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Brewers of Pennsylvania To Host 2017 Mid-Atlantic Brewers’ Symposium in State College, PA

August 21, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Pennsylvania’s state brewers guild, the Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), will be hosting the third annual Mid-Atlantic Brewers’ Symposium in State College, PA. This two-day event will include a welcome reception on the evening of Thursday, September 7, which will be followed by the Brewers’ Symposium itself on Friday, September 8. The Symposium also happens to take place one day before the infamous intrastate rivalry between Penn State and Pitt plays out on the gridiron.

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BREAKING | 2017 GABF’s New, Returning & Missing Breweries

August 19, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Each year one of the most exciting aspects of the Great American Beer Festival is the ability to explore and sample some of the country’s best new breweries that have emerged on the scene. Additionally, it can be equally as rewarding to revisit some familiar faces you may only get to try once each year at the country’s largest beer showcase. However with the growing nature of the festival, and the Brewer’s Association’s move to a lottery system, we also tend to lose some familiar friends. As we’ve done each year, we’ve broken down the new / returning breweries as well as those who sadly aren’t coming back for this year’s Great American Beer Festival.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | August 16, 2017

August 16, 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 | August 16, 2017

August 16, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 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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Denver Rare Beer Tasting IX Pour List Will Make You Drool

August 15, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

More than 60 of America’s leading craft breweries have committed to take part in the Ninth Annual Denver Rare Beer Tasting to raise funds for the Pints for Prostates campaign. This June we shared the initial brewery lineup, which already whet our palates and today we’ve got the full pour list. All we can say is, hold on to your butts.

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Georgia Breweries Celebrate Their Liberation Aug. 31 – Sept. 1, 2017

August 15, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 13 min

If you’re a craft beer lover, you’ve probably never thought twice about ordering a beer at your favorite brewery. That’s because you don’t live in the state of Georgia. Currently, the only way to enjoy a fresh one at a brewery in this state is to purchase a tour, exchange tickets or tokens, jump through flaming hoops, perform backflips and recite the alphabet backward (well, those first two things at least). All that nonsense is about to change.

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Tribes Beer Company to Honor First Responders All September

August 15, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Craft brewing and community are synonymous, but no community can exist without its first responders, the brave souls who serve and protect the town. Both Tribes Beer Company and Tribes Alehouse (suburban Chicago) will honor Police, Fire and EMTs/Paramedics, as well as their spouses and children, throughout September. First responders can enjoy 25% off their food bill as a gesture of appreciation for the hard work for which they bravely perform each day.

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Sneak Preview: New Belgium’s Specialty Brands & Single Foeder Oscar No. 65

August 10, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

A little over a month ago, we reported on New Belgium’s decision to reimagine their specialty brands with the suspension of their popular Lips of Faith series and the implementation of their Wood Cellar Reserve series. Two weeks ago while attending the debut of Le Kriek Noir, the first entry in their new cork & cage Wood Cellar Reserve line, we were also treated to a sneak preview of what’s coming down the pipeline as well as a familiar brand that will also receive some fresh new packaging.

Single Foeder Oscar #65
Photo by Tristan Chan

On Tuesday New Belgium Brewing Company announced that the second beer from its highly anticipated Wood Cellar Reserve series will be released this upcoming Saturday. At 8.5% ABV, single Foeder Oscar No. 65 is an unblended dark sour that has been maturing for 12 months in a 100 percent Missouri white oak foeder. According to the brewery, the beer pours dark walnut red with subtle notes of vanilla and coconut. These notes play beautifully with notes of plum skin and cherry Coca-Cola. This is a first run through using this foeder and only fresh beer will touch the American oak for the first time, thus the flavors for this release cannot be replicated—making this release truly special. Read More

DC Beer Week 2017: More Than Tap Takeovers

August 10, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

This city isn’t actually known for being suave or sexy or hip or even truly hipster. Washington, DC is rather a place of ambition, Type A personalities and power — and a city with a whole lot of soul (something the interns running about the Hill oftentimes don’t realize).

In the middle of a busy summer, DC Beer Week snuck up on me again. Looking at the event listenings, I realized how foolish ignoring this awesome week would be.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | August 9, 2017

August 9, 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 | August 9, 2017

August 9, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 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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Shelton Brothers The Festival Announces Ridiculous Brewery Lineup + Rumored Pour List

August 8, 2017 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 10 min

Over the past 18 years, Shelton Brothers has grown to become one of the country’s most prestigious importers of international beer as one of the more recognizable distributors in the U.S. Gaining recognition for carrying elite level brands like Cantillon, Blaugies, Fantôme and more, the MA-based wholesalers has also laid claim to one of the most elite level beer festivals in the country. The Festival, which rotates cities each year showcases not only the Shelton Brothers catalogue but also some of the country’s best and brightest up-and-coming breweries.

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Event Recap | Welles Park Beer Fest

August 8, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

The third leg of the Illinois Craft Beer Guild Festival Grand Slam occurred on Aug 5, 2017 at Welles Park on the north side of Chicago. Festival goers enjoyed sun, 78-degree temperatures, terrific beer and a venue that was tough to beat. Sadly, though, for various reasons, attendance seemed a tad lackluster for Welles. It’s unlikely that will be the case at the next one; the Festival of Barrel Aged Beers (FoBAB) is the Wimbledon or Masters of Illinois beer fests.

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Event Preview | Half Acre Beer Co. The Big North II

August 7, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

As you may know, Half Acre Beer Co. is opening up a big and shiny brewing facility on Balmoral Avenue, which means more delicious beer and food from one of Chicago’s premiere craft beer destinations. To help launch the facility, Half Acre is hosting the 2nd annual Big North festival at the new digs, which will include over 35 Half Acre beer options, including a bunch of rare and experimental brews, drool-worthy food from the Half Acre kitchen, live music, and more. Here are the full details on Big North ’17.

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What the Funk!? Invitational Announces 2017 Breweries & Event Date

August 4, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Denver’s premiere festival, What the Funk!? Invitational showcasing wild, spontaneous, sour and barrel-aged beers returns Wednesday October 4 at The Studios at Overland Crossing. Over the years, the events surrounding The Great American Beer Festival have become just as popular and successful as the headlining event itself, and What the Funk!? always ranks at the top of our list as well. Read More

Colorado Brewers Weigh in on Session Beers

August 4, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

It should come as no surprise that most frequently, when given the choice, brewers typically reach for easy-drinking sessionable beers over their big boozy counterparts. All week long we’ve profiled the rise of Session beers, generally categorized as beers 5% in ABV or lower, as well as a preview of this weekend’s Sesh Fest, a celebration of Session beers. Sesh Fest features over 50 breweries, food trucks, lawn games, screen printing, water games, a shandy tent, slushie station and much more. Now hear from the brewers themselves!

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New Belgium Cancels 2017 Denver Tour de Fat, Underscoring Major Year of Change

August 3, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

It’s been a big 25th anniversary year for Fort Collins-based New Belgium Brewing Company, one scored by significant gains and milestones, as well as a handful of bumps in the road, and directional changes.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | August 2, 2017

August 2, 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 | August 2, 2017

August 2, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 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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The Complete Guide to Buying 2017 GABF Tickets

August 2, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

This year marks the 36th anniversary of the Great American Beer Festival, and it’s expected to draw a record approximation of nearly 900 breweries pouring at the fest. We’ve got everything you need to know to score tickets to the 2017 GABF during today’s general public sale.

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