I originally intended to write an editorial in response to Slate’s post earlier this week about how hoppy beers are ruining craft beer. They made some valid observations but on the whole their argument boils down to taste. Hops aren’t ruining craft beer, beer is ruining craft beer, namely people in the industry who don’t abide by beer culture.
It is becoming more and more evident that the craft beer industry is no longer just giggles and unicorns. Today it was announced in Business Lexington that the latest case of brewery versus brewery litigation came in the form of Magic Hat Brewing Company, claiming that West Sixth Brewery in Lexington, KY intentionally copied their logo and has caused them “irreparable harm”. They are now seeking damages and all profits made by West Sixth up until this point.
The Texas House passed a set of five beer laws yesterday and now sit for review by Governor Rick Perry. The Governor has until June 16th to decide on the bills but assuming they pass, beer distribution in Texas is about to undergo some major changes.
The Beatles got one thing wrong: happiness is not a warm gun. No, no. Happiness is a week celebrating craft beer in your home town. And by a serendipitous turn of events this one kicks off on the back end of my birthday weekend. So what that really means is that Lexington’s Craft Beer Week coincides with my birthday week (that’s right, we celebrate birthdays for a week round these parts).
UPDATE: Crafting a Nation will celebrate it’s Coloardo premieres THIS Thursday, May 16 in Denver and Friday, May 17 in Boulder as part of American Craft Beer Week. Denver’s screening will take place at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, appropriately home to 32 taps of craft deliciousness. For tickets visit Alamo Drafthouse’s page. Boulder’s Premiere will take place in Upslope Brewing’s new location. Below is our write up of Crafting a Nation during their private screening last month.
Today starts the 8th annual American Craft Beer Week which runs from May 13 to May 19th. Put on by the Brewers Association, the week long national celebration is meant to promote the burgeoning craft beer industry and boosts the …
If Beer Heaven exists it might have been in Chicago on Saturday May 11th when 100 breweries lined up on Soldier Field to offer their finest brews. The inaugural American Beer Classic (ABC) put on display craft breweries from all over the country and the thousands of patrons who roamed the field with their shot-glass sampler could not have been disappointed.
Chicago’s Soldier Field has hosted a lot of events since it opened in 1924. Besides the Bears, it has hosted college football, ice hockey, World Cup soccer and even the Rolling Stones. But May 11th will be a first for the stadium when the inaugural American Beer Classic takes center stage.
Dressing for the Kentucky Derby is arguably one of the trickiest fashion endeavors of the year. For ladies on Halloween, if the packaging said ‘sexy’ and it was totally inappropriate for the weather, you probably nailed it. New Year’s Eve- …
The 2013-2014 year is going to be HUGE for craft beer in the state of Colorado. This year Denver will play host to the Craft Brewer’s Conference, the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival, starting with GABF …
OKcupid. Yep, that’s right! Fasten your awkward-belts kiddos; we’re goin for a ride! You are on OKcupid right? Well if you are single (or ‘available’) and you’re not already on it, you should be. Why is that? Well because frankly if your commute, your most recent breakup, and the occasional bout with adult acne aren’t enough to make you feel bad, OKcupid can do the rest.
A pair of us from PorchDrinking.com were fortunate enough to attend the 2013 Craft Brewer’s Conference in Washington, DC in March. Considering Erin and I hold very different beer backgrounds (but are both beer enthusiasts nonetheless), here is my take (as someone who spends his 9-5 in the industry) on CBC:
My brother and I were lamenting the other day that people just don’t write like they used to. Specifically, we were comparing letters from the battlefield or from across an ocean to the tweets and text messages of today. When the two are juxtaposed, the everyday ramblings of an 18th century average Joe or Jane seem almost poetic in comparison to 140 characters on a screen.
Here’s a bit of bizarre beer trivia you can bring up the next time you’re drinking out on the porch with friends: have you ever heard of Saccharomyces cerevisiae?
It’s about to be Oregon’s new state microbe. Yes, microbe. While your state might have a state flower or bird or tree, the state of Oregon is about to officially recognize Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a yeast used in making craft beer, as the state microbe (not sure what benefits come with that).
Join us this Saturday, April 13 in Lexington, Kentucky for a tailgate at Keeneland Racetrack. We’ll be serving up beer from Country Boy Brewing and for $5 you get unlimited pours until the beer runs out. Then enjoy a day at the race track. We’ll be located at the Free Tailgate lot starting at 11 a.m. until the second or third race. We can’t wait to meet you there!
Last week, everyone from brewers and cicerones, to keg manufacturers and beer academics – over 6,400 of them – descended upon Washington, DC to engage in the annual Brewers Association Craft Beer Conference and BrewExpo America for a week of hard work and industry networking infused with a heavy dose of beer drinking and occasional mischief. This gathering differs greatly from the Great American Beer Festival, which is much more focused on the actual brews themselves, rather than the industry. The entire event hosts two main components: the Craft Beer Conference (seminar-based) and BrewExpo America (an industry trade show).
The Quest for the Perfect Beer Prank
Jake Metzler is a homebrewing fanatic who loves to write and share his knowledge with others. When he’s not brewing, you can probably find him rock climbing and/or listening to eighties metal.
With April Fools coming just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about pranks that I could pull on my friends. I’m not much of a prankster, as I feel that tricks can quickly turn malicious, and the ones that don’t are often pretty dumb.
Early this morning, in the twilight hours, PorchDrinking.com fell victim to the same salacious crimes that Burger King and Jeep had been terrorized with earlier last month. While we are deeply disturbed and saddened by these juvenile acts, we are also not ashamed to share the results of this heinous ambush. Mark my words, we will find these terrorists… and we will serve up the sweetest slice of pwnage pie they have ever tasted (thats l33tspeak for we will exact revenge).