East Coast Beer Co. is still relatively young, finding its beginnings in 2007 when high school buddies John (Merk) Merklin and Brian Ciriaco decided it was their destiny to start a beer company. They started selling Beach Haus in 2010. Now that they’re distributing throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and the Carolinas, they’re ready to expand, and have plans for Freedman’s Bakery on Main St. in Belmar, NJ.
There’s a Guppy’s in East Norriton, and it’s just as good as the one in Conshohocken. With lots of local fare and brews, this is a great place to check out for happy hour or weekend nights. They boast the area’s most authentic poutine, as well as house chowder, several types of burgers and traditional pub fare, all local and all fresh–never frozen. On weekends, they also serve brunch.
Brewers served include Victory, Sly Fox, Prism, Troegs, and Boxcar, plus more. With great craft beers like, this, a friendly staff, great cuisine and live music weekly, Guppy’s has everything you need to enjoy yourself.
148 W Germantown Pike
East Norriton, PA
Sunday10:00am to 10:00pm
Monday to Friday11:30am to 2:00am
Saturday 10:00am to 2:00am
Thanksgiving is just a week away, and you can already hear the tummies rumbling. Although wine is the traditional drink of the holiday, there are so many beer options that go well with the food, it’s hard not to want to buy a couple different varieties. Whether you’re looking to pair each course with the perfect beer, or you want to win over your host by bringing the goods, we’ve got your back. Here’s our list of Thanksgiving beers.
1. Rogue Juniper Pale Ale: This crisp and spicy pale ale goes perfectly with turkey and cranberry, and is just light enough to leave room for the food. The refreshing juniper is also an appetite stimulant, so it’s great as a before-dinner apertif. 5.3% ABV
2. Victory Festbier: A smooth, well-balance option that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The caramel-y, nutty malts are balance with a hint of hops, making for a beer that goes well with just about everything on the table. 5.6% ABV
3. Goose Island Nut Brown Ale: Brown ales are ever-popular, and go great with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy and ham. This ale is nutty, complex and light enough to enjoy during this feast without taking away from the food. 5.3% ABV
4. Anchor BigLeaf Maple Red: This sweet and delicious brew brings a hint of maple syrup to dinner, great for pairing with sweet potatoes, pork, and most other usual Turkey-Day fare. 6.0% ABV
5. Shock Top Pumpkin: You can’t have a Thanksgiving beer list without including a pumpkin ale. Even if you couldn’t possibly have room for pumpkin pie, this is a sure-fire way to get your annual dose of pumpkin spices. 5.2% ABV
6. Magic Hat Heart of Darkness: Coffee may be what you’ve had with dessert in the past, but why waste the perfect moment for a dessert stout? This goes great with chocolate, good conversation and a toasty fireside. 5.7% ABV
And from everyone at Greatest Beers of the World, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
Great taste comes with age, and this holds especially true for Fuller’s Vintage Ale, a bottle-conditioned old ale crafted by their head brewer, John Keeling. Each year, they choose that year’s finest malts and hops, creating a limited edition brew each time. 2011 saw a fruity beer with hints of plum and cherries, while 2010 was slightly more citrus-y. The ABV (8.5%) remains the same each year, though. For detailed tasting notes on each of the vintages, click here. It’s best to cellar this beer for at least a year, and the taste will improve even more after that. So if you’re looking for a special treat, or a thoughtful holiday present that is sure to excite, look no further.
Magic Hat’s Merry Pranksters are touring the Philadelphia area, bringing cheer and beer to all they come across. They’ll be in the Philly area until Dec. 14, so don’t miss them while they’re around. Granted, it’s hard to miss their big orange van. They’ll be in the following towns on the following dates:
Tuesday, November 26 – New Hope
Saturday, November 30 – Eastern Montgomery County
Tuesday, December 3 – Berks County
Wednesday December 4 – Western Montgomery County
Thursday, December 5 – Montgomery County
Friday, December 6 – Willow Grove
Saturday, December 7 – Valley Forge Beer Festival
Wednesday, December 11 – Media/Bryn Mawr
Thursday, December 12 – Media/Upper Darby
Friday, December 13 – Havertown
Saturday, December 14 – New Hope
Pat Deon Beverages in Fairless Hills has one of the greatest selections around when it comes to beer, all at competitive prices. The well-organized collection includes such names as Becks, Goose Island, Victory, Leffe, Redhook, Shock Top, Stella Artois, Troegs, Widmer and many, many more, guaranteeing that you’ll be able to find something new to try every time you go in. The well-experience staff is happy to help you find the best choice for you. They’ve been at their current location since the early ’80s, and have been serving the surrounding area with a clean, well-lit store that sells cases, 1/6, 1/4 and 1/2 kegs, as well as tobacco products, soda, teas, snacks, ice and Pennsylvania lottery tickets.
