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Beerstagram | August 10 – August 17

August 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Welcome to Friday, Beerstagram friends! How are we already half way through August?! I know I have said this again and again but summer really needs to slow itself down. We always love a good brew with a good view over here at PorchDrinking and this week we have plenty of brews with views. Nice photographing this week, everyone! Be sure to keep tagging us @PorchDrinkingCO and we will see you back here again next week. Cheers!

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PorchDrinking Playlist | Summer Road Trip

August 15, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Maybe you have already been on a road trip this summer, but if you haven’t yet, this playlist suits the road well. Turn it on, turn it up and cruise along! It’s only August, and there is still plenty of weekends before summer ends to get out there and enjoy a quick getaway. Even if you aren’t planning anymore getaways this summer—this is a good playlist for a weekend spent hanging out or, hell, do I even mention doing chores?! Nah, go do something way more fun than chores and take this set of songs along with you. Read More

Beerstagram | August 3 – August 10

August 11, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Hey Beerstagram, followers! Happy Friday! How did the week treat you? Hopefully not too bad and now you can celebrate because it is the weekend. Cheers to that! Do you have any fun plans for this August weekend? Hopefully porch sitting and beer drinking is on your list. See you back here again next week!

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Beerstagram | July 27 – August 3

August 4, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Hey Beerstagram fans! How is the first week of August treating you? Did you have a good IPA Day?! Seems like many of you had a few IPAs or two from the looks of the ‘grams this week. Thanks for always taking such great photos to be featured. Cheers! Be sure to keep tagging us @PorchDrinkingCO.

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Beerstagram | July 20 – July 27

July 28, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Hello there Beerstagram followers! We are already approaching the last week of July, can you believe it? What the heck! There was quite a nice collection of images to choose from this week. Some people are just so creative with their beertography, I love it! Also, how cute is that can with a parrot?! Keep on taking those sweet shots everyone. See you back here again next week, cheers!

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PorchDrinking Playlist | A Day at the Pool

July 25, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Summertime is in full swing, which means that there are a multitude of outdoor activities to participate in. Whether you’re going on a boat, hosting a BBQ or heading to the pool, all of summer’s greatest moments have one unifying factor: a great playlist.

One of my favorite summer pastimes is a relaxing day at the pool. As I’ve aged, pool time has become more about lounging (and drinking beer) and less about swimming. My taste in music while chilling in a plastic seat poolside has subsequently changed to include a good mix of country, top 50 hits and eclectic jams that cover all of my musical bases. Read More

Beerstagram | July 13 – July 20

July 21, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Hey hey, Beerstagram followers! Somehow it’s already Friday again. Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? This week we have a nice mix of photos to share with you. From cityscapes to gardenscapes, these beers got out and about this past week. Be sure to keep tagging us @PorchDrinkingCO for your chance to be featured right here. See you back here again next week. Cheers!
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PorchDrinking Playlist | Sister Act

July 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Recognizing a dire lack of new music to play on sun-sparkled highways and in the background of Sofia Coppola nature scenes, HAIM came out with a new album this month. The sisters Danielle, Este and Alana have been celebrated for their evocative California cool aesthetic before. “Something to Tell You” has been credited for its callbacks to acts like Fleetwood Mac and Bonnie Raitt. However, I still haven’t seen anyone tackle the interplay of the sisters’ vocal. Almost all the choruses are sung in unison as well as many other portions, voices mixing into one. The “close harmony” distinctive sounds of the 30’s and 40’s were dominated by sister acts. Since those early days, bands were comprised in whole or part by sisters and have played a dominate role in the music of the day. Read More

Beerstagram | July 6 – July 13

July 14, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Woah, July really needs to slow down don’t you think Beerstagram fans?! We have a lot of beers with some very pretty views to feature this week…great shots everyone! What are your plans for this weekend? Soaking in some more views, perhaps? I sure hope so! See you back here again next week! Cheers!

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PorchDrinking Playlist | Brew Gentlemen

July 11, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Braddock, Pennsylvania was once a thriving borough in Pittsburgh’s eastern suburbs, but the decline of the steel industry in the 1980s forced businesses to close and people to leave. Today, there are still more empty storefronts than occupied ones, but in the former electrical supply store at 512 Braddock Avenue, the lights are on and business is bustling. That building is now occupied by Brew Gentlemen, and this brewery is definitely drawing visitors to Braddock.
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Beerstagram | June 29 – July 6

July 7, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Hey Beerstagram fans! Did you all have a good 4th? I hope you celebrated well and enjoyed some time off. What are you up to this weekend? Hard to believe it is already Friday again. Be sure to tag @porchdrinkingco in your next beer adventure for your chance to be featured the following week. See you then. Cheers!

