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BREAKING | 2017 GABF Ticket Sale Dates Announced

April 28, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Featured image courtesy of greatamericanbeerfestival.com

Get ready! Tickets for the 2017 Great American Beer Festival will go on sale August 1 and 2. Last year, GABF sold out in 1 hour and 7 minutes so be sure to mark your calendars!

In 2016, GABF celebrated its 35th anniversary where 60,000 attendees brought down the house at the convention center. That means 3,800+ beers were poured and 780 breweries pouring those beers, all of which hit a new record. We can only expect more for 2017.

This year, the most anticipated beer event takes place October 5 – 7. Choose from four sessions over the span of three days and sample brews from more than 800 breweries. Read More

What We’re Drinking | April 28, 2017

April 28, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

It’s definitely springtime now! Do you know what that means?! It means doing some ACTUAL drinking on ACTUAL porches! I’m sorry if I seem overexcited, but this is what every PorchDrinker lives for. We’re going to drink at ballparks. We’ll be drinking on patios. There might even be some picnic drinking! Take your laptop out to the porch, crack open a beer, and take some notes. We’re about to put on a serious PorchDrinking demonstration in this week’s edition of What We’re Drinking.

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Breaking | Ska Brewing Expands Capacity, Adds New Beers in 2017

April 28, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Like many large to mid-sized breweries in the country, Ska Brewing (Durango, CO) has begun eyeing the next phase of growth to keep up with the rising demands and competition in the craft beer industry. In 2017 that’ll take the form of a brewery expansion, new beers and an expanded beer garden at the brewery.

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Event Preview | LowDown’s 30 Days of IPA

April 28, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Starting at the end of April, LowDown Brewery + Kitchen will host a month-long charity event, featuring a new IPA tapping every day. The IPA lineup will include LowDown’s own hoppy treats, as well as some of the best IPAs from Denver and around the country. On Friday, April 28, LowDown will tap seven IPAs to launch the event, which will benefit Groundwork Denver.

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Event Preview | Chicago’s Premier Brewpubs & Breweries Under One Roof

April 28, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

After winning a coveted Michelin star this past November, Band of Bohemia welcomes in spring with an industry leading list of brewers. On May 1st they’ll host, “Chicago’s Premier Brewpubs and Breweries Under One Roof”. They are teaming up with the James Beard Foundation and The Illinois Restaurant Association to put on the event.

Band of Bohemia May 1st, 2017
Chicago’s Best Breweries & Brewpubs Under One Roof

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Call to Arms Brewing | The Legend of Khores Ballroom Beer

April 28, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

I don’t need to introduce Call to Arms Brewing to most of you, because you’ve likely already heard all about it. I don’t need to tell you their Khores Ballroom Beer has become a staple in Denver, Golden and the rest of the world. I certainly don’t need to remind you Khores is delivered from a humble, though up-and-coming brewery modeled after an English-style pub in Denver’s Berkeley neighborhood.

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The Science of the Cooler and Why You Should Love Your Local Specialty Beverage Buyer

April 27, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

So I’ve got 30 minutes to kill. The oldest son is safely absorbing useful information at his tutor’s home which happens to be three floors above the Whole Foods Market in the Central West End. Lucky for me this particular Whole Food Market happens to have a wonderful beer bar, with some excellent beers on tap.

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Heineken Ad Proves We’re Not All That Different, and Beer Brings People Together

April 27, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Featured Image Credit: Heineken.com

We all have different opinions and different views of the world, but it is key that we learn to have open and honest discussions about those differences. If no one is willing to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, you end up with a divided nation full of people who are more interested in stalling their opponents’ agendas than in finding a path toward the common good. The new “Worlds Apart” video from Heineken posits that beer can be key to discovering that common ground. Read More

Beer Shed Building: Watch These Two Guys Refurbish an Old Shed into an Awesome Backyard Beer Getaway

April 27, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Picture Tree House Masters meets Man Caves in this summer’s newest home improvement series, Beer Shed Building with Ben & Toby. That is the idea at least. A show where two guys repurpose old sheds into backyard pubs.

