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The NBA “Draft”

June 29, 2012 |

When I think of the combination of beer and basketball, initially my mind drifts towards Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s critically acclaimed, Oscar nominated, box office smash hit BasketBall.  While their biopic about the creation of America’s newest national … Read More

Dark Horse Brewing Company | Tres Blueberry Stout

June 29, 2012 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

ABV: 7.5% | IBU: N/A

I’m pretty skeptical of anything boasting an added fruit flavor. 9 out of 10, times it turns out to be a gimmicky mix of artificial tastes and colors—ultimately tasting nothing like the actual fruit. Fortunately, this is not one of those cases. As it turns out, Dark Horse Brewing Co. has put together an exceptional stout that balances a fantastic blueberry nose with dark, rich flavor. Read More

1 Minute Beer Review: Frambozen

June 28, 2012 |

Frambozen- New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins, CO ABV: 6.5% IBU: 15.5 Frambozen is exactly what it advertises, which is a raspberry brown ale. It has an understated amount of tart but just enough to pack a tasty punch. This … Read More

Unibroue Brewery | Maudite

June 27, 2012 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

ABV: 8% | IBU: 22

Unibroue beers are juxtaposed with history and mythology. In an important way, the juxtaposition is quite literal; the bottom refermentation process that most of its French Canadian beers undergo produces a look and style that defies modernity. These unfiltered beers are a refreshing alternative to both the sterility and uninteresting nature of your local Safeway favorites, and one note style-box beers. Maudite is no different. It’s murky look and yeasty odor inspires curiosity. Part of it, I’ll admit, is bias. Its compatriot, La Fin du Monde, is one of my personal go-tos. And with a name that translates literally as “the Damned,” there are plenty of reasons why this beer deserves a pour. Read More

6/26/2012 Night Cap

June 27, 2012 |

As many of you know, myself and several members of our staff are based in the great state of Colorado and sadly this state is hurting some kind of awful right now. Wildfires have been ravaging several locations throughout … Read More

It’s a Man’s World

June 26, 2012 |

As I walk up to the porch, I often find myself wishing I would have used my predictably clean bathroom before I came. I step over misplaced socks on the stairs and wonder where that smell is coming from. Amongst … Read More

Oskar Blues Brewery – Deviant Dale’s IPA

June 26, 2012 |

Deviant Dale’s IPA – Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, CO

ABV: 8%

IBU: 85

I am a lover of all things hoppy. And when it comes to pale ales, Dale’s has long been a favorite of mine. Between the incredible flavor … Read More

Launch Day Night Cap

June 26, 2012 |

Exactly two months ago today I purchased the domain name porchdrinking.com.  Now, after two unbelievable month we’ve had an unbelievable day. A huge thanks to all of our viewers for making that possible and an even bigger thanks to everyone involved.

This … Read More

West Sixth Brewing Company

June 25, 2012 |

Shameful admission number 1: I didn’t drink quality beer until after I left Kentucky in 2006. My experience with beer consisted of keg parties with Natty or Keystone Light—beer for purposes of getting drunk or having a cheap evening.

Shameful … Read More

Sixpoint Brewery | Righteous Ale

June 22, 2012 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 6.3% | IBU: 57

New favorites can be a funny thing; when something comes along that radically alters your taste—be it a song, a dinner or a philosophy—that newfound love can quickly change into elitism. The excitement about a new discovery devolves into myopia, like a two-year-old demanding Skittles for dinner. I was guilty of this in recent history when I was too quick to anoint India Pale ales as the only style of beer I would ever need to drink after my palette was awakened by Dogfish Head’s 60 Minute IPA. Though I’ve spent the last few years imbibing anything with IPA or “hop” and an emphatic qualifier in the name, I have equally denied myself that exciting feeling of discovery by eschewing all beers that didn’t promise my body weight in hops in each sip. Read More

Flavorful Female Ultimate 6er

June 20, 2012 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

As a woman who enjoys beer, I would like for other women to enjoy beer as well. Looking back at my journey from Natural Light to Pliny the Younger, a few beers have stood out to me along the way. The ones I have selected for the Flavorful Female 6er highlights six styles: Wit, Pilsner, Sour, IPA, Quadruple and Stout. I would recommend trying each of these styles to appreciate new and different flavors, but the ones on my list are some of my personal favorites and what I find to be good representations of the style.

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Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House | Hop Bomber Pale Ale

June 20, 2012 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

ABV: 5.5% | IBU: 60

Okay, here’s the thing: I’m not exactly what you would call a “beer expert.” I couldn’t tell you the difference between an IPA and an APA, and I don’t actually know what IBU’s are—I just googled that number. That being said, I do enjoy beer and I really enjoy my pal Tristan—so when he asked me if I wanted to participate in the PorchDrinking website, of course, I had to say yes (after first checking to make sure he was serious). Read More

Trader Joe’s Brewing Company | Stockyard Oatmeal Stout

June 18, 2012 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 5.2% | IBU: N/A

If I ever wanted to drink beer for breakfast—this would be the one I’d want. Every morning I eat a bowl of oatmeal and drink a cup of coffee. What better than an oatmeal stout with a hint of coffee flavor? That’s what you get with the Stockyard Oatmeal Stout. Read More

Father’s Day Drinking

June 17, 2012 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Growing up, my dad didn’t drink much, if any. So I don’t really have any fond memories of grabbing beers for him while he was working in the yard. However, my grandfather drank enough for three dads. Read More