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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | June 19, 2019

June 19, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 17 min

The Denver Beer Beat is a weekly roundup of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, and more happening in the Front Range and beyond. Be sure to check in each Wednesday to discover anything and everything happening around Colorado’s beer scene. Now let’s get to this week’s can’t miss beer events. Read More

The Big Eat Food Fest Pairs Beer, Cider and More with Culinary Masters

June 19, 2019 |

Over the past ten years, Denver’s culinary scene has experienced a renaissance similar to that of its craft beer counter parts. Now drawing some of the country’s preeminent chefs and restauranteurs, Denver has become a hotbed for elite level culinary … Read More

Bell’s Brewery | Song of Myself

June 19, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Beer is poetry. It takes a great deal of understanding and thoughtfulness to make a beer that speaks to drinkers and keeps them coming back for more. Putting together a genuinely exquisite beer requires the consideration of each part individually, from the water to the hops, from the malt to the yeast. Over time, those elements become part of one, and sometimes, if we’re lucky, time will improve it even more. Poetry is much the same. With thorough understanding and thoughtfulness, a poem can last for generations, sitting on our tongues and inspiring whomever it touches. It was this inspiration that led Bell’s Brewery to honor one of Larry Bell’s favorite poets, Walt Whitman, with the launched of their Leaves of Grass series. The first release, Song of Myself, is a German-inspired American IPA. Its release in May 2019 coincided with Whitman’s 200th birthday.

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Great Divide 25th Anniversary Returns to Ballpark with Huge Pour List

June 18, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Denver’s oldest and largest production brewery is getting back to basics. Great Divide Brewing will celebrate its 25th Anniversary by bringing the party back to their original Arapahoe Street location for a block party-style celebration this Saturday from 2-5pm, as it had done for so many years.

The weekend’s festivities will also feature several familiar nods with 14 variant takes on their iconic Yeti Imperial Stout, including 25th Anniversary Big Yeti, a higher octane 13.5% version available on draft and in 19.2 oz cans to-go, and never before released Maple Pecan and S’mores versions.

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5 Questions With…Creature Comfort’s Director of Community & Culture, Matt Stevens

June 18, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

A brewer’s influence can expand well beyond the beer you buy in a taproom or the cans you see on shelves. Craft brewers today realize that their presence in their local communities can inspire positive change and network effects that help their neighbors and taproom regulars alike. Athens, GA-based Creature Comforts Brewing Co. is one of the breweries defining what it means for a brewer to be authentically connected to their community. In early 2018, Creature Comforts hired Matt Stevens to be their Community and Culture Director; his job description includes running their Get Comfortable and Get Artistic charity initiatives.

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T.F. Brewing | Delmar

June 18, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Stouts aren’t typically found on the menu when the weather gets warm, so the heavy, late-season rains in Utah created a perfect excuse to finish the last ones that were hiding out in my refrigerator. T.F. Brewing in Salt Lake City, UT had a perfect pairing in mind for the dark and cloudy skies with Delmar, an 11.5% ABV American imperial stout. With that distinctive crack of the can, I couldn’t wait to break this one down.

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2019 WeldWerks Invitational Announces Saturday’s Pour List

June 17, 2019 |

One of the country’s most prolific new beer festivals returns this Saturday in the 2019 WeldWerks Invitational, and we now know exactly what to expect. The Greeley, CO-based brewery has announced their pour list for Saturday’s SOLD OUT event taking … Read More

Solace Brewing | Partly Cloudy

June 17, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

When you walk into Solace Brewing, you feel a bit happier. The vibe at this sprawling facility in Sterling, Virginia is just cheerful. From the employees to the customers, the brewery seems to live by its motto: “Find Your Solace.”

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Denver Craft Breweries Unite After Exclusion from Coors Sponsored Denver Pride

June 14, 2019 |

You never know where the next great idea will come from: in a dream in the middle of the night; a brainstorm session after a couple of beers; or being rejected – which is the case here. The initial idea … Read More

Westbound & Down Brewing Company | Acid Jazz Vol. 2

June 14, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

After the great success of their collaboration last year, Westbound & Down Brewing Company teamed up with Goed Zuur, Denver’s premier sour/wild-focused beer bar, once again to create a unique blend for the Five Points Jazz Fest. Today, the two collaborators are releasing Acid Jazz Vol. 2 with a special opening taking place at Westbound and Down’s The Cultural Center today, June 14, from 3-7 p.m.

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Karl Strauss Brewing Company | Boat Shoes Hazy IPA

June 13, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

In the late 60’s and early 70’s, the music of the West Coast had a distinct sound. This sound was ringing down from Laurel Canyon in the Hollywood Hills. This music was complex and challenging, bringing the flavors of folk, bluegrass, country, funk, Latin, rock and roll, and the blues and blended them all together into something big. This stuff was smooth, it was easy to listen to, but it still had some soul and some groove. The era of Yacht Rock was here.

