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2015 GABF | Must Try GABF Events

September 21, 2015 |

WELCOME TO GABF WEEK 2015! Lace those drinkin’ boots up, tighten up that lederhosen, and let’s get ready to drink our weights in delicious craft beer!!!!!

We have been updating our events calendar for the last few weeks and we realize that it is as heady as a freshly shaken Belgian beer . . . We are foaming at the brim with events. We have a lot going on but have highlighted some of our favorite events.

What events will you make it to this week?!

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Event Recap | Snallygaster

September 21, 2015 |

Guest Post Written By: Daniel Workman

Overcast and rainy conditions failed to dampen (although they might have chilled) spirits amongst attendees at he fourth annual installment Snallygaster craft beer and food truck festival that took place September 12 just outside … Read More

Event Preview | One Holy Toast (Washington D.C)

September 10, 2015 |

Photo credit: Author’s recent visit to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The hype over the visit of Pope Francis to the nation’s Capitol on Sept. 23 is steadily growing — or rather, brewing.

(Yes, a cheesy … Read More

PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat

September 9, 2015 |

Average Reading Time: [2 min]

Well, we said Bye Felicia to wearing white and Labor Day has come and gone. That means it’s pretty much fall. Which I am fucking stoked on. Only a few more weeks until Denver Beer … Read More

Event Recap | Great Lakes Burning River Fest 2015

September 9, 2015 |

Co-authored by Kevin Risner

John’s Recap of Friday, August 28

As I made my way past the sand volleyball pits on Whiskey Island, forged up and down the hills of Wendy Park through clouds of gnats and approaching the Old Coast Guard Station, I could feel a different air to 2015’s version of Burning River Fest. The station’s main tower rises above the line of trees, bearing the projected logo of the festival. A clear evening and setting sun over the lake set the perfect environment for an intimate affair, as droves of locals made their way to partake in local food, enjoy the live music of Brian Johnson, Gretchen Pleuss, The Portersharks (among other acts) and to taste the debut of Great Lake’s newest brew, Steady Rollin’.

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Festival Recap | Augusta Beerfest 2015

September 8, 2015 |

The 2nd Annual Augusta Beerfest was full of fun and flavor this year. There were dozens of breweries showcasing their most popular beers. Imbibers had over 100 beers to to sample and enjoy throughout each session. A few vendors were present displaying products and explaining their business concepts to the inquisitive passerby. All-in-all,  this was a successful festival that remains the only show in town for the second year running.

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Event Preview | Samuel Adams’ For the Love of Beer Fest

September 3, 2015 |

When: Saturday, September 12, 2015
1st Session: 1-4pm | 2nd Session: 5-8pm
Where: Millenium Park, Chicago, IL

As summer winds down and beer festivals begin to head indoors, Chicagoans can take advantage of one of the last outdoor festivals of the season. Chicago will play host to Samuel Adams’ first ever “For the Love of Beer Fest” which will take place Sept. 12th in Millennium Park.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat

September 2, 2015 |

Average Reading Time: [2 min]

I must eat crow about not being very wax poetic on the #DenverBeerBeat this month. There are always lots of amazing events in Denver and everyone puts in so much time brewing the beer, setting … Read More

Event Preview | CSA Tap Takeover & Oktoberfest at First Draft

August 31, 2015 |

Location: 1309 26th Street, Denver, CO

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015

Two weeks ago we announced that Bells Brewery would be taking Colorado by storm for a brief GABF stint through Crooked Stave Artisans’ (CSA) distributorship. We’re now starting to see … Read More

Event Preview | Offensively Delicious: A Craft Beer Comedy Show presented by Renegade Brewing Company and Sexpot Comedy

August 31, 2015 |

When: Wednesday, September 23, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Oriental Theatre (Denver, CO)

For the second year in a row, Renegade and Sexpot Comedy are joining forces to kick off Great American Beer Festival with the unique and incredibly fun Offensively Delicious Craft Beer Comedy Show. Combining some of the best local and national comics with an elite 10 brewery mini beer fest, the show gets you ready for the U.S.’s premier beer event that starts the following day.

