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Hoppy Fall

Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Evolution, Ithaca, Prism, Rebates, Troegs, Uinta, Victory

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Hopheads, we’ve got some great news for you! From now until the end of October, there will be a $5 rebate on cases of select IPAs and DIPAs purchased at your local Delaware, Bucks, Montgomery and Berks County Beer Distributors. Simply fill out and mail in this rebate form with the UPC from the case and a dated receipt, and you’ll receive $5 back on up to 2 cases per household. If you’re having trouble deciding which of these fantastically hoppy beers to get, take a look at the descriptions below to get a better feel for them.

Evolution Lot No 3 IPA – Fruity citrus and sharp pine notes sit heavily on a quiet but firm malt backbone in this vigorously hopped brew. 6.8% ABV

Uinta Hop Nosh IPA – Grapefruit is the flavor at the forefront of this IPA, with earthy hops and fruit inflections over a smooth, malty base. 7.3% ABV

Ithaca Flower Power IPA – The flavor starts with rich malts, which flow smoothly into herbal hops in this five-times-hopped ale. 7.5% ABV

Prism Felony IPA – At 100 IBUs with ten different hop varieties, this DIPA isn’t messing around. Hoppy fruit and pine notes dominate, balanced by maltiness. 10% ABV

Victory DirtWolf Double IPA –  Robustly hopped, this ale holds floral nectar, herbal and pine flavors amongst the pleasant bitterness, with slight citrus traits intermixed. 8.7% ABV

Troegs Perpetual IPA – Peppery, piney and grassy. This bold IPA (that’s Imperial Pale Ale) serves up a healthy serving of hops with every sip. 7.5% ABV

320 Market Cafe

Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Restaurants, Retailers

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Stocked with fresh, seasonal produce, artisan cheeses and your favorite craft beers, 320 Market Cafe is a great place to go whether you’re stopping in for lunch or or to do a little grocery shopping. The Swarthmore location has 3000 square feet of foods that will get your mouth watering as soon as you come through the door. Not only do they do dine-in and take-out lunches and dinners, but they’re happy to cater your next event with hot and cold deli platters, sandwiches, antipasto, fresh fruits and veggies and dessert trays. So whether you need a quick bite–and a beer to wash it down–or you’re looking for something special at your next party, 320 Market is the place to go for gourmet.

320 Market Cafe
713 Chester Rd.
Swarthmore, PA

Oktoberfest

Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Goose Island, Old Dominion, Susquhanna, Victory

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Can’t make it over to Munich? Want to try your hand at hosting your very own Oktoberfest this year? Well, we’ve got the tips to help you make that happen. This is our official Oktoberfest Party Guide.’

Beverages

Victory Festbier – A favorite local marzen, it’s perfect for this event with its pleasant German malts. 5.6% ABV

Susquehanna Oktoberfest – Another local marzen with caramel and toffee notes, and Bavarian hops to balance the flavor. 6.2% ABV

Goose Island Oktoberfest - Sweet dried fruits, burnt sugar and earthy hops make up the flavor profile of this lager. 6.4% ABV

Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen – Smooth caramel, honey and bready flavors are followed by crisp hops, creating a warm yet refreshing beverage. 5.7% ABV

For the little ones or anyone else who doesn’t drink, you could always serve hot or chilled apple cider, seasoned with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg for a perfectly autumnal flavor.

Food

Apart from beer, food is the most important thing about Oktoberfest. Pretzels are a must, the salt and breadiness coupling perfectly with malty beers. This pairs well with mustard, obatzda and weisswurst, a mild, pale sausage made of veal and pork. Of course, you can always use your favorite sort of wurst. For appetizer or buffet-style servings, make or purchase small pretzels, cut one-inch lengths of sausage, and arrange with a dish of mustard and/or obatzda and toothpicks on a fall leaf-colored platter.

For a heartier meal, you could make Bavarian style burgers, using traditional Leberkäse or ground beef with German-style fixings like sauerkraut, pretzel or kaiser rolls, tasty cheeses and of course mustard. Goes great with potato salad.

The natural dessert option here is Lebkuchen hearts, a style of gingerbread cookie decorated with icing, but you could also go with the fall-appropriate apple strudel if you’d rather.

Decorations

Blue and white are the traditional colors of Oktoberfest, typically seen in a lozengy pattern as they are in a variant of the Bavarian flag. This can come in the form of tablecloths, flags, paper plates, hats, etc., all readily available at many party stores and online. For splashes of color that won’t overload the senses, fill beer steins with blue and white flowers, or tie blue and white ribbons around silverware or mug handles.

Speaking of mugs, it’s important that you aren’t drinking out of bottles or plastic cups, since that just isn’t in the spirit of Oktoberfest. Beer steins in glass, ceramic or plastic are perfect for this event, adding to an authentic atmosphere.

The backyard is the perfect spot for your Oktoberfest, and the addition of a pop-up tent or canopy can make it feel less like a yard and more like the fest itself. Using smaller tents, you can designate a biergarten, buffet and dining areas with festive signs.

