Widmer is one of the oldest craft breweries around; they created the first American-style hefeweizen, were the first to have a four-seasonal beer lineup, and was one of the breweries to start the Oregon Brewer’s Festival. They turned 30 this year, and they’ve been celebrating with a myriad of beers in their 30 Beers for 30 Years series as well as a number of events. Just a few days ago, the brothers themselves did an AMA on Reddit, and tonight, you have the chance to meet Kurt Widmer, co-founder of Widmer Bros. Brewery!
Starting at 5pm, he’ll be at Drake Tavern in Jenkintown, then he’ll head over to Union Jack’s in Glenside around 7:30pm. Finally at 9pm, he’ll be at Keswick Tavern for the end of the night. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet one of the founders of American craft brewing during a very special time, looking back on the brewery’s history and where craft beer has come since they were home brewing in the early ’80s.
304 York Rd, Jenkintown, PA
2750 Limekiln Pike, Glenside, PA
294 N Keswick Ave, Glenside, PA
Summer Love Ale, a seasonal favorite from Victory, is turning four this year after being commisioned by Visit Philadelphia in 2010 to capture the essence of the City of Brotherly Love. It’s highly anticipated release every year tells of the coming season of poolside parties, camping, baseball and cold goodies. And now, you have the chance to spend our nation’s birthday in the city that inspired this refreshing beverage. Victory is holding the Find Your Summer Love Sweepstakes again, and this time there’s a two-night trip to Philly on the weekend of the Fourth of July up for grabs.
One grand prize winner and a guest will win two nights at Hotel Monaco, round trip airfare if necessary, nightly dinner and more for a prize worth over $1450. 250 runners up will receive a Summer Love and Visit Philadelphia koozie to keep their ales cool as the heat begins to rise.
Click Here to Enter and learn more about the contest.
Lancaster’s kolsch is a stunning representative of the style, and its contents match its sunny packaging. Bright grass, biscuit and citrus aromas hang around this sunshine golden brew, which give way to flavors of lemon, grain and hops. It’s delightfully carbonated and very light, making for a very refreshing beverage. At 4.8% ABV, it’s light enough in both mouthfeel and alcohol to have a couple.
Cocco’s Pizza doesn’t just offer one of America’s staple foods. In addition to a wide variety of enticing pizzas–available for eat in, take out or delivery–they’ve got wings, burgers, hoagies & grinders, and an impressive list of craft beers. They’ve got the likes of Victory, Evolution, Troegs, Long Trail, Rogue, Magic Hat and more on draft, in bombers and bottled for drink-in or take-out, making for a well-rounded selection that changes with the seasons.
Always eager to give their customers a high quality experience, they’ve recently finished a remodeling job that streamlines the process of getting takeout, allows for a bigger cooler–which means more beer!–and relocates the dining room to someplace a little more convenient. And it’s not just the people that walk through their door that benefit from this establishment. Cocco’s is giving back to the community by supporting local kids’ and academic sports teams.
Whether you’re looking for a fine family restaurant for your night out, to grab a quick slice during your lunch break or for takeout for a quiet and easy night in, Cocco’s offers all of this and much, much more.
Starr Hill’s new tasting room opened at their Crozet brewery just under a month ago, just twelve miles away from downtown Charlottesville. They doubled the size of the old tasting room and gave it a whole new look that showcases the bottling and canning lines, custom concrete and wooden bars, and an outdoor patio with space for food trucks to park. The tap room features a state-of-the-art draft system and 16 Starr Hill brews for tasting flights, pints and growler fills.
The new extended tasting room hours are as follows:
Thursdays from 1 – 8 PM
Fridays 12 – 8 PM
Saturdays 11 AM – 8 PM
Sundays 11 AM – 5 PM
They also offer tours of the entire facility on Saturdays and Sundays at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm.
You can win a fabulous trip to the Starr Hill Brewery. Enter to win at Railroad Street Bar and Grille while enjoying great Starr Hill brands on draft and in Growlers to Go. You can also enter to Win at the Starr Hill Displays at the following Beer Distributors:
Epps Beverage – Royersford
Limerick Beverage – Limerick
Austin Beverage – Collegeville
Drawing will be held on June 5th at Railroad Street Bar – do not need to be present to win!!!
In majestically picturesque Hood River, Oregon, there is a craft brewery that has stood out as both a beer company that produces delicious brews and a sustainably-minded business. For these reasons and more, they have been awarded the title of Best Craft Brewery of the Year for 2014 by Beverage World Magazine.
Full Sail’s unique method of business made it a prime candidate for the award. Employee-owned and ecologically conscious, they’ve found that sustainability is not only good for the environment, it’s good for business.
