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Beerstagram | April 20 – April 27

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

Hello Beerstagram followers! How has your week been? Did you celebrate National Pretzel Day on Wednesday? Mmm pretzels & beer. As we wrap up April this weekend, doesn’t it feel like it needs to be summer already? With an impending snowstorm looming this weekend here in Denver, the beach is definitely calling. Cheers to warmer weather. See you back here again next week!

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Craft Beer’s Identity Crisis

April 27, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

Peanut butter, chai tea, lemongrass, oranges, roadkill, lemons, gunsmoke, dill: these are a few of the featured ingredients in craft beers on display at my local bottle shop. The variety does not stop there. How about a triple-pale ale, dry-hopped, cosmic-toasted, sour-peat-pilsner-stout loaded with enough alcohol to sterilize a barbershop comb? Is there a “normal” in beer anymore? And when did the word “infused” become the craft beer buzzword? Everything is infused.
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Ultimate 6er | Feeling Nostalgic About Pop-Punk Music

April 26, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

I recently attended 2 sold out nights of New Found Glory’s 20 years of pop-punk anniversary tour in Philadelphia. I was feeling a little nostalgic to think this band has been around for 20 years now. They had performed during the first concert I ever went to. Completely unsure of what to expect at my first concert, I stood in a mosh pit with platform sandals on. Years later, I learned not to wear that same footwear attire to a concert ever again. Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | Spring Storms

April 25, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Photo Credit: Mathew Powers: Campo, Colorado tornado (2010). 

No place on Earth enjoys conditions more conducive for tornadoes than the U.S. It’s not even close. And, late April into June marks the peak of tornado season. Music, like severe weather, masterfully pieces otherwise chaotic components into an orderly, harmonious sensory delight. Both can evoke feelings of tranquility or make one’s heart beat rapidly.

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Beerstagram | April 13 – April 20

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

Hey, hey Beerstagram fans! How is it going this week? I want to give a big thank you shout out to Hannah for taking the feed over for me last week while I was traveling. It was fun to jump back in again this week and catch up with what you all have been sipping on, plenty of great photos to choose from, that is for sure. Cheers, folks! See you again back here next week!

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QuickFish Poke Bar Announces Launch at Avanti Food & Beverage

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

This is a Sponsored Post for Avanti F&B

One Hawaiian appetizer has recently created a food trend foothold on the U.S. Mainland, and one Portland restaurant is bringing its own version of this seafood cuisine to Avanti Food & Beverage this summer.

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Vinyl & Beers | Milli Vanilla-i and Other Tales

April 20, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

As with all great vices, we tell ourselves that as long as we are contributing something positive to the world, then we can indulge our heart’s desires. At least that is what I have convinced myself with Vinyl and Beers, that I can drink as much beer and buy as many records as I deem necessary for the sake of beauty. Being fully committed to my art, I pair a record from my collection with every beer I drink at home, and these are their stories. DUN DUN.

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PorchDrinking Playlist | Heavy Hitters

April 20, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Welcome to baseball season! It’s no secret some songs get the crowd pumped. For this playlist, I had to listen to a few hours worth of “walk-out music” (tough, I know). What transpired is a list of songs that made me want to move and jam out. It also caused me to conjured up fond memories of baseball games throughout the years.

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Waking and Baking News | Declaration Brewing 420 Pack of Beer Is Actually a Thing

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

Declaration Brewing Co. (Denver, CO) announced the sizable unveiling of its “420 Freedom Pack.” Requiring 4 people to be carried out of the liquor store, the 420 Freedom Pack boasts 17 ½ cases of beer. The 420 pack consists of Declaration’s signature beer series including 1,872 fluid ounces of Impure Penelope Armstrong American IPA and Hardtack Copper Ale, and 1,296 fluid ounces of Purloined Pearl Pale Ale. The unfathomably purchase-able gimmick is available at Winter Park Wine & Spirits and the Preamble Taphouse (inside Declaration Brewing).

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Beerstagram | April 7 – April 13

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

This week, it was literally my job to stalk my favorite breweries on Instagram. Isn’t life rough?

