StarrHillCircleStickerThere is just too much beer in the world to only taste twice a month. In the spirit of more is better the Blind Tiger podcast team has decided to add samplesodes to the podcast lineup. These mini-episodes will feature only tasting a single but hopefully unique or exotic beer, often on location to keep your Blind Tiger intake at a more regular interval.

This samplesode Mike, Jesse, and I visited the relatively new Federal Taphouse in downtown Lancaster and attempt to choose a few beers from their one hundred beers on tap.

The Federal Taphouse was cross promoting with Starr Hill Brewery.  They had four great Starr Hill beers on tap and if you bought two pints you got to keep the Starr Hill pint glass your beers came in.  Mike and I first discovered Starr Hill at a promotion event at local bottle shop The Fridge and were impressed.  It was good to see Starr Hill attempting to find new Lancaster area drinkers.

We managed to sit down amidst the noise of the bar with Brian Shields and Frank Fochtman.  Brian is a market manager for the state of Pennsylvania for Starr Hill and Frank Fochtman is distribution rep for Ace Distributors from York Pennsylvania.  Ace are Starr Hill’s exclusive distributor for the central Pennsylvania market.  Mike and I were thrilled to get a bit of time from both enthusiastic craft beer fans to talk about the challenges, tribulations, and ultimately grand success that Starr Hill has had with pushing into the Pennsylvania market.  It was an interesting conversation that should not be missed.

Mike, Jesse, and I sampled Starr Hill’s renown Dark Starr Stout, “the most decorated stout in the American craft brewing scene.”  While I don’t want to spoil the surprise of our thoughts on the beer I will say it accolades and awards are well deserved.

We hope you’ll check out Starr Hill Brewery and Ace Distributors.  Both Brian and Frank were awesome guys to talk to and knew their stuff when it came to craft beer.  We want to extend them a huge thanks and hopefully a few new fans.

Keep an eye out for the next full episode scheduled for release next Thursday and of course the next samplesode.

Thanks for listening and of course, as always, keep on drinking!

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