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Event Recap | Telluride Blues & Brews Festival 2017

September 25, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Telluride sure knows how to throw a music festival, especially their Blues & Brews Fest. I personally think they should call it “Blues, Brews and Views” because the views all weekend were on point (insert awesome emoji here).
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Avery Just Released Their GABF Cellar Sale List and Good God

September 22, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

In case you hadn’t heard, a few weeks ago Avery Brewing Company announced that it would be opening up its cellar to offload a substantial amount of beer they’d been holding on to for some time. The Boulder-based brewery who over the past 24 years grew a reputation for their line of massive, high ABV beers as well as their highly regarded foil top sour series, will now reintroduce a number of those one-off releases back into the wild. This cellar sale is scheduled to take place Friday, October 6 at 11am at Avery to coincide with the week of the Great American Beer Festival.

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Bonfire Brewing | Pink-I Raspberry IPA

September 21, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

As autumn fast approaches, and we start seeking winter warmers and other beers that are heavier in body and spiced with fall in mind, it’s important to remember— it’s only September! Many breweries are releasing their fall seasonals, but with warmer temperatures still trending in Colorado, I’m looking for something fruity with a more substantive ABV.  Luckily, Bonfire Brewing has just that—Pink-I Raspberry IPA.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | September 20, 2017

September 20, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 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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2 Days, 2 Nights | A Complete Guide to Fort Collins, Colorado’s Craft Beer Scene

September 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 8 min

Situated on the Cache La Poudre River and about 65 miles north of Denver lies Fort Collins, home of the CSU Rams and where craft beer flows in abundance. Two years ago, I moved to Fort Collins from Denver and I was a bit apprehensive; Denver was home to me. There was always something to do — whether it was a Rockies game, art opening or new brewery to check out. And admittedly, as a proud Colorado Buffalo (#Skobuffs), Fort Collins felt a little like enemy territory.

But like one of those teachable Hallmark movie moments, Fort Collins proved me wrong. This college town is the fourth largest city in Colorado but it has plenty of local charm. Fort Collins is laid back like a lackadaisical Sunday afternoon. It’ll make you want to hop on your cruiser bike and ride over to the nearest brewery and watch the sun sink down across the foothills. Fort Collins has made me a tourist in my own state — which is really refreshing. And so, I present to you, the best spots to visit the next time you’re in Fort Collins — in my humble opinion, of course.

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Event Preview | Toppling Goliath GABF Tap Takeover at Tap and Handle

September 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Toppling Goliath Brewing Company, a brewery that RateBeer has awarded several “best” categories including double IPA, strong stout and American amber or pale, will be making its Colorado debut during the week of the Great American Beer Festival. The esteemed Iowa brewery will have a special GABF tapping at Tap and Handle in Fort Collins, Colorado at 5 p.m. on Monday October 2 (the brewery will also make its way down to Denver on October 4 at LowDown Brewery). Read More

Cellar West Artisan Ales | Sapience

September 15, 2017 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

I know, I know. We’re post-Labor Day, school has started and the pumpkin ales and warm toasty porters are hitting the shelves. But as I sit here in my kitchen with the windows thrown wide, trying to tempt the air to somehow drop below 80, I just can’t bring myself to go there yet.

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Event Preview | Telluride Blues & Brews Festival 2017

September 14, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Music and Beer. Two of my favorite hobbies will be taking center stage at this weekend’s Telluride Blues and Blues. Notorious for being one of southern Colorado’s leading mountain town destinations, Telluride will be hosting its annual Blues and Brews Festival in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | September 13, 2017

September 13, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The Denver Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, etc.

It’s me, Cory Pellicle, on top of all things beer (see what I did there?) for this week here in the Denver area. I’m filling in for Jeremy while he is out on vacay. He is probably skulling coldies right now and hiking hills and doing all kinds of other ill shit. Well deserved, Jeremy, well deserved.

But don’t worry! Jeremy will be back next week and we will be continuing to flesh out the 2017 GABF calendar. We just put up a shipload of events. Go peep ’em out, beer nerds. And keep coming back for more GABF coverage on the site!

