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The 7 Beers You’ll Find at the Summer Denver Flea 2016

June 24, 2016 |

This Saturday and Sunday, the Summer Denver Flea returns to the River North district, this time EXDO Event Center on both days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Supporting local artists and makers is often made even better while sipping on locally made craft beer, too. Luckily, our friends at New Belgium is making your Flea experience much more enjoyable with a mix of classics, and some new specialty offerings which will satisfy any beer geek’s wanting desires. Below is a list of the beers you can expect that will be available during the Summer Flea:

Photo Courtesy of Denver Flea
Photo Courtesy of Denver Flea

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Iron Spike Brewing Company | Locomotive Lager

June 24, 2016 |

ABV: 6%

For a brewing landscape as diverse as American craft beer, there appears to be only two camps which breweries occupy when it comes to location: remote, rustic, farmhouse-style outfits steeped in terrior, or urban and suburban operations in refurbished warehouses or corrugated steel garages hidden amongst industrial parks.

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I’m on a Boat… In South Carolina

June 23, 2016 |

It’s officially summer, and with the change of the seasons comes all of the exciting outdoor activities that keep us busy when the weather is beautiful. The lowcountry of South Carolina has a plethora of options when it comes to fun in the sun. In our region of the country, summer activities mostly take place in the water. We decided to gather 5 locally crafted brews and take them for a ride.

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Meet the Beer Geek Who Has Visited Every Brewery in Colorado

June 23, 2016 |

When it comes to the great state of Colorado, the opportunity to accomplish great feats are bountiful. Whether you’re an extreme hiker who aims to scale every 14er in the state, a rafter who’s seeking to take on every Class 5, or a skier who’s out to shred every resort the Centennial State has to offer. However, over the past three years, Stephen Adams has been driven by a different kind of undertaking. One that’s given him the distinction of having visited every brewery in Colorado. Read More

5 Reasons You Need to Buy Capitol Hill Block Party Tickets

June 23, 2016 |

If you’re at all familiar with Seattle, you know that Capitol Hill is one neighborhood within its borders that captures the true flavor, eccentricity, complexity and energy of the dynamic and evolving Emerald City. Capitol Hill – or just ‘the hill’ – is the beating heart of Seattle’s experimental dining, vibrant nightlife, and overall pride. Needless to say, if one was to have a music festival somewhere within the city’s borders – and in the middle of Seattle’s summertime bliss – the hill is the obvious choice. Queue Capitol Hill Block Party – a three day music festival that, like the neighborhood that houses it, effortlessly captures its city’s exuberance.

If you can’t tell already, we have unharnessed excitement for this year’s fest, our calendars already marked for July 22 – 24.  And it’s not too late for you to join us in the celebration. Single day and three day tickets are available now. If you’re not already convinced, we’re giving you five reasons to pull our your credit card now to pull the trigger. We’ll see you there – beer in hand.

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Urban Chestnut Brewing Company | The Class of 2011

June 23, 2016 |

Beers are like years. There are a lot of them in the past, more are coming, and some are better than others.

There are four specific years that stand out in the annals of St. Louis’ rich beer history. 1852 is perhaps the most important, as it is the year Anheuser Busch was founded. In 1991, we saw St. Louis enter the world of locally owned craft beer with the establishment of the Schlafly Brewing Company. And in 2008, well, that’s a year that most St. Louis beer lovers would rather forget… it’s the year AB allowed itself to be bought and owned by Inbev. That was a sad year. Read More

Ultimate 6er | Netflix Original Programming

June 22, 2016 |

Netflix is the little technology business that could, going from movies-through-the-mail to one of the largest streaming services in the world. Available on every smart device and video game console available, Netflix has a reported total of 81 million people – with 46 million being in the US alone. It’s replaced cable for most of us, opening up a treasure chest of hidden gems and old classics in the most digestible manner possible. Netflix is now a powerhouse in the audio/visual world after acquiring exclusivity rights with Disney, but also through releasing their own original content.

For this week’s Ultimate 6er, we’ll be looking at several of the heavy hitters in the Netflix Original Lineup. Don’t fret if you don’t see any of your favorites here, but these have some of the best beer combinations you could hope to ever watch with your favorite show. So let’s Netflix and Chill (more like cooler) for some summer streaming! Read More

The Six Best Beers for Summer Backpacking

June 22, 2016 |

You have finally reached your campsite after hiking 20 miles over rugged terrain with all of your gear on your back. A heavy band of sweat clings to your head as you finally drop your pack and begin to set up your shelter. Once you’ve eaten and settled in for the night, you reach into your pack and pull out a beer. Beer might not be as essential as food, water, shelter or clothing, but, in your modest camp, it’s nothing short of a luxury.

