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What We’re Drinking | December 15, 2017

December 15, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

I don’t know about you, but I am still shocked by the FCC’s Net Neutrality repeal vote yesterday. I really thought our government would do better for the American people! I am also putting my faith into the many groups that are filing lawsuits to reverse this decision. On a brighter note, our PorchDrinking crew are spending this pre-holiday week drinking some great brews. Light the fire, get cozy, and see What We’re Drinking.

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Beerstagram | December 7 – December 14

December 15, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Ho Ho Ho Beerstagram friends! Hanukkah kicked off earlier this week, we hope you are enjoying your holiday week of the festival of lights and, for those that are getting ready for Christmas, we hope you are enjoying the season as well. From the looks of this week’s round up it looks like you are cracking open some festive brews. Cheers to that! See you back here again next week.

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The Weekly Buzz | December 8 – 14

December 15, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

While canning, some beer inevitably ends up on the floor. That beer goes to waste–an acceptable loss in the packaging process. The world of beer news, however has a savior. We scoop up the small bits of news and shenanigans, clean them up and bring them to you. Crack open a beer because you’re about to get The Weekly Buzz!

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Big Boss Brewing | Saints on Raspberries

December 15, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Raleigh’s own Big Boss Brewing is at it again with a limited release of Saints on Raspberries. A tart, fruity twist on their Flanders red-inspired Saints & Sinners, Saints on Raspberries is another feather in the cap that is their foedre-aged “Strange Cargo” series. The twist? Six extra months in wine barrels soaking up raspberry essence. Now, without further ado, the beer.

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Revisiting Star Wars: The Force Awakens

December 14, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 10 min

As you know, it’s time for “The Last Jedi” to come out. To celebrate, I’ve re-watched the prequel trilogy. I’ve re-watched the original trilogy. And I’ve re-watched “The Force Awakens.” But you don’t need my opinions on “The Force Awakens.”

You need Nik Heimach’s opinions.

Nik Heimach is one of the most thoughtful critics and consumers of pop culture that I’ve ever met. You may have seen him on PorchDrinking before. But you don’t know the half of it.

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Pour List | Denver Beer Festivus Returns with Holiday Surprises

December 14, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

In a holiday season littered with White Elephants, tinsel and ugly sweaters, I think it’s safe to say what we really care about is cutting straight to the booze and debauchery. Denver Beer Festivus which returns Saturday afternoon cuts to the chase with approximately 50 Denver-based breweries in attendance, a silent disco floor, appearances by a bad Santa, food vendors, and plenty more surprises.

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Taft’s Ale House | Santa’s Bribe

December 14, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Beermas!

Is there anything better than a Christmas ale? I mean really when you think about it, is there another style of beer made for a single day?

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | December 13, 2017

December 13, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 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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America Now Boasts Over 6000 Breweries in Operation & More Beer Stats

December 13, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

The Brewers Association published its end of year report this morning announcing that there were over 6,000 breweries in operation across the United States in 2017. That number reflects an increase of over 438 operational breweries since their mid-year report was announced in August, and an increase of approximately 1000 breweries in operation since last December 2016.

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Maplewood Lounge | A Taproom Example Worth Emulating

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

Maplewood Brewery & Distillery didn’t merely open a taproom and tasting space, it opened a thoughtful representation of the entire Maplewood experience — and that’s how all breweries should approach taproom designs.

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Ultimate 6er | 6 Reasons to Love Bale Breaker Brewing Company

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

The Yakima Valley in Eastern Washington accounts for nearly 80% of the United States hop crop, and the team at Bale Breaker Brewing Company have established themselves as leaders in the Yakima Valley hop scene, both as growers and as brewers. The brewery is located amongst hop fields that were first planted in 1932, and the brewers at Bale Breaker have made a point of showcasing Yakima Valley hops in virtually every Bale Breaker brew. Though a relatively young brewery (they opened in 2013), Bale Breaker has become one of the most well-known IPA producers in Washington and is a leader in the Eastern Washington brewing scene. Today we present an Ultimate 6er dedicated the people who made Bale Breaker what it is today: 6 Reasons to Love Bale Breaker Brewing Company. Read More

Brewer of Beyoncé-Inspired Beer Told to Hold Up

December 13, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Despite a late night signal boost from Seth Meyers, production of a beer named in honor of singer Beyoncé has been forced to re-brand. Lineup Brewing, a Brooklyn-based brewery known for their clever beer names, had brewed Biëryoncé since opening in late 2016, and recently canned the beer for the first time in 16 oz cans. The small brewery received a cease and desist letter last week from Beyoncé’s legal team ordering them to stop production.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Atlanta Beer Beat | December 13, 2017

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

The Atlanta Beer Beat sheds light on news of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings and more!

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Reuben’s Brews | Holiday Gose

December 13, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

I’m going to start this off by saying I am not a fan of the holiday season. Suddenly, I’m expected to be merry and in good spirits, which is just not the way I work. Bribe me with a winter warmer and we might be able to talk, slip me an Imperial Stout and we will be best of friends. Like a lot of you, alcohol makes this season bearable. To quote National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, “I had a lot of help from Jack Daniels.”

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Revisiting Star Wars: The Original Trilogy

December 12, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

“The Last Jedi” comes out in a matter of hours. To celebrate, I’ve been re-watching the Star Wars movies.

I watched the prequels and wrote about it here.

No one asked me to do this, by the way.

I just really really love Star Wars.

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Scofflaw Brewing Plans to Expand a Third Time

December 12, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

A little over three months ago, highly celebrated, IPA driven and high gravity specialists, Scofflaw Brewing, celebrated their one year anniversary. From their inception up until that celebration, they tripled their production capacity and here we are again with plans to expand. Prior to their second expansion, it was rare to find cans in the market and once they upgraded the canning line was back up and running, but here we are again, expanding. I wonder what great things are coming this time.

I recently spoke with Jonathan Ingram, Media Relations at Scofflaw. He share some great news concerning some upcoming projects as well as what might make its way into cans this time around. Read More

Cigar City Begins Releasing Brewery List for 2018 Hunahpu’s Day

December 12, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Yesterday, Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing released a preliminary list of participating breweries for their 2018 Hunahpu’s Day event. This annual event is a celebration that is centered around the release of Cigar City’s Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout and is the only way to snag bottles of that elusive brew. The announcement, which came via the brewery’s Facebook page,  The post listed over 75 breweries from the “South” region and promised that more would be unveiled in coming days.
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How Craft Beer Gave Back in November 2017

December 12, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

Welcome to the beginning a new monthly roundup! I will be sharing some of the great, creative and impacting community efforts that our brewery friends conducted over the past month. My goal with this column is to hopefully inspire you—our beautiful, motivated reader—to start your own partnership with a charity and begin a long-lasting, top-notch fundraiser. Whether you own a brewery, work at a brewery, or just drink at a brewery, you can make a positive change in other people’s lives.

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Stickman Brews | Obesity Epidemic

December 12, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

“Stickman Brews focuses on American twists of Belgian-inspired beers among other things.”

Smack dab on the middle of the homepage on their website, you will come across this self-description written in all caps. Obesity Epidemic, a Belgian-style stout, truly backs up that claim. This beer fuses those two cultures in perfect harmony.

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Chicago Quick Sips | December 11

December 11, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

Quick Sips is our way of highlighting beer events, tap takeovers and other notable beer news around the city of Chicago. If you’d like to submit something to be included in the next Quick Sips, please email us at chicago@porchdrinking.com.

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