Great American Beer Festival and Elmwood Park Zoo Oktoberfest Beer Tasting

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | Beer News, Contest, Goose Island, Long Trail, Troegs, Victory, Widmer


Today marks of the beginning of the 2013 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. Founded in 1982, this festival has been recognizing great craft brewing in this country for over twenty years, growing alongside the industry. It represents the largest collections of U.S. beer ever served in a public tasting event, plus a private competition, showcasing the large variety of great craft brews made in this country.

GABF invites beer professionals from around the world to come and sit for five separate three-hour long blind tasting and judging sessions. These help determine the to whom the gold, silver and bronze medals go to in each of the 75 beer styles judged, three of the most coveted awards in the industry.

If you couldn’t make it out to Denver this weekend, it’s okay. A little closer to home is the Elmwood Park Zoo Oktoberfest Beer Tasting, where you can sample many award-winning brews among the park’s wild animals. Starting at 2pm this Saturday, the park will be open only to Oktoberfest attendees, who will enjoy unlimited beer tasting, a souvenir tasting glass, live animal encounters and food for purchase.

VIP tickets are available and earn you early admission (12:30pm), free all-you-can-eat food from Outback Steakhouse, and exclusive access to VIP areas and select beers, including Victory Dirtwolf, Goose Island Vintage Pepe Nero, Long Trail Triple Bag, Widmer Hibiscus Gose, Troegs Flying Mouflan and Wild Red.

Elmwood Zoo Oktoberfest Details:

General Admission: $40 in advance, $50 at the door

VIP Access: $75 in advance

Designated Driver: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $25 VIP

Phone #: 610-277-3825 x229


Purchase Tickets

Victory Dirtwolf DIPA

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | Breweries, Featured Beer, Victory


Victory’s added another fine beer to their lineup, and it’s a DIPA this time. It’s a very hop-forward golden-colored ale with a strong citrus and floral hoppy aroma. The flavor starts fruity, with traces of apricot, grapefruit, and pine, with a little maltiness to follow, and a floral aftertaste. The 8.7% ABV beer has a medium body, just the right amount of carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. It’s made with Chinook, Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe hops to create a greatly aromatic brew with a pleasantly bitter flavor.

Montella’s Sports Bar & Pub

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | Bars, Restaurants


Opened in the summer of 2010, Montella’s is only a couple years old, but has quickly become a Lansdale favorite. This restored building features of 40 seat bar with 16 different taps that hold the best local brews as well as national names. Twenty-seven high definition TVs spot the bar and dining room for easy viewing and to make sure you see the game you want. And in warmer weather, there’s an outdoor dining area.

The menu includes all the bar food favorites, including potato skins, wings and burgers, as well as ribs, salads and hoagies and wraps. Weekdays feature specials on food and drink (Thursdays is $1 off all craft beers), and they feature the hottest crafts on tap, such as Victory Dirtwolf, Long Trail Brown Bag Series, Ithaca Flower Power and Magic Hat #9. The friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere of this bar make it the perfect place to take a break any evening.

Additional Information:


25 S Broad St

Lansdale, PA 19446


Heating Things Up with Rogue

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | Beer News, Rogue


Autumn may be just getting into the full swing of things, but Rogue is heating things up with their late harvest of jalapenos for their Chipotle Ale. While most people harvest their jalapenos when the skins are still green and they have yet to ripen fully, Rogue has the patience to wait until the color brightens to a red and the flavor deepens and becomes more complex to pick their peppers.

The peppers were picked late September and taken to the same wood smoker used to smoke their malts, where they were dried on a low heat for 12-18 hours to make the chipotles used in their Chipotle Ale and Chipotle Spirits.

Chipotle Ale is a spring beer, so we’ll have to wait over the winter to taste their new batch, but rest assured its well-balanced smokey flavor is worth it.

Magic Hat’s Séance

Thursday, September 26, 2013 | Fall, Featured Beer, Magic Hat


Magic Hat’s Séance is a late seasonal saison that is much darker and more complex than much of the rest of the style. It has an earthy and sweet aroma that matches the deep complexion of the brew. The flavor has some char to it, as well as malt, unsweetened chocolate and dark fruit, with a grainy finish. Definitely an unconventional saison, somewhere between the typically spring/summer style and something more in line with fall. This 4.4% ABV beer is great for the the eerie first nights of autumn.

United German Hungarian Oktoberfest and Rocktoberfest

Thursday, September 26, 2013 | Events, Fall


The United German Hungarian Club in Feasterville-Trevose is holding two seasonal festivals in these coming weekends.

This weekend is their 135th Oktoberfest, which is $5 for admission (children under 13 are free), which gets you hours of German music, the craft and vendor fair and traditional food. On Saturday, gates open at 1pm and food and bar at 2pm. The TV Jahn Bockum Brass Band (straight from Germany) will be featured, as well as the Emil Schanta band and the Burgenlaender. On Sunday, doors open at noon and beer and food are available at one. Heimat Klange Orchestra will be featured, along with the Joe Weber Orchestra and the Heimat Klaenge Orchestra. Both days also feature dancing from the United German Hungarian Children’s Group and Schuhplattlers.

