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2014 World Beer Cup Medal Results

April 12, 2014 |

Earlier tonight, the Brewers Association announced the 2014 World Beer Cup results, held this year in Denver, CO in conjunction to the culmination of the 2014 Craft Brewers Conference. This year’s World Beer Cup saw 4,754 beers from 1,403 breweries representing … Read More

Rivertown Brewing | Old Sour Cherry Porter

April 11, 2014 |

ABV – 9.0%

IBU – 31

I bought a bag of Sour Patch Kids on my drive home from Thanksgiving with my family. Last time I checked, there is about 2/3 of a bag of Sour Patch Kids in the console of my truck. They’ve long since dried out. I’m not a geologist, but if I had to guess, I’d guess they would rate somewhere feldspar and quartz on the mohs hardness scale. While I may not be a geologist, I still remember some of my 4th grade science fair kung-fu, and through application of a bit of inductive reasoning, I’ve concluded that Sour Patch Kids do not age well. Read More

Modern Times Beer| Blazing World

April 9, 2014 |

ABV: 6.8%

Modern Times’ can first caught my eye because it reminded me of a classic baseball uniform, inviting in that vintage American summer day feeling (I guess it’s like that every day in Southern California). This can is beautiful, simple, classic, and awesome. In the beer world, looks can deceive, but Modern Times Beer has it all: perfect inside and out. Read More

Ultimate 6er: French IPAs

April 9, 2014 | 1

Hoppy beers are a relatively new arrival in France. A few avant-garde brewers like Daniel Thiriez started experimenting early on, but most breweries continued to make less-than-exciting traditional beer based on the relatively meaningless blondeambréebrune color palette. Happily, a number of new-generation breweries are not afraid to hop things up a bit and put out their own French IPAs.

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3 Floyds | Permanent Funeral

April 9, 2014 |

The wolf inside this pale ale is trying to walk upright. This bright and aromatic beer was brewed with our friends in the band Pig Destroyer. Using some minimal marketing speak that could be surmised to posit that even with the first sip, 3 Floyds Permanent Funeral is a werewolf of a beer makes you want to howl at the moon, party your face off and surf on top of your buddies van! I will agree with that 3 Floyds marketing team!

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Short’s Brewing | Huma Lupalicious

April 8, 2014 |

7.7% ABV, 96 IBU

The world can be full of happy coincidences. I just made a trip to Michigan to plan my upcoming wedding to a beautiful gal. While enjoying the last Michigan beer I would have until we return … Read More

Beer and Food | Gose Pairings

April 7, 2014 |

Welcome back to the delicious world of beer and food. For those who are just now getting on board or anyone who would like a refresher, please refer to The Basics. April is a month in which sour/wild fermented beers are … Read More

PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | CBC Events (UPDATED)

April 7, 2014 |


The PorchDrinking Weekly Denver Beer Beat is coming to you a bit early this week because of the Craft Brewers Conference AND World Beer Cup rolling through town. With these two mega-beercentric events come a lot of beer specific events and happenings. So we have compiled a comprehensive list of CBC events for the week (we minimize the badge only stuff because it just isn’t fair for us to brag on those badge only happenings). Follow us as we venture through the daily events, seminars, expositions, demonstration, and nightly events. We will be using the hashtag #PDdoesCBC2014 to document our journeys. Please follow along with us Twitter and on Facebook as well.

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Upland Brewing Company | Raspberry Lambic

April 7, 2014 |

IBU: 10

I first fell in love with Upland Brewing Company two years ago at the Avery Sour Ale Festival in Boulder, CO.

While, Upland is based in Bloomington, IN with a second tap room in Indianapolis and no Colorado … Read More

PorchDrinking Does Craft Brewers Conference 2014

April 4, 2014 |

Well, folks, Denver is the lucky city this year to host the Craft Brewers Conference for 2014. Denver is already equipped for the influx of beer heads because of the annual Great American Beer Festival that occurs every October in our fine city of suds. This year, though, we are also host city for the Craft Brewers Conference AND the World Beer Cup. And all in the same week. I don’t know how more stoked I can be than I am right now to announce that will be there to provide coverage. Pre-and-post event coverage, live tweeting and, as always, a terrific banter to accompany the beerversation. Why? Because in the end, #itsjustbeer, right?!?

