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Everything you need to know about the Jersey Mike Rock + Run 5K

FOOD TRUCKS * KIDS’ GAMES * ROCK & ROLL * BEER * FUN

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Homebrewing: Why I Do It

Well here she is, ladies and gentlemen – Saison 27 in all her glory. With final ABV coming in at 7.6% and its beautiful cloudy amber color, it’s easy to see why this beer was well received at Brewin’ Up a Cure last Sunday at Brewery at Hershey.

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The beer has a lovely honey sweetness from the excessive amount of orange blossom honey I used and had little hop flavor despite the pile of hops that were added. I, along with the crowd at Mac’s Mixed Nuts Home Brew Contest, found it to be incredibly drinkable on the 80-degree day we had. In fact, while my beer didn’t win the competition, it did make it to the second round of the top 15. Not too shabby I say.

During the event I was asked many questions about homebrewing as well as the beer itself, some questions more surprising than others. A few asked what gave it its sweetness, what was causing whatever flavor they found in it, and what type of hops were in it. Those were easy to answer as I know flavors in-and-out in most cases.

Some asked more technical questions about the grain percentage and the temperature at which we mashed in. Most commonly, people were surprised to find that a woman had made the beer, and asked how I got into homebrewing.

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CATEGORIES: Craft Beer

Weekend Roundup 4/17

These next few weeks are jam-packed — Welcome to spring, right?

Last night we intended to hit up Market Cross Pub for its Deschutes ice cream night with Twin Kiss Creamery, but unfortunately plans were derailed. I’m looking forward to reading Chelsie’s post on Stouts and Stilettos about the event!

Oh hey, did you read this?

Oh hey, did you read this?

And things won’t stop. Tonight we have dinner plans with friends, then tomorrow it’s over to The Speakeasy to set-up for packet pick-up and registration for the JM5K. Speaking of:

SATURDAY IS THE JERSEY MIKE ROCK + RUN 5K! Quickly, know this:

  • You can register Saturday morning starting at 10 a.m. on City Island.
  • Race is at 12 p.m. (NOON)
  • Food trucks on-site: The Chicken Truck and Mad Dash Concessions
  • Sponsored by Al’s of Hampden/Pizza Boy Brewing: Free samples after the race for runners 21+.
  • CAMP POSITIVE: Kids’ activities, check-in your kids while you run/walk
  • AFTER PARTY at Ceoltas, presented by VeTour Productions and featuring the Very Americans, Herbie, Dirty Thieving Gypsies, MORE.
  • LEARN MORE.

Need more inspiration? Tune in tomorrow morning at 7:10 a.m. to Glenn & Bob on The River 97.3 for “Sara’s Weekend Picks.”

What are you doing this weekend?

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Running Tips: Dealing with Pre-Race Jitters

I am running a marathon on Monday. And while I am super excited, I am also really, really anxious, nervous and scared.

I suffer from pre-race jitters very badly. I am naturally a nervous person, so putting a big event in front of me just exploits that. I’ve always freaked out a little before athletic events. In high school and college, I never could talk to anyone at a swim meet; I’d just have to sit with my headphones on until my events were over. So, it’s no surprise that this trait has jumped over to running races as well.

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Even though I still get that butterflies-I-am-going-to-throw-up feeling, I’ve learned a few tricks that have helped me calm down just a little bit on race day.

Plan:

  • Lay out your clothes the night before, and make sure everything is good to go.
  • Are your iPod and Garmin charged?
  • Do you have safety pins for your bib?
  • Do you have a right and a left shoe (Don’t laugh; I accidentally packed two left shoes for a lunch run a few months ago!)?
  • Give yourself plenty of extra time to get to the starting line. I’d rather be a half hour early twiddling my thumbs at a race, instead of standing in a porta potty line while the national anthem is being played. I always get to races earlier than necessary and immediately get into a porta potty line even if I am sure I don’t think you have to go.
  • I think it’s also important to check our your surroundings and familiarize yourself with the location.
  • Know where/when you need to pick up transportation if need be.
  • Make sure a race has a bag drop off before you lug a backpack full of stuff over with you.

