Wheat Beer Summer

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | Hoegaarden, Lancaster Brewing, Troegs, Widmer


When the days are hot and long, your early evening calls for something bright and juicy, and wheat beers may just hit the spot. Citrus, banana or bubblegum flavors, often mixed with spicy clove or cinnamon dominate the wheat beer styles. So if you’re looking for that big, bold taste, here’s six wheat beers to get you started.

Hoegaarden Belgian White – This traditional witbier has an almost peppery aroma and a sweet and sour lemony flavor with yeast at the forefront and light hops.

Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc – A French witbier with tart citrus flavor and light spiciness. A more delicate palate than many of the style, but there is much to appreciate.

Lancaster Strawberry Wheat – A smooth strawberry flavor comes with a bit of tang in this American wheat beer. It’s a delicious melding of wheat and fruit.

Widmer Hefe – Lemon and clove are the dominant features in this Hefeweizen, along with a light, refreshing hop character.

Troegs Dreamweaver – This fan favorite is a Hefeweizen that brings that big, fruity banana flavor, along with sweet clove and just enough hoppiness to balance it.

Ithaca Apricot Wheat - This wheat ale is light in body and color, great for summer heat, with a touch of apricot that carries the wheat flavor through and keeps your mouth watering.

Anchor Summer Wheat

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | Anchor, Featured Beer


A great, refreshing brew to grab in the warm evenings of summer. Citrus, bready scents come off the generous white head, and give into a lemony biscuit flavor that ends on light bittering hops. It’s got a lighter body than many of the same style for a more refreshing finish. A new release to try this season. 4.6% ABV

Starr Hill 2015 Collaboration Tour Kicks Off with O’Hara’s

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | Carlow, Collaboration, Starr Hill Brewery


Starr Hill believes beer is made to be shared, and that brewing can be more fun when the process is shared with friends. That’s why they’re going on tour and collaborating with seven different craft breweries the world-over.

The headlining collaboration of this tour is Carlow Brewing Co/O’Hara’s Brewery. These two breweries are brought together from across the Atlantic by each of their award-winning Irish stouts, they’re collaborating on something entirely different; a Session Red IPA to be released in Ireland on July 4th, in celebration of American and Irish independence. And in early 2016, Carlow/O’Hara’s will travel to Virginia to produce a US-based collaboration brew that will be released on St. Patrick’s Day the next year. Not only will they be creating awesome beers to drink, but they’ll be learning about the growing craft beer communities in each country.

Stateside, Starr Hill will be continuing on its tour, visiting six US breweries and various music events, making for a trip full of festivities, good beer and new friends.

Brewer’s Outlet 202

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | Retailers


Brewer’s Outlet has all your beer needs, and if you’re near Chadds Ford, there’s no place better to pick up your case, keg or anything else you could use at your party. Anchor, Boxcar, Evolution, Goose Island, Victory, and Ithaca are only a few of the breweries they carry, and with this huge selection, you’re sure to find all your favorites.

Saturday, June 13th, they’re holding their Summerfest where you can come and sample beers from 15 different breweries, and get $2 off all beers being sampled. There will all sorts of giveaways, and you can even get your picture taken in the Magic Hat photo booth.

Brewer’s Outlet 202
257 Wilmington/West Chester Pike
Chadds Ford, PA

Philly Beer Week 2015

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 | Bars, Beer Week

It’s that time of year again; when locals celebrate a whole variety of craft breweries with great beers, great food and great fun. Since 2008, Philly Beer Week has grown to be the largest beer celebration of its kind in the country, with hundreds of festivals, dinners, tours, pub crawls, tastings and meet-the-brewer nights going on in the span in 10 days. Participants include breweries near and far, local bars, restaurants, brewpubs and more. And you don’t have to miss out just because you can’t get into the city this week. There are plenty of events going on all over the Greater Philadelphia region, so no one has to go without.

One of the biggest out-of-the-city events is on thursday, June 4th (tomorrow). Doylestown will be overtaken by over 20 great breweries, including Victory, Rogue, Evolution and Troegs. For a complete list of bars and breweries involved, look below.

For a full list of events near you, including those in Bryn Mawr, Wyomissing and others, check out our events page or Facebook. There will be plenty to do through Saturday, June 6th.