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Craft Beer’s Identity Crisis

April 27, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

Peanut butter, chai tea, lemongrass, oranges, roadkill, lemons, gunsmoke, dill: these are a few of the featured ingredients in craft beers on display at my local bottle shop. The variety does not stop there. How about a triple-pale ale, dry-hopped, cosmic-toasted, sour-peat-pilsner-stout loaded with enough alcohol to sterilize a barbershop comb? Is there a “normal” in beer anymore? And when did the word “infused” become the craft beer buzzword? Everything is infused.
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Fiction Beer Company | Logic is Relative

April 27, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

ABV: 7.9% | IBU: 85

If you like beer then you must have heard about the newest “trend” in the craft beer world — the hazy IPA. Craft brewing is an ever-evolving industry that has witnessed numerous trends, but this trend isn’t really a trend because it’s nothing new and it is definitely here to stay. More than a decade ago, The Alchemist brewed the infamous Heady Topper whose rare and unique flavor profile created a buzz around the country that quickly led to it being one of the most sought after beers in America.

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Ultimate 6er | Feeling Nostalgic About Pop-Punk Music

April 26, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

I recently attended 2 sold out nights of New Found Glory’s 20 years of pop-punk anniversary tour in Philadelphia. I was feeling a little nostalgic to think this band has been around for 20 years now. They had performed during the first concert I ever went to. Completely unsure of what to expect at my first concert, I stood in a mosh pit with platform sandals on. Years later, I learned not to wear that same footwear attire to a concert ever again. Read More

PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | April 26, 2017

April 26, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The Denver Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, etc.
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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Atlanta Beer Beat | April 26, 2017

April 26, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The Atlanta Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings and more!

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Event Preview | Crystal Lake Brewing, Chicago’s Signature Room at the 95th Floor

April 26, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Crystal Lake Brewing may feel awfully far from downtown Chicago, located more than an hour’s drive away, but from the 95th floor of the John Hancock Building, Crystal Lake is easy to see. It’s pretty small, but you can find it. But, on May 2, you won’t have to look very far — Crystal Lake Brewing is bringing its seasonal beer selections to Chicago’s 3rd largest building. Patrons will enjoy Crystal Lake beer and a four-course dinner provided by Chef Cardel Reid. Read More

Dry Dock Brewing Co. | Dry Dock IPA

April 26, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 7% | IBU: 60

What better way to symbolize the greatness of craft beer than relating it to one of history’s greatest children’s book authors? Recently I picked up a six-pack of Dry Dock Brewing Co.’s newest beer Dry Dock IPA. My attention was immediately drawn to a quote on the top of each can. I had been reading Dr. Seuss to my 4-year old son so, naturally, I connected the two. Read More

BREAKING | Molson Coors Donates to Student Suds & A New CSU Teaching Brewery

April 25, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

The micro(brew)cosm of community that never seems to surprise in craft beer isn’t relegated to the small guys as the Molson Coors Brewing Company (Golden, CO) provides a big helping hand to Colorado State University this week.

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Half Acre Beer is Experimenting with Mixed Fermentation

April 25, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Featured image courtesy of Half Acre Beer Co.

Half Acre Beer Co. is expanding and it’s a good sign for Chicago craft beer drinkers. Their new Balmoral Brewery space, a massive 60,000 square foot expansion, is getting closer and closer to opening to the public. Not only does this mean more real estate, but it also means more opportunities to brew beer, including the newly announced mixed fermentation program at their original brew spot in Lincoln Square.

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Brewery Showcase | Real Ale Brewing Company

April 25, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Real Ale Brewing Company has just celebrated 21 years of brewing beer in the Texas Hill Country — and they don’t show any signs of slowing down. The Brewers Association recently posted the Top 50 Craft Breweries in the US by sales volume and Real Ale made the list at number 49. It’s impressive for a brewery whose motto is “unavailable in 49 states”. That’s right, you can only enjoy the popular Firemans #4 or a unique small batch Mysterium Verum release in the great state of Texas. Recently, the brewery announced the launch of the Real Spirits Distilling program that includes Hill Country Signature Whiskey, Grain to Glass Gin, and the highly limited first batch of Single Barrel Whiskey only available at the Real Ale Taproom.

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