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PorchDrinking brings you the breaking in craft beer news.

Beer for Good | Holidaily Program Buys Beers for Frontline Workers

April 14, 2020 |

It has often been stated that the craft beer industry was built around the idea of creating community through beer. So it should come as no surprise that breweries from around the country have begun stepping up in a big way to support their local communities and those hit hardest by COVID-19.

Over the next several months, PorchDrinking is committed to sharing incredible stories highlighting efforts from craft breweries, distributors, retailers, and more, who have gone out of their way to give back during this time of dire need.

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Beer for Good | Two Greeley Breweries Respond to COVID by Supporting Community

April 13, 2020 |

It has often been stated that the craft beer industry was built around the idea of creating community through beer. So it should come as no surprise that breweries from around the country have begun stepping up in a big … Read More

Beer for Good | Odell Brewing Donates $160,000 to Northern Colorado COVID Relief

April 10, 2020 |

The craft beer industry has often been cited as one centered around the idea of building community. So it should come as no surprise that breweries from around the country have begun stepping up in a big way to support … Read More

Deschutes Brewery Unveils Pay it Forward Sixer to Support Local Hospital Workers

April 10, 2020 |

While breweries typically serve as an important third space during normal times, they have had to readjust their visions and priorities over the past few months to better reflect our current reality. As breweries continue to adjust their sales strategies towards to-go and delivery purchases, they also continue to find ways to give back to the communities they serve. Deschutes Brewery’s Pay it Forward Sixer program is just one example of this.

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Five Chicagoland Patios for Craft Beer We Can’t Wait to Visit Again

April 7, 2020 | 1

Chicagoans cherish their patios as much as their tavern-style pizza or beef sandwiches. While we’re all staying inside to help flatten the curve and get through this pandemic as safely as possible, I couldn’t help but make a list of the patios I want to visit as soon as it’s safe to do so.

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Dixie Beer to Become Hometown Saint’s NFL Draft Headquarters

April 6, 2020 |

For many sports fanatics, myself included, the one event we have to look forward to in the near future is the NFL Draft. The NFL canceled the event in Las Vegas but is still committed to doing the draft virtually. Each NFL team will operate digitally and adhere to the appropriate social distancing guidelines from their selected remote locations, as team facilities are closed as well. As teams work tirelessly on their draft boards, they now have to plan for an added variable: Where do we host our draft headquarters? Thankfully, the decision was easy for the New Orleans Saints, whose owner, Gayle Benson, also happens to own Dixie Beer. Putting the two together made sense. 

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Despite the Festival’s Cancellation, Collaboration Fest Beers Now Available to the Public

April 3, 2020 |

A few weeks ago, the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) had to make the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Collaboration Fest due to the developing COVID-19 pandemic and concerns over public health and safety. This would have been CBG’s seventh annual event and was originally created as an opportunity to bring together breweries and the collaborative spirit. It was a difficult decision for them because over the years, it became one of their largest fundraising efforts.

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Oskar Blues Brewery Announces New 2020 Barrel-Aged Series

April 3, 2020 |

Just when folks could likely use a bit of good news and good beer, Oskar Blues Brewery is doing their part to make the rest of 2020 look a little better. The brewery announced on Thursday their new BA20 series, … Read More

Breaking Down America’s Top 50 Largest Breweries By Volume in 2019

April 1, 2020 |

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.

We took a quick look at last year’s list to compare the growth of some of our favorite … Read More

4 Chicago Routes for Brewery Curbside Pick-Up

March 30, 2020 | 2

As we continue to adapt to the changes that are occurring seemingly everyday, curbside pick-up from your local brewery is the new normal.

Chicagoans are lucky to have so many local breweries to choose from but like the city itself, they’re spread out. So we created four routes to help you visit as many breweries as possible that’re doing curbside pick-up.

