Victory Parkesburg: A Perfect Midweek Trip

by: Jimi The Intern
January 20, 2017
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Brewery hoppers are always looking for that next getaway to a new and exciting brewery. Some take long trips to different states, while others check out what’s new and exciting in their hometown.

Victory Brewing Company at Parkesburg teeters the line between the long and short trip, which makes it the perfect day-trip brewery.

Previously, we highlighted the self-guided tour at Parkesburg, and while alone it is a great reason to check it out, it is just one of the many reasons this brewery should be your next destination.

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Victory’s beers speak for themselves. For a lot of people, a sip of Victory might have been one of their first experiences with craft beer. Hop Devil is a long-standing form of the original American-style IPA that helped shape the craft beer we know and love today.

We owe a lot to Victory. They have pushed the craft beer boundaries for more than a decade, and the Parkesburg location just furthers their dedication to the craft.

Their tasting room is huge. It has two floors of ample seating with an extended bar on each floor. Both bars feature a very similar tap list with a few variations between them.

Victory’s staff is extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the beer that they pour. The tap list features their well-known offerings but also shows off their smaller batch brews plus options from their newly opened Kennett Square location.

[Ed. note: The below tap list was from our visit in early Nov. 2016; offerings change regularly.]

One overall favorite was the Kennett Square Victory Village Barleywine, which featured heavy notes of caramel and coffee. We got it just in time considering it kicked just as we were trying to fill a few crowlers to take home.

Other highlights were the Blackboard Series Berliner Weiss with elderberries, Festibier and Nitro Hop Devil. Also, be sure to grab at least a half-pour of Hop Devil from the traditional hand pump. It’s the best way to have it, and it is always available at Victory Parkesburg.

Victory has always been dedicated to the freshest beer, and that same love is shown to their food. From unique pickle plates to pulled pork sandwiches, there is something for everyone on the menu.

Soft house-made pretzels were the first order of business after grabbing a flight. Next, our extremely helpful bartender suggested the pickle plate, and we were not disappointed. It featured traditional pickles, but the bonus was the spiced pickled pumpkin and Carolina Reaper honeydew (it was actually hot!). We finished up with house-smoked wings and were completely full.

Although we tended to stick to small plates when visiting new breweries, Victory offers a wide range of entrees, salads and more.

After finishing up at the bar, we took our pints and walked through Victory’s interactive and informative self-guided tour, which gives you an appreciation of just how large this location is. Be sure to take a few sniffs at the hop blower before leaving.

Our last order of business was to grab a few crowlers to take home. Their crowlers are extremely affordable ($5-7), and it’s hard not to leave there with just one.

Even if you have been to the Victory in Downingtown, this brewery is a whole new way to experience one of the best breweries in our area. It’s extremely inviting with a knowledgeable staff, great food and, of course, terrific beer.

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Congrats to our Arooga’s NFL Pick’Em League Winners

by: Jimi The Intern
January 20, 2017
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Congrats to our winners!

To our dismay, another full season of NFL football has come and gone. Yes, we still have the championship games and the Super Bowl to look forward to (#HereWeGo), but it’s not the same as having a full 16-game slate throughout the fall.

During the season, there were a few players in our SaraBozich.com Pick Em League who finished strong and got some great swag and prizes from Arooga’s.

Champion: FREE Arooga’s wings for a year*

Sam Winters – 168 points

Second place: Arooga’s Swag Basket with $25 gift card, Arooga’s branded t-shirt, 2 bottles of award winning wing sauces

Rich Johnson – 167 points

Third place: Arooga’s Swag Basket with $20 gift card, Arooga’s branded cocktail mason jar, Arooga’s branded pint glass, and 1 bottle of award-winning wing sauce

Kelly Leighton – 166 points

Thank you to Arooga’s for helping us with the free drinks for all players during the season and for donating the prizes to the winners. Be sure to get into Arooga’s for great beer and wings for the rest of the NFL postseason and every sporting even throughout the year.

