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Yakima Chief Hops Announces the 2021 Pink Boots Blend

November 23, 2020 |

Typically the ladies of Pink Boots Society (PBS) come together at the Great American Beer Festival for the Annual Hop Rub. The tradition began in 2017 when PBS partnered with Yakima Chief Hops (YCH) to bring the best of their hop harvest, carefully laid out on tables for attendees to smell, touch and taste, with the goal of selecting the annual Pink Boots Society hop blend.

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Pipeworks Brewing & Manny’s Deli Collaborate on Beef-Focused Pastrami on Rye Ale

November 19, 2020 |

In a year that feels like it will never end, waiting almost a decade must feel like an eternity. Yet, some things are worth the wait. Case in point: the return of Pipeworks Brewing Co.’s Pastrami on Rye, which returns this month with a fun twist: a collaboration with local Chicago pastrami staple Manny’s Deli. First brewed in 2010, the eclectic ale is back again in 2020, thanks in small part to the beer-focused musings of one of our own writers: Mike Zoller (aka Instagram’s @ChicagoBeer) and the creative, collaborative spirit of two local Chicago businesses. Here are the details on what Chicago beer lovers can expect for the return of Pastrami on Rye. 

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Familiar Beers Return for Latest Revolution Deep Wood Release

November 19, 2020 |

A trio of familiar faces make up Chicago’s Revolution Brewing’s third Deep Wood release of barrel-aged beers with pickup beginning this weekend at the brewery’s taproom.

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Opening in a Pandemic | Here Today Brewery & Kitchen Eyes Spring 2021

November 17, 2020 |

Over the past eight months, we’ve heard many stories of creativity, resilience and perseverance throughout the on-going pandemic. For many in the beer industry, this period has called for the necessity to adapt in order to survive. But for those ambitious entrepreneurs who had just barely begun working toward their dreams of launching a brewery, these past few months have been just as trying in different ways.

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Peculier Ales Launches Collaborative Beer for Colorado Wildfire Relief

November 16, 2020 |

While this year continues to be a harrowing one for most across the country, residents of Northern Colorado have had a particularly trying summer as forest fires ravaged significant parts of the state.

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2020 FoBAB Winners Announced | Cider Makes Best of Show History

November 14, 2020 | 1

The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild‘s annual Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers (FoBAB) competition, which hosts breweries from throughout the nation, is usually one where the Barrel-Aged Stouts get most of the focus. However, it was a surprising, different style that for the first time took home the top honor in FoBAB’s Best of Show category.

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Waffle House Has A Beer | Oconee Brewing Waffle House Bacon & Kegs

November 14, 2020 |

You’ve been there. I’ve most certainly been there. Many nights after work, a night out or after a day’s worth of brewery visits. Where, you might ask? Only to the greatest after-hours breakfast place of all time: Waffle House.

It’s a terrific place for nights to come to an end over good conversation, hashbrowns and cups of coffee. Except now, you can sub the coffee for a beer, well, kind of. Oconee Brewing Company, located in Greensboro, Georgia, can make that happen next month with their new beer: Waffle House Bacon & Kegs. Grab a booth, pass the syrup and discover how this all came to be.

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Cheers, Yinz! A Beer Fest That Gives Back to Breweries

November 13, 2020 |

The culture of craft beer has always had a strong connection to the communities in which it thrives. For many of us, our neighborhood brewery is far more than merely a place that produces the things we enjoy drinking–it is a community center, a gathering place, and an intrinsic part of our daily lives, not to mention a foundational element for hobbies, relationships, and fostering a sense of place. Enter Cheers, Yinz!, a beer festival built to help beloved local breweries weather the economic (and emotional) effects of decreased sales and temporary closures.

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First Taste | Cruz Blanca’s 2020 Luchador Series

November 12, 2020 | 1

Each year, Chicago’s Cruz Blanca continues to get bolder with its barrel-aged series, Luchador. In 2019 the brewery released six different variants and in 2020 upped that number to eight different masked bottles that will be released this Saturday.

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An Interview with GABF’s Biggest Winners, Sun King

November 10, 2020 |

When one thinks about the state of Indiana, a few things may immediately come to mind. Corn, basketball and the show “Parks and Recreation” are all likely answers but for many, craft beer is not necessarily one of them. That is a shame, considering that at the 2020 Great American Beer Festival competition, the Hoosier State picked up an impressive 10 medals and was home to the brewery with the highest number of winning beers overall: Sun King Brewing.

