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FIFA World Cup Finals

Friday, July 11, 2014 | Anchor, Lancaster Brewing, Susquhanna, Tennent's, Troegs, Victory

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The U.S. might be out of the running–we made a good go of it–but there’s still one last game in the world cup, and even if you aren’t a huge Argentinian or German fan, there’s no reason why you can’t get festive at the end of this World Cup. In fact, this is the perfect opportunity to try some new foreign cuisine, and also an opportunity to pair some of your favorite brews with new foods.

Argentina

Asado Meat & Victory Golden Monkey – The smokey flavor of the asado (Argentinian BBQ) blends well with the sweet spiciness of Golden Monkey.

Empanadas & Quilmes – Eat a classic Argentinian snack with the nation’s #1 beer for the full experience.

Sandwiches de Miga & Tennent’s Lager - If you’re looking for something lighter, these tea-time sandwiches are a good choice, and they need a light brew to wash them down.

Germany

Bratwurst & Lancaster Lager - A light and refreshing lager complements the heavier flavors of bratwurst meat.

Sauerkraut & Troegs Sunshine Pilsner – The slightly tangy citrus in this brew brings out the sourness of this classic German condiment.

Pretzel & Susquehanna So-Wheat – Pretzels’ saltiness naturally pairs well with the sweet-and-spicy flavors of this hefeweizen.

Quilmes

Friday, July 11, 2014 | Featured Beer

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The national beer of Argentina, this light lager cuts through the summer heat with lively carbonation, a slight sourness and dry finish. A sweet honey flavor lays in the body, and grassy hints carry the flavor to the clean finish of each sip. Great for sipping on the deck after some weekend yard work–and completely appropriate for the FIFA World Cup final this weekend. 4.9% ABV

Canning Independence

Friday, June 27, 2014 | Boxcar, Cans, Finch's, Long Trail, McKenzie's Hard Cider, Rogue

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If you’ve got any sort of plans for this coming 4th of July, they are more than likely going to include some sort of outdoor festivities, whether that be going to watch a fireworks show, barbecuing in the backyard, joining the neighborhood block party or simply enjoying an afternoon at the beach. So if you’re looking for a beverage to partner with your celebration and appreciation of this great country, go big with one of these canned brews.

Rogue’s American Amber Ale has been a favorite for a few years now, but now it’s available in 16oz cans, so you can take it on the road. Nut-and-fruit, toasted malts, and caramel heavily flavor the first taste, then cut and balanced by herbal hops for a crisper finish. 5.6% ABV

Go a little further back to when Europeans first discovered the new world, and you’ve got Boxcar Brewing’s 1492 American Pale Ale. Brewed with Columbus hops, pine and citrus notes complement pilsner/caramel malts to create a uniquely sweet pale ale. 6.5% ABV

Long Trail’s Traditional IPA is perfect for the hop-head at your celebration. Though it starts malty, pine hops quickly cut through and fill the flavor with a sharp crispness, gathering grapefruit notes as it goes. 5.9% ABV

Even if you aren’t planning on going to the beach, you shouldn’t forget to take Kona’s Longboard Island Lager. Crisp with carbonation, the rich bready start is followed up by a noble bitterness, making for a great session brew. 4.6% ABV

Maybe you’re more in the mood for a cider than a beer. McKenzie’s Original Hard Cider‘s brisk apple flavor is just dry enough for a summer evening while still maintaining the fruit’s natural sweetness. 6% ABV

And let’s remember our men and women in the U.S. military this holiday. Purchase a case of America’s favorite Budweiser in its red, white and blue cans, and $1 goes to Folds of Honor, an organization that helps the spouses and dependents of wounded or fallen soldiers with education costs through scholarships. So give back to those who gave so much to defend our country, and help everyone enjoy this day of remembrance.

Prism Summer of ’69

Friday, June 27, 2014 | Prism

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This highly experimental brew out of Prism doesn’t quite have a single style. It uses pilsner malts, their own house ale yeast and an experimental hop, then on top of all that, they throw in fresh-squeezed pineapple. This all combines for a highly fruity and refreshing summer beverage with a certain kick to it that you are sure not to find anywhere else. 5% ABV

Vacation with Your Favorite Breweries

Friday, June 27, 2014 | Anchor, Finch's, Troegs

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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 at the Springfield Country Club

Friday, June 27, 2014 | Restaurants, Retailers, Shock Top, Stella Artois, Victory

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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,
Springfield, PA
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Rogue Ales Co-Founder Jack Joyce Dies

Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Beer News, Rogue

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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.

Rogue Dad’s Little Helper Black IPA

Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Featured Beer, Rogue

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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

Opple Topple Music Festival – Good Beer, Good Music, Good Cause

Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Events, Fun, Susquhanna

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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

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Evolution, Finch's, Full Sail, Fun, Summer, Susquhanna, Troegs, Victory

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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.

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