AboutDan Bortz – PorchDrinking.com
I just got finished shoveling snow and am about ready to start my commute to work. There’s no beer in my immediate future, but luckily I can live vicariously through the craft-brewed adventures of the PorchDrinking.com staff. This is What We’re Drinking.
It’s happened. A few meager inches of snow have fallen on southeastern Pennsylvania, and drivers who normally blow past my house at 20 MPH over the speed limit have slowed to an embarrassing crawl. I leave for work in three hours and I will lose my mind if the roads are still clogged with scared white-knucklers. This isn’t our first winter. I’m not asking you to maintain your normal clear-weather speeds, but at least act like you’ve seen snow before. Anyhoo… I found some stuff on social media and hope you like it. This is The Weekly Buzz.
I just want to thank America for doing (mostly) the right thing this week. Great work everybody! Now that we’ve taken steps to reinstate a check on our country’s executive branch, I feel safe imbibing a fine craft-brewed beverage. Crack open a beer and discover all this stuff I found on Twitter and Instagram. This is The Weekly Buzz.
Here’s the deal, people: Jobs are terrible. People who have never actually done my job spend hours telling me how I shoud do it. It’s so infuriating that I had to edit several f-bombs out of this piece already. Luckily, I have beer. It allows me to relax. Anyway… Here’s some stuff from Twitter and Instagram. Enjoy The Weekly Buzz!
Another week has come and gone. Fall weather has finally settled upon my corner of southeastern Pennsylvania. Breweries across in this neck of the woods fired up their patio heaters to keep things cozy as the temperatures dropped. This cool snap didn’t stop anyone from enjoying a beer outside. Patrons dressed in their finest puffy vests and settled in for lively sessions. I even found an hour in my schedule to join them! Other PorchDrinkers across the country were enjoying great beers, too! This is What We’re Drinking.
I’m not going to lie to you. You don’t deserve that. My week has been a scheduling hellscape, the likes of which has never been seen before. Dear readers, you should feel honored that I prioritized your social media addiction above my own health and well being. This is The Weekly Buzz. You’re welcome.
Another week has come and gone, and my life is just as crazy as ever. We are still unpacking everything in our new house, and I’ve been working a ton of overtime. At least I have beer to keep me sane. Delicious, comforting beer… Anyhoo… Here’s some stuff I found on Twitter and Instagram. This is The Weekly Buzz.
Tröegs Independent Brewing invites you to celebrate all things hoppy at the 2nd Annual Harvest Hopfest to be held this weekend. The festivities will include three new limited beers inspired by the brewery’s hop selection trips to the Pacific Northwest, as well as the return of the HopDash 5k to the brewery in Hershey, PA. They’ll also feature daily IPA firkin tappings and live music in our Beer Garden including performances from Palm City Ramblers, Rivers, and more.
Another GABF has come and gone, and I spent the entire weekend working overtime and organizing my new house. I barely even drank. It was such a waste of my time and energy. On the bright side, I’m only seven days away from having a day off (followed by six more days of work). Until then, I’ll have to live vicariously through “Beer Twitter.” Good thing that never gets toxic! Anyhoo… here’s The Weekly Buzz!
In the 30 hours prior to writing this post, I have spent three hours at the gym, 16 hours at work and zero hours in bed. The first head-cold of the year is invading my body, and I’m sitting here typing on autopilot. My stream of consciousness has not yet devolved into an ejaculation of grammarless nonsense words. It’s honestly a mystery how I’m managing to function at all. At least cheeseburger beautiful microscope running jump laundry! Crap. Brain… failing… This is What We’re Drinking.
Have you ever had to move? It’s pretty brutal. I’m to the point where I can’t even bribe people with pizza and beer anymore. No one will help. Well, the joke’s on them. There’s more beer for me, and all horrible chores are better when you’re drunk. So, raise a beer in one hand, and pivot that couch around the corner with the other. This is The Weekly Buzz.
