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As temperatures in Colorado climbed back into the 70’s for the first time in the new year, it feels like a fitting representation of the proverbial thaw that’s beginning to take place across American society as a whole from the past two years.
Over the past decade, clean barrel-aged beers (non-sours) at American craft breweries have gone from niche occurrences to common specialty releases. However, while barrel-aged Stouts, Porters, Trippels, have grown in popularity and availability nationwide, there are still only a handful of breweries who have risen to the top for truly doing those styles exceptionally well.
Aside from the glorious return of PorchDrinking’s 2022 Super Bowl LVI Bingo Boards, there’s quite a lot to celebrate during this Super Bowl Sunday. Firstly, we’re finally free of a Patriots / Buccaneers / Tom Brady Super Bowl. And this marks the first time in over 30 years that the Bengals will be making an appearance in the big game.
In episode 90 of The PorchCast we had a chance to catch up with Daniel Harrison “DH” one of the co-founders of Country Boy Brewing in Lexington, KY, as well as their Marketing Director, Pete Weiss. On the eve of their 10th anniversary celebration, taking place this weekend, we spoke with Pete and DH about how they were able to grow to approximately 20,000 barrels, open up a massive production facility and taproom in Georgetown, KY, and expand distribution across six states in just 10 years!
Pliny the Younger is BACK in Colorado! Despite Russian River Brewing announcing earlier this year that it would be delaying the release at their Santa Rosa and Windsor locations until March 25 as a result of COVID, it seems Colorado’s tappings are moving ahead as scheduled.
Despite the sheer multitude of breweries that now make up Denver’s elite-level craft beer scene, it might be surprising to find that a majority of the 80+ breweries found in the Denver metro area have only been around for five years or less. All of that is to say that Denver’s Goldspot Brewing has a lot to celebrate this weekend as it commemorates its seventh anniversary with a weekend of special collaboration releases.
One of Colorado’s fastest-rising breweries is commemorating its fifth anniversary this weekend with a major announcement. Frisco’s Outer Range Brewing, announced today that they will be opening a second location. However, instead of following in the footsteps of their local contemporaries, many of whom have recently opened auxiliary outposts in-state, Outer Range announced that they would be opening a second taproom and brewery location in the French Alps.
It’s been nearly a year since it was first announced that Ratio Beerworks had acquired the space formerly occupied by Declaration Brewing. And while a lot of growth has taken place both within that space and with Ratio, three core values still remain unchanged: Beer. Music, Party.
While its previous tenant never seemed to coalesce around a consistent theme, consistency might be the best way to describe Ratio’s second taproom and production facility. It’s still the same great beer the city of Denver has grown to love featuring several fan favorite seasonals such as King of Carrot Flowers, their iconic carrot and elderflower Saison, Major Nights Lime Gose, as well as beloved flagships such as Domestica American Standard Ale, Dear You French Saison, and Hold Steady Scotch Ale, while also featuring a few new entries such as Smoked Helles, a Smoked Lager made with Laws Whiskey and Colorado Malting Company and Sneak Peek, a Hazy IPA produced exclusively for the Ratio’s Overland location.
In episode 89 of The PorchCast, Tristan, Korey, and Bryant hit the road and headed up north to chat with Laird Mulderink VP of Operations for SweetWater Brewing’s new Fort Collins location. We dove into all of the ins and outs behind SweetWater’s massive arrival in Colorado including their new DIA taproom, everything that went into the transition into the former Red Truck Brewing space, their acquisition of Breckenridge Distillery as well as everything involved with their parent company, Tilray, and how their cannabis background plays into some of the strategies behind these moves.
Throughout history, there have been rare occasions when two once-in-a-lifetime talents combine to form a unity even more perfect, that prove combined talents can be just as good, if not better than individual achievements. Jordan and Pippen, Shaq and Kobe, Ruth and Gehrig, Simon and Garfunkel, Hall and Oates.
2022 is already off to a wild start for craft beer and today it got a little wilder as it was announced that Monster Beverage Corps, the holding company whose subsidiaries include Monster Energy Drink has agreed to purchase CANarchy Craft Beverage Collective for $330 million in cash.
It’s been another bizarre year as the global pandemic continues to rear its ugly head. While the beer world is typically abuzz when it comes to adjunct variants, I think we’re all ready to bid adieu to spinoffs when it comes to Delta and Omicron.
In episode 88 of The PorchCast, Tristan, Korey, and Bryant took a look back at 2021 to talk about their favorite beers, biggest industry news stories, and bold predictions heading into 2022. As usual, our year-end recap episode had plenty …
While the collective humankind would likely agree that 2022 can’t arrive soon enough, we’d be remiss if we didn’t blow the doors off of 2021 with one final calamitous she-bang. As we reflect on this past year’s highs and lows, we can all cheers toward looking forward to better circumstances and hope.
It’s been no secret around these parts that the Big Beer Belgians and Barleywines Festival is widely regarded as one of the most celebrated beer fest experiences in the country. However, with this past year and 2022’s back-to-back cancellations, both as a result of COVID, it’ll likely mean a full three-year hiatus before attendees will get an opportunity to enjoy rare high ABV beers at even higher altitudes.
In episode 87 of The PorchCast, Tristan and Bryant made the trek up to Greeley to meet up with the good folks at WeldWerks Brewing, one of the country’s fastest-growing buzzy breweries. They were joined by Kristin Popcheff, Director of People and Culture, Skip Schwartz, the newly anointed Head Brewer, and Roy Van Anda, Community Engagement Manager.
When running through a list of craft beer luminaries who have had the most significant impact on the industry, names like Charlie Papazian, Michael Jackson, Garrett Oliver, Kim Jordan, Ken Grossman, Sam Calagione, Natalie and Vinny Cilurzo are often quick to roll off the tongue. However, to the common beer drinker, Julia Herz is a name that may not be as commercially recognizable as the rest but continues to have the most enduring impact on the current craft beer landscape.
After just two and a half years since opening their doors, Denver’s FlyteCo Brewing may not have imagined that they’d be ready to open a second outpost, let alone opening in one of the area’s most historic buildings, but it seems their flight plans have changed.
In episode 86 of The PorchCast, Korey headed down to Austin, TX for a buffet of incredible beer guests. Korey was joined by our own Pam Catoe who also owns and operates Craft Beer Austin, as well as Sheila Garcia of Austin Beerworks, and Marvis Dixon of Family Business Beer Company who also serves as the Texas ambassador for the Black is Beautiful initiative to talk about the Austin beer scene, as well as the incredible things happening at their breweries.
As the craft beer world continues to adjust to the ever-changing headwinds, several breweries have turned to mergers and acquisitions in order to help fuel growth. But one Denver staple recently experienced a unique ownership change that resulted in the brewery remaining independent and in the hands of long-time friends.