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Perrin Brewing Company | Black Ale

August 29, 2019 |

Here in West Michigan and throughout the state, it’s hard to believe Perrin Brewing Company hasn’t reached the level of Bell’s or Founders. The quality of their beers, from the easy-drinking No Problems Session IPA to the renowned No Rules Porter, is only topped by the killer events and festivals they throw. Nowhere is their top-notch beer crafting more apparent than in their flagship brew, Perrin Black Ale.

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From Beer to H2O | Breweries Lending a Can After Hurricane Michael

October 15, 2018 |

On Wednesday, October 10, Hurricane Michael slammed into the coast of Florida into a tiny town called Mexico Beach. On Monday, Oct. 8, the storm had been a Category 1 as it made its way to the Panhandle; by the time it hit, it was a Category 4. Though news reports, complete with eye-witness testimony and photos and videos released after the fact, try to illustrate the devastation that this storm wreaked, it’s hard to fathom. Even when you hear it from friends and family, it’s hard to take in.

My family was lucky. The trailer that my grandparents bought in 1985 is still standing, with only a few windows blown out. The house my parents’ built and have been living in full-time since 2008—my home for half the year—sports shattered windows like empty eye sockets, a hole in the roof and an exterior that looks as if it’s been skinned due to the siding being torn off, but it’s standing as well. We were lucky. But it’s going to take time to rebuild. In the meantime, many areas are still without power and running water.

In these times of disaster, when most of the luxuries that we take for granted are gone (electricity, internet, flushing toilets and potable water), all help is appreciated. But the necessities: a place to sleep, food and water to drink, are even more important. It’s times like these that breweries and beer companies step up.

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PorchDrinking Playlist & Event Preview | WinterWonderGrass Festival

February 20, 2018 |

This upcoming weekend marks the sixth annual WinterWonderGrass Festival. It is also the bluegrass festival’s second year in the town of Steamboat Springs in Northern Colorado.

This three-day outdoor festival is sold-out and attendees can expect performances from Elephant Revival, Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Lil Smokies and many more bands and artists. There are 22 bands in total comprising this year’s Colorado lineup! Below is a run down of the event as well as a playlist for those heading up to Steamboat for some music and beer. Read More

The Weekly Buzz | September 29 – October 5

October 6, 2017 |

I hear that there is some kind of beer festival in Denver this week, but I don’t want to discuss those things. OK, I do want to discuss those things, but I won’t because I’m jealous and spiteful. Somebody had to stay home and mind the store, so it may as well be me. Due to the grudge I’m choosing to hold, there will be no further mention of that festival. For everyone else who is stuck at home, here is The Weekly Buzz.
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Ultimate 6er | Valentine’s Day Pairings for Beer Lovers

February 8, 2017 |

Roses are red. Violets are blue. Candy is sweet & beer can be, too.

Have you found your home filled with all kinds of sweet, heart-shaped treats? Or maybe you have plans for a nice Valentine’s Day dinner with your loved one and are looking for dessert and beer pairings? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We paired six different Valentine’s Day treats with a complimentary beer.

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What We’re Drinking | January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017 |

“Studies that we’re aware of show that 63% of craft beer drinkers yearn for the days when Big Beer was great. The craft beer “revolution” is nothing more than a conspiracy to devalue the quality product that our fine American brewers have been creating for decades.” — #AlternativeFacts

These, however, are not Alternative Facts. This is What We’re Drinking this week.
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How Craft Beer Gave Back In 2016

January 5, 2017 | 3

Photo courtesy of the Huffington Post.

Breweries are increasingly becoming integral centers of our communities by routinely providing fun, flavor, and festivities. In addition, they often serve as hosts for discussions of local issues and serve as a place to share information about local charities. Occasionally, breweries go above and beyond the call of duty by providing aid or money. Here are a select few of the many ways craft breweries gave back in 2016.

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What We’re Drinking | December 30th, 2016

December 30, 2016 |

The holiday season comes to a close, but we look back on all the delicious brews we enjoyed during our time with family and friends. We also contemplate giving our livers a break in the new year…..NOT! Here’s What We’re Drinking.

