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Long Trail Stand Out

Friday, February 27, 2015 | Long Trail

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This spring seasonal was brewed in the spirit of adventure, with a new variety of hops called Equinox. Resiny citrus and earthy herbal flavors dominate this pale ale, supported by biscuity malts. The medium-light mouthfeel carries a lingering pepperiness, and closes on a dry note. A great way to celebrate warming weather. 5.4% ABV

Pumpkin Brews for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 20, 2014 | Long Trail, Magic Hat, Rogue, Shock Top, Starr Hill Brewery

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You may think that pumpkin ales go out with Halloween, but they are actually the perfect addition to any Thanksgiving meal. Try pulling any of these out for the family, and they’re sure to please everyone.

Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin Porter – This traditional English-style porter has a twist of pumpkin to add the flavor of the harvest season. Its light spicing allow the flavors of the pumpkin itself to really shine through. Great for hearty main courses, or an after-dinner drink. 4.7% ABV

Shock Top Pumpkin – When talking pumpkin beers, one doesn’t usually think about witbier, but the combination is surprisingly good. Goes great with lighter desserts or fruit salads, like ambrosia. 5.2% ABV

Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin – The perfect warming brew for these cold, November nights. A blend of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves spice this finely crafted brew, and there’s just enough hops to make a clean finish. 8% ABV

Uinta Punk’n – Pumpkin, spice and hints of vanilla and honey make this truly one of the best and most interesting pumpkin ales of the season. Goes great with roasted turkey, squash and pumpkin dishes. Plus, it’s got organic ingredients. 4% ABV

Rogue Pumpkin Patch Ale – Made with pumpkins out of their own patch, this ale is chocked full of pumpkin pie flavor. Great with any dessert, and pork, if you’re wanting to stray from the traditional turkey. 5.6% ABV

Long Trail Farmhouse Sampler Case

Thursday, November 20, 2014 | Long Trail

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This variety case is packed with four mouth-watering IPAs.

Blackrye IPA: Three types of rye malt and dry-hopping give this drink a peppery, piney flavor. 6.3% ABV

American IPA: Chocked full of hops at every opportunity, this beer won’t disappoint. 6.4% ABV

Session IPA: If you’re looking for a full-flavored IPA that doesn’t pack so much ABV, look no further than this. 4.5% ABV

White IPA: Citrus comes through brilliantly in this half IPA half Belgian-white mix. 6.2% ABV

Plan Your Spookiest Halloween Party

Friday, October 17, 2014 | Evolution, Fall, Fun, Ithaca, Long Trail, Rogue, Starr Hill Brewery, Victory

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Halloween is one of the few holidays that is celebrated in many different countries across the world, and has evolved into a huge cultural phenomenon here in the U.S. Whole stores dedicated to costumes and decorations, movies and TV shows drawing on the themes of this scary night, and of course, many beers that pay homage to the traditions of this day. You may have stopped trick-or-treating some years back, but you can still treat yourself and guests to an All Hallow’s Eve party you aren’t likely to forget with a few of these tricks.

Beverages: The clear choice here is pumpkin ales, given the importance of Jack-O-Lanterns in traditional Halloween lore, but cider, and harvest ales are also appropriate.

Rogue Dead Guy Ale: This beer-fan favorite’s name is scary enough to serve at this spookiest of holidays. Great balance between hops and malt makes for easy drinking. Looking to try it before you buy some for your party? 6.5% ABV Click here to find a case, and here if you’re looking to try it on draft.

Evolution Jacques Au Lantern: This deep orange brew is full of pumpkin and spicy clove, cinnamon and nutmeg flavors without being over-the-top. Sweet, and goes down easy. 6.3 % ABV

Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin: A touch of hoppy bitterness balances the sweet pumpkin and pie spice notes in this Brush and Barrel series brew. It’s also a little higher in the alcohol content than others on this list. 8% ABV

Ithaca Country Pumpkin: Natural-tasting pumpkin flavors are the backbone of this brew, with just enough cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg and hop to keep it interesting. 6.3% ABV

Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin Porter: This hybrid brew mixes a sweet pumpkin taste with the caramel and coffee notes of a porter. Definitely not your usual pumpkin beer. 5.2% ABV

Victory Festbier: Marzen’s aren’t only for Oktoberfest. The deep-roasted malts in this beer go well with all sorts of hearty harvest foods, and it’s the perfect choice for anyone who isn’t too into pumpkin ales. 5.6% ABV

An easy way to make these beers even more festive is to serve them in a pumpkin keg. If you have more than one beer, paint the pumpkin festively with the name of the brew, or cut out a coffin from cardboard, paint it black and add the name.

Food: Whether you’re having a sit-down meal, or just want to serve some ghoulish treats for your guests, we’ve got you covered.

Not-so-tricky treats: Disembodied hands, caramel apples, spider bites, finger sandwiches, pumpkin cheeseball, roasted pumpkin seeds, bloody tomato soup & munster sammies, and deviled eggs are all good choices of finger foods to set out on a spooky spread.

