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Delaware River Craft Brewfest

Friday, August 1, 2014 | Events, Local Favorites

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Tickets are now on sale for the Delaware River Craft Brewfest, taking place on Saturday, September 6th at PPL Park in Chester County. This festival will include such favorite breweries as Victory, Troegs, Ithaca, Rogue, Anchor, Magic Hat, Lancaster, Old Dominion, Boxcar, Goose Island, Evolution, Redhook and more. And beyond the fantastic craft beers included on this lineup, there will be live music, entertainment and gourmet food available. VIP tickets allow entry at 2:00pm, and a chance to talk to the brewers and sample beers that will not be available during the main session.

Tickets available online, by phone, or at the PPL Park box office.

PPL Park
1 Stadium Dr
Chester, PA 19013
(610) 859-3100
Website

General Admission: 3pm-6pm, $35
VIP Admission: 2pm-6pm, $50
Designated Driver: $10

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

Cocco’s Pizza in Aston

Thursday, May 15, 2014 | Bars, Local Favorites, Restaurants, Retailers

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Cocco’s Pizza doesn’t just offer one of America’s staple foods. In addition to a wide variety of enticing pizzas–available for eat in, take out or delivery–they’ve got wings, burgers, hoagies & grinders, and an impressive list of craft beers. They’ve got the likes of Victory, Evolution, Troegs, Long Trail, Rogue, Magic Hat and more on draft, in bombers and bottled for drink-in or take-out, making for a well-rounded selection that changes with the seasons.

Always eager to give their customers a high quality experience, they’ve recently finished a remodeling job that streamlines the process of getting takeout, allows for a bigger cooler–which means more beer!–and relocates the dining room to someplace a little more convenient. And it’s not just the people that walk through their door that benefit from this establishment. Cocco’s is giving back to the community by supporting local kids’ and academic sports teams.

Whether you’re looking for a fine family restaurant for your night out, to grab a quick slice during your lunch break or for takeout for a quiet and easy night in, Cocco’s offers all of this and much, much more.

Earth Day

Thursday, April 17, 2014 | Beer News, Distributors, Events, Fun, Local Favorites, Long Trail, Restaurants, Retailers, Spring, Sustainable, Victory

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As spring comes into full swing and trees and plants put forth their blooms, we find that it’s a perfect time to really take a look at our planet and all she has to offer; we’d never have the flora needed to make delicious beers without our environment being as it is, and it’s important to take a day out of the year to appreciate all the beauty in the natural world. So celebrate Earth Day (April 22) with some environmentally conscious brews this year, and go find a forest to stroll through, a beach to walk along or simply sit out on your front porch and take in all the awe-inspiring beauty that is Mother Nature.

Long Trail has held the tradition of commitment to maintaining the environment for many years now. Between their spent mash and cow power programs, and their water conservation efforts, they gained Vermont’s Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in 2009 and continue to do all they can to keep our planet healthy. This Earth Day, certain bars and restaurants will be giving a special pint glass away with the purchase of a Long Trail brew, as well as a seedling, with the goal of planting 10,000 trees in the U.S. You can find distributors here and participating bars here.

Long Trail isn’t the only brewery that’s stepping up to the plate this Earth Day, though.

Victory Brewing, who won the Sustainable Agriculture Business Award earlier this year, is joining forces with the Brandywine Conservancy in a reforestation initiative in East Brandywine Township, planting trees provided by the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society’s TreeVitalize program. Over the last five years, the group has been planting trees throughout the Brandywine Watershed, and they hope to meet the milestone 25,000th tree at this event, which takes place Saturday, April 19th, starting at 9 a.m.

For information or to volunteer, please call Wes Horner at 610.388.8124.

The Pineville Tavern

Thursday, April 17, 2014 | Bars, Local Favorites, Restaurants, Rogue, Victory

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The Pineville Tavern’s building has been around since the 18th century, undergoing many changes of use from mill to general store to hotel. The place is so old, there are even rumors of hauntings. In 1969, it changed owners again and the kitchen and bar were expanded to make room for a full-service restaurant. Now, their entrees include pastas, ribs, burgers, pizza, steak and seafood, and there’s a lot of delicious tavern fare to choose from. In terms of beers, they’ve got all the bases covered with breweries such as Victory and Rogue. And not only is the atmosphere friendly and inviting, but the Tavern also features an extensive takeout menu for when you just want to get home, take your shoes off and enjoy a good meal.

The Pineville Tavern
1089 Durham Rd,
Wrightstown, PA 18946
(215) 598-3890

Boxcar to Add Brewpub

Thursday, April 3, 2014 | Boxcar, Local Favorites, New, Restaurants, Up and Coming

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The folks at Boxcar have begun the process of opening their own brewpub in the heart of West Chester. The aim is to provide the community with good beer, fresh local food and adult and kid-friendly entertainment in the form of weekly events, live entertainment on the fully-equipped stage and arcade games. They hope to give the community an environment where they can hold events such as business meetings, parties, or public events.

