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Looking Forward to Fall

Friday, September 5, 2014 | Anchor, Long Trail, Shock Top, Uinta, Victory

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Though the temperatures haven’t yet dipped, it’s already nearly a week into September and fall is just around the corner. So now’s the time to start thinking about what autumnal brews you’ll be enjoying this season. Given that this is the season that beer drinkers look forward to all year, it’s a lot to think about. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a few beverages that you don’t want to miss.

Anchor BigLeaf Maple - This autumn red ale has a hint of maple syrup in it to add to its maltiness, and enough hops to balance its rich flavor. The taste will bring fall foliage to mind, especially changing maples.

Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin – The first in the Brush and Barrel series, this beer is brewed with pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves for a flavor profile that screams fall.

Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat – A traditional Belgian-style wheat ale that’s been brewed with ripe pumpkins, making it a perfect go-to this season for all sorts of fall fun; picking pumpkins, harvest parties and of course, Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Uinta Punk’n – Roasted pumpkin, honey, vanilla and a strong ale backbone combine to make this great brew. Add to this that it’s quite sessionable, and you’ll be looking for space for a handful of six packs in your fridge.

Victory Festbier – Smooth German malts and hints of earthy hops make for a lovely Oktoberfest with a thick mouthfeel and satisfying flavor. A shining example of the style.

Jack Joyce Scholarship

Friday, September 5, 2014 | Beer News, Rogue

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In association with Columbia Distributing, Rogue announces the Jack Joyce Scholarship. This $10,000 annual scholarship is awarded to a student in the Fermentation Sciences Program at the Oregon State University in the department of Food Science and Technology. This scholarship was created to honor the memory of Jack Joyce, co-founder of Rogue Ales, prominent brewing visionary and Oregon community leader, who died earlier this year at the age of 71. The hope is that this scholarship will allow students to pursue their dreams and continue innovative brewing practices in the next generation of American brewers.

Prism Red Zone

Friday, September 5, 2014 | Featured Beer, Prism

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This brew, based on a Irish Red Ale, sets itself apart by the addition of autumnal spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice, as well as local Pennsylvania maple syrup, making for a beer that’s got all the right fall flavors. It’s deep, copper color and strong maple and roasted malt flavors add up to a brew that’s perfect for warming yourself in the coming cooler months. 6.6% ABV

Willoughby’s Bar & Grill

Friday, September 5, 2014 | Bars

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Cheer on your local team with local crafts. Willoughby’s in Reading is adding a special twist for Sunday football fans, featuring multiple drafts from a different brewery every week, starting September 14. Seventeen state-of-the-art LED TVs allow you to watch any place in the bar, and a menu that boasts finely-crafted burgers, ribs, bone-in rib eye, cheesesteaks and mouth-watering appetizers will leave you happy and satiated while taking in the game. Willoughby’s is great for dinner out any time of the week, whether it’s a guys/girls night out or date night with that special someone.

Willoughby’s Bar and Grill
305 North Park Road
Wyomissing
610-816-7473

Summery Fruit Beers

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | Goose Island, Ithaca, Rogue

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Summer is rounding the corner as we approach the end of August, but there are still many varieties of summer-influenced brews to try before mid-September rolls around and we’re all drinking oktoberfests and ciders. One such group is an often under-represented variety, fruit beers. Here is our list of fruity brews to try before the season is up.

