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Mathew Powers

Mathew Powers

After spending most of my life chasing tornadoes, I decided to chase beer as a beer historian, beer writer, and beer drinker. I have a Master's in Written Communication and History. I'm thrilled to be a part of PorchDrinking. I've been published regularly on Chilled Magazine, Sommbeer.com, Chicagonow.com (Tribune Group), as well as Thrillist-Chicago, and a host of non-beer publications. Find me on any of my various social media platforms. Mostly, I'm just a regular guy that loves to live life to the fullest.

Posts By Mathew Powers

Firestone Walker Releases Generation 1 IPA

August 17, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

In a world full of juicy IPAs, Firestone Walker (FWBC) is bringing Generation 1, an unfined and unfiltered West Coast IPA, to all its markets for a limited time (eight weeks). The beer is a product of the FWBC R&D program, located at the Propagator pilot brewhouse in Venice, California.

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Tribes Beer Company to Honor First Responders All September

August 15, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Craft brewing and community are synonymous, but no community can exist without its first responders, the brave souls who serve and protect the town. Both Tribes Beer Company and Tribes Alehouse (suburban Chicago) will honor Police, Fire and EMTs/Paramedics, as well as their spouses and children, throughout September. First responders can enjoy 25% off their food bill as a gesture of appreciation for the hard work for which they bravely perform each day.

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Event Recap | Welles Park Beer Fest

August 8, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

The third leg of the Illinois Craft Beer Guild Festival Grand Slam occurred on Aug 5, 2017 at Welles Park on the north side of Chicago. Festival goers enjoyed sun, 78-degree temperatures, terrific beer and a venue that was tough to beat. Sadly, though, for various reasons, attendance seemed a tad lackluster for Welles. It’s unlikely that will be the case at the next one; the Festival of Barrel Aged Beers (FoBAB) is the Wimbledon or Masters of Illinois beer fests.

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Beer Showcase | Avery Brewing Ginger Sour

August 4, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

August 5, 2017 marks 24 years of brewing for Avery Brewing. To commemorate the achievement, Avery released Twenty Four Imperial IPA — a stellar beer, to be sure. But, the biggest news emerging from the Boulder-based brewery in 2017 involved its decision to substantially alter the beer portfolio by saying goodbye to old standbys and instead concentrating more on barrel aging. Hence, it behooved us at PorchDrinking to look at one of its latest Botanical & Barrel releases, Ginger Sour, while simultaneously raising our pint glasses and exclaiming, “Happy Anniversary, Avery!”
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Brewery Showcase | Kinslahger Brewing

July 28, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

In a craft-beer world abound in ales, a brewery focused on lagers can reap the benefits of exploring a whole new world of brewing innovation and experimentation. And that’s what you’ll find at Kinslahger Brewing in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois,
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Sierra Nevada 2017 Oktoberfest with Germany’s Brauhaus Miltenberger

July 27, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

For the third straight year, Sierra Nevada Brewing has collaborated with a German brewery on its fall-seasonal Oktoberfest beer. In 2015, Sierra partnered with 600-year-old Bauhaus Riegele, now into its 27th generation of family-owned, independent brewing, In 2016, Sierra Nevada brewed with the more than 400-year-old, family owned Mahrs Bräu located in Bamberg, Germany. This year, second-generation brewer Brian Grossman, of Sierra Nevada, and fourth-generation Brewmaster Cornelius Faus of Miltenberg, Germany’s Brauhaus Miltenberger, have joined forces.

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Lagunitas Acquires Minority Stake in Short’s Brewing

July 26, 2017 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. A large conglomerate beer company is acquiring stakes in a smaller craft brewery. This scenario must feel familiar as acquisitions both large and small are all that seem to dominate headlines nowadays. Today’s news involves Short’s Brewing, the third largest brewery in Michigan (behind Founders and Bell’s) announcing a partnership with Lagunitas U.S. Holdings (LUSH) which involves a 19.99% equity stake in the company. The Short’s acquisition comes just three months after Lagunitas Brewing announced that it had sold the remaining 50% of its shares to Heineken (Lagunitas originally sold the first 50% of its operation to Heineken in 2015).
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Founders, New Belgium, Dogfish & Rogue Announce New Beer and Projects

July 25, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 7 min

It’s that time again to check on the nation’s breweries and see what’s going on. Founders, Dogfish, New Belgium and Rogue have made announcements about new beer and brewing projects.

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Illinois Brewers Guild President Discusses Welles Summer Fest and Illinois Craft Beer

July 24, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Once the Illinois Craft Beer Guild (ICBG) event that effectively served as the closing ceremonies to Chicago Craft Beer Week (CCBW), the festival held at Welles Park in Lincoln Square now enjoys the title of Summer Beer Fest. On August 5th, fans can drink beer, gaze upon the large gazebo, listen to live music and purchase food.

We chatted with Danielle D’Alessandro, president of the Guild, to talk Welles Fest, clean water and all things Illinois beer.

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“Fuck Bad Beer” Sierra Nevada’s Brian Grossman is Bat Shit Passionate

July 17, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 9 min

“We’re bat shit passionate. I mean, you talk about sustainability, you talk about our beer quality, you talk about our family history. It’s all of that. You can’t just sum it up in passion because that has, you know, 50 shades of gray type of a feel to it. But, if you say ‘We’re bat shit passionate,” it’s like, ‘Okay!’ That’s what it is,” said Brian Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing.

