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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

Wheat Beer Summer

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | Hoegaarden, Lancaster Brewing, Troegs, Widmer

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When the days are hot and long, your early evening calls for something bright and juicy, and wheat beers may just hit the spot. Citrus, banana or bubblegum flavors, often mixed with spicy clove or cinnamon dominate the wheat beer styles. So if you’re looking for that big, bold taste, here’s six wheat beers to get you started.

Hoegaarden Belgian White – This traditional witbier has an almost peppery aroma and a sweet and sour lemony flavor with yeast at the forefront and light hops.

Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc – A French witbier with tart citrus flavor and light spiciness. A more delicate palate than many of the style, but there is much to appreciate.

Lancaster Strawberry Wheat – A smooth strawberry flavor comes with a bit of tang in this American wheat beer. It’s a delicious melding of wheat and fruit.

Widmer Hefe – Lemon and clove are the dominant features in this Hefeweizen, along with a light, refreshing hop character.

Troegs Dreamweaver – This fan favorite is a Hefeweizen that brings that big, fruity banana flavor, along with sweet clove and just enough hoppiness to balance it.

Ithaca Apricot Wheat - This wheat ale is light in body and color, great for summer heat, with a touch of apricot that carries the wheat flavor through and keeps your mouth watering.

Oscars Party

Thursday, February 12, 2015 | Fuller's, Hoegaarden, Shock Top, Stella Artois, Victory

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You still have a little bit to plan your Oscars party, and we’re here to make that a little easier, so you can relax and enjoy the night.

Beverages - You’re going to want to stick with some classy drinks, and what’s classier than craft beer? In place of champagne use Stella Artois or their Cidre in flute glasses. Shock Top Raspberry Wheat can be given a fun twist when garnished with black- and raspberries. Hoegaarden’s Original White Ale with a slice of lemon is sure to impress. As a cocktail choice, offer Crabbie’s Ginger Beer with the ingredients for one or more of these recipes. In honor of The Imitation Game, try offering Fuller’s. And toast the winners with one of the aptly named Victory’s beers, like Storm King or their Helles Lager.

Food – Food for this sort of event can remain fairly simple and fun. Popcorn and classic theatre candies can really amp up the going-to-the-movies feel, and doesn’t demand a sit-down meal. For variety, set out an array of popcorn toppings (garlic powder, powdered cheese, paprika, hot sauce, lime zest and chili seasoning are just a few ideas), and let your guests choose their own. Serve in brown paper bags or mini popcorn buckets. If you want something a little healthier, set out a charcuterie board with meats and cheeses that pair well with your drink choices.

Decorations – Gold and red are your main colors of the evening. It’s easy to class things up with these colors while still keeping things minimal. Gold stars or garlands on the walls and above doorways add some glitz without going overtop. Helium-filled black or white balloons with varying lengths of matte gold ribbons can be set in corners of the room to keep the party feel seamless without being distracting. And of course, a red carpet is a must. For this, you can buy a few yards of red fabric or cut up a plastic red tablecloth, and set it up leading from your door to where you will be watching. Then the smaller details will really pull the whole thing together. For stemmed glasses, tie a red and a gold ribbon around the stem, and use it to attach an Oscar statuette-shaped card cutout for your guest to write their name on. If you have dimmers, use them. If not, keep the overhead lights off and use lamps.

Activities – The main activity, of course, will be watching the Academy Awards, but why not make it fun? Have everyone fill out a ballot with who they believe will win each award, and give a prize (gift card for a nice dinner, six-pack of beer, or a copy of one of the award-winning movies) to the person who gets the most answers correct. For some pre-show entertainment, quiz guests on quotes and facts from previous Oscar-winning movies, actors and directors while they prepare their snacks. Present each person with a right answer with an Oscar Cookie.

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.

Beat the Heat: Victory Ice Cream and Refreshing Summer Brews

Friday, July 11, 2014 | Anchor, Food, Fun, Hoegaarden, Local Favorites, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Shock Top, Victory

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We’ve been seeing temperatures approaching the triple digits, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to let up any soon. So it’s time to start thinking about the best ways to keep cool and refreshed this summer… and what better ways are there than ice cold beverages and ice cream?

July is National Ice Cream Month, and Victory has released an ice cream line with three flavors just in time. Each flavor is made with the wort of one of the Downingtown Brewery’s beer. Hopped up Devil is made with HopDevil wort, and has cinnamon, cayenne, coffee and chocolate flakes. Storm Drop is made from Storm King Imperial Stout and chocolate drops. And Triple Monkey is made from the wort of the ever-popular Golden Monkey, as well as banana and pecan swirl.

The brewery has been making ice cream from its wort for years, but recently decided to share the flavors with a wider fan base; all three flavors will be available in the greater Philadelphia area at a variety of locations.

And as far as beers go, there’s no shortage of refreshing brews that go with summer as much as swimming pools, barbecues or even ice cream.

