The Brewholder News: Scare Up some Brews this Weekend

Braaaaaaaaiiins Pumpkin Ale from Springhouse will be flowing like blood in a horror flick this weekend! Cheers!

Halloween events abound this weekend – get your costume and celebrate with all the pumpkin beer you can consume!!!

Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA – Halloween Celebration, Saturday, 10/28/17. DJ and open bar from 9pm to 12am for $25. More details on

Forest & Main, Ambler, PA – Halloween Party, 9pm – 12am. Costume contest and “ghoulish dancing to follow.” Check out more info on the Forest & Main Brewing Company Facebook page.

The Pour House, North Wales, PA – Four days of Halloween themed events begin on Friday. From the press release – Eat, drink and be spooky at The Pour House in North Wales, PA for a weekend-long Halloween party with music, drink specials, and giveaways. Come for the boos and stay for the brews from Lord Hobo Brewing tapping Boom Sauce, Glorious, and Hobo Life earlier this week. The Pour House is one of the first Philadelphia bars to pour the Cambridge, MA beers.

Friday night will feature DJ Panda from 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. Saturday afternoon, guests can enjoy the brand-new brunch menu from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. while ‘The Skeleton Keys’ band plays later that evening at 9 p.m. Sunday is game day where Eagles fans can watch the birds take on the 49ers at 1 p.m.
The weekend-long party wraps up on Monday with a Count Dracula Blood Drive from 3 – 8 p.m. to benefit the victims of the Las Vegas shooting and a sweet treat will be given to those who donate. Closing out the evening, Las Vegas musician, Josh Liberio will be performing from 8 – 11 p.m.

Colonial Masquerade at the Powel House, Old City, Philadelphia

Join Home Brewed Events and PhilaLandmarks for a Colonial Masquerade Party at the Powel House in Old City. The well-known haunted mansion will be flowing with spooky ghost stories, live music and beautifully decorated masked attendees. Enjoy colonial cocktails from Eight Oaks Craft Distillery, local historic brews and light fare.  Perhaps one of the ghostly residents of Powel House will join us for the evening’s celebrations.

For a small additional cost, have your fortune read or make your own mask onsite to wear all evening. The best dressed ghost or ghoul will be crowned that evening! More info here.

Cheers! And Boo!
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Brewery Ommegang Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Photo courtesy Brewery Ommegang

Photo courtesy Brewery Ommegang

Brewery Ommegang is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a 20th Anniverary Ale and a 20th Anniversary Rare Beer variety pack.  The full press release is below!  Cheers to Ommegang!

Inspired beers to celebrate 20 years; Brewery Ommegang’s anniversary beers now available for celebrating milestone

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Brewery Ommegang is proud to release their 20th Anniversary Ale, a luxurious Belgian-style dark ale aged for more than five months in bourbon barrels. Brewery Ommegang was founded in 1997 on a 140-acre former hop farm with a simple goal in mind – brew beautiful, imaginative Belgian-style ales blended with a touch of American innovation. Twenty years later, that is still the brewery’s goal, and to celebrate two decades of inspired Belgian-style brewing, the brewery took a classic Belgian-style brew and gave it an American twist through aging in Bourbon whiskey barrels.

Brewed with a careful blend of Munich, Special B, Cara-Vienne, and Blackprinz malts with additions of Belgian candi sugar, 20th Anniversary Ale enjoys balanced hopping with Spalter Select, and Styrian Golding hops. Following fermentation, this deep, rich, complex brew inspired by the great Trappist brewing tradition spends several months maturing in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. The result is an ale perfect for sharing, celebrating, and rejoicing.

“Twenty years ago, our founders built Brewery Ommegang with a simple purpose: to use Belgian-inspired brewing to elevate the entire conversation about craft beer in this country,” remarked Brewery President Doug Campbell. “Today, two decades later, with the release of this beer, we honor their legacy while at the very same time we continue to pursue it every day.”

20th Anniversary Ale pours a deep mahogany color with a thick tan head. Aromas of oak and bourbon upfront give way to subtler notes of toffee, caramel, and chocolate. The flavor is mildly sweet, with notes of caramel and molasses mingling with hints of bourbon and oak. A rich mouthfeel, and full body resolves to a sweet finish balanced nicely by a slight drying astringency. Dark roasted meats, rich creamy cheeses, Belgian chocolate are excellent pairing options, or enjoy the beer as a dessert all on its own.

