Breweries

The Growing Movement of Session Beers

Friday, March 13, 2015 | Anchor, Boxcar, Full Sail, Goose Island, Keegan Ales, Kona, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Victory

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It’s no secret that craft beers tend to be a bit higher on the alcohol by volume, and that can be bad news for someone who wants to enjoy several brews in a night while still being safe. But have no fear! Low-alcohol session craft beers have been making their mark on the market in recent years and are on a climb in popularity. This means you can enjoy a party, round of cards or wedding while still enjoying your favorite craft breweries

The term session comes from the British, referring to the timeframe of a social gathering that involves drinking. In craft beer, a session beer has come to mean a beer under 5% AVB, but is still full of taste. So here we present a list of delicious session beers to try.

Full Sail Session Lager – What it lacks in ABV, it makes up for in big malt flavor and herbal hop character. 5.1% ABV

Anchor Steam Beer – This California Common beer gets its name from tradition West Coast brewing methods. 4.9% ABV

Goose Island Honkers Ale – An English bitter with fruity hops and a rich malt middle, making for a very drinkable brew. 4.3% ABV

Keegan Ales Bine Climber – Citrus hops lead this IPA, then is balanced by the malts, making it an especially good hoppy beer to drink a few of. 4.7% ABV

Kona Big Wave – Fruity flavors are suspended on bready malts, giving a full flavor to this blonde ale. 4.4% ABV

Long Trail Ale – This full-bodied amber ale is great for drinking around the campfire or bringing to a party. 5% ABV

Magic Hat Circus Boy – An unfiltered hefeweizen brewed with lemon grass that won’t have you on the floor. 4.5% ABV

Troegs Cultivator

Friday, March 13, 2015 | Featured Beer, Troegs

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This Helles-Bock marks the start of the Hop Cycle and the arrival of spring time. It’s backbone consists of malty grains, with a mildly sweet flavor of fresh-baked bread, which is accented by delicate floral hops that are reminiscent of spring’s first flowers. For as subtle a flavor profile, it hides its alcohol well. Definitely the kind of seasonal to bring us into warmer weather. 6.9% ABV

Beer’s Favorite Holiday

Friday, March 13, 2015 | Carlow, Carlsberg, Rogue, Starr Hill Brewery

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St. Patrick’s Day is in just a few days, and we hope that you’ve got some fun plans for the holiday. If you haven’t given any thought to what you might be drinking that day, we’ve got some great choices that definitely beat the green-dyed beer some places will be serving.

Victory Donnybrook Stout – This is great as a sessionable Irish stout that packs all the flavor of its high-alcohol brothers. This is draft only, so it’s a good choice for your keg at a party.

O’Hara’s Irish Stout – This craft stout from Ireland has won several awards and likens itself to the way stouts used to be brewed in Ireland. It has coffee and light licorice flavors.

Rogue Irish Lager – If you aren’t so into stouts, this light Euro lager is a great change of pace that still harkens to an Irish style with its smooth, mellow flavor and apple crisp finish.

Carlsberg - Or go for the #1 lager in Ireland itself, which conveniently comes in a festive green bottle.

Starr Hill Dark Starr Stout – Another flavorful Irish stout with hints of coffee and dark chocolate, and a velvety body.

Long Trail Stand Out

Friday, February 27, 2015 | Long Trail

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This spring seasonal was brewed in the spirit of adventure, with a new variety of hops called Equinox. Resiny citrus and earthy herbal flavors dominate this pale ale, supported by biscuity malts. The medium-light mouthfeel carries a lingering pepperiness, and closes on a dry note. A great way to celebrate warming weather. 5.4% ABV

Rogue Cleans Up at 2015 World Beverage Competition

Friday, February 27, 2015 | Contest, Rogue

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There’s a lot of reasons Rogue has been a favorite among craft beer-drinkers; their bold take on many different varieties of ales, their beautiful farm and their eagerness to give back to the community has kept people coming back for more year after year. So it should be no surprise that they brought home 5 Best in Show Platinum awards from the World Beverage Competition in Geneva.

Twenty-seven countries participated in this year’s World Beverage Competition, with over 10,000 entries overall, so it is quite the accomplishment to win one Platinum award, let alone five. And that’s not even considering the other awards they won.

Platinum Best In Show Awards:

Rogue Farms Roguenbier Rye Ale – Hybrid: Flavored/Infused Beer Category
Buckman Apple Beer – Cider Category
Rogue Dark Rum – Extra Aged/Dark Rum Category
Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Vodka – Flavored/Infused Vodka Category
Rogue Honey Orange Soda – Soda/Carbonated Category

Gold:

Fruit Salad Cider – Cider Category
Hazelnut Spice Rum – Flavored/Infused Rum Category
Spruce Gin – Flavored/Infused Gin Category
Black Obi Soba – Hybrid: Flavored/Infused Beer Category

Silver:

Oregon Single Malt Vodka – Flavored/Infused Vodka Category

Bronze:

Honey Kolsch – Hybrid: Flavored/Infused Beer Category

Win a Trip to Scotland with Crabbie’s

Friday, February 27, 2015 | Contest, Crabbie's

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If you’ve always wanted to visit Scotland, now is your chance. Crabbie’s, makers of delicious ginger beer, are giving away a trip to Edinburgh. This trip is for two adults for three nights, and includes staying in the city’s best boutique hotel, The Inn on the Mile, a tour of Edinburgh Castle, and a trip to Leith, where Crabbie’s was born, and a meal at Michelin star restaurant, The Kitchen.

