Brews in Pennsylvania
I took a trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania over the weekend for a cousin’s wedding. I managed to find enough time between festivities to sample a fair amount of eastern Pennsylvania brews. I tried a few samples from Tröegs (Perpetual IPA and Tröegs Pale Ale were both delicious) and the solid Hop Hog from Lancaster Brewing.
The highlight was a morning trip to the Taproom by Spring House Brewing (I had to make a visit on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. because the nuptials started at 2 p.m.). I ran through a flight of Spring House brews like the tasty Lil’ Gruesome Peanut Butter Jelly Stout, Citra Must Be Destroyed IIPA and Robot Surf Factory Pineapple Pale Ale. My favorite of the bunch was the Astounding She-Monster Mango IPA (see below). I liked it so much that I brought a bottle home (thankfully it didn’t burst in my luggage). If you ever find yourself in downtown Lancaster, I recommend a trip to the Taproom. But get there early; it appears to be a popular place.
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The craft beer explosion has certainly made traveling more fun. And when I find gems like Astounding She-Monster Mango IPA, it makes a trip a little better. The brew from Spring House Brewing blended hop bitterness with a subtle hint of mango. The mango flavor isn’t overdone, which makes She-Monster an excellent summer beer choice.
RateBeer.com emailed a list of eight great Oktoberfests. Wisconsin was well represented with Capital Oktoberfest earning the rank of No. 6 and New Glarus Staghorn placing second. Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen was the top-rated beer, and one of three beers on the list that are made in Germany. That means that two out of the five domestic beers were from Wisconsin. Nice ratio.
Draftmag.com also offered a list of six late-summer saisons to try. Booyah, from our very own Milwaukee Brewing, made the list. Good call, Draft Magazine. Booyah is one of my favorites from MKE.
Craft beer is everywhere. A strip club that doubles as a brewpub was bound to happen eventually.
This week’s specialty beer served during the Lakefront Brewery fish fry (Friday from 4 to 9:30 p.m.) is Fixed Gear with a hop medley.
Wednesday, Sept. 3: “Something Hoppy” is the theme of the weekly meeting of the Milwaukee Beer Society at Best Place (901 W. Juneau Ave.), which starts at 6 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 4: The Packers start the regular season (enough of this preseason nonsense) with a trip to Seattle. Head to your favorite tavern to celebrate another football season.
Thursday, Sept. 4: Members of Barley’s Angels head to Biloba Brewing Company (18720 Pleasant St., Brookfield) for the monthly meeting at 7 p.m. The cost to participate is just $5. Reserve your spot.
Friday, Sept. 5: Abita brews are being sampled at Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) from 4 to 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 5: Head to Uber Tap Room to sample Lakefront Brewery beers paired with Wisconsin cheese. Tasting starts at 7 p.m. and costs $14.
Saturday, Sept. 6: Taste new beer arrivals from 4 to 7 p.m. at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.).
Saturday, Sept. 6: Erv’s Mug (130 W. Ryan Rd.) hosts the outstanding Ervtoberfest starting at 6 p.m. Try more than 40 fall brews from a wide range of breweries, and form a solid drinking base with a German buffet. It’s worth the trip to Oak Creek. Advance tickets are $35 and entry costs $45 at the door (but there’s no guarantee that spots will be open by then). Call 414-762-5010 for more information.