Get your summer on: Bucks County beers and spirit specials

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MargaritaWhen it’s this hot, a cold beer, or a crisp white wine, or even a fun summer cocktail, really hits the spot.

Fortunately we’ve got lots of good, cold adult beverages in Bucks County, now more than ever (compared to five years ago…wow!). Bucks County has a beautiful wine trail and beer trail, and a couple of distilleries too. [Click here for our Beer Map.]

Here’s what’s happening on the adult drink scene over the next few months. Cheers!

Sunday brunch

Water Wheel Tavern beer selection

The Water Wheel Tavern in Doylestown has plenty of delicious drink specials and an a la carte menu for Sunday brunch, starting at 11 am. They have all of your favorites, plus some of their own with their unique twist. And when it comes to craft beer, the Water Wheel Tavern doesn’t mess around. They have over 30 selections, all sorts of variety. Their happy hour is 4 – 6 pm, Monday through Friday.

Summer brews

Summerbock craft beerThe Triumph Brewing Company of New Hope always has some good craft brews available. Summerbock just hit the taps, and they have plenty of other beers to choose from. Also, did you know they are BYOP (Bring Your Own Pup)? Triumph Brewing Co. loves pups on their patio, so bring your furry friend with you and enjoy some brews and food together.

Beers for a cure

MOM’s 7th Annual Craft Beer Fest returns this month, on Saturday, July 29 from 1 – 5 pm.

Craft beer from top breweries, MOM’s buffet, ice cream from OWowCow Creamery, giveaways, raffles — there’s a lot going on.

Beers for a cure MOM's

Best part is, all this fun is going directly to benefit the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation. Napoleone was a cousin of the restaurant, who sadly died from Burkitts Lymphoma/Leukemia. The foundation was created to help other families fight the same battle.

The beer fest is $50 for tickets, and you can purchase them online or on MOM’s website.

Fridays are for unWINEding

Friday nights at The Market at DelVal, is the place to be, especially if you have a big family. Join the market for a great neighborhood event, complete with live entertainment, wines, a beer selection, and of course, crackers, cheese, meats, and other goodies to pair with your beverages. The wine concerts run every Friday night from 6 – 9 pm on the lawn of the market, weather permitting. Shady Brook Farm also hosts Friday Night unWINEd at their Yardley location every week.

Hit the Bucks County beer trail

There are tons of taprooms, breweries, and bars scattered throughout Bucks County. Looking to branch out and try a new brew this month? Use this as your beer “bucket list” this summer:

  • Beer, Bucks County Brewery Doylestown Brewing Company, Doylestown: Now that the brewery is up and running in their new location, it’s got its own Facebook page to show hours and special events happening right at the brewery. You can also fill your growlers and get some grub from local food trucks.
  • Free Will Brewing Company, Perkasie & Lahaska: Towards the end of August, look for their Sour Sunday brew at the Perkasie Taproom.
  • Vault Brewing Company, Yardley: Not only can you grab some brews at the Vault, but their Pretty Bird Coffee cafe, roastery and doughnuttery is open to the public. Stop by for espresso drinks, biscuit sandwiches, and draft cold brew.
  • The Proper Brewing Company, Quakertown: Proper has an extensive beer list, along with cocktails that feature local distilleries like Faber, Boardroom, County Seat, and Social Still. Try the “In Proper Fashion,” made with Social Still bourbon and orange bitters.
  • Red Lion Brewery in McCoole’s Historic Red Lion Inn, Quakertown: Stop by for an old time-y vibe, a great happy hour menu, and some microbrews from their very own Red Lion Brewery. They also do wines of the month.
  • Broken Goblet Brewery, Bristol: The best way to figure out what they are tapping is to follow the brewery on Taphunter, either by the app on your phone, or with their live drink list on the desktop Facebook site. Taps over the next few weeks include Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey Barrel-aged Fall of Ryesengard.
  • Bucks County Brewery, Pipersville: Fridays and Saturdays are filled with live music and food trucks.
  • Mad Princes Brewery, Buckingham: New on tap this past weekend: “Creme Tangerine” Cream Ale and “Hive Talkin'” Honey Saison.

Brews after beach season

Washington Crossing Brewfest

This hot, summer weather is the best time to sip cool Coronas on the beach. We never want to rush the seasons (what beats beer on the beach?), but keep in mind that fall is just around the corner.

And that means you can start counting the days until the Washington Crossing Fall Brewfest on October 28. Sample dozens of ciders, sours, and seasonal beers. It’s not your typical parking lot brewfest either; the fall brewfest is set in a beautiful wooded setting overlooking the Delaware River.

You’ll also be able to sample food from vendors, and you’ll walk away with a special commemorative glass! Don’t wait until the beach weather is over, tickets will be sold out by then! See here for tickets and more information.

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