These little things don’t seem like big issues, but they can quickly turn a race morning into chaos.

Don’t try anything new

This is not rocket science. As much as we know it, I think we’ve all been there, buying a new outfit but not trying it out before the race and then having it chafe terribly. Or never training with gels and then deciding to take one from an aid station. Stick with what you know. I have a very sensitive stomach, and I’ve learned to avoid nuts, gluten and alcohol in the days leading up to the race. I’d rather be safe than sorry.

Look at the course map

When I ran the Steamtown Marathon in 2011, I didn’t really look at a course map, and then I nearly died on a hill at mile 24, and all I remember is crying and walking up that hill, hating my life. When I ran the Harrisburg Marathon in 2012, I was much more prepared and knew to expect the hills in Wildwood Park. Luckily, I hyped them up so much in my brain, they didn’t seem that bad at all.

Have fun

Running isn’t your job. At the end of the day, no one cares about your time. If you miss your goal, or totally flop at the race, it doesn’t matter. It’s hard to believe, but its true. If you trained properly, be proud of your training cycle and be proud for having the guts to show up and give it your all. And don’t forget to smile. Running is fun, remember?

Although I am not gunning for a PR next week, I am still rattled with nerves. Anyone else have tips to share?

CATEGORIES: Running

Beer Events: Deschutes Central Pa. Launch Week

Last month, I wrote a story about top craft brewer, Deschutes Brewery’s recent availability in our area. I shared a list of tasting events and venues where you could find their first offerings on tap and by the bottle.

This week marks Deschutes Brewery’s “official” launch weekend — and this time you can meet the gang from Oregon at a variety of events, from beer dinners to meet’n greets and more.

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And while you’ve had the chance to try their top sellers like Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Black Butte Porter, at select locations you’ll also find Hop Henge Experimental IPA or Fresh Squeezed flowing as well.

Let’s start with the big stuff:

Hot Dogs and Beer with Deschutes Brewery at Brass Rail Deli
April 16,  5-7 p.m.

Hot dogs, beer, good times – what is a more “American” style pastime? That’s why we’ve pulled together a series of special hot dogs paired with Deschutes Brewery beers while the Oregon brewery is down celebrating its launch in Harrisburg. Mirror Pond Pale Ale with a Campy Dog sample and Black Butte Porter with a BBQBR Dog sample are just a couple of the tasty pairings of the evening.

Brew Burgers with Deschutes Brewery at The Warwick Hotel
April 16, 4-10 p.m.

Deschutes Brewery is bringing its beers to the region, and what better way to celebrate than with some good, old fashioned burgers? The Warwick Hotel chefs are creating some special burgers just for this evening, all perfectly paired with Deschutes’ Oregon beers. Giveaways, sample platters, the gang from Deschutes hanging out from 7-10 p.m. for a chat and you have a great Wednesday evening in store.

Deschutes Brewery Ice Cream Social at Market Cross Pub
April 16, 7 p.m.

Decadent delights are in store!  It’s an ice cream flight night – ice cream and beer flights that is! Four of Deschutes Brewery’s beers have been paired up with four ice cream flavors from Twin Kiss Creamery in Shermans Dale. Now that’s dessert.

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Beer Fests, Greek food, #sbhh PHOTOS, new winery & MORE

Last night my husband said, “Today felt like a Sunday, but I’m so glad it’s not.” Hear, hear!

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Friday night’s Craft Tastings Chocolate + Beer Pairing was a blast. But you’ll read more about that later. We followed that with a lovely hike on Saturday, effectively tiring our out-of-shape-from-winter pup, and a rousing game of catch in the backyard.

For dinner, we met friends back at Hellenic Kouzina, which was as delicious as always.

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This afternoon, my mom and I are going to “Mother, Daughter, Friend” Tea benefiting PAWS of Pa. If there’s time, I’d love to swing by Brewery at Hershey’s homebrew fest to try Tierney’s beer.

