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Troegs’ Splinter Cellar

Friday, September 16, 2016 | Troegs

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The folks over at Troegs have been known for the detail they put into designing their beer and brewery–their gorgeous modern tasting room and snack bar, the self-guided and guided tours, slick, minimalistic labels… so it’s no surprise that they would come up with such a beautiful way to wood age beer. Their new Splinter Cellar is a testament to the art and science of brewing. Three 21-foot-tall foeders, like ancient trees, stand in a high-windowed corner where guided tours meet. Each of these magnificent giants was made by Giobatta & Piero Garbellotto, 200-year-old Italian barrel manufacturers, and holds 9,300 gallons. The wood–a mix of Italian, French and Hungarian oak–imbues notes of vanilla and coconut onto the beers inside.

And just above the cellar is the new Troegs art gallery, featuring pieces from Art of Troegs contests and commissioned work from artists up and down the East Coast.

Watch this video of the Splinter Cellar construction now to see all the love that went into it.

Respect the Monkey

Friday, September 16, 2016 | Contest, Victory

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Living in this area, you’d be hard pressed to find a beer-lover who doesn’t have a story involving Golden Monkey. The tripel has become synonymous with wild tales and freed inhibitions, so it stands to reason that a collection of stories surrounding the beer would be quite entertaining.

If you need a new audience for your favorite Golden Monkey escapade, the folks at Victory are eager to hear it. Submit your story with a photo or video to RepsectTheMonkey.com for your chance to win exclusive Golden Monkey prizes. Submissions will be accepted until midnight, October 10th, after which judges will pick five video and five photo finalists. Then starting October 15th, fan voting will determine the final winners, which will be announced on the 29th. Finalists will receive a Victory t-shirt and a small swag item, while two grand prize winners will get a Golden Monkey prize package with signed memorabilia.

So tell you story and don’t worry if the monkey speaks.

To enter, click here, and for more information on the contest, click here.

Elmwood Zoo Tapped Beerfest

Friday, September 16, 2016 | Events, Fall, Fun

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It’s that time of year again–time for the Beerfest at Elmwood Zoo in Norristown. Tapped will be holding two 4-hour tasting sessions on Saturday, September 24th, including beer, wine, cider, music, food, games and of course, the resident zoo animals.

Breweries include Devil’s Backbone, Magic Hat, Troegs, Fat Heads, Victory, Lancaster, Long Trail, Evolution, Starr Hill and more. Live music provided by Great Big House, which you can enjoy while you play giant Jenga, giant beer pong, or cornhole. If you need something to munch on, Treetop Cafe, Jus Java, Petrucci’s Ice Cream Parlor and Sarape’s On-The-Go willl be around to meet those needs.

The first session starts at 11am for Early Access (general admission starts at 12pm), and goes until 3pm. 5pm marks Early Access for the second session (6pm for general admission) and it goes until 9pm. General admission tickets are $39, and Early Access tickets are $59.

Visit here for more information, and buy tickets here.

Goose Island Autumn Variety Pack

Friday, September 16, 2016 | Uncategorized

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We’re ready for a change of season, so bring on the cooler weather with Goose Island’s Autumn Variety Pack.

IPA: Floral and pine hops are at the center of this ale, with a subtle malt base. 5.9% ABV

Four Star Pils: A clean-flavored, well-hopped German-style pilsener that doesn’t lack in carbonation. 5.1% ABV

Oktoberfest: Sweet, candied toffee and burnt sugar dominate the flavor profile in this light-than-average märzen. 6.4% ABV

Experimental: A amber lager with a generous dose of hops and a crisp finish. 5.8% ABV

Parx Casino Xlounge

Friday, July 29, 2016 | Bars

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Don’t wait to go see the new Xlounge at Parx Casino. The lounge is one of Bucks County’s hottest new spots, boasting a luxe atmosphere, giant LED TVs and your favorite video poker game. Craft beers, including offerings from Victory, Goose Island and Troegs, can be found alongside wine flights and crafted cocktails. On top of all that, they have delicious small plate offerings to delight the senses and pair with your favorite beer.

And on September 9th, they’ll be hosting a Victory tap takeover that’s sure to be exciting. With a lineup of core, seasonal and limited Victory brews paired with small plates, giveaways and live music by Cara Cartney right after, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. Tasting starts at 7pm, ends at 9pm, and tickets are only $50.

Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.

Devil’s Backbone Family Beer Project Adventure Pack

Friday, July 29, 2016 | Devil's Backbone, Featured Beer

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The folks at Devil’s Backbone are much like a big family. So, to celebrate that familial feeling, they split into 12 brewer-lead groups to create difference beers together. At the end of all this, the brewers chose five of these to include in this very special variety pack, as well as the staple Vienna Lager.

