A toast to Lititz

By on June 3, 2015

Naming Lititz “America’s Coolest Small Town” put the borough of 9,000-plus on a special map. After being awarded the moniker by Budget Travel, the community rallied around the idea and created a bit of a celebration, which has now turned into Taste of Lititz, a one day tour of all the food and libations the town has to offer right on Main Street.

I’ll be there for the beer! So, in my due diligence, I looked into who will be offering what this Friday, June 5.

I recently stopped in at Sturgis Haus Brewpub to grab a pint of their Zombie Blood Strawberry Wheat. Now, I am a fan of wheat beers, so I’ve had a few in my days. In my opinion, this beer — named for 2013’s zombie 5k — is the best beer brewer James Ament has ever made. I love it. The strawberry ratio is perfect, not overpowering while providing a slight sourness to compliment the wheat. Ament uses six pounds of strawberries for each 10-gallon batch of brew. Sturgis Haus will be offering Zombie Blood — 6.5 percent Alcohol By Volume (ABV) and 17 International Bittering Units (IBU) — and their Naked Heiney Hefeweizen (5.5 percent ABV / 12.4 IBU) as part of Taste of Lititz’s libations package.

Down the street at JoBoy’s, brewer Kevin Shaw told me the brewpub will be offering Lititz Springs Lager and Manheim Red samples, “though one of them may change.” Intriguing. The lager and red ale are part of JoBoy’s regular flagship beers. Lititz Springs Lager is a traditional American lager-style beer clocking in at 5.2 percent ABV and carrying a high, but mild, 40 IBU. Manheim Red is one of the most popular beers at JoBoy’s; its caramel sweetness and maltiness comes with a 5.4 percent ABV and 22.5 IBU.

Across the street at Bulls Head Public House, general manager Joe Cilluffo said the English pub will be offering samples of Victory Braumeister Pils (4.7-5.4 percent ABV) and Pizza Boy Brewing Company’s single hop (cascade) IPA (5.12 ABV). Bulls Head will be selling St. Boniface Paideia and Lancaster Brewing Company’s Kolsch.

Sturgis Haus’ Zombie Blood Strawberry Wheat and ABC’s English Mild will be among the local brews featured at this Friday’s Taste of Lititz.

Sturgis Haus’ Zombie Blood Strawberry Wheat and ABC’s English Mild will be among the local brews featured at this Friday’s Taste of Lititz.

As if channeling its own inner English pub, the Lititz branch of Appalachian Brewing Company will offer Taste-goers its English Mild (5.1 percent ABV / 15 IBU). Brewed onsite, the English Mild is described as “an idyllic British session beer.” That’s a bit higher ABV than what I consider a session beer, but, oh well. Mostly filled with toasty malt (and a subtle hop presence), the light brown beer is an easy drinker. ABC Lititz general manager Dave Skinner also mentioned the brewery will be selling Mountain Lager and Hoppy Trails IPA on Friday.

A limited number of libation tickets are still available at $10 each and can be purchased by contacting Kelly Withum at 626-6332. A ticket provides event-goers a sample at Bulls Head, ABC, JoBoy’s, and Sturgis Haus (as well as Waltz and Stargazers Vineyards for the winos). If you don’t have a ticket, fret not, all brews will be available for purchase, so come on out and grab a beer on Main Street! (Also, food tickets are available for tastes from Zest, Tomato Pie Cafe, Zig’s, Dosie Dough, Scooter’s, Cafe Chocolate, ABC, JoBoy’s, and Sugar Whipped.)

Michael C. Upton is a freelance writer specializing in arts and leisure. He welcomes comments at somepromcu@gmail.com and facebook.com/SomebodiesProductions.

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