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Pennsylvania Brewing’s Penn Allegheny Pale Ale

allgheny Penn Pale Ale 1 275x300 Pennsylvania Brewings Penn Allegheny Pale AleThe Pennsylvania Brewing Company

By James Parker

The Pennsylvania Brewing Company in Pittsburgh is mostly known for its lager styles, but they make a credible entry into ales with the new Allegheny Pale Ale.  On draft at the Drafting Room in Exton, it doesn’t differ much from similar offerings by Stoudts or Troegs, but as those breweries are masters of the East Coast-style of session-y pale ales, that’s not a bad thing.  The Allegheny is dark gold in color with a floral, slightly hoppy nose.  Muted hop and citrus flavors with a slight sweetness in the mouth feel make it well-suited for warm weather drinking or if you’re at the bar and just thirsty.  Overall, a well-composed beer that doesn’t stumble over itself trying to attack your taste buds.

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The Top 10 Breweries in the World: Founders, Bell’s, Ballast Point, Stone, Port/Lost Abbey

The Top 25 Beers in a Can: Oscar Blues, Sly Fox, Maui Brewing, Young’s Double Chocolate, Caldera, 21st Amendment

Pennsylvania Crushes Germany in the Top 10 Pilsners: Pilzilla, Prima Pils, Stoudt’s Pils, Pikeland Pils, Troegs Sunshine Pils

The Best Beer under $20 a Case: Yuengling Lager, Bitburger, Leinenkugels, Shiner Bock, Lionshead and more…

The Top 25 Stouts: Founders KBS, Breakfast Stout, Bell’s Kalamazoo, Rogue Shakespear Oatmeal, Goose Island Black Cat Bourbon, Deschutes the Abyss

The Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers: Ayinger, Beck’s, Hacker Pschorr, Flying Fish, Hofbrau, Stoudt’s, Lefthand, Magic Hat, Spaten

The Top Ten Belgian White Ales from a Taste Test: Blanche de Bruxelles, Hoegaarden, Ommengangs Witte, Victory Wirlwind, St. Brnardis Blanche, Allagash White, Blue Moon and more…

The Top 10 Mexican Beers: Bohemia, Negra Modela, Dos Equis, Corona, Carta Blanca, Tecate, Sol and more…

Top 50 Pound for Pound Beer List: Chimay, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Bells’, Victory, Founders, Hacker-Pschorr, Weyerbacher and more…

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The Belgian Tripel Trials: Flying Fish Crushes Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle, La Fin Du Monde, Allagash, Sly Fox, Golden Monkey, Maredsous and more…

westmalle monk drinking beer pic The Belgian Tripel Trials: Flying Fish Crushes Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle, La Fin Du Monde, Allagash, Sly Fox, Golden Monkey, Maredsous and more…International Showdown: North America Destroys Belgium in a Double Blind Taste Test

By Don Corino, Pat Smith, Kevin Hussey, Howard Goldstein, John Morina, Steve Sharkey, Tim Rodgers & Matt Goldstein

The Belgian Tripel Trials were an international showdown between Belgian Tripel Ales and North American Belgian style Tripels.  A Belgian Tripel, or sometimes Triple, can also be described as a strong pale ale.  Tripel is a style that was created by Trappist Monks before WWII in which 3 times the amount of malt is used in the brewing process as compared to a standard Belgian or Trappist Ale.  Many Belgian monastery’s support themselves and their religious studies through brewing beer and making cheese.  These quiet and religious men who dawn themselves in maroon robes and rope belts have proven to be some of the best brewers in the world.  With about 8-10% ABV per beer, the Trappist Tripel style brews are usually thick and gold in color, slightly sweet and bitter with a complex finish.  All of the beers competing in the double blind taste test were Belgian Tripel styles except for the Trappist Rocherfort 8, which is actually a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.  (We like to throw in a curve ball or two.) 

westmalle trappist tripel pic 300x225 The Belgian Tripel Trials: Flying Fish Crushes Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle, La Fin Du Monde, Allagash, Sly Fox, Golden Monkey, Maredsous and more…The beers competing were as follows:  Allagash Tripel, Victory Golden Monkey, Westmalle Trappist Tripel, Chimay White Tripel, Maredsous Tripel, Trappist Rochefort 8, Kasteel Tripel, Flying Fish Exit Four American Tripel, La Fin Du Monde, Sly Fox Incubus Tripel and Weyerbacher Merry Monks.  After the scoring was tallied, it became apparent that North America crushed Belgium!  It wasn’t even close!  The beers were judged by scent, color, flavor, finish, bite and aftertaste.  Has North America perfected the style created by Belgian Trappist Monks?  The numbers don’t lie.  Editors Note:  For those who will argue that North American Beers had an advantage because they were fresher, that arguement doesn’t hold up with Belgian Tripels.  The high alcohol content and the fermentation style in Tripels create an excellent beer for bottle aging and conditioning and many of the beers we sampled were exactly that, bottle aged and conditioned.  Freshly bottled beer is not necessarily the best way to serve a Trappist style Tripel.  Some of these beers get better after being shelved for a year or two.  Despite all of that, real champions rise to the occasion…  The Belgian Tripel Trials had 10 different tasters and were scored as follows:                

flying fish logo pic 300x300 The Belgian Tripel Trials: Flying Fish Crushes Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle, La Fin Du Monde, Allagash, Sly Fox, Golden Monkey, Maredsous and more…1.  The Flying Fish Exit 4 American Tripel:

The Exit 4 is our 2010 Belgian Tripel champion!   The Exit Four flavor was sweet, bitter, and floral with notes of hops.  This bottle conditioned ale has a perfect balance of malts and hops with a complex finish and great bite.  The Flying Fish Exit 4 American Tripel is simply one of the best beers in the world.  Flying Fish Exit 4 was winner of a Gold Medal at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival and named by Mens Journal as best Belgian beer brewed in America for 2009.  Flying Fish also performed extremely well in our Oktoberfest contest with the Oktoberfish finishing in the top 5 out of 25.  Brewing since 1995 in Cherry Hill NJ, the Flying Fish Brewery is one of the best in the world and often overlooked in the recent craft beer craze.  Food pairing suggestions for the Exit 4 are fish, roasted vegetables, shrimp, and strong cheeses.    

2.  La Fin Du Monde Tripel:

 La Fin Du Monde performed extremely well in the Belgian Tripel Trials.  In fact, the La Fin Du Monde was very close to the Flying Fish in scoring and completely separated itself from the rest of the pack.  The La Fin Du Monde Tripel is a phenomenal beer.  It’s sweet with hints of wheat, fruit, spice notes and a good head with a slightly bitter finish.  The bottle describes the beer as being brewed with triple fermentation and is brewed in Quebec Canada and bottled at 9.0% ABV.  La Fin Du Monde actually translates to the “end of the world.”  If the world was actually ending and La Fin Du Monde was your last beer, it would be a pretty damn good ending.   

sly fox incubus pic 300x150 The Belgian Tripel Trials: Flying Fish Crushes Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle, La Fin Du Monde, Allagash, Sly Fox, Golden Monkey, Maredsous and more…3.  The Sly Fox Incubus Tripel:

The Incubus is an excellent Trappist style brewed with German Pilsner malt and invert sugar.  Light in color and citrus notes, with 39 IBU’s and 10.3% ABV, this American Tripel easily beat out all of the classic Belgians it went up against.  Sly Fox is brewed in Phoenixville PA and is well known for their Pikeland Pils and Route 113 IPA.  Sly Fox is also one of the best canned beer brewers in the world. 

4.  The Victory Golden Monkey:

The Golden Monkey is brewed with German 2 row malts, European whole flower Hops, and imported Belgian yeast.  At 9.5% ABV, the Victory Golden Monkey is light gold in color with notes of honey, wheat and oak.  Milky and a bit sour with a good dry finish, the Golden Money is a little light on carbonation.  Golden Monkey and Victory brewing are an American staple in craft beer and brewed in Downingtown, PA.       

5.  Westmalle Trappiste Tripel:

 The Westmalle is considered by many as the quintessential Belgian Trappist Tripel!  The Westmalle Tripel is a cloudy and murky yellow color, with notes of citrus and oak. With a great mouth feel and a dry, light finish the Westmalle is a little light on carbonation and aftertaste.  The Westmalle Trappist Tripel is a classic Belgian ale!  At 9.5% ABV, the taste of the Westmalle Trappist Tripel can actually vary depending on bottle size and glassware according to the brewers.  The Westmalle Trappist Monastery in Belgium has been brewing beer since 1836 and the Westmalle Tripel has been brewed since 1934 with the same recipe since 1956.   

6.  The Kasteel Belgian Tripel:

The Kasteel is a top fermented ale and then re-fermented in the bottle.  Yellow in color with little head but great carbonation, the Kasteel Tripel is lighter in color than the other Belgians.  With notes of wheat and flavor like a fine wine, the crisp bite and bitterness make this a great Belgian Tripel that can hang with some of the best beers in the world. 

rochefort monk pic 300x180 The Belgian Tripel Trials: Flying Fish Crushes Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle, La Fin Du Monde, Allagash, Sly Fox, Golden Monkey, Maredsous and more…7.  The Allagash Tripel:

The Allagash is a murky cloudy yellow, light in body with notes of wheat with coriander spice.  Dry and bitter with good head, this Allagash is pound for pound much better than the infamous Allagash White!  According to the Allagash brewery, the Tripel is great when paired with crab cakes or an assertive cheese such as Roquefort or Stilton. The Tripel is particularly delightful with asparagus. Is also the perfect accompaniment to a fruit dessert or wonderful on its own as a digestif.    