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Vinyl & Beers | Top 25 Artists That Went Solo

July 6, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 11 min

As we recover from celebrating the 241st anniversary of the original Brexit, I think it’s appropriate we honor those who fought for musical independence. These brave soldiers fought against egos, narcotics, less-talented band mates and guaranteed paychecks so they could feed their own ego, recruit their own band and cash larger paychecks. Like America before them, these music makers could not be shackled by their oppressors and, like our whale-friend Willy, broke free triumphantly to the sounds of sweet music.

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Brewers Describe the Value of Brewing Independence

July 3, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

The United States started as nothing more than an idea, a dream and a determination to overcome perceived empire-driven injustices. For the overwhelming majority of breweries, those values presented by our Founding Fathers echo the idea of independent brewing. Sure, there are brewing empires that could lure one to the economic promised land, but the pursuit of “hoppiness” for independent breweries is best served through self-determination rather than corporate funding. As the nation moves toward celebrating its independence, we at wanted to discuss brewing independence with a few breweries who have thumbed their proverbial noses at the King Georges of the world and exercise their freedom to brew.

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Beerstagram | June 22 – June 29

June 30, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Hello Beerstagram friends! We have a long holiday weekend ahead! What are you most looking forward to: camping, grilling, fireworks, fishing, going to the pool, baseball, fireworks, a craft beer?! Probably all of the above because they all sound amazing. We wish you a safe and festive Fourth of July. See you back here again next week, cheers!

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PorchDrinking Playlist | Red Rocks Summer 2017

June 29, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Red Rocks Amphitheater just outside of Denver, Colorado is one of those very iconic places bands love to play at and fans love to go to for concerts. Each Spring, Summer, and Fall they host numerous bands of all genres and most of the shows end up selling out, because why not? With these lineups it is hard to pass any of these shows up! We’ve put together a playlist to get you ready for your big concert-going season at the famous outdoor venue.

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PorchDrinking Playlist | Grill Greatness

June 27, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Summer is officially here which means that the sky is out, thighs are out and dad bods draped in RompHims have officially taken up residence at the grill. As Ron Swanson once pointed out, “since mankind first set meat atop fire, it has been perfect.”  If you too share this sentiment and are hoping to take your flame game up a notch this holiday weekend, you’ve come to the right par-tay. Read More

Beerstagram | June 15 – June 22

June 23, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Happy Friday Beerstagram friends! We welcomed the offical start of summer this week, hooray! What summer styles are you currently enjoying? From the look’s of this week’s roundup it seems like these beertographers were enjoying some tasty brews as well as taking in some pretty spectacular views. I’m a sucker for a craft beer amongst a lovely landscape setting. Cheers folks, see you back here again next week.

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PorchDrinking Playlist | A Night At The 90’sbury

June 22, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

I’ve been feeling strangely nostalgic lately. The combination of summer’s impending zenith and a recent trip to visit my adolescent stomping grounds stirs up all sorts of memories, and for me those memories are always tied to a soundtrack. And while it takes a lot to admit this publicly, the current flashback montage in my brain happens to be set to a thumping bass rhythm, some heavy synth, and heads violently nodding sideways, 90’s club style.

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PorchDrinking Playlist | Bonn Place Brewing Company

June 20, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Feature Image Credit: Jim Trocchio via

Of all the breweries in the Northeast, it’s likely that there is no better PorchDrinking Playlist subject than Bonn Place Brewing Company. As a relatively young addition to the growing beer scene in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, music plays a central role in every aspect of the brewery’s operation.

Bonn Place Brewing Company opened its doors in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on July 31, 2016. Bonn Place’s Grand Chancellor and brewer Sam Masotto claims that he has loved beer since he turned 21, but this answer may just be a ruse to throw the cops off his trail. As a brewer he tries not to take himself too seriously. When asked about his brewing philosophy, Masotto simply replied, “Get over yourself. Your yeast does all the work anyway.” Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | Taylor Swift Comes Back to Spotify

June 19, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Feature image courtesy of (Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images)

Back in 2014, Taylor Swift said “We are never ever getting back together” to free music streaming sites like Spotify. As of midnight on June 9, 2017, just three short years later, her musical repertoire was added back to Spotify and T-Swift fans around the world are rejoicing.

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