- A firkin of Double IPA that has been dry-hopped with the new experimental Mosaic hops.
- One of the first kegs of Summer Love
- Fresh Prima Pils (brewed on 4-30-13)
- Abbey IPA (Brewed specifically for this event…a new beer that combines the Belgian qualities of a traditional Abbey ale and the hoppy goodness of an American IPA)
- St. Victorious, a slightly smokey doppelbock
- Everyone’s favorite Golden Monkey, a 9.7% Abv Belgian Tripel
- As well as a secret beer that might be barrel-aged in nature
Stella Artois has introduced a new cider in 26 states, with further expansion possible in 2014. The Stella Artois Cidre (pronounced cee-druh) is a crisp, European-style cider, made with apples from wine-growing regions in North and South America and fermented in Baldwinsville, NY. Released on May 13, it’s just in time for warm weather.
The flavor is mostly red apple-y and peachy, with apricot accents and subtle hints of orange. The suggested serving is in a white wine glass with a semi-hard cheese such as manchego.
Ciders are gaining popularity in the U.S., with an 85% increase in sales between 2011 and 2012, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that more breweries are adding ciders to their repertoires.
Goose Island is celebrating its 25th birthday. In this video, they talk to the brewers that got their start at Goose Island, and about the future of the brewery.
Budweiser Brazil has introduced a new high-tech glass that makes meeting new people at the bar that much easier. The Buddy Cup, as it’s affectionately named, automatically ‘friends’ anyone who clinks their glasses together during a toast. A love-child of advertising company Africa and Bolha studio of digital innovation, these cups have a QR code on the bottom. The drinker need only scan this code for their Facebook profile to be connected to the glass, and they can get started socializing.
O’Hara’s is holding a contest to win a trip to Dublin for 4 days and three nights. This includes a tour of the O’Hara brewery, dinner with the owners, meeting the brewers, and attending the Irish Craft Beer Festival in Dublin.
Entering to win is simple. Follow this link and like O’Hara’s facebook page, and be entered to win.
We told you about the R2Hop2 Music and Beer Festival at Fordham and Dominion last week. Now’s your chance to win tickets to the event!
Entering to win is simple. First, go like the R2Hop2 Facebook page. Then comment on this post with your name, age, favorite Dominion/Fordham brew, and a link to your Facebook profile. Comments on this post may not show up publicly, but rest-assured, we will see them.
This Friday, April 26, Buttonwood Grill in Peddler’s Village is holding a beer festival, starting at 6pm. Guests will be sampling 30 different beers from such breweries as Troegs, Victory, Long Trail and Goose Island, as well as others. Representatives from the breweries will be on site to impart their knowledge onto you. Guests can rate the beers their try, and at the end of the day, the best-rated beer will be added to Buttonwood’s menu. Executive Chef Sean Browne will also be making some delicious food to enjoy.
Reservations are $30
Call (215) 794-4040 for more information and to make a reservation.
The search is still on for two Golden Tickets, each awarding one lucky person a VIP invitation to the Philly Beer Scene Awards, being held May 22nd, as well as a private tour of Victory’s brewery in Downingtown, PA.
The two tickets were hidden inside two loose-packed cases of Victory Headwaters Pale Ale, now sitting on the shelf somewhere at a local distributor*. Victory doesn’t open its doors for public tours anymore due to a high demand for their brew, so this is a great opportunity to go see how some of your favorite beers are made.
The Philly Beer Scene Awards Ceremony, being held at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, is a black tie event honoring the best of beer culture in the Philadelphia area. Awards will be announced for categories such as Brewery of the Year, Brewmaster of the Year, Best Bar in Philadelphia, Best Distributor in the Suburbs, Best Beer Event and many more. Voting is open to the public, so go share your opinion now. Voting ends Tuesday, April 30.
Each VIP pass gives you and a guest of your access to the VIP tables at the front of the event, allowing you to mingle with your favorite local brewers, beer writers, bar owners and other personalities within the scene. Both ticket finders will also get to present an award on stage with Bill Covaleski, AND Philly Beer Scene will be picking up your tab** at the end of the night.
If you aren’t liking the odds of finding a ticket, don’t worry. There are a limited number of tickets available to the public, and if you act quick, you might be able to snag one.
