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Crooked Stave | Scoville Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

December 23, 2020 |

In a saturated Denver craft beer market, Crooked Stave has managed to remain a standout brand for a decade. They’ve recently chosen to move out of the River North Art District and return to their brewing roots in the up-and-coming Sunnyside neighborhood with a recently refreshed taproom. They also recently added a satellite location about an hour outside of Denver up the road in Fort Collins.

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Grand County, CO Craft Breweries Provide Wildfire Relief with East Troublesome Pale Ale

December 21, 2020 |

They say when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. In Colorado, when wildfires torch your county… you make beer. Six craft breweries in Grand County have crafted the East Troublesome Pale Ale in response to the East Troublesome Fire that raged for more than a month in their backyard. All proceeds for this beer will be donated to The Grand Foundation to support those that have been affected by the East Troublesome Fire.

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Strong BA Series | Epic Brewing Sextuple Barrel Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout

December 18, 2020 |

Some people call this magical time of year the holiday season. People who read this website probably know it more as Stout Season. But at Epic Brewing, it’s Baptist Season. And this year, they went big.

Epic Brewing, originating in Utah, is famous for being the state’s first brewery since prohibition to solely brew beer with a “high” alcohol content. Now, in Utah, that means something different than you’re probably thinking: Back in 2009 when Epic was founded, the Beehive State considered any beer above 4.0% ABV to be a “strong brew” and restricted those sales to state-run liquor stores (they’ve now increased that maximum up to 5.0%, those daredevils). But Epic Brewing didn’t just make strong beer by Utah standards; like most kids with strict parents, they rebelled and started making strong beer. Thus, in 2011, their Big Bad Baptist series was born: A Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout with coffee that was such a hit, the brewery turned it into an annual tradition and introduces new variants each year during Baptist Season.

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Strong BA Series | River North Brewery – Barrel Conspiracy: Mr. Sandman

December 11, 2020 |

With an in-state distribution footprint that stretches to every corner of Colorado, Denver’s River North Brewery is a longtime local favorite. Despite its reach, its longevity and its reputation among hardcore craft enthusiasts, River North has still managed to remain somewhat of an underrated contender in the world of barrel-aged beers.

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Colorado Beer Beat | Bi-Weekly Beer Release Guide 12/10

December 10, 2020 |

Welcome to the Colorado Beer Beat, a bi-weekly roundup of all of the new can releases around the state. From Denver to Grand Junction, and everywhere in between, we have you covered. Be sure to check back on Thursdays to find out what’s new in the Colorado beer scene.

Now that the holidays are in full swing, you’re probably wondering what you should pick up to drink as you’re wrapping gifts…or while you’re waiting for the holidays to be finished. Well look no further! Keep scrolling to find out all of the newest releases as we approach Christmas.

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Ultimate 6er | I’m Being Told It’s December, So Here’s Some Christmas Shit

December 9, 2020 |

Hard to believe it’s already the holiday season. Whatever fucked up wormhole we got sucked into at the beginning of 2020 has wiped the concept of night and day from the malfunctioning hard drive that is our collective minds. But who doesn’t love the holidays?

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Bohemian Brewery Brings Delicious Craft Lagers to the Wasatch Front

December 8, 2020 |

Which Central European country has a proud brewing tradition of more than 1000 years and is the highest per-capita beer-drinking nation in the world? This country’s delicious beers have also inspired many of the craft lagers brewed in the United States. If you guessed Germany, you would be close. But the answer lies just a little further east on the map and a world apart in the consciousness of the typical American craft beer enthusiast.

In the Czech Republic, beer is not just a beloved beverage, it is a way of life. Stepping into a Bohemian beer hall is an immersion into a rich and ancient brewing tradition that rivals the grandest biergartens in Munich or Trappist monasteries in Belgium. Czech brewing contributions include the first Pilsner, the Saaz hop, the perfection of traditional decoction brewing and many others. It’s a Lager-focused culture and Czechs have long made some of the best lagers in the world.

