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Top Finds from the 2023 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival

June 13, 2023 |

Another wildly successful Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival is in the books, and PorchDrinking has lived to write about it. Over 65 breweries from across the U.S. and various international locations descended on Paso Robles, California, with their best beers to delight thousands of beer fans. While it’s primarily a beer festival, it would be a disservice to not mention the incredible lineup of local food vendors who slang their wares as well, providing some much-needed sustenance to soak up the suds being poured. 

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South Asian Brewers Team Up with Chicago’s Brewseum on Collaboration Beer

June 7, 2023 |

One of the most compelling developments in craft beer over the last decade has been the shift in appreciation toward incorporating authentic techniques and ingredients in brewing native to cultures … Read More

Odell Small Batch Festival 2023 | 16 Years In and Still Shining

June 5, 2023 |

The Odell Small Batch Festival, hosted by Odell Brewing Company, wisely stamped “RAIN OR SHINE” on all invitations and tickets for their June 3rd event this past weekend. A testament to their many years in Fort Collins, Colorado, they knew they were taking a gamble on hosting an outdoor beer festival during the unpredictable early summer weather of the mountains. But that gamble paid off: this year’s Small Batch Festival was arguably the best that Odell has ever hosted. And yes, it rained.

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Crystal Springs Brewing Celebrates Historic 13th Anniversary

May 12, 2023 |

The number 13 has appeared repeatedly throughout the history of Crystal Springs Brewing. Co-owner Tom Horst was born on the 13th. His son was born on the 13th. Multiple other family members were born on the 13th. The opening day for the brewery was May 13, 2010. When they were poised to open their first taproom, they closed on the property on the 13th, a date randomly set by the title company. That taproom — guess how far it was from their original brewery / home? 13 miles. With their approaching 13th anniversary, Crystal Springs has proved that 13 does not have to be an unlucky number and can in fact turn a garage homebrew operation into a successful commercial brewery.

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BREAKING | 2023 World Beer Cup Results Announced

May 10, 2023 |

For the first time in its 14 competition history, the World Beer Cup has shifted from taking place every other year to becoming a yearly event.

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Colorado Breweries Win Big at 2023 World Beer Cup Awards

May 10, 2023 |

In the first year that the Brewers Association moved the 2023 World Beer Cup to a yearly event, Colorado breweries came out and had themselves a massive showing. Often referred … Read More

Three Chicago Breweries Launch the Brewer’s Triangle

May 9, 2023 |

Chicago is well-known for its multitude of breweries, and it can be overwhelming for a first-time visitor to try to decide which ones to go to. Certain Chicago neighborhoods have more breweries than some, such as Avondale and Logan Square. Three of the breweries in this area have combined forces to create the Brewer’s Triangle, a newly formed conglomerate of Maplewood Brewery & Distillery, Ravinia Brewing Co. and Metropolitan Brewing.

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2023 Craft Brewers Conference External Events Guild

May 7, 2023 |

The Craft Brewers Conference returns to Nashville in 2023. This year in addition to dodging the onslaught of bachelor and bachelorette parties, you’ve also got to navigate throngs of Taylor Swift fanatics. Thankfully the one thing you won’t need to stress over is sifting through the multitude of external events surrounding the Craft Brewers Conference.

To help you break down everything happening outside of the festival, be sure to refer back to PorchDrinking’s roundup of 2023 Craft Brewers Conference External Events Guide.

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Urban South HTX Celebrates 3rd Anniversary With 8 Circus-Themed Collaboration Beers

May 4, 2023 |

While Urban South HTX just turned three (in “beer years”) they feel significantly older. They have successfully established themselves in the Houston beer scene, at the forefront of Houston’s ever-escalating fruited sour boom. Created as the R&D branch of NOLA’s largest brewery by volume, Urban South HTX arrived on the scene with more than a pinch of cheek and a strongly anti-establishment identity as part of craft beer’s new guard. Pushing the boundaries of the possible, Urban South HTX is known for their avant-garde flavors, from Strawberry Nesquik and Starburst Gummie to Cheeseburger and Detroit Style Mexican Pizza–yes, these are all real beer flavors.

