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Lancaster Strawberry Wheat

Friday, May 22, 2015 | Featured Beer, Lancaster Brewing

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Natural strawberry flavor gives a pleasant hint of fruitiness to this award-winning brew. Great effervescence gives this beer an awesome, refreshing crispness, while the wheat provides a subtle tang. Definitely a must-add onto your summer drinking list, and it’ll be available in 12-packs soon. 4.7% ABV

Dog and Bull

Friday, May 22, 2015 | Bars

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This is the place you go when you’re looking for something to do any night of the week. With daily drink specials, live music every Friday–as well as other days of the week–and a mouth-watering menu that ranges from brunch to dinner, Dog and Bull is always a good decision. To make that decision even sweeter, they have a huge range of craft beers, including Ithaca, Victory, Starr Hill, Troegs, Magic Hat and Rogue. As if that weren’t enough, they have outdoor seating and a place for you to watch the soccer game when you need to. So don’t wait any longer to see them.

Dog and Bull
810 Bristol Pike
Croydon, PA
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Pairing Beer with Chocolate

Monday, May 4, 2015 | Breweries, Food, Goose Island, Old Dominion, Rogue, Troegs, Victory

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Chocolate, much like beer, is a treat to be savored. It has a reputation of being paired with strong emotions like love and sympathy, and for good reason. It releases feel-good chemicals serotonin and dopamine, creating a feeling of well-being that can be shared between lovers or help bring you out of a slump. Good beer can have a similar effect, relaxing and bringing cheer to the drinker. So it makes good sense to combine the two. If you aren’t sure on where to start, or what chocolate might pair well with your favorite brew, look no further than this guide on how to pair the two.

Stouts and Porters are the simplest way to start your foray into chocolate and beer pairing, because many of them include the roasty flavors that are in chocolate. Your first instinct might be to go with a dark chocolate for these dark beers, but milk chocolates actually complement the bitterness better by adding sweetness to the palate and allowing the strong flavors of the drink to play on the subtler notes of the chocolate. The milk in the chocolate will also play on the creaminess of milk stouts. Try DAGOBA’s milk chocolate with Old Dominion’s Morning Glory Espresso Stout to round out the flavors of both.

Brown ales can be paired with nutty chocolates, either those that actually contain nuts like almonds or hazelnuts, or those that simply carry nut-like characteristics. This will bring out the earthy tones in the beer that can sometimes be lost under its sweetness. Ghiradelli’s Intense Dark Hazelnut Heaven Bar will pair perfectly with Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar.

Sometimes you need something to sweeten your bitter, dark chocolate, and in that case, it’s best to pair it with a Belgian-style Dubbel or Tripel. Chocolove’s Strong Dark Chocolate has enough bite for Troegs’ Jovial.

Wheat beer can be great in combination with a citrus-accented chocolate. Darker chocolates will bring out more contrast in the two flavors for a great complement. Lindt’s Lemon EXCELLENCE Bar would go well with Hoegaarden’s Original.

It may not seem intuitive to pair something hoppy like a Pale Ale or IPA with chocolate, but there is a whole range of flavors that can work with the complexity in these beers. Chocolates containing citrus rinds like orange or lemon can bring out these flavors in the hops, and the same goes for floral notes. Alternatively, dark chocolates with chiles can be a wonderful combination with an IPA. DAGOBA Organic Xocolatl Dark chocolate is a good spicy chocolate to go with Goose Island’s IPA.

The highly alcoholic and quite varied Barley Wine can be the perfect partner with a strong chocolate that can compete with its flavor. This includes both sweet and bitter chocolates, depending on the profile you are looking for. Try Chocolove’s Ginger Crystalized in Dark Chocolate with Victory’s Old Horizontal as a good nightcap.

Floral Brews

Monday, May 4, 2015 | Ithaca, Old Dominion, Rogue, Victory

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As we begin May and the scenery changes to one more colorful, we can reflect on mid-spring with beverages that high-light the growth of new flowers. When reading about different flavor profiles, oftentimes one will come across the word floral in the description, and it is what it sounds like; a flavor that tastes like flowers smell. A soft and fresh nectary sweetness that is often found in hops, but can also be aided by malts or even come from actual flowers. These flavors don’t tend to be as powerful–or as prevalent–as fruit or pine notes, but they can be found in some of the most delicious beers out there.

Ithaca Flower Power – As it was named for, this IPA is packed with a big floral flavor with fruity notes to back it up.

Victory DirtWolf – This hoppy nectar has a bit of honey sweetness to add to its flowery taste while still retaining a nice bitterness.

Rogue MoM Hefeweizen – This lightly spicy wheat beer is brewed with rose petals to give it a perfumed bitterness.

Old Dominion Cherry Blossom Lager – This springtime favorite has some floral flavors under its big cherry taste.