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Bluejacket Brewery | The Betty + Sweet Science

April 3, 2014 |

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A rainy, miserable Sunday brought us to the Bluejacket in southwest Washington. It was during that lazy time in between brunch and dinner, when everyone is just lingering and savoring the remainder of the … Read More

The Ultimate 6er: Tour de France

April 2, 2014 |

France has taken its sweet time getting around to craft beer, but the French are finally starting to realize what they’ve been missing out on. Thanks to some passionate brewers in all six corners of the Hexagon, local craft beer is now readily available alongside imported favorites. This Ultimate 6er is a mélange of new and established breweries from around France. It’s not a “best of,” just a peek at the variety of what’s happening out there and some breweries to keep an eye on. Read More

PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat

April 2, 2014 | 2

Holy Fuck Farts! Craft Brewer’s Conference 2014 week is here. Strap it on. Denver is being invaded by many a beer nerd, connoisseur and hophead. And that is a great thing! Ladies and Gents, keep posted to our social media outlets for live tweeting, pre-and-post event coverage and all around updates on all things craft beer in Denver during CBC and the World Beer Cup. The Craft Brewers Conference is the premier craft brewing industry educational event bringing together more than 4,000 of the world’s leading brewers, brewery owners, brewery/brewpub marketing and management, and brewing supply professionals.

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Rodenbach Brewery | Grand Cru

April 2, 2014 |

This is the second time I have had this beer, and each time I fall more deeply, deeply in love with Rodenbach Grand Cru, a Flanders Sour style beer. I first sampled the Grand Cru at The Crest Gastropub in Columbus, OH. The main reason for trying the beer was that it was the most expensive on the menu ($10 for a 10 oz. pour), so I wanted to see what the buzz was about.  Read More

Trademark Troubles Continue for Ska

April 1, 2014 | 1

[press release]

Ska Brewing Announces Litigation Against O[xxx]r Blues Brewery


DURANGO, Colo., (Apr. 1, 2014) — The craft beer industry has recently been rocked by in-fighting over trademarks—and the lack thereof—and it appears that Ska Brewing and Oskar Blues Brewery are the latest two who will be fighting it out over a name. Read More

Epic Ales | The Briny Deep (Ale Brewed with Oysters)

April 1, 2014 |

6% ABV

25 IBU

Ale brewed with Hama Hama oysters

I won’t lie. I’ve been intimidated by this beer since I bought it. I love oysters and I love beer… but did that mean I’d love a beer brewed with oysters? As intrigued as I’ve been with the concept of putting animals in the mash since I read about Cock Ale in “The Joy of Homebrewing,” I was a bit surprised at my trepidation. I worked up my courage throughout the day and eventually cracked my 22.  Read More

Brewers Association Releases 2013 Top Breweries By Volume

March 31, 2014 |

Today the Brewers Association released its annual list of top 50 craft breweries and overall breweries in the U.S., based on beer sales by volume. Some quick notables from the 2013 Top Breweries By Volume:

Beer and Food | Imperial Stout

March 31, 2014 |

Welcome back to the delicious world of beer and food. America is known in the beer world as having the biggest, boldest and strongest flavors, and Alewise wanted to celebrate that by ending this month’s meal with a pairing featuring a big Imperial Stout from Firestone Walker, the Parabola. Read More

Stillwater Artisanal Ales |Existent Ale

March 31, 2014 |

ABV: 7.4%

Let me tell you about an unusual beer that I love, Stillwater Artisanal Ale’s Existent Ale.

The bottle describes Existent Ale as an American Farmhouse. However, the “American Farmhouse” moniker wholly belies the character in the bottle. In general, this situation isn’t rare in such an oversized category of ale. But in particular, this brew is an easy-drinking porter/saison mash-up that has no idea what it wants.

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Brew Dog – Hardcore IPA

March 28, 2014 |

When I think of India Pale Ales, I don’t think of The Subcontinent, I’d venture to guess that most of you don’t either. Maybe California or Comstock, MI, but probably not India. The IPA is a British invention that is as tired as that other big British invention: Watt’s steam engine. America does IPAs the right way – the American IPA is the Saturn V rocket to the paltry British IPA. Or at least so I thought. Read More