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San Francisco Beer Week | Can’t-Miss Events February 3-4

February 3, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Hello darkness, my old friend…San Franciso Beer week is here again. This celebrated week that runs February 1 – 10 is a collection of curated events, spanning multiple days, that celebrate craft beer and the craft beer community. We’ve rounded a handful events you don’t want to miss today and tomorrow. Read More

Play Along with the 2019 Super Bowl Bingo Boards

February 2, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

It’s time once again for PorchDrinking’s 2019 Super Bowl Bingo Cards for Super Bowl 53. In addition to the entertainment of seeing who can inhale the most combinations of cheese dips in one sitting, we’ve created bingo boards for your party-goers’ enjoyment. Each square should be crossed off as they occur. And sure, since this is PorchDrinking, take a drink each time you cross off a square.

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10 of the Best International Beer Festivals You Can’t Miss in 2019

February 1, 2019 |

We’ve all woken up a little groggy on the first of the new year with grand plans for how we’re going to make our lives better during this next lap around the sun. You commit to exercising, finishing your mediocre … Read More

San Francisco Beer Week 2019 | Opening Gala Preview

January 31, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

That’s right, San Francisco Beer Week is BACK! #SFBW2019 kicks off on Friday February 1 this year, a little earlier than in previous years, and ends on February 10. Our Pacific regional team is amped up and ready to conquer this beer week – RIP to their livers – and you can find below the list of all breweries that will be in attendance and the beers they will be pouring. Oh, and check out the 1st timers – breweries that are new to the Craft Beer Scene.

*All pour lists are subject to change.

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Event Recap | Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Festival 2019

January 31, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

Starting off the year by attending a beer festival is the best way for any beer enthusiast to set themselves up for success. The idea of unlimited beer sampling from a stellar brewery, along with over 50 local and regional breweries is heavenly. Add that with a solid time with friends enjoying food and music and you have the Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Festival at Funky Buddha Brewery.

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Brewers Rock Festival | Beer, Music and Preserving the Great Lakes

January 30, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Hosted by Kinslahger Brewing, The Brewers Rock Festival at the Wire in Berwyn on Groundhog Day celebrates the essence of “craft.” With proceeds going towards the Alliance for the Great Lakes Alliance, more than one dozen bands, all associated with breweries, will play from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, and they’ll bring their beer with them.

One can purchase a ticket that allows one to come and go, watch a dozen bands, choose from at least 25 different craft beers (or more) at the breweries’ booths, order beer and drinks from the bar and enjoy Bricks Pizza. And, of course, one gets a fun sampling glass.

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

January 29, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 11 min

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

February’s Looking Stout, Here’s the 2019 Mountain Sun Stout Month Lineup

January 24, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Ok, so 2019 didn’t exactly start off on the best note, with the government shut down, dumb people BirdBoxing the internet, more Kanye tweets, the whole Covington Catholic thing and another Patriots Super Bowl appearance, I think most of America is ready to move on to February.

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

January 23, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 11 min

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 | Karl Strauss Brewing Company Turns 30

January 22, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

On February 2, 1989, Karl Strauss Brewing Company opened their first brewery on Columbia St. in downtown San Diego, CA. Thirty years later, they are still going strong with 10 brewpubs scattered from San Diego to Orange County and two locations in Los Angeles County.

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2019 Ultimate Colorado Beer Events Calendar

January 22, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

The state of Colorado currently holds the distinction as the state with 3rd most breweries in the country as well as the 5th most breweries per capita. Statistics aside, the Centennial State has quickly grown to become one of the best states for craft beer propelled by friendly legislation, a great foundation for industry growth established by legacy brands, and a population that’s literally thirsty for new brands and innovative approaches to a centuries-old craft.

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Matt Brynildson, Adam Avery, and Cory King on Big Beers 2019

January 21, 2019 |

It’s one of the draws of the annual Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival: Bold-faced names in craft brewing routinely make the trip, pouring their beer and chatting up fans.  

Who can blame them? Snow-capped peaks, a ski lift … Read More

The PorchCast Ep 57 | Outer Range Brewing – Lee & Emily Cleghorn

January 21, 2019 |

The New Year doesn’t officially start for beer fans in Colorado, until Big Beers, Belgians, & Barleywines kicks off the party. And for the past two years, Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines has also served as a great excuse to … Read More

Breweries Offering Free Food & Beer to Furloughed Government Workers

January 18, 2019 |

Putting aside one’s political party affiliation or beliefs, the government shutdown, which is now the longest in American history at 28 days, has impacted over 800,000 furloughed government workers and contractors and affected even more government adjacent jobs. But luckily, … Read More

Metropolitan Brewing Celebrates 10 Years of Business in the Increasingly Competitive Chicago Market

January 17, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Chicago and the surrounding area are currently home to the most breweries in the nation. It’s an especially impressive stat when you realize that the market hasn’t really been around for that long. Being able to create a successful brewery during the early growth period of the Chicago market and then stay equally successful amongst growing competition across every neighborhood in the city is an impressive feat that deserves a bit of praise. It’s not easy, but Metropolitan Brewing has managed to do it, which is why their upcoming 10 Year Anniversary celebration this Saturday is so exciting.

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Event Preview | Pink Boots Society Biannual Conference

January 17, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The second annual Pink Boots Society biannual conference kicks off this weekend in Austin, Texas with an evening welcome reception. The event is a two-day conference happening January 18th-19th. It features a dual track format covering the business and technical aspects of the brewing industry.

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Revisiting the Highlights from 2019 Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines

January 17, 2019 |

Co-Authored by Eric Gorski and Tristan Chan, Photos by Justin Graziano, @BeerBreathCO

While beer festivals have multiplied to point of mainstream adoption, the truly elite continue to thrive and stand tall above the rest. There may be no festival that stands … Read More

Stem Ciders Celebrates 5 Years with $5 Ciders, Release & RiNo Party

January 15, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

When it comes to Colorado’s craft beverage scene, the main headline almost always focuses squarely on the meteoric rise of craft breweries. But for anyone following closely, one of the more significant success stories to emerge from the Rocky Mountain region in recent years actually comes from Colorado’s Cider industry in Denver’s Stem Ciders.

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

January 15, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 11 min

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 | Chicago Ale Fest — Winter Edition

January 14, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

We’re entering another Chicago winter. The wind, lack of sun and bitter cold tend to keep Chicagoans indoors. But before you enter hibernation mode, it’s time to drink some of Chicago’s finest winter beers. What better place to do so than at the Chicago Ale Fest on February 2. This year, the festival makes its way to Pilsen, where Lacuna Artist’s Lofts will host. The festival boasts live music, food trucks and more than 100 beer pours from over 40 breweries. It will be a day off full of fun, surprises, mouth-watering munchies and plenty of strong, hearty ale to keep you warm until spring.

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