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Starr Hill 2015 Collaboration Tour Kicks Off with O’Hara’s

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | Carlow, Collaboration, Starr Hill Brewery

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Starr Hill believes beer is made to be shared, and that brewing can be more fun when the process is shared with friends. That’s why they’re going on tour and collaborating with seven different craft breweries the world-over.

The headlining collaboration of this tour is Carlow Brewing Co/O’Hara’s Brewery. These two breweries are brought together from across the Atlantic by each of their award-winning Irish stouts, they’re collaborating on something entirely different; a Session Red IPA to be released in Ireland on July 4th, in celebration of American and Irish independence. And in early 2016, Carlow/O’Hara’s will travel to Virginia to produce a US-based collaboration brew that will be released on St. Patrick’s Day the next year. Not only will they be creating awesome beers to drink, but they’ll be learning about the growing craft beer communities in each country.

Stateside, Starr Hill will be continuing on its tour, visiting six US breweries and various music events, making for a trip full of festivities, good beer and new friends.

Crafty Recipes

Friday, April 3, 2015 | Anchor, Boxcar, Carlow, Food, Keegan Ales, Kona, Leffe, Old Dominion, Rogue, Starr Hill Brewery, Troegs, Victory

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A beverage can be a great complement to a meal, or may be enjoyed on its own in partnership with only a great moment. But when simply drinking your favorite beers isn’t enough, there is another step to take in your appreciation for good craft brews. Eating them.

Just like wine is often used in culinary creations, beer can add wonderful flavors to all sorts of food, particularly since there is such a wide variety in flavors between all the styles of beer. Dips, sauces, glazes, desserts, breads, even pickled vegetables can all be made with a little help from your go-to beverage.

Googling recipes that call for beer can yield an overwhelming number of results. If you aren’t sure where to start, take a look at this list of recipes, and try making a few with our suggested beers.

IPA Beer Cheese DipStarr Hill Northern Lights

Beer-Battered FishKona Longboard Island Lager

Cream Cheese Beer Pancakes with Strawberry Saison SyrupHoegaarden and Anchor Saison

Beer-Soaked Grilled CheeseLeffe Brune

Craft Beer Can ChickenKeegan Ales Bine Climber or Troegs Cultivator

Dry Stout Beef StewO’Hara’s Irish Stout

Coconut Curry Beer Chicken SoupRogue MoM Hefeweizen

Slow Cooker Beer Brisket SandwichesDominion Morning Glory Espresso Stout

Belgian Tripel & Honey Black Pepper Chicken WingsVictory Golden Monkey

And if you’d like to try your hand at coming up with your own recipe, here is a brief and general guide on flavors to get you started.

Porters and Stouts – These dark beers are for adding intense flavors to a dish. Chocolate and coffee-flavored beers can be used in either rich desserts like chocolate cake or marinated meat dishes like ribs or pulled pork. Stews and soups can gain a bitterness from a dry stout or porter, while milk stouts can add a roasty sweetness to a glaze or sauce.

Wheat Beers – Fruity flavors are what hefeweizens and witbiers complement best. They’re a great addition to cakes, breads or tarts with fruit accents, and round out the flavors of sweet glazes and BBQ sauces. Honey, citrus, apricot, peach and berries are all flavors to add wheat beers to. Once you’ve tried those combinations, be adventurous and try it in combination with savory dishes like pasta and cheese sauces.

Fruity Beers, Barleywine and Saisons – These are flavors that can be a little more difficult to endow food with. It’s usually good to pair fruity beers and saisons with like flavors–candied fruits, ginger and other sweet-and-spicy notes–but barleywines need bold flavors to compete with. Roasted meats and heavy desserts like pumpkin dishes and dark chocolates can benefit from just a few tablespoons.

IPAs, Pale Ales and Pilsners – IPAs generally go with spicy dishes, but don’t limit yourself to that. Cheese sauces, breads, lemony dishes, seafood, and chicken can all benefit from the hops in the right conditions. Pale ales and pilsners can replace IPAs in many dishes, especially when looking for a milder flavor, and are more easily added to desserts.

Brown/Amber Ales – These sweet and mild brews are great for roasted chicken, pork, sticky-sweet desserts and sweet breads. Sometimes it can be added to beef-centric recipes, but it is the perfect level of flavor to be eaten with white meats.

If you’re just beginning to cook with beer, try adding it to sauces, glazes, and marinades, or try your hand at a beer bread, and before long, you’ll be looking for ways to add it into dinner every night.

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.

Seamus O’Hara to Visit

Friday, March 7, 2014 | Bars, Beer News, Carlow

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St. Patrick’s Day is coming up here in ten days, and what better way to celebrate than to try one of O’Hara’s Irish brews? Better yet, why not take the opportunity to see Carlow Brewing Co. founder and owner, Seamus O’Hara as he makes his tour around the U.S? You’ll have several opportunities to see him make an appearance to share his love for Irish craft brewing and heritage. It also makes for a good excuse to try O’Hara’s Irish Stout, a terrific beverage choice for St. Patrick’s Day.

On Sunday the 9th around dinnertime, he’ll be at Churchville Inn in Bucks County, then move on to E’s Irish Pub in Hatboro and continue to Union Jack’s in Glenside.   And on Monday the 10th around lunchtime, he’ll be at Jenkintown’s Drake Tavern (where you can try the special O’Hara’s burger), then head to Pinocchio’s in Media for an early afternoon visit. Click through to see location specifics.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Seamus while he’s on his U.S. tour.

Churchville Inn

1500 Bustleton Pk

Churchville, PA

E’s Irish Pub

285 E County Line

Hatboro, PA

Union Jack’s

2750 Limekiln Pk

Glenside, PA

The Drake Tavern

304 Old York Rd

Jenkintown, PA

Pinocchio’s

131 E Baltimore Pk

Media, PA

O’Hara’s Leann Follain

Thursday, March 14, 2013 | Breweries, Carlow

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O’Hara’s Leann Follain is an Irish stout with a thick, deep cream-colored head and well-hopped aroma. The flavor is reminiscent of coffee, burnt brown sugar and cream. This beer is more heavily hopped than many other stouts and has some subtle chocolate notes as well. The feel of it is dry, smooth and lightly carbonated, with a stickiness leftover in the mouth afterward. It’s most certainly a dessert beer, pairing well with anything with chocolate, coffee or caramel in it.

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