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Amalgam Brewing Primed to Become Colorado’s Next Elite Sour & Wild Producer

September 8, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Colorado’s next elite level sour / wild beer producer doesn’t have a physical taproom, nor does it actually have its own production facility, in fact it hasn’t actually released its first beer to the public… at least not yet. Despite its unconventional start, Amalgam Brewing, which has been quietly taking root for the past three years, will officially launch this weekend with the release of Ascension, a golden sour ale aged in a combination of neutral oak and chardonnay barrels.

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2018 Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines Festival Tickets Go On Sale Today

September 6, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

By now PorchDrinking’s infatuation with the Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines Festival should come as no surprise to our most avid of readers. Over the years we have extolled to great length some of the innumerable characteristics that distinguish Big Beers as one of the industry’s best kept secrets.

Stemming from organizers Laura and Bill Lodge’s passionate approach toward curating the best talent, while also going above and beyond in ensuring the best attendee experience, Big Beers has come to capture the essence of what it takes to throw the ultimate beer lover’s festival, ranging from a star-studded cast of brewers, to an elite level lineup of beers, intimate brewers dinners, premier educational seminars, and world class skiing all to the backdrop of some of the world’s most stunning mountain vistas.

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Black Project’s Lambic-Inspired Roswell Release is the Real Deal

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

Its easy to get lost in the clutter. Currently in craft beer, there’s a shiny new toy wrapped under layers of marketing speak at over 5,000 breweries across the country. New England this, barrel-aged that, it can sometimes become cumbersome filtering through the hype to find the handful of truly inventive, quality beers that are really moving the needle in this market. Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales is doing just that with this weekend’s release of their spontaneously fermented barrel-aged, Lambic-inspired ale Roswell, featuring six heavily fruited variants.
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Avery’s 2017 Boulder SourFest Pour List Showcases Local & National Heavy Hitters

June 19, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 8 min

This weekend’s 2017 Boulder Sour Festival will once again showcase a wide array of national and local talent, boasting their best in the sour and wild beer formats. Now it its 7th iteration, Avery’s annual celebration of acidic beers will see one major amendment, this year focusing solely on wilds and sours that have been aged in a wooden vessel, meaning this year’s entries will no longer include standalone kettle soured beers.

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Event Preview | 2017 Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines

January 3, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

January marks the return of one of our favorite Colorado beer events, the (formerly Vail) Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines festival. With activities ranging from brewing seminars and sensory panels to the drool-worthy commercial tasting session featuring an epic beer list from more than 150 breweries from around the world, this fest offers a unique experience attendees are unlikely to forget. Besides dropping Vail from the name, what changes will 2017 bring?

(More: Pour List for 2017 Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines)

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Event Preview | 2016 Chef & Brew

November 16, 2016 |

Colorado brewmasters and chefs team up this Thursday to push the boundaries of beer and food pairings at the 5th annual Chef & Brew festival and competition. More than 20 pairs of culinary collaborators will compete to knock the socks off … Read More

2016 GABF Route Preview | Funk, Sours, and Wilds

October 4, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 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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Brewery Showcase | Transient Artisan Ales (Bridgman, MI)

September 20, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 5 min

In order to standout as a brewery in the great state of Michigan, you’ve got to go above and beyond just brewing really solid beer. Since 2012 over 100 new craft breweries have opened in the fruitful state of Michigan alone. But Transient Artisan Ales, in the southwest corner in Bridgman, has begun found a way to gain not just local industry attention but national acclaim as well.

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The Brewtography Project Launches Kickstarter for Discovering Colorado Breweries

May 13, 2016 |

I still remember the first time I met up with Dustin & Marcia Hall to enjoy a beer. I had only seen Dustin’s work on Instagram via his Brewtography Project account, but even through the illuminated lens of a iPhone 4 screen, … Read More

Event Recap | 2016 Vail Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines

January 12, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 8 min

This piece was written and composed by staff Tristan Chan, Cory Pelc, Kelissa Heiber, Kara Loo, Phil Joyce, Will Dozier, and Desiree Duzich with special contribution from Brittany Werges of 303 Magazine.

