Posts ByDane Skousen, Author at PorchDrinking.com
Nighthawk Brewery & Pizza opened in spring 2022 in Arlington, Virginia, serving unique pizza and craft beer in a 90’s themed space. Twenty taps are centered in the bar, with fast table service from a QR code outside the main bar area. Utilizing many top-tier (including Michelin Star rated!!!) local chefs, brewers and industry staff, the large family-style tables are a great place to relax while watching a game or trying to seek refuge from the humidity.
It is not groundbreaking to say that Odell Brewing Company produces a wide variety of solid beers. That same Fort Collins tradition extended into the Five Points neighborhood in Denver in 2018. The 10-barrel brewhouse spans two floors, with 16 taps providing patrons with exclusive beers from Five Points and Odell standards from its Fort Collins brewery. While there are seven IPAs on tap in the Five Points brewhouse, its Meanderin’ Orange IPA is an outlier we recommend you try.
Breweries like to go big on their anniversary. Usually a party, special tappings, food trucks, and sometimes, a special beer. Ska Brewing in Durango, Colorado celebrates their anniversary with live ska bands and around 25 guest breweries pouring shaker glasses full of beer for thirsty partygoers. With COVID in full swing last September, the team made the tough decision to cancel the party. This year, they went big… really big. (And I’m not just talking about the Mighty Mighty Bosstones headlining the sold-out party.)
Since 2016, Outer Range Brewing has been a consistent and popular spot for thirsty travelers passing through Frisco, Colorado looking for Belgian and IPA options. As an unashamed-to-admit hazy IPA fanboy (yes, we even have groups!), Outer Range was always on my radar when perusing the massive craft beer selections, especially in Denver. While I appreciate a brewery that can knock out a “one-hit wonder” beer, my admiration goes to breweries that make each beer a winner; that is rare, even in the secluded world of hazy IPAs. Outer Range Pop Top is one of those beers, an exemplary tropical hazy IPA with the uniquely engineered Cryo Pop Original Blend, which maximizes hop aromatics.
What region of the country has the most defining iconic food? Is it New York or Chicago pizza? Philadelphia cheese steaks? Minnesota Hot Dish? Texas or Kansas City BBQ?
My nomination goes to the southwest, specifically the Hatch, NM region and their green chile. It is, in fact, green CHILE (not chili, or chilli). They take it so seriously that the New Mexico legislature passed rules requiring those products involved in the chile food and beverage trade to be labeled with “New Mexican” or “Not grown in New Mexico.”* “Red or Green?” (styles of chile) is even the official question of the state. Like I said, serious stuff… does Philly codify their cheesesteak labeling into law?
Decipher Brewing joined an elite tier of breweries that make barrel-aged beers recently, following the release of Bourbon Barrel Aged Karabash, from their new “Babington Project.” This release comes in 14.2%… but we’ll get to that later.
The Babington Plot was a plot in 1856 to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I, using coded messages hidden in beer barrel bungs. (We’ll let you do some sleuthing to see how that plot turned out.) Decipher Brewing picked this name based off their own work in the military with ciphers and what better way to link the two than with a BBA stout?