Breweries

Starr Hill King of Hop Series

Monday, April 18, 2016 | Starr Hill Brewery

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If you’re an IPA lover, you’ve got to try these. This hoppy series starts with a base brew and expands from there with three additional varieties. King of Hop is numero uno, a imperial IPA that’s dry-hopped to showcase the citrus notes of Pacific Northwest hops. After that, you’ve got the same brew, but with a hint of Grapefruit added to fully accentuate the bitterness. Next up is the Lemon-Lime, packed full of real zest flavor that further highlights citric flavors. And last, Habanero is added to the fourth brew, giving it a pleasant heat and pulling out flavors in the pepper than go unnoticed in other foods.

Look forward to these 10 special draft events in the coming weeks:

Thursday, April 7

Capone’s
East Norriton
6 PM

Thursday, April 28

CJ’s Dog House
Kulpsville
6 PM

The Barley Mow
West Reading
5 PM

Saturday, May 7

Union Jack’s
Glenside
12 Noon

Wednesday, May 11

Garret Hill Ale House
Bryn Mawr
6-8 PM

Thursday, May 12

Ganley’s Pub
Sinking Spring
5 PM

Friday, May 13

Craft Beer Store
Springfield
4 PM

Wednesday, May 25

Dog and Bull
Bensalem
5 PM

Art of Troegs

Monday, April 18, 2016 | Contest, Fun, Troegs

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Do you have the drive to create art? Well, here’s a way to be rewarded for it and get rid of some of those Troegs caps you’ve got hanging around.

Troegs is having a contest wherein you create a piece of art from a piece of Troegs–bottle caps, cans, labels, etc. A winner chosen by the brewery will win $500 and will have their name in shining lights when they open their art gallery in Hershey this summer. Take a look at their blog for inspiration. Submissions due by May 14th. For further details, click here.

Want to pursue your art in a casual fashion? Troegs will be having a few tap takeovers that double as an outlet for your vision. Color on your own or join the community canvas to create something wonderful. Don’t miss out, because they will be giving away Troegs adult coloring books and colored pencils as well.

Events:

Railroad St. Bar & Grill
4/20
7:30 pm

Butcher & Barkeep
4/21
6-8pm

Aging Beers

Friday, March 25, 2016 | Fun, Goose Island, Troegs, Uinta, Victory, Widmer

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Most beers are best drunk fresh, particularly those on the hop-forward side of things. But as with every rule, there are exceptions. Like fine wines, some beers dig deeper into their flavors with age, blooming into something truly extraordinary. Today, we’ll go over the best methods for choosing a beer to age, and what conditions are best for bringing out the most in your bottle.

Will It Age Well?

The flavors that hold true over time are breadiness, earthiness, blackcurrant, straw, woodiness, wine and sweetness. If you choose a beer that is strong in these flavors already, chances are they will only grow. However, do consider that metallic and cardboard flavors can develop in some beers. Also, beers with higher ABV (7% and up) tend to age better than those with less alcohol.

Don’t be afraid to experiment! Just as taste in beer style is relative, the styles that you may like aged are probably different than your neighbors’ or friends’ preferred aged styles.

So, here’s a quick rundown of the styles that might be good for aging.

Barleywines
Saisons
Winter Warmers
Sours
Lambics
Krieks
Gueuzes
Stouts
Porters
Oak-Aged Beers

Where and How to Store

There’s a reason that this process is often referred to as ‘cellaring.’ Beer of any variety hates heat and light. This is the cause of ‘skunkiness,’ or that stale, horrible flavor that one equates with a bottle that’s been found sitting on a porch after several weeks. This is why craft beers are stored in dark bottles or cans. So you’ll want a cool, dark environment to let your beer sleep. Temperatures in the low 50s are thought to be best, thought consistency in temperature is also key. If you have a corner of your basement that keeps cool year-round, that might be the places to set up your little aging center.

It’s best to keep your beer upright for several reasons. Although wine cellars have a tendency to store their bottles horizontally, vertical orientation helps to keep the beer from over-oxidizing and ruining the flavor. Also, if you are choosing the age a corked beer, that same cork can impart some not-so-pleasant flavors into the brew. Sommeliers refer to this as a wine being ‘corked.’

Deciding to age a beer can be fraught with impatience. The time that you store a beer is ultimately up to you. However, we so humbly suggest buying several of your chosen beer, and tasting it as it progresses, starting with a fresh sample, then aging one year, two years and so on to see how the flavor changes. Keeping note of the changes can be a fun project, as well as allow you to know what the best aging time is for your next go ’round. Plus, if you don’t wait as long as planned (there is that impatience again), you will still have a back up so you can taste what you otherwise would have missed.

