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We Want Your Beerstagrams!

January 9, 2013 |

Hey folks! As you probably noticed last week, we started a new series called Beerstagrams!  This series is meant to showcase a weekly round up of Instagrams that feature awesome shots of beer!  But we want YOU to get involved as well.  Starting this week we’ll be posting YOUR Beerstagrams along with some of ours. You can participate in one of two ways.  1. Follow PorchDrinking’s Instagram account: PorchDrinkingCO and send us your pics there.  ex: @PorchDrinkingCO or 2. Post your Beerstagrams on Twitter with #PDBeerstagram.

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Ultimate 6er | Beermosa (Beer + Orange Juice = Awesome)

January 9, 2013 | 3

If you’re one of the lucky ones who are still partying, you may need need some fuel to start off your morning. I find that the perfect breakfast brew to help transition your morning to awesomeness is the beermosa. A combination of beer and orange juice, with a ratio of somewhere from ⅔ beer with ⅓ OJ to ¾ beer with ¼ OJ. Read More

Half Acre – Daisy Cutter Pale Ale

January 9, 2013 |

Half Acre Beer Company – 5.2% ABV

My Chicago friends and I try to occasionally exchange beer or meet-up to do an impromptu tasting. I make the trip back every couple months or so for work, and I always offer to bring some beer along with me. But here’s the thing – what’s available here is generally available on the east coast, with a few notable exceptions (Odell’s and some of the more recent craft brewery openings). Unfortunately, it’s not true the other way around. Despite living in a beer mecca, I find myself longing for the midwest beers I no longer have easy access to. My solution? I smuggle beer back in my luggage. The most frequent beer that I bring home with me? Daisy Cutter.

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PorchDrinking.com is Getting a Woody – A Showcase of Wood Aged Beer

January 8, 2013 |

Porchdrinking.com is Getting a Woody. No we did not upgrade the site with Viagra. This woody is all about wood and barrel-aged beers. Getting a Woody will be a recurring segment that will focus on all of the aspects of wood-aged beers. This will include posts on beer showcases, Ultimate 6ers, and homebrewing tips and techniques. This inaugural  post will serve as an intro into these deliciously wooded wonders.

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Sierra Blanca Brewery- Roswell Alien Amber Ale

January 7, 2013 |

IBU – 15
ABV – 5.2%

Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve been duped. We’ve been had. Swindled. Swash-buckled. The wool has been pulled firmly over our eyes. It seems about every decade or so a new seemingly legitimate but later debunked “end of the world” scenario comes out and captures the nation, nay, the world. In 2012 it was the Mayan Apocalypse. In 1999, it was Y2K. Before that it was the threat of the Cold War, and even further back in history, the landing of aliens at Area 51 in Roswell, New Mexico. But one of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn’t belong; and I have the proof here in my hand in the form of Sierra Blanca Brewery’s Roswell Alien Amber Ale.

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Centennial IPA – Founder’s Brewing Co.

January 5, 2013 |

ABV: 7.2%

IBUs: 65

My latest trip home was dominated by delicious drinks. Is that enough alliteration for ya? But, seriously, I had some ridiculously good stuff while I was back in Louisville, KY for the holidays. One of my first beers of the trip was the Centennial IPA from Founder’s Brewing Co. Read More

Beerstagrams 12/28-1/4

January 4, 2013 |

Welcome to our newest weekly segment where we bring you our collection of our instagram’d beer pics, aka beerstagrams,to help get you ready for happy hour!  This week’s Beerstagrams feature a melange of beers that were acquired from trips back home, a trip to Copper Kettle, a sneak peak of Fate Brewing Company which will open at the end of the month and one of the coolest garages/breweries you’ll ever encounter when  Tom Horst of Crystal Springs brewing showed us around.

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Awesomesauce- BadLipReading

January 3, 2013 |

Move over Gossip Girl, there’s a new queen bee in town.

While Gossip Girl can be cutting, BadLipReading never fails to elicit a laugh.  The YouTube account’s owner has released a series of videos that embarrass politicians, musicians, and the occasional movie star in equal measure.  The anonymous creator takes video clips from the internet, television, and movies and overdubs the dialogue or lyrics to comic effect. Read More

Mountain Standard Double Black IPA – Odell Brewing Company

January 3, 2013 |

ABV: 9.5%

IBU: 60

 If there’s one thing about my palette when it comes to beer, it’s that hops and I are not friends. And usually when given the choice between a Bud Light Lime or a hand-crafted India Pale Ale, I’m going with the former. And this is why Odell’s Mountain Standard is an oddity to me. Not only is it an IPA, but it’s a double (also known as ‘Imperial’), brewed with double the hops and malt. That means it’s going to pack a punch on both your tongue and liver, clocking it at just under 10% alcohol. So imagine my surprise when I drink this fearsome brew with the olfactory anticipation of licking a pinecone, only to discover than HOT DAMN THIS BEER IS AMAZING.

