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Event Recap | Stone DRK Beer Fest

November 15, 2019 |

The Stone DRK Beer Fest was set to kick off right at 6 p.m. The grounds of the Stone gardens is beautiful, tranquil and primal. Rocks and boulders are everywhere with the natural landscape coming through between the ponds and small brooks. On the site there are multiple tasting booths, some serving straight from bottles, other serving from keezers and kegerators, and of course one of the bars.

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Preview of GABF Gold Begyle BBA Imperial Pajamas | Nov 15 Release

November 14, 2019 |

The GABF Gold Medal awarded to Begyle Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Pajamas validated what many already knew: in a town abound in exceptional bourbon-barrel-aged beer, Begyle’s has risen to become one of the best. The 2019 release on Friday, November 15, will be the first for the Community Supported Brewery (CSB) since winning the medal. They graciously hosted PorchDrinking a couple of days early, offering to provide us with a few tastes and plenty of discussion about its barreling program.

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Staff Picks | The Festival of Barrel-Aged Beer’s (FoBAB) Best of the Best

November 14, 2019 |

Once again the UIC Forum was packed with breweries from all over the country pouring some of their best barrel-aged beers at this weekend’s Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers. In 17th annual showcase of country’s elite barrel-aged beers, Bottle Logic repeated in taking home Best-in-Show honors for Arcane Ritual.

Photo by Eric Dirksen

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | November 13, 2019

November 13, 2019 |

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

SDBW Event | Ladies Arm Wrestling at Kairoa Brewing

November 11, 2019 |

Entering Kairoa Brewing a bit early, there is a full stage and decorations for the special Pink Boot Society fundraising event. Brewer still on deck from a long BrewDay the ladies start to line up for the main event, arm … Read More

2019 Festival of Barrel Aged Beers (FoBAB) Awards Complete Results

November 9, 2019 |

Over the past 17 years, Chicago’s Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers has quickly established itself as one of the preeminent showcases of barrel-aged beers in the country. This two-day festival not only allows festival-goers the chance to sample from some of … Read More

Pour List Preview | Left Hand Nitro Fest Returns This Saturday

November 8, 2019 |

From flying trapeze artists, to silks performers, to outrageous over-the-top costumes, Left Hand Brewing’s Nitro Fest transports attendees to a big top entertainment experience that channels the awe and wonder of PT’s Barnum and Baily Circus. In an age when beer festivals are a dime a dozen, Nitro Fest stands tall as “America’s only exclusively Nitrogenated Beer Festival”, while also transporting attendees to an entirely different world.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | November 6, 2019

November 6, 2019 |

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

Event Preview | Stone Brewing DRK Beer Festival

November 6, 2019 |

Friday November 8th, Stone Brewing Headquarters in Escondido, CA will be hosting the DRK Beer Festival. Over the years this festival has gone by different names including Oakquinox and then Stone Pour it Black. This event has morphed … Read More

Join PorchDrinking’s Crispy Cocktails & Cider Unofficial FoBAB After-Party

November 4, 2019 |

This Saturday, the PorchDrinking.com crew will be out in full force covering The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild’s Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers(FoBAB) in Chicago. As our team has detailed throughout the past few weeks, over the past 16 years, FoBAB has … Read More

Everything You Need to Survive FoBAB This Year

October 30, 2019 |

Two hundred breweries from around the country will come to Chicago on Nov 8-9 and offer guests a wide variety of wall-to-wall, remarkable barrel-aged beers. However, with an abundance of wilds, sours and a host of bourbon, rum and wine barrel-aged brews, the Festival of Barrel Aged Beers (FoBAB) tests both one’s liver and belly.

So, how do you survive? How can you avoid getting so inebriated you can’t taste the beer…or walk? How do you avoid having your stomach curdle? For that matter, how do you enjoy FoBAB fully?

Don’t worry; we have a plan.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | October 30, 2019

October 30, 2019 |

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

Event Preview | San Diego Beer Week

October 29, 2019 |

There is nothing better for the local community of beer lovers in San Diego than San Diego Beer week! Although advertised as a “week,” this year it will take place over the course of 10 days, November 1-10, all throughout San Diego. For the most comprehensive list of events, pairings, beer releases and dinners, go to the SDBW website, but here we’re going to be talking about some of the cool events happening, where they will be and then you can decide which ones you are going to try and make! Be sure to check if events are ticketed, shown by 🎫 Read More

Event Preview | Traverse City Craft Beer Week

October 28, 2019 |

Known for beautiful scenery, cherries and wine, Northern Michigan’s Traverse City has also become a hotbed for craft breweries. With a population of just over 15,000, the city has 10 breweries and even more in the surrounding towns. The Traverse City Craft Beer Week is an opportunity to explore the region’s expanding craft beer offerings.

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Event Preview | Detroit Beer Experiment at the Detroit Fall Beer Festival

October 23, 2019 |

The Michigan Brewers’ Guild 11th Annual Detroit Fall Beer festival is coming up this week (Friday and Saturday, October 25-26), which means Detroit beer fans (and writers) get the privilege of having some of the best breweries in the state in their backyard. It also means the return of the Detroit Beer Experiment.  Last year, the festival provided fans with the enjoyable Faygo-infused (and inspired) beers, so what’s in store for this year?  We asked Dave Cicotte of Brew Detroit, who was able to provide a sneak preview.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | October 23, 2019

October 23, 2019 |

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

Beer Event | Collabapalooza Recap

October 22, 2019 |

This past weekend was one of the most highly rated beer festivals in Southern California: Collabapalooza. The ethos of the beer festival is a sense of community within the beer industry–in most cases, all of the breweries involved were friends with each other and the brewers were all trying each other’s beer while talking shop. As we got to talk to several breweries in the preview article on the beers they were bringing, we got to experience the selection of a ridiculous tap list contributed by all the breweries. Here are some standouts.

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Previewing Epic Brewing’s 2019 Big Bad Baptist Variants

October 17, 2019 |

From WeldWerks to Holy Mountain, Moksa to Prairie, many of today’s most hyped rising American breweries can attribute part of their rabid following to proficiency in producing barrel-aged Stouts and subsequent variant spinoffs.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | October 16, 2019

October 16, 2019 |

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

2019 Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer Announces FoBAB Brewery List

October 16, 2019 |

The 17th Annual Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer (FoBAB), the world’s largest barrel-aged beer festival and competition, will occur in Chicago on Nov. 8-9 at the University of Illinois-Chicago. More than 200 craft breweries from across the United States will showcase innovative, rare and special barrel-aged brews, while also competing for top honors in The National Barrel-Aged Beer Competition.

“FoBAB continues to be a one-of-a-kind showcase of the creativity, innovation and passion that defines the craft beer industry,” said Danielle D’Alessandro, executive director for the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, host of FoBAB for 17 years. “We’re thrilled to provide a venue for breweries across the nation to feature their barrel-aged beer to thousands of enthusiasts from all over the world.”

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