Our Suggestions

Of course we have a few suggestions for as to what you might like to age. If there is something on this list you’ve liked fresh, maybe put a bottle or two away to see how your favorite flavors develop with age. There’s a few of these that will be off shelf for the season, so try and grab them while you still can.

Goose Island – Sofie

Troegs – Mad Elf

Uinta – Anniversary Barleywine

Widmer Bros. – Old Embalmer

Victory – Storm King Stout

Evolution – Bourbon Migration

Hoppy Easter

Friday, March 25, 2016 | Rogue, Spring

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Spring has officially sprung, and that means that the humulus lupulus (otherwise known to beer-lovers as hops) are beginning to surface. While the harvest for hops is much, much later (think early fall), there is a lot of important work being done at this point in the growth cycle. As the shoots come up, they must be pruned to improve growth of the strongest, trained to string or cords so that they grow efficiently and weeded to ensure they aren’t choked out. This is all a lot of hard work, but the end result is worth it.

A brewery that knows this best is Rogue, who grows their own aromatic hops on their farm. And to showcase this blend of art and science, they’ve come out with a series of four IPAs.

4 Hop IPA – A blend of Rebel, Freedom, Yaquina and Alluvial hops. Served best with poultry and veggies. 55 IBU and 4.44% ABV

6 Hop IPA – Liberty, Revolution, Independent, Freedom, Yaquina and Alluvial hops make up this one, best paired with red meat or cheeses. 87 IBU and 6.66% ABV

7 Hop IPA – This number includes Liberty, Newport, Revolution, Independent, Freedom, Yaquina and Alluvial hops. Pairs well with spicy foods or red meat. 76 IBU and 7.77% ABV

8 Hop IPA – In this final brew, there’s Liberty, Newport, Revolution, Independent, Freedom, Rebel, Yaquina and Alluvial hops. This goes well with poultry and spicy dishes. 80 IBU and 8.88% ABV

So as flowers bloom, the Easter Bunny hop-hop-hops and the northern hemisphere turns green again, enjoy these brews to celebrate this beautiful time of year.

Evolution – Pine’Hop’le

Friday, March 25, 2016 | Evolution

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Take an IPA and add a load of pineapple juice, and you get this little golden beauty. The citrus and piney hops in this brew balance the sweetness of juicy pineapple rather well, creating a refreshing and very drinkable IPA. 6.8% ABV

Fat Head’s Hop Juju Limited Release

Thursday, February 25, 2016 | Fat Head's

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Hop Juju tastes like maybe it had a little witchcraft involved in its making. A huge blast of all your favorite hop flavors, with citrus and tropical fruits at the forefront, backed up by a light pininess. Lemon zest, grapefruit, mango, pineapple… the fruit list goes on, and with only enough bitterness to remind you that this 100 IBU brew is an Imperial IPA. It’s no wonder this beer won gold in the Great American Beer Festival twice. 9% ABV

Wondering where you can find this juicy treat? Take a glance below to see where you can find it.

Events:

Railroad St. Bar & Grill
Royersford, PA
5pm, Thursday, February 25 (Tonight!)

Pinocchio’s Pizza
Media, PA
3pm, Friday February 26

Bogart’s
Springfield, PA
5pm, Friday February 26

Copne’s Restaurant
Norristown, PA
Sunday, February 28

Other Locations Available On Tap:

320 Market Deli
Swarthmore, PA

Blue Dog
Chalfont, PA

Boccella’s Deli
Havertown, PA

Canal Street Pub
Reading, PA

Double Edge Bar &  Grille
Newtown Square, PA

Ganly’s Pub & Deli
Sinking Springs, PA

Harry’s Taproom
Blue Bell, PA

Hulmeville Inn
Hulmeville, PA

Isaac Newtown’s
Newtown, PA

Liberty Taproom
Exeter, PA

Mad Mex Abington
Willow Grove, PA

Mari’s 6 Pac ‘n’ More
Reading, PA

Maxwell’s on Main
Doylestown, PA

PJ’s Pourhouse
North Wales, PA

Spinnerstown Hotel
Spinnerstown, PA

Teresa’s Bar
Wayne, PA

The Barley Mow
West Reading, PA

The Butcher & the Barkeep
Harleysville, PA

Trenton Rd Tavern
Fallsington, PA

Union Jack’s Manatawny
Boyertown, PA

Union Jack’s North Hills
Glenside, PA

Get Lost in the Woods with New Belgium Sours

Thursday, February 25, 2016 | New Belgium

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February marks a celebration of New Belgium Brewery’s wide range of lip-smacking sour brews. At the beginning of the month, they threw a big party at their brewery to showcase beers like La Folie, Transatlantique Kriek, Oscar Worthy Coffee and other special creations. Their wood cellar was full of good beer, performers ranging from magicians to musicians, and of course, New Belgium employees. And the Sour Symposium beforehand provided lots of information on this year’s La Folie, Transatlantique Kriek and new sours coming up.

