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Michigan’s Jolly Pumpkin Creates Neighborhood Feel in Chicago’s Hyde Park

April 2, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

As more and more breweries pop up, the idea of the neighborhood brewery is becoming increasingly popular. To wit: Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales’ only location outside of Michigan, their Hyde Park location which opened in 2017, is quickly become a gathering space for the community.

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Event Recap | Uppers and Downers 2019

April 2, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

To call Uppers and Downers “just” a coffee beer fest would be a disservice to how the event highlights both the coffee and the beer industry.

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Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. | Femme Brutale Brut IPA

April 2, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Strong as an ox.

Solid as a rock.

These phrases perfectly describe an up-and-coming brewery, Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. It’s situated in Hawley, PA, close to the third largest lake man-made lake in Pennsylvania; follow the coast and its 52 miles of shoreline will lead you to some fantastic beer. Lake Wallenpaupack is a major recreational destination in the Pocono Mountain region. However, it was lacking a place that brewed some solid brews. Siblings Becky and Christopher Ryman noticed the need for a brewery around the lake and decided to get to work on offering the area something unique.

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Empourium Brewing Joins Denver’s Bustling Tennyson St. Neighborhood

April 1, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

The idea was years in the making. The lease was signed 14 months ago. But now, finally, Greg and Sara Fetzer’s dream is here.

Empourium Brewing Company, the newest brewery in Denver’s Berkeley neighborhood, celebrated its soft opening on Friday, March 29, and locals lined the bar not even an hour after the doors officially opened.

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Chicago Quick Sips | April 1 Chicago Beer News & Events

April 1, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Quick Sips is our way of highlighting beer events, tap takeovers and other notable beer news around the city of Chicago. If you’d like to submit something to be included in the next Quick Sips, please email us at [email protected]

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Alvarado Street Brewery | Tayberry

April 1, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Picture this: It’s a warm, sunny day out and you have a beer in hand. Which beer could fit that bill, you might ask? Well, that’s an easy answer if you’re a fan of something slightly tart, yet fruity. Alvarado Street Brewery‘s Tayberry is the beer you’ll want in your hand. It’s the perfect pairing for spring weather, or, as we like to call it, porch drinking weather.

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What We’re Drinking | March 29, 2019

March 29, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

As we bid farewell to March and hello to April, we here at PorchDrinking have had our hands full with some amazing events, vacation, bad weather and lots more. Nothing soothes the soul of a craft beer blogger more than a craft beer…am I wrong?! Oh, and happy opening day to all! Here’s what we’re drinking–play ball!

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Brewery Showcase | Ike & Oak Brewing

March 28, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Ike and Oak Brewing Company recently opened in Woodridge, IL as the city’s second brewery after Skeleton Key. They’re offering 11 of their beers on tap, a variety of pizza options – all in a large venue with an exposed brewhouse and TVs to show any upcoming games. Whether or not that’s conveniently located near you, here’s why you should come through Woodridge.

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The Rare Barrel & Side Project Brewing | Avec des Amis

March 28, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

With spring fast approaching I find myself looking for stone fruit, both the actual fruit and in beer! The Rare Barrel collaborated with Side Project Brewing to bring about a beacon that spring is finally here. I was able to speak with Alex Wallash, founder of The Rare Barrel, about this collaboration brew and he provided some insight to the making of Avec des Amis.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | March 27, 2019

March 27, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 9 min

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

Brewers Association Announces America’s 50 Fastest Growing Breweries

March 27, 2019 |

As the craft beer landscape begins entering mid-stage maturation from the majority of its brewery base, expansive growth becomes more and more common among younger breweries.

Today the Brewers Association, craft beer’s governing trade organization announced their list of the … Read More

2 Days 2 Nights | Bucharest, Romania

March 27, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 7 min

When life gives you a handful of Boeing Max 8-shaped lemons, you make lemonade. Or when your flight for a quick weekend getaway is canceled, you jump on Skyscanner, put “everywhere” into the destination, and see what comes up for cheap. For me, this destination ended up being the Romanian capital of Bucharest, a city with a population of roughly three million that had its heyday in the ’20s and ’30s when it was hailed as the “Little Paris of the East.”

