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Platform Beer Co. | Shanghai Noon Gose

March 30, 2017 |

ABV: 4.2% | IBU: 4.3

When people think of Cleveland beer, the first name that comes to mind is Great Lakes Brewing Company – and rightly so. However, as the craft beer market in Cleveland has flourished, other names are coming to the forefront.

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Event Preview | 4th Annual Firkin Fest: Headquarters Beercade, Chicago (Apr 2)

March 29, 2017 |

Firkin Fest: April 2, 12pm to 4pm | Tickets: $42 GA / $57 All-Access  

The litany of festivals these days is almost overwhelming, which is why it behooves beer drinkers to pick and choose festivals that provide something unique. That’s just what Chicago’s Headquarters (HQ) Beercade is doing with its 4th Annual Firkin Fest — 40 Breweries bringing unique selections, only available for festival goers. For those willing to pay a little extra, food will be served, too. And the best part? Ticket proceeds will support the Chicago Food Depository.

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Event Preview | Pintwood Derby 2017 at Flying Saucer

March 29, 2017 |

I thought I had suppressed the memory. I thought I buried it deep within the micro-depths of my subconscious mind, only to have it shoot straight to the top of my brain after receiving an email that mentioned those three words – Pinewood Derby Race.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Atlanta Beer Beat | March 29, 2017

March 29, 2017 |

The Atlanta Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings and more!

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | March 29, 2017

March 29, 2017 |

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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Birra Amarcord | Mora Imperial Coffee Porter

March 29, 2017 | 1

ABV: 9%

Many years ago I was fortunate to participate in a group study exchange to Italy, where five Americans sent overseas for a month to see how our Italian counterparts live. Each of us were housed separately, with families, to allow for real immersion into the culture. On the whole, we were stuffed with homemade pasta, preservative-free (read: hangover-free) wine and an incredible amount of warmth and big smiles. While I did not indulge in any brews from Birra Amarcord, the bottle of Mora I recently consumed brought me back in a flash thanks to it being an Imperial COFFEE Porter.

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PorchDrinking Playlist | Stickman Brews

March 28, 2017 |

Featured photo credit: Stickman Brews

It’s no secret that Ethan Buckman of Stickman Brews is one of my favorite figures in Pennsylvania beer. His open fermented, style-defying beers are delicious and inventive, and Ethan himself is an all around good dude. When I bothered him in the middle of a work day to ask about his brewhouse music selections, he responded quickly and enthusiastically.

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Event Preview | Meeting of the Malts VI

March 28, 2017 |

Featured photo credit: www.brewersofpa.org

In its next installation, The Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), the state’s official brewers guild, is hosting Meeting of the Malts VI, the association’s popular annual event that gathers the most acclaimed breweries to discuss the state of the craft beer industry.

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Almanac Beer Co. | White Label

March 28, 2017 |

Featured photo credit: Almanac Beer Co.

 

ABV: 7.5%

 

A Tale of Two Blancs

San Francisco-based Almanac Beer Company emphasizes sustainable farming practices through using locally-grown grains, fruits and herbs from some of the agricultural hubs of Northern California. The brewery’s Farm to Barrel series speaks to Almanac’s specialization in beers brewed with local terroir from neighboring California farms. What is surely a tribute to this practice, Almanac’s fruit-forward beers consistently burst with depth and flavor. This showcase profiles one of Almanac’s most recent award-winning beers. Read More

Perrin Triangulation To See Limited Distribution in Colorado

March 27, 2017 |

The Perrin Brewing (Comstock Park, MI) collaboration with Oskar Blues (Longmont, CO) and Cigar City (Tampa Bay, FL) – called Triangulation – is making its way into Denver distribution soon. The Imperial Oatmeal stout boasts great malt complexity and body, and carries its 9% abv very well.

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Event Preview | Big Texas Beer Fest

March 27, 2017 |

When: Friday, March 31 from 7 – 11 p.m. (VIP entry 6: p.m.)
Saturday, April 1 from 2 – 6:30 p.m. (VIP entry 1 p.m.)

