The Porch Limited Edition T-Shirt Contest! April 28 2016
We want you!
Calling all designers. What does the Porch mean to you? Craft beer in our idylic surroundings. We are looking for designs for our latest limited edition Porch shirt! Provide us with your design and we’ll post it on our Instagram. The top 5 designs will be put up to a vote. The winner walks away with $200 Cash, a $100 Porch Gift Certificate and, of course, their awesome new Porch limited edition T Shirt. Designs are due by May 11th at 11:59pm. Please submit your high res .jpg, .pdf or .eps file to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll take it from there.
Good Luck. May the Porch be with you.
* All entrants must be age 21 or over. Designs must be hi res and in the following formats: .jpg, .pdf or .eps (preferred). All designs submitted remain property of The Porch. Runner up entries may have that shirt printed at a later and will receive a $200 Porch gift certificate. Multiple submissions are welcome.
Welcome Beermenus.com! February 23 2016
Here at the Porch, our job is to get great beer into your belly. We are always looking for new ways to share what we have available and when.
That's where Beermenus.com come in.
Through them you will be able to access our menu from any computer, smartphone or tablet. Whether you are sitting 150 miles away, dreaming of kicking back on the front porch with a porter or standing in our bar checking the ABV of the most recent IPA Release. This is a tool for our guests to get more information on their new favorite brews. Tasting notes, Brewery, ABV, Price and Pour size are all there.
In addition, you can sign up to follow beers and never miss that special tapping. Want to know when Hopslam is going on? (It's March 1st actually). Follow Hopslam and be alerted when it hits our menu.
Our bartenders are still there to give you a hand and chat away. Because, hey, we like talking about beer too.
Please take the for a spin. Let us know what you think.
New Hats! February 23 2016
By popular demand, the Red Hat is back. Our blaster toting unicorn is defending craft beer like Han Solo vs. Greedo in snappy red on a soft back trucker hat.
Also the colors of our local Conchs, they won't last long, so drop what you are doing and order them today!
Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016! December 23 2015
2015 has been a great year. We've made some new friends. We drank some INCREDIBLE beer. And now that we say goodbye, it's time for us to look to the future.
2016 will be our best year yet. Follow us on Facebook to keep up with special events, beer tappings and whatever random stuff we can come up with.
Still at a loss as to what to do on New Year's Eve? Well, we will be having an old school dance party and dropping a unicorn at midnight. You heard me. I said UNICORN!
Thank you to all of our customers. Whether you are with us for a cold one every day or just stopped by on your vacation. We look forward to being your craft beer headquarters in Key West!
Happy Holidays from the Porch!
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away .... December 19 2015
We just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who came out to the Key West premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
A good time was had by all!
So, come on down and see us for a beer. Remember, we do not tolerate spoilers at the bar, so please be respectful of those around you who haven't had a chance to see it yet.
Still..... we can't believe what they did with Jar Jar.
May the force be with you.
The Limited Edition Michael Hildebrand T Shirt December 09 2015
Michael is a regular at our bar. Every time he comes in, it's with a smile and a handful of markers. He will proceed to have a few beers and doodle on coasters. When I say "doodle", I mean make these wonderful pieces of mini art. Many of our bartenders and our customers have taken a few of these home. They are really wonderful.
Michael had designed our "It's our only hope" shirt one night during a bout of insomnia.
We wanted to see just what he would come up with as a design of what the Porch means to him. This is the wonderfully strange trip through Michael's brain:
"I see a great Friday night at the Porch as a fantastic drunken adventure akin to the 8bit sword fighting of Link and the free willed soaring of Falcor. I put this into the mix along side the interesting-to-bazaar conversations with other bar folk, the arcade action at the back of the bar, the nude old ladies on duval, and the beautiful glorious nectar-of-the-gods we call beer. Simplified: pure youthful love"
Michael is actually leaving us to move up to NYC. We'll see him again when it gets chilly. And even though he's moving on to another adventure, you and Terry will always be family at the Porch!
One from the vaults! Galaga Shirts! November 12 2015
While going full "Indiana Jones" in our storage room, we uncovered a small selection of Men's XL Galaga Shirts! This design has already been retired and was one of our most popular shirts! Don't miss out on this last chance to pick one up.
Mead's Big Comeback! October 29 2014
Mead, the ancestor of fermented beverages, is making a huge comeback and meaderies are popping up all over the world once again. Mead, is an alcoholic beverage made from fermenting honey and water. Fruits, spices, grains, and sometimes hops can be added to this process to flavor and preserve the honey wine. Meads can be carbonated, dry, or sweet. The first indication of man's knowledge of mead dates back to 20,000 to 40,000 years ago. Nomads wondering out of Africa to the Mediterranean carried with them bees and honey. They also carried yeast strains, however they did not know.
