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Ultimate 6er | Six More Reasons to Hate the Holidays

December 22, 2021 |

Being a grinch has lost a little bit of its punch over the last couple of years. There’s so much to hate year-round that a good old-fashioned holiday hate-fest doesn’t seem super relevant. When you’ve got people screaming at flight attendants and beer workers, a representative government that doesn’t give a sh*t about the people it represents and the hottest new viral mutation running rampant, it seems trite to write a holiday hate piece.

And yet, here we are.

Here are six more reasons to absolutely hate the holidays this season, and six perfect beers to take the edge off while you find another stupid hiding spot for your Elf on a Shelf.

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Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Launches Craft Your Own Celebration

December 22, 2021 |

It’s been no secret around these parts that the Big Beer Belgians and Barleywines Festival is widely regarded as one of the most celebrated beer fest experiences in the country. However, with this past year and 2022’s back-to-back cancellations, both as a result of COVID, it’ll likely mean a full three-year hiatus before attendees will get an opportunity to enjoy rare high ABV beers at even higher altitudes.

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Side Project Brewing | M.J.K. Barleywine

December 22, 2021 |

It is so difficult to address the true outcome of a beer so heavily shrouded by hype. It’s no secret to the craft beer community that Side Project Brewing boasts one of, if not the best, barrel programs in the world. Even the likes of M.J.K., a beer representing the culmination of their barleywine production, finds itself constantly under scrutiny, for the most part by those who will never actually have a chance to try it themselves. Again provided with an incredibly rare opportunity to open yet another La Coterie exclusive bottle, M.J.K. was one in particular that needed a showcase.

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What’s a Kettle Sour All About?

December 21, 2021 |

What’s the difference between a Kettle Sour and a traditional sour? Is there even a difference? It’s a question that I hear frequently as breweries continually explore new beer styles. The answer is that yes, there are critical differences in the flavors of the beers and in how they’re made.

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4 Noses Brewing Co. | El Jefe Con Leche

December 21, 2021 |

As the days grow thin and our waistlines grow out, is there anything more synonymous with winter than dark beer? Love them or hate them, the dark malty goodness of Imperial Stouts are a staple for cold weather indulgence.
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BREAKING | McWhinney Purchases Great Divide Brewing Co.’s Barrel Bar

December 20, 2021 |

Great Divide Brewing Co. announced today that its Barrel Bar facility in Denver’s River North Art District was purchased by Colorado-based real estate investment, development, and management firm McWhinney. Service at the Barrel Bar will continue uninterrupted.

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Revolution Brewing Offers Some Twists in Third Deep Wood Release

December 20, 2021 |

It’s crazy to think that we’re down to just one more Revolution Brewing Deep Wood release in January, after the third set of beers came out a couple of weeks ago.

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Schlafly Beer | Salted Caramel Stout

December 20, 2021 |

Winter is here, so it is time of the year for beers that warm you up – and Schlafly Beer Salted Caramel Stout is the perfect fit. This soft and delicious Stout is part of Schlafly’s Stout Bout Hall of Fame winter sampler pack.

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SweetWater Brewing Celebrates Grand Opening in Fort Collins, Colorado

December 17, 2021 |

For a while, the trout was their only clue.

Driving past the former Red Truck Beer Company taproom and distribution center in Fort Collins, Colorado, it was clear that whatever business had once occurred there was now at a full … Read More

West Sixth Brewing & Bulleit Bourbon | Bourbon Barrel Brownie

December 17, 2021 |

There’s a new Bourbon Barrel Ale on the block. Kentucky’s West Sixth Brewing and Bulleit Distilling Co. have teamed up to create Bourbon Barrel Brownie, an Imperial Brown Ale aged in Bulleit Bourbon barrels.

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Colorado Beer Beat | Bi-Weekly Beer Release Guide 12/16

December 16, 2021 |

Welcome to the Colorado Beer Beat, a bi-weekly roundup of all of the new can releases around the state. From Denver to Grand Junction and everywhere in between, we have you covered. Be sure to check back on Thursdays to find out what’s new in the Colorado beer scene.