Shock Top Lemon Shandy – No summer drink list would be complete without at least one lemon shandy, and Shock Top delivers with a lightly spiced beverage that packs a punch of invigorating lemonade flavor. 4.2% ABV

Hoegaarden Original White Ale – Satisfying malt is carefully balanced with slight peppery and hoppy flavors in this classic witbier, and just a touch of lemony sourness creates a complex but smooth palate. 4.9% ABV

Anchor Summer Beer – Lively carbonation is sure to enliven your mouth on these dog days, carrying floral, grassy flavors. Malt-forward, it has enough hops to give it a dry, thirst-quenching taste and a light body to create the perfect summer balance. 4.6% ABV

Magic Hat Elder Betty – Crisp with yeasty dried fruit flavors, a touch of wheat and elderberry tartness, this brew is slightly dry and maintains a smooth texture, making for easy drinking. 5.5% ABV

Long Trail Mostly Cloudy – Coriander, clove, hints of lemon and orange and an overall sweet-and-sour combination make up the flavor profile of this crisper-than-average witbier. 4.7% ABV

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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To Garnish or Not to Garnish

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 | 5 Rabbit, Hoegaarden, Ingredients, Shock Top, Sierra Nevada, Starr Hill Brewery, Uinta

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We all know that certain beers should be paired with certain foods. However, there’s another way food can be served with beer; as a garnish. There are a number of brews out there intended to be served with a slice of orange or lime, but what’s the purpose? And where did it all get started?

There is some debate over whether a slice of lemon in wheat beers was started in the 1960s in Germany, or whether it was an American invention. However, before the US really had any wheat beers of its own, it served these sorts of garnishes in German-themed bars along with Hefeweizens, suggesting it was a tradition started across the Atlantic. The whole idea was probably adopted as an imitation of cocktails, which were the drink of choice at bars at the time.

Since then, lemon, lime and orange slices have caught on as a popular addition to American wheat beers and cervezas. Most fans agree that the tartness of the fruit complements the yeasts used in the beers, and sometimes enhance the beer’s natural citrus flavor. Citrus isn’t the only garnish that has been used with beers, though.

Most people don’t really question why there are mixed nuts or pretzels at the bar, but they have significance. The salt on the nuts and pretzels can complement the flavor of a beer. Some bartenders go as far as hanging pretzels from the glass with certain beers. If you have a nut allergy—or don’t want to risk eating anything out of a bowl that countless others have stuck their hands into—you can add the salt directly to your beer or around the rim. This is an old tradition that has its roots in old wives’ tales of helping with cramps, and is not as common a way to garnish beer anymore. Still, there are flavored salts made especially for adding to your brew, and adding salt to beer can deflate the carbonation, which may be a plus to some drinkers looking to avoid a gassy stomach.

Salt and lime as a mix of garnishes is especially prevalent in states bordering Mexico. A michelada is a beer cocktail that uses salt, pepper, lime, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. There are a number of takes on this simple recipe, using different beers, and non-traditional hot sauces like Sriracha. Chili peppers are another ingredient that is sometimes used for micheladas.

Chocolate is another beer garnish option, pairing especially well with stouts, barley wines, porters and some lambics. You can do this a number of ways, including powdering a glass with a coco mix, or making dark or milk chocolate ornaments.

There are a number of other less common garnishes, including green olives, which are usually paired with American or English pale ales, and cinnamon sugar rims, which go well with pumpkin ales. Fruit beers can also be paired with the fruit with which they are flavored, including berries, cherries and watermelon.

Some purists believe that adding any embellishment to a beer is just a way of covering up poor quality, though. They argue that the beer itself should be taste enough, and that adding anything to it only covers up the flavor, either to the detriment of a good brew, or the benefit of a beer with off or little flavors. Another complaint about some garnishes is that they deflate the head, and as with the case with salty choices, can affect the carbonation of the beer, which some believe should not be tampered with.

We say that garnishes are a matter of taste, and a fun way to experiment with a brew you already know and love. So, here’s a few suggested pairings that might make garnish doubters think twice.

Hoegaarden Original White Ale; garnish with slice of lemon hanging off the rim to accentuate the sweet, citrus flavor and offset the spicy clove.

Starr Hill Dark Starr Stout; rim glass with cocoa powder, or just pair with a small bar of dark chocolate.

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Ale; drop a couple of green olives into this IPA, and watch the bubbles gather around them, allowing them to float back to the top.

5 Rabbit 5 Lizard; lemon goes well with this latin-style witbier, and salt or hot sauce can also be a good choice of garnish.

Uinta Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale; powder the rim of the glass with a cinnamon and sugar mix to add a little kick to this already delicious pumpkin ale.

Shock Top Raspberry Wheat; plopping a couple of raspberries into this popular Belgian-style wheat ale slightly strengthens the berry’s flavor… and you get a little treat in the bottom of your glass.