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What We’re Drinking | December 4, 2020

December 4, 2020 |

December is here, so let’s light the trees and count down the days until 2020 are over. This week started with a wintry mix, which is rare in Georgia, but brought a week’s worth of surprises. An elf seemingly wandered from the North Pole to my house as decoration. From the string lights on most surfaces, to the garland-wrapped bar car, I think I’m only missing the sleigh and reindeer. Maybe those are coming in the next few weeks? Until we get there, here is What We’re Drinking.

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Zwei Brewing | Dunkelweiss

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Fall seasonal standards such as pumpkin beers, Oktoberfest Märzens and Fresh Hop IPAs permeate store shelves as the nights begin to cool and autumn turns to winter. It is a welcome sight for many beer drinkers, whether you like to stick to classics or seek out something new. Whichever camp you are in, Zwei Brewing’s Dunkelweiss manages to tick both those boxes. It is both a traditional German Wheat Ale and an often-overlooked style that could become your next fall go-to.

The owners at Zwei Brewing, Kirk and Eric Lombardi, brew this Dark German Wheat Ale twice a year on a rotating schedule that includes their Bernsteinfarbenes Weissbier and Weizenbock. This year we are all fortunate to have it hit the taps during fall, which happens to be Kirk’s favorite time of year to enjoy it.
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Faces in Beer | Purpose Brewing & Cellars

December 3, 2020 |

Welcome back to Faces in Beer! In our new series, we take film photographs of brewers and develop the film in the beer they brewed.

In our first round, we featured Weldwerks Brewing Company, where we developed the brew team’s portraits in a variety of beer–including their famous Medianoche Stout. The results were beautiful, though we did hear from a few of you decrying our use of Medianoche for any purpose other than consumption. (We hear you–it hurt us too, but art is pain.) You can check those photos out here.

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Bewilder Brewing Co. | Mole Porter

December 3, 2020 |

Bewilder Brewing Co., one of Utah’s newer breweries, recently released its first higher-alcohol packaged beer. Mole Porter is a 6% ABV brew that delicately blends sweet and spicy in a mouth-coating, enjoyable sipper.

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5 Questions with Bunkhouse Brewery Owner Andy Stohlmann

November 26, 2020 |

There are currently well over 7,000 breweries in the U.S., each of them have a unique story to tell. Bunkhouse Brewery in Bozeman, Montana is a unique nano-brewery located steps away from the campus of Montana State University and the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. Bunkhouse is what many would consider a neighborhood brewery. They only distribute to a couple accounts and heavily rely on taproom foot traffic and sales. These types of breweries have been hit hard during the COVID pandemic and have had to get creative and adjust on the fly. Fortunately, Bunkhouse is producing as much beer as ever and is still focusing on the community aspect of the brewery.

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Ultimate 6er | Colorado Beers to Pair with Thanksgiving 2020

November 25, 2020 |

There’s no sugar-coating the fact that for many across the country, this year’s Thanksgiving might not inspire the same level of festive joy, gratitude, and goodwill as in previous years. And while most are likely scaling back their Thanksgiving feasts this Thursday still gives us an opportunity to reflect back on the positives that have emerged through times of adversity, while also giving us hope toward a better new year. And hey, perhaps the positive might just be that you get to avoid talking politics with family members.

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Colorado Beer Beat | Black Friday Week Beer Release Guide

November 25, 2020 |

Welcome to the Colorado Beer Beat, a bi-weekly roundup of all of the new can releases around the state. From Denver to Grand Junction, and everywhere in between, we have you covered. Be sure to check back on Thursday’s to find out what’s new in the Colorado beer scene.

With the holidays kicking off this week, now’s the time to find out what new release is the most interesting to you for your next holiday party. Take some time to peruse this page to see when and where all these drops are happening for Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend.

