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12 Must-Visit Denver Breweries You Won’t Find at GABF

October 5, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

The Great American Beer Festival is huge. With almost 800 breweries on the roster, it feels like you have the whole craft beer world at your fingertips when you step on that tasting floor. However, it’s easy to forget that some Colorado breweries aren’t participating, even ones a few minutes away from the convention center. While we love GABF, it would be a shame to visit Denver without checking out a few of these fantastic local breweries. Read More

Craft Beer Cellar Fort Collins Offers GABF Week Gems

October 3, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

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Heading into town for GABF? There’s a ton to consider, special tappings, beer dinners, mini-festivals, meet the brewer opportunities, and of course the festival itself. But one thing you WON’T want to miss out on is the opportunity to stock your beer cellar with two empty suitcases worth of specialty bottles and cans.

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Event Recap | Mainline Ale House & Odell Brewing Co. Fall Beer Dinner

September 30, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Two beer-centric establishments of Fort Collins, Mainline Ale House and Odell Brewing Company, joined forces last Friday night in bringing roughly forty attendees an unforgettable four course beer dinner. At the start of dinner, Mainline’s Executive Chef Justin Burdick really emphasized sourcing local ingredients (shout out to the Fort Collins Farmers Market) and fall-forward flavors. The Mainline kitchen did not disappoint in delivering four thoughtful, tasty pairings to accompany always-solid Odell beers. Moreover, after Chef Justin discussed each dish, Odell beer representative Alex Cousins presented the story, style, and flavors of the beers during each respective course. Overall, Mainline’s motto, “A passion for beer and food you can taste,” could not have been more evident over the course of this event!

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Brasserie St. James Tap Takeover at Alamo Drafthouse

September 30, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

A little of a month ago we broke news that Reno, Nevada’s Brasserie St. James would finally make its way to Colorado for distribution. We’re teaming up with the Brasserie team along with our friends at Alamo Drafthouse to showcase their tremendous line up, as well a few specialty items they’re excited to unleash.

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Ultimate 6er | Austin Breweries to Try at GABF

September 29, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

The problem with Austin beers is that most of them never make it out of the state, (unless you have a good beer mail connection), due to the sheer size of the state and the ravenous consumption here. Several Austin breweries will be pouring at GABF this year and many of them are pouring beers that you can rarely even get in Austin. So get your pencils ready and mark down these Austin staples on your list of must-try beers!

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Event Preview | Beerliner and Chill: Brewer’s Health Initiative

September 28, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Beerliner & Chill: Brewer’s Health Initiative rolls into town on Wednesday, October 5, just in time for GABF! For a little bit of history on this event we have to roll back a few years to September 2013 when Davis Tucker, owner of NxNW Restaurant & Brewery in Austin, Texas, decided to ride 1400 miles from Texas to Colorado in honor of his brewmaster Don Thompson’s prostate cancer diagnosis. Read More

2016 GABF | Must-Attend GABF Events

September 28, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 7 min

WELCOME TO GABF WEEK 2016! Time to skull some coldies! We have been updating our events calendar for the last few weeks and we realize that it is quite daunting planning out your GABF week. That’s why we are here. I say we because I usually update the calendar solo style but this year we have added Jeremy Cornelius to the Denver Beer Beat team. We have a lot going on in the calendar (we have compiled some 300 plus events!) but have highlighted some of our favorite events to help narrow down the field.

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PorchDrinking Playlist | Proper Brewing Co.

September 27, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

This place really is an adult playground. Looking to the left, we see Bill & Ted and to the right, we’re greeted by Wayne & Garth (all tanks have been given names of pop culture icons.) In the middle of it all, Jack is making beer on a home brew setup and today is in charge of the tunes at Proper Brewing Co. In between watching the boil, he takes a moment to set the next song.  Read More

Event Preview | Upslope’s 2nd Annual Backcountry Tap Room

September 27, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Have any plans for next weekend? Consider joining Upslope Brewing Company at their 2nd Annual Backcountry Tap Room on Saturday, October 1st up in the mountains! The pop-up tap room experience will take place at Vance’s Cabin, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., overlooking the Holy Cross Wilderness. The Cabin, near Tennessee Pass, is located in the Red Cliff area of the Colorado Rockies, about 10 miles north of the town of Leadville, and about four miles north of Ski Cooper ski area. Read More

2016 GABF Pour List Preview

September 26, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

With 775+ breweries in attendance and 3,500+ beers available for sampling, the dazzling array of choices at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival could overwhelm even the most seasoned beer enthusiasts. Are you looking for all the sours? IPAs? Barleywines? Look no more!