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Hops & Pie Tease GABF Week Rare Beer Events

August 28, 2015 |

Veterans of the Great American Beer Festival know the festivities that week aren’t limited to three days at the Colorado Convention Center. Exotic beers seem to magically appear in every nook and cranny of Denver and surrounding areas. After receiving a sneak peek at some of what Berkeley’s Hops & Pie has planned, we suggest making time in your schedule for a field trip.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat

August 26, 2015 |

Average Reading Time: [2 min]

The #DenverBeerBeat is here. . . Ready. Set. Go!

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Check out these events and many more in the calendar to plan your week accordingly! Cheers to ye and may eternity find us in as … Read More

Festival Recap | Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival 2015

August 24, 2015 |

Average Reading Time: [7 min]

With a year under our belt, Chris Day and myself ventured back up to Broomfield for our second Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival over the weekend. We recruited our old friends Will Dozier and Lynn Thayer to help us celebrate festivities and help out with photography. We’ll recap our travels and triumphs here and would love to hear everyone else’s feedback as well.

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Event Recap | Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

August 20, 2015 | 1

The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival might be the only festival in the world where one can float down a river while watching musicians perform on the main stage. It’s a small town festival with big charm. In its 25th year, it did not disappoint. Read More

Event Preview | Hopped Up Hilarity

August 20, 2015 |

The DC Improv Comedy Club decided it would bring DC Brau into its bar taps to happily fuel the crews and attendees of its late-night shows and support the local brew. Being creative souls, The DC Improv team wanted to have some fun with this effort.

Photo courtesy of The DC Improv.

The Hopped Up Hilarity event on Sept. 16 will not only debut pints of DC Brau (starting with The Corruption, an IPA with a 6.5% ABV), but will also feature drinking stories. Funny drinking stories. From amateurs. Read More

Join us for Paper Bird Tour Tasters at Elevation Beer Co.

August 19, 2015 |

As we announced on Monday, Denver based band Paper Bird will be joining us for the second installment of our Tour Tasters session at Elevation Beer Company tomorrow night beginning at 6pm.

The band will be touring the brewery, … Read More

Event Recap | DC Beer Week 2015

August 19, 2015 |

There were just too many. There were too many beers, too many happy hours and too many educational events for PorchDrinking.com to even pretend to keep up. DC Beer Week was a huge success and here’s what we loved most! Read More

PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat

August 19, 2015 |

Average Reading Time: [3 min]

Those dog days of summer are back. They weigh heavy on us with rays of gold piercing through the clouds above. Only a few things can save us including but not limited to Sweet Action … Read More

Festival Recap | Utah Beer Festival

August 18, 2015 |

They came by the thousands this last weekend. A wave of thirsty beer lovers coming together to try hundreds of new brews from dozens of local and out of state breweries. Although the temperatures seemed to swell as the mid … Read More

Event Preview | Burning River Fest

August 14, 2015 |

This piece was co-written by John Amantea and Kevin Risner.

August 28th & 29th: 6pm – 11pm

When you think about craft beer in Cleveland, one of the first breweries that pops into your head is Great Lakes Brewing Company. And for good reason. For over 25 years, GLBC has been brewing some awesome beer that has won many awards and has struck the fancy of people across the eastern US and beyond its distribution wingspan, which has been on the rise recently.

GLBC is not just known for its stellar selection of beers, the variety of which has expanded from its famed Christmas Ale to approachable IPAs like Chillwave, and unique surprises, such as one of its most recent session ales: Sharpshooter. They also have an excellent mission, centering on sustainability and eco-consciousness.

Ever since 2001, GLBC has put together a more unique beer festival that isn’t just about the beer, but a reflection upon the brewery’s legacy and its hope to protect its product, which is around 90% water. The Burning River Fest is named for an (in)famous event that occurred multiple times in the history of the city. Beginning in 1868, the Cuyahoga River has caught fire numerous times, the most noted of which occurring in 1969, as a result of heavy pollution and a dearth of industry regulation. From that point on, amidst a flurry of ridicule and scorn, Cleveland has shifted a greater focus to sustainability and cleaning up its waterways. The positive effort has led to this more mindful festival, focusing on these local issues.

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