hopslam Archives – PorchDrinking.com
The PorchDrinking team was out in force supporting craft breweries the past several days; look at all this fantastic beer. I think I got a second-hand buzz just compiling the list this week. Whatever other media you feed yourself today, hopefully you put aside some time to just be in the moment, take a deep breath and crack open a beer — one big cheers to you all.
In episode 32 of the PorchCast, Tristan, Hunter and Jesse are joined by Jason Snopkoski, GM at Avanti Food & Beverage, Denver’s innovative restaurant incubator concept that boasts a full cocktail, wine and, most importantly, elite craft beer program. Avanti features a mix of eight DogFish Head beers as well as a showcase of 12 rotating local taps.
The Denver Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, etc.
Colorado has been the beneficiary of receiving both limited or, in some cases, wide distribution of nationally acclaimed cult following beers over the years, from Pliny the Elder, to Abraxas, Hill Farmstead’s Dorothy to Goose Island’s BCBS variants.
The theme for this week is expansion. Oskar Blues announces a new location, Guinness makes something other than a stout, and the conquest of AB InBev continues. These are just a few of the must-know craft beer stories of the week. Read on to get all of the details in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.
8.5% ABV, 93 IBUs
As any beer fanatic in the midwest and beyond knows, January is Bells Hopslam season. Long on hops and ABV but short on supply, it can be tough to find in even the biggest markets. As if battling fellow fanatics for the limited supply wasn’t hard enough, you also apparently have to compete with bottle shops (see: Hopslamgate here, here, here, here, and here).
Sometimes, the chase is all the fun. Anyone who has watched a sappy rom-com knows how this plays out – the pursuit becomes the fun becomes the commitment, and then the waffling suitor gets cold feet. No sooner than he can regret it, Logan Marshall-Green swoops in and before you know it, Hide & Seek is playing in slow-mo. But what do you do when the object of your affection is no vexing vixen but a soapy seductress, a hoppy harlot, or a malty matron? We’re not talking about the 4:30 thoughts of a 5 o’clock cold one, this is serious: this is some Captain Ahab shit, and Bell’s Hopslam is my white whale.