The origins of mead can be traced back to an African bush. Feral bees were well established and elephants roamed the continent. Extreme conditions of drought during the dry season, and torrential rains in the rainy season were common as they continue to be today. This weather pattern would eventually cause hollows to rot out the crown of the Baobab and Miombo trees where elephants had broken branches. During the dry season, the bees would nest in these hollow trees and during the wet season the hollows would fill with water. Water, honey, osmotolerant yeast, and time created mead! African bushmen would then take the bees and this honey wine with them on their journey. Eventually, mead began to die out and was only presented to royalty. Many blame this on Marco Polo's return to Europe with sugar cane. Thankfully, monasteries kept mead alive! Monks would make beeswax candles from the honey combs from the bees they cultivated. They would wash the honey off of the wax with hot water and create mead for them to enjoy.
Today, there are two organizations that represent the mead market. They are, International Mead Association (IMA) and the International Mead Festival. These organizations are focused on taking mead into the mass market and we think they're doing a pretty good job!
The Porch has some fantastic meads that you should come down and try! Currently, we have Necromangocon from B. Nektar Meadery, Black Fang also by B. Nektar, and Crafted Meadery's Limited Edition Barrel Aged Borealis. There's one Borealis left at The Porch! So come and get it!
Fall Is Not Just About Pumpkin Beer! October 08 2014
Fall, one of the greatest times of the year is here. The greatest thing about fall is not the changing of the leaves or the temperature dropping...it's the beer. Now, we all know that pumpkin beer has been stealing the beer spotlight for a while, and most can agree that pumpkin beer is definitely fall in liquid form. However, before we give pumpkin beer all the glory, we cannot forget the original fall beer, the Oktoberfestbier. Also known as the Märzen, true Oktoberfestbier is beer that is brewed only by the breweries within the city limits of Munich, Germany. These breweries are also the breweries that participate in Munich's annual Oktoberfest. These breweries include, Augustiner, Hacker Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, and Spaten. Märzen/Oktoberfest beers that are brewed outside the city limits, or in any other part of the world for that matter, are an Oktoberfest-style beer.
The Oktoberfestbier is not brewed in October as one might think, but in the winter all the way until the beginning of spring. During the hot summer months, in the early years of Bavarian beer brewing, beer would not keep very well and was difficult to brew. Because of this, brewers learned that if they kept these beers in cold temperatures and in dark cellars, the beer would last longer and not taste sour or spoiled. Therefore, during the winter, brewers would work longer hours to make many well hopped (because hops act as a preservative) and strong beers. These beers would then begin to be released during the spring and summer months, when beer was difficult to brew, and eventually they would release the last of them in the fall to make room for the next batch of beers to be kept in the cellars until the following summer.
Here, at The Porch, we have a couple of Märzen beers available. Currently, we have Cigar City's Oktoberfestbier on tap, Ayinger's Oktoberfestbier in bottle, and a 5 liter Hofbräu mini keg available too!
Märzen/Oktoberfestbiers are usually between 5%-6% in ABV and are usually a deep amber color.
Come on down to The Porch and enjoy an Oktoberfest beer before they're all gone!
You can learn more about Märzen/Oktoberfestbier here: http://www.germanbeerinstitute.com/Oktoberfestbier.html
Brewfest Lineup at The Porch August 27 2014
Hello All! Here's the lineup of beers you can find this weekend at The Porch in honor of Brewfest Key West! They are in no particular order. You're just going to have to come on down and taste for yourself!
- My Friend Mallory Pineapple Cilantro Goze - 3.5%
- Public Love Mango Key Lime Pie - ABV 5.9%
- Droppin' In Lemon Lime Session IPA %
- Blueberry Muffin Brown Ale - ABV 5.5%
- Lue Gim Gong Orange Peel Pale Ale - ABV 5%
- Happening Now Session IPA - ABV 4.5%
- Punk IPA - ABV 5.6%
- Hardcore Double IPA - ABV 9.2%
- Porter - ABV 5.6%
- California Lager - ABV 4.9%
- IPA - ABV 6.5%
- Steam - ABV 4.9%
- Old Foghorn English style Barleywine - ABV 10%
- Jackfruit Sour - ABV 4.5%
- Barrel Aged Muy Bonita Brown Ale - ABV 10.2%
- Blueberry Cobbler Ale - ABV 5.6%
- Passionfruit Crusher Ale - ABV 4.5%
- Snowed In Imperial Porter - ABV 8.9%
- Maharaja Imperial IPA - ABV 10.2%
- 120 Minute Imperial IPA - ABV 18-20%
Crafted Artisan Meadery
- Belgian Meadjito - ABV 6%
B. Nektar Meadery
- Kill All the Golfers - ABV 6%
New Belgium & 3 Floyds
- Gratzer Smoked Beer - ABV 4.5%
Stone, Evil Twin, Stillwater
- The Perfect Crime Black Saison (Red Wine Barrels) - ABV 9.7%
- Extra 4 Belgian Pale - ABV 4.8%
- Dissenter Imperial IPL - ABV 8.7%
List may be updated! Come on by and check out these phenomenal brews. We'll begin tapping these babies on Thursday, August 28.
