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PorchDrinking brings you the breaking in craft beer news.

Brewery Showcase | Urban Village Brewing Company Opens in Philadelphia

June 19, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Featured Image Credit: Urban Village Brewing Company

Envision this: a Berliner weisse made with 300 pounds of beets. It is as strange and tasty as it sounds, and it is one of the varieties of brews available at Philly’s newest brewpub, Urban Village Brewing Company.

Opened to the public as of June 1, Urban Village Brewing is a part of a myriad of storefronts opening in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia, creating life for this up-and-coming neighborhood. In a city with a booming restaurant scene, Urban Village sets itself apart with its quaint ambiance and quality beer.

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America’s Fastest Growing Breweries by Volume

June 14, 2017 | 3 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

*Apologies to Creature Comforts Brewing and Montauk Brewing as they were accidentally omitted in the initial version of this post, we’ve since updated the list to reflect their spots in the top 30*

This past month, The Brewers Association’s shared a host of statistics in the May/June edition of The New Brewer Magazine breaking down everything from last year’s new brewery openings/brewery closings, to industry annual growth percentage, as well as volume in barrel production along side breweries’ year-over-year growth.

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Denver Rare Beer Tasting IX Lineup Once Again No Joke

June 13, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

Tickets for Pints for Prostates Awareness Event on Sale Father’s Day  

More than 60 of America’s leading craft breweries have committed to take part in the ninth annual Denver Rare Beer Tasting to raise funds for the Pints for Prostates campaign. The lineup, once again, is no joke!

The prostate cancer awareness event will be held on Oct. 6 in Colorado during the same weekend as the Great American Beer Festival. The Denver Rare Beer Tasting IX features the chance to sample rare, exotic and vintage beers from 68 craft breweries and the opportunity to meet the men and women who made them.

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Goose Island Announces 2017 Bourbon County Stout Variants

June 13, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

In 2016 Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout release was subdued over the issues that plagued the 2015 release which saw four of the six variants have souring issues. With a smooth release last year, Goose has ramped up the BCBS release for 2017 and will introduce seven different versions of the beer.

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Lo Rez Brewing’s Taproom Opens in Pilsen Neighborhood of Chicago

June 8, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Less than 24 hours before their grand opening, a ladder is still in the brewery, tap handles need to be screwed on and the rest of the beer list needs to be added – but Lo Rez opened last week to a packed tap room. 

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Bike the World with Fat Tire: Lend a Hand and Win a Trip to Patagonia

June 6, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Feature image courtesy of New Belgium Brewing

“Most of our students come from so far, like 10 kilometers, so the time the girl is getting to school, already that girl is so tired,” explained Monica Mudonidongo, Vice Principal Bukhaywa Secondary School in Kenya. In the U.S., bikes are a luxury, but for many countries a bicycle is a necessary means with which to obtain life’s basic necessities.

World Bicycle Relief, a global non-profit that mobilizes people through the power of bicycles, is partnering with New Belgium Brewing. This summer, proceeds from specially marked Bike the World with Fat Tire 12 packs will go to World Bicycle Relief to help people in developing countries access education, healthcare and economic opportunities—and you might find the lucky 12 pack that sends you on a gorgeous trip through Patagonia.

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Dogfish Head Requests to Sever Ties with RateBeer Amid Anheuser-Busch Acquisition

June 5, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Dogfish Head Founder, Sam Calagione penned a blog post earlier today admonishing ties between RateBeer and Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) after it was announced on Friday that ABI’s venture arm, ZX Ventures had acquired minority shares in the popular beer rating/ranking website.
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Great Divide’s Barrel Aged Classics Say Goodbye For Now With Limited Edition Box Set

June 5, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Great Divide’s Barrel Aged series will be going into hibernation, no pun intended. As the #YetiMafia can attest to the true disappointment that this may bring to us all, don’t fret. There is a silver lining, (read: thin veil of white foam) and that may just make up for its hiatus.

