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Beer Style Resolution

Friday, January 20, 2017 | Anchor, Boxcar, East Coast Beer Co., Evolution, Fat Head's, Finch's, Fuller's, Fun, Goose Island, Hoegaarden, Ithaca, Keegan Ales, Kona, Lancaster Brewing, Long Trail, Magic Hat, New Belgium, Old Dominion, Redhook, Rogue, Spencer Trappist Brewery, Starr Hill Brewery, Susquhanna, Troegs, Uinta, Victory, Widmer

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Want a New Year’s resolution you won’t want to abandon in a couple months? Why not challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone and try new styles of beer. It’s easy to decide you like a select few varieties and rarely try anything that doesn’t fit in that box, but you never know what you might be missing.

Here we’ve listed a number of different common styles, as well as a few examples of each. An easy way to go through the list is just to pick one from each category and try it, but if you’re up for more of a challenge, try going through all the list before the end of the year is up. Could be you find your new favorite brew.

Amber/Red Ales:

Troegs Nugget Nectar

Goose Island Autumn Ale

Blonde Ale -

Victory Summer Love

Kona Big Wave Golden Ale

New Belgium Whizbang

Brown Ale -

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Ale

Bock/Doppelbock -

Lancaster Billy’s Bock

Starr Hill Snow Blind Doppelbock

Extra Special Bitter -

Magic Hat Wooly

Redhook Extra Special Bitter

Gose -

Victory Kirsch Gose

Uinta Ready Set Gose

Long Trail Cranberry Gose

Hefeweizen -

Troegs Dreamweaver

Starr Hill The Love

India Pale Ale -

Evolution Lot #3

Ithaca Flower Power

Fat Head’s Head Hunter

American Lager -

Kona Long Board Island Lager

Anchor Steam Beer

Susquehanna Goldencold Lager

Marzen -

Victory Festbier

Susquehanna Oktoberfest

Goose Island Oktoberfest

Milk/Sweet Stout -

Lancaster Milk Stout

Pale Ale –

Spencer Trappist Ale

Prism ParTea Pale Ale

Victory Headwaters

Pilsner -

BeachHaus Pislner

Troegs Sunshine Pils

Porter -

Fuller’s London Porter

Anchor Porter

Lancaster Shoo-Fly Pie Porter

Saison -

Goose Island Sofie

Old Dominion Gigi’s Farmhouse Ale

Victory Helios

Stout -

Old Dominion Morning Glory Espresso Stout

Magic Hat Heart of Darkness

Troegs Javahead

Tripel -

Old Dominion Candi Tripel

Victory Golden Monkey

Wild Ale -

Goose Island Lolita

New Belgium Le Terroir

Rogue Beard Beer

Witbier -

New Belgium Tartastic

Hoegaarden Original White

New Year’s Eve Beer Cocktails

Friday, December 23, 2016 | Crabbie's, Fun, Goose Island, Long Trail, New Belgium, Rogue, Victory, Wyndridge Farm

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Cocktails are a great alternative to champagne on New Year’s, so why not take it a step further and mix up your favorite beer into a great new beverage? Here, we’ll give you some winter-flavored cocktails that are worth celebrating with.

Sofie Mosa

A great option for New Year’s Day. Mix 2 parts Goose Island Sofie with 1 part orange juice for a neat twist on a brunch classic. Being white wine barrel-aged, it will impart enough flavor to conjure a somewhat champagne-like flavor, but the saison brew itself will make for a more complex drink.

Ginger Flip

Add 1 ounce good aged rum, 1 ounce ginger liqueur (like Domaine de Canton French Ginger) and 1 whole egg to a cocktail shaker. Shake for 30 seconds, add about an ounce of Wyndridge Farm Barn Dog Imperial Porter, half an ounce of hot water, and strain/stir into a mug.

Mulled Ale

For a single drink: pour 12 ounces of Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar into a saucepan and add a pinch of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and a few whole cloves. Heat on low to medium low heat until the foam that arises subsides–do not allow to boil. Add honey to taste, 2 ounces cognac, and garnish with a slice or wheel of orange.

And now for some refreshing mixes:

Black & Tan

This traditional beer-and-beer cocktail is an easy standard to go to. For the best flavor, try Victory Headwaters and Long Trail Unearthed.

