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Crafty Recipes

Friday, April 3, 2015 | Anchor, Boxcar, Carlow, Food, Keegan Ales, Kona, Leffe, Old Dominion, Rogue, Starr Hill Brewery, Troegs, Victory

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A beverage can be a great complement to a meal, or may be enjoyed on its own in partnership with only a great moment. But when simply drinking your favorite beers isn’t enough, there is another step to take in your appreciation for good craft brews. Eating them.

Just like wine is often used in culinary creations, beer can add wonderful flavors to all sorts of food, particularly since there is such a wide variety in flavors between all the styles of beer. Dips, sauces, glazes, desserts, breads, even pickled vegetables can all be made with a little help from your go-to beverage.

Googling recipes that call for beer can yield an overwhelming number of results. If you aren’t sure where to start, take a look at this list of recipes, and try making a few with our suggested beers.

IPA Beer Cheese DipStarr Hill Northern Lights

Beer-Battered FishKona Longboard Island Lager

Cream Cheese Beer Pancakes with Strawberry Saison SyrupHoegaarden and Anchor Saison

Beer-Soaked Grilled CheeseLeffe Brune

Craft Beer Can ChickenKeegan Ales Bine Climber or Troegs Cultivator

Dry Stout Beef StewO’Hara’s Irish Stout

Coconut Curry Beer Chicken SoupRogue MoM Hefeweizen

Slow Cooker Beer Brisket SandwichesDominion Morning Glory Espresso Stout

Belgian Tripel & Honey Black Pepper Chicken WingsVictory Golden Monkey

And if you’d like to try your hand at coming up with your own recipe, here is a brief and general guide on flavors to get you started.

Porters and Stouts – These dark beers are for adding intense flavors to a dish. Chocolate and coffee-flavored beers can be used in either rich desserts like chocolate cake or marinated meat dishes like ribs or pulled pork. Stews and soups can gain a bitterness from a dry stout or porter, while milk stouts can add a roasty sweetness to a glaze or sauce.

Wheat Beers – Fruity flavors are what hefeweizens and witbiers complement best. They’re a great addition to cakes, breads or tarts with fruit accents, and round out the flavors of sweet glazes and BBQ sauces. Honey, citrus, apricot, peach and berries are all flavors to add wheat beers to. Once you’ve tried those combinations, be adventurous and try it in combination with savory dishes like pasta and cheese sauces.

Fruity Beers, Barleywine and Saisons – These are flavors that can be a little more difficult to endow food with. It’s usually good to pair fruity beers and saisons with like flavors–candied fruits, ginger and other sweet-and-spicy notes–but barleywines need bold flavors to compete with. Roasted meats and heavy desserts like pumpkin dishes and dark chocolates can benefit from just a few tablespoons.

IPAs, Pale Ales and Pilsners – IPAs generally go with spicy dishes, but don’t limit yourself to that. Cheese sauces, breads, lemony dishes, seafood, and chicken can all benefit from the hops in the right conditions. Pale ales and pilsners can replace IPAs in many dishes, especially when looking for a milder flavor, and are more easily added to desserts.

Brown/Amber Ales – These sweet and mild brews are great for roasted chicken, pork, sticky-sweet desserts and sweet breads. Sometimes it can be added to beef-centric recipes, but it is the perfect level of flavor to be eaten with white meats.

If you’re just beginning to cook with beer, try adding it to sauces, glazes, and marinades, or try your hand at a beer bread, and before long, you’ll be looking for ways to add it into dinner every night.

Redhook Seedy Blonde

Friday, April 3, 2015 | Redhook

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It’s about time to be drinking something light, fruity and refreshing. Redhook’s Seedy Blonde is just what the doctor ordered, with a bready center, backed up by sweet apple flavors that speak to its namesake. A tart and effervescent finish make for clean drinking. An easy fruit beer to love. 5% ABV

Starr Hill Redesigned

Friday, April 3, 2015 | Starr Hill Brewery

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If you’re looking for some Grateful Pale Ale or Starr Pils, it’d behoove you to know that they’ve had an update in their packaging. Storyware, a graphic design company based in their own Charlottesville, VA, worked to bring new life to the brand, revamping the main logo and six labels to start with. So if you’re out to get Northern Lights IPA, Grateful Pale Ale, The Love Wheat Beer, Double Platinum Imperial IPA or Jomo Vienna-Style Lager, be sure to look extra careful to make sure you’ve spotted it.

“This new imagery absolutely elevates our look to the level of our beer through consistency and quality,” said Brian McNelis, Starr Hill’s President and CEO. “We believe these new designs will resonate with our devoted fans, as it truly does with our team at the brewery, and encourage those new to Starr Hill to discover our award-winning beers.”

The Liberty Taproom

Friday, April 3, 2015 | Bars

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The Liberty Taproom in Reading has no shortage of good beer; Goose Island, Stella, Anchor, Magic Hat, Troegs, and that’s just what they have on tap. And beyond that, they’ve got a stellar menu tat includes a build-your-own sandwich option, signature burgers, pizza and awesome apps. Combined with daily specials, live music and great service, you’d be crazy not to pop in every once in awhile.

