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2018 Shelton Brothers: The Festival Joins Nation’s Elite Level Beer Events

October 23, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

The legends, they’re true. The stories are all real. After hearing murmurs surrounding the cult fanfare that emerged from last year’s Shelton Brother’s The Festival, which in 2017 took place in Atlanta, GA, I knew I had to experience this mythical event for myself. Luckily I didn’t have to travel far, as it was announced in June that The Festival would be taking place in our own backyard in Denver, CO.

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The PorchCast | Ep 55 – Shelton Brothers Preview, and Recent Beer News

October 19, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The full PorchCast Crew was reunited for Episode 55 of The PorchCast, this week broadcasting from The Cherry Cricket Ballpark. With so much beer news coming out around Lagunitas’ recent layoffs, Beervana’s coverage of All About Beer Magazine’s closure, Founder’s recent struggles, the passing of Bill Coors, and much more we had plenty to catch up on. Additionally, we took a quick look at this weekend’s Shelton Brothers: The Festival.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | October 17, 2018

October 17, 2018 | 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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2019 Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Reveals All-Star Brewery List

October 17, 2018 |

While many may still be recouping from another successful Great American Beer Festival, or perhaps gearing up for Shelton Brother’s The Festival this weekend, it’s about time to hop back on the hype train for another one of Colorado’s most … Read More

Brooklyn Brewery is Coming to Colorado for Full Distribution

October 15, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

It was only a matter of time before the country’s 11th largest craft brewery became available in one of the country’s most popular craft beer markets. Brooklyn Brewery has announced that they will begin full distribution throughout the state of Colorado beginning November 1, 2018.

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2018 Shelton Brothers The Festival Pour List Announced

October 11, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Over the past 19 years, Shelton Brothers has grown to become one of the country’s most prestigious importers of international beer, as well as one of the more recognizable distributors in the U.S. Gaining recognition for carrying elite level brands like Cantillon, Blaugies, Fantôme and more, the MA-based wholesalers have also laid claim to one of the most elite-level beer festivals in the country. The Festival, which rotates cities each year showcases not only the Shelton Brothers catalog but also some of the country’s best and brightest up-and-coming breweries.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | October 10, 2018

October 10, 2018 | 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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Rockyard Brewing | The Gondolier

October 10, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

As a kid, I loved Halloween and all the teeth-rotting candy that came along with it. Warheads and Sour Patch Kids were my favorites. In the same time period, my parents (in an attempt to prove to me that beer was gross) let me take a sip of a certain domestic lager. It worked, for a while, because I still remember that sip of beer and it was disgusting. But palates change, and now of course I know how delicious craft beer can be. My love of mouth-puckering sour treats, however, was left behind long ago with my last pair of Bugle Boy jeans.
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4 Noses Brewing Adds Primitive’s Brandon Boldt to Kickstart Sour Program

October 9, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

We’ve gone into great detail in previous articles about the strength of Colorado’s sour and wild beer scene, from pioneers like New Belgium and Avery, to more recent trailblazers like TRVE and Crooked Stave, and now fast risers like Black Project, Atom Brewing, Amalgam, Westbound and Down and countless others.

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Eddyline Brewing | Mango Kettle Sour

October 9, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Sometimes a beer is more than a beer. Sometimes it’s a symbol of support, solidarity, girl power, fearless females even — like Erin Moynihan, the brewer behind Eddyline Brewery’s new sweetly-sour creation, the Mango Kettle Sour.

The first sour in Eddyline’s lineup (and Erin’s first solo effort) was born with a purpose, with the Colorado Women’s Rafting Team in mind. This group of intrepid ladies based in Buena Vista and Salida won the Nationals in this international sport and will represent the United States in Argentina in November 2018. Anyone who has priced international flights knows that kind of travel doesn’t come cheap so a percentage of the sales of this feisty, fruity brew will help support their bid for the prize.

