Eat Like a Local in Philadelphia
July 1, 2019 – 12:36 am | Comments Off on Eat Like a Local in Philadelphia

Special to Road Trips for Foodies
By Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Looking to sample Philadelphia’s quintessential fare? Stop by these city spots specializing in hometown favorites.
Philadelphia’s most iconic eat is hands down the cheesesteak. …

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How Long is a Crowler Good?
July 20, 2019 – 8:53 am | Comments Off on How Long is a Crowler Good? Special to Road Trips for Foodies
By Andy Sparhawk for Craft Beer Muses

“How long is my crowler good?” is a common question from beer lovers.

Bottles, cans, crowlers, growlers or kegs, craft beer comes in a variety of containers for you to enjoy outside of the brewery taproom. While each beer vessel fulfills the same purpose, each requires some different approaches to storing.

When it comes to shelf life, beer is more like a loaf of bread than a bottle of wine or whiskey. Beer’s perishability means it’s best enjoyed soon after it you take it home.

By all means, beer should go into a refrigerator of some sort; keeping beer cold is an important part of the equation. Here are some other considerations to keep beer tasting fresh.

Beer Bottles

Quite possibly the most recognizable symbol of beer is a brown or green glass bottle. For centuries the sturdy and beautiful beer bottle has held our favorite beers affixed with a stopper to keep the contents from spilling out–the modern version of which is the pry-off crown cap. Additionally, non-reactive glass can be reused and recycled and never imparts flavors into the beer.

While beer bottles are great containers for beer, their transparency offers a drawback by allowing light to react with the beer. For this, it is important to avoid light contact with glass beer bottles. Store them out of UV light to avoid acceleration of beer flavor degradation. In the best conditions you can expect beer bottles to hold up well, but you should drink bottled beer within three to six months.

Beer Cans

Aluminum beer cans are excellent containers for beer because they offer total light protection that brown or green bottles cannot. Additionally, you can take cans many places that glass can’t go, like parks and beaches.

While they protect beer from harmful UV light, cans won’t protect beer from excessive heat. If you can keep them cold, cans, like bottles, can be expected to last for months, but again that is very dependent on the beer itself, as well as the external factors like agitation.


Growlers are most often glass bottles with screw caps that most often hold 64 or 32 ounces of beer. While growlers have a long history, microbreweries that do not package their beer have made the growler a popular beer container.

Despite a growler essentially being a beer bottle, the guidance on how to best store differs quite a bit. Specifically, many glass growlers are not pressure rated and may potentially burst if over pressurized. As the beer warms, the pressure within the container increases presenting a very serious danger of the glass bursting. Keep growlers cold and never leave one in a hot car for an extended period.

Growler Safety (From the Draught Beer Quality Manual)

  • When buying a growler, ask if the glass growlers offered are pressure rated, or if there are any other growler offering specifically approved for carbonated beverages.

  • Avoid over filling. While a little more beer seems like a bonus, overfilling a growler can increase the chances of a glass growler failure. Ensure your server leaves at least 5 percent of head space in the growler.

  • Encourage the use of plastic screw caps over metal caps as it is believed a plastic cap will fail before the glass does, as opposed to the metal screw cap that may not.

  • Keep growlers in a cool, dark space.

  • When reusing growlers, do your part to clean the growler and inspect it for damage. Contamination may start a refermentation of beer in the growler.

Growlers represent a fun way to purchase and enjoy beer, but growlers are meant to be enjoyed shortly after you buy them. Drink growlers within a couple days of filling.


Crowlers are an aluminum can substitute for glass growlers, and most often hold smaller quantities of beer, generally 32 ounces. With the popularity of cans and the mobility of cans, the crowler is a great choice for picking up a variety of craft beers.

But don’t confuse crowlers for beer cans. They aren’t necessarily packaged the same way, making the shelf life of a crowler limited like a growler. Be sure to keep crowlers cold and drink fresh within two or three days.


Many consider draft beer the closest thing to beer from the brewery – at home. Stainless steel kegs, as part of a draft system, dispense beer in a far greater amount than any other beer container. While this is an obvious plus, especially for a party, drawbacks include the need for a dispense plan as well as more space and energy to keep the beer cold. The need for a plan to extract beer from the kegs is compounded by the need for a balanced draft system that dispenses a beer with the right amount of foam to each pour.

In a pinch, a large bucket of ice and a party pump are perfectly acceptable ways to cool and dispense beer, especially for a party. That said, many party kegs end up being plagued with excess for most of the party. Here are some don’ts for party kegs.