The Liberty Taproom
237 N Prospect St
Reading, PA
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The Growing Movement of Session Beers

Friday, March 13, 2015 | Anchor, Boxcar, Full Sail, Goose Island, Keegan Ales, Kona, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Victory

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It’s no secret that craft beers tend to be a bit higher on the alcohol by volume, and that can be bad news for someone who wants to enjoy several brews in a night while still being safe. But have no fear! Low-alcohol session craft beers have been making their mark on the market in recent years and are on a climb in popularity. This means you can enjoy a party, round of cards or wedding while still enjoying your favorite craft breweries

The term session comes from the British, referring to the timeframe of a social gathering that involves drinking. In craft beer, a session beer has come to mean a beer under 5% AVB, but is still full of taste. So here we present a list of delicious session beers to try.

Full Sail Session Lager – What it lacks in ABV, it makes up for in big malt flavor and herbal hop character. 5.1% ABV

Anchor Steam Beer – This California Common beer gets its name from tradition West Coast brewing methods. 4.9% ABV

Goose Island Honkers Ale – An English bitter with fruity hops and a rich malt middle, making for a very drinkable brew. 4.3% ABV

Keegan Ales Bine Climber – Citrus hops lead this IPA, then is balanced by the malts, making it an especially good hoppy beer to drink a few of. 4.7% ABV

Kona Big Wave – Fruity flavors are suspended on bready malts, giving a full flavor to this blonde ale. 4.4% ABV

Long Trail Ale – This full-bodied amber ale is great for drinking around the campfire or bringing to a party. 5% ABV

Magic Hat Circus Boy – An unfiltered hefeweizen brewed with lemon grass that won’t have you on the floor. 4.5% ABV

Troegs Cultivator

Friday, March 13, 2015 | Featured Beer, Troegs

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This Helles-Bock marks the start of the Hop Cycle and the arrival of spring time. It’s backbone consists of malty grains, with a mildly sweet flavor of fresh-baked bread, which is accented by delicate floral hops that are reminiscent of spring’s first flowers. For as subtle a flavor profile, it hides its alcohol well. Definitely the kind of seasonal to bring us into warmer weather. 6.9% ABV

Villa Capri Sports Bar and Pizzeria

Friday, March 13, 2015 | Bars

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This is the place to go to watch your favorite soccer team, and a great bar to get drinks after work or grab some pizza for lunch–it’s the oldest pizza place in Doylestown. They will be playing whatever soccer match you need to watch, and happy hour is every day from 5-7pm, boasting half off on drinks like Troegs, Carlsberg, and Anchor. They’ve recently renovated their bar, and now that the weather is warming up, you should take advantage of their deck and patio. So if you’ve got soccer fever or you just want to enjoy the weather with a drink, Villa Capri is waiting for you.

Villa Capri Sports Bar and Pizzeria
51 W Court St
Doylestown, PA
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Beer’s Favorite Holiday

Friday, March 13, 2015 | Carlow, Carlsberg, Rogue, Starr Hill Brewery

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St. Patrick’s Day is in just a few days, and we hope that you’ve got some fun plans for the holiday. If you haven’t given any thought to what you might be drinking that day, we’ve got some great choices that definitely beat the green-dyed beer some places will be serving.

Victory Donnybrook Stout – This is great as a sessionable Irish stout that packs all the flavor of its high-alcohol brothers. This is draft only, so it’s a good choice for your keg at a party.

O’Hara’s Irish Stout – This craft stout from Ireland has won several awards and likens itself to the way stouts used to be brewed in Ireland. It has coffee and light licorice flavors.

Rogue Irish Lager – If you aren’t so into stouts, this light Euro lager is a great change of pace that still harkens to an Irish style with its smooth, mellow flavor and apple crisp finish.

Carlsberg - Or go for the #1 lager in Ireland itself, which conveniently comes in a festive green bottle.

Starr Hill Dark Starr Stout – Another flavorful Irish stout with hints of coffee and dark chocolate, and a velvety body.

Long Trail Stand Out

Friday, February 27, 2015 | Long Trail

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This spring seasonal was brewed in the spirit of adventure, with a new variety of hops called Equinox. Resiny citrus and earthy herbal flavors dominate this pale ale, supported by biscuity malts. The medium-light mouthfeel carries a lingering pepperiness, and closes on a dry note. A great way to celebrate warming weather. 5.4% ABV

Johnny and Hons Smokehouse

Friday, February 27, 2015 | Bars

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If you’re looking for great smoked meat, look no further than Johnny and Hons Smokehouse. Their expansive menu includes all the sandwiches you would expect from any good smokehouse, loads of salads, burgers, steaks, ribs, wings and more. They’re also known for their events, including tomorrow’s Polar Bar Bash, where the Skidmarks will be playing from 2-5pm and Vertigo Vibe from 7-10pm, not to mention great beer specials and $8 open pit chicken. If you’ve never been to J&H, then this is definitely the time to get acquainted.

Johnny and Hons Smokehouse
924 W Penn Ave
Robesonia, PA
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