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Dessert Pairing

Friday, November 13, 2015 | Fuller's, Goose Island, Ithaca, Lancaster Brewing, Leffe, New Belgium, Old Dominion, Rogue, Victory

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There is often discussion here about how to pair your favorite beers with food, but typically that conversation steers towards entrees and other savory dishes. However, many beers can make an excellent accompaniment to sweeter desserts. As an introduction to this pairing style, we offer this list to consider. As with savory pairings, these duos can either mimic one another with similar flavor notes, or complement each other with different accents. For each beer, we offer an example for each.

Goose Island Sofie – Champagne-like in mouthfeel, with pepper and citrus flavors and a vanilla finish.
Imitation: Fresh Fruit Ambrosia Salad
Complement: Chocolate-Orange Scone.

Lancaster Shoo-Fly Pie Porter – Sweet heavy molasses, vanilla and brown sugar.
Imitation: Pecan Pie
Complement: Crème Brûlée

Old Dominion Candi - Pear, apple, sugar and pepper, with a bit of tartness and finishing hop character.
Imitation: Pear Upside-Down Cake
Complement: Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Fuller’s London Porter - Dark chocolate, coffee and smoky tobacco; a very strong flavor profile.
Imitation: Chocolate Torte
Complement: Raspberry Cheesecake

Leffe Blonde - Spicy banana, orange and vanilla make up this beer.
Imitation: Orange Banana Nut Bread
Complement: Dark Chocolate

Victory Storm King - Dark chocolate and espresso are cut with hop bitterness.
Imitation: Chocolate Espresso Pound Cake
Complement: Vanilla Fudge

New Belgium Snapshot - Lemony-tartness throughout, with a bready backbone.
Imitation: Lemon Shortbread
Complement: French Silk Pie

Rogue Chocolate Stout – Chocolate and hops combine for a darkly rich and bitter beer with a touch of nuttiness.
Imitation: Pecan Brownies
Complement: Cheesecake

Ithaca Country Pumpkin - All the pumpkin pie spices (clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice) and a touch of pumpkin itself.
Imitation: Pumpkin Roll
Complement: Vanilla Bean Pudding

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.

Happy Holidays

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 | Anchor, Leffe, Rogue, Victory, Winter

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We hope you’re having a safe and festive holiday season, warm with your loved ones and a tasty beverage beside the fireside, or out with your friends at a holiday party, drinking cold-but-belly-warming brews. And maybe you’ve gotten all of your gift-shopping done, but it seems like even after you think you’re done, you remember one of two people on your Nice List that deserve the very best. We’ve got a list of perfect stocking-stuffers, gifts for those who are hard to please, or handouts at your New Years Eve party. Here’s our Holiday Brews Roundup.

Anchor Christmas Ale – In a magnum bottle, this is the perfect Christmas gift for the beer aficionado, always looking for something new–the recipe for this ale changes year by year to year, with this year’s brew having a delightful mix of holiday spices in his flavor, and an herbal undertone. 5.5% ABV

Rogue Santa’s Reserve – Got a hop-loving friend who still needs a stocking stuffer? This India Red Ale will do the trick, and comes in 22oz to make them extra merry. 6% ABV

Victory Golden Monkey – Although this brew is offered year-round, some might argue that its full body, dried fruit flavors and warming alcohol make it a perfect winter drink that’s sure to bring some color to your cheeks, especially with a 750 ml bottle. 9.5% ABV

Leffe Blonde – The spice and vanilla aroma of this brew allow it to fit perfectly for the season. Toasty caramel notes dominate and are finished with drying hops. Available in 25 oz bottles. 6.6% ABV

Cheers for the Winter Olympics

Thursday, February 6, 2014 | Anheuser Busch, Carlsberg, Crabbie's, Erdinger, Fuller's, Kirin, Leffe

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The Sochi Winter Olympics are underway, so it’s time to start thinking about who’s going to win which events. The Olympics are not only about rooting on our own nation’s athlete’s, but also coming together and finding common ground between countries. So why not celebrate other’s wins as well by cracking open a beer with which to toast the gold medalists? We’ve got some suggestions on what to use to toast as each country collects medals.

United States- Budweiser: They are, after all, the official beer sponsor of the U.S. team.

Germany – Erdinger: This exclusively wheat beer brewery offers a taste of its country of origin in every mouthful.

Belgium – Leffe: You’ve got nine great choices to choose from here, so you can’t go wrong.

Denmark – Carlsberg: Started in 1847, this brewery makes a pale lager that’s as refreshing as it is standard.

England – Fullers: Fuller’s is a staple in England, and for good reason. London Pride, ESB and their London Porter are all good choices.

Japan – Kirin: Another old brewery out of Tokyo, they’ve got a pale ale that is ‘number one!’

Ireland – O’Hara’s: An Irish classic, with a stout, Irish red and more than a handful of other great brews.

Here’s to safe and well-played games!

Pat Deon Beverages

Thursday, November 21, 2013 | Beck's, Distributors, Firestone Walker, Leffe, Redhook, Retailers, Shock Top, Stella Artois, Troegs, Widmer

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Pat Deon Beverages in Fairless Hills has one of the greatest selections around when it comes to beer, all at competitive prices. The well-organized collection includes such names as Becks, Goose Island, Victory, Leffe, Redhook, Shock Top, Stella Artois, Troegs, Widmer and many, many more, guaranteeing that you’ll be able to find something new to try every time you go in. The well-experience staff is happy to help you find the best choice for you. They’ve been at their current location since the early ’80s, and have been serving the surrounding area with a clean, well-lit store that sells cases, 1/6, 1/4 and 1/2 kegs, as well as tobacco products, soda, teas, snacks, ice and Pennsylvania lottery tickets.

For great selection, friendly staff and great prices, this is the spot.

Contact Info:

Pat Deon Beverages

526 S Oxford Valley Rd

Fairless Hills, PA

215-945-6300

Store Hours:

Monday-Friday: 9am-9pm

Saturday: 8am-9pm

Sunday: 12pm-5pm

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

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