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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Beer Lover

Thursday, December 19, 2013 | Anchor, Evolution, Finch's, Goose Island, Ithaca, Lancaster Brewing, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Old Dominion, Prism, Redhook, Rogue, Starr Hill Brewery, Troegs, Uncategorized, Victory, Widmer, Winter

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It’s getting down the grind of holiday gift-buying, so we’re here to help you find the perfect gifts for your drinking buddy, beer-loving partner, or the craft beer enthusiast that’s hard to buy for. This is the Official Greatest Beers of the World 2013 Holiday Gift Guide.

For the someone who always goes on the beer run in the cold:

Magic Hat/#9 Reversible Beanie – Two hats in one!

Resist Prohibition Victory Brewing Hoodie – Classic, fashionable and warm.

Lancaster Brewing Beanie – Knitted fun, for warm ears.

Redhook Shimmer Me Timbers Jacket – To show you really appreciate them.

Starr Hill Hoodie – Double-lined and zippered, with a cool Starr Hill logo.

For those who like a little art with their beer:

Any of the Old Dominion Posters – At the bottom of their store, Old Dominion has a selection of posters featuring the beautiful ladies that decorate their labels.

Anchor Brewing Books and Posters – Great for the history buff who has a taste for great beer, these posters and books feature historical drawings, paintings and maps of the San Francisco area.

Starr Hill Grateful Pale Ale Poster – Beautiful poster for a beautiful beer.

For someone building the perfect bar:

Tap Handles for Rogue, Anchor Brewing, Lancaster Brewing, Ithaca, Redhook, Widmer Bros.

Glassware from Victory, Rogue, Magic Hat, Anchor Brewing, Lancaster Brewing, Finch’s, Redhook,  Starr Hill, Prism, Widmer Bros., Long Trail

For the Holiday Party, or that really good friend who can’t get enough of their seasonal favorites:

Magic Hat Winterland Variety Pak – #9, Encore IPA, G-Thing, Heart of Darkness

Victory Winter Cheers – Fruity and warm wheat ale, with a spicy hint of clove and banana. 6.7% ABV

Anchor Christmas Ale – A winter warmer with strong ginger flavor in the front, backed up by piney bitterness. 5.5% ABV

Evolution Secret Spot Winter Ale – A complex and well-balanced altbier. 6.3%

Goose Island Sixth Day – An American Brown Ale that’s recipe changes slightly year-to-year for a new surprise every holiday season. 8.3% ABV

Ithaca Cold Front – A Belgian Dark Ale with spicy maltiness and dark fruits. 7.2% ABV

Lancaster Brewing Winter Warmer – Winter spices dominate the flavor of this beer, with an alcoholic finish, sure to warm the coldest of drinkers. 8.9% ABV

Long Trail Hibernator – This Scottish Ale is slightly hoppier than much of the style, and sure to warm you on these cold nights. 6% ABV

Starr Hill Snow Blind – Full description here.

Troegs Mad Elf - Cherry and vanilla flavors sweeten this highly alcoholic Belgian ale that’s made just to give you needed heat. 11% ABV

Stocking Stuffers and Various Gifts:

Widmer Bros. Bottle Opener

Taste Victory iPhone Cover

Ithaca Stainless Steel Growler

Have a happy and safe holiday season, folks!

Limited Release from Long Trail

Thursday, October 24, 2013 | Bars, Events, Fall, Long Trail, New

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Long Trail’s adding another IPA to their lineup, the first year-round beverage to come out of its Farmhouse Pilot Brewery. It’s not out on the shelves quite yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try it!

Select locations will be tapping kegs of this new brew in the next week, perfect for the spookiest days of the year, Halloween and the Day of the Dead, giving you the opportunity to be one of the first to try it in this area.

Limbo IPA is an American-style IPA full of flavor, showcasing west-coast Mosaic and Australian Galaxy hops for 80 IBUs.

