This Friday, Meow Wolf, the innovative immersive arts and entertainment company will open its doors to its third location in Denver, CO. Collaborating with 200 in-house artists as well as 110 local artists including muralists, sculptors, fiber artists and technologists, Denver’s outpost dubbed the Convergence Station tells the narrative of a freak cosmic event that merged four worlds from different universes, erasing the memories of all residents and spawning the mystifying disappearances of four women in the form of a massive immersive art experience.
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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 solid showing after totaling 21 medals after tallying 25 the previous year.
Much like 2020, this year’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF) looked a lot different than the norm. While the awards ceremony wasn’t completely virtual (this year they allowed limited attendees as part of the Craft Brewers Conference), there was once again no commercial tasting event.
Tonight marks the 35th iteration of the competition portion of the Great American Beer Festival. And while there will be no commercial tasting event open to the public for a second straight year, tonight’s awards are still sure to usher in socially distanced causes for celebration among breweries across the entire country.
In normal years we’d be prepping guided routes for folks to enjoy at the festival, this year we are once again focusing on trends we’ve seen emerge from past award winners.
Hey, remember a couple of months ago when I confidently, naively announced that the WeldWerks Invitational was definitely happening this October? Well, much like that new Jeopardy host, I wish I could scrub the internet of my past mistakes. But alas, they live on, and I’m sad to tell you that due to rapidly rising COVID cases, the WeldWerks Invitational 2021 has been postponed until 2022.
This is why we can’t have nice things. In what’s starting to look all too eerily familiar to early March of 2020, the coronavirus’ Delta variant has continued to spread rapidly worldwide stemming from the beginning of summer. This rampant …
If you’ve been a long-time PorchDrinking reader, you’ve likely been aware of how much our friends at On Tap Credit Union have done to support our efforts in covering the craft beer community, while also supporting growth among our Colorado breweries, affiliated producers, and employees.
Left Hand Brewing Co., a bastion of independent craft beer, threw a weekend-long party on Aug. 14-15, 2021 to celebrate the opening of their new outdoor venue, The Garden. The Longmont, CO-based brewery, a top 50 U.S. craft brewery well known for its Nitro series, constructed an inviting, 41,000 square foot open-air event space right next to their taproom. The dog-friendly space is anchored by a custom-made ROXBOX bar with six draft lines and plenty of fridge space for a variety of canned beverages.
Since 1987, the Great Taste of the Midwest has been a chance for Midwest breweries and beer lovers to converge on Madison, Wisconsin to enjoy some of the region’s best beers. This past Saturday the tradition continued with some new safety precautions, but that didn’t impact the festival which once again brought the beer community together.
The morning of Hi-Wire’s LagerFest in Durham, NC, was not at all promising. Storms raged through the night, and the noon start time crept closer and closer. The forecast said the weather should let up, but it’s hard to trust North Carolina weather to cooperate. Fortunately, it was right. By 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 7, 2021 the rain had eased and by noon it was downright nice out. The rain had cooled everything off and the clouds kept the sun at bay, not a moment too soon for the ‘90s beach-themed LagerFest to kick off.
With just a little over a month until the Craft Brewers Conference returns to Denver, CO, this year’s conference is already starting to look a whole lot different than in years past. Having hosted CBC twice already in the past decade, the Mile High City is already buzzing in anticipation, with a multitude of events, special tappings, and releases already announced.
One of the most well-known and beloved beer festivals in the country returns! Great Taste of the Midwest will be happening on August 14, albeit at a much smaller capacity.
Everything will be at 50% capacity, from guest attendance to breweries, in order to make the event as safe as possible. 5,000 tickets were sold and 100 breweries were invited to pour and, even though that meant a lot more people had to be turned away and a lot more breweries were not able to participate, Chairman Jason Walters said that everyone has been very understanding with the limitations.
This Saturday, Aug. 7, in downtown Durham, North Carolina, Hi-Wire Brewing is throwing a ‘90s, beach-themed LagerFest. Complete with 20 lagers (list below), live music and a waterslide, LagerFest promises to heat things up and cool them off at the same time!
Long before the recent rise in craft, the pairing of burgers and beers were synonymous in a way that has come to define summer grilling, baseball games, and the American way. But as modern tastes have evolved past well-done chargrilled hockey pucks and watered down cheap light lagers, the beer and burger pairings have only evolved in more brilliant and decadent ways.
Launch Pad Brewing in Aurora, Colorado, kicked off its sixth anniversary Thursday night with four new releases and the start of a fun-filled weekend. The releases featured a little something for everyone, from a light Italian Pilsner to one of Launch Pad’s signature barrel-aged offerings.
Nestled in the foothills of Boulder, CO, the tiny town of Nederland is more than 8,000 feet above sea level. The winding road into town is about 16 miles of pure straight up, twisting through the mountains, running parallel to a roaring creek, making you feel closer to the sky than the ground. It’s fitting, then, that Knotted Root Brewing Company has made its home here. At its second-year anniversary party (which occurred this past Fourth of July weekend), it was tough to imagine any other brewery feeling more on top of the world.
A rainy forecast wasn’t enough to keep a record number of attendees at bay for the return of the Vail Craft Beer Classic June 25-26 in Vail Village. The 5th annual festival featured 50+ brewers, distillers, and vendors from across Colorado, all eager to sample their best offerings at the first in-person festival for most people in over a year.
Nearly two months after announcing the return of the WeldWerks Invitational, WeldWerks Brewing Company has the details we really need: which breweries are going, and when do tickets go on sale?
While national protocols are still far from established, WeldWerks took the past couple months to iron out some of the finer details related to the pandemic in addition to developing a code of conduct for attendees. The latter came in response to Brienne Allan’s recent movement to expose sexism, misogyny, and harassment within the industry, and WeldWerks, which was not named, decided to take the proactive approach to ensure a safe festival-going experience.
For any of you veteran craft beer drinkers out there, what comes to mind when you hear the phrase “beer fest” mentioned in conversation? Memories of overindulgence fueled by Biolyte and the FOMO of the out-of-state breweries who are pouring their beer? Maybe it’s racing around the room to all the hype tables before your palate is overwhelmingly wrecked. There’s also a good chance that you’ve been in line slamming an IPA taster before hitting the next tap in the row…We’ve all been there.
On Saturday, June 5, Good Word Brewing & Public House hosted a festival in collaboration with the City of Duluth that was one of the first beer-centric events to happen in Georgia since COVID-19 effectively shut down large gatherings a year ago. This was not a typical beer fest, though.
But there was to be no party. No live music. No guests. At the very beginning of the most restrictive lockdown in Colorado’s pandemic plight, OYB was dealt a tough hand for any brewery — let alone a brand-new brewery that was still trying to get its footing.