“The inspiration for the brewpub is rooted in our desire to create a living, breathing space where our passion for beer and the arts can integrate with our community in a meaningful and lasting way,”said Kymberly Robinson, co-owner of Boxcar Brewing Company.

The brewpub, which will be located at 142 E Market st., should be completed by the end of June. Boxcar will provide monthly updates on the progress on their website.

Victory Tours and Brew Pub

Thursday, April 3, 2014 | Local Favorites, Restaurants, Retailers, Sustainable, Victory

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Have you anxiously been waiting for Victory to reopen their tours? Well, wait no further. Not only can you visit the original Downingtown brewery and stop by the pub afterwards for a drink, you can also take a bus from the Downingtown location to tour the new Parkesburg brewery. So whether this would be your first Victory tour, or you’re coming back for a second, third or fourth visit, they’ve got you covered, and it’s just another excuse to visit their brewpub at their Downingtown home.

Tours of the Downingtown brewery are free and available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The twenty minute all-age tour takes you through the brewhouse and fermentation room, and is limited to fifteen people.

There are two 3.5 hour Parkesburg tours each Saturday. Two buses take up to 40 people from the Downingtown location to the new brewery, where you will receive a welcome beer in the catering hall before embarking on a full-guided tour of the entire facility. The tour takes you through the brewhouse, fermentation room, hop cooler, packaging line and more before trying seasonal beer and food pairings. All that, plus you get to leave with a special Parkesburg glass. Tickets cost $58, and this tour is only available to those 21 and over.

And if all that  touring makes you a little hungry and thirsty–or if you’re just in the area–the Victory Brew Pub has a whole array of delicious foods that are made to be perfectly paired with their various brews. Their menu ranges from bar fare with a twist to sandwiches crafted as carefully as their beers to the ever-changing daily menu additions inspired by seasonal foods and beers.

Location:

420 Acorn Lane
Downingtown, PA 19335

Hours:

Brew Pub:

Mon-Sat 11:30am-12am

Sun 11:30am-10pm

Downingtown Tours:

Friday 3pm, 4pm, 5pm

Sat-Sun 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Parkesburg Tours:

Saturday 11am-2:30pm, 3pm-6:30pm

More Information on the Tours

Brew Pub Menu

Vintage Bar and Grill in Abington

Thursday, March 20, 2014 | Bars, Local Favorites, Restaurants

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As the weather warms up, you might be looking for someplace that has great outdoor seating. For those in the Abington area, Vintage Bar and Grill has a closed-in outdoor porch that’s perfect for enjoying the weather in a private area. And if you’re looking for someplace to watch the game, they’ve got that covered, too, with several large TVs placed throughout the bar. They serve Victory, Long Trail and more, as well as a wide variety of sandwiches, entrees and mouth-watering appetizers. Black Angus New York Strip steak, Linguini Pescatori, and the Buffalo-style chicken sandwich are all waiting for you to try.

Vintage Bar and Grill

1116 Old York Rd

Abington, PA

Ambler Beverage Exchange

Friday, March 7, 2014 | Distributors, Local Favorites, Retailers

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With a great selection of craft beer (Troegs, Prism, Victory, Lancaster and Long Trail just to name a few), and friendly staff, Ambler Beverage Exchange is a favorite of Ambler residents looking to get a case or two. The staff is knowledgeable about craft beer and their stock, and happy to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. And with their wide variety, you’re sure to find an old favorite or discover a new one. Check their Facebook for samplings and other events along with local businesses such as Sum Pig. If you live in Ambler, or you’re just passing through, be sure to stop by to pick up something. You never know, they could be your next go-to retailer.

Location & Contact:

259 E Butler Ave,

Ambler, PA

267-470-4854

Hours:

Mon-Thur 10am-8pm

Fri-Sat 9am-9pm

Sun 11am-5pm

Harry’s Blue Bell Taproom

Thursday, February 20, 2014 | Bars, Local Favorites, Restaurants, Retailers

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Established just last year, Harry’s Blue Bell Taproom is a rising star in the area. The tap list holds 16 different craft brews, currently featuring Victory Dirtwolf, Tröegs Mad Elf, and Lancaster Milk Stout, as well as many other favorites. The layout of the restaurant focuses around the bar, which has a couple TVs to enjoy–they’ve been watching the Olympic hockey games recently–but don’t make the mistake of not ordering some food while you’re there. Bacon-lovers will love the variety of choices, and everyone will find something new to try. Their menu features a number of unique and novel twists on old favorites: Hawg Wings, an Ribeye Eggroll, and the Kirspey Kremme Burger are just a few examples of this ingenuity. So if you’re looking to try something new to eat paired with a delicious craft brew and laid back atmosphere, be sure to stop by sometime for lunch or dinner.

Hours:

Tuesday-Thursday: 11:30am-11pm

Friday-Sunday: 11:30am-12pm

Location:

736 Dekalb Pike

Blue Bell, PA 19422

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