Thursday, December 30, 2010

Last Chance for The Beer Pairing Dinner On New Years Eve

This is your final reminder to call or stop in for reservations for our first New Years Eve beer pairing dinner. It starts at 5:30 pm and the last seats available for this are at 10pm. It also means there will be no other menu items available, except for pizza at the bar. Don't miss out on some great food, beer and live music!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

No Cotton For Us

   It's hard to believe that it is time for our second anniversary this Wednesday night the 29th. Where oh where does the time go? Now for all you hopeless romantics, the 2nd year means a gift of cotton. Well, we ain't got much cotton here, but we do have big and small metal containers full of beer that you might like. So at 5 pm, we're going to start tapping some of them.

Russian River Blind Pig
Russian River Pliny the Elder
Russian River Consecration
Bruery 3 French Hens
Parkerford Brewing Lost Cause* (complimentary tasting on the house)

Now I know, that you know, that we are going to tap something else. But we can't make up our minds. It's tough when you have all this good beer in the back cooler. But don't worry, be hoppy, I mean happy. And thank you for another great year!

Thursday, December 23, 2010


We will be closed on Saturday (Jan 1st) for New Years Day. We will reopen on Monday, January 3.
Hope to see you soon.

Monday, December 20, 2010

New Year’s Eve 2010 Beer Pairing Dinner

Four course food and beer pairing dinner featuring exciting dishes paired with beers that complement each dish. This event starts at 5:30 PM. Please call or stop by for reservations.


Appetizer Course:
Dungeness crabcake, braised endive, local bacon, avocado cream . . . Blanche de Bruxelles Belgian Wit
Crispy skinned pheasant breast, apple walnut raisin chutney . . . Westmalle Trapist Belgian Tripel

Salad/Soup Course:
Spiced pumpkin soup with oven-dried tomatillo . . . Bell’s Christmas Ale
Calkins “Fat Cat” cheese, dried cherries, roasted chestnuts, mixed greens, cider vinaigrette . . . Dupont organic Foret Saision

Entrée Course:
Scottish Gigha Island Hallibut, pan-seared with lemon cous cous and soy-glazed bok choy . . . Allagash Confluence Belgian ale
Grilled Ribeye, brown butter potato mash, wild mushroom ragout . . . Stone Smoked Porter

Dessert Course:
Mascarpone-filled donuts, honey & thyme grilled apricots . . . Founders Backwoods Bastard
Bittersweet chocolate torte, hazelnut flan, vanilla infused cherry sauce . . . New Holland Dragon’s Milk

Includes one food selection and its’ accompanying beer pairing from each course
$75.00 per person, does not include gratuity
Live Music
* Reservations Required, Please Call to RSVP

2nd Annual Troegs "Yuletide One On" Event at Craft Ale House

December 22, 2010, Wednesday at 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Come join in on the Merriment that goes along with sampling this years Mad Elf alongside last years. Several Scratch batches of IPA’s, not to mention their GABF Gold medal winning Flying Mouflan Barleywine as well as some of their other usual suspects.

No naked elves are expected to make an appearence, but we will see what happens after a few.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Great Lakes Christmas beer tasting at Craft Ale House

December 20, 2010, Monday at 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
The rep for Great Lakes, Mark Weinmann will be on hand to talk about their beers and the brewery.
Besides showcasing their Christmas ale, we will be pouring their Dortmunder Gold lager, Edmond Fitzgerald Porter, and their Ipa.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Gastropub in the Hinterlands

We are mentioned in the latest issue of Main Line Today, and if you ever wondered where the Hinterlands were, guess what, we are in them.
Click on the link below.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Jolly Saint Nick

You better watch out, you better not cry. You better not pout, I'm telling you why, Santa Nick is coming to CAH. He is making a list, checking it twice. He's going to find out who is naughty not nice. Santa Nick is coming to CAH. He sees you when your drinking, he knows when you are late, he knows if you've been bad or good, so you better be bad for goodness sake.

