Destination Weddings for Beer Lovers

Friday, March 7, 2014 | Rogue, Victory


So you’re lucky enough to have found your mate, and doubly lucky because they’re a beer lover like yourself. Why not celebrate your love for each other by sharing something both of you love with all your friends and family? Go for the unforgettable, and start your new life together with a wedding or reception at one of your favorite craft breweries.

Victory Brewing Co.

Victory offers amenities for all sorts of events, including weddings and receptions. Their beer halls offer plenty of room and resources to pull off your vision, and you can choose from a variety of food and beer packages to suit your guests’ needs. Philly Beer Scene founder Neil Harner married and had his reception with them a few years ago (that’s him and his wife Lindsay below). And even if you’re just looking for someone to cater the wedding, Victory does that, too, and this is an excuse to use their Brew Pub on Wheels, to boot. Everyone can be appeased with their wide variety of menu options and any of Victory’s delicious brews.

Rogue Ales and Spirits

Need something a little closer to family and friends? Or maybe further away? If you’re looking at the west coast, Rogue in Independence, OR offers the backdrop of their beautiful 1200 acre farm for weddings. They’ve got both indoor and outdoor options, and the garden makes for a memorable scene, with hop bines (pictured above), gardens, pumpkins, and orchards making for excellent photo opportunities. They also provide horse and carriage services and the century-old Hop n’ Bed farmhouse provides amenities during the day and overnight for anyone who needs to travel.

Beers for Your Valentine

Thursday, February 6, 2014 | Finch's, Goose Island, Lancaster Brewing, Rogue, Starr Hill Brewery


Skip the cliché wine this year and go with something that will really make your Valentine be happy to be yours. Whether being given as a present on their own or being enjoyed together with a romantic dinner, craft beer is right at home on this holiday.

The Love – Starr Hill: The name says it all; there’s nothing not to love about this hefeweizen that sports hints of banana and clove. It pairs well with many lighter meals, but also can stand well on its own.

Chocolate Stout/Double Chocolate Stout – Rogue Ales: These two are for the chocolate lovers. Because what is the holiday about if not chocolate? The Chocolate Stout was actually introduced in the US on Valentines Day in 2001. And the Double Chocolate Stout is the natural progression of the single, flavored with Dutch bittersweet chocolate.

Double Chocolate Milk Stout – Lancaster Brewing: Looking for someplace to go out to on Valentine’s? Lancaster Brewing’s restaurant not only has a creative dinner menu, but they also have a chocolate milk stout that’s well worth the trip.

Fruli – Strawberry Wheat/Secret Stache Stout – Finch’s Beer: Want something fruity to cut through the richness of chocolate? Everyone’s favorite strawberry beer, Fruli, might be what you’re looking for. Drink either with some dark chocolate, or you and your Valentine can share one glass of Fruli and another of Secret Stache Stout. With this pairing, you can afford to skip dessert.

Lolita – Goose Island: Maybe you don’t want to stray far from wine. Lucky for you, there’s this little number, a bright and jammy wild ale that is alcoholic to warm you on these frigid February nights, and sweet enough to interest framboise lambic lovers.

And if you’re looking for someplace to take your special someone, why not take a look at this list. At any of these locations, when you order Stella Artois, you will receive a Stella Chalice and some chocolate. Stella’s a perfect choice if you want something light and bubbly to go with your dinner, and it adds a romantic touch like champagne.

So go bold, and everyone have a lovely Valentine’s Day.

Stella Artois Valentines Day Restaurants

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


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


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!

Heating Things Up with Rogue

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | Beer News, Rogue


Autumn may be just getting into the full swing of things, but Rogue is heating things up with their late harvest of jalapenos for their Chipotle Ale. While most people harvest their jalapenos when the skins are still green and they have yet to ripen fully, Rogue has the patience to wait until the color brightens to a red and the flavor deepens and becomes more complex to pick their peppers.

The peppers were picked late September and taken to the same wood smoker used to smoke their malts, where they were dried on a low heat for 12-18 hours to make the chipotles used in their Chipotle Ale and Chipotle Spirits.

Chipotle Ale is a spring beer, so we’ll have to wait over the winter to taste their new batch, but rest assured its well-balanced smokey flavor is worth it.

4th of July

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 | Anchor, Breweries, Rogue, Victory


As we approach July 4th, Americans across the country are preparing to celebrate the Declaration of Independence. Beer is usually a part of the festivities, but let’s take it a step further. Why not celebrate this country with a craft beverage that speaks to the true nature of the American Dream and our forefathers, and is refreshing in these warm July days. We’ve picked out four brews that should get you into the holiday spirit.

