Trappist monks have a long tradition in the art of brewery, particularly in Belgium and the Netherlands. Now, Spencer, Massachusetts boasts their own Trappist brewery, the first in the U.S., and one of only ten in the world. Their ale is what these men drink at dinner every evening, brewed by their own hands to support themselves, as their strict Benedictine code calls for.
Inspired by traditional patersbier, the ale is a full-bodied golden ale with fruity accents, light hoppiness and a dry finish. It is unfiltered and unpasteurized, containing live yeast which condition the brew in the bottle. 6.5% ABV
January 8th, there will be a release party at Ganly’s Irish Pub in Sinking Spring, starting at 5pm. This is your chance to try this one-of-a-kind ale, and take a moment to think about the men who made it.
Genly’s Irish Pub
500 Brownsville Rd
Sinking Spring, PA
We hope you’re having a safe and festive holiday season, warm with your loved ones and a tasty beverage beside the fireside, or out with your friends at a holiday party, drinking cold-but-belly-warming brews. And maybe you’ve gotten all of your gift-shopping done, but it seems like even after you think you’re done, you remember one of two people on your Nice List that deserve the very best. We’ve got a list of perfect stocking-stuffers, gifts for those who are hard to please, or handouts at your New Years Eve party. Here’s our Holiday Brews Roundup.
Anchor Christmas Ale – In a magnum bottle, this is the perfect Christmas gift for the beer aficionado, always looking for something new–the recipe for this ale changes year by year to year, with this year’s brew having a delightful mix of holiday spices in his flavor, and an herbal undertone. 5.5% ABV
Rogue Santa’s Reserve – Got a hop-loving friend who still needs a stocking stuffer? This India Red Ale will do the trick, and comes in 22oz to make them extra merry. 6% ABV
Victory Golden Monkey – Although this brew is offered year-round, some might argue that its full body, dried fruit flavors and warming alcohol make it a perfect winter drink that’s sure to bring some color to your cheeks, especially with a 750 ml bottle. 9.5% ABV
Leffe Blonde – The spice and vanilla aroma of this brew allow it to fit perfectly for the season. Toasty caramel notes dominate and are finished with drying hops. Available in 25 oz bottles. 6.6% ABV
Now is the perfect chance to try one or many Goose Island beers. There are five events coming at locations near you, where up to twelve Goose Island drafts will be available, at least two of which are from their Bourbon County series. If you’re already a fan, it’s a great way to celebrate the holidays, and if you haven’t tried their beer yet, it’s an amazing opportunity to get acquainted with the Chicago-based brewery.
Here’s the details:
Simmeria Cafe & Bistro
24 E Main St
4275 County Line Rd
Double Edge Bar & Grille
4803 W Chester Pk
Blue Dog Pub – Lansdale
850 S Valley Forge Rd,
1062 Pontiac Rd
This India Red Ale has been a seasonal favorite for hop-lovers for a few years now, with a big citrus and floral profile laid over a strong malty base. A dark amber hue really allows this brew to shine with Christmas spirit, and the finish is cleaner than many other holiday brews. 6% ABV
Molly Maguire’s is the spot for good food, drinks and entertainment in Lansdale. With beers from breweries like Rogue, and happy hour six days a week, it’s perfect for stopping in for a drink. Or if you’re looking to stay out for an evening, there are events nearly every night, ranging from trivia to live music. On top of all this, they serve traditional Irish fare, boxtys, and brunch 11am-3pm on Sunday. A great all-purpose pub.
329 W Main St
The Hudson Valley’s Brewery is coming to a retailer near you. Founded in 2003 using a defunct brewery building, Keegan Ales has come far in the last eleven years, winning numerous awards and expanding their beer list to include many delicious brews.
Look for these beers near you:
Mother’s Milk – A dark and creamy milk stout with flavors of oatmeal and chocolate and a remarkably silky smooth finish. 5% ABV
Hurricane Kitty – An aggressively hopped IPA with a slight toffee base and plenty of piney notes. 6% ABV
Bine Climber – A sessional IPA for hopheads who can’t get enough. Citrus and floral hop aromas fill this ale. 4.9% ABV
Chemistry Set Variety Case – This case includes their golden ale Old Capital, Joe Mama’s Milk milk stout, Hurricane Kitty, and Mother’s Milk.
So go out and take advantage of tasting one of these award-winning ales.
You may think that pumpkin ales go out with Halloween, but they are actually the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving meal. Try pulling any of these out for the family, and they’re sure to please everyone.
Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin Porter – This traditional English-style porter has a twist of pumpkin to add the flavor of the harvest season. Its light spicing allow the flavors of the pumpkin itself to really shine through. Great for hearty main courses, or an after-dinner drink. 4.7% ABV
Shock Top Pumpkin – When talking pumpkin beers, one doesn’t usually think about witbier, but the combination is surprisingly good. Goes great with lighter desserts or fruit salads, like ambrosia. 5.2% ABV
Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin – The perfect warming brew for these cold, November nights. A blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves spice this finely crafted brew, and there’s just enough hops to make a clean finish. 8% ABV
Uinta Punk’n – Pumpkin, spice and hints of vanilla and honey make this truly one of the best and most interesting pumpkin ales of the season. Goes great with roasted turkey, squash and pumpkin dishes. Plus, it’s got organic ingredients. 4% ABV
Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale – Made with pumpkins out of their own patch, this ale is chocked full of pumpkin pie flavor. Great with any dessert, and pork, if you’re wanting to stray from the traditional turkey. 5.6% ABV
This variety case is packed with four mouth-watering IPAs.
Blackrye IPA: Three types of rye malt and dry-hopping give this drink a peppery, piney flavor. 6.3% ABV
American IPA: Chocked full of hops at every opportunity, this beer won’t disappoint. 6.4% ABV
Session IPA: If you’re looking for a full-flavored IPA that doesn’t pack so much ABV, look no further than this. 4.5% ABV
White IPA: Citrus comes through brilliantly in this half IPA half Belgian-white mix. 6.2% ABV
Established in 1999, this Havertown favorite features high-end pub fare, craft beers like Rogue and Stella Artois, and a relaxed atmosphere. The chef, Sebou Noufe, hails all the way from the Ivory Coast, and graduated with honors from the Arts Institute of Philadelphia. He uses the freshest ingredients with spices and cheeses from around the world to create his amazing cuisine. This combined with the fact that this is a family-owned restaurant means that you’re experience here will be extraordinary.
31 East Eagle Rd
610) 789 – 4000
This Saturday, November 1st, there will be a traditional German buffet at Otto’s Brauhaus Biergarten to introduce three of Andechs brews; Doppelboch Dunkel, Weissbier Hell, and Weissbier Dunkel.
The monastery in Andechs, Bavaria has been around since 1850, making it the oldest pilgrimage church in the area. The monastery brewery combines Benedictine brewery traditions with modern brewing technology, creating top-quality beers that speak to their place of origin.
This German buffet will include such traditional foods as pork schnitzel, a sausage sampler and jaeger chicken. There will also be an Oompah band to add to the festivities, and raffle prizes. At a price of only $22 per person, there is much fun to be had. So come out to try Andechs beers and some awesome German foods, and stay to enjoy the entertainment. This Saturday, 4-8pm.
Otto’s Brauhaus Biergarten
233 Easton Rd