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Event Preview | BeerShop Pairs Chocolate and Beer for Valentine’s Day

February 8, 2016 |

While chocolate is easily the most associated food and drink item with Valentine’s Day, the BeerShop has found a way to bring craft beer into the celebration.

Beer Shop is for lovers

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2016 Where to Find Pliny the Younger in Colorado

February 5, 2016 | 4

Pliny the Younger, Russian River Brewing‘s highly sought after Triple IPA, will return once again in limited availability beginning the week of February 20th. Elite Brands, which distributes Russian River products in Colorado was kind enough to share the complete … Read More

Event Preview | Oskar Blues Southern Hemisphere Hop Fest

February 4, 2016 |

Want to Win Tickets to Saturday’s Southern Hemisphere Hop Fest? – scroll to bottom for details.

Ah, February. When the air is warm, the days are long, and the hop harvest is almost ready… in the Southern … Read More

Event Recap | 5 Best Quotes from the Pelican Pub and Brewery’s Brewer’s Dinner

February 4, 2016 | 2

Last week, our staff was able to attend the Pelican Pub and Brewery Brewer’s Dinner. To say that we were blown away by the food, beer and hospitality is an understatement.

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Event Preview | Lost in the Woods 2016

February 3, 2016 |

New Belgium Brewing Company’s annual event celebrating the releases of La Folie and TranksAtlantique Kriek is back and this year, Lost in the Woods is providing a magical sour beer experience for fans across the country. While they’re best known to most people for their flagship hoppy amber ale Fat Tire, New Belgium has advanced their barrel aging program to one of the industry’s most revered by both peers and customers. Read More

PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | February 3rd, 2016

February 3, 2016 |

We pulled together some of the many Super Bowl 50 watching parties & events happening around town. You can find those events here.

On top of that, there is an ishload of other stuff going down. Including sour tap takeovers, stout month in full effect, a grand opening at Holidaily Brewing Co., anniversaries from Backcountry, and Verboten, some dope special tappings and firkins , some serious AF bottle releases from Funkwerks, TRVE, Copper Kettle, & OMF, a beer dinner with Rogue and Euclid Hall, beer & girl scout cookie pairings and even a cider & chocolate pairing.

**Ticket Reminder: Get your tickets for Collaboration Fest and be on the lookout for the link for Avery Brewing’s 14th Annual Strong Ale Fest which go on sale on Feb 5th!

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First Draft Taproom’s 2016 Sour Month Lineup

January 28, 2016 |

Well folks, it’s finally happened, after we predicted this trend two some years ago, it’s safe to say sours are the new black… err IPA. Our friends over at First Draft Taproom & Kitchen, located in the heart of … Read More

2016 SAVOR Announces Participating Breweries

January 28, 2016 |

Earlier this week, The Brewers Association, which produces SAVOR, The American Craft Beer and Food Experience, announced their list of participating breweries. Each of these 75 American breweries will be partnered with a chef to create special small plate offerings … Read More

Event Preview | Pelican Pub & Brewery’s Brewer’s Dinner

January 27, 2016 |

If you are anywhere near Pacific City, Oregon this Saturday, we are begging you to clear your calendar. You won’t regret it.

If you haven’t already heard, the decorated Pelican Pub & Brewery will be putting on their annual … Read More

PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | January 27th, 2016

January 27, 2016 |

Beer and food pairings, firkins, beer dinners and brunches, bottle releases, brewery openings and brewery anniversaries, etc and so forth. Anyway, events are happening. You are going to want to go to them.

**Ticket Reminder: Get your tickets for … Read More

Event Preview | Chitown Beernival

January 21, 2016 |

Few things are better than savoring a Saturday afternoon beer. Except when drinking that beer is supporting a great cause. And also when that beer is unlimited. And especially when that beer is consumed in fierce competition.