  • Don’t pick up the keg the same day as your party. The jostling that’ll happen as you transport the keg from brewpub to the party will cause a lot of foam. The keg needs at least 24 hours to settle.

  • Don’t leave the keg warm. As beer warms the pressure increases and results in overly foamy beer.

  • Don’t over pump/pressurize the keg. Before pumping the keg tap, release some pressure to see if it might pour fine. Not everyone needs to pump the keg before pouring a beer.

All beer containers present benefits and challenges. Understanding how to treat each vessel best will go a long way in ensuring the beer you choose is enjoyed at peak quality and freshness. Light and temperature are the major threats to beer package quality, but you can defend against both. But no container can protect your beer from age, so it is important for beer to be enjoyed quickly and always responsibly.

Andy Sparhawk, the Brewers Association’s craft beer program digital content editor, is a Certified Cicerone® and BJCP Beer Judge.

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Maine Lobster Festival
July 19, 2019 – 8:28 am | Comments Off on Maine Lobster Festival
Maine Lobster Festival

The 72nd annual Maine Lobster Festival takes place July 31, 2019, through August 4, 2019, along the coastline of Rockland, Maine.
Always held the first weekend in August, the festival promises fresh, local lobster dinners, …

North Carolina Peach Festival
July 18, 2019 – 8:16 am | Comments Off on North Carolina Peach Festival
North Carolina Peach Festival

The 23rd annual Peach Festival takes place tomorrow and Saturday (July 19 and 20, 2019), along Main Street and in Fitzgerald Park in Candor, North Carolina.
Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. tomorrow, and 10 a.m. …

Irish Culinary Journey on Belmond Grand Hibernian
July 17, 2019 – 8:01 am | Comments Off on Irish Culinary Journey on Belmond Grand Hibernian
Irish Culinary Journey on Belmond Grand Hibernian

Irish Chef Clodagh McKenna (pictured, at left) will host a two-night culinary journey on board Belmond Grand Hibernian, Ireland’s only luxury sleeper train, departing September 28, 2019. The two-night journey will travel to Cork and …

Don’t Forget: July is National Ice Cream Month
July 16, 2019 – 8:06 am | Comments Off on Don’t Forget: July is National Ice Cream Month
Don’t Forget: July is National Ice Cream Month

Special to Road Trips for Foodies
From Mindy Bianca Public Relations
July is “National Ice Cream Month,” providing Americans …

New Foods at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair
July 15, 2019 – 8:13 am | Comments Off on New Foods at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair
New Foods at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is scheduled August 22 through Labor Day (September 2, 2019).
Held at the fairgrounds, 1265 Snelling Avenue North, St. Paul, Minnesota, it’ll feature all the usual suspects, including carnival rides, livestock, …

New Children’s Menus on Lufthansa
July 14, 2019 – 8:42 am | Comments Off on New Children’s Menus on Lufthansa
New Children’s Menus on Lufthansa

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From Lufthansa
With new meals, Lufthansa provides young guests with fun and variety on flights
“Rice pudding mouse”, “dragon feet”, and the “hen house” — these and other imaginative dishes are …

Discover a Taste of Montana
July 13, 2019 – 8:46 am | Comments Off on Discover a Taste of Montana
Discover a Taste of Montana

Special to Road Trips for Foodies
From the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development
When it comes to Montana, one of the most underrated elements of the state is its culinary scene. While it may …

It’s Scalloping Season on Florida’s Crystal River
July 12, 2019 – 8:03 am | Comments Off on It’s Scalloping Season on Florida’s Crystal River
It’s Scalloping Season on Florida’s Crystal River

Scalloping season has begun for 2019 at Crystal River and Plantation on Crystal River, Florida. The resort offers guided and non-guided scalloping deals through September 24, 2019.
Guided scalloping package rates start at $695 for mid-week …

Fête des Vignerons in Vevey, Switzerland
July 11, 2019 – 8:20 am | Comments Off on Fête des Vignerons in Vevey, Switzerland
Fête des Vignerons in Vevey, Switzerland

Special to Road Trips for Foodies
This summer, the 2019 Fête des Vignerons (Winegrowers Festival) will transform the city of Vevey into a festival of culture and fine dining, making it Switzerland’s summer capital. Staged …

Afternoon Tea Plus Latte Art Workshops in Hong Kong
July 10, 2019 – 8:17 am | Comments Off on Afternoon Tea Plus Latte Art Workshops in Hong Kong
Afternoon Tea Plus Latte Art Workshops in Hong Kong

An array of savories and sweets is offered during the Afternoon Tea this summer between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. in the Lounge at New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel, 72 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, …