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2022 GABF Results | What Breweries Won Big This Year?

October 8, 2022 |

The last two years have been… let’s say rough. One beacon of light that has emerged the last few months has been the re-emergence of beer festivals. However, due to its massive size, there were doubts that Great American Beer Festival would be able to come back swinging in 2022. Doubt no more, because the masses of craft beer nerds have descended upon Denver to bask in GABF’s glory once again.

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Colorado Breweries Who Won Big at the 2022 GABF Competition

October 8, 2022 |

Colorado has perennially performed well at GABF, but after a somewhat lackluster showing last year with only 21 medals they rebounded in a big way in 2022. This year, independent breweries from the Centennial State took home 26 medals including … Read More

Boys Are From Märzen Podcast | Katie de la Rosa Half Acre

October 7, 2022 |

In Episode 71 of “Boys Are From Märzen” podcast, Kindsey Bernhard is joined by Katie de la Rosa, Hospitality General Manager at Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago. 

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2022 Great American Beer Fest Day 1 Recap | Standouts and Hidden Gems

October 7, 2022 |

The bagpipers did more than kick-off the 40th annual Great American Beer Fest; they signaled the end of a two-year hiatus caused by the global pandemic. And with that re-start, the PorchDrinking team is back roaming the aisles and aisles of booths, sampling beer and taking notes. Without further ado, here is our team’s GABF Day 1 Recap – our favorites and hidden gems.

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Colorado Beer Beat | Bi-Weekly Beer Release Guide GABF Week

October 6, 2022 |

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 (usually!) to find out what’s new in the Colorado beer scene.

As we go through the final countdown to GABF, you may be wondering to yourself, are there going to be any releases I can pick up even if I’m not at GABF itself? Well, the answer is yes! That being said, with the sheer volume of special releases only available at GABF, it’s looking like a lighter couple of weeks for the canned and bottled releases. If you’re one of the lucky attendees of this year’s GABF, you can find some helpful tips here, that if we’re honest, are pretty valid for first-timers or grizzled veterans of the event!

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Ultimate 6er | Beers to Drink on the Couch While the Rest of These Jerks Gawk at Leaves

October 5, 2022 |

It’s no longer fashionable to rip on pumpkin beers, cozy-sweater-cocoa zombies or Nickelback. It’s been done. It’s worn out. Pumpkin spice is far too ubiquitous to fight any longer. The war’s been fought and to the victor go the gourd-flavored spoils. We’ve lost.

As hot girl summer slowly morphs into beer belly autumn, there are few activities more confusing to the aliens documenting our earthling lives than leaf-peeping.

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2022 GABF Guided Routes | Hoppy Beers to Try at GABF

October 5, 2022 |

The Great American Beer Festival is nearly upon us! And as we always do, each year at PorchDrinking, we’re here to help you navigate the vast lineup of beers to help with planning your route at the fest. As part of that research, we’ve sifted through every beer pouring at this year’s event to bring you a series of themed routes to help you plan for your GABF based on various styles and flavors.

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Roadhouse Brewing Co. | Mountain Jam Vol. 8 Hazy IPA

October 4, 2022 |

There are many things in life that pair well with great craft beer. One of the most notable experiences that pair very well, if not the best, is music! One such craft beer we’ve tried recently that we’ve thoroughly enjoyed that has ties to music is Mountain Jam Vol. 8 from Roadhouse Brewing Co.

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2022 GABF Guided Routes | Lagers & Session Beers to Try at GABF

October 3, 2022 |

The Great American Beer Festival is nearly upon us! And as we always do, each year at PorchDrinking, we’re here to help you navigate the vast lineup of beers to help with planning your route at the fest. As part of that research, we’ve sifted through every beer pouring at this year’s event to bring you a series of themed routes to help you plan for your GABF based on various styles and flavors.

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First-Timer’s Guide to Attending the Great American Beer Festival

October 3, 2022 | 1

On Wednesday, I fly to Denver, Colorado for my first ever Great American Beer Festival. I’ve never attended GABF and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t overwhelmed. If you, like me, need advice for your first Great American Beer Festival, keep scrolling.

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The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery | Mecktoberfest

September 29, 2022 |

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, locally known as Olde Meck or OMB, releases Mecktoberfest every fall to celebrate the Oktoberfest season in Charlotte.

