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Woods Boss Brewing | Great Beers & Great Atmosphere

October 8, 2019 |

Step into Woods Boss Brewing near Five Points in Denver and you’ll be transported into a world of diverse beer styles set to the backdrop of a cozy rustic lodge. From crisp lagers to hop-forward IPAs and buzzing coffee beers to delicately balanced sours, brewers Jordan Fink and Ryan Logan have a great handle on craft beer for all palates.

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Colorado Breweries Shine Bright at 2019 GABF Awards Ceremony

October 7, 2019 |

This has been another great year for the home state of the Great American Beer Festival. Colorado breweries took home a whopping 40 medals and two brewery/brewer of the year awards at this year’s GABF. Of the 40 medals, 13 of them were gold medals, 21 silver and six bronze. Without further ado, let’s deep dive into this some of this year’s winners.

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2019 GABF Awards Results | Who Won Big at This Year’s Competition

October 5, 2019 |

The 2019 Great American Beer Festival has crowned their newest batch of champions and standouts. This year, the competition portion of GABF saw 9,497 entries from 2,295 breweries across the country, not to mention an additional 113 Pro-Am entries.

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The PorchCast Ep 63 | Ken Grossman – Sierra Nevada Brewing

October 4, 2019 |

In episode 63 of the PorchCast, the whole squad sat down with Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing, at the dawn of the Great American Beer Festival to talk about their 40th Anniversary.

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Great Divide Brewing Company | Mexican Chocolate Yeti

October 4, 2019 |

Fans of Denver staple and craft beer OG Yeti from Great Divide already know the importance of starting with a quality base beer before throwing a bunch of variants out into the saturated market. With Yeti–one of the most recognizably branded beers in the country–there’s no shortage of variants, ranging from horchata and chai to the beloved barrel-aged chocolate and vanilla Stouts that have made their way onto store shelves at different points in time.

With so many solid variants available in stores, and even more available at Great Divide’s taphouse and RiNo Barrel Bar, how do you pick just one to review? And with so many other beers to choose from in the craft beer market at-large, how does a brewery stay relevant?

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PorchDrinking’s 2019 Great American Beer Festival Survival Guide

October 2, 2019 |

The Great American Beer Festival began in 1982 with 24 breweries serving 47 beers to fans for a single, five-hour session. Today, the number of external events exceed the beers poured at that first fest, and the convention hall will allow patrons to select from more than 3,500 beers. What do you drink? Where do you go? How can one possibly navigate such a colossal beer experience? We at PorchDrinking.com have tried to make the process simpler, writing more than a dozen stories on the event. And, to further simplify it, we have now put all those stories in one location.

First a few important notes on this year’s festival:

  • A few tickets still remain for Thursday Night and Saturday Night sessions. Tickets available here.
  • This year’s festival format returns to booths being arranged alphabetically by region.
  • Attendees of ALL sessions will receive glass cups instead of plastic.
  • Thursday Night, Friday Night and Saturday Night Sessions begin at 5:30, Saturday’s Day Session begins at Noon. For first time attendees, we recommend arriving at least an hour and a half before your session to wait in line.
  • Don’t forget to check out other sections for hidden gem beers. The Brewers Guild section has guild representatives from several states that bring beers from breweries that aren’t otherwise pouring on the festival floor.
  • The Heavy Medal section has beers pouring from past GABF medal winners.
  • There’s a Fresh Hop booth with all fresh/wet-hopped beers.
  • Several breweries will have special timed releases that aren’t otherwise listed on the pour list. Modern Times Beer, for example, will have a different special release each day of the fest.

Enjoy GABF. Enjoy Beer. Enjoy Craft in all it glory. And here are more tools to help you enjoy the week.

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Wiley Roots Brewing Company | Vanilla Anonym

October 1, 2019 |

Fall is upon us and the weather is cooling off. It’s the perfect time to crack open some stouts and embrace this cooler weather. A few weeks back, Greeley’s Wiley Roots Brewing Company released the long-anticipated Vanilla Anonym, amongst many other beers.

Vanilla Anonym is part of Wiley Roots’ barrel-aging program and has been aged in bourbon barrels for the last 18 months. Those barrels were chosen specifically because they hoped the imparted bourbon and wood notes from the barrels would complement the beer nicely. Mission accomplished.

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Detailed Pour List | What’s Pouring at the 2019 Great American Beer Festival

September 26, 2019 |

This was made possible by Molly’s Spirits, your go-to stop for some of the best local and national beer drops throughout GABF week and beyond!

