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The Ultimate 6er

PD’s staff helps you pick the perfect six pack for all seasons, moods, and social situations.

Ultimate 6er | Bah, Humbuzz

December 12, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

Cheer and happiness and all that festive crap is important, I suppose. But once in a while, the get-off-my-lawn crowd needs a shoutout. If you love the holidays and feel all warm and tingly at the sight of fresh December snow, this ain’t the article for you, Cindy Lou Who. This one’s for the grinches, the scrooges, the grown Charlie Browns; the curmudgeonly and cantankerous cranks of the world.

My promise to you right off the bat, is that there will be no cute rhymes here. If there’s anything I hate more than holiday music, it’s the nauseating rhymes companies try to incorporate into everything. Between the stress of shopping, the weather, traffic and that unbearable Mariah Carey song, we need an Ultimate 6er – and not just any 6er – to get us through to New Year’s Day. There are 12 shopping days left until Christmas, and today is 12/12. So here’s a 6er of beers that are all at least 12% ABV to pair with the season’s most pervasive annoyances.

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Ultimate 6er | Chris Jacobs, Founder of Beer Zombies

December 5, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

Chris Jacobs is a budding brand icon who created his own niche in the craft beer world. Mashing his elevated attraction to a certain undead monster and a love for beer, the California native launched Beer Zombies in 2013. Read More

Ultimate 6er | Brewers of Sierra Nevada’s Camp Fire Relief IPA

November 28, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

The devastation of the Camp Fire in Butte County, California has reached unmeasurable levels. The fire is now the deadliest and most destructive in California’s history. The need for support for those who have been left with nothing is essential. In dire times, though, the generosity of the craft beer community is a level of support to be reckoned with and this situation is no different. Read More

Ultimate 6er | Thanksgiving Beer Pairings

November 21, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Some of us are planning the dishes to cook for Thanksgiving or where to go on that notorious night before (tonight!). Maybe you’re a rockstar and are planning both. We are going to do our friends and family a favor by leaving the cooking up to them. Everyone loves the person who brings the good beer, so we are here to help you do that.

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Ultimate 6er | Great Winter Beers that Aren’t Stouts or Porters

November 14, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

‘Tis the season for a good winter beer.

What if you’re not a fan of stouts or porters, but still want to get into the festivities of winter beer releases? We’ve got some suggestions for you! Read More

Ultimate 6er | Fall TV Beer Pairings

November 7, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Each fall, networks from NBC to Netflix release what seems like an unwatchable amount of television. The line-up this season is no different, leaving viewers with lots of choices – both for shows to watch and beers to drink while watching them. For those struggling to choose from the flood of good TV, the below is a manageable list of fall’s top TV to binge-watch and beers to have in hand while doing so.

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Enter the Darkness | Six Dark Beers Perfect for November

November 5, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

The twilight of fall is the best time of the year for beer people. Yes, I love my sweet fruited ales and lightly sour goses, but there’s something hearty about a viscous, dark brown porter or stout that warms your heart…and your stomach on a cold day. Now that November has officially arrived and the sight of Halloween and pumpkin ales are behind us, I wanted to highlight six crucial beers that effortlessly bridge the gap between the sweet malts of September and the boozy heat of December. I below that the below six beers fit that mold and can be reasonably located throughout the country – some more than others.

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Ultimate 6er | Halloween Brews

October 31, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

On Hallows Eve, mere mortals don masks and costumes to mask their humanity for one night. Finding the right costume can take weeks, maybe months, to find, so we have compiled a small list of costumes and beers you could bring along on your ghoulish festivities.
PSA: Just be sure to be safe while out tonight, don’t drink and drive—it’s not worth your life or the life of others.

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Ultimate 6er | Campfire Beers

October 24, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

With autumn beginning, the air cooling, and the leaves starting to turn, it’s time to talk camping. Isn’t fall the absolute best time for camping? Thoughts of crisp, clean air as you set up your tent. Building a campfire that will give you warmth and community when the sun goes down. Along with your campfire, hot dogs, and s’mores, here are some fantastic beers that compliment the outdoors, food, and fall at its best. Read More

Ultimate 6er | Six New Standout Beers from Pittsburgh’s Craft Beer Scene

October 17, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

I am always excited to show you what I have drank from the Pittsburgh area – I say Pittsburgh area because there are some days that I do not acquire craft beer right in the city. There are few breweries that were in my previous article and a few new mentions, but these beers here span the last few months of my beer drinking conquest – so let’s quit this chit-chat and get right into it! Read More

Ultimate 6er | 2018 American League Playoffs

October 4, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

It’s October and the baseball playoffs have begun! The American League was especially strong this year. Three teams finished with over 100 wins for the first time ever. What’s the best way to root for your home team? With local beer available at the ballpark of course.  Here are your best bets to help get your team through to the World Series.

