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A Different Kind of Hangover | The Mourning After

January 14, 2020 | 1

It’s a rare, quiet moment in the house, about 1:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning. I’ve got an understandably stressed-out wife and a brother-in-law actively dying from cancer in my home. Peaceful moments are few and far between. Selfishly, I crave these quiet moments more than anything else in life right now—the moments when we don’t hear the labored wheezing or pained moaning that stems from cancer eating through the bones of a man who’s barely old enough to be considered middle-aged.

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Resident Culture Brewing Co. | Iconic Anonymity Hazy Double IPA

January 14, 2020 |

Resident Culture is arguably Charlotte’s best brewery. They were just ranked in the Top 10 North Carolina Breweries on Untappd for 2019 and they were named the 2018 10th Best New Brewery in the World from RateBeer, just to name a few of their many accolades.

Located in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood, Resident Culture opened their doors two years ago. Their motto, “Stay Funky,” is encapsulated in their beers, can artwork, swag and in the taproom itself. Read More

Ferus Artisan Ales | Ursa Chocolate Milk Stout

January 13, 2020 |

Ferus Artisan Ales is the newest brewery to open up in the ever-changing landscape of craft breweries in Alabama. Ferus is Latin for feral, with the name chosen to represent their passion for brewing sour beers and its connection to wild yeast that is used during fermentation. Down the line, they hope to increase production at their Trussville, Ala., location. Specifically, they want to focus on a variety of crisp Pilsners, hop-forward IPAs, flavored Stouts and barrel-aged beers. As a matter of fact, you may have already seen their names associated with collaboration brews like the beer they did with Edmund’s Oast, Order of Magnitude.

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Deschutes Announces Additions to their 2020 Release Calendar

January 10, 2020 |

“New Year, New Beer” pretty much sums up Deschutes Brewery‘s 2020 release announcement. The Bend, Ore., local has added many innovative offerings to its lineup, and now that we’re in 2020, Deschutes is adding even more. Deschutes will be providing new offerings to its year-round releases, limited releases, the Brewery Reserve Series, Small Batch Reserves and draft-only releases.

So, without further ado, here are the descriptions the brewery shared of what you’ll be able to look forward to in the Deschutes 2020 lineup.

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New Image Brewing | Refuse to Shine Imperial Vienna Lager

January 10, 2020 |

One sniff and sip of New Image Brewing Refuse to Shine, an Imperial Breakfast Vienna Lager with maple syrup and coffee, and you’re immediately transported to a flannel-clad Vermont vacation in the winter—while never leaving your chair in the Olde Town Arvada taproom.

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2020 Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Pour List & Can’t Miss Beers

January 9, 2020 |

Throughout my years of visiting breweries, attending beer festivals and covering the industry, one thing has become abundantly clear, Coloradoans are spoiled when it comes to beer. This assertion is none more evident than the collection of talent that’s assembled … Read More

Great Lakes Brewing Company Announces 2020 Release Lineup

January 9, 2020 |

Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC) recently announced their lineup for 2020. Some of the highlights from their announcement includes canning Dortmunder Gold Lager, Great Lakes IPA, and Mexican Lager with Lime, as well as two new Legendary Series offerings and a Limited Release bottle series.

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2020 Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines External Events Roundup

January 9, 2020 |

The Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines Festival will be celebrating their 20th anniversary with their 2020 event this year. Over the years, the festival has grown to extend beyond the walls of the Commercial Tasting event, much like what happens each year with GABF. Now, the town of Breckenridge plays host to an assortment of events the week of Big Beers. So, we decided to help round-up everything happening outside of the festival itself. While you’re planning your weekend in Breckenridge, be sure to also check out the 2020 Big Beers 20th Reunion Special Pours and our breakdown of the Commercial Tasting Pour List.

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HOMES | Raspberry & Lime Sherbet

January 9, 2020 |

From what I can gather, HOMES doesn’t give a rat’s ass about pleasing the masses. Visit their ultra-mod taproom in Ann Arbor—golden-age hip-hop bumping, precious little bao for the eating—and you’ll notice a distinct lack of styles to try. No ambers, no browns, no stouts, no wheats. Their draft list features almost exclusively fruited sours, such as their Sherbet Series, hazy IPAs and maybe a stray sour IPA for good measure. 

