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Westbound Acquires Former Endo Brewing Facility & Adds Dream Team of Brewers

September 4, 2020 |

Throughout pop culture, there’s often been a great deal of fascination around those rare instances when a talented group of individuals is able to put aside individual egos and motives to coalesce together around a greater cause. 

Think back to … Read More

Surly Brewing Company Beer Hall Closes Indefinitely

September 3, 2020 |

It’s been a tumultuous couple of days for Minneapolis’ Surly Brewing Company as the brewery announced the indefinite closure of its destination beer hall on November 2. In a statement, Surly said:

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Alternative Beverages | Hard Sodas and Micheladas at Chicago’s District Brew Yards

September 3, 2020 |

It’s certainly well-known that there’s been an explosion of breweries and distilleries offering alternative beverages such as hard seltzers, ready-to-drink cocktails, hard sodas, and malt-based fruited drinks the past few years—and COVID19 has helped boost that category. Craft breweries have not been shy in cashing in on that trend, and finding their patrons to be quite receptive to their efforts. Two examples of how diverse that trend has evolved comes from Chicago’s Burnt City Brewing and Casa Humilde, two of the four breweries that make up the city’s unique District Brew Yards. They now offer their patrons a hard soda and a michelada-inspired beverage.

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Rogue Ales & Spirits Challenges Fans to ‘Paint the Can Dead’ This Fall

September 2, 2020 |

Dead Guy Ale, Rogue Ales & Spirits’ flagship beer and one we featured at PorchDrinking.com as part of our OGs of Craft Beer series, turns thirty this year. Rogue is celebrating those three decades of Dead Guy by challenging fans to ‘Paint the Can Dead.’   And, for those that really bring out the spirit of Dead Guy, prizes await them. For those that don’t win, it’s a great way to pass the time in a socially-distanced world; drink beer and do some coloring!

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Former WeldWerks Brewer Launches Peculier Ales in Windsor, CO

August 28, 2020 |

In the grand scheme of beer’s role throughout human history, American craft beer is still in its early stages of influence. However, even during this fleeting period, the amount of innovation that has sprung forth has already made a lasting … Read More

Boston Beer Subsidiary Concrete Beach Transitions to Dogfish Head Miami

August 27, 2020 |

Over the past 10 years, the craft beer world has become a bizarre and often confusing playing field. For consumers, being able to keep track of brewery consolidation and acquisitions, staying on top of ever-changing trends, and trademark disputes, it … Read More

Revolution Brewing Announces 2020-21 Deep Wood Lineup

August 26, 2020 |

Next month will officially kickoff Revolution Brewing’s 2020-21 Deep Wood series as the brewery prepares to release a dozen barrel-aged beers between September and January.

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Chicago Beer Bars Struggle, Adapt to COVID

August 17, 2020 | 1

On the day that Chicago’s Beermiscuous found out it was approved for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, the owners had a huge sigh of relief. The city had changed the rules again to not allow taverns and bars that don’t serve food to have indoor dining, and the craft beer bar was nervous for its survival. And, even with the PPP loan, they aren’t out of the woods.

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Other Half Brewing to Open Taproom & Production Facility in Washington, DC

August 12, 2020 |

Other Half Brewing today announced the upcoming October opening of its new taproom and production facility in Washington, DC. The New York-based brewery has been long-rumored among beer lovers in the Nation’s Capital, so today’s news is a welcome addition to DC’s burgeoning craft beer scene. Other Half has been shipping beer weekly to Maryland’s Downtown Crown in nearby Gaithersburg for several months, but it is rarely found inside the District. The new brewery will be the 12th brewery located in the city limits.

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Left Hand and Liberati Locked in Lease Dispute Over Curtis Park Location

August 11, 2020 |

For the past five months, Curtis Park residents have likely seen changes taking place around the building that formerly housed Liberati Restaurant & Brewery. Most notable were the recent additions of an exterior coat of firehouse red paint and the … Read More

FoBAB Cancelled, ICBG to Continue with Virtual Competition

August 11, 2020 |

On Thursday, the Illinois Craft Brewer’s Guild announced that their annual Festival of Barrel and Wood Aged Beer (FoBAB) will be among the many festivals to get cancelled because of the global pandemic. This news coincides with the cancellation of the 2021 Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines festival held in Breckenridge, Colorado. The ICBG mentioned in their official announcement that the annual competition and awards ceremony would still be taking place virtually. Participating breweries will be asked to send their competition beers to FoBAB where they will be judged by 50 industry leaders and certified craft beer judges.

