Lancaster Brewing Company – Renewing a History

Thursday, December 19, 2013 | Breweries, Lancaster Brewing


Before Prohibition and World War I, Lancaster County had a rich history of brewing. By the early 19th century, nearly 7% of all beer brewed in the U.S came from the county. Awards and acclaim were showered on the beers up until WWI, which shut down many of the breweries before Prohibition due to their inability to use coal for their processes. In the ’20s, several breweries took up operation under the radar, and many stepped into legitimacy again when Prohibition ended in 1933. However, economic factors and large competitors killed off the last of the Lancaster breweries in 1956 with Wacker Eagle Brewery.

In 1995, Lancaster Malt Brewing appeared and was subsequently bought by Lancaster Brewing Company in 2001, which now carries the torch for the many breweries before it. They use traditional ingredients, standing by Reinheitsgebot, the German law declaring beer only contain water, malts, hops and yeast.

Their Milk Stout and Winter Warmer are great choices to try during these cold months, but be sure to pick up some Rumspringa when February hits. For something decadent, try the Double Chocolate Milk Stout at their restaurant.

Stop by their restaurant to try some of their exclusively draft beers and their varied menu.

302 North Plum Street
Lancaster, PA 17602-2402
(717) 391-6258

In Bottles

On Draft

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Beer Lover

Thursday, December 19, 2013 | Anchor, Evolution, Finch's, Goose Island, Ithaca, Lancaster Brewing, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Old Dominion, Prism, Redhook, Rogue, Starr Hill Brewery, Troegs, Uncategorized, Victory, Widmer, Winter


It’s getting down the grind of holiday gift-buying, so we’re here to help you find the perfect gifts for your drinking buddy, beer-loving partner, or the craft beer enthusiast that’s hard to buy for. This is the Official Greatest Beers of the World 2013 Holiday Gift Guide.

For the someone who always goes on the beer run in the cold:

Magic Hat/#9 Reversible Beanie – Two hats in one!

Resist Prohibition Victory Brewing Hoodie – Classic, fashionable and warm.

Lancaster Brewing Beanie – Knitted fun, for warm ears.

Redhook Shimmer Me Timbers Jacket – To show you really appreciate them.

Starr Hill Hoodie – Double-lined and zippered, with a cool Starr Hill logo.

For those who like a little art with their beer:

Any of the Old Dominion Posters – At the bottom of their store, Old Dominion has a selection of posters featuring the beautiful ladies that decorate their labels.

Anchor Brewing Books and Posters – Great for the history buff who has a taste for great beer, these posters and books feature historical drawings, paintings and maps of the San Francisco area.

Starr Hill Grateful Pale Ale Poster – Beautiful poster for a beautiful beer.

For someone building the perfect bar:

Tap Handles for Rogue, Anchor Brewing, Lancaster Brewing, Ithaca, Redhook, Widmer Bros.

Glassware from Victory, Rogue, Magic Hat, Anchor Brewing, Lancaster Brewing, Finch’s, Redhook,  Starr Hill, Prism, Widmer Bros., Long Trail

For the Holiday Party, or that really good friend who can’t get enough of their seasonal favorites:

Magic Hat Winterland Variety Pak – #9, Encore IPA, G-Thing, Heart of Darkness

Victory Winter Cheers – Fruity and warm wheat ale, with a spicy hint of clove and banana. 6.7% ABV

Anchor Christmas Ale – A winter warmer with strong ginger flavor in the front, backed up by piney bitterness. 5.5% ABV

Evolution Secret Spot Winter Ale – A complex and well-balanced altbier. 6.3%

Goose Island Sixth Day – An American Brown Ale that’s recipe changes slightly year-to-year for a new surprise every holiday season. 8.3% ABV

Ithaca Cold Front – A Belgian Dark Ale with spicy maltiness and dark fruits. 7.2% ABV

Lancaster Brewing Winter Warmer – Winter spices dominate the flavor of this beer, with an alcoholic finish, sure to warm the coldest of drinkers. 8.9% ABV

Long Trail Hibernator – This Scottish Ale is slightly hoppier than much of the style, and sure to warm you on these cold nights. 6% ABV

Starr Hill Snow Blind – Full description here.