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Ultimate 6er | 2018-19 NHL Players & Beer Pairings

October 3, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Let’s break the ice already, hockey season is finally here! If the release of NHL ’19 and pre-season isn’t enough, you’re probably missing a beer. Luckily, we have six incredible beer pairings to pair with the players on the ice this season. Tons of trades have been announced and, as fans get ready to cheer on their favorite team and players, we will have the proper beer to cheer them on with. Every ABV matches the number of the player so you won’t lose track of them on the ice no matter how many beers you decide to drink!

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Ultimate 6er | Gossip Girl

September 19, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Hey PorchDrinkers! Gossip Girl here. Your one and only source for Manhattan’s elite. You didn’t think I could stay away for too long did you? It’s been 11 long years since I sent my first Gossip Girl blast and I’m feeling a little nostalgic. As the wise Blair once said, a girl needs only these four things: guys, girlfriends and Gossip Girl. So what’s been going on with our favorite upper eastsiders?  I’ve got the deets on our favorite trainwrecks—and most importantly, what they’re drinking. Read More

Ultimate 6er | Summer’s Best TV Dramas

September 5, 2018 | 1

It has never been a better time to be a couch potato. A recent study done by FX Studios found that the number of scripted TV shows will top 520 in 2018. If you are like me and work multiple … Read More

Ultimate 6er | Charitable Michigan Breweries

August 22, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

No one can deny that the influx of local breweries throughout the United States has been a major boon for local economies. Breweries drive beer and food tourism, create jobs, and encourage new business opportunities. In fact, this is often a factor for brewers when choosing where to open their business — they want to make the community better. This is even more clear when breweries make philanthropy a priority, no matter how small. This week for the Ultimate 6er, we’ll be featuring six charitable Michigan breweries who are doing just that — improving their communities in multiple ways.
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Ultimate 6er | The Bittersweet End of Summer

August 15, 2018 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

It’s a well-known (if not scientifically documented) fact that as we get older, we start complaining more about the weather. Sit near an old man on a park bench sometime, there’s really no condition that he can’t find fault with. Too hot. Too cloudy. Too much humidity. Lots of hot air these days; very few cool breezes. Nothing’s ever right or as good as it used to be. EDM music and so forth…

What if you like warm weather, yet long for the beers of winter? What about those of us who hate driving in the snow, but love football? People who are in limbo during this time of year want some beers that can meet the needs of any climate. The changing of the seasons truly is a bittersweet symphony, and as we clumsily straddle the fence that separates pre-autumn excitement from end-of-summer blues, let’s look at six tasty brews that that can help us savor the remaining warmth while preparing for the imminence of gawking leafers and poorly raked yards.
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Ultimate 6er | College Football Season 2018

August 8, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Welcome to the tailgate, college football fan! Pull up a lawn chair; the chili should be ready shortly. Put that red Solo cup away; you won’t be needing that. The season is far too short for you to drink swill, and we have some proper glassware here for you besides.

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Ultimate 6er | Road Trip: Midwest Breweries You Can’t Miss

August 1, 2018 | 2 Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

A road trip resulted in us visiting more than 40 breweries, brewpubs, taprooms and bottle shops in almost all parts of the Midwest, so I had to share my top six picks for breweries along our journey. You simply should not miss any of these places if you are within 50 miles. Not only did each brewery make stellar beer, but there was something special about each one, whether it was the atmosphere, the food, or the history. Note that these breweries were in the order which we visited them – there’s no way a favorite can be picked! After all, breweries are like snowflakes: all are beautiful, and none are the same! Here’s a look at six breweries that stood out in our tour of the Midwest.
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Ultimate 6er | “The Bachelorette”

July 25, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Craft beer may not be a fixture of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” franchise, but it certainly helps make those awkward limo introductions, catty video confessionals and declarations of love after just two weeks bearable.

Becca Kufrin’s season has been no exception. Suitors vying for the heart of the Minnesota native—who was famously dumped by Arie Luyendyk Jr. just months after he proposed—have checked off the routine boxes of comical villains, off-screen controversy and unexpected love triangles. As we approach the final episodes, let’s pay homage to Becca’s motley crew by assembling a reflective six-pack.

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Ultimate 6er | Vikings: Beer, Books & Binge-Watching

July 18, 2018 | 1 Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

“Soon I shall be drinking ale from curved horns.” ~Ragnar Lothbrok, Vikings.

The History Channel’s globally-popular Vikings is set to return for its Season 5, Part B this fall. While the drama takes creative license with history, the show itself is captivating and as a bonus, the show sheds light on Nordic (including Viking) culture, which has inspired many to investigate Nordic history. Mostly, it’s just a fun TV show and perfect for pairing with beer. Here are six themes (mostly derived from seasons 1-3) coupled with both beers and history books that are meant to help enhance your Vikings-viewing experience. So, binge watch the old shows and then get ready for some more action this fall.

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