California’s native tree, the Bigleaf Maple (acer macrophyllum, for you etymology nuts) inspired Anchor to create a beer as big and bold as the tree’s foot-wide leaves in the throws of autumn. This red ale has a hint of maple syrup–including that from its namesake tree–that complement but don’t overwhelm the flavorful malts. It’s balanced by light, earthy hops and has a bright amber color that goes along great with the fall foliage. This deep-flavored brew is just sweet and warming enough for these mid-autumn days, at 6% ABV.
RailRoad Street Bar was established in 1850 as Montgomery House Hotel, and has since changed names twice. Known for their zany sandwiches, they also have a competitively priced beer list–including such craft favorites as Goose Island, Victory and Stella Artois. Nightly specials and live entertainment every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday are what attract locals to this bar, but what keeps them coming back for more are original dishes like the wide variety of grilled cheese sandwiches–they recently won several awards at Fordham & Dominion’s Cheesetoberfest 2013–and tempting desserts, like the fried red velvet cake. Great for taking groups, given the wide variety of food and beverages, and the friendly environment.RailRoad Street Bar and Grill Facebook 36 Railroad St
Linfield, PA 19468
Long Trail’s adding another IPA to their lineup, the first year-round beverage to come out of its Farmhouse Pilot Brewery. It’s not out on the shelves quite yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try it!
Select locations will be tapping kegs of this new brew in the next week, perfect for the spookiest days of the year, Halloween and the Day of the Dead, giving you the opportunity to be one of the first to try it in this area.
Limbo IPA is an American-style IPA full of flavor, showcasing west-coast Mosaic and Australian Galaxy hops for 80 IBUs.
Long Trail fans will notice that the packaging for this IPA is much bolder than many of the other styles this brewery is known for. Customer feedback inspired the name (“You’d better not leave me sitting here in Limbo until you decide to brew some of your new IPAs year-round.”), which takes on a life of its own with a beautifully designed label and a unique tap handle in the shape of a bone. Full release will include six packs, five gallon logs and 50L kegs.
Locations and dates for draft releases:
Today marks of the beginning of the 2013 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. Founded in 1982, this festival has been recognizing great craft brewing in this country for over twenty years, growing alongside the industry. It represents the largest collections of U.S. beer ever served in a public tasting event, plus a private competition, showcasing the large variety of great craft brews made in this country.
GABF invites beer professionals from around the world to come and sit for five separate three-hour long blind tasting and judging sessions. These help determine the to whom the gold, silver and bronze medals go to in each of the 75 beer styles judged, three of the most coveted awards in the industry.
If you couldn’t make it out to Denver this weekend, it’s okay. A little closer to home is the Elmwood Park Zoo Oktoberfest Beer Tasting, where you can sample many award-winning brews among the park’s wild animals. Starting at 2pm this Saturday, the park will be open only to Oktoberfest attendees, who will enjoy unlimited beer tasting, a souvenir tasting glass, live animal encounters and food for purchase.
VIP tickets are available and earn you early admission (12:30pm), free all-you-can-eat food from Outback Steakhouse, and exclusive access to VIP areas and select beers, including Victory Dirtwolf, Goose Island Vintage Pepe Nero, Long Trail Triple Bag, Widmer Hibiscus Gose, Troegs Flying Mouflan and Wild Red.
Elmwood Zoo Oktoberfest Details:
General Admission: $40 in advance, $50 at the door
VIP Access: $75 in advance
Designated Driver: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $25 VIP
Phone #: 610-277-3825 x229
Victory’s added another fine beer to their lineup, and it’s a DIPA this time. It’s a very hop-forward golden-colored ale with a strong citrus and floral hoppy aroma. The flavor starts fruity, with traces of apricot, grapefruit, and pine, with a little maltiness to follow, and a floral aftertaste. The 8.7% ABV beer has a medium body, just the right amount of carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. It’s made with Chinook, Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe hops to create a greatly aromatic brew with a pleasantly bitter flavor.
