Seasonal Beer

Merry Monkey Mad Elf Hersheys…


Our feature for December is a selection of exciting holiday seasonals. Get them while you can!

Hershey’s Porter – Yuengling This limited edition unites Pennsylvania’s iconic Yuengling and Hershey brands into one special brew. Yuengling promises “smooth chocolate tones”. 4.7% ABV

Merry Monkey Belgian Style Ale
– Victory Brewing Co. This unique holiday seasonal is a high gravity Belgian style ale, brewed with cranberry, orange peel, cinnamon and nutmeg. 10% ABV

Mad Elf Ale – Troegs Independent Brewing – Mad Elf Ale is brewed with local Pennsylvania honey, cherries, chocolate malt and “subtle spices”. 11% ABV

Christmas Ale
– Breckenridge Brewery – This winter warmer is brewed with roasted malts. The brewer promises notes of caramel and chocolate, with a “spicy quality for balance and a clean finish.” 7.1 % ABV

Zombies…Nosferatu…Gargoyles…Beer!

Looking for a Halloween party appropriate beer that isn’t full of pumpkin and spice? Have a look at these dark themed brews.

TREAT – Sour Ale Brewed with Cherries – Heavy Seas Beer
Originally brewed exclusives for the taproom, TREAT has made its way to this limited can release. Available in 16oz cans. 7% ABV

Zombie Dust – Pale Ale – 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Zombie Dust comes complete with label artwork by comic book artist Tim Seeley. Available in six pack-bottles. 6.5% ABV

Nosferatu
– Imperial Red IPA – Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Nosferatu draws on Cascade and Simcoe Hops, with 3 types of malts to brew this unique seasonal offering. Available in 4-pack 16oz cans. 8% ABV

Enjoy By 10.31.21 – Hazy IPA – Stone Brewing
Stone released Enjoy By… on September 20, and intends for you to drink it by Halloween at the latest, for a truly fresh from the brewery experience. 6 pack/12 oz cans – 4%ABV

Craft Oktoberfest 2021

We’ve got an impressive selection of seasonal German style craft brews, just in time for Oktoberfest…

Blue Point Oktoberfest – a traditional German Oktoberfest style brew – 5.7% ABV

Port City Oktobefest is a Marzen-style lager, unfiltered and naturally carbonated. 5.2% ABV

Devil’s Backbone O’Fest! – An Oktoberfest lager brewed with a “contemporary” blend of malts and hops. 5.9% ABV

Victory Festbier – A Märzen brewed from German malts and whole flower German hops. 5.6% ABV

Great Lakes Oktoberfest – This 4-time award winner promises “toasty autumnal flavors”. 6.5% ABV

Left Hand Oktoberfest – A Märzen lager promising to add just enough hops to the malt for a “dry & spicy finish”. 6.6% ABV

Goose Island Oktoberfest – A German style Märzen offering a “mild earthy bitterness” due to Hallertau hops. 5.7% ABV

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest Amber Märzen promises “aromas of honey and biscuity bread”, with flavors of caramel and graham cracker. 5.5% ABV

The Great Pumpkin Has Arrived – Pumpkin Beer 2021


They seem to arrive earlier every year, and sell out long before Halloween. This year’s crop of great pumpkin beers are here…

Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin
– Pumpkin Ale – New Belgium
Brewed with cinnamon and habanero chili peppers for “just the right amount of heat.”

The Great’er Pumpkin
– Borubon Barrel Aged Pumpkin Ale – Heavy Seas
In addition to the usual cinammon, ginger and clove, barrel aging adds notes of “oak, vanilla, and of course, bourbon”.

The Fear
– Imperial Pumpkin Ale – Flying Dog
Spicy and sweet, brewed with 4 types of malt, two types of hops and 300 pounds of pumpkin per 50 barrels.

Punkin Ale
– Brown Ale – Dogfish Head
A brown ale brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg.

Pumpkin Ale
– Schlafly
Schlafly intends this to be “like a slice of pie in a bottle.” Caramel and ginger feature strongly in the tasting notes.

Jacques Au Lantern
– Belgian Pumpkin Ale – Evolution Craft Brewery
An unfiltered amber ale, brewed with pumpkin and spices, fermented with Belgian yeast.