You’ll have exactly that opportunity at the Chitown Beernival on Saturday January, 23rd.The event Joe’s On Weed St. is to benefit the Autism Speaks to Young Professionals (AS2YP), and will feature beer pong, competitive flip cup and plenty of carnival games to test your hand and win prizes. Read More

San Francisco Beer Week | Can’t Miss Events

January 20, 2016 | 2

Beer + Food = Love. This is the motto for San Francisco Beer Week. Every year SFBW surprises me with more and more great events and beer. In its eighth year running, there is no shortage of fun to partake in for San Francisco Beer Week. For starters, this San Francisco Brewers Guild hosted week is actually ten days long. There are over 700 events scheduled and the list is still growing. It would be near impossible and detrimental to your liver to even try to visit all or most of the events. Here is a spotlight of some can’t miss events for San Francisco Beer Week. Read More

PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | January 20th, 2016

January 20, 2016 |

Beer and Cheese, cider and pie, Brewed Food, firkins, beer dinners and brunches, bottle releases, a calling for couples to renew their vows or get married (!!!), brewery anniversaries, etc and so forth. Anyway, events are happening. You are … Read More

Brewery Showcase | St. Louis’ Urban Chestnut Celebrates 5 Years

January 18, 2016 |

Outside of St. Louis, the city has been referred to some as the beer capital of the world primarily because of the success of the Anheuser-Busch Company and its flagship brew Budweiser. But inside St. Louis, beer drinkers know the … Read More

PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | January 13th, 2016

January 13, 2016 |

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Whaddup, PorchDrinkers?! How was your weekend? Ours did not suck. And this weekend looks no different. Our friends over at Cannonball Creek are celebrating their 3rd Anniversary, LowDown Brewery is hosting their 2nd Annual Barrel … Read More

Event Recap | 2016 Vail Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines

January 12, 2016 |

This piece was written and composed by staff Tristan Chan, Cory Pelc, Kelissa Heiber, Kara Loo, Phil Joyce, Will Dozier, and Desiree Duzich with special contribution from Brittany Werges of 303 Magazine.

In a lot of ways, looking back on the 2016 Vail Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines festival is fairly cut and dry. Everything was amazing. It really is that simple. And yet, I’d be disappointing not only myself, but more importantly organizer Laura Lodge, by leaving you with merely a singular over-the-top statement about the fest. I dare not use the word hyperbole because while my descriptions may seem gratuitous, they are one hundred percent truthful.
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*Updated with beer list* Event Preview | LowDown Barrel-Aged Beer Festival

January 12, 2016 |

Beer festivals can be amazing, but in many ways they can be overwhelming: from the ticket price to enormous crowds and even the long waits in line to catch a glimpse of the brewers of your favorite beers. Last year,  LowDown Brewery held their type of beer festival with no lines and no entry fee; just great barrel-aged beer.

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Vail Big Beers Pour List & Must Tries

January 8, 2016 |


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AC Golden – Kriek Noir

The base sour beer was then allowed to ferment on 800lbs of Colorado grown sweet and sour cherries. 5.5 % ABV

Allagash – Nancy

Balaton & Montmorency cherries. The … Read More

PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | January 6th, 2016

January 6, 2016 |

Happy New Year, PorchDrinkers! We hope that your holidays were wicked awesome and that you saved some room for partying it up this week. Lots of bottle releases, some firkin action, Crooked Stave’s anniversary, and of course, our favorite festival of the year, Vail Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines.

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Event Preview | 2016 Vail Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines

January 4, 2016 |

If you’ve followed PorchDrinking over the years, you’ll have already know that the Vail Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines (VBBB) festival is our favorite event each year. Enveloped by world class ski terrain, and picturesque mountain vistas, VBBB has become truly a destination event, one that is more prominently bolstered by all-star celebrity brewer attendees, premiere educational seminars, a home brew competition, calibration dinner, and most importantly, one of the preeminent lineups of breweries and rare beers on the festival circuit.

This year Vail Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines returns for its 16th iteration, featuring classic headline names in the industry who always bring the house like, Avery, Dogfish Head, Goose Island, Bells, Great Divide, Perennial, etc, as well as several prominent rising newcomers like Arizona Wilderness, Jackie O’s, and Wicked Weed to name a few. Organizer Laura Lodge was kind enough to share the tentative list of attending breweries for this year’s commercial tasting taking place Saturday, January 9 from 2:30 – 6 p.m. *Update, the commercial tasting has officially sold out online however tickets are still available at select liquor stores in the Vail Valley including: Alpine Wine & Spirits (West Vail), West Vail LiquorMart (West Vail), Avon Liquors (Avon), Beaver Liquors (Avon), Riverwalk Wine & Spirits (Edwards), Wine & Wort Home Brew Shop (Eagle)* Read More