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Greatest Beers of the World Takes Over Media

Friday, May 31, 2013 | Anchor, Bars, Boxcar, Events, Evolution, Finch's, Goose Island, Ithaca, Kona, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Starr Hill Brewery, Summer, Susquhanna, Troegs, Victory

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We’re taking over all of Media next Thursday night, and we hope you’ll join us at one of the 15 locations to enjoy beverages from brewers such as Magic Hat, Goose Island, Finch’s, Boxcar Brewing Co., Ithaca, Victory and more.

Many of your favorite local bars and restaurants are involved, including Azie, Picasso, Campbell’s Boathouse, Towne House and Joclyn’s Bar. The event will last from 6pm-8pm, with contests and prizes given away throughout.

Below are the venues and descriptions of the events at each location.

Azie 219 W State St. (610) 566-4750
Featuring  2013′s hottest new imports – Crabbies Ginger Beer from Scotland and Kronenbourg Blanc from France, paired with special sushi dishes.  Keep the Glass!

Campbell’s Boathouse 1250 N Providence Rd, (610) 566-9140
Join Susquehanna Brewing Company from Pittston PA featuring their special Philly Beer Week Brew – Southern Rye

Diego’s, 214 W State St. (215) 498-7485
Join local favorite Boxcar Brewing from West Chester and have a chance win 2 tickets to their sell out “Ride the Rails” event on June 8th.

Generations, 9 State Road, (610) 565-8212
Dreamweaver Wheat – Perpetual IPA – Sunshine Pils – all from the Great American Beer Festivals Mid Size Brewery of the year – Troegs!  Prizes every 15 minutes.

Joclyn’s Bar 109 W State St. (610) 627-2102
Celebrate Mardi Gras with Magic Hat Brewery while sipping on their greatest beers – #9 – Elder Betty – Blind Faith.  Plenty of fun and prizes.

My Three Sons Hotdogs 300 W State St (610) 716-5310
Aloha!! Join Kona Brewing and get a taste of the Islands with our Hawaiian hotdog and luau themed prizes.

Picasso 36 W State St (610) 566-6808
Meet Mike Finch from Finch’s of Chicago and sample some of the highest rated beers on Beer Advocate and Rate Beer – Secret Stache! Fascist Pig! Threadless IPA!

Pinocchio’s Pizza 131 E Baltimore Pk (610) 566-4895
A tap Takeover from our neighbors in Maryland – Evolution Brewing – hosted by none other than Tom Knorr – Owner and Brewmaster.  Hard to find beers on tap today.

Plumstead Inn 26 W State St (610) 566-2212
The Goose is loose at Plumstead Inn – featuring beers from Goose Island, Chicago and special Vintage Beer samplings and giveaways!

Quotations 37 E State St (610) 627-2515
Eric from Ithaca is bringing their newest Excelsior beer – 15th Anniversary – be the FIRST to try it in our area!

Rose Tree Inn 1243 N Providence (610) 891-1205
Looking for a little Summer Love?  Or Maybe a (Hop) Devil or (Golden) Monkey instead? Join Victory Brewing from Downingtown and win gift cards to visit the Brewery in Downingtown and other great prizes including some hard to find bottles.

Sligo 113 W State St (610) 556-5707
The boys from Long Trail will be here with great beers and great prizes – a winner every 15 minutes.

Stephen’s 105 W State St (610) 891-8900
Starr Hill – enjoy the gift of Great Beer and tonight – the gift of Music!  I-Tunes gift cards will be raffled off every 20 minutes while you sip Northern Lights – Grateful Pale Ale and the Love wheat!

Towne House Restaurant 117 Veterans Sq (610) 566-6141
Try the beer that started it all – Anchor Brewing from San Francisco – credited with starting the craft beer movement and tonight, try their California Lager – coming soon but not yet available on the East Coast – you can be the first!

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Spring Beer Suggestions

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | Anchor, Ithaca, Long Trail, Starr Hill Brewery, Uncategorized, Victory

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Spring is in the air! (Although you wouldn’t know it with this kind of weather.) And that means there’s a shift away from the winter beers we’ve been enjoying for the last three months and bocks, saisons and pale ales are coming into season. If you aren’t sure what to try this spring, we have a few suggestions.