8.  Trappistes Rochefort 8:

The Rochefort 8 was our curveball in the contest.  We wanted to see how the flavor of the Belgian Strong Dark Ale stacked up against the golden colored Belgian Strong Pale Ale Tripels; and the Rochefort did not disappoint.  The Trappistes Rochefort 8 is very malty with good head and heavy sediment.  Smooth, with notes of caramel, espresso, coffee, good carbonation and light hops, the Rochefort 8 also has a light scent.  The Rochefort 8 is the largest selling beer from the Rochefort brewery.  Brewed by Cistercian Trappist Monks, the men are described as those “who leave everything behind to live with God and in that way open the eyes for the Resurrection of the Lord.” 

9.  The Maredsous 10 Tripel:

The Maredsous has scents of fruit and a very sweet flavor with notes of fruit, lemon, cherry, good carbonation and little head.  At 10% ABV the Maredsous Tripel is brewed in Belgium by the world famous Duvel Company.  Duvel also brews the critically acclaimed Ommegang in the U.S..          

chimay white tripel cinq cents 260x300 The Belgian Tripel Trials: Flying Fish Crushes Chimay, Rochefort, Westmalle, La Fin Du Monde, Allagash, Sly Fox, Golden Monkey, Maredsous and more…10.  Chimay White Cinq Cents Tripel Ale:

 Chimay is one of the most famous Belgian beers in the world.  Chimay’s three staple beers, the Blue Reserve, the Red Premiere and the White Cinq Cents Tripel put Belgian beer on the map.  The Chimay White Tripel is a top fermented Trappist ale.  The White Cinq Cents has good head, with a clear brown light cloudy color.  Bitter and dry with a light toasted malt flavor and a scent of hops, there is a touch of fruit in the finish.  The Cistercian Trappist monks of Chimay have been developing the production of Trappist beers and cheeses since 1862 at the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Scourmont Monastery.      

11.  The Weyerbacher Merry Monks:

Merry Monks is a bottle conditioned Abby Tripel.  Brewed with Pilsner malts and Belgian yeasts, the Merry Monks is bottled at 9.3% ABV.  This Weyerbacher is sweet with notes of bubble gum and then a sweet aftertaste.  Even though Weyerbacher finished last in our double blind taste test, we’ve tasted it many times before and it is certainly a fabulous beer.  If you’re looking for more bang to your buck, the Merry Monks might be a better choice than some of the more expensive beers on our list.  Weyerbacher is brewed in Easton PA, home of the Easton Assassin and former heavyweight champion, Larry Holmes.    

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We’d like to give a special thanks to our beer wenches, Sari Abrahamson, Elizabeth Corino and Carolynn Chapman.  Without our very dedicated beer wenches, the Belgian Tripel Trials would not have been possible.

Editors Note:  Beers were selected on the basis of availability….

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The Sly Fox Christmas Ale, Weyerbacher Slam Dunkel, Founders Curmudgeon & 21st Amendment Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale: A Review

21st amendment Fireside Chat ale 1 153x300 The Sly Fox Christmas Ale, Weyerbacher Slam Dunkel, Founders Curmudgeon & 21st Amendment Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale:  A ReviewBy Kevin Hussey & Matt Goldstein

The Sly Fox Christmas Ale:

 is back for another year.  After a successful run in 2008 & 2009, the Sly Fox brewery did not disappoint this year.  With 16 IBU’s and 6.50% ABV, the 2010 Slyfox Christmas Ale has hints of peppermint, ginger, nutmeg and a semi-sour taste.  Red in color, this Christmas ale has a great bite and aromatic hops.   “If this one doesn’t get you into the Christmas spirit, you truly are a Scrooge.” 

The Weyerbacher Slam Dunkel

 Weizenbock is a double dunkelweizen and one our favorite styles.  After a very successful small batch release in 2007, the popularity of the double dunkel forced Weyerbacher to make the Slam Dunkel a regular seasonal brew.  The Slam Dunkel is malty, sweet, with hints of fruit.  Having a sweet nose and good bite, the Weyerbacher Slam Dunkel is an unfiltered 7.00% ABV and made with Weihenstephen yeast and more than 50% wheat malt.   This is a classic weizenbock!

