WIN: HACC’s 50th Hospitality Black Tie Gala Evening

by: Sara Bozich
February 25, 2017
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Tickets are still available to the DINING CELEBRATION of the YEAR!

Join HACC’s Culinary & Pastry Arts Club in celebrating HACC’s 50 Years of Excellence in Hospitality Education on March 24 at the Hilton Harrisburg. The six-course dinner recognizes the alumni of the first 50 years and supports the students of the next 50 years!

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For every 5 tickets purchased, one student can receive a $500 scholarship this fall!

For a limited time, thanks to the generosity of Greystone Public House, we’re giving away *2* tickets to HACC’s 50th Hospitality Black Tie Gala Evening (a $300 value!).

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Brew News – February 2017 Edition

by: Tierney Pomone
February 24, 2017
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Happy Friday and goodbye February – well soon. I can’t wait to get to March because it’s my (and Sara’s) birthday month. Currently, I’m really excited about it as squad plans to head to Philadelphia for a long weekend, and I’m living in denial about turning 30. Woo! But, back to February. Let’s wrap up what happened in beer this month.

The Big Story: Changes are Coming for to-go beer at Al’s of Hampden Starting 3/1

This biggest news this month comes from Al’s of Hampden/Pizza Boy Brewing. To those of us who enjoy heading to Al’s to hit up the to-go bottle selection starting 3/1 that option will be no more. Also, the typically unavailable brews from across the country will no longer be on tap either.

Al will be putting his restaurant liquor license away and will only have Pennsylvania beer on tap and only crowler/growler fills as the to-go option. Why? Al cites the recent changes in beer law allowing takeout beers sales from the same distributors from which he as a retailer is forced to buy.

Personally, I’ll be sad to see some of the more interesting beers go, but business is business, gang. I’m also excited to see business changing back to local, fresh beer – something I 100% support. Maybe we’ll see some crazy cool collaborations as a workaround? A girl can dream!

Walmart Sued for Its Fake Craft Beer Brand

While we can’t buy beer at Walmart in Pennsylvania (yet), in other states you can pop in and grab a case with whatever else it is people buy at Walmart. So, Walmart launches this craft beer brand, Trouble Brewing, and in the ultimate pun, trouble is now brewing for them.

In a law suit that started in Ohio, the claimant alleges false advertising by Walmart by inventing a fictitious brewery, “Trouble Brewing,” and attempting to deceive drinkers into thinking they are purchasing from a legitimate new brewery. Trouble Brewing beers are brewed by Genesee Brewing Co., who are under the North American Breweries parent corporation who also manage Magic Hat and Labatt USA, who are under yet another parent company – to make a long story short, it’s complicated.

The lawsuit alleges that the parent company situation is far too large for Trouble Brewing to be considered “craft beer” by the Brewer’s Associations guidelines.

Beers you’re going to want:

New beers are on the horizon, so keep your eyes peeled, and if you see them, let your girl know!

  • Southern Tier Thick Mint (yes, it’s a Thin Mint inspired stout)
  • DuClaw Sweet Baby Java (Sweet Baby Jesus with coffee)
  • Dogfish Head Beer to Drink Music To 2017 (with kiwi and hibiscus added)
  • Victory’s new Tank to Table series
  • Ommegang Siren Song (dark ale) & Short Sleeve Saison
  • Sweetwater Cool Breeze (cucumber saison)
  • New Belgium 2017 La Folie (20th anniversary edition!)
  • Uinta’s National Parks series

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Weekend Roundup 2/23

by: Sara Bozich
February 23, 2017
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It’s another slow weekend for me — thankfully, because things get crazy in March. Tomorrow, we’re joining Kelly and Tim for Meatball FridayWill you pick up this fun idea? I want to!

Congratulations to our good friends at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey who celebrate 5 YEARS this weekend!

It’s also Millennium Music Conference weekend, and our music contributor, Micah, will be hitting up a ton of shows over the weekend. Follow his adventures on Twitter! 

Saturday mornings, of course, are for Next Step Performance and Broad Street Market. Then I think it’s supposed to storm all day, so I’m thinking movie/Netflix/Amazon Prime marathon.

Plus I gotta rest up to see Badfish at The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company on Tuesday! Join me! Tickets are just $15 in advance.

What are you doing this weekend?

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Celebrate 5 years with The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey

by: Sara Bozich
February 22, 2017
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In just five short years, The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey has grown from a small operation in the signature farmhouse to hosting thousands for a national recording act during their 2016 Merlot Release Party.

It’s time to raise a glass and celebrate The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey with their 5th Anniversary Party on Feb. 25.

Come out and celebrate five years of The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey with new releases, local vendors and LIVE music from The Philly Elvis.

Vendors will be selling cigars, cheeses, desserts and more to enjoy while sipping on your choice of wine or beer.

History

Since the doors opened five years ago, guests have continued to file into the farmhouse for guided wine tastings or to grab a bottle of the latest creation from winemaker, L. Paul Vezzetti. The Vineyard’s first bottling run featured all hands on deck, including Merlot Mike himself.

By the end of year two, The Vineyard had a new look with the addition of the red barn, which has become an icon for the company. While plans for a new barn were always in place, the partners didn’t think they would need it until Year 5.

Now, it’s hard to imagine a day at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey without the barn as the backdrop or main hangout for the day.

After establishing the barn, the plan to incorporate a brewery came to fruition. Ryan Delutis was hired as the head brewer to incorporate fresh craft beer onto the menu.

In addition to making delicious wine and beer, The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey’s innovative events like Straws and Stripes and the infamous Merlot Release Party — among many other fun activities week after week — keep people coming back for more.

This year, the entire grounds of the vineyard are licensed to sell beer and wine by the glass. Multiple full-service serving stations are going to be set up throughout the grounds so you can grab your drink and head back to your seat for the show.

Don’t miss The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey’s 5-Year Anniversary Party this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Categories: Harrisburg, Hershey, LivePA, Wine

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