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Colorado Beer Beat | Bi-Weekly Beer Release Guide 2/22

February 22, 2024 |

Welcome to the Colorado Beer Beat, a bi-weekly roundup of all of the new can releases around the state. From Denver to Grand Junction and everywhere in between, we have you covered. Be sure to check back on Thursdays (usually!) to find out what’s new in the Colorado beer scene.

Join West Metro Fire Fighters and WestFax Brewing Co. at the WestFax taproom in Lakewood, CO on Saturday, February 24 from noon-8 PM for a double beer release and fundraising event benefitting The Colorado Professional Firefighter Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. $2 will be donated for each pint or 4-pack of Hook & Halligan sold.

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Copper State Beer Festival, Mesa AZ | Jan 13th 2024

February 2, 2024 |

Sweaters are being stripped off, sleeves are being rolled up, and hats are perched on heads as the sparkling winter sun permeates Mesa, AZ’s Riverview Park. Copper State Beer Festival is in full swing, and the weather is offering up its desert best for the 5,000 visitors the event has attracted. This is the third year the festival has taken place, drawing beer lovers from across Arizona and further afield to one of Phoenix’s hippest suburbs for an afternoon of imbibement. As Arizona’s craft beer scene blooms like a cactus flower, consumers are catching on, creating space for this frankly huge event featuring 72 breweries, plus a range of cideries, wineries, meaderies, distilleries, seltzer makers, bars and bottle shops. While the focus is firmly on beer, this is an event with something for everyone and an opportunity for local businesses to showcase their offerings alongside high-profile national names. There’s even a skating rink and axe throwing, which beats the heck out of the usual spin-the-wheel attractions beer festivals offer (FYI there was also spin-the-wheel).

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Colorado Beer Beat | Bi-Weekly Beer Release Guide 1/11

January 11, 2024 |

Welcome to the Colorado Beer Beat, a bi-weekly roundup of all of the new can releases around the state. From Denver to Grand Junction and everywhere in between, we have you covered. Be sure to check back on Thursdays (usually!) to find out what’s new in the Colorado beer scene.

As another new year begins, we return to the ritual of dry January. Your favorite breweries are pining for your return, but that isn’t stopping them from releasing fresh brews! As you partake in dry January, take a second and think about what you really want… The choice is easy, you obviously want to support local Colorado businesses and quench your thirst with a refreshing craft beer.

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Colorado Beer Beat | Bi-Weekly Beer Release Guide 12/14

December 14, 2023 |

Welcome to the Colorado Beer Beat, a bi-weekly roundup of all of the new can releases around the state. From Denver to Grand Junction and everywhere in between, we have you covered. Be sure to check back on Thursdays (usually!) to find out what’s new in the Colorado beer scene.

One of the best festivals of the winter season has officially been announced, and we can’t wait! Wynkoop Brewing Company is bringing back its most popular beer festival, Day of Darks. This February, come to the ultimate celebration of Colorado’s vibrant craft beer culture at Day of Darks, where the season’s best local dark beers will be poured. Day of Darks is a winter tradition, showcasing the season’s best local dark beers. Keep an eye out for tickets as they become available!

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Weathered Souls | 2023 Whale Rider Set

October 2, 2023 |

Weathered Souls Brewing has been around since 2016, and since then has made waves throughout the industry. Most notably in 2020, co-owner and Head Brewer Marcus Baskerville started the Black is Beautiful initiative, a movement with the mission to bring awareness to the injustices that many people of color face daily. This open-ended collaboration has inspired the support of hundreds of breweries across the country, and this year even saw the launch of Volume 2.0 of the Black is Beautiful initiative in honor of the opening of the National Black Brewers Association (NB2A) back in May. Marcus and Weathered Souls also had another exciting ‘first’ in 2023 with their highly sought-after Whale Rider Imperial Stout. July 29th marked the date of the inaugural Whale Rider Day.

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Real Wild & Woodsy Festival | Flagstaff, Arizona

July 11, 2023 | 2

For lovers of mixed culture, foeder-conditioned, funky and barrel-aged beers, the Real Wild & Woodsy Festival really is the Teddy Bears’ (or should that be Teddy Beers’?) Picnic of festivals. Held just outside the center of Flagstaff at the Arizona Historical Society’s Pioneer Museum for the first time this year, the festival feels like a secret garden party.

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Get Tickets | 2023 Vail Craft Beer Classic Announces Brewery Lineup

June 6, 2023 |

One of Colorado’s premier summer beer festivals returns in just over a week! Combining an incredible lineup of craft beverage producers for a two-day, two-session, all-you-can-drink event, the Vail Craft Beer Classic has become one of the top destination mountain beer fests in Colorado.

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Event Spotlight | Georgia Craft Brewers Festival | Saturday April 29, 2023

April 28, 2023 |

Spring is all the way here as the gardens are growing and the showers are working to bring flowers. Baseball season is in full swing, and honestly we’re all just holding on to the greatness before the summer heat shows up. There’s been no shortage of beer events to attend for Georgia craft drinkers, and this weekend is no exception. Read More

Event Recap | Altered States Libations & Art Festival Volume II

March 14, 2023 |

The Eighth State Brewing Co. hosted Altered States Volume II on Saturday, March 11, in Greenville, South Carolina. The libations and art festival featured breweries, wineries and distilleries from around the world alongside live music, skateboarding performances and artists.

