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New Belgium Dayblazer Taking on Big Beer and Introducing New Beer Lineup

December 7, 2016 |

As we’ve seen over the past three years, the likes of Constellation, North American Breweries, Heineken USA, Duvel Moortgat, Oskar Blues, Craft Beer Alliance, Kirin, along with countless other brewery conglomerates and private equity firms, have all joined the craft beer arms race, stockpiling their craft brewery portfolios in hopes of taking a crack at the monopolistic market share held by AB InBev and MillerCoors. However New Belgium Brewing, the country’s fourth largest independently owned craft brewery is taking aim at big beer via a different approach with the release of New Belgium Dayblazer Easygoing Ale.

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BrewLights 2016 | 12 Samples of Christmas Beer

December 7, 2016 |

What better way to get acquainted with Holiday beer than a December beer festival offering local, national and imported selections? For instance, BrewLights 2016 — a craft beer festival held amidst Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo’s animal family, adorned by a plethora of holiday lights and accompanied by plenty of holiday tunes. The scene at BrewLights made it tough not to get into the holiday spirit. Throw in a little nip in the air and the smell of Christmas beer, and it’s as if Santa himself has arranged the party. As you shop this year, it may be difficult to know what holiday-seasonal beers to purchase, so let’s go through the 12 beer samples of Christmas provided at BrewLights 2016.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | December 7, 2016

December 7, 2016 |

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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Anniversaries – Shout out to Station 26 Brewing Co.Our Mutual Friend BreweryGroßen Bart Brewery, and Vision Quest Brewery.

Beer Dinners/Brunch – Bluegrass Brunch and Thali Beer Dinner

Beer Education – Eric Salazar of New Belgium Brewing and University of Beer.

Bottle/Can Releases
 – Wild Christmas Ale with Cranberries, Genius Wizard BA Russian Imperial Stout, Baere-liner Weisse and Ceribruin, Oxcart and Stargate, Codename: Holidayfan, and The Decennial Series.

Festivals – 12 Days of Giving, Tennyson Street Holiday Market, Ugly Sweater Party at Bruz, 80’s Ski Party,and Ugly Sweater Party at Black Shirt.

Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings – Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star and variants, Xocoveza Nitro, Brettanomyces Single Hop, and Perrin No Rules.

Grand Openings – None this week; guess you’ll have to drink at one of the other hundred breweries along the front range.

Pairings – Beer and Chocolate pairing

Tap Takeovers – No tap takeovers this week, but stay tuned next week. Read More

Two Brothers Artisan Brewing | In the Flesh: Blueberry

December 7, 2016 |

Two Brothers Artisan Brewing has released the newest beer in the In the Flesh series. Started earlier this year, the series is a line of American sours and each beer highlights a different fruit used in the brewing process. The latest beer is re-fermented with real blueberries and is available in stores now.

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Released! 2016 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Lineup

December 6, 2016 |

It’s finally here! With the Black Friday crowds still swarming retail stores post-holiday, head out for Goose Island‘s 2016 Bourbon County Brand Stout lineup, which is now available for purchase! (as limited release)
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Holiday Survival Guide | Podcast and Beer Pairings

December 6, 2016 |

Congratulations! You survived Thanksgiving. That was the first test. You didn’t explode in rage at an older relative’s questionable social views or crack under the pressures of cross-country travel. Christmas, however, brings a whole new set of logistical and emotional challenges. If the gift shopping doesn’t make you crack, another family meal just might. Luckily, there are ways to minimize the stress and ensure your holiday survival!

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Holy Mountain Brewing Company | Witchfinder

December 6, 2016 |

ABV: 6.1%

It’s not easy to stand out in Seattle’s booming craft beer scene, but Holy Mountain Brewing Company has made a name for themselves with their focus on mixed-fermentation ales. Though they brew a wide variety of styles, Holy Mountain’s farmhouse ales have quickly earned the brewery a cult following. The tasting room is regularly packed and Holy Mountain’s well-known saisons and barrel-aged brews have become favorites at bottle shares around the country. In honor of their success, I’d like to introduce you to the beer they describe as “possibly our most traditional saison to date,” Witchfinder.