Vienna Lager – This amber beer has a slight sweet caramel tone with warm toastiness and some biscuit aroma. 5.2% ABV

Tropical Thunder – A kristalweizen made with pineapple juice, this beer holds banana and spice elements with a bittering finish. 5.3% ABV

Apple-achian Pie Stout – Spicy and full of baked apple and browned sugar flavors, this one has a great silkiness to its mouthfeel. 8% ABV

Hot Shot IPA – Jalapeños are the surprise ingredient in this well-blanced IPA, with grapefruit and herbal notes played against the spiciness of the peppers. 6.2% ABV

Ale of Two Cities - On a base of toasted malt, citric fruitiness sits, finishing with a dry, bittering hoppiness. 4.7% ABV

Space Fruit Pale Ale - Tropical fruit, apricot, and floral notes dominate this flavor profile, with a nice malty backbone and bitter finish. 4.6% ABV

Fat Tire and Friends New Belgium Collabeeration

Friday, July 29, 2016 | New Belgium

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To celebrate 25 years of brewing, New Belgium has put together a one-of-a-kind collaboration mix-pack that features its flagship beer and all the different ways it could be tweaked to make a new brew. With the help from their friends from five different breweries, they’ve come up with five new beers that show us just how far craft brewing has come in all those years. And alongside all those new collaborations in this 12-pack is the inspirational beer itself, Fat Tire.

Allagash Fat Funk Ale – This heavily Belgian-inspired beer is all funk, spice and fruity yeast flavors. 5.6% ABV

Avery Fat Wild Ale – Wild yeast brings out tropical fruit in this ale, with a great malt backbone and good hop aroma. 6.2% ABV

Hopsworks Fat Sour Apple Ale – Juicy tartness is imparted by apple juice, which fades well into a nice maltiness. 5.9% ABV

Firestone Walker Fat Hoppy Ale – Tropical and herbal hops play over a caramel-y base. 6% ABV

Rhinegeist Fat Pale Ale – Citrus and floral hops add novelty to the base beer. 6% ABV

If you’re looking for a chance to try these collaboration beers, there are a number of retailers who have the 12-packs available, as well as drafts available at some bars, including a few New Belgium events.

Growlers: A Brief Summary

Thursday, July 28, 2016 | Bars, Distributors, Fun

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IIf you’ve been to a brewpub or certain beer retailers as of late, it’s likely you are aware of growlers. These 64 fl oz bottles are great for taking a beer home that you can’t find bottled or canned. Many breweries are trying new beers that aren’t ready to bottle yet. And aside from those, there are beers that will only ever be available on draft that you want to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. That’s when growlers come in handy–you can take home a little something special. For this reason, bringing home beer in a growler can seem like a special treat.

But where did growlers come from? The origin of the term harkens back to the late 19th century, when people would bring home beer from the pub in galvanized, lidded pails. The beer sloshing about and escaping CO2 made a growling sound for which it was named. In the 50s and 60s, beer was often taken home in waxed cardboard containers, not unlike soda cups or Chinese takeout soup containers. Eventually, certain breweries used soft-plastic gallons–like milk jugs–to sell their beer, allowing for refills for a returned empty. All of these allowed much of the CO2 to leak out. The modern growler was first introduced in Idaho by the Otto Bros. Brewery, who had not yet gotten to the point where they could bottle their product, and wanted a way for their customers to take it home. So they began to use basic half-gallon bottles that resembled moonshine jugs.

The idea has spread nationwide, allowing for small brewpubs and full breweries alike to share their special beverages with folks who’d rather enjoy them elsewhere. Although most growlers are similar to those first twist-cap jugs, many now feature ceramic-and-rubber clamp tops, and some even more closely resemble huge thermoses. For the traditional growlers, there are cooling packs to keep them chilled, and straps for ease of carrying. Now they even make half-size growlers, affectionately called howlers. While most growlers were first deposit-based, you can now just buy your own and have it filled wherever you please.

So, where can you get your growler topped off? We have a convenient list to help you find the best filling station in your area.

Summer Troegsway

Friday, June 17, 2016 | Fun, Troegs

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The beginning of summer promises the beginning of adventure; walking the streets of an unfamiliar city, floating down a lazy river, scaling that mountain you’ve only seen from a distance. And Troegs wants to celebrate that spirit. From now through mid-August, they’ll be picking out their favorite #troegsway summer photos each week, and the winners will score a carefully curated prize pack, full of summer necessities like beach towels, sunglasses, bandanas and more.

Simply tag your photo–be it sunny beach selfie, perfect backyard BBQ or campsite snapshot–with #troegsway on Instagram and you could be a winner. If you need inspiration, take a look at what’s been posted already. And don’t wait until summer is almost over. Grab some Troegs cans and some friends, and boldly venture out to your next great feat.

New Belgium Heavy Melon

Friday, June 17, 2016 | New Belgium

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There’s no doubt that watermelon and lime are key summer flavors, and this ale boldly smacks of these flavors. A sturdy malt base carries the sweet melon flavor and the tartness of lime and dryness of light, grassy hops finish it out smooth and clean. A great companion for your backyard BBQ or a picnic by the lake. 5% ABV

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