Southern 75

This take on the French 75 uses an IPA rather than champagne for a more complex flavor. Pour 6 ounces of New Belgium Citradelic into a collins glass, then combine 2 ounces bourbon, 3/4 ounce lemon juice, and 1/2 ounce simple syrup with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain over beer, garnish with lemon twist.

Cranberry Moscow Mule

Fill mug with ice, then pour 2 ounces sweetened cranberry juice, juice from half a lime, 2 ounces vodka, 4 ounces Crabbie’s Original Ginger Beer over said ice. Stir, and garnish with lime wedge and cranberries.

Holiday Party Drink Pairings

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | Anchor, Food, Fun, Lancaster Brewing, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Rogue, Shock Top, Troegs, Victory

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So you’re throwing the holiday party this year. Maybe it’s your first year and you want to make sure everything goes smoothly, or perhaps you want to out-do last year. Rest easy with this list of beers and food pairings to serve. Whether you’re intending a sit-down meal or a lineup of hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening, we’ve got you covered.

Victory Winter Cheers – A fresh and semi-soft cheese plate would go wonderfully with the clove, banana and citrus notes in this beer. Ricotta, smoked gouda, havarti, and feta are all good choices. For an entree, lighter seafood is the way to go. This Greek seafood stew would suit the beer, as well as this sautéed tilapia with a lemon peppercorn sauce.

Troegs Mad Elf – The strength of the cherry, honey and cocoa flavors in this beer needs to be matched with equal strength. For an entree, glazed ham is perfect. For lighter fare, a spread of aged cheddar, roasted chestnuts, dates, figs and pear slices would not only be attractive, but allow for a variety of good matches.

Anchor Christmas – 2016′s Christmas Ale is a winter warmer, so chocolate truffles make a great finger food pairing. This recipe for turkey with a blueberry sauce holds up to the strong flavor as well. This beer also makes a great gift, as it changes from year-to-year.

Lancaster Winter Warmer – This one pairs well with a roast Christmas duck, a more novel alternative to traditional turkey. And chocolate torte with a raspberry sauce makes a great dessert option.

Shock Top Ginger Wheat – Honey ginger shrimp can be served either as an entree over pasta or just with toothpicks. A pear ginger crumble is a festive dessert that would also pair well.

Rogue Santa’s Private ReserveBeef bacon rolls measure up to this red ale easily and make great appetizers. And either a beef or pork roast would do fine for an entree.

If you’re doing a gift exchange, a warm Long Trail hoodie, a winter Victory Hat or a Magic Hat ornament are all great seasonal gifts. And if you’re looking for something to gift all your guests, make mixed six-packs of all of the beers listed above for them to try.

Elmwood Zoo Tapped Beerfest

Friday, September 16, 2016 | Events, Fall, Fun

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It’s that time of year again–time for the Beerfest at Elmwood Zoo in Norristown. Tapped will be holding two 4-hour tasting sessions on Saturday, September 24th, including beer, wine, cider, music, food, games and of course, the resident zoo animals.

Breweries include Devil’s Backbone, Magic Hat, Troegs, Fat Heads, Victory, Lancaster, Long Trail, Evolution, Starr Hill and more. Live music provided by Great Big House, which you can enjoy while you play giant Jenga, giant beer pong, or cornhole. If you need something to munch on, Treetop Cafe, Jus Java, Petrucci’s Ice Cream Parlor and Sarape’s On-The-Go willl be around to meet those needs.

The first session starts at 11am for Early Access (general admission starts at 12pm), and goes until 3pm. 5pm marks Early Access for the second session (6pm for general admission) and it goes until 9pm. General admission tickets are $39, and Early Access tickets are $59.

Visit here for more information, and buy tickets here.

Growlers: A Brief Summary

Thursday, July 28, 2016 | Bars, Distributors, Fun

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IIf you’ve been to a brewpub or certain beer retailers as of late, it’s likely you are aware of growlers. These 64 fl oz bottles are great for taking a beer home that you can’t find bottled or canned. Many breweries are trying new beers that aren’t ready to bottle yet. And aside from those, there are beers that will only ever be available on draft that you want to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. That’s when growlers come in handy–you can take home a little something special. For this reason, bringing home beer in a growler can seem like a special treat.

