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The Reasons to Love County Boy Brewing are “Simple”

February 7, 2014 | 1

No matter day or night, as the door closes behind you in the Country Boy Brewing taproom, natural light disappears. Darkness descends. The taproom is lit by dim bulbs, warm in color yet low in light, giving newcomers a false sense that … Read More

The 13th Beer – Denver Broncos Beers

February 2, 2014 |

Most of the PorchDrinking staff is comprised of Colorado residents and we’re #UnitedinOrange for the big game. While Brad may be cheering on his Seahawks with 13 beers, we’ve got our own cache of Colorado beers to represent the Broncos. … Read More

The 13th Beer – A Salute to the Seattle Seahawks

February 2, 2014 | 3

Before we get into this homage to the Seahawks and the city I love, Seattle, there’s something I need to confess: the Seahawks are honestly my second favorite team. See, I was raised in Kentucky, where there are no professional … Read More

Awesomesauce- Early 2014 Movie Picks

January 30, 2014 |

Ok, so this is more of a future-Awesomesauce (is that a thing?)  I’m a huge movie fan, but they can be somewhat (ok, totally) expensive; have you SEEN the cost of movie popcorn these days?!  I have a mortgage to pay!

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2014 Mountain Sun Stout Month Lineup

January 28, 2014 |

*Updated as of 2/3/2014*

Photos provided by Will Dozier

If there’s one positive to come from the nation’s recent exposure to polar vortexes and schizophrenic weather shifts, it’s that as a society, we can all truly rally behind the rich, roast-y, sometime chocolate-y, stouts to warm our chilly bones. If you can’t already tell, I’m not the biggest fan of winter. However, winter’s one saving grace always coincides with the beginning of February in the form of Mountain Sun Brewing’s Stout Month.  Last year we detailed a bit of history behind this time honored month long celebration of all beers of the stout variety in the state of Colorado. And this year we’re back with the full 2014 Mountain Sun Stout Month Lineup.

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Reuben’s Brews – Roggenbier

January 28, 2014 |

ABV: 5.3% IBU: 19

PorchDrinking.com recently had a round table discussion about what beer best suits our personalities.  I found myself unable to come up with an answer that I thought really encompassed the various traits I have.  Sometimes I can be slow and sweet (stout), occasionally aggressive and powerful (Imperial IPA), sometimes delicate and light (Pilsner).  Ok I’m reading that last line and maybe I misunderstood the assignment. Read More

YOLO Brewing Company

January 23, 2014 | 1

BeerStreetJournal recently reported the upcoming opening of YOLO Brewing Company slated for a spring launch Sacramento, CA. Based on all accounts from the brewery’s Facebook page (it’s only appropriate to cite a brewery’s social media page if it’s inspired by a hashtag), this is a real brewery that is inspired by the social media movement. This excerpt was taken from said Facebook page:

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2014 Vail Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines Recap

January 20, 2014 |

All photos provided by Will Dozier and Lynn Thayer

I distinctly remembered leaving last year’s Vail Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines Festival feeling like I had done something illegal, as if I had snuck into first class mid-flight, or was mistaken for a movie star and gotten into a private party. See when I left VBBB last year I had just encountered one of the greatest collections of rare/phenomenal beers assembled in one place.

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PorchDrinking.com’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat

January 15, 2014 |

Welcome to this week’s Denver Beer Beat. We are still clearing some of the cobwebs out from our weekend up at Vail Big Beers, Beligans and Barleywines Festival. The Denver Metro area was representing pretty well up there and it is great to see so many breweries cranking out the party each week. Here are this week’s happenings. Did we miss an event; let us know.

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Drinking Outside the Box

January 6, 2014 | 1

I’m going to make a wild assumption that if you’re reading this, you are a regular consumer of the nectar of the gods – beer. That magical elixir washes away the stress of your week on Friday night, forms bonds fleeting and enduring over your favorite sporting events, and creates a jovial (or at least tolerable) atmosphere at a variety of social gatherings like weddings, dinner parties, and the like. There is no doubt that a good beer is welcome, perhaps essential, at these moments. But are they too obvious?

