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Urban Family Brewing Co. | Winter Heart

May 22, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

There is no shortage of beer in Seattle—which, at least in my mind, translates to no shortage of creativity, innovation, passion and artistry in Seattle. Breweries here do not brew beer simply to pay the rent and keep on the lights—though those are, I’m sure, welcomed consequences of their craft. Instead, breweries here brew beer to present their patrons with new ways of thinking about ingredients, flavors, colors, textures and mouthfeel. They brew to make people question what is or isn’t possible for their favorite beverage.

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Fate Brewing Founder Mike Lawinski Discusses Upcoming Closure

May 21, 2019 |

The past 48 hours have not been kind to Colorado’s craft beer scene as Littleton’s 38 State Brewing and Boulder’s Fate Brewing both announced their upcoming closure.

The two Front Range breweries now join Woodland Park’s Ute Pass Brewing, Lost … Read More

Beer Lines and What They Say About the Culture of Craft Beer

May 21, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

A few weeks ago as I walked into my office, I noticed a massive line stretching around the block. It was just after 7 a.m. in the middle of the week; clearly, these people had been waiting either overnight or since very early in the morning. It wasn’t freezing out, but it wasn’t warm. I later found out they were waiting for the BTS, the Korean music group, pop-up store to open up. I thought they were all crazy.

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Great Lakes Brewing Company | Midnight Moses

May 21, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Cleveland-based Great Lakes Brewing Company has created a vast array of beers over the many decades the brewery has been in existence. They recently resumed brewing and distributing an old favorite, Holy Moses Belgian White Ale, year-round in 2018. Not too long after that, raspberries were added to the recipe and we had Holy Moses Raspberry White Ale filling our glasses with fresh fruit and hints of summer. Not to be outdone, Great Lakes is bottling another variation of their original Moses recipe this year. Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Midnight Moses is a dark Belgian-style ale that rounds out the collection of Moses beers for one and all to sip and enjoy.

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Firestone Walker Brewing | Easy Jack IPA

May 20, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Whether you’re critiquing someone’s beer selection at the local store or researching overall beer sales, you will quickly notice lighter beers lead the pack in sales. The top 10 beers in overall sales are littered with light beers. Beers that are lower in alcohol and calories are not new, but now craft beer is starting to taking notice and looking to capture some of that market share.

So, why can’t hoppy beers be light? Low-calorie beers have been traditionally Lagers and Pilsners. It’s great to see hop forward beers now starting to enter this space. After all, it’s not the hops that are adding calories to your beer. You don’t even want to know how many calories are in that pastry Stout.

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What We’re Drinking | May 17, 2019

May 17, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Man, this year is just flying by! I don’t know if it’s ’cause “we’re having fun” or ’cause we’ve all been so busy, but damn…here we are–May 17! Our team has been busy little bees churning out amazing content and breaking news like the Boston Beer and Dogfish Merger, all while tending to their full-time jobs, families and friends. I think that deserves a beer, or three and that is what we did! Sit back and check out how we rewarded ourselves for kicking ass–here is what we’re drinking!

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Burn ‘Em Brewing | Kreamed Corn

May 17, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Burn ‘Em Brewing is located in Michigan City, Indiana, not far from the entrance of Indiana Dunes National Park. They have slowly made a name of themselves in the area as a brewery to be reckoned with, as the competition in the South Shore communities increases. The tourist destination in northwestern Indiana has quickly become a destination for nature lovers and craft beer enthusiasts alike. One of their most popular offerings is an easy-drinking cream ale with a uniquely Indiana twist. It should not come as a shock to you that the state of Indiana has a lot of corn, and Burn ‘Em Brewing found a very good use of the state’s abundant supply. 

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Drie Fonteinen Arrives in Colorado Through Culture Beverage

May 16, 2019 |

One of the world’s most revered Lambic producers has long been elusive to Colorado beer fans, but this week beers from Brasserie de Drie Fonteinen will hit store shelves throughout the Front Range thanks to newly formed wholesaler, Culture Beverage.