Opened in the summer of 2010, Montella’s is only a couple years old, but has quickly become a Lansdale favorite. This restored building features of 40 seat bar with 16 different taps that hold the best local brews as well as national names. Twenty-seven high definition TVs spot the bar and dining room for easy viewing and to make sure you see the game you want. And in warmer weather, there’s an outdoor dining area.
The menu includes all the bar food favorites, including potato skins, wings and burgers, as well as ribs, salads and hoagies and wraps. Weekdays feature specials on food and drink (Thursdays is $1 off all craft beers), and they feature the hottest crafts on tap, such as Victory Dirtwolf, Long Trail Brown Bag Series, Ithaca Flower Power and Magic Hat #9. The friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere of this bar make it the perfect place to take a break any evening.
25 S Broad St
Lansdale, PA 19446
Autumn may be just getting into the full swing of things, but Rogue is heating things up with their late harvest of jalapenos for their Chipotle Ale. While most people harvest their jalapenos when the skins are still green and they have yet to ripen fully, Rogue has the patience to wait until the color brightens to a red and the flavor deepens and becomes more complex to pick their peppers.
The peppers were picked late September and taken to the same wood smoker used to smoke their malts, where they were dried on a low heat for 12-18 hours to make the chipotles used in their Chipotle Ale and Chipotle Spirits.
Chipotle Ale is a spring beer, so we’ll have to wait over the winter to taste their new batch, but rest assured its well-balanced smokey flavor is worth it.
Magic Hat’s Séance is a late seasonal saison that is much darker and more complex than much of the rest of the style. It has an earthy and sweet aroma that matches the deep complexion of the brew. The flavor has some char to it, as well as malt, unsweetened chocolate and dark fruit, with a grainy finish. Definitely an unconventional saison, somewhere between the typically spring/summer style and something more in line with fall. This 4.4% ABV beer is great for the the eerie first nights of autumn.
The United German Hungarian Club in Feasterville-Trevose is holding two seasonal festivals in these coming weekends.
This weekend is their 135th Oktoberfest, which is $5 for admission (children under 13 are free), which gets you hours of German music, the craft and vendor fair and traditional food. On Saturday, gates open at 1pm and food and bar at 2pm. The TV Jahn Bockum Brass Band (straight from Germany) will be featured, as well as the Emil Schanta band and the Burgenlaender. On Sunday, doors open at noon and beer and food are available at one. Heimat Klange Orchestra will be featured, along with the Joe Weber Orchestra and the Heimat Klaenge Orchestra. Both days also feature dancing from the United German Hungarian Children’s Group and Schuhplattlers.
Rocktoberfest starts 6pm Saturday October 5th (rain or shine), with the music starting at 7pm. Admission is $5 (children under 13 are free) The features are Bigg Romeo and The Kirko Band. There will be home cooked Bavarian food, drink specials 6-8pm, soccer games and more.
Both events are hosted at the clubhouse and grounds. For more information, call or see sheets below.
4666 E Bristol Rd
Feasterville Trevose, PA 19053
Prism Brewing Company’s brewpub in North Wales, PA has won Best Brewpub in the Philly Hot List Awards!
Their taproom was voted best among the area’s fine brewpubs by locals on PHL 17′s Philly Hotlist website. What sets it apart from the competition is the wide array of brews available and the consistent stream of fun events. Not only do they have their year-round brews on tap at all times, but they always have something special that you can’t get anywhere else. They also have great drink specials, local wine, a unique karaoke night (where all you have to do to stop the song is buy the singer a drink), and a whole array of bar food (including a sizable hot dog list).
So head on over and raise a glass to their fine establishment. They’re open 7 days a week, and always have something going on.
Contact and Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 4PM to Midnight
Friday/Saturday: Noon to 2 AM
Sunday: Noon to 10 PM