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Avery Brewing Invitational & Anniversary Brings Elite Festival Experience

June 12, 2019 |

If there’s one true constant in the Colorado craft beer scene, it’s that Avery Brewing knows how to throw one helluva beer festival. In its second year of shifting from multiple style-themed festivals such as their Sour Fest and Strong … Read More

PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | June 12, 2019

June 12, 2019 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 13 min

The Denver Beer Beat is a weekly roundup of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, and more happening in the Front Range and beyond. Be sure to check in each Wednesday to discover anything and everything happening around Colorado’s beer scene. Now let’s get to this week’s can’t miss beer events. Read More

Wooly Pig Farm Brewery | Rustic Helles

June 12, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Draped over a few rolling hills in eastern Ohio sits the property of a farmhouse brewery that comes by its agrarian title honestly. Wooly Pig Farm Brewery’s name isn’t marketing; the brewery is a working farm growing livestock and hop bines. Founder and brewmaster Kevin Ely specializes in rustic German lagers, and his bestseller is Rustic Helles, a Munich Helles served unfiltered and cloudy straight from the lagering tanks. Read More

These Mountain-Style IPAs are Elevating the Style to National Prominence

June 11, 2019 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

IPA continues to be the biggest seller for craft brewers thanks to the focus and innovation U.S. craft brewers have put on the style and the fanaticism of the general craft beer drinker for the hoppy liquid. Drinking an IPA now is way different than it was a decade ago, primarily because there are so many different versions of it. The resinous and bitter West Coast-style has led to the New England-style, Brut and Milkshake styles—and everything in between. While many of the primary styles that appear in today’s craft beer lexicon stem from the east and west coasts, there is a new version of an IPA that could take the style to new heights—pun intended. Call it gimmicky, a marketing ploy or something in between but the Mountain-Style IPA has arrived.

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Event Preview | Craft Brews at the Zoo

June 11, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Chicago’s iconic Lincoln Park Zoo is a popular tourist destination in the Lincoln Park neighborhood and is one of Chicago’s few free attractions available to the public. The zoo is home to 1,000 animals from 700 different species including zebras, giraffes, kangaroos and even a polar bear. It is a wonderful place to explore, learn and drink craft beer!

Back for its 5th year on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, 2019, Craft Brews at the Zoo is a true Chicago experience for the craft beer and nature lover in all of us. This Lou Dogs Events! experience will feature more than 150 brews being poured by over 60 craft breweries including local favorites Revolution, Maplewood and Three Floyds. Pouring stations will be positioned around the zoo so guests have the ability to explore while they sample; special events with animals, like a polar bear feeding and aardvark chat will also take place.

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Dos Luces Brewery | Metztli Pulque

June 11, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

With summer weather starting to emerge, it felt like the perfect time to visit Dos Luces Brewery located on South Broadway in Denver. In the bright and colorful taproom, co-owner and brewer Judd Belstock explained the brewery’s passion for celebrating the cultural heritage of the Americas and using alternative grains to create Peruvian-style Chicha beer and Mexican Pulque. Read More

One of Denver’s Best Beer Fests Announces New Format & Brewery List

June 10, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

As we’ve articulated a few times, GABF week’s multitude of events have lately grown to the point of overshadowing the event itself. And while many of these periphery activities offer a host of rare or limited distribution beers, Pints for Prostates’ Denver Rare Beer Tasting offers one of the most impressive lineups collectively in one place, that you’ll find all weekend.

One of the many reasons the Rare Beer Tasting has been able to attract stellar beer lineups and brewery celebrities like Garret Oliver and Sam Calagione, is that Pints for Prostates has made such a relevant impact.

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Chicago Quick Sips | June 10 Chicago Beer News & Events

June 10, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Quick Sips is our way of highlighting beer events, tap takeovers and other notable beer news around the city of Chicago. If you’d like to submit something to be included in the next Quick Sips, please email us at [email protected].

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Rhinegeist Brewery | Dad

June 10, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

To all the hard-working dads out there just waiting for their opportunity to crack open a cold one after a long day of doing dad stuff, Happy (early) Father’s Day! I wanted to showcase the perfect beer for such an occasion that just so happens to hold a very special place in my liver. Dad is a malty, heavy Red Ale that comes out of Rhinegeist Brewery in Cincinnati, Ohio. Yes, I know it’s June and this is a technically a Winter Ale, but hear me out. A good friend of mine who lives outside of Cincinnati sent me a couple six packs a few weeks ago as a way to celebrate my introduction to fatherhood. My wife and I are expecting a baby boy in July, and this was a wonderful and very fitting way to welcome me into my new role.

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