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Buttonwood Grill/Peddler’s Village Craft Oh Berfest

Thursday, September 12, 2013 | Bars, Beck's, Evolution, Goose Island, Long Trail, Starr Hill Brewery, Victory

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The Buttonwood Grill Craft Oh Berfest starts Monday, September 23rd, culminating in the Grill Outdoor Deck Festival on September 29th. This is the Buttonwood Grill’s first beer fest, and they’re celebrating with German-inspired fall favorites. They will be featuring six different craft brews and German-style menu pairings.

  • Starting Monday is Victory Festbier, paired with potato pancakes with sour cream and applesauce.
  • Tuesday is the Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin Porter, with brats, kraut, and German potato salad.
  • Beck’s Oktoberfest is featured Wednesday, with pierogies, wilted cabbage and sour cream
  • Thursday is Evolution Jacques Au Lantern alongside beef rouladen, potato hash and kale.
  • Friday, Goose Island Harvest, with pork chop, potato pancakes, cabbage and roasted carrots.
  • Saturday is Long Trail Pumpkin with sauerbraten, potato pancakes and cabbage.

Starting at 4pm on Sunday, Peddler’s Village and Buttonwood Grill are hosting the Outdoor Deck Festival, featuring all six of the beers featured all week, live music by the Tom Groeber German Band, raffles and giveaways. A full menu is below. The price is $30 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and reservations are recommended.

Menu for September 29th: Brats and sauerkraut, chicken schnitzel, meatballs, hot pretzels, German mustards, cucumber salad, German potato salad, grilled asparagus/goat cheese cream, spatzle/butter/parsley/lemon, apple strudel and black forest cake.

For more informations and reservations: 215-794-4040

Location:

Buttonwood Grill

5795 Lower York Rd  New Hope, PA 18938

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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25 Years of Goose Island (Video)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | Beer News, Goose Island

Goose Island is celebrating its 25th birthday. In this video, they talk to the brewers that got their start at Goose Island, and about the future of the brewery.

Goose Island’s 25th Anniversary

The Tap Room Sports Bar and Grill

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 | Bars, Goose Island, Hoegaarden, Long Trail, Restaurants, Rogue

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The Tap Room Sports Bar & Grill in Morton, PA, is host to a lot more than sports television. With local bands every Friday night, shuffle board tournaments on Saturday afternoons, dueling pianos and stand-up comedy, there’s always some reason to stop by. If you’re planning a special event, The Tap Room has banquet facilities which can host parties up to 150 people, which can either be opened or closed to the general entertainment area. Even if there isn’t a certain event you’re stopping by for, there are 12 HDTVs place throughout establishment on which patrons may enjoy any televised sporting event.

When it comes to food, The Tap Room doesn’t disappoint. With wings, nachos, crab dip, and all sorts of buckets of fries, they have the bar food basics covered and then some. They also have a number of more refined offerings, taken from Amici’s next door (they share an owner). Favorites include a crab cake sandwich, filet mingon sandwich and BBQ ribs.

The Tap Room also has a diverse tap list, including such brewers as Goose Island, Long Trail, Troegs, Rogue, Stella Artois and Hoegaarden. Happy Hour holds $2.50 on domestic bottles and drafts, $4 craft and import drafts, $3 mixed drinks and 50¢ wings. There are also specials on food or drinks available every night.

Monday-Sunday 11am-2am

Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 5pm-7pm

15 S Morton Ave

Morton, PA 19070

(610) 690-2400

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Goose Island’s Madame Rose

Thursday, March 21, 2013 | Goose Island

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A Flanders Oud Bruin, Madame Rose from Goose Island has flavors of ripened tart cherries and must, with hints of vanilla, cinnamon and oak from the long wine barrel aging. This beer is a bright reddish brown, with sweet cherry fragrant notes and a fluffy pinkish head. The 7.1% ABV beverage is best served in a wide-rimmed glass such as a tulip, and goes well with a variety of cheeses, red meats and dark chocolates, making it appropriate for many occasions.

