About- Scott Hoffman
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but summer is almost over. So thank God for new music, right? July2013 brought us a new contender for “song of the summer” with the Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake collaboration, Holy Grail. Other new releases included The Civil Wars, Franz Ferdinand and a new single from Pearl Jam. Enjoy the waning days of summer with this brand-spanking new PorchDrinking playlist!
We’re back with your official welcome to summer. For this month, we’ve included new tracks released in the month of June by The Civil Wars, Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails and Smith Westerns. Take this playlist and go to the beach or go up in the mountains—just get outside!
Crooked Stave Brewery, Denver, CO
Hoppy beers have been a bit of a target recently. A widely shared article recently stated, “Hop enthusiasts are ruining craft beer.” This is hyperbole to be sure, but it’s still a fairly predictable backlash. Double and triple IPAs are now quite common at most breweries, and some are an absolute assault on the taste buds. Even regular IPAs can go a bit over the top from time to time. And so it’s understandable that people may be a bit hesitant to, at least for the moment, purchase a beer that even has “Hop” in the name.
So, just a bit of background – I’m originally from the Chicago area, and I lived in the city for four years prior to moving to Denver in late 2009. I wasn’t really approaching the ranks of beer geek prior to my move, but I’ve been fortunate to retain a fantastic group of friends and family that still live all over the north side of Chicago and a job that affords me the opportunity to make a return trip every couple months. I’ve made it my goal to hit up the best bars and breweries the city has to offer each time I’m back.
Scott cornered all the Academy Award classic moments for this set of Oscars Bingo cards. Everything from the weeping, barely discernible “I’d like the thank the Academy…” to Morgan Freeman’s booming voice makes an appearance.
We’ve put together a pretty damn expansive Valentine’s Day playlist. You want indie rock romance? We’ve got it. You want R&B? We’ve got that, too. You want a couple “anti-romance” songs? Oh, you’d better believe we’ve got a couple of those. So enjoy our selections – feel free to suggest any that we may have missed in the comments below. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Is the Super Bowl back up yet? Yes? OK, well, we’re back with the playlist for new music January 2013. There have been a surge of amazing artists releasing albums and singles this month. David Bowie? JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE? Local Natives? It’s been a good month.
Half Acre Beer Company – 5.2% ABV
My Chicago friends and I try to occasionally exchange beer or meet-up to do an impromptu tasting. I make the trip back every couple months or so for work, and I always offer to bring some beer along with me. But here’s the thing – what’s available here is generally available on the east coast, with a few notable exceptions (Odell’s and some of the more recent craft brewery openings). Unfortunately, it’s not true the other way around. Despite living in a beer mecca, I find myself longing for the midwest beers I no longer have easy access to. My solution? I smuggle beer back in my luggage. The most frequent beer that I bring home with me? Daisy Cutter.
There weren’t a lot of new releases to close out the year, but there were plenty of fantastic reissues. Check out the December 2012 PorchDrinking Playlist as we bring back a bit of nostalgia with tracks from Interpol and The Smashing Pumpkins. Speaking of nostalgia, Green Day and Lifehouse each released new albums. Enjoy!
Our PorchDrinking staff wanted to take a look back on the best movies of the year. 2012 proved to be a fantastic year for movies, with the conclusion of Christoper Nolan’s Batman franchise and the first comic book film to make the Hulk interesting and fun (thanks, Joss Whedon!) leading a huge summer. While The Dark Knight Rises was easily the PD staff’s favorite movie of 2012, the rest of the top 5 was only separated by a few votes. See our list below and leave yours in the comment section!
I was sorting through the nominations I received for the best songs of 2012, and I quickly realized – we’re an eclectic bunch. Beyond a clear number 1 (The Lumineers – Ho Hey), the rest of the list would essentially be a huge second place tie. Never has it made more sense to create a playlist.
Happy New Year, folks! Just because we’re officially moving on to 2013 doesn’t mean we can’t continue to reflect on the fantastic year that was 2012. Please join us in our recap of the BEST moments, events and releases of the past year.
Merry Christmas from the folks at Porch Drinking! As promised, here is the BEST Christmas playlist you’re likely to encounter, featuring a variety of standards you’re likely familiar with as …