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Beer Style Resolution

Friday, January 20, 2017 | Anchor, Boxcar, East Coast Beer Co., Evolution, Fat Head's, Finch's, Fuller's, Fun, Goose Island, Hoegaarden, Ithaca, Keegan Ales, Kona, Lancaster Brewing, Long Trail, Magic Hat, New Belgium, Old Dominion, Redhook, Rogue, Spencer Trappist Brewery, Starr Hill Brewery, Susquhanna, Troegs, Uinta, Victory, Widmer

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Want a New Year’s resolution you won’t want to abandon in a couple months? Why not challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone and try new styles of beer. It’s easy to decide you like a select few varieties and rarely try anything that doesn’t fit in that box, but you never know what you might be missing.

Here we’ve listed a number of different common styles, as well as a few examples of each. An easy way to go through the list is just to pick one from each category and try it, but if you’re up for more of a challenge, try going through all the list before the end of the year is up. Could be you find your new favorite brew.

Amber/Red Ales:

Troegs Nugget Nectar

Goose Island Autumn Ale

Blonde Ale -

Victory Summer Love

Kona Big Wave Golden Ale

New Belgium Whizbang

Brown Ale -

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale

Bock/Doppelbock -

Lancaster Billy’s Bock

Starr Hill Snow Blind Doppelbock

Extra Special Bitter -

Magic Hat Wooly

Redhook Extra Special Bitter

Gose -

Victory Kirsch Gose

Uinta Ready Set Gose

Long Trail Cranberry Gose

Hefeweizen -

Troegs Dreamweaver

Starr Hill The Love

India Pale Ale -

Evolution Lot #3

Ithaca Flower Power

Fat Head’s Head Hunter

American Lager -

Kona Long Board Island Lager

Anchor Steam Beer

Susquehanna Goldencold Lager

Marzen -

Victory Festbier

Susquehanna Oktoberfest

Goose Island Oktoberfest

Milk/Sweet Stout -

Lancaster Milk Stout

Pale Ale –

Spencer Trappist Ale

Prism ParTea Pale Ale

Victory Headwaters

Pilsner -

BeachHaus Pislner

Troegs Sunshine Pils

Porter -

Fuller’s London Porter

Anchor Porter

Lancaster Shoo-Fly Pie Porter

Saison -

Goose Island Sofie

Old Dominion Gigi’s Farmhouse Ale

Victory Helios

Stout -

Old Dominion Morning Glory Espresso Stout

Magic Hat Heart of Darkness

Troegs Javahead

Tripel -

Old Dominion Candi Tripel

Victory Golden Monkey

Wild Ale -

Goose Island Lolita

New Belgium Le Terroir

Rogue Beard Beer

Witbier -

New Belgium Tartastic

Hoegaarden Original White

Susquehanna’s Goldencold Takes Bronze at GABF

Friday, November 13, 2015 | Contest, Susquhanna

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Out of the 55 beers entered in the Munich Helles category at the Great American Beer Festival, Susquehanna Brewings Goldencold Lager took third, beating out most the competition. Over 6,000 breweries vie for 276 medals, and with so many other breweries competing at this prestigious festival, the chances of taking home a medal are slim. On top of that, the Munich Helles category is one of the larger sections to compete in.

So what is this award-winning beer? It’s a German-inspired pale lager, using Endosperm mashing to create a delicate flavor and texture and Bavarian Hallertau Tradition and Hallertau Perle hops for a distinct character.

Summer Shandy Love

Friday, May 22, 2015 | Kona, Shock Top, Sierra Nevada, Starr Hill Brewery, Susquhanna, Widmer

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By now, you’re probably familiar with shandies; the beer cocktail that is typically mixed with lemonade, but could include a soft drink such as ginger ale, other light sodas, or orange juice. They’ve become a popular addition to many breweries’ lineups, particularly as the weather warms and craft drinkers look for refreshing beverages. Usually sweet and often tart, these mixes are a great fruity break from maltier or hoppier alternatives. They also tend to be lower in alcohol content, due to their mixed nature, so make a great go-to for day-time get-togethers like picnics and BBQs or just relaxing on the deck on a weekend.