Swing Session Saison – Victory

A light straw-colored session Saison from our local pals at Victory, this beer has citrus, fruit and grain aromas, with some spicy notes as well. The flavor holds orange and lemon zest, and the spiciness in the smell turns to cloves, herbal hops and pepper. Its crisp and nicely carbonated mouthfeel pairs well with mussels and the warmer days coming ahead. 4.5% AVB

Starr Saison – Starr Hill

This golden beer has sweet and spicy aromas of ginger, clove, and fruit. The flavor is reminiscent of bubblegum, honey, candied fruits and has some grassy bitterness with a somewhat dry finish that allows a bit of bitterness to linger. Its crisp carbonation and light body make it a great beer to grab for sitting on the porch in the sun. 6.5% ABV

Pollenator – Long Trail

Pollenator is a full-bodied spring ale of clear orange hue and an earthy malt aroma. Its flavor starts with a springy grass taste, followed by malt and citrus hops. With its crisp carbonation and light body, it’s easy to drink and pairs well with chicken, salads and spicy foods, making it great for picnics. 4.6% ABV

Ground Break – Ithaca

Another saison, but this time with more hops. The fruity smell speaks of sour grape, wet grass and malty wheat, while the taste holds wheat, orange-y citrus and herbal notes. There are also hints of spicy clove. It pairs well with grilled meat or fish, which means it’s a good choice for those fishing trips you’ve been looking forward to all winter. 6.0% ABV

Anchor Bock – Anchor

This rich, dark bock has a light aroma of cocoa powder, bread and faintly of citrus zest. Its flavor is malty, citrus hoppy, and continues the cocoa theme from the scent. Its body is thick and creamy with light carbonation. This beer is a great stepping stone from the darker beers of winter. 5.5% ABV

Anchor Chooses New San Francisco Location for Brewery

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | Anchor, Breweries, New

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Anchor Brewing Company has chosen Pier 48 in San Francisco as the location for its new brewery, which will contain production and distribution facilities, as well as a restaurant, museum and educational facility. The 212,000-square foot space will allow the company to more than quadruple its beer production, bringing it up to 600,000 barrels per year. Right now, it’s producing around 120,000. The company has been in the Bay Area for 120 years, but has been working totally out of its Potrero Hill facility since the 1970s. Construction won’t begin for another year, though, and it won’t open until at least 2016.

Anchor Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout

Thursday, January 17, 2013 | Anchor, Breweries

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Tuesday, Anchor Brewing announced the release of the third brew in their Zymaster™ Series, Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout. Named after a San Francisco sailing legend from a time when stouts were first exported to the West Coast, Zymaster™ No. 3: Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout will be released in the Philadelphia market by the end of the month.

The Zymaster™ Series No. 3 (7.4% ABV) is a dry, Irish-style export stout akin to those brewed in the 1800s for the long voyage to San Francisco. Black as night, this high-gravity, malty brew offers intense but well-balanced flavors and aroma, with hints of dark chocolate and roasted coffee.

The arrival of a clipper ship in gold-rush San Francisco brought mail and news of “the States,” would-be miners and entrepreneurs, boots, shovels, pickaxes, butter from New York, cigars from Havana, and stouts from as far away as London and Dublin.

The stouts that San Franciscans imbibed in those days were no ordinary ales. They were export stouts—dark, intense, high-gravity brews created especially to survive a long voyage like those around Cape Horn.

It took the average clipper three to four months to sail from New York to San Francisco. But not the Flying Cloud, which, in 1851, made the trip in 89 days and 21 hours anchor to anchor. With the exception of its own 89 day and 8 hour voyage three years later, its record remained unbroken until 1989. Thanks to this clipper’s “extreme” design and the savvy of its captain, Josiah Creesy, and his wife and navigator Eleanor, the Flying Cloud quickly became a San Francisco sailing legend. Anchor celebrates it and a legendary brewing tradition with  Zymaster™ No. 3: Flying Cloud San Francisco Stout.

