Summery Fruit Beers

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | Goose Island, Ithaca, Rogue


Summer is rounding the corner as we approach the end of August, but there are still many varieties of summer-influenced brews to try before mid-September rolls around and we’re all drinking oktoberfests and ciders. One such group is an often under-represented variety, fruit beers. Here is our list of fruity brews to try before the season is up.

Ithaca Apricot Wheat – This wheat beer is light in body and color, making it perfect for the warm summer days we’ve been having. The light, tart apricot flavor give this brew a lovely drupe-y flavor that pairs well with salads, fruit and otherwise. 4.9% ABV

Fruli Strawberry Wheat – A summer favorite world-over, this Belgian brew mixes witbier and strawberry juice for a brightly flavored and carbonated combination that’s perfect alongside sweets like ice cream or fruits. 4.1% ABV

Goose Island Lolita – If you love raspberries–which are currently in season–then waste no time in trying this brew. It drinks a lot like wine, and that could be because it’s aged in a barrel with pounds and pounds of raspberries for a sweet and tart combination that’ll leave you smacking your lips. 9% ABV

Rogue Marionberry – This braggot has everything; Rogue Farm honey, marionberries and just enough hops to level out the end of the flavor palate. Tart berry flavors stand somewhere between blackberries and blueberries, and the alcohol is well-masked in this unique brew. 11.42% ABV

Crabbie’s Ginger Beer Cocktail Recipes

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | Crabbie's, Uncategorized


If you’re looking for something to do with your beer other than just drink it right out of the tap, bottle or can, you might like to try your hand at a couple cocktails. Crabbie’s Ginger Beer is a perfect ingredient in a number of tasty and interesting mixed drinks, adding a zing that you couldn’t find anywhere else. It pairs well with a number of different liquors, or with fruit juices for something fancy that doesn’t have too much alcohol. Below are some suggested mixing combinations for you to try.

Long Ginger Hair
- Shot of gin
- Dash of lime cordial
- 2 shots of ginger wine
- Top up with Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Mix together in long glass (ice and extra ginger optional)

Long Ginger Hair- Shot of gin- Dash of lime cordial- 2 shots of ginger wine- Top up with Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger BeerMix together in long glass (ice and extra ginger optional)

Horses Neck
- 1.5oz of brandy
- 5oz of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
- Thin twist of lemon peel
Add ingredients with ice to a tumbler

Prohibition Cooler
- 1oz of apple juice
- 1oz of lemon juice
- 3.5oz of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Add to a highball glass with ice

Crabbie’s Pine Punch
- 1 bottle of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
- 7oz of fresh pineapple juice
Build over cubed ice in a large pitcher. Garnish with pineapple slice.

Crabbie Paddy
- 1 shot Irish whiskey
- 8oz of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Pour the whiskey over ice, add Crabbie’s and stir.

Crabbie’s Cup #1
- 2 slices cucumber
- Berries (optional)
- ½ oz sweet vermouth
- ½ oz triple sec
- 1oz gin or vodka
- Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Muddle cucumber (and berries if using) in pint glass. Add 4 ice cubes and top with
Crabbie’s. Garnish with mint.

Moscow Mule (Version #1)
- 1 half lime
- 2oz of vodka
- 4 – 6oz of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Squeeze lime into a Collins glass and drop in half lime. Add 2 or 3 large ice cubes, then
pour in the vodka and fill with cold Crabbie’s. Serve with a stirring rod.

Moscow Mule (Version #2)
- 3-4 mint leaves
- ¾ oz lime juice
- ½ oz simple syrup
- 1 ½ oz vodka
- Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Muddle mint gently in bottom of a Collins glass. Add remaining ingredients and 3-4 ice
cubes. Top with Crabbie’s. For a variant, use your favorite gin for a gin-gin mule!

Rum Crusta Swizzle (Sailor Jerry recipe)
- 1 ½ parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
- ½ part orange curacao
- 1 part spoon Luxardo Maraschino
- ¾ part fresh lemon juice
- ½ part orgeat syrup
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- 1 part Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Combine ingredients (except Crabbie’s), shake and strain over fresh crushed ice in a tall
glass or tiki mug or combine ingredients in glass, add crushed ice and “swizzle” top with
ice. Top with Crabbie’s. Finish by spritzing an orange zest. Garnish with paper umbrella.

Artillery Buck
- 3/4 oz lemon juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup or yellow chartreuse
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 1/2 oz rye whiskey
- Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Stir all ingredients in Collins glass or shake briefly and strain into glass; add 3-4 ice
cubes and top with Crabbie’s. Dash extra bitters on top and garnish with lemon wheel.

Dark and Stormy (Version #1)
- 1½ oz sugarcane syrup
- ¾ oz lime juice
- 2oz dark rum (preferably Black Seal or Black Strap)
- Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Mix ingredients in Collins glass and add 3-4 ice cubes. Top with Crabbie’s and garnish
with candied ginger or lime wheel.

Dark and Stormy (Version #2)
- 2oz dark rum
- 8oz Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Pour rum over ice, add Crabbie’s and stir.

