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Beer Style Resolution

Friday, January 20, 2017 | Anchor, Boxcar, East Coast Beer Co., Evolution, Fat Head's, Finch's, Fuller's, Fun, Goose Island, Hoegaarden, Ithaca, Keegan Ales, Kona, Lancaster Brewing, Long Trail, Magic Hat, New Belgium, Old Dominion, Redhook, Rogue, Spencer Trappist Brewery, Starr Hill Brewery, Susquhanna, Troegs, Uinta, Victory, Widmer

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Want a New Year’s resolution you won’t want to abandon in a couple months? Why not challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone and try new styles of beer. It’s easy to decide you like a select few varieties and rarely try anything that doesn’t fit in that box, but you never know what you might be missing.

Here we’ve listed a number of different common styles, as well as a few examples of each. An easy way to go through the list is just to pick one from each category and try it, but if you’re up for more of a challenge, try going through all the list before the end of the year is up. Could be you find your new favorite brew.

Amber/Red Ales:

Troegs Nugget Nectar

Goose Island Autumn Ale

Blonde Ale -

Victory Summer Love

Kona Big Wave Golden Ale

New Belgium Whizbang

Brown Ale -

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale

Bock/Doppelbock -

Lancaster Billy’s Bock

Starr Hill Snow Blind Doppelbock

Extra Special Bitter -

Magic Hat Wooly

Redhook Extra Special Bitter

Gose -

Victory Kirsch Gose

Uinta Ready Set Gose

Long Trail Cranberry Gose

Hefeweizen -

Troegs Dreamweaver

Starr Hill The Love

India Pale Ale -

Evolution Lot #3

Ithaca Flower Power

Fat Head’s Head Hunter

American Lager -

Kona Long Board Island Lager

Anchor Steam Beer

Susquehanna Goldencold Lager

Marzen -

Victory Festbier

Susquehanna Oktoberfest

Goose Island Oktoberfest

Milk/Sweet Stout -

Lancaster Milk Stout

Pale Ale –

Spencer Trappist Ale

Prism ParTea Pale Ale

Victory Headwaters

Pilsner -

BeachHaus Pislner

Troegs Sunshine Pils

Porter -

Fuller’s London Porter

Anchor Porter

Lancaster Shoo-Fly Pie Porter

Saison -

Goose Island Sofie

Old Dominion Gigi’s Farmhouse Ale

Victory Helios

Stout -

Old Dominion Morning Glory Espresso Stout

Magic Hat Heart of Darkness

Troegs Javahead

Tripel -

Old Dominion Candi Tripel

Victory Golden Monkey

Wild Ale -

Goose Island Lolita

New Belgium Le Terroir

Rogue Beard Beer

Witbier -

New Belgium Tartastic

Hoegaarden Original White

Canning Independence

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

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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.

Vacation with Your Favorite Breweries

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

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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.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Evolution, Finch's, Full Sail, Fun, Summer, Susquhanna, Troegs, Victory

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Looking to spice up your gift to dad, or maybe something to complement his hobbies? Try pairing a beer with it to enhance the enjoyment of his favorite activities.

Grilling – So your father’s into cooking in the great outdoors. Give him something hoppy to accompany spicy BBQ and burgers, like Lot 3 IPA from Evolution.

Poolside – Netting debris, testing chlorine balances, finally relaxing with a cool dip after a long day; all of these deserve a refreshing brew. Long Trail’s India Pale Ale goes one better, and gives it to you in a pool-safe can.

Gaming – Does your dad have a designated poker night? Or is he more of a modern gamer, always having to have the latest console? Either way, give him something full-flavored and sessionable to keep his head in the game, such as Session Lager out of Full Sail.

Reading - Your dad’s more bookish, so try giving him something sweet and mellow to accompany a quiet evening with his favorite author. Try Pils Noir from Susquehanna, a beer that’s more of a twist than the end of his latest novel.

Sports – Whether he’s spending the afternoon watching baseball or he’s just finished up a set of tennis, a light and snappy brew fits the bill. We suggest Troegs Sunshine Pils.

Camping/Boating – Tis the season for great outdoor activities, and if you’re father’s looking to take advantage of that, try giving him a well-balanced and flavorful beer to cool off with. Victory’s Summer Love is just right for everything that’s summer.

