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New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Series

Friday, January 20, 2017 | New Belgium

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The Voodoo Ranger series is a new hoppy line of beers from New Belgium includes three new delicious brews, each with a unique flavor you’ve got to try. New Belgium has become known for their love of innovation and evolution, and these beers are no exceptions. Look for them in 12oz bottles, cans and on draft.

Voodoo Ranger IPA - Tropical aromas and flavors dominate thanks to the Mosaic and Amarillo hops. This wonderfully bitter golden IPA finishes refreshing. 52 IBU, 7% ABV

Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA – Mosaic, Calypso, Bravo and Delta hops create a terrific blend of fresh-cut pine and citrus notes. 85 IBU, 9% ABV

Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale – A truly complex beer with a majorly pine flavor, backed up by citrus, tropical, stone fruit and herbal notes. 35 IBU, 5.5% ABV

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

New Belgium Clutch

Friday, December 23, 2016 | New Belgium

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This Lips of Faith collabeeration with the band the beer is named for is both unique and surprising. Blended 70% stout and 30% wood-aged sour, it starts with a sweet-then-sour fruitiness, then moves onto darker, chocolatey notes, accented by a wood and charred flavor which lingers longer. Its creamy mouthfeel makes for a satisfying drink. 9.5% ABV

New Year’s Eve Beer Cocktails

Friday, December 23, 2016 | Crabbie's, Fun, Goose Island, Long Trail, New Belgium, Rogue, Victory, Wyndridge Farm

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Cocktails are a great alternative to champagne on New Year’s, so why not take it a step further and mix up your favorite beer into a great new beverage? Here, we’ll give you some winter-flavored cocktails that are worth celebrating with.

Sofie Mosa

A great option for New Year’s Day. Mix 2 parts Goose Island Sofie with 1 part orange juice for a neat twist on a brunch classic. Being white wine barrel-aged, it will impart enough flavor to conjure a somewhat champagne-like flavor, but the saison brew itself will make for a more complex drink.

Ginger Flip

Add 1 ounce good aged rum, 1 ounce ginger liqueur (like Domaine de Canton French Ginger) and 1 whole egg to a cocktail shaker. Shake for 30 seconds, add about an ounce of Wyndridge Farm Barn Dog Imperial Porter, half an ounce of hot water, and strain/stir into a mug.

Mulled Ale

For a single drink: pour 12 ounces of Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar into a saucepan and add a pinch of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and a few whole cloves. Heat on low to medium low heat until the foam that arises subsides–do not allow to boil. Add honey to taste, 2 ounces cognac, and garnish with a slice or wheel of orange.

And now for some refreshing mixes:

Black & Tan

This traditional beer-and-beer cocktail is an easy standard to go to. For the best flavor, try Victory Headwaters and Long Trail Unearthed.

Southern 75

This take on the French 75 uses an IPA rather than champagne for a more complex flavor. Pour 6 ounces of New Belgium Citradelic into a collins glass, then combine 2 ounces bourbon, 3/4 ounce lemon juice, and 1/2 ounce simple syrup with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain over beer, garnish with lemon twist.

Cranberry Moscow Mule

Fill mug with ice, then pour 2 ounces sweetened cranberry juice, juice from half a lime, 2 ounces vodka, 4 ounces Crabbie’s Original Ginger Beer over said ice. Stir, and garnish with lime wedge and cranberries.

Fat Tire and Friends New Belgium Collabeeration

Friday, July 29, 2016 | New Belgium

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To celebrate 25 years of brewing, New Belgium has put together a one-of-a-kind collaboration mix-pack that features its flagship beer and all the different ways it could be tweaked to make a new brew. With the help from their friends from five different breweries, they’ve come up with five new beers that show us just how far craft brewing has come in all those years. And alongside all those new collaborations in this 12-pack is the inspirational beer itself, Fat Tire.

