Winter

Bear Creek Mountain Resort

Friday, January 22, 2016 | Restaurants, Retailers, Winter

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Sometimes you just have to embrace winter. And what better way than snow sports? Bear Creek Mountain Resort offers skiing, snowboarding and snow-tubing on their slopes, which include everything from beginner to advanced trails, as well as a moguls path and three terrain parks. Even if you can’t make it for the snow, they’ve got all sorts of fun on the mountain during the summer, too, like hiking, biking and boating. Their resort and beautiful hotel are a great destination year-round.

After a fun day on the slopes, the best way to wind down is a good meal and a refreshing brew, which is why it’s fortunate that they have The Grille on site. A whole array of yummy starts, mouth-watering entrees, delicious burgers, and a special late night menu great for enjoying with your favorite beer. In addition to great food, they have craft beers like Victory, Troegs, Anchor and Ithaca available on draft and in bottles.

Happy Holidays

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 | Anchor, Leffe, Rogue, Victory, Winter

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We hope you’re having a safe and festive holiday season, warm with your loved ones and a tasty beverage beside the fireside, or out with your friends at a holiday party, drinking cold-but-belly-warming brews. And maybe you’ve gotten all of your gift-shopping done, but it seems like even after you think you’re done, you remember one of two people on your Nice List that deserve the very best. We’ve got a list of perfect stocking-stuffers, gifts for those who are hard to please, or handouts at your New Years Eve party. Here’s our Holiday Brews Roundup.

Anchor Christmas Ale – In a magnum bottle, this is the perfect Christmas gift for the beer aficionado, always looking for something new–the recipe for this ale changes year by year to year, with this year’s brew having a delightful mix of holiday spices in his flavor, and an herbal undertone. 5.5% ABV

Rogue Santa’s Reserve – Got a hop-loving friend who still needs a stocking stuffer? This India Red Ale will do the trick, and comes in 22oz to make them extra merry. 6% ABV

Victory Golden Monkey – Although this brew is offered year-round, some might argue that its full body, dried fruit flavors and warming alcohol make it a perfect winter drink that’s sure to bring some color to your cheeks, especially with a 750 ml bottle. 9.5% ABV

Leffe Blonde – The spice and vanilla aroma of this brew allow it to fit perfectly for the season. Toasty caramel notes dominate and are finished with drying hops. Available in 25 oz bottles. 6.6% ABV

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Beer Lover

Thursday, December 19, 2013 | Anchor, Evolution, Finch's, Goose Island, Ithaca, Lancaster Brewing, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Old Dominion, Prism, Redhook, Rogue, Starr Hill Brewery, Troegs, Uncategorized, Victory, Widmer, Winter

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It’s getting down the grind of holiday gift-buying, so we’re here to help you find the perfect gifts for your drinking buddy, beer-loving partner, or the craft beer enthusiast that’s hard to buy for. This is the Official Greatest Beers of the World 2013 Holiday Gift Guide.

For the someone who always goes on the beer run in the cold:

Magic Hat/#9 Reversible Beanie – Two hats in one!

Resist Prohibition Victory Brewing Hoodie – Classic, fashionable and warm.

Lancaster Brewing Beanie – Knitted fun, for warm ears.

Redhook Shimmer Me Timbers Jacket – To show you really appreciate them.

Starr Hill Hoodie – Double-lined and zippered, with a cool Starr Hill logo.

For those who like a little art with their beer:

Any of the Old Dominion Posters – At the bottom of their store, Old Dominion has a selection of posters featuring the beautiful ladies that decorate their labels.

Anchor Brewing Books and Posters – Great for the history buff who has a taste for great beer, these posters and books feature historical drawings, paintings and maps of the San Francisco area.

Starr Hill Grateful Pale Ale Poster – Beautiful poster for a beautiful beer.

For someone building the perfect bar:

Tap Handles for Rogue, Anchor Brewing, Lancaster Brewing, Ithaca, Redhook, Widmer Bros.

