RECAP: Pop-Up at Strawberry Square

by: Sara Bozich
September 24, 2016
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Well, that was a party, wasn’t it? I mean, we ran out of beer!

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Thanks to everyone who came out for another great Pop-Up Happy Hour at Strawberry Square on Wednesday.

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Our featured brewery this month was the just-about-to-open-and-now-open Ever Grain Brewing Co., which was met with delight by imbibers. Brewmaster Bruce brought his Saison and his west coast-style IPA, and both were quickly devoured.

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Tropical Smoothie offered some smoothie samples, and Masala Express shared some of their terrific Indian food (did you know you could stop into their market over lunch for this?)

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The Jayplayers performed during the afternoon in the Square, as well, and Stash joined us to show off some fall fashions.

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I’m excited to announce that we will partner for yet another Pop-Up Happy Hour at Strawberry Square next month!

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Join us from 4-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19 for a fall-themed Pop-up! Details coming soon.

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Categories: Harrisburg, LivePA, SBHH

Steelers Week 3: Cheers, Jeer & Fears

by: Jimi The Intern
September 23, 2016
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Pennsylvania is often divided when it comes to its sports. East vs West. Pittsburgh vs. Philly. Some might say a Keystone version of good vs evil.

Flyers and Penguins really hate each other. It might be one of the best rivalries in all of sports. If you black and orange fans forget, here’s what happened this year. 

Pirates and Phillies are “rivals” by association, but it’s not like there is a true rivalry or hatred when the two square off on the diamond.

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With the Steelers and Eagles, it is a different story because they only meet once every four years. This lapse in time makes it quite difficult to develop a real rivalry between the teams.

Pittsburgh was able to grab a key win against a real rival and division opponent last week when they held the Bengals at bay to take an early lead in the AFC North. This was an important win, but to go into Philly this weekend and get off to a 3-0 start could loom even larger.

The black and gold look poised to make a long run this season, and I would love nothing more than to give the Eagles and Carson Wentz their first loss of the season.

Here are my cheers, jeers and fears for this week in the City of Brotherly Love.

Cheers: DeAngelo Williams

This dude has done it all. When Bell decided to light it up once again, Williams decided to light it up on the field. Without him in these last two season, it would have been tough to field a winning team.

In all honesty, he might be the best running back in the first two weeks of the season.  He has almost 300 yards of total offense and three touchdowns in two games.

This could be the last time we see him in a full role in the Steelers backfield. Cheers to you DeAngelo for playing your role and being a true Steeler.

Jeers: Big Ben slingin’ picks

Hey Ben, wake up! Three picks in the first two games are not acceptable. Yes, the six touchdowns are great, but ball security should be of the utmost importance when your defense has been showing signs of weakness early in the season.

Along with the interceptions, Ben has been a bit off target with some of his throws. If he can correct the picks and be slightly more accurate, 2016 could be a historical offensive year.

Fears: Losing to Philly

Look, I know, it’s not really a rivalry and losing to the Eagles isn’t detrimental to this season, but I want to win. I couldn’t stand to see these Philly fans bang their chest about a rookie quarterback going 3-0 to start his career.

The would honestly start planning the Super Bowl parade and his Hall of Fame induction the second the game was over. This can’t happen.

Pittsburgh should go out there and take care of business in the I-76 Derby with a 28-19 win.

Categories: Sports, Television

Craft Beers for Bourbon Month

by: Tierney Pomone
September 23, 2016
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It’s bourbon month! I love bourbon on its own (feel free to deliver Blanton’s or Maker’s to my door), but when it comes to bourbon barrel aged beers I just plain swoon! These beers are a perfect nightcap with their higher ABV and will leave you in a lovey-dovey stupor.

Bourbon lovers looking for bourbon barrel-aged beers? Beer lovers looking to adventure down the bourbon path?

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Take these recommendations of bourbon barrel-aged brews and start hunting them down — these are the easiest of my favorites to get.

New Holland Dragon’s Milk

This is the creme-de-la-creme of stouts in my book. Expect aggressive vanilla, oak, and velvety chocolate malt flavor in this brew. It’s like a bourbon milkshake in a glass, and far too easy to drink at its 11% ABV. If you drink one, consider splitting the second, because sharing is caring right?

Founders Backwoods Bastard

This limited-release beer will be out soon and is entirely different from most bourbon barrel-aged beers you’ll get. Its base is Dirty Bastard, a Wee Heavy/Scotch Ale style brew so it provides a boozy but caramel and smoked malt flavor. Once you barrel-age it, you’ll get bits of oak and a hint of vanilla in the finish.