It’s simple to enter. Simply visit CrabbiesGingerBeer.com March 1 or after, answer a question about the heritage of Crabbie’s brand (answers available on the website) and provide an email address. This will enter you for the chance to win a weekly prize of a large black elephant bottle opener. On the eighth week, the winner of the Scotland trip will be chosen.

Though Crabbie’s is known for their ginger beer, they have come out with a fruitier line, Crabbie’s Fruits. Cloudy Lemonade is the newest flavor, made with real lemon juice that give it a zesty taste unlike any other. So even if you aren’t in the mood for spicy ginger flavors, you can still enjoy Crabbie’s. 4.8% ABV

Wyndridge Farm

Thursday, February 12, 2015 | Wyndridge Farm

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In rural Pennsylvania, farms are a major part of the countryside, adding a rustic beauty to our modern world. Wyndridge is one of these farms, and they hold a little something special on their grounds–a craft brewery that uses the finest ingredients to make fine ales and ciders. Not only are they delicious, but they’re attractive to look at, with boldly beautiful labels that catch a little of the whimsy found in farm life.

Laughing Crow IPA - Brewed with a generous amount of quality hops, this IPA caramel-y malts, making for a wonderfully balanced drink that is sure to satisfy. 6.5% ABV

10 Point Ale – Golden blonde with a creamy white head, this larger-than-life ale has floral and resinous hoppy notes that keep it refreshing. 4.8% ABV

Crafty Cider – Using high-quality apples from central Pennsylvania, this cider avoids the use of extra sweeteners, giving it a traditional, crisp taste like champagne. 5.5% ABV

Crafty Cranberry Cider – For a more complex flavor, this twist takes the traditional cider and adds real cranberry juice to it, bringing out the tarter flavors. 5.5% ABV

Wyndridge Farm is also known for being a spectacular event locale, boasting a lovely renovated barn that is one of the largest event rooms of its kind, and fine cuisine from its state-of-the-art kitchen and award-winning chef. It’s great for weddings both large and small. And if you want to visit for a less formal affair, they have a tasting room where you can pair one of their dishes with your favorite of their beverages.

So whether you’re looking to have an event hosted, or are just looking around for a new local brew to try, Wyndridge Farm should be at the top of your list.

Oscars Party

Thursday, February 12, 2015 | Fuller's, Hoegaarden, Shock Top, Stella Artois, Victory

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You still have a little bit to plan your Oscars party, and we’re here to make that a little easier, so you can relax and enjoy the night.

Beverages - You’re going to want to stick with some classy drinks, and what’s classier than craft beer? In place of champagne use Stella Artois or their Cidre in flute glasses. Shock Top Raspberry Wheat can be given a fun twist when garnished with black- and raspberries. Hoegaarden’s Original White Ale with a slice of lemon is sure to impress. As a cocktail choice, offer Crabbie’s Ginger Beer with the ingredients for one or more of these recipes. In honor of The Imitation Game, try offering Fuller’s. And toast the winners with one of the aptly named Victory’s beers, like Storm King or their Helles Lager.

Food – Food for this sort of event can remain fairly simple and fun. Popcorn and classic theatre candies can really amp up the going-to-the-movies feel, and doesn’t demand a sit-down meal. For variety, set out an array of popcorn toppings (garlic powder, powdered cheese, paprika, hot sauce, lime zest and chili seasoning are just a few ideas), and let your guests choose their own. Serve in brown paper bags or mini popcorn buckets. If you want something a little healthier, set out a charcuterie board with meats and cheeses that pair well with your drink choices.

Decorations – Gold and red are your main colors of the evening. It’s easy to class things up with these colors while still keeping things minimal. Gold stars or garlands on the walls and above doorways add some glitz without going overtop. Helium-filled black or white balloons with varying lengths of matte gold ribbons can be set in corners of the room to keep the party feel seamless without being distracting. And of course, a red carpet is a must. For this, you can buy a few yards of red fabric or cut up a plastic red tablecloth, and set it up leading from your door to where you will be watching. Then the smaller details will really pull the whole thing together. For stemmed glasses, tie a red and a gold ribbon around the stem, and use it to attach an Oscar statuette-shaped card cutout for your guest to write their name on. If you have dimmers, use them. If not, keep the overhead lights off and use lamps.

Activities – The main activity, of course, will be watching the Academy Awards, but why not make it fun? Have everyone fill out a ballot with who they believe will win each award, and give a prize (gift card for a nice dinner, six-pack of beer, or a copy of one of the award-winning movies) to the person who gets the most answers correct. For some pre-show entertainment, quiz guests on quotes and facts from previous Oscar-winning movies, actors and directors while they prepare their snacks. Present each person with a right answer with an Oscar Cookie.

Victory Helles Lager

Thursday, February 12, 2015 | Featured Beer, Victory

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First offered when Victory opened their doors in 1996, called Brandywine Lager, then Victory Lager, this brew is making a rebranded comeback and spreading its influence beyond the five Philadelphia counties is has been limited to for years. Lightly hopped with a slight citrus flavor balances the breadiness of the malts, and creates an overall finely complex flavor that locals have come to love over the years. If you haven’t tried it yet, you need to find what you’ve been missing. 4.8% ABV

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

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