Holiday Craft Beers 2020

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Winter Warmer Cinnamon & Nutmeg Holiday Ale – Harpoon Brewery
This festive brew has been around since 1988, a true New England classic of the season. The brewer promises a mild sweet malt behind the holiday spices. 5.9% ABV

Winter Cheers Hazy Wheat Ale – Victory Brewing Co
This winter seasonal from Victory is a Hefeweizen style wheat ale with a holiday spices from Bavarian wheat ale yeast and American Citra hops. 6.7% ABV

Shiner Holiday Cheer
Dunkelweizen – Shiner Beer
Shiner brews this holiday Dunkelweizen with Texas peaches and roasted pecans. 5.4% ABV

Christmas Ale
Scotch Ale – Bell’s Brewery
Bell’s offer a traditional Scotch Ale for the holiday season, promising “rich and malty notes of caramel and a warm finish.” 7.5% ABV

Dat Booty Doe, Night Owl, 31, Voodoo Ranger Spicy Release Atomic Pumpkin

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Our featured selections for September area an assortment of seasonal favorites, both old and new.

Dat Booty Doe with Reagan and Bethany Oktoberfest Style Lager – Heavy Seas
Heavy Seas teamed up with morning radio show hosts Reagan and Bethany to come up with this Oktoberfest style lager, brewed to be extra malty, with “loads of bready, biscuity Munich malt and balanced with just right amount of Noble European hops.” Heavy Seas considers this a fall session beer, weighing in at 5.5% ABV.

Night Owl Pumpkin Ale – Elysian Brewing
Night Owl is a traditional pumpkin ale brewed to perfection, with pumpkin puree, pumpkin juice and roasted and raw pumpkin seeds. Also in the mix, spices you’d expect to find, including ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. And of course, six types of malt and a bit of hops. 6.7% ABV

31 Pumpkin Spiced Lager – Duclaw Brewing Co.
Originally brewed as a one-off, 31 is once again available as a limited seasonal release. This clever brew is a traditional Munich Dunkel, with seasonal spices and pumpkin for a unique amber brew. 5.7% ABV

Voodoo Ranger Spicy Release Atomic Pumpkin – New Belgium Brewing Co.
New Belgium puts a spicier twist on pumpkin brews, with chili peppers added to the traditional seasonal spices of cinnamon and cloves. Habanero, Aji and Del Arbol peppers create “spiciness in the back of the throat that lingers…” 6.4% ABV

Commonwealth Brewing Company

Our featured beers for this month hail from Virginia Beach! Commonwealth Brewing Company is a local hot spot, and now we’re excited to bring their brews to you. We’ve currently got four selections from Commonwealth’s wide variety of beers.

Big Papi – The “big brother” to the popular Papi Chulo IPA. This double IPA weighs in at 8% ABV, Commonwealth promises Big Papi is “super juicy with low bitterness.”

Mano Del Puma – Commonwealth describes Mano Del Puma as a light Mexican lager, calling it “smooth, clean and supremely sessional.” They even suggest adding a slice of lime.

Westphalia – A brand new beer, Westphalia is a Dortmunder Export Lager. Commonwealth calls this a spring beer, with a “long and old lagered smooth character” and 6% ABV.

Ommegang Quadrupel Conundrum & Troegs Mad Elf Grand Cru

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We’ve got two exciting craft beer features for the holiday season!

First up is a beautiful and tasty gift set from Brewery Ommegang. The “Quadrupel Conundrum” comes with three special variations on Ommegang’s unique quadrupel ale. This four pack includes:

Original Quadruple Ale – for those unfamiliar, Ommegang blends quadruple ale and Belgian kriek for a unique malty and sweet take on the style.

Wine Barrel – The original quadruple aged for three months in red wine casks, imparting “subtle flavors of oak and dark fruit.”

Bourbon Barrel – For this variation, the quadruple is aged for six months in bourbon barrels, for added falvors of “chocolate, bourbon and oak.”

Blueberry Coffee – The most extreme of the bunch, the quadruple mingles with blueberries and roasted Ethipoian coffee beans. Ommegang assures us there’s nothing subtle about the taste of this one.

If you’re looking something a bit more festive, consider a bottle of Troegs Mad Elf Grand Cru, This brew has become a holiday tradition, and is synonymous with the season for Troegs fans. Never one to disappoint their fans, Troegs calls this years Mad Elf Grand Cru the “Director’s Cut”. This year’s Grand Cru was brewed with “Tart Balaton cherries”, with tasting notes that include cinnamon, clove, brown sugar and pepper.

Troges Mad Elf Grand Cru is bottle conditioned, and available in corked 22oz bottles. Not sure which is right for the beer lover in your family? Please ask our knowledgeable and friendly staff for advice.