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12 Geese of Christmas

Friday, December 12, 2014 | Bars, Events, Fun, Goose Island

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Now is the perfect chance to try one or many Goose Island beers. There are five events coming at locations near you, where up to twelve Goose Island drafts will be available, at least two of which are from their Bourbon County series. If you’re already a fan, it’s a great way to celebrate the holidays, and if you haven’t tried their beer yet, it’s an amazing opportunity to get acquainted with the Chicago-based brewery.

Here’s the details:

December 12
Simmeria Cafe & Bistro
24 E Main St
Fleetwood

Blue Dog
4275 County Line Rd
Chalfont
5pm-9:30pm

December 18
Double Edge Bar & Grille
4803 W Chester Pk
Newtown Square

Blue Dog Pub – Lansdale
850 S Valley Forge Rd,
Lansdale
5pm-9:30pm

December 19

Maggie O’Neill’s
1062 Pontiac Rd
Drexel Hill
7pm

Cheese and… Beer?

Thursday, October 2, 2014 | Anchor, Beer News, Evolution, Goose Island, Hoegaarden, Lancaster Brewing, Magic Hat, Victory

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Last year, Philly Beer Scene made a whole feature on the topic of beer and cheese pairing. Victory is taking it to a whole new level when they created beer-infused Wisconsin cheddar cheese spreads with Key Ingredient Market. HopDevil and Golden Monkey have been paired with cheddar spread, and Headwaters with cheddar dip for something really special.

And if you’re looking to pair some of your own, try these on for size.

Hoegaarden pairs well with fresh cheeses like feta and gooey, fragrant cheeses like brie, with its fruity, citrus notes and spicy finish. Another one to try alongside these would be Magic Hat’s Circus Boy

Hard, aged cheeses like sharp cheddars and gouda need a strong flavor to match. Goose Island’s IPA and Evolution Lucky 7 stand up to the challenge.

Bleu cheese is varied, and thus, can be paired in a variety of ways. Try it with Lancaster Milk Stout or Anchor’s IPA.

Oktoberfest

Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Goose Island, Old Dominion, Susquhanna, Victory

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Can’t make it over to Munich? Want to try your hand at hosting your very own Oktoberfest this year? Well, we’ve got the tips to help you make that happen. This is our official Oktoberfest Party Guide.’

Beverages

Victory Festbier – A favorite local marzen, it’s perfect for this event with its pleasant German malts. 5.6% ABV

Susquehanna Oktoberfest – Another local marzen with caramel and toffee notes, and Bavarian hops to balance the flavor. 6.2% ABV

Goose Island Oktoberfest - Sweet dried fruits, burnt sugar and earthy hops make up the flavor profile of this lager. 6.4% ABV

Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen – Smooth caramel, honey and bready flavors are followed by crisp hops, creating a warm yet refreshing beverage. 5.7% ABV

For the little ones or anyone else who doesn’t drink, you could always serve hot or chilled apple cider, seasoned with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg for a perfectly autumnal flavor.

Food

Apart from beer, food is the most important thing about Oktoberfest. Pretzels are a must, the salt and breadiness coupling perfectly with malty beers. This pairs well with mustard, obatzda and weisswurst, a mild, pale sausage made of veal and pork. Of course, you can always use your favorite sort of wurst. For appetizer or buffet-style servings, make or purchase small pretzels, cut one-inch lengths of sausage, and arrange with a dish of mustard and/or obatzda and toothpicks on a fall leaf-colored platter.

For a heartier meal, you could make Bavarian style burgers, using traditional Leberkäse or ground beef with German-style fixings like sauerkraut, pretzel or kaiser rolls, tasty cheeses and of course mustard. Goes great with potato salad.

The natural dessert option here is Lebkuchen hearts, a style of gingerbread cookie decorated with icing, but you could also go with the fall-appropriate apple strudel if you’d rather.

Decorations

Blue and white are the traditional colors of Oktoberfest, typically seen in a lozengy pattern as they are in a variant of the Bavarian flag. This can come in the form of tablecloths, flags, paper plates, hats, etc., all readily available at many party stores and online. For splashes of color that won’t overload the senses, fill beer steins with blue and white flowers, or tie blue and white ribbons around silverware or mug handles.

Speaking of mugs, it’s important that you aren’t drinking out of bottles or plastic cups, since that just isn’t in the spirit of Oktoberfest. Beer steins in glass, ceramic or plastic are perfect for this event, adding to an authentic atmosphere.

The backyard is the perfect spot for your Oktoberfest, and the addition of a pop-up tent or canopy can make it feel less like a yard and more like the fest itself. Using smaller tents, you can designate a biergarten, buffet and dining areas with festive signs.

Activities

Stein Race: Fill a stein with beer (or any liquid), and have contestants race from one side of a field to the other, spilling as little of their beverage as possible. Whoever can fill a most of a bucket at the end of the line in the allotted time wins.

