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Texas Craft Brewers Celebrate Beer-To-Go Day

August 31, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

On Sunday, September 1, Texans will finally have the opportunity to take beer home from their favorite craft brewery, which makes Texas the final state to allow take-home sales from a manufacturing brewery.

A brief history: Texas brewers have been fighting for reforms for more than a decade that would allow them the same benefits a winery, brewpub, or distillery enjoys — allowing visitors the ability to take home their product. Finally, during the 86th Legislative session, the law passed with a tremendous effort from the Texas Craft Brewers Guild, brewers and thousands of supporters.

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What We’re Drinking | August 23, 2019

August 23, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

So school has started and it’s supposed to be sorta the beginning of fall. I don’t know where you are right now, but where I’m sitting we are about to hit a record consecutive days with 100-degree heat. It’s really, really hot. So what goes well with the insanely ridiculous heat? Air conditioning and a great craft beer. I’m probably the pickiest about my beer choices this time of year than any other, so take a look at what the PorchDrinking team is enjoying to help you beat the heat (unless you live somewhere with pleasant weather–in which case these are still great choices–and can I come visit?).

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Ultimate 6er | Six Crushable Low Calorie Beers

August 14, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Summer is coming to a close; however, the heat is sticking around for a little while longer. Nothing pairs better with a hot summer day than a cool body of water and a refreshing craft beer. Summer also means swimsuit season is in full effect, so we’ve compiled a list of the six best low-calorie craft beers to keep you refreshed without affecting your summer waistline. Read More

What We’re Drinking | July 26, 2019

July 26, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Summer is in full swing and that means lots of pool time, outdoor hikes, lake excursions and hopefully some great travel destinations. No matter what you have planned for your midsummer activities, your PorchDrinking team has you covered. Here’s this week’s What We’re Drinking!

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What We’re Drinking | June 28, 2019

June 28, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Summer is in full swing and for me so far, the highlight has been the Women’s World Cup games. I’ve been on the edge of my seat watching some of the most talented women in the world compete in the quadrennial matches, always with a craft beer in hand. The U.S. Women’s National Team plays today in a do-or-die match against France, here are some recommendations from your PorchDrinking team what to imbibe while cheering on the #1 team in the world in this week’s What We’re Drinking.

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Circle Brewing Company | Fanny Pack Kolsch Partners with Equality Texas

June 25, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Pride month kicks off in June across the country, celebrating the LGBTQ community through events, marches and educational awareness. As celebrations kick off in Austin, oppressive summer temperatures also begin to emerge along with seasonal releases designed to beat the heat.

This year, Circle Brewing Company debuted its summer seasonal, Fanny Pack Kolsch, with a special release Pride can in partnership with their friends at Equality Texas to celebrate their anniversary as the largest statewide organization solely dedicated to full equality for LGBTQ Texans. Read More

What We’re Drinking | May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

School is out, and that means summer is here! As you can see, your PorchDrinking team is enjoying the outdoors before the heat of the summer officially sets in. Check out our list of delicious craft beers to pair with your time enjoying the weather in this week’s What We’re Drinking.

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Beer-To-Go Sales in Texas Are One Step Closer to Reality

May 24, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

In a historic win for craft brewers and consumers throughout the state of Texas, the highly anticipated Beer-To-Go measure cleared the Texas senate unanimously as part of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) sunset bill.

To recap: Texas remains the only state that prohibits beer-to-go sales from production breweries. So if you visit a winery, distillery or brewpub, you are free to take your beverage of choice home with you. But if you stop by Real Ale Brewing Company, Austin Beerworks, or a little over 100 other production breweries in the state, you are simply out of luck.

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What We’re Drinking | May 3, 2019

May 3, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Between avoiding spoilers for Game of Thrones and Avengers Endgame, and then being stressed out watching the battle scenes in both movies, (assuming you could see the Battle of Winterfell), it’s been one exausting week. Hopefully you have recovered from both and another weekend is upon us. Here is an impressive lineup of craft beers to try courtesy of your PorchDrinking team in this week’s What We’re Drinking.