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Is the Beer + Yoga Trend Here to Stay?

May 30, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

Feature image courtesy of Great Divide Brewing Company

Drinking a beer while sitting on a bar stool is an image that many people have in their heads when they envision the craft beer scene. Now, times are changing. The craft beer boom has changed people’s perceptions towards beer in general, and on a more finite level—what you can do when you’re drinking one.

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BREAKING | Fort Collins Brewery Acquired by Vancouver’s Red Truck Beer Company

May 26, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

In today’s ever changing competitive craft beer landscape, even one of Colorado’s oldest breweries isn’t impervious to acquisition.

Fort Collins Brewery (FCB) has confirmed that the brewery has been acquired by Vancouver, BC-based Red Truck Beer Company, and that during the acquisition process, Red Truck Beer has decided to phase out and discontinue the FCB brand and beers. Read More

Brewery Preview | Grist Brewing Opens Second Brewhouse & Taproom in Lone Tree

May 26, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

In an age when breweries are scrambling to battle for shelf space, one Colorado brewery is taking a different approach toward growth. Grist Brewing Company will open its second brewhouse and taproom location this Saturday just 10 miles west of its original Highlands Ranch location, near the Park Meadows Mall.

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UPDATE: Birds Fly South Hosts The Funk Collective Festival as Alternative to Wicked Weed Invitational

May 24, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Feature image courtesy of Birds Fly South.

UPDATE: Tickets on sale now!

Birds Fly South Ale Project announced on Tuesday that they will be hosting The Funk Collective Festival as an alternative to the Wicked Weed Funkatorium Invitational.

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Fast Facts on Ravenswood’s Newly Branded Malt Row District

May 22, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

*Feature image courtesy of Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce

Ravenswood is embracing the vibrant beer culture within its Northside neighborhood by re-branding a two-mile stretch of road into Malt Row, which will feature six local breweries along with one distillery. That two-mile stretch, mapped here, will expand from Balmoral Avenue to Irving Park Road.

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The Bruery Sells Majority Stake to Castanea Partners

May 19, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Orange County, CA based craft brewery, The Bruery, announced this morning, that it has entered into a partnership agreement with Castanea Partners, which would sell a majority stake to the Boston, MA based private equity firm.

The experimental and barrel-aged focused, The Bruery explained the decision to partner with Castanea this morning via a blog post stating “which will enable us to continue to grow in ways consistent with our ideals”.

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Peter Bouckaert Leaving New Belgium to Launch Purpose Brewing and Cellars

May 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The classic Greek philosopher Socrates was quoted as saying, “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” That continuous quest for knowledge and life’s next great challenge continues to drive Peter Bouckaert. Bouckaert announced today, that he will be transitioning from his current position as Brewmaster at New Belgium Brewing to team up Zach and Laura Wilson formerly of 1933 Brewing, to form Purpose Brewing and Cellars.

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AleSmith and Around the Bend Collaboration, Chicago Craft Beer Week

May 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The annual Beer Under Glass (B.U.G.) at Garfield Park Conservatory serves as the formal opening to Chicago Craft Beer Week (#CCBW), and brewers are more than happy to provide special offerings for the unique event. One such brew exemplifies the true meaning of craft beer — industry first, beer first, a collaboration between two “competing” breweries, Alesmith Brewing Company and Chicago’s Around the Bend Beer Co. This special brew will enjoy its first pouring at B.U.G, and then during select events (and sold in stores) thereafter.

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How DryHop Brewers is Helping to Save the Polar Bears

May 11, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Feature image courtesy of DryHop Brewers

DryHop Brewers is known for making great beer in the Lakeview community; they are also known for some pretty cool collaborations. One of those collaborations is the charitable partnership they have with the local Lincoln Park Zoo. Now in its fourth year, this creature-inspired collaboration is all about benefiting the animals – and brewing a special beer each year in their honor.

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