Summery Fruit Beers

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


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


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


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


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

Bold Rock Cider Coming to Pennsylvania

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


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


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

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

Old Dominion Candi

Friday, August 1, 2014 | Uncategorized


Winner of the World Beer Cup Gold Medal in the tripel category, Candi is all sugar & spice, with flavors of apricot, banana, clove and pear that linger on the tongue all the way through the dry finish. Saaz and Hallertau give this brew a clean, floral aroma and a small amount of hop bitterness to even out the flavor. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated, expect a little alcohol heat at the end. Now available in 12oz bottles for the first time. 9.5% ABV

Goose Island Migration

Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Goose Island


Goose Island is on the move and coming to a bar near you! On Thursday August 7th, representatives of Goose Island will make a few appearances in the area, bringing with them some very rare beers for you to try, including King Henry and Bourbon County Stout Vanilla. So don’t miss the opportunity to come out and try some exclusive brews. You never know when they’ll be back around.

Below are the times for each visitation.

224 W Germantown Pike
Norristown, PA

Blue Dog
4275 County Line Rd #13
Chalfont, PA

Beat the Heat: Victory Ice Cream and Refreshing Summer Brews

Friday, July 11, 2014 | Anchor, Food, Fun, Hoegaarden, Local Favorites, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Shock Top, Victory


We’ve been seeing temperatures approaching the triple digits, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to let up any soon. So it’s time to start thinking about the best ways to keep cool and refreshed this summer… and what better ways are there than ice cold beverages and ice cream?

July is National Ice Cream Month, and Victory has released an ice cream line with three flavors just in time. Each flavor is made with the wort of one of the Downingtown Brewery’s beer. Hopped up Devil is made with HopDevil wort, and has cinnamon, cayenne, coffee and chocolate flakes. Storm Drop is made from Storm King Imperial Stout and chocolate drops. And Triple Monkey is made from the wort of the ever-popular Golden Monkey, as well as banana and pecan swirl.

The brewery has been making ice cream from its wort for years, but recently decided to share the flavors with a wider fan base; all three flavors will be available in the greater Philadelphia area at a variety of locations.

And as far as beers go, there’s no shortage of refreshing brews that go with summer as much as swimming pools, barbecues or even ice cream.

Shock Top Lemon Shandy – No summer drink list would be complete without at least one lemon shandy, and Shock Top delivers with a lightly spiced beverage that packs a punch of invigorating lemonade flavor. 4.2% ABV

Hoegaarden Original White Ale – Satisfying malt is carefully balanced with slight peppery and hoppy flavors in this classic witbier, and just a touch of lemony sourness creates a complex but smooth palate. 4.9% ABV

Anchor Summer Beer – Lively carbonation is sure to enliven your mouth on these dog days, carrying floral, grassy flavors. Malt-forward, it has enough hops to give it a dry, thirst-quenching taste and a light body to create the perfect summer balance. 4.6% ABV

Magic Hat Elder Betty – Crisp with yeasty dried fruit flavors, a touch of wheat and elderberry tartness, this brew is slightly dry and maintains a smooth texture, making for easy drinking. 5.5% ABV

Long Trail Mostly Cloudy – Coriander, clove, hints of lemon and orange and an overall sweet-and-sour combination make up the flavor profile of this crisper-than-average witbier. 4.7% ABV

Twisted Oak at The Deck

Friday, July 11, 2014 | Bars, Restaurants


The Deck, in Essington, is well known for its night club and venue, but its resident beer garden, Twisted Oak, is an exciting new addition. With a mouth watering menu including crab cake, pulled pork and gourmet wings, it makes this the perfect local spot to stop by for a high class dining experience. They also boast an impressive variety of craft beverages for all your beer needs, so you’ve got the perfect brew to accompany your meal. Be sure to head out for their awesome Happy Hour tonight.


101 Taylor Ave.

Essington, PA



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