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Beat the Heat: Victory Ice Cream and Refreshing Summer Brews

Friday, July 11, 2014 | Anchor, Food, Fun, Hoegaarden, Local Favorites, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Shock Top, Victory

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We’ve been seeing temperatures approaching the triple digits, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to let up any soon. So it’s time to start thinking about the best ways to keep cool and refreshed this summer… and what better ways are there than ice cold beverages and ice cream?

July is National Ice Cream Month, and Victory has released an ice cream line with three flavors just in time. Each flavor is made with the wort of one of the Downingtown Brewery’s beer. Hopped up Devil is made with HopDevil wort, and has cinnamon, cayenne, coffee and chocolate flakes. Storm Drop is made from Storm King Imperial Stout and chocolate drops. And Triple Monkey is made from the wort of the ever-popular Golden Monkey, as well as banana and pecan swirl.

The brewery has been making ice cream from its wort for years, but recently decided to share the flavors with a wider fan base; all three flavors will be available in the greater Philadelphia area at a variety of locations.

And as far as beers go, there’s no shortage of refreshing brews that go with summer as much as swimming pools, barbecues or even ice cream.

Shock Top Lemon Shandy – No summer drink list would be complete without at least one lemon shandy, and Shock Top delivers with a lightly spiced beverage that packs a punch of invigorating lemonade flavor. 4.2% ABV

Hoegaarden Original White Ale – Satisfying malt is carefully balanced with slight peppery and hoppy flavors in this classic witbier, and just a touch of lemony sourness creates a complex but smooth palate. 4.9% ABV

Anchor Summer Beer – Lively carbonation is sure to enliven your mouth on these dog days, carrying floral, grassy flavors. Malt-forward, it has enough hops to give it a dry, thirst-quenching taste and a light body to create the perfect summer balance. 4.6% ABV

Magic Hat Elder Betty – Crisp with yeasty dried fruit flavors, a touch of wheat and elderberry tartness, this brew is slightly dry and maintains a smooth texture, making for easy drinking. 5.5% ABV

Long Trail Mostly Cloudy – Coriander, clove, hints of lemon and orange and an overall sweet-and-sour combination make up the flavor profile of this crisper-than-average witbier. 4.7% ABV

Twisted Oak at The Deck

Friday, July 11, 2014 | Bars, Restaurants

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The Deck, in Essington, is well known for its night club and venue, but its resident beer garden, Twisted Oak, is an exciting new addition. With a mouth watering menu including crab cake, pulled pork and gourmet wings, it makes this the perfect local spot to stop by for a high class dining experience. They also boast an impressive variety of craft beverages for all your beer needs, so you’ve got the perfect brew to accompany your meal. Be sure to head out for their awesome Happy Hour tonight.

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101 Taylor Ave.

Essington, PA

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FIFA World Cup Finals

Friday, July 11, 2014 | Anchor, Lancaster Brewing, Susquhanna, Tennent's, Troegs, Victory

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The U.S. might be out of the running–we made a good go of it–but there’s still one last game in the world cup, and even if you aren’t a huge Argentinian or German fan, there’s no reason why you can’t get festive at the end of this World Cup. In fact, this is the perfect opportunity to try some new foreign cuisine, and also an opportunity to pair some of your favorite brews with new foods.

Argentina

Asado Meat & Victory Golden Monkey – The smokey flavor of the asado (Argentinian BBQ) blends well with the sweet spiciness of Golden Monkey.

Empanadas & Quilmes – Eat a classic Argentinian snack with the nation’s #1 beer for the full experience.

Sandwiches de Miga & Tennent’s Lager - If you’re looking for something lighter, these tea-time sandwiches are a good choice, and they need a light brew to wash them down.

Germany

Bratwurst & Lancaster Lager - A light and refreshing lager complements the heavier flavors of bratwurst meat.

Sauerkraut & Troegs Sunshine Pilsner – The slightly tangy citrus in this brew brings out the sourness of this classic German condiment.

Pretzel & Susquehanna So-Wheat – Pretzels’ saltiness naturally pairs well with the sweet-and-spicy flavors of this hefeweizen.

Quilmes

Friday, July 11, 2014 | Featured Beer

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The national beer of Argentina, this light lager cuts through the summer heat with lively carbonation, a slight sourness and dry finish. A sweet honey flavor lays in the body, and grassy hints carry the flavor to the clean finish of each sip. Great for sipping on the deck after some weekend yard work–and completely appropriate for the FIFA World Cup final this weekend. 4.9% ABV

Canning Independence

Friday, June 27, 2014 | Boxcar, Cans, Finch's, Long Trail, McKenzie's Hard Cider, Rogue

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If you’ve got any sort of plans for this coming 4th of July, they are more than likely going to include some sort of outdoor festivities, whether that be going to watch a fireworks show, barbecuing in the backyard, joining the neighborhood block party or simply enjoying an afternoon at the beach. So if you’re looking for a beverage to partner with your celebration and appreciation of this great country, go big with one of these canned brews.