Harvest Meal: These foods stick with the theme of the autumn harvest, using such ingredients at squash, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, parsnips, pears, carrots and apples for a number of hearty dishes. Garlicky sweet potato fries, roasted acorn squash with mushroom, peppers and goat cheese, butternut squash and mushroom lasagna, pork roast with apple and sage, Thai pumpkin and chicken curry, fennel-crusted pork loin with roasted potatoes and pearsporcini and pumpkin ale mac & cheese, apple dumpling, spice-roasted chicken, red onions, carrots and parsnips, pumpkin beer bread, apple-pumpkin muffins and of course, don’t forget the pumpkin pie.

Decorations: Atmosphere is all-important when it comes to this holiday. Even if you’re not looking to right-out scare any of your guests, you at least want to maintain an eerie mood. Since there are so many things that can be done with your decorations and we’re sure you’ve already got tons of ideas, let’s cover a few basics and list some things that you might like to try this year.

Outdoors: Fire is a must. If you have a fire pit or room for a chiminea, use it. The heat will keep everyone cozy, and the flicker from the flames add a lovely ambiance. Tiki torches can also be used for this effect, and to light walkways in a spooky manner. Just be sure that trick-or-treaters won’t be in danger of getting burned. For the garden or yard, homemade tombstones can add some fright, and adding a mummy can take it to the next level. Chicken wire can also be used to create ghostly figures in the exterior. This is especially effective in darker corners of the yard, and a fog machine can really bring these life-size figures to afterlife.

Indoors: If you’re hosting your party indoors, there are lots of things you can do to bring a little spook into your home. Candles offer the same benefit of mood-setting as the fire does outside, but without all the heat and minimal fire hazard. Set lights to off or dimmed in certain rooms to complete this effect, or replace bulbs in certain rooms with colored ones, like red, purple or green. Cobwebs are a cheap and easy way to give your home an ancient vibe, and cheesecloth ghosts are a fun craft to do with the kids beforehand to add some haunters in. Silhouettes of bats, cats, rats and freakish figures cut from black construction paper can be set into windows for a scary view inside or along walls to add a bit of flair. Try making a whole swarm of bats flying along a wall.

Activities: Other than the usual trick-or-treating, there are a number of activities for all ages. Contests can be awarded with candy for the kids and a six-pack of a pumpkin ale for the adults.

Costume Contest: Any Halloween party should be full of costumes, so a contest is a fun idea to get people really into the spirit of things. You can divide the contest by a number of categories; age, gender, spookiest, funniest, most creative, or best group costume.

Bobbing for Apples: This old game was once considered a fortune teller, revealing the marriage and financial fates of the players. Now, it’s just a fun game that kids and adults can both have fun with.

Mummy Wrap: Divide guests into twos, give each team a roll of toilet paper, crepe paper or thick ribbon, and have them race for who can mummify their partner first.

Pumpkin Carving Contest: The tradition of carving jack-o-lanterns can be made into a fun party sport, either by having guests bring their pre-carved pumpkins to be judged, or setting up a table with pumpkins and carving sets and judging the freaky creations at the end of the night.

Long Trail Limbo

Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Long Trail

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Brewed with new breeds of hops from Australia and the Pacific Northwest, this IPA from Long Trail’s Farmhouse Pilot brewery is chocked full of citrus and resiny pine taste. The fruity aroma paves the way for big grapefruit and light pale malt flavors that give just enough balance to the lovely bitterness. Greatly refreshing with a beautifully complex flavor. 7.6% ABV

Looking Forward to Fall

Friday, September 5, 2014 | Anchor, Long Trail, Shock Top, Uinta, Victory

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Though the temperatures haven’t yet dipped, it’s already nearly a week into September and fall is just around the corner. So now’s the time to start thinking about what autumnal brews you’ll be enjoying this season. Given that this is the season that beer drinkers look forward to all year, it’s a lot to think about. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a few beverages that you don’t want to miss.

Anchor BigLeaf Maple - This autumn red ale has a hint of maple syrup in it to add to its maltiness, and enough hops to balance its rich flavor. The taste will bring fall foliage to mind, especially changing maples.

Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin – The first in the Brush and Barrel series, this beer is brewed with pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves for a flavor profile that screams fall.

Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat – A traditional Belgian-style wheat ale that’s been brewed with ripe pumpkins, making it a perfect go-to this season for all sorts of fall fun; picking pumpkins, harvest parties and of course, Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Uinta Punk’n – Roasted pumpkin, honey, vanilla and a strong ale backbone combine to make this great brew. Add to this that it’s quite sessionable, and you’ll be looking for space for a handful of six packs in your fridge.

Victory Festbier – Smooth German malts and hints of earthy hops make for a lovely Oktoberfest with a thick mouthfeel and satisfying flavor. A shining example of the style.