 That's right boys and girls, it's time for the 2 annual Troegs "Yuletide One On"  on Wednesday the 22 of December.
I am quite sure we will be coming down with an itch and I know only one way to scratch it.

Thursday, December 2, 2010


After hanging out for way too long, the last bottle of budweiser is finally gone, never to return. YEAH!!!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Have a Happy Turkey Day!!!

We will be closed on Thanksgiving day, and will reopen on Friday at 11:30am.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Monday, Oct 25th starting at 6:30pm.








• $ 20 ENTRY FEE

Sign up ahead of time with the bartender.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Lovable Lew And PA Brews

Come join us October 26 at 7pm when our good friend Lew Bryson stops by promoting his latest book, Pennsylvania Breweries 4th Edition. He'll be laughing and drinking and eating and oh yeah, selling and signing copies of his new book. We will also have a nice display of local brews to drink, so put it on your calender. It shall be a good time.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

We Won!

Our first "Major Award" and it wasn't a leg lamp with fishnets either. We were fortunate enough to win the "Best Main Dish" award at the Pottstown Carousel of Flavor this past weekend with our Pork Belly served with bourbon mashed sweet potatoes. Yeah!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Carousel of Flavor in Pottstown this Sunday 9/26/10

Craft Ale House will be serving good food and "better beer" at the Culinary Festival in front of the Borough Hall Building in Pottstown from noon until 4pm.

The event will feature area restaurants, a beer garden, wine tasting, live music, art displays and craft vendors.
Come check it out.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

We Were This Close...

Much thanks to everyone who voted for us in My 17's Hot List Third place is nothing to sneeze at, considering who we were up against. Thanks again to all our great customers!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Grab Those Bottles Now!

It is our duty to inform you, that we will be closed on Monday September 6, so that the staff can take a much needed two day break from, uh, laboring. Have a great Holiday! 

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Rolling Down The Russian River

Left a good job in the city, working for the man every night and day.
I always thought about leaving, when Russian River gets poured on that Wednesday.
And what day is that? August 18th boys and girls. Here be the lineup for Rolling Down the Russian River.
Who knows what else might be flowing down the river that day?

Registration Ale
Blind Pig IPA

Monday, August 2, 2010

1972 Reasons To Say Thanks!

Reason number 1 is for all our customers who came out last Monday to support Habitat for Humanity. The second reason is we helped raised 1972 smackeroos between us and the Beer Yard for this worthy cause. Much thanks goes to our guest bartender that night, Mr. Matt Guyer and to all of you who braved the crazy parking situation that night.
On the beer side of things, Troegs is now three for three in the firkin kicking category. What other brewer will take them on in this endeavor?
Last but not least, it is now the dog days of August but that doesn't mean we won't pull off a few surprises. Stay tuned here and on Facebook for all the details!

Saturday, July 10, 2010


We are excited to announce our first fundraiser event: Christmas in July for Habitat for Humanity. Have you been naughty so far this year? If so, here’s your chance to be nice! Come out and join us to help raise money for a great cause. Guest bartender and Habitat supporter, Matt Guyer from The Beer Yard in Wayne, PA, will be pouring beer on Monday, July 26 from 6-9 PM, including a special line up of Holiday brews on draft. Among the special treats will be a keg of ExPorter, the beer that Matt and 11 other Philadelphia beer folks brewed at Sierra Nevada Beer Camp. While there may be no snow or mistletoe, we will still be in the spirit of Holiday gift-giving. The Beer Yard and Craft Ale House will together donate a total of 30% of sales for the entire day to Habitat to Humanity for those who come out to support our cause and write “habitat” on their check or credit card receipt.

                                        ***** The following is courtesy of Jack Curtin *****

Gary Fry from Craft Ale House states “we are very excited to help raise money for an organization that contributes to so many people and has done work here in the greater Pottstown area. Since we purchase some of our beer from Matt, and he supports us on a regular basis, we are pleased to combine our efforts in support of Habitat when he gets to be part of our staff for at least one night.” Gary and Melissa Fry opened Craft Ale House in December 2008. It quickly became a destination spot for drinking and dining in the western suburbs and has received rave reviews from the beer press and other local media.

