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Summer Brew and Starting Anew | Rockyard Brewing’s Dramatic Makeover

June 14, 2018 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

I’ve always been a bit cynical. I’m not a rare breed in that sense; the beer world has many stubborn, cranky cynics. We’re the ones shouting at you to get off our lawns with your sour, hazy, glittery slush stouts as we rock cantankerously back and forth on the porch with our pint glasses full of clear, reliable IPA. But even the most hardened beer traditionalist among us can look forward to summer. In summer, we can rise from the ashes of our self-loathing like a magnificent, tipsy phoenix. Even if for just a season, we can crack a smile and enjoy the sun on our face while the bubbles of an unfamiliar brew caress our puckered lips.

In that spirit, Colorado’s Rockyard Brewing Company is showing us how it’s done. Shedding its skin and undergoing a major renewal of its own, the brewery has done away with ALL of its award-winning original lineup.

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Event Recap | 2017 What the Funk!? Invitational

October 25, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

From unicorn tears to blue cheese sours, the 2017 What the Funk!? Invitational brought another year of sensationally wild and funk barrel-aged beers–this year at the gorgeous Studios at Overland Crossing in Denver.

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Avery Brewing Time-Lapse of GABF Booth Setup

October 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

For the past three years, Avery Brewing has taken GABF booth displays to the next level. Not only does their’s booth look and feel like you’re in a barrel-aging facility, but the Avery team carts in and stacks filled barrels for timed releases, where attendants actually pull nails in order to pour beer straight from the source.

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Event Recap | Beers Made By Walking 2017

October 18, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

For the last six years, Beers Made By Walking has offered beer drinkers in a select few cities an opportunity to explore a collection of one-off beers inspired by local nature and urban walks. This program began back in 2011 and over time has worked with 150 different breweries across six states.

This year, Beers Made By Walking hosted its annual Denver event at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, who was also the beneficiary of the proceeds from the event. Essentially, attendees got to feel like they were Ben Stiller in his Night at the Museum movies but with the added bonus of 33 breweries also hanging out for the evening.
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Iron Hill Brewery Medals at 21st Consecutive GABF

October 17, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

On Saturday, October 7, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant won two silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. This brings their lifetime medal count to 47, but that isn’t even the astonishing part of this story. These medals—one for their Russian Imperial Stout in the Imperial Stout category and the other for Solzhenitzen in the Aged Beer category—extend an already amazing GABF medal-winning streak to an unprecedented 21 consecutive years.
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The PorchCast | Ep 42 Sam Calagione at Avanti Food & Beverage

October 16, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Episode 42 of The PorchCast was certainly a special one. Not only did we have the chance to remote broadcast live for the first time from our friends at Avanti Food & Beverage, but we did so while interviewing Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Brewery, and one of craft beer’s most recognizable and outspoken advocates.

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Event Recap | Epic Brewing 50 Firkin Fiasco in Denver

October 13, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

There are few things more inviting than a dimly-lit hall bounded by floor-to-ceiling barrels donned with party lights, all leading the way to a destination where 50 firkins await. Held concurrently with GABF, the Epic Brewing 50 Firkin Fiasco provided beer fans with a bevy of experimental beers along with a plenty of food and live music.
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Our 20 Favorite Beer Names from GABF 2017

October 13, 2017 | 3

With more than 3,500 beers being poured at GABF this past weekend from approximately 800 breweries, you probably did’t get a chance to try them all. In fact you probably didn’t even stop to look at every single beer being … Read More

On Tour Brewing Wins Big at 2017 Great American Beer Festival

October 10, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Before the awards ceremony at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, few outside of Chicago had heard of On Tour Brewing. In a span of 10 minutes, the craft beer world couldn’t stop asking who this small brewery was.

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2017 Great American Beer Festival Winners & Awards Breakdown

October 9, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Saturday morning, The Brewers Association, craft beer’s national trade organization, announced this year’s winners for the Great American Beer Festival. This year’s winners showcase a trend that shifted away from familiarity with new names on the rise.

