Superbowl Food and Beer Pairings

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


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!

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!

Willoughby’s Bar and Grill

Thursday, December 19, 2013 | Bars, Troegs, Victory


Locally owned and operated, Willoughby’s Bar and Grill has a lot to offer, making it the perfect place to spend your night out. First, there’s the 17 LED TVs that ensure you catch every moment of the game while you’re enjoying a drink or meal. That brings you to the food, fine gastropub fare and grill cuisine which includes a variety of burgers, classic cheesesteaks, seafood and pasta entrees. With so many fire-crafted choices to choose from, you’re bound to find a few things you will want to try. Finally, their tap includes the likes of Victory and Troegs, so you know this is a classy place.

If you’re ever in the West Reading area, be sure to check these guys out.

305 North Park Road
Wyomissing, PA 19610

Grill Open Every Day
Serving Lunch
11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Serving Dinner
4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Bar Open
Sunday – Thursday
11:30 a.m. – Midnight
Friday and Saturday
11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.

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!

Victory’s Expansion

Friday, November 8, 2013 | Beer News, Breweries, Local Favorites, New, Restaurants, Victory


If you’re a Victory fan, chances are that you heard they were building a new brewery in Parkesburg. Well, they’ve finished construction, and on October 30th, they went with old favorite HopDevil IPA to take the brewery on a test drive. While there are still many steps to be taken before the facility becomes fully operational, this is a huge and exciting milestone.

Lauter tun in the new brewhouse

This is the room under the 1,000 barrel fermentation tanks that tower above the rest of the facility

When the Downingtown brewery was unable to keep up with the growing demand, Co-Founders Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet decided that they needed to expand, meaning they would need a whole new facility. In January 2012, they broke ground on their new 140,000-square-foot facility, which is capable of producing 225,000 barrels a year, over twice the capacity of the Downingtown location. That doesn’t mean Downingtown is out of a job, though. It will be the site for specialty brewing and testing.

Overlooking part of the packaging facility

While tours are not yet available at the new facility, it was built with the idea in mind that visitors would be able to see the heart of the plant. A new brewpub is to be built on site, but that may be a year or so off.

Co-Founder and Brewmaster Ron Barchet explaining the process on exclusive tour of the new brewery.

The new brewery isn’t the only thing going down at Victory, though. Last Friday, they broke ground on a new brewpub, Victory at Magnolia, in Kennett Square. Set to open in early 2014, the 250-seat restaurant will have space for outdoor dining and will serve as the base floor for a four-story apartment complex, Magnolia Place.

Additionally, they are adding yet another new brew to their lineup, Hop Ranch, an Imperial IPA set to debut in December and be available until February. This is the third new release from Victory this year alone. Hop Ranch is a reworking of their popular Liberty Bell Ringer, which was an exclusive at Philadelphia Beer Week this year. It’s a fruity brew with citrus character and mango and pineapple hints.

Great American Beer Festival and Elmwood Park Zoo Oktoberfest Beer Tasting

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | Beer News, Contest, Goose Island, Long Trail, Troegs, Victory, Widmer


Today marks of the beginning of the 2013 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO. Founded in 1982, this festival has been recognizing great craft brewing in this country for over twenty years, growing alongside the industry. It represents the largest collections of U.S. beer ever served in a public tasting event, plus a private competition, showcasing the large variety of great craft brews made in this country.

GABF invites beer professionals from around the world to come and sit for five separate three-hour long blind tasting and judging sessions. These help determine the to whom the gold, silver and bronze medals go to in each of the 75 beer styles judged, three of the most coveted awards in the industry.

If you couldn’t make it out to Denver this weekend, it’s okay. A little closer to home is the Elmwood Park Zoo Oktoberfest Beer Tasting, where you can sample many award-winning brews among the park’s wild animals. Starting at 2pm this Saturday, the park will be open only to Oktoberfest attendees, who will enjoy unlimited beer tasting, a souvenir tasting glass, live animal encounters and food for purchase.

VIP tickets are available and earn you early admission (12:30pm), free all-you-can-eat food from Outback Steakhouse, and exclusive access to VIP areas and select beers, including Victory Dirtwolf, Goose Island Vintage Pepe Nero, Long Trail Triple Bag, Widmer Hibiscus Gose, Troegs Flying Mouflan and Wild Red.

Elmwood Zoo Oktoberfest Details:

General Admission: $40 in advance, $50 at the door

VIP Access: $75 in advance

Designated Driver: $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $25 VIP

Phone #: 610-277-3825 x229


Purchase Tickets

Victory Dirtwolf DIPA

Thursday, October 10, 2013 | Breweries, Featured Beer, Victory


Victory’s added another fine beer to their lineup, and it’s a DIPA this time. It’s a very hop-forward golden-colored ale with a strong citrus and floral hoppy aroma. The flavor starts fruity, with traces of apricot, grapefruit, and pine, with a little maltiness to follow, and a floral aftertaste. The 8.7% ABV beer has a medium body, just the right amount of carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. It’s made with Chinook, Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe hops to create a greatly aromatic brew with a pleasantly bitter flavor.

Buttonwood Grill/Peddler’s Village Craft Oh Berfest

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


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


Buttonwood Grill

5795 Lower York Rd  New Hope, PA 18938

Victory Festbier

Friday, August 30, 2013 | Fall, Featured Beer, Victory


September’s just around the corner, so it’s time for Oktoberfestbiers. This week, we’re going to look at Victory’s Festbier.

This dark copper Marzen is mildly sweet with subtle caramel notes, hints of dried fruit and a medium body. The sweet German malts are balanced with a touch of spicy hops that give this beer a clean finish. With 5.6 ABV and medium carbonation, this beer pairs well with spicy Latin dishes, pizza, burgers, and traditional Germany currywurst.


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.

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