Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

We shall be open tonight for all your Pliny fun. On New Years Day, we will be closed until 5 pm, as we have to recover too. And remember, be safe out there!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Welcome To Our One Year Anniversary Celebration

On December 29, 2008, the Craft Ale House opened it's doors for the first time to a very thirsty and hungry public. My how time flies. So, it seems only fitting that we should have a little shindig. Let's see what Santa put in the taps for all you good girls and boys.













The fun starts as early as Monday night, because as kegs kick, well, these little gems above you will start going on for your enjoyment. Then the craziness starts up again Tuesday morning and last all day and night. Happy First Anniversary to the CAH and all it's great customers.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Twas The Night Before Xmas

Twas the night before Christmas,
and all through the Craft Ale House,
all the customers were drinking,
but not to get soused.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
in hoped that there wouldn't soon be a fire scare.
And Dan was in the cooler all bundled in coats,
he was checking out the beer freshness, by pouring it down his throat.
Gary and Mellisa were dressed to the nines,
and hoping that St. Nick would be right on time.
When out in the lot we heard such a clatter,
we sprang from our bar seats to see what was the matter.
When what to my wandering eyes should appear,
but an SUV filled with Troegs gear.
With a young driver so lively and quick,
we knew in a moment it must be Saint Nick.
More rapid then the Eagles the beer courses they came,
and he whistled and shouted and called them by name.
"on 19, on 21 on 25 and 24, get into the cooler and lets start to pour!"
The scratch beers did as they were told,
as well as Hopback, Dreamweaver and the Mad Elfs of old.
With a wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
we knew right away our livers had plenty to dread.
He spoke hardly a word, but went straight to his work
and filled all the glasses with his fine firkin work.
He sprang to his bar seat and gave the help a whistle,
and they all came running like he was under some mistle.
But I heard him exclaim as we drank out of sight,

Monday, December 21, 2009

Gift Certificates

Yes, we do have Gift Certificates available for purchase. Since so many people have been calling and asking, I figured that I should post it.

Let's make this the Hoppiest Season of all.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

SNOW DAY! sorta

Just an FYI:
We will be closing at 9pm this evening for the safety of our staff and our customers.
Sorry if this inconveniences anyone.
See you soon, and get ready for the Troegs "Yuletide one on" event

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Jolly Saint Nick And His Mad Elfs

Well, I'm not positive that Troegs right hand man Nick Johnson is a saint, but on December 23 at 6pm, you just might change your mind. Because you great folks have an Troegs itch and Nick and Gary got the beers to scratch it.
Troegs Yuletide (One On)
2009 Mad Elf
2008 Mad Elf
Hopback Amber Ale
Dreamweaver Wheat
Scratch 19--Imperial Oatmeal Stout
Scratch 21--Naked Elf
Scratch 24--Van De Horn
Scratch 25--Magical Mustache Rye on Cask!
And some all important pint glass giveaways while supplies last.

It looks like a right smart way to get into Christmas spirit. Because, (Here comes the bad news) The Olde Craft Ale House shall be closed Christmas Eve day and of course Christmas day. The Fry's are fried and need to go home and plug themselves into to a wall socket and recharge their batteries. So make sure you got those gift certificates and those big bottles of joy for all your loved ones before then. And if you are still good till the 29th, maybe the cooler monster will put something on special for you on the CAH one year Anniversary.

Friday, December 4, 2009

You've Come A Long Way Baby

A little over a year ago, this is what Ye Olde Craft Ale House looked liked. But those crazy Fry's had a vision. No, not the one where they get no sleep and see how deep into debt they can get. The one where they see all you nice fine folks sitting here and enjoying yourself over a great meal and a couple of brews. Why look at the bar, you can almost see Joel there with his laptop and Scott coming in with John and the rest of the crazy crew.

