Fall

Plan Your Spookiest Halloween Party

Friday, October 17, 2014 | Evolution, Fall, Fun, Ithaca, Long Trail, Rogue, Starr Hill Brewery, Victory

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Halloween is one of the few holidays that is celebrated in many different countries across the world, and has evolved into a huge cultural phenomenon here in the U.S. Whole stores dedicated to costumes and decorations, movies and TV shows drawing on the themes of this scary night, and of course, many beers that pay homage to the traditions of this day. You may have stopped trick-or-treating some years back, but you can still treat yourself and guests to an All Hallow’s Eve party you aren’t likely to forget with a few of these tricks.

Beverages: The clear choice here is pumpkin ales, given the importance of Jack-O-Lanterns in traditional Halloween lore, but cider, and harvest ales are also appropriate.

Rogue Dead Guy Ale: This beer-fan favorite’s name is scary enough to serve at this spookiest of holidays. Great balance between hops and malt makes for easy drinking. Looking to try it before you buy some for your party? 6.5% ABV Click here to find a case, and here if you’re looking to try it on draft.

Evolution Jacques Au Lantern: This deep orange brew is full of pumpkin and spicy clove, cinnamon and nutmeg flavors without being over-the-top. Sweet, and goes down easy. 6.3 % ABV

Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin: A touch of hoppy bitterness balances the sweet pumpkin and pie spice notes in this Brush and Barrel series brew. It’s also a little higher in the alcohol content than others on this list. 8% ABV

Ithaca Country Pumpkin: Natural-tasting pumpkin flavors are the backbone of this brew, with just enough cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg and hop to keep it interesting. 6.3% ABV

Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin Porter: This hybrid brew mixes a sweet pumpkin taste with the caramel and coffee notes of a porter. Definitely not your usual pumpkin beer. 5.2% ABV

Victory Festbier: Marzen’s aren’t only for Oktoberfest. The deep-roasted malts in this beer go well with all sorts of hearty harvest foods, and it’s the perfect choice for anyone who isn’t too into pumpkin ales. 5.6% ABV

An easy way to make these beers even more festive is to serve them in a pumpkin keg. If you have more than one beer, paint the pumpkin festively with the name of the brew, or cut out a coffin from cardboard, paint it black and add the name.

Food: Whether you’re having a sit-down meal, or just want to serve some ghoulish treats for your guests, we’ve got you covered.

Not-so-tricky treats: Disembodied hands, caramel apples, spider bites, finger sandwiches, pumpkin cheeseball, roasted pumpkin seeds, bloody tomato soup & munster sammies, and deviled eggs are all good choices of finger foods to set out on a spooky spread.

Harvest Meal: These foods stick with the theme of the autumn harvest, using such ingredients at squash, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, parsnips, pears, carrots and apples for a number of hearty dishes. Garlicky sweet potato fries, roasted acorn squash with mushroom, peppers and goat cheese, butternut squash and mushroom lasagna, pork roast with apple and sage, Thai pumpkin and chicken curry, fennel-crusted pork loin with roasted potatoes and pearsporcini and pumpkin ale mac & cheese, apple dumpling, spice-roasted chicken, red onions, carrots and parsnips, pumpkin beer bread, apple-pumpkin muffins and of course, don’t forget the pumpkin pie.

Decorations: Atmosphere is all-important when it comes to this holiday. Even if you’re not looking to right-out scare any of your guests, you at least want to maintain an eerie mood. Since there are so many things that can be done with your decorations and we’re sure you’ve already got tons of ideas, let’s cover a few basics and list some things that you might like to try this year.

Outdoors: Fire is a must. If you have a fire pit or room for a chiminea, use it. The heat will keep everyone cozy, and the flicker from the flames add a lovely ambiance. Tiki torches can also be used for this effect, and to light walkways in a spooky manner. Just be sure that trick-or-treaters won’t be in danger of getting burned. For the garden or yard, homemade tombstones can add some fright, and adding a mummy can take it to the next level. Chicken wire can also be used to create ghostly figures in the exterior. This is especially effective in darker corners of the yard, and a fog machine can really bring these life-size figures to afterlife.