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Insiders Guide to Special Beer Releases During GABF

September 12, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

As we’ve all come to know, the Great American Beer Festival has far greater implications for Colorado beer fans that extend beyond the four day festival itself. One of those external benefits is the growing practice of out-of-state breweries utilizing the week to make a special limited drop of beers either as a means to test the market or just to make a splash to help grow their brands. In previous years, breweries such as Fremont, Perennial, and Burial have all used GABF week as a launch pad toward regular, or in some cases semi-regular distribution to Colorado. In other scenarios such as last year’s short-lived Bell’s Brewing drop, these brief market flirtations can help stoke the hype for breweries that may eye a longer term distribution expansion in the future.

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Event Recap | Odell Hidden Gems Shine at Mainline Ale House Beer Dinner

September 11, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

Whether you are a fan of beer, wine, spirits or a combination thereof, we can all agree on one thing: Pairing your drink of choice with a delicious plate of food is a wonderful experience. The culinary team at Mainline Ale House have taken it upon themselves to develop wonderful tasting menus that highlight the local beers of Fort Collins, Colorado.
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Amalgam Brewing Primed to Become Colorado’s Next Elite Sour & Wild Producer

September 8, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Colorado’s next elite level sour / wild beer producer doesn’t have a physical taproom, nor does it actually have its own production facility, in fact it hasn’t actually released its first beer to the public… at least not yet. Despite its unconventional start, Amalgam Brewing, which has been quietly taking root for the past three years, will officially launch this weekend with the release of Ascension, a golden sour ale aged in a combination of neutral oak and chardonnay barrels.

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Event Preview | Odell Beer Dinner at Mainline Ale House

September 7, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Pairing wine with food has been a long-standing tradition in the food and beverage world. Fortunately for craft beer lovers, beer pairing dinners are becoming more commonplace in restaurants. Here in Colorado, some of the household names in craft beer are starting to branch out and begin the trend of beer pairing meals.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | September 6, 2017

September 6, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 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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2018 Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Festival Tickets Go On Sale Today

September 6, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

By now PorchDrinking’s infatuation with the Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines Festival should come as no surprise to our most avid of readers. Over the years we have extolled to great length some of the innumerable characteristics that distinguish Big Beers as one of the industry’s best kept secrets.

Stemming from organizers Laura and Bill Lodge’s passionate approach toward curating the best talent, while also going above and beyond in ensuring the best attendee experience, Big Beers has come to capture the essence of what it takes to throw the ultimate beer lover’s festival, ranging from a star-studded cast of brewers, to an elite level lineup of beers, intimate brewers dinners, premier educational seminars, and world class skiing all to the backdrop of some of the world’s most stunning mountain vistas.

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Avanti Food & Beverage Supporting Bartenders Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

August 31, 2017 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

While Hurricane Harvey continues to devastate residents of Houston and communities throughout the Gulf Coast, nationally efforts have begun pouring in to support those most impacted by the storm’s wake.

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Event Preview | 2017 Beers Made By Walking

August 31, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Great American Beer Festival week events are already showing up on the books for 2017 here in Denver. Beers Made By Walking is one of those events that is not to miss each year! Do you love the great outdoors? Do you love foraging? Do you love beer? Of course you do! Or at least, you love the latter of those options. Beers Made By Walking is a unique beer festival that combines the three.
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Denver Musician and Producer GRiZ Creates Beer with Great Divide Brewing Co.

August 31, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

After partnering with Colorado’s Native Roots dispensary chain to create an award-winning marijuana strain, it’s no surprise Colorado musician GRiZ recently collaborated with Great Divide Brewing Company on another popular libation – craft beer. On Wednesday Aug 30, GRiZ and Great Divide bring you Chasing the Golden Hour, a Colette Farmhouse Ale base that’s been layered with copious amounts of fresh Colorado peaches. Chasing The Golden Hour is also the title of GRiZ’s latest mixtape album release. Both the music and beer are meant to capture the carefree good vibes during a sunset on a perfect summer evening.

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Event Recap | Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival 2017

August 30, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

We came. We roasted. We toasted.

But we did it. We puffed and chugged our way through our fourth Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival on Saturday, August 26th, after enjoying a day in the sun to sip suds and puff clouds of grey smoke. As the festival ‘wrapped’ up, we reminisced about our favorite pour, favorite puff and the many take-aways a festival like this can present. As we ventured out to document the festivities and to bring back some new recommendations for you to try, with our lungs charred and our palates shot, we come back with hope you take a few moments to check out these great photos showcasing the event and hope to see you there next year!

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | August 30, 2017

August 30, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 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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