The Founders Curmudgeon Oak Aged Old Ale

 is brewed with molasses and heavy malts.  With 50 IBU’s and 9.80% ABV, the Founders Curmudgeon is a thick reddish brown color with a scent of sweet malt.  Although not to carbonated, the Curmudgeon has a final kick in the finish needed for an excellent brew.  The flavor is an awesome malt, with sweet hints of fruit, and then dries up a bit in the finish.  Can Founders do no wrong?  The Curmudgeon is a perfect old ale…

The 21st Amendment Fireside Chat Winter Spice Ale

 is an ode to FDR’s depression era radio addresses which were like a “kick in the butt and a hug at the same time.  At 45 IBU’s and 7.90% ABV, the Fireside Chat Ale is a ruby red color with a light Belgian nose.  This winter ale has a smoky flavor and great kick.  Made with pale, Munich, wheat and chocolate malts, balanced with magnum and Goldings hops and top fermenting yeast, the 21st Amendment Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale has spices and cocoa added.  A is a solid winter ale.     

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The Top 10 Breweries in the World: Founders, Bell’s, Ballast Point, Stone, Port/Lost Abbey

The Top 25 Beers in a Can: Oscar Blues, Sly Fox, Maui Brewing, Young’s Double Chocolate, Caldera, 21st Amendment

Pennsylvania Crushes Germany in the Top 10 Pilsners: Pilzilla, Prima Pils, Stoudt’s Pils, Pikeland Pils, Troegs Sunshine Pils

The Best Beer under $20 a Case: Yuengling Lager, Bitburger, Leinenkugels, Shiner Bock, Lionshead and more…

The Top 25 Stouts: Founders KBS, Breakfast Stout, Bell’s Kalamazoo, Rogue Shakespear Oatmeal, Goose Island Black Cat Bourbon, Deschutes the Abyss

The Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers: Ayinger, Beck’s, Hacker Pschorr, Flying Fish, Hofbrau, Stoudt’s, Lefthand, Magic Hat, Spaten

The Top Ten Belgian White Ales from a Taste Test: Blanche de Bruxelles, Hoegaarden, Ommengangs Witte, Victory Wirlwind, St. Brnardis Blanche, Allagash White, Blue Moon and more…

The Top 10 Mexican Beers: Bohemia, Negra Modela, Dos Equis, Corona, Carta Blanca, Tecate, Sol and more…

Top 50 Pound for Pound Beer List: Chimay, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Bells’, Victory, Founders, Hacker-Pschorr, Weyerbacher and more…

 

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Best in Craft Beer: Brewmasters, Dogfishead, and the Discovery Channel

sam calagione dogfish head Best in Craft Beer: Brewmasters, Dogfishead, and the Discovery ChannelEach week on Brew Masters, Sam Calagione, maverick, family man and entrepreneur owner of Dogfish Head Brewery travels across America and around the globe as he explores new ingredients and techniques and collaborates with other craft brewers to come up with the next great brews. Every Sunday at 10 pm E/P.

BITCHES BREW

Premiered Nov. 21 at 10 pm E/P Sam and his brew team at Dogfish Head collaborate with Sony Records to create a new fusion beer in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the classic Miles Davis’ album, “Bitches Brew.” With a very tight deadline, they must formulate, tweak, produce and ship 50,000 bottles of custom beer.

CHICHA

Premiered Sunday, Nov. 28 at 10 pm E/P Sam heads to Peru to explore an ancient corn based brew called Chicha. Since he’s always looking for authentic brews, Sam decides it’s worth following the ancient recipe — including chewing up the corn to naturally speed fermentation. So it’s all hands on deck in Delaware when the Dogfish staff is enlisted to use their own saliva to brew their newest craft beer.

PUNKIN & PORTAMARILLO

Premieres Monday, Nov. 29 at 10 pm E/P Sam travels to New Zealand to make an indigenous brew for Beervana, the annual craft-brewing competition. Meanwhile, at the Milton brewery, fears of dumping a significant amount of Punkinâ Ale loom when it ends up in the wrong type of glass bottles.

GRAIN TO GLASS

Premieres Monday, Dec. 6 at 10 pm E/P When a company approaches Sam about making a beer out of cedar scraps salvaged from their hand-made surfboards, Dogfish jumps at the chance to create their first “cedar-fied” beer. But, the team faces a major setback when 9,000 gallons of their signature beer, 120 Minute IPA, gets flagged by Quality Control.

Episode video clips are available here:

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/brew-masters/episodes.html

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The Top 10 Breweries in the World: Founders, Bell’s, Ballast Point, Stone, Port/Lost Abbey

The Top 25 Beers in a Can: Oscar Blues, Sly Fox, Maui Brewing, Young’s Double Chocolate, Caldera, 21st Amendment

Pennsylvania Crushes Germany in the Top 10 Pilsners: Pilzilla, Prima Pils, Stoudt’s Pils, Pikeland Pils, Troegs Sunshine Pils

The Best Beer under $20 a Case: Yuengling Lager, Bitburger, Leinenkugels, Shiner Bock, Lionshead and more…

The Top 25 Stouts: Founders KBS, Breakfast Stout, Bell’s Kalamazoo, Rogue Shakespear Oatmeal, Goose Island Black Cat Bourbon, Deschutes the Abyss

The Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers: Ayinger, Beck’s, Hacker Pschorr, Flying Fish, Hofbrau, Stoudt’s, Lefthand, Magic Hat, Spaten

The Top Ten Belgian White Ales from a Taste Test: Blanche de Bruxelles, Hoegaarden, Ommengangs Witte, Victory Wirlwind, St. Brnardis Blanche, Allagash White, Blue Moon and more…

The Top 10 Mexican Beers: Bohemia, Negra Modela, Dos Equis, Corona, Carta Blanca, Tecate, Sol and more…

Top 50 Pound for Pound Beer List: Chimay, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Bells’, Victory, Founders, Hacker-Pschorr, Weyerbacher and more…

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Russian River’s Pliny the Elder Double IPA: A Review

 

 Pliney the elder 1 300x300 Russian River’s Pliny the Elder Double IPA: A ReviewIs this Double Gold Medalist the Best Beer in the World?

By Matt Goldstein

Regarded by many as the best beer in the world, Russian River’s Pliny the Elder Double IPA certainly has made its mark in the craft world.  We’ve been waiting to try this beer for a long long time.  After the mini debacle and beer-less adventure at the Earth Bread and Brewery, we decided to take the show down the road to our favorite neighborhood classic craft beer joint, Mt Airy Philadelphia’s McMenamin’s.  Right as we sit down the Pliny the Elder tap is looking us dead in the face.  WOW!  We’ve finally found it, Xanadu.  Winner of two gold medals at the Great American Beer Fest, Rated #2 at Beer Advocate and #13 by Rate Beer, Pliny the Elder comes with a lot of hype. 

When we put out our top 25 breweries list a few months ago, the Beer Advocate faithful berated us for not listing Russian River at #1.  The problem is that in Philadelphia, most of us have never even seen Pliny the Elder, ever!  (Only two of our 20 writers have actually been able to try it.  Well, now its three.)  I’ve been going to bars 2-3 times a week for almost 15 years and have simply never seen or heard of Pliny the Elder or it’s younger brother and triple IPA, Pliny the Younger.  Clearly, it’s all relative to accessibility.

The bartender pours a 12 ounce draft in what is a mini pilsner glass.  The look is a beautiful gold color and the nose has a scent of hops with citrus and spice.  The taste is dry, slightly sweet and dries up towards the finish.  No doubt, this is a classic IPA.  The Pliny is crisp and has great bite.  The hops are very well rounded and not over bearing like some IPA’s.  The presence of malts are just as notable as the hops.  It’s a perfectly balanced IPA.  The Pliny the Elder Double IPA is flat out a world class beer, but maybe a bit over hyped.  Is it the best beer in the world?  Of course not!  Only the Whiskey Goldmine can tell you what the best beer in the world is.  We have the monopoly on culture, class, taste and amazing.  Don’t ever listen to anyone else but us!    

From the Russian River Web Site:  Pliny the Elder was a Roman naturalist, scholar, historian, traveler, officer, and writer. Although not considered his most important work, Pliny and his contemporaries created the botanical name for hops, “Lupus salictarius”, meaning wolf among scrubs.” Hops at that time grew wild among willows, much like a wolf in the forest. Later the current botanical name, Humulus lupulus, was adopted. Pliny died in 79 AD while observing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. He was immortalized by his nephew, Pliny the Younger, who continued his uncle’s legacy by documenting much of what he observed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

8.0%ABV, 1.071 O.G

Gold Medal, 2006 World Beer Cup (Double IPA Category)
Gold Medal, 2005 GABF (Double IPA Category)
Bronze Medal, 2004 GABF (Double IPA Category)

Available year round in the pub, for distribution, and in 500mL bottles.

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The Top 10 Breweries in the World: Founders, Bell’s, Ballast Point, Stone, Port/Lost Abbey

The Top 25 Beers in a Can: Oscar Blues, Sly Fox, Maui Brewing, Young’s Double Chocolate, Caldera, 21st Amendment

Pennsylvania Crushes Germany in the Top 10 Pilsners: Pilzilla, Prima Pils, Stoudt’s Pils, Pikeland Pils, Troegs Sunshine Pils

The Best Beer under $20 a Case: Yuengling Lager, Bitburger, Leinenkugels, Shiner Bock, Lionshead and more…

The Top 25 Stouts: Founders KBS, Breakfast Stout, Bell’s Kalamazoo, Rogue Shakespear Oatmeal, Goose Island Black Cat Bourbon, Deschutes the Abyss

The Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers: Ayinger, Beck’s, Hacker Pschorr, Flying Fish, Hofbrau, Stoudt’s, Lefthand, Magic Hat, Spaten

