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Plan Your Spookiest Halloween Party

Friday, October 17, 2014 | Evolution, Fall, Fun, Ithaca, Long Trail, Rogue, Starr Hill Brewery, Victory

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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 pearsporcini 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.

Win a Trip to Starr Hill

Thursday, May 1, 2014 | Bars, Contest, Distributors, Fun, Retailers, Starr Hill Brewery

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Starr Hill’s new tasting room opened at their Crozet brewery just under a month ago, just twelve miles away from downtown Charlottesville. They doubled the size of the old tasting room and gave it a whole new look that showcases the bottling and canning lines, custom concrete and wooden bars, and an outdoor patio with space for food trucks to park. The tap room features a state-of-the-art draft system and 16 Starr Hill brews for tasting flights, pints and growler fills.

The new extended tasting room hours are as follows:

Thursdays from 1 – 8 PM

Fridays 12 – 8 PM

Saturdays 11 AM – 8 PM

Sundays 11 AM – 5 PM

They also offer tours of the entire facility on Saturdays and Sundays at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm.

You can win a fabulous trip to the Starr Hill Brewery. Enter to win at Railroad Street Bar and Grille while enjoying great Starr Hill brands on draft and in Growlers to Go. You can also enter to Win at the Starr Hill Displays at the following Beer Distributors:

Epps Beverage – Royersford

Limerick Beverage – Limerick

Austin Beverage – Collegeville

Drawing will be held on June 5th at Railroad Street Bar – do not need to be present to win!!!

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.

Let’s Drink Saisons

Thursday, March 20, 2014 | Ithaca, Long Trail, Starr Hill Brewery, Victory

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The weather might not quite have let up yet, but we’re getting there. So let’s try to bring spring into full bloom with some seasonal brews; saisons are spicy enough for the chill of early spring, but the fruity flavors speak of better, warmer times ahead. And anyway, tomorrow is Saison Day, so you might as well grab a glass while the season’s right. Here are some of our recommendations.

Victory Swing Session – Slight herbal hops balance the orange rind and fruity esters of this pale brew, and peppery, clove-y spices warm the flavor and add complexity. Great for serving with soft pretzels, oysters and pork loin, and at 4.5% ABV, you can afford to have a couple.

Starr Hill Starr Saison – Deep golden color and a candied aroma introduce this beer, and the taste follows with citric notes, slight breadiness and a slight bitterness to dry off the end. A full-flavored saison, weighing in at 6% ABV.

Long Trail Brush and Barrel Saison – The newest addition to the Brush and Barrel flaunts a fruity, funky bouquet provided by Belgian yeasts, with spicy hops to sharpen the flavor. It finishes dry with plenty of carbonation to make it crisp and refreshing. 7.1% ABV.

Ithaca Ground Break – This farmhouse ale has plenty of hops to give the beer that spicy, citrusy flavor, and the yeast adds the usual esters indicative of this style. It’s slightly thicker than most in this style, and stands at 6.2% ABV.

Starr Hill Northern Lights

Thursday, February 20, 2014 | Featured Beer, Starr Hill Brewery

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Northern Lights is a well-balanced American-style IPA with a surprisingly pleasant malty sweetness to complement the hops. Grapefruit and other citrus notes fill the nose and flavor of this brew, with floral hints underneath. The bright copper color and frothy head make it nice to look at in the glass, and the light-medium texture, modest carbonation and 6.5% ABV make for a perfectly sessionable IPA. It’s available bottles, cans and on draft.

Beers for Your Valentine

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

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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

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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!

Starr Hill Snowblind

Thursday, December 19, 2013 | Featured Beer, Starr Hill Brewery, Winter

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Snow Blind is a doppelbock that’s sure to warm you up this winter. The aroma of this deep reddish brown lager is a bit nutty, and includes a bit of caramel. With apple and plum flavors that give way to toasted malt and toffee, and spicy notes of clove and cinnamon, this brew has hints of all of your holiday favorites. Smooth and medium-bodied, this is a great choice to get toasty with this holiday season. 7.4% ABV

Share the Love with Starr Hill and Fight Breast Cancer

Thursday, October 24, 2013 | Distributors, Starr Hill Brewery

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but Starr Hill didn’t wait until now to start fighting. Starr Hill founder Mark Thompson believes that cancer is something that touches everyone’s lives, and wanted to give back to the community in a meaningful way. In February 2012, they joined forces with local distributor Virginia Eagle Distributing, and began their program “Share the Love” to aid local breast cancer awareness foundations. The brewery and distributor each donated a portion of the money from each sale of award-winning hefeweizen The Love, raising in excess of $5000 in February alone. Since its beginning, the program has raised over $13,000.

With the help of local distributors and retailers, the program has spread throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey and Nashville, TN. Now, the Philadelphia area is joining the fight with donations from the local wholesalers and Starr Hill for every case and every pint of Starr Hill The Love sold in the month of October. Below is a list of retailers and venues at which The Love is available.

The donations will go to the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, which runs support groups, provides a ton of patient resources, and education for prevention and treatment. For 20 years, this organization has been a source of strength, knowledge and support for breast cancer patients and their loved ones in Pennsylvania.

The Love is a sweet, clove-y hefeweizen with hints of banana and light body. It was awarded a silver medal in the German Hefeweizen category at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival.

Where to buy The Love:

Visit These and Other Locations to find The Love

PBCC Information:

PA Breast Cancer Coalition
2397 Quentin Road, Suite B
Lebanon, PA 17042
800-377-8828
info@pabreastcancer.org

Buttonwood Grill/Peddler’s Village Craft Oh Berfest

Thursday, September 12, 2013 | Bars, Beck's, Evolution, Goose Island, Long Trail, Starr Hill Brewery, Victory

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The Buttonwood Grill Craft Oh Berfest starts Monday, September 23rd, culminating in the Grill Outdoor Deck Festival on September 29th. This is the Buttonwood Grill’s first beer fest, and they’re celebrating with German-inspired fall favorites. They will be featuring six different craft brews and German-style menu pairings.

  • Starting Monday is Victory Festbier, paired with potato pancakes with sour cream and applesauce.
  • Tuesday is the Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin Porter, with brats, kraut, and German potato salad.
  • Beck’s Oktoberfest is featured Wednesday, with pierogies, wilted cabbage and sour cream
  • Thursday is Evolution Jacques Au Lantern alongside beef rouladen, potato hash and kale.
  • Friday, Goose Island Harvest, with pork chop, potato pancakes, cabbage and roasted carrots.
  • Saturday is Long Trail Pumpkin with sauerbraten, potato pancakes and cabbage.

Starting at 4pm on Sunday, Peddler’s Village and Buttonwood Grill are hosting the Outdoor Deck Festival, featuring all six of the beers featured all week, live music by the Tom Groeber German Band, raffles and giveaways. A full menu is below. The price is $30 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and reservations are recommended.

Menu for September 29th: Brats and sauerkraut, chicken schnitzel, meatballs, hot pretzels, German mustards, cucumber salad, German potato salad, grilled asparagus/goat cheese cream, spatzle/butter/parsley/lemon, apple strudel and black forest cake.

For more informations and reservations: 215-794-4040

Location:

Buttonwood Grill

5795 Lower York Rd  New Hope, PA 18938

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