Long Trail fans will notice that the packaging for this IPA is much bolder than many of the other styles this brewery is known for. Customer feedback inspired the name (“You’d better not leave me sitting here in Limbo until you decide to brew some of your new IPAs year-round.”), which takes on a life of its own with a beautifully designed label and a unique tap handle in the shape of a bone. Full release will include six packs, five gallon logs and 50L kegs.

Locations and dates for draft releases:

Limbo Limited Release Venues

Great American Beer Festival and Elmwood Park Zoo Oktoberfest Beer Tasting

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | Beer News, Contest, Goose Island, Long Trail, Troegs, Victory, Widmer

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Today marks of the beginning of the 2013 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. Founded in 1982, this festival has been recognizing great craft brewing in this country for over twenty years, growing alongside the industry. It represents the largest collections of U.S. beer ever served in a public tasting event, plus a private competition, showcasing the large variety of great craft brews made in this country.

GABF invites beer professionals from around the world to come and sit for five separate three-hour long blind tasting and judging sessions. These help determine the to whom the gold, silver and bronze medals go to in each of the 75 beer styles judged, three of the most coveted awards in the industry.

If you couldn’t make it out to Denver this weekend, it’s okay. A little closer to home is the Elmwood Park Zoo Oktoberfest Beer Tasting, where you can sample many award-winning brews among the park’s wild animals. Starting at 2pm this Saturday, the park will be open only to Oktoberfest attendees, who will enjoy unlimited beer tasting, a souvenir tasting glass, live animal encounters and food for purchase.

VIP tickets are available and earn you early admission (12:30pm), free all-you-can-eat food from Outback Steakhouse, and exclusive access to VIP areas and select beers, including Victory Dirtwolf, Goose Island Vintage Pepe Nero, Long Trail Triple Bag, Widmer Hibiscus Gose, Troegs Flying Mouflan and Wild Red.

Elmwood Zoo Oktoberfest Details:

General Admission: $40 in advance, $50 at the door

VIP Access: $75 in advance

Designated Driver: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $25 VIP

Phone #: 610-277-3825 x229

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Long Trail’s Brush and Barrel Series

Thursday, September 12, 2013 | Breweries, Fall, Long Trail

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Brush and Barrel is Long Trail’s newest line of limited release ales available this fall. Each beer is crafted specially by Long Trail’s Brewmaster, and brewed in small batches. They partnered with local artists to create labels that reflect the beer within, as well as to brew the featured beer. The goal is for artists and brewers to be inspired by one another and push the boundaries of their art forms, showcasing the best of both crafts.

Now available is the Imperial Pumpkin, an English Strong Ale brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves for that warm, autumnal flavor craft drinkers look for in the style. When the weather starts to get a little chillier in the coming months, its 8% ABV is sure to keep you cozy. It will be available through early fall, and goes well with poultry, herbed cheeses and of course pumpkin pie.

In November, Culmination will be released. This Imperial Chocolate Porter is brewed with cacao nibs and turbinado sugar, making for a rich, roasted taste. Coming in at 9.2% ABV, the sweet licorice, coffee and chocolate flavors are balanced by a dryness from the alcohol content.

Be sure to enjoy two different art forms during these brews’ limited releases.

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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Long Trail Earth Day Eco Box Giveaway

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 | Long Trail

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This Earth Day weekend, Long Trail is helping to get you in the spirit of helping Mother Earth by giving away their Earth Day Eco Boxes at participating locations. Each box contains a Long Trail pint glass and a biodegradable seed stake armed with spruce seeds ready to plant. Participating bars and distributors will be giving these Eco Boxes away all weekend (April 18-22).

This isn’t Long Trail’s only effort to be environmentally friendly, either. ECO Brew is their low-impact philosophy that has been guiding their decision making and business practices for 20 years now. They focus on reducing the overall resources consumed by the brewing process, reusing resources when possible to reach their maximum potential, and recycling unusable materials. They use recycled supplies to make their packaging and promotional materials, as well as keeping them biodegradable.

In addition to these tactics, they also offer their spent mash to local dairy farmers as an alternate feed, keeping the waste down and helping local business. To counteract all the heat and water lost during the brewing process, they installed a heat recovery system that condenses steam back into water, reusing that for the next batch of beer. This helps keep their water usage at 1/3 the industry standard. They also have incorporated CVPS Cow Power into their power supply.