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Event Preview | Free The Whales Beer Fest

May 1, 2023 |

Free The Whales Beer Fest will be held at Resident Culture Brewing Co. and HopFly Brewing Co. on Saturday, July 1. This festival is designed to highlight the industry’s most sought after and hard-to-find beers, also known as the whales! For its eighth year, Free The Whales is hitting the road and taking place in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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WeldWerks Invitational Paused, Medianoche Market Introduced

April 21, 2023 |

Colorado craft beer fans will have one less major beer festival on the calendar for 2023. WeldWerks recently announced they are hitting pause on hosting the WeldWerks Invitational as they focus time and energy on their largest brewhouse expansion to date. “This is a good year to pause and reevaluate what the experience of the Invitational is and what we want it to be and how we want to keep progressing it,” says Kristin Popcheff, director of events & experience at WeldWerks.

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Event Recap | Dry Dock Brewing Can Bash

April 19, 2023 |

The crack of exploding cans and an intermittent mist of beer announced the return of Dry Dock Brewing Can Bash to its North Dock location last Saturday. Participants received cases of expired beer, golf clubs and permission to tee off, with messy results. Read More

2023 Colorado Pint Day Locations Includes Over 200 Participating Breweries

April 5, 2023 |

Colorado Pint Day returns for its eighth anniversary next week on April 12, 2023, and this year’s event will feature a record number of participating breweries. Hosted by the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG), the statewide event gives craft beer lovers yet another reason to head to their favorite brewery to enjoy a beer and take home acommemorative glass.

Participating breweries will be selling 2023 commemorative pint glasses and with $1 from every glass benefitting the not for profit Colorado Brewers Guild. The event helps further the guild’s mission to support and strengthen craft beer in Colorado. Read More

2023 Collaboration Fest Showcases a Spectacular Return to Form

March 30, 2023 |

Throughout the years, Collaboration Fest has already cemented itself as one of the best festival concepts and experiences in Colorado. But even with its already high regard among beer fans, this year’s festival found ways to continue to impress. Despite concern about its move out to The Westin Westminster for the first time, this year’s venue proved to be a vast improvement over last year’s stint at The Fillmore. With a more spacious layout across two ballrooms and a greater overall ambiance, the 2023 Collaboration Fest felt like a true return to form.

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Can’t Miss Beers to Try at This Weekend’s 2023 Collaboration Fest

March 23, 2023 |

Throughout the years, the Colorado Brewers Guild’s Collaboration Fest has not only represented the incredible spirit of camaraderie and togetherness that has driven the craft beer industry for the last three decades, but it has also served as a platform for experimentation and innovation.

By participating in a festival focused on the creation of one-off, one-of-a-kind releases, breweries have often seized the opportunity to broaden their scope to test out innovative new techniques and also play with bizarre ingredients.

While this year’s fest won’t feature as many non-traditional ingredients like years past, there are still plenty of head-turning beers, innovative approaches, and dream collaborating pairings to get excited about, so we’ve rounded up some of our can’t miss beers ahead of Saturday’s festival.

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Event Recap | Altered States Libations & Art Festival Volume II

March 14, 2023 |

The Eighth State Brewing Co. hosted Altered States Volume II on Saturday, March 11, in Greenville, South Carolina. The libations and art festival featured breweries, wineries and distilleries from around the world alongside live music, skateboarding performances and artists.

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WeldWerks Brewing Celebrates Life As An Eight Year Old

March 8, 2023 |

This past weekend I went to an 8-year-old’s birthday party. It was awesome: I gorged myself on candy bars, played a ton of cool video games, and ate stacks of french toast until it was time to take a nap. Of course, the birthday party was for WeldWerks Brewing Co., so things were a little unique.

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2023 Collaboration Fest Official Beer List Features Over 120 Collabs

March 7, 2023 |

With just under two and a half weeks away from the 2023 Collaboration Fest, the Colorado Brewers Guild has finally revealed its official pour list for the festival. The one-of-a-kind event, which brings together local and national breweries to brew distinctly unique collaboration beers designed specifically to be showcased at the event will feature over 120 beers from over 170 collaborating breweries.

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California’s Craft Beer Summit Is Back

March 3, 2023 |

The California Craft Beer Summit is back! This multi-day event includes educational seminars, a hands-on trade show, food and craft beer pairings, and a place to reconnect, meet people and learn. Read More

New Belgium Brewing’s Lost in the Woods Celebrates La Folie in (NYC) Style

February 17, 2023 |

Where in the world can you find beautiful people in cutting-edge fashion, bodegas overflowing with your favorite junk food, and giant sentient rats eating pizza? Usually I’d say only in New York, but this past weekend, that answer got updated to include New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado. New Belgium’s annual Lost in the Woods party brought the Big Apple to the snowy mountains this year, and the result was a bustling bash that channeled all the best parts of Manhattan without that tangy subway smell.

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