Allagash Curieux

When Allagash made Curieux they basically said “yo, I heard you like Belgian Tripels and bourbon barrel-aged beers, so we put the two together for ya.” [Ed. note: Or, a barrel-aged beer that Sara is into.] Take the expertise of Allagash’s Belgian-style brews and then add my favorite, bourbon barrel-aging, and you’ve got a solid top choice in my lineup. Expect heavy vanilla/coconut flavors with a bit of oak, and a finish that reminds you that there’s a Belgian tripel hiding in here. Heaven in a glass!

Weyerbacher Insidious

I’m pretty sure this is the first bourbon barrel-aged beer I ever had, and it still holds strong to this day. Expect velvety chocolate and stone fruit flavors with a lingering vanilla finish and a booziness that definitely reminds you it’s bourbon barrel-aged.

Hoppin Frog Barrel-Aged B.O.R.I.S.

Alright, it’s whiskey barrel-aged, so not quite. But, while all whiskeys aren’t bourbons, all bourbons are whiskeys, I’m going to let a really delicious beer slide. Hoppin Frog is almost a secret amongbeer drinkers; they make some of the easiest to obtain yet ridiculously delicious barrel-aged brews. They barrel-age almost everything, and their bombers can be found all over the place, but because they’re not a ‘hyped up beer’ you may have overlooked them. If you ever see them on tap, drink it, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Categories: Craft Beer

Know Your Brewer: Bruce Tanner at Ever Grain Brewing Co.

by: Jimi The Intern
September 22, 2016
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The greater Harrisburg area is home to an impressive (and growing) selection of breweries (hey, that’s why Harrisburg Beer Week is so dear to our hearts).

You’ve probably enjoyed a pint or two from many of them, but do you know the people behind the scenes who are working the tireless hours to get that beer into your glass?

Brewers come from all walks of life. Some do this full time and some are working crazy hours on top of other full-time jobs every week just to make sure we all are able to enjoy the “grains of their labor.”

About once a month, we will highlight a local brewer to give you all a look behind the curtain to see how these guys operate, what they have in store next, and give you idea of who is brewing your beer.

For the first one, we thought it was appropriate to start with one of the newest places to open: Ever Grain Brewing Company.

»» READ: Ever Grain Brewing Co. opens TODAY

Ever Grain is brand new to the area, but their brewmaster is not. Bruce Tanner, a Baltimore transplant, has been involved in the greater Harrisburg area brewing scene ever since he started a six-year stint at Tröegs in 2010. He was a part of the team when they made the move from Paxton Street to Hershey in 2011.

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“I was working for Tröegs,” said Tanner, “but it was a lot of shift work. Splitting up my time into three different shifts was a lot, and I took the chem job to have more of the normal 9-to-5 hours.”

Tanner said he realized almost immediately that the job wasn’t for him. Though he couldn’t see himself being there for the long term, he wanted to give the company some time after they took the chance to invest in him.

“I was only with the lab for two months before realizing I needed to get back [to brewing],” said Tanner. “For me, I couldn’t get out of the business. It’s something that a lot of people feel, I think, once you are in this industry.”

From Tanner’s past, it is easy to see that he has caught the brewing bug, and he probably won’t be leaving again anytime soon. His brewing experience began at a homebrew shop in Phoenix while studying biology at Arizona State University.

“Homebrewing became a huge hobby,” said Tanner. “We were making beer, wine and mead at one time.”

Tanner next went on to brew at a local pizza shop called Streets of New York to help them establish a brewpub in their Tempe and Scottsdale locations. The pizza shops are still there, but they no longer offer their own beers.

His next two brewing stops brought Tanner further and further east. His first post-Arizona stop was in Greensboro, North Carolina as a brewer at Natty Greene’s Brewing Company. He then headed back home to Baltimore to work at PubDog before settling at Tröegs.

Along with his clear passion for brewing, Tanner said he is also extremely focused when it comes to brewing.

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“I take brewing very seriously,” said Tanner, “It’s something that I believe the beer and the company deserve from me.”

And it shows.

From the light and crisp, but still flavorful, Camp Pils to the aptly named Joose Juicy IPA, which he dry-hopped for nine hours, Tanner knows how to brew the whole gambit of beers at a high quality.

In fact, he said if he had to choose one beer from their current lineup to give to a stranger that he would choose the Camp Pils, because it is an approachable beer with great flavor.

For Tanner, his go-to style is a Belgian Beer. He said that the bold and robust flavors really appeal to him.

It’s rare that a brewery opens up with a long tap list of solid beers, but that is exactly what you can expect from Ever Grain and Tanner when they cut the ribbon on our area’s newest brewery.

Ever Grain Brewing Co. opens today at 11:30 a.m.

Ever Grain Brewing Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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