Archive for October, 2009

Review: The Handcrafted Cookie Company, Phoenixville

Friday, October 23rd, 2009
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Pumpkin Beers

Monday, October 19th, 2009

One of the great things about Fall is the arrival of all kinds of pumpkin beers. Brewed with real pumpkin (usually) and the spices associated with pumpkin pie, these beers are best enjoyed on a chilly October or November day.

Shipyard's Pumpkinhead Ale (unfortunately not one of our favorites)

Shipyard's Pumpkinhead Ale

Of course, living in Pennsylvania, where it is required to purchase a case of beer at the distributor, it can be intimidating shilling out $40 for a case of pumpkin beer you’ve never tried. A few years ago, I purchased a case of Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale, the first commercial pumpkin beer brewed, only to come home and find that I didn’t particularly care for it. So, in attempt to prevent you from having a similar experience, here’s a little bit of information about many of the pumpkin beers we’ve tried recently (updated for 2011!):


Review: Tango, Bryn Mawr

Monday, October 12th, 2009
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Saxby’s takes It’s a Grind

Friday, October 9th, 2009

About a month ago, we posted that Saxby’s had closed their Malvern location. Now, the fast-expanding Colorado Conshohocken coffee shop chain has taken over the Rt 30 building in Paoli that is currently branded It’s a Grind. Don’t expect any service outage — the staff is saying the same, and the coffee and cups have already switched.

This is a bit of a disappointment for espresso fans, as It’s a Grind had the best of the chain stores. Saxby’s isn’t horrible, but it lacks the richness and depth of IaG.