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New Beers Resolutions

January 2, 2013 |

 

 

 

 

Drink more craft beer!

So much amazing beer… so little time.

Don’t become a snob.

Yes we love to promote Craft, but really it all starts with beer to begin with. When talking to our friend in Kentucky they mentioned that right now it’s all about getting people to enjoy beer first, then expanding their horizons. So drink beer. Whether it’s Coors or Westy 12.

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Southern Tier Brewing Company- Old Man Winter Ale

December 31, 2012 |

It’s my brother-in-law’s 30th birthday and I need to get him a gift. First, I need to decide what to get him. Beer. OK, that didn’t take long. But now that hard part, which one?

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Black Shirt Brewing Co., Denver, CO

December 27, 2012 |

Can you name another brewery that specializes only in red ales? I can’t. Black Shirt Brewing Co. is doing what you wouldn’t expect, focusing solely on creating red ales for the reason that they want to do one thing and do it right.

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Rogue Ales – Double Chocolate Stout

December 27, 2012 |
ABV  8.7%
IBU 50 
AA 77
Lovibond 135º
Plato 22º

Rogue has always been one of my favorite breweries. Most people know them for their Dead Guy Ale, which in all rights is an amazing beer. However, their Double Chocolate Stout has now become my favorite Rogue brew and perhaps one of my favorite stouts. While it is available on draft, I have yet to see it in Colorado. It is also available in a bomber – it is one you can’t miss being in a bright fire engine red bottle.Turns out I am not the only one who loves this beer as it won a gold medal at the 2010 world beer championships.

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Merry Christmas from PorchDrinking!

December 25, 2012 |

We here at PorchDrinking would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!  Thank you for being part of our family over the past 6 months and we hope that you are getting to spend time with your own!  Here’s a recap of our 12 Beers of Christmas.  May this next year be filled with great cheer and even better beer!

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12 Beers of Christmas | Day 11: Boulevard Nutcracker

December 24, 2012 |

This beer pours a deep, dark brown almost black, Smells of roasted malt, coffee, and light herbaceous hops. The label says it’s a fresh hopped Winter Warmer, but the only hops I get are on the nose and it is … Read More

12 Beers of Christmas | Day 9- Mikkeller’s From To

December 22, 2012 |

8.0% ABV

Holy holiday cheer this beer is outstanding. Malty + sprucey + notes of a subtle mint chocolate. The balanced mouthfeel embodies a depth of both flavor and complexity, making every sip thirst quenching for the next. Halfway through … Read More

12 Beers of Christmas | Day 8- Shiner Cheer

December 21, 2012 |

When you’re from Texas, you’re not just from Texas. Being from Texas is more like a lifestyle than a classification. We almost all get the state outline tattooed somewhere on our body, we shout “TEXAS!” at inappropriate times whenever we … Read More

The Ultimate 6er – The League

December 19, 2012 |

The League is a hilarious glimpse at what we fantasy football fanatics endure every season. They’ve spoiled us with two episodes each of the last 2 weeks, so I thought I’d return the favor with an Ultimate 6er. Pick one of these bad boys up and tune in to FX this Thursday! Read More

Crafting a Nation Kickstarter

December 19, 2012 |

Recently we had the chance to sit down with Thomas Kolicko, the Director and one of the Producers of the upcoming documentary, Crafting a Nation.   This is the story of the recent boom of the craft beer industry throughout the United States.  Thomas’s mission much like ours here at PorchDrinking.com is to build a better beer community and he’s done so through this project.

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Homebrewing Gingerbread Stout: Part 2

December 18, 2012 | 1

The brilliant thing about homebrewing is that as long as you have excellent sanitation practices, there’s no reason you can’t tweak a recipe once you’ve already brewed it and begun fermentation. With the exception of beer flaws, lots of changes can take place in beers post fermentation. One perfect example is dry-hopping beers. When our Gingerbread stout wasn’t quite up to snuff, we upped the ante.

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