Ginger Buck
- 1 ½ oz of gin
- 5oz of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer
- Generous squeeze of lemon

Ginger Mist
A refreshing blend of Bombay Sapphire gin, fresh lime, cilantro and Crabbie’s Alcoholic
Ginger Beer

The Peacock
Vodka shaken with Cointreau, fresh lemon, pomegranate juice and Crabbie’s Alcoholic
Ginger Beer

Dark & Crabbie
Gosling dark rum, Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer and fresh lime

Redhook Long Hammer IPA

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | Redhook


Piney, floral aroma and flavors characterize this West Coast IPA, provided by two rounds of adding hops, once during and once dry-hopping. It’s somewhat milder than many IPAs with a good malt backbone for balance, making it very drinkable for the average consumer, but its bright flavor doesn’t betray the style. 6.2% ABV

Bold Rock Cider Coming to Pennsylvania

Friday, August 1, 2014 | Bold Rock Cider, New


Next week, Bold Rock Cider will become available in Pennsylvania for the first time. This Virginia-based cidery makes a variety of deliciously apple-y ciders, including their Virginia Apple and Virginia Draft brands.

Back in 1985, John Washburn bought a farm on the Rockfish River in Nelson County, Virginia, attracted by the trout river running through the property and the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding the farm. As years passed, nearby wineries began making names for themselves and award-winning microbreweries started to gain fame as the “Brew Ridge Trail.”  The idea occurred to John that a cidery would bridge the gap between wine connoisseur and beer enthusiast.

Brian Shanks had been an apple orchardist in New Zealand in the 1980’s and got into making cider after a cyclone did a number on his apple crop.  From there he created a cider company at a time when hard cider was practically nonexistent in New Zealand. As an international cider consultant, Brian has helped companies in the United States, Europe, China and Australia.

From their first meeting, John and Brian formed a friendship that led to a partnership with a BOLD shared vision to make a world-class cider in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  And that is exactly what they are doing.

Goose Island Migration

Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Goose Island


Goose Island is on the move and coming to a bar near you! On Thursday August 7th, representatives of Goose Island will make a few appearances in the area, bringing with them some very rare beers for you to try, including King Henry and Bourbon County Stout Vanilla. So don’t miss the opportunity to come out and try some exclusive brews. You never know when they’ll be back around.

Below are the times for each visitation.

224 W Germantown Pike
Norristown, PA

Blue Dog
4275 County Line Rd #13
Chalfont, PA

Beat the Heat: Victory Ice Cream and Refreshing Summer Brews

Friday, July 11, 2014 | Anchor, Food, Fun, Hoegaarden, Local Favorites, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Shock Top, Victory


We’ve been seeing temperatures approaching the triple digits, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to let up any soon. So it’s time to start thinking about the best ways to keep cool and refreshed this summer… and what better ways are there than ice cold beverages and ice cream?

July is National Ice Cream Month, and Victory has released an ice cream line with three flavors just in time. Each flavor is made with the wort of one of the Downingtown Brewery’s beer. Hopped up Devil is made with HopDevil wort, and has cinnamon, cayenne, coffee and chocolate flakes. Storm Drop is made from Storm King Imperial Stout and chocolate drops. And Triple Monkey is made from the wort of the ever-popular Golden Monkey, as well as banana and pecan swirl.

The brewery has been making ice cream from its wort for years, but recently decided to share the flavors with a wider fan base; all three flavors will be available in the greater Philadelphia area at a variety of locations.

And as far as beers go, there’s no shortage of refreshing brews that go with summer as much as swimming pools, barbecues or even ice cream.

Shock Top Lemon Shandy – No summer drink list would be complete without at least one lemon shandy, and Shock Top delivers with a lightly spiced beverage that packs a punch of invigorating lemonade flavor. 4.2% ABV

Hoegaarden Original White Ale – Satisfying malt is carefully balanced with slight peppery and hoppy flavors in this classic witbier, and just a touch of lemony sourness creates a complex but smooth palate. 4.9% ABV

Anchor Summer Beer – Lively carbonation is sure to enliven your mouth on these dog days, carrying floral, grassy flavors. Malt-forward, it has enough hops to give it a dry, thirst-quenching taste and a light body to create the perfect summer balance. 4.6% ABV

Magic Hat Elder Betty – Crisp with yeasty dried fruit flavors, a touch of wheat and elderberry tartness, this brew is slightly dry and maintains a smooth texture, making for easy drinking. 5.5% ABV

Long Trail Mostly Cloudy – Coriander, clove, hints of lemon and orange and an overall sweet-and-sour combination make up the flavor profile of this crisper-than-average witbier. 4.7% ABV

FIFA World Cup Finals

Friday, July 11, 2014 | Anchor, Lancaster Brewing, Susquhanna, Tennent's, Troegs, Victory


The U.S. might be out of the running–we made a good go of it–but there’s still one last game in the world cup, and even if you aren’t a huge Argentinian or German fan, there’s no reason why you can’t get festive at the end of this World Cup. In fact, this is the perfect opportunity to try some new foreign cuisine, and also an opportunity to pair some of your favorite brews with new foods.


