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Brewery Showcase

PD takes a look at a brewery near you.

4 Hands Brewing Company | St. Louis, Missouri

August 4, 2014 | 1

4 Hands Brewing Co.

1220 S. 8th Street

St. Louis, MO 63104

Hours: Monday – Thursday 3-10pm

Friday and Saturday 12pm – 12am

Sunday 12pm – 9pm

Brewing Capacity: Right … Read More

Finkel and Garf Brewing Company

July 16, 2014 | 1

5455 Spine Road Suite A, Boulder, CO

Open Date: July 14, 2014

Brewing System: 15 Barrel Brewhouse

Taproom Hours Mon-Fri: 3-9pm Sat-Sun: 12-9pm

Finkel and Garf is Boulder County’s newest craft … Read More

Powder Keg Brewing Company Opens Saturday

July 11, 2014 | 2

101 2nd Avenue,  Niwot CO 80544

Open Date: July 12, 2014

Brewing System: 4 ½ Barrel Brewhouse

Daily Hours: 2 p.m. – … Read More

Finnegans Charitable Beer Company | Drink Beer & Do Good

July 3, 2014 |

In my experience, reasons to drink a beer can vary widely: it’s your birthday, it’s someone else’s birthday, it’s sunny out, it’s rainy out, you had a good day, you had a bad day, there’s beer in the fridge, and so on. I’m happy to announce that new to this list, thanks to Finnegans of Minnesotta, is that you want to help feed the hungry. Read More

If in Doubt, Barrel Age It | A Look into the Vast Barrel Aging Program of Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co.

July 2, 2014 |

As a Kentucky native, bourbon is in my blood. Needless to say, we have been barrel aging things for quite awhile. Though bourbon is not a uniquely Kentucky product (though it is a uniquely American product – one thing you can actually thank the federal government for!), many agree that the Bluegrass state does it best. Maybe it’s the limestone bedrock that adds that special blend of minerals to the water that is used to distill the spirit; or perhaps it is the Kentucky climate – with its frigid, ice-storm bringing winters and ever-so-muggy, sticky hot summers – that allows those oak barrels to expand and contract just the right amount to impart those woody, caramel, and toffee nuances from the barrel char into otherwise clear corn liquor; or maybe it is something about the Kentucky spirit that lends a warmness and hint of Southern hospitality to the things we are passionate about. Whatever it is, Kentucky bourbon is something special and the rest of America – especially the craft beer industry – has recognized that, as well.

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Adroit Theory Takes Brews to D.C.

June 23, 2014 |

In Washington, D.C., old collides with new. It’s a city of rows of Georgetown mansions and burgeoning hipster neighborhoods, of traditional politicking and feisty, unfettered eagerness. Last week, the “History and … Read More

Great Divide | 20th Anniversary Celebration Recap

June 18, 2014 | 1

This past Saturday we celebrated Great Divide Brewing Company’s 20th Anniversary with 2,000 of our hop cone compatriots in Denver, CO!

A long, line of craft beer connoisseurs formed on Brighton Boulevard. Cars slowly passed by looking for open parking spaces; patrons cruised in on their two wheelers and entered into the queue for bicycle valet (free courtesy of our friends over at Denver B-Cycle). A line of kegs outlined the entryway with Great Divide staff members donned in their 20th anniversary red shirts and sporting the largest of smiles. They knew what we were in for as we were wrist banded. . .

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Steel String Brewery | Hilliard

June 17, 2014 |

There’s a new brewery in Carrboro, North Carolina. Well, “new.” It’s been around for about a year now, but I’ve only just gotten around to visiting it.

Carrboro, for those … Read More

Powder Keg Brewing Company | Niwot, CO

June 9, 2014 |

101 2nd Avenue,  Niwot CO 80544

Estimated Open Date: Early July, 2014

Brewing System: 4 ½ Barrel Brewhouse

Food: Rincon Argentino out of Boulder for Argentinian empanadas as well … Read More

Vagabund Brauerei | Wedding, Berlin

June 4, 2014 |

Vagabund Brauerei is relatively new in the Berlin beer scene, but then again so is craft beer in general. Vagabund is located up in Wedding in Berlin, about a 25 … Read More

Half Acre Beer Company | Inspiring the Brewer in You

May 28, 2014 |

“Our mission is to make a beer you can sit down with your buddies and feel good about.” As soon as I stepped into the bustling warehouse that this Chicago-based crew playfully refers to as SS Half Acre, led by the captain himself decreeing his mission, I knew I was going to like this place. If you’re ever in Chicago on a Saturday, this brewery tour is worth the wait. Read More

River North Brewery | Our Unified Theory

May 21, 2014 |

River North Brewery 2401 Blake St. #1, Denver CO, 80205 Summer Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 3-9, Fri. 3-10, Sat. 1-10, Sun 1-9

A variety of food trucks park outside River North during brewery hours. Catch them on Wednesdays through Sundays in Summer 2014.

