Being that summer is the traditional American time to go on vacation, and also an exciting time for summer beer lovers, why not combine these two into a vacation and brewery touring in one? Below, find some of our suggestions for vacation spots that host some of America’s greatest craft breweries.
Hershey Park and Troegs: These two are great for a weekend getaway. Whether you’ve got kids that love the park or it’s you who’s craving roller-coasters (and maybe a little chocolate?), Hershey also hosts Troegs and any visit there is a great excuse to tour the brewery that makes favorites like their Sunshine Pils and Troegenator.
San Francisco and Anchor: Got a trip to California planned? If you’re in San Francisco enjoying the diverse culture, outdoor attractions and beautiful weather, be sure not to miss a tour of the Anchor Brewery. Tours to this ever popular brewery must be reserved in advance, but they are free of charge.
Chicago and Finch’s: So the Windy City is calling to you. This bustling metropolis features the breath-taking Art Institute museum, the amazing Shedd Aquarium, and the sky-scraping Willis Tower. Finch’s brewery should certainly be made a destination during your visit.
Hawaii and Kona: If you’re taking an island vacation, you should have an island beer to accompany it. Kona gives two tours daily every day of the week, and their pub is certainly to entice you with a variety of perfectly paired appetizers, pizzas and entrees.
New York and Ithaca: New York attracts families from all across the country, and if you’re one of the many seeking adventure in the Catskills, or looking to take a day out of your NYC trip to enjoy the natural beauty of upstate New York, Ithaca is a perfect stop to take a tour and taste some delicious brews.
Tavola is the perfect summer destination for happy hour, office parties, or event date. With a huge outdoor patio, bar boasting craft favorites like Victory, Stella Artois, and Shock Top, and fantastic drink specials, you’re sure to enjoy yourself, whether you’re coming in after work or going out for one of their many live events. Not to mention, their menu features brick oven pizzas and a whole array of finely crafted meals ranging from brunch to dinner. So if you’re still looking for your new favorite summer haunt, look no further.
Tavola at the Springfield Country Club
400 W Sproul Rd,
The craft beer world and Rogue Nation were saddened to hear of the passing of 71-year-old co-founder of Rogue Ales, Jack Joyce this past Tuesday. Joyce co-founded the brewery in Ashland, OR, in 1988, and established its first brewpub on the Newport waterfront one year later. Now known for not only their brews, but also for their spirits and the Rogue Farms Hopyard in Independence, Polk County, Rogue is ranked one of the top 25 craft breweries in the nation. Once a Nike executive and attorney, Joyce is said to have been especially proud of the farm, having once owned acres of farmland himself.
A man who lived up to the name of his company, Joyce helped to innovate and foster the craft brewing community in the U.S., gaining ground in other countries before American craft brewing became truly international while still keeping roots local and within the community, and focusing on creating a superior product rather than expanding numerically. Those that had either business or close relationships with Joyce comment on his sincerity, empathy and generosity.
Jack Joyce is survived by his son Brett Joyce, his daughter Anna Joyce, and his wife, Joan Joyce.
This is surely a time to raise a glass of one of Rogue’s brews in remembrance.
Looking for a brew to share with Dad this Sunday? Dad’s Little Helper might just be what you’re looking for. This black IPA is almost opaque, with a thick khaki head, and combines elements of stouts with traditional IPA. The nose carries hints of coffee, malt and chocolate, and the taste follows the aroma and ends it with a lingering hoppy bitterness. A full body with light carbonation, creamy texture and a even-handed hop-chocolate finish bring this beer home. 6.2% ABV
Now in its fifth year, the Opple Topple Fest in Warrington, PA is this weekend, boasting over thirty local bands and camping amenities at Winding Brook Farm. The festival was started to support the local music scene, giving favorite local performers a stadium-quality performance venue and local music lovers a variety of excellent sets for a reasonable price. And Susquehanna Brewing will be providing a beer garden throughout the duration of the festival with seating with a view of the stage, a beer pong tournament, and of course, Susquehanna’s brews served on draft. Not only are they providing good beer for the event, but they’ve also generously donated a portion of overall beer sales to providing donation boxes for the Tabor House. The boxes will be placed in secure locations on the festival grounds.
