Breweries

Holiday Party Drink Pairings

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | Anchor, Food, Fun, Lancaster Brewing, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Rogue, Shock Top, Troegs, Victory

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So you’re throwing the holiday party this year. Maybe it’s your first year and you want to make sure everything goes smoothly, or perhaps you want to out-do last year. Rest easy with this list of beers and food pairings to serve. Whether you’re intending a sit-down meal or a lineup of hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening, we’ve got you covered.

Victory Winter Cheers – A fresh and semi-soft cheese plate would go wonderfully with the clove, banana and citrus notes in this beer. Ricotta, smoked gouda, havarti, and feta are all good choices. For an entree, lighter seafood is the way to go. This Greek seafood stew would suit the beer, as well as this sautéed tilapia with a lemon peppercorn sauce.

Troegs Mad Elf – The strength of the cherry, honey and cocoa flavors in this beer needs to be matched with equal strength. For an entree, glazed ham is perfect. For lighter fare, a spread of aged cheddar, roasted chestnuts, dates, figs and pear slices would not only be attractive, but allow for a variety of good matches.

Anchor Christmas – 2016′s Christmas Ale is a winter warmer, so chocolate truffles make a great finger food pairing. This recipe for turkey with a blueberry sauce holds up to the strong flavor as well. This beer also makes a great gift, as it changes from year-to-year.

Lancaster Winter Warmer – This one pairs well with a roast Christmas duck, a more novel alternative to traditional turkey. And chocolate torte with a raspberry sauce makes a great dessert option.

Shock Top Ginger Wheat – Honey ginger shrimp can be served either as an entree over pasta or just with toothpicks. A pear ginger crumble is a festive dessert that would also pair well.

Rogue Santa’s Private ReserveBeef bacon rolls measure up to this red ale easily and make great appetizers. And either a beef or pork roast would do fine for an entree.

If you’re doing a gift exchange, a warm Long Trail hoodie, a winter Victory Hat or a Magic Hat ornament are all great seasonal gifts. And if you’re looking for something to gift all your guests, make mixed six-packs of all of the beers listed above for them to try.

Goose Island Goose Winter Ale

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | Featured Beer, Goose Island

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A classic winter favorite, Goose Winter Ale is rich in nutty, chocolatey flavor with a deep, caramel-y maltiness. A very light hop bitterness rounds out the sweetness of this medium-bodied brown ale, and mild carbonation make for smooth drink. This is a great go-to brew for the holiday season. 5.3% ABV

Introducing Owl’s Brew Radlers

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | Owl's Brew

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Owl’s Brew, started in 2013 by Jennie Ripps and Maria Littlefield, was initially focused on cocktail mixers using a variety of teas and other all natural ingredients like agave, citrus and caramel. The idea was to make a high-quality tea-based mixer that is easy to use in the home, and now they have more than a handful on the shelves for all different tastes. Since then, they’ve decided to dip their toes in the beer market with a line of tea-infused radlers. These double-brewed beverages are filled with complex, robust flavors you won’t find anywhere else.

The four in this lineup are as follows: That’s My Jam, an amber ale with darjeeling hibiscus tea and strawberry (3.8% ABV); The Blondie, wheat beer combined with black tea, lemon and lime (3.8% ABV); and Short and Stout, a blend of chocolate stout, masala chai, pineapple and coconut water (5% ABV). Wicked Watermelon, which is wheat beer, white tea, watermelon and pomegranate, will be available seasonally (3.8% ABV).

So next time you’re looking for something a little different to drink, give these unique radlers a try and enjoy the magic of their double-brew.

Troegs’ Splinter Cellar

Friday, September 16, 2016 | Troegs

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The folks over at Troegs have been known for the detail they put into designing their beer and brewery–their gorgeous modern tasting room and snack bar, the self-guided and guided tours, slick, minimalistic labels… so it’s no surprise that they would come up with such a beautiful way to wood age beer. Their new Splinter Cellar is a testament to the art and science of brewing. Three 21-foot-tall foeders, like ancient trees, stand in a high-windowed corner where guided tours meet. Each of these magnificent giants was made by Giobatta & Piero Garbellotto, 200-year-old Italian barrel manufacturers, and holds 9,300 gallons. The wood–a mix of Italian, French and Hungarian oak–imbues notes of vanilla and coconut onto the beers inside.

And just above the cellar is the new Troegs art gallery, featuring pieces from Art of Troegs contests and commissioned work from artists up and down the East Coast.

Watch this video of the Splinter Cellar construction now to see all the love that went into it.

Respect the Monkey

Friday, September 16, 2016 | Contest, Victory

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Living in this area, you’d be hard pressed to find a beer-lover who doesn’t have a story involving Golden Monkey. The tripel has become synonymous with wild tales and freed inhibitions, so it stands to reason that a collection of stories surrounding the beer would be quite entertaining.

If you need a new audience for your favorite Golden Monkey escapade, the folks at Victory are eager to hear it. Submit your story with a photo or video to RepsectTheMonkey.com for your chance to win exclusive Golden Monkey prizes. Submissions will be accepted until midnight, October 10th, after which judges will pick five video and five photo finalists. Then starting October 15th, fan voting will determine the final winners, which will be announced on the 29th. Finalists will receive a Victory t-shirt and a small swag item, while two grand prize winners will get a Golden Monkey prize package with signed memorabilia.

So tell you story and don’t worry if the monkey speaks.

To enter, click here, and for more information on the contest, click here.

