Long Trail has taken their Limbo IPA and infused it with grapefruit and tangerine to create a new, juicy brew. Dry-hopped with Galaxy and Mosaic, this more complex take on a great original maintains the great hop character that is so loved in the first brew, but adds a whole new layer. 7.6% ABV
The Voodoo Ranger series is a new hoppy line of beers from New Belgium includes three new delicious brews, each with a unique flavor you’ve got to try. New Belgium has become known for their love of innovation and evolution, and these beers are no exceptions. Look for them in 12oz bottles, cans and on draft.
Voodoo Ranger IPA - Tropical aromas and flavors dominate thanks to the Mosaic and Amarillo hops. This wonderfully bitter golden IPA finishes refreshing. 52 IBU, 7% ABV
Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA – Mosaic, Calypso, Bravo and Delta hops create a terrific blend of fresh-cut pine and citrus notes. 85 IBU, 9% ABV
Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale – A truly complex beer with a majorly pine flavor, backed up by citrus, tropical, stone fruit and herbal notes. 35 IBU, 5.5% ABV
Want a New Year’s resolution you won’t want to abandon in a couple months? Why not challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone and try new styles of beer. It’s easy to decide you like a select few varieties and rarely try anything that doesn’t fit in that box, but you never know what you might be missing.
Here we’ve listed a number of different common styles, as well as a few examples of each. An easy way to go through the list is just to pick one from each category and try it, but if you’re up for more of a challenge, try going through all the list before the end of the year is up. Could be you find your new favorite brew.
Troegs Nugget Nectar
Goose Island Autumn Ale
Blonde Ale -
Victory Summer Love
Kona Big Wave Golden Ale
New Belgium Whizbang
Brown Ale -
Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale
Lancaster Billy’s Bock
Starr Hill Snow Blind Doppelbock
Extra Special Bitter -
Magic Hat Wooly
Redhook Extra Special Bitter
Victory Kirsch Gose
Uinta Ready Set Gose
Long Trail Cranberry Gose
Starr Hill The Love
India Pale Ale -
Evolution Lot #3
Ithaca Flower Power
Fat Head’s Head Hunter
American Lager -
Kona Long Board Island Lager
Anchor Steam Beer
Susquehanna Goldencold Lager
Goose Island Oktoberfest
Milk/Sweet Stout -
Lancaster Milk Stout
Pale Ale –
Spencer Trappist Ale
Prism ParTea Pale Ale
Troegs Sunshine Pils
Fuller’s London Porter
Lancaster Shoo-Fly Pie Porter
Goose Island Sofie
Old Dominion Gigi’s Farmhouse Ale
Old Dominion Morning Glory Espresso Stout
Magic Hat Heart of Darkness
Old Dominion Candi Tripel
Victory Golden Monkey
Wild Ale -
Goose Island Lolita
New Belgium Le Terroir
Rogue Beard Beer
New Belgium Tartastic
Hoegaarden Original White
This Lips of Faith collabeeration with the band the beer is named for is both unique and surprising. Blended 70% stout and 30% wood-aged sour, it starts with a sweet-then-sour fruitiness, then moves onto darker, chocolatey notes, accented by a wood and charred flavor which lingers longer. Its creamy mouthfeel makes for a satisfying drink. 9.5% ABV
Cocktails are a great alternative to champagne on New Year’s, so why not take it a step further and mix up your favorite beer into a great new beverage? Here, we’ll give you some winter-flavored cocktails that are worth celebrating with.
A great option for New Year’s Day. Mix 2 parts Goose Island Sofie with 1 part orange juice for a neat twist on a brunch classic. Being white wine barrel-aged, it will impart enough flavor to conjure a somewhat champagne-like flavor, but the saison brew itself will make for a more complex drink.
Add 1 ounce good aged rum, 1 ounce ginger liqueur (like Domaine de Canton French Ginger) and 1 whole egg to a cocktail shaker. Shake for 30 seconds, add about an ounce of Wyndridge Farm Barn Dog Imperial Porter, half an ounce of hot water, and strain/stir into a mug.
For a single drink: pour 12 ounces of Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar into a saucepan and add a pinch of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and a few whole cloves. Heat on low to medium low heat until the foam that arises subsides–do not allow to boil. Add honey to taste, 2 ounces cognac, and garnish with a slice or wheel of orange.
And now for some refreshing mixes:
Black & Tan
This traditional beer-and-beer cocktail is an easy standard to go to. For the best flavor, try Victory Headwaters and Long Trail Unearthed.
This take on the French 75 uses an IPA rather than champagne for a more complex flavor. Pour 6 ounces of New Belgium Citradelic into a collins glass, then combine 2 ounces bourbon, 3/4 ounce lemon juice, and 1/2 ounce simple syrup with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain over beer, garnish with lemon twist.
Cranberry Moscow Mule
Fill mug with ice, then pour 2 ounces sweetened cranberry juice, juice from half a lime, 2 ounces vodka, 4 ounces Crabbie’s Original Ginger Beer over said ice. Stir, and garnish with lime wedge and cranberries.
Founded by Ross Brockman and Tyler Mosher (and later adding Ross’s brother, Matt), this ciderie came from a love of fresh apple products off a family orchard. Tom, who runs the orchard in the heart of New England apple country, presses their cider year-round, and they go about the process of turning it into delicious hard cider. They’re so close to the farm, they can have an apple picked and the juice from it fermenting in the matter of a single morning. Priding themselves on using only the best ingredients–never concentrate, artificial sweeteners or “natural flavoring’–they commit themselves to using pure, fresh-pressed juices and all-natural ingredients in all of their beverages. After a first operating off the farm, then out of a mill, and a couple moves in between, they are now located in Boston, and have a taproom and tours (by reservation) open to the public.
Currently in their line is the Original Blend, a crisp, no-nonsense unfiltered cider brewed only with Tom’s apple cider and ale yeast; the Cranberry blend adds a tartness, with only the addition of fresh cranberry juice; and then there are four seasonal blends: Maple, which adds (you guessed it) maple syrup, Summer, with a little lemon juice, rind and ginger root, Pumpkin, which adds pumpkin mash and a little homemade chai brew and Winter, which holds the warming cinnamon bark and nutmeg.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.