Tabor Children’s House has been assisting children with a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for over a century. Many of the children aided by their care are those with families unable to afford daycare, let alone a inspirational environment for the education of kids with and without special learning needs. They’ve been able to expand to include more programs, such as a mentoring program for teens in foster care, and with your help, they will continue to help the Bucks County community with all sorts of children’s services.
So why not take dad to a day–or whole weekend!–of music, camping, good beer and giving back?
Tickets to both the festival and the beer garden will be available at each entrance.
Opple Topple Music Festival Website
Tabor Children’s House
Looking to spice up your gift to dad, or maybe something to complement his hobbies? Try pairing a beer with it to enhance the enjoyment of his favorite activities.
Grilling – So your father’s into cooking in the great outdoors. Give him something hoppy to accompany spicy BBQ and burgers, like Lot 3 IPA from Evolution.
Poolside – Netting debris, testing chlorine balances, finally relaxing with a cool dip after a long day; all of these deserve a refreshing brew. Long Trail’s India Pale Ale goes one better, and gives it to you in a pool-safe can.
Gaming – Does your dad have a designated poker night? Or is he more of a modern gamer, always having to have the latest console? Either way, give him something full-flavored and sessionable to keep his head in the game, such as Session Lager out of Full Sail.
Reading - Your dad’s more bookish, so try giving him something sweet and mellow to accompany a quiet evening with his favorite author. Try Pils Noir from Susquehanna, a beer that’s more of a twist than the end of his latest novel.
Sports – Whether he’s spending the afternoon watching baseball or he’s just finished up a set of tennis, a light and snappy brew fits the bill. We suggest Troegs Sunshine Pils.
Camping/Boating – Tis the season for great outdoor activities, and if you’re father’s looking to take advantage of that, try giving him a well-balanced and flavorful beer to cool off with. Victory’s Summer Love is just right for everything that’s summer.
Turn on your television during any sports event, and you’re bound to see at least one beer ad. However, many of our favorite breweries are absent from these lineups–there are no TV advertisements for Evolution or Finch’s–but all that could change.
In the last few years, craft breweries have been popping up on television, and one of the latest to join this trend is Kona Brewing Co’s Single-Tasking ad, which is currently airing mostly in California. TV ads are still too expensive for most craft breweries, but as craft breweries become more popular and many of them grow to unprecedented size, we might be seeing more of them on the small screen.
But don’t stay stuck to the screen waiting for them–as Kona says: One life, right? Don’t blow it.
If you missed the Merry Pranksters back in winter, this is your chance to meet some of the folks at Magic Hat and try their new year-round brew, Dream Machine IPL. In their new Dream Machine van, they’ll be traveling up and down the east coast in order to spread the word and commune with their fans, and they’ll be around the Philadelphia suburbs starting this evening. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet a couple Pranksters from out of Vermont.
Follow the Pranksters on Twitter @DreamMachineIPL #areyouadreamer
So go ahead and Turn on. Hop in. Take off.
Dates and Locations:
TONIGHT, May 29:
McKinley Tavern, 881 Township Line Road, Elkins Park
John and Peter’s, 96 S. Main Street, New Hope
Fran’s Pub, 116 S. Main Street, New Hope
Wednesday, June 4th:
Kitchen Bar, 1482 Old York Road, Abington
Drake Tavern, 304 York Rd, Jenkintown
Smith’s, 39 S. 19th Street, Philadelphia
Saturday, June 7th:
Union Jack’s, 2750 Limekiln Pike, Glenside
Taken from Bavarian tradition, Susquehanna Brewing Co. has brewed an unfiltered hefeweizen with the signature hazy golden look. Its crisp tangy-sweet-and-spicy flavor and large foamy head make it a perfect summer beverage and a true follower of the style. Susquehanna gets it just right again with superb ingredients like high-quality wheat and special top-fermenting yeast. Something to wash down your second breakfast with.
Just opened this month in Warrington, Bound Beverage had their grand opening only a few weeks ago and already it’s becoming a popular hotspot for Bucks and Montgomery counties. Along with many varieties of beer–including top selling crafts, especially locals like Victory, Troegs, Lancaster, Prism, and complete line of imports–they also offer kegs in 1/6, 1/4 and 1/2 sizes, snacks and beverages, and party wagon rentals for all your gathering needs. Whether you’re looking to supply your backyard BBQ or gear up for the big summer block party, Bound has got you covered.
308 Easton Rd (Rt 611)