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The PorchCast | Ep 54 Recapping GABF Week

October 5, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The PorchCast team of Tristan, Sami, and Sam (minus Hunter) gathered last week to lend their final thoughts on the 2018 Great American Beer Festival. Hear our take on how the event went overall, some of our favorite beers and breweries to emerge from the festival, some of the crazy interactions that took place with other media members during the week, and some of the best external events that happened around GABF.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | October 3, 2018

October 3, 2018 | 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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Experiencing GABF Without Attending the Fest | Recapping the External Events

October 1, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

The Great American Beer Fest is more than just the festival held inside the confines of the Colorado Convention Center; it’s a week-long celebration of beer with events held throughout the Denver metro region. In fact, there are events occurring throughout the city even as hoards roam the GABF booths. The truth is simple: one not need purchase a ticket to the main event to experience GABF, in a manner of speaking. If by some chance you can’t obtain a ticket next year, but still want to embrace the grandeur attached to GABF, there’s a way — several ways — to achieve that goal.

For example, even though I attended the main festival, I also partook in several open-to-the-public events that proved just as fun as the big party. I also had to forgo numerous other events simply because one can only be at one place at a time. Here’s a few of those events, as well as a few I missed, which demonstrate the fun one can have even if unable to grab tickets to the main show.  Read More

Recapping 2018 GABF’s Best Beers and Emerging Breweries

September 28, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

America’s largest beer festival has come to a close once again. After a week fueled by obscene amounts of beer, even greater volumes of caffeine, and the occasional Illegal Pete’s burrito, we’ve emerged once again from the clutches of the Great American Beer Festival, with an entirely new perspective on the newest crop of talent in craft beer.

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Last Minute Liquor Store Luck Leads to GABF Gold for Ska Brewing

September 28, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

It’s a week later, and if you’re still recovering from the Great American Beer Festival and its peripheral festivities, you’re in good company. But with so many Oktoberfest events coming this weekend, there’s most certainly no rest for the wicked. On the other end of the spectrum, the breweries that went home with gold, silver and bronze hardware are still basking in the warm glow of victory.

For every medal, there’s a story, and the last-minute drama that accompanied Ska Brewing and their gold medal win for Oktoberfest in the Vienna-Style Lager category this year is definitely no exception.

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Event Recap | Here’s How We Survived GABF

September 27, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Going to the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, Colorado is an incredibly exciting experience. However, it can also be cruel and unrelenting if you are not prepared for it. The opportunity to sample rare and specialty beer from across the country is a dream for craft beer enthusiasts. But just like any good dream, it also has the ability to turn into a nightmare. Here is my survival guide to ensure you get the best experience out of your time next year. Trust me, I survived all four sessions from September 20 -22. Read More

Event Recap | The 2018 GABF Jameson Caskmates Brewery Partner Program

September 27, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Some argued that the Jameson Whiskey presence at GABF may at first seem almost hypocritical, given the Brewers Association stance on companies such as Anheuser Busch InBev (ABI). As a writer who full-time covers both spirits and beer, I can confidently argue that one should never confuse the two industries. As liquids, they may be similar. They are not industry siblings, however, but instead distant cousins. Moreover, whereas companies like ABI seek to confuse the marketplace, actively targeting craft beer drinkers and even paying fines for unfair practices, Jameson has never hidden from its name and the distillery consistently champions and collaborates with craft breweries, both in the U.S. and Ireland.

(For my short commentary on Jameson and the spirits industry—vs. the beer industry—see the two paragraphs at the bottom of the story.)
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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | September 26, 2018

September 26, 2018 | 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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New Belgium & Knob Creek Release Oakspire Bourbon-Inspired Ale

September 26, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

It’s bourbon barrel-aged season and when you hear those words you’d tend to think stout. New Belgium’s new Oakspire, brewed in collaboration with Knob Creek, brings you the bourbon characteristics in an ale.

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GABF Awards Results | Who Won Big at the 2018 GABF

September 22, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The 2018 Great American Beer Festival has crowned their newest batch of champions and standouts. This year, the competition portion of GABF saw 8,800 entries from 2,450 breweries across the country, not to mention an additional 105 Pro-Am entries. 

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