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Ultimate 6er | NFL Conference Championship Weekend

January 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

As Chiefs fans continue to complain about officiating and Cowboys fans wait yet “another year,” it is time for the rest of the country to gear-up for the NFL Championship games. The Green Bay Packers take their cheese-loving selves to Atlanta to face the “Dirty Bird” Falcons while the Steelers will be waving their terrible towels at Gillette Stadium against the Patriots. To celebrate the championship games I have built the Ultimate 6er showcasing some of the best beers that represent these sports town cities. Included are two brews that will keep us looking forward to the Super Bowl and into next season.

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Event Recap | 2016 Burning Can REEB Ranch

August 22, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 7 min

The light showers and skirting thunderstorms around the mountains in western North Carolina couldn’t hold a candle to the electricity coming from the stage at Oskar Blues Burning Can held at their REEB Ranch in Brevard the 15th and 16th of July. A weekend full of nature, funky tunes, great beer and fantastic activities swarmed festival attendees, with just enough rain to keep the crowd cool from the scorching summer heat many have been suffering. Read More

2016 Summer Olympics | Pennsylvania Craft Beer Pride

August 5, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

The upcoming 2016 Olympics in Rio are about to evoke some serious excitement and national pride. Americans everywhere are looking forward to tuning in to swimming, gymnastics and beach volleyball. For two short weeks, we will all look to the medal counts, feeling as if our success as a nation is in the balance.

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Mascot Madness: Which Mascot Would Win in a Fight?

March 17, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Yes, I’m back at it again. The great thing about March Madness is that the teams are different every year, so the insane question of which mascot would win in a fight can be asked again and again, with new anthropomorphic characters to hypothetically duke it out. Read More

Objective Bracketology: Be the Only One in Your Pool to Use These Methods

March 17, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

With March Madness kicking off this week, everyone is watching their brackets closely to see which teams will rise to the top of the NCAA tournament. From detailed player analysis to superstitious patterns, people spend a lot of time and energy coming up with the best angle for filling out a bracket so that they can win their March Madness pool

And then some other jerk who arbitrarily picked their teams wins.

So if you can’t beat them, join them, right? I’ve covered this in the past with brackets based on things like which team’s mascot would win in a fight, and a year later, which team’s school boasts the most famous alumni.  Those brackets did not do well. There’s no reason to think that this year’s Mascot Madness will do any better. Maybe that’s because I used totally subjective judgments to determine who should win each match-up. Maybe what my bracketology needs is a conceit based on data with much more empirical value, but with the same basketball wisdom.

In other words, I came up with brackets that are objective, but have NOTHING to do with how well the teams play basketball.

I am for real entering these brackets in some public pools, just so I can see which strategy is most practical, and how many actual college basketball fans I can beat. If you really don’t know who to pick in your pool, give one of these brackets a shot. Give March a bit more Madness.


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March Methods | A “How To” Guide For Completing Your NCAA Tournament Bracket

March 16, 2016 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

March Madness is upon us and with that the annual tradition of filling in a tournament bracket. The tournament plays out in very unpredictable fashion, making it extremely unlikely to pick even the first round games correctly, let alone the whole thing. Here are 10 possible strategies to setting a bracket that will defeat your friends, family and co-workers, earning you bragging rights and possibly a cash payout. Read More

2016 Super Bowl 50 Bingo Boards

February 5, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

It’s time once again for PorchDrinking’s 2016 Super Bowl 50 Bingo Boards. As a way to make your Super Bowl watch party a little more interactive aside from seeing who can inhale the most combinations of cheese dips in one sitting, we’ve created bingo boards for your party-goers’ participation. Each square should be crossed off as they occur. And sure since this is PorchDrinking, take a drink each time you cross off a square. And for added measure down your entire beer when Anheuser-Busch does air this year’s iteration attacking peach pumpkin pale ales because we know it’s gonna happen anyway. Go Broncos! Read More

College Football Playoff Beers

December 28, 2015 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

The College Football Playoffs are here for only the second time in history! If you are a fan of the Clemson Tigers, Alabama Crimson Tide, Michigan State Spartans, or the Oklahoma Sooners, congratulations, your team made it to the final four. We cannot think of any better way to ring in this prestigious competition then by enjoying delicious, even local, craft beer. Below is a list of favorites for all the teams still vying for the National Championship. Let us know what you had while watching the games!

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Star Wars : The Hype Awakens | *Updated November 21*

November 21, 2015 | Avg. Reading Time: 12 min

Check out week one, week two, or week three of this blog if you haven’t yet. They sort of explain what’s going on here. But the long story short is this: I love Star Wars. And every single day between now and the release of The Force Awakens, I’ll be writing on PorchDrinking.com to explain my passion for the franchise and share in all the excitement leading up to the new movie’s release.

Here’s a link to the latest update from today (Saturday)


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Hoops & Hops | NBA Team Beer Pairings

October 27, 2015 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The tip-off to the NBA season is upon us. Grab a local craft beer to bring down the house and cheer on your favorite team! We’ve combined our love for the great game of basketball with our love for local craft beers. We hope you enjoy these NBA-inspired beer pairings. The Larry O’Brien Championship trophy currently resides with the Cavaliers in Cleveland, Ohio this season. Will your team take it from them?
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Pucks & Pints | Beer Pairings for NHL Teams

October 7, 2015 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The days are getting shorter, leaves are changing color and there is a bit of a chill in the air. That can only mean one thing: the National Hockey League is about to get under way and the hunt for the Stanley Cup is on. What goes well with hockey? The perfect craft brew, of course! This is our toast to the NHL and the delicious beers that remind us how great the game of hockey is. Listed below are the beer pairings for each NHL team. The criteria for the choices of the beers comes down to: regionality, availability, and the relativity of the name or certain aspect of the beer and the team identified. This is purely for fun and we hope you enjoy discovering your team’s beer.

When your team drops the puck for the first time, celebrate the start of the NHL season with a perfect, craft beer. Game on!

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The Island of Misfit Sports

May 4, 2015 |

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Fans Lose, NHL Wins With Late Start Times

April 27, 2015 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

I have a riddle for you. What sporting event took place over the span of two days and easily could have been avoided?

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NHL Playoff 2015

April 20, 2015 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

In case you have haven’t heard, the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs started on Thursday. With some last minute heroics by Ottawa pushing Boston out of the picture and Calgary robbing Los Angeles a chance to defend their title, here is what the first round match-ups look like.

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Worth the Wait? Wait and See.

April 6, 2015 |

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Time to Move Major Sporting Events from Indiana

March 30, 2015 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

It’s incredibly disturbing and ass-backwards that a column like this must be written in this day and age, but when the governor of Indiana signs a bill that could potentially allow businesses to discriminate against the LGBT community it seems you have little choice.

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