The Best of Belgian Sampler

Thursday, November 8, 2012 | Breweries, Hoegaarden, Leffe

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There is no doubt that Belgium offers some of the best beers from the world. And more often than not they’re pricy which keeps the average person from going out and picking up a case. So finally, there is an awesome Belgian variety pack out on the market that offers a sampling of a few select Belgians which is perfect for filling the fridge or offering a friend as a holiday gift. The Best of Belgium sampler features some of your most popular Belgian beers: Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, and Leffe Blonde.

While the “pilsner” beer style did not originate in Belgium, local brewers produce some of the world’s finest pilsner-style lagers. With a brewing heritage dating back to 1366, Stella Artois is the best-selling Belgian beer in the world. First brewed by the Artois brewery as a Christmas beer, it was named Stella (“star” in Latin) because of its exceptional clarity. Today, the brewers of Stella Artois, working less than 100 yards from the original brewery site, use malt from barley grown in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Australia. A blend of European hops is used with noticeable influence of the famous Bohemian “Saaz” hop aroma in the finish. The result is a full-flavored beer with golden clarity.

Hoegaarden is Belgium’s original white beer, and truly representative of Belgium’s unique style of wheat beer, called “witbier” in Flemish, “biere blanche” in French and simply “white beer” in English, so named because of its distinctive white head and cloudy appearance. It traces its roots back to 1445 to a small Belgian village called Hoegaarden. Using a centuries-old brewing process, Hoegaarden remains unfiltered, allowing the savory sediment to be retained in the beer. Incorporating the traditional ingredients of coriander and Curacao orange peel, Hoegaarden contains a hint of citrus and spice.

The beer style known as “abbey” ale originated in Belgium and is almost exclusively brewed there. Leffe Blonde was Belgium’s first abbey ale. The history of Leffe Blonde dates back to 1240, when the monks of the Abbaye de Notre Dame de Leffe, in the Belgian province of Namur, first brewed ale. Leffe is brewed today according to the same standards exacted by the monks. Selected aromatic malts give the beer its deep golden color, distinct clove-like aroma and unique flavor.

The Best of Belgian Sampler offers 12 bottles of Stella Artois, 6 bottles of Hoegaarden, and 6 bottles of Leffe Blonde for an awesomely low price right around $30 (varies by location).

Find this sampler at one of these following great beer retailers:

BARBONE BEVERAGE 2014 OLD ARCH ROAD NORRISTOWN 19401
BEER STOP 793 BETHLEHEM PIKE COLMAR 18915
BEST BEVERAGE 434  YORK ROAD WILLOW GROVE 19090
EPPS BEVERAGE 80 W RIDGE PIKE ROYERSFORD 19468
FAMILY BEVERAGE 1200 WELSH ROAD NORTH WALES 19454
HARLEYSVILLE BEV INC 337 MAIN ST HARLEYSVILLE 19438
MAC’S NEIGHBORHOOD BEV 511 LIMEKILN PIKE MAPLE GLEN 19002
TNK BEVERAGE OUTLET 832 N. BETHLEHEM PK. SPRINGHOUSE 19477
TOWAMENCIN BEVERAGE 1550 SUMNEYTOWN PIKE KULPSVILLE 19443
TRAPPE BEER & SODA 333 W. MAIN ST. TRAPPE 19426
BEERGUYS BEVERAGE 1305 WEST CHESTER PIKE HAVERTOWN 19083
BRYN MAWR BEVERAGE 194 LANDOVER AVE. BRYN MAWR 19010
FULTON BIG DOG BEV CO 400 CONCHESTER HWY BOOTHWYN 19061
GOFF’S SUDS AND SODA 560 OAK AVE CLIFTON HEIGHTS 19018
HAVERTOWN BEVERAGE 2208 DARBY ROAD HAVERTOWN 19083
ZEN BEER AND SODA 823 SPROUL ROAD SPRINGFIELD 19064
BEER A RAMA INC 200 LEVITTOWN PKWY LEVITTOWN 19056
RUGERS 4369 NEW FALLS ROAD LEVITTOWN 19056
SOUTHAMPTON BEVERAGE 453 SECOND STREET PK SOUTHAMPTON 18966
SUPER VALUE 625 MEARNS ROAD WARMINSTER 18974
C.R. RADER CO. 191 COUNTY LINE ROAD BOYERTOWN 19512
KUTZTOWN BOTTLING WORKS 78-80 S. WHITEOAK ST KUTZTOWN 19530
WEST LAWN BEVERAGE CO. 2320 PENN AVE. WEST LAWN 19609

Why Wheat?

Thursday, August 4, 2011 | Hoegaarden, Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg, Summer, Widmer

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Long ago in Bavaria, brewers began utilizing the bountiful crops of wheat from their farms to create a style of beer that is known as “hefeweizen.” (This is roughly translated as “wheat beer with yeast”) The region became famous for this style of beer, as the Germanic people found the light-bodied, wonderfully aromatic beer to be perfect for hot summer days. Read more…

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