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Harry’s Blue Bell Taproom

Thursday, February 20, 2014 | Bars, Local Favorites, Restaurants, Retailers

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Established just last year, Harry’s Blue Bell Taproom is a rising star in the area. The tap list holds 16 different craft brews, currently featuring Victory Dirtwolf, Tröegs Mad Elf, and Lancaster Milk Stout, as well as many other favorites. The layout of the restaurant focuses around the bar, which has a couple TVs to enjoy–they’ve been watching the Olympic hockey games recently–but don’t make the mistake of not ordering some food while you’re there. Bacon-lovers will love the variety of choices, and everyone will find something new to try. Their menu features a number of unique and novel twists on old favorites: Hawg Wings, an Ribeye Eggroll, and the Kirspey Kremme Burger are just a few examples of this ingenuity. So if you’re looking to try something new to eat paired with a delicious craft brew and laid back atmosphere, be sure to stop by sometime for lunch or dinner.

Hours:

Tuesday-Thursday: 11:30am-11pm

Friday-Sunday: 11:30am-12pm

Location:

736 Dekalb Pike

Blue Bell, PA 19422

Beers for Your Valentine

Thursday, February 6, 2014 | Finch's, Goose Island, Lancaster Brewing, Rogue, Starr Hill Brewery

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Skip the cliché wine this year and go with something that will really make your Valentine be happy to be yours. Whether being given as a present on their own or being enjoyed together with a romantic dinner, craft beer is right at home on this holiday.

The Love – Starr Hill: The name says it all; there’s nothing not to love about this hefeweizen that sports hints of banana and clove. It pairs well with many lighter meals, but also can stand well on its own.

Chocolate Stout/Double Chocolate Stout – Rogue Ales: These two are for the chocolate lovers. Because what is the holiday about if not chocolate? The Chocolate Stout was actually introduced in the US on Valentines Day in 2001. And the Double Chocolate Stout is the natural progression of the single, flavored with Dutch bittersweet chocolate.

Double Chocolate Milk Stout – Lancaster Brewing: Looking for someplace to go out to on Valentine’s? Lancaster Brewing’s restaurant not only has a creative dinner menu, but they also have a chocolate milk stout that’s well worth the trip.

Fruli – Strawberry Wheat/Secret Stache Stout – Finch’s Beer: Want something fruity to cut through the richness of chocolate? Everyone’s favorite strawberry beer, Fruli, might be what you’re looking for. Drink either with some dark chocolate, or you and your Valentine can share one glass of Fruli and another of Secret Stache Stout. With this pairing, you can afford to skip dessert.

Lolita – Goose Island: Maybe you don’t want to stray far from wine. Lucky for you, there’s this little number, a bright and jammy wild ale that is alcoholic to warm you on these frigid February nights, and sweet enough to interest framboise lambic lovers.

And if you’re looking for someplace to take your special someone, why not take a look at this list. At any of these locations, when you order Stella Artois, you will receive a Stella Chalice and some chocolate. Stella’s a perfect choice if you want something light and bubbly to go with your dinner, and it adds a romantic touch like champagne.

So go bold, and everyone have a lovely Valentine’s Day.

Stella Artois Valentines Day Restaurants

Evolution Sprung

Thursday, February 6, 2014 | Evolution, Featured Beer, Spring

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Even though the groundhog condemned us to six more weeks of winter, Evolution still has their seasonal Sprung to keep us in bright spirits. This blonde ale is the very essence of spring time, brewed with honey, hibiscus, and chamomile give it a slightly fruity, flowery flavor. It’s highly sessionable at 4.5% ABV, and light enough that you’ll want to drink more than one. Smooth, crisp and effervescent, this is one brew you won’t want to miss this season.

Doc Watson’s Irish Pub

Thursday, February 6, 2014 | Bars, Ithaca, Magic Hat, Troegs, Victory

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Doc Watson’s in Gilbertville has all your craft beer needs, ranging from Magic Hat to Ithaca, and Troegs to Victory. Additionally, it’s got all sorts of events, including Trivia Tuesdays and DJ and Dancing on Saturdays. Even when there isn’t an event going on, they’ve got pool tables, darts and Golden Tee to keep your hands busy, as well as several TVs to watch games on. Speaking of sports, they’ll be watching the opening ceremonies for the Sochi Winter Olympics this evening, so this could be your chance to find your new favorite pub.