The Top Ten Belgian White Ales from a Taste Test: Blanche de Bruxelles, Hoegaarden, Ommengangs Witte, Victory Wirlwind, St. Brnardis Blanche, Allagash White, Blue Moon and more…

The Top 10 Mexican Beers: Bohemia, Negra Modela, Dos Equis, Corona, Carta Blanca, Tecate, Sol and more…

Top 50 Pound for Pound Beer List: Chimay, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Bells’, Victory, Founders, Hacker-Pschorr, Weyerbacher and more…

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The Khyber Pass Pub Grand Opening: Craft Beer at it’s Finest

khyber pass pub 300x60 The Khyber Pass Pub Grand Opening: Craft Beer at its FinestFree Sly Fox Dunkel Lager, Sly Fox Phoenix Pale Ale and Four Roses Bourbon Cocktails

The legendary Philadephia rock & roll bar has been reinvented!  Come help us celebrate the latest incarnation of the time-honored Khyber in Old City by drinking awesome beer & eating delicious food!  Our brand new draft system needs to be tested out, and we have the brews to do it! But we need people to drink ‘em! Twenty taps! Two Engines! And Over 70 Bottles from around the globe!  We have some very special craft beers that we’ve been cellaring for this grand opening event. These beers will be tapped when we open at 11am. We encourage people to come early due to the limited quantity and unique nature of these beers.

These brews include, but are not limited to:

*Ballast Point Sculpin
*Allagash Curieux
*Russian River Pliny The Elder
*Yards Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barell Aged Gen. Washington’s Porter
*Terrapin So Fresh & So Green Green
*Founders Curmudgeon
*Dogfish Head Old School

This beers will be included during our regular happy hour from 4pm-6pm which features a $2 discount on all drafts, and $1 off anything from our extensive bottle list.

As we transition into the evening portion of our grand opening, we will offer all of our 22 draft beers at the price of $2 each from 6pm-9pm.

9pm – 10pm is our complimentary open bar featuring pints of Sly Fox Dunkel Lager and Phoenix Pale Ale as well as Four Roses Bourbon cocktails. DJs start spinning at this time and will kick it out until 2am.

From 10pm – 2am, $1 shots of Jameson will be offered with the purchase of any draft beer plus Beefeater Gin and Plymouth Gin cocktails will be $2.

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The Top 10 Breweries in the World: Founders, Bell’s, Ballast Point, Stone, Port/Lost Abbey

The Top 25 Beers in a Can: Oscar Blues, Sly Fox, Maui Brewing, Young’s Double Chocolate, Caldera, 21st Amendment

Pennsylvania Crushes Germany in the Top 10 Pilsners: Pilzilla, Prima Pils, Stoudt’s Pils, Pikeland Pils, Troegs Sunshine Pils

The Best Beer under $20 a Case: Yuengling Lager, Bitburger, Leinenkugels, Shiner Bock, Lionshead and more…

The Top 25 Stouts: Founders KBS, Breakfast Stout, Bell’s Kalamazoo, Rogue Shakespear Oatmeal, Goose Island Black Cat Bourbon, Deschutes the Abyss

The Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers: Ayinger, Beck’s, Hacker Pschorr, Flying Fish, Hofbrau, Stoudt’s, Lefthand, Magic Hat, Spaten

The Top Ten Belgian White Ales from a Taste Test: Blanche de Bruxelles, Hoegaarden, Ommengangs Witte, Victory Wirlwind, St. Brnardis Blanche, Allagash White, Blue Moon and more…

The Top 10 Mexican Beers: Bohemia, Negra Modela, Dos Equis, Corona, Carta Blanca, Tecate, Sol and more…

Top 50 Pound for Pound Beer List: Chimay, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Bells’, Victory, Founders, Hacker-Pschorr, Weyerbacher and more…

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The Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter!

troegs dead reckoning The Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter!“It’s not revenge, it’s a reckoning.”  –Doc Holliday

By James Parker

The Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter is a seasonal offering that might not be tapped anywhere right now and could possibly end its’ run at the local bottle shop.  However, if you do see Dead reckoning, and are a fan of the Baltic style of porters, it’s more than worth your money and time.  Out of the bottle, Dead Reckoning’s body is a true shade of dark brown, and it supports a foamy, khaki-colored head.  You can easily detect the chocolate in the nose, and if you linger a little bit, one not only gets a slight alcohol presence, but also a wonderful roasted aroma.  It’s relatively straightforward upon first taste, but it will leave an impression as your mouth warms up to it.  The chocolate and roast hints in the nose combine to make Dead Reckoning to be bitterer than expected, and it has an excellent mouthfeel — frothy and cold on the back of your throat.  If you’ve ever wanted to try a roasted milkshake (and you probably have), this is your chance.

