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Great American Beer Festival 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014 | Old Dominion, Sierra Nevada, Troegs, Uinta, Victory, Widmer

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It’s time for our roundup of notable Great American Beer Festival competition winners for 2014. If you aren’t familiar with the festival, it’s one of the largest beer fest in the states, started in 1982 by nuclear engineer Charlie Papazian in Boulder, CO, though now it takes place in Denver. It also hosts one of the most prolific beer competitions, with over 2000 brews entered annually, seeking to be named one of three brews that best exemplifies its style.

Gold

Victory Golden Monkey – Belgian-Style Tripel

Troegs Troegentaor – Bock

Silver

Old Dominion Spiced Harvest – Pumpkin Beer

Uinta Cutthroat – Ordinary or Special Bitter

Widmer Bros. Hefeweizen – American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast

Bronze

Sierra Nevada Narwhal Imperial Stout – Imperial Stout

Be sure to raise a glass to these winners, and try any of the brews you haven’t gotten a chance to yet.

Oktoberfest

Thursday, September 18, 2014 | Goose Island, Old Dominion, Susquhanna, Victory

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Can’t make it over to Munich? Want to try your hand at hosting your very own Oktoberfest this year? Well, we’ve got the tips to help you make that happen. This is our official Oktoberfest Party Guide.’

Beverages

Victory Festbier – A favorite local marzen, it’s perfect for this event with its pleasant German malts. 5.6% ABV

Susquehanna Oktoberfest – Another local marzen with caramel and toffee notes, and Bavarian hops to balance the flavor. 6.2% ABV

Goose Island Oktoberfest - Sweet dried fruits, burnt sugar and earthy hops make up the flavor profile of this lager. 6.4% ABV

Dominion Octoberfest Maerzen – Smooth caramel, honey and bready flavors are followed by crisp hops, creating a warm yet refreshing beverage. 5.7% ABV

For the little ones or anyone else who doesn’t drink, you could always serve hot or chilled apple cider, seasoned with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg for a perfectly autumnal flavor.

Food

Apart from beer, food is the most important thing about Oktoberfest. Pretzels are a must, the salt and breadiness coupling perfectly with malty beers. This pairs well with mustard, obatzda and weisswurst, a mild, pale sausage made of veal and pork. Of course, you can always use your favorite sort of wurst. For appetizer or buffet-style servings, make or purchase small pretzels, cut one-inch lengths of sausage, and arrange with a dish of mustard and/or obatzda and toothpicks on a fall leaf-colored platter.

For a heartier meal, you could make Bavarian style burgers, using traditional Leberkäse or ground beef with German-style fixings like sauerkraut, pretzel or kaiser rolls, tasty cheeses and of course mustard. Goes great with potato salad.

The natural dessert option here is Lebkuchen hearts, a style of gingerbread cookie decorated with icing, but you could also go with the fall-appropriate apple strudel if you’d rather.

Decorations

Blue and white are the traditional colors of Oktoberfest, typically seen in a lozengy pattern as they are in a variant of the Bavarian flag. This can come in the form of tablecloths, flags, paper plates, hats, etc., all readily available at many party stores and online. For splashes of color that won’t overload the senses, fill beer steins with blue and white flowers, or tie blue and white ribbons around silverware or mug handles.

Speaking of mugs, it’s important that you aren’t drinking out of bottles or plastic cups, since that just isn’t in the spirit of Oktoberfest. Beer steins in glass, ceramic or plastic are perfect for this event, adding to an authentic atmosphere.

The backyard is the perfect spot for your Oktoberfest, and the addition of a pop-up tent or canopy can make it feel less like a yard and more like the fest itself. Using smaller tents, you can designate a biergarten, buffet and dining areas with festive signs.

Activities

Stein Race: Fill a stein with beer (or any liquid), and have contestants race from one side of a field to the other, spilling as little of their beverage as possible. Whoever can fill a most of a bucket at the end of the line in the allotted time wins.

Chicken Dance: Great for kids and adults alike, this silly dance actually started as a German tradition, originally called the Duck Dance.

Barrel Roll: Another traditional Oktoberfest event. Use an empty barrel or keg, and have participants roll it through an obstacle course. The fastest time wins, and points are deducted for losing control of the barrel and crashing into spectators.

Beer Tasting: Set up a table with a variety of the beers you’ve purchased for the occasion and small tasting glasses, allowing party-goers to try a few beers before they pick what they’d like a full glass of. For the full tasting experience, include pretzels and cheeses that pair well with the different brews.

World Beer Cup 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 5 Rabbit, Contests, Old Dominion, Redhook, Starr Hill Brewery, Uinta, Widmer

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Last week was the World Beer Cup in Boulder, CO, with judgements over 96 different styles on a global level, with only three top beers named in each category and often dozens of entries into each. Starting in 1996, hundreds of brewers have entered their creations every two years, with more breweries entering with each competition. However, only a few come out on top, named best in their styles. This competition is considered the most prestigious beer competition in the world, and is not to be taken lightly.