Who is that shady figure in the cooler I wonder?
There might have been 100 kinds of beer in the cooler a few weeks later and now we are busting at the seems.
So the question that is before the jury, what kind of fun should we have on the 1 year anniversary? Another day at the office? Mr. Gary picks out some fine stuff? Maybe I dig out some goodies? Or should we let the customers have a crack at it? I guess you will just have to stop on by to find out.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Better Late Than Never

You know it is really hard to type out stuff for this blog when I am locked inside a cooler box for so long. Every now and then Gary will bring me some pierogis to eat and 10 more cases of beer to squeeze in
somewhere. But I also get to try the bottles before I put them out, some may call it quality control, I just call it thirsty.

Anywho, a few weeks ago we had a little Ommegang beer and cheese event here. Our wonderful head chef took a ride to the cheese mecca called DiBrunos, and this is a little sample of what you got. It also sold out.

5 lovely beers were pouring and later on the much ballyhooed Adoration came flying out of the cooler in record pace. As in 11 bottles were drunk at the bar and tables during the course of the night.

Last but not least, Mr. Fry and Miss Megan (Ommegang rep),
all smiles after a hards day night. Thanks to all you fine folks who made it a great event!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009



Thursday, November 19, 2009


Let's get ready for Turkey day by breaking out a keg of Southern Tiers Pumking. I'm thinking Tuesday the 24th. What do you think? Let me know, and stay tuned. ----- Tuesday it is.

By the way, we will be CLOSED ON TURKEY DAY.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Pliny and Sculpin

Happy Monday. Let's start the week out right with some good beers to look forward to after a hard (or maybe not so hard, depending on you) days work.

We will be tapping both Russian River Pliney the Elder and Ballast Point Sculpin around 6pm.

Stick around and watch some Fooseball!
Denver vs. San Diego so we might have some bottle specials from those areas.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Beat LA And The Rainy Day Blues

Ah yes, fall is here. Wait, scratch that, winter is here. This weekend looks like a whole lot of fun if you happen to be a duck and even some of them are flying south to get out of this weather. But it also means it's time to fire up the fireplace and turn our attention to the old boob tube to cheer on those Pfighting Phils. Don't let mother nature ruin a good weekend of playoff action. Stop on in for some very right smart food and drink. Maybe Mr. Gary will inform you of some secret beer pricing specials he has been doing as of late. Think of it as happy hour at different times. You just never know what crazy fun is going to happen here. See you later!

Friday, September 25, 2009

It's Firkin October already!!!

We will tap our firkin of Dock Street Hop Garden Double IPA at 6pm on Thursday, Oct 1st.
Hope to see you there.

Hop Garden is 9% ABV with ~80 IBU’s, Based on head brewer Ben Potts’s “Best of Show” award winning homebrew recipe, this double IPA brings a ton of hop flavor and aroma without being overly bitter and harsh. The complexity of this beer lies in the “Garden,” which contains 14 different hop varieties. Dry-hopped in the bright tank with a special blend of hops

Friday, September 11, 2009

Turn To Stone

The city streets will be empty when Stone's Mid Atlantic rep, Mr. Lee Marren brings his kegs of goodies to ye olde CAH on Wednesday night, September 23 at 6pm. They will be empty because all the smart folks will be here waiting for such fine stuff to go on tap as: Sublimely Self Righteous, Cali-Belgique and 13 Anniversary. I am pretty sure there is going to be another couple special treats if you are good and eat your vegetables. So don't ruin a good day, come on out; You may even want to come dressed to the "nines". Now lets all Turn To Stone!

Monday, August 31, 2009


We will be closed on Labor day, Monday, Sept 7th.

Have a great holiday.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


On a warm Wednesday night in the deep part of August, a time usually reserved for vacations, the CAH was jammed pack for an early Christmas present from Troegs. There stands Nicky The J next to one of the most sought after presents, a firkin of Nugget Nectar.

The proud owner tapping it without spilling a drop.

The thirsty crowd devoured the firkin in under 53 minutes. Which is a nice record to shoot for down the road. Those non hop heads opted for the Christmas styling of the Naked Elf, which was also tasting mighty fine. All in all a great night! Thanks to all who made it possible!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Naked Elf And Nurse Nugget Walk Into A Bar

What's the first thing they see? The Johnsonator! Aka Nicky The J, Troegs right hand (or left hand man depending on who you want to believe), will be here Wednesday night in all his glory with a sixtel of Scratch 21, otherwise known as Naked Elf for all you nice boys and girls. But let's not forget the star of the show, a firkin of fresh Nugget Nectar, sitting on top of the bar waiting for all you crazy folks to drink in all it's hop glory.

