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PorchDrinking brings you the breaking in craft beer news.

Avery Brewing Returns to Connecticut Shelves

April 23, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Feature image courtesy of Avery Brewing.

Boulder’s Avery Brewing Co. announced earlier this month that they would be returning distribution to Connecticut, after leaving the state in 2011 because of financial reasons and growing pains.

Connecticut was one of eight states Avery exited from six years ago, as they had lost “the ability to support all markets with a steady supply of fresh beer,” a press release said at the time. Now, due to a new brewery that opened in 2015 with the capabilities to produce 150,000 barrels, Avery says that can start to handle the larger demand and return to some of places they had to leave.

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BREAKING | Upland Brewing Company Expands to Philadelphia

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

Featured Image courtesy of Upland Brewing Company.

Bloomington, Indiana brewery Upland Brewing Company has partnered with Penn Beer to expand the distribution of their wood-aged sour beers to the Philadelphia area. The first of their brews to reach the City of Brotherly love will be Hopsynth, Iridescent and a limited quantity of Cursed Kettles, which will be available on tap at specialty craft beer bars and bottle shops.

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Waking and Baking News | Declaration Brewing 420 Pack of Beer Is Actually a Thing

April 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Declaration Brewing Co. (Denver, CO) announced the sizable unveiling of its “420 Freedom Pack.” Requiring 4 people to be carried out of the liquor store, the 420 Freedom Pack boasts 17 ½ cases of beer. The 420 pack consists of Declaration’s signature beer series including 1,872 fluid ounces of Impure Penelope Armstrong American IPA and Hardtack Copper Ale, and 1,296 fluid ounces of Purloined Pearl Pale Ale. The unfathomably purchase-able gimmick is available at Winter Park Wine & Spirits and the Preamble Taphouse (inside Declaration Brewing).

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#CBC17: DC Brau Celebrates 6 Years with 6 Beers

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

DC Brau is undoubtedly one of the mainstay brewers in the nation’s Capitol, available throughout the region and inspiring much of the craft beer growth that has occurred over the past few years. Its name recognition is paramount and its beers are more than familiar, even to the backseat craft beer drinker. Surprisingly, the brewery is only turning six years old this spring, but it’s celebrating in a big way.

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Why Are Blood Orange Beers Suddenly So Popular?

April 7, 2017 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

*Photo from 21st Amendment Brewery

If you read over almost any tap list these days, you’re bound to find a fruity IPA or Wheat Ale sandwiched between a bevy of other tasty options. And while many breweries these days make fruit-forward beers due to their general appeal and drinkability, there seems to be one fruit being listed more and more in the ingredients list: blood orange.

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The Unique Relationship Between Uncommon Ground and the Chicago Cubs

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

Featured image photo credit: David R. Frazier Photo library, Inc. / Alamy

Stationed one block north of historic Wrigley Field is Uncommon Ground, the restaurant pub that also houses Greenstar Brewing, Chicago’s first certified organic brewery. On any glorious Cubs game day, patrons flock to Uncommon Ground for a taste of something different than the macro tall boys and greasy grub found up and down Clark Street.

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Schlafly Beer Adds White Lager to Year-Round Menu

April 4, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Featured image courtesy of Schlafly’s Facebook page.

There are very few beers I can honestly say are my wife’s favorites. But I can safely say Schlafly Beer‘s White Lager is one, and she will be very happy to learn that it has been added to the growing list of year-round releases. White Lager joins this exclusive list featuring Pale Ale, Kölsch, Oatmeal Stout, Grapefruit IPA and Expo IPA (exclusive to St. Louis).

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Chicago White Sox Stadium’s Craft Kave Boasts 75 Craft Beers

April 3, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The Craft Kave at Guaranteed Rate Field has taken the traditional baseball and beer concept and improved it mightily. Fans can enter the bar, order any of the 75 craft/quasi-craft beers, eat chef-inspired food or order from the full bar menu. Early indications are that the new relationship between the Chicago White Sox and its new stadium owner, Guaranteed Rates, are taking craft beer seriously. This is no gimmick, this is a celebration of good beer.

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Perrin Triangulation To See Limited Distribution in Colorado

March 27, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The Perrin Brewing (Comstock Park, MI) collaboration with Oskar Blues (Longmont, CO) and Cigar City (Tampa Bay, FL) – called Triangulation – is making its way into Denver distribution soon. The Imperial Oatmeal stout boasts great malt complexity and body, and carries its 9% abv very well.

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Begyle Brewing is Moving to Cans

March 23, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Cover Photo Credit: Begyle Brewing

Now in its sixth year of operation, Begyle Brewing has become a community-favorite of Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. Like any optimistic brewerery in its early years, expansion is key, which is why it’s exciting for Begyle fans to see the brewery taking the next big step by announcing that it has begun to can its beers.

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Meet Andres Gil Zaldana, New Executive Director of the Colorado Brewers Guild

March 23, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

It’s not often you can refer to a DC insider as an outsider, but such is the case for Andres Gil Zaldana, the Colorado Brewers Guild’s (CBG) newly named Executive Director. Zaldana, who previously served with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and as an attorney in private practice, is a newcomer to working in the craft beer industry.

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Great Lakes Brewing Begins Canning, Adds Rally Drum Red to Rotation

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

Canning beers, so hot right now. Even for an old guard Midwestern stalwart like Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC), the practice of canning beers has become so ubiquitous and widely adopted that after 28 years, the Cleveland-based brewery has shifted to offer a new option toward their packaged beer products.

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Surly Brewing is Getting Sporty in 2017

March 17, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

*Photo Credit: MN United

Surly Brewing has established itself as a craft beer powerhouse in Minneapolis by making iconic beers like Surly Furious and Todd the Axeman. And while many Minnesotan’s are used to seeing Surly’s distinctive branding and hop-heavy beers on shelves, they now should get used to seeing the Surly logo on one more thing: sports teams.

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The Unknown Brewing Co. Releases Garage Ninja Homebrew Collaboration

March 15, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The Unknown Brewing Co. in Charlotte, North Carolina announces the release of their 2nd Homebrewers collaboration: Garage Ninja.

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Goose Island Set to Release a Variety of New Beers

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

Goose Island is getting ready to release a variety of new beers throughout the next quarter and into the rest of 2017. From a new Fulton & Wood Series beer to a lot more barrel aged beers, I went out to Goose Island to try the new releases and taste the results of their experimenting. Read More

Left Hand Brewing Co. Raised Over $800,000 for Charity in 2016

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

You may know Left Hand Brewing in Longmont, Colorado, for its delicious Milk Stout – it is tasty. If you do not, that is okay. Hopefully you will still be excited to learn that Left Hand Brewing raised over $800,000 for charity in 2016 through their engaging and annual initiatives.

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Rogue Ales & Spirits | 6 Hop IPA

March 9, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

ABV: 6.66% | IBU: 87

If Hamm’s is the beer from the land of sky blue waters, Rogue is the beer from the land of hop green farms (and amber waves of grain). Any doubt about this notion is removed after taking one sip of Rogue 6 Hop IPA. The Rogue collaboration with Mother Nature incorporates a harvest’s worth of wheat, rye, yeast, hops and “free range coastal water,” for a beer that is super hoppy, but presents far more to drinkers than just existing as a “hoppy beer.”

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