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PorchDrinking brings you the breaking in craft beer news.

Proposed Laws Could Change Craft Beer In Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Texas

March 23, 2015 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

If you’re reading PorchDrinking.com, then you’re likely well aware the craft beer industry is killing it in the U.S. The Brewers Association says the industry hit $19.6 Billion in retail and took hold of 11 percent of the volume share in 2014 — the first double digit share ever.

While the success stories are widely reported and cheered, including West Virginia’s legislature passing a law earlier this month to allow state breweries to offer samples, lawmakers in several states are right now debating proposals that could significantly impact how beer-loving residents and visitors legally consume and buy craft beer. While there are smaller legal issues around the nation, the heated debates in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Texas are the ones we’re watching very closely right now. Here’s why.

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Alpine Beer Company Colorado Launch Events

March 16, 2015 |

As you’ve probably heard by now, Alpine Beer Company is coming to Colorado later this month and once again we’re thrilled to partner with Elite Brands Distributors to help welcome Alpine to Colorado!

Alpine, which was recently acquired by fellow … Read More

*UPDATED* Bells Brewing, Litigation, and Collaboration

March 13, 2015 | 4

Admittedly I was a bit irresponsible in jumping the gun on this post. I should have done a better job at reaching out to both sides, especially since I chose to begin this piece with the opening sentence “There are two … Read More

*Updated* 2015 Craft Beer Release Calendars

March 9, 2015 | 29 Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

Visit our 2016 Roundup of Beer Release Calendars

*Updated 10/25/2015 at 11:20 A.M. EST w/ Oskar Blues

*Updated 3/15/2015 at 02:05 A.M. EST w/  Excelsior, Foothills, Pretty Things, Santa Fe, Two Brothers, Victory*

*Updated 2/27/2015 at 6:30 P.M. EST w/  Beachwood BBQ, Brewery Vivant, Boulder Beer, Cambridge Brewing Company, Coronado, Fort Collins Brewing, Laurelwood, Nebraska Brewing*

*Updated 2/15/2015 at 11:45 P.M. EST w/  MadTree, Smuttynose, Terrapin*

*Updated 2/9/2015 at 2:30 A.M. EST w/  Lagunitas, Ommegang, Pelican*

*Updated 2/3/2015 at 1:50 P.M. EST w/  Great Lakes, Sun King*

*Updated 1/30/2015 at 11:50 P.M. EST w/  Allagash, Big Boss, Great Northern, Good People, and Ninkasi, Westbrook*

*Updated 1/28/2015 at 2:30 A.M. EST w/  Devils Backbone, Fremont, Golden Road, and Shipyard*

*Updated 1/25/2015 at 1:45 A.M. EST w/ Almanac, Back Forty, New Holland and Sly Fox*

(Special thanks to all of the breweries who willingly provided these calendars for publish and to Justin Vicroy who helped assist with the research for this post! We did not publish any release calendars without expressed consent from each brewery)

This is going to be a BIG year for craft beer. Many breweries who started developing around the beginning of the craft beer resurgence have begun distributing their product more widely, and several of the country’s largest breweries are set for major expansions. With that wider distribution and those expansions, we’ll begin seeing tons of new beers hitting store shelves.

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Devils Backbone Brewing Gets Adventurous

February 27, 2015 |

Devils Backbone Brewing Company is based in bucolic wine country, about three hours southwest of Washington, D.C., near Charlottesville, Va.

Photo credit Heidi Crandall

This spring, the brewery is pushing to expand its influence in the DC region — and … Read More

10 Creative Ways Craft Beer Is Giving Back

February 26, 2015 |

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last year raised over $220 million globally. The viral awareness campaign also reached the brewing industry where it inspired several breweries to go out to make their own videos to raise money and awareness … Read More

PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat

February 25, 2015 | Avg. Reading Time: 17 min

The weekly PorchDrinking Denver Beer Beat sheds light on news of openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, anniversaries, tap takeovers etc. each and every week.

Are you native to the city and looking for events to tide you over for the week? Or are you new to the city and just looking for the best place to find tasty suds and get uncled? Visiting and looking for events to hit while you are in town? Check out this week’s Denver Beer Beat and return each week to find out where all of the things #craftbeer are happening in the Denver Metro Area.

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Atlas Wants Everyone to Get Rowdy

February 4, 2015 |

Atlas Brew Works announced on Tuesday that they are launching their first homebrew competition, in which they are asking brewers to try their best at imitating the essence of their signature brew, Rowdy (6.2 percent ABV, 61 IBU).

Logo courtesy … Read More

Budweiser Super Bowl Ad Shat on Everything

February 2, 2015 | 2

Well, that certainly escalated quickly. Last night at around 7pm MST, I had finally settled into my comfy couch indentation after ravaging my way through a third helping of Totino’s Pizza Rolls, pigs in a blanket, jalapeno poppers, buffalo chicken … Read More

*Updated* | Nebraska Brewing Coming to Colorado

February 2, 2015 |

While most of the big stories in craft beer lately have been mired by litigation battles, another more positive industry development focuses on the positive side of growth, namely the ever expanding availability of great beer across the country. The rise in … Read More

BREAKING! | DESTIHL Brewery Coming to Colorado

January 3, 2015 | 1

DESTIHL Brewery Coming to Colorado

Colorado has long garnered national attention for its abundance of top tier in-state breweries. However, with the recent influx of top tier breweries arriving for distribution such as Perennial, Prairie, New Holland, Ninkasi, Ballast Point, Breakside, Against the Grain, Almanac, … Read More

BREAKING |Crooked Stave Expands Distribution to CT and GA

December 17, 2014 |

You’re officially on notice Connecticut and Georgia beer geeks… Crooked Stave’s lineup of sour and wild beers will be arriving soon and you have every reason to be excited. Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project announced this morning … Read More

Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News

December 8, 2014 |

Chelsea, your noble beer news herder is out for the week doing the finals week thang, so she handed over the keys to the week‘s growler fill. You should be afraid. Before I tailspin into a dramatic Will McAvoy-esque craft … Read More

BREAKING | Ninkasi Brewing Comes to Colorado

December 3, 2014 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Great news Coloradans, Eugene, Oregon based Ninkasi Brewing Company announced this morning that they have partnered with distributor C.R.Goodman Companies to bring it’s tremendous lineup of beers to Colorado beginning Monday, December 8th. Read More

Elevation Beer Company Official Brewery of Monarch Mountain

November 25, 2014 |

Earlier this morning our good friends over at Elevation Beer Company announced their partnership with local ski resort Monarch Mountain, also located in Chaffee County. Monarch will carry Elevation’s 8 Second Kölsch, First Cast IPA, Little Mo’ Porter (named after … Read More

Upcoming Flury of Crooked Stave Bottle Releases

November 18, 2014 |

Sometimes it takes sacrificing a little, to create a lot. Such is the case with Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project’s recently discontinued Cellar Reserve project, which had the geekiest of beer geeks up in arms. Fear not nerds, … Read More

Ratio Beerworks Finds Home In Former Mile High Spirits Building

November 18, 2014 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Ratio Beerworks recently announced plans to open a production brewery and taproom located at 2920 Larimer St. in the Upper Larimer district of the historic Five Points neighborhood. That building may be familiar to Denverites as the old Mile High Spirits building. The brewery is currently under construction in the 5,500 square foot building that will be home to a 1,500 square foot taproom with the remaining 4,000 square feet to be used for production.

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South Durham | Beer Stores & Bottle Shops

November 11, 2014 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Durhamites of North Carolina, you asked for it, and here it is: the skinny on South Durham’s burgeoning beer store and bottle shop scene. Let’s start our journey near Southpoint mall on the corner of highways 54 and 751. There are at least 5 bottle shops or growler fill-stations all within a few short miles so you can visit them all in quick succession. Read More

Breaking | Green Flash Acquires Alpine Beer Company

November 10, 2014 |

Recently the craft beer world has seen it’s share of acquisitions and consolidations stem from Big Beer, but today Green Flash Brewing Company announced the acquisition of fellow San Diego based brewery, Alpine Beer Company.

The two breweries had already … Read More

Happy Hour Post | Anheueser-Busch Acquiring 10 Barrel Brewing

November 6, 2014 |

Well it was one of those crazy craft beer news days yesterday where everything seemed the happen at once, which brings us to another edition of the Happy Hour Post (yes this is going out a bit early but HH … Read More