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Brewing for Independence

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | Anchor, Anheuser Busch, Rogue, Troegs, Victory, Widmer

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With the 4th of July being this Saturday, you’ve likely made plans, either for your own party or to attend another’s. Whether you’re holding your own event or going to a friend’s/family’s, you can’t forget what goes best with BBQ and patriotism; a cold, refreshing beverage. Let’s go through a list of the best options to put in your cooler.

Anchor Liberty Ale – This effervescent IPA is crisp, piney and balanced perfectly with a firm backbone of sweet malts. It was first brewed as a celebration of the Bicentennial of Paul Revere’s famous ride to Lexington and Concord.

Rogue American Amber – Caramel and roasted malt character is accentuated by assertive hops in this American Amber Ale. Quite drinkable, a great craft brew for the uninitiated and craft fiends alike. As another plus, it’s available in cans for ease of cleanup and safe outdoor parties.

Victory Summer Love – This American Blonde Ale just screams summer with its bright, floral hops and bit of honey malts. It pairs well with pretty much any sort of grilled dish you can think of, but stands well enough on its own. So good there won’t be any leftovers. Now available in cans for the first time.

Budweiser – It’s a classic choice for the Fourth, and particularly in their beautiful Statue of Liberty emblazoned cans. Fill up a cooler (or two) with this and you’ll be sure to make a great party.

If you want to put a twist on the usual, there are some unique ways to incorporate beer into the festivities. Chances are when you were a kid, your drink of choice for the 4th was lemonade. Why not harken back to the good old days with a more adult version. Check out this list of shandies, including a few recipes to make on your own.

Another unique way to incorporate beer would be to add it to your cooking. Here’s a recipe for beer can chicken, with the suggestion of either Victory’s Prima Pils or Troeg’s Sunshine Pilsner. Or if you’re looking for an all-purpose marinade or mop, try this recipe and use either Troegenator or Widmer Bros’ Drop Top Amber Ale.

Fresh Fruit Pairing

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | Anheuser Busch, Ithaca, Lancaster Brewing, Widmer

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As beer drinkers become more familiar with the pairing options that their beverage of choice affords them, they’ve explored all sorts of the world’s entrees, cheeses, and even desserts. One food group is often used in the art of brewing, but not so often spoken of as a food to pair with beer. Fruit offers a healthy, delicious partner to many brews, and beer can often complement the sweet, tangy, bitter and juicy flavors associated with fruit, either as a beverage on the side or as a part of the dish. Here’s some fruity beers that are easy to pair with.

Ithaca Apricot Wheat

Pair With: Peach, nectarine, apricot, plum

Serving Suggestion: Try making popsicles with peach or nectarine chunks frozen inside this beer.

Lancaster Strawberry Wheat

Pair With: Strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry

Serving Suggestion: Serve alongside berry pies, tarts or cobblers, or add just a splash to put a little punch into a fruit pie.

Widmer Lemon Shandy

Pair With: Peach, orange, lemon, grapefruit, strawberry

Serving Suggestion: Throw in some fruit to rest at the bottom to add flavor, as well as a tasty snack at the end of the glass.

Wild Blue

Pair With: Blueberry, strawberry

Serving Suggestion: This very-blueberry flavored beer would go well with fresh fruit-topped ice cream, or a pie topped with either whipped or ice cream.

Wheat Beer Summer

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | Hoegaarden, Lancaster Brewing, Troegs, Widmer

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When the days are hot and long, your early evening calls for something bright and juicy, and wheat beers may just hit the spot. Citrus, banana or bubblegum flavors, often mixed with spicy clove or cinnamon dominate the wheat beer styles. So if you’re looking for that big, bold taste, here’s six wheat beers to get you started.

Hoegaarden Belgian White – This traditional witbier has an almost peppery aroma and a sweet and sour lemony flavor with yeast at the forefront and light hops.

Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc – A French witbier with tart citrus flavor and light spiciness. A more delicate palate than many of the style, but there is much to appreciate.

Lancaster Strawberry Wheat – A smooth strawberry flavor comes with a bit of tang in this American wheat beer. It’s a delicious melding of wheat and fruit.

Widmer Hefe – Lemon and clove are the dominant features in this Hefeweizen, along with a light, refreshing hop character.

Troegs Dreamweaver – This fan favorite is a Hefeweizen that brings that big, fruity banana flavor, along with sweet clove and just enough hoppiness to balance it.

Ithaca Apricot Wheat - This wheat ale is light in body and color, great for summer heat, with a touch of apricot that carries the wheat flavor through and keeps your mouth watering.

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

Widmer Bros. Hefe Shandy

Friday, April 17, 2015 | Widmer

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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

Widmer Omission Pale Ale

Friday, October 17, 2014 | Widmer

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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

Great American Beer Festival 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014 | Old Dominion, Sierra Nevada, Troegs, Uinta, Victory, Widmer

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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.

Gold

Victory Golden Monkey – Belgian-Style Tripel

Troegs Troegentaor – Bock

Silver

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.

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 theĀ 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

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