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The PorchCast Ep. 105 | Ren Navarro – Beer Diversity

June 7, 2023 |

In episode 105 of The PorchCast, Tristan caught up with Ren Navarro, founder of Beer Diversity to discuss her frustrations stemming from this year’s Craft Brewers Conference in Nashville.

During this discussion, we examined the positive steps taken by the Brewers Association toward boosting diversity and inclusion in craft beer, while also exploring the shortcomings that stemmed from hosting the conference in a state that has repeatedly passed anti-inclusive laws.

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Strength In Numbers | Strategic Planning Holds A Spotlight At The Craft Brewers Conference

June 7, 2023 |

Number nerds unite! This was the call to action for many brewery owners, operators, and employees during the Brewers Association 2023 Craft Brewers Conference, which took place from May 7-10 at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN. So what’s the noise about numbers and why should the craft beer community even care?

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BREAKING | 2023 World Beer Cup Results Announced

May 10, 2023 |

For the first time in its 14 competition history, the World Beer Cup has shifted from taking place every other year to becoming a yearly event.

This year’s World Beer … Read More

Colorado Breweries Win Big at 2023 World Beer Cup Awards

May 10, 2023 |

In the first year that the Brewers Association moved the 2023 World Beer Cup to a yearly event, Colorado breweries came out and had themselves a massive showing. Often referred … Read More

2023 Craft Brewers Conference External Events Guild

May 7, 2023 |

The Craft Brewers Conference returns to Nashville in 2023. This year in addition to dodging the onslaught of bachelor and bachelorette parties, you’ve also got to navigate throngs of Taylor Swift fanatics. Thankfully the one thing you won’t need to stress over is sifting through the multitude of external events surrounding the Craft Brewers Conference.

To help you break down everything happening outside of the festival, be sure to refer back to PorchDrinking’s roundup of 2023 Craft Brewers Conference External Events Guide.

This post was made possible through support from On Tap Credit Union. If you’re considering a brewery opening or expansion, or just wanting a locally crafted banking solution for your personal banking needs, reach out to our friends at www.ontapcu.org


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The Empourium Brewing Co. | Atari’s Lantern Jasmine Rice Lager

August 19, 2022 |

After earning a Bronze medal at this year’s World Beer Cup, Atari’s Lantern, a Jasmine Rice Lager, is back on tap at Denver’s The Empourium Brewing Co. First released in January 2022, The name Atari’s Lantern is a reference to Wes Anderson’s film, Isle Of Dogs. The name also serves as a nod to the taproom’s dog-friendly environment.

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Ultimate 6er | WBC Winners from Wisconsin

July 13, 2022 |

Cheese, brats, football, beer… with a claim-to-fame list like this, it’s no wonder that breweries in Wisconsin took home six medals at the 2022 World Beer Cup. The WBC coincides with the Craft Brewers Conference, which took place in Minneapolis May 3-5.

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The Return on Investment of CBC 2022

May 24, 2022 |

For a vast number of current and aspiring beer professionals, the annual Craft Brewers Conference hosted by the Brewers Association is THE go-to industry conference for all things beer-related. It’s four full days of seminars, workshops, and social networking events, plus a seemingly endless trade show floor ripe with vendors enthusiastically waiting to sell you everything from gaskets and exotic hops to insurance and glycol systems. Most attendees return home with swag bags full of branded goodies and heads full of ideas. But what’s the true return on investment (ROI) of attending the Craft Brewers Conference when it comes to growing the bottom line of your brewery business? If you or your team didn’t attend the conference, this will give you some insight into what was missed and for those that did attend, some ideas for how to revisit sessions and take advantage of all that was offered to help you optimize the business side of your brewery.

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CanSource Provides Canning Solutions Amid Minimum Increases

May 16, 2022 |

At the onset of the pandemic, the ability to pivot quickly after tasting rooms were closed for on-site consumption led a majority of breweries to focus their attention on packaging beer to-go. It was at that moment that aluminum cans became one of the hottest commodities in the industry. 

But just as canning beer became a major relief for breweries who desperately needed a way to get beer in the hands of consumers, it also became a major pain point. Ball Corp, which has long been the dominant supplier of aluminum cans, announced that it would increase minimum orders for a single SKU of printed cans from one truckload to five truck loads. This meant that a brewery that could previously order 200,000 printed cans of a single brand would now be forced to order approximately 1 million cans, essentially eliminating a primary supplier of printed cans for a majority of breweries in the market today.

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The PorchCast Ep 92 | Andrew Coplon – Secret Hopper & Craft Beer Professionals

April 29, 2022 |

In episode 92 of The PorchCast, we welcomed Andrew Coplon, founder of Secret Hopper and Craft Beer Professionals to talk about his rise in craft beer and all of the incredible industry resources he’s created through both of his endeavors.

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5 Essential Minnesota Brewery Day Trips Outside of the Twin Cities 

April 29, 2022 |

Minnesota is known as the “Land of 10,000 Beers,” or is it the “Land of 10,000 Lakes?”  Either way, with a little over 200 breweries currently located in the state, exploring the Twin Cities and beyond will lead you to some of Minnesota’s finest beers. Listed below are 5 essential day trips to breweries outside of the Twin Cities that can be completed in a day or less. This article is by no means an exhaustive list of all the day trips that could be planned to visit breweries in the “Land of 10,000 Beers” but rather a launchpad to begin exploration. 

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2022 Craft Brewers Conference External Events Guide

April 29, 2022 |

While the Craft Brewers Conference is an amazing opportunity to gain valuable education from the multitude of sessions and seminars, we know the real fun comes with the after-parties surrounding the conference. To help you navigate the week-long schedule of tap takeovers, beer dinners, special releases and more surrounding CBC we put together a day-by-day external events guide. Use the menu below to quickly navigate to the corresponding day.

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The Complete Guide to the Best Breweries in the Twin Cities

April 28, 2022 |

So, you’re coming to Minneapolis in May for the 2022 Craft Brewers Conference.

Awesome! If you’ve never been to the Land of 10,000 Lakes before, you’re in for a treat. … Read More

Join PorchDrinking for Three Days of Special CBC Events in Minneapolis

April 28, 2022 |

The PorchDrinking team is taking the Twin Cities by storm during next week’s Craft Brewers Conference by partnering with First Draft Taproom & Kitchen’s Minneapolis location for three special afternoons of special tappings and programming.

We invite all CBC attendees to join us for three days of special tappings beginning Monday, May 2 with a Lager All-Stars takeover presented by our friends at Hopsonomy, followed by a WeldWerks + Forager & Friends Rarities Takeover on Tuesday, May 3, and wrapping with a Hop All-Stars night on Wednesday, May 4.

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