Dead Reckoning Porter, 5.4% ABV.  Troegs Brewing, Harrisburg, PA

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The Top 10 Breweries in the World: Founders, Bell’s, Ballast Point, Stone, Port/Lost Abbey

The Top 25 Beers in a Can: Oscar Blues, Sly Fox, Maui Brewing, Young’s Double Chocolate, Caldera, 21st Amendment

Pennsylvania Crushes Germany in the Top 10 Pilsners: Pilzilla, Prima Pils, Stoudt’s Pils, Pikeland Pils, Troegs Sunshine Pils

The Best Beer under $20 a Case: Yuengling Lager, Bitburger, Leinenkugels, Shiner Bock, Lionshead and more…

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The Top 15 Best Macro Brews: Sierra Nevada, Yuengling, Heineken, Corona, Stella Artois and more…

newcaslte heineken carlsberg 300x180 The Top 15 Best Macro Brews: Sierra Nevada, Yuengling, Heineken, Corona, Stella Artois and more…By Pat Smith, Jeremy Thomson, Tim Rodgers, Paul Reiter & Matt Goldstein

Most people think to describe Macro brews as only Miller, Coors and Budweiser, but there are some large scale macro breweries out there brewing damn good beer, not just the American macro swill we’re all used to.  The Whiskey Goldmine has compiled a list of beers and major breweries that simply make a phenomenal beverage and are sold on a massive scale.  You’d be surprised at how many beers Sierra Nevada actually sells.  We were surprised too.    

1. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale:

5.6% ABV, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico, CA. The Sierra Nevada Company is the 5th largest brewery in the United States and by 2005; Sierra Nevada was in excess of $100 million in sales.  The Pale Ale is the clear #1 here; it’s not even worth arguing. The Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is simply a perfect beer.    

pilsner urquell2 The Top 15 Best Macro Brews: Sierra Nevada, Yuengling, Heineken, Corona, Stella Artois and more…2.  Newcastle Brown Ale:

 4.7% ABV, Scottish & Newcastle UK.  Newcastle Brown Ale is the #1 selling bottled beer in the UK and one of the best selling beers in Europe. 

3.  Sam Adams Boston Lager.

4.75% ABV. Boston Beer Company, Boston, MA. The Boston Beer Company is one of the largest breweries in the United States and for good reason.  These guys just make great beer.  Perhaps Sam Adams is being a little overshadowed by the recent craft beer fanaticism, but these guys have been doing great craft beer on a large scale for 25 years.  Six weeks after its release in 1985, the Boston Lager was awarded the “Best Beer in America.”   

4.  Bitburger Premium Pilsner.

4.8% ABV, Bitburger Brewery, Germany. Bitburger is the #2 selling beer in Germany and one of the best cases of beer you can buy for under $20.00. 

5.  Yuengling Lager.

4.7% ABV, Yuengling Brewery, Pottsville, PA United States. The Yuengling Brewery is the 4th largest brewery in the United States and the Lager is a classic staple beer on the East Coast.  Yuengling Lager Light might also be the best light beer in the world; without a doubt it’s Top 5.   

6.  Pilsner Urquell.

4.4% ABV.  Plensky Prazdroj, Czech Republic. Perhaps the most famous Pilsner in the world, Pilsner Urquell is the #2 selling beer in the Czech Republic.    

WARSTEINER LOGO 300x167 The Top 15 Best Macro Brews: Sierra Nevada, Yuengling, Heineken, Corona, Stella Artois and more…7.  Warsteiner Premium Pilsner.

4.8% ABV.  Warsteiner Brewery, Germany.  Warsteiner is the #3 selling beer in Germany but has a huge market overseas.  This is a great Pilsner.  It also has one of the coolest labels in all of beer.  You know you like it.  Don’t kid yourself.   

8.  Stella Artois.

5.5% ABV.  Stella Artois Brewing, Belgium.  Stella Artois is the best selling Belgian beer outside of Belgium.  Stella is a solid beer but tends to skunk easily. 

9.  Amstel Light.

3.5% ABV.  Amstel Brewery, Amsterdam, Netherlands.  Amstel Light is one of the best light beers in the world and the #1 imported light beer in the United States.

 10.  Dos Equis Lager.

4.5% ABV, Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, Monterey Mexico.  We never thought we would put Dos Equis above Corona but last week, we tried a Dos Equis and a Corona with what might have been the greatest fajita ever, and the Dos Equis emerged as the ideal beer with Mexican cuisine.  The Dos Equis is slightly thicker and slightly sweeter than Corona and it doesn’t need a god damn lemon.  Dos Equis is the #3 selling beer in Mexico. 

11.  Corona Extra.

4.6% ABV.  Grupo Modello, Mexico City, Mexico. I can already feel the craft beer geeks cringing as their reading this but who cares?  Corona is a refreshing beer and perfect or the summertime. Corona is also the #1 selling imported beer in America. 

guinness logo 111 214x300 The Top 15 Best Macro Brews: Sierra Nevada, Yuengling, Heineken, Corona, Stella Artois and more…12.  Guinness Stout.