For all these efforts, they’ve received the Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellency.

So, join the effort to make our future world a better place by visiting one of the many participating locations and planting a tree. For a list of locations offering these boxes, see the ad from Philly Beer Scene below.

List of Venues for Long Trail Earth Day Eco Box Giveaways

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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Spring Beer Suggestions

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | Anchor, Ithaca, Long Trail, Starr Hill Brewery, Uncategorized, Victory

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Spring is in the air! (Although you wouldn’t know it with this kind of weather.) And that means there’s a shift away from the winter beers we’ve been enjoying for the last three months and bocks, saisons and pale ales are coming into season. If you aren’t sure what to try this spring, we have a few suggestions.

Swing Session Saison – Victory

A light straw-colored session Saison from our local pals at Victory, this beer has citrus, fruit and grain aromas, with some spicy notes as well. The flavor holds orange and lemon zest, and the spiciness in the smell turns to cloves, herbal hops and pepper. Its crisp and nicely carbonated mouthfeel pairs well with mussels and the warmer days coming ahead. 4.5% AVB

Starr Saison – Starr Hill

This golden beer has sweet and spicy aromas of ginger, clove, and fruit. The flavor is reminiscent of bubblegum, honey, candied fruits and has some grassy bitterness with a somewhat dry finish that allows a bit of bitterness to linger. Its crisp carbonation and light body make it a great beer to grab for sitting on the porch in the sun. 6.5% ABV

Pollenator – Long Trail

Pollenator is a full-bodied spring ale of clear orange hue and an earthy malt aroma. Its flavor starts with a springy grass taste, followed by malt and citrus hops. With its crisp carbonation and light body, it’s easy to drink and pairs well with chicken, salads and spicy foods, making it great for picnics. 4.6% ABV

Ground Break – Ithaca

Another saison, but this time with more hops. The fruity smell speaks of sour grape, wet grass and malty wheat, while the taste holds wheat, orange-y citrus and herbal notes. There are also hints of spicy clove. It pairs well with grilled meat or fish, which means it’s a good choice for those fishing trips you’ve been looking forward to all winter. 6.0% ABV

Anchor Bock – Anchor

This rich, dark bock has a light aroma of cocoa powder, bread and faintly of citrus zest. Its flavor is malty, citrus hoppy, and continues the cocoa theme from the scent. Its body is thick and creamy with light carbonation. This beer is a great stepping stone from the darker beers of winter. 5.5% ABV

Light Beer for the New Year

Thursday, January 10, 2013 | Breweries, Long Trail, Starr Hill Brewery, Tetley's, Uinta

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New Year’s has come and gone and we’re nearly half way through January. And if you’re like most people, sticking to that New Year’s resolution of losing weight or drinking less is probably in high gear. So to help fulfill your taste bud’s cravings we organized a list of some tasty brews that have a lighter flavor profile (theoretically less calories and carbs) and are sessionable with a lower ABV than most.

  • Long Trail Blackberry Wheat – A flavorful alternative to most light beers, popularity of this wheat ale has grown immensely since its 1996 creation. Available year-round, this beer is only 125 calories per 12oz bottle and has 6 grams of carbs. The touch of blackberry is just enough to satisfy your flavor-packed needs.
  • Uinta Wyld Extra Pale Ale – A World Beer Championship silver-medalist, this all-organic 4% ABV ale has a super light body this beer is impressive due to its robust hops characteristics.
  • Tetley’s English Ale – This UK import is a classic style English pale ale that is a mild 3.6% ABV offering. The beer has great flavor with characteristics of bready-malts and just a slight bitterness.
  • Starr Hill Dark Starr Stout – If the lighter-colored beers aren’t your style, you may be interested in the Dark Starr Stout, a Dry Irish Stout at only 4.2% ABV. The beer has flavors of coffee and unsweetened chocolate and a light body, making it easy going for anytime.

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