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Magic Hat’s Dream Machine Coming to a Bar Near You

Thursday, May 29, 2014 | Bars, Events, Fun, Magic Hat

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If you missed the Merry Pranksters back in winter, this is your chance to meet some of the folks at Magic Hat and try their new year-round brew, Dream Machine IPL. In their new Dream Machine van, they’ll be traveling up and down the east coast in order to spread the word and commune with their fans, and they’ll be around the Philadelphia suburbs starting this evening. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet a couple Pranksters from out of Vermont.

Follow the Pranksters on Twitter @DreamMachineIPL #areyouadreamer

So go ahead and Turn on. Hop in. Take off.

Dates and Locations:

TONIGHT, May 29:

McKinley Tavern, 881 Township Line Road, Elkins Park

John and Peter’s, 96 S. Main Street, New Hope

Fran’s Pub, 116 S. Main Street, New Hope

Wednesday, June 4th:

Kitchen Bar, 1482 Old York Road, Abington

Drake Tavern, 304 York Rd, Jenkintown

Smith’s, 39 S. 19th Street, Philadelphia

Saturday, June 7th:

Union Jack’s, 2750 Limekiln Pike, Glenside

Magic Hat Dream Machine Release

Thursday, April 3, 2014 | Beer News, Magic Hat, New

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Magic Hat just released a India Pale Lager that’s sure to get your lips smacking. This hoppy lager blends two styles–IPA and amber lagers–to make a beverage bright copper in color with a citrusy nose and a flavor that follows with smooth bitterness and a slight spice. The malts bring this brew home with a crisp, lager finish that dials in at 5.7% ABV.

As the latest of Magic Hat’s year-round brews, Dream Machine enjoys the company of many other artful craft beverages from the brewery.

Be sure to take a look at their video below. Turn on. Hop in. Take off.

Dream Machine Video

Doc Watson’s Irish Pub

Thursday, February 6, 2014 | Bars, Ithaca, Magic Hat, Troegs, Victory

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Doc Watson’s in Gilbertville has all your craft beer needs, ranging from Magic Hat to Ithaca, and Troegs to Victory. Additionally, it’s got all sorts of events, including Trivia Tuesdays and DJ and Dancing on Saturdays. Even when there isn’t an event going on, they’ve got pool tables, darts and Golden Tee to keep your hands busy, as well as several TVs to watch games on. Speaking of sports, they’ll be watching the opening ceremonies for the Sochi Winter Olympics this evening, so this could be your chance to find your new favorite pub.

Location:

1080 E Philadelphia Ave,

Gilbertsville, PA

484-415-9204

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!

Give Thanks for Beer

Thursday, November 21, 2013 | Anchor, Events, Fall, Fun, Goose Island, Magic Hat, Rogue, Shock Top, Victory

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Thanksgiving is just a week away, and you can already hear the tummies rumbling. Although wine is the traditional drink of the holiday, there are so many beer options that go well with the food, it’s hard not to want to buy a couple different varieties. Whether you’re looking to pair each course with the perfect beer, or you want to win over your host by bringing the goods, we’ve got your back. Here’s our list of Thanksgiving beers.

1. Rogue Juniper Pale Ale: This crisp and spicy pale ale goes perfectly with turkey and cranberry, and is just light enough to leave room for the food. The refreshing juniper is also an appetite stimulant, so it’s great as a before-dinner apertif. 5.3% ABV

2. Victory Festbier: A smooth, well-balance option that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. The caramel-y, nutty malts are balance with a hint of hops, making for a beer that goes well with just about everything on the table. 5.6% ABV

3. Goose Island Nut Brown Ale: Brown ales are ever-popular, and go great with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy and ham. This ale is nutty, complex and light enough to enjoy during this feast without taking away from the food. 5.3% ABV

4. Anchor BigLeaf Maple Red: This sweet and delicious brew brings a hint of maple syrup to dinner, great for pairing with sweet potatoes, pork, and most other usual Turkey-Day fare. 6.0% ABV

5. Shock Top Pumpkin: You can’t have a Thanksgiving beer list without including a pumpkin ale. Even if you couldn’t possibly have room for pumpkin pie, this is a sure-fire way to get your annual dose of pumpkin spices. 5.2% ABV

6. Magic Hat Heart of Darkness: Coffee may be what you’ve had with dessert in the past, but why waste the perfect moment for a dessert stout? This goes great with chocolate, good conversation and a toasty fireside. 5.7% ABV

And from everyone at Greatest Beers of the World, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

The Merry Pranksters Are Here!

Thursday, November 21, 2013 | Magic Hat

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Magic Hat’s Merry Pranksters are touring the Philadelphia area, bringing cheer and beer to all they come across. They’ll be in the Philly area until Dec. 14, so don’t miss them while they’re around. Granted, it’s hard to miss their big orange van. They’ll be in the following towns on the following dates:

Tuesday, November 26 – New Hope

Saturday, November 30 – Eastern Montgomery County

Tuesday, December 3 – Berks County

Wednesday December 4 – Western Montgomery County

Thursday, December 5 – Montgomery County

Friday, December 6 – Willow Grove

Saturday, December  7 – Valley Forge Beer Festival

Wednesday, December 11 – Media/Bryn Mawr

Thursday, December 12 – Media/Upper Darby

Friday, December 13 – Havertown

Saturday, December 14 – New Hope

For more information on where you can find them, visit our events page. Keep checking for updated and detailed locations. To keep up with the Merry Pranksters, follow them on Twitter.

Magic Hat Winterland Weekend Pass Contest

Friday, November 8, 2013 | Breweries, Contest, Magic Hat, Winter

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Magic Hat is ready for winter, and they’re having a contest to show it! Look for your chance to win at the Magic Hat Display in your local beer distributor. The grand prize is a trip for four to a Vermont ski resort with round-trip transportation, ski resort accommodation, a VIP tour of the Magic Hat brewery and much more. The entrant and three friends will have three nights at the ski resort with two-day ski or snowboard rentals and lift tickets for each. Entries are accepted from now to midnight New Year’s Eve.

To enter, fill out this form. For a full description of the rules and prize, visit this page.

Magic Hat Winterland Variety Pak

Friday, November 8, 2013 | Breweries, Featured Beer, Magic Hat, Winter

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Magic Hat’s Winterland Variety Pak is on shelves now, bringing the tidings of the coming season in their wake. They have the winter favorites and usual brews like #9, Encore and Heart of Darkness, but this year they’ve added something new to the case. G-Thing is the new addition this year, exclusive to the variety pack. This ginger-spiced beer has zing with warm roasty notes and cinnamon spiciness. It stands at 5.7% ABV, and its seasoned flavor is perfect for the season of gingerbread men and pumpkin-spiced foods.

Magic Hat’s Séance

Thursday, September 26, 2013 | Fall, Featured Beer, Magic Hat

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Magic Hat’s Séance is a late seasonal saison that is much darker and more complex than much of the rest of the style. It has an earthy and sweet aroma that matches the deep complexion of the brew. The flavor has some char to it, as well as malt, unsweetened chocolate and dark fruit, with a grainy finish. Definitely an unconventional saison, somewhere between the typically spring/summer style and something more in line with fall. This 4.4% ABV beer is great for the the eerie first nights of autumn.

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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