While the initial pour list for the 2019 Great American Beer Festival was first announced two months ago, we’ve gone through the list and updated each beer with detailed style descriptions (as best as available) to help you plan for your festival tasting experience.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | September 24, 2019

September 25, 2019 |

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

Melvin Brewing | Jenny Lake Pilsner

September 24, 2019 |

Located at the base of the Teton mountains in Jackson Hole, WY, Melvin Brewing has gained a reputation – and numerous awards – for serving up high-quality, hops-forward brews. After a day of strenuous adventures in the outdoor paradise of Grand Teton National Park, Melvin’s Jenny Lake Pilsner provides a satisfying shot of liquid refreshment. Read More

Preview | Burns Family Artisan Ales Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

September 20, 2019 |

A lot can happen in a year. Whether we adopt the  “new year, new me” mentality every January, or simply opt for a new order at the coffee shop, it’s safe to say that we humans rarely end a year … Read More

Denver’s Counter Culture Brewery Shows Classic is the Contemporary

September 20, 2019 |

Opening a brewery in Denver? In 2019? Truthfully, that act seems anything but counter-culture. But leave it to Counter Culture Brewery and Grille, the Mile High City’s newest craft brewery in the Governor’s Park neighborhood, to find a way to live up to its anti-establishment name.

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2019 GABF Out-of-State Beer Drops Available in Denver

September 19, 2019 |

This is a sponsored post from Molly’s Spirits, your go-to stop for some of the best local and national beer drops throughout GABF week and beyond. | Header Photo by Miguel Rivas

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.

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Fiction Beer Company | Electrum Bronze

September 19, 2019 |

Last year, the Brewers Association introduced Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale category at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival, becoming the first national competition to recognize the category. It was one of the highest entered categories of 2018, with 132 entries from across the United States. Only three breweries won medals, Fiction Beer Company in Denver, Colorado was among the winners, earning a Bronze Medal for Madame Psychosis.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | September 18, 2019

September 18, 2019 |

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 Complete 2019 GABF Week Events Guide

September 16, 2019 |

For one week a year, Denver and the surrounding metro area turn upside down for the Great American Beer Festival. While the festival floor is a great place to sample thousands of beers from all across, the events happening outside of the festival have become equally as impressive and formidable. From tap take-overs to beer dinners, special release to actual full-blown separate beer festivals all together have broken off of GABF. So, to help provide some perspective and frothy guidance, we have made that navigation a bit easier with a 2019 GABF Week Events Guide. Too much to sort through and choose? Don’t worry, chuggernaut, we got you covered.

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Mr. B’s Wine & Spirits Celebrates 10 Years with Week Long Celebration

September 16, 2019 |

Our good friends at Mr. B’s Wine & Spirits, one of Denver’s best liquor stores for craft beer, wine, and spirits, is celebrating their 10 year anniversary with a week full of special releases, tastings, and discounts.

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Suave Fest and Raíces Brewing Shine Light on LatinX Brewers

September 13, 2019 |

The communal nature of the craft beer industry naturally lends to a general sentiment of inclusiveness. Race, gender, sexual orientation, doesn’t matter to most in the beer community as long as you make good beer? Despite the widespread tone of … Read More

Two Denver Breweries Fly 300 Miles in a Day for Freshest Wet Hop

September 11, 2019 |

To brewers, harvest season can take on an entirely different meaning. Because for a tiny window of time, spanning just a few weeks, the hop harvest opens up the opportunity to brew one of the industry’s most fleeting styles.

For … Read More

Tommyknocker Brewery | Drift Blonde Ale

September 11, 2019 |

Any avid mountain-trekker will tell you that there are few things as satisfying as a post-hike beer. Some seasoned veterans even stow a cold one in their pack to crack open on the summit in celebration of a job well done. But if that isn’t for you, fear not! A good beer is never far in Colorado, even if you do find yourself perched on top of a Mount Bierstadt.

Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub, which sits just off the highway in Idaho Springs, Colorado, is a well-known (and well-loved) craft beer haven, and it’s the perfect rest-stop for anyone with sore feet and a big thirst. Its collection of brews ranges from rich, nutty Stouts to tropical IPA’s and ciders. But after a long day on the trails, the thought of drinking something too heavy or hoppy will have your stomach turning real quick. Instead, you’ll want to start with something as easy-drinking and refreshing as Tommyknocker’s Drift Blonde Ale. Read More