Asado Meat & Victory Golden Monkey – The smokey flavor of the asado (Argentinian BBQ) blends well with the sweet spiciness of Golden Monkey.

Empanadas & Quilmes – Eat a classic Argentinian snack with the nation’s #1 beer for the full experience.

Sandwiches de Miga & Tennent’s Lager - If you’re looking for something lighter, these tea-time sandwiches are a good choice, and they need a light brew to wash them down.


Bratwurst & Lancaster Lager - A light and refreshing lager complements the heavier flavors of bratwurst meat.

Sauerkraut & Troegs Sunshine Pilsner – The slightly tangy citrus in this brew brings out the sourness of this classic German condiment.

Pretzel & Susquehanna So-Wheat – Pretzels’ saltiness naturally pairs well with the sweet-and-spicy flavors of this hefeweizen.

Canning Independence

Friday, June 27, 2014 | Boxcar, Cans, Finch's, Long Trail, McKenzie's Hard Cider, Rogue


If you’ve got any sort of plans for this coming 4th of July, they are more than likely going to include some sort of outdoor festivities, whether that be going to watch a fireworks show, barbecuing in the backyard, joining the neighborhood block party or simply enjoying an afternoon at the beach. So if you’re looking for a beverage to partner with your celebration and appreciation of this great country, go big with one of these canned brews.

Rogue’s American Amber Ale has been a favorite for a few years now, but now it’s available in 16oz cans, so you can take it on the road. Nut-and-fruit, toasted malts, and caramel heavily flavor the first taste, then cut and balanced by herbal hops for a crisper finish. 5.6% ABV

Go a little further back to when Europeans first discovered the new world, and you’ve got Boxcar Brewing’s 1492 American Pale Ale. Brewed with Columbus hops, pine and citrus notes complement pilsner/caramel malts to create a uniquely sweet pale ale. 6.5% ABV

Long Trail’s Traditional IPA is perfect for the hop-head at your celebration. Though it starts malty, pine hops quickly cut through and fill the flavor with a sharp crispness, gathering grapefruit notes as it goes. 5.9% ABV

Even if you aren’t planning on going to the beach, you shouldn’t forget to take Kona’s Longboard Island Lager. Crisp with carbonation, the rich bready start is followed up by a noble bitterness, making for a great session brew. 4.6% ABV

Maybe you’re more in the mood for a cider than a beer. McKenzie’s Original Hard Cider‘s brisk apple flavor is just dry enough for a summer evening while still maintaining the fruit’s natural sweetness. 6% ABV

And let’s remember our men and women in the U.S. military this holiday. Purchase a case of America’s favorite Budweiser in its red, white and blue cans, and $1 goes to Folds of Honor, an organization that helps the spouses and dependents of wounded or fallen soldiers with education costs through scholarships. So give back to those who gave so much to defend our country, and help everyone enjoy this day of remembrance.

Prism Summer of ’69

Friday, June 27, 2014 | Prism


This highly experimental brew out of Prism doesn’t quite have a single style. It uses pilsner malts, their own house ale yeast and an experimental hop, then on top of all that, they throw in fresh-squeezed pineapple. This all combines for a highly fruity and refreshing summer beverage with a certain kick to it that you are sure not to find anywhere else. 5% ABV

Vacation with Your Favorite Breweries

Friday, June 27, 2014 | Anchor, Finch's, Troegs


Being that summer is the traditional American time to go on vacation, and also an exciting time for summer beer lovers, why not combine these two into a vacation and brewery touring in one? Below, find some of our suggestions for vacation spots that host some of America’s greatest craft breweries.

Hershey Park and Troegs: These two are great for a weekend getaway. Whether you’ve got kids that love the park or it’s you who’s craving roller-coasters (and maybe a little chocolate?), Hershey also hosts Troegs and any visit there is a great excuse to tour the brewery that makes favorites like their Sunshine Pils and Troegenator.

San Francisco and Anchor: Got a trip to California planned? If you’re in San Francisco enjoying the diverse culture, outdoor attractions and beautiful weather, be sure not to miss a tour of the Anchor Brewery. Tours to this ever popular brewery must be reserved in advance, but they are free of charge.

Chicago and Finch’s: So the Windy City is calling to you. This bustling metropolis features the breath-taking Art Institute museum, the amazing Shedd Aquarium, and the sky-scraping Willis Tower. Finch’s brewery should certainly be made a destination during your visit.

Hawaii and Kona: If you’re taking an island vacation, you should have an island beer to accompany it. Kona gives two tours daily every day of the week, and their pub is certainly to entice you with a variety of perfectly paired appetizers, pizzas and entrees.

New York and Ithaca: New York attracts families from all across the country, and if you’re one of the many seeking adventure in the Catskills, or looking to take a day out of your NYC trip to enjoy the natural beauty of upstate New York, Ithaca is a perfect stop to take a tour and taste some delicious brews.

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