So what are you waiting for? It doesn't get much better than this. See you here!

Sunday, August 9, 2009


Wednesday Aug 26th 2009
A Tröegstacular Night @ Craft Ale House
Taps @ 6:00 sharp
a rare special brew of Nugget Nectar on the Firkin ( a small batch we brewed for the GABF this year)
also on tap:
Troegenator Doublebock
Rugged Trail Nut Brown Ale
Sunshine Pils
Dreamweaver Wheat
and a Mystery Keg of something special
Pint Glass giveaways while supplies last

Thursday, August 6, 2009

350 Bottles Of Beer On The Wall

Take one down, pass it around, Gary bought 5 more bottles to put on the wall. Hidy ho neighbors, how have you been? After being away for a couple of weeks doing some uh.... investigating reporting, yeah that's the ticket, I came back to find my cooler home in shambles. Cases of beer piled everywhere, even kegs falling down from the ceiling. If somebody had a party in my cooler and didn't tell me, I am going to be really mad. I know it must have been a good summer so far cause Mr. Fry keeps buying more beer for me to stock for you lucky folks. And now we have reached the magic 350 bottle mark. Not to shabby for for only 7 months in business. So what is new or been found in all the clutter?

Stone 13th- found a case and it is going fast.
Dogfish 120- found half a case.
Troubador Obsura Stout- One of my fav-o-rite belgian stouts.
Buffalo Bills -Blueberry Oatmeal Stout
Cape Ann- Pumpkin Stout
Left Coast-Hop Juice
La Trappe -Isid'or

There is always more stuff hiding in the cooler of fun, so I shall do my best to fit it all in in some type of chaotic order. I just need more time. See ya!

The cooler monster

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


We will be gravity pouring a cask of Lancaster Hop Hog as our our very first real ale on Wednesday, July 22 around 6pm.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Irish Sessiun

We will have another visit form our musical Irish friends this Monday (7/20) from 7-10.
Come check them out.
There is also a chance that some blind pig might find his way into our tap system.

P.S. Speaking of Pigs, a pin of Lancaster Hop Hog will be tapped on Wednesday (7/22) night.

We might end up with a East Coast vs West Coast Swine Beer Battle???

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout will be tapped on Wednesday, July 15.
We will also tap their traditional Breakfast Stout so everyone can compare the two.
Hope to see you here.

Just to give you a heads up; our first firkin will be tapped the following Wednesday, July 22.
Featuring our local Lancaster Hop Hog.

Friday, July 3, 2009

We Are Open On The Fourth

Out of beer? Need a bite to eat for lunch? Maybe even have some dinner and stick your head out the door and catch some fireworks. Come on down to the CAH this Saturday cause we will be open for all your dinning and drinking and takeout needs. We do this because we love ya. We really do. Now pucker up and give your computer screen a big kiss. Have a great fourth!

Monday, June 22, 2009


TODAY, June 29 is our six month anniversary. So, to celebrate we are going to have live music and a Ballast Point Promo featuring:

Friday, June 19, 2009

What A Battle!

It is down to the last day to vote on the beer poll. Right now the US holds a slight lead over those pesky Belgians. I am just a tad bit surprised by how low the English and the Germans are doing. Might have to have some kind of event way down the road to change that thinking.

In other important news, your cooler full of beer is getting ready to go through another makeover. It's getting crowded in there so, after bugging Mr. Fry for several months (in a nice way) help is on the way, as in a couple of new shelves and some very important shelf liners to hold all those lovely bottles. Last and certainly not least is the patio tables will be getting a makeover too, well, as soon as we can get that ark moved off the patio.

