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Event Preview | Epic Brewing’s 50 Firkin Fiasco

October 4, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

For the fifth year in a row, Epic Brewing’s Denver Taproom will host its infamous 50 Firkin Fiasco this Thursday, October 5. The annual event has turned into a fan favorite for GABF goers, visiting brewers and anyone who likes tasting creative twists on super solid beers. Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | GABF Edition

October 3, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Get ready, beer lovers! It’s GABF week and in honor of the great host city of Denver, we’ve put together of a playlist featuring some of Denver’s best bands as well as some classic live recordings from Denver’s most famous venue: Red Rocks Amphitheater. Read More

Event Preview | California Craft Beer Summit

September 6, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Over the next week, craft beer brewers, connoisseurs, retailers and distributors from across California will converge on Sacramento for the 3rd annual California Craft Beer Summit. This three-day event is focused on education, knowledge sharing, collaboration and celebration of everything California craft beer. “The Summit isn’t just a food pairing event, it isn’t just a festival, it isn’t just a trade show and it isn’t just educational – it’s all of the above,” says Leia Ostermann Bailey, Managing Director with the California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA), “The Summit brings together a community of people that share the same values of creativity and innovation.“  Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | Brand New

August 24, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

About 14 years ago, on a mix CD made up of songs downloaded by my buddy solely from Kazaa, I listened to Sic Transit Gloria … Glory Fades for the first time, and I was introduced to Brand New, the Long Island Emo/Punk Pop band. Immediately, I fell in love with everything they were about from their counter melodies to their feud with Taking Back Sunday (another band I loved at the time … and still enjoy quite a bit). Their early music captured all the suburban angst a wannabe punk kid from Montana like me could muster.

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Modern Times Beer | Blazing World

June 20, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 6.8% | IBU: 85

Seeing that the times are what they are, you know with politics, fake news, real news, climate change, brewery buy outs, you may think that Modern Time’s hoppy amber Blazing World was named after… modern times. Not exactly. “Yeah, we definitely never intended it to be that timely of a name,” said Modern Times communication coordinator Dan Reed.

Despite how depressingly timely the name may be, the “hoppy, dank, amber” is truly an uplifting beer. “The stickiest of the icky,” as Reed described. “It’s a luxuriously hoppy amber loaded up with intemperate quantities of Nelson, Mosaic and Simcoe hops, which are some of the fruitiest, dankest hops sweet, sweet money can buy,” Reed added. Read More

Event Recap | Firestone Walker Invitational

June 12, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

The first time I heard about the Firestone Walker Invitational, I wasn’t quite sure I understood the gravity associated with it. It peaked my interest for sure—a festival with food and music, hosted by a brewery with the reputation like Firestone Walker. It’s exciting but really there are plenty of beer festivals happening all the time. Then I saw who was participating, and the weight of the event started to gain clarity. Read More

Event Preview | Firestone Walker Invitational

June 2, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Part of being an adult is understanding what your priorities are in life. That is exactly why my wife and I are heading down to Paso Robles, California for the Firestone Walker Invitational one day after closing on our house. Yes we could spend the weekend moving out from the in-laws and settling into our first house, but we can do that anytime. And this is the Firestone Walker Invitational, a beer festival described as “An epic yet intimate gathering of 50+ leading brewers from around the nation & world celebrating craft beer in our hometown of Paso Robles.”

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Collaboration Fest | Überbrew Follows Up Fantastic GABF with Four Collaborations

March 23, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

During the 4th Annual Collaboration Fest this weekend at Denver’s National Western Complex, don’t be surprised when the name Überbrew continues to pop up. The Billings, Montana based brewers are collaborating on four beers this year, an impressive feat for any brewery let alone one based out of Montana. “Collaboration Fest stands out as unique in a sea of very similar festival formats. Not only is Collaboration Fest unique but it has a very special energy and vibe,” says Überbrew “Beer Apostle” Chad Broderius.

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Photo Credit: Brewtography Project

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Brewery Showcase | Briar Common Brewery + Eatery

March 22, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Feature photo credit: Briar Common Facebook

When Kent, Greg and Travis Dawson decided to make their dream of opening a brewery become a reality they started to look around the brewery scene in Denver and they realized that while there were plenty of new breweries opening up, very few of those breweries were dedicated to serving outstanding food to go along with the high-quality beer they were brewing.