Beers for Your Valentine

Thursday, February 6, 2014 | Finch's, Goose Island, Lancaster Brewing, Rogue, Starr Hill Brewery

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Skip the cliché wine this year and go with something that will really make your Valentine be happy to be yours. Whether being given as a present on their own or being enjoyed together with a romantic dinner, craft beer is right at home on this holiday.

The Love – Starr Hill: The name says it all; there’s nothing not to love about this hefeweizen that sports hints of banana and clove. It pairs well with many lighter meals, but also can stand well on its own.

Chocolate Stout/Double Chocolate Stout – Rogue Ales: These two are for the chocolate lovers. Because what is the holiday about if not chocolate? The Chocolate Stout was actually introduced in the US on Valentines Day in 2001. And the Double Chocolate Stout is the natural progression of the single, flavored with Dutch bittersweet chocolate.

Double Chocolate Milk Stout – Lancaster Brewing: Looking for someplace to go out to on Valentine’s? Lancaster Brewing’s restaurant not only has a creative dinner menu, but they also have a chocolate milk stout that’s well worth the trip.

Fruli – Strawberry Wheat/Secret Stache Stout – Finch’s Beer: Want something fruity to cut through the richness of chocolate? Everyone’s favorite strawberry beer, Fruli, might be what you’re looking for. Drink either with some dark chocolate, or you and your Valentine can share one glass of Fruli and another of Secret Stache Stout. With this pairing, you can afford to skip dessert.

Lolita – Goose Island: Maybe you don’t want to stray far from wine. Lucky for you, there’s this little number, a bright and jammy wild ale that is alcoholic to warm you on these frigid February nights, and sweet enough to interest framboise lambic lovers.

And if you’re looking for someplace to take your special someone, why not take a look at this list. At any of these locations, when you order Stella Artois, you will receive a Stella Chalice and some chocolate. Stella’s a perfect choice if you want something light and bubbly to go with your dinner, and it adds a romantic touch like champagne.

So go bold, and everyone have a lovely Valentine’s Day.

Stella Artois Valentines Day Restaurants

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Beer Lover

Thursday, December 19, 2013 | Anchor, Evolution, Finch's, Goose Island, Ithaca, Lancaster Brewing, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Old Dominion, Prism, Redhook, Rogue, Starr Hill Brewery, Troegs, Uncategorized, Victory, Widmer, Winter

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It’s getting down the grind of holiday gift-buying, so we’re here to help you find the perfect gifts for your drinking buddy, beer-loving partner, or the craft beer enthusiast that’s hard to buy for. This is the Official Greatest Beers of the World 2013 Holiday Gift Guide.

For the someone who always goes on the beer run in the cold:

Magic Hat/#9 Reversible Beanie – Two hats in one!

Resist Prohibition Victory Brewing Hoodie – Classic, fashionable and warm.

Lancaster Brewing Beanie – Knitted fun, for warm ears.

Redhook Shimmer Me Timbers Jacket – To show you really appreciate them.

Starr Hill Hoodie – Double-lined and zippered, with a cool Starr Hill logo.

For those who like a little art with their beer:

Any of the Old Dominion Posters – At the bottom of their store, Old Dominion has a selection of posters featuring the beautiful ladies that decorate their labels.

Anchor Brewing Books and Posters – Great for the history buff who has a taste for great beer, these posters and books feature historical drawings, paintings and maps of the San Francisco area.

Starr Hill Grateful Pale Ale Poster – Beautiful poster for a beautiful beer.

For someone building the perfect bar:

Tap Handles for Rogue, Anchor Brewing, Lancaster Brewing, Ithaca, Redhook, Widmer Bros.

