DO. Lancaster traveled throughout Lancaster in search of their favorite fall flavors! We stopped at BJ’s, Iron Hill and Pour. Definitely make your way to one of these spots tonight when you’re enjoying the night before Thanksgiving. And please—stay safe.
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
925 Plaza Blvd, Lancaster, PA 17601
We were greeted with a friendly smile and were provided incredibly professional service from our server Bridget and the rest of the staff. BJ’s started out as a deep dish pizza restaurant in California and now with 198 locations across the nation, the company decided to make an impression here in Lancaster, PA. Lucky us!
DO. got the chance to taste their own Pumpkin Ale—and holy moly, was it delicious! The freshness of this ale was perfectly matched with its overall lightness. We tasted the perfect amount of spice and bite in this juicy little glass.
In addition to their beers, we also got the chance to taste some food. The Spinach Artichoke Dip was absolutely to die for (seriously, some of the best we’ve ever had) with bottomless, warmed chips. We also tasted their Peruvian Quinoa Bowl and Barbacoa Cauliflower Pita Tacos. Both were super fulfilling on a rather gray day.
And, to finish it off, we tried the Monkey Bread Pizookie. OMFG. We’re honestly speechless. Go try it. Tonight. No, right now. Just drop whatever you’re doing and go try it, please.
We were overall impressed with the amazing service we received and the quality of everything we consumed. Stay tuned for our next blog highlighting some of their deliciously-festive holiday brews.
Brownie Points: BJ’s has gluten-free, vegetarian, AND vegan options available! Boom.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
781 Harrisburg Ave, Lancaster, PA 17603
Head brewer Pim “Dutch” Harmsen was a fantastic and entertaining host during our tasting at the beloved Iron Hill Brewery. Wait, can we also talk about how much we love the name “Pim?!” Pim, you freaking ROCK.
DO. got to taste the brewery’s infamous Pumpkin Ale. This English style pale ale has pumpkin meat straight up mashed into it during the brewing process. Instead of hops, Pim and his team throw in a dash of pumpkin pie spice – for real, just a tad, don’t get crazy. The end result is a golden, translucent beer. Our favorite part of this seasonal brew was the well-rounded taste rather than depending on sweetness alone for the appeal. Tipping the pint back was easy with this beer, and we definitely agreed it was one of the few pumpkin beers we could easily drink two pints (or more) in a sitting. Try it with a delicious cinnamon sugar rim some added flavor! Bomb.
Pim also let us taste something a little on the wild side–a spicy version of their Russian Imperial Stout made with ghost pepper extract on cask. This sassy lil’ beverage is served on an English hand pump cask at the bar and the fire from the pepper extract creeps up on you just as your senses begin to process the flavor. Customers love the combination of the chocolate notes along with the full bodied spice. Bomb. Straight Bomb. Can we say bomb again? Bomb.
Brownie Points: the Ghost Pepper Imperial Stout was released today along with their Reindeer’s Revenge and Russian Imperial Stouts for the winter season. Stay tuned for another blog post in a couple weeks focused on these two beers. You won’t want to miss this shit! Seriously, don’t be lame, read the blog.
114 N Prince St, Lancaster, PA 17603
At Pour, bar manager Lee Noble fed us an aggressively poured (as instructed on the label) Sweet Potato Ale Nitro by Vault Brewery. The brewer cooks otherwise starchy sweet potatoes to release their deep sugars. Paired with molasses for sweetness and a combination of vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon for spice, this cozy beverage also includes lactose sugar—giving it a rather creamy flavor. Do you love creamy fall desserts? Then believe you me, you’re gonna LOVE this special brew.
As the pumpkin beer craze has been occurring for quite some time, breweries all across the United States have been creating the feeling of fall in their beers without using only pumpkin. Definitely check out POUR’s incredibly unique beer, liquor, and wine selection as well as their upcoming Dad’s Hat Happy Hour on First Friday in December, as well as their Drink Wine and Be Merry wine tasting event on December 6.
Brownie Points: Lee Noble is a sommelier (a wine steward) and a cicerone (beer expert). If you have any questions about what he’s pouring you, be sure to ask! He absolutely loves to nerd out with people as they sip on delicious libations from Pour on Prince!