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Ultimate 6er | Gilmore Girls

April 13, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

Carole King said it best when she sang, “where you lead, I will follow,” in the intro song for the Gilmore Girls. Since the beginning, the show has created a cult following that’s multi-generational, divisive (are you Team Jess or Team Logan) and very loyal. For seven seasons I followed the Gilmore Girls around the town of Stars Hollow, through the halls of Chilton, attended Friday night dinners, and had coffee at Luke’s. I cheered as Netflix announced the release of a four-episode continuation of the series and then mourned when it was all over (seriously, what’s up with those last four words)? But what I love about the show is that it’s always there waiting for you. Frozen in time, from the span of 2000 – 2007, filled with kooky characters and questionable fashion choices, the Gilmore Girls welcome you to step into their world and enjoy the ride. Read More

Ultimate 6er | Great Beers to Guzzle While Watching the Boys of Summer

April 12, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

Few things go better together than baseball and beer. In my hometown of St. Louis, having your first beer at a Cardinals game is a right of passage enjoyed by generations of St. Louisans. There is nothing better than sipping a cold one on a hot summer day while cheering on your team, or jeering your team’s opponent. But only in recent years has craft beer started taking off at ballparks around the league, offering new and better options for baseball-loving beer fans other than those from the largest breweries in the land.

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Shut Up and Brew: How Do We Deal with Brewery Politics?

April 12, 2017 | 4 Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

On March 10, 2003, Natalie Mains of the Dixie Chicks told a crowd of concert goers in England that she was ashamed that President Bush was from Texas, because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The backlash was immediate and harsh when the statement was taken out of its anti-war context and presented in the light of ‘we are ashamed of Bush’. It led to a near industry-wide blackout of the Dixie Chicks, who at the time were arguably the biggest country music act to obtain success beyond Nashville since Garth Brooks. As we move along through the first months of the Trump regime, with all the protests and boycotts that have come along with it, it looked like the craft beer world may be dragged into the fray as well.

The Dixie Chicks spoke for themselves, but what happens when a corporation speaks for one of its members? Just ask Ballast Point.

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PorchDrinking Playlist | Mraz Brewing Company

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

Featured photo courtesy of Mraz Brewing Company.

For this PorchDrinking Playlist we reached out to one of our favorite California natives, Mike Mraz, owner and head brewer for Mraz Brewing Company in El Dorado Hills, CA. We had the pleasure to meet Mike a few years back during the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. It was a wonderful experience to walk the great halls of the Colorado Convention Center with such a knowledgeable master of beer. An expert craftsman showing us the way was both thrilling and a tad bit intimidating. Mike welcomed us into his crew for the weekend, resulting in an adventurous time. The following year we hung out again, inspiring a portion of our Are You GABF Experienced? playlist. Read More

Beerstagram | March 30 – April 6

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

Happy April, Beerstagram followers! Did you get tricked into anything on April Fools Day? From the looks of it you did manage to drink some pretty spectacular beers this week. You also weren’t hesitant to include your pets in the shots, either and that is more than fine by us. Ahhh… that shot with the goat melts my heart, too darn cute! Have a great weekend, see you back here next week! Cheers!

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Ultimate 6er | The Masters Golf Tournament Edition

April 5, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Masters Photo Credit: more-sky.com

The first golf major of the year is one that’s filled with mystique, nostalgia and fierce competition. The Masters, held at Augusta National in Augusta, Georgia, is defined by its majestic blooming azaleas and fast greens that test the nerves of even the most accomplished veteran golfer. It is, as Jim Nantz proclaims, “A tradition unlike any other.” For die hard golf fans, few things surpass Sunday at the Masters, capped off by the presentation of the famed green jacket to the tournament winner. As golfers worry about picking the right club, fans must be sure to pick the right beer. So, let us be your beer caddy.

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PorchDrinking Playlist | Be Kind, Rewind (A New Year’s Resolution Check-In)

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

How has 2017 been treating you so far? I think it has been a pretty rockin’ year. I fully expected 2017 to commence in a far more miserable fashion judging by the speed at which people determinedly blotted out the remainder of 2016 with an impressively steady flow of champagne. To my (personal) pleasant surprise, even the hangovers in 2017 appear to have resolutions which I’m convinced have something to do with showing a little bit of mercy. Read More

Chicago White Sox Stadium’s Craft Kave Boasts 75 Craft Beers

April 3, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The Craft Kave at Guaranteed Rate Field has taken the traditional baseball and beer concept and improved it mightily. Fans can enter the bar, order any of the 75 craft/quasi-craft beers, eat chef-inspired food or order from the full bar menu. Early indications are that the new relationship between the Chicago White Sox and its new stadium owner, Guaranteed Rates, are taking craft beer seriously. This is no gimmick, this is a celebration of good beer.

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Beerstagram | March 23 – 30

March 31, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Hello, Beerstagram friends! Hard to believe that March is already winding down. Orval Day happened this past week, did you get to enjoy any of that? We have quite the selection of mighty fine beer-tography for you this week, please enjoy Be sure to keep tagging us @porchdrinkingco for your chance to be featured. Until we meet back here again next week, cheers to you!

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