Flying Cloud will be available in draught only and poured in select bars and restaurants.

Winter Warmers

Thursday, January 10, 2013 | Anchor, Fuller's, Goose Island, Moa, Victory

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Well, it may be a warm week in the Philadelphia region but it’s still winter and a good time for a soul-warming brew. Winter Warmers is a common seasonal variety of beer that tends to be malty and sweet, but most importantly on the higher scale of ABV. Many English varieties contain little additional spicing, but many brewers kick up the spice making it fall under the wassail category of beer. And if drinking many of the local craft varieties, you will of course find a defined characteristic of hops in most.

So, to celebrate the warm winter week, here’s a selection of winter warmers that will be sure to please:

  • Victory V-12 – The heftiest beer of our list, the V-12 ranges over 12% ABV (hence the name). Filled with fruity flavors, including notes of pear and apricot, the beer finishes with a wonderful dryness.
  • Goose Island Pere Jacques – If Belgian styles are what you go for, the Pere Jacques is an amazing selection which follows the tradition of a Dubbel. The beer is wonderfully fruity and malty with a nice bite at 8% ABV. This beer is great with dinners and also makes a fine selection for dessert pairings.
  • Fuller’s Vintage Ale – Considered throughout the world as one of the best beers brewed, the annual release from Fuller’s is a small batch beer with robust malt characteristics weighing in at 8.5% ABV.
  • Moa Imperial Stout – If you want something a bit more robust and dark, look no further. This rare selection from New Zealand is a high ABV rich and dark beer with characteristics of mocha and coffee. It is finished in an oak Pinot Noir barrel which gives it some subtle sweetness to offset the richness of the malts.
  • Anchor Old Foghorn – This immense barleywine is big, malty, and sweet! After brewing, the beer is dry-hopped and cellared so that it can achieve a perfect balance. The end result is a perfect dessert beer with awesome notes of hops and fruitiness.

4 Must Have Beers for Christmas

Thursday, November 29, 2012 | Anchor, Goose Island, Rogue, Starr Hill Brewery

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Christmas beers are in a category of their own, not to be confused and lumped in with every other Winter seasonal release. Whereas a nice winter beer may be a rich and flavorful high ABV barleywine, or a dark and roasty stout; Christmas beers tend to be rich, flavorful and spicy, with aromas reminding you of the Christmas tree and yule log on Christmas morning.

And since Christmas is just about four weeks away, here are four fantastic Christmas beers you can try each week leading up to your holiday.

Anchor Christmas Ale – Since 1975, Anchor has been brewing an annual Christmas beer using a slightly different recipe from year to year, making it a truly unique ale. It’s rich and dark with a ton of spice. The nose is reminiscent of pine. The Christmas Ale has bold flavors but is a wonderful beer for anyone, including those intimidated by high ABVs, since it’s somewhat average at 5.5%.

Goose Island Christmas Ale – An American Brown Ale at 6.2% ABV, the beer pours a murky brown with a red highlight. The nose is sweet with aromas of dried fruits and cherry topped with cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Although the beer has such strong aromas, the overall flavor is mild and not overwhelming, making it a nice beer for any occasion.

Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve Ale – This American Amber is one of the more hoppy selections for a Christmas beer. The beer starts out as the classic St. Rogue Red and then the hops are doubled for the holidays. Hop varieties include Chinook and Revolution & Freedom Hops from the Rogue Farm.  At 6% ABV, the beer provides an unintimidating approach to a holiday beer offering for people looking for more hops and less added spices.

Starr Hill The Gift – This German style Heller Bock is very traditional and easily approachable. It’s not too hoppy. It doesn’t offer any sort of excessive spicing. It’s an easy going, subtly sweet, golden colored ale that is great for anyone. So when it comes time for your holiday festivities, The Gift makes an exceptional addition for those still venturing into the craft beer world.

