Goose Island is changing up its seasonal beers, and the first of these new beers is Ten Hills Pale Ale, available December through March. It’s brewed with Perle, Cascade and US Saaz hops harvested from the first ten hills on Elk Mountain Farms in Idaho, which give the beer both herbal and citrus hop character. Sweet, bready malts balance the hops, giving it a medium mouthfeel and generous carbonation. 6.2% ABV
Bailey’s in Levittown is a favorite of locals looking for great wings and entertainment. Between the food, the beer and the events, it’s hard not to find a reason to stop by here.
The menu serves your usual bar fare, including what have been called the best wings in the area, but also includes high end entrees like NY Strip and Cajun Shrimp. They have a wide variety of beers on draft, as well as for take out, so even if you’re just stopping by for a drink after work you can bring something good home, too.
Live entertainment featuring the best local musicians and the 10ft ultra big screen TV that plays the most exciting games (think Superbowl) ensure that your visit is a cut above the rest.
6922 Bristol Emilie Road
Levittown, PA 19057
Each early spring, craft drinkers look forward to the arrival of bocks like clockwork. However, this will be the last season for Anchor’s Bock, a black malt-forward brew with dark candied fruit flavors, satiny texture and goat-adorned label. It will be available through its usual season, January through March, but will be retired after that to make room for new and exciting beers from Anchor. So at least you have that to look forward to.
So, if this is one of your spring favorites, or you just want to try it before its a thing of the past, you should go out and grab some before everyone else does. Try calling your favorite local retailer to see if they still have it in stock.
Redhook has teamed up with the brothers at Resignation Brewery–who also run the popular photoblog site The Chive–to come out with a delicious anomaly. KCCO (Keep Calm and Chive On) Black Lager throws everything you know about dark beer to the waste side. It’s crisp, light and only 5.1% ABV, making it great sessionable beer. Even so, it also full of those dark beer flavors you love, like coffee and chocolate.
There are a few events going on to celebrate the introduction of KCCO to the area. The first is at Penguin’s Pub in Warminster, starting at 10pm tomorrow (Saturday). the next at Garret Hill Ale House in Rosemont on Friday the 31st, 6pm, and then February 13 at Keswick Tavern in Glenside, starting at 8pm. For more information on these, take a look at our events page.
Before Prohibition and World War I, Lancaster County had a rich history of brewing. By the early 19th century, nearly 7% of all beer brewed in the U.S came from the county. Awards and acclaim were showered on the beers up until WWI, which shut down many of the breweries before Prohibition due to their inability to use coal for their processes. In the ’20s, several breweries took up operation under the radar, and many stepped into legitimacy again when Prohibition ended in 1933. However, economic factors and large competitors killed off the last of the Lancaster breweries in 1956 with Wacker Eagle Brewery.
In 1995, Lancaster Malt Brewing appeared and was subsequently bought by Lancaster Brewing Company in 2001, which now carries the torch for the many breweries before it. They use traditional ingredients, standing by Reinheitsgebot, the German law declaring beer only contain water, malts, hops and yeast.
Their Milk Stout and Winter Warmer are great choices to try during these cold months, but be sure to pick up some Rumspringa when February hits. For something decadent, try the Double Chocolate Milk Stout at their restaurant.
Stop by their restaurant to try some of their exclusively draft beers and their varied menu.
It’s getting down the grind of holiday gift-buying, so we’re here to help you find the perfect gifts for your drinking buddy, beer-loving partner, or the craft beer enthusiast that’s hard to buy for. This is the Official Greatest Beers of the World 2013 Holiday Gift Guide.
For the someone who always goes on the beer run in the cold:
Magic Hat/#9 Reversible Beanie – Two hats in one!
Resist Prohibition Victory Brewing Hoodie – Classic, fashionable and warm.
Lancaster Brewing Beanie – Knitted fun, for warm ears.
Redhook Shimmer Me Timbers Jacket – To show you really appreciate them.
Starr Hill Hoodie – Double-lined and zippered, with a cool Starr Hill logo.
For those who like a little art with their beer:
Any of the Old Dominion Posters – At the bottom of their store, Old Dominion has a selection of posters featuring the beautiful ladies that decorate their labels.
Anchor Brewing Books and Posters – Great for the history buff who has a taste for great beer, these posters and books feature historical drawings, paintings and maps of the San Francisco area.
Starr Hill Grateful Pale Ale Poster – Beautiful poster for a beautiful beer.