The idea of mixing a sweet drink with beer might seem strange at first, but it’s been going on for a long time, and with good reason. The earliest record of a beer cocktail of its ilk is from 1853, in the form of the shandygaff, a beer and ginger ale mix. Other countries have their own versions, including the Radler (German for cyclist), a beer mixed with sparkling lemonade, which supposedly originated in Munich in 1922. France has its version, the Panache, which is close to the Radler definition. Even Singapore has a cocktail where beer is mixed with tonic water, called Kip Lin after its inventor.

Where shandies were traditionally mixed on-site, you can now conveniently buy them pre-mixed in a bottle. Here are a few to try:

Widmer Bros Hefe Shandy – A hefeweizen made with Lemon Drop hops and mixed with natural lemonade for a lip-smacking mix. 4.2% ABV

Shock Top Shandy – Another wheat beer with a big lemon taste and a spicy yeast to back it up. 4.2% ABV

Susquehanna Shady Spot Shandy – This shandy harkens back to the traditional English style: dry and refreshing. 4.7% ABV

While these shandies are a great grab-n-go option, and definitely worth a try, you might want to try your hand and making one of your own. If you’re unsure of where to begin, let’s go over a few simple recipes that can get you started, and you can take it from there.

Big Lemon Wave

1 12oz bottle Kona’s Big Golden Wave

4oz Fresh lemonade, pulp optional

Mix, garnish with lemon rind for aroma.

Grapefruit Popfest

6oz bottle Sierra Nevada Summerfest

6oz Pure grapefruit juice, pulp optional

Splash sparkling water

Mix all, garnish with slice of lemon. Use one 12oz bottle for two servings.

Ginger Love

12oz bottle Starr Hill The Love Hefeweizen

6oz Ginger ale, such as Schweppes

Mix, garnish with either a thin slice of fresh ginger or slice of lemon

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.

FIFA World Cup Finals

Friday, July 11, 2014 | Anchor, Lancaster Brewing, Susquhanna, Tennent's, Troegs, Victory

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The U.S. might be out of the running–we made a good go of it–but there’s still one last game in the world cup, and even if you aren’t a huge Argentinian or German fan, there’s no reason why you can’t get festive at the end of this World Cup. In fact, this is the perfect opportunity to try some new foreign cuisine, and also an opportunity to pair some of your favorite brews with new foods.

Argentina

Asado Meat & Victory Golden Monkey – The smokey flavor of the asado (Argentinian BBQ) blends well with the sweet spiciness of Golden Monkey.

Empanadas & Quilmes – Eat a classic Argentinian snack with the nation’s #1 beer for the full experience.

Sandwiches de Miga & Tennent’s Lager - If you’re looking for something lighter, these tea-time sandwiches are a good choice, and they need a light brew to wash them down.

Germany

Bratwurst & Lancaster Lager - A light and refreshing lager complements the heavier flavors of bratwurst meat.

Sauerkraut & Troegs Sunshine Pilsner – The slightly tangy citrus in this brew brings out the sourness of this classic German condiment.

Pretzel & Susquehanna So-Wheat – Pretzels’ saltiness naturally pairs well with the sweet-and-spicy flavors of this hefeweizen.

Opple Topple Music Festival – Good Beer, Good Music, Good Cause

Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Events, Fun, Susquhanna

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Now in its fifth year, the Opple Topple Fest in Warrington, PA is this weekend, boasting over thirty local bands and camping amenities at Winding Brook Farm. The festival was started to support the local music scene, giving favorite local performers a stadium-quality performance venue and local music lovers a variety of excellent sets for a reasonable price. And Susquehanna Brewing will be providing a beer garden throughout the duration of the festival with seating with a view of the stage, a beer pong tournament, and of course, Susquehanna’s brews served on draft. Not only are they providing good beer for the event, but they’ve also generously donated a portion of overall beer sales to providing donation boxes for the Tabor House. The boxes will be placed in secure locations on the festival grounds.

Tabor Children’s House has been assisting children with a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for over a century. Many of the children aided by their care are those with families unable to afford daycare, let alone a inspirational environment for the education of kids with and without special learning needs. They’ve been able to expand to include more programs, such as a mentoring program for teens in foster care, and with your help, they will continue to help the Bucks County community with all sorts of children’s services.