The league was extremely close this year, and it came down to the last week to crown a champion. Football isn’t over, so keep an eye out for Jimtern’s Steelers posts throughout the playoffs.

Categories: Food/Drink, Sports

Steelers AFC Championship: Cheers, Jeers and Fears

by: Jimi The Intern
January 19, 2017
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For the first time since 2010, the Pittsburgh Steelers are one game away from getting to the Super Bowl.

Let that sink in: One. Game.

It’s not a surprise that Pittsburgh is in position considering they were an early season pick to come out of the AFC, but the lackluster start that was mired with injuries put the season on life support. They lost four straight games, and it seemed like even the postseason was a stretch.

Now, they have rattled off nine wins, including two in the playoffs, to reach this opportunity in Foxboro.

My cheers, jeers, and fears this week focus on how the Pittsburgh Steelers get to Super LI in Houston.

Cheers: Offensive line

LeVeon Bell is quick to point out that he wouldn’t be able to run rampant through defenses if it wasn’t for the hogs up front. He’s totally right.

The O-line hits the defense at the point of attack, which allows Bell to be so patient in picking his spots. His 337 yards in the playoffs thus far have allowed Pittsburgh to control the clock and keep the opposing offense on the sideline.

Brady and company can score, so this is another point of emphasis this week. Run Bell and run him a lot.

Jeers: Converting in the red zone

Dejavu all over again, right?

The Steelers found a way to win a divisional road playoff game without getting into the end zone despite having five red-zone opportunities.

Four resulted in a Chris Boswell field goal and the other was a tipped-ball interception inside the five. If Pittsburgh wants to get to their ninth Super Bowl they will have to convert these into touchdowns.

It was frustrating to see Bell left in to pass block when he should have been getting the ball at least twice near the goal line. They ride Bell all the way down the field and then let up when they get near pay dirt.

Field goals won’t cut it this week in Foxboro.

Fears: The Patriots

This team is in their sixth straight AFC Championship game for a reason. Tom Brady and Bill Belichek know how to win playoff games, especially at home, where they are virtually unbeatable.

New England bested the Steelers earlier in the season, but that was a game without Ben under center and the offense sputtered again in scoring positions.

Pittsburgh kicked four field goals from inside New England’s 30-yard line and they only made three. Boswell also missed another long field goal late in the game.

It’s been a common thought that Pittsburgh is the only team built to beat this Patriots team. I tend to agree, but it takes an almost perfect game to come out of Gillette Stadium with a win.

Prediction:

The Steelers can punch their ticket to Super Bowl LI if they control the clock and rattle Brady early. Jesse “The Outlaw” James needs to be a factor at tight end to keep the Patriots from stacking the line of scrimmage to stop Bell.

Ben needs to be more accurate with his throws so that his receivers have a chance to make a play and get down the field after the catch.

After watching the way Pittsburgh dominated the Chiefs last week, it’s not hard to see them winning this game. The Patriots are a great team, but they have flaws and Pittsburgh has the ability to capitalize on those flaws.

Pittsburgh is the one team that New England did not want to see in the championship game.

Get the beer and Terrible Towels ready because Pittsburgh is going to the Super Bowl following a 31-28 AFC Championship victory.

Categories: Sports, Steelers

Weekend Roundup 1/19

by: Sara Bozich
January 19, 2017
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We’re continuing a low key January, and I don’t have much for plans but there are some things on my to-do list.

I’d really like to get out to see Gamut Theatre’s Choose Your Own Adventure The Play: Space Vampire at some point (performances Friday through Sunday).

Friday, of course, is 3rd in the Burg, and we’re double-dating to Alvaro’s for a low-key evening of great Italian food (BYOB of course). Saturday is the highly anticipated Lyrical Gangster release at Zeroday, so I’ll need to stop there for sure.

And Sunday is reserved for Steelers football, of course. This week’s menu will feature South Philly Hoagies because I am tired of cooking!

What are you doing this weekend?

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