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Three memories from GABF

October 22, 2013 |

Now that I am finally back in the friendly confines of Boston and away from people graciously shoving beer into my face, I’ve had the chance to detox a little bit, and I’ve been able to gather some quick memories from a wonderful visit to the Great American Beer Festival. This won’t be some cohesive, extensive recap, but rather the random memories of GABF that I’ll look back on for years and years to come.

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Hops and Pie Pumpkin Beer Festival

October 18, 2013 |

It comes to no surprise that people go absolutely bazonkers over pumpkin beers. As soon as that first chilly morning sends us racing indoors for a a sweater, as soon as that combination of cinnamon and spices wafts through the … Read More

“The Beer Diaries” Craft Beer Series Comes To Denver

October 10, 2013 |

For the craft beer enthusiast, simply drinking a great beer sometimes isn’t enough. Director Mike Mann and his crew at The Beer Diaries, have taken their love for craft beer to the next level. The team produces a series of internet tv shows, … Read More

Awesomesauce- WhiteWhine

October 10, 2013 |

As you can probably tell by a few of my previous posts, there’s nothing I like more than a snarky comeback or witty remark.   Add in a little dose of idiot shaming to the mix, and put it all online … Read More

2013 GABF Fantasy Brewery Draft Results

October 8, 2013 | 5
As if the Great American Beer Festival weren’t ridiculously fun on it’s own merits, we decided to punch things up a bit this year by inviting a mix of national and local writers to participate in our inaugural 2013 GABF Fantasy Brewery Draft. A big thanks to Illegal Pete’s who sponsored and hosted the draft Sunday night.

Beyond the Beer – Wednesday – Battery 621

October 8, 2013 | 1

Join us this Wednesday night as Denver-based companies Crafting a Nation, Business of Fun, and PorchDrinking.com come together for the Inaugural event “Beyond the Beer Panel Discussion and Craft Beer Showcase.” The event will take place at Battery 621, 621 Kalamath Street, Denver, CO 80204; on October 9th, 2013. Doors to “Beyond the Beer” Hangout open at 6pm followed by a showcase featuring unique craft beers, reserved for this tasting event, at 8pm.

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Denver Beer Fest Tapping with Mayor Michael Hancock

October 3, 2013 | 1

Yesterday Denver Mayor Michael Hancock met a host of reporters and craft beer lovers at The Source to kick off the 2013 Denver Beer Fest. The Source is a new development in Northwest Denver is envisioned as a foodie hangout, … Read More

Awesomesauce – Roadtrippers

September 26, 2013 |

When I was little and we’d make the trek down south to Florida or South Carolina for vacation, my mom would always stop by our local AAA Office first and get a TripTik. These were basically personalized, highlighted maps of your route showing you where to go, local traffic information along the way (always marked on the paper map with a little rubber stamp in the shape of a traffic cone), the locations of gas stations, etc. Now, of course, that service has moved online, but only if you’re a dues-paying AAA member.

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PorchDrinking Interview: Flying Dog Brewery and Gonzofest

September 26, 2013 |

The concept of “local” is a vital part of the craft beer experience. Beer drinkers—both new and seasoned—often seek out brews that were made close to home with locally-sourced products. This makes the entire experience special, more personal. Thankfully, as a resident of DC, I can call Flying Dog Brewery my local brewery, and I was welcomed and encouraged to do so by Flying Dog CEO, Jim Caruso. Jim and his team were kind enough to invite PorchDrinking to attend their annual Gonozofest, a music fest-cum-beer fest-cum-Hunter S. Thompson-homage. We were also lucky enough to attend a behind the scenes tour led by Jim himself. Read More

GABF App: There’s an app for that

September 25, 2013 |

Finding your way around the festival will be a breeze

With 600 breweries and 3,000 beers at GABF (Great American Beer Festival for all of those folks that aren’t privy to the acronym lingo of the Brewer’s Association), it can be a little daunting to find what you’re looking for, or even decide where to begin. Who would have thought that sampling beer would be so difficult! No worries good friend, there is a delightful little app that will help you. And you can do it all with one hand!

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Four Nights at Lord Hobo for Zwanze Day

September 23, 2013 |

I rarely go to Beer Festivals. I am sure they can be a lot of fun and people that do go to them seem to have a great time there, or at least that’s what they tell me on twitter. … Read More

1000th Post

September 20, 2013 |

Well hey there! Nice of you to join us. In case you couldn’t decipher based on this seemingly self explanatory title, this commemorates our 1000th post and oh what a ride it has been.  We’d like to extend a heartfelt … Read More

Illegal Pete’s Upslope Brewing Collaboration

September 19, 2013 | 3

Illegal Pete’s has always been proud of its relationship with the Boulder craft brewery,Upslope. They were one of the first to carry Upslope brews in their restaurant, and now it all comes full circle with an Illegal Pete’s Upslope Brewing … Read More

Colorado Flood Relief Fundraiser at Star Bar Denver

September 17, 2013 |

While we try to showcase beers and events from across the country, PorchDrinking is a Colorado-based blog first and foremost. The devastation from last week’s rain and subsequent flooding has directly affected several members of our writing staff. The rains … Read More

Awesomesauce Top 5- The BBC

September 12, 2013 |

It should come as no surprise to some of you that I’m a bit of an Anglophile – I will own a MINI Cooper some day when I’m grown up and can afford it; I woke up at 4:30 in the morning to watch the royal wedding live; and (I swear I’m not making this up) I own a coffee cup celebrating Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. It follows, of course, that I love me some British television. And, when I realized that Time Warner carried BBC America, it was all over. Between good ole’ channel 225 and the staggering array of BBC content available on Netflix, it truly is surprising that I venture out of my house to make a living. The main reason being is the Beeb has been putting out some seriously superior content lately. If you’ve never watched some of these shows, now is the time to start.

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Snallygaster in D.C.

September 12, 2013 |

If you search for “Snallygaster” in Google Images, you’ll get numerous pictures of a creature that’s dragon-like, bird-like and serpent-like. It’s all wings and claws, things mysterious, creepy and intriguing.

Snallygaster supposedly roamed the Blue Ridge Mountains, the picturesque range … Read More

Vail Big Beers Belgians and Barleywine Festival

September 4, 2013 | 2

In two hours tickets go on sale for the best beer festival I’ve attended to date.  No, I’m not talking about GABF, I’m talking about the Vail Big Beers Belgians and Barleywine Festival taking place January 9-11, 2014. Combine rare beer tastings, calibration dinners, an all star cast with the likes of Sam Calagione, Chad Yakobson and Adam Avery, all taking place during ski season, at one of the best resort towns in the world and you can understand why this is a can’t miss beer bucketlister. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. MST and will sell out very quickly.

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Awesomesauce- 40 Days of Dating

August 29, 2013 |

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a boy and a girl live in the same city, and have been friends for years.  They spend tons of time together, and have maybe even had a crush on one another … Read More

Shipwrecked Peninsula Porter

August 29, 2013 | 2

ABV: 4.5%

If you are itching for a tour of Davey Jones’ locker, the Shipwrecked Peninsula Porter can take you there. Wait, does ‘Davey Jones’ locker’ apply to Lake Michigan or only the ocean? Whatever, I’m going with it. Also, … Read More

Vermont Beer Trip Prospectus

August 26, 2013 | 1

When I decided to start writing here, my plan was to focus exclusively on Boston breweries. I enjoy showing people around my town and talking about it, and I felt like there was a lot to explore. Thankfully, I was … Read More