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



FIFA World Cup Finals

Friday, July 11, 2014 | Anchor, Lancaster Brewing, Susquhanna, Tennent's, Troegs, Victory


The U.S. might be out of the running–we made a good go of it–but there’s still one last game in the world cup, and even if you aren’t a huge Argentinian or German fan, there’s no reason why you can’t get festive at the end of this World Cup. In fact, this is the perfect opportunity to try some new foreign cuisine, and also an opportunity to pair some of your favorite brews with new foods.


Asado Meat & Victory Golden Monkey – The smokey flavor of the asado (Argentinian BBQ) blends well with the sweet spiciness of Golden Monkey.

Empanadas & Quilmes – Eat a classic Argentinian snack with the nation’s #1 beer for the full experience.

Sandwiches de Miga & Tennent’s Lager - If you’re looking for something lighter, these tea-time sandwiches are a good choice, and they need a light brew to wash them down.


Bratwurst & Lancaster Lager - A light and refreshing lager complements the heavier flavors of bratwurst meat.

Sauerkraut & Troegs Sunshine Pilsner – The slightly tangy citrus in this brew brings out the sourness of this classic German condiment.

Pretzel & Susquehanna So-Wheat – Pretzels’ saltiness naturally pairs well with the sweet-and-spicy flavors of this hefeweizen.


Friday, July 11, 2014 | Featured Beer


The national beer of Argentina, this light lager cuts through the summer heat with lively carbonation, a slight sourness and dry finish. A sweet honey flavor lays in the body, and grassy hints carry the flavor to the clean finish of each sip. Great for sipping on the deck after some weekend yard work–and completely appropriate for the FIFA World Cup final this weekend. 4.9% ABV

Canning Independence

Friday, June 27, 2014 | Boxcar, Cans, Finch's, Long Trail, McKenzie's Hard Cider, Rogue


If you’ve got any sort of plans for this coming 4th of July, they are more than likely going to include some sort of outdoor festivities, whether that be going to watch a fireworks show, barbecuing in the backyard, joining the neighborhood block party or simply enjoying an afternoon at the beach. So if you’re looking for a beverage to partner with your celebration and appreciation of this great country, go big with one of these canned brews.

Rogue’s American Amber Ale has been a favorite for a few years now, but now it’s available in 16oz cans, so you can take it on the road. Nut-and-fruit, toasted malts, and caramel heavily flavor the first taste, then cut and balanced by herbal hops for a crisper finish. 5.6% ABV

Go a little further back to when Europeans first discovered the new world, and you’ve got Boxcar Brewing’s 1492 American Pale Ale. Brewed with Columbus hops, pine and citrus notes complement pilsner/caramel malts to create a uniquely sweet pale ale. 6.5% ABV

Long Trail’s Traditional IPA is perfect for the hop-head at your celebration. Though it starts malty, pine hops quickly cut through and fill the flavor with a sharp crispness, gathering grapefruit notes as it goes. 5.9% ABV

Even if you aren’t planning on going to the beach, you shouldn’t forget to take Kona’s Longboard Island Lager. Crisp with carbonation, the rich bready start is followed up by a noble bitterness, making for a great session brew. 4.6% ABV

Maybe you’re more in the mood for a cider than a beer. McKenzie’s Original Hard Cider‘s brisk apple flavor is just dry enough for a summer evening while still maintaining the fruit’s natural sweetness. 6% ABV

And let’s remember our men and women in the U.S. military this holiday. Purchase a case of America’s favorite Budweiser in its red, white and blue cans, and $1 goes to Folds of Honor, an organization that helps the spouses and dependents of wounded or fallen soldiers with education costs through scholarships. So give back to those who gave so much to defend our country, and help everyone enjoy this day of remembrance.

Prism Summer of ’69

Friday, June 27, 2014 | Prism


This highly experimental brew out of Prism doesn’t quite have a single style. It uses pilsner malts, their own house ale yeast and an experimental hop, then on top of all that, they throw in fresh-squeezed pineapple. This all combines for a highly fruity and refreshing summer beverage with a certain kick to it that you are sure not to find anywhere else. 5% ABV

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