Don’t feel left out just because you weren’t in Colorado to party it up with the brewery, though. There are plenty of local events with their delicious sours to offer. Check below to find out where you can get lost in the woods.

But first, let’s go over the sours these events are celebrating:

La Folie: This Flanders Oud Bruin is aged 1-3 years in an oak barrel, and comes out with flavors of green apple, tart grapes and lemon zest. 7% ABV

Transatlantique Kriek: This beer is made in partnership with Old Beersel, creating a bright, fruity cherry flavor that begins sweet, then turns tart. 8% ABV

Eric’s Ale: A wild ale that smacks of peaches, melon and sour citrus. A relatively mild ale, it also delivers a hint of oak. 7% ABV

Blackberry Barleywine: Dark fruits dominate the sourness in this one, with a deep breadiness, wood tannins and hops to balance the flavor. 10% ABV

Le Terroir: Starts with a zing of lemon and mango, which quickly moves into a rounder peach flavor and finishes with an earthy hoppiness. 7.5% ABV

Snapshot: This wheat beer is unexpectedly tart, though it starts sweet before moving to the tangy sourness with a hint of lemon. Yeast also makes a robust appearance. 5% ABV

Events:

PJ’s Pourhouse
Montgomeryville, PA
Thursday, March 25, 4-6pm (TONIGHT!)

Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting
Friday, 2/26, 6pm
8 NB on draft Featuring:
La Folie, Trans Atlantique Kriek, Eric’s Ale

Union Jack’s North Hills
Sat. 3/5  tapping at Noon

Whole Foods
Glen Mills, PA
Friday, April 1, 4-6pm

Limited Sours Also Available:

Liberty Tap Room
Exeter, PA

Union Jack’s
Manatawny, PA

Dark Beers for Winter

Friday, January 22, 2016 | Anchor, Evolution, Fuller's, Keegan Ales, Lancaster Brewing, Old Dominion, Rogue, Troegs, Victory, Wyndridge Farm

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We still aren’t done with winter, folks. With the cold season still coming on strong, let’s take a moment to look at the best beer styles to warm the soul when the weather is frigid: stouts and porters.The strong, roasted flavors of these styles provide a rich escape from the realities of the cold outside, and notes of cocoa or coffee keep the mind on warm beverages.

Porters are first mentioned in the early eighteenth century as a style of well-hopped ale made from brown malt and strong in both flavor and alcohol. They derived their name from being popular with porters, which allowed breweries to make this style in a variety of strengths. Stouts actually began as a type of porter, referred to as ‘stout’ or ‘double stout’ porters, due to their higher ABV than standard porters. Even today, there is some debate on whether the two styles should be separated as they are, as the difference between them is largely their alcohol content.

Anchor Porter: A rich and well-balanced drink with a deep roasted malt flavor and touches of chocolate and dark fruit. 5.6% ABV

Dominion Oak Barrel Stout: Infused with vanilla bean and oak chips, this brew is smooth, with woody, chocolatey and caramel notes. 6% ABV

Ithaca Super Stout: A coffee oatmeal stout is full-bodied and packed with bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavors. 4.9% ABV

Lancaster Double Chocolate: Cocoa nibs and pure chocolate were infused into this slightly sweet milk stout. 6.7% ABV

Fullers London Porter: Fuller’s has been brewing ales since 1654, so it stands to reason that their classic porter is one of the best representations of the style. 5.4% ABV

Evolution Lucky 7: Smokey and chocolatey with toffee and dark fruit notes, this porter is top notch. 5.8% ABV

Troegs Java Head: Locally roasted espresso and Kenyan coffee beans make this oatmeal stout taste like another delicious brew we know. 7.5% ABV

Keegan Mother’s Milk: A silky milk stout with licorice hints above a coffee and chocolate base. 6% ABV

Rogue Chocolate Stout: This one is chocolate all the way down without being overly sweet. Top of its class. 5.8% ABV

Victory Storm King Imperial Stout: Huge hops lay over the darkest roasted malts you’ll ever encounter for a rich espresso-chocolate profile. 9.2% ABV

Wyndridge Farm Farm Dog Chocolate Vanilla Imperial Porter: Madagascar vanilla beans and Ghana cacao nibs imbue this finely-crafted porter with the richest of flavors. 7% ABV

Bold Rock IPA

Friday, January 22, 2016 | Bold Rock Cider

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That’s not Indian Pale Ale, but India Pressed Apple. This cider’s got a healthy dose of hops, creating a great finish on that refreshing, big apple taste. Dry-hopped to add citrus and floral notes, the tartness of apples and bitterness of the hops are well-balanced by a sweet flavor underneath, making this cider is very drinkable and certainly capable of being a session beverage for any given night. 4.7% ABV