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Plan Bee Farm Brewery | Barn Beer

March 27, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

I had the good fortune of recently visiting New York City for work. A place that I had not visited for more than ten years, when I was a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed high school graduate. New York has been on my mind frequently over the last few years. One could argue that there is no better place to eat or drink in the world than New York – and thanks to our wonderful Northeast team feeding us a wealth of information of how to experience the craft scene in the city, I was in awe of my good fortune. I was finally going to be able to sip my way through the Big Apple properly for the first time.

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Brewery Brackets | Which College Has the Best Craft Beer Scene?

March 26, 2019 | 3 Avg. Reading Time: 15 min

In honor of the NCAA tournament, the PorchDrinking crew decided to commemorate the greatest month of the year with a little madness on our own. We took each team competing in this year’s bracket and wondered who’d win the Big Dance if we were to compared beer scenes from each school’s city.

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How An Instagram Post Led Minnesota’s Aegir Brewing Co. to Iceland for Their First Collaboration

March 26, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

“We thought it was, like, ‘oh cool, that would be fun, but never-mind.’ And then after a while, I was like, ‘We need to take a break, and we want to do a collaboration, and why not?’” – Tim Jones

We recently caught up with brothers Tim and Jeremy Jones of Aegir Brewing Co. in Elk River, MN. The two had returned from a trip to Iceland that we unwittingly played a role in. Eager to hear their version of the story and the series of events leading up to the trip, we joined them in the taproom on a recent Saturday morning. Before we could ask them anything, though, they had a question of their own:

“You guys want a drink?” Jeremy offered.

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Root Down Brewing Co. | Low Bridge Lager

March 26, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Let me be clear: There is nothing fancy about this beer. No foraged fruit from the wooded land out back; no rare yeast secretly used; no pungent ingredients to overpower the palate. Plain and simple, the clean and crisp Low Bridge Lager is a delicious combination of the four essential elements of beer that Root Down Brewing Company let shine in this brew. Read More

Inside the Tank | Crystal Lake Brewing

March 25, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 8 min

While there are a lot of big name breweries operating inside the city of limits of Chicago today, the surrounding suburbs are producing notable beers that often fly under the radar.

Since 2014, Crystal Lake Brewing has been producing beers that have become a mainstay for McHenry County. In that time, the brewery has begun to make more of a name for itself outside of Crystal Lake, IL.

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Mikerphone Brewing Opens Addition, Preps for Smells Like a Beer Fest

March 25, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

Two years to the day Mikerphone Brewing opened its taproom, the brewery officially opened its new addition, called the Mikerphone Blue Room. The expansion more than doubles the total square footage of the brewery, triples the seating capacity, and opens the door to a future that founder and owner Mike Pallen never could have imagined.

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Saugatuck Brewing Company | Dramanatrixxx

March 25, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Spring is starting to creep back into our lives, blessing West Michigan with warm weather, green grass and lighter beers. However, it’s still just cold enough to warm up with a stout, and Saugatuck Brewing Company’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Dramanatrixxx is good enough to leave you wishing for one more snow day.

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Germany’s Paulaner to Offer Two Popular Beers in Cans for the First Time in the US

March 22, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

America is bursting at the seams with great American craft beer options. There’s a bevy of tasty hazy IPAs and adjunct-filled stouts that generate social buzz and full bellies, but sometimes you just want a nice, easy-to-drink beer. For that, many look to and take notes from the Germans and their time-tested and rigorous brewing processes that continue to set the standard for classic beer styles. While solid imported options do exist, they can be hard to come by and even harder to identify if you’re not well-versed in traditional German brewers. Paulaner, a German stalwart of brewing that is older than America itself, is hoping to change that with Paulaner U.S.A’s announcement that their Hefe-Weizen and Original Munich Lager offerings will be available across the U.S. in 16.2oz cans this Spring. Here’s what you need to know about the new Paulaner beers gracing shelves stateside soon.

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