*The cases are somewhere within Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania.
More Information on Golden Tickets
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
As craft beers have risen in popularity, gone is the single glass system of drinking. The variety of glassware isn’t just about aesthetic, though. There are a number of different styles of glasses that each have their own advantages, including traits such as head retention, trapping aromatic qualities and maintaining carbonation. We’ll go over the different styles of glassware commonly used for beer, giving you the reason why they’re used, what types of beer they’re good for, and an example of a beer that might be served in them.
The most common type of glass to serve beer in, it’s not the ideal for anything, but works well for most ales. Lots of lagers are served in conical pints as well. The wide mouth and straight sides allow the beer to warm up and lose a little carbonation quicker.
Suggested use: Anchor Brewing’s Liberty Ale.
Similar to the conical pint, this glass has a little bump around the top that prevents nicking (hence the name), and serves as a grip, so your beer doesn’t slip out of your hands. This style also improves stacking, and is good for most ales.
Suggested use: Ithaca Nut Brown Ale
This pint glass is classically used for dry stouts, but it’s quite a versatile glass, as the slightly tapered mouth aids most aromatic beers, like IPAs.
Suggested use: O’Hara’s Irish Stout
This tall, slender glass is tapered to help retain a head on your beer. Its shape also plays nicely with the carbonation and light-colored brew that it usually holds. Best for pilsners (duh), witbier, and pale lagers.
Suggested use: Rogue Farms Good Chit Pilsner
This perfectly cylindrical is used to serve more delicate beers, kolsch, rye beers, and lambics. A Tom Collins glass can be used as a substitute (they’re pretty much the same).
Suggested use: Uinta Hoohoo Kolsch Style Ale
This highly recognizable glass is used for Belgian-style wheat beer. Tall and thin with a top-heavy tapered body, this glass is great for retaining carbonation and keeping a head.
Suggested use: Tröegs DreamWeaver Wheat
A heavy, traditional mug-like receptacle, steins are a favorite for Oktoberfests and outdoor events. The thickness and lid of this stoneware mug helps keep the beer inside cool, and any unwanted materials (stray leaves, bugs, etc.) out. Pilsners, marzen, helles and bocks are some of the more commonly stein-served styles.
Suggested use: Redhook Pilsner
This hefty style is great for clinking after toasts because there’s little chance that it will break, and holds quite a bit of beer. It has dimples all over the body resembling a grenade, making it harder to drop, and catching the light shining through paler brews. These usually hold lighter ales and lagers.
Suggested use: Full Sail Brewmaster Reserve 25 Pale Doppelbock
Snifters are usually used for brandy, cognac and sometimes ports, but they can be used for aromatic beers as well. Leave a little room to swirl in this glass to take full advantage of this. Double/Imperial IPAs, Belgian ales and barleywines are all often served in this style due to their strong scents and high alcohol content.
Suggested use: Tröegs Flying Mouflan
Tulip glasses have a similar use to snifters, but also support a large head with a widened lip, giving it a bit more flexibility. It’s best suited for Scottish ales, Double/Imperial IPAs, fruit lambics and Flanders Oud Bruin.
Suggested use: Urban Chestnut Stlipa
These tend to be mostly for show, but also are good for maintaining a head. Goblets tend to have longer stems and are more delicate, while chalices are heavier. Belgian IPAs, dubbels and tripels are commonly served in either a goblet or chalice.
Suggested use: Leffe Tripel
Typically used for champagne, the long, narrow body of this glass helps keep the contents carbonated longer. Saisons, gueuzes, and bocks are often found in flute glasses.
Suggested use: Ithaca Ground Break
This saison holds a thick, frothy head over it’s beautiful effervescent amber body as it pours into a (suggested) tulip glass. Its scent calls up images of sweet-and-tart candies, citrus, apple and spices like clove and cinnamon. The flavor is sweet, but not overly so, with clove, malt, and apple at the front, and a peppery finish. It’s a smooth, medium-bodied drink with plenty of carbonation to keep it snappy and refreshing. Gigi’s is a beer best enjoyed slowly, so one can enjoy the flavors at different temperatures. 7.2 ABV