2020 |

Happy Earth Day! In fact, this year marks the 50th year of celebrating Earth Day. Even though social distancing has kept us apart, many digital Earth Day events exist all over the world to educate and inspire action.

In the craft brewery world, breweries are also doing their part to be more eco-friendly. Several breweries run on solar power. Many breweries partner with farms to send their spent grain for animal feed. Others invest in expensive equipment that can be more efficient to use less energy and water.

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