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Hi-Wire Brewing | Twice as Nice Doppelbock

December 5, 2016 |

Thanks to winter and its falling temperatures, I find myself indoors more than out. I’m sure those of you in the cold-prone states are no different. And what do we want while we’re stuck inside? Comfort and entertainment, that’s what. Fortunately for those of us in North Carolina, we can venture to the beer store and take home an entire circus in the form of beer.
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Event Preview | Sour Barn Bash

December 2, 2016 |

Consider this your formal invitation to the second Sour Barn Bash (brought to you by Steel String Brewery). On December 10th from 2:00-6:00 PM, a dozen or more breweries from all across North Carolina will bring their finest sour and … Read More

Evil Twin Brewing | Modern IPA

December 2, 2016 |

ABV: 6%

The modern India Pale Ale is a much different beverage than the one that was shipped to the British colonies in India 200 years ago. That change accelerated greatly with the emergence of the American craft beer industry in … Read More

Cademon Brewing Co. Announces Their Permanent Closing

December 1, 2016 |

Two years to the day that they opened their doors to the public, Cademon Brewing Co. has announced that they are permanently closed.

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Call to Arms Presswork (CTAP) | A Printed Publications Side Project

December 1, 2016 |

Call to Arms Brewing Company is incredibly proud to announce the launch of Call to Arms Presswork (CTAP) – a Call to Arms side project that will offer greeting cards, poetry collections, comic books, zines and a number of other … Read More

Event Preview | Parade of Darks

December 1, 2016 |

This Saturday marks the 5th annual Parade of Darks holiday beer festival, hosted by Metro Caring. This year’s event will take place at the Tivoli Student Center’s Turnhalle Room on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver. With a focus on dark beer, more than three dozen breweries and 70 thoughtfully-selected beers will be featured at the event.

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Brewery Showcase | Cheluna Brewing Opens in Stanley Market

December 1, 2016 |

Address: 2501 Dallas St, Aurora, CO 80010

(Until Stanley Marketplace fully opens, enter through South Entrance)

Hours of Operation:

5-10pm Sunday – Thursday

5-11pm Friday – Saturday

It’s 7pm on a Thursday evening and Javier Pérez Koch is just beginning his … Read More

Moody Tongue Brewing Shaved Black Truffle Pilsner Returns December 2

December 1, 2016 |

Moody Tongue Brewing in Chicago, the brainchild of Jared Rouben, a graduate of both the Culinary Institute of America and Seibel, recently opened its new, cozy taproom on the city’s west side. With that opening, Moody can now provide its coveted Shaved Black Truffle Pilsner on draft – a sinful holiday beer treat for either the naughty or nice this year.
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Begyle Brewing | Begyle Blonde

December 1, 2016 |

ABV: 5.4% | IBU: 20

If you’re like me and not ready to put summer behind you yet, try a lighter beer that would be a good transition from summer to fall. The Begyle Blonde, a deep gold colored American Blonde Ale, is a perfect beer for the transition of the seasons.
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2 Days, 2 Nights | San Francisco’s Craft Beer Scene

November 30, 2016 |

Two days and two nights in San Francisco is not enough time to see all they have to offer, and this guide will give you more than enough to do in two days. For the purposes of this article, I will assume you do not have a car and intend to stay within the city limits.

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Off Color Brewing Announces Plans for Second Brewery

November 30, 2016 |

John Laffler of Off Color Brewing has officially announced that the brewery will be opening up a second location with a taproom in Lincoln Park.

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Top Reasons Not to Miss This Weekend’s Denver Holiday Flea

November 30, 2016 |

This is a sponsored post from Holiday Flea

It’s beginning to look a lot like… you’re way behind on your holiday gift lists. Don’t fret, Holiday Flea aka the winter version of The Denver Flea, returns this weekend to The … Read More

PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | November 30, 2016

November 30, 2016 |

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

Go to the Calendar now

Anniversaries – Shout out to Something Brewing as they are celebrating their 1st Anniversary.

Beer Dinners/Brunch – None this week; Take a chance to visit a new restaurant or brewpub and pair it with a new beer.

Beer Education – Nothing this week. Check back next week, nerd.

Bottle/Can Releases
 – Double Dry Hopped Juicy Bits, Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout with Maple and Pecan/ Funk Yo Festivus, Imperial Variants of Something Came for You in the Mail TodayCherry Gose.

Festivals – Hoppy Holidays.

Firkins/Casks/Special Tappings – Robot LibertarianSalyut Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout, Grist/Root Shoot Malt Collaboration Pale Ale,Strange Claw and Lens FlareFATE Brewing Company Membership.

Grand Openings – None this week; guess you’ll have to drink at one of the other hundred breweries along the front range.

Pairings – Potato Chip Extravaganza.

Tap Takeovers – None this week.  Read More