Location: Fair Park Automobile Building, 1010 1st Avenue Dallas, TX 75226

The 6th Annual Big Texas Beer Fest is back and bigger than ever. Spanning two sessions, this year’s festival features beers from 120 breweries with 500+ beers to sample from. This festival is well known to feature exclusive/rare beers, one-offs and special firkins. Truly committed to making each year bigger and better, this year delivers with a fresh new concept. The festival has partnered with local favorite Noble Rey Brewing Company and Free Play Richardson (a vintage arcade) to bring attendees with a one-of-a-kind experience that will take them back to their youth. An “Arcade Alley” will be on site and will allow attendees to relive those childhood memories with an array of those favorite vintage arcade games loved so much. Let’s see how those Galaga skills holds up after a couple of beers.
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Begyle Brewing | Lakeview

March 27, 2017 |

ABV: 4.3 | IBU: 40

New to the strong craft beer arsenal at Begyle Brewing is Lakeview, a dry yet drinkable American pale ale. Begyle is so much a part of the local community that they brewed Lakeview specifically to coincide with the Whole Foods store opening in the neighborhood.

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Event Recap | Tullamore D.E.W. & BuckleDown Brew: The Beauty of a Boilermaker

March 24, 2017 |

A true celebration of fermentation — centuries of craft knowledge enjoyed one boilermaker at a time. I mean, who needs leprechauns and pots of gold when Tullamore D.E.W. rolls into town on March 15 with its decked-out tour bus and visits BuckleDown Brewing in the suburbs of Chicago? A host of people with thick Irish accents provided music to thirsty patrons’ ears with a chorus of Irish toasts and whiskey. Even better, the whiskey paired harmoniously with BuckleDown Brewing beer, orchestrated by its brewmaster and founder, Irish-American Sean Mahoney.

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Event Recap | Cochon 555 Denver

March 24, 2017 |

Cochon555 made a successful return to Denver on Sunday with almost 500 guests enjoying more than 1,500 pounds of family farm-raised pork. The event also raised $7,000 for Piggy Bank, a charity supporting family farms through education, resources and more.

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6 Most Interesting Beers to Try at 2017 Collaboration Fest

March 24, 2017 |

By Eric Gorski, Chelsea Mitchell and Adison Conway

Brewers really can all just get along.

The 4th annual Collaboration Festival returns to Denver on Saturday, showcasing beers that are combined efforts of breweries that may go way back or have but a passing familiarity.

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pfriem Family Brewers | Belgian Strong Dark

March 24, 2017 |

On a trip to Oregon back in June 2016 we were able to visit so many breweries with really amazingly consistent quality! Most of our time was spent in Portland, but we capped off our trip with a day in Hood River on a coffee barista’s recommendation. The one hour drive thru the Cascade Mountains is absolutely worth it for the views and beer. We spent the day watching kite sailing under a blue sky and visited pFriem Family Brewers for lunch. pFriem has specialized in lots of Belgians and sour varietals since opening in 2012 but offers a very eclectic and well-executed menu as a whole, including tasty pub-style food! Oh, and it’s pronounced “FREE-um,” as a waitress helpfully clarified for us.
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Inaugural South Side Craft Beer Fest Set for Chicago Craft Beer Week

March 23, 2017 |

A new Chicago Craft Beer Week event is set to highlight the breweries on Chicago’s South side. The inaugural South Side Craft Beer Fest will take place Saturday May 20th outside of Baderbräu and bring together the breweries that call the South side home.

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Collaboration Fest | Überbrew Follows Up Fantastic GABF with Four Collaborations

March 23, 2017 |

During the 4th Annual Collaboration Fest this weekend at Denver’s National Western Complex, don’t be surprised when the name Überbrew continues to pop up. The Billings, Montana based brewers are collaborating on four beers this year, an impressive feat for any brewery let alone one based out of Montana. “Collaboration Fest stands out as unique in a sea of very similar festival formats. Not only is Collaboration Fest unique but it has a very special energy and vibe,” says Überbrew “Beer Apostle” Chad Broderius.

Überbrew
Photo Credit: Brewtography Project

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Begyle Brewing is Moving to Cans

March 23, 2017 |

Cover Photo Credit: Begyle Brewing

Now in its sixth year of operation, Begyle Brewing has become a community-favorite of Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood. Like any optimistic brewerery in its early years, expansion is key, which is why it’s exciting for Begyle fans to see the brewery taking the next big step by announcing that it has begun to can its beers.

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Meet Andres Gil Zaldana, New Executive Director of the Colorado Brewers Guild

March 23, 2017 |

It’s not often you can refer to a DC insider as an outsider, but such is the case for Andres Gil Zaldana, the Colorado Brewers Guild’s (CBG) newly named Executive Director. Zaldana, who previously served with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and as an attorney in private practice, is a newcomer to working in the craft beer industry.

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