Beer Road Trip

Free Will Brewing Co. in Perkasie is celebrating their brand new, bigger and better, taproom tomorrow Friday, November 21 from 3 pm to 9 pm. The new bar area is in the same building, but is now located at the front, rather than the basement. There will be 16 beers on tap for the grand opening celebration. Here are just a few: Pixie’s Revenge, Ralphius, Black Friday, Freshie IPA, 10W Porter, Destiny’s Wit, Techno IPA (one of my favorites), Saison de Rose and a special firkin of C.O.B. (with Ghana roasted cacao nibs, Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans and maple syrup). The new taproom is accessible through the front entrance, street-side on 410 East Walnut Street.

Convivium 2014_Bucks County Brewery

Bucks County Brewery is brewing something special for Thanksgiving. “It’s a beer brewed for one meal. And one meal only,” says brew master and owner Andrew Knechtel. Convivium 2014 is a gruit style beer brewed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme instead of hops. It’s a beer brewed specifically for a Thanksgiving feast (Convivium is Latin for “the banquet”). Only 100 750 ml bottles of Convivium have been bottled. They will go on sale at the brewery starting at 3 pm tomorrow (November 21). Make sure you get a bottle for your family’s table before they sell out, because once this inaugural batch of Convivium 2014 is gone, it won’t be back until next Thanksgiving. The brewery is at 31 Appletree Lane in Pipersville, just north of Plumsteadville off of Rt. 611.

Liberty Hall Pizza_proscuitto pizza; photo courtesy Liberty Hall Pizza

Pizza and empanadas

Authentic Neapolitan wood-fired pizza is coming to Lambertville. Pizza artisan Chris Bryan and Canal Studios owner Danny Popkin are opening Liberty Hall Pizza on North Union Street this month. Bryan learned the ropes at Nomad Pizza in Hopewell, NJ, whose Neapolitan pizzas are crisp, fresh and delicious. Bryan intends to source locally for many of his ingredients, especially for his fresh salads, in addition to imported Italian tomatoes, mozzarella di bufala and extra virgin olive oil. An Italian 850-degree wood-fired Valoriani oven is used to bake the pizzas for only two minutes, producing a chewy, yet charred “leopard spotted” crust. The 50-seat, 1,500-square foot restaurant is slated to open this month, November, at the Canal Studios on 243 North Union Street in Lambertville (next door to Rojo’s Roastery, and just down the street from oWowCow Creamery). Watch their Facebook page and website for updates.

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Unless you’ve been out of the country and without internet access you probably already know that Empanada Mama, the delicious empanada bakery in Doylestown, has moved to a larger space this month. You’ll find them at 21 Donaldson Street, open now Monday through Saturday. See their website and Facebook page for daily menu updates and more information.

The lights are on

It’s a “soft opening” but the Stockton Inn has indeed reopened for business. They are serving dinner Thursday through Monday, beginning at 5 pm. We haven’t had a chance to stop by. If you have, let us know what you think.

I know I don’t normally write about chains, but there is a lot of excitement about the opening of Chipotle in Doylestown, slated for November 22. The hip, Mexican-style restaurant features very fresh ingredients sourced from sustainable, organic and local sources whenever possible. It’s certainly not your average fast-food chain restaurant. The restaurant is on 569 North Main Street, across from the Weis supermarket shopping center.

The lights are off

Doylestown’s private member Standard Club will host its last dinner in its downstairs restaurant this Saturday, November 22. The unique club opened in 2012 with only 45 members and grew to over 500 members in 2014. In addition to a fine menu using many local farms to source ingredients, the club has supported many local Bucks County charities and non-profits by contributing food, time and event space. The club will remain available for member-sponsored events. For more information, see their website.

It may not technically be winter yet, but it’s really starting to feel like it, especially with last Thursday’s evening snow fall. Whether you love the cold or not, this season is such a wonderful time to really savor a cup of hot chocolate and sit down to a hot meal with friends. We’ve got some opportunities to do just that this week, so read on.

Stay warm. Head to the Tubby Olive in Doylestown for a Custom Tea Blending Class at 6:30 pm tomorrow night, Thursday, November 20. Learn the basics of blending from Deb Raab, Tea Specialist from Tea-For-All. You’ll get a chance to create your own signature blend to bring home with you.

Tea

Taste the season. Old York Cellars is hosting a Seasonal Wine Dinner on Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 pm. Four courses created by Chef Jonas Gold of 55 Main will be paired with Old York Cellars wine. Make your reservations right away to get a taste of his local pumpkin soup, goat cheese and roasted squash terrine, duck cassoulet and pumpkin creme brulee.

Virtual VinesIf you can’t make it to the dinner, the winery is combining the event with their Virtual Vines series, so tune in from home at 7 pm to hear from winemaker Scott Gares and sommelier Laurin Dorman.

Santa Clause is comin’ to town. Peddler’s Village’s annual Tree Lighting celebration is this Friday, November 21 at from 6 to 9 pm. Santa switches on the Village’s holiday light display at exactly 6:15 pm, so make sure you’re on time. Toast some marshmallows and enjoy some hot apple cider while you take in the scene.

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Get ready. Next Thursday is Thanksgiving. There are plenty of restaurants in the area that offer the traditional meal for the holiday if you’d rather just relax and enjoy time with family and friends. See our post, 2014 – Going out for Thanksgiving in Bucks to get the details. And if you haven’t already done sRoast Turkey and Stuffing, MSClipArto, order your fresh turkey soon—see where to find a locally-raised turkey here: Fresh turkeys in Bucks – 2014.

To market, to market. The Doylestown and Wrightstown Farmers’ Markets hold their final market of the regular season this Saturday. At the Wrightstown Market, come for some delicious free food at their annual Customer/Vendor/Volunteer Appreciation Day. Join them this Saturday, November 22 for free coffee, soup, bread, cookies, nutty pumpkin bread, hot mulled cider, cider donuts and more.

kohlrabi_photo credit Lynne GoldmanHere’s what you’ll find at area farmers’ markets: Apples, apple cider, arugula, Asian greens, beets, bok choi, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chilies, collard greens, endive, escarole, fennel, garlic, gourds, head lettuce, herbs, Indian corn, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lima beans, mushrooms, mustard greens, onions, parsley, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkins, radicchio, radishes, red leaf lettuce, rutabaga, salad mix, shallots, spinach, winter squash, Swiss chard, turnips, and yams.

Most markets will also have: eggs from free-range chickens, grass-fed and pastured meats, preserves, specialty foods, baked goods like breads, cakes, cookies and pastries, cheese and yogurt, locally roasted coffee, and interesting crafts from local artisans.

For a list of all farmers’ markets in Bucks and nearby, go to our food guide here.

On the radar…

  • A Night of REBELry Fundraiser – Washington Crossing State Park, 355 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd, Titusville, NJ [Sat, Dec 6]
  • BCFA Producer Tour: Bucks County Brewery & Hewn Spirits – Bucks County Brewery & Hewn Spirits, 31 Appletree Lane, Pipersville, PA [Sat, Dec 6]
  • Holiday Cocktail Class – Dad’s Hat Rye Distillery, 925 Canal Street, Building #4, Bristol, PA [Sat, Dec 6]

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