Old Dominion Sunseeker Wheat

Monday, May 4, 2015 | Old Dominion

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A wheat beer with a taste that’s just about bursting out of the bottle. Banana and clove carry from the nose into the flavor of this full-bodied unfiltered brew. It will definitely become one of your go-to brews this summer as it goes great with a clear sky and bright sun. Then again, it’s great after dark, too. 5% ABV

Trooper Thorns Irish Beef House

Monday, May 4, 2015 | Bars

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Whether you’re looking for a traditional pub or a fine dining experience, Trooper Thorns has something for everyone. Upstairs, they have their fine dining room, while their downstairs is a comfortable pub setting. And as the weather warms up, their deck will be in more use. Their Irish pub fare is some of the best in the area, and with a fine selection of import beers reasonably priced, you’ll never go thirsty. Great for a quick lunch midday and even better for a dinner outing in the evening.

Trooper Thorns Irish Beef Hous
451 Morgantown Rd
Reading, PA
(610) 685-4944
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Widmer Bros. Hefe Shandy

Friday, April 17, 2015 | Widmer

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It’s about time we start getting into gear with this full-fledged spring with a brew that’s as sweet as blossoming trees and as refreshing as a morning rain. New to Widmer’s line of craft brews is their hefeweizen shandy, great for spring and even better for summer. Their bold hefeweizen serves as a base for this beer, and Lemon Drop hops and natural lemonade flavor is added to create a whole new, brighter flavor. The perfect porch-sitting accessory after spring cleaning, gardening or mowing the lawn. 4.2% ABV

Bensalem Beer & Soda

Friday, April 17, 2015 | Retailers

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There’s no better place in the area to stock up on your favorite craft brew than Bensalem Beer & Soda. And even if you don’t know what your favorite is yet, they’ve got samplings every Friday to help you figure it out, featuring such breweries as Magic Hat, Troegs and Victory. Their kegs come in three sizes, are always on ice, and can contain such delicious nectars as beers from Anchor, Ithaca, and Stella Artois.

Plus, they’ve teamed up with Long Trail for the seedling giveaway on Earth Day. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to drink beer you love and give back to Mother Earth.

Bensalem Beer & Soda
Bensalem Plaza Shopping Center
1919 Street Rd
Bensalem, PA 19020
(215) 639-4790

How Far Craft Has Come

Friday, April 17, 2015 | Beer News, Breweries

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Once upon a time, American beer was considered of poor quality by international standards. Liquor dominated the drinking scene, particularly of the rich and famous, while beer remained in the background, something to drink for the everyday working man, but nothing to write home about. But as imported beer came on the market, American brewers and beer drinkers took note of how delicious beer could be, and began to take action to change the beer scene.

Some say the turning point in American beer happened when Anchor Brewing Co. was bought by Maytag in 1965 and revitalized, producing their first bottles of Anchor Steam in 1971. Jimmy Carter worked to deregulate the beer market in 1971, and allowed for small-scale homebrewing, allowing for microbreweries to start and thrive, even in competition with massive breweries that controlled the market up to that point. As they began to grow into businesses that could no longer be considered micro, the broader term of Craft Brewery was introduced.

Since that time, craft beer has been on a steady rise and has seen a great boom in the last 20 years. As homebrewing has grown as a hobby, more and more people have started up their own breweries to share their love of beer with others. In fact, many craft breweries started as just a few folks making beer in a garage. By 1995, 500 breweries were making beer, and that number more than doubled in two years. In fact, at the end of the 20th century, there were more breweries operating in the U.S. than in any other country in the world, giving us a huge variety of beers that were created with good old American taste and ingenuity. As more consumers find their love of great beer, the numbers will keep rising. As of right now, there are 108 craft breweries operating in Pennsylvania alone, and the state ranks second in the nation in barrels of beer produced per year.

If the rise in events such as the Great American Beer Festival or the Craft Brewers Conference last week don’t convince you that craft beer is growing, just take a trip to your local distributor and look at the myriad of beers available. Fifty years ago, you couldn’t easily find a barley wine or saison just anywhere. If you asked an employee, they probably wouldn’t be able to tell you what an IPA was, let alone help you find one you might like. So let’s just take a moment to be thankful for how far beer has come, and look forward to where it will go from here.

Long Trail Celebrating Earth Day

Friday, April 17, 2015 | Bars, Long Trail, Spring, Sustainable

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It’s almost Earth Day again, and that means Long Trail is gearing up for its annual celebration. Long Trail has long been known for their environmental efforts, with a number of programs that keep their impact on the environment minimal. They allow farmers to use their spent grain for feed, use cow manure for 25% of their overall power usage, catch and reuse steam released in the brewing process, partner with like-minded businesses and sponsor community organizations committed to the betterment of the environment. And every Earth Day, they give out prizes to bring attention to the important issues facing the Earth. Everyone buying Long Trail at a participating location will be given a special pint glass and some spruce tree seeds to plant anywhere they like. For a list of participating locations, see below.

One location in particular has gone above and beyond to give back to the planet that gave us life. The Railroad Street Bar and Grill, located in Royersford, has had specials on Long Trail throughout the month of April, and bought extra seedlings to distribute among the community in an attempt to beautify and improve the environment. They have a goal of planting 200 trees in the area, and will be giving away Spruce seeds all day. If you don’t have much of a green thumb yourself, Tomato Joe of Royersford Tomato and Vegetable Co. will be there after 4pm to plant the seeds in a cup for you.

Beer is just another reason in a long list to keep our planet healthy, but if we do say so ourselves, it’s a damn good one. So indulge in something you love for a good cause this Earth Day, Wednesday April 22.

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