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Sacramento Beer Week is Back

April 20, 2021 |

As we all attempt to bring back a level of normalcy to our lives, hanging out at a brewery might seem low on that list… until you remember all the great conversations, fantastic beers and a sense of community breweries provide.

COVID-19 has caused the cancellation of beer festivals, forced breweries to close and meant that jobs are lost. While the world is not back to 100%, case rates are coming down and, with proper safety measures in place, things are opening up. A “beer week” might be the perfect antidote to a long and frustrating lock-down that is being slowly lifted.

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2021 WeldWerks Invitational Announces Return for In-Person Festival

April 19, 2021 |

It’s time to dust off your favorite esoteric brewery t-shirt and find a pair of jeans that still fit: you officially have a beer festival to attend this year.

Since 2018, WeldWerks Brewing has hosted an annual Invitational that quickly … Read More

Texas Craft Brewers Guild Launches Liquid Bake Sale Fundraiser

April 9, 2021 |

Who doesn’t love a bake sale? All manner of excitingly delicious, affectionately prepared offerings to tempt the taste buds, with any guilty feelings of over-indulgence thoroughly negated by the knowledge that one is stuffing one’s face to fundraise for a most-worthy charitable cause. A winning fundraising formula employed by school boards, scout troops and religious institutions across the nation, the bake sale has taken on a new and exciting beery form, courtesy of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild.

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Queer Beer Festival Q&A with Grace Weitz

April 6, 2021 |

Many groups in the craft beer industry are underrepresented, including the LGBTQ+ community. When Grace Weitz of Hop Culture let PorchDrinking know that a Queer Beer Festival was launching this year after the success of the Beers With(out) Beards festival, I knew I had to chat with Weitz to learn more about the festival and what sort of virtual events we can expect. The festival will be held on June 5, 2021 and tickets can be purchased here.

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Friends With Benefits Virtual Sour Fest | Tickets on Sale Now Through April 4th

March 23, 2021 |

Get ready, beer fans: Oozlefinch Beer and Blending is hosting Friends with Benefits Sour Beer Fest on May 22, 2021. The best part is, unlike in normal times when events were only held in-person, if you live in the District of Columbia or one of the 32 states that allow beer shipping for the event, you can attend from the comfort of your couch. Plus, if you do live near Oozlefinch’s Fort Monroe, VA location, they are considering–COVID conditions permitting, (fingers crossed)–holding an in-person event to coincide with the virtual one, according to the website.

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WeldWerks Brewing Celebrates Six Years The Willy Wonka Way

March 23, 2021 |

If you are like me–obsessed with pop culture and generationally saddled somewhere between an X’er and a Millennial–then you likely grew up mesmerized by Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory. The dazzling candy forest, the mind-blowing snozzberry wallpaper, the questionable lifestyle of Grandpa Joe: it’s all forever cemented in my memory as a true bastion of childhood wonder. This Friday, March 26, 2021, WeldWerks Brewing Co. is bottling some of that magic for us–or should I say, canning it.

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CO Beer News | The Jailhouse Re-Opening, Call to Arms Distro, Odell Sloan’s Lake

March 22, 2021 |

As things begin re-opening across Colorado, the craft beer scene is showing signs of new life. To help sort through all of the recent craft beer news that has emerged in the Centennial State, we’ve rounded up some of the … Read More

Takeaways From Craft Malt Con (Online) 2021

February 19, 2021 |

The fourth annual Craft Malt Conference was held February 10-12, 2021 as Craft Malt Con Online. Originally scheduled to be held in Portland, ME, it went fully virtual this year due to COVID-19. Although members of the tightly knit craft malt community missed the opportunity to gather in-person, this format opened up the opportunity for a wider audience to participate.

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Craft Brewers Conference Announces Moves to Denver in September

January 12, 2021 |

In an attempt to salvage the ability to move forward with an in-person conference, the Brewers Association has announced this morning that they will be moving this year’s Craft Brewers Conference. This year’s conference was originally scheduled to take place in San Diego, March 29 through April 1, 2021, and will now move to September 9-12, 2021 in Denver, CO.

