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PorchDrinking brings you the breaking in craft beer news.

2 Days 2 Nights | Stevens Point, Wisconsin

April 22, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 7 min

In just about any direction from Chicago, you can do a short drive and experience a fun, beer-filled weekend. About a 3.5-hour drive north of the city and you’ll hit Stevens Point, Wisconsin, home of the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective.

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Blending the Lines | Three Brewers Taking a Fresh Approach to Tea-Infused Beers

April 17, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Beers with higher alcohol content typically aren’t what you consider refreshing. The booziness is hard to shy away from and can often be overwhelming. While some turn to colorful adjuncts and infusions to hide a higher ABV, some industrious brewers are taking a page from the blending book and brewing beer with tea and Kombucha. As beer hybrids continue to increase in popularity, tea-infused beers offer another enticing avenue for brewers looking to differentiate their portfolio and potentially appeal to an entirely new subset of drinkers. Whether it’s an IPA, Wit or Blonde Ale, tea is slowly but surely making its presence felt in the craft beer space. Here’s a look at three craft brewers who have mastered the craft.

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District Brew Yards | Three-Brewery Collective, Pour-Your-Own Beer Hall and Eatery

April 9, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

The innovative and imaginative District Brew Yards, new home to Burnt City Brewing, Around the Bend Beer and Bold Dog Beer, stands as the nation’s first brewery collective, pour-your-own beer hall, eatery and swag shop all operating under one roof. With an ability to provide customers an expansive — and routinely experimental — beer menu, Brew Yards (opening Friday, April 12) adds tremendous allure to the already impressive Chicago Brewing District on the west side comprised of nearby All Rise Brewing, as well as On Tour, Great Central, Finch and Goose Island.

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Why CBC Returned to Denver in 2019 and CBC 2020-2022 Locations

April 9, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

As the Brewers Association (BA) gears up for this week’s Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) we decided to catch up with the governing body of craft beer to dive deeper into their decision to move this year’s conference from Indianapolis to Denver, just months before GABF will once again be held in the same city. Ann Obenchain, Marketing Director for the Brewers Association, spoke with PorchDrinking.com about this year, and the years to follow.

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WeldWerks Brewing Opening Second Location in Colorado Springs

April 8, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Since inception, WeldWerks Brewing has defied convention. Before anyone thought it was possible, they put the agriculturally driven city of Greeley on the map as a national beer destination when no one thought possible. Liquor stores scoffed when WeldWerks introduced Juicy Bits in 16oz cans, and people thought they were crazy when they announced last year, that they would be introducing over 100 varieties of beers throughout the year, but they surpassed that mark as well.

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Funkwerks Talks the Opportunities and Strategy of Launching in a New Market

April 8, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Colorado makes a lot of good beer; thankfully, many of the brewers that call the state home have made it a point to distribute their goods outside of their state lines. As margins continue to decrease and shelf space continues to dwindle, the mid-size breweries that distribute on a regional basis have shrunk as well. Throwing your beer into a new state is a harrowing business venture that requires a variety of planning and strategy to ensure that your beer competes well on-shelves and on draft with more local options. Fort Collins-based Funkwerks recently made such a move, announcing that four of their offerings are now available in Chicago, tallying their total distribution presence to 11 states.

Photo Credit: Funkwerks Brewing

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CBC Week Specialty Beer Releases Guide

April 5, 2019 |

Much like we’ve come to know from when the Great American Beer Festival come to town, one of the major external benefits of major industry centric events like next week’s Craft Brewers Conference coming to town, has been the growing … Read More

Stone Brewing Sells Berlin World Bistro & Gardens Facility to BrewDog

April 5, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

After just three years, the Stone Brewing experiment in Germany is over. Founder Greg Koch penned a letter via the Stone Brewing blog to announce the sale of their Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Berlin to BrewDog.

Koch’s letter cited several reasons that lead to Stone Berlin’s demise including bureaucracy, construction hold-ups, cultural price point preferences and more.

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An Interview with The Athletic’s Baseball Analyst & Craft Beer Guru Eno Sarris

April 3, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

Few things can stir up nostalgia like the smell of fresh cut grass, hearing the crack of the bat, a vendor in the distance yelling “Beer here, beer here! Peanuts!” As we kickoff one of the most anticipated times of the year in the U.S. (MLB season), it can cause excitement, sentimentality and expectation. We at PorchDrinking, had the fortunate opportunity to speak with baseball analyst for The Athletic and former beer writer, Eno Sarris, about the evolution of baseball’s growing relationship with the craft beer industry. Eno was generous enough to talk through his own love of craft beer and “the game,” lending an extremely fascinating insider’s perspective.

