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!

Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red

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


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


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


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


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


Autumn: A Time for Cider

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


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

Find McKenzies by the Case or Draft

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


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


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.

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.


Magic Hat Humdinger Series

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 | Fall, Magic Hat


Magic Hat has started the release of it’s new Humdinger Series which is a “very special breed of Magic Hat” as the brewers describe it. This single-batch limited edition series of beer generally starts as a brewery only draught but if successful expands to limited release in a 750ml bottle.

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