Devil’s Backbone Family Beer Project Adventure Pack

Friday, July 29, 2016 | Devil's Backbone, Featured Beer

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The folks at Devil’s Backbone are much like a big family. So, to celebrate that familial feeling, they split into 12 brewer-lead groups to create difference beers together. At the end of all this, the brewers chose five of these to include in this very special variety pack, as well as the staple Vienna Lager.

Vienna Lager – This amber beer has a slight sweet caramel tone with warm toastiness and some biscuit aroma. 5.2% ABV

Tropical Thunder – A kristalweizen made with pineapple juice, this beer holds banana and spice elements with a bittering finish. 5.3% ABV

Apple-achian Pie Stout – Spicy and full of baked apple and browned sugar flavors, this one has a great silkiness to its mouthfeel. 8% ABV

Hot Shot IPA – Jalapeños are the surprise ingredient in this well-blanced IPA, with grapefruit and herbal notes played against the spiciness of the peppers. 6.2% ABV

Ale of Two Cities - On a base of toasted malt, citric fruitiness sits, finishing with a dry, bittering hoppiness. 4.7% ABV

Space Fruit Pale Ale - Tropical fruit, apricot, and floral notes dominate this flavor profile, with a nice malty backbone and bitter finish. 4.6% ABV

Fat Tire and Friends New Belgium Collabeeration

Friday, July 29, 2016 | New Belgium

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To celebrate 25 years of brewing, New Belgium has put together a one-of-a-kind collaboration mix-pack that features its flagship beer and all the different ways it could be tweaked to make a new brew. With the help from their friends from five different breweries, they’ve come up with five new beers that show us just how far craft brewing has come in all those years. And alongside all those new collaborations in this 12-pack is the inspirational beer itself, Fat Tire.

Allagash Fat Funk Ale – This heavily Belgian-inspired beer is all funk, spice and fruity yeast flavors. 5.6% ABV

Avery Fat Wild Ale – Wild yeast brings out tropical fruit in this ale, with a great malt backbone and good hop aroma. 6.2% ABV

Hopsworks Fat Sour Apple Ale – Juicy tartness is imparted by apple juice, which fades well into a nice maltiness. 5.9% ABV

Firestone Walker Fat Hoppy Ale – Tropical and herbal hops play over a caramel-y base. 6% ABV

Rhinegeist Fat Pale Ale – Citrus and floral hops add novelty to the base beer. 6% ABV

If you’re looking for a chance to try these collaboration beers, there are a number of retailers who have the 12-packs available, as well as drafts available at some bars, including a few New Belgium events.

Summer Troegsway

Friday, June 17, 2016 | Fun, Troegs

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The beginning of summer promises the beginning of adventure; walking the streets of an unfamiliar city, floating down a lazy river, scaling that mountain you’ve only seen from a distance. And Troegs wants to celebrate that spirit. From now through mid-August, they’ll be picking out their favorite #troegsway summer photos each week, and the winners will score a carefully curated prize pack, full of summer necessities like beach towels, sunglasses, bandanas and more.

Simply tag your photo–be it sunny beach selfie, perfect backyard BBQ or campsite snapshot–with #troegsway on Instagram and you could be a winner. If you need inspiration, take a look at what’s been posted already. And don’t wait until summer is almost over. Grab some Troegs cans and some friends, and boldly venture out to your next great feat.

New Belgium Heavy Melon

Friday, June 17, 2016 | New Belgium

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There’s no doubt that watermelon and lime are key summer flavors, and this ale boldly smacks of these flavors. A sturdy malt base carries the sweet melon flavor and the tartness of lime and dryness of light, grassy hops finish it out smooth and clean. A great companion for your backyard BBQ or a picnic by the lake. 5% ABV

Sweet and Bitter: Fruit IPAs

Thursday, May 26, 2016 | Evolution, Magic Hat, New Belgium, Old Dominion, Starr Hill Brewery, Uinta

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You’ve probably noticed it. A definite trend in the India Pale Ale scene that is only gaining speed as summer comes around the bend. Fruit has entered the playing field in a huge way in the last few years–though the concept of brewing the style with fruit is certainly older than that–and it seems like every brewery is coming out with their own rendition of the Fruit IPA. Old favorites are getting a new twist and new brews are being born with fruitiness as their sole intention. The trend isn’t exactly surprising. American hop varieties have been moving to more juicy citrus and pithy flavors and many breweries have been recreating fruit flavors with a blend of hops and malt, so the craft beer drinker’s palate has been ready for this move for awhile. It was only a matter of time before the idea of adding real fruit really took off, and it’s likely a style that will be around for awhile.

New Belgium Citradelic – Bright citra hops and tangerine peel work as a power duo in this brew for an overall flavor that is both smooth and packs a juicy aroma. 6% ABV

Magic Hat Electric Peel – The zest and flesh of grapefruit dominate the palate in this crisp ale. It’s almost easy to mistake it for a glass of juice. 6% ABV

Evolution Pine’Hop’le – A complex hop aroma carries hints of mango, citrus and melon, but the taste is unmistakably pineapple and well-balanced between sweet and bitter. 6.8% ABV

Starr Hill The Hook – A crisp and refreshing grapefruit ale that is sessionable, so you don’t have to worry about going back for another. 4.9% ABV

Dominion GPA – This one sets itself apart by including zest in its brewing process, creating a more subtle grapefruit flavor amidst hoppiness. 6% ABV

Uinta Hop Nosh Tangerine – A fresh splash of tangerine flavor in every mouthful, this is a brilliant twist on what is already a classic brew. 7.3% ABV

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