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Beer Cocktails | Summer Bourbon Refresher

July 31, 2014 |

I had the pleasure of visiting New Orleans to attend Tales of the Cocktail. It was an amazing week filled with cocktail events including tasting rooms, pool parties, seminars, private parties and product release events. In addition, the New Orleans cocktail culture and hospitality was a magical experience. Read More

Widmer Brothers Brewing & Breakside Brewery | Saison a’ Fleurs

July 31, 2014 |

6.7% ABV, 25 IBU

1984 was a hell of a year. I mean, seriously, look at that list. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles AND Scarlett Johansson AND Ghostbusters? You gotta be kidding me. Not to mention it was a leap year, … Read More

Ultimate 6er | The Cincinnati Session

July 30, 2014 |

Summer is the perfect time for relaxing, exploring, and utilizing every minute of the beautiful long days and nights. People turn into early risers to take advantage of every part of the day to try new things and see new places. One of the best accompaniments to these long adventurous days is great beer. If you live in a great city it is often easy to find something new and always fun to show visiting friends how awesome your city is, and the best way to it is by showcasing a local beer every step of the way. This Ultimate 6er is dedicated to the great session ales Cincinnati has to offer.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat

July 30, 2014 |

Hey there PorchDrinkers! Are you native to the city and looking for events to tide you over for the week? Are you new to the city and looking for the best place to find tasty suds? Visiting and looking for events to hit while you are in town? Check out this week’s Denver Beer Beat and every week to find all things #craftbeer.

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Festival Recap | Sierra Nevada Beercamp Across America – Rocky Mountain Edition

July 30, 2014 |

Well, that was fun. Seriously. We don’t like to brag a bunch (we do, however, like to brag a little) but there were no lines for beer, there were celebrity brewers pouring their own wares, and there were many-a-food-truck setup with tasty nosh for purchase. Sierra Nevada’s Beercamp Across America – Rocky Mountain Edition boasted lots of brewer cameos. I saw Ken Grossman just milling around (much like we were) looking for his next liquid victim to quaff. The goal of the touring festival was to bring attention to the craft brewing industry as a whole. To do that, Sierra Nevada invited every brewery in the nation to attend one of the fests and they brewed twelve different collaboration beers with twelve other breweries, including Longmont’s Oskar Blues. The festival accomplished this and so much more. See just why this was our favorite festival of the year so far!

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Hoppin’ Frog Brewery | Gangster Frog I.P.A.

July 30, 2014 |

Hoppin’ Frog Brewery  – Gangster Frog I.P.A.

American IPA

7.5%  ABV

55 IBU

Being native to the northeast Ohio region, I have come to realize that there is not always a lot to do. Because of that, I find it almost shameful to say that I have never been to Hoppin’ Frog Brewery. I love going to small breweries (of course drinking the beer is a perk), but I cannot understand how I have passed this place up some many times. Just the other day, all of this was going through my tiny little brain, and then it hit me…..James Taylor concert at Blossom Theater + needing something to eat and drink prior to the concert = Hoppin’ Frog Brewery. Read More

GABF | DMV Takeaways

July 29, 2014 |

This post was written in conjunction with Erin Russell (Petrey).

The DMV should be proud of its representation at the Great American Beer Festival this year. There will be 27 breweries pouring from the District, Maryland and Virginia in Denver … Read More

2014 GABF Breweries in Attendance and Missing

July 29, 2014 | 3

692 Breweries. 4 Sessions. 3 Days. Over 3,000 beers. Denver, CO. And so the stage has been set. Earlier this week, The Brewers Association released the lineup of breweries who would be in attendance at this year’s Great American Beer … Read More

Great Lakes Brewing | Spacewalker American Belgo

July 29, 2014 |

ABV: 8.2%

IBU: 65

If you explore the brief description on Spacewalker’s carrier, it reads:

“Perhaps one of space’s great mysteries is why so many of its explorers hail from Ohio. In honor of the 25 courageous astronauts who have called Ohio their terrestrial home, and the nine Ohio men and women who’ve logged hours walking in space, we present this adventurous brew.”  Read More

Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

July 28, 2014 | 1

This week’s beer news is all about new brews, breweries, and things to make drinking beer just a little more fun. Avery is bringing us an extremely high ABV beer, Samuel Adams collaborated with Brewery Rickoli, and Green Flash shows Europe what hops are all about. Read about it all and more in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.


