Archive for the ‘Lancaster Brewing Company’ Category

The weather here is just crazy. It snowed the day after we came home from Hawaii. I even got off the plane in shorts! With the Spring coming, that means that I have to start cleaning up the lawn and get to planting. Anyways, this is a beer that Val picked out. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Just how awesome can a Shandy be? We use natural lemon and blueberry flavor, with pure cane sugar, for a zesty, refreshing and incredibly uplifting experience in taste!”

Random: I can’t wait for blueberries to be in season. They’re one of my favorites, especially when I get them from a farmers market.

This beer poured with a full finger of slightly off white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was mildly cloudy and bright orange. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with lemon juice, lemon candy and lemon-lime soda. There was very little blueberry in the nose. The taste was very similar. Lemon was the dominant flavor. It had a lot of lemon juice, lemon candy and lemon zest. There was some blueberry notes as the end of the sip, but it was very mild. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. The finish was instant with lemon zest. A can of this was $1.33, which came to $.11 per ounce. This was a solid shandy that I would bring to a barbecue in the Summer.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


This was the beer that Val ordered at The Corner Foodery. I’ve never had shoo-fly pie, but after some research, found that it is popular in the Pennsylvania Dutch community and is a molasses filled pie. It only makes sense that a brewery in Lancaster County would make a beer based off of it.


ABV: 6.2%

Style: English Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This brew is loaded with eight different malts and grains and, like shoo fly piec, a generous measure of Lancaster County blackstrap molasses. Malt forward and lightly hopped, this deep, dark brew has a medium/full body, subtle smoky sweetness and hint of vanilla on the finish.”

Random: This is available from September to October, in kegs and four packs, and may be available on nitro at select places.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly. It left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to how dark the beer was. The nose had a significant roasty presence with smoke and dark malts. I didn’t pick up much else. The taste had a bit more depth. It started with milk chocolate and then went into sweetness from the molasses. It had less smoke than the nose. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with the dark malts and chocolate. I didn’t mind the beer and had no issues drinking it, but since I’ve never had shoo-fly pie, I didn’t know what to expect. For me, this was a middle of the road porter that I’m glad I got to try, but won’t feel a need to revisit.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Happy Tuesday! I took the day off to get some things around the house done because I worked from home yesterday. My parents are flying back home today and their flight is delayed. It’s looking like I will not be getting a lot of sleep tonight. Anyways, this was a beer that I had at the Continental Tavern. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A combination of three different hops gives this ale an uplifting citrus flavor. Boss Hog gets its amber hue and full-bodied mouth feel from a very generous addition of four different malts. The lasting bitter finish welcomes another sip of this refreshing brew.”

Random: The restaurant was insanely loud and I couldn’t hear myself think.

This beer poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a mahogany color with light carbonation visible. The nose had pine notes and then a lot of malt. It was sweet and sticky caramel malt. The taste was heacy on the booze and was almost like a barleywine. It had a lots of caramel malt with sticky hops at the end, but the booze really detracted from the other flavors. It had a thick and chewy body with light carbonation. The finish was long and boozy. I could see what this beer was trying to do, but it was just a huge miss for me. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

The other half and I have settled into a night of television. We’re watching “House Hunters: International” and an episode about England and they were going mushroom picking. I can say that is definitely something I’ve never done and despite my love of fungi, have no intention of doing that. Perhaps I could train the meow to forage for mushrooms? Anyways, the other half picked this beer up so she could try it. She was nice enough to let me review it.


ABV: 4.7%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This American wheat lager-style beer, with the subtle suggestion of real, strawberries, is the perfect pint of true refreshment. Light and crisp, our Strawberry Wheat is a must-try for fruit and beer lovers alike.”

Random: The Phils got killed tonight 10-0. Not a good night for Mr. Lee.

This brew poured with a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was darker than expected, a clear, dark amber, with moderate to high carbonation visible carbonation. The nose had some wheat with some strawberry syrup. The taste was a bit of a letdown. It didn’t have enough strawberry to it and had a very odd vanilla note that was on the creamy side. There was some wheat present as well. The body was on the thicker side, especially for the style and had moderate carbonation. The finish was relatively quick with vanilla and strawberry. I wanted to like this beer, but the vanilla note and the fact that the beer was too thick was pretty off-putting and one that I wouldn’t have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

At the end of season, I’m still a sucker for a pumpkin beer that I haven’t tried. Without doing any serious/formal research, I think this is a newer seasonal offering from Lancaster. I found it on tap and I didn’t see any bottles of it, which is odd because we tend to get a lot of Lancaster beers in this area. So, let’s see how this one went.


ABV: 7.7%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Have your pie and drink it too! Bold in flavor with a deep amber color, our big Baked Pumpkin Ale is sure to remind you of Grandma’s pumpkin pie. Its lasting vanilla finish will leave your taste buds craving another.”

Random: I’m hoping to get halfway through this insane backlog today.

This brew poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the pint glass, which by the way, was chilled, which still annoys me to no end. The body was a clear chestnut color with high carbonation visible. The nose had some nuts, specifically hazelnuts and lots of nutmeg with cinnamon and ginger. The taste had a bit more spice with more nutmeg and pumpkin. There was a significant cinnamon presence as well, but reminded me more of a ginger snap than pumpkin pie. The body was thick, but not overly so, with high carbonation. There was a quick finish with nutmeg. Although this wasn’t my favorite pumpkin beer, it was definitely solid. It’s worth a try if you see it next Fall.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

So, since I was stuck writing up all of my reviews today, I decided to pop a brew open tonight. This was another one of the bocks that have been hanging around my house. It also came in a can, so I was really interested in trying this.

ABV: 6.6%

Style: Maibock/Helles Bock

Trivia: According to, “Rumspringa (Pennsylvania Dutch: [rʊmˈʃprɪŋə]; a noun derived from to the Pennsylvania ‘Dutch’ German verb term rumspringen ‘to run around’) generally refers to a period of adolescence for some members of the Amish, a subsect of the Anabaptist Christian movement, that begins around the age of 16 and ends when a youth chooses baptism within the Amish church or instead leaves the community. The vast majority choose baptism and remain in the church. Not all Amish use this term (it does not occur in John Hostetler’s extended discussion of adolescence among the Amish), but in sects that do, Amish elders generally view it as a time for courtship and finding a spouse.”

Random: I’m so sick of watching Chopped. The ingredients they pick are just bordering on ridiculous now.

This brew poured with a one finger white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear orange color with lots of visible carbonation. The nose was sweet with some nutty malt backing it up. The taste had some notes of golden fruit, honey sweetness and malt. The body was a medium thickness with lots of carbonation. Any booze that was there was really well hidden. The finish was really long and sweet. It wasn’t bad. All in all, a decent beer. It’s not something that I would seek out, but I’d have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0