Posts ByDarren Cockrell, Author at PorchDrinking.com
As the days grow thin and our waistlines grow out, is there anything more synonymous with winter than dark beer? Love them or hate them, the dark malty goodness of Imperial Stouts are a staple for cold weather indulgence.
Somebody call Green Day and tell them that September is ending. Autumn is officially here, so it’s time to don your sweater, ditch the Pilsners and prepare your palate for Stout season. And, as nature changes her hues, perhaps the most fittingly transitionary beer is the humble pumpkin beer: smooth, sweet, spiced and full of that guilty pleasure that we crave this time of year.
The days are getting shorter, the weather is slowly turning cooler, and the last summer barbecues are being had. Autumn is upon us, but before the onslaught of Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers overrun your taste palate, why not enjoy the last golden hour of summer with a final Pilsner to rein it all in? Horse & Dragon Brewing Company’s Silver Lion is the perfect end of summer Pilsner to ease into the new season.
Nestled in Northwest Fort Collins, CO stands an innocuous wooden building with a lush garden encompassing it, and a quaint wooden sign that reads “Stodgy Brewing Co.” Since their original opening in September of 2020, they have gained a respectable following in their local community, despite opening in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. What was their secret to success during a time when so many other breweries were closing? One visit was all it took for us to see: Stodgy Brewing provides a home-away-from-home feeling that is downright comforting.
In an age when beer names and labels are hyper-marketed to consumers, trying to find unique ways for them to say “pick me!” from behind the cooler door, could there possibly be anything more cerebral than slapping a screen print from your favorite internet meme onto a can and being the hippest beer on the shelf? Knotted Root Brewing Co. in Nederland, Colorado, astounded again with their unfiltered triple dry hopped double IPA, “Fat and Sassy” by being heady, hoppy and oh-so hip.
Craft beer enthusiasts are never short on things to say about the beer they are drinking. Whether it’s praise for their favorite under-the-radar brewer, an ode to the specific blend of hops used in their favorite IPA or their witty tasting notes to be added to their Untapped, there are a myriad of details to discuss when talking about craft beer. With this in mind, beer enthusiasts often overlook one of the most core components: malt.
Pride month is well under way and the time to celebrate love and inclusion is upon us. In celebration, New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO) and Samuel Adams (Boston, MA) have released a limited series collaboration ale like no other. Love Conquers Ale is a Gose-style ale brewed with a unique mix of ingredients: coriander, sea salt, basil-infused lime peel, and blackberries.
New Belgium Brewing has long reigned as the sour beer monarch of Fort Collins, Colorado with their impressive lineup of Barrel-Aged Sours regularly releasing from their expansive foeder room. The pointedly named Black Berry Black Tea Sour, in collaboration with Teatulia Teas in Denver, is a Dark Sour Ale that shows that there are still a lot of flavor combinations to be found in the future of sour beer.