The Liberty Taproom in Reading has no shortage of good beer; Goose Island, Stella, Anchor, Magic Hat, Troegs, and that’s just what they have on tap. And beyond that, they’ve got a stellar menu tat includes a build-your-own sandwich option, signature burgers, pizza and awesome apps. Combined with daily specials, live music and great service, you’d be crazy not to pop in every once in awhile.
The Liberty Taproom
237 N Prospect St
It’s no secret that craft beers tend to be a bit higher on the alcohol by volume, and that can be bad news for someone who wants to enjoy several brews in a night while still being safe. But have no fear! Low-alcohol session craft beers have been making their mark on the market in recent years and are on a climb in popularity. This means you can enjoy a party, round of cards or wedding while still enjoying your favorite craft breweries
The term session comes from the British, referring to the timeframe of a social gathering that involves drinking. In craft beer, a session beer has come to mean a beer under 5% AVB, but is still full of taste. So here we present a list of delicious session beers to try.
Full Sail Session Lager – What it lacks in ABV, it makes up for in big malt flavor and herbal hop character. 5.1% ABV
Anchor Steam Beer – This California Common beer gets its name from tradition West Coast brewing methods. 4.9% ABV
Goose Island Honkers Ale – An English bitter with fruity hops and a rich malt middle, making for a very drinkable brew. 4.3% ABV
Keegan Ales Bine Climber – Citrus hops lead this IPA, then is balanced by the malts, making it an especially good hoppy beer to drink a few of. 4.7% ABV
Kona Big Wave – Fruity flavors are suspended on bready malts, giving a full flavor to this blonde ale. 4.4% ABV
Long Trail Ale – This full-bodied amber ale is great for drinking around the campfire or bringing to a party. 5% ABV
Magic Hat Circus Boy – An unfiltered hefeweizen brewed with lemon grass that won’t have you on the floor. 4.5% ABV
This Helles-Bock marks the start of the Hop Cycle and the arrival of spring time. It’s backbone consists of malty grains, with a mildly sweet flavor of fresh-baked bread, which is accented by delicate floral hops that are reminiscent of spring’s first flowers. For as subtle a flavor profile, it hides its alcohol well. Definitely the kind of seasonal to bring us into warmer weather. 6.9% ABV
This is the place to go to watch your favorite soccer team, and a great bar to get drinks after work or grab some pizza for lunch–it’s the oldest pizza place in Doylestown. They will be playing whatever soccer match you need to watch, and happy hour is every day from 5-7pm, boasting half off on drinks like Troegs, Carlsberg, and Anchor. They’ve recently renovated their bar, and now that the weather is warming up, you should take advantage of their deck and patio. So if you’ve got soccer fever or you just want to enjoy the weather with a drink, Villa Capri is waiting for you.
Villa Capri Sports Bar and Pizzeria
51 W Court St
St. Patrick’s Day is in just a few days, and we hope that you’ve got some fun plans for the holiday. If you haven’t given any thought to what you might be drinking that day, we’ve got some great choices that definitely beat the green-dyed beer some places will be serving.
Victory Donnybrook Stout – This is great as a sessionable Irish stout that packs all the flavor of its high-alcohol brothers. This is draft only, so it’s a good choice for your keg at a party.
O’Hara’s Irish Stout – This craft stout from Ireland has won several awards and likens itself to the way stouts used to be brewed in Ireland. It has coffee and light licorice flavors.
Rogue Irish Lager – If you aren’t so into stouts, this light Euro lager is a great change of pace that still harkens to an Irish style with its smooth, mellow flavor and apple crisp finish.
Carlsberg - Or go for the #1 lager in Ireland itself, which conveniently comes in a festive green bottle.
Starr Hill Dark Starr Stout – Another flavorful Irish stout with hints of coffee and dark chocolate, and a velvety body.
This spring seasonal was brewed in the spirit of adventure, with a new variety of hops called Equinox. Resiny citrus and earthy herbal flavors dominate this pale ale, supported by biscuity malts. The medium-light mouthfeel carries a lingering pepperiness, and closes on a dry note. A great way to celebrate warming weather. 5.4% ABV
If you’re looking for great smoked meat, look no further than Johnny and Hons Smokehouse. Their expansive menu includes all the sandwiches you would expect from any good smokehouse, loads of salads, burgers, steaks, ribs, wings and more. They’re also known for their events, including tomorrow’s Polar Bar Bash, where the Skidmarks will be playing from 2-5pm and Vertigo Vibe from 7-10pm, not to mention great beer specials and $8 open pit chicken. If you’ve never been to J&H, then this is definitely the time to get acquainted.