Inspired by brewing traditions from centuries ago, Anchor Liberty Ale was first brewed to commemorate the bicentennial of the ride of Paul Revere, using all natural ingredients. Lightly carbonated, this American IPA has a slightly citrusy flavor and is brewed with Cascade hops for a smooth, well-balanced flavor.

Rogue American Amber Ale has a sweet malty flavor with a tinge of citrus and a beautiful red color. American amber ales were first brewed on the west coast at the inception of the craft brewing revolution, and spread throughout the country soon after. Well-balanced and adorned with an all-American label, no one will doubt your patriotism with one of these in your fist.

Are you in love with summer? Show it with Victory’s Summer Love, a light refreshing ale with mellow malts and a moderately hoppy finish. This beer was commissioned by the Greater Philadelphia Marketing and Tourism Corporation to embody the brotherly spirit of Philadelphia in the summer time. What’s more American than that?

Let’s try something new. East Coast Beer Co. has just introduced Cruiser IPA, their first of the style. With more subtle hops than most IPAs, it has an herbal flavor that allows you to examine the hops without overpowering bitterness. A great sessionable beer that’s sure to refresh in the heat.

The Tap Room Sports Bar and Grill

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 | Bars, Goose Island, Hoegaarden, Long Trail, Restaurants, Rogue


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


Rogue Chocolate Stout

Thursday, February 14, 2013 | Rogue


Romance is in the air. And instead of getting your lover a box of chocolates, get them a tasty chocolate beer. Rogue’s Chocolate Stout was first released in the U.S. in 2001 for Valentine’s Day, making it the essential romantic beer.

The stout is a rich, dark ebony color with a rich, creamy head. The overall flavor is mellow for a stout and quite smooth. The chocolate is of course dominant as a result of the chocolate malts used during brewing and the addition of real chocolate. This balances the Pearls & Cascade hops nicely, giving off a bitter-sweet finish.

Truth be told, Rogue originally created this recipe for export to Japan as “Chocolate Bear Stout.” The Japanese bottle to this day features a teddy bear with a pink heart. But in the U.S., we have Sebbie.  Sebbie Buhler has been promoting Rogue Ales since 1991 throughout the mid-Atlantic region as well as heading up many of the brewery’s efforts to create online awareness and to pair beers with fine cuisine. And there couldn’t be a better beer crafted to dedicate to her than Rogue’s Chocolate Stout.

Naturally, this beer pairs great with desserts. Don’t be fooled, though. This is by no means a dessert beer. The complexity of the stout goes wonderfully with beer dishes or even to pair with some cheeses.

Rogue Chocolate Stout has won over 30 medals from throughout the world since its introduction in 2000, and is considered to be one of the highest regarded stouts in the world. Not overbearing at 6% ABV, the stout can be found on draught and in bottles throughout the area.

Rogue Chocolate can be found on draught or by bottle at these following locations throughout the area:

  • Spors in Trumbowersville
  • Manny Brown’s in Langhorne
  • Union Jack’s in Glenside

Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Ale

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 | Rogue


Rogue Ales has introduced the Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Ale, another artisan ale created in partnership with Voodoo Doughnut (the first being the Bacon Maple Ale). This one is matched to their “Memphis Mafia” donut which is a nod to Elvis Presley’s entourage.

Ingredients: 2-Row, C-150, C-175, Carafoam Special II & Chocolate Malts; Rogue Farms Revolution & Independent Hops; Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana; Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water

Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve Ale

Thursday, December 20, 2012 | Rogue


Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve Ale has been one of the iconic winter classics for many years and it’s a hard beer to miss as the packaging always features a Rogue postured Santa with a mug of beer in his hand. Because you know, Santa needs something other than a glass of milk to get him through the night. And apparently he likes his hops too.

The American Amber  starts out as the classic St. Rogue Red and then the hops are doubled for the holidays. Hop varieties include Chinook and Revolution & Freedom Hops from the Rogue Farm.  At 6% ABV, the beer provides an unintimidating approach to a holiday beer offering for people looking for more hops and less added spices.

Deservingly, this incredible holiday beer has resulted in Santa’s Private Reserve getting its fair share of recognition including:

  • 2010 World Beer Championships – Silver
  • 2009 World Beer Championships – Gold
  • 2005 US Beer Tasting Comp. – PNW Champ
  • 2000 World Beer Championships –Silver

Santa’s Private Reserve is available on draught at many area bars, six packs, 22oz. bombers, and cases throughout the region.

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