Allagash Fat Funk Ale – This heavily Belgian-inspired beer is all funk, spice and fruity yeast flavors. 5.6% ABV

Avery Fat Wild Ale – Wild yeast brings out tropical fruit in this ale, with a great malt backbone and good hop aroma. 6.2% ABV

Hopsworks Fat Sour Apple Ale – Juicy tartness is imparted by apple juice, which fades well into a nice maltiness. 5.9% ABV

Firestone Walker Fat Hoppy Ale – Tropical and herbal hops play over a caramel-y base. 6% ABV

Rhinegeist Fat Pale Ale – Citrus and floral hops add novelty to the base beer. 6% ABV

If you’re looking for a chance to try these collaboration beers, there are a number of retailers who have the 12-packs available, as well as drafts available at some bars, including a few New Belgium events.

New Belgium Heavy Melon

Friday, June 17, 2016 | New Belgium

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There’s no doubt that watermelon and lime are key summer flavors, and this ale boldly smacks of these flavors. A sturdy malt base carries the sweet melon flavor and the tartness of lime and dryness of light, grassy hops finish it out smooth and clean. A great companion for your backyard BBQ or a picnic by the lake. 5% ABV

Sweet and Bitter: Fruit IPAs

Thursday, May 26, 2016 | Evolution, Magic Hat, New Belgium, Old Dominion, Starr Hill Brewery, Uinta

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You’ve probably noticed it. A definite trend in the India Pale Ale scene that is only gaining speed as summer comes around the bend. Fruit has entered the playing field in a huge way in the last few years–though the concept of brewing the style with fruit is certainly older than that–and it seems like every brewery is coming out with their own rendition of the Fruit IPA. Old favorites are getting a new twist and new brews are being born with fruitiness as their sole intention. The trend isn’t exactly surprising. American hop varieties have been moving to more juicy citrus and pithy flavors and many breweries have been recreating fruit flavors with a blend of hops and malt, so the craft beer drinker’s palate has been ready for this move for awhile. It was only a matter of time before the idea of adding real fruit really took off, and it’s likely a style that will be around for awhile.

New Belgium Citradelic – Bright citra hops and tangerine peel work as a power duo in this brew for an overall flavor that is both smooth and packs a juicy aroma. 6% ABV

Magic Hat Electric Peel – The zest and flesh of grapefruit dominate the palate in this crisp ale. It’s almost easy to mistake it for a glass of juice. 6% ABV

Evolution Pine’Hop’le – A complex hop aroma carries hints of mango, citrus and melon, but the taste is unmistakably pineapple and well-balanced between sweet and bitter. 6.8% ABV

Starr Hill The Hook – A crisp and refreshing grapefruit ale that is sessionable, so you don’t have to worry about going back for another. 4.9% ABV

Dominion GPA – This one sets itself apart by including zest in its brewing process, creating a more subtle grapefruit flavor amidst hoppiness. 6% ABV

Uinta Hop Nosh Tangerine – A fresh splash of tangerine flavor in every mouthful, this is a brilliant twist on what is already a classic brew. 7.3% ABV

Get Lost in the Woods with New Belgium Sours

Thursday, February 25, 2016 | New Belgium

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February marks a celebration of New Belgium Brewery’s wide range of lip-smacking sour brews. At the beginning of the month, they threw a big party at their brewery to showcase beers like La Folie, Transatlantique Kriek, Oscar Worthy Coffee and other special creations. Their wood cellar was full of good beer, performers ranging from magicians to musicians, and of course, New Belgium employees. And the Sour Symposium beforehand provided lots of information on this year’s La Folie, Transatlantique Kriek and new sours coming up.

Don’t feel left out just because you weren’t in Colorado to party it up with the brewery, though. There are plenty of local events with their delicious sours to offer. Check below to find out where you can get lost in the woods.