Oh yeah more news about that 6 month thing coming in a couple of days. Stay dry on the outside!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

6 Months Of Fun

I believe it was the great poet Steve Miller who penned these lovely words "Time keeps on ticking, ticking, into the future" And so in a couple of weeks the old CAH will be 6 months old. Hard to believe isn't it? So in honor of this momentous occasion, the famed and restless leader of the CAH, Gary, is going to put on a little shindig for all you fine folks. And yes, Ballast Point will be involved. So stay tuned to this channel for more details. Cause it is going to be good.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Going To The Chapel

And he's going to get married. Yes it is true, our very own head chef is walking the plank, er I mean walking down the aisle this Saturday. Now the first thought out of some you fine folks is "Good for him". The other is "Who's going to make my dinner tonight?" Don't worry, be happy! Everything is just hunky dory. Those fine sous chefs will be turning out the same fine fare that you are so accustom to. So raise a toast this Saturday to the Bride and Groom and wish them well.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day We Shall Be Closed!

Sorry boys and girls, but your dreams of sitting on the picnic benches outside the old CAH on the 25th are going to be dashed. The reason being is that we will be closed for Memorial Day. What will everybody do for two whole days? Will Gary get the beauty sleep that he needs? Will Joel have to find a new office? Will Khara recover in time from eating spicy sauces at 2:30 in the morning? Will I just walk into Wawa cooler and start putting in bottles? All this and more "As The CAH Turns".
So get your take out bottles now before it is too late! There is nothing worse than driving up to our place and seeing the closed for the holiday sign and knowing you were here and didn't buy any backup bottles.

Have a great holiday!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Adding on to the American Craft Beer Week is an offering from our friends on the West Coast. Bear Republic Racer 5 and Racer X will be on tap today. Our friend Bernie from Stockertown will be stopping by later today/tonight with some Bear Republic pint glasses to give away.
Oh yeah, we also have a very nice Russian Imperial Stout from a little brewery just outside of San Diego called Stone. Come. Induldge!

Saturday, May 9, 2009


DOGFISH 60, 90,120 and who know what else will be on tap Monday morning May 11th to help kick off American Craft Beer Week. There will be a two glass limit on the 120 (just so you know in advance).
Stick around all day, or come in later to hear a live Irish Music Sessiun from 7-10pm.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


To help kick off American Craft Beer Week, we will have a group of irish musicians playing from 7-10pm on Monday, May 11. Just a little something to make those beers taste even better (not that they need it).

Sunday, May 3, 2009

American CRAFT Beer Week

American Craft Beer Week starts is from May 11 - 17th, and we at Craft Ale House plan to celebrate by kicking off the week with Dogfish Head 60, 90, 120 and maybe some others going on tap Monday morning. We will proceed with other nicely crafted local, regional and American beers as the week plays out. So stay tuned.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


HAPPY EARTH DAY on Wednesday.
Come support some of the breweries that are trying to make a difference, either by solar power, wind power, moo poo power or whichever way they can. We will have a few on tap and of course bottles of their offerings. If you don't know which ones they are, feel free to inquire.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Mercury's Rising

Well now, the old home town paper just wrote a really nice feature article about our little place in Sunday's edition. Gosh darn it, they like it, they really like it. We hope you do too.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Pliny, Pliny, Pliny

All that everybody wants to talk about is Pliny! Okay, lets talk then. So you want to know when Pliny The Younger is getting tapped? It will be tapped at......sometime later today. Our fearless leaders are off in training for the new POS system that they are getting here for the CAH. So depending on traffic and how smart they are, expect Mr. Pliny to come on at 6pm. Hey, they own the place, I think we ought to let em have a glass of it.

And now some important info. No growlers, no tasting glasses. Just 10oz pours. Please don't be greedy and order two for yourself, share the Pliny love with everybody, you'll be happy you did. And last but not least, your info on Pliny The Younger.