“It’s a great cause and well worth anything we can contribute to making it stronger,” said Guyer. “Besides, it will be great fun.” His store, The Beer Yard, is a Main Line institution and is generally considered one of the best retail outlets for American craft and specialty import beers in the Philadelphia area. It has been honored several times with various “Best of” awards by local publications.

Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 in Americus, Georgia, by Millard and Linda Fuller, where its international operation headquarters remain, with administrative headquarters located in Atlanta. Staff members at all locations serve to support and promote the activities of local, independent Habitat for Humanity groups, which initiate and manage construction, mortgages and homeowner selection worldwide. In 1996, U.S. President Bill Clinton awarded Fuller the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, calling Habitat for Humanity "the most successful continuous community service project in the history of the United States." More information can be found on its website:

The Beer Yard is located at 218 East Lancaster Ave., Wayne, PA 19087 (behind Starbucks) and is open Monday through Thursday from 10am to10pm, Friday and Saturday from 10qm to-11pm and Sunday Noon to 5pm.

Thursday, June 3, 2010


Tuesday, June 8 from 6 - 11 HEAVY SEAS PAAARRGH-TY!
Come meet the brewer and some of the crew from Heavy Seas; as they bring several offerings including some that are not usually available in PA.

Siren Noir Imperial Chocolate Stout
Smoke on the Water Imperial Smoked Porter - FIRKIN
Red Sky at Night Belgisn Style Saison
Below Decks Barleywine
Loose Cannon Ipa
Classic Lager

Wednesday, June 9 from 6 - 11 STOUDT'S MEET THE BREWER
Meet Eddie Stoudt & Head Brewer Brett Kintzer of Stoudt's. 9 beers on tap, including one firkin. Pint glasses giveaways with purchase of Stoudt's.

Gold-munich style helles
American Pale Ale
Scarlet Lady Ale
Heifer in Wheat
Belgian Triple
Brewers reserve # 1 (gemultlichkeit ale)
Brewers reserve # 2 (Mai Bock)
Fat Dog-imperial Oatmeal Stout

Firkin of Dry hopped Double Ipa-dispensed by gravity

Thursday, June 10 from 6 - 11 SPRING HOUSE MEET THE BREWER
Meet the brewer from one of PA's newest breweries, and taste the very good, unique and intense offerings from them.

Beyond the Gates Double IPA
Seven Gates Pale Ale
Planet Bean Coffee Stout
Kerplunk Imperial Chocolate Stout
Atomic Raygun Imperial Red

Monday, May 31, 2010

Sorry Folks

Enjoy your Memorial Day with friends and family, because that is what we are doing. In other words, we are closed today. See you all on Tuesday June 1, bright eyed and bushy tailed!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Just Follow The Doctor's Orders

Take one flight of this and call me in the morning. Come on down tonight and say hello to every one's favorite Doctor, Joel from New Holland Brewery, and Jay from Calkins Creamery. Looks like it is going to be, wait for it, a right smart time!

1.Poet Oatmeal Stout with Noble Road (soft, ultra-creamy, bloomy rind, mushroomy flavor)

2. Imperial Mad Hatter with Lida Gold (Montasio: hard italian with late fruit notes, washed with olive & tomato)

3. Mad Hatter with Misty Morning (naturally aged Welsh Cheddar)

4. El Ole Mocho with Udderly Hot (Havarti with Pocono-grown chili peppers)

5. Golden Cap Saison with Skinners Falls (unpressed basket Tomme - dry and earthy)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Beer and Local Cheese Pairing

Wednesday, May 19 at 6pm
New Holland Brewery rep Dr. Joel Armato will be here with some of his favorites as well as a couple limited release beers.
They will be paired with several offerings from Calkins Creamery, which is one of Pennsylvanias finest.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

More Good Press

Check out this months Philly Mag for another little blurb about the CAH. Or just read it here.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

