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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

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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

Lancaster Brewing Milk Stout

Friday, December 6, 2013 | Featured Beer, Lancaster Brewing, Local Favorites, Winter

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This traditional English Sweet Stout has a roasty taste that’s smoothed by the lactose’s creaminess and semi-sweet chocolate hints. Roasted barley and smoky flavors are at the forefront, balanced by milky sweetness. Coffee and chocolate fill the aroma through a khaki head, and the 5.3% ABV makes this a good sessionable stout. Its light, velvety texture, deep and complex flavors and well-balanced nature make this a great choice for stout-lovers and newcomers alike.

East Coast Beer Co. Expanding

Friday, December 6, 2013 | East Coast Beer Co., Local Favorites

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East Coast Beer Co. is still relatively young, finding its beginnings in 2007 when high school buddies John (Merk) Merklin and Brian Ciriaco decided it was their destiny to start a beer company. They started selling Beach Haus in 2010. Now that they’re distributing throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and the Carolinas, they’re ready to expand, and have plans for Freedman’s Bakery on Main St. in Belmar, NJ.

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Victory’s Expansion

Friday, November 8, 2013 | Beer News, Breweries, Local Favorites, New, Restaurants, Victory

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If you’re a Victory fan, chances are that you heard they were building a new brewery in Parkesburg. Well, they’ve finished construction, and on October 30th, they went with old favorite HopDevil IPA to take the brewery on a test drive. While there are still many steps to be taken before the facility becomes fully operational, this is a huge and exciting milestone.

Lauter tun in the new brewhouse

This is the room under the 1,000 barrel fermentation tanks that tower above the rest of the facility

When the Downingtown brewery was unable to keep up with the growing demand, Co-Founders Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet decided that they needed to expand, meaning they would need a whole new facility. In January 2012, they broke ground on their new 140,000-square-foot facility, which is capable of producing 225,000 barrels a year, over twice the capacity of the Downingtown location. That doesn’t mean Downingtown is out of a job, though. It will be the site for specialty brewing and testing.


Overlooking part of the packaging facility

While tours are not yet available at the new facility, it was built with the idea in mind that visitors would be able to see the heart of the plant. A new brewpub is to be built on site, but that may be a year or so off.

Co-Founder and Brewmaster Ron Barchet explaining the process on exclusive tour of the new brewery.

The new brewery isn’t the only thing going down at Victory, though. Last Friday, they broke ground on a new brewpub, Victory at Magnolia, in Kennett Square. Set to open in early 2014, the 250-seat restaurant will have space for outdoor dining and will serve as the base floor for a four-story apartment complex, Magnolia Place.

Additionally, they are adding yet another new brew to their lineup, Hop Ranch, an Imperial IPA set to debut in December and be available until February. This is the third new release from Victory this year alone. Hop Ranch is a reworking of their popular Liberty Bell Ringer, which was an exclusive at Philadelphia Beer Week this year. It’s a fruity brew with citrus character and mango and pineapple hints.

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