10.61%ABV, 1.094 O.G., GOBS of IBUs
Pliny the Younger was Pliny the Elder's nephew, in the case of this beer, the "Younger" is a triple IPA. Pliny the Younger is hopped three times more than our standard IPA, and is dry hopped four different times.
Seasonal release (February)


Thursday, April 2, 2009

About that, Pliny

I hope everyone enjoyed All Fools Day on Wednesday.
Since the other versions of "Pliney" didn't show up. I decided to tap the sixtel of Pliny the Younger (not Young) this coming Monday Night, April 6th. Stay tuned for what time.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009




Friday, March 20, 2009

Spring Into Beer

Ah yes, spring has sprung. The robins are back looking for worms and people are huddling together at Rita's eating free Water Ice. It must be the first day of spring.

Meanwhile, a few new beers, along with some old faves, have made their spring appearance right here at the CAH. Troegs Flying Mouflan just showed up in 22 oz bottles, along with a little old 12 oz beer from Founders called KBS. Yes boys and girls, KBS is in the house and no, it is not available for takeout. Just like our friend Hopslam, we only get a small amount, so come on in, the water may be cold, but the beer and food is just right. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

All The News You Can Use, For Now

It is finally done. Or as close as it's going to be for a few weeks. What am I talking about? Me and Gary finished drinking the sixtel of Younger ourselves. I mean let's face it, what else would I be doing back there in the cooler?

Okay, relax hop heads, we didn't drink it....yet. No, the whole point of that crazy intro was all about our lovely bottle selection that I just got done rearranging. You will now see all those lovely big bottles behind the bar. In the 12 oz category, you will notice all the local beers together and our fine friends from Canada and Belgium all cold and cozy right next to them. After that comes the rest of our ever growing lineup in alphabetical order or something pretty close to it. And don't forget about that wonderful 20% takeout policy. Because we know when you're not here, you still like to drink beer.

Now in our poll, we had a huge response to our beer question. By a two to one vote, IPA'S beat out Belgian beers. This wasn't exactly shocking news, but as a highly experienced beer drinker (old), I know the correct answer is, all beers baby. I guess we got some more training to do.

So in summation, bottles in order, more on the way, another poll in a day or so, Spring starts on Friday, Younger to be tapped when? Till the next time.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Single, Dubbel, Triple, Quad!

No, it's not a baseball game. And no, it is not a new counting system here for the servers. So what is it? You silly goose, it is four lovely styles of Belgian beer done locally. Two are from our friends down (or up) the road at Sly Fox. The others are from Jersey's own Flying Fish and our northern friends in Easton, Weyerbacher.

During this week and next we shall be featuring these four Belgian styles of beer along with a few others, all done locally for your drinking and dining pleasure.

Still not sure what these styles means? Take a look at this site and see if it can help you get a better understanding.

In other important news, more big bottles have arrived, including Southern Tier Oak Aged Unearthly, regular Unearthly and Java Stout, Victory Wild Devil, New Holland Night Tripper, Ballast Point Wheat and Russian River Consecration to name just a few. In smaller bottles, St. Bernardus 12 and Rochefort 10, Flying Dog Triple and a bunch more. More fun bottle and tap stuff a coming and maybe I'll write about a few details about the famed IPA days that didn't quite happen they way we planned and also some crazy talk about our recent poll. Till the next time......DB checking out.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Mini Hop Fest - Part Deux

Monday, March 2nd.
Watch for more hoppy details. Did someone say Pliney???

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Our First Band

We will have entertainment on Saturday night Feb. 28 starting at 9pm until ???
Check them out at...

Monday, February 16, 2009

Home Brew Club meeting tonight at 7pm.

Tonight will be our first Home Brew Club meeting at 7pm. Sorry for the short notice if you can't make it no worries, we'll have another one next month.
If you have a brew to share, bring it along! Casual meet & greet, no real agenda. We'll chat, and discuss some plans, experiences, ideas and upcoming events.

The next Home Brew Club meeting will be April 7th at 7pm.
As of right now, all future home brew club meetings will be the first Tuesday of every month at 7 pm.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Election Results And Other Fun Facts

Well the results are in and you have a new President, Mr. Everything, who got 50% of the vote. Runner up Mr. Beer, made a strong showing at 37%. We hope Mr. Everything stays in power for a long time. Look for a new poll in a day or two.

