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Hey it's Friday and the weekend's almost here. The weather's getting warmer and you're ready for some fun - and that's where we come in! We're all about it and we've got your back big-time. Plus we've got a special weekend beer pick that you'll want to track down. So welcome to this week's edition of our awesome Weekend Picks!

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Bad Ideas in Brewing – Beer Milkshakes

Do we really have to explain how bad we think this concept is? Doesn't it kind of explain itself? After all, there are certain things that should never, ever intermingle...that should never even be mentioned in the same breath...that the very thought of is so actively repugnant as to elicit an almost physical reaction....And milkshakes made with beer is definitely one of them.

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Craft Beer and Metal Collaborations – Are you ready for GWAR’s Impaled Ale?

If you are a fan of craft beer (of course you are, you're here, right?) and if you are a fan of metal (and if you're not, you should be!), you may have noticed that a lot of craft breweries are collaborating with metal bands to make some pretty interesting beers. Now the legendary GWAR will be entering the fray with their Impaled Ale, which two fans will be contract brewing with the help of Cigar City and GWAR's lead singer Oderus Urungus.

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The American Craft Beer Rumor Mill – May 8, 2013

Hey it's Wednesday and it's Rumor Mill Time.....There's news that Sierra Nevada's East Coast operation could be tanking already! We'll be bringing you everything we know so far. Plus, we've got some fast-breaking news from the "Mile High City" and some updates from our friends at Boulevard and Daredevil. We've also got an awesome new release that you'll want to chase down. So fasten your seatbelts everybody....THIS WEEK'S RUMOR MILL IS ON!

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Cheers To Portico On Its One-Year Maniversary

One of my favorite parts about covering the Boston beer scene has been witnessing breweries in all walks of life. You've got your grandfatherly types like Harpoon and Sam Adams that have been around since craft became, well, a craft. And you've got your youngsters like Trillium and Newburyport Brewing Co, who are still learning to crawl. It's fascinating to watch a brewery grow up, and Waltham-based Portico Brewing Co. is well on its way to walking.

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South Denver Beer Festival Makes Its Debut

Set in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the inaugural South Denver Beer Festival delighted craft brew lovers with both scenic views and tons of high quality Front Range beers. Over 60 breweries, cideries, and brewpubs were on hand for the two-day festival, offering samples of some of the country's best microbrews.

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