Additionally, mark your calendars for Saturday, December 5th as our friends at Barquentine Brewing will be hosting a Holiday Toy Drive from 1-6pm. Barquentine is working with Denver Dream Center to help provide gifts for over 10,000 Denver kids this year and are seeking unwrapped gifts for kids aged 0-18. Barquentine will also be donating 20% of all sales during the event. Come out and help make a difference during this difficult year.

Everyone here at PorchDrinking.com wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

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The PorchCast Ep 72 | Jonathan Shikes – Denver Beer: A History of Mile High Brewing

November 20, 2020 |

In episode 72 of the PorchCast, we spoke with Jonathan Shikes, freelance beer journalist, former Managing Editor of The Westword, and author of Denver Beer: A History of Mile High Brewing

We spoke with Jonathan about how he got into writing about beer, what went into the research for creating this comprehensive history of Denver’s craft beer scene, some of his favorite beers and breweries currently in Denver, some of the events he misses most since the onset of the pandemic, setting up an Etsy page, and so much more.

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Peculier Ales Launches Collaborative Beer for Colorado Wildfire Relief

November 16, 2020 |

While this year continues to be a harrowing one for most across the country, residents of Northern Colorado have had a particularly trying summer as forest fires ravaged significant parts of the state.

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Launch Pad Brewery | Pumpkaccino Imperial Pumpkin Espresso Stout

November 13, 2020 |

Let’s be honest, pumpkin beers are hit or miss. That random six-pack you grabbed at the liquor store on your way to your buddy’s place for Friendsgiving? Likely disappointing. But good news, the highly underrated Launch Pad Brewery knows how to make a hit pumpkin beer and has been doing so for five years in their aeronautics and space-themed location in Aurora, Colorado. In fact, the business was more or less founded on pumpkin beer with Dave Levesque, owner and head brewer, brewing for pumpkin-themed parties before even thinking of opening a business. Launch Pad also knows how to make Russian Imperial Stouts, with a new release each month in 2020, and other big beers, including their “Eight Crazy Nights” of barrel aged beers starting December 16. Add this together with Espresso Torro from West Coast Roasting Co. and holiday pumpkin spice, and Launch Pad brings their delicious Pumpkaccino, Imperial Pumpkin Coffee Stout. It’s no wonder that this beer has made it to the final table at GABF multiple times. Eat your heart out, Starbucks!

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Colorado Beer Beat | Bi-Weekly Beer Release Guide 11/12

November 12, 2020 |

Welcome to the Colorado Beer Beat, a bi-weekly roundup of all of the new can releases around the state. From Denver to Grand Junction, and everywhere in between, we have you covered. Be sure to check back on Thursday’s to find out what’s new in the Colorado beer scene.

The election is over, so now there’s nothing keeping you from going to pick up some of the new beer releases across the State of Colorado. Let’s take a look at what’s new around the state.

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Faces in Beer | WeldWerks Brewing Co.

November 12, 2020 |

Welcome to Faces in Beer, one of PorchDrinking’s most ambitious projects ever.

Normally when a new writer joins our team, they go through a process where they cut their teeth on some easy first assignments–a beer showcase, or maybe an Ultimate 6er. Not Erik Stabile. Our newest writer pitched his onboarding project without hesitation: “I want to take film photographs of brewers and develop the film in the beer they brewed.”

Intrigued? So were we. Stabile explained he had been experimenting with developing photos in unconventional mediums and was ready to try craft brews. The pH of every beer is slightly different, and therefore each photo would theoretically reflect the unique makeup of that beer. It was going to be a temperamental process and potentially a giant failure, so naturally we were totally on board.

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Veterans Bring Military Discipline to Wild Blue Yonder Brewing Co.

November 10, 2020 |

The U.S. boasts a large and diverse number of veteran-owned breweries. With Veteran’s Day coming up on Wednesday, Nov. 11, it seemed like a great time to look at why military service provides practical preparation for brewery ownership by checking in with Wild Blue Yonder Brewing Co. in Castle Rock, CO.

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