Here’s some great locations you can find these beers:

Berks County

BEER MART – READING 301-307 MORGANTWN RD READING 19611
BERKS BEER BARN-BIRDS. 6520 PERKIOMEN AVE. BIRDSBORO 19508
C.R. RADER CO. 191 COUNTY LINE ROAD BOYERTOWN 19512
MORGANTOWN BEVERAGE INC. 3740 MAIN STREET MORGANTOWN 19543
MR. BEER 4 CHELTENHAM DRIVE WYOMISSING 19610
ONE STOP BEVERAGE 1101 WOODLAND ROAD READING 19606
SHELBOURNE BEER DIST 5484 PERKIOMEN AVE EXETER 19606
SOUTH MOUNTAIN BEER DIST 5104 PENN AVENUE WERNERSVILLE 19565
WINDSOR DISTRIBUTING 800 N. 4TH ST HAMBURG 19526

Bucks County

BENSALEM BEER & SODA 1919 STREET RD BENSALEM 19020
NEWTOWN BEER STORE 10 WEST CENTRE AVENUE NEWTOWN 18940
RICHBORO DIST. 1078 2ND STREET PIKE RICHBORO 18954
SUPER VALUE 625 MEARNS ROAD WARMINSTER 18974

Delaware County

ASTON BEVERAGE 415 MARIANVILLE RD ASTON 19014
BEER YARD 218 E LANCASTER AVE WAYNE 19087
BREWERS OUTLET 202 257 WILMINGTON PK CHADDSFORD 19317
BRYN MAWR BEVERAGE 194 LANDOVER AVE. BRYN MAWR 19010
DOMESTIC & IMPORTED BEV. 485 BALTIMORE PIKE GLEN MILLS 19342
E – Z BEVERAGE 600 MAC DADE BLVD FOLSOM 19033
LIMA BEVERAGE 14 SOUTH PENNELL ROAD MEDIA 19037
MANOA BEVERAGE 1111 W. CHESTER PIKE HAVERTOWN 19083
RITE BUY BEER DIST 5300 BALTIMORE PIKE CLIFTON HEIGHTS 19018
ROSEMONT BEVERAGE 850 CONESTOGA RD. ROSEMONT 19010
SUPER BEV. WAREHOUSE 5042 EDGMONT AVE BROOKHAVEN 19015
TOWNSHIPLINE BEV 5315 TOWNSHIPLINE ROAD DREXEL HILL 19026

Montgomery County

BARBONE BEVERAGE 2014 OLD ARCH ROAD NORRISTOWN 19401
BIG TOP 1555 EASTON RD. ROSLYN 19001
EPPS BEVERAGE 80 W RIDGE PIKE ROYERSFORD 19468
FRANK SMITH 180 SHOEMAKER RD POTTSTOWN 19464
FROSTY CAPS 1745-1747 OLD YORK R ROSLYN 19001
HATFIELD BEVERAGE 1616 NORTH BROAD ST LANSDALE 19446
KUNDA BEVERAGE 349 S. HENDERSON RD. KING OF PRUSSIA 19406
MAC’S NEIGHBORHOOD BEV 511 LIMEKILN PIKE MAPLE GLEN 19002
N. PENN BEVERAGE INC 39 WASHINGTON AVENUE SOUDERTON. 18964
NORTH WALES BEER & SODA 120 NORTH 3RD STREET NORTH WALES 19454
PARKTOWNE BEVERAGE 310 N. LEWIS RD. ROYERSFORD 19468
TNK BEVERAGE OUTLET 832 N. BETHLEHEM PK. SPRINGHOUSE 19477
TOWAMENCIN BEVERAGE 1550 SUMNEYTOWN PIKE KULPSVILLE 19443

Anchor Christmas Ale 2012 Now Available

Monday, November 5, 2012 | Anchor

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Anchor Brewing Company’s highly anticipated 2012 Christmas Ale hit shelves. With a new hand-drawn label and recipe every year, the Christmas Ale is eagerly awaited by beer enthusiasts every season.

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“Second brewery is an inevitablility”

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 | Anchor

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After years of running in place, with production hovering around 90,000 barrels a year, the brewery is growing again.

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