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First Look | Other Half Brewing Company’s DC Taproom

November 10, 2020 |

Other Half Brewing Company is opening its next location in Washington, DC and PorchDrinking was given a sneak preview of the new space this month as the brewery aims for an end-of-year opening. Other Half (OH), known for weekly can releases and huge events, is bringing its talents to the nation’s capital and has already started brewing and selling beer on-site. Four-packs are available for pickup at the Ivy City location by ordering online and then walking or driving up to grab them.

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Denver Amends Home by Ten Public Health Order for Bars & Breweries

November 9, 2020 |

As COVID cases and hospitalizations continue to dramatically spike across the country, the city of Denver, Colorado announced a new set of regulations on Friday named the “Home by Ten” Public Health Order aimed to help curb the spread of … Read More

Georgia’s SweetWater Brewery Acquired by Canadian Cannabis Company

November 4, 2020 |

*Updated to reflect SweetWater’s independence status*

While the nation continues to focus its political gaze on the state of Georgia as election officials continue to tally mail-in ballots, the Peach State made headlines today for a significant acquisition in the beer world. Atlanta’s SweetWater Brewery announced today that it has been acquired by Aphria Inc.(APHA), a leading global cannabis company based in Leamington, Ontario, Canada.

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Primary Colors Releases First Set of Blended Beers to Market

November 2, 2020 | 4

Even as COVID restrictions continue to hamper businesses across the country, Chicago’s brewery scene has added another brewery to the always growing roster as Primary Colors Brewing has packaged their first mixed six-pack of eight-ounce beers.

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Texas Brewery Explorer App Latest Tool to Help Save TX Breweries

October 30, 2020 |

It’s no secret that beer nerds love apps – especially apps with badges, rewards and that all-important score board so you can keep track of what your friends are up to. In response to the devastating effect that the pandemic, lockdown, and some extremely tenuous and controversial decisions by the State Governor and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the Texas Craft Brewer’s Association are fighting back with their very own Texas Brewery Explorer app.
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Great Lakes Brewing Co. Spices Up Christmas Ale Release with New Cans, Artwork

October 29, 2020 |

One thing that has remained consistent this year in the world of craft beer is the tried and true cadence of much-anticipated seasonal beer releases. While spring, summer and fall releases might be more frequent, a few special beers are released in the build up leading up to Christmas. Great Lakes Brewing Co‘s Christmas Ale, from the OG out of Cleveland, is one of those beers.

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Phase Three Brewing to Deliver Halloween Beer Bag to Limited Areas

October 27, 2020 |

If this year’s Halloween has you bummed, Phase Three Brewery in Lake Zurich, IL is here to cheer you up! This year to spread Halloween cheer, Phase Three is making local deliveries to limited Chicagoland zip codes in the form of Trick or Treat beer bags. This might be beer fans’ last chance to get Phase Three’s popular Bushel of Apples. Order yours before it’s gone! Read More

Founders Brewing Brings Back KBS Espresso

October 27, 2020 |

Following its popularity as a member of Founders Brewing Company 2019’s Barrel-aged Series, Founders has seen fit to widely release a 2020 version of KBS Espresso.

A variant of the brewery’s wildly popular Kentucky Breakfast Stout, and an already fine example of how to use coffee in beer, KBS Espresso gets an extra shot of coffee flavor thanks to being aged on espresso beans after being removed from the barrel.

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Celebrate Untappd’s 10th Anniversary Party with PorchDrinking’s Founder

October 23, 2020 |

It’s been a busy recent few years for the team at Untappd who announced the acquisition of the iconic publication and message board, Beer Advocate earlier this February, and in 2016 took part in its own merger with beer & … Read More

Reviewing Goose Island’s 2020 Bourbon County Stout Lineup

October 23, 2020 |

While a little different than in years past, the media virtually convened over Zoom Wednesday night to open up the seven different beers that makeup Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout lineup.

Joined by Goose Island President Todd Ahsmann, Brewmaster Keith Gabbett, R&D Manager Mike Siegel and Senior Brand Manager Mike Smith, the bottles of Bourbon County were opened up to people outside of the brewery for the first time.

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