Indoors: If you’re hosting your party indoors, there are lots of things you can do to bring a little spook into your home. Candles offer the same benefit of mood-setting as the fire does outside, but without all the heat and minimal fire hazard. Set lights to off or dimmed in certain rooms to complete this effect, or replace bulbs in certain rooms with colored ones, like red, purple or green. Cobwebs are a cheap and easy way to give your home an ancient vibe, and cheesecloth ghosts are a fun craft to do with the kids beforehand to add some haunters in. Silhouettes of bats, cats, rats and freakish figures cut from black construction paper can be set into windows for a scary view inside or along walls to add a bit of flair. Try making a whole swarm of bats flying along a wall.

Activities: Other than the usual trick-or-treating, there are a number of activities for all ages. Contests can be awarded with candy for the kids and a six-pack of a pumpkin ale for the adults.

Costume Contest: Any Halloween party should be full of costumes, so a contest is a fun idea to get people really into the spirit of things. You can divide the contest by a number of categories; age, gender, spookiest, funniest, most creative, or best group costume.

Bobbing for Apples: This old game was once considered a fortune teller, revealing the marriage and financial fates of the players. Now, it’s just a fun game that kids and adults can both have fun with.

Mummy Wrap: Divide guests into twos, give each team a roll of toilet paper, crepe paper or thick ribbon, and have them race for who can mummify their partner first.

Pumpkin Carving Contest: The tradition of carving jack-o-lanterns can be made into a fun party sport, either by having guests bring their pre-carved pumpkins to be judged, or setting up a table with pumpkins and carving sets and judging the freaky creations at the end of the night.

Halloween in New Hope with Magic Hat

Friday, October 17, 2014 | Bars, Events, Fall, Fun

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Looking to go out and about on Halloween? Trick-or-Treat down main street in New Hope and try a variety of Magic Hat spooky drafts. Dress up, drink up and party it up after all the little trick-or-treaters have gone to bed. Starts at 9pm, ends at 2am.

Participating Bars:

Havana

Fran’s Pub

John & Peter’s

Logan Inn

Mojitos

Give Thanks for Beer

Thursday, November 21, 2013 | Anchor, Events, Fall, Fun, Goose Island, Magic Hat, Rogue, Shock Top, Victory

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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!

Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red

Thursday, October 24, 2013 | Anchor, Fall, Featured Beer

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California’s native tree, the Bigleaf Maple (acer macrophyllum, for you etymology nuts) inspired Anchor to create a beer as big and bold as the tree’s foot-wide leaves in the throws of autumn. This red ale has a hint of maple syrup–including that from its namesake tree–that complement but don’t overwhelm the flavorful malts. It’s balanced by light, earthy hops and has a bright amber color that goes along great with the fall foliage. This deep-flavored brew is just sweet and warming enough for these mid-autumn days, at 6% ABV.

Limited Release from Long Trail

Thursday, October 24, 2013 | Bars, Events, Fall, Long Trail, New

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Long Trail’s adding another IPA to their lineup, the first year-round beverage to come out of its Farmhouse Pilot Brewery. It’s not out on the shelves quite yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try it!

Select locations will be tapping kegs of this new brew in the next week, perfect for the spookiest days of the year, Halloween and the Day of the Dead, giving you the opportunity to be one of the first to try it in this area.

Limbo IPA is an American-style IPA full of flavor, showcasing west-coast Mosaic and Australian Galaxy hops for 80 IBUs.

Long Trail fans will notice that the packaging for this IPA is much bolder than many of the other styles this brewery is known for. Customer feedback inspired the name (“You’d better not leave me sitting here in Limbo until you decide to brew some of your new IPAs year-round.”), which takes on a life of its own with a beautifully designed label and a unique tap handle in the shape of a bone. Full release will include six packs, five gallon logs and 50L kegs.

Locations and dates for draft releases:

Limbo Limited Release Venues

Magic Hat’s Séance

Thursday, September 26, 2013 | Fall, Featured Beer, Magic Hat

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Magic Hat’s Séance is a late seasonal saison that is much darker and more complex than much of the rest of the style. It has an earthy and sweet aroma that matches the deep complexion of the brew. The flavor has some char to it, as well as malt, unsweetened chocolate and dark fruit, with a grainy finish. Definitely an unconventional saison, somewhere between the typically spring/summer style and something more in line with fall. This 4.4% ABV beer is great for the the eerie first nights of autumn.

United German Hungarian Oktoberfest and Rocktoberfest

Thursday, September 26, 2013 | Events, Fall

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The United German Hungarian Club in Feasterville-Trevose is holding two seasonal festivals in these coming weekends.

