Typical New Year’s resolutions are nothing more than punishments in disguise… give up carbs, drink less, exercise more. No wonder only 9% of people who make resolutions actually achieve them.
Stay in a “Room with a Brew”
The Dogfish Head Inn in Lewes Harbor, Delaware was designed for beer and nature lovers. Just a short walk from Lewes Beach and mere miles from the DFH brewery and pub, this sweet spot features 16 rooms, decorated with prints of beer labels from the brewery’s music collaborations. The mini-fridge is stocked with locally made snacks and an exclusive 32 oz. DFH growler to fill and keep. At night, guests are welcome to gather for complimentary s’mores under the stars.
If you’re up for a longer drive or a short flight, BrewDog’s new craft beer hotel, the DogHouse in Columbus, Ohio, is the world’s first hotel inside a brewery! Guests can watch brewers at work from rooms overlooking the state-of-the-art brewing facility. The 32- room hotel features beer taps in each room, a fully stocked beer fridge, pet-friendly rooms and a built-in shower beer fridge.
Try One New Beer Style a Week
Who doesn’t love a good IPA? But if that’s all you’re drinking… even if you think you hate it, try an iconic version of a style that’s new to you, beginning with Neshaminy Creek Croydon Cream Ale, Saison Dupont, Lindemans Oude Gueuze, Weyerbacher Rico Guave or Sly Fox O’Reilly’s Stout.
Cook with Beer
If “cook more” or “eat out less” are resolutions typically put on your list, have fun and learn how to cook with beer! There are plenty of recipes that utilize your favorite libation as an ingredient. A simple Google search will bring up hundreds, or check out some mouthwatering dishes in Rave Reviews. We’ve learned over the years that beer accentuates the flavors in many dishes, from seafood to dessert, as well as, if not better than wine. And if worse comes to worse, and it doesn’t taste great, at least you’ll have a cool pic to post on Instagram!
Run for a Beer
Yuengling Oktoberfest 5k Run/Walk: Fall 2019 will mark the 6th year of this annual event, which is accompanied by Oktoberfest festivities at ArtsQuest Center on the SteelStacks Campus in historic Bethlehem, PA. It’s a super fun day and a portion of the proceeds from the registration fee go directly to ArtsQuest to fund local arts and culture projects. And to top it off, all participants receive sweet Yuengling swag and one free Yuengling Oktoberfest beer.
The Schuylkill River Relay: This 50-kilometer race, which starts and ends at Saint Michael’s Park in Mont Clare, happens in the spring. Runners follow the Schuylkill River Trail through scenic Montgomery County and the Valley Forge National Park, all the way to Conshohocken and back. At the finish line, every runner gets an ice-cold Sly Fox SRT Ale – the only ale for the trail! This golden, hop-forward beer was brewed as a salute to the beautiful Schuylkill River Trail and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this ale benefits the trail. The party continues after the race with live music, food trucks and plenty of Sly Fox beer to toast your achievement.
Create a Signature Beer Cocktail
We’re all familiar with Irish Car Bombs and Half & Halfs, but with the variety of beers and hard alcohol available these days, you can create something uniquely your own. And you don’t have to be a mixologist to figure out what works well together – experiment!
Here are some tips from Jacob Grier, author of Cocktails on Tap to get you started…
- IPAs work well with spirits that pack a punch and won’t be overpowered by the beer. Those with a complementary bitterness work especially well.
- Rich, malty stouts should accompany spirits that have been aged in barrels and/or those that have a toasty, caramelly side of their own.
- Wheat beers work well with spirits that are elevated by citrus.
- For fruit-forward styles or sour beer, like kriek or Flanders red ale, look to heavier ingredients like bourbon or sweet vermouth.
And if coming up with your own concoction is too daunting, just tweak a recipe that’s interesting to you… and give it a new name.