This week was nuts, and I’m much looking forward to a lower key week ahead. But let’s take a look back:

From PennLive:

Elsewhere on the Internet:

#JM5K NEWS – Less than 1 week away!:

Upcoming SaraBozich.com Events: 

Happy Hour Recap {The FireHouse}

This week, we had our first #sbhh at The FireHouse — Thank you so much to everyone who was able to make it out for our mid-week celebration.

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CATEGORIES: Harrisburg, Sara Bozich, SBHH

6 Can’t-Miss Beer Local Brew Fests

We are rapidly approaching one of my favorite times of year: Brew Fest Season. This isn’t to say that there aren’t Brew Fests in the winter or even fall, but once spring and summer start rolling in there’s nothing better than taking in some fresh air, getting out of the house and sampling some beers with friends.

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Get your calendars ready now and find those open Saturdays, because we’ve got a lot to look forward to.

Brewing Up a Cure Homebrew Festival

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Get ready to taste 50 different home brews this Sunday at the Brewery at Hershey. The event runs from 1-4 p.m., and the $20 entry costs benefits the American Cancer Society. See my full report on the event here, plus read about my Saison 27 home brew here.

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Weekend Roundup 4/10

Happy Hour last night was just what I needed. Thank you to every who came out for another great event, this time at The FireHouse. Remember, you can find all upcoming events under the “Events” tab — or sign-up for the Events mailing list for exclusive coupons and early bird access.

Hey! Tonight is Opening Day for the Harrisburg Senators! And that’s where I’ll be this evening. Tomorrow night, we’re hosting a beer and chocolate pairing, which — fear not — I’ll appropriately document for you.

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Saturday is another Detox Retox event at Federal Taphouse, then by night we’re returning to Hellenic Kouzina (“What?” my husband asks. “The Greek place.” “Oh, awesome.”) for dinner with friends, and on Sunday I’m going to a “Mother, Daughter, Friend” Tea benefiting PAWS.  A full weekend indeed.

As for you: There is a ton going on. Now that spring rings official, both with warmer weather, sunshine and baseball — events abound.

Need more inspiration? Tune in tomorrow morning at 7:10 a.m. to Glenn & Bob on The River 97.3 for “Sara’s Weekend Picks.”

What are you doing this weekend?

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The Beer Mile

Running is supposed to be fun.

It’s easy to forget that, or have that thought get lost in the shuffle of training plans, races, paces and everything in between. In the spirit of the true meaning of running, on Friday, my friends organized a “Beer Mile.”

"Before" Beer Mile Group Photo

“Before” Beer Mile Group Photo

At first, I was on the fence. It was supposed to be a rest day. What if I get hurt and can’t run Boston? What if I come in dead last? What if I can’t finish it? It’s supposed to rain! I’m tired! After arguing with myself, I remembered — running is supposed to be fun. And this sounds fun.

So, I confirmed my attendance and showed up to my friends’ house in midtown. The rules are easy enough. Drink a beer or hard cider (at least 12 ounces, with a minimum of five percent alcohol), run a quarter mile and repeat four times. In the end, you will have run a mile, and finished four beverages.

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Album Review: JR WOLF ‘Al B EP’

After recording and mastering all the songs for their full-length self-titled debut, Hershey’s JR WOLF was stuck in neutral — lacking enough funds to manufacture and promote their album.

But with a then-upcoming July 2013 concert at the Al B Open (an annual golf tournament at Sportsman’s Golf Course in memory of Harrisburg-native Mark Alexander Baronowski), JR WOLF front man and songwriter Jason Wolfe saw an opportunity — and the five song Al B EP was released.

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The five songs — all of which will be featured on their forthcoming full-length album due out this fall — are incredibly difficult to pigeon-hole into one genre or point to a singular influence. The band itself bills the album as “AlternaFolk JamRock” — so basically, JR WOLF is a musical melting pot.

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CATEGORIES: Hershey, Music

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