It’s about time we start getting into gear with this full-fledged spring with a brew that’s as sweet as blossoming trees and as refreshing as a morning rain. New to Widmer’s line of craft brews is their hefeweizen shandy, great for spring and even better for summer. Their bold hefeweizen serves as a base for this beer, and Lemon Drop hops and natural lemonade flavor is added to create a whole new, brighter flavor. The perfect porch-sitting accessory after spring cleaning, gardening or mowing the lawn. 4.2% ABV
Golden in color, this beer holds a bready nose with fruity hop notes. Floral, grassy, grapefruity hops complement sweet malty flavors in this gluten-free brew. A good drink, whether you have a gluten intolerance or not. It won silver in the 2012 great International Beer and Cider competition on the gluten-free category. 5.8% ABV
It’s time for our roundup of notable Great American Beer Festival competition winners for 2014. If you aren’t familiar with the festival, it’s one of the largest beer fest in the states, started in 1982 by nuclear engineer Charlie Papazian in Boulder, CO, though now it takes place in Denver. It also hosts one of the most prolific beer competitions, with over 2000 brews entered annually, seeking to be named one of three brews that best exemplifies its style.
Victory Golden Monkey – Belgian-Style Tripel
Troegs Troegentaor – Bock
Widmer Bros. Hefeweizen – American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast
Old Dominion Spiced Harvest – Pumpkin Beer
Uinta Cutthroat – Ordinary or Special Bitter
Be sure to raise a glass to these winners, and try any of the brews you haven’t gotten a chance to yet. And if you want a chance to try the gold-winning brews by Troegs and Victory, this is the perfect excuse to make the way to their breweries to try the beers right at the source. They’re both a great spot to grab a bite if you’re out holiday shopping, too.
Troegs Tasting Room & Snack Bar: Located in Hershey, Troeg’s tasting room offers visitors the chance to try their various brewed offerings while taking a self-guided tour through the brewing process. And just adjacent to the tasting room is the snack bar, where Troegs partners with different local farms, meat-providers and creameries to bring you delicious foods inspired by their beers.
Victory Brewpubs: Victory has two brewpub locations, one at the original brewery in Downtingtown, one in Kennet Square. Their menu includes regular pub fare with their own twist, sandwiches, soups, and daily menu additions that their chefs come up with. Not to mention, all their brews on tap.
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.
304 York Rd, Jenkintown, PA
2750 Limekiln Pike, Glenside, PA
294 N Keswick Ave, Glenside, PA
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.
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
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.
Tuesday, February 25th, 6-8pm
111 E Butler Ave
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 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:
Have a happy and safe holiday season, folks!
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.
Pat Deon Beverages
526 S Oxford Valley Rd
Fairless Hills, PA
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