Now let us move on to another fun topic, beer. Or more specifically, bottles. As I am sure you know by now, there is a lovely 20% discount when you buy a mixed six pack or a four pack of big bottles. But there seems to be a little bit of confusion about the fine display of bottles behind the bar. Yes kids, they are for sale too. Just ask your friendly barkeeper or a member of the staff, or even Gary, they will be always happy to help out a thirsty soul. But you're still a little bit confused. I swear I just saw these bottles over here the other day, where did they all go? Well, we are in the process of s l o w l y getting a final bottle list and a permanent home for all our liquid friends. Right now stuff may get moved to accommodate newer bottles. The three six packs rows will also start to disappear and be replaced by a bigger and badder bottle selection. So just ask, you'll be happy that you did.

And one final note, stayed tuned to this channel for fun stuff coming up during Royersford/Limerick Beer Week!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Hop Fest 1, The 1 Month Anniversary Edition

Ah yes, Hopslam day. Not to mention a mini hop fest to boot. The crowds started early and drank the gamut of hops before them. And they came Friday for lunch, maybe a liquid lunch for some, for others, just a early start on the weekend. So the question before us is... Is there any left? I wouldn't hold my breath after today that's for sure.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Hoppy Monthaversary!!!

This Thursday January the 29th will be our one month anniversary.
In order to celebrate our achievement, We decided to have a "mini Hop Fest".
Starting at 11am the Beers on tap will be:
Bells Hopslam, Founders Centennial IPA, Southern Tier Unearthly IPA, Stone Ruination, Yards IPA and if they last until then, Victory Hop Wallop and River Horse Hop-alot-amus.

Hope to see you then or whenever you can.

Friday, January 23, 2009

How Much Is That Bar Owner In The Window?

The world renown author Mr. Don Russell, aka Joe Sixpack, has just put up on the web a nice note about our little place here in the Limerick, Rofo and Sa-na-to-ga triangle. I just don't understand why Gary is smiling so much. I'm guessing it's because he is seeing paying customers and not contractors. Just a hunch.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

We Be Slammin

Just a little note to all you Hopslam fans. We received our keg and will be putting it on around January 29, our 1 month anniversary. We also got a case of this fine brew, but we're only going to sell it in house, no six packs or mix and match. Sorry Charley.

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Come and get your Bind Pig! This has been a public service announcement from the C.A.H.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

We Have Heat, Beer And Food

As we huddled around our computers to stay warm over the next several days, I thought I might fill your minds with some warm info.
First, we got free wi-fi.
Second, yes we are going to be filling growlers soon. Not just yet though.
Third, we are right next to the Outlets and 422.
Fourth, when spring returns, we are next to two golf ranges and garden centers.
And last but not least, if my 2 and 7/8 cents has any power, there just might be some fun here during Philly Beer Week. Just saying.
Did I say something about 20% off mixed 6 packs? Didn't think so.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Pliny Has Left The Building!

Sorry to tell you that folks. Fantome is a glass or two away also. But do not worry. We have more beer in the cooler waiting for you. If you do need more hops from the west coast, a Blind Pig will be stopping by later in the month to help you out. I also hear it might snow on Saturday, maybe you need to get some snow shovels from the Ace Hardware located right behind us. And a little something for you right here.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Lets Hear From The Judges

8 days down, and the judges have spoken. That's you, beer geeks, beer lovers, foodies and lovers of all things new. Lets go to the scorecards. Beer Advocate, Rate Beer, Mr. Brian Parker, Mr.Lew Bryson and of course Mr. Jack Curtin who wrote about it several times. So far so good. Cause that's the way (uh huh, uh huh) they like it. Go ahead now, get that song out of your head.

You Like Us, You Really Like Us!

So much for a quiet opening. You came, you drank and you ate, and you drank some more. We could barely keep up with all the kegs that were kicking. Which by the way, a whole lot of them are going to be kicking real soon, so get your butt down here before they go. The bottle shop also keeps adding on. Oh, by the way, we got wi-fi for you too. No excuses, now you can work from the comfort of your bar stool. Ain't life good and crafty?