Ithaca Apricot Wheat – This wheat beer is light in body and color, making it perfect for the warm summer days we’ve been having. The light, tart apricot flavor give this brew a lovely drupe-y flavor that pairs well with salads, fruit and otherwise. 4.9% ABV

Fruli Strawberry Wheat – A summer favorite world-over, this Belgian brew mixes witbier and strawberry juice for a brightly flavored and carbonated combination that’s perfect alongside sweets like ice cream or fruits. 4.1% ABV

Goose Island Lolita – If you love raspberries–which are currently in season–then waste no time in trying this brew. It drinks a lot like wine, and that could be because it’s aged in a barrel with pounds and pounds of raspberries for a sweet and tart combination that’ll leave you smacking your lips. 9% ABV

Rogue Marionberry – This braggot has everything; Rogue Farm honey, marionberries and just enough hops to level out the end of the flavor palate. Tart berry flavors stand somewhere between blackberries and blueberries, and the alcohol is well-masked in this unique brew. 11.42% ABV

Crabbie’s Ginger Beer Cocktail Recipes

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | Crabbie's, Uncategorized

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If you’re looking for something to do with your beer other than just drink it right out of the tap, bottle or can, you might like to try your hand at a couple cocktails. Crabbie’s Ginger Beer is a perfect ingredient in a number of tasty and interesting mixed drinks, adding a zing that you couldn’t find anywhere else. It pairs well with a number of different liquors, or with fruit juices for something fancy that doesn’t have too much alcohol. Below are some suggested mixing combinations for you to try.

Long Ginger Hair
- Shot of gin
- Dash of lime cordial
- 2 shots of ginger wine
- Top up with Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Mix together in long glass (ice and extra ginger optional)

Long Ginger Hair- Shot of gin- Dash of lime cordial- 2 shots of ginger wine- Top up with Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger BeerMix together in long glass (ice and extra ginger optional)

Horses Neck
- 1.5oz of brandy
- 5oz of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
- Thin twist of lemon peel
Add ingredients with ice to a tumbler

Prohibition Cooler
- 1oz of apple juice
- 1oz of lemon juice
- 3.5oz of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Add to a highball glass with ice

Crabbie’s Pine Punch
- 1 bottle of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
- 7oz of fresh pineapple juice
Build over cubed ice in a large pitcher. Garnish with pineapple slice.

Crabbie Paddy
- 1 shot Irish whiskey
- 8oz of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Pour the whiskey over ice, add Crabbie’s and stir.

Crabbie’s Cup #1
- 2 slices cucumber
- Berries (optional)
- ½ oz sweet vermouth
- ½ oz triple sec
- 1oz gin or vodka
- Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Muddle cucumber (and berries if using) in pint glass. Add 4 ice cubes and top with
Crabbie’s. Garnish with mint.

Moscow Mule (Version #1)
- 1 half lime
- 2oz of vodka
- 4 – 6oz of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Squeeze lime into a Collins glass and drop in half lime. Add 2 or 3 large ice cubes, then
pour in the vodka and fill with cold Crabbie’s. Serve with a stirring rod.

Moscow Mule (Version #2)
- 3-4 mint leaves
- ¾ oz lime juice
- ½ oz simple syrup
- 1 ½ oz vodka
- Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Muddle mint gently in bottom of a Collins glass. Add remaining ingredients and 3-4 ice
cubes. Top with Crabbie’s. For a variant, use your favorite gin for a gin-gin mule!

Rum Crusta Swizzle (Sailor Jerry recipe)
- 1 ½ parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
- ½ part orange curacao
- 1 part spoon Luxardo Maraschino
- ¾ part fresh lemon juice
- ½ part orgeat syrup
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- 1 part Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Combine ingredients (except Crabbie’s), shake and strain over fresh crushed ice in a tall
glass or tiki mug or combine ingredients in glass, add crushed ice and “swizzle” top with
ice. Top with Crabbie’s. Finish by spritzing an orange zest. Garnish with paper umbrella.

Artillery Buck
- 3/4 oz lemon juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup or yellow chartreuse
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 1/2 oz rye whiskey
- Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Stir all ingredients in Collins glass or shake briefly and strain into glass; add 3-4 ice
cubes and top with Crabbie’s. Dash extra bitters on top and garnish with lemon wheel.

Dark and Stormy (Version #1)
- 1½ oz sugarcane syrup
- ¾ oz lime juice
- 2oz dark rum (preferably Black Seal or Black Strap)
- Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Mix ingredients in Collins glass and add 3-4 ice cubes. Top with Crabbie’s and garnish
with candied ginger or lime wheel.