In addition to 20th Anniversary Ale, Ommegang has also released a 20th Anniversary Rare Beer Pack that includes three rare beers and an Ommegang glass. The beers, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Three Philosophers, Ginnepin Saison brewed with juniper berries, and Bourbon Barrel-aged Abbey Ale, are all unique takes on Ommegang favorites.

Both 20th Anniversary Ale and the 20th Anniversary Rare Beer Pack are available now in many Ommegang retailers in the United States. The Ommegang beer finder enables beer fans to search for retailers by zip code.


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The Day I Interviewed the original “Most Interesting Man In the World”

“Stay Interesting” available now in bookstores and on Amazon. Photo courtesy of Brian Pollack.

Every once and a while an opportunity presents itself that you just need to embrace.  Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Jonathan Goldsmith, the actor who became famous for portraying Dos Equis’ original “Most Interesting Man in the World.”  His new book, “Stay Interesting:  I Don’t Always Tell Stories About My Life, but When I Do They’re True and Amazing” was released on June 13, so I thought – because of his experience with Dos Equis – he would have some stories to tell about beer.

I had the chance to talk to Goldsmith on a phone interview, to find out a little more about the original “Most Interesting Man in the World.”  I learned that long before he became uber-interesting, Goldsmith began his acting career in Western movies and portrayed many characters in a distinguished list of 1980s television shows including Dallas, MacGyver, The A-Team, Knight Rider, and Magnum P.I. among many other iconic shows of the decade.  He explained that he decided to put the book together after a charity trip to Viet Nam.  “A reporter interviewed me about my career, and when we were done he said, ‘With the stories you have, you should write a book!’  I had already been saving things for my children and grandchildren, but I decided that a book would be a great way to pass along my stories to them.”

Goldsmith told me about his role as a villain in John Wayne’s last movie – The Shootist; his character came to his demise by being shot in the head by The Duke.  The scene needed multiple takes and the blood packets left welts on his face each time.  The producer felt so bad for him that Goldsmith was paid double in the end.  “Stay Interesting” also documents Goldsmith’s audition for Dos Equis in which he was asked to create a story with the last line “…and that’s how I arm-wrestled Fidel Castro.”  Goldsmith explained, “I channelled my friend (and fellow actor) Fernando Lamas, including his accent” and created a story that wow-ed the casting directors and landed him the spot.

The stories in “Stay Interesting” are focused on Goldsmith’s acting career and his interactions with other actors and actresses, including Tina Louise (Ginger from Gilligan’s Island); but the man who was the face of Dos Equis beer for almost a decade admitted that there are no tales in the book that involve beer.  In fact, since leaving Dos Equis, Goldsmith has become associated with Astral Tequila and even makes a brief appearance in a video on the website in which he says, “I told you – I don’t always drink beer.”  Even though “Stay Interesting” does not discuss any interesting beers, it was clear from his stories during the interview that the book will be a fantastic read, especially for anyone who has an appreciation for the Hollywood scene from the 1960s through the 1980s.


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Death of the Fox Brewery & Coffeehouse to Open August 14

Death of the Fox Brewing Company to open August 14. Photo courtesy Death of the Fox Brewing Company.

The long awaited Death of the Fox Brewing Company will open to the public on August 14.   Read about this New Jersey brewery on Philly Beer Scene Online Exclusives!


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Dogfish Head releases a coconut IPA

Coconut IPA – yes! Photo courtesy Dogfish Head Brewing Company.

I’ve had a few coconut beers in my time, so when I read this release from Dogfish Head, I have to admit I was intrigued!   Looking forward to trying this one for sure:

Dogfish Head Celebrates the Summer with a Tropically Off-Centered Lupu-Luau IPA!
A juicy, coconut-centric IPA brewed with a tropical trifecta of toasted coconut, experimental hops and dehydrated coconut water

Milton, Del., July 7, 2017 – Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is excited to welcome its newest off-centered ale to the party, Lupu-Luau IPA, a coconut-centric India Pale Ale brewed with a tropical trifecta of toasted coconut, experimental hops and dehydrated coconut water. Clocking in at 7.3% ABV and 45 IBUs, this unique take on a tropical IPA begins shipping nationally to taps and shelves in early June. Hazy with a white head, Lupu-Luau IPA gets its name from Lupulin, the hop flower gland containing essential oils, and luau, because Lupu-Luau is a tropical party in your mouth!

