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Greatest Beers of the World Takes Over Media

Friday, May 31, 2013 | Anchor, Bars, Boxcar, Events, Evolution, Finch's, Goose Island, Ithaca, Kona, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Starr Hill Brewery, Summer, Susquhanna, Troegs, Victory

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We’re taking over all of Media next Thursday night, and we hope you’ll join us at one of the 15 locations to enjoy beverages from brewers such as Magic Hat, Goose Island, Finch’s, Boxcar Brewing Co., Ithaca, Victory and more.

Many of your favorite local bars and restaurants are involved, including Azie, Picasso, Campbell’s Boathouse, Towne House and Joclyn’s Bar. The event will last from 6pm-8pm, with contests and prizes given away throughout.

Below are the venues and descriptions of the events at each location.

Azie 219 W State St. (610) 566-4750
Featuring  2013′s hottest new imports – Crabbies Ginger Beer from Scotland and Kronenbourg Blanc from France, paired with special sushi dishes.  Keep the Glass!

Campbell’s Boathouse 1250 N Providence Rd, (610) 566-9140
Join Susquehanna Brewing Company from Pittston PA featuring their special Philly Beer Week Brew – Southern Rye

Diego’s, 214 W State St. (215) 498-7485
Join local favorite Boxcar Brewing from West Chester and have a chance win 2 tickets to their sell out “Ride the Rails” event on June 8th.

Generations, 9 State Road, (610) 565-8212
Dreamweaver Wheat – Perpetual IPA – Sunshine Pils – all from the Great American Beer Festivals Mid Size Brewery of the year – Troegs!  Prizes every 15 minutes.

Joclyn’s Bar 109 W State St. (610) 627-2102
Celebrate Mardi Gras with Magic Hat Brewery while sipping on their greatest beers – #9 – Elder Betty – Blind Faith.  Plenty of fun and prizes.

My Three Sons Hotdogs 300 W State St (610) 716-5310
Aloha!! Join Kona Brewing and get a taste of the Islands with our Hawaiian hotdog and luau themed prizes.

Picasso 36 W State St (610) 566-6808
Meet Mike Finch from Finch’s of Chicago and sample some of the highest rated beers on Beer Advocate and Rate Beer – Secret Stache! Fascist Pig! Threadless IPA!

Pinocchio’s Pizza 131 E Baltimore Pk (610) 566-4895
A tap Takeover from our neighbors in Maryland – Evolution Brewing – hosted by none other than Tom Knorr – Owner and Brewmaster.  Hard to find beers on tap today.

Plumstead Inn 26 W State St (610) 566-2212
The Goose is loose at Plumstead Inn – featuring beers from Goose Island, Chicago and special Vintage Beer samplings and giveaways!

Quotations 37 E State St (610) 627-2515
Eric from Ithaca is bringing their newest Excelsior beer – 15th Anniversary – be the FIRST to try it in our area!

Rose Tree Inn 1243 N Providence (610) 891-1205
Looking for a little Summer Love?  Or Maybe a (Hop) Devil or (Golden) Monkey instead? Join Victory Brewing from Downingtown and win gift cards to visit the Brewery in Downingtown and other great prizes including some hard to find bottles.

Sligo 113 W State St (610) 556-5707
The boys from Long Trail will be here with great beers and great prizes – a winner every 15 minutes.

Stephen’s 105 W State St (610) 891-8900
Starr Hill – enjoy the gift of Great Beer and tonight – the gift of Music!  I-Tunes gift cards will be raffled off every 20 minutes while you sip Northern Lights – Grateful Pale Ale and the Love wheat!

Towne House Restaurant 117 Veterans Sq (610) 566-6141
Try the beer that started it all – Anchor Brewing from San Francisco – credited with starting the craft beer movement and tonight, try their California Lager – coming soon but not yet available on the East Coast – you can be the first!

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Starr Hill Grateful Pale Ale

Friday, May 17, 2013 | Starr Hill Brewery, Summer

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Starr Hill out of Charlottesville, VA introduced their Grateful Pale Ale at the beginning of May, a session pale ale that’s hoppy, but also refreshing enough for this warm weather. It pours a clean golden color with a thick, white head that smells floral and citrusy. Topaz, Chinook, Cascade and Centennial hops give it a citrusy, piney flavor, but it’s well-balanced and not overwhelming. Its taste is of bitter orange and slightly caramel-y as a balancer. With a light body and 4.7% ABV, it’s a good session alternative to a super-hoppy high-alcohol IPA.