Over the course of my beer drinking career, I’ve had the opportunity and good fortune to enjoy beer in a variety of other situations which can be equally satisfying and often much more so. While these aren’t totally unusual, they certainly aren’t your normal after work ritual but more special occasions. I’m sure you’ll find some that you too have enjoyed, but if you see something new, I can assure you, it’s well worth your time to drink outside the box. Read More

Awesomesauce- ThinkGeek

January 2, 2014 |

Am I the only one who is totally loving the fact that nerds are somehow cool again? Given the enduring popularity of “The Big Bang Theory” since its debut in 2007, the recent crop of superhero movies making their way … Read More

Last Minute Holiday Beer Gifts

December 23, 2013 |

Sure it’s the week of Christmas, but just because you haven’t found the perfect gift yet doesn’t mean it’s too late. We’ve got a list of last minute holiday beer gifts for the beer fanatic in your life.

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Our Mutual Friend Malt and Brew 1 Year Anniversary

December 6, 2013 |

It’s been talked about often here on PorchDrinking about the transformation that has taken place in the RiNo district of Denver, CO in regards to the craft beer revolution. Our Mutual Friend Malt and Brew is one of those leading the charge and this weekend they celebrate their 1 year anniversary. Cheers to you OMF, may you have many more celebrations to come.  We’ll be on hand to help OMF celebrate and we’d love for you to join us both tonight, and Saturday night! Here’s what’s going down…

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Awesomesauce- the Nest Learning Thermostat

December 5, 2013 |

I think it’s time I came clean. I have been lusting over a thermostat for months. My friends think I’m nuts, my family tells me on a regular basis to just shut up about the dang thermostat already, and I keep putting off writing about it here, since drooling over a thermostat isn’t something a normal human being should do. But you should see the Nest Learning Thermostat. Read More

2013 Parade of Darks Preview

December 4, 2013 |

Just when it was looking like Colorado would get treated to a mild season, father winter decided to remind us of his cold, bitter sense of humor. 60 degrees on Sunday, 9 degrees on Wednesday means more than just flannel sheets and cranking up the butt warmers in cars. It’s also time to transition into stouts, porters and all beers dark.  Luckily for Denverites, this weekend, Wynkoop Brewery once again plays host to the Parade of Darks, ushering in a flood of those roasty, chocolatey favorites.

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The magical, mystical brewery tour: Cantillon

December 2, 2013 | 3

Cantillon’s cheery yellow façade looks out over a vacant lot in an industrial part of Brussels. If you stand quietly on the sidewalk outside and breathe deeply, you can hear the clinking of bottles and smell the pleasant sourness of yeast at work. You might even feel that sharp pleasant sting of anticipation as you imagine taking a sip of a pale-gold gueuze. Read More

Stone Brewing GABF Booth Set Up

November 26, 2013 |

Ever wonder what goes into setting up a major booth, or as the industry calls them, an endcap booth, at the Great American Beer Festival? During this year’s fest, Stone Brewing took us behind the scenes to document the process. This two hour affair has been condensed into 2 minutes of build out fun. Enjoy Stone Brewing GABF Booth Set Up and thank you Stone Brewing Company. A special thanks to Jackie Lincoln for her help on the shoot!

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Interview with Stone Brewing’s Greg Koch

November 26, 2013 |

Tristan sat down to interview Stone Brewing’s Greg Koch during this year’s GABF. They talked about Stone, comparing beer to music and Greg’s upcoming hiatus. Please check out Greg’s Movember donation page as well.

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Stone Brewing Company Digital Tap Takeover

November 26, 2013 |

Welcome to the 2013 Stone Brewing Company Digital Tap Takeover of PorchDrinking.com.  Today we will feature a number of exciting posts all devoted to Escondido, CA’s Stone Brewing Company, which was founded in 1996.

Today’s lineup includes:

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Read, Drink, Repeat | Great Beer Books

November 25, 2013 |

You can’t buy your loved one a 6-pack every year. As holiday shopping begins, here are some great beer books from PorchDrinking for the hops aficionado in your life.

(Readers: Feel free to submit a comment below with your other recommendations. This is obviously not an extensive list.)
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