Lupu Luau IPA gets its unique, tropical fruit, pineapple and citrusy aroma from an experimental hop that throws generous coconut and woodsy notes into the flavor profile of the beer. “We worked hard to secure the majority of the full domestic yield of this experimental hop crop for years to come and Dogfish is currently the only brewery contracted to purchase it,” says Sam Calagione, founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. “We use dehydrated coconut water that contains delicious natural sugars and flaked toasted coconut as centerpieces of the beer – ingredients that pay homage to Coco Loco, a coconut blonde brewpub exclusive we brewed back in 2011 and an early example of tropical fruit IPA innovation from Dogfish.”

India Pale Ale is the highest-volume and fastest growing beer style in America and the largest breakout sub-style is the fruit IPA. In May 2017, the Brewers Association reported that the fruit IPA experienced a 236.67% growth in a rolling 52 week period. Dogfish Head is proud to be a leading pioneer in the evolution of the fruit IPA arena as it is the first American brewery to package and ship fruit IPAs nationally. In 1996, Dogfish released Aprihop, a massively hopped fruit India Pale Ale brewed with apricots, and the brewery has continued to innovate and experiment with all natural culinary ingredients including beautiful fruits, fresh citrus and tropical coconuts. To find and enjoy Lupu-Luau IPA and other off-centered Dogfish Head brews in your area, visit


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Winter is almost here – Ommegang announces next GOTR brew

Photo courtesy Brewery Ommegang.

This week, Cooperstown, NY-based Brewery Ommegang, in conjunction with HBO, announced their next beer in their Game of Thrones inspired series.  “Winter is Here” is a double white beer, named for the impending zombie invasion in the show.   The brew will be released in October, as well as a re-release of their Fire and Blood Ale.

The full press release can be seen here.

In addition, Ommegang recently announced the release a new beer – Fruition.

Fruition from Ommegang. Photo courtesy Brewery Ommegang.

Brewery Ommegang’s Fruition is a new, hazy, tropically-infused year-round beer

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) Brewery Ommegang is proud to announce a brand new year-round offering, Fruition. This refreshing 5.3% ABV dry-hopped wheat ale begins as award-winning Witte as the base beer and is then given a tropical twist with the addition of mango, kiwi, and passion fruit juices. The result is a slightly tart and fruity, hop-forward beer that’s exceptionally drinkable. It’s the perfect beer to pair with summer.
“As with every beer we brew, we strive to make all the elements blend together, and we think we’re succeeded in that quest with Fruition,” says Ommegang’s brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “Fruition is our first foray into the tropical fruit flavors that consumers find so appealing with New World hop varieties, and we look forward to feedback from fans.”
Brewed with malted and unmalted wheat and oat flakes, and spiced with sweet orange peel and coriander, Fruition is fermented with mango, kiwi, and passion fruit juices then dry-hopped with Citra and Cascade hops.
Fruition pours a pale straw color with moderate haziness and a fluffy white head. Tropical fruit and citrus aromas dominate the nose and the flavor follows suit with tart tropical fruit and citrus up front, followed by a smooth mouthfeel with a medium body. The finish is resoundingly dry with nice effervescence. The dryness and acidity of Fruition make it a perfect beer to pair with all manner of cheeses, particularly cheeses with some funk. The effervescence also makes this beer a great pairing with saltier foods – try Fruition with Belgian frites or chicken & waffles.
Fruition is available now in 12 oz. six-packs and on draft in the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CT, CO, DE, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and Washington D.C. Fans can use the brewery’s beer finder to search for retailers by zip code.
About Brewery Ommegang
Brewery Ommegang opened in 1997 to brew imaginative craft beers across a variety of styles, with particular emphasis and respect for Belgian brewing traditions. Ommegang brews nine ales year-round, as well as an extensive and innovative range of seasonal and specialty ales. The beers have won a national following by connoisseurs of fine beer and are distributed in 46 states and internationally. Ommegang is located on a 136-acre farmstead in Cooperstown, New York and offers free daily tours and inexpensive tastings as well as a 75-seat café, a well-stocked brewery store, and an annual calendar of public events including a summer concert series and a legendary beer festival, Belgium Comes to Cooperstown. Ommegang is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. For more information, contact, call 1-607-544-1800, or visit Ommegang is a member of the Duvel family of fine beers. Follow Ommegang on Twitter: @BreweryOmmegang,, and Instagram: @BreweryOmmegang

Sly Fox Releases Hop Project .003 IPA

Sly Fox Hop Project release 003 available now! Photo courtesy Sly Fox Brewing Company.