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Comrade Brewing | Fresh Hop Superpower IPA

September 29, 2022 |

Comrade Brewing’s Fresh Hop Superpower IPA bursts with vibrant and intense hop flavor. Using over 500 pounds of hops from Colorado craft hop growers Billy Goat Hop Farm, the Denver brewery has amped up its already-hoppy IPA. Read More

Varietal Beer Co. | Valley Fresh IPA

September 27, 2022 |

Where hops are, fresh hop IPAs are, too. The first week of September brings a buzz to the community of Sunnyside, Washington. Agriculture built this town — hop culture, to be exact. The first week of September (give or take) is the kickoff of harvest season, and drinking a Valley Fresh IPA is a great way to celebrate it.

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PorchDrinking 10th Anniversary Beer Festival Pour List Revealed

September 26, 2022 | 1

By now, it’s no secret that PorchDrinking’s 10th Anniversary Beer Festival has brought out an all-star cast of breweries from across the country and locally to kick off GABF week in a massive way. Now, with just over a week until the festival, we’re thrilled to unveil an equally jaw-dropping initial pour list that features a prolific array of rarities that span a wide diversity of styles.

From barrel-aged Stouts to Barleywines, crispy Pilsners, and historic ales, to spontaneous and wild ales and fruited icebiers, there’s truly something special for everyone.

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Event Recap | Welcome: A Farmhouse & Lager Festival

September 23, 2022 |

Eschewing the typical Barrel-Aged Stout and Hazy IPA hype beers of most festivals these days, Welcome – A Farmhouse & Lager Festival takes a gentler approach in beer styles, highlighting some of Colorado’s best Farmhouse Ales and Lagers being produced. Subtlety and nuance are the defining characteristics of these styles, and it takes a discerning brewer to properly craft them and make something greater than the sum of its often simplistic parts.

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The Complete PorchDrinking 2022 GABF Week Events Guide

September 22, 2022 |

Part of the magic associated with the return of GABF involves all of the incredible beer events that take place outside of the actual festival. Although technically the Great American Beer Fest (GABF) begins on Thursday, October 6 and runs through Saturday, October 8, the festivities begin well before the main event and continue throughout the week.

From special tap takeovers to paired beer dinners, out-of-state bottle releases, and collaborations to full-fledged beer festivals, the beer world descends upon Denver in all of its glory. With over a week jam-packed full of events, it can be a bit hard to navigate. Luckily we’re here to help sort through it all with the return of our 2022 GABF Week Events Guide.

2022 GABF Routes:

Be sure to bookmark this page or check back often as we will continue to update the page as events are released.
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Colorado Beer Beat | Bi-Weekly Beer Release Guide 9/22

September 22, 2022 |

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 (usually!) to find out what’s new in the Colorado beer scene.

GABF season is finally upon us! If you’re ready to immerse yourself in all things GABF, you may want to check out what Hops & Pie is up to this year. After a three-year hiatus, they’re back to hosting a slate of events in honor of GABF itself. With a new brewery takeover every night from October 5 through 8, you’ll have plenty to look forward to!

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Einstök Ölgerð | Arctic Pale Ale

September 22, 2022 |

If you’re in the United States, you may have noticed a new Icelandic beer appearing on bottle store shelves. Einstök Ölgerð (“unique brewery” in Icelandic) offers several beers that, while are based on standard styles, are truly unique. Einstök Arctic Pale Ale is a superb example of how a style many of us have tried numerous versions of can honor tradition while still standing out.

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2022 Texas Craft Brewers Festival Beer Lists Announced

September 20, 2022 |

The Texas Craft Brewers Festival, featuring more than 70 craft breweries, returns on October 1, 2022, to Fiesta Gardens in Austin, TX. The event, which the Texas Craft Brewers Guild organizes is the state’s largest beer event focused exclusively on Texas-brewed craft beer.

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Off the Rails Brewing | Yolo IPA

September 20, 2022 |

Off the Rails Brewing is situated on historic Murphy Avenue, right by the Caltrain rail station, in Sunnyvale, California, a larger ‘burb in the South Bay area between San Francisco and San Jose. For the longest time, they were draft-only, but all that changed a few weeks ago when they began canning a few of their brews, including Yolo, their signature “fruity” IPA. Read More