But first, let’s go over the sours these events are celebrating:

La Folie: This Flanders Oud Bruin is aged 1-3 years in an oak barrel, and comes out with flavors of green apple, tart grapes and lemon zest. 7% ABV

Transatlantique Kriek: This beer is made in partnership with Old Beersel, creating a bright, fruity cherry flavor that begins sweet, then turns tart. 8% ABV

Eric’s Ale: A wild ale that smacks of peaches, melon and sour citrus. A relatively mild ale, it also delivers a hint of oak. 7% ABV

Blackberry Barleywine: Dark fruits dominate the sourness in this one, with a deep breadiness, wood tannins and hops to balance the flavor. 10% ABV

Le Terroir: Starts with a zing of lemon and mango, which quickly moves into a rounder peach flavor and finishes with an earthy hoppiness. 7.5% ABV

Snapshot: This wheat beer is unexpectedly tart, though it starts sweet before moving to the tangy sourness with a hint of lemon. Yeast also makes a robust appearance. 5% ABV

Events:

PJ’s Pourhouse
Montgomeryville, PA
Thursday, March 25, 4-6pm (TONIGHT!)

Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting
Friday, 2/26, 6pm
8 NB on draft Featuring:
La Folie, Trans Atlantique Kriek, Eric’s Ale

Union Jack’s North Hills
Sat. 3/5  tapping at Noon

Whole Foods
Glen Mills, PA
Friday, April 1, 4-6pm

Limited Sours Also Available:

Liberty Tap Room
Exeter, PA

Union Jack’s
Manatawny, PA

Barrel-Aging

Thursday, December 10, 2015 | Goose Island, New Belgium, Tennent's, Uinta, Victory

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Beer was housed in wood for centuries, fermenting, aging, traveling and even being served straight from barrels. Barrels were simply the best method of containment not only for beer but also wine, liquor, vinegars and even dry goods. Although the true time and place of origin for barrels is hard to determine as all early artifacts rotted long ago, the general consensus is that they were first constructed by Celts or Gauls in northern Europe around 300 B.C., and spread over the world after they were conquered by the Roman Empire. Although wine is now traditionally the drink that comes to mind when thinking of barrels, it is likely that the first barrels were actually made to house beer as the Gauls and Celts did not make their own wine until much later. With wood being lighter, stronger and easier to handle than the clay pots being used before, the use of barrels expanded into wine and other goods by 100 A.D.

Wooden barrels remained the standard housing for wine, beer and later liquor up into the 20th century. Somewhere in there, it was realized that the wood and aging process imbued the beverage with particular flavor qualities. Additionally, what had previously been stored in the barrel also had an effect on taste. Generally, this was prevented by adding a layer of pitch to the inside of the barrel before storing beer, but winemakers were making full use of this by the 19th centrury.

Wood has its downsides, though; it’s hard to clean, porous, and hard to seal completely. Because of this, beer had to be consumed quickly, hopped heavy-handedly or cask-conditioned in order to prevent infection. With the advent of metal brewing equipment and storage, barrels were all but abandoned by brewers.

However, the qualities provided by barrels were not forgotten, and now breweries are taking advantage of the flavors of wood, as well as the wines and liquors stored before. Barrels in beer-making are gaining popularity for some of the same reasons they were abandoned. Fortunately, breweries nowadays have the luxury of being selective in which brews they decide to age, and the barrels they age in, allowing for combinations to be orchestrated and perfected.

Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout may be the first modern craft beer that utilized the bourbon barrel-aging process that has taken the craft scene by storm. The bourbon gives this a unique sweetness and the oak a smokiness over chocolate caramel and vanilla notes.

A twist on a classic, O’Hara’s Barrel-Aged Leann Follain is allowed to sit for 90 days in Irish whiskey barrels, enhancing the chocolatey flavor of the stout with the addition of dry scotch.

Tennent’s Aged with Whisky Oak combines wood, caramel and vanilla flavors through the use of a single malt and toasted oak.

Uinta’s Jacked B Nimble is a part of their Crooked Line, a spicy imperial pumpkin ale that’s has a signature oak note and a touch of rye.

Victory White Monkey takes the beloved Golden Monkey and allows it to mature for three months in oaken barrels that once stored white wine, adding nuanced to an already delicious brew.

After eight months aging, Evolution Bourbon Migration puts the bourbon flavor at the front with notes of vanilla and char, balanced by chocolate, toffee and coffee underneath.

New Belgium La Folie is a sour brown ale that spends one to three years in a huge oak barrels called foeders, coming out with a sharply fruity flavor full of berries and apple.

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

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