Posts ByDevin Caster – PorchDrinking.com
It gets hot in the summer. There’s no escaping it, especially in the south. SweetWater Brewing Co. in Atlanta, Georgia knows this just as well as anyone and is always looking for new ways to help beer drinkers cool off. This has inspired their new seasonal, TripleTail Tropical IPA, a solid new IPA with a tropical flavor.
When people think of the Asheville area with regards to craft beer, so many brewery names come to mind. Too many. Asking to list all of the awesome breweries leads down one hell of a rabbit hole, along with the famous special release beers from nearly all of them. What might not be so obvious to outsiders and even some locals is the answer to a question such as “What is the ______ beer of Asheville?” If that blank space says Pale Ale, there is an easy answer to it: Pisgah Pale Ale.
ABV: 7.2% | IBU: 70
With the summer heat quickly approaching, complaints about the upper end of the temperature spectrum will quickly arise. Of course, for a place like Southwest Florida, beach weather never truly goes into hibernation. Thus, certain styles are suitable year-round in the Sunshine State including a smooth IPA such as Naples Beach Brewery Latitude Adjustment IPA.
ABV: 11.8 | IBU: 29
Oh, how I love finding a big, bold, limited release beer from a large craft brewery with a great reputation. Behold my excitement when I reached into my dwindling stash of “cellar” beers and pulled out the Boulevard Brewing Rye-On-Rye X – Sazerac from their acclaimed Smokestack Series!
Cover Courtesy Funky Buddha Brewing
ABV: 10 | IBU: 40
It’s always a joy for me when a beer not only has a really good name, but the name is also perfect for the beer when describing it. Funky Buddha Brewery‘s I’m So Excited, I’m So Scared hits the nail on the jittery head with this imperial coffee stout; once I took a whiff of it I got excited, and it was so delicious upon tasting it I was a little scared!
ABV: 5% | IBU: 22
ABV: 5.9% | IBU: 23
I’ve found myself frequenting the booming brewing scene of Tampa Bay in recent months, and as an avid beer logger I usually find myself with flight-size pours and rarely more for any particular flavor or style, let alone a specific beer. If I buy a six pack, I’m usually picking it up to share with a few friends that don’t have regular access to it. So I must admit that it caught me by surprise when I found 3 Daughters Brewing‘s Rod Bender Red Ale to replace my typical wheel of flavors on a given football Sunday!
It’s no secret that 2016 has been quite the year for sour and wild beers; some even argue it is THE style category of the year. You can’t turn your head in a decent bottle shop without spotting a new flavored Gose, Berliner or raspberry sour blend. It is the key for many breweries to stick out in this new wave of names and labels.
The light showers and skirting thunderstorms around the mountains in western North Carolina couldn’t hold a candle to the electricity coming from the stage at Oskar Blues Burning Can held at their REEB Ranch in Brevard the 15th and 16th of July. A weekend full of nature, funky tunes, great beer and fantastic activities swarmed festival attendees, with just enough rain to keep the crowd cool from the scorching summer heat many have been suffering.
Burning Can returns for the third straight year to the Oskar Blues Brewery REEB Ranch in Brevard, NC. In less than two weeks Oskar Blues will wrap up its trio of summertime festivals. Following impressive events held in Lyons, Colorado and Austin, Texas (their newest addition to the OB production sites) there are high expectations for this grand finale. For anyone wondering what exactly Burning Can is, as their site aptly states…
It’s THE celebration of Craft Beer in a Can, Live Music, and the Adventurous Lifestyle.