Beer and Music. Let’s have a good time.
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When we first met, we had very different tastes in music. One of us comes from the tail end of the 80’s rock scene, rooting firmly in the 90’s grunge and alternative music of his high school years. The other preferred the popular artists of the 90-00’s, pretty much a trendy Billboard Top 100 girl. Looking back on the old days, it’s interesting how much influence we have had on each other. She took him to his first Iron Maiden concert. He broke down and attended a Tim McGraw concert. Together, these two opposites opened up a whole world of possibilities.
I got a new car this week, due to the good people of the EPA busting VW’s scam. “Ugh” you say, “ANOTHER driving playlist, we just had one of those.” This isn’t just any driving playlist, dear readers. I’ve been a fan of the long-haul since the moment I could drive. Day trips to Toronto for a baseball game, 7 hour trips to and from Iowa City to Ann Arbor constantly in college, or an impromptu pilgrimage to Graceland, I’ll join anything. The headline photo comes from a last-minute favor to drive my friends to a KMFDM concert in Chicago. The electric system of my car Botilda shut down on I-90 but they still got in on time. Because of all these long-ass trips through the flat, level heartland of America, I started collecting voice-busters in order to power through the drive.
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Located in West Chester, Pennslyvania (the western suburbs of Philadelphia), Levante Brewing Company has developed a great local following. True to their founders’ Italian and Mediterranean roots, the brewers of Levante believe that high-quality ingredients are one of the keys to great beer. Brewing on a 15bbl production system and a smaller pilot system, they create a great variety of beers with a focus on very high quality.
Everything I know about love has come from hits on the radio between 1984 and 2004. That’s twenty years of Bryan Adams, Michael Bolton, Boyz II Men, and the heyday of the soundtrack jam. These smooth jams have guided my …
Award season is upon us. We are a couple weeks removed from the Golden Globes, and the Academy Award Nominations were just announced. 2016 was an amazing year for music in movies. From the awards-darling La La Land (nominated for a record tying 14 Oscars), to the uber charming and my favorite movie of the year Sing Street, the movies of 2016 produced some extremely streamable music.
Utah’s own 2 Row Brewing just released two highly anticipated beverages to the eager public. The first is a follow up to their recently heralded venture into the hazy IPA game. The second is possibly the highest ABV beer made in our state by a production brewery.
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My girlfriend Laina and I have been together for more than three years. We live together, have a child together, and love each other a lot. It’s not all rainbows and unicorns, though. Just like in most relationships, disagreements arise. Our fifth-largest bone of contention is control of the car stereo. In my car we listen to brilliant podcasts. My girlfriend’s car stereo is almost always tuned to the country station.
Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love. It’s a city of underdogs, fighters and (very) occasionally, champions. In the colonial days, it was home to Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, hosted the Continental Congress and saw the signing of the Declaration …
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Given the series of tumultuous world events that was 2016, I think we can all collectively agree that it’s been one helluva year–and we’re more than ready to turn over a new leaf. Luckily, New Year’s Eve gives us an excuse to do just that. For one night, let’s kick back with a few solid beers, listen to some carefree jams and look forward to a fresh start with our best friends. Put on your party pants, get thee to your house party or watering hole of choice and let loose. Happy New Year from all of us here at PorchDrinking.com!
2016 has not been the world’s finest year. With serious issues like refugee crises and Brexit to losing some of the world’s most beloved musicians, this year has offered a plethora of moments that have tested how creative we can get with our curse words. As hopefully the final punctuation mark on an explicitly awful year, we Americans have been forced to fully embrace this country’s Jack Torrance-esque decent into madness as our country has served as the Overlook Hotel during this election cycle. In this post-2016 Democalypse world, many of us are looking around hoping for a new start, and that’s why this month Vinyl and Beers is taking a look at those albums that just start off with a bang. Join us as we ask the question “What is the best opening number on an album?” as we all hope we can get through these last few weeks and begin anew.
Your social awkwardness has never done you any favors. In school, you were a wallflower and too scared to ask someone to dance. The cool kids and their brazen self-confidence make you unsure of yourself in conversation, as you try to put on an air of coolness for their benefit. Even the best of us have gotten nervous and spurted out word vomit, which inevitably elicits the question, “Why’d you have to make it weird?”
Now that winter is upon us, the days have gotten progressively shorter and the darkness of the season has followed suit. For me, this often means facing the daily morning struggle of willing myself out of bed to face a chilly ‘day’ that resembles something far more akin to the middle of the night.
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Every year my wife spends days combing through new Christmas music, and revisiting classic versions and compiles a new seasonal mix of music. Every year she spends even more time trying to come up …
It’s that time of year again. The holidays have begun and Thanksgiving is already here! Be prepared (at least with the music you’re going to play) with this Thanksgiving playlist. It holds a nice mix of modern indie and americana, classical strings and piano, retro jazz, and even a little bit of 60s folk the perfect background tunes to pair with your meal. Have a great Thanksgiving!
Have you heard the one where ‘two PorchDrinkers walk into a bar’? Probably, since you visit our site frequently enough. Although, this one is a little bit different. It all started Wednesday night during GABF week in Denver. Shortly after dropping our luggage at the hotel, we headed straight for Falling Rock Tap House. It’s always a hot spot during beer’s biggest week, and we needed to be lucky if we were going to find a place to sit to grab a bite.
With the days growing shorter and the mercury dropping in the glass, it will take something more than your standard Top 40 hit to bring joy and energy back to your soul. Meet Schlager. It’s widely considered to be one of the cheesiest pop music forms in the world, but middle-aged Germans and Austrians still consume it with vigor. With danceable beats and cliche lyrical themes, you may wonder why I’d concoct such a playlist…
The clocks have been moved back to standard time for fall and the days are growing shorter and the nights certainly much longer. With the darker and chillier days you need some tunes to get you through until Daylight Savings Time comes again. Folk music is one of those things that seems to go hand in hand with this time of year. Cozy up with this playlist, light some candles or a fire, and enjoy it all standard time season long.
Happy fall, y’all! The weather has finally taken a turn for the chilly and pumpkin spice flavored everything has made its return to basic greatness. We’re here to spice up the cozy months ahead with yet another seasonal stockpile of sounds that are old, new and pumpkin optional.
Bout that time again folks, the season of spook is upon us! Ghosts are waiting to be busted and basic witches near and far are happily sipping on their nonfat pumpkin spice lattes in between capturing the ultimate fall foliage selfies.
With racial tensions higher than ever, and an election cycle that exacerbated those riffs to an even greater degree, it’s time to bring us back down to Earth and just laugh a little, sing a little, awkwardly dance a lot. That’s right white folks, Songs White People Love is back for Volume III, and it’s more awkward than ever.