As we approach Christmas next weekend, you may be wondering what new beers you should be trying for the holiday weekend. Well luckily for you, we’re coming through as always with new can releases aplenty! From candy cane-centric beers to re-released classics, you won’t have any trouble finding options… now picking from those options, that may be another story. From all of us here at Porch Drinking, have a merry Christmas, and a great rest of your holiday season!

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Boys Are From Märzen Podcast | Carla Lauter ‘Beer Babe’

December 16, 2021 |

In Episode 59 of the “Boys Are From Märzen” podcast, Kindsey Bernhard is joined by Carla Lauter, a freelance beer writer and blogger.

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The PorchCast | Ep 87 WeldWerks Brewing Company

December 15, 2021 |

In episode 87 of The PorchCast, Tristan and Bryant made the trek up to Greeley to meet up with the good folks at WeldWerks Brewing, one of the country’s fastest-growing buzzy breweries. They were joined by Kristin Popcheff, Director of People and Culture, Skip Schwartz, the newly anointed Head Brewer, and Roy Van Anda, Community Engagement Manager.

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Brothers Craft Brewing | Doppelbock

December 15, 2021 |

The Doppelbock is a criminally underrated beer style. While many German styles are known for their simplicity, Doppelbocks take the love of grain into overdrive by emphasizing on layers of malty sweetness. Thanks to their alcohol content and variable grain bill, Doppelbocks are allowed to have a bit more expression from the brewery. That’s why Spaten Doppelbock leans more caramel-y whereas Tröegs Troegenator is more savory and fruit-forward. Where Brothers Craft Brewing re-invents the Doppelbock comes from a particular infusion of a very special wood.

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Copper Kettle Brewing | Snowed In Mocha Imperial Stout

December 14, 2021 |

Just in time for the coldest, darkest part of winter, Copper Kettle Brewing’s 2021 Snowed In Mocha Imperial Oatmeal Stout has arrived. This great fireside beer makes you want to abandon all responsibilities, kick back and watch the snow fly. Read More

Five Questions with Julia Herz on Her Return to The Brewers Association

December 13, 2021 | 1

When running through a list of craft beer luminaries who have had the most significant impact on the industry, names like Charlie Papazian, Michael Jackson, Garrett Oliver, Kim Jordan, Ken Grossman, Sam Calagione, Natalie and Vinny Cilurzo are often quick to roll off the tongue. However, to the common beer drinker, Julia Herz is a name that may not be as commercially recognizable as the rest but continues to have the most enduring impact on the current craft beer landscape.

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How Breweries Are Embracing TikTok

December 13, 2021 |

It’s the fastest-growing social media network. It hit one billion monthly users in just four years, half the time it took Facebook to hit that same number. TikTok is a global phenomenon and breweries are slowly getting on board.

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Cultivate by Forbidden Root is Now Open

December 10, 2021 |

Cultivate by Forbidden Root is now open in Lincoln Square. This is the brewery’s second Chicago location, which takes over the space previously occupied by Band of Bohemia. The Forbidden Root team has brightened and opened up the space, introduced an updated menu and are encouraging people to get out of their comfort zones with their beer list, in the best possible way. Their menu features elevated brewery food, including a Porchetta French Dip Sandwich that melts in your mouth after the perfect au jus dunk. The beer menu is extensive and unique, mirroring Forbidden Root’s West Town location. Foeder-aged and kviek style beers set this location’s beer menu apart. The team plans to continue to experiment with all the funk, especially with the attached taproom opening soon.

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2nd Shift Brewing | Chateau La Douchebag

December 10, 2021 |

We have all seen them lining up outside a brewery as early as 6 a.m. — or sometimes the night before — to ensure they can be the first to claim their coveted release before anyone else and sometimes even flip the bottle on the secondary market. Yes, the rare beer seekers are out there, lurking in almost every brewery and bottle shop just waiting for that whale of a beer to drop.

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PorchDrinking’s Holiday Gift Guide 2021

December 9, 2021 |

After what seemed to be maybe three months since the last holiday season, it is already December! This means my favorite sport is upon us; gift giving. Finding the perfect gift for those that you love is truly an aphrodisiac, but it can be hard to figure out the right one. As it is one of my main talents, I thought I’d share my advice. Check out my list of gift ideas that the craft beer enthusiast in your life will love!

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