Another new IPA was released by Sly Fox on July 8 – check it out!

No. 003
India Pale Ale

Robust quantities of Citra, Denali, and Centennial hops were incorporated into the third IPA to emerge from Sly Fox’ ongoing Hop Project series.

Hop Profile
Citra, Denali, Centennial

Find It!
Pottstown Tastin’ Room, Phoenixville Brewpub, and in limited quantities at fine beer purveyors throughout Pennsylvania.

Read more about their Hop Project here.


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Iron Hill cans “Crusher” IPA just in time for summer

“Crusher IPA” now in cans. Photo courtesy Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant.

Iron Hill’s popular “Crusher” IPA has been canned and is available for purchase in 4 packs of cans for your enjoyment around your own pool, the beach or the mountains.   See the press release below:

The popular brewery’s latest beer release joins their rapidly growing line-up of canned beers, available in four-packs of 16-oz. cans to go while supplies last

On Thursday, June 29, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant will release Crusher™ in cans. Since Iron Hill committed to making more of their beers available to fans in cans, they have consistently released some of their most popular and exciting offerings with an eye towards seasonality; Crusher is a summery IPA perfect for the hottest time of year.
· Crusher™ is a hoppy session ale brewed with a blend of Amarillo, Cascade and Mosaic hops for bright aromas of grapefruit, and ripe pineapple
The refreshing IPA will be available in limited quantities, while supplies last, in four-packs of 16-oz. cans
Like several of Iron Hill’s recent can releases, the can itself features a fun refreshed design from Pittsburgh, PA’s Smith Brothers Agency, joining other Iron Hill favorites such as Rising Sun IPA, Vienna Red Lager and Mahalo, Apollo!


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Alesmith to release .394 Pale Ale Nationwide!

A press release from Alesmith on July 5 announced that their .394 will be available nationwide!   Here’s the release:


Second Generation Tip-of-the-Cap to Tony Gwynn Keeps Memory of Baseball Legend Alive

SAN DIEGO (JULY 5, 2017) – San Diego’s AleSmith Brewing Co. announces today its Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394 will be available in markets nationwide beginning in July.

<image003.jpg>About Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394
In 2014, AleSmith released the original San Diego Pale Ale .394, named for the batting average at which the late Tony Gwynn, San Diego Padres great and Hall of Famer, finished the 1994 season. AleSmith and Gwynn collaborated in the development of the beer, which Gwynn described as “light with a kick”.

The following year, after Gwynn’s passing, AleSmith paid homage to the legendary slugger by introducing a limited-edition imperial or double version available only in the San Diego market. The higher-octane interpretation, dubbed Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394, weighed in at 9.0% ABV packed into 22 oz. bottles adorned with Gwynn’s Hall of Fame signature.

Now, for the first time, Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394 will be available outside California. Like its predecessor, the imperial .394 is bursting with American hops, delivering a well-balanced palate of citrus, tropical fruit and pine notes.

“Tony’s spirit and the friendship we developed while working together has brought the Gwynn and Zien families incredibly close,” said Peter Zien, owner and CEO of AleSmith Brewing Co. “We hold the Tony Gwynn 5.5K run and walk annually with proceeds benefitting the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation. Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394 is just one more way for us to keep the memory of our dear friend alive.”

AleSmith Hall of Fame Imperial San Diego Pale Ale .394, will be available at the AleSmith Brewing Co. tap room and on- and off-premise accounts across the U.S.


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Happy Belated 21st Birthday to River Horse!


Happy 21st Birthday! Photo courtesy of River Horse Brewing Company

It’s hard to believe that River Horse Brewing is 21 years old!  I remember the days (probably around 1999) of buying a variety case of River Horse and unfortunately each variety tasted like liquid pennies!   Things started to get better – I’ll never forget the  filtered Summer Ale and my first Belgian Freeze.  But in 2007 it definitely turned around – Processes were enhanced and the fun began!

River Horse has absolutely gotten better with age.   I’ve especially enjoyed their varieties I’ve tasted recently – like their tart but very drinkable Cranberry Sour.

So Cheers to River Horse!  Here’s to another 21 years!


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