Troegs Mad Elf - Cherry and vanilla flavors sweeten this highly alcoholic Belgian ale that’s made just to give you needed heat. 11% ABV

Stocking Stuffers and Various Gifts:

Widmer Bros. Bottle Opener

Taste Victory iPhone Cover

Ithaca Stainless Steel Growler

Have a happy and safe holiday season, folks!

Starr Hill Snowblind

Thursday, December 19, 2013 | Featured Beer, Starr Hill Brewery, Winter


Snow Blind is a doppelbock that’s sure to warm you up this winter. The aroma of this deep reddish brown lager is a bit nutty, and includes a bit of caramel. With apple and plum flavors that give way to toasted malt and toffee, and spicy notes of clove and cinnamon, this brew has hints of all of your holiday favorites. Smooth and medium-bodied, this is a great choice to get toasty with this holiday season. 7.4% ABV

Willoughby’s Bar and Grill

Thursday, December 19, 2013 | Bars, Troegs, Victory


Locally owned and operated, Willoughby’s Bar and Grill has a lot to offer, making it the perfect place to spend your night out. First, there’s the 17 LED TVs that ensure you catch every moment of the game while you’re enjoying a drink or meal. That brings you to the food, fine gastropub fare and grill cuisine which includes a variety of burgers, classic cheesesteaks, seafood and pasta entrees. With so many fire-crafted choices to choose from, you’re bound to find a few things you will want to try. Finally, their tap includes the likes of Victory and Troegs, so you know this is a classy place.

If you’re ever in the West Reading area, be sure to check these guys out.

305 North Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610

Grill Open Every Day
Serving Lunch
11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Serving Dinner
4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Bar Open
Sunday – Thursday
11:30 a.m. – Midnight
Friday and Saturday
11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Troegs Cans Perpetual IPA & Troegenator

Friday, December 6, 2013 | Finch's, Troegs


Cans have long been overlooked as a packaging method for craft brewers for a variety of reasons. However, more and more fine craft breweries are choosing to offer their brews in cans–some even exclusively can their beer.

Sixteen years ago, Troegs co-founder John Trogner spoke out against cans, saying succinctly “Cans are for soup, not beer.” Now, Perpetual IPA and Troegenator Double Bock will be the first of their beers to be offered in canned form. The brewery changed its tune when they were looking to order a couple of new bottling lines, and figured that it made sense in timing and price to go ahead and put in a canning line. They also cite the active lifestyles of their customers as a reason for introducing the canning process to their beer.

There are many benefits to cans that bottles just can’t provide, the most obvious of which is their inability to be broken. Bottles can be a hassle to bring along to many events, and most craft beers require a bottle-opener to drink. Cans are also lighter, and easier to handle in shipping. Additionally, cans block all light, making them even better than brown bottles at protecting the precious brew inside from damaging sunlight, and seal in flavor better than a bottle and cap. From an environmental standpoint, cans make more sense because metal is easier to recycle and requires less packaging in general. Metallic taste can be an issue–but only if you’re drinking from the can, and putting your mouth against the aluminum. This problem is easily remedied by pouring your beer in a glass–something your craft brewer suggests you be doing anyway, even with bottled beer.

Troegs maintains that bottles are still the quintessential packaging option for beer, and they certainly aren’t alone in that regard. There’s just something about drinking from a bottle that cans can’t hold a candle to–but if you’re on the go, environmentally conscious or just don’t want to risk breaking bottles, cans are a great alternative that have their benefits.

Troegs will be offering their Perpetual IPA in 12oz. cans throughout their entire distribution area in twelve packs, and Troegenator Double Bock in 16oz. canned four-packs only in Pennsylvania.

Lancaster Brewing Milk Stout

Friday, December 6, 2013 | Featured Beer, Lancaster Brewing, Local Favorites, Winter


This traditional English Sweet Stout has a roasty taste that’s smoothed by the lactose’s creaminess and semi-sweet chocolate hints. Roasted barley and smoky flavors are at the forefront, balanced by milky sweetness. Coffee and chocolate fill the aroma through a khaki head, and the 5.3% ABV makes this a good sessionable stout. Its light, velvety texture, deep and complex flavors and well-balanced nature make this a great choice for stout-lovers and newcomers alike.

