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Chicago Quick Sips | October 16

October 16, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Quick Sips is our way of highlighting beer events, tap takeovers and other notable beer news around the city of Chicago. If you’d like to submit something to be included in the next Quick Sips, please email us at chicago@porchdrinking.com.

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Colorado Brewery Openings for October, November & December 2017

October 16, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 10 min

Autumn in Colorado might be the best showcase of why the Centennial State is so great. Oh, let me count the ways:

  • We still have the warm days to sport our flops like how one is supposed to.
  • We have the cold to days to sport our flops like how one is not advertised to do so.
  • The mountains getting their first pow-pow!
  • GABF
  • The Broncos are looking good. The Rockies made the playoffs for the first time since 2009. The Nuggets are prepping for a possible return to the playoffs. And the Avs are… aiming to improve, as we all are.
  • There’s G-A-B-F!!!
  • Oktoberfest beers, a whole day (more like all-month) to dress-up, pumpkin beers, Christmas ales, and holidays (aka great times to share your favorite brews with friends and family).
  • GABF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Craft Beer Aims to Take Craft Back from Anheuser-Busch Via Crowdsourcing

October 16, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

OK OK, admittedly this post screams click-bait. And no, craft beer isn’t seriously planning to purchase Anheuser-Busch InBev for $213 billion, however the good-humored folks at CraftBeer.com are having a little fun today with the notion, if you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em, and have announced a crowdfunding campaign and video to buy back Big Beer… because who isn’t CrowdFunding these days? So who’s down to help Take Craft Back?

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Fast Facts on Corridor Brewery & Provisions’ First Canned Beer: SqueezIt

October 12, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

When I first moved to Chicago in 2014, DryHop Brewers was the first brewery I visited, as they had just started as well. Now, more than three years later, the folks at DryHop and its sister brewery, Corridor Brewery & Provisions, have become a staple of Chicago’s Northside. As you grow up, you change; for breweries, that usually means expanding distribution and moving into new packaging, which was why I was excited to hear that Corridor plans to release their uber-popular SqueezIt Double Dry Hopped Double IPA in 16oz cans. Read More

On Tour Brewing Wins Big at 2017 Great American Beer Festival

October 10, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Before the awards ceremony at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, few outside of Chicago had heard of On Tour Brewing. In a span of 10 minutes, the craft beer world couldn’t stop asking who this small brewery was.

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FoBAB Releases Brewery Lineup for First Time Ever

October 10, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beers (FoBAB), event organizers have released the complete list of breweries that will be pouring prior to the event for the first time ever. While the specific beers can’t be listed due to the competition and judging aspect tied to the festival, more hype has been added for the November event as festival-goers now have a preview of what’s to come.

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Chicago Quick Sips | October 9

October 9, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Quick Sips is our way of highlighting beer events, tap takeovers and other notable beer news around the city of Chicago. If you’d like to submit something to be included in the next Quick Sips, please email us at chicago@porchdrinking.com.

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2017 Great American Beer Festival Winners & Awards Breakdown

October 9, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Saturday morning, The Brewers Association, craft beer’s national trade organization, announced this year’s winners for the Great American Beer Festival. This year’s winners showcase a trend that shifted away from familiarity with new names on the rise.

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Chicago Quick Sips | October 2

October 2, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Quick Sips is our way of highlighting beer events, tap takeovers and other notable beer news around the city of Chicago. If you’d like to submit something to be included in the next Quick Sips, please email us at chicago@porchdrinking.com.

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Untappd Reveals Top Beers of Summer 2017

September 29, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Whether or not you use Untappd as a personal journal or to brag to your friends that you’ve just tried Duck Duck Gooze, there’s really no argument that it remains one of the best beer apps out there. The ability to browse tap lists or track down the latest juice bomb that just dropped in your city, the app has come a long way. After a merger with Next Glass, a wine and beer identification and recommendation app, Untappd co-founders Tim Mather and Greg Avola were then able to “transition into full time roles within Untappd as well as hire on more staff to speed up our feature development and make the platform even better for the community.”

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BREAKING | Surly Brewing Announces Full-Time Distribution in Colorado

September 28, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Last October, Surly Brewing made shockwaves within the craft beer world after the popular Midwestern brewery announced the departure of Todd Haug, Surly’s iconic brewmaster, who has been credited with developing many of the brewery’s cult classic beers. 12 months later, as the popular Minneapolis-based brewery celebrates its 10 year anniversary, Surly is primed for its next evolutionary phase, as it expands its distribution footprint.

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Avery & Odell Effin’ Teamwork Stout Takes GABF Collaboration to the Next Level

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

To commemorate this year’s Great American Beer Festival, several breweries have already announced collaborative projects, however few tally as storied histories as Avery and Odell Brewing. Odell founded in 1989 and Avery, which launched in 1993, constitute two of the country’s earliest pioneers in the recent craft beer resurgence. Next week during craft beer’s largest stage, their mutual appreciation toward each other’s craft will manifest in the release of a collaboration beer unlike any other.

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Chicago Quick Sips | September 25

September 25, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Quick Sips is our way of highlighting beer events, tap takeovers and other notable beer news around the city of Chicago. If you’d like to submit something to be included in the next Quick Sips, please email us at chicago@porchdrinking.com.

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Avery Just Released Their GABF Cellar Sale List and Good God

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

In case you hadn’t heard, a few weeks ago Avery Brewing Company announced that it would be opening up its cellar to offload a substantial amount of beer they’d been holding on to for some time. The Boulder-based brewery who over the past 24 years grew a reputation for their line of massive, high ABV beers as well as their highly regarded foil top sour series, will now reintroduce a number of those one-off releases back into the wild. This cellar sale is scheduled to take place Friday, October 6 at 11am at Avery to coincide with the week of the Great American Beer Festival.

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10 Years of Surliness: Why Surly Brewing Co. Doesn’t Fest Like the Rest

September 21, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Minneapolis-based Surly Brewing Co. prides itself on being different. Whether it’s their devilish branding, intensely hopped beer or awe-inspiring brew hall, Surly stands out in the increasingly dense Minnesota craft beer community. It only makes sense that their Oktoberfest celebration would be decidedly different as well.

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Mikerphone Brewing, Toppling Goliath Talk Beer Releases

September 19, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

Beer releases are a tricky thing. As more and more people take an interest in craft beer, the next release of a hazy NE-IPA, mix culture barrel-aged wild/sour, or big barrel-aged stout are getting more hyped, more complex and trickier for the brewery to manage. There is no such thing as a perfect release, however, breweries today are doing their best to figure out how to get their beer out to their customers.

Whether it’s a smaller/newer brewery like Mikerphone Brewing, or a more established one like Toppling Goliath, the logistics behind releasing highly sought-after beer are nothing simple.

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Chicago Quick Sips | September 18

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

Quick Sips is our way of highlighting beer events, tap takeovers and other notable beer news around the city of Chicago. If you’d like to submit something to be included in the next Quick Sips, please email us at chicago@porchdrinking.com.

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Ask the Breweries: What to Expect This Fall

September 12, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

As the leaves change from light and crisp to dark and brown, so does the beer. Fall is my favorite time of year for many reasons, but it’s the amazing variety of lagers, Oktoberfests and stouts that really makes this season shine. As the temps change, so do the opinions of craft beer nation, which means that craft breweries around the U.S. have to be cognizant of these changes and flexible enough to adapt to the every-fragmenting taste preferences of their patrons. What’s new and hot for 2017? Is this finally the swan song of the oft-maligned pumpkin beer? To get answers to these questions – plus many more – we asked the breweries. Here is what they said:
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