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Collective Arts Brewing | Jam Up the Mash

May 16, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Collective Arts is combining two things that many can all appreciate: beer and art. If you also appreciate sour and hoppy flavored beers, you’re in for a special treat. This brewery is keeping the art fresh on the cans, too, by allowing artists to submit their work to be featured on the cans. Unique events are always happening and you can catch ones like a launch party of Series 12 that is also a dance party. I see events like these and wish I didn’t live so far! Lucky for me, I do get access to some of their beer on the shelves here in Florida.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | May 15, 2019

May 15, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 11 min

The Denver Beer Beat is a weekly roundup of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, and more happening in the Front Range and beyond. Be sure to check in each Wednesday to discover anything and everything happening around Colorado’s beer scene. Now let’s get to this week’s can’t miss beer events. Read More

Ultimate 6er | “Cuz I Love You” California Women in Beer

May 15, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Melissa Viviane Jefferson was born April 27th 1988. Almost 31 years to that date, she would drop her 3rd studio album, “Cuz I Love You” under her stage name of Lizzo. The album is a beautiful and fun ode to womanhood. She has willingly and knowingly set America up for a summer of putting her record on repeat. Since her first album in 2013, Lizzo has been putting out feminist, body-positive songs that make you feel in her own words “Good As Hell”. Her songs scream female-empowerment; and we are here for it.

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Beer Honoring Historic Apollo 11 Mission, Lands at St. Louis’s Schalfly

May 15, 2019 |

Lager, the beer that made St. Louis famous, is quickly making its return to my beer of summer. And being that this is my 50th summer on earth, I’m thrilled that Schlafly has decided to honor it as well as … Read More

Wibby Brewing | RIPL Series: Sir Citra-ness

May 15, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Sir Citra-ness was the first of a limited-release series, RIPL, from Longmont’s Wibby Brewing. RIPL stands for Rotating India Pale Lager, meaning that the brewery will produce small quantities of an IPL every few months. This allows for Wibby to showcase different beers and give their fans a taste of something new; all the while experimenting with their brews.

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Imperial Oak Quiet Giant Release | Five Anniversary Variants for Five Years

May 14, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Deep Woods. Boathouse Reserve. Bourbon County. Barrel Aged Imperial Pajamas. Quiet Giant. The maturation and evolution of Chicago-Area craft breweries has not included a drift away from the style created in the Windy City — Bourbon Barrel Aging. And, breweries that have gained named recognition in the past few years commonly release of a lauded, coveted and oft-cellared BBA. For Imperial Oak Brewing, a continually expanding suburban-Chicago brewery that’s recently added an entire space dedicated to Foeders and other barrels (The Savage Oak Room), its best-selling beer is Quiet Giant. Each year, the beer once deemed a PorchDrinking.com favorite at Beer Under Glass (BUG) in 2017 arrives just in time for both BUG and its summertime anniversary party. This year Imperial Oak has five variants; one for each year its been open.

We at PorchDrinking were privvy to a special preview before Beer Under Glass, and are pleased to share our findings with you.

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Event Recap | 2019 Beer Under Glass

May 14, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

One of the most anticipated events on Chicago’s craft beer calendar is Beer Under Glass (BUG). Put on by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, the event kicks off Illinois Craft Beer Week each year and brings together breweries from all over Illinois.

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Lo Rez Brewing | Apricot Knockout

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

Lo Rez Brewing released Apricot Knockout in March, but the weather in Chicago is just warming up enough to dive into this farmhouse ale fermented with apricots. This beer rounds out Chicago’s Pilsen-based neighborhood brewery’s current four-pack offerings that put tartness in the forefront.

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Brew Pipeline’s Guest Brewer Program Brings Rare Beers to New Markets

May 13, 2019 |

The secondary market of craft beer is both vibrant and volatile. The search to buy or trade for “whales” and trendy hazy IPAs has only expanded with social media, trade forums and online communities. Buying beer off this market can … Read More

FlyteCo Brewing | KAPA IPA

May 13, 2019 |

FlyteCo Brewing, formerly Aero Craft Brewing, is fast-growing and a single visit makes it apparent why. The space is open with high ceilings and plenty of seating. The aviation theme carries throughout the decor: the bar top and even … Read More

What We’re Drinking | May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

It only seems like yesterday that we were toasting to the new year, but here it is May, and festival season is in full swing. Between making pretzel necklaces, and trying to wrap our heads around the Dogfish Head/Boston Beer buyout, we had a lot of tasty beers this week. Here are a handful:

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What Does the Boston Beer & Dogfish Head Merger Mean for Craft Beer?

May 10, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

While most of craft beer’s largest watershed moments have involved Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (ABI) acquisition of an iconic, previously independent craft brewery, yesterday’s merger between Boston Beer Company and Dogfish Head Brewery marked an equally resonant moment for the industry, that didn’t directly involve its biggest player.

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