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Magic Hat Halloween and Birthday Events

Friday, October 30, 2015 | Contest, Events, Fall, Magic Hat

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Magic Hat turns 21 today! Celebrate with the Merry Pranksters along Main street in New Hope, tonight from 7 to 11pm. They’ll be visiting Fran’s Pub, Havana and John and Peter’s with their #9 photobooth van ready for Halloween celebrations, and of course, their elixirs. And if you can’t make it tonight (or simply can’t get enough), join Magic Hat tomorrow night at The Works in Wyomissing for a Wilhelm Scream contest. There will be special giveaways, samples and a Magic Hat beer special. In addition, there will be a $500 cash prize for best costume, a special haunted laser, light and video show and more.

So don’t miss these awesome Magic Hat events; it’s not every year you turn 21.

Addresses are below.

Fran’s Pub – 116 S Main St, New Hope

Havana – 105 S Main St, New Hope

John and Peter’s – 96 S Main St, New Hope

The Works – 1109 Bern Rd, Wyomissing

Autumn-Winter Transition Beers

Friday, October 30, 2015 | Anchor, Goose Island, Long Trail, New Belgium, Victory

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Holiday season is upon us, meaning you’ll probably be attending all sorts of family gatherings, office parties and other events. As we transition from autumn to winter in the next month or so, we can find a variety of delicious brews that straddle the line of the seasons. Transitional beers are those that can be enjoyed from now through the end of the year, spanning a spectrum of flavors that go from harvest to freeze. So if you’re thinking about what beers you’ll be enjoying at Thanksgiving or the coming winter holiday parties, keep this list in mind.

Long Trail Harvest – This little brown ale has a little something special added to give it that wonderful holiday flavor; real Vermont maple syrup, imbuing it with a sweetness that remains well-balanced. It’s also sessionable, coming in at 4.4% ABV

Anchor Maple Leaf – Another maple beer that manages to walk the line of just-sweet-enough. This red ale’s hoppiness is tempered by the syrup’s flavor, creating a complex flavor profile. 6% ABV

Ithaca Country Pumpkin - Pumpkin season doesn’t end in October; you can have pumpkin pie (and pumpkin ale for that matter) right into December. 6.3%

Bold Rock Virginia Hard Cider - In the wake of pumpkin ales, we often forget that ciders are also in season. This is a great gluten-free option, and just a good, refreshing drink between heavier brews. 6%

Lancaster Shoo-Fly Pie Porter – Named for a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch molasses pie, this porter has subtle smoky sweetness and a hint of vanilla, perfect for pairing with holiday cookies or pie. 6.2%

Goose Island Festivity Ale - This ever-changing line of beers from Goose Island always packs holiday flavors in. This year, it’s full of caramel and dark fruitiness, enjoyable November through December. 7.7% ABV

Victory Over Breast Cancer

Friday, October 9, 2015 | Bars, Collaboration, Victory

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As most of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Victory is gearing up for the cause. To help them in their efforts, you need only go to one of the locations listed below and drink one of their delicious brews, the pink Kirsch Gose. A portion of the proceeds from every pint sold go to the Victory Over Breast Cancer fund. Additionally, Victory will be selling pins, all the proceeds of which will enter the fund, which in turn will be donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer and Fox Chase’s Irma H. Russo Breast Cancer Research Lab.

Victory’s Kirsch Gose is typically a spring seasonal, but they brew a small, special batch just for this month. It’s got a big, tart, cherry flavor and crisp carbonation that’s hard to beat, so it’s a joy to drink, especially knowing that you are doing good for the world.

So go to one of the bars listed below, look for the pink V handle, and enjoy a pint with the knowledge that you’re making a little bit of a difference.

All Participating Bars

Berks County

Bucks County

Delaware County

Montgomey County

A Brief History of Pumpkin Ale

Friday, October 9, 2015 | Evolution, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Old Dominion, Redhook, Rogue, Shock Top, Starr Hill Brewery, Troegs, Uinta

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To look at the market, one might assume that pumpkin ales are a recent invention, riding on the coattails of certain spiced coffees and dessert items. Culturally, pumpkins are synonymous with Halloween, Thanksgiving and all things autumnal. But the history of pumpkin ales stretches even back further than the history of this country, when European colonists first began to settle in the Americas, and Native Americans shared the secrets of the crop.

