Earlier this week I was sitting at work despite a Level 2 snow emergency. Had I still been in grade school, I would have had the day off, and I would have been outside sledding, building a snowman, etc. Alas, I am an adult, and I had to dig my car out from under half a foot of snow to make the drive into the office at a measly 25mph. As you can probably tell, unlike when I was a kid, I now despise this time of year, so I thought I’d see how the rest of the staff feels about the white stuff now that we’re all grown up.
2014 was a year of good beers, but sometimes we have favorites that weren’t necessarily released this past year. We asked the PorchDrinking staff to name their most memorable beers. Little did we know, we’d get such a variety from all over the world!
This week we asked our PorchDrinking crew a question they were certainly prepared to answer: If you were introducing someone to the world of craft beer, what beer or brewery would you start them off with? The result is a fool-proof guide to masterfully convert anyone to craft beer.
This week PorchDrinking tackles a widely debated issue: How early is too early to start listening to Christmas music? I started listening to Christmas music November 13. Was that too soon? According to our staff, yes, yes it was. I also wanted to know everyone’s favorite songs of the season (secretly so I could add them to my already ginormous Christmas playlist :)). Personally, I’m really digging Karen O’s rendition of “Marshmallow World” for Target, and I don’t think you can ever go wrong with Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” And Frank Sinatra’s Christmas album…classic. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below!
The PorchDrinking staff put the beer news aside for a second and got real together! We revisited last year’s roundtable and shared what we’re thankful for this past year. Find out how sappy the staff really is.
For this week’s Roundtable Discussion, we asked our PorchDrinkers for the strangest beer ingredients they’ve ever come across and they came through with some seriously out there brews. These beers are not for the faint of heart. Feel free to keep the list going and add your strangest beer ingredient experience in the comments below.
Last week, Mike Zoller posted this article on our staff page and posed the question, “Would you pay $120 for a 22oz beer?” For this week’s Roundtable Discussion, we decided to take it a step further. We asked our fellow PDers for the most expensive bottle of beer they’ve ever purchased, how much it actually cost them, and how much is too much to pay for a single bottle. Scroll down to find out what they said and please feel free to leave your comments below!
This week our Roundtable was inspired by a real life one that our founder, Tristan had with some friends over beer. He wanted to know what the rest of the staff thought. (You can find his opinion below.)
We asked: In your opinion what are the 10 best movie franchises of all time? We aren’t asking for your favorite franchises, but rather, the best. (Note, franchises must be comprised of at least 3 movies to count.)
Who needs a haunted house? Our PorchDrinking staff prepares to get spooked by remembering some of their scariest memories from Halloweens past.
In this week’s Roundtable Discussion we asked the PorchDrinking team, “where was your favorite childhood birthday party held?” Be prepared for some serious nostalgia.
This past weekend was Homecoming Weekend at my alma mater, Ohio University. We may not be big on football, but we are big on fun! Friday night everyone’s just getting into town, so naturally everyone meets at the bars. And I’m talking EVERYONE. There were lines 20-30 people deep just to get in! Even the university’s drumline makes an appearance! Saturday morning the bars open around 7 for kegs & eggs, the parade is at 10 (my favorite part of which is the alumni band pictured above), and then it’s time to tailgate. Or go to the bars. The football game is usually mid-afternoon, and if anyone goes, they pretty much stay until halftime, and then…yep, you guessed it, they go to the bars. Homecoming in Athens is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. People fly in from all over the country, some from all over the world, just to be back here for this one weekend, so I was curious to find out what Homecoming is like at other schools. I think the number of responses I got speaks for itself, but let’s go ahead and see what our staff had to say in this week’s Roundtable Discussion.
This weekend marked the first time in 50 years that there are no longer Saturday morning cartoons on the major TV networks. In honor of those foregone glory days, we asked the PorchDrinking staffers, “what were your favorite Saturday morning cartoons?”
Great American Beer Festival takes place Oct. 2-4 at the Colorado Convention Center. Since that’s right around the corner, we asked our staff if they had a GABF game plan and what it was. Are they looking forward to sours, pumpkin, big beers or hoppy beers?
As extreme beer enthusiasts, our PorchDrinking team knows their beer and they also know where to find it and be completely content for the rest of their lives. In this week’s Roundtable Discussion, I asked the team where they would relocate if their only criteria was excellent beer. Many are already living in their beer heaven. Others knew exactly where they’d rather be if beer’s the sole decider.
If you find yourself getting the itch to try on a new hometown, you may want to take note of their answers.
Recently, one of our writers shared a link to an article entitled, The Blonde and the Bubbly, about a strip club/brewpub in Medway, OH. I kept inaccurately referred to the article as “Beer and Boobs” in conversation all week. Clearly, the Dayton Daily Paper’s headline is classier. It got me thinking, however, that beer + activity = specialty brewpub, and there must be dozens of untapped ideas out there. I asked our staffers what specialty brewpubs they’d like to see.
If there are any investors out there, leave your information in the comments.
Fellow PorchDrinking staff member Joshua Kan started the discussion about a week ago. His story goes a little like this.
A friend of mine just posted this status:
“Boycotting pumpkin beers and pumpkin spice coffees until it’s OFFICIALLY fall. One season at a time guys. Don’t be a Walmart.”
Thought it was a pretty interesting topic. What are your thoughts on drinking seasonal beers out of season?
Family, friends, and fans were crushed to learn of the untimely passing of actor, comedian, and all around great guy Robin Williams, Monday, August 11, 2014 from an apparent suicide following a long battle with severe depression. He was 63.
President Barack Obama issued the following statement from the White House Monday.
Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien — but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most — from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalized on our own streets.
Many of our staff felt the loss of Robin Williams more deeply than perhaps expected; after all, we didn’t know him personally. However, those who did know him well have said that Robin Williams’ talent was matched only by his kindness. His body of work speaks for itself, as does the outcry of support, love, and grief all over social media. Robin Williams was kind on a grand scale; he was able to touch millions of lives through his movies and imbued audiences with a sense that somewhere out there, someone cares about you.
We wanted to pay tribute to this man who touched so many so deeply by remembering all Robin Williams’ moments that affected us in some way.
Heads up, there is some NSFW content below.
We all know the DJ Snake/L’il John song “Turn Down for What”. But do we all know what it means? With a little help from this Vox article to demystify the term “turn down”, our team answered the question, “What would you “turn down” for? Never been so turnt up to to turn down after these answers.
Ever wish you could pull a Back to the Future move and tell your 21-year-old self a few things? We asked the PorchDrinking staff to tell us what advice they would give a younger version of themselves. The answers ranged from words of wisdom to a specific day in time that they may want to avoid.