This weekend is their 135th Oktoberfest, which is $5 for admission (children under 13 are free), which gets you hours of German music, the craft and vendor fair and traditional food. On Saturday, gates open at 1pm and food and bar at 2pm. The TV Jahn Bockum Brass Band (straight from Germany) will be featured, as well as the Emil Schanta band and the Burgenlaender. On Sunday, doors open at noon and beer and food are available at one. Heimat Klange Orchestra will be featured, along with the Joe Weber Orchestra and the Heimat Klaenge Orchestra. Both days also feature dancing from the United German Hungarian Children’s Group and Schuhplattlers.

Rocktoberfest starts 6pm Saturday October 5th (rain or shine), with the music starting at 7pm. Admission is $5 (children under 13 are free) The features are Bigg Romeo and The Kirko Band. There will be home cooked Bavarian food, drink specials 6-8pm, soccer games and more.

Both events are hosted at the clubhouse and grounds. For more information, call or see sheets below.

4666 E Bristol Rd
Feasterville Trevose, PA 19053

(215) 357-9851

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Autumn: A Time for Cider

Thursday, September 26, 2013 | Fall, McKenzie's Hard Cider, Uncategorized

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This past Sunday marked the official coming of autumn. Everyone has a favorite fall beverage, be it an Oktoberfestbier, pumpkin ale, or harvest ale. But beer’s not where the autumn festivities end; ciders are a fun way to break up the monotony with something sweet and crisp–like McKenzie’s Hard Ciders

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Cider has a long tradition in America, starting with the colonial period when the term referred specifically to fermented apple juice. It was typically cheaper to ferment apples than to make wine or beer, and it was certainly safer than drinking the water. Cider took a hit during prohibition, though, and had a bit of a lull in the last century. It’s making a comeback, though, with more and more varieties of cider lining the shelves, and more people searching for it, especially in the season of the apple harvest.

If you’re looking for a new cider to try this fall, look no further than McKenzie’s Hard Cider, founded in 2011 in Buffalo, New York. Now hand-pressed in West Seneca, this brand was started by Lenny Ciolek, who helped make Mike’s Hard Lemonade popular. It’s new to this area, so it’s sure to be something novel to your usual autumnal rounds.

They currently have five varieties of cider. Original is a sweet and tart apple cider with a crisp finish and apple juice smell. Black Cherry is rich, sugary beverage with a full body and a sweet finish. Green Apple is much tarter than the original, with a refreshing flavor and some kick. Lazy Lemon is their spring/summer lemon cider.

Right now, though, they’re offering their Seasonal Reserve, a nutmeg and cinnamon-spiced apple cider, using a 160-year-old formula. It has a strong, spicy apple pie aroma, moving into a smooth flavor that is quite refreshing and not too sweet. At 5% ABV, you’ll have no trouble drinking more than one.

Long Trail’s Brush and Barrel Series

Thursday, September 12, 2013 | Breweries, Fall, Long Trail

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Brush and Barrel is Long Trail’s newest line of limited release ales available this fall. Each beer is crafted specially by Long Trail’s Brewmaster, and brewed in small batches. They partnered with local artists to create labels that reflect the beer within, as well as to brew the featured beer. The goal is for artists and brewers to be inspired by one another and push the boundaries of their art forms, showcasing the best of both crafts.

Now available is the Imperial Pumpkin, an English Strong Ale brewed with pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves for that warm, autumnal flavor craft drinkers look for in the style. When the weather starts to get a little chillier in the coming months, its 8% ABV is sure to keep you cozy. It will be available through early fall, and goes well with poultry, herbed cheeses and of course pumpkin pie.

In November, Culmination will be released. This Imperial Chocolate Porter is brewed with cacao nibs and turbinado sugar, making for a rich, roasted taste. Coming in at 9.2% ABV, the sweet licorice, coffee and chocolate flavors are balanced by a dryness from the alcohol content.

Be sure to enjoy two different art forms during these brews’ limited releases.

Uinta’s Punk’n Harvest Pumpkin Ale

Thursday, September 12, 2013 | Breweries, Fall, Featured Beer, Uinta

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Uinta’s Punk’n is a pumpkin ale with a bright amber hue and frothy head. The malts and hops are accented with a pumpkin flavor, spices and hints of vanilla and honey. With bright carbonation and a heavier body than expected from a 4% ABV beverage, this autumn drink goes great with roasted turkey and squash or pumpkin dishes. For a more daring serving option that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser, try adding vanilla ice cream for a pumpkin ale float.

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