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Ultimate 6er | Halloween Candy Pairings for Beer Lovers

October 19, 2016 |

To some people, the coming of October signifies fall and all of its glory: cooler temps, bonfires, and all things pumpkin. To others, October is a month long celebration of Halloween where we gorge ourselves on candy and dress up in crazy costumes. While too much candy can leave one feeling slightly hungover from the sugar crash, we think Halloween candy and beer make the perfect companions, in the right proportions of course. Curious what your favorite candy pairs with? Read on for our recommendation on all sorts of treats.

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PorchDrinking.com | What We’re Drinking

March 25, 2016 |

Happy Friday, fellow beer geeks!  The weekend is so close, we can taste it.  Congratulations on making it through the (exceptionally snowy) week. That being said, it is with great excitement that I welcome you to the very first installment of “What We’re Drinking” — a collaborative recap of everything our staff has been sippin’ on this past week. We hope this serves as motivation to push through these last few hours of your work week and treat yo self to something delicious this weekend. You deserve it. *clink* Read More

Event Preview | Oskar Blues Southern Hemisphere Hop Fest

February 4, 2016 |

Want to Win Tickets to Saturday’s Southern Hemisphere Hop Fest? – scroll to bottom for details.

Ah, February. When the air is warm, the days are long, and the hop harvest is almost ready… in the Southern … Read More

Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

October 26, 2015 |

This week we’ve got not one, but two stories about Oskar Blues! On top of that, there is new glassware for cider, Pabst is reviving a classic, and the perfect post-workout beer is hoping to make it to market. Keep reading to get the details on these stories and more in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.

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Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

September 28, 2015 |

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.

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Oskar Blues Brewery | Bourbon Barrel Aged Ten Fidy

August 27, 2015 |

ABV: 10 fidy-ish

Brewery jobs are tough. I’ve been working at Oskar Blues for almost six months now and it is by far the most intense physical job I’ve ever had. Ten-hour shifts, hauling hoses, and dealing with things under … Read More

Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

August 17, 2015 |

Never have I hashtagged Pope Francis in the Weekly Growler Fill but hey, there’s a first for everything. This week, I’m bringing you more stories than ever before, not because I’m feeling motivated, but because there is tons of coolness happening in the brewniverse. Instead of giving you my usual sneak peak, you’re just going to have to read more to find out which stories are making the headlines in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.
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Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

March 30, 2015 |

Welcome to the wonderful world of craft beer news. This week, I’m showcasing five completely different stories. To give you a little taste: Adam Dulye is now the Executive Chef of the BA and CraftBeer.com, American craft beer exports are seriously growing, and Oskar Blues made a big purchase. Read on to find out all of the details in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.

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Weekly Growler Fill |National Beer News Roundup

January 12, 2015 |

This week’s beer news brings all kinds of good tidings and happy thoughts. First and foremost, Hunapu’s Day is coming back. Thank you Cigar City! Also, Urban Chestnut bought a brewery in Germany, Victory is coming at us with a new beer, and Oskar Blues is expanding distribution to Idaho. Basically the whole world is winning this week and we all can celebrate with just a little more craft beer.

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Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

December 15, 2014 |

This week’s craft beer news contains a little something for every type of craft beer fan. For the frequent flyer, Delta will be offering many more craft beers on their in-flight menu. For the pet lover, Rover.com compiled the cities with the most alcohol related dog names. For the active craft beer junkie, Outside Magazine will be hosting it’s 2nd Annual Bike and Brew festival. Read about all of this and more in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.

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Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

July 7, 2014 |

Just like every other week, I’ve compiled the craft beer news from around the country. This edition:  another state progressed forward, we will soon be able to tap any beer from home, and the PorchDrinkers partied like it was 1999. Keep reading to expand your craft beer knowledge and distract yourself from work that may have been in front of you.

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Big Beers Festival in 140 Characters or Less

January 20, 2013 |

Last weekend I had the great pleasure of going to the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival in Vail, CO. 13 of us from Northern Colorado loaded into a caravan and headed up the mountain for the 13th annual fest. That’s right, lucky 13. What could go wrong there? Read More