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The Great American Beer Festival is nearly upon us! And as we always do, each year at PorchDrinking, we’re here to help you navigate the vast lineup of beers to help with planning your route at the fest. As part of that research, we’ve sifted through every beer pouring at this year’s event to bring you a series of themed routes to help you plan for your GABF based on various styles and flavors.
By now, it’s no secret that PorchDrinking’s 10th Anniversary Beer Festival has brought out an all-star cast of breweries from across the country and locally to kick off GABF week in a massive way. Now, with just over a week until the festival, we’re thrilled to unveil an equally jaw-dropping initial pour list that features a prolific array of rarities that span a wide diversity of styles.
From barrel-aged Stouts to Barleywines, crispy Pilsners, and historic ales, to spontaneous and wild ales and fruited icebiers, there’s truly something special for everyone.
In episode 97 of the PorchCast we were joined by David Bergen, co-founder of Joyride Brewing to preview their upcoming Fresh Hop Festival taking place this weekend. We also took …
With food and beverage festivals returning to full glory after a two-year hiatus, the best events are often the ones that incorporate hybrids of the two for a truly immersive festival-going experience. This weekend’s Breckenridge Wine Classic is the ultimate example, showcasing three jam-packed days of programming featuring master winemakers, special pairing dinners, wine hikes, and much more.
Unlike the East or West Coasts, which have carved out niches for their iconic IPA interpretations, Colorado breweries have found wider success and acclaim across a multitude of different styles. And while breweries like WeldWerks, Cerebral and Amalgam have grown a national following for their Barrel-Aged Stouts, icons like Bierstadt Lagerhaus, Cannonball Creek, Zwei Brewing, Cohesion and Wibby have put the state on the map for Lagers, one of the oft-forgotten about styles that first drew attention to Colorado breweries were pioneers in the field of Farmhouse, spontaneous, and wild styles.
The wait is nearly over as the Great American Beer Festival returns in less than a month. Returning October 6-8, the country’s largest beer event will celebrate its 40th anniversary after a two-year hiatus. And while this year’s festival footprint is noticeably smaller due to renovations to the Colorado Convention Center, upon first glance the breweries and beers that are anticipated to be poured look like a true return to glory.
For an industry so tightly built around togetherness and community, the pandemic could have easily crippled many aspects that came to define the very fabric of craft beer. But the digital age has helped us to adapt quickly and for one online beer community, it was the perfect opportunity to serve as a resource for togetherness at a time when connecting in person was prohibited.
It seems like just yesterday that a small group of friends was gathered around a wooden porch bench, sharing beers and listening to The Lumineers right before their first album release. This memory took place at a special moment in time when there were less than 1000 breweries in existence in the United States, but those that did exist laid the groundwork for a greater sense of community and camaraderie that would transcend all other industries. It was this idyllic sense of togetherness that propelled us to start a beer publication focused on promoting positivity and great storytelling.
The art of fermentation has been around for thousands of years, with evidence of fermented beverages tracing back to as far as 7000 BCE. Even still, innovative new techniques, modern ingredients and a deeper understanding of the science of fermentation have broken ground for new advancements in the field.
Tamir Danon, co-founder of Denver’s Novel Strand Brewing has embraced an unconventional approach toward microbial sciences since beyond the Baker neighborhood brewery first opened in 2018. Prior to Novel Strand, Danon earned his master’s degree in microbiology with a focus on genetically modifying yeast to model diseases like cancer for his graduate thesis. And at NYU, Danon worked studying genetic disorders. But nowadays, he’s applying what he’s learned toward experimenting with Brettanomyces and testing out unique new hop varietals.
While we’ve all likely grown accustomed to big over-the-top beer festivals that bring out some of the industry’s biggest names and most hyped beers, the truth is that the wine industry tends to go even harder. This weekend’s Vail Wine Classic is the ultimate example, offering three jam-packed days of programming featuring master winemakers, special pairing dinners, wine hikes and much more.
In episode 95 of the PorchCast we kicked it back to the old school with a guest-free edition featuring just the core team of Korey David, Bryant Vander Weerd and Tristan Chan. With Bryant now located in Madison, WI, the team reconvened debated some hard hitting topics ranging from: whether it’s fair or foul to sneak in snacks into a movie, to whether Oktoberfest beers should be released in August. We also touched on the CO2 shortage and what that means for the beer industry. However the big topic of the show was ranking our favorite IPA styles.
In the third edition of PorchDrinking’s Blind Tasting Series presented by On Tap Credit Union, we called on all Colorado breweries to submit their best Pilsners to help beat the …
The idea of craft beer is often romanticized around the idea of artisan-grown hops, grain, and locally sourced water. But over the years as the craft beer movement has exploded and craft beer’s base has grown wider, some of that sense of craftmanship may have gotten lost in the messaging.
In episode 94 of the PorchCast we were joined by Eric Serani and Morgan O’Sullivan, two of the three co-founders of Denver’s FlyteCo Brewing, to catch us up on all of the exciting big moves they’ve been making. In addition to being on the verge of opening their second taproom and brewery in the building that originally served as the Stapleton Airport air traffic control tower, and last held Punch Bowl Social, we also heard more about their new partnership with Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum.
Over the last decade, the American craft beer movement brought innovation and experimentation to an entirely new level, by rewriting our definition of what beer is and can be. Much like beer drinkers have refused to accept the status quo, American foodies have also proven to share a similar hunger for more inventive, experimental versions of their familiar staples. And no event better exemplifies that evolution of tastes quite like the Denver Burger Battle.
It’s finally BACK! That’s right folks, after two years of shifting to a virtual format, the Great American Beer Festival returns this October 6-8, 2022 for a fully in-person festival experience yet again.
As mindfulness and wellness continue to become a greater focus for beer drinkers, it often feels like having to choose one or the other when it comes to selecting beer. More often than not, drinkers are left deciding between full-flavor, full-body beers with high calorie and carb counts, or sacrificing flavor for lower-calorie, low ABV, better-for-you beers.
Denver’s Curtis Park neighborhood is certainly not devoid of craft beer options with its close proximity to RiNo’s hotbed of breweries, nearby options like Spangalang and Cohesion, as well as standout beer bars like Finn’s Manor, First Draft Taproom & Kitchen, Goed Zuur, and the recently opened Ephemeral Rotating Taproom. Despite this bounty of options on the periphery, the historic North Denver neighborhood has technically been without a proper craft brewery to anchor its community since Liberati announced its closure over two years ago.
However, as we reported last September, Milwaukee’s MobCraft Beer has announced that it will be filling the void left by Liberati at 2403 Champa Street with a full brewpub featuring a partnership with Pueblo’s Dee Tacko serving as the partner food purveyor. And while construction and renovations have been more extensive than anticipated, Curtis Park residents can rest assured that MobCraft Dee Tacko will be open soon.
Today, the MobCraft team announced that it officially plans to open in Summer 2022, and while that designation still remains vague, they have also announced more concrete plans for beer fans to etch onto their calendars.
It’s become relatively common for Denver’s beer scene to roll out the red carpet whenever high-profile beer festivals and conferences like GABF and CBC come to town. In years past, …
With less than a week before the return of one of Colorado’s best mountain beer festivals, we now have a clearer idea of what can be expected to be poured …