Breweries

Spencer Trappist Ale – A First for the U.S.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 | Events, Spencer Trappist Brewery

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Trappist monks have a long tradition in the art of brewery, particularly in Belgium and the Netherlands. Now, Spencer, Massachusetts boasts their own Trappist brewery, the first in the U.S., and one of only ten in the world. Their ale is what these men drink at dinner every evening, brewed by their own hands to support themselves, as their strict Benedictine code calls for.

Inspired by traditional patersbier, the ale is a full-bodied golden ale with fruity accents, light hoppiness and a dry finish. It is unfiltered and unpasteurized, containing live yeast which condition the brew in the bottle. 6.5% ABV

January 8th, there will be a release party at Ganly’s Irish Pub in Sinking Spring, starting at 5pm. This is your chance to try this one-of-a-kind ale, and take a moment to think about the men who made it.

Genly’s Irish Pub
500 Brownsville Rd
Sinking Spring, PA

Happy Holidays

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 | Anchor, Leffe, Rogue, Victory, Winter

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We hope you’re having a safe and festive holiday season, warm with your loved ones and a tasty beverage beside the fireside, or out with your friends at a holiday party, drinking cold-but-belly-warming brews. And maybe you’ve gotten all of your gift-shopping done, but it seems like even after you think you’re done, you remember one of two people on your Nice List that deserve the very best. We’ve got a list of perfect stocking-stuffers, gifts for those who are hard to please, or handouts at your New Years Eve party. Here’s our Holiday Brews Roundup.

Anchor Christmas Ale – In a magnum bottle, this is the perfect Christmas gift for the beer aficionado, always looking for something new–the recipe for this ale changes year by year to year, with this year’s brew having a delightful mix of holiday spices in his flavor, and an herbal undertone. 5.5% ABV

Rogue Santa’s Reserve – Got a hop-loving friend who still needs a stocking stuffer? This India Red Ale will do the trick, and comes in 22oz to make them extra merry. 6% ABV

Victory Golden Monkey – Although this brew is offered year-round, some might argue that its full body, dried fruit flavors and warming alcohol make it a perfect winter drink that’s sure to bring some color to your cheeks, especially with a 750 ml bottle. 9.5% ABV

Leffe Blonde – The spice and vanilla aroma of this brew allow it to fit perfectly for the season. Toasty caramel notes dominate and are finished with drying hops. Available in 25 oz bottles. 6.6% ABV

12 Geese of Christmas

Friday, December 12, 2014 | Bars, Events, Fun, Goose Island

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Now is the perfect chance to try one or many Goose Island beers. There are five events coming at locations near you, where up to twelve Goose Island drafts will be available, at least two of which are from their Bourbon County series. If you’re already a fan, it’s a great way to celebrate the holidays, and if you haven’t tried their beer yet, it’s an amazing opportunity to get acquainted with the Chicago-based brewery.

Here’s the details:

December 12
Simmeria Cafe & Bistro
24 E Main St
Fleetwood

Blue Dog
4275 County Line Rd
Chalfont
5pm-9:30pm

December 18
Double Edge Bar & Grille
4803 W Chester Pk
Newtown Square

Blue Dog Pub – Lansdale
850 S Valley Forge Rd,
Lansdale
5pm-9:30pm

December 19

Maggie O’Neill’s
1062 Pontiac Rd
Drexel Hill
7pm

Rogue Santa’s Secret Reserve

Friday, December 12, 2014 | Featured Beer, Rogue

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This India Red Ale has been a seasonal favorite for hop-lovers for a few years now, with a big citrus and floral profile laid over a strong malty base. A dark amber hue really allows this brew to shine with Christmas spirit, and the finish is cleaner than many other holiday brews. 6% ABV

Keegan Ales Coming to SE Pennsylvania

Friday, December 12, 2014 | Keegan Ales

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The Hudson Valley’s Brewery is coming to a retailer near you. Founded in 2003 using a defunct brewery building, Keegan Ales has come far in the last eleven years, winning numerous awards and expanding their beer list to include many delicious brews.

Look for these beers near you:

Mother’s Milk – A dark and creamy milk stout with flavors of oatmeal and chocolate and a remarkably silky smooth finish. 5% ABV

Hurricane Kitty – An aggressively hopped IPA  with a slight toffee base and plenty of piney notes. 6% ABV

Bine Climber – A sessional IPA for hopheads who can’t get enough. Citrus and floral hop aromas fill this ale. 4.9% ABV

Chemistry Set Variety Case – This case includes their golden ale Old Capital, Joe Mama’s Milk milk stout, Hurricane Kitty, and Mother’s Milk.

So go out and take advantage of tasting one of these award-winning ales.