Grateful Pale Ale will be available until the first of August, when it will be replaced by Starr Hill’s fall seasonal, Boxcar Pumpkin Porter.

To Garnish or Not to Garnish

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 | 5 Rabbit, Hoegaarden, Ingredients, Shock Top, Sierra Nevada, Starr Hill Brewery, Uinta

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We all know that certain beers should be paired with certain foods. However, there’s another way food can be served with beer; as a garnish. There are a number of brews out there intended to be served with a slice of orange or lime, but what’s the purpose? And where did it all get started?

There is some debate over whether a slice of lemon in wheat beers was started in the 1960s in Germany, or whether it was an American invention. However, before the US really had any wheat beers of its own, it served these sorts of garnishes in German-themed bars along with Hefeweizens, suggesting it was a tradition started across the Atlantic. The whole idea was probably adopted as an imitation of cocktails, which were the drink of choice at bars at the time.

Since then, lemon, lime and orange slices have caught on as a popular addition to American wheat beers and cervezas. Most fans agree that the tartness of the fruit complements the yeasts used in the beers, and sometimes enhance the beer’s natural citrus flavor. Citrus isn’t the only garnish that has been used with beers, though.

Most people don’t really question why there are mixed nuts or pretzels at the bar, but they have significance. The salt on the nuts and pretzels can complement the flavor of a beer. Some bartenders go as far as hanging pretzels from the glass with certain beers. If you have a nut allergy—or don’t want to risk eating anything out of a bowl that countless others have stuck their hands into—you can add the salt directly to your beer or around the rim. This is an old tradition that has its roots in old wives’ tales of helping with cramps, and is not as common a way to garnish beer anymore. Still, there are flavored salts made especially for adding to your brew, and adding salt to beer can deflate the carbonation, which may be a plus to some drinkers looking to avoid a gassy stomach.

Salt and lime as a mix of garnishes is especially prevalent in states bordering Mexico. A michelada is a beer cocktail that uses salt, pepper, lime, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. There are a number of takes on this simple recipe, using different beers, and non-traditional hot sauces like Sriracha. Chili peppers are another ingredient that is sometimes used for micheladas.

Chocolate is another beer garnish option, pairing especially well with stouts, barley wines, porters and some lambics. You can do this a number of ways, including powdering a glass with a coco mix, or making dark or milk chocolate ornaments.

There are a number of other less common garnishes, including green olives, which are usually paired with American or English pale ales, and cinnamon sugar rims, which go well with pumpkin ales. Fruit beers can also be paired with the fruit with which they are flavored, including berries, cherries and watermelon.

Some purists believe that adding any embellishment to a beer is just a way of covering up poor quality, though. They argue that the beer itself should be taste enough, and that adding anything to it only covers up the flavor, either to the detriment of a good brew, or the benefit of a beer with off or little flavors. Another complaint about some garnishes is that they deflate the head, and as with the case with salty choices, can affect the carbonation of the beer, which some believe should not be tampered with.

We say that garnishes are a matter of taste, and a fun way to experiment with a brew you already know and love. So, here’s a few suggested pairings that might make garnish doubters think twice.

Hoegaarden Original White Ale; garnish with slice of lemon hanging off the rim to accentuate the sweet, citrus flavor and offset the spicy clove.

Starr Hill Dark Starr Stout; rim glass with cocoa powder, or just pair with a small bar of dark chocolate.

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Fresh Ale; drop a couple of green olives into this IPA, and watch the bubbles gather around them, allowing them to float back to the top.

5 Rabbit 5 Lizard; lemon goes well with this latin-style witbier, and salt or hot sauce can also be a good choice of garnish.

Uinta Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale; powder the rim of the glass with a cinnamon and sugar mix to add a little kick to this already delicious pumpkin ale.

Shock Top Raspberry Wheat; plopping a couple of raspberries into this popular Belgian-style wheat ale slightly strengthens the berry’s flavor… and you get a little treat in the bottom of your glass.

Spring Beer Suggestions

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | Anchor, Ithaca, Long Trail, Starr Hill Brewery, Uncategorized, Victory

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Spring is in the air! (Although you wouldn’t know it with this kind of weather.) And that means there’s a shift away from the winter beers we’ve been enjoying for the last three months and bocks, saisons and pale ales are coming into season. If you aren’t sure what to try this spring, we have a few suggestions.

