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Oktoberfest @ J. Gilbert’s

Oktoberfest @ J. Gilbert’s

Last night, I had the opportunity to be the beer expert at J. Gilbert’s version of Oktoberfest. J. Gilbert’s is a steakhouse located in McLean, Virginia, and puts on various alcohol and food pairings each month. With Oktoberfest starting this weekend, the theme was set. I had never been the emcee of a beer tasting–I’ve more just partaken and occasionally only salivated at the menus–so this was a unique chance to test my knowledge of Germany’s … Read entire article »

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Our Favorite Bar in Blocks: Recreating Zeno’s Pub in Minecraft

Our Favorite Bar in Blocks: Recreating Zeno’s Pub in Minecraft

It’s no secret that for a few of our The Beer Circle writers, geekery is not just limited to the beer-geek realm.  Fortunately, these geek powers tend to be used for good, not evil.  But sometimes awesome.  The most recent bit of craft beer-fueled debauchery that Garrett and Kenton found themselves in was an undertaking to recreate their favorite college bar in Minecraft – as accurately as the game would allow.  This bar, Zeno’s Pub, … Read entire article »

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Voodoo Brewery and Brewpub – Meadville, PA

Voodoo Brewery and Brewpub – Meadville, PA

For several years now, those wishing to enjoy the brews of the renowned Voodoo Brewery have been forced to find the bars that carry their beers, find bottles during their limited releases (not always an easy task given how quickly they sell out), or travel to the brewery itself and fill a growler. Owner/operator Matt Allyn was happy to give us and some friends (including Russ) a tour roughly a year ago, where he briefly … Read entire article »

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Varga Bar, Philadelphia

Varga Bar, Philadelphia

My fiancée gets her hair done in Philadelphia, so whenever she makes the trip she asks if I would like to tag along. Being a good fiancé, I ride along and get dropped off at a bar somewhere in the heart of Philadelphia. On a beautiful summer day in June, I made the trek to Varga Bar, located at 10th and Spruce Streets near Washington Square. I arrived a little before opening so I hung … Read entire article »

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Beer Drinkers Guide to Cruise Ships

Beer Drinkers Guide to Cruise Ships

I recently went on a cruise to Bermuda on Celebrity Cruise Lines, and have a wealth of experience to share. While I cannot say that all cruise lines have the same policies and options, I would expect that the offerrings are similar. Cruise ships do not allow outside beer and liquor to be consumed on board; some allow you to bring up to two bottles of wine on board to be consumed in your stateroom. After … Read entire article »

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Opening Day: Timber Creek Tap and Table – Meadville, PA

Opening Day: Timber Creek Tap and Table – Meadville, PA

Northwestern Pennsylvania – a land of lakes, small towns, and enough wooded areas to make Smokey the Bear pretty nervous. Whenever the bustle of Washington gets to be a bit much, I take comfort in knowing that I’m still able to retreat back to this area I call home for an extended weekend. Formerly largely devoid of good sources of craft beer, this has begun to change in recent years, right in tune with the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bars, Breweries, IPA, Reviews, Robust Porter, Timber Creek Tap and Table

Flannery’s Tavern on the Square in Mercersburg, PA

Flannery’s Tavern on the Square in Mercersburg, PA

“Never Graduate.” More than a simple catchphrase – it represents a mindset.  A state of being.  It’s not an inability to let go – it’s a celebration of the good times had during one’s undergraduate career.  After graduating from The Pennsylvania State University and starting their careers in Washington DC, Garrett and Russ often find themselves using nearly any excuse they can find to take a trip back to State College, PA. Easily bored by … Read entire article »

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Event: Monk’s Cafe Beers of the Cellar

Event: Monk’s Cafe Beers of the Cellar

At our Eclipse tasting, Jeff’s friend Matt informed me of a rare “Beers of the Cellar” event at Monk’s Cafe in Philadelphia, on April 10, 2012. Considering I could only dream of what they sell at the bar, getting a taste of Tom’s cellar was too good to pass up–even at $95 a ticket. The dinner featured beers older than I am, sours of many vintages, and a six-course meal. I rolled into Monks a bit … Read entire article »

Filed under: Barleywine, Bars, Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg, Cantillon, Cider, Domaine Familial Louis Dupont, Dopplebock, Gueuze, J.W. Lees & Co., Kriek, Monk's Cafe, Port Brewing Co., Quad, Victory Brewing Co.

The Beer Circle Eastern PA Brewery Tour Recap

The Beer Circle Eastern PA Brewery Tour Recap

Editor’s Note: We would like to thank everyone who joined us on our beer excursion. We all had a great time, met some interesting people, drank some good beers, and hope to do it all again soon. For those of you who missed out, the following post will demonstrate why you shouldn’t have! We hope to host more trips like this in the future, stay tuned for more details. Al’s of Hampden Bob and Russ carpooled up … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al's of Hampden, Bars, Breweries, Capone's Restaurant, Lancaster Brewing Co., Monk's Cafe, Pizza Boy Brewing Co., Stoudt's Brewing Co., The Beer Circle, Tröegs Brewing Co.

Apres Vous in Wilmington, Vermont

Apres Vous in Wilmington, Vermont

At the beginning of March, Garrett, Russ, and a group of friends took a weekend trip up to Mount Snow in Vermont to do a little skiing and get away from the seemingly-winterless Northern Virginia area. After doing some research and realizing that we would not be close to Hill Farmstead or The Alchemist, we decided to just drink whatever local brewery we could get our hands on and still call it a win. Needing … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bars, IPA, Long Trail Brewing Co.