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Ultimate 6er l Beer to Pair with the Music of Weezer

January 8, 2020 |

I write this next sentence sincerely: Weezer is one of the most divisive bands of our lifetimes. Two prevailing opinions dominate the discussion and show what kind of Weezer fan you are: the early stuff is the best, or Weezer is just hitting their stride. Whatever side you’re on, here is the definitive guide to what you should drink when enjoying Weezer.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | January 8, 2020

January 8, 2020 |

The Denver Beer Beat is a weekly roundup of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, and more happening in the Front Range and beyond. Be sure to check in each Wednesday to discover anything and everything happening around Colorado’s beer scene. Now let’s get to this week’s can’t miss beer events. Read More

Grand Armory Brewing | Wheezin’ The Juice IPA

January 8, 2020 |

In the midst of the busyness and stress that comes with being an adult, the moments when you can let loose and feel like a kid again are truly precious. I enjoyed one of those experiences with my husband a few years ago when we made the spontaneous decision to participate in the “Sleepwalker Run” in Grand Haven, MI at the end of January. The Sleepwalker Run, which takes place this year on Friday, January 24, consists of either a .62 mile sprint or a 2.62 mile run in your pajamas through downtown Grand Haven. It’s a part of the town’s annual Winterfest, which occurs Jan. 23-26, 2020.

A few years ago, my husband and I decided to check out the Winterfest events on a whim. We felt like little kids as we ran through downtown in our long john underwear and roasted s’mores on a giant parking lot bonfire. Afterward, we went to Grand Armory Brewing Company to indulge in some of our favorite food and beer.

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Revolution Celebrates Legalized Marijuana in Illinois with Legal Hero

January 7, 2020 |

Recreational marijuana became legal in Illinois on Jan. 1, 2020 and it was a big deal. People lined up early in the morning, waiting for hours in order to be one of the first to legally purchase weed in the state, not unlike a beer release. Several breweries were preparing to release a special beer to mark the landmark occasion; the first one released was Revolution’s Legal Hero.

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Boulder Beer Company Announces Sale and Closure of Brewpub

January 6, 2020 |

It has been a dramatic and tumultuous three months for Boulder Beer Company, to say the least. In October 2019, Colorado’s first craft brewery announced that it would end outside distribution of its beer and layoff several members of its … Read More

Big Beers 20 Year Reunion Brings Out Big Name Brewers & Beers

January 6, 2020 |

Each year, one of the more magical aspects of attending the Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival is the ability to hobnob with some of the industry’s biggest luminaries. In any ordinary year, attendees are already likely to find Adam … Read More

Vista Brewing | Desert Skies

January 6, 2020 |

When was the last time you drank something completely new? Was it the first time you braved a beer with “milkshake” on the can? The first time you confused an IPA for a glass of juice? A beer-infused with CBD and smelling like a college dorm room? Vista Brewing in Driftwood, Texas, has achieved the rare privilege of making a beer that has a unique spin on an established method. The first-ever beer aged in sotol barrels.

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Boulder’s Wild Woods Brewery Announces Upcoming Closure

January 3, 2020 |

Boulder’s first nano-brewery with a taproom, Wild Woods Brewery has announced this morning via their social media channels that they have decided to close the brewery after Saturday, January 11 after 7 years of operation.

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Hook Point Brewing | Flat Hat American Ale

January 3, 2020 | 1

If you’re craving a crisp, refreshing beer that keeps up with your lifestyle, or if you’re just in the mood to try something distinct and new, then reach for a Hook Point Brewing’s flagship beer, Flat Hat American Ale.

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Great Divide Announces New Beers and Seltzer for 2020 Lineup

January 2, 2020 |

After seeing continued success with Great Divide’s Hazy IPA and last year’s addition of a Juicy Double IPA, Great Divide is adding another hazy offering to its 2020 release calendar. Today the Denver-based brewery shared a first look at their … Read More

PorchDrinking’s Best in Beer 2019 | Mountain Region

January 2, 2020 |

It’s been an interesting year in beer to say the least. This year we set out to explore a wider array of breweries and beers and came back pretty surprised by what we discovered. And while it would be nearly impossible to break down the best beers from 2019, we looked back on some of our favorites from the past year as well as some of the most stand-out breweries, beer festivals and stories from 2019. Enough exposition, let’s get straight to the honors.

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