Dark and Stormy (Version #2)
- 2oz dark rum
- 8oz Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Pour rum over ice, add Crabbie’s and stir.

Ginger Buck
- 1 ½ oz of gin
- 5oz of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
- Generous squeeze of lemon

Ginger Mist
A refreshing blend of Bombay Sapphire gin, fresh lime, cilantro and Crabbie’s Alcoholic
Ginger Beer

The Peacock
Vodka shaken with Cointreau, fresh lemon, pomegranate juice and Crabbie’s Alcoholic
Ginger Beer

Dark & Crabbie
Gosling dark rum, Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer and fresh lime

Redhook Long Hammer IPA

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | Redhook

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Piney, floral aroma and flavors characterize this West Coast IPA, provided by two rounds of adding hops, once during and once dry-hopping. It’s somewhat milder than many IPAs with a good malt backbone for balance, making it very drinkable for the average consumer, but its bright flavor doesn’t betray the style. 6.2% ABV

Chap’s Taproom

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | Restaurants, Retailers

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Chap’s Taproom in Jeffersonville has been a staple in the community going on sixteen years now, it is the place to go for dinner or to enjoy the game. They provide a large bar, immense general dining area, two private dining rooms and a huge party room for your next event. Their expansive menu covers all the basics–burgers, seafood, cheesesteaks, wings and well-crafted entrees–and they have a special Late Night menu to 11pm on weekdays and 12am weekends, not mention beers from all your favorite breweries, including Magic Hat, Old Dominion, Kona, Victory and more. So if you haven’t tried them yet, take a trip on over to Chap’s Taproom, or book them for your next birthday or office party.

Chap’s Taproom
2509 W. Main St.
Jeffersonville, PA
610-539-8722

Bold Rock Cider Coming to Pennsylvania

Friday, August 1, 2014 | Bold Rock Cider, New

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Next week, Bold Rock Cider will become available in Pennsylvania for the first time. This Virginia-based cidery makes a variety of deliciously apple-y ciders, including their Virginia Apple and Virginia Draft brands.

Back in 1985, John Washburn bought a farm on the Rockfish River in Nelson County, Virginia, attracted by the trout river running through the property and the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding the farm. As years passed, nearby wineries began making names for themselves and award-winning microbreweries started to gain fame as the “Brew Ridge Trail.”  The idea occurred to John that a cidery would bridge the gap between wine connoisseur and beer enthusiast.

Brian Shanks had been an apple orchardist in New Zealand in the 1980’s and got into making cider after a cyclone did a number on his apple crop.  From there he created a cider company at a time when hard cider was practically nonexistent in New Zealand. As an international cider consultant, Brian has helped companies in the United States, Europe, China and Australia.

From their first meeting, John and Brian formed a friendship that led to a partnership with a BOLD shared vision to make a world-class cider in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  And that is exactly what they are doing.

Delaware River Craft Brewfest

Friday, August 1, 2014 | Events, Local Favorites

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Tickets are now on sale for the Delaware River Craft Brewfest, taking place on Saturday, September 6th at PPL Park in Chester County. This festival will include such favorite breweries as Victory, Troegs, Ithaca, Rogue, Anchor, Magic Hat, Lancaster, Old Dominion, Boxcar, Goose Island, Evolution, Redhook and more. And beyond the fantastic craft beers included on this lineup, there will be live music, entertainment and gourmet food available. VIP tickets allow entry at 2:00pm, and a chance to talk to the brewers and sample beers that will not be available during the main session.

Tickets available online, by phone, or at the PPL Park box office.

PPL Park
1 Stadium Dr
Chester, PA 19013
(610) 859-3100
Website

General Admission: 3pm-6pm, $35
VIP Admission: 2pm-6pm, $50
Designated Driver: $10

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