But where did growlers come from? The origin of the term harkens back to the late 19th century, when people would bring home beer from the pub in galvanized, lidded pails. The beer sloshing about and escaping CO2 made a growling sound for which it was named. In the 50s and 60s, beer was often taken home in waxed cardboard containers, not unlike soda cups or Chinese takeout soup containers. Eventually, certain breweries used soft-plastic gallons–like milk jugs–to sell their beer, allowing for refills for a returned empty. All of these allowed much of the CO2 to leak out. The modern growler was first introduced in Idaho by the Otto Bros. Brewery, who had not yet gotten to the point where they could bottle their product, and wanted a way for their customers to take it home. So they began to use basic half-gallon bottles that resembled moonshine jugs.

The idea has spread nationwide, allowing for small brewpubs and full breweries alike to share their special beverages with folks who’d rather enjoy them elsewhere. Although most growlers are similar to those first twist-cap jugs, many now feature ceramic-and-rubber clamp tops, and some even more closely resemble huge thermoses. For the traditional growlers, there are cooling packs to keep them chilled, and straps for ease of carrying. Now they even make half-size growlers, affectionately called howlers. While most growlers were first deposit-based, you can now just buy your own and have it filled wherever you please.

So, where can you get your growler topped off? We have a convenient list to help you find the best filling station in your area.

Summer Troegsway

Friday, June 17, 2016 | Fun, Troegs

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The beginning of summer promises the beginning of adventure; walking the streets of an unfamiliar city, floating down a lazy river, scaling that mountain you’ve only seen from a distance. And Troegs wants to celebrate that spirit. From now through mid-August, they’ll be picking out their favorite #troegsway summer photos each week, and the winners will score a carefully curated prize pack, full of summer necessities like beach towels, sunglasses, bandanas and more.

Simply tag your photo–be it sunny beach selfie, perfect backyard BBQ or campsite snapshot–with #troegsway on Instagram and you could be a winner. If you need inspiration, take a look at what’s been posted already. And don’t wait until summer is almost over. Grab some Troegs cans and some friends, and boldly venture out to your next great feat.

Euro Cup

Friday, June 17, 2016 | Fun

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We’re into the second week of the Euro Cup tournament, with five rounds to go until the final. This is the 15th edition of this exciting soccer championship, and it’s a great chance to follow some fantastic teams between World Cups. Currently being held in 10 different cities in France, this tournament is keeping all of Europe and much of the rest of the world on the edge of their seats. With Spain as the two-time defending champions and France, Germany and Spain all looking good this go-round, it will be very interesting to see how it all goes down. To get in the spirit of the game, try pairing your favorite team with a beer from that country. Carlsberg sponsors both the English and Irish teams. Kronenbourg hails from the host country and is the number one French beer in the world. Stella Artois is a perfect way to celebrate Belgium.

So if you’re looking for somewhere to take in a game and have a great beer, we’re hooking you up with a list of bars near you that will be playing the games. Be sure to keep up to date with the schedule and don’t miss your team.

Bucks County:

58 York – Hatboro

Dog and Bull – Croydon

Dominick’s Pizza/Side Door Pub – Chalfont

Farm house – Doylestown

Mesquito Grill – Doylestown

Newportville Inn – Newportville

Pizzeria Uno – Bensalem

Steam Pub – Southamptom

The Beer Store – Southampton

Villa Capri – Doylestown

Montgomery County:

Buona Via – Horsham

Brick and Barrel – Maple Glen

Creekside Sports Bar & Grille – Royersford

Halligan’s Pub – Flourtown

King’s Corner – Jenkintown

Lansdale Tavern – Lansdale

Little Italy Pizza – Pottstown

Union Jack’s – Glenside

Delaware County:

Picasso – Media

Cross Bar – Havertown

Chickie and Pete’s – Drexel Hill

Art of Troegs

Monday, April 18, 2016 | Contest, Fun, Troegs

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Do you have the drive to create art? Well, here’s a way to be rewarded for it and get rid of some of those Troegs caps you’ve got hanging around.

Troegs is having a contest wherein you create a piece of art from a piece of Troegs–bottle caps, cans, labels, etc. A winner chosen by the brewery will win $500 and will have their name in shining lights when they open their art gallery in Hershey this summer. Take a look at their blog for inspiration. Submissions due by May 14th. For further details, click here.

