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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prism Brewing Company’s brewpub in North Wales, PA has won Best Brewpub in the Philly Hot List Awards!
Their taproom was voted best among the area’s fine brewpubs by locals on PHL 17′s Philly Hotlist website. What sets it apart from the competition is the wide array of brews available and the consistent stream of fun events. Not only do they have their year-round brews on tap at all times, but they always have something special that you can’t get anywhere else. They also have great drink specials, local wine, a unique karaoke night (where all you have to do to stop the song is buy the singer a drink), and a whole array of bar food (including a sizable hot dog list).
So head on over and raise a glass to their fine establishment. They’re open 7 days a week, and always have something going on.
Contact and Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 4PM to Midnight
Friday/Saturday: Noon to 2 AM
Sunday: Noon to 10 PM
Blue Dog Pub in Lansdale, PA has an impressive beer list full of such breweries as Stella Artois, Troegs and Long Trail on tap and many more available for takeout. The list is always changing with the seasons, guaranteeing that you don’t fall into beer boredom.
This pub is great for looking for your next favorite brew because they have such a wide, well-picked selection and are happy to sell you single bottles so you can sample before you commit to an entire six-pack. Bottles are available both for take-out and dine-in. Can’t make it to Lansdale? They also have a location in Chalfont as the Blue Dog Family Tavern. Both locations are open daily from 11:30am to 2am.
850 South Valley Forge Road
Lansdale, PA 19446
4275 County Line Road
Chalfont PA 18914
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Stephen Darcangelo (right) will be enjoying a craft beer filled excursion to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO courtesy of the Greatest Beers of the World. As the winner of last month’s contest, Stephen was randomly selected from thousands of local contest participants.
How did Boxcar get started?
Our brewery began as any great idea begins: a late-night conversation with family, friends and beer! While enjoying some homebrews at the wedding of two of Boxcar’s chief members, we began talk of starting a micro-brewery in Pennsylvania. Within a year, Jason and his now-wife Kristen moved back to the West Chester area, where Jamie and Kymberly had been living, and began a rigorous cycle of brewing, sharing, and drinking 10-gallon batches of beer. Two years later, while enjoying a batch brewed for Jamie and Kymberly’s wedding, all four members got together and thought it was time to start Boxcar Brewing Company.
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There is a certain pleasure that one gets from eating a garden-fresh tomato, or an apple off the tree. We know that it hasn’t been touched by countless hands. We know it wasn’t waxed, or washed, or anything that might take away from its natural delicious flavor. This idea of getting food from your “backyard” is making a big impact on how dining establishments around the country are doing business. Read more…