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Goose Island Announces 2020 Bourbon County Lineup

August 11, 2020 | 1

We know that Goose Island’s 2020 Bourbon County Stout lineup will go on sale this Black Friday as has been the tradition over the past 10 years. What we don’t know is how the release will be different this year with the pandemic. While we wait on the brewery to release those details, we can tell you about the variants for this year’s lineup.

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Takeaways from Brewers Association Midyear Survey

August 10, 2020 |

This has been an incredibly tumultuous year for the craft beer industry. Alongside the obvious impacts of the pandemic, craft brewers across the nation also have to deal with an increasingly complex drinking audience and consistently fierce competition from both local and macro competitors. To assess the current state of the industry, the Brewers Association’s Bart Watson conducted his annual midyear survey to get a read on craft beer’s performance to date, the ever-growing list of challenges and maybe a fleeting slice of optimism for an industry that has been brutally impacted by the pandemic. Here are three main takeaways from Watson’s report. 

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The PorchCast Ep 69 | Day Bracey – Fresh Fest

August 3, 2020 |

In episode 69 of the PorchCast we welcomed Day Bracey of the Drinking Partners Podcast and also the co-founder of Fresh Fest, the first beer festival in the country to focus on black breweries, black brewers and black culture. In addition to recording our audio edition, we also broadcasted live via Facebook Live and welcomed our new producer Bryant James Vander Weerd who joined host, Tristan Chan and our new co-host Korey David.

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NBA Bubble Beers? Deschutes Brewery Debuts New Rip City Lager to Cheer on Portland Trailblazers Remotely

July 29, 2020 |

The NBA’s ambitious quarantine “bubble” has delivered promising results so far in its attempts of preventing the spread of COVID-19 among NBA teams and their personnel. The hope is that the bubble can hold a brief resumption of the regular season, which starts Thursday, along with a full playoff to follow that eventually crowns a champion. One of the teams competing for the title is the Portland Trailblazers, who resume their regular season on Friday. In an effort to support their local team remotely, Bend, Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery is releasing the affectionately names Rip City Lager, so fans of the Blazers across the nation can remotely unite with a common, easy-drinking beer in-hand. 

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Stone Brewing Founder Greg Koch Responds to Sawstone Brewing

July 28, 2020 | 29

Last week, craft beer behemoth Stone Brewing made headlines when it was revealed that the Escondido, CA-based brewery has, in recent years, issued trademark cancellation requests to approximately 100 entities across the beer, wine, and spirits world that utilized the … Read More

The PorchCast Ep 68 | Jeffrey Stuffings – Jester King Brewery

July 28, 2020 |

After a short hiatus, The PorchCast returned last week for episode 68 as we welcomed special guest Jeffrey Stuffings, co-founder of Jester King Brewery on the show. In addition to recording our audio edition, we also broadcasted live via Facebook Live and welcomed our new producer Bryant James Vander Weerd who joined Tristan and Sami.

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Stone Brewing Disputes Trademarks with Kentucky Brewery & 100 Other Brands

July 21, 2020 | 2

You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. Stone Brewing, which has long built its brand on “challenging the status quo” and fighting against big beer, was outed on Friday for having issued a trademark cancellation request against Sawstone Brewing in Morehead, KY.

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Surreal Brewing’s Non-Alcoholic Juicy Mavs Hazy IPA is No Fantasy

July 21, 2020 |

The pandemic has had a drastic impact on the drinking habits of many Americans, myself included. While I still indulge on the weekends, I’ve also developed a new craving for lighter, better-for-you options that can be consumed guilt-free throughout the week. Spiked kombucha from the likes of Luna Bay Booch and Jiant Kombucha are frequently found in my fridge, along with some new non-alcoholic offerings. While California’s Athletic Brewing might draw the most headlines for their non-alcoholic (NA) beer lineup, Californian counterpart Surreal Brewing has generated plaudits of its own thanks to the likes of Juicy Mavs NA Hazy IPA. 

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Revolution Brewing Goes Berry Forward in Next Deep Wood Release

July 16, 2020 |

Over the past few years, Revolution Brewing’s Deep Wood series has included a fruited Deth’s Tar featuring cherries, currants, and then plums. The oatmeal stout with the addition of the fruit has been a big hit during each release, so the announcement of Mixed Berry Ryeway created a stir on social media.

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