Dogfish Head Rosabi! August 20 2014
Recently, we tapped an unsurprisingly unique beer from Dogfish Head Brewery called Rosabi, an Imperial Pale Ale brewed with Wasabi root. The brewery collaborated with Julianna Barwick, a musician with the voice of an angel, to make this special brew. She was asked to perform at the brewery for the celebration of the completion of their 18th month long expansion. After her performance, they just could not help but ask her to join them in making a beer.
Julianna is best known for looping and layering her voice to make it sound choir-like, as if the heavens were singing down upon you. Sam Calagione, owner of Dogfish Head, said, “I just love Julianna’s sonic palette. Her layered style reminds me of the art of brewing. Her songs are beautiful but completely unconventional, just as our beer recipes are completely nontraditional. But in the end, they are both distinct and find an adventurous community of enthusiasts." Julianna did not just help the brewery make a beer, but she also created a 4 song EP titled Rosabi in honor of the beer.
You can hear a song featured on the EP here:
The beer, an Imperial Pale Ale, is lighter on the hop notes than an India Pale Ale. It is a rose color due to the red rice used when brewing the beer. The red rice is imported from Louisiana, Julianna's birthplace. It is made with Munich and Caramel malts, Simcoe and Centennial hops, and of course, wasabi root.
Only 1000 cases with 6 750ml each were made. So, come to The Porch today, tonight, or tomorrow morning and enjoy a lovely limited edition Rosabi Ale before it's gone forever.
For more, visit http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/occasional-rarities/rosabi/index.htm
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The Lagunitas "Beerlesque" Show! August 20 2014
What's better than half naked hot people and beer? Nothing. Nothing is better than that. If you were one of the lucky few that got to attend the Lagunitas Un-Censored Burlesque show held at The Porch then you know what to expect from this post! If not, well, I am here to inform you what that night was all about. Lagunitas Brewing Company out of Petaluma, California decided to throw a sweet burlesque show at The Porch a couple of weeks back.
It was given the name Lagunitas Un-Censored in honor of their copper ale called Censored.
Now, let me give you a brief history lesson on where their Censored copper ale originates. The guys at Lagunitas had originally named this beer Kronik. Why did they name this beer Kronik? No one really knows the truth. It's not like it means marijuana or anything of the sort. But, the feds didn't think it was that funny and made them change the name. So, the guys did what any intelligent person would do and slapped a censored label on it. The feds approved the label and Lagunitas Censored was born, and my my my it's delicious!! Back to the show! This amazing night was hosted by the one and only Frankie with performances by Cheeky Derriere, Velvet Garcia, Hunny Bunz and Buffy L'Orange! These sexy people shook their rumps, removed their clothing and gave us all a show we would never forget! Each had two performances and while on break we were given the pleasure of listening to DJ Chaka spinning tunes. Of course no Lagunitas show would be complete without their delicious beer. We were drinking Lagunitas Censored, IPA, and Little Sumpin Sumpins all night for $5! Hopefully we'll get to work with Lagunitas again, and if you were one of the unfortunate souls that missed this event, be sure to make it to our next!
As for now, if you haven't checked out Lagunitas beer I suggest you do. Drink beer, keep it weird, and look out for Frankie and the gorgeous people of burlesque around Key West and The Porch!
Pictures from the event provided by Julia Rose Photography! Check out her photography at https://www.facebook.com/JuliaRosePhoto
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Puddles Pity Party Was Anything But Pitiful August 20 2014
So, what happens when you have a 7ft clown perform at your favorite bar? Magic! Chris Shultz and Keith St. Peter strike again by inviting Puddles the Clown to perform at The Porch last Memorial Day weekend. If you haven't met Puddles the Clown, let me introduce you. This is Puddles:
Puddles is the saddest clown with the most angelic voice. He graced us with his presence and performed sad renditions of pop's greatest hits. He has over 7 million views on YouTube and is currently on a massive tour. Puddles doesn't speak, he only sings, and when he sings, he sings like this...
The Porch closed its doors for a couple of hours just for this wonderful show and let me tell you, this was definitely one of the greatest nights The Porch has ever experienced. Puddles not only performed for us, but he made us perform for him too! Karaoke was forced upon those who could barely keep a tune, and with that came endless laughter.
Puddles on the other hand was not very amused by the lack of musical tune most of us carried as one can see from the above picture. Although, I think making Puddles smile is nearly impossible anyway. His show isn't called Puddles Pity Party for nothing. By the end of the night he had us all dancing and singing away! It was a fun filled night of drunken debauchery!
I have never seen Chris Shultz as happy as he was on this night, and for that we thank you Puddles. Dreams do come true! Sorry to all of you that missed it, and thank you to all of you that made it a wonderful affair. Until next time. Cheers.
Pictures are courtesy of Nick Doll Photography
For more Puddles Pity Party visit his YouTube channel: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbs7cZ6EdgXgZYL5LDoor2A[/embed]
And his website: www.puddlespityparty.com