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*UPDATED* Denver Breweries to Remain Open for Beer Delivery and To-Go Sales

March 23, 2020 |

It’s been a roller coaster of a day for the City of Denver beginning with a press conference from Mayor Michael Hancock at 2 pm, where he announced the shut down of non-essential businesses throughout the city in response to … Read More

Colorado Governor Temporarily Allows Alcohol Delivery from Restaurants, Bars, Breweries

March 21, 2020 |

While each state continues to react in real-time to the ever-evolving landscape as a result of COVID-19, many states have begun loosening legislation to allow restaurants, bars, night clubs, wineries, and even breweries the ability to deliver beer to customers … Read More

Yuengling’s Spring Scholarship Empowers Next Wave of Female Brewers

March 19, 2020 |

Now more than ever, the craft beer industry needs good news  One bright light in this period of uncertainty comes from America’s oldest brewery, D.G. Yuengling & Son, which recently celebrated International Women’s Day with the announcement of the Yuengling Women in Brewing Scholarship Program for spring 2020. The goal of the scholarship, a collaborative effort between Yuengling and the Pink Boots Society, is to advance the careers of female brewers in the U.S through educational opportunities. The scholarship also reflects Yuengling’s unique place in today’s brewing industry: Led by Jennifer Yuengling, vice president of operations and 6th generation family member, the D.G. Yuengling & Son of today is comprised of the brewery’s first generation of all-female leadership. 

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COVID-19 Closures | Ways to Support Your Local Colorado Breweries During the 30* Day Closures

March 18, 2020 | 9

As new developments arise and things are changing as it seems almost by the hour during the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be tough to keep up with which breweries are still open; in what format they are open in, if they have certain limitations (depending on the state that you’re in), and so on. The underlying factor remains the same: everyone is affected in one way or another by the growing pandemic, but we all love the craft beer community and want to find ways to continue to support one another.

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Supporting Local Breweries in the Midst of COVID-19 Mandated Closures

March 17, 2020 |

What a time it is right now. The Brewers Association announced last Thursday they’ll be cancelling CBC 2020 and that was followed shortly by the Colorado Brewers Guild announcing the suspension of this year’s Collaboration Fest. The craft beer community has been diligent about updating procedures and staying on top of these changes that need to be implemented. Although it’s unclear the full impact of how COVID-19 will be affecting breweries, they’ve responded by continuing to announce temporary closures, event cancellations, or sharing their processes to help protect their employees and patrons. With the recent announcements from California, Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minneapolis, Pennsylvania, and now all of Colorado asking for bar closures, which includes breweries and taprooms, we want to share ways you can continue to support your local breweries with these changes, while still being mindful of public health safety.

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List of Colorado Breweries That Have Closed Taprooms or Switched to To-Go Only

March 16, 2020 | 1

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the global market, Colorado craft breweries, like many small businesses have had to make difficult decisions while awaiting more drastic measures set fort by the local government. Earlier today, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock … Read More

How Breweries, Beer Festivals, & the Craft Beer Community have Responded to COVID-19

March 13, 2020 |

As businesses across the country are taking extra precautions because of the COVID-19 virus, breweries are putting in new procedures and canceling events altogether in order to keep the public safe and prevent unnecessary risks.

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BREAKING | Brewers Association Cancels 2020 Craft Brewers Conference

March 12, 2020 |

As the fallout from COVID-19 continues to impact the world in a variety of different ways, high profile events ranging from the NCAA Tournament, NBA, MLB, NHL, and MLS seasons, to arena concerts and SXSW, have all begun canceling or … Read More

BREAKING | Colorado Brewers Guild Suspends 2020 Collaboration Fest

March 12, 2020 |

As the COVID-19 epidemic continues to take its toll on major events around the country, the Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) has announced that Denver’s 2020 Collaboration Fest will be suspended indefinitely. The decision follows the lead of several other high … Read More

Athletic Brewing Announces Major Expansion, Closes Series B Funding Round

March 10, 2020 |

Non-alcoholic craft beer is starting to have its moment, and perhaps no brewery encompasses this moment more than Athletic Brewing Company, who today announced a massive expansion with the purchase of a large production brewing facility in San Diego, California.

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