It was the night after a long day, and my girlfriend Kelissa and I walked the halls of our new apartment building in search of beer. “Let’s try this door,” I suggested, veering right. We emerged from the musty stairwell, and lo and behold, River North Brewery stood shining in Belgian golden glory. We ambled across the street and went inside.  Read More

Former Future Brewing Company | Denver, CO

May 12, 2014 |

Former Future Brewing Company

1290 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80210

Hours of Operation

Tue – Thu4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sun11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Nearby Food Options:

Tender Belly Sunday Brunch– Every Sunday from 11-3 p.m. at Former Future Brewing Company.
Adelitas– Traditional sit down Mexican fare located right next door.
Illegal Pete’s– Fast mission style burritos, think a higher quality, local version of Chipotle.

I was a fan of Former Future Brewing Company months before they served their first beer to the public. In fact, it all began with the latest trend of bringing it to the people through crowd funding as a means to launch the brewery. That campaign launched on Kickstarter and I knew I become a Former Future Brewing Company fanatic.

Former Future Brewing Exterior
H/T: Laura Graham

While brewing beer in Colorado is nothing new, Former Future takes a different approach from most breweries. Starting with its origins, of using the power of the internet to raise the money needed to make their hop-soaked dreams come true. Husband and wife duo James and Sarah Howat take old-fashioned beer recipes and throw in a modern twist to create exceptional beers that are familiar, but different. Read More

Bad Tom Brewing

April 18, 2014 |

Bad Tom Brewing Co., formerly Double Barrel, is a new brewery in Cincinnati that offers a delicious array of beer and a history so deep, so ruthless, and so bad that you are immediately captured in the infamous tale every time you visit.

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Perennial Artisan Ales

April 14, 2014 |

Having recently moved to the St. Louis area, I’ve been looking forward to checking out the craft beer scene. My best friend Dave was on a cross country road trip from New Jersey to San Diego and planned to spend a couple days here. Naturally beer was on the menu and we ended up one evening at Perennial Artisan Ales. Hooray! Read More

Bluejacket Brewery | The Betty + Sweet Science

April 3, 2014 |

Header image from: dc.eater.com

A rainy, miserable Sunday brought us to the Bluejacket in southwest Washington. It was during that lazy time in between brunch and dinner, when … Read More

Golden Road Brewing on “Workaholics”

March 13, 2014 | 1

This week, two of my favorite things collided: “Workaholics,” the Comedy Central show about three slackers who live together in LA, and Golden Road Brewing, the fast-rising and absolutely amazing craft brewery from LA. The “Beer Heist” episode (season 4, episode 8) found Adam, Ders, and Blake trying to impress some young co-eds by stealing them beer. Hilarity, of course, ensued. So did the very first TV product placement that I actually enjoyed watching.

Backstory/full disclosure: I’ve showcased Golden Road here on PorchDrinking.com before. I love the place. It ships its beers in cans, it’s only a few years old, and already it’s one of the hippest and most sought-after craft beers in Los Angeles. True story: I started shopping at Whole Foods because they have a wider variety of Golden Road beers on their shelves. It’s that great.

Anyway… PorchDrinking was founded on the principle of telling stories of friends who have adventures over great beer. This week’s “Workaholics” was just that. Let’s recap. Read More

Bluejacket, Winter’s Hit, Looks Toward Spring

March 13, 2014 |

The nightlife in the Navy Yard neighborhood in Washington, DC, is usually quiet in the winter, when the Washington Nationals baseball team heads to spring training in sunny Florida. … Read More

Sidekick EPA – Two Brothers Brewing (Warrenville, IL)

March 5, 2014 |

IBU: 36.1
ABV: 5.1%

The last six months have seen an influx of new Midwestern and Colorado beers into Florida, and I, for one, am pretty darn excited about that. Founders and New Belgium are the two biggest new names in the state, but we are also starting to see some smaller breweries, such as Two Brothers. The Sidekick is the first beer I’ve tried from them. Read More

Ecliptic Brewing Showcase

December 10, 2013 |

A few months ago, North Portland rejoiced as Ecliptic Brewing opened its doors and its taps.  Adjacent to the ultra-hip and well-travelled Mississippi neighborhood in an remodeled old warehouse that … Read More