“Our idea of being sustainable is what our grandparents used to call being cheap,” laughs Full Sail founder and CEO Irene Firmat. “And that’s how we really like to talk about it because sometimes it can feel so esoteric, like ‘you can’t afford to do this, or that.’ But part of it for us is that because we’re an employee-owned company, things have to make financial sense. And all of the things we do from a sustainability point of view are sustainable not just for the environment, but financially as well. That’s where it gets interesting because you can engage a lot of people and not have it be, ‘I’m holier than thou’ or ‘I’m this green purist.’ No, it’s really good for business.”
Between their efforts to conserve water with innovative filtration systems, giving spent grain to local farmers and buying most of their ingredients from local agriculture, they’ve made as much of an effort towards sustainability as they have towards creating much-loved craft beverages. And because every employee has a direct stake in their business, they are able to keep to their roots after 27 years, and continue brewing beers that people all across the country seek out to drink.
For many years, craft breweries have been selling or donating the spent grain to farmers in their areas for livestock feed, particularly to cattle. This practice is not only helpful to local agriculture, but also reduces the waste produced by the brewing process and creates a sustainable cycle of farmers growing grain for breweries’ uses, and those breweries returning some of those resources to be eaten by livestock. New grain uses manure from the livestock, completing the cycle.
A little over a month ago, the FDA issued a proposal that would more strictly regulate the transaction of spent grain, specifically regarding packaging the by-product. This would require brewers to invest money in expensive equipment and machinery, and spend more time preparing the substance before they would be allowed to sell or donate it to farmers to feed to livestock. Thus, it would be difficult to sell the spent grain as a cheap alternative, considering the overall expenses.
However, the Brewer’s Association, along with U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer D-N.Y and several members of the farming community spoke out against these proposed regulations, citing tradition and the ecology of the practice, which requires little packaging waste as-is and doesn’t take a great deal of money or energy to accomplish.
Less than a week ago, the FDA came out and said that it was never their intention to disrupt this exchange of goods. They’ve agreed to revise their proposed rules to allow for this sort of commerce without additional regulation, both in the beverage industry, and also in other human food industries. They’ll be issuing revised rules this summer to provide more clarity.
What are you getting your mom for Mother’s Day on May 11th? Flowers, jewelry and cards are all nice, but why not take a little time to have a drink with your mother? Rogue’s MoM Hefeweizen with rose petals is the perfect beer to share with the woman who brought you into this world. The floral scent can replace those roses you bought, and sweet banana, lemon and light floral flavors outshines any sweets you may have picked out. The clove spiciness lingers on the relatively light body, and combines with the exuberant carbonation to bring this drink home. 4.8% ABV
As spring comes into full swing and trees and plants put forth their blooms, we find that it’s a perfect time to really take a look at our planet and all she has to offer; we’d never have the flora needed to make delicious beers without our environment being as it is, and it’s important to take a day out of the year to appreciate all the beauty in the natural world. So celebrate Earth Day (April 22) with some environmentally conscious brews this year, and go find a forest to stroll through, a beach to walk along or simply sit out on your front porch and take in all the awe-inspiring beauty that is Mother Nature.
Long Trail has held the tradition of commitment to maintaining the environment for many years now. Between their spent mash and cow power programs, and their water conservation efforts, they gained Vermont’s Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in 2009 and continue to do all they can to keep our planet healthy. This Earth Day, certain bars and restaurants will be giving a special pint glass away with the purchase of a Long Trail brew, as well as a seedling, with the goal of planting 10,000 trees in the U.S. You can find distributors here and participating bars here.
Long Trail isn’t the only brewery that’s stepping up to the plate this Earth Day, though.
Victory Brewing, who won the Sustainable Agriculture Business Award earlier this year, is joining forces with the Brandywine Conservancy in a reforestation initiative in East Brandywine Township, planting trees provided by the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society’s TreeVitalize program. Over the last five years, the group has been planting trees throughout the Brandywine Watershed, and they hope to meet the milestone 25,000th tree at this event, which takes place Saturday, April 19th, starting at 9 a.m.
For information or to volunteer, please call Wes Horner at 610.388.8124.
A German-style pilsner with a floral scent, Sunshine Pils is a straw-gold beverage with a creamy white head that’s color and flavor speak to warm weather. Light malt builds the body of this lager, followed by lemon and floral hops. The hoppy bitterness finishes this beer make it extremely refreshing, and at 4.5%, it’s a great spring and summer session beer. Perfect for sitting on the porch, doing yard work or cookouts.