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Beachy Beers

Friday, May 22, 2015 | Fun, Summer

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Chances are you’ll be visiting a beach this summer. If you’re set on an oceanside vacation, you can hit two birds with one stone by also taking the chance to visit a brewery you might not be able to visit otherwise. Whether you’ve got a destination in mind or you’re looking for ideas, we’ve got a list that might help you visit both a sunny beach spot and a tasty craft brewery.

Beach Haus Brewery – These guys were named for the beach, and as they’re just over in Belmar, NJ, visiting can make a good weekend retreat.

Nearby Beaches

Belmar Beach: A recently revamped boardwalk, lots of activities like kayaking and boogie boarding, and clean, sandy beaches are all just minutes away from the brewery.

Evolution Brewery: While Salisbury isn’t exactly an oceanside city, the surrounding beauty of Maryland can be a wonderful getaway, and you can reach the ocean in under an hour.

Nearby Beaches

Assateague Island: Wild ponies, crabbing, kayak tours and beauty in all directions are just 40 minutes away from Salisbury.

Ocean City: Lots of awesome shops, games and restaurants line Ocean City’s beach, meaning you’ll have plenty of things to see on your trip.

Sandy Point State Park: This Chesapeake Bay retreat may be a little further away from Salisbury, but it’s certainly worth the drive for hiking, boating, fishing and more.

Kona: If you’re visiting Hawaii, it’s a given you’ll hit up some beaches. But don’t leave the Big Island before you tour the brewery and visit one of their pubs.

Nearby Beaches

Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area: The closest beach to the brewery, this isn’t one that most tourists come to, but it’s great for a relaxing walk or picnic.

Kaloko-Honokōhau: This beautiful beach comes with fascinating history of the native island peoples, which you can learn about on a guided tour.

Manini’owali Beach: Gorgeous white sand, great snorkeling among the rocky outcroppings and all around fantastic swimming all make for a perfect beach experience.

Anchor: San Francisco has such a colorful history, it’s hard to get it all in in one visit, but you won’t want to miss a visit to Anchor’s brewery–or one of their many beautiful beaches.

Nearby Beaches

Baker Beach: A popular beach with a scenic view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands.

Ocean Beach: This spacious beach spans 3.5 miles and is a great spot for running the dogs or grabbing a bite to eat.

Stinson Beach: It’s a little ways out of San Fran, but its natural beauty, abundance of space and awesome restaurants are worth the trip.

Rogue: Newport is home to four of Rogue’s meeting halls, where you can enjoy a unique menu as well as all the Rogue beer you could want.

South Beach State Park: Equestrian and biking trails, camping, hiking, and fishing should be enough to entice most beach-lovers.

Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site: This lovely park hosts a beautiful lighthouse and stretches of gorgeous sand.

12 Geese of Christmas

Friday, December 12, 2014 | Bars, Events, Fun, Goose Island

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Now is the perfect chance to try one or many Goose Island beers. There are five events coming at locations near you, where up to twelve Goose Island drafts will be available, at least two of which are from their Bourbon County series. If you’re already a fan, it’s a great way to celebrate the holidays, and if you haven’t tried their beer yet, it’s an amazing opportunity to get acquainted with the Chicago-based brewery.

Here’s the details:

December 12
Simmeria Cafe & Bistro
24 E Main St
Fleetwood

Blue Dog
4275 County Line Rd
Chalfont
5pm-9:30pm

December 18
Double Edge Bar & Grille
4803 W Chester Pk
Newtown Square

Blue Dog Pub – Lansdale
850 S Valley Forge Rd,
Lansdale
5pm-9:30pm

December 19

Maggie O’Neill’s
1062 Pontiac Rd
Drexel Hill
7pm

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

Beat the Heat: Victory Ice Cream and Refreshing Summer Brews

Friday, July 11, 2014 | Anchor, Food, Fun, Hoegaarden, Local Favorites, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Shock Top, Victory

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We’ve been seeing temperatures approaching the triple digits, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to let up any soon. So it’s time to start thinking about the best ways to keep cool and refreshed this summer… and what better ways are there than ice cold beverages and ice cream?

July is National Ice Cream Month, and Victory has released an ice cream line with three flavors just in time. Each flavor is made with the wort of one of the Downingtown Brewery’s beer. Hopped up Devil is made with HopDevil wort, and has cinnamon, cayenne, coffee and chocolate flakes. Storm Drop is made from Storm King Imperial Stout and chocolate drops. And Triple Monkey is made from the wort of the ever-popular Golden Monkey, as well as banana and pecan swirl.

The brewery has been making ice cream from its wort for years, but recently decided to share the flavors with a wider fan base; all three flavors will be available in the greater Philadelphia area at a variety of locations.

And as far as beers go, there’s no shortage of refreshing brews that go with summer as much as swimming pools, barbecues or even ice cream.

