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Review: Tired Hands Brewing Company, Ardmore

Monday, September 10th, 2012
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Beer Buy: Old Forge T-Rail Pale Ale

Friday, August 31st, 2012

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Though my favorite pale ale remains Victory Headwaters, Old Forge’s T-Rail – brewed somewhat nearby, in Danville, PA –  is another worthy of consideration. It’s got all the markings of a classic pale: light caramel malts bring a touch of sweetness, while forward (but balanced) hops create a crisp, refreshing finish, perfect on a warm day.

It’s also worth noting the value on display here; a sixer of 16oz cans – that’s right ladies and gentleman, pounders – is only $10.49 at Wegmans. Cans, which were once considered to be the sign of cheap swill, are making a comeback. New lining has been developed to prevent the can itself from imparting flavor, and the better seal and complete protection from light (beer freshness’ foremost enemy) actually make cans the superior vessel to bottles (ProTip: pour either into a glass). As such, more and more craft brewers are distributing in cans (though pounders are less common).

Beer Buy: Great Lakes Doppelrock

Monday, March 26th, 2012

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Trying to crown the best American craft brewer would be a thankless, somewhat pointless task. With so many different styles, and so many individual tastes, it’d be impossible to placate everyone. That said, if the main characteristics were consistency and balance, Great Lakes would have to be near the top of the list. Every beer from the Cleveland-based brewery is well-made, achieves a remarkable balance between malt and hops, and is wonderfully tasty.

Though I have yet to have a bad Great Lakes beer, if pressed to pick a favorite, it would likely be The Doppelrock, a Spring Seasonal / bock offering. Like others from Great Lakes, this brew manages to pack a huge amount of malty love, hoppy goodness and alcohol power into a smooth, stunning beer that never seems off-center. The malt brings loads of chocolate, caramel and nutty sweetness, but there are just enough hops on the finish to even things out. Despite it being close to 8% abv, the heat is barely noticeable. This is everything great about a traditional Spring bock, “amped” up in truly American style (hence the dueling guitars on the label).

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Review: Le Bus Bakery Outlet, King of Prussia

Sunday, February 12th, 2012
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Review: Armenian Delight, Broomall

Monday, November 14th, 2011
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Review: A Taste of Olive, Ardmore

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
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Review: Sugartown Smoked Specialties, West Chester

Monday, August 8th, 2011
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Review: Pete’s Produce Farm, Westtown

Sunday, July 17th, 2011
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Review: Sugartown Strawberries, Malvern

Monday, May 30th, 2011
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Review: Town Hall Coffee, Merion Station

Monday, April 18th, 2011
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