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Mt. Hope Brewfest – May 14, 2011

3 May

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The Mt. Hope Brewfest is coming up soon! Spend a few hours and enjoy craft beer, food, and entertainment.

Join other lovers of beer on May 14, 2011 for one of two sessions. The first session is from 11am-3pm and the second session is from 4pm-8pm. Tickets (for you imbibers out there) are $40 in advance, $45 at the door. If you are the DD (I don’t envy you, but appreciate you!) then the entry fee is $15 in advnace, $20 at the door.

The entrance fee includes all the buffet food and musical enjoyment you can enjoy. For those of you paying for a drinking entry you’ll also receive a tasting glass. Make sure you purchase your tickets in advance to guarantee you’ll get a tasting glass! Beer just tastes better from a glass.

Naturally, make sure you are of legal age to drink. No shenanigans. Play nicely. No peeing behind the buildings. Ahem.

Are you a homebrewer? Whether novice or master, feel free to sign up for the homebrew competition! Last day for entering your brew is May 7, and there are specific rules and guidelines you must follow to be considered for the competition.

Breweries that will be ready to fill your glass:

Swashbuckler Brewing Company

DuClaw Brewery

Hometown Beverages

Flying Fish Brewing Company

Slyfox Brewing Company

Smuttynose Brewing Company

Weyerbacher Brewing Company

Intercourse Brewing Company

Bube’s Brewery

Appalachian Brewing Company

Spaten North America

JoBoy’s Brew Pub

Mountain State Brewing Company

Straub Brewery

Boaks Beer

Woodchuck Cider

Strongbow Cider

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Union Barrel Works

Yuengling Brewery

Roy Pitz Brewing Company

Brewery Ommegang

Troegs Brewing Company

Lancaster Brewing Company

Victory Brewing Company

Belukus Marketing Company

Yards Brewing Company

Rogue Ales

Erie Brewing Company

Are you salivating like I am?

There will also be a variety of retail vendors and if you’re hungry you can fill your plate with pulled pork, bratwurst, chicken chili and more. If you enjoy dancing when your blood starts warming up (like me), check out one of the stages for live music that’ll be going on all day long.

Check it out! I’m sure we’ll be there–babysitter dependent, of course.

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Cask Ale Festival – General Sutter Inn

4 Apr

Cask Ale Festival Token Sheet

This past weekend was the 3rd annual cask ale festival at the General Sutter Inn in Lititz, PA. The General Sutter Inn is a charming restaurant, lounge, and you can even sleep there (imagine that). Connected to the inn is the Bulls Head Public House, one of the most fantastic little English-style pubs in this area. They consistently have some of the best choices of hard to find brews on tap.

This is the first cask ale festival I’ve been to and it was excellent. I’ve grown to appreciate cask ales and enjoy trying beers on cask to pick out different nuances than their bottled or kegged cousins possess. If you aren’t sure what a cask ale is, you can read a good description of it here. This festival was set up on a ‘pay as you go’ basis and it was nice not paying a fee up front for a 3-hour window of time where you try to drink as many styles as you can in a short period of time. I liked being able to take my time choosing the beer I wanted and not feeling pressured to guzzle it down to try the next one. It was a perfect set up for the beer connoisseur.

The casks were set up in a large rectangular pattern in what seemed to be a ballroom at the General Sutter. We paid $20 for a sheet of tokens, each token equaling $.50. There were three different sized glasses to choose from, 10 oz, 16 oz, and 20 oz. Each beer had a certain number of tokens it cost for each size glass you were filling. We both chose the 10 oz glass so we could try the most beers with our sheet of tokens. There were 21 different casks available when we were there. Some kicked and others were put on. Here is a complete list of what was available when we were at the festival. I have put in bold the ones I tried.

The hours were enjoyable. They were full of tasty minutes (especially the 75 Minute part). Mike and I sat in the lounge, away from the hustle and bustle in the main ballroom area. The tables there were full and many people were standing. We arrived early enough in the afternoon to see some traditional male dancers perform. It was unusual seeing a men-only dance group, jumping and hitting sticks together in time to the music, but I loved it. It reminded me of a warrior dance, except slightly more jovial.

Lounge at the General Sutter Inn

We had a bite to eat in the lounge while enjoying our ales. I ordered the Schnitzel Sandwich and it was delicious. It was huge, seriously. Check out the size of my schnitzel (sorry, I can’t help myself).

schnitzel sandwich

I will definitely make it a point to go to the next cask ale festival at the General Sutter Inn, and any others within a close distance to where we live. Have you ever been to one?