Shock Top Lemon Shandy – No summer drink list would be complete without at least one lemon shandy, and Shock Top delivers with a lightly spiced beverage that packs a punch of invigorating lemonade flavor. 4.2% ABV

Hoegaarden Original White Ale – Satisfying malt is carefully balanced with slight peppery and hoppy flavors in this classic witbier, and just a touch of lemony sourness creates a complex but smooth palate. 4.9% ABV

Anchor Summer Beer – Lively carbonation is sure to enliven your mouth on these dog days, carrying floral, grassy flavors. Malt-forward, it has enough hops to give it a dry, thirst-quenching taste and a light body to create the perfect summer balance. 4.6% ABV

Magic Hat Elder Betty – Crisp with yeasty dried fruit flavors, a touch of wheat and elderberry tartness, this brew is slightly dry and maintains a smooth texture, making for easy drinking. 5.5% ABV

Long Trail Mostly Cloudy – Coriander, clove, hints of lemon and orange and an overall sweet-and-sour combination make up the flavor profile of this crisper-than-average witbier. 4.7% ABV

Opple Topple Music Festival – Good Beer, Good Music, Good Cause

Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Events, Fun, Susquhanna

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Now in its fifth year, the Opple Topple Fest in Warrington, PA is this weekend, boasting over thirty local bands and camping amenities at Winding Brook Farm. The festival was started to support the local music scene, giving favorite local performers a stadium-quality performance venue and local music lovers a variety of excellent sets for a reasonable price. And Susquehanna Brewing will be providing a beer garden throughout the duration of the festival with seating with a view of the stage, a beer pong tournament, and of course, Susquehanna’s brews served on draft. Not only are they providing good beer for the event, but they’ve also generously donated a portion of overall beer sales to providing donation boxes for the Tabor House. The boxes will be placed in secure locations on the festival grounds.

Tabor Children’s House has been assisting children with a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for over a century. Many of the children aided by their care are those with families unable to afford daycare, let alone a inspirational environment for the education of kids with and without special learning needs. They’ve been able to expand to include more programs, such as a mentoring program for teens in foster care, and with your help, they will continue to help the Bucks County community with all sorts of children’s services.

So why not take dad to a day–or whole weekend!–of music, camping, good beer and giving back?

Tickets to both the festival and the beer garden will be available at each entrance.

Opple Topple Music Festival Website

Tabor Children’s House

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Thursday, June 12, 2014 | Evolution, Finch's, Full Sail, Fun, Summer, Susquhanna, Troegs, Victory

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Looking to spice up your gift to dad, or maybe something to complement his hobbies? Try pairing a beer with it to enhance the enjoyment of his favorite activities.

Grilling – So your father’s into cooking in the great outdoors. Give him something hoppy to accompany spicy BBQ and burgers, like Lot 3 IPA from Evolution.

Poolside – Netting debris, testing chlorine balances, finally relaxing with a cool dip after a long day; all of these deserve a refreshing brew. Long Trail’s India Pale Ale goes one better, and gives it to you in a pool-safe can.

Gaming – Does your dad have a designated poker night? Or is he more of a modern gamer, always having to have the latest console? Either way, give him something full-flavored and sessionable to keep his head in the game, such as Session Lager out of Full Sail.

Reading - Your dad’s more bookish, so try giving him something sweet and mellow to accompany a quiet evening with his favorite author. Try Pils Noir from Susquehanna, a beer that’s more of a twist than the end of his latest novel.

Sports – Whether he’s spending the afternoon watching baseball or he’s just finished up a set of tennis, a light and snappy brew fits the bill. We suggest Troegs Sunshine Pils.

Camping/Boating – Tis the season for great outdoor activities, and if you’re father’s looking to take advantage of that, try giving him a well-balanced and flavorful beer to cool off with. Victory’s Summer Love is just right for everything that’s summer.

Kona’s New TV Ad

Thursday, May 29, 2014 | Beer News, Fun, Kona, Up and Coming

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Turn on your television during any sports event, and you’re bound to see at least one beer ad. However, many of our favorite breweries are absent from these lineups–there are no TV advertisements for Evolution or Finch’s–but all that could change.

In the last few years, craft breweries have been popping up on television, and one of the latest to join this trend is Kona Brewing Co’s Single-Tasking ad, which is currently airing mostly in California. TV ads are still too expensive for most craft breweries, but as craft breweries become more popular and many of them grow to unprecedented size, we might be seeing more of them on the small screen.

But don’t stay stuck to the screen waiting for them–as Kona says: One life, right? Don’t blow it.

Magic Hat’s Dream Machine Coming to a Bar Near You

Thursday, May 29, 2014 | Bars, Events, Fun, Magic Hat

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If you missed the Merry Pranksters back in winter, this is your chance to meet some of the folks at Magic Hat and try their new year-round brew, Dream Machine IPL. In their new Dream Machine van, they’ll be traveling up and down the east coast in order to spread the word and commune with their fans, and they’ll be around the Philadelphia suburbs starting this evening. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet a couple Pranksters from out of Vermont.

Follow the Pranksters on Twitter @DreamMachineIPL #areyouadreamer

So go ahead and Turn on. Hop in. Take off.

Dates and Locations:

TONIGHT, May 29:

McKinley Tavern, 881 Township Line Road, Elkins Park

John and Peter’s, 96 S. Main Street, New Hope

Fran’s Pub, 116 S. Main Street, New Hope

Wednesday, June 4th:

Kitchen Bar, 1482 Old York Road, Abington

Drake Tavern, 304 York Rd, Jenkintown

Smith’s, 39 S. 19th Street, Philadelphia

Saturday, June 7th:

Union Jack’s, 2750 Limekiln Pike, Glenside

Bound Beverages

Thursday, May 29, 2014 | Distributors, Fun, Retailers

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Just opened this month in Warrington, Bound Beverage had their grand opening only a few weeks ago and already it’s becoming a popular hotspot for Bucks and Montgomery counties. Along with many varieties of beer–including top selling crafts, especially locals like Victory, Troegs, Lancaster, Prism, and complete line of imports–they also offer kegs in 1/6, 1/4 and 1/2 sizes, snacks and beverages, and party wagon rentals for all your gathering needs. Whether you’re looking to supply your backyard BBQ or gear up for the big summer block party, Bound has got you covered.

Bound Beverage

308 Easton Rd (Rt 611)

Warrington, PA

215-491-6600

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