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Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines | A Look Back on Your Favorite Memories

January 9, 2021 |

To the uninitiated, Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines might have appeared indistinguishable from the sea of thousands of beer festivals that proliferated the country prior to the pandemic. But those who have gotten to experience the event in all of … Read More

Brewery Vivant celebrates 10-year anniversary with release of J’aison Ale

December 20, 2020 |

Sunday, December 20, marks the 10-year anniversary for one of Grand Rapids, Michigan’s most celebrated breweries: Brewery Vivant. The brewery is the world’s first LEED certified commercial microbrewery and a Certified B Corporation. It is beloved among Michigan’s beer loving community for their Belgium-style brews, as well as their commitment to the local community. To celebrate 10 years, on December 17 the brewery released J’aison, a Petite Saison brewed with orange peel and Tellicherry black peppercorns. It is currently available on draft and in cans for sale at the brewpub.
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Santa’s Cookies & Milk Stout Release from The Open Bottle & Hailstorm Brewing

November 26, 2020 |

Forget golden rings. On the fifth year of holiday collaboration, The Open Bottle and Hailstorm Brewing gave to us, Santa’s Cookies & Milk Stout. And, it’s adorned in gold labeling, with a special glass to match. The stout is decadent, creamy, full-bodied and somehow still crushable; a real holiday treat. Yet, the real gift goes to Tinley Wish because a portion of sales aids the south-suburban Chicago organization that gives aid to needy families.

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Cheers, Yinz! A Beer Fest That Gives Back to Breweries

November 13, 2020 |

The culture of craft beer has always had a strong connection to the communities in which it thrives. For many of us, our neighborhood brewery is far more than merely a place that produces the things we enjoy drinking–it is a community center, a gathering place, and an intrinsic part of our daily lives, not to mention a foundational element for hobbies, relationships, and fostering a sense of place. Enter Cheers, Yinz!, a beer festival built to help beloved local breweries weather the economic (and emotional) effects of decreased sales and temporary closures.

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Veteran or Current Military? Locavore Beer Works Wants to Buy You a Beer

November 5, 2020 |

If you ask, most veterans are willing to share at least some details of their military service with you. However, Locavore Beer Works co-owner Jason Reinhardt isn’t allowed to say very much.

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Celebrate Untappd’s 10th Anniversary Party with PorchDrinking’s Founder

October 23, 2020 |

It’s been a busy recent few years for the team at Untappd who announced the acquisition of the iconic publication and message board, Beer Advocate earlier this February, and in 2016 took part in its own merger with beer & … Read More

Beers With(out) Beards Festival 2020

October 20, 2020 |

Sometimes it can be extremely difficult to look at the silver lining of 2020, particularly for those working in the craft beer industry. Being able to experience the Beers With(out) Beards festival helped me see at least one silver lining: Craft beer festivals have never been more accessible than right at this moment. Living in the Midwest, I would not have been able to make it to the Beers With(out) Beards festival in-person, so being able to join this festival of incredible women and non-binary people working in craft beer was a dream.

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Colorado Breweries Who Won Big at the 2020 GABF Competition

October 16, 2020 |

Colorado has long held a reputation for strong showings at the Great American Beer Festival, and while this year was no different, Colorado breweries had a slightly down year earning only 26 medals after tallying 40 the previous year.

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2020 GABF Awards Results | Who Won Big at This Year’s Competition

October 16, 2020 |

Much like the rest of 2020, this year’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF) has been anything but the norm. Without a week filled with rare beer releases, mini-festivals drawing hype breweries from across the country, lines stacked on top of … Read More

Breweries with the Most GABF Medals and More Competition Trends

October 15, 2020 |

Tomorrow night marks the 34th iteration of the competition portion of the Great American Beer Festival. And while this GABF week looks and feels unlike any other, tomorrow night’s awards are still sure to usher in socially distanced causes for … Read More

Colorado Breweries Launch Campaigns to Promote Voter Turnout

October 13, 2020 |

For years, PorchDrinking has documented the innumerable variety of ways that craft breweries have utilized their platform within local communities to support and promote noteworthy causes. Now during one of the most highly contentious election years in modern history, breweries … Read More