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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | December 18, 2018

December 18, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 12 min

The Denver Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, etc.
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Maxline Brewing Uses Cute Dogs in Ugly Sweaters to Promote Local Mental Health Program

December 18, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Maxline Brewing in Fort Collins is making a name for itself as the most dog-friendly place in town. The brewery typically hosts a fundraiser at least once a month; those fundraisers are almost always pup-centric. Puppy adoptions with a local shelter are also scheduled at least once a month and their patio is a haven for all sorts of four-legged friends. So when Terri Lee Bolles was brainstorming about where to hold the first fundraiser for her non-profit, Project Mental Health Freedom (PMHF), it was a no-brainer.

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Guide to New Year’s Eve Parties at Chicago Craft Breweries

December 17, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

New Year’s Eve is a time for renewal, a time for hope. And, a time for beer and drinks. Don’t miss out on some of Chicago’s best craft-brewery NYE events. Each one invites drinkers to have some food, beer, fun activities and, of course, a midnight countdown. This summary gives you the scoop, but we encourage you to click on the links to read some of the finer print.

Here’s to 2019!

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Short’s Brewing Company | Exterior Illumination

December 17, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

One of my favorite holiday traditions is driving around looking at lights. When I was a kid, my family would pack into the car and take the longest route possible between my aunt’s and our house to look at Christmas lights. Even in high school, my friends and I would drive around looking for those homes whose merry-making bordered on deranged. Now that I’m older, I still take the Christmas light tour after dinner. Short’s Brewing Company, following in the Christmas tradition, released an American sour ale to highlight the raucous displays that have become as much a part of the holidays as Santa and presents.

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First Look | Cellar West Artisan Ales Re-Opens Today in Lafayette

December 14, 2018 |

After over two years in North Boulder, Cellar West Artisan Ales is moving to a new home in nearby Lafayette, CO.

From the start, Zachary Nichols, the owner/brewer at Cellar West, knew that the little space he was renting off … Read More

Here’s Where to Find Founders Brewing CBS & KBS in Colorado

December 14, 2018 |

When we first broke the news back in August that Founders Brewing would finally be arriving in Colorado for distribution, the immediate flood of questions we fielded from readers centered around whether we’d see any allocations of their famed Canadian … Read More

Event Preview | Wynkoop’s Beer Drinker of the Year 2019

December 14, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Do you think you could be crowned Wynkoop’s Beer Drinker of the Year for 2019? Prove it! The Beer Drinker of the Year is not only crowned to someone who really enjoys, appreciates and drinks beer, but who also knows a quite a bit about how beer is made, it’s history and can demonstrate this range and depth. Wynkoop is looking for passionate home brewers, local brewers, or even someone who just really loves a good stout. They are looking for contestants both local and national. The submission deadline is January 13, 2019, so get ready!

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A Holiday Brewski at the Zooski | Denver Zoo Lights Tap List

December 14, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

In a city like Denver where the craft beer market is insanely competitive, party planners and marketing teams now build events around a top-notch tap list—it’s no longer an afterthought or bonus. Take Denver Zoo, for example. Not so long ago, patrons would have been stoked to have any kind of beer available as they peered at Pachyderms. But now, during the 28th annual Zoo Lights, the park proudly presents its visitors with a carefully cultivated beer menu, which includes over 20 craft brews.

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Firestone Walker | Champs de Fraises (2017)

December 14, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Firestone Walker is known for creating some awesome brews, from the Luponic Distortion IPA series to Velvet Merkin, at their Paso Robles brewery. I feel that their Barrelworks beers can be overlooked at times, like the Champs de Fraises. I will be the first to say it took me a while to get down with wild ales, always thinking they would turn out a funky “gym sock” Belgian nose. Obviously, I had a lot to learn! Nowadays, wild ales are my jam and I seek out the opportunity to try these beauties.

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Pour List | 2018 Denver Festivus Brings Out the Best Holiday Beers

December 13, 2018 |

In a holiday season littered with White Elephants, tinsel and ugly sweaters, I think it’s safe to say what we really care about is cutting straight to the booze and debauchery. Denver Beer Festivus, which returns Saturday afternoon from 3-6pm … Read More

Surly Brewing Announces 2019 Beer Release Calendar & Boxed Six-Packs

December 13, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Surly Brewing has announced its plans for 2019, which include (among other items) the return of its Brooklyn Center Small Batch series and Seasonal Variety Packs.