Summer Shandy Love

Friday, May 22, 2015 | Kona, Shock Top, Sierra Nevada, Starr Hill Brewery, Susquhanna, Widmer


By now, you’re probably familiar with shandies; the beer cocktail that is typically mixed with lemonade, but could include a soft drink such as ginger ale, other light sodas, or orange juice. They’ve become a popular addition to many breweries’ lineups, particularly as the weather warms and craft drinkers look for refreshing beverages. Usually sweet and often tart, these mixes are a great fruity break from maltier or hoppier alternatives. They also tend to be lower in alcohol content, due to their mixed nature, so make a great go-to for day-time get-togethers like picnics and BBQs or just relaxing on the deck on a weekend.

The idea of mixing a sweet drink with beer might seem strange at first, but it’s been going on for a long time, and with good reason. The earliest record of a beer cocktail of its ilk is from 1853, in the form of the shandygaff, a beer and ginger ale mix. Other countries have their own versions, including the Radler (German for cyclist), a beer mixed with sparkling lemonade, which supposedly originated in Munich in 1922. France has its version, the Panache, which is close to the Radler definition. Even Singapore has a cocktail where beer is mixed with tonic water, called Kip Lin after its inventor.

Where shandies were traditionally mixed on-site, you can now conveniently buy them pre-mixed in a bottle. Here are a few to try:

Widmer Bros Hefe Shandy – A hefeweizen made with Lemon Drop hops and mixed with natural lemonade for a lip-smacking mix. 4.2% ABV

Shock Top Shandy – Another wheat beer with a big lemon taste and a spicy yeast to back it up. 4.2% ABV

Susquehanna Shady Spot Shandy – This shandy harkens back to the traditional English style: dry and refreshing. 4.7% ABV

While these shandies are a great grab-n-go option, and definitely worth a try, you might want to try your hand and making one of your own. If you’re unsure of where to begin, let’s go over a few simple recipes that can get you started, and you can take it from there.

Big Lemon Wave

1 12oz bottle Kona’s Big Golden Wave

4oz Fresh lemonade, pulp optional

Mix, garnish with lemon rind for aroma.

Grapefruit Popfest

6oz bottle Sierra Nevada Summerfest

6oz Pure grapefruit juice, pulp optional

Splash sparkling water

Mix all, garnish with slice of lemon. Use one 12oz bottle for two servings.

Ginger Love

12oz bottle Starr Hill The Love Hefeweizen

6oz Ginger ale, such as Schweppes

Mix, garnish with either a thin slice of fresh ginger or slice of lemon

Beachy Beers

Friday, May 22, 2015 | Fun, Summer


Chances are you’ll be visiting a beach this summer. If you’re set on an oceanside vacation, you can hit two birds with one stone by also taking the chance to visit a brewery you might not be able to visit otherwise. Whether you’ve got a destination in mind or you’re looking for ideas, we’ve got a list that might help you visit both a sunny beach spot and a tasty craft brewery.

Beach Haus Brewery – These guys were named for the beach, and as they’re just over in Belmar, NJ, visiting can make a good weekend retreat.

Nearby Beaches

Belmar Beach: A recently revamped boardwalk, lots of activities like kayaking and boogie boarding, and clean, sandy beaches are all just minutes away from the brewery.

Evolution Brewery: While Salisbury isn’t exactly an oceanside city, the surrounding beauty of Maryland can be a wonderful getaway, and you can reach the ocean in under an hour.

Nearby Beaches

Assateague Island: Wild ponies, crabbing, kayak tours and beauty in all directions are just 40 minutes away from Salisbury.

Ocean City: Lots of awesome shops, games and restaurants line Ocean City’s beach, meaning you’ll have plenty of things to see on your trip.

Sandy Point State Park: This Chesapeake Bay retreat may be a little further away from Salisbury, but it’s certainly worth the drive for hiking, boating, fishing and more.

Kona: If you’re visiting Hawaii, it’s a given you’ll hit up some beaches. But don’t leave the Big Island before you tour the brewery and visit one of their pubs.

Nearby Beaches

Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area: The closest beach to the brewery, this isn’t one that most tourists come to, but it’s great for a relaxing walk or picnic.

Kaloko-Honokōhau: This beautiful beach comes with fascinating history of the native island peoples, which you can learn about on a guided tour.

Manini’owali Beach: Gorgeous white sand, great snorkeling among the rocky outcroppings and all around fantastic swimming all make for a perfect beach experience.

Anchor: San Francisco has such a colorful history, it’s hard to get it all in in one visit, but you won’t want to miss a visit to Anchor’s brewery–or one of their many beautiful beaches.

