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Meet Widmer Bros. Brewery Founder Kurt Widmer Tonight

Thursday, May 15, 2014 | Events, Widmer

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Widmer is one of the oldest craft breweries around; they created the first American-style hefeweizen, were the first to have a four-seasonal beer lineup, and was one of the breweries to start the Oregon Brewer’s Festival. They turned 30 this year, and they’ve been celebrating with a myriad of beers in their 30 Beers for 30 Years series as well as a number of events. Just a few days ago, the brothers themselves did an AMA on Reddit, and tonight, you have the chance to meet Kurt Widmer, co-founder of Widmer Bros. Brewery!

Starting at 5pm, he’ll be at Drake Tavern in Jenkintown, then he’ll head over to Union Jack’s in Glenside around 7:30pm. Finally at 9pm, he’ll be at Keswick Tavern for the end of the night. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet one of the founders of American craft brewing during a very special time, looking back on the brewery’s history and where craft beer has come since they were home brewing in the early ’80s.

Drake Tavern

304 York Rd, Jenkintown, PA

Union Jack’s

2750 Limekiln Pike, Glenside, PA

Keswick Tavern

294 N Keswick Ave, Glenside, PA

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.

Widmer Upheaval IPA

Friday, March 7, 2014 | Featured Beer, New, Widmer

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The Widmer Bros. have come out with a new year-round IPA as they work to create the perfect India Pale Ale. An unfiltered deep golden color and frothy white head characterize the appearance, and resiny grass and floral hop notes in the aroma accompany. The flavor follows the nose, with piney, citrusy bittering attributes and just enough malts to balance it out. 7.0% ABV

Widmer Bros. Brrrbons Party at The Lucky Well

Thursday, February 20, 2014 | Events, Restaurants, Widmer

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On February 25th, there’s a party going down at The Lucky Well with the Widmer Bros’ limited release Barrel-Aged Brrrbons and Maker’s Mark as features. The traditional Barrel-Aged Brrrbon and Ginger will both be available on draft, along with Brr and Old Embalmer. These winter warmers are aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels, imbuing them with sweet, toasty flavors that are sure to keep you warm in these last days of winter. The first 60 people there will receive wax-dipped glasses, and there will be more samples and swag to be had. And as if that’s not enough reason for you to show up, it’s a great chance to try Lucky Well’s delicious barbecue.

Event Details:

Tuesday, February 25th, 6-8pm

The Lucky Well

111 E Butler Ave

Ambler, PA

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!

Pat Deon Beverages

Thursday, November 21, 2013 | Beck's, Distributors, Firestone Walker, Leffe, Redhook, Retailers, Shock Top, Stella Artois, Troegs, Widmer

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Pat Deon Beverages in Fairless Hills has one of the greatest selections around when it comes to beer, all at competitive prices. The well-organized collection includes such names as Becks, Goose Island, Victory, Leffe, Redhook, Shock Top, Stella Artois, Troegs, Widmer and many, many more, guaranteeing that you’ll be able to find something new to try every time you go in. The well-experience staff is happy to help you find the best choice for you. They’ve been at their current location since the early ’80s, and have been serving the surrounding area with a clean, well-lit store that sells cases, 1/6, 1/4 and 1/2 kegs, as well as tobacco products, soda, teas, snacks, ice and Pennsylvania lottery tickets.

For great selection, friendly staff and great prices, this is the spot.

Contact Info:

Pat Deon Beverages

526 S Oxford Valley Rd

Fairless Hills, PA

215-945-6300

Store Hours:

Monday-Friday: 9am-9pm

Saturday: 8am-9pm

Sunday: 12pm-5pm

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

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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

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Omission: Widmer Brothers’ Line of Gluten-Free Beers

Thursday, September 12, 2013 | Ingredients, Widmer

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September 13th (tomorrow) is Celiac Awareness Day. This autoimmune disorder prevents its sufferers from enjoying many delicious craft beverages, as most beers contain a fair amount of gluten. That’s why the guys at Widmer Brothers decided to create a line of craft beers with gluten levels well below the CODEX gluten-free standard. The Omission line is brewed using a process that removes the gluten, and they are brewing 3 different styles – a Lager, Pale Ale and IPA.. No longer will craft-lovers with Celiac Disease have to compromise on taste.

The Omission Lager (4.6%) is crisp and brewed like a traditional lager, with a light yellowish color and grainy flavor, touching on herbal notes and honey sweetness. Omission Pale Ale (5.8%) is a hoppy, floral-scented American Pale Ale that your friends won’t even know is gluten-free until they read the label. Omission IPA (6.7%) has a citrus and pine aroma and lots of hoppy flavor with a smooth finish.

6 Great Beers for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 15, 2012 | Breweries, Fuller's, Goose Island, Long Trail, Rogue, Widmer

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For a large family meal like Thanksgiving, it’s always nice to share a bottle of wine with the table. Wait a second, that doesn’t sound right. Let’s try that again. For a large family meal like Thanksgiving, it’s always nice to share a nice big fantastic bottle of BEER with the table. And for the holiday, here are some excellent recommendations to accompany your Thanksgiving feast that come in large bottles for the table to share.

1)      Widmer Brothers Barrel Aged Brrrbon – This high ABV Bourbon infused monster of a beer is best saved for dessert. The beer ranges in flavor from notes of vanilla to caramel and toffee.

2)      Widmer Old Embalmer Barleywine – Surely another dessert beer, this strong barleywine is quite spicy with notes of pine and butterscotch.

3)      Rogue Juniper – Definitely for the turkey dinner, the spicy, yet smooth, pale ale is sessionable but leaves you with a dry finish.

4)      Long Trail Brewmaster Series Imperial Porter – Another great dessert pairing, the Imperial Porter is dark yet reasonably balanced due to its complex flavor but clean finish. The beer has flavors of dark fruit, roast malts, and chocolate, and finishes with slight bitterness.

5)      Goose Island Matilda – It may be stronger than the average dinner pairing at 7%, but this Belgian style pale ale has wonderful fruity and spicy characteristics which will complement the candied yams and cranberry sauce and nicely contrast the savory turkey.

6)      Fuller’s Vintage Ale – The 16th edition of this annual release for the holidays makes a wonderful gift for your host. Each bottle is box-packaged and individually numbered. It’s great today or can be aged for holidays to come.

Great American Beer Festival Starts Today

Thursday, October 11, 2012 | Breweries, Goose Island, Redhook, Rogue, Troegs, Victory, Widmer

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Okay, so, you may not have made it to Denver this year for the Great American Beer Festival but you know, there are many great beers that have been medal winners available right here in the Philadelphia region?

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