Rogue’s American Amber Ale has been a favorite for a few years now, but now it’s available in 16oz cans, so you can take it on the road. Nut-and-fruit, toasted malts, and caramel heavily flavor the first taste, then cut and balanced by herbal hops for a crisper finish. 5.6% ABV

Go a little further back to when Europeans first discovered the new world, and you’ve got Boxcar Brewing’s 1492 American Pale Ale. Brewed with Columbus hops, pine and citrus notes complement pilsner/caramel malts to create a uniquely sweet pale ale. 6.5% ABV

Long Trail’s Traditional IPA is perfect for the hop-head at your celebration. Though it starts malty, pine hops quickly cut through and fill the flavor with a sharp crispness, gathering grapefruit notes as it goes. 5.9% ABV

Even if you aren’t planning on going to the beach, you shouldn’t forget to take Kona’s Longboard Island Lager. Crisp with carbonation, the rich bready start is followed up by a noble bitterness, making for a great session brew. 4.6% ABV

Maybe you’re more in the mood for a cider than a beer. McKenzie’s Original Hard Cider‘s brisk apple flavor is just dry enough for a summer evening while still maintaining the fruit’s natural sweetness. 6% ABV

And let’s remember our men and women in the U.S. military this holiday. Purchase a case of America’s favorite Budweiser in its red, white and blue cans, and $1 goes to Folds of Honor, an organization that helps the spouses and dependents of wounded or fallen soldiers with education costs through scholarships. So give back to those who gave so much to defend our country, and help everyone enjoy this day of remembrance.

Prism Summer of ’69

Friday, June 27, 2014 | Prism

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This highly experimental brew out of Prism doesn’t quite have a single style. It uses pilsner malts, their own house ale yeast and an experimental hop, then on top of all that, they throw in fresh-squeezed pineapple. This all combines for a highly fruity and refreshing summer beverage with a certain kick to it that you are sure not to find anywhere else. 5% ABV

Vacation with Your Favorite Breweries

Friday, June 27, 2014 | Anchor, Finch's, Troegs

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Being that summer is the traditional American time to go on vacation, and also an exciting time for summer beer lovers, why not combine these two into a vacation and brewery touring in one? Below, find some of our suggestions for vacation spots that host some of America’s greatest craft breweries.

Hershey Park and Troegs: These two are great for a weekend getaway. Whether you’ve got kids that love the park or it’s you who’s craving roller-coasters (and maybe a little chocolate?), Hershey also hosts Troegs and any visit there is a great excuse to tour the brewery that makes favorites like their Sunshine Pils and Troegenator.

San Francisco and Anchor: Got a trip to California planned? If you’re in San Francisco enjoying the diverse culture, outdoor attractions and beautiful weather, be sure not to miss a tour of the Anchor Brewery. Tours to this ever popular brewery must be reserved in advance, but they are free of charge.

Chicago and Finch’s: So the Windy City is calling to you. This bustling metropolis features the breath-taking Art Institute museum, the amazing Shedd Aquarium, and the sky-scraping Willis Tower. Finch’s brewery should certainly be made a destination during your visit.

Hawaii and Kona: If you’re taking an island vacation, you should have an island beer to accompany it. Kona gives two tours daily every day of the week, and their pub is certainly to entice you with a variety of perfectly paired appetizers, pizzas and entrees.

New York and Ithaca: New York attracts families from all across the country, and if you’re one of the many seeking adventure in the Catskills, or looking to take a day out of your NYC trip to enjoy the natural beauty of upstate New York, Ithaca is a perfect stop to take a tour and taste some delicious brews.

Tavola at the Springfield Country Club

Friday, June 27, 2014 | Restaurants, Retailers, Shock Top, Stella Artois, Victory

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Tavola is the perfect summer destination for happy hour, office parties, or event date. With a huge outdoor patio, bar boasting craft favorites like Victory, Stella Artois, and Shock Top, and fantastic drink specials, you’re sure to enjoy yourself, whether you’re coming in after work or going out for one of their many live events. Not to mention, their menu features brick oven pizzas and a whole array of finely crafted meals ranging from brunch to dinner. So if you’re still looking for your new favorite summer haunt, look no further.

Tavola at the Springfield Country Club
400 W Sproul Rd,
Springfield, PA
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Rogue Ales Co-Founder Jack Joyce Dies

Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Beer News, Rogue

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The craft beer world and Rogue Nation were saddened to hear of the passing of 71-year-old co-founder of Rogue Ales, Jack Joyce this past Tuesday. Joyce co-founded the brewery in Ashland, OR, in 1988, and established its first brewpub on the Newport waterfront one year later. Now known for not only their brews, but also for their spirits and the Rogue Farms Hopyard in Independence, Polk County, Rogue is ranked one of the top 25 craft breweries in the nation. Once a Nike executive and attorney, Joyce is said to have been especially proud of the farm, having once owned acres of farmland himself.

A man who lived up to the name of his company, Joyce helped to innovate and foster the craft brewing community in the U.S., gaining ground in other countries before American craft brewing became truly international while still keeping roots local and within the community, and focusing on creating a superior product rather than expanding numerically. Those that had either business or close relationships with Joyce comment on his sincerity, empathy and generosity.

Jack Joyce is survived by his son Brett Joyce, his daughter Anna Joyce, and his wife, Joan Joyce.

This is surely a time to raise a glass of one of Rogue’s brews in remembrance.

Rogue Dad’s Little Helper Black IPA

Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Featured Beer, Rogue

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Looking for a brew to share with Dad this Sunday? Dad’s Little Helper might just be what you’re looking for. This black IPA is almost opaque, with a thick khaki head, and combines elements of stouts with traditional IPA. The nose carries hints of coffee, malt and chocolate, and the taste follows the aroma and ends it with a lingering hoppy bitterness. A full body with light carbonation, creamy texture and a even-handed hop-chocolate finish bring this beer home. 6.2% ABV

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