Johnny and Hons Smokehouse
924 W Penn Ave
There’s a lot of reasons Rogue has been a favorite among craft beer-drinkers; their bold take on many different varieties of ales, their beautiful farm and their eagerness to give back to the community has kept people coming back for more year after year. So it should be no surprise that they brought home 5 Best in Show Platinum awards from the World Beverage Competition in Geneva.
Twenty-seven countries participated in this year’s World Beverage Competition, with over 10,000 entries overall, so it is quite the accomplishment to win one Platinum award, let alone five. And that’s not even considering the other awards they won.
Platinum Best In Show Awards:
Rogue Farms Roguenbier Rye Ale – Hybrid: Flavored/Infused Beer Category
Buckman Apple Beer – Cider Category
Rogue Dark Rum – Extra Aged/Dark Rum Category
Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Vodka – Flavored/Infused Vodka Category
Rogue Honey Orange Soda – Soda/Carbonated Category
Fruit Salad Cider – Cider Category
Hazelnut Spice Rum – Flavored/Infused Rum Category
Spruce Gin – Flavored/Infused Gin Category
Black Obi Soba – Hybrid: Flavored/Infused Beer Category
Oregon Single Malt Vodka – Flavored/Infused Vodka Category
Honey Kolsch – Hybrid: Flavored/Infused Beer Category
If you’ve always wanted to visit Scotland, now is your chance. Crabbie’s, makers of delicious ginger beer, are giving away a trip to Edinburgh. This trip is for two adults for three nights, and includes staying in the city’s best boutique hotel, The Inn on the Mile, a tour of Edinburgh Castle, and a trip to Leith, where Crabbie’s was born, and a meal at Michelin star restaurant, The Kitchen.
It’s simple to enter. Simply visit CrabbiesGingerBeer.com March 1 or after, answer a question about the heritage of Crabbie’s brand (answers available on the website) and provide an email address. This will enter you for the chance to win a weekly prize of a large black elephant bottle opener. On the eighth week, the winner of the Scotland trip will be chosen.
Though Crabbie’s is known for their ginger beer, they have come out with a fruitier line, Crabbie’s Fruits. Cloudy Lemonade is the newest flavor, made with real lemon juice that give it a zesty taste unlike any other. So even if you aren’t in the mood for spicy ginger flavors, you can still enjoy Crabbie’s. 4.8% ABV
In rural Pennsylvania, farms are a major part of the countryside, adding a rustic beauty to our modern world. Wyndridge is one of these farms, and they hold a little something special on their grounds–a craft brewery that uses the finest ingredients to make fine ales and ciders. Not only are they delicious, but they’re attractive to look at, with boldly beautiful labels that catch a little of the whimsy found in farm life.
Laughing Crow IPA - Brewed with a generous amount of quality hops, this IPA caramel-y malts, making for a wonderfully balanced drink that is sure to satisfy. 6.5% ABV
10 Point Ale – Golden blonde with a creamy white head, this larger-than-life ale has floral and resinous hoppy notes that keep it refreshing. 4.8% ABV
Crafty Cider – Using high-quality apples from central Pennsylvania, this cider avoids the use of extra sweeteners, giving it a traditional, crisp taste like champagne. 5.5% ABV
Crafty Cranberry Cider – For a more complex flavor, this twist takes the traditional cider and adds real cranberry juice to it, bringing out the tarter flavors. 5.5% ABV
Wyndridge Farm is also known for being a spectacular event locale, boasting a lovely renovated barn that is one of the largest event rooms of its kind, and fine cuisine from its state-of-the-art kitchen and award-winning chef. It’s great for weddings both large and small. And if you want to visit for a less formal affair, they have a tasting room where you can pair one of their dishes with your favorite of their beverages.
So whether you’re looking to have an event hosted, or are just looking around for a new local brew to try, Wyndridge Farm should be at the top of your list.