For great selection, friendly staff and great prices, this is the spot.
Pat Deon Beverages
526 S Oxford Valley Rd
Fairless Hills, PA
If you’re a Victory fan, chances are that you heard they were building a new brewery in Parkesburg. Well, they’ve finished construction, and on October 30th, they went with old favorite HopDevil IPA to take the brewery on a test drive. While there are still many steps to be taken before the facility becomes fully operational, this is a huge and exciting milestone.
When the Downingtown brewery was unable to keep up with the growing demand, Co-Founders Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet decided that they needed to expand, meaning they would need a whole new facility. In January 2012, they broke ground on their new 140,000-square-foot facility, which is capable of producing 225,000 barrels a year, over twice the capacity of the Downingtown location. That doesn’t mean Downingtown is out of a job, though. It will be the site for specialty brewing and testing.
While tours are not yet available at the new facility, it was built with the idea in mind that visitors would be able to see the heart of the plant. A new brewpub is to be built on site, but that may be a year or so off.
The new brewery isn’t the only thing going down at Victory, though. Last Friday, they broke ground on a new brewpub, Victory at Magnolia, in Kennett Square. Set to open in early 2014, the 250-seat restaurant will have space for outdoor dining and will serve as the base floor for a four-story apartment complex, Magnolia Place.
Additionally, they are adding yet another new brew to their lineup, Hop Ranch, an Imperial IPA set to debut in December and be available until February. This is the third new release from Victory this year alone. Hop Ranch is a reworking of their popular Liberty Bell Ringer, which was an exclusive at Philadelphia Beer Week this year. It’s a fruity brew with citrus character and mango and pineapple hints.
Magic Hat is ready for winter, and they’re having a contest to show it! Look for your chance to win at the Magic Hat Display in your local beer distributor. The grand prize is a trip for four to a Vermont ski resort with round-trip transportation, ski resort accommodation, a VIP tour of the Magic Hat brewery and much more. The entrant and three friends will have three nights at the ski resort with two-day ski or snowboard rentals and lift tickets for each. Entries are accepted from now to midnight New Year’s Eve.
Magic Hat’s Winterland Variety Pak is on shelves now, bringing the tidings of the coming season in their wake. They have the winter favorites and usual brews like #9, Encore and Heart of Darkness, but this year they’ve added something new to the case. G-Thing is the new addition this year, exclusive to the variety pack. This ginger-spiced beer has zing with warm roasty notes and cinnamon spiciness. It stands at 5.7% ABV, and its seasoned flavor is perfect for the season of gingerbread men and pumpkin-spiced foods.
BBQ has a tendency to bring a lot of loud opinions with it. Everyone’s got their favorite recipes and methods that they swear are the best, the only way. But when it’s a finalist from Food Network Star, you know you’ve really got something special. Chad Rosenthal opened The Lucky Well in Ambler a few months ago, and its popularity has just grown ever since. It combines delicious comfort foods like St. Louis pork ribs, poutine, and mac&cheese with top-rate organic ingredients, a hip atmosphere and a high quality, diverse bar menu.
Every dish is made with the utmost care and consideration, with delicious twists on old favorites. Take the deviled eggs; they’ve got burnt ends, fresh horseradish and smoked paprika to give them an edge over the competition. The food is what really sells it, but the relaxed but still refined ambiance–think communal seating in a high class joint–polishes this incredible restaurant. Rosenthal himself has a habit of coming out to chat with patrons and take pictures, and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable.
Best to make a reservation, as seating is limited.
The Lucky Well
111 E. Butler Ave,