In a lot of ways, looking back on the 2016 Vail Big Beers Belgians and Barleywines festival is fairly cut and dry. Everything was amazing. It really is that simple. And yet, I’d be disappointing not only myself, but more importantly organizer Laura Lodge, by leaving you with merely a singular over-the-top statement about the fest. I dare not use the word hyperbole because while my descriptions may seem gratuitous, they are one hundred percent truthful.
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Vail Big Beers Pour List & Must Tries

January 8, 2016 |


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AC Golden – Kriek Noir

The base sour beer was then allowed to ferment on 800lbs of Colorado grown sweet and sour cherries. 5.5 % ABV

Allagash – Nancy

Balaton & Montmorency cherries. The … Read More

Ermatingers Launching Speciation Artisan Ales in Michigan

November 18, 2015 |

The state of Michigan is a special place for craft beer. Historically, the mitten has always been on the forefront of the Midwest craft brewing scene with staples like Founders, Bells, Brewery Vivant and Dark Horse. However, that scene is about … Read More

2015 GABF Theme Route | Sours & Wilds

September 21, 2015 | Avg. Reading Time: 7 min

Attending a session at Great American Beer Festival can be overwhelming, even for the most experienced beer fan. To help you make the most of your festival experience, Tristan Chan, Chris Day and I would like to be your tour guide through several distinct craft beer journeys including Sour & Wild Beers, Rare Beers, Big Beers, Fruit Beers, Hoppy Beers and Unique Beers. We’ll give you the breweries, beers and descriptions, then let you go from there.

Today’s theme route focuses on Sour & Wild Beers, which have gained incredible popularity over the last few years. If you are looking for beers that make your lips pucker and mouth water, you have chosen the right adventure today. This list is by no means a complete list of all sours, but it is a great starting point. Grab some Tums and join us on your journey through Sour Beers at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival.

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2015 GABF Brewery List | New Attendees & Missing

July 28, 2015 | 6

*Be sure to check back often as we’ll be bringing complete GABF coverage leading up to, during and after the festival*

Nearly 800 Breweries. 4 Sessions. 3 Days. Over 4000 beers. 60,000 attendees. This year’s Great American Beer Festival is without a doubt “Bigger. … Read More

Denver Beer Beat | Colorado Beer Events for Week of July 17, 2019

July 17, 2019 |

The Denver Beer Beat is a weekly roundup of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, and more happening in the Front Range and beyond. Be sure to check in each Wednesday to discover anything … Read More

2019 Denver Rare Beer Tasting Pour List Has Arrived

July 15, 2019 |

As we’ve articulated a few times, GABF week’s multitude of events have lately grown to the point of overshadowing the event itself. And while many of these periphery activities offer a host of rare or limited distribution beers, Pints for … Read More

PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | June 19, 2019

June 19, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 17 min

The Denver Beer Beat is a weekly roundup of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, and more happening in the Front Range and beyond. Be sure to check in each Wednesday to discover anything and everything happening around Colorado’s beer scene. Now let’s get to this week’s can’t miss beer events. Read More

2019 WeldWerks Invitational Announces Saturday’s Pour List

June 17, 2019 |

One of the country’s most prolific new beer festivals returns this Saturday in the 2019 WeldWerks Invitational, and we now know exactly what to expect. The Greeley, CO-based brewery has announced their pour list for Saturday’s SOLD OUT event taking … Read More

2019 Craft Brewers Conference External Events Guide

April 3, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 39 min

While the Craft Brewers Conference is an amazing opportunity to gain valuable education from the multitude of sessions and seminars, as brewers we know the real fun comes with the after-parties surrounding the conference. To help you navigate the week-long schedule of tap takeovers, beer dinners, special releases and more surrounding CBC we put together a day-by-day external events guide. Use the menu below to quickly navigate to the corresponding day.

Additionally we will be updating this guide throughout the week, so if we missed an event be sure to shoot us a message.

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PorchDrinking’s Weekly Denver Beer Beat | January 23, 2019

January 23, 2019 | Avg. Reading Time: 11 min

The Denver Beer Beat is a weekly roundup of brewery openings, special tappings, firkins and one-off batches, bottle releases, dinners, pairings, and more happening in the Front Range and beyond. Be sure to check in each Wednesday to discover anything and everything happening around Colorado’s beer scene. Now let’s get to this week’s can’t miss beer events. Read More