Nearby Beaches

Baker Beach: A popular beach with a scenic view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands.

Ocean Beach: This spacious beach spans 3.5 miles and is a great spot for running the dogs or grabbing a bite to eat.

Stinson Beach: It’s a little ways out of San Fran, but its natural beauty, abundance of space and awesome restaurants are worth the trip.

Rogue: Newport is home to four of Rogue’s meeting halls, where you can enjoy a unique menu as well as all the Rogue beer you could want.

South Beach State Park: Equestrian and biking trails, camping, hiking, and fishing should be enough to entice most beach-lovers.

Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site: This lovely park hosts a beautiful lighthouse and stretches of gorgeous sand.

Lancaster Strawberry Wheat

Friday, May 22, 2015 | Featured Beer, Lancaster Brewing


Natural strawberry flavor gives a pleasant hint of fruitiness to this award-winning brew. Great effervescence gives this beer an awesome, refreshing crispness, while the wheat provides a subtle tang. Definitely a must-add onto your summer drinking list, and it’ll be available in 12-packs soon. 4.7% ABV

Dog and Bull

Friday, May 22, 2015 | Bars


This is the place you go when you’re looking for something to do any night of the week. With daily drink specials, live music every Friday–as well as other days of the week–and a mouth-watering menu that ranges from brunch to dinner, Dog and Bull is always a good decision. To make that decision even sweeter, they have a huge range of craft beers, including Ithaca, Victory, Starr Hill, Troegs, Magic Hat and Rogue. As if that weren’t enough, they have outdoor seating and a place for you to watch the soccer game when you need to. So don’t wait any longer to see them.

Dog and Bull
810 Bristol Pike
Croydon, PA

Pairing Beer with Chocolate

Monday, May 4, 2015 | Breweries, Food, Goose Island, Old Dominion, Rogue, Troegs, Victory


Chocolate, much like beer, is a treat to be savored. It has a reputation of being paired with strong emotions like love and sympathy, and for good reason. It releases feel-good chemicals serotonin and dopamine, creating a feeling of well-being that can be shared between lovers or help bring you out of a slump. Good beer can have a similar effect, relaxing and bringing cheer to the drinker. So it makes good sense to combine the two. If you aren’t sure on where to start, or what chocolate might pair well with your favorite brew, look no further than this guide on how to pair the two.

Stouts and Porters are the simplest way to start your foray into chocolate and beer pairing, because many of them include the roasty flavors that are in chocolate. Your first instinct might be to go with a dark chocolate for these dark beers, but milk chocolates actually complement the bitterness better by adding sweetness to the palate and allowing the strong flavors of the drink to play on the subtler notes of the chocolate. The milk in the chocolate will also play on the creaminess of milk stouts. Try DAGOBA’s milk chocolate with Old Dominion’s Morning Glory Espresso Stout to round out the flavors of both.

Brown ales can be paired with nutty chocolates, either those that actually contain nuts like almonds or hazelnuts, or those that simply carry nut-like characteristics. This will bring out the earthy tones in the beer that can sometimes be lost under its sweetness. Ghiradelli’s Intense Dark Hazelnut Heaven Bar will pair perfectly with Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar.

Sometimes you need something to sweeten your bitter, dark chocolate, and in that case, it’s best to pair it with a Belgian-style Dubbel or Tripel. Chocolove’s Strong Dark Chocolate has enough bite for Troegs’ Jovial.

Wheat beer can be great in combination with a citrus-accented chocolate. Darker chocolates will bring out more contrast in the two flavors for a great complement. Lindt’s Lemon EXCELLENCE Bar would go well with Hoegaarden’s Original.

It may not seem intuitive to pair something hoppy like a Pale Ale or IPA with chocolate, but there is a whole range of flavors that can work with the complexity in these beers. Chocolates containing citrus rinds like orange or lemon can bring out these flavors in the hops, and the same goes for floral notes. Alternatively, dark chocolates with chiles can be a wonderful combination with an IPA. DAGOBA Organic Xocolatl Dark chocolate is a good spicy chocolate to go with Goose Island’s IPA.

The highly alcoholic and quite varied Barley Wine can be the perfect partner with a strong chocolate that can compete with its flavor. This includes both sweet and bitter chocolates, depending on the profile you are looking for. Try Chocolove’s Ginger Crystalized in Dark Chocolate with Victory’s Old Horizontal as a good nightcap.

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