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About- Mike Zoller

Mike Zoller

Mike Zoller

After trying to retire after a lucrative two-year career in sports journalism, Mike got back into sports but in the administration side. He currently works for the Northwestern University Athletic Department as an account executive working directly with football and men’s basketball. At Miami University Mike was the sports editor for the The Miami Student and also did radio play-by-play for RedHawk ice hockey, football and baseball. Mike is still waiting to see Northwestern basketball play in the NCAA Tournament and the Cubs win the World Series.

Posts By Mike Zoller

Founders Brewing Announces 2018 Beer Release Calendar

December 8, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

You can add Founders Brewing to the list of breweries that have put out their 2018 beer release calendar. And Founders is looking to build on a massive 2017 with another big year of releases and additions to their lineup.

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Chicago Quick Sips | December 4

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

Quick Sips is our way of highlighting beer events, tap takeovers and other notable beer news around the city of Chicago. If you’d like to submit something to be included in the next Quick Sips, please email us at chicago@porchdrinking.com.

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Pipeworks Brewing Co. | Passion Fruit Guppy

November 30, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Once known for bombers of big IPAs and the Abduction series, Pipeworks Brewing Co. has changed quite a bit over the past few years. The variety of beers coming out of the brewery in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood have increased not just in volume, but styles. Its session IPAs have become quite popular and Passion Fruit Guppy is the latest to be available in cans.

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Destihl Releases Dosvidanya at Their New Production Facility

November 20, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

As the month of November continues, the barrel-aged stout releases continue as well. On Saturday, Destihl hosted Dosvidanya Day at their new production facility and celebrated their 10th anniversary as well.

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Fischman Liquors Reopens in New Location Today

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

When Fischman Liquors announced they would be closing in July 2016, it didn’t take them long to announce a new location. In fact just 24 hours before the old location would close forever, they had already announced a new location would open sometime in 2017.

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Begyle Brewing to Release their Barrel-Aged Beers Starting Friday

November 16, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

In Chicago, in November, it’s almost impossible to not run into a great barrel-aged beer. Begyle Brewing will release two of its own starting on Friday (Nov 17) and both are worthy of standing in line to get. Barrel-Aged Imperial Pajamas will be released on Nov 17th, with Batch 500 being released the following Friday.

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Revolution Brewing’s Deep Wood Series Gets Major Overhaul

November 14, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

If you’re in Chicago in November you’ll find a never-ending lineup of great barrel-aged beers being released seemingly every week. In addition to constant releases, you also have FoBAB in the beginning part of the month. This year, one release to not overlook is Revolution Brewing’s Deep Wood Series which gets released Nov 17.

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Event Recap | 2017 Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beers (FoBAB)

November 13, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

As you rub your eyes and nurse that pounding headache, it’s time to reflect on another year of FoBAB. The nation’s largest gathering of barrel-aged beers is always the marquee event to hit Chicago’s beer scene. Once again, FoBAB lived up to the hype by bringing together some of the country’s most sought after beers and putting them under one roof for thousands to enjoy.
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Surly Brewing Co. | Abrasive Ale

November 7, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

As the hunt continues for the haziest and fruitiest New England IPA, it was nice to crack open Surly Brewing’s 2017 batch of Abrasive. A double IPA that says no to haze and fruit, but instead hits you with hops and malt. You know, the way an IPA used to be. 

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Chicago Quick Sips | November 6

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

Quick Sips is our way of highlighting beer events, tap takeovers and other notable beer news around the city of Chicago. If you’d like to submit something to be included in the next Quick Sips, please email us at chicago@porchdrinking.com.

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Event Preview | 2017 Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beers (FoBAB)

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

With the 15th annual Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beers (FoBAB) less than a week away, the weeks and months leading up to this year’s event have been different than in the past. With a price increase and the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild releasing the brewery lineup before the event for the first time ever, there seems to be more talk about FoBAB than in recent years.

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Chicago Quick Sips | October 30

October 30, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Quick Sips is our way of highlighting beer events, tap takeovers and other notable beer news around the city of Chicago. If you’d like to submit something to be included in the next Quick Sips, please email us at chicago@porchdrinking.com.
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3 Floyds’ 2018 Dark Lord Day Announced

October 30, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

3 Floyds Brewing Company has announced that 2018 Dark Lord Day will be on May 19th. This is a week later than last year when the event was on May 13th, and the second straight year the event is in May after traditionally being in late April.No date has been announced for tickets to go on-sale, but tickets for the 2017 Dark Lord Day were available for purchase on March 18th and sold out quickly.
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BREWS For Harvey Looks to Raise Funds for Leukemia Battle

October 30, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

You can always count on the beer community to rally together to help one of its own. When Calvin Fredrickson of Spiteful Brewing found out his nephew Harvey was diagnosed with Leukemia, he wanted to do whatever he could to help. This motivated him to organize Brews for Harvey.

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Chicago Quick Sips | October 23

October 23, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Quick Sips is our way of highlighting beer events, tap takeovers and other notable beer news around the city of Chicago. If you’d like to submit something to be included in the next Quick Sips, please email us at chicago@porchdrinking.com.

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Ranking & Reviewing the 2017 Bourbon County Brand Stout Lineup

October 23, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

Surrounded by bottles of past years’ Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout and the Sisters in their Barrel Warehouse, about 30 people or so prepared to taste the entire lineup of 2017 BCBS. After a conservative release of just four variants in 2016, in front of us were six snifters of the black liquid that so many covet every Black Friday.

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Chicago Quick Sips | October 16

October 16, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Quick Sips is our way of highlighting beer events, tap takeovers and other notable beer news around the city of Chicago. If you’d like to submit something to be included in the next Quick Sips, please email us at chicago@porchdrinking.com.

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New Rare & Wild Beer Fest Comes To The Field Museum

October 11, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

With the overwhelming success of the past two Chicago Beer Festivals, the event organizers decided to add a new event to their lineup this year with the new Rare & Wild Beer Fest. The event takes place on October 14 at The Field Museum.

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On Tour Brewing Wins Big at 2017 Great American Beer Festival

October 10, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Before the awards ceremony at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, few outside of Chicago had heard of On Tour Brewing. In a span of 10 minutes, the craft beer world couldn’t stop asking who this small brewery was.

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FoBAB Releases Brewery Lineup for First Time Ever

October 10, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beers (FoBAB), event organizers have released the complete list of breweries that will be pouring prior to the event for the first time ever. While the specific beers can’t be listed due to the competition and judging aspect tied to the festival, more hype has been added for the November event as festival-goers now have a preview of what’s to come.

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