National Homebrew Day event on May 1st

Bruclear (like Nuclear) the resident homebrew club of Craft Ale House will be celebrating by brewing outside at CAH so people can come watch, learn, and just enjoy some homebrew and or some beers from inside as well.
National toast @ 1:00Start Brewing after the toast

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Spring Cleaning

Good day to all of you fine CAH devotees. Spring has sprung which can only mean one thing. It's time for the summer seasonals to roll on in. But maybe you need a bottle or two of some Old Man Winter style beers. Please don't fret, we still have a few hanging around in the cooler and in the back where I reside. Speaking of that, we have been installing new shelf liners so we can bring you more beer choices. Isn't that what you all want? There is only 4 shelf's left to do and we hope to have that done by Monday. In other news, the outside is slowly getting spruced up, as the tables are getting a fresh coat of stain. Flowers getting planted and beer events are being planned.

Say what? You heard me. On May 1 at 1pm we will be having a home brew demonstration outside our humble little home. Come on by for a sample or two, or if you are a home brewer, give Gary a call about participating.

On May 19, the good Doctor Joel of New Holland will be making a house call for a beer and cheese event featuring Calkins Creamery. There are some rare bottles hiding back in the cooler monsters home waiting ever so patiently to be opened.

Last but not least is a thought or two about our poll question. With Troegs winning the top two spots and our 1 year anniversary coming in third, we can only hope that our friend Nick wasn't buying "votes". Don't worry though, we will still have our anniversary party entitled "The Terrible Twos" in December. And let me tell you right now, do not miss it. See ya later!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Weyerbacher Event, AKA: Fool for the Firkin

Thursday, April 1st at 6pm. Weyerbacher will be visiting us and bringing a dry hopped firkin of Double Simco. We will also be having some '09 Heresy and Insanity to compare to this years batch (all on tap), as well as Merry Monks Belgian Triple and their Slamdunkle.

Also, stop out to try the draft only release from Scotlands BrewDog's Tactless Nuclear Penguin, and the very hard to find Sam Adams Barrel ages Utaupias.
Who knows what else will show up on tap. Stop in to find out.

We All Got Gashed!

It was quite a raucous time last Thursday night, here at the old Craft Ale House. The guest of honor, Mr. Rob Tod, was right on time, thanks to Mr. Beer Yard and spent the next couple of hours working the room. The fans of Allagash were certainly not disappointed with the beer selection, but the Bourbon Black, that was on tap, was out of this world, in my not so humble opinion.

Bob, Gary, Rob and Mellisa

Another fun loving crowd was here early waiting for the 8pm arrival..

And some Thursday night social club members, hopefully not causing too much trouble.

Saturday, March 13, 2010




Thursday, March 11, 2010

Last Call With Rob Tod!

Join us tonight with one of America's best breweries, when Rob Tod of Allagash stops by for a visit. Rob will be stopping by around 8pm and we will start putting his following beers on tap around 6pm.
White, Dubbel, Triple, Curieux, Interlude and Black aged in a bourbon barrel.
We got some fine bottles from there just in case you need a few to take home.
Hope to see you here tonight!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Meet the brewer of Allagash

Meet Rob Tod the owner/brewer of Allagash on Thursday, March 11 from 8pm until he passes out from exhaustion, as he makes his way from Maine and then through the city of brotherly love to visit us out here in the burbs.
Beers on tap will include: Curieux, Interlude and a few others.

Monday, February 8, 2010


February 24, 2010, Wednesday at 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Stone Brewing’s rep Lee Marren will be in the house to help us offer up three different vertical flights, featuring:
Double Bastard – ’06, ’07, ’08, ’09
Russian Imperial Stout – ’06, ’07, ’08, ’09
Old Guardian Barleywine – ’06, ’07, ’08, ’09

We will also have a few Stone brews on tap, including Vertical Epic 9-9-09, and …

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Hopslam In Da House

The bottles of Hopslam arrived today, two whole cases. So sorry, but they are only for in house drinking right now. More news later on the CAH network.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

We Must Be Doing Something Right

We got another tip of the hat in Philly magazine. You can read about it here.