Most school children learn of the hardships of the pilgrims, and how their the Native Americans aided in their plight with knowledge of the land and the crops which could be grown there. Pumpkins are a perfect example of this exchange. When planted alongside corn and beans (the three sisters, as the natives referred to them), they were simple to grow and yielded many fruit for minimal effort. This squash was an easily-cultivated alternative in a lot of foods, from baked goods to soups. Pumpkins were so prolific, one of America’s first folk songs mentions their necessity.

“Instead of pottage and puddings and custards and pies,
Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies;
We have pumpkin at morning and pumpkin at noon;
If it was not for pumpkins we should be undone
… Hey down, down, hey down derry down….
If barley be wanting to make into malt
We must be contented and think it no fault
For we can make liquor, to sweeten our lips,
Of pumpkins and parsnips and walnut-tree chips.”

So it’s not surprising that when malted barley, the main source of sugar in fermentation, was hard to come by, pumpkins were used as a readily available resource. As easily grown as pumpkins were, pumpkin ale remained a regular beverage into the 18th century. But the long-held view of pumpkins as a poor-man’s food overcame the popularity, especially as good quality malt became more accessible, and pumpkin ale went out of fashion. Occasionally, it had a small revival as a flavoring agent, but none so great as the one that has bloomed in the last thirty years when home brewers and craft breweries have taken such inspiration as from George Washington’s pumpkin ale recipes or trying to capture pumpkin pie in a bottle to create a new, flavorful generation of pumpkin ales. Adding spices like nutmeg, cinnamon and clove has become commonplace, and most pumpkin ales are not fermented pumpkin sugars, but simply use pumpkin as an adjunct. Though the newest rendition of the style may be far different, it still harkens back to a time when pumpkins were the only crop to be used in a variety of dishes.

If you’ve somehow managed to miss this phenomena, here’s a few pumpkin ales worth a try:

Jacque au Lantern – Evolution

Imperial Pumpkin Ale – Long Trail

Wilhelm Scream – Magic Hat

Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter – Redhook

Pumpkin Patch Ale – Rogue Ales

Pumpkin Wheat – Shock Top

Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter – Starr Hill

Master of Pumpkins – Troegs

Punk’n – Uinta

Pumpkin Ale – Susquehanna Brewing

Baked Pumpkin – Lancaster Brewing

Country Pumpkin – Ithaca Beer

Pumpkick – New Belgium

The Pour House

Friday, October 9, 2015 | Bars, Restaurants, Retailers

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North Wales welcomes a new branch of the popular Pour House chain, bringing dozens of delicious brews with them. From Goose Island to Victory on draft, and over seventy bottled options to choose from. They’ve got specials all the time, and are changing brews consistently to bring you the new and the delicious. To top it all off, pair your brew with their delicious bar fare, including snacks like pale ale onion rings and larger than life meals such as their surf and turf burger. Not to mention their Shuck-a-Buck oyster Wednesdays. The Pour House is great for when you want to try that new beer, or when you need something awesome to wash down an equally awesome meal with.

The Pour House
29 Airport Sq,
North Wales, PA
267-645-4000
Website

Omission Beer for Celiac Awareness Month

Friday, October 9, 2015 | Widmer

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October is Celiac Awareness Month. The guys at Widmer Brothers decided to create a line of craft beers with gluten levels well below the CODEX gluten-free standard. The Omission line is brewed using a process that removes the gluten. Gluten-intolerant craft-lovers no longer need worry about the pain a good brew could cause.

The Omission Lager (4.6%) is crisp and brewed like a traditional lager, with a light yellowish color and grainy flavor, touching on herbal notes and honey sweetness. Omission Pale Ale (5.8%) is a hoppy, floral-scented American Pale Ale that your friends won’t even know is gluten-free until they read the label. Omission IPA (6.7%) has a citrus and pine aroma and lots of hoppy flavor with a smooth finish.