Rocktoberfest starts 6pm Saturday October 5th (rain or shine), with the music starting at 7pm. Admission is $5 (children under 13 are free) The features are Bigg Romeo and The Kirko Band. There will be home cooked Bavarian food, drink specials 6-8pm, soccer games and more.

Both events are hosted at the clubhouse and grounds. For more information, call or see sheets below.

4666 E Bristol Rd
Feasterville Trevose, PA 19053

(215) 357-9851

Congratulations to Prism Brewing: Best Brewpub in Philly Hotlist Awards

Thursday, September 26, 2013 | Bars, Breweries, Local Favorites, Prism, Restaurants


Prism Brewing Company’s brewpub in North Wales, PA has won Best Brewpub in the Philly Hot List Awards!

Their taproom was voted best among the area’s fine brewpubs by locals on PHL 17′s Philly Hotlist website. What sets it apart from the competition is the wide array of brews available and the consistent stream of fun events. Not only do they have their year-round brews on tap at all times, but they always have something special that you can’t get anywhere else. They also have great drink specials, local wine, a unique karaoke night (where all you have to do to stop the song is buy the singer a drink), and a whole array of bar food (including a sizable hot dog list).

So head on over and raise a glass to their fine establishment. They’re open 7 days a week, and always have something going on.

Contact and Hours:

810 Dickerson Rd
North Wales, PA 19454
(267) 613-8572

Monday – Thursday: 4PM to Midnight

Friday/Saturday: Noon to 2 AM

Sunday: Noon to 10 PM

Autumn: A Time for Cider

Thursday, September 26, 2013 | Fall, McKenzie's Hard Cider, Uncategorized


This past Sunday marked the official coming of autumn. Everyone has a favorite fall beverage, be it an Oktoberfestbier, pumpkin ale, or harvest ale. But beer’s not where the autumn festivities end; ciders are a fun way to break up the monotony with something sweet and crisp–like McKenzie’s Hard Ciders

Find McKenzies by the Case or Draft

Cider has a long tradition in America, starting with the colonial period when the term referred specifically to fermented apple juice. It was typically cheaper to ferment apples than to make wine or beer, and it was certainly safer than drinking the water. Cider took a hit during prohibition, though, and had a bit of a lull in the last century. It’s making a comeback, though, with more and more varieties of cider lining the shelves, and more people searching for it, especially in the season of the apple harvest.

If you’re looking for a new cider to try this fall, look no further than McKenzie’s Hard Cider, founded in 2011 in Buffalo, New York. Now hand-pressed in West Seneca, this brand was started by Lenny Ciolek, who helped make Mike’s Hard Lemonade popular. It’s new to this area, so it’s sure to be something novel to your usual autumnal rounds.

They currently have five varieties of cider. Original is a sweet and tart apple cider with a crisp finish and apple juice smell. Black Cherry is rich, sugary beverage with a full body and a sweet finish. Green Apple is much tarter than the original, with a refreshing flavor and some kick. Lazy Lemon is their spring/summer lemon cider.

Right now, though, they’re offering their Seasonal Reserve, a nutmeg and cinnamon-spiced apple cider, using a 160-year-old formula. It has a strong, spicy apple pie aroma, moving into a smooth flavor that is quite refreshing and not too sweet. At 5% ABV, you’ll have no trouble drinking more than one.

Long Trail’s Brush and Barrel Series

Thursday, September 12, 2013 | Breweries, Fall, Long Trail


Brush and Barrel is Long Trail’s newest line of limited release ales available this fall. Each beer is crafted specially by Long Trail’s Brewmaster, and brewed in small batches. They partnered with local artists to create labels that reflect the beer within, as well as to brew the featured beer. The goal is for artists and brewers to be inspired by one another and push the boundaries of their art forms, showcasing the best of both crafts.

Now available is the Imperial Pumpkin, an English Strong Ale brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves for that warm, autumnal flavor craft drinkers look for in the style. When the weather starts to get a little chillier in the coming months, its 8% ABV is sure to keep you cozy. It will be available through early fall, and goes well with poultry, herbed cheeses and of course pumpkin pie.

In November, Culmination will be released. This Imperial Chocolate Porter is brewed with cacao nibs and turbinado sugar, making for a rich, roasted taste. Coming in at 9.2% ABV, the sweet licorice, coffee and chocolate flavors are balanced by a dryness from the alcohol content.

Be sure to enjoy two different art forms during these brews’ limited releases.

Uinta’s Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale

Thursday, September 12, 2013 | Breweries, Fall, Featured Beer, Uinta


Uinta’s Punk’n is a pumpkin ale with a bright amber hue and frothy head. The malts and hops are accented with a pumpkin flavor, spices and hints of vanilla and honey. With bright carbonation and a heavier body than expected from a 4% ABV beverage, this autumn drink goes great with roasted turkey and squash or pumpkin dishes. For a more daring serving option that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser, try adding vanilla ice cream for a pumpkin ale float.

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