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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

Summer Shandy Love

Friday, May 22, 2015 | Kona, Shock Top, Sierra Nevada, Starr Hill Brewery, Susquhanna, Widmer

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By now, you’re probably familiar with shandies; the beer cocktail that is typically mixed with lemonade, but could include a soft drink such as ginger ale, other light sodas, or orange juice. They’ve become a popular addition to many breweries’ lineups, particularly as the weather warms and craft drinkers look for refreshing beverages. Usually sweet and often tart, these mixes are a great fruity break from maltier or hoppier alternatives. They also tend to be lower in alcohol content, due to their mixed nature, so make a great go-to for day-time get-togethers like picnics and BBQs or just relaxing on the deck on a weekend.

The idea of mixing a sweet drink with beer might seem strange at first, but it’s been going on for a long time, and with good reason. The earliest record of a beer cocktail of its ilk is from 1853, in the form of the shandygaff, a beer and ginger ale mix. Other countries have their own versions, including the Radler (German for cyclist), a beer mixed with sparkling lemonade, which supposedly originated in Munich in 1922. France has its version, the Panache, which is close to the Radler definition. Even Singapore has a cocktail where beer is mixed with tonic water, called Kip Lin after its inventor.

Where shandies were traditionally mixed on-site, you can now conveniently buy them pre-mixed in a bottle. Here are a few to try:

Widmer Bros Hefe Shandy – A hefeweizen made with Lemon Drop hops and mixed with natural lemonade for a lip-smacking mix. 4.2% ABV

Shock Top Shandy – Another wheat beer with a big lemon taste and a spicy yeast to back it up. 4.2% ABV

Susquehanna Shady Spot Shandy – This shandy harkens back to the traditional English style: dry and refreshing. 4.7% ABV

While these shandies are a great grab-n-go option, and definitely worth a try, you might want to try your hand and making one of your own. If you’re unsure of where to begin, let’s go over a few simple recipes that can get you started, and you can take it from there.

Big Lemon Wave

1 12oz bottle Kona’s Big Golden Wave

4oz Fresh lemonade, pulp optional

Mix, garnish with lemon rind for aroma.

Grapefruit Popfest

6oz bottle Sierra Nevada Summerfest

6oz Pure grapefruit juice, pulp optional

Splash sparkling water

Mix all, garnish with slice of lemon. Use one 12oz bottle for two servings.

Ginger Love

12oz bottle Starr Hill The Love Hefeweizen

6oz Ginger ale, such as Schweppes

Mix, garnish with either a thin slice of fresh ginger or slice of lemon

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.

The Growing Movement of Session Beers

Friday, March 13, 2015 | Anchor, Boxcar, Full Sail, Goose Island, Keegan Ales, Kona, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Victory

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It’s no secret that craft beers tend to be a bit higher on the alcohol by volume, and that can be bad news for someone who wants to enjoy several brews in a night while still being safe. But have no fear! Low-alcohol session craft beers have been making their mark on the market in recent years and are on a climb in popularity. This means you can enjoy a party, round of cards or wedding while still enjoying your favorite craft breweries

The term session comes from the British, referring to the timeframe of a social gathering that involves drinking. In craft beer, a session beer has come to mean a beer under 5% AVB, but is still full of taste. So here we present a list of delicious session beers to try.

Full Sail Session Lager – What it lacks in ABV, it makes up for in big malt flavor and herbal hop character. 5.1% ABV

Anchor Steam Beer – This California Common beer gets its name from tradition West Coast brewing methods. 4.9% ABV

Goose Island Honkers Ale – An English bitter with fruity hops and a rich malt middle, making for a very drinkable brew. 4.3% ABV

Keegan Ales Bine Climber – Citrus hops lead this IPA, then is balanced by the malts, making it an especially good hoppy beer to drink a few of. 4.7% ABV

Kona Big Wave – Fruity flavors are suspended on bready malts, giving a full flavor to this blonde ale. 4.4% ABV

Long Trail Ale – This full-bodied amber ale is great for drinking around the campfire or bringing to a party. 5% ABV

Magic Hat Circus Boy – An unfiltered hefeweizen brewed with lemon grass that won’t have you on the floor. 4.5% ABV

Kona’s New TV Ad

Thursday, May 29, 2014 | Beer News, Fun, Kona, Up and Coming

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Turn on your television during any sports event, and you’re bound to see at least one beer ad. However, many of our favorite breweries are absent from these lineups–there are no TV advertisements for Evolution or Finch’s–but all that could change.

In the last few years, craft breweries have been popping up on television, and one of the latest to join this trend is Kona Brewing Co’s Single-Tasking ad, which is currently airing mostly in California. TV ads are still too expensive for most craft breweries, but as craft breweries become more popular and many of them grow to unprecedented size, we might be seeing more of them on the small screen.

But don’t stay stuck to the screen waiting for them–as Kona says: One life, right? Don’t blow it.

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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Kona Pipeline Porter Returns

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Kona

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Kona Brewing Company’s Pipeline Porter is returning to the mainland for its seventh year as part of Kona’s Aloha Series. This rich porter is brewed with freshly roasted Kona coffee from the Cornwell Estate Coffee plantation, Kona Coast neighbors of the Kona Brewery.

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Kona Wailua Wheat is Back

Friday, June 1, 2012 | Kona, Uncategorized

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Kona Brewing Company once again brings a taste of paradise to craft beer drinkers from Hawaii to the eastern shores of the mainland with Wailua Wheat, available now through September, 2012. Now in its fifth year of production, Wailua Wheat is brewed with real passion fruit puree as the key tropical ingredient in this Aloha Series craft beer.

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