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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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
If you’re looking for variety in Reading, Mari’s is the place to go. Between the huge selection of bottled and canned beer, growler service and often-changing draft list, you would be hard-pressed to not find what you’re looking for. If you’re looking to try something new, help yourself to the mix-and-match six packs, or try a round while you browse. They have frequent tastings, sales and a friendly, knowledgable staff, all the makings for your go-to provider for any of your craft beer needs.
Mari’s 6 Pac ‘n’ Mor
835 Hiesters Ln
We’re into the second week of the Euro Cup tournament, with five rounds to go until the final. This is the 15th edition of this exciting soccer championship, and it’s a great chance to follow some fantastic teams between World Cups. Currently being held in 10 different cities in France, this tournament is keeping all of Europe and much of the rest of the world on the edge of their seats. With Spain as the two-time defending champions and France, Germany and Spain all looking good this go-round, it will be very interesting to see how it all goes down. To get in the spirit of the game, try pairing your favorite team with a beer from that country. Carlsberg sponsors both the English and Irish teams. Kronenbourg hails from the host country and is the number one French beer in the world. Stella Artois is a perfect way to celebrate Belgium.
So if you’re looking for somewhere to take in a game and have a great beer, we’re hooking you up with a list of bars near you that will be playing the games. Be sure to keep up to date with the schedule and don’t miss your team.
58 York – Hatboro
Dog and Bull – Croydon
Dominick’s Pizza/Side Door Pub – Chalfont
Farm house – Doylestown
Mesquito Grill – Doylestown
Newportville Inn – Newportville
Pizzeria Uno – Bensalem
Steam Pub – Southamptom
The Beer Store – Southampton
Villa Capri – Doylestown
Buona Via – Horsham
Brick and Barrel – Maple Glen
Creekside Sports Bar & Grille – Royersford
Halligan’s Pub – Flourtown
King’s Corner – Jenkintown
Lansdale Tavern – Lansdale
Little Italy Pizza – Pottstown
Union Jack’s – Glenside
Picasso – Media
Cross Bar – Havertown
Chickie and Pete’s – Drexel Hill
You’ve probably noticed it. A definite trend in the India Pale Ale scene that is only gaining speed as summer comes around the bend. Fruit has entered the playing field in a huge way in the last few years–though the concept of brewing the style with fruit is certainly older than that–and it seems like every brewery is coming out with their own rendition of the Fruit IPA. Old favorites are getting a new twist and new brews are being born with fruitiness as their sole intention. The trend isn’t exactly surprising. American hop varieties have been moving to more juicy citrus and pithy flavors and many breweries have been recreating fruit flavors with a blend of hops and malt, so the craft beer drinker’s palate has been ready for this move for awhile. It was only a matter of time before the idea of adding real fruit really took off, and it’s likely a style that will be around for awhile.
New Belgium Citradelic – Bright citra hops and tangerine peel work as a power duo in this brew for an overall flavor that is both smooth and packs a juicy aroma. 6% ABV
Magic Hat Electric Peel – The zest and flesh of grapefruit dominate the palate in this crisp ale. It’s almost easy to mistake it for a glass of juice. 6% ABV
Evolution Pine’Hop’le – A complex hop aroma carries hints of mango, citrus and melon, but the taste is unmistakably pineapple and well-balanced between sweet and bitter. 6.8% ABV
Starr Hill The Hook – A crisp and refreshing grapefruit ale that is sessionable, so you don’t have to worry about going back for another. 4.9% ABV
Dominion GPA – This one sets itself apart by including zest in its brewing process, creating a more subtle grapefruit flavor amidst hoppiness. 6% ABV
Uinta Hop Nosh Tangerine – A fresh splash of tangerine flavor in every mouthful, this is a brilliant twist on what is already a classic brew. 7.3% ABV
Originating in Goslar, Germany in the 16th century, this wheat beer combines fruity sourness, herbal qualities, subtle spiciness and slight salinity for a complex flavor profile. The low hop character sets it apart from many big styles on the market today, but classifying it simply as another sour beer does a disservice to its other characteristics. It also doesn’t usually carry the high ABV associated with other sours. This is a style that wasn’t huge in the American market until recently, but it’s been gaining steam in the last few years as craft brewers expand their repertoire. It’s found a foothold in several breweries and will likely be expanding more before too long.
If you’d like to try this newly re-emerging style, we have a few recommendations for where to start.
Victory Kirsch Gose – A rich, bubbly texture and sweet, bright fresh cherry flavor cover this beer. A soft tartness and slight salinity create a clean taste that goes well over the wheat-y malt base. Plus, it’s sessionable at 4.7% ABV.
Long Trail Cranberry Gose – Cranberries, coriander and a dash of salt are all added to this unique brew to come out with a distinct tartness that only the fruit can deliver. However, the effervescence, like said tartness, is not overdone, and this remains and easy drinker. 5.2% ABV
Uinta Ready Set Gose – This one is on the straight and narrow, a good example of the style that allows the wheat malt and yeast combo to show its lemony zing and zesty coriander character. Clean, dry and light. 4% ABV