Swing Session Saison – Victory

A light straw-colored session Saison from our local pals at Victory, this beer has citrus, fruit and grain aromas, with some spicy notes as well. The flavor holds orange and lemon zest, and the spiciness in the smell turns to cloves, herbal hops and pepper. Its crisp and nicely carbonated mouthfeel pairs well with mussels and the warmer days coming ahead. 4.5% AVB

Starr Saison – Starr Hill

This golden beer has sweet and spicy aromas of ginger, clove, and fruit. The flavor is reminiscent of bubblegum, honey, candied fruits and has some grassy bitterness with a somewhat dry finish that allows a bit of bitterness to linger. Its crisp carbonation and light body make it a great beer to grab for sitting on the porch in the sun. 6.5% ABV

Pollenator – Long Trail

Pollenator is a full-bodied spring ale of clear orange hue and an earthy malt aroma. Its flavor starts with a springy grass taste, followed by malt and citrus hops. With its crisp carbonation and light body, it’s easy to drink and pairs well with chicken, salads and spicy foods, making it great for picnics. 4.6% ABV

Ground Break – Ithaca

Another saison, but this time with more hops. The fruity smell speaks of sour grape, wet grass and malty wheat, while the taste holds wheat, orange-y citrus and herbal notes. There are also hints of spicy clove. It pairs well with grilled meat or fish, which means it’s a good choice for those fishing trips you’ve been looking forward to all winter. 6.0% ABV

Anchor Bock – Anchor

This rich, dark bock has a light aroma of cocoa powder, bread and faintly of citrus zest. Its flavor is malty, citrus hoppy, and continues the cocoa theme from the scent. Its body is thick and creamy with light carbonation. This beer is a great stepping stone from the darker beers of winter. 5.5% ABV

Light Beer for the New Year

Thursday, January 10, 2013 | Breweries, Long Trail, Starr Hill Brewery, Tetley's, Uinta

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New Year’s has come and gone and we’re nearly half way through January. And if you’re like most people, sticking to that New Year’s resolution of losing weight or drinking less is probably in high gear. So to help fulfill your taste bud’s cravings we organized a list of some tasty brews that have a lighter flavor profile (theoretically less calories and carbs) and are sessionable with a lower ABV than most.

  • Long Trail Blackberry Wheat – A flavorful alternative to most light beers, popularity of this wheat ale has grown immensely since its 1996 creation. Available year-round, this beer is only 125 calories per 12oz bottle and has 6 grams of carbs. The touch of blackberry is just enough to satisfy your flavor-packed needs.
  • Uinta Wyld Extra Pale Ale – A World Beer Championship silver-medalist, this all-organic 4% ABV ale has a super light body this beer is impressive due to its robust hops characteristics.
  • Tetley’s English Ale – This UK import is a classic style English pale ale that is a mild 3.6% ABV offering. The beer has great flavor with characteristics of bready-malts and just a slight bitterness.
  • Starr Hill Dark Starr Stout – If the lighter-colored beers aren’t your style, you may be interested in the Dark Starr Stout, a Dry Irish Stout at only 4.2% ABV. The beer has flavors of coffee and unsweetened chocolate and a light body, making it easy going for anytime.

4 Must Have Beers for Christmas

Thursday, November 29, 2012 | Anchor, Goose Island, Rogue, Starr Hill Brewery

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Christmas beers are in a category of their own, not to be confused and lumped in with every other Winter seasonal release. Whereas a nice winter beer may be a rich and flavorful high ABV barleywine, or a dark and roasty stout; Christmas beers tend to be rich, flavorful and spicy, with aromas reminding you of the Christmas tree and yule log on Christmas morning.

And since Christmas is just about four weeks away, here are four fantastic Christmas beers you can try each week leading up to your holiday.

Anchor Christmas Ale – Since 1975, Anchor has been brewing an annual Christmas beer using a slightly different recipe from year to year, making it a truly unique ale. It’s rich and dark with a ton of spice. The nose is reminiscent of pine. The Christmas Ale has bold flavors but is a wonderful beer for anyone, including those intimidated by high ABVs, since it’s somewhat average at 5.5%.

Goose Island Christmas Ale – An American Brown Ale at 6.2% ABV, the beer pours a murky brown with a red highlight. The nose is sweet with aromas of dried fruits and cherry topped with cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Although the beer has such strong aromas, the overall flavor is mild and not overwhelming, making it a nice beer for any occasion.

Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve Ale – This American Amber is one of the more hoppy selections for a Christmas beer. The beer 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.