Want to pursue your art in a casual fashion? Troegs will be having a few tap takeovers that double as an outlet for your vision. Color on your own or join the community canvas to create something wonderful. Don’t miss out, because they will be giving away Troegs adult coloring books and colored pencils as well.

Events:

Railroad St. Bar & Grill
4/20
7:30 pm

Butcher & Barkeep
4/21
6-8pm

Aging Beers

Friday, March 25, 2016 | Fun, Goose Island, Troegs, Uinta, Victory, Widmer

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Most beers are best drunk fresh, particularly those on the hop-forward side of things. But as with every rule, there are exceptions. Like fine wines, some beers dig deeper into their flavors with age, blooming into something truly extraordinary. Today, we’ll go over the best methods for choosing a beer to age, and what conditions are best for bringing out the most in your bottle.

Will It Age Well?

The flavors that hold true over time are breadiness, earthiness, blackcurrant, straw, woodiness, wine and sweetness. If you choose a beer that is strong in these flavors already, chances are they will only grow. However, do consider that metallic and cardboard flavors can develop in some beers. Also, beers with higher ABV (7% and up) tend to age better than those with less alcohol.

Don’t be afraid to experiment! Just as taste in beer style is relative, the styles that you may like aged are probably different than your neighbors’ or friends’ preferred aged styles.

So, here’s a quick rundown of the styles that might be good for aging.

Barleywines
Saisons
Winter Warmers
Sours
Lambics
Krieks
Gueuzes
Stouts
Porters
Oak-Aged Beers

Where and How to Store

There’s a reason that this process is often referred to as ‘cellaring.’ Beer of any variety hates heat and light. This is the cause of ‘skunkiness,’ or that stale, horrible flavor that one equates with a bottle that’s been found sitting on a porch after several weeks. This is why craft beers are stored in dark bottles or cans. So you’ll want a cool, dark environment to let your beer sleep. Temperatures in the low 50s are thought to be best, thought consistency in temperature is also key. If you have a corner of your basement that keeps cool year-round, that might be the places to set up your little aging center.

It’s best to keep your beer upright for several reasons. Although wine cellars have a tendency to store their bottles horizontally, vertical orientation helps to keep the beer from over-oxidizing and ruining the flavor. Also, if you are choosing the age a corked beer, that same cork can impart some not-so-pleasant flavors into the brew. Sommeliers refer to this as a wine being ‘corked.’

Deciding to age a beer can be fraught with impatience. The time that you store a beer is ultimately up to you. However, we so humbly suggest buying several of your chosen beer, and tasting it as it progresses, starting with a fresh sample, then aging one year, two years and so on to see how the flavor changes. Keeping note of the changes can be a fun project, as well as allow you to know what the best aging time is for your next go ’round. Plus, if you don’t wait as long as planned (there is that impatience again), you will still have a back up so you can taste what you otherwise would have missed.

Our Suggestions

Of course we have a few suggestions for as to what you might like to age. If there is something on this list you’ve liked fresh, maybe put a bottle or two away to see how your favorite flavors develop with age. There’s a few of these that will be off shelf for the season, so try and grab them while you still can.

Goose Island – Sofie

Troegs – Mad Elf

Uinta – Anniversary Barleywine

Widmer Bros. – Old Embalmer

Victory – Storm King Stout

Evolution – Bourbon Migration

Delaware River Craft Brewfest

Thursday, September 17, 2015 | Events, Fall, Food, Fun

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If you didn’t have plans for this Saturday (September 19), you do now. The second annual Delaware River Craft Brewfest at PPL Park will kickoff at 2pm with a VIP-only hour to meet brewers and taste exclusive beers. 3pm is general admission, where you’ll be able to use your souvenir sampling glass to try beers from over 100 breweries, including Victory, Rogue, Susquehanna, Troegs and Ithaca. Many Breweries will be there for  the first time – New Belgium, Wyndridge Farms, Knee  Deep, Keegan Ales, Twisted Manzanita, Laurelwood and more. The fest will also feature live music, entertainment and gourmet food to keep the party going. Don’t miss out on this once-a-year opportunity to try more different beers than you can shake a stick at.

For more information and tickets, click here.

PPL Park
1 Stadium Drive, Chester, PA
(610) 859-3100
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