Continuing one of our favorite GABF traditions, we reached out to every brewery attending the festival this year to get a preview of what they will be pouring. We hope our exclusive pour list preview will give you a head start on planning the best route possible through the maze of GABF breweries in order to gain the best beer for your buck. Read More

Avery Brewing Company | Ale to the Chief

September 26, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

8.1% ABV | 19.1 degrees Plato (OG)

Avery Brewing Company Ale to the Chief is around for a third term. Don’t worry, there’s no dictatorship here — it’s all about democracy. In that spirit, this isn’t the first time we’ve written about Ale to the Chief. Four years ago, PorchDrinking’s own chief wrote a blurb about Avery’s Ale to the Chief, but there’s a new political and beer climate around, it’s time for a new voice. It’s time for my voice. It’s time for change!

[Balloon Drop]

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The PorchCast | Ep 26 Bierstadt Lagerhaus

September 22, 2016 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Over 5,200 miles away, two plus weeks of celebration featuring streets lined with jubilant semi-cognizant attendees sporting their dirndls and lederhosen prost-ing to the autumn festival of beer that is Oktoberfest. Meanwhile back in Denver, Colorado, you can now discover a slice of Munich in the form of liter steins and proper slow pour pilsner glasses that speak to the detail and authenticity of Bierstadt Lagerhaus. Read More

La Cumbre Brewing | Monzón Wet Hopped Pale Ale

September 22, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

This showcase is sponsored by Small Batch Liquors.

ABV: 6.0%

Bottle: Crown Capped 675ml

Brewed on: 09/09/2016 | Sampled on: 09/17/2016

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | September 21, 2016

September 21, 2016 | 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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Event Preview | 11th Annual Fresh Hop Festival

September 19, 2016 |

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Each August/September, beer drinkers around the world begin making the sensory migration from Kolschs, Pilsners, Light Lagers, Kettle Sours and in more recent years, fruited IPAs, to a different kind of seasonal offering. No we’re not talking … Read More

Uinta Brewing Company | Hop Nosh IPA

September 19, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 7.0% | IBU: 82.4

While exploring craft beer early on, we stumbled upon the higher point brews of Utah’s local breweries. We found Uinta Brewing’s Hop Nosh IPA. In the beginning, it was tough to handle bitter, hoppy beers but did our best trying them in limited amounts. Doesn’t almost every craft beer enthusiast go through the transition of ‘hop hater’ to ‘hop head’? There is no vaccine – once you’ve caught the bug, you have it. The beginning pursuit for the most floral, hoppy, bitter beers in an effort to satisfy your tongue’s need for liquid adventure. Read More

Event Recap | Ska Brewing’s 21st Anniversary Party

September 15, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

When I turned 21, I spent the night drinking way too much blue-ribbon winning beer while slightly intoxicated coeds did their best Carrie Underwood karaoke. It was just about as much of a mess as it sounds. This year, Ska Brewing turned 21, and they decided to celebrate with some gold-medal winning beer and some legendary punk and ska bands. It was just about as amazing as it sounds.
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Inside the Tank | Odd13 Brewing

September 15, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Odd13 Brewing has had themselves a year, from the meteoric rise in success of their New England-style IPAs to their Robot Librarian hazy IPA collaboration with Fiction, WeldWerks and Cerebral, to the expanded distribution and new can releases featuring their iconic comic book themed illustrations. We sat down with founder Ryan Scott, as well as head brewer, Eric Larkin, to talk about their big year.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | September 14th, 2016

September 14, 2016 | 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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Event Preview | 2016 Beers Made By Walking

September 13, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Foraging, it’s true nature is an act of survival, but in recent years this archaic form of collecting goods for nourishment has reinvented and re-defined modern cooking. Just ask world renowned chef René Redzepi, chef and founder of Noma in Copenhagen, whose use of foraged goods has earned the restaurant the distinction of two Michelin stars. Read More