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Ultimate 6er | Six New Breweries to Try in the Austin Area

May 1, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Austin’s burgeoning beer scene continues to grow despite naysayers touting a looming burst in the craft beer bubble. Recently, the city was even recognized by VinePair as the top beer destination in the world. Several new breweries opened their doors over the past year, with several more getting ready for their 2019 debut. Here are six must-try new breweries in the metro area and just beyond the city. Read More

What We’re Drinking | April 12, 2019

April 14, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

From National Beer Day to the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver, it’s been a big week for craft beer. This was my first year to attend CBC, and if you are in the industry, this is a must do event. I learned so much and met so many great folks, not to mention all the new beers I sampled. Now that we are all back home, recovering from a beer filled week, here are some ideas for your relaxing weekend in this week’s What We’re Drinking.

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Record Number of Breweries Participate in the Austin Area Brew Day

March 19, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Female beer professionals from all over the Austin, TX area came together in February and March to participate in the annual Pink Boots Collaboration Brew Day. Held every year in honor of International Women’s Day, Pink Boots members from around the world team up to brew a beer of their choice using the unique YCH Hops Pink Boots blend; a portion of the proceeds benefit the Pink Boots Society scholarship funds.

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Historic Agreement Reached on Beer-to-Go Sales in Texas

March 12, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

After years of dispute, Texas brewers and distributors have reached a historic agreement on Beer-to-Go sales from craft breweries. Texas remains the only state where production breweries are not permitted to sell beer-to-go from their taprooms.

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Three Weavers Brewing Company Crafts Special Beers for the Alita Expereince

February 25, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

A new immersive pop-up experience, Alita: Battle Angel – Passport to Iron City is now open in Austin, Los Angeles and New York City to celebrate the release of the highly anticipated Robert Rodriguez film Alita: Battle Angel. During the experience, guests can explore the film’s futuristic world Iron City, which has been recreated down to the last detail to include the Kansas bar where guests can enjoy an exclusive beer from Three Weavers Brewing Company out of Inglewood, California. Each city will feature a beer crafted specifically for that city, along with other beers from the brewery.

I caught up with founder Lynne Weaver and brewmaster Alexandra Nowell to find out how the collaboration came about.

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What We’re Drinking | February 22, 2019

February 22, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

This week kicked off with a long weekend for most of us, and I spent mine exploring Napa Valley for the first time. This of course included a trip to Russian River Brewing Company in time for the last Pliny the Younger release. However you spent your holiday, another weekend is upon us, so grab a cold craft beer and enjoy your time off. Here are a few ideas from your PorchDrinking family in this week’s What We’re Drinking.

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What We’re Drinking | January 25, 2019

January 25, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

I was fortunate to spend my entire weekend with the lovely ladies from Pink Boots Society at the Biannual Conference here in Austin, Texas. We laughed, we learned, we even hung out with some goats, and most importantly, we were inspired. Then came Monday and the inevitable return to the dreaded work week. No matter what you are dealing with this week, (frozen temperatures perhaps?), here’s a little drinking inspiration from your PorchDrinking team in this edition of What We’re Drinking.

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Texas Still Doesn’t Allow Beer To-Go, But Breweries Are Fighting Back

January 24, 2019 |

Texas is officially the only remaining state that doesn’t allow beer-to-go sales from craft breweries. In 2018, the Texas Craft Brewers Guild formed a political action committee aimed at putting Texas craft brewers on equal footing with other alcohol beverage … Read More

Event Preview | Pink Boots Society Biannual Conference

January 17, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The second annual Pink Boots Society biannual conference kicks off this weekend in Austin, Texas with an evening welcome reception. The event is a two-day conference happening January 18th-19th. It features a dual track format covering the business and technical aspects of the brewing industry.

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Ultimate 6er | GABF Gold Medal Winners From Texas

January 16, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Each year thousands of beer drinkers invade Denver for the Great American Beer Festival, a three day event dedicated to American craft breweries. Last year Texas walked away with 18 medals, six of which were GOLD. I caught up with each of the winners to ask how it felt to bring home the Gold in 2018.

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PorchDrinking’s Best in Beer 2018 | The Southwest Region

January 7, 2019 |

The southwest region may be one of the most overlooked in terms of craft beer notoriety. One reason is that much of the beer produced in this region doesn’t get wide distribution. However, 2018 brought a lot of notoriety with … Read More