Glassware from Victory, Rogue, Magic Hat, Anchor Brewing, Lancaster Brewing, Finch’s, Redhook,  Starr Hill, Prism, Widmer Bros., Long Trail

For the Holiday Party, or that really good friend who can’t get enough of their seasonal favorites:

Magic Hat Winterland Variety Pak – #9, Encore IPA, G-Thing, Heart of Darkness

Victory Winter Cheers – Fruity and warm wheat ale, with a spicy hint of clove and banana. 6.7% ABV

Anchor Christmas Ale – A winter warmer with strong ginger flavor in the front, backed up by piney bitterness. 5.5% ABV

Evolution Secret Spot Winter Ale – A complex and well-balanced altbier. 6.3%

Goose Island Sixth Day – An American Brown Ale that’s recipe changes slightly year-to-year for a new surprise every holiday season. 8.3% ABV

Ithaca Cold Front – A Belgian Dark Ale with spicy maltiness and dark fruits. 7.2% ABV

Lancaster Brewing Winter Warmer – Winter spices dominate the flavor of this beer, with an alcoholic finish, sure to warm the coldest of drinkers. 8.9% ABV

Long Trail Hibernator – This Scottish Ale is slightly hoppier than much of the style, and sure to warm you on these cold nights. 6% ABV

Starr Hill Snow Blind – Full description here.

Troegs Mad Elf - Cherry and vanilla flavors sweeten this highly alcoholic Belgian ale that’s made just to give you needed heat. 11% ABV

Stocking Stuffers and Various Gifts:

Widmer Bros. Bottle Opener

Taste Victory iPhone Cover

Ithaca Stainless Steel Growler

Have a happy and safe holiday season, folks!

Starr Hill Snowblind

Thursday, December 19, 2013 | Featured Beer, Starr Hill Brewery, Winter

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Snow Blind is a doppelbock that’s sure to warm you up this winter. The aroma of this deep reddish brown lager is a bit nutty, and includes a bit of caramel. With apple and plum flavors that give way to toasted malt and toffee, and spicy notes of clove and cinnamon, this brew has hints of all of your holiday favorites. Smooth and medium-bodied, this is a great choice to get toasty with this holiday season. 7.4% ABV

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.

Magic Hat Winterland Weekend Pass Contest

Friday, November 8, 2013 | Breweries, Contest, Magic Hat, Winter

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Magic Hat is ready for winter, and they’re having a contest to show it! Look for your chance to win at the Magic Hat Display in your local beer distributor. The grand prize is a trip for four to a Vermont ski resort with round-trip transportation, ski resort accommodation, a VIP tour of the Magic Hat brewery and much more. The entrant and three friends will have three nights at the ski resort with two-day ski or snowboard rentals and lift tickets for each. Entries are accepted from now to midnight New Year’s Eve.

To enter, fill out this form. For a full description of the rules and prize, visit this page.

Magic Hat Winterland Variety Pak

Friday, November 8, 2013 | Breweries, Featured Beer, Magic Hat, Winter

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Magic Hat’s Winterland Variety Pak is on shelves now, bringing the tidings of the coming season in their wake. They have the winter favorites and usual brews like #9, Encore and Heart of Darkness, but this year they’ve added something new to the case. G-Thing is the new addition this year, exclusive to the variety pack. This ginger-spiced beer has zing with warm roasty notes and cinnamon spiciness. It stands at 5.7% ABV, and its seasoned flavor is perfect for the season of gingerbread men and pumpkin-spiced foods.

Nugget Nectar – Now Offered as Draft

Friday, March 8, 2013 | Troegs, Winter

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Tröegs is releasing Nugget Nectar in draft form, which will continue to be available through March. This extra, extra hoppy beer has been a mid-winter seasonal favorite for a number of years, released every February. Tröegs is increasing production of the beer this year due to positive feedback.
This golden beer has a sweet piney, citrusy aroma with hints of other fruit underneath. The taste is quite hoppy and bitter, but with a slightly sweet malty finish and tones of citrus. With a medium body and moderate carbonation, this beer is extremely drinkable, especially for those of us ready for spring. 7.5% ABV

Beer of the Month: Centennial Red

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 | Beer of the Month, Winter

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The most recent installment in Long Trail Brewing Company’s Brewmaster Series is an Imperial Red Ale dubbed “Centennial Red.”  This ale was intended to be a commemorative beer, celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the famous Long Trail, a hiking trail that runs the entire length of Vermont, and the obvious namesake of the brewery.  Long Trail Brewing Co. is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sales of Centennial Red to the Green Mountain Club, the care takers of the Long Trail since 1910. Read more…

Beer of the Month: Yakima Glory

Friday, December 10, 2010 | Beer of the Month, Winter

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The latest winter seasonal from Victory Brewing Company, Yakima Glory, hit the shelves in November.  Since then, it’s fan base has continued to grow at a rapid pace.  When it was first introduced two years ago, it was a revolutionary style for the modern craft world: a Double IPA made with dark malts.  It became known simply as a Black IPA, and more recently has been labeled a Cascadian Dark Ale. In the world of American craft beer, this is the “IT” style right now. Read more…

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