The maturation of the craft-beer industry includes a changing of the guard, but for Sierra Nevada that transition will remain in the family. Formed in 1979 by Ken Grossman, his son Brian now serves as co-owner and serves as the GM of the brewery’s Mills River, North Carolina, location. We sat down to talk to Brian and find out what makes Sierra Nevada tick.

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Ultimate 6er | Chicago Summer Ale Varieties

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

The dog days of summer are upon us. With every drop of sweat comes a need for refreshment, and what better way to achieve that relief than with a beer? The citrus-laden and coconut-flavored brews are just begging to be enjoyed under the summer sun. Here are six summer ale selections to help carry you through July and onto the season’s dog days.

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Dovetail Brewery | Hefeweizen

July 12, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

The Chicago metro area certainly has a multitude of beers available for consumption these days, given its now 175+ breweries in operation. But, every once in awhile, a beer comes along that inspires a beer writer such as me to, well, write about it. This time, the beer comes from the mad geniuses of Chicago’s Dovetail Brewery. The Dovetail motto, “We brew like monks (minus the vows),” notes its dedication to traditional, continental European-style brewing methods and that is why the Dovetail Hefeweizen is one of the best you’ll ever have.
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Chicago’s Headquarters Beercade and 3 Floyd’s Present Rick & Morty Beer Event

July 10, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

For all Rick & Morty fans who have ever dreamed of visiting the Blips & Chitz arcade-themed building, the nostalgia-tinged craft beercade hosts an event inspired by the characters of Rick & Morty with beer pairings from 3 Floyd’s Brewing.

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New Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest will Award “Brewership” and Scholarship

July 6, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Is brewing beer your dream job? The new Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest is helping homebrewers go pro. This contest will award “brewership” and a scholarship to a renowned brewing institute to help homebrewers pursue brewing professionally.

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Brewers Describe the Value of Brewing Independence

July 3, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

The United States started as nothing more than an idea, a dream and a determination to overcome perceived empire-driven injustices. For the overwhelming majority of breweries, those values presented by our Founding Fathers echo the idea of independent brewing. Sure, there are brewing empires that could lure one to the economic promised land, but the pursuit of “hoppiness” for independent breweries is best served through self-determination rather than corporate funding. As the nation moves toward celebrating its independence, we at PorchDrinking.com wanted to discuss brewing independence with a few breweries who have thumbed their proverbial noses at the King Georges of the world and exercise their freedom to brew.

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Event Preview | Chicago Square Roots Three-Day Beer and Music Festival

July 1, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

The 6th Annual Square Roots craft beer and music experience in Chicago’s Lincoln Square (July 7 – 9) consists of 40 local craft brews (including special batch and limited release taps), a spectacular collection of food vendors, more than 60 acts on four stages, family activities and the chance to explore the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Craft beer is all about community, and this fest embodies that philosophy. Suggested donations of $10 for adults, $5 for kids/seniors, and $20 for families help fund Old Town School of Folk Music scholarship programs and the Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce farmers markets and concerts, not to mention every local business attending the festival.

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Anchor Brewing | Blood Orange Blonde Ale

June 14, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

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Anchor Brewing
is a brewery for which most ardent craft beer fans pay reverence, for if not for Fritz Maytag betting a good portion of his inheritance and defying all logic in the late 1960s, well, who knows? Maytag had a vision, and that vision has manifested itself in a terrific brewery that was integral in awakening a nation from its brewing doldrums. In 2017, the brewery isn’t sitting around resting on its laurels, demonstrated by the new Anchor Brewing Blood Orange Blonde Ale. How can something be both blonde and blood orange? Leave it to Anchor Brewing to solve this colorful conundrum.

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Event Recap | Two Brothers Brewing Summer Festival

June 13, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Two Brother’s Brewing Summer Festival speaks volumes about the brewery’s identity. The journey for the Ebel brothers started with a brewery that barely turned profits twenty years ago to owning five locations and adding coffee and spirits to its portfolio. But, what defines Two Brothers is not its products as much as the brewery’s propensity to host events and welcome fans into its many homes. From Scottsdale to Oak Park, Oktoberfest to Summerfest, nail-pulling parties to special releases, Two Brothers invites you inside and says, “Welcome to our house, beer’s in the fridge.”

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Bike the World with Fat Tire: Lend a Hand and Win a Trip to Patagonia

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

Feature image courtesy of New Belgium Brewing

“Most of our students come from so far, like 10 kilometers, so the time the girl is getting to school, already that girl is so tired,” explained Monica Mudonidongo, Vice Principal Bukhaywa Secondary School in Kenya. In the U.S., bikes are a luxury, but for many countries a bicycle is a necessary means with which to obtain life’s basic necessities.

World Bicycle Relief, a global non-profit that mobilizes people through the power of bicycles, is partnering with New Belgium Brewing. This summer, proceeds from specially marked Bike the World with Fat Tire 12 packs will go to World Bicycle Relief to help people in developing countries access education, healthcare and economic opportunities—and you might find the lucky 12 pack that sends you on a gorgeous trip through Patagonia.

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