This India Red Ale has been a seasonal favorite for hop-lovers for a few years now, with a big citrus and floral profile laid over a strong malty base. A dark amber hue really allows this brew to shine with Christmas spirit, and the finish is cleaner than many other holiday brews. 6% ABV
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
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 pears, porcini 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.
In association with Columbia Distributing, Rogue announces the Jack Joyce Scholarship. This $10,000 annual scholarship is awarded to a student in the Fermentation Sciences Program at the Oregon State University in the department of Food Science and Technology. This scholarship was created to honor the memory of Jack Joyce, co-founder of Rogue Ales, prominent brewing visionary and Oregon community leader, who died earlier this year at the age of 71. The hope is that this scholarship will allow students to pursue their dreams and continue innovative brewing practices in the next generation of American brewers.
Summer is rounding the corner as we approach the end of August, but there are still many varieties of summer-influenced brews to try before mid-September rolls around and we’re all drinking oktoberfests and ciders. One such group is an often under-represented variety, fruit beers. Here is our list of fruity brews to try before the season is up.
Ithaca Apricot Wheat – This wheat beer is light in body and color, making it perfect for the warm summer days we’ve been having. The light, tart apricot flavor give this brew a lovely drupe-y flavor that pairs well with salads, fruit and otherwise. 4.9% ABV
Fruli Strawberry Wheat – A summer favorite world-over, this Belgian brew mixes witbier and strawberry juice for a brightly flavored and carbonated combination that’s perfect alongside sweets like ice cream or fruits. 4.1% ABV
Goose Island Lolita – If you love raspberries–which are currently in season–then waste no time in trying this brew. It drinks a lot like wine, and that could be because it’s aged in a barrel with pounds and pounds of raspberries for a sweet and tart combination that’ll leave you smacking your lips. 9% ABV
Rogue Marionberry – This braggot has everything; Rogue Farm honey, marionberries and just enough hops to level out the end of the flavor palate. Tart berry flavors stand somewhere between blackberries and blueberries, and the alcohol is well-masked in this unique brew. 11.42% ABV
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.
The craft beer world and Rogue Nation were saddened to hear of the passing of 71-year-old co-founder of Rogue Ales, Jack Joyce this past Tuesday. Joyce co-founded the brewery in Ashland, OR, in 1988, and established its first brewpub on the Newport waterfront one year later. Now known for not only their brews, but also for their spirits and the Rogue Farms Hopyard in Independence, Polk County, Rogue is ranked one of the top 25 craft breweries in the nation. Once a Nike executive and attorney, Joyce is said to have been especially proud of the farm, having once owned acres of farmland himself.
A man who lived up to the name of his company, Joyce helped to innovate and foster the craft brewing community in the U.S., gaining ground in other countries before American craft brewing became truly international while still keeping roots local and within the community, and focusing on creating a superior product rather than expanding numerically. Those that had either business or close relationships with Joyce comment on his sincerity, empathy and generosity.
Jack Joyce is survived by his son Brett Joyce, his daughter Anna Joyce, and his wife, Joan Joyce.
This is surely a time to raise a glass of one of Rogue’s brews in remembrance.
Looking for a brew to share with Dad this Sunday? Dad’s Little Helper might just be what you’re looking for. This black IPA is almost opaque, with a thick khaki head, and combines elements of stouts with traditional IPA. The nose carries hints of coffee, malt and chocolate, and the taste follows the aroma and ends it with a lingering hoppy bitterness. A full body with light carbonation, creamy texture and a even-handed hop-chocolate finish bring this beer home. 6.2% ABV
What are you getting your mom for Mother’s Day on May 11th? Flowers, jewelry and cards are all nice, but why not take a little time to have a drink with your mother? Rogue’s MoM Hefeweizen with rose petals is the perfect beer to share with the woman who brought you into this world. The floral scent can replace those roses you bought, and sweet banana, lemon and light floral flavors outshines any sweets you may have picked out. The clove spiciness lingers on the relatively light body, and combines with the exuberant carbonation to bring this drink home. 4.8% ABV
The Pineville Tavern’s building has been around since the 18th century, undergoing many changes of use from mill to general store to hotel. The place is so old, there are even rumors of hauntings. In 1969, it changed owners again and the kitchen and bar were expanded to make room for a full-service restaurant. Now, their entrees include pastas, ribs, burgers, pizza, steak and seafood, and there’s a lot of delicious tavern fare to choose from. In terms of beers, they’ve got all the bases covered with breweries such as Victory and Rogue. And not only is the atmosphere friendly and inviting, but the Tavern also features an extensive takeout menu for when you just want to get home, take your shoes off and enjoy a good meal.
The Pineville Tavern
1089 Durham Rd,
Wrightstown, PA 18946