Pumpkin Brews for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 20, 2014 | Long Trail, Magic Hat, Rogue, Shock Top, Starr Hill Brewery

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You may think that pumpkin ales go out with Halloween, but they are actually the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving meal. Try pulling any of these out for the family, and they’re sure to please everyone.

Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin Porter – This traditional English-style porter has a twist of pumpkin to add the flavor of the harvest season. Its light spicing allow the flavors of the pumpkin itself to really shine through. Great for hearty main courses, or an after-dinner drink. 4.7% ABV

Shock Top Pumpkin – When talking pumpkin beers, one doesn’t usually think about witbier, but the combination is surprisingly good. Goes great with lighter desserts or fruit salads, like ambrosia. 5.2% ABV

Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin – The perfect warming brew for these cold, November nights. A blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves spice this finely crafted brew, and there’s just enough hops to make a clean finish. 8% ABV

Uinta Punk’n – Pumpkin, spice and hints of vanilla and honey make this truly one of the best and most interesting pumpkin ales of the season. Goes great with roasted turkey, squash and pumpkin dishes. Plus, it’s got organic ingredients. 4% ABV

Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale – Made with pumpkins out of their own patch, this ale is chocked full of pumpkin pie flavor. Great with any dessert, and pork, if you’re wanting to stray from the traditional turkey. 5.6% ABV

Long Trail Farmhouse Sampler Case

Thursday, November 20, 2014 | Long Trail

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This variety case is packed with four mouth-watering IPAs.

Blackrye IPA: Three types of rye malt and dry-hopping give this drink a peppery, piney flavor. 6.3% ABV

American IPA: Chocked full of hops at every opportunity, this beer won’t disappoint. 6.4% ABV

Session IPA: If you’re looking for a full-flavored IPA that doesn’t pack so much ABV, look no further than this. 4.5% ABV

White IPA: Citrus comes through brilliantly in this half IPA half Belgian-white mix. 6.2% ABV

Plan Your Spookiest Halloween Party

Friday, October 17, 2014 | Evolution, Fall, Fun, Ithaca, Long Trail, Rogue, Starr Hill Brewery, Victory

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Halloween is one of the few holidays that is celebrated in many different countries across the world, and has evolved into a huge cultural phenomenon here in the U.S. Whole stores dedicated to costumes and decorations, movies and TV shows drawing on the themes of this scary night, and of course, many beers that pay homage to the traditions of this day. You may have stopped trick-or-treating some years back, but you can still treat yourself and guests to an All Hallow’s Eve party you aren’t likely to forget with a few of these tricks.

Beverages: The clear choice here is pumpkin ales, given the importance of Jack-O-Lanterns in traditional Halloween lore, but cider, and harvest ales are also appropriate.

Rogue Dead Guy Ale: This beer-fan favorite’s name is scary enough to serve at this spookiest of holidays. Great balance between hops and malt makes for easy drinking. Looking to try it before you buy some for your party? 6.5% ABV Click here to find a case, and here if you’re looking to try it on draft.

Evolution Jacques Au Lantern: This deep orange brew is full of pumpkin and spicy clove, cinnamon and nutmeg flavors without being over-the-top. Sweet, and goes down easy. 6.3 % ABV

Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin: A touch of hoppy bitterness balances the sweet pumpkin and pie spice notes in this Brush and Barrel series brew. It’s also a little higher in the alcohol content than others on this list. 8% ABV

Ithaca Country Pumpkin: Natural-tasting pumpkin flavors are the backbone of this brew, with just enough cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg and hop to keep it interesting. 6.3% ABV

Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin Porter: This hybrid brew mixes a sweet pumpkin taste with the caramel and coffee notes of a porter. Definitely not your usual pumpkin beer. 5.2% ABV

Victory Festbier: Marzen’s aren’t only for Oktoberfest. The deep-roasted malts in this beer go well with all sorts of hearty harvest foods, and it’s the perfect choice for anyone who isn’t too into pumpkin ales. 5.6% ABV

An easy way to make these beers even more festive is to serve them in a pumpkin keg. If you have more than one beer, paint the pumpkin festively with the name of the brew, or cut out a coffin from cardboard, paint it black and add the name.

Food: Whether you’re having a sit-down meal, or just want to serve some ghoulish treats for your guests, we’ve got you covered.

Not-so-tricky treats: Disembodied hands, caramel apples, spider bites, finger sandwiches, pumpkin cheeseball, roasted pumpkin seeds, bloody tomato soup & munster sammies, and deviled eggs are all good choices of finger foods to set out on a spooky spread.

Harvest Meal: These foods stick with the theme of the autumn harvest, using such ingredients at squash, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, parsnips, pears, carrots and apples for a number of hearty dishes. Garlicky sweet potato fries, roasted acorn squash with mushroom, peppers and goat cheese, butternut squash and mushroom lasagna, pork roast with apple and sage, Thai pumpkin and chicken curry, fennel-crusted pork loin with roasted potatoes and pearsporcini and pumpkin ale mac & cheese, apple dumpling, spice-roasted chicken, red onions, carrots and parsnips, pumpkin beer bread, apple-pumpkin muffins and of course, don’t forget the pumpkin pie.

