Straub Brewery Launches Adventure Series #2 Summer Sampler

From Straub:

St. Marys, PA – Hot on the heels of its recent spring sampler, Straub Brewery is ensuring the good times keep rolling throughout the summer with the launch of its new Adventure Series #2 sampler, featuring four popular craft beer styles: Stellar Night (Dunkel), Helles Highway (Helles), Smooth Eddy Ale (Hefeweizen), and Oktoberfest Elchland (Märzen). Adventure Series #2 is part of Straub Brewery’s 2017 “Peter Straub Signature Brews” craft beer sampler trilogy.
The limited-release Adventure Series #2 is available throughout Pennsylvania while supplies last in 12-packs, which include three bottles of each of these craft beers, as well as limited draft at your local tavern.
“The Peter Straub Adventure Series #2 is all about great beer and continues our tribute to the PA Wilds, where we have worked, lived, and played for 145 years,” said Straub Brewery President and CEO William Brock. “Like Adventure Series #1, this new release will include four different beers—each representing unique locations and themes of the high-summer months in the mountains, woods, and waterways of the PA Wilds.”
The names of the 12 craft beers in the “Peter Straub Signature Brews” series are inspired by the vast outdoor activities and destinations in the 12 ½ counties of Straub Brewery’s home region, which is known as the Pennsylvania Wilds™. This area boasts 2.1 million acres of public land and is one the largest blocks of green between New York City and Chicago with over 50 million people who live within a 6-hour drive of this region.
As a homage to this unique combination of heritage, home, and award-winning flavor, each craft beer bottle label in the “Peter Straub Signature Brews” series displays both Straub Brewery Founder Peter Straub’s autograph and a destination-specific GPS coordinate to help drinkers and explorers alike kick-off their next adventure into the great wide open of the PA Wilds™ or wherever their hearts may lead them.
Adventure Series #2 Features:
Stellar Night (Dunkel)
A Gold Medalist at the 2017 Best of Craft Beer Awards, Stellar Night is named in honor of the iconic starry skies of Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County where the Milky Way shines so bright it casts your shadow. The Travel Channel even declared this location in the PA Wilds™ to be the “best place on earth.”
Stellar Night is fashioned after the classic dark beers of Munich. The style—Dunkel—is German for “dark,” fitting both the famous dark skies of Cherry Springs and the craft beer’s amber-brown color. Flavorful, medium-bodied, and smooth, Stellar Night is highly drinkable with toasted-bread flavors, balanced by mild, German-hop bitterness.
Stellar Night pairs well with: mixed nuts; caramel corn; hummus; grilled steaks; potato salad; crab cakes; cabbage and carrot slaws; marinated chicken and veggie kabobs; Portobello sliders; omelets; tacos; summer chili and stews; chocolate and espresso-flavored desserts; and s’mores.
Straub Brewmaster Vince Assetta: “Peter Straub Stellar Night is the great new name for our award-winning Dunkel. Every year when we make this beer I’m amazed how flavorful it is, yet it has such a drinkable quality. I’m looking forward to quite a few ‘Stellar Nights’ of drinking our Dunkel!”
Helles Highway (Helles)
Helles Highway is a revved-up salvo to the thousands of miles of highways and back roads in the storied PA Wilds™ region—like Wykoff Run Road and Quehanna Highway—that allow Fiercely Independent™ adventure seekers to experience the best life has to offer, one sip at a time.
First created in Munich in 1894, the Helles style is the session beer of traditional Bavarian beer gardens and takes its name from the German word for "pale," which describes its straw-like color. Pouring a white foamy head, Helles Highway is subtle in flavor, with light malty notes balanced by spice-and-floral hop bitterness. The aroma has delicate malt notes, and light-spice-and-floral hop fragrance. The taste is crisp, refreshing, and well-balanced, with a clean finish.
Helles Highway pairs well with: popcorn; fresh veggies and dill dip; hotdogs; grilled beef, turkey, and veggie burgers; calamari; stuffed tomatoes; garden and pasta salads with summer vegetables; pizza; pasta dishes; fruit kabobs; watermelon slices; peach and berry pies; and vanilla cookies and desserts.
Straub Brewmaster Vince Assetta: “Our Helles Highway is a classic beer with a straightforward flavor and taste that is certain to please a wide range of beer drinkers. Given our German-American heritage, this is always a beer we look forward to making each year.”
Smooth Eddy Ale (Hefeweizen)
Smooth Eddy Ale is a nod to the many swirls of fun waiting for adventure-seeking paddlers, tubers, and swimmers along the countless freshwater rivers and streams—like the Clarion and Allegheny Rivers—flowing through the PA Wilds™ region.
Smooth Eddy Ale is a traditional Bavarian-style Hefeweizen. pouring a substantial and lasting white foamy head. The color is a hazy-golden yellow, typical of Hefeweizens. The aroma is dominated by pleasant banana esters and the taste is refreshing and spicy, with some subtle clove notes.
Smooth Eddy Ale pairs well with: deep-fried and grilled veggies; fruit salads; jalapeño poppers; onion rings and French fries; grilled trout; sushi; clams and oysters; corn on the cob; grilled zucchini and eggplant; toasted marshmallows; and chocolate-dipped bananas and strawberries.
Straub Brewmaster Vince Assetta: “Smooth Eddy Ale is a perfect beer for the summer months.  This beer is certainly very refreshing and full of wonderful aromas. Don’t be afraid of trying it with a slice of lemon or orange for a little modern twist!”
Oktoberfest Elchland (Märzen)
Oktoberfest Elchland pays tribute to one of the country’s largest, free-roaming elk herds (Elchland is German for Elk Country), which is located in Bennezette in the heart of the PA Wilds™. Annually, 250,000 to 300,000 locals and tourists from across Pennsylvania and the U.S. stop at the Elk Visitor Center and its surrounding area in the hopes of seeing the wild elk roam mere feet away in their natural habitat
Oktoberfest Elchland pours a white foamy head, and has a rich, toasted-malt character that combines the aroma of dried fruit with a bready taste. The mild-hop bitterness balances the sweetness and helps to create a classic "festbier” experience.
Because of its popularity, Oktoberfest Elchland will also be offered solo in 4/6-packs, 2/12-packs, and draft as a seasonal craft beer by Straub Brewery, from late August through October.
Oktoberfest Elchland pairs well with: spicy pretzels and nuts; deviled eggs; chips and salsa; grilled shrimp and lobster; squash dishes; hot wings; jerky; sausage; stuffed peppers; sauerkraut dishes; pork dishes; lasagna; and strudels and pastries.
Straub Brewmaster Vince Assetta: “Oktoberfest beers can come in a range of sub-styles from pale to Vienna-like. Our Oktoberfest is the original Märzen type that was originally served for Oktoberfest. This rich and flavorful beer is perfect for the late summer and fall seasons.”
The “Peter Straub Signature Brews” series of three Adventure Series samplers honors Straub Brewery Founder Peter Straub, who left Germany at age 19 and travelled to the U.S. in search of the American Dream with only a few coins sewn into his jacket and a recipe for beer. Seven generations and 145 years later, Peter’s courageous and adventurous pursuit of living life to the fullest endures in every Honestly Fresh™ and Fiercely Independent™ craft beer produced by his historic American Legacy Brewery™.
In addition to the Adventure Series #1 and Adventure Series #2 samplers, Adventure Series #3 (styles to be featured: Dobbelbock, Pilsner, Altbier, and 1872 Lager—a pre-Prohibition-style Lager) will be released in late fall/early winter in time for the holiday party season.

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