“It was clear that the brewpub model was quickly being outnumbered by the manufacturing/tasting room model.”

Kent Dawson, co-founder of Briar Common Brewery + Eatery

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2017 Oscars Drinking Game

February 26, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

The Academy Awards are just like any other sports event; a day where you put your hopes on people that will be recognized for the performances and stories made for millions to enjoy. It is a year-long game of twists and turns, where you can never quite predict who is going to win big, critically and financially.

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PorchDrinking Playlist | Music in the Movies 2016 Edition

February 2, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Award season is upon us. We are a couple weeks removed from the Golden Globes, and the Academy Award Nominations were just announced. 2016 was an amazing year for music in movies. From the awards-darling La La Land (nominated for a record tying 14 Oscars), to the uber charming and my favorite movie of the year Sing Street, the movies of 2016 produced some extremely streamable music.

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Deschutes Brewery | Armory XPA and Sagefight Imperial IPA

December 27, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Armory XPA ABV: 5.9% | IBU: 55
Sagefight Imperial IPA ABV: 8.0% | IBU: 75

I spent the first few of my formative beer drinking years living in Portland, Oregon, where IPAs are king. Like a child who doesn’t like broccoli, I was naive about hoppy, aromatic beers and stuck to sweeter beers as much as I could. But alas, a beer drinker can repent of their beer drinking sins, and however naive I once was, I have seen the light.

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Event Preview | Yak & Yeti Thali Beer Dinner

December 12, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Yak & Yeti has been satisfying foodies in the Denver Metro area for more than 15 years with delicious Indian and Nepalese food, and in 2008 they began catching the eye of beer geeks when they first kicked off their in-house brewing program. They have now created an event that will satisfy anyone who falls anywhere on the Venn diagram between culinary pro and beer fanatic with their Thali Beer Dinners, the first of which will take place Tuesday, December 13 at the Yak & Yeti Arvada Brewpub.

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Event Recap | Epic Brewing’s 50 Firkin Fiasco

October 18, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Another Great American Beer Festival has come and gone, and looking back at the festival, and the week of events that accompanied the festival it’s sad to think we have to wait a full year for it come around again. My week of beer-centric events started with Epic Brewing’s 4th annual 50 Firkin Fiasco.

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Wiley Roots Brewing Company | Super 77 Wheat

October 7, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

ABV: 4.7% | IBU: 12

Winning a medal at GABF is a big deal, and for a craft brewer it could be validation of years of work and passion. Three years ago, it was Kyle Carbaugh, the self described “Grand Poobah” at the then GABF rookie Wiley Roots Brewing Company who felt that validation when their Super 77 Wheat took home the Bronze Medal.  Read More

Event Preview | Epic Brewing 50 Firkin Fiasco

October 6, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Of all the events going on during the Great American Beer Festival, there are only a handful that truly showcase something unique, distinct, and rare. Such is the case with tonight’s Epic Brewing 50 Firkin Fiasco which celebrates the greatness of one-off single barrel firkins.

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Event Recap | Ska Brewing’s 21st Anniversary Party

September 15, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

When I turned 21, I spent the night drinking way too much blue-ribbon winning beer while slightly intoxicated coeds did their best Carrie Underwood karaoke. It was just about as much of a mess as it sounds. This year, Ska Brewing turned 21, and they decided to celebrate with some gold-medal winning beer and some legendary punk and ska bands. It was just about as amazing as it sounds.
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Event Preview | Ska Brewing’s 21st Anniversary Party

September 9, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

For the seventh straight year, Durango-based Ska Brewing is celebrating their anniversary by inviting some of their closest brewery friends and collaborators, as well as a couple of their favorite bands, to throw a big anniversary party.
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Epic Brewing | Los Locos Mexican-Style Lager

August 30, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

ABV: 4.8%

From the first sip of a Los Locos, the Mexican-style Lager from Epic Brewing, you know you are in for something special.The all-too-familiar aroma of lime and salt is the first thing you notice. The tart lime flavor is definitely present, but never overwhelming, and the hint of sea salt seems to cut any lingering sweetness that may be present making Los Locos a crisp and refreshing beer. Read More