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AboutCraig Gonciarczyk – PorchDrinking.com

Craig Gonciarczyk

Craig Gonciarczyk

Craig Gonciarczyk is a Chicago Public School teacher and co-host of ABV Chicago, a craft beer podcast.

Posts By Craig Gonciarczyk

Saint Errant Brewing | Strange Loops

September 12, 2017 |

Like many other new (or soon to be open) breweries, Brent Banks and Ryan Jacobs of Saint Errant Brewing started as homebrewers with full-time jobs. After repeated trips to Vermont and the rest of the Northeast over, the pair fell … Read More

Transient Artisan Ales | Czech Yourself

July 24, 2017 |

Summer’s here and in full swing, so going to the beach or hanging around outside are two common activities most people do while drinking beer. Since most people don’t want to wreck themselves, a good idea would be to Czech Yourself with Transient Artisan Ales‘ first lager.
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Cruz Blanca | El Train

June 5, 2017 |

Everyone in Chicago has taken the elevated train (or “L” train) at one time or another. Most typically have some story or stories about an adventure they had on a ride. Cruz Blanca is trying to give you another probably less grotesque story to tell with their El Train IPA.
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Horse Thief Hollow | Buffalo Trace Barrel-Aged Cinnamon Girl

January 23, 2017 |

Image Courtesy Horse Thief Hollow Brewing Co.

ABV 9.8%

People love eating breakfast. Hell, they love it so much it actually co-opted another meal of the day (lunch) to make the super popular brunch. While some have the time to make a hearty breakfast meal, others must run out the door with little time to eat cereal. With a few exceptions (Raisin Bran and Cheerios for example), you’re going to sound like a 5-year-old when you tell someone what you had for breakfast, though. How do you avoid that social situation? Read More

Triptych Brewing | These Aren’t The Blueberries You’re Looking For

November 11, 2016 |

Stormtrooper: “How long have you had these blueberries?”

Luke: “Just picked them up this summer.”

Ben: “I’ve got a 4-pack of it in the back if you’d like some.”

Stormtrooper: “Let me see your brewing permit.”

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Maplewood Brewery & Distillery | Son of Juice

October 4, 2016 |

Everyday, you wake up and, among other things, decide what to wear. A top, shoes, necklace, skirt, pants – whatever. Maplewood Brewery is trying to expedite this process by offering you the option to wear your Juice Pants out in the world.

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Hop Butcher For The World | Your Wish Is Granted

September 28, 2016 |

I recently went to a carnival. After surviving the Tilt-A-Whirl, ring toss, and the tamale boat, I needed something to wash it down. Unfortunately, the carnival was sponsored by AB-InBev, so all they had was Bud Light. I wandered around and found a fortune telling machine by the Port-o-Potties. Braving the stench, I put a dollar in quarters in and saw Zoltar’s face light up and move, asking me for my wish.

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Creature Comforts Brewing Co. | Tropicália

July 5, 2016 |

Nestled away in a quaint college town just about an hour outside of Atlanta, Creature Comforts Brewing Co. has been serving the people of Athens, Georgia for the last two years. They are most known for one of the Southeast’s most highly sought after IPAs — Tropicalia.

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Transient Artisan Ales | Pentameter Batch #2

June 20, 2016 |

Breweries are opening in and around Chicago with frequency, but few of them are making sour and wild ales the main focus of their efforts. Since its inception, Chris Betts of Transient Artisan Ales has focused on releasing a wide range … Read More