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Beerstagram | September 28 – October 5

October 6, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Hey Beerstagram friends! Happy October! It’s Great American Beer Festival week, hooray! Have you checked out the festival yet or gone to some of the extra events around Denver? It’s like beer Christmas here in Colorado this week! We hope you enjoy and be safe and have fun! Be sure to tag us in your adventures this weekend @porchdrinkingCO and we will see you back here again next week, cheers!

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2017 GABF Fantasy Brewery Draft Picks

October 6, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

This year’s draft was sponsored by First Draft Taproom and Kitchen, located at 1309 26th St, Denver, CO 80205. They are Denver’s Pour Your Own Draft system that allows patrons to pour their own beers which are measured electronically by ounce. You can try a little of everything or pour yourself full pints of the 40 beers they have on draft. It’s like adult fro-yo for beer.

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2017 GABF Route Guide | Fruit Beers Route

October 6, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

For the past month and a half our staff has been reaching out to every brewery attending the Great American Beer Festival to try to preview what they’ll be bringing to the fest. As part of that research, we’ve sifted through that list of beers to bring you a series of themed routes to help you plan for your GABF based on various styles and flavors.
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LIVE DRAFT | 2017 GABF Fantasy Brewery Draft

October 5, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

We here at PorchDrinking believe beer should be fun. So four years ago we set out to add a different take on the Great American Beer Festival by inviting a mix of national and local writers to participate in our GABF Fantasy Brewery Draft. Each year we draft breweries based on how we believe they’ll finish during GABF awards ceremony and earn points based on those finishes.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | October 4, 2017

October 4, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

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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13 Must-Visit Denver Breweries You Won’t Find at GABF

October 4, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

The Great American Beer Festival is an amazing experience. With almost 800 breweries pouring 3,500 beers, the buzz and hype is understandable and justified. However, in all the excitement surrounding the fest, it’s easy to forget the breweries who aren’t attending, even ones a few miles from the convention center. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you won’t get the whole GABF week experience without seeing what the rest of the Denver beer scene has to offer.

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2017 GABF Route Guide | Hoppy Beers

October 4, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 7 min

For the past month and a half our staff has been reaching out to every brewery attending the Great American Beer Festival to try to preview what they’ll be bringing to the fest. As part of that research, we’ve sifted through that list of beers to bring you a series of themed routes to help you plan for your GABF based on various styles and flavors.
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2017 GABF Route Guide | Funk, Sours & Wilds Route

October 3, 2017 | 2

For the past month and a half our staff has been reaching out to every brewery attending the Great American Beer Festival to try to preview what they’ll be bringing to the fest. As part of that research, we’ve sifted … Read More

2017 GABF Route Preview | Big Beers Route

October 2, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 7 min

For the past month and a half our staff has been reaching out to every brewery attending the Great American Beer Festival to try to preview what they’ll be bringing to the fest. As part of that research, we’ve sifted through that list of beers to bring you a series of themed routes to help you plan for your GABF based on various styles and flavors.

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Can’t-Miss Colorado Events During GABF

September 28, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 7 min

For one week a year, Denver and the surrounding metro turn upside down for the Great American Beer Festival. While the festival floor is a great place to sample hundreds of beers from all over the globe, the city really lights up with so many other opportunities to support craft beer. There are a lot. Like hundreds. Events popping up at your local restaurant, at your local brewery, at your local craft beer bar. Separate festivals all together have broken off of GABF. So, to help provide some perspective and frothy guidance, we have made that navigation a bit easier with our calendar of events. Make sure you check that out here. Too much to sort through and choose? Don’t worry, chuggernaut, we got you covered.

(More: Insiders Guide to Special Beer Releases During GABF)

Here is our list of Can’t Miss GABF Events.

Something we missed? Is your brewery hosting a GABF event? Feel free to contact us and we’ll update this list.

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