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Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

January 23, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Laws, laws, laws. On the week we gain a new President, we are covering all sorts of new proposals that may change craft beer regulations. New York may allow beer sales in movie theaters, Montana could allow road beers, and Massachusetts may ease restrictions on brewer-distributor relationships. Don’t miss out on all this good craft beer news. Keep reading to catch the details of these stories and more in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.

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Ultimate 6er | A Clockwork Orange Anniversary Screening at Alamo Drafthouse

January 23, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

We’ve created the Ultimate 6er of libations to enjoy before heading to your local Alamo Drafthouse to viddy A Clockwork Orange on February 21, 2017.

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Homebrewing Recipe | Emerald Splash Cucumber Lime Saison

January 23, 2017 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

 ABV: 6.1 | IBU: 28 | OG: 1.057

When I was a greenhorn to the craft beer scene; I became the guy at beer shares who would bring accouterments in the form of fancy cheeses and cucumber/lime water. The flavored water ultimately served as the ultimate palate cleanser for event guests seeking to brush their weary tongues after too many barleywines and imperial stouts. Some people would even tell me they would come to a beer share or my homebrew club hearing cucumber/lime water would be there. Emerald Splash Cucumber Lime Saison is the result of people asking me to elevate that beverage to the next level.

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Horse Thief Hollow | Buffalo Trace Barrel-Aged Cinnamon Girl

January 23, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Image Courtesy Horse Thief Hollow Brewing Co.

ABV 9.8%

People love eating breakfast. Hell, they love it so much it actually co-opted another meal of the day (lunch) to make the super popular brunch. While some have the time to make a hearty breakfast meal, others must run out the door with little time to eat cereal. With a few exceptions (Raisin Bran and Cheerios for example), you’re going to sound like a 5-year-old when you tell someone what you had for breakfast, though. How do you avoid that social situation? Read More

What We’re Drinking | January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

January is rolling right along, and many of us are fighting the good fight against seasonal affective disorder. I’m not a licensed physician, but I find that the best tool for self-medication is a big, warming (possible barrel-aged) beer. Apparently the PorchDrinkers agree with me, because they enjoyed a few of those this week. Some think that brighter, fruitier libations are a better panacea for the season, but I believe that those people are quacks. This is What We’re Drinking.

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Eating & Drinking | Heavy Riff Brewing Company

January 20, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

I’ve been noticing a new trend – how many of our best and up-in-coming city neighborhoods are being anchored and supported by the local beer community.

One I want to talk about today is Dogtown. Dogtown, bordered by Manchester in the South, Hampton on the East, McCausland in the West and Oakland in the North – has been a part of the fabric of the city for more than 100 years. And while the spiritual center of the neighborhood will always be St. James the Greater School, the beer epicenter is Heavy Riff Brewing Company (6413 Clayton Ave. Saint Louis, Missouri 63139).

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Two Brothers Brewing | Northwind Imperial Stout

January 20, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV 9.1 | IBU 45

The sun dipped below the North Pole’s horizon long ago — not to be seen again until March. The relentless darkness creates indescribable arctic cold that marches southward all winter. But, there’s more than just frosty breezes arriving from the north, there’s Imperial Stout — Two Brothers Brewing Northwind Imperial Stout.

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Event Preview | 13th Annual Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting

January 19, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

This year’s 13th Annual Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting event is a first for me. I’ve never attended a beer event that instructs you on dress code, but the folks at ACAT advise patrons to bring a hat and gloves.

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Event Recap | Noon Whistle Brewing Second Anniversary (Chicago)

January 19, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Noon Whistle Brewing | Photo Credit: Mathew Powers

Suburban Chicago’s Noon Whistle Brewing is located in an old strip mall and barely visible from the main road; a location unlikely to garner a passing grade in a Business 101 class. Makes no matter because in the craft beer world, it’s not location, location, location that’s essential; it’s libation, fermentation, innovation.

The beer emerging from Noon Whistle Brewing pulls throngs of thirsty patrons through its doors. And that is why when I arrived a few minutes after the noon hour on a Friday — the first of two days dedicated for its two-year anniversary — I was far from the only person ready to indulge in a parade of special releases. By the time I left that night, the place was packed.

