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12 Geese of Christmas

Friday, December 12, 2014 | Bars, Events, Fun, Goose Island

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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:

December 12
Simmeria Cafe & Bistro
24 E Main St
Fleetwood

Blue Dog
4275 County Line Rd
Chalfont
5pm-9:30pm

December 18
Double Edge Bar & Grille
4803 W Chester Pk
Newtown Square

Blue Dog Pub – Lansdale
850 S Valley Forge Rd,
Lansdale
5pm-9:30pm

December 19

Maggie O’Neill’s
1062 Pontiac Rd
Drexel Hill
7pm

Rogue Santa’s Secret Reserve

Friday, December 12, 2014 | Featured Beer, Rogue

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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 in Lansdale

Friday, December 12, 2014 | Bars

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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.

Molly Maguire’s
329 W Main St
Lansdale, PA
267-263-2109

Keegan Ales Coming to SE Pennsylvania

Friday, December 12, 2014 | Keegan Ales

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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.

Pumpkin Brews for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 20, 2014 | Long Trail, Magic Hat, Rogue, Shock Top, Starr Hill Brewery

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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

Long Trail Farmhouse Sampler Case

Thursday, November 20, 2014 | Long Trail

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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

Oakmont Pub

Thursday, November 20, 2014 | Bars

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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.

Oakmont Pub
31 East Eagle Rd
Havertown, PA
610) 789 – 4000

Introducing Andechs from Germany

Thursday, October 30, 2014 | Uncategorized

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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
Horsham, PA

Plan Your Spookiest Halloween Party

Friday, October 17, 2014 | Evolution, Fall, Fun, Ithaca, Long Trail, Rogue, Starr Hill Brewery, Victory

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Halloween is one of the few holidays that is celebrated in many different countries across the world, and has evolved into a huge cultural phenomenon here in the U.S. Whole stores dedicated to costumes and decorations, movies and TV shows drawing on the themes of this scary night, and of course, many beers that pay homage to the traditions of this day. You may have stopped trick-or-treating some years back, but you can still treat yourself and guests to an All Hallow’s Eve party you aren’t likely to forget with a few of these tricks.

Beverages: The clear choice here is pumpkin ales, given the importance of Jack-O-Lanterns in traditional Halloween lore, but cider, and harvest ales are also appropriate.

Rogue Dead Guy Ale: This beer-fan favorite’s name is scary enough to serve at this spookiest of holidays. Great balance between hops and malt makes for easy drinking. Looking to try it before you buy some for your party? 6.5% ABV Click here to find a case, and here if you’re looking to try it on draft.

Evolution Jacques Au Lantern: This deep orange brew is full of pumpkin and spicy clove, cinnamon and nutmeg flavors without being over-the-top. Sweet, and goes down easy. 6.3 % ABV

Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin: A touch of hoppy bitterness balances the sweet pumpkin and pie spice notes in this Brush and Barrel series brew. It’s also a little higher in the alcohol content than others on this list. 8% ABV

Ithaca Country Pumpkin: Natural-tasting pumpkin flavors are the backbone of this brew, with just enough cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg and hop to keep it interesting. 6.3% ABV

Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin Porter: This hybrid brew mixes a sweet pumpkin taste with the caramel and coffee notes of a porter. Definitely not your usual pumpkin beer. 5.2% ABV

Victory Festbier: Marzen’s aren’t only for Oktoberfest. The deep-roasted malts in this beer go well with all sorts of hearty harvest foods, and it’s the perfect choice for anyone who isn’t too into pumpkin ales. 5.6% ABV

An easy way to make these beers even more festive is to serve them in a pumpkin keg. If you have more than one beer, paint the pumpkin festively with the name of the brew, or cut out a coffin from cardboard, paint it black and add the name.

Food: Whether you’re having a sit-down meal, or just want to serve some ghoulish treats for your guests, we’ve got you covered.

Not-so-tricky treats: Disembodied hands, caramel apples, spider bites, finger sandwiches, pumpkin cheeseball, roasted pumpkin seeds, bloody tomato soup & munster sammies, and deviled eggs are all good choices of finger foods to set out on a spooky spread.

Harvest Meal: These foods stick with the theme of the autumn harvest, using such ingredients at squash, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, parsnips, pears, carrots and apples for a number of hearty dishes. Garlicky sweet potato fries, roasted acorn squash with mushroom, peppers and goat cheese, butternut squash and mushroom lasagna, pork roast with apple and sage, Thai pumpkin and chicken curry, fennel-crusted pork loin with roasted potatoes and pearsporcini and pumpkin ale mac & cheese, apple dumpling, spice-roasted chicken, red onions, carrots and parsnips, pumpkin beer bread, apple-pumpkin muffins and of course, don’t forget the pumpkin pie.

Decorations: Atmosphere is all-important when it comes to this holiday. Even if you’re not looking to right-out scare any of your guests, you at least want to maintain an eerie mood. Since there are so many things that can be done with your decorations and we’re sure you’ve already got tons of ideas, let’s cover a few basics and list some things that you might like to try this year.

Outdoors: Fire is a must. If you have a fire pit or room for a chiminea, use it. The heat will keep everyone cozy, and the flicker from the flames add a lovely ambiance. Tiki torches can also be used for this effect, and to light walkways in a spooky manner. Just be sure that trick-or-treaters won’t be in danger of getting burned. For the garden or yard, homemade tombstones can add some fright, and adding a mummy can take it to the next level. Chicken wire can also be used to create ghostly figures in the exterior. This is especially effective in darker corners of the yard, and a fog machine can really bring these life-size figures to afterlife.

Indoors: If you’re hosting your party indoors, there are lots of things you can do to bring a little spook into your home. Candles offer the same benefit of mood-setting as the fire does outside, but without all the heat and minimal fire hazard. Set lights to off or dimmed in certain rooms to complete this effect, or replace bulbs in certain rooms with colored ones, like red, purple or green. Cobwebs are a cheap and easy way to give your home an ancient vibe, and cheesecloth ghosts are a fun craft to do with the kids beforehand to add some haunters in. Silhouettes of bats, cats, rats and freakish figures cut from black construction paper can be set into windows for a scary view inside or along walls to add a bit of flair. Try making a whole swarm of bats flying along a wall.

Activities: Other than the usual trick-or-treating, there are a number of activities for all ages. Contests can be awarded with candy for the kids and a six-pack of a pumpkin ale for the adults.

Costume Contest: Any Halloween party should be full of costumes, so a contest is a fun idea to get people really into the spirit of things. You can divide the contest by a number of categories; age, gender, spookiest, funniest, most creative, or best group costume.

Bobbing for Apples: This old game was once considered a fortune teller, revealing the marriage and financial fates of the players. Now, it’s just a fun game that kids and adults can both have fun with.

Mummy Wrap: Divide guests into twos, give each team a roll of toilet paper, crepe paper or thick ribbon, and have them race for who can mummify their partner first.

Pumpkin Carving Contest: The tradition of carving jack-o-lanterns can be made into a fun party sport, either by having guests bring their pre-carved pumpkins to be judged, or setting up a table with pumpkins and carving sets and judging the freaky creations at the end of the night.

Widmer Omission Pale Ale

Friday, October 17, 2014 | Widmer

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Golden in color, this beer holds a bready nose with fruity hop notes. Floral, grassy, grapefruity hops complement sweet malty flavors in this gluten-free brew. A good drink, whether you have a gluten intolerance or not. It won silver in the 2012 great International Beer and Cider competition on the gluten-free category. 5.8% ABV

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