Fat Head’s Coming to Town

Sunday, January 10, 2016 | Fat Head's

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Heads up, there’s another award-winning brewery coming to a retailer near you. Fat Head’s won five medals at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival, four of which were gold, and now you’ll get the chance to try their top-notch beer. Co-owner Glenn Benigni started in 1992 with a saloon in Pittsburgh, a haven for craft beer. Deciding he wanted to produce world-class craft beer, he teamed up with Brewmaster Matt Cole, and in 2009, moved the operation to Olmsted, OH to start a full-scale brewery with instantaneous success. Since then, they’ve opened new breweries in Middleburg Heights, OH and Portland, OR, expanding their production to allow thousands more to enjoy their brews.

The three main brews on draft are

Head Hunter IPA – This dry-hopped West Coast style IPA manages to combine all the major hoppy flavors: pine, citrus and floral, with a fruity pineapple note. 7.5% ABV

Bumble Berry – Brewed with fresh honey and blueberries, this ale’s backbone is cracker-y malt base. A bit of honey sweetness and the freshness of berries creates a unique flavor. 5.3% ABV

Sunshine Daydream – A session IPA with a refreshingly big fruity flavor. Citrus hoppiness is at the forefront, with a malty backbone to even everything out. 4.9% ABV

In addition, there are five limited release brands available: Shakedown Imperial Stout, Goggle Fogger Hefe Weizen, Battle Axe Baltic Porter, Head Trip Tripel and Trail Head Pale Ale. These will be available for a limited time during the introductory release, so try them while you can.

Today at 6pm, Liberty Taproom kicks off a week of events to introduce the brewery to the area featuring the Fat Head’s crew. Each event will offer a few of the limited brews mentioned above on tap, with brands varying by location.

Here’s our list to help you find an event near you.

Sunday, January 10

Liberty Taproom – 6pm
237 Prospect St, Exeter, PA

Monday, January 11

Capone’s Restaurant – 8pm
224 W Germantown Pk, Norristown, PA

Tuesday, January 12

CJ’s Doghouse – 5pm
1555 Sumneytown Pk, Kulpsville, PA

The Barley Mow – 6pm
719 Penn Ave, West Reading, PA

Wednesday, January 13

The Butcher & The Bar Keep – 5pm
712 Main St, Harleysville, PA

Hulmeville Inn – 5pm
4 Trenton Rd, Hulmeville, PA

Doylestown Crawl 7-11pm
Station Tap House – 194 W Ashland St
Finney’s Pub – 15 S Main St
Chambers 19 – 19 N Main St
Penn Taproom – 80 W State St
Mesquito Grill – 128 W State St
Stephanie’s – 29 S Main St
Farm House – 280 N Main St

Thursday, January 14

Blue Dog – 5pm
4275 County Line Rd, Chalfont, PA

Union Jack’s – 5pm
2750 Limekiln Pk, Glenside, PA

Mari’s 6 Pac ‘n More – 3pm
835 Hiester’s Ln, Reading, PA

Ganley’s Pub & Deli – 6pm
500 Brownsville Rd, Sinking Springs, PA

Railroad St Bar & Grill – 7pm
36 Railroad St, Royersford, PA

Friday, January 15

Pinocchio’s Pizza – 5pm
131 E Baltimore Pk, Media, PA

Saturday, January 16

Teresa’s Bar – All Day
124 N Wayne Ave, Wayne, PA

January 21

Drake Tavern
304 Old York Rd, Jenkintown, PA

January 28

Public House
1073 Mill Creek Rd, Wycombe, PA


It’d be a shame to miss out on meeting Fat Head’s crew, but if for some reason you can’t make it, don’t worry: you can still enjoy limited drafts in one of these locations. The dates of availability vary, so be sure to call ahead and check.

320 Market Cafe
211 W State St, Media, PA
(484) 222-1467

Canal Street
535 Canal St, Reading, PA
(610) 376-4009

Double Edge Bar & Grille
4803 W Chelster Pk, Newtown Square, PA
(610) 356-7666

Harry’s Taproom
736 Dekalb Pk, Blue Bell, PA
(267) 625-5110

Jamison Pour House
2160 York Rd, Jamison, PA
(267) 483-5185

PJ’s Pourhouse
29 Airport Square, North Wales, PA
(609) 405-6530

Union Jack’s
546 Manatawny Rd, Boyertown, PA
(610) 689-0189

Whole Foods
510 W Germantown Pk, Plymouthmeeting, PA
(610) 832-0010

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