East Coast Beer Co. Expanding

Friday, December 6, 2013 | East Coast Beer Co., Local Favorites


East Coast Beer Co. is still relatively young, finding its beginnings in 2007 when high school buddies John (Merk) Merklin and Brian Ciriaco decided it was their destiny to start a beer company. They started selling Beach Haus in 2010. Now that they’re distributing throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and the Carolinas, they’re ready to expand, and have plans for Freedman’s Bakery on Main St. in Belmar, NJ.

Beach Haus Beer

Guppy’s Good Times in East Norriton

Friday, December 6, 2013 | Bars


There’s a Guppy’s in East Norriton, and it’s just as good as the one in Conshohocken. With lots of local fare and brews, this is a great place to check out for happy hour or weekend nights. They boast the area’s most authentic poutine, as well as house chowder, several types of burgers and traditional pub fare, all local and all fresh–never frozen. On weekends, they also serve brunch.

Brewers served include Victory, Sly Fox, Prism, Troegs, and Boxcar, plus more. With great craft beers like, this, a friendly staff, great cuisine and live music weekly, Guppy’s has everything you need to enjoy yourself.


148 W Germantown Pike

East Norriton, PA

(484) 681-9636


10:00am to 10:00pm
Monday to Friday
11:30am to 2:00am
10:00am to 2:00am

Sunday10:00am to 10:00pm
Monday to Friday11:30am to 2:00am
Saturday 10:00am to 2:00am

Give Thanks for Beer

Thursday, November 21, 2013 | Anchor, Events, Fall, Fun, Goose Island, Magic Hat, Rogue, Shock Top, Victory


Thanksgiving is just a week away, and you can already hear the tummies rumbling. Although wine is the traditional drink of the holiday, there are so many beer options that go well with the food, it’s hard not to want to buy a couple different varieties. Whether you’re looking to pair each course with the perfect beer, or you want to win over your host by bringing the goods, we’ve got your back. Here’s our list of Thanksgiving beers.

1. Rogue Juniper Pale Ale: This crisp and spicy pale ale goes perfectly with turkey and cranberry, and is just light enough to leave room for the food. The refreshing juniper is also an appetite stimulant, so it’s great as a before-dinner apertif. 5.3% ABV

2. Victory Festbier: A smooth, well-balance option that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The caramel-y, nutty malts are balance with a hint of hops, making for a beer that goes well with just about everything on the table. 5.6% ABV

3. Goose Island Nut Brown Ale: Brown ales are ever-popular, and go great with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy and ham. This ale is nutty, complex and light enough to enjoy during this feast without taking away from the food. 5.3% ABV

4. Anchor BigLeaf Maple Red: This sweet and delicious brew brings a hint of maple syrup to dinner, great for pairing with sweet potatoes, pork, and most other usual Turkey-Day fare. 6.0% ABV

5. Shock Top Pumpkin: You can’t have a Thanksgiving beer list without including a pumpkin ale. Even if you couldn’t possibly have room for pumpkin pie, this is a sure-fire way to get your annual dose of pumpkin spices. 5.2% ABV

6. Magic Hat Heart of Darkness: Coffee may be what you’ve had with dessert in the past, but why waste the perfect moment for a dessert stout? This goes great with chocolate, good conversation and a toasty fireside. 5.7% ABV

And from everyone at Greatest Beers of the World, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Fuller’s Vintage Ale

Thursday, November 21, 2013 | Uncategorized


Great taste comes with age, and this holds especially true for Fuller’s Vintage Ale, a bottle-conditioned old ale crafted by their head brewer, John Keeling. Each year, they choose that year’s finest malts and hops, creating a limited edition brew each time. 2011 saw a fruity beer with hints of plum and cherries, while 2010 was slightly more citrus-y. The ABV (8.5%) remains the same each year, though. For detailed tasting notes on each of the vintages, click here. It’s best to cellar this beer for at least a year, and the taste will improve even more after that. So if you’re looking for a special treat, or a thoughtful holiday present that is sure to excite, look no further.

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