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Event Recap | Texas Craft Brewers Festival 2022

October 17, 2022 |

A sold-out Texas Craft Brewer’s Festival took place on Saturday October 8th at Fiesta Gardens alongside Austin’s Lady Bird Lake. The event brought together over 85 Texas breweries, 250 beers … Read More

2022 Great American Beer Fest Day 1 Recap | Standouts and Hidden Gems

October 7, 2022 |

The bagpipers did more than kick-off the 40th annual Great American Beer Fest; they signaled the end of a two-year hiatus caused by the global pandemic. And with that re-start, the PorchDrinking team is back roaming the aisles and aisles of booths, sampling beer and taking notes. Without further ado, here is our team’s GABF Day 1 Recap – our favorites and hidden gems.

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Colorado Beer Beat | Bi-Weekly Beer Release Guide GABF Week

October 6, 2022 |

Welcome to the Colorado Beer Beat, a bi-weekly roundup of all of the new can releases around the state. From Denver to Grand Junction and everywhere in between, we have you covered. Be sure to check back on Thursdays (usually!) to find out what’s new in the Colorado beer scene.

As we go through the final countdown to GABF, you may be wondering to yourself, are there going to be any releases I can pick up even if I’m not at GABF itself? Well, the answer is yes! That being said, with the sheer volume of special releases only available at GABF, it’s looking like a lighter couple of weeks for the canned and bottled releases. If you’re one of the lucky attendees of this year’s GABF, you can find some helpful tips here, that if we’re honest, are pretty valid for first-timers or grizzled veterans of the event!

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Colorado Beer Beat | Bi-Weekly Beer Release Guide 8/25

August 25, 2022 |

Welcome to the Colorado Beer Beat, a bi-weekly roundup of all of the new can releases around the state. From Denver to Grand Junction and everywhere in between, we have you covered. Be sure to check back on Thursdays (usually!) to find out what’s new in the Colorado beer scene.

After what seemed like an eternity, it’s finally football season again! If you’re an NFL fan, a college fan or just love football of any kind, plenty of your favorite breweries will have games playing in their tap rooms. So, if you’re trying to get out of the house to catch a game, why not enjoy it with a cold beer and your closest friends (beer lovers, obviously)?

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Event Preview | Session Fest 2022

July 21, 2022 |

It’s been three years since Drake’s Brewing Co. has been able to throw their summer classic with Bike East Bay. But Session Fest is finally back for its eighth year, this Saturday. With no beer over 5% being poured, it is meant to be an easy going afternoon where you get to sample the lower-end ABVs that breweries have to offer. Hopefully, this makes for hangover-free Sunday the next day.

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Event Review | Little Beer II

April 15, 2022 |

What happens when you take some of the best in-and-out of state lager makers and bring them all to one town green in Duluth? A really damn good time enjoying Little Beer.

Over the weekend, Duluth’s Good Word & Public House hosted their second annual “Little Beer” fest, which saw 60+ breweries bring their best low ABV (mostly ~5% and lower) beers to the tables for craft drinkers to enjoy all day long. Oh, and there was snow — which for Georgia in April what the hell was that?! Read More

The Ultimate Guide to The Best Beer Festivals in 2022

February 7, 2022 |

Beer fests are back (knock on wood)! After two years of cancellations, postponements, limited capacity events, and worse… the dreaded virtual fest, we are entering 2022 cautiously optimistic about the year ahead. With hopes of herd immunity coming sooner rather than later, we’ve got our fingers crossed that beer festivals are all returning to normal soon.

While most beer festivals are still taking extra precautions for this year’s events, several of them have already begun announcing dates. To help you keep track of the best and brightest beer festivals to mark on your calendars, we’ll be continuously updating our list of the best can’t miss beer festivals for 2022. Be sure to bookmark this page as we’ll be adding and updating this list throughout the year.

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Event Recap | 2022 Winter Brew Fest

February 2, 2022 |

On Saturday, January 22, the Winter Brew Fest at Mile High Station kicked off the new year with a bang as the first official beer festival of the year in Denver. Attendees enjoyed over 100 beers, hard kombuchas, hard seltzers, and spirits to sample over day and evening sessions.

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Trends and Takeaways from FoBAB 2021

November 16, 2021 |

Like all of the events that returned in 2021 after being canceled in 2020, the Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers returned to Chicago with more buzz and excitement than in previous years.

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2021 FoBAB Returning to In-Person Event at New Location

October 2, 2021 |

The country’s premiere barrel-aged beer festival returns this year as the Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers (FoBAB) will take place November 12-13 with some changes in place because of the ongoing pandemic.

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BUG Requiring Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID Test

August 26, 2021 |

This year’s Beer Under Glass (BUG) will be unique for a variety of reasons but the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild has put into place precautions to make sure the event can go on as safe as possible despite the Delta variant. Read More