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Five Chicago Beers You Must Try

January 19, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Chicagoans are extremely lucky to have a wide variety of craft beer at their fingertips. In fact many of us take our incredibly large selection for granted. But for the craft beer fan that is visiting Chicago for maybe only a weekend I selected five beers that are an absolute must try.

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Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Selects Historic Site for Expansion

January 19, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

REJOICE! At long last, Creature Comforts Brewing Co. is making its move to expand into an additional facility in 2017 with the purpose of raising production (and possibly its footprint) in 2018. This news follows two years of steady growth as one of America’s fastest growing breweries and a zealous commitment to raise $100,000 for local community organizations. Creature Comfort’s future location of choice, the Southern Manufacturing Co. Mill, is no surprise to those who have followed the brewery over its short but influential career in Athens, Georgia. Read More

Blank Slate Brewing Company | Fork in the Road

January 19, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 6.8% | IBU: 70

Blank Slate Brewing Company was my first exposure to the Cincinnati Craft Beer scene when I arrived in 2011, when you could only find its brews on draft. Safe to say, both Blank Slate and I have matured a bit since then. Now, in addition to having a tap room of its own, one of the Blank Slate Brewing stalwarts, Fork in the Road, is available in cans. Read More

Ultimate 6er | NFL Conference Championship Weekend

January 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

As Chiefs fans continue to complain about officiating and Cowboys fans wait yet “another year,” it is time for the rest of the country to gear-up for the NFL Championship games. The Green Bay Packers take their cheese-loving selves to Atlanta to face the “Dirty Bird” Falcons while the Steelers will be waving their terrible towels at Gillette Stadium against the Patriots. To celebrate the championship games I have built the Ultimate 6er showcasing some of the best beers that represent these sports town cities. Included are two brews that will keep us looking forward to the Super Bowl and into next season.

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Event Preview | LowDown Barrel-Aged Beer Festival

January 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

If you have attended LowDown Brewery’s Barrel-Aged Beer Festival in the past, you remember the laid back, line-free day of great rare beers. This year’s event is bound to be twice as good; mainly because it’s twice as long with more than double the barrel aged beers. LowDown will again host the event at their brewery this weekend, January 21 and 22.

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The PorchCast | Ep 30 Recapping Beer in 2016 & Predictions for 2017

January 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The PorchCast team of Tristan Chan, Jesse Brookstein and Hunter Grondin are back at it in the new year. In this first episode of 2017 the trio take a look back at some of their favorite beers, breweries, and festivals from the past year. They also dive deeper into Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines Fest while discussing on Tristan’s cardboard celebrity at the fest.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | January 18, 2017

January 18, 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. Read More

2017 Beer Release Calendar Roundup

January 18, 2017 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

*Updated 1/19/2017: Bronx Brewery, Funkwerks, Santa Fe Brewing, Virtue Ciders*

For the past two years we’ve helped compile a round up of beer release calendars featuring some of your favorite breweries from around the country. It was another massive year for American beer as we’ve now crested over 5000 active breweries in the US and believe it or not, 2017 is shaping up to be even bigger. To help get you excited about the new brews coming out in 2017, we bring you the 2017 Beer Release Calendar round up.

Please keep in mind that these are merely a framework for anticipated releases. All dates and beers are subject to change. Breweries often end up producing these as a framework for their yearly production schedule, but will often adapt accordingly throughout the year.

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Scofflaw Brewing Co. | Interrogation Coffee Milk Stout

January 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

ABV: 6.8% |  IBU: 75

In high school, a party was a form of subversion, a rebellion, it was when you began to test the limits. It had it’s moments. The college party was more a celebration of freedom (see “Stair Diving” from 1984’s Revenge of the Nerds), and more testing of limits, but without the threat (or thrill?) of getting caught, it was merely a party for party’s sake.

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Inside the Tank | Griesedieck Brothers Brewery’s Robert Griesedieck

January 17, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

St. Louis’ brewing legacy does not start nor end with Anheuser-Busch. Not by a long shot.

According the bible of St. Louis beer, “St. Louis Brews” the list of major breweries included many names still known around here a century later. Names like Busch, Lemp, Falstaff and Griesedieck, still ring familiar to beer drinkers, generations after their heyday. But you know the saying, “what was old is new again.”

That is exactly what is happening with the rebirth of the famed Griesedieck family brewery.

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