6 Beers to Stock Your Memorial Day Cooler

by: Tierney Pomone
May 26, 2017
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It’s the unofficial kick-off to summer! I hope you all get some time to relax and enjoy yourselves with friends and grill all of the meats because it’s Memorial Day weekend and that’s just what you do.

Before the weekend gets here, whether you’re grilling at home, going to a party, or exploring the outdoors – you’re gonna need beer! Here are a few ideas on just what beers you’ll want to grab.

Bell’s Oatsmobile American Pale Ale

I’ve been looking for a great easy drinking lower-ABV hopped-up brew that has a flavor that I don’t get sick of after having more than one. Finally, Oatsmobile appears. It’s brewed with oats (in case the name didn’t make that clear) which gives it a softer mouthfeel and a creamier body than the typical IPA or Pale Ale. The hop profile includes Mosaic, Ekuanot, and Glacier creating a strong aroma of fruit without any fruit added. Most 4.3% brews feel “thin,” but thanks to those oats it will definitely fool you into thinking it’s a bigger beer than it is. Perfect for day drinking and kayaking.

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Lancaster Brewing Co. Blue Trail Blueberry Lemon Shandy

It wouldn’t be summer without fruit beer! This local favorite of mine is perfect for lounging poolside! Blue Trail is a shandy (beer + soda) that uses real lemons and blueberries and pure cane sugar. It’s like drinking refreshing blueberry lemonade on a hot day. Now in cans, too! Just grab one and plant yourself in a chair and get to work on these. I’ll be sipping these all day while camping this weekend.

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Sierra Nevada Otra Vez

Part 2: Cans of Summer (Beach Edition)

Speaking of refreshing beers, I’m pretty sure Otra Vez is also exactly what you need this weekend, especially those of us who straight up adore goses. Otra Vez is a sweet yet tangy beer with prickly pear cactus and grapefruit juices as well as a bit of saltiness. The tartness isn’t aggressive, but it’s there just to remind you that it’s a gose. While I really don’t like grapefruit at all, this beer does a great job of balancing the weirdness of grapefruit so that you barely notice it. This hot weather brew is only 4.5% ABV and is great with fresh grilled seafood.

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Victory Prima Pils

The summer is made for light, easy drinking pilsners. It takes talent to create a respectable and well-brewed pilsner; lagers are difficult to make from the start, and you really have to nail the hop