Decorations: Atmosphere is all-important when it comes to this holiday. Even if you’re not looking to right-out scare any of your guests, you at least want to maintain an eerie mood. Since there are so many things that can be done with your decorations and we’re sure you’ve already got tons of ideas, let’s cover a few basics and list some things that you might like to try this year.

Outdoors: Fire is a must. If you have a fire pit or room for a chiminea, use it. The heat will keep everyone cozy, and the flicker from the flames add a lovely ambiance. Tiki torches can also be used for this effect, and to light walkways in a spooky manner. Just be sure that trick-or-treaters won’t be in danger of getting burned. For the garden or yard, homemade tombstones can add some fright, and adding a mummy can take it to the next level. Chicken wire can also be used to create ghostly figures in the exterior. This is especially effective in darker corners of the yard, and a fog machine can really bring these life-size figures to afterlife.

Indoors: If you’re hosting your party indoors, there are lots of things you can do to bring a little spook into your home. Candles offer the same benefit of mood-setting as the fire does outside, but without all the heat and minimal fire hazard. Set lights to off or dimmed in certain rooms to complete this effect, or replace bulbs in certain rooms with colored ones, like red, purple or green. Cobwebs are a cheap and easy way to give your home an ancient vibe, and cheesecloth ghosts are a fun craft to do with the kids beforehand to add some haunters in. Silhouettes of bats, cats, rats and freakish figures cut from black construction paper can be set into windows for a scary view inside or along walls to add a bit of flair. Try making a whole swarm of bats flying along a wall.

Activities: Other than the usual trick-or-treating, there are a number of activities for all ages. Contests can be awarded with candy for the kids and a six-pack of a pumpkin ale for the adults.

Costume Contest: Any Halloween party should be full of costumes, so a contest is a fun idea to get people really into the spirit of things. You can divide the contest by a number of categories; age, gender, spookiest, funniest, most creative, or best group costume.

Bobbing for Apples: This old game was once considered a fortune teller, revealing the marriage and financial fates of the players. Now, it’s just a fun game that kids and adults can both have fun with.

Mummy Wrap: Divide guests into twos, give each team a roll of toilet paper, crepe paper or thick ribbon, and have them race for who can mummify their partner first.

Pumpkin Carving Contest: The tradition of carving jack-o-lanterns can be made into a fun party sport, either by having guests bring their pre-carved pumpkins to be judged, or setting up a table with pumpkins and carving sets and judging the freaky creations at the end of the night.

Widmer Omission Pale Ale

Friday, October 17, 2014 | Widmer

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Golden in color, this beer holds a bready nose with fruity hop notes. Floral, grassy, grapefruity hops complement sweet malty flavors in this gluten-free brew. A good drink, whether you have a gluten intolerance or not. It won silver in the 2012 great International Beer and Cider competition on the gluten-free category. 5.8% ABV

Great American Beer Festival 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014 | Old Dominion, Sierra Nevada, Troegs, Uinta, Victory, Widmer

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It’s time for our roundup of notable Great American Beer Festival competition winners for 2014. If you aren’t familiar with the festival, it’s one of the largest beer fest in the states, started in 1982 by nuclear engineer Charlie Papazian in Boulder, CO, though now it takes place in Denver. It also hosts one of the most prolific beer competitions, with over 2000 brews entered annually, seeking to be named one of three brews that best exemplifies its style.

Gold

Victory Golden Monkey – Belgian-Style Tripel

Troegs Troegentaor – Bock

Silver

Widmer Bros. Hefeweizen – American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast

Old Dominion Spiced Harvest – Pumpkin Beer

Uinta Cutthroat – Ordinary or Special Bitter

Be sure to raise a glass to these winners, and try any of the brews you haven’t gotten a chance to yet. And if you want a chance to try the gold-winning brews by Troegs and Victory, this is the perfect excuse to make the way to their breweries to try the beers right at the source. They’re both a great spot to grab a bite if you’re out holiday shopping, too.

Troegs Tasting Room & Snack Bar: Located in Hershey, Troeg’s tasting room offers visitors the chance to try their various brewed offerings while taking a self-guided tour through the brewing process. And just adjacent to the tasting room is the snack bar, where Troegs partners with different local farms, meat-providers and creameries to bring you delicious foods inspired by their beers.

Victory Brewpubs: Victory has two brewpub locations, one at the original brewery in Downtingtown, one in Kennet Square. Their menu includes regular pub fare with their own twist, sandwiches, soups, and daily menu additions that their chefs come up with. Not to mention, all their brews on tap.

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