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

Canning Independence

Friday, June 27, 2014 | Boxcar, Cans, Finch's, Long Trail, McKenzie's Hard Cider, Rogue

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If you’ve got any sort of plans for this coming 4th of July, they are more than likely going to include some sort of outdoor festivities, whether that be going to watch a fireworks show, barbecuing in the backyard, joining the neighborhood block party or simply enjoying an afternoon at the beach. So if you’re looking for a beverage to partner with your celebration and appreciation of this great country, go big with one of these canned brews.

Rogue’s American Amber Ale has been a favorite for a few years now, but now it’s available in 16oz cans, so you can take it on the road. Nut-and-fruit, toasted malts, and caramel heavily flavor the first taste, then cut and balanced by herbal hops for a crisper finish. 5.6% ABV

Go a little further back to when Europeans first discovered the new world, and you’ve got Boxcar Brewing’s 1492 American Pale Ale. Brewed with Columbus hops, pine and citrus notes complement pilsner/caramel malts to create a uniquely sweet pale ale. 6.5% ABV

Long Trail’s Traditional IPA is perfect for the hop-head at your celebration. Though it starts malty, pine hops quickly cut through and fill the flavor with a sharp crispness, gathering grapefruit notes as it goes. 5.9% ABV

Even if you aren’t planning on going to the beach, you shouldn’t forget to take Kona’s Longboard Island Lager. Crisp with carbonation, the rich bready start is followed up by a noble bitterness, making for a great session brew. 4.6% ABV

Maybe you’re more in the mood for a cider than a beer. McKenzie’s Original Hard Cider‘s brisk apple flavor is just dry enough for a summer evening while still maintaining the fruit’s natural sweetness. 6% ABV

And let’s remember our men and women in the U.S. military this holiday. Purchase a case of America’s favorite Budweiser in its red, white and blue cans, and $1 goes to Folds of Honor, an organization that helps the spouses and dependents of wounded or fallen soldiers with education costs through scholarships. So give back to those who gave so much to defend our country, and help everyone enjoy this day of remembrance.

Earth Day

Thursday, April 17, 2014 | Beer News, Distributors, Events, Fun, Local Favorites, Long Trail, Restaurants, Retailers, Spring, Sustainable, Victory

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As spring comes into full swing and trees and plants put forth their blooms, we find that it’s a perfect time to really take a look at our planet and all she has to offer; we’d never have the flora needed to make delicious beers without our environment being as it is, and it’s important to take a day out of the year to appreciate all the beauty in the natural world. So celebrate Earth Day (April 22) with some environmentally conscious brews this year, and go find a forest to stroll through, a beach to walk along or simply sit out on your front porch and take in all the awe-inspiring beauty that is Mother Nature.

Long Trail has held the tradition of commitment to maintaining the environment for many years now. Between their spent mash and cow power programs, and their water conservation efforts, they gained Vermont’s Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in 2009 and continue to do all they can to keep our planet healthy. This Earth Day, certain bars and restaurants will be giving a special pint glass away with the purchase of a Long Trail brew, as well as a seedling, with the goal of planting 10,000 trees in the U.S. You can find distributors here and participating bars here.

Long Trail isn’t the only brewery that’s stepping up to the plate this Earth Day, though.

Victory Brewing, who won the Sustainable Agriculture Business Award earlier this year, is joining forces with the Brandywine Conservancy in a reforestation initiative in East Brandywine Township, planting trees provided by the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society’s TreeVitalize program. Over the last five years, the group has been planting trees throughout the Brandywine Watershed, and they hope to meet the milestone 25,000th tree at this event, which takes place Saturday, April 19th, starting at 9 a.m.

For information or to volunteer, please call Wes Horner at 610.388.8124.

Let’s Drink Saisons

Thursday, March 20, 2014 | Ithaca, Long Trail, Starr Hill Brewery, Victory

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The weather might not quite have let up yet, but we’re getting there. So let’s try to bring spring into full bloom with some seasonal brews; saisons are spicy enough for the chill of early spring, but the fruity flavors speak of better, warmer times ahead. And anyway, tomorrow is Saison Day, so you might as well grab a glass while the season’s right. Here are some of our recommendations.

Victory Swing Session – Slight herbal hops balance the orange rind and fruity esters of this pale brew, and peppery, clove-y spices warm the flavor and add complexity. Great for serving with soft pretzels, oysters and pork loin, and at 4.5% ABV, you can afford to have a couple.

Starr Hill Starr Saison – Deep golden color and a candied aroma introduce this beer, and the taste follows with citric notes, slight breadiness and a slight bitterness to dry off the end. A full-flavored saison, weighing in at 6% ABV.

Long Trail Brush and Barrel Saison – The newest addition to the Brush and Barrel flaunts a fruity, funky bouquet provided by Belgian yeasts, with spicy hops to sharpen the flavor. It finishes dry with plenty of carbonation to make it crisp and refreshing. 7.1% ABV.

Ithaca Ground Break – This farmhouse ale has plenty of hops to give the beer that spicy, citrusy flavor, and the yeast adds the usual esters indicative of this style. It’s slightly thicker than most in this style, and stands at 6.2% ABV.

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