Starr Hill The Gift – This German style Heller Bock is very traditional and easily approachable. It’s not too hoppy. It doesn’t offer any sort of excessive spicing. It’s an easy going, subtly sweet, golden colored ale that is great for anyone. So when it comes time for your holiday festivities, The Gift makes an exceptional addition for those still venturing into the craft beer world.

Here’s some great locations you can find these beers:

Berks County

BEER MART – READING 301-307 MORGANTWN RD READING 19611
BERKS BEER BARN-BIRDS. 6520 PERKIOMEN AVE. BIRDSBORO 19508
C.R. RADER CO. 191 COUNTY LINE ROAD BOYERTOWN 19512
MORGANTOWN BEVERAGE INC. 3740 MAIN STREET MORGANTOWN 19543
MR. BEER 4 CHELTENHAM DRIVE WYOMISSING 19610
ONE STOP BEVERAGE 1101 WOODLAND ROAD READING 19606
SHELBOURNE BEER DIST 5484 PERKIOMEN AVE EXETER 19606
SOUTH MOUNTAIN BEER DIST 5104 PENN AVENUE WERNERSVILLE 19565
WINDSOR DISTRIBUTING 800 N. 4TH ST HAMBURG 19526

Bucks County

BENSALEM BEER & SODA 1919 STREET RD BENSALEM 19020
NEWTOWN BEER STORE 10 WEST CENTRE AVENUE NEWTOWN 18940
RICHBORO DIST. 1078 2ND STREET PIKE RICHBORO 18954
SUPER VALUE 625 MEARNS ROAD WARMINSTER 18974

Delaware County

ASTON BEVERAGE 415 MARIANVILLE RD ASTON 19014
BEER YARD 218 E LANCASTER AVE WAYNE 19087
BREWERS OUTLET 202 257 WILMINGTON PK CHADDSFORD 19317
BRYN MAWR BEVERAGE 194 LANDOVER AVE. BRYN MAWR 19010
DOMESTIC & IMPORTED BEV. 485 BALTIMORE PIKE GLEN MILLS 19342
E – Z BEVERAGE 600 MAC DADE BLVD FOLSOM 19033
LIMA BEVERAGE 14 SOUTH PENNELL ROAD MEDIA 19037
MANOA BEVERAGE 1111 W. CHESTER PIKE HAVERTOWN 19083
RITE BUY BEER DIST 5300 BALTIMORE PIKE CLIFTON HEIGHTS 19018
ROSEMONT BEVERAGE 850 CONESTOGA RD. ROSEMONT 19010
SUPER BEV. WAREHOUSE 5042 EDGMONT AVE BROOKHAVEN 19015
TOWNSHIPLINE BEV 5315 TOWNSHIPLINE ROAD DREXEL HILL 19026

Montgomery County

BARBONE BEVERAGE 2014 OLD ARCH ROAD NORRISTOWN 19401
BIG TOP 1555 EASTON RD. ROSLYN 19001
EPPS BEVERAGE 80 W RIDGE PIKE ROYERSFORD 19468
FRANK SMITH 180 SHOEMAKER RD POTTSTOWN 19464
FROSTY CAPS 1745-1747 OLD YORK R ROSLYN 19001
HATFIELD BEVERAGE 1616 NORTH BROAD ST LANSDALE 19446
KUNDA BEVERAGE 349 S. HENDERSON RD. KING OF PRUSSIA 19406
MAC’S NEIGHBORHOOD BEV 511 LIMEKILN PIKE MAPLE GLEN 19002
N. PENN BEVERAGE INC 39 WASHINGTON AVENUE SOUDERTON. 18964
NORTH WALES BEER & SODA 120 NORTH 3RD STREET NORTH WALES 19454
PARKTOWNE BEVERAGE 310 N. LEWIS RD. ROYERSFORD 19468
TNK BEVERAGE OUTLET 832 N. BETHLEHEM PK. SPRINGHOUSE 19477
TOWAMENCIN BEVERAGE 1550 SUMNEYTOWN PIKE KULPSVILLE 19443

Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin Porter

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 | Starr Hill Brewery

Starr Hill’s Boxcar Pumpkin Porter is a traditional English-style Brown Porter with pumpkin added to the mash. Light spicing allows the subtle flavors of pumpkin and roasty porter to shine through. Boxcar is a session beer at 4.7% and very drinkable.

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Starr Hill Brewery Comes to Philadelphia

Thursday, September 27, 2012 | Starr Hill Brewery

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Starr Hill Brewery, Virginia’s largest and most award-winning craft brewery, is expanding into the Philadelphia market beginning in October.

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