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About- Ellie Thompson

Ellie Thompson

Ellie Thompson

Having grown up in the great state of Kansas, it is no surprise Ellie acquired her beer enthusiasm from drinking lots of Boulevard Wheat. She also very much enjoys keeping up with new music and has channeled that “hobby” into creating weekly playlists for PD. In the real world, Ellie is a graduate student in Chicago studying Auditory Neuroscience; she is primarily interested in how music changes the brain.

Posts By Ellie Thompson

PorchDrinking Playlist | Motown May

May 3, 2016 |

And with that, springtime has finally arrived! We don’t know of a better way to celebrate May than by listening to the joyous & jubilant music of Motown. Featuring top-hits and … Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | Bust Out Those Sunglasses

April 5, 2016 |

Despite the bipolar weather we’re experiencing here in Chicago, hints of sunshine and warm weather are starting to emerge. To accompany — and embrace — this seasonal change, we’re resurrecting our summer wardrobes and … Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | Pitchfork Prep

March 8, 2016 |

We’re very excited for all of the music festivals coming up this year, which is why we’ve started pulling together “prep” for all y’all! (If you haven’t already seen our 2016 Music Festival Roundup … Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | Funky February

February 9, 2016 |

Inspired by Bruno, Chris, and Queen Bey’s performance of Uptown Funk at the Super Bowl, this week’s playlist features funky & fresh beats to get you through this February … Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | David Bowie Playlist

January 12, 2016 |

David Bowie was a cultural chameleon. To understate, he was an imaginative musician and fierce fashion icon who’s brilliance touched generations upon generations. We pay tribute to him at with a playlist of some of our favorite Bowie anthems. Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | Seattle’s Best Playlist

December 8, 2015 |

Venturing to Seattle this past fall, I made sure to visit as many coffee shops as possible. (Because when in Rome, #amIright!?). While the coffee was delicious, the coffee-shop … Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | Indie Pale Ale

October 20, 2015 |

Let’s talk about the IPA. As one of the most #trendy beers this year, recently, IPAs have become a brew of innovation and proliferation. With dozens of sub-categories ranging from Red … Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | Pumpkin!!!

September 23, 2015 |

Gracing us with its presence (at last!) the season of pumpkin-flavored-everything is upon us. Within the realm of beer, pumpkin is not making its debut this year, but rather confirming its foundational role in brew-making by marking a record high in pumpkin craft. This week, we curated a pumpkin-ale-consumption-worthy playlist, perfect for nascent fall.

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PorchDrinking Playlist | Tuesday Tunesday

August 25, 2015 |

Here at, Tuesday is Tunes-day. This week, we’ve put together a handful of eclectic jams to get you through to hump day.

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PorchDrinking Playlist | Pitchfork Music Festival 2015

July 14, 2015 |

With a fantastic line-up for this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival (e.g., Wilco, A$AP Ferg, and Jamie XX to name a few) we couldn’t resist putting together a playlist! The Chicago concert weekend commences this Friday in Union Park.

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PorchDrinking Playlist | Eaux Claires Festival

July 7, 2015 |

In just two weeks, thousands of musicophiles will flock to Eau Claire, Wisconsin for the inaugural Eaux Claires music festival. Curated by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National) in an effort to showcase the city’s “deep-Wisconsin” beauty, this festival features an all-star line-up, chock-full of indie artists such as: The Tallest Man on Earth, Spoon, Sufjan Stevens, Sylvan Esso, Poliçaand of course, Bon Iver and The Nationaljust to name a few. This playlist highlights a few of our most anticipated acts of the upcoming Eaux Claires Festival, in which listeners of all varieties can enjoy.

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PorchDrinking Playlist | Electric Forest Preview

June 16, 2015 |

From “tropical house” to “west coast gothic”, electronica enthusiasts will endure the genre’s gamut at Electric Forest Music Festival next weekend. Of course, at all concert weekends there are … Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | Kanye vs. Jay Z

June 9, 2015 |

Indecisiveness can be quite crippling, can’t it? One recent, important decision-making moment that comes to mind was when I was tasked with choosing a jar to drop tip money at a coffee shop: Kanye or Jay Z?

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PorchDrinking Playlist | Music of Chicago

May 26, 2015 |

Though most renowned for its early jazz scene, Chicago has been a thriving music metropolis ever since the early 1900s. From house music to punk-rock, Chicago has birthed, fostered, and … Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | Summer Synths

May 19, 2015 |

With nascent summer finally upon us, enjoy this synthesized list, chock full of luscious acoustics and opulent timbres that are perfect for soaking up the sun by the pool, or imbibing in your favorite beverage on your porch. Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | Classical Music Playlist

May 12, 2015 |

Have you ever imagined Beethoven as a homebrewer? Or perhaps ever considered Vivaldi’s ale of choice? As one of the most historically rich beverages, beer, more specifically, “ale”, has been … Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | Space Jams

April 21, 2015 |

If city lights are drowning out the stars, don’t fret! Put on this “space-rock” playlist and let your mind become an aural space craft, rocketing you into a stratosphere of shimmering sounds.


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PorchDrinking Playlist | March Madness Playlist

March 25, 2015 |

This week’s playlist has nothing to do with basketball. BUT, it has everything to do with March, and everything to do with (music) madness. In truth, it is a hodgepodge of new and old music, spanning the genre spectrum from hip-hop/rap to indie-pop. Regardless of your music taste, there’s something on this March Madness playlist for everyone! Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | On Tour: Sylvan Esso

March 17, 2015 |

Sylvan Esso, an electro-folk-pop duo hailing from Appalachia, is currently making headway in their tour of the United States; this past weekend they sold out The Metro in Chicago (a venerable feat for a group that formed in less than two years ago). In the upcoming months they can be found performing for millions of musicophiles at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Hangout, Firefly and Eaux Claires music festivals. This playlist pays homage to Sylvan Esso’s roots, bands Mountain Man and Megafaun, in addition to music groups that have similar electro-poppy and folksy vibes.

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PorchDrinking Playlist | Massive Attack Playlist

February 24, 2015 |

It’s quite amusing to consider the evolution of specific music genres, one in particular being that of British rock. In the early 80’s, a new-wave of pop-rock engulfed the UK, most admirably spearheaded by the lovable duo Tears For Fears. However, throughout the decade others joined in on the parade morphing the poppy synthesized sounds into “trip-hop”. An integral player in this movement is the seasoned musical group Massive Attack, and this playlist pays homage to their dramatically atmospheric dynamics.  The successful contribution of Massive Attack spans far outside their notoriety as the credit-song for the TV show House MD. Read More