Activities

Stein Race: Fill a stein with beer (or any liquid), and have contestants race from one side of a field to the other, spilling as little of their beverage as possible. Whoever can fill a most of a bucket at the end of the line in the allotted time wins.

Chicken Dance: Great for kids and adults alike, this silly dance actually started as a German tradition, originally called the Duck Dance.

Barrel Roll: Another traditional Oktoberfest event. Use an empty barrel or keg, and have participants roll it through an obstacle course. The fastest time wins, and points are deducted for losing control of the barrel and crashing into spectators.

Beer Tasting: Set up a table with a variety of the beers you’ve purchased for the occasion and small tasting glasses, allowing party-goers to try a few beers before they pick what they’d like a full glass of. For the full tasting experience, include pretzels and cheeses that pair well with the different brews.

Long Trail Limbo

Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Long Trail

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Brewed with new breeds of hops from Australia and the Pacific Northwest, this IPA from Long Trail’s Farmhouse Pilot brewery is chocked full of citrus and resiny pine taste. The fruity aroma paves the way for big grapefruit and light pale malt flavors that give just enough balance to the lovely bitterness. Greatly refreshing with a beautifully complex flavor. 7.6% ABV

Looking Forward to Fall

Friday, September 5, 2014 | Anchor, Long Trail, Shock Top, Uinta, Victory

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Though the temperatures haven’t yet dipped, it’s already nearly a week into September and fall is just around the corner. So now’s the time to start thinking about what autumnal brews you’ll be enjoying this season. Given that this is the season that beer drinkers look forward to all year, it’s a lot to think about. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a few beverages that you don’t want to miss.

Anchor BigLeaf Maple - This autumn red ale has a hint of maple syrup in it to add to its maltiness, and enough hops to balance its rich flavor. The taste will bring fall foliage to mind, especially changing maples.

Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin – The first in the Brush and Barrel series, this beer is brewed with pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves for a flavor profile that screams fall.

Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat – A traditional Belgian-style wheat ale that’s been brewed with ripe pumpkins, making it a perfect go-to this season for all sorts of fall fun; picking pumpkins, harvest parties and of course, Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Uinta Punk’n – Roasted pumpkin, honey, vanilla and a strong ale backbone combine to make this great brew. Add to this that it’s quite sessionable, and you’ll be looking for space for a handful of six packs in your fridge.

Victory Festbier – Smooth German malts and hints of earthy hops make for a lovely Oktoberfest with a thick mouthfeel and satisfying flavor. A shining example of the style.

Jack Joyce Scholarship

Friday, September 5, 2014 | Beer News, Rogue

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In association with Columbia Distributing, Rogue announces the Jack Joyce Scholarship. This $10,000 annual scholarship is awarded to a student in the Fermentation Sciences Program at the Oregon State University in the department of Food Science and Technology. This scholarship was created to honor the memory of Jack Joyce, co-founder of Rogue Ales, prominent brewing visionary and Oregon community leader, who died earlier this year at the age of 71. The hope is that this scholarship will allow students to pursue their dreams and continue innovative brewing practices in the next generation of American brewers.

Prism Red Zone

Friday, September 5, 2014 | Featured Beer, Prism

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This brew, based on a Irish Red Ale, sets itself apart by the addition of autumnal spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice, as well as local Pennsylvania maple syrup, making for a beer that’s got all the right fall flavors. It’s deep, copper color and strong maple and roasted malt flavors add up to a brew that’s perfect for warming yourself in the coming cooler months. 6.6% ABV

Willoughby’s Bar & Grill

Friday, September 5, 2014 | Bars

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Cheer on your local team with local crafts. Willoughby’s in Reading is adding a special twist for Sunday football fans, featuring multiple drafts from a different brewery every week, starting September 14. Seventeen state-of-the-art LED TVs allow you to watch any place in the bar, and a menu that boasts finely-crafted burgers, ribs, bone-in rib eye, cheesesteaks and mouth-watering appetizers will leave you happy and satiated while taking in the game. Willoughby’s is great for dinner out any time of the week, whether it’s a guys/girls night out or date night with that special someone.

Willoughby’s Bar and Grill
305 North Park Road
Wyomissing
610-816-7473

Summery Fruit Beers

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | Goose Island, Ithaca, Rogue

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Summer is rounding the corner as we approach the end of August, but there are still many varieties of summer-influenced brews to try before mid-September rolls around and we’re all drinking oktoberfests and ciders. One such group is an often under-represented variety, fruit beers. Here is our list of fruity brews to try before the season is up.