So why not take dad to a day–or whole weekend!–of music, camping, good beer and giving back?

Tickets to both the festival and the beer garden will be available at each entrance.

Opple Topple Music Festival Website

Tabor Children’s House

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Evolution, Finch's, Full Sail, Fun, Summer, Susquhanna, Troegs, Victory

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Looking to spice up your gift to dad, or maybe something to complement his hobbies? Try pairing a beer with it to enhance the enjoyment of his favorite activities.

Grilling – So your father’s into cooking in the great outdoors. Give him something hoppy to accompany spicy BBQ and burgers, like Lot 3 IPA from Evolution.

Poolside – Netting debris, testing chlorine balances, finally relaxing with a cool dip after a long day; all of these deserve a refreshing brew. Long Trail’s India Pale Ale goes one better, and gives it to you in a pool-safe can.

Gaming – Does your dad have a designated poker night? Or is he more of a modern gamer, always having to have the latest console? Either way, give him something full-flavored and sessionable to keep his head in the game, such as Session Lager out of Full Sail.

Reading - Your dad’s more bookish, so try giving him something sweet and mellow to accompany a quiet evening with his favorite author. Try Pils Noir from Susquehanna, a beer that’s more of a twist than the end of his latest novel.

Sports – Whether he’s spending the afternoon watching baseball or he’s just finished up a set of tennis, a light and snappy brew fits the bill. We suggest Troegs Sunshine Pils.

Camping/Boating – Tis the season for great outdoor activities, and if you’re father’s looking to take advantage of that, try giving him a well-balanced and flavorful beer to cool off with. Victory’s Summer Love is just right for everything that’s summer.

Susquehanna Brewing So-Wheat

Thursday, May 29, 2014 | New, Summer, Susquhanna

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Taken from Bavarian tradition, Susquehanna Brewing Co. has brewed an unfiltered hefeweizen with the signature hazy golden look. Its crisp tangy-sweet-and-spicy flavor and large foamy head make it a perfect summer beverage and a true follower of the style. Susquehanna gets it just right again with superb ingredients like high-quality wheat and special top-fermenting yeast. Something to wash down your second breakfast with.

Superbowl Food and Beer Pairings

Thursday, January 23, 2014 | Prism, Susquhanna, Troegs, Uinta, Victory

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So the Eagles didn’t make it to the Superbowl this year, but don’t go canceling your party yet. We’ve got some ideas for some Denver and Seattle inspired meals, as well as the perfect beers to go with them. So root for you favorite team–even if it’s not really your favorite–and try one of these delicious combos.

Seattle Seahawks

Washington is known for its huge, delicious sockeye salmon, and there are so many recipes to choose from. Although salmon is always tasty, here’s three serving suggestions.

Smoked Salmon – Victory Golden Monkey’s sweet and spicy flavor pairs well with the brown sugar and light but rich texture of sweet salmon.

Glazed Salmon – Susquehanna’s HopFive IPA has enough hops to counter balance the sticky-sweetness of the glaze, and is light enough for seafood.

Smoked Salmon Dip – Troeg’s Dreamweaver pairs well with all sorts of seafood, and it’s light enough to serve with snacks/appetizers.

Denver Broncos

Where Washington is famous for salmon, Colorado’s claim to fame is its buffalo, which can be cooked in a number of different, delicious ways. These three options really bring out the sweet, rich flavor of the meat.

Buffalo Burgers – The smokiness of these burgers matches that of Prism Brewing’s Insana Stout, brewed with chocolate and bacon. Mmm!

Buffalo Brisket – East Coast Beer Co. Winter Rental’s sweet dark fruit notes will play up the sweetness of the meat in this brisket.

Buffalo Chili – Evolution Lot #3 IPA goes great with this spicy chili, as the bitterness will complement the hot peppers, and the light body

And of course, if you aren’t particular to either team but are still hosting a party, you can always play up the joke that each team is from a state where marijuana use is now legal, and serve everyone their own Uinta Dubhe (pronounced doo-bee).

Everyone have a safe and pleasant game time!

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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