Location:

1080 E Philadelphia Ave,

Gilbertsville, PA

484-415-9204

Cheers for the Winter Olympics

Thursday, February 6, 2014 | Anheuser Busch, Carlsberg, Crabbie's, Erdinger, Fuller's, Kirin, Leffe

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The Sochi Winter Olympics are underway, so it’s time to start thinking about who’s going to win which events. The Olympics are not only about rooting on our own nation’s athlete’s, but also coming together and finding common ground between countries. So why not celebrate other’s wins as well by cracking open a beer with which to toast the gold medalists? We’ve got some suggestions on what to use to toast as each country collects medals.

United States- Budweiser: They are, after all, the official beer sponsor of the U.S. team.

Germany – Erdinger: This exclusively wheat beer brewery offers a taste of its country of origin in every mouthful.

Belgium – Leffe: You’ve got nine great choices to choose from here, so you can’t go wrong.

Denmark – Carlsberg: Started in 1847, this brewery makes a pale lager that’s as refreshing as it is standard.

England – Fullers: Fuller’s is a staple in England, and for good reason. London Pride, ESB and their London Porter are all good choices.

Japan – Kirin: Another old brewery out of Tokyo, they’ve got a pale ale that is ‘number one!’

Ireland – O’Hara’s: An Irish classic, with a stout, Irish red and more than a handful of other great brews.

Here’s to safe and well-played games!

Superbowl Food and Beer Pairings

Thursday, January 23, 2014 | Prism, Susquhanna, Troegs, Uinta, Victory

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So the Eagles didn’t make it to the Superbowl this year, but don’t go canceling your party yet. We’ve got some ideas for some Denver and Seattle inspired meals, as well as the perfect beers to go with them. So root for you favorite team–even if it’s not really your favorite–and try one of these delicious combos.

Seattle Seahawks

Washington is known for its huge, delicious sockeye salmon, and there are so many recipes to choose from. Although salmon is always tasty, here’s three serving suggestions.

Smoked Salmon – Victory Golden Monkey’s sweet and spicy flavor pairs well with the brown sugar and light but rich texture of sweet salmon.

Glazed Salmon – Susquehanna’s HopFive IPA has enough hops to counter balance the sticky-sweetness of the glaze, and is light enough for seafood.

Smoked Salmon Dip – Troeg’s Dreamweaver pairs well with all sorts of seafood, and it’s light enough to serve with snacks/appetizers.

Denver Broncos

Where Washington is famous for salmon, Colorado’s claim to fame is its buffalo, which can be cooked in a number of different, delicious ways. These three options really bring out the sweet, rich flavor of the meat.

Buffalo Burgers – The smokiness of these burgers matches that of Prism Brewing’s Insana Stout, brewed with chocolate and bacon. Mmm!

Buffalo Brisket – East Coast Beer Co. Winter Rental’s sweet dark fruit notes will play up the sweetness of the meat in this brisket.

Buffalo Chili – Evolution Lot #3 IPA goes great with this spicy chili, as the bitterness will complement the hot peppers, and the light body

And of course, if you aren’t particular to either team but are still hosting a party, you can always play up the joke that each team is from a state where marijuana use is now legal, and serve everyone their own Uinta Dubhe (pronounced doo-bee).

Everyone have a safe and pleasant game time!

Goose Island Ten Hills Pale Ale

Thursday, January 23, 2014 | Featured Beer, Goose Island

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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

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Bailey’s Bar and Grill

Thursday, January 23, 2014 | Bars, Restaurants, Retailers

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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.

Location:

6922 Bristol Emilie Road

Levittown, PA 19057

(215) 946-7992

Hours:

Mon-Sat: 10am-2am

Sunday: 11am-2am

Anchor Bock to be Retired

Thursday, January 23, 2014 | Anchor, Beer News, Spring

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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.

KCCO Black Lager and The Chive

Friday, January 10, 2014 | Redhook

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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.

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