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Avery Brewing Expands Majority Investment with Mahou San Miguel

April 2, 2019 |

This morning, Boulder-based Avery Brewing announced that it has increased its partnership with Spanish family-owned Mahou San Miguel. What began as a minority 30% ownership agreement announced in November 2017, has been expanded to majority ownership of 70% of the … Read More

Brewers Association Announces America’s 50 Fastest Growing Breweries

March 27, 2019 |

As the craft beer landscape begins entering mid-stage maturation from the majority of its brewery base, expansive growth becomes more and more common among younger breweries.

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Inside the Tank | Crystal Lake Brewing

March 25, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 8 min

While there are a lot of big name breweries operating inside the city of limits of Chicago today, the surrounding suburbs are producing notable beers that often fly under the radar.

Since 2014, Crystal Lake Brewing has been producing beers that have become a mainstay for McHenry County. In that time, the brewery has begun to make more of a name for itself outside of Crystal Lake, IL.

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Mikerphone Brewing Opens Addition, Preps for Smells Like a Beer Fest

March 25, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

Two years to the day Mikerphone Brewing opened its taproom, the brewery officially opened its new addition, called the Mikerphone Blue Room. The expansion more than doubles the total square footage of the brewery, triples the seating capacity, and opens the door to a future that founder and owner Mike Pallen never could have imagined.

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Germany’s Paulaner to Offer Two Popular Beers in Cans for the First Time in the US

March 22, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

America is bursting at the seams with great American craft beer options. There’s a bevy of tasty hazy IPAs and adjunct-filled stouts that generate social buzz and full bellies, but sometimes you just want a nice, easy-to-drink beer. For that, many look to and take notes from the Germans and their time-tested and rigorous brewing processes that continue to set the standard for classic beer styles. While solid imported options do exist, they can be hard to come by and even harder to identify if you’re not well-versed in traditional German brewers. Paulaner, a German stalwart of brewing that is older than America itself, is hoping to change that with Paulaner U.S.A’s announcement that their Hefe-Weizen and Original Munich Lager offerings will be available across the U.S. in 16.2oz cans this Spring. Here’s what you need to know about the new Paulaner beers gracing shelves stateside soon.

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Four New Session IPAs Perfect for the Long Hours of March Madness

March 20, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

The calendar year is full of great sports events, but there is arguably no better multi-day sports period than the opening weekend of March Madness. From early Thursday to late Sunday, college basketball fans, avid gamblers, and college alumni alike will gather around computer screens, flat-screen TVs and in stadiums across the nation to cheer on their favorite team. It’s an experience that frays the nerves, especially if you have a team you’re rooting for or money on the line. It’s also one that is ideal for your favorite beverage of choice—several of them in fact. Whether you’re on your couch or on a bar-stool, the non-stop basketball action for the opening weekend deserves a light yet flavorful beer that’s high on hops but low on alcohol. Here are four new Session IPAs that should make it into your starting lineup this weekend.

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Old121 Brewhouse Opening in Lakewood’s Former Caution Brewing Spot

March 14, 2019 | 1

It’s incredible what can be accomplished over post-shift drinks, new friendships, new relationships, new business plans, and in the case of Old121 Brewhouse, ironically enough, a new brewery.

Lakewood, Colorado’s fifth largest city, technically a municipality of Denver, is about … Read More

More Brewing’s Head Brewer & GM Leave to Form Phase Three Brewing

March 14, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Nine years ago when Shaun Berns, his wife Brittany and best friend Evan Morris were working at RAM Restaurant & Brewery, they had talked about one day opening their own brewery. The three made their way from RAM to More Brewing which opened in July of 2017. Less than two years later, the three are ready to open up their own brewery – Phase Three Brewing Company.

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BREAKING | America’s 2018 Top 50 Largest Breweries by Volume

March 12, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Every year the Brewers Association releases their list of the top 50 breweries by volume based on overall craft beer sales for the previous year.
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Surly Releases Two New Beers Following Industry Trends

March 12, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Hazy IPAs and pastry stouts – so hot right now – hazy IPAs and pastry stouts. As these beers have become hotter than Derek Zoolander walking the runway and giving us Blue Steel, the larger craft breweries are following suit. Surly Brewing joins the game with their latest beers, One Man Mosh Pit and Tiramisu Funeral Bar.

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Editorial | The Time for Women to Run the Beer Industry is Now

March 8, 2019 |

The time for women to run this beer industry is now. Despite the efforts of stodgy scared obstinate old curmudgeons like Bill Metzger, the former co-publisher of the Great Lakes Brewing News, this industry is no longer a man’s world, … Read More