Here’s a list of some of the brews that won that are available in our area.

Widmer Hefeweizen – Won Gold in the American Style Wheat Beer with Yeast category.

Starr Hill Whiter Shade of Pale – Won Gold in the American Belgo Style Ale category.

Redhook Audible Ale – Won Gold in the Classic English Style Pale Ale category.

Dominion Candy Belgian Tripel – Won Gold in the Belgian Style Tripel category.

Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel – Won Silver in the German Style Dark Wheat Ale category.

Uinta Bristlecone Brown - Won Bronze in the English Style Mild category.

For more information on the World Beer Cup, visit their website.

Dominion Cherry Blossom Lager

Thursday, March 20, 2014 | Featured Beer, Old Dominion, Spring

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This golden lager supports a light, fluffy head and a pit-fruity aroma that speaks to its name. Cherry, plum and yeasty flavors make up most of the slightly sour palate of this medium-textured brew, and subtle hops offer just enough balance to perfect the taste. Nicely effervescent and bright, this beer will easily take you from spring to summer. 5.2% ABV

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!

R2Hop2 Ticket Giveaway

Monday, April 22, 2013 | Events, Old Dominion, Uncategorized

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We told you about the R2Hop2 Music and Beer Festival at Fordham and Dominion last week. Now’s your chance to win tickets to the event!

Entering to win is simple. First, go like the R2Hop2 Facebook page. Then comment on this post with your name, age, favorite Dominion/Fordham brew, and a link to your Facebook profile. Comments on this post may not show up publicly, but rest-assured, we will see them.

Click here for the details of the event and here to like the Facebook page.

Dominion Brewing Gigi’s Farmhouse Ale

Friday, April 19, 2013 | Old Dominion

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This saison holds a thick, frothy head over it’s beautiful effervescent amber body as it pours into a (suggested) tulip glass. Its scent calls up images of sweet-and-tart candies, citrus, apple and spices like clove and cinnamon. The flavor is sweet, but not overly so, with clove, malt, and apple at the front, and a peppery finish. It’s a smooth, medium-bodied drink with plenty of carbonation to keep it snappy and refreshing. Gigi’s is a beer best enjoyed slowly, so one can enjoy the flavors at different temperatures. 7.2 ABV

Old Dominion Brewing’s R2Hop2 Festival

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 | Contest, Events, Old Dominion, Spring

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Saturday, April 27th, Fordham & Old Dominion Brewing is holding their annual beer and music festival, R2Hop2 at their Dover, DE brewery. This is their second year hosting this event, and they’re expecting upwards of 2,500 visitors.

This festival will feature Old Dominion’s specialty beers, such as Oak Barrel Stout, Cherry Blossom Lager, Rams Head IPA and Copperhead Ale. In addition to beer, five local bands will be playing throughout the day, including The Honey Badgers, Runaway Train, The Anytime, Anywhere, Splashing Pearls and Lower Case Blues.

Aside from beer and music (which should be enough to get you interested), there is also a keg toss, inflatable obstacle course, and sumo wrestling. There are also food vendors, including Fordham Bier Dawgs (made with Helles lager), Potato Pancakes and Vitale’s Italian Ice and Homemade Ice Cream.

Tickets are $20 in advance, and $30 at the door (those under 18 are free). Next week, we’ll let you know a way to win tickets to this event, so stay tuned.

Event Details:

From 12pm to 7pm

At Fordham Brewing Co.

1284 McD Dr., Dover, Delaware 19901

Old Dominion Brewing Releasing 12oz. Double D and Morning Glory

Thursday, February 28, 2013 | Beer News, Old Dominion

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Old Dominion Brewing will now be offering two of their favorites, Double D and Morning Glory, in 12oz six packs and on draft. Previously offered in 22oz bombers, these two brews have been emblazoned with a couple of pin-up girls matching the personalities of the beer inside. Both will now be offered year-round.

Double D is an Imperial IPA with aromas of guava, mango and tropical fruits from dry hopping with Citra, Zythos and Crystal hops. Brewed with light toasted malt and Bravo bitter hops, it’s smooth with a bittersweet finish. 9% alc/vol.

Morning Glory is a dark espresso stout using locally roasted coffee beans, and delighting drinkers with chocolate and creamy coffee flavors. This ultra-smooth beer is moderately sweet with a silky texture. 9% alc/vol.

Here are the lovely ladies of the labels:

Morning Glory Espresso Stout

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 | Old Dominion

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The Dominion Brewing Co. will awaken Morning Glory, a full-bodied espresso stout, on November 15, 2012.

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