6.0%.  Guinness Brewery, Dublin, Ireland.  Guinness is the #2 beer in Ireland and Irelands #1 beer export.  Guinness sells 2 billion pints a year.  Guinness is the #1 selling stout in the world.  If you like Guinness, try the Victory Donnybrook.  They’re very similar but the Donnybrook has a bit more flavor and a bit more bite.

13.  Heineken Lager.

5.0% ABV.  Heineken Brewery, Netherlands.  Heineken is the #2 selling imported beer in America and the 7th best selling beer in the world.  It does skunk too easy though, but is still very refreshing. 

 14.  Becks German Pilsner.

5.0% ABV.  Becks Brewery, Bremen, Germany.  Becks sells over 720 million liters a year.  That’s not peanuts. 

 15.  Red Stripe Jamaican Lager.

4.7% ABV, Desnoes & Geddes Brewing, Kingston Jamaica.  Red Stripe is a very refreshing beer, especially when you’re watching the sunset in Montego Bay or dining on a cliff in Negril.  However, after 8 days and nights at a Jamaican all inclusive with nothing other than Red Stripe, it gets a little tired.  Red Stripe has over $8 billion in sales annually. 

16.  Carlsberg Pilsner.

5.0% ABV.  Carlsberg, Denmark.  Carlsberg dominates the Denmark beer market with 95% of total beer sales.  That’s ridiculous.

 

Source:  The Daily Bugle, the New York Times, the Guardian, Beerinfo.com, Faq.org & Beeradvocate.com 

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A Four Loko Review: Fruit Punch, Grape, Raspberry, & Lemonade

four loco A Four Loko Review: Fruit Punch, Grape, Raspberry, & LemonadeMalt Liquor with the Caffeine Equivalent of 6 Cups of Coffee: Better Suited to Clean the Wheels on a Ford Explorer than Actual Consumption 

By Scott Michaels

While on a road trip to see the Philadelphia Eagles play the Jacksonville Jaguars, I went to the liquor store to stock up on adult beverages. While in the process of purchasing these said adult beverages, I came across one that may not fall into the adult beverage category. FOUR LOKO. Fittingly, I purchased 4 of these as I thought it would be as big of a hit as Smirnoff Ice was at the tailgate. (Yes, you just got iced.) I perused through the vast array of different flavors and decided to take Fruit Punch, Grape, Raspberry, and Lemonade.  I had only heard of the amazing ways this 11% malt beverage could make you feel.  4 Beers and 6 Coffees in 1 can!  Amazing. Unfortunately, when I placed the can to my lips and took my first sip, it tasted just like what I would imagine 4 beers and 6 coffees mixed together tasting like. FOUR LOKO would be better used to clean the dirt off the wheels of my Ford Explorer. I think it is great that the product is being removed from shelves, not because powerful punch it packs, but to save everybody from the aftertaste you will experience after drinking it. Great idea, terrible outcome.  Drink with Responsibility; for real.

 

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The Aventinus German Wheat Doppelbock

aventinus bottle glass The Aventinus German Wheat DoppelbockUnser Tap 6 by Schneider Weisse Brewing

By Howard & Matt Goldstein

The Aventinus German Wheat Doppelbock is made by the award winning “wheat beer specialists” of the Schneider brewing.   The Aventinus is the oldest wheat doppelbock of Bavaria, sold with the original recipe dating back to since 1907.  This doppelbock, or double bock is dark brown in color, with reserved carbonation.  The flavor is slightly sweet, smooth, dry and bitter with tastes of yeasts and essence of malts.  It’s the perfect beer for the fall season. 

Aventinus Wheat Doppelbock 8.2% ABV, original gravity: 18.5%, Germany

From the Scheider Weisse web site:   

Enjoying Schneider Weisse:  Wheat beer is a very sensual type of beer, as it has special qualities of its own. Among the fixed rituals are pouring it and clinking glasses. Both differ very much from other types of beer.

Pouring:
Rinse a clean original 0.5 l wheat beer glass with cold water, hold it at a slight angle and pour the well-refrigerated Schneider Weisse in the glass. Important: the neck of the bottle mustn’t be “washed”. To get the full yeasty taste you leave a swallow of beer (in Bavarian: “Noagerl”) in the bottle, roll the bottle between your hands before pouring out this last bit.

Clinking glasses
You clink glasses with their lower part: the foot. There are some reasons for doing so. The glasses are stable enough; it has been a tradition in Bavaria, and it sounds well. In addition, the carbon dioxide “gathers new speed” by the clinking. You did it. Now you can move the glass to your lips and enjoy the beer; slowly and thoroughly. Cheers!

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