Chicken Dance: Great for kids and adults alike, this silly dance actually started as a German tradition, originally called the Duck Dance.

Barrel Roll: Another traditional Oktoberfest event. Use an empty barrel or keg, and have participants roll it through an obstacle course. The fastest time wins, and points are deducted for losing control of the barrel and crashing into spectators.

Beer Tasting: Set up a table with a variety of the beers you’ve purchased for the occasion and small tasting glasses, allowing party-goers to try a few beers before they pick what they’d like a full glass of. For the full tasting experience, include pretzels and cheeses that pair well with the different brews.

Summery Fruit Beers

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

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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

Goose Island Migration

Thursday, July 31, 2014 | Goose Island

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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.

Capone’s
5:30-7pm
224 W Germantown Pike
Norristown, PA

Blue Dog
8-10pm
4275 County Line Rd #13
Chalfont, PA

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

Goose Island Ten Hills Pale Ale

Thursday, January 23, 2014 | Featured Beer, Goose Island

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Goose Island is changing up its seasonal beers, and the first of these new beers is Ten Hills Pale Ale, available December through March. It’s brewed with Perle, Cascade and US Saaz hops harvested from the first ten hills on Elk Mountain Farms in Idaho, which give the beer both herbal and citrus hop character. Sweet, bready malts balance the hops, giving it a medium mouthfeel and generous carbonation. 6.2% ABV

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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!

Give Thanks for Beer

Thursday, November 21, 2013 | Anchor, Events, Fall, Fun, Goose Island, Magic Hat, Rogue, Shock Top, Victory

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Thanksgiving is just a week away, and you can already hear the tummies rumbling. Although wine is the traditional drink of the holiday, there are so many beer options that go well with the food, it’s hard not to want to buy a couple different varieties. Whether you’re looking to pair each course with the perfect beer, or you want to win over your host by bringing the goods, we’ve got your back. Here’s our list of Thanksgiving beers.

1. Rogue Juniper Pale Ale: This crisp and spicy pale ale goes perfectly with turkey and cranberry, and is just light enough to leave room for the food. The refreshing juniper is also an appetite stimulant, so it’s great as a before-dinner apertif. 5.3% ABV

2. Victory Festbier: A smooth, well-balance option that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The caramel-y, nutty malts are balance with a hint of hops, making for a beer that goes well with just about everything on the table. 5.6% ABV

3. Goose Island Nut Brown Ale: Brown ales are ever-popular, and go great with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy and ham. This ale is nutty, complex and light enough to enjoy during this feast without taking away from the food. 5.3% ABV

4. Anchor BigLeaf Maple Red: This sweet and delicious brew brings a hint of maple syrup to dinner, great for pairing with sweet potatoes, pork, and most other usual Turkey-Day fare. 6.0% ABV

5. Shock Top Pumpkin: You can’t have a Thanksgiving beer list without including a pumpkin ale. Even if you couldn’t possibly have room for pumpkin pie, this is a sure-fire way to get your annual dose of pumpkin spices. 5.2% ABV

6. Magic Hat Heart of Darkness: Coffee may be what you’ve had with dessert in the past, but why waste the perfect moment for a dessert stout? This goes great with chocolate, good conversation and a toasty fireside. 5.7% ABV

And from everyone at Greatest Beers of the World, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Great American Beer Festival and Elmwood Park Zoo Oktoberfest Beer Tasting

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | Beer News, Contest, Goose Island, Long Trail, Troegs, Victory, Widmer

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Today marks of the beginning of the 2013 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. Founded in 1982, this festival has been recognizing great craft brewing in this country for over twenty years, growing alongside the industry. It represents the largest collections of U.S. beer ever served in a public tasting event, plus a private competition, showcasing the large variety of great craft brews made in this country.

GABF invites beer professionals from around the world to come and sit for five separate three-hour long blind tasting and judging sessions. These help determine the to whom the gold, silver and bronze medals go to in each of the 75 beer styles judged, three of the most coveted awards in the industry.

If you couldn’t make it out to Denver this weekend, it’s okay. A little closer to home is the Elmwood Park Zoo Oktoberfest Beer Tasting, where you can sample many award-winning brews among the park’s wild animals. Starting at 2pm this Saturday, the park will be open only to Oktoberfest attendees, who will enjoy unlimited beer tasting, a souvenir tasting glass, live animal encounters and food for purchase.

VIP tickets are available and earn you early admission (12:30pm), free all-you-can-eat food from Outback Steakhouse, and exclusive access to VIP areas and select beers, including Victory Dirtwolf, Goose Island Vintage Pepe Nero, Long Trail Triple Bag, Widmer Hibiscus Gose, Troegs Flying Mouflan and Wild Red.

Elmwood Zoo Oktoberfest Details:

General Admission: $40 in advance, $50 at the door

VIP Access: $75 in advance

Designated Driver: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $25 VIP

Phone #: 610-277-3825 x229

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