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2014 Great American Beer Festival Tickets on Sale Tuesday

July 28, 2014 | 2

Header image created by: Erin Horn

It is upon us. Take shelter. Boost your internet bandwidth. Update your ticketmaster information. Begin training your livers. 2014 Great American Beer Festival tickets go on pre-sale to AHA members at 10 a.m. MDT Tuesday, July 29.

General Public tickets are available to the general public on Wednesday morning, July 30 at 10 a.m. MDT. through Ticketmaster.

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Flying Bison Brewing Company | Buffalo IPA

July 28, 2014 |

As a PorchDrinker based out of NYC, I am happy to regale you, dear readers, with tales of daring innovation that spring from the sometimes excessive effort to be the leader of the pack in the NYC-area beer world. But what about those cities that don’t get a lot of play in beer media? Places where craft beer is only just beginning to flourish? Well today folks, I am taking you to that great American stalwart, Buffalo, New York. In particular, we are talking about the Buffalo IPA from Flying Bison Brewing Company, a sweet little operation that, according to its website, professes to be the city’s first stand alone brewery since 1972. Before we get to the actual beer, let me just first tip my hat to the brewery for having the good sense to draw some wings on a bison and turn it into their logo. Excellent decision making there.  Read More

Event Preview | Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America

July 24, 2014 |

In a time when the Craft Beer industry is being inundated with trademark disputes, litigation, distribution battles and general growing pains, it’s refreshing to see a major industry leader return to basics. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s Beer Camp Across America … Read More

The PorchCast | Episode 5 – Chris Heckman of the Epilogues

July 24, 2014 |

Episode 5 of the PorchCast features music from The Epilogues. We also welcomed on Chris Heckman, lead vocals for the Epilogues to talk about The Underground Music Showcase. On this episode we also touch on Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp, Justin’s recent trip … Read More

Strange Craft Beer Company | Zora Rosemary Pale Ale

July 24, 2014 |

6.5% ABV, 55 IBUs

On an eighty-degree summer night, the back patio of Strange Brewery in south downtown Denver is about as close to actual “porch drinking” as it gets. Copious amounts of good vibes, camaraderie and beer are present, and while the facade of the Strange entrance has a strip-mall feel, the patio’s warm industrial vibe feels almost Brooklyn-esque. Denver RTD trains even rush along the back fence every 10 minutes or so as if the Brooklyn J train de-railed and headed west of its own accord.
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Ultimate 6er | It’s All About The South

July 23, 2014 |

I’m currently on vacation with my family in Oak Island, North Carolina, a seaside town of about 7,000 located just north of the North Carolina/South Carolina border. In the spirit of things, I decided that for this week’s Ultimate 6er, I’d concentrate on beers brewed south of the Mason-Dixon line. My choices were limited to what I could find in the mix-and-match section at the local Food Lion, but I think what I came up with is pretty stellar. Read More

Festival Recap | Big Eat 2014

July 23, 2014 | 1

Last Thursday, the Denver Performing Arts Complex hosted Eat Denver‘s fifth annual Big Eat, a glorious gustatory celebration of Denver’s independent restaurants. The event featured bites from dozens of the city’s best restaurants along with samples of craft beer, wine, and spirits. Fellow Porchdrinker Chelsea Mitchell and I braved this sea of food and drink to bring you a recap of the night’s festivities.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat

July 23, 2014 |

Hey there PorchDrinkers! Native to the city and looking for events to tide you over for the week? New to the city and looking for the best place to find tasty suds? Visiting and looking for events to hit while you are in town? Check out this week’s Denver Beer Beat . . . did we miss any events in this week’s? Let us know.

Also, their is a GABF GIVEAWAY noted inside the Denver Beer Beat this week! Do You Want to Win a Trip for two to the Great American Beer Festival this October in Denver? See this week’s calendar for more info (psst, it’s under the Tuesday listings) on winning airfare, hotel stay and tickets to the fest for two nights!!!

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The Commons Brewery | Urban Farmhouse Ale

July 23, 2014 |

The Commons Brewery is by far my favorite discovery since moving to Portland 2 months ago. While other new breweries have satisfied my palate in my search for delicious beers of the Pacific Northwest, only The Commons has impressed me … Read More

Troegs Brewery | LaGrave Triple Golden Ale

July 22, 2014 |

After a long hard day in the sun (or dreaming of the sun for that matter), few things are as refreshing as a delicious golden ale that is big in content…at least in this writer’s opinion. While that is not … Read More