It is so hot in my house that I want to purchase a walk-in freezer to live inside. The worst part of this summer hasn’t even been the heat. The rain has been far more oppressive in the Northeast. In the last two weeks, I have pumped more water out of my basement than I did in the two years prior. It’s insanity. Good thing Climate Change is a hoax, or we’d really be screwed! Anyhoo… I found some beer stuff on social media, so I copied and pasted it for you to read. Welcome to The Weekly Buzz.
When you use the hardworking sensibility of a Mainer to brew an American interpretation of a classic Belgian-style Wit, the results should be delicious. If you brew that same beer once a week for over 20 years while constantly striving for perfection, then the resulting beer will be singularly iconic. Today’s featured brew may have served as a gateway craft beer to many, but we should avoid pigeonholing it as such. Whether it’s your first craft beer or your 1000th, Allagash White is a Craft Beer OG that continues to hold up.
On Thursday, August 23, The Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP) hosted the 2018 Meeting of the Malts. The event, held at Bethlehem, Pa.’s ArtsQuest Center, is an annual gathering of Pennsylvania’s brewers, legislators and beer nerds. Serving as both a celebration of the state’s beer and a “State of the Industry” discussion, Meeting of the Malts was a beautiful evening full of even more beautiful beer.
Germans don’t throw the word “prima” around lightly. It’s used to describe only the things that they believe to be truly outstanding. Often, this word is exclaimed in joy as someone enjoys a truly world class meal, beverage or experience. Believe me when I tell you that Victory Brewing Company‘s Prima Pils is worthy of the name and, at 22 years old, it is the definition of a craft beer OG.
My darling Buzzophiles, nary five days ago, I was forced to cast my gaze upon an unsightly pallet of gourd-flavored adult beverage. The fact that it was 95 degrees outside made me wonder if pumpkins were even in season yet. They are not. Last night, however, my faith in the beer-swilling gods was rekindled into a blazing fire as I stepped into a beautifully curated boutique bottle shop. There wasn’t a single “seasonal creep” beer in sight. That shop was my own personal nirvana, and almost completely negates the fact that I had to search Twitter for this edition of The Weekly Buzz.
If you’re going to be in Pittsburgh this weekend, it would be a big mistake to skip Fresh Fest Beer Fest. A co-production of the Drinking Partners Podcast and Black Brew Culture, Fresh Fest is being billed as “Pittsburgh’s first Black beer festival”.
Ever get into a heated Twitter argument about seasonal creep in the craft beer market? I caused one yesterday! Luckily, I’m back in my safe space today. I get to look at soothing pictures of beers that our lovely team of PorchDrinkers enjoyed this week. Without further ado, this is What We’re Drinking!
Since we’re all gathered here around the Weekly Buzz hearth, allow Grandpappy Dan to spin a yarn about the good old days. A long time ago, fall seasonal beers — like pumpkin ales — used to be released in the fall, so that their warm spiciness and pumpkin sweetness could be enjoyed on cool autumn nights. Märzens (or Oktoberfests) would be released in September to coincide with Munich’s historic Oktoberfest festival, which runs from late September until early October. Much like the way certain big box chains stock bathing suits in February, these beers are releasing earlier and earlier. Does anyone really want to drink a Pumpkin Ale in July or August? I don’t believe that they do. Seasonality is a beautiful thing, but it is being lost as its lines are being blurred. If you don’t buy fall seasonals in August, they’ll stop releasing them in August.
Let’s make seasonal beers great again!
I’ve just arrived at the point where I have decided to neglect my real, bills-paying job in order to do a little work for my Internet beer-writing gig. Typing this intro on my phone is a real time-saver! I don’t know why I never thought of this before. The sign on the door that reads “No Personal Cell Phones in Work Area” doesn’t bother me either. Everyone here knows that The Weekly Buzz is more important than operating this very complex cement plant control room. If only they’d let me drink on the job…