Since the most important criterion of a backpacking beer is portability, every beer on this list will be canned. Cans are much lighter than glass and don’t require you to pack a bottle-opener. You also do not run the risk of a can breaking and leaving dangerous shards all over the campsite. Last but not least, aluminum conducts heat faster than glass, which means they’ll get cold faster when you stick them in a creek. There are many to choose from, but, if you ask me, these are the best summer backpacking beers. Read More

PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | June 22nd, 2016

June 22, 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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Odell Brewing Co. | Drumroll American Pale Ale

June 22, 2016 |

ABV: 5.3% | IBU: 42

It’s been more than two years since Odell Brewing Co. has released a new year-round beer. I assume that’s because the brewery prefers to achieve near-perfection with a beer before putting it in customers’ hands. Having just tried their newest release, Drumroll American Pale Ale, I’m 100% on board with that strategy. Read More

PorchDrinking Playlist | Summer Sun

June 21, 2016 |

It’s officially summer and the sun’s out, temps are rising, and we’re looking forward to endless patio beers, creekside camping spots, and long mountain drives. In this week’s PorchDrinking playlist, we’ve got 15 songs for the summer sun — for yard games in the park, hammocking in the shade, and those long drives to the mountains or lake for the best weekend adventures.

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Goose Island Collaborates with Local Chicago Band

June 21, 2016 |

For the fourth year, Goose Island has teamed up with a band performing at the Pitchfork Music Festival to create a unique beer that represents the bands taste in beers. This year the brewery collaborated with Chicago’s own Twin Peaks to create Natural Villain, a garage/pilsner-style lager.

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Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Get Comfortable Wrap-Up Tour

June 21, 2016 |

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. came together with family and friends to celebrate the successes of this season’s Get Comfortable campaign. Creature Comforts generated over $65,000 in charitable contributions with the help of local community organizers, businesses and volunteers. Get Comfortable proved to be a groundbreaking corporate level charity campaign that broke down many barriers while building community relationships that touched many lives through its 2015/2016 season. Read More

What We’re Listening To | June 2016

June 21, 2016 |

Music is pretty important to us at PorchDrinking. So we figured we’d fill you in on what we’re listening to and the latest releases, albums and singles we’re obsessed with. Take a look below and let us know, what are YOU currently obsessed with? Read More

Victory Brewing Company | Kirsch Gose

June 21, 2016 |

ABV: 4.7%

Over the past few summers, goses and Berliner-weisses have been popping up like crazy. Since I have a deep-seated love of all things sour, I’ve been loving the barrage of tart beers that have been hitting the market … Read More

Fall 2016 | New Belgium’s Second Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream-Inspired Beer

June 20, 2016 |

For a second time, the Vermont-based ice creamery Ben & Jerry’s and Colorado brewery, New Belgium Brewing have collaborated on an ice cream-inspired beer to benefit the non-profit Protect Our Winters (POW).

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Brewery Showcase | 4 Noses Brewing Company (Broomfield, CO)

June 20, 2016 |

Located nearly smack dab between Denver and Boulder, right off of the US 36 corridor drag, you can find yourself at 4 Noses Brewing Company in Broomfield, Colorado. 4 Noses Brewing Company jumped onto the Colorado beer scene in May of 2014 with their tastefully modern taproom and brewery. Shortly thereafter, they were already making waves with their incredible selection of beer.

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Event Recap | #CCBW Miskatonic Brewing Mystery Infusion Contest

June 20, 2016 |

Suburban Chicago’s Miskatonic Brewing (Darien, IL) challenged patrons to a test their skills as a beer connoisseur during Chicago Craft Beer Week. Sure, it’s easy to log on to any one of the numerous beer rating sites and provide insight, but just how good are you? More to the point, as the writer who covered the event, how good am I? Read More

What We’re Drinking | June 17th, 2016

June 17, 2016 |

Confession: I’m a theatre nerd. I don’t really know a damn thing about sports. The only things that can get me excited for a game are other excited people and, well, beer. Depending on the sport… lots of beer. But even I realize how massive the last two weeks have been for sports — US Men’s Soccer is a game away from the finals, and the NBA finalists are headed to an unexpected game 7 this Sunday. So grab a cold six pack, call up your friend with the big screen, and sports hard. Sports real hard. *clink*

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BREAKING | Bell’s Brewery Returns to Colorado for Limited Engagement

June 17, 2016 |

At this point, it’s beginning to feel like a tease, but for midwesterners their wet beer dream returns to reality next week. This morning Kalamazoo based, Bell’s Brewery announced the return of Bell’s Brewery beers to the state of Colorado via Crooked Stave Artisans throughout the state, beginning next week, through the July 4th holiday. They also teased a second return, which will take place once again during the week of the Great American Beer Festival

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