The popular Minnesota brewery also announced several new items for 2019 such as boxed six-packs (12 oz. cans) and a new, year-round hazy IPA in 16 oz. cans.

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Whitestone Brewery | Melted Snowman

December 13, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Living in Texas, we never really have a traditional fall season, or a normal winter, with temperatures frequently fluctuating 20-30 degrees in a week. So I always mark the start of fall based on the release of the first Oktoberfest brews, and then I wait patiently for the winter warmers to appear to let me know that “winter” is on it’s way. Regardless of the temperatures, nothing says winter and Christmas like a well-spiced winter warmer.

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Farm to Glass: Urban Farmer & Intrepid Sojourner’s Cantaloupe Saison

December 12, 2018 |

While many breweries nationwide are focused on developing efficiencies as a means for expansive growth, many more have opted to remain true to their microbrewery roots by focusing on locality, terroir, and quality. The concept of foraging or utilizing locally … Read More

Dovetail Brewery Releases Helles as First Can

December 12, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Almost one year after releasing its first bottled beer, Dovetail Brewery brings its signature Helles to cans. Beginning this week, locals can pick up a four-pack of the 16-ounce cans at the brewery’s North Center taproom. Read More

Call to Arms Brewing | Really, Really, Ridiculously Good Tasting

December 12, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

The nearly four-year-old Denver brewery, Call to Arms Brewing (CTA), won a 2018 World Cup gold in the Fresh or Wet Hop Ale category for a beer inspired by the crew’s love of Billy Madison with its More Like Bore-O-Phyll. In September, during GABF week, the brewery held its third annual [email protected]#*ing Call to Arms Catalina Wine Mixer! Simply, the brewery deftly intertwines the art of sophisticated beer production with relaxed, easy-going fun. And, the recent release of Really, Really, Ridiculously Good Tasting (RRRGT), a farmhouse ale aged in Chardonnay barrels with Brett Claussennii only further cements that concept; one should not feel compelled to stick out one’s pinky—just kick back and enjoy a beer that’s really, really, ridiculously good.
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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | December 12, 2018

December 11, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 12 min

The Denver Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, etc.
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The Big Reveal Needs Your Nominations for Colorado’s Best IPA

December 11, 2018 |

The Colorado Brewers Guild has partnered with PorchDrinking.com to launch the debut of The Big Reveal, taking place on Saturday, March 23, 2019, during the 2019 Colorado Craft Beer Week. This intimate, elevated beer tasting event aims to celebrate Colorado’s … Read More

Foreign Objects Beer Co. | Mystic Flowers of Perpetual Slumber

December 11, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

On a recent trip to Pittsburgh, I decided to visit a bottle shop to see if there was anything this Florida gal couldn’t get her hands on back home. I was immediately taken by the can artwork by a specific brewery; I knew this beer must be something special.

Special, indeed.

Foreign Objects Beer Company is just over a year old but what they’ve got going on belies their young age. Their beer? Amazing. Information about the brewery? Not much. Their intentionally vague descriptions of beers (Ale with hops? Sure.), their brewery and even their location are hard to find and even harder to pin down. Are they in Pottstown, PA, like their can indicated? Are they in New Paltz, NY, like another website said? Are they gypsy brewers? It’s hard to tell, really.

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Q/A: Peter Bouckaert On Why He Joined Melvin Brewing’s Board

December 10, 2018 |

Last month industry titan Peter Bouckaert, co-founder of Purpose Brewing and former Brewmaster at New Belgium Brewing, made headlines when Forbes reported that he would be joining the Melvin Brewing Board of Directors.

The announcement came as a surprise to … Read More

Wooden Cask | Corruption

December 10, 2018 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

When it comes to defining the character of a brewery, there are a lot of decisions to be made, the most important being the type of beer that will be brewed. And Wooden Cask Brewing knew that providing the same modern styles as other breweries wouldn’t make them stand out; it also didn’t represent who they are.

So to gain recognition and embrace their favorite styles, Wooden Cask brews traditional styles that are often overlooked as other breweries are making hazy IPAs and pastry stouts.

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