For the Holiday Party, or that really good friend who can’t get enough of their seasonal favorites:
Magic Hat Winterland Variety Pak – #9, Encore IPA, G-Thing, Heart of Darkness
Victory Winter Cheers – Fruity and warm wheat ale, with a spicy hint of clove and banana. 6.7% ABV
Anchor Christmas Ale – A winter warmer with strong ginger flavor in the front, backed up by piney bitterness. 5.5% ABV
Evolution Secret Spot Winter Ale – A complex and well-balanced altbier. 6.3%
Goose Island Sixth Day – An American Brown Ale that’s recipe changes slightly year-to-year for a new surprise every holiday season. 8.3% ABV
Ithaca Cold Front – A Belgian Dark Ale with spicy maltiness and dark fruits. 7.2% ABV
Lancaster Brewing Winter Warmer – Winter spices dominate the flavor of this beer, with an alcoholic finish, sure to warm the coldest of drinkers. 8.9% ABV
Long Trail Hibernator – This Scottish Ale is slightly hoppier than much of the style, and sure to warm you on these cold nights. 6% ABV
Starr Hill Snow Blind – Full description here.
Troegs Mad Elf - Cherry and vanilla flavors sweeten this highly alcoholic Belgian ale that’s made just to give you needed heat. 11% ABV
Stocking Stuffers and Various Gifts:
Have a happy and safe holiday season, folks!
Snow Blind is a doppelbock that’s sure to warm you up this winter. The aroma of this deep reddish brown lager is a bit nutty, and includes a bit of caramel. With apple and plum flavors that give way to toasted malt and toffee, and spicy notes of clove and cinnamon, this brew has hints of all of your holiday favorites. Smooth and medium-bodied, this is a great choice to get toasty with this holiday season. 7.4% ABV
Locally owned and operated, Willoughby’s Bar and Grill has a lot to offer, making it the perfect place to spend your night out. First, there’s the 17 LED TVs that ensure you catch every moment of the game while you’re enjoying a drink or meal. That brings you to the food, fine gastropub fare and grill cuisine which includes a variety of burgers, classic cheesesteaks, seafood and pasta entrees. With so many fire-crafted choices to choose from, you’re bound to find a few things you will want to try. Finally, their tap includes the likes of Victory and Troegs, so you know this is a classy place.
If you’re ever in the West Reading area, be sure to check these guys out.
305 North Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610
Grill Open Every Day
11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday – Thursday
11:30 a.m. – Midnight
Friday and Saturday
11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Cans have long been overlooked as a packaging method for craft brewers for a variety of reasons. However, more and more fine craft breweries are choosing to offer their brews in cans–some even exclusively can their beer.
Sixteen years ago, Troegs co-founder John Trogner spoke out against cans, saying succinctly “Cans are for soup, not beer.” Now, Perpetual IPA and Troegenator Double Bock will be the first of their beers to be offered in canned form. The brewery changed its tune when they were looking to order a couple of new bottling lines, and figured that it made sense in timing and price to go ahead and put in a canning line. They also cite the active lifestyles of their customers as a reason for introducing the canning process to their beer.
There are many benefits to cans that bottles just can’t provide, the most obvious of which is their inability to be broken. Bottles can be a hassle to bring along to many events, and most craft beers require a bottle-opener to drink. Cans are also lighter, and easier to handle in shipping. Additionally, cans block all light, making them even better than brown bottles at protecting the precious brew inside from damaging sunlight, and seal in flavor better than a bottle and cap. From an environmental standpoint, cans make more sense because metal is easier to recycle and requires less packaging in general. Metallic taste can be an issue–but only if you’re drinking from the can, and putting your mouth against the aluminum. This problem is easily remedied by pouring your beer in a glass–something your craft brewer suggests you be doing anyway, even with bottled beer.
Troegs maintains that bottles are still the quintessential packaging option for beer, and they certainly aren’t alone in that regard. There’s just something about drinking from a bottle that cans can’t hold a candle to–but if you’re on the go, environmentally conscious or just don’t want to risk breaking bottles, cans are a great alternative that have their benefits.
Troegs will be offering their Perpetual IPA in 12oz. cans throughout their entire distribution area in twelve packs, and Troegenator Double Bock in 16oz. canned four-packs only in Pennsylvania.
This traditional English Sweet Stout has a roasty taste that’s smoothed by the lactose’s creaminess and semi-sweet chocolate hints. Roasted barley and smoky flavors are at the forefront, balanced by milky sweetness. Coffee and chocolate fill the aroma through a khaki head, and the 5.3% ABV makes this a good sessionable stout. Its light, velvety texture, deep and complex flavors and well-balanced nature make this a great choice for stout-lovers and newcomers alike.