Glassware from Victory, Rogue, Magic Hat, Anchor Brewing, Lancaster Brewing, Finch’s, Redhook,  Starr Hill, Prism, Widmer Bros., Long Trail

For the Holiday Party, or that really good friend who can’t get enough of their seasonal favorites:

Magic Hat Winterland Variety Pak – #9, Encore IPA, G-Thing, Heart of Darkness

Victory Winter Cheers – Fruity and warm wheat ale, with a spicy hint of clove and banana. 6.7% ABV

Anchor Christmas Ale – A winter warmer with strong ginger flavor in the front, backed up by piney bitterness. 5.5% ABV

Evolution Secret Spot Winter Ale – A complex and well-balanced altbier. 6.3%

Goose Island Sixth Day – An American Brown Ale that’s recipe changes slightly year-to-year for a new surprise every holiday season. 8.3% ABV

Ithaca Cold Front – A Belgian Dark Ale with spicy maltiness and dark fruits. 7.2% ABV

Lancaster Brewing Winter Warmer – Winter spices dominate the flavor of this beer, with an alcoholic finish, sure to warm the coldest of drinkers. 8.9% ABV

Long Trail Hibernator – This Scottish Ale is slightly hoppier than much of the style, and sure to warm you on these cold nights. 6% ABV

Starr Hill Snow Blind – Full description here.

Troegs Mad Elf - Cherry and vanilla flavors sweeten this highly alcoholic Belgian ale that’s made just to give you needed heat. 11% ABV

Stocking Stuffers and Various Gifts:

Widmer Bros. Bottle Opener

Taste Victory iPhone Cover

Ithaca Stainless Steel Growler

Have a happy and safe holiday season, folks!

Troegs Cans Perpetual IPA & Troegenator

Friday, December 6, 2013 | Finch's, Troegs

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Cans have long been overlooked as a packaging method for craft brewers for a variety of reasons. However, more and more fine craft breweries are choosing to offer their brews in cans–some even exclusively can their beer.

Sixteen years ago, Troegs co-founder John Trogner spoke out against cans, saying succinctly “Cans are for soup, not beer.” Now, Perpetual IPA and Troegenator Double Bock will be the first of their beers to be offered in canned form. The brewery changed its tune when they were looking to order a couple of new bottling lines, and figured that it made sense in timing and price to go ahead and put in a canning line. They also cite the active lifestyles of their customers as a reason for introducing the canning process to their beer.

There are many benefits to cans that bottles just can’t provide, the most obvious of which is their inability to be broken. Bottles can be a hassle to bring along to many events, and most craft beers require a bottle-opener to drink. Cans are also lighter, and easier to handle in shipping. Additionally, cans block all light, making them even better than brown bottles at protecting the precious brew inside from damaging sunlight, and seal in flavor better than a bottle and cap. From an environmental standpoint, cans make more sense because metal is easier to recycle and requires less packaging in general. Metallic taste can be an issue–but only if you’re drinking from the can, and putting your mouth against the aluminum. This problem is easily remedied by pouring your beer in a glass–something your craft brewer suggests you be doing anyway, even with bottled beer.

Troegs maintains that bottles are still the quintessential packaging option for beer, and they certainly aren’t alone in that regard. There’s just something about drinking from a bottle that cans can’t hold a candle to–but if you’re on the go, environmentally conscious or just don’t want to risk breaking bottles, cans are a great alternative that have their benefits.

Troegs will be offering their Perpetual IPA in 12oz. cans throughout their entire distribution area in twelve packs, and Troegenator Double Bock in 16oz. canned four-packs only in Pennsylvania.

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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New From Finch’s

Thursday, December 6, 2012 | Breweries, Finch's

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The Chicago brewer has two new canned beers in the market ready for your enjoyment.

The Fascist Pig is a strong, 8% ABV Red Ale which has rich caramel and rye malt characteristics. The beer is then dry-hopped with palisade and Zythos hops. Upfront, you definitely taste the sweetness of the malts which then is balanced nicely by the moderate hops bitterness and spiciness of the rye. The sweetness carries through the finish, masking much of the high-alcohol qualities. Overall, it’s a very drinkable and pleasant beer perfect for any occasion.

The Secret Stache Stout is an incredible stout for winter time. It’s dark and syrupy with awesome notes of chocolate, coffee, and of course vanilla, which is no surprise since whole vanilla beans are thrown directly into the fermenter and steeped in the beer at room temperature. At the same time, the vanilla doesn’t make the beer sugary or sweet, it just gives it an incredible offsetting character to the other flavor profiles found in the full-bodied stout.

These two new beers are added to the popular Golden Wing Blonde Ale, Cut Throat Pale Ale, and Threadless India Pale Ale, which can be readily found throughout the region.

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