Victory Headwaters Grant

Thursday, September 17, 2015 | Environment, Sustainable, Victory

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From the good folks at Victory:
Victory Brewing Company’s commitment to the environment runs deep. It was the nearly pristine water that led owners, Bill and Ron, to establish the first brewery in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. This water source, the East Branch of the Brandywine Creek, is a large part of the great flavor of Victory beer that their fans have come to love. When the time came to open a second brewery, it was a simple decision to keep it on the same water source, which is why the state-of-the-art Parkesburg, Pennsylvania brewery is located just 17 miles away and receives its water from the West Branch of the Brandywine Creek. In order to continue delivering consistently delicious, flavorful beer, it is critical that we keep the water clean, not just in our local Chester County, but across the country.

Five years ago, Bill and Ron established the Headwaters Grant, named for the beer which pays homage to the importance of clean water. For every bottle of Headwaters purchased, a portion has been donated to the Grant. Victory has been able to donate nearly $35,000 to local water advocacy groups and make a great difference:

“The Headwaters grant has enabled the Guardians of the Brandywine to pursue their mission to protect and preserve the Upper East Branch of the Brandywine Creek. With Victory’s Headwaters funds, we have established a stream monitoring program at four sites along the Upper East Branch, have restored riparian buffers with tree plantings and have established a Headwaters scholarship for college students studying our watershed.” - Guardians of the Brandywine

Association As of September 1, 2015, Victory will donate a portion of all Headwaters sales nationally. Our local wholesale partners, Gretz Beer Company and Penn Beer Company are showing their support of this important cause by generously donating a portion of every case equivalent of Headwaters Ale sold. With your help, we can make an even larger impact.

This Sunday, September 20, marks the first Victory Run for the Headwaters 5K.  It will begin at 11:00am at Victory in Downingtown.  The race (run or walk) will raise money for the Headwaters Grant, which funds water advocacy groups that work towards keeping the Brandywine River clean.  Please join us as a runner, walker, or volunteer and help make a change!  With your participation, you will receive a free beer (or root beer) and item from Victory’s Brew Pub on Wheels.

To participate as a runner or walker, please register here.

Drink Headwaters, Save the Planet!

Goose Island Oktoberfest and Autumn Ale

Thursday, September 17, 2015 | Featured Beer, Goose Island

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Goose Island brings you two distinctive fall beers this season, an Autumn Ale and their version of an Oktoberfest.

The Autumn Ale is a great, heartier choice for hop-lovers. This is an amber ale with a piney aroma and spicy hop flavor–courtesy of Elk Mountain Farms-grown hops–that still maintains of brown-sugary backbone to keep it grounded. 6.7% ABV

Their Oktoberfest is a great example of the style, and perhaps not as heavy as some others, making it very drinkable. It’s full of sweet, candied aromas and flavors like toffee, burnt sugar and dried apricot, finished by the earthy bitterness of Hallertau hops. 6.4% ABV

Delaware River Craft Brewfest

Thursday, September 17, 2015 | Events, Fall, Food, Fun

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If you didn’t have plans for this Saturday (September 19), you do now. The second annual Delaware River Craft Brewfest at PPL Park will kickoff at 2pm with a VIP-only hour to meet brewers and taste exclusive beers. 3pm is general admission, where you’ll be able to use your souvenir sampling glass to try beers from over 100 breweries, including Victory, Rogue, Susquehanna, Troegs and Ithaca. Many Breweries will be there for  the first time – New Belgium, Wyndridge Farms, Knee  Deep, Keegan Ales, Twisted Manzanita, Laurelwood and more. The fest will also feature live music, entertainment and gourmet food to keep the party going. Don’t miss out on this once-a-year opportunity to try more different beers than you can shake a stick at.

For more information and tickets, click here.

PPL Park
1 Stadium Drive, Chester, PA
(610) 859-3100
Website

Meet Rogue President Big Al Jorgenson on his Tour of the Nation

Thursday, September 17, 2015 | Rogue

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Friday, September 25, the Railroad Street Bar & Grill will host Rogue president Big Al Jorgenson during a stop on his tour of the nation this year. His tour started earlier in summer, taking him to the middle of the country to visit Rogue citizens from all over. And now the autumn leg of the tour takes him all over the east coast in RV Force One, the big red vehicle that’s hard to miss, in order to establish ten new embassies. He won’t be in town long, so don’t miss this opportunity to meet your president. Join him and other Rogue citizens at 5pm for a swearing in, rabble-rousing, revolution and of course, some delicious Rogue Ales.

The Railroad Street Bar & Grill
36 Railroad Street
Linfield, PA

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