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.

What is Craft?

Thursday, December 20, 2012 | Beer News, Breweries, Goose Island

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In the U.S., the American Brewers Association defines a “craft brewery” as “small, independent, and traditional.” How this is essentially broken down into these 3 different key subjects is by the following.

Small – Production size is 6,000,000 a year or less.

Independent – No more than 24% is owned by another alcoholic beverage company that itself is not a craft brewery.

Traditional – The majority of the craft breweries’ brands and distribution use recipes using no adjuncts. (Essentially rice or corn)

So for the most part, although this seems fitting, there’s a bit of controversy and buzz regarding this definition throughout the industry.

Let’s start with an example. Would you be surprised to learn that Goose Island, a beloved brewer of some fantastic artisanal ales is not by definition “Craft?” How so? Well, yes, they have a small enough production. In 2011, they only distributed about 150,000 barrels. Their recipes use some of the finest ingredients and avoid the use of adjuncts. But alas, the brewery was acquired in mid-2011 by Anheuser-Busch /InBev a multinational beverage and brewing company which undisputedly wouldn’t be considered a craft brewer.

So the crafty Goose Island is not by definition craft. Is this fair? The brewery has 28 Great American Beer Festival medals to its name and another 10 World Beer cup medals. Their beers are highly sought out by beer lovers everywhere with limited releases like the Bourbon County Stout. And yet, they’re not craft? How about the amazing brewers who craft the beers with the passion, dedication, and loyalty that makes their beers so highly regarded? Are they not craft brewers?

And the debate goes on. Small, yes. Traditional, yes. But perhaps the definition of “Craft” shouldn’t be used to define the brewery but rather the beer based on its use of ingredients and its distribution. This in itself seems like a safe and definable measure. Perhaps so. Maybe not. What do you think? Is the definition of craft accurate? Should it be changed? Leave your thoughts below.

Goose Island Christmas

Thursday, December 6, 2012 | Breweries, Goose Island

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Every year, Goose Island releases this delicious brew for the holiday season with a unique recipe, making it a one of a kind offering. This year’s is no exception. The strong brown ale weighs in at an impressive 7.3% 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.

Goose Island can be found on tap in many bars throughout the area and it’s also offered in 12oz. bottles by the six-pack or case.

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

6 Great Beers for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Breweries, Fuller's, Goose Island, Long Trail, Rogue, Widmer

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For a large family meal like Thanksgiving, it’s always nice to share a bottle of wine with the table. Wait a second, that doesn’t sound right. Let’s try that again. For a large family meal like Thanksgiving, it’s always nice to share a nice big fantastic bottle of BEER with the table. And for the holiday, here are some excellent recommendations to accompany your Thanksgiving feast that come in large bottles for the table to share.

1)      Widmer Brothers Barrel Aged Brrrbon – This high ABV Bourbon infused monster of a beer is best saved for dessert. The beer ranges in flavor from notes of vanilla to caramel and toffee.

2)      Widmer Old Embalmer Barleywine – Surely another dessert beer, this strong barleywine is quite spicy with notes of pine and butterscotch.

3)      Rogue Juniper – Definitely for the turkey dinner, the spicy, yet smooth, pale ale is sessionable but leaves you with a dry finish.

4)      Long Trail Brewmaster Series Imperial Porter – Another great dessert pairing, the Imperial Porter is dark yet reasonably balanced due to its complex flavor but clean finish. The beer has flavors of dark fruit, roast malts, and chocolate, and finishes with slight bitterness.

5)      Goose Island Matilda – It may be stronger than the average dinner pairing at 7%, but this Belgian style pale ale has wonderful fruity and spicy characteristics which will complement the candied yams and cranberry sauce and nicely contrast the savory turkey.

6)      Fuller’s Vintage Ale – The 16th edition of this annual release for the holidays makes a wonderful gift for your host. Each bottle is box-packaged and individually numbered. It’s great today or can be aged for holidays to come.

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