Ithaca Apricot Wheat – This wheat beer is light in body and color, making it perfect for the warm summer days we’ve been having. The light, tart apricot flavor give this brew a lovely drupe-y flavor that pairs well with salads, fruit and otherwise. 4.9% ABV

Fruli Strawberry Wheat – A summer favorite world-over, this Belgian brew mixes witbier and strawberry juice for a brightly flavored and carbonated combination that’s perfect alongside sweets like ice cream or fruits. 4.1% ABV

Goose Island Lolita – If you love raspberries–which are currently in season–then waste no time in trying this brew. It drinks a lot like wine, and that could be because it’s aged in a barrel with pounds and pounds of raspberries for a sweet and tart combination that’ll leave you smacking your lips. 9% ABV

Rogue Marionberry – This braggot has everything; Rogue Farm honey, marionberries and just enough hops to level out the end of the flavor palate. Tart berry flavors stand somewhere between blackberries and blueberries, and the alcohol is well-masked in this unique brew. 11.42% ABV

Crabbie’s Ginger Beer Cocktail Recipes

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | Crabbie's, Uncategorized

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If you’re looking for something to do with your beer other than just drink it right out of the tap, bottle or can, you might like to try your hand at a couple cocktails. Crabbie’s Ginger Beer is a perfect ingredient in a number of tasty and interesting mixed drinks, adding a zing that you couldn’t find anywhere else. It pairs well with a number of different liquors, or with fruit juices for something fancy that doesn’t have too much alcohol. Below are some suggested mixing combinations for you to try.

Long Ginger Hair
- Shot of gin
- Dash of lime cordial
- 2 shots of ginger wine
- Top up with Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Mix together in long glass (ice and extra ginger optional)

Long Ginger Hair- Shot of gin- Dash of lime cordial- 2 shots of ginger wine- Top up with Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger BeerMix together in long glass (ice and extra ginger optional)

Horses Neck
- 1.5oz of brandy
- 5oz of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
- Thin twist of lemon peel
Add ingredients with ice to a tumbler

Prohibition Cooler
- 1oz of apple juice
- 1oz of lemon juice
- 3.5oz of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Add to a highball glass with ice

Crabbie’s Pine Punch
- 1 bottle of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
- 7oz of fresh pineapple juice
Build over cubed ice in a large pitcher. Garnish with pineapple slice.

Crabbie Paddy
- 1 shot Irish whiskey
- 8oz of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Pour the whiskey over ice, add Crabbie’s and stir.

Crabbie’s Cup #1
- 2 slices cucumber
- Berries (optional)
- ½ oz sweet vermouth
- ½ oz triple sec
- 1oz gin or vodka
- Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Muddle cucumber (and berries if using) in pint glass. Add 4 ice cubes and top with
Crabbie’s. Garnish with mint.

Moscow Mule (Version #1)
- 1 half lime
- 2oz of vodka
- 4 – 6oz of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Squeeze lime into a Collins glass and drop in half lime. Add 2 or 3 large ice cubes, then
pour in the vodka and fill with cold Crabbie’s. Serve with a stirring rod.

Moscow Mule (Version #2)
- 3-4 mint leaves
- ¾ oz lime juice
- ½ oz simple syrup
- 1 ½ oz vodka
- Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Muddle mint gently in bottom of a Collins glass. Add remaining ingredients and 3-4 ice
cubes. Top with Crabbie’s. For a variant, use your favorite gin for a gin-gin mule!

Rum Crusta Swizzle (Sailor Jerry recipe)
- 1 ½ parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
- ½ part orange curacao
- 1 part spoon Luxardo Maraschino
- ¾ part fresh lemon juice
- ½ part orgeat syrup
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- 1 part Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Combine ingredients (except Crabbie’s), shake and strain over fresh crushed ice in a tall
glass or tiki mug or combine ingredients in glass, add crushed ice and “swizzle” top with
ice. Top with Crabbie’s. Finish by spritzing an orange zest. Garnish with paper umbrella.

Artillery Buck
- 3/4 oz lemon juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup or yellow chartreuse
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 1/2 oz rye whiskey
- Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Stir all ingredients in Collins glass or shake briefly and strain into glass; add 3-4 ice
cubes and top with Crabbie’s. Dash extra bitters on top and garnish with lemon wheel.

Dark and Stormy (Version #1)
- 1½ oz sugarcane syrup
- ¾ oz lime juice
- 2oz dark rum (preferably Black Seal or Black Strap)
- Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Mix ingredients in Collins glass and add 3-4 ice cubes. Top with Crabbie’s and garnish
with candied ginger or lime wheel.

Dark and Stormy (Version #2)
- 2oz dark rum
- 8oz Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Pour rum over ice, add Crabbie’s and stir.

Ginger Buck
- 1 ½ oz of gin
- 5oz of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
- Generous squeeze of lemon

Ginger Mist
A refreshing blend of Bombay Sapphire gin, fresh lime, cilantro and Crabbie’s Alcoholic
Ginger Beer

The Peacock
Vodka shaken with Cointreau, fresh lemon, pomegranate juice and Crabbie’s Alcoholic
Ginger Beer

Dark & Crabbie
Gosling dark rum, Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer and fresh lime

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