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PorchDrinking brings you the breaking in craft beer news.

Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

May 5, 2015 |

Dear PorchDrinkers, I regret to inform you that Chelsea Mitchell accidentally braised her computer. I will do my best to fill her shoes this week while she gingerly removes mirepoix from the inside of her laptop. Now on to the beer news! Read More

BREAKING | Green Bench Brewing Coming to Denver

April 22, 2015 |

Green Bench Brewing is coming to Denver this week and we couldn’t be more excited.

Our love affair with Green Bench Brewing extends back to CBC 2014 in Denver, when we first stumbled upon the fledgling St. Petersburg brewery at what … Read More

Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

April 20, 2015 |

This week in craft beer news, we share the winners of the 2015 Achievement Awards, the name of the new Denver Comic Con beer, and a video of a girl catching a baseball in her beer cup. You don’t want to miss any of this news so read on to find out more in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.

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Why The New Belgium Ben & Jerry’s Collab Will Not Ruin Children

April 20, 2015 |

News dropped back in April (actually we broke the story back in January if you had been paying close attention to PorchDrinking for the 2-3 hours where we carried New Belgium’s beer release calendar until they asked us … Read More

Legal Issues Force Mercenary Brewery to Change Name

April 17, 2015 |

For over seven years Adam Cieslak and Ari Megalis home-brewed beer with the hopes of one day opening Mercenary Brewery in Chicago. In October 2014, the childhood friends started using the name Mercenary commercially for the first time as they began bottling and kegging their beers for distribution. But on April 16, the brewery had to change its name from Mercenary to Maplewood.

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Craft Beer Welcomes You to South Carolina

April 15, 2015 |

Admittedly, the Palmetto State has not always been the first place to come to mind when someone asked me where to find superb craft breweries. Prior to living here, I might have listed off California, Colorado, Oregon and New England. This is partly because the east coast, especially the southeast, has been slow to embrace the industry’s explosive expansion. I’ve lived in South Carolina since 2007, a time when there were merely 5 breweries in the state. Today, there are 21 breweries and 12 brewpubs. The state has really brought home the idea of being fashionably late. Approximately 57% of the current breweries were established in or after 2013. That is a huge explosion that has resulted in amazing beer and a sprawling community of craft brewers and enthusiasts.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat

April 15, 2015 |

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 things #craftbeer are happening in the Denver Metro Area.

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BREAKING | Dick Cantwell Resigns From Elysian Brewing

April 13, 2015 |

As reported earlier today via Seattle Beer News, Elysian Co-Founder and Head Brewer, Dick Cantwell has officially resigned from the brewery. Elysian was acquired by Anheuser-Busch at the beginning of the year in January and joined the likes of Goose Island, … Read More

ANNOUNCEMENT! | PorchDrinking Brewing Company Opening

April 1, 2015 |

On behalf of the entire PorchDrinking.com team we are extremely excited to announce the forthcoming opening of PorchDrinking Brewing Company. After nearly three years of existence as solely a craft beer and lifestyle blog, we are thrilled to move into the next phase of our site’s evolution with a brick and mortar brewery. Our hope is to capture the PorchDrinking experience, not just by writing about beer, but by actually brewing it for all of our fans to enjoy.

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BREAKING | Top Craft Breweries of 2014

March 31, 2015 |

Every year the Brewers Association releases lists of the top breweries based on beer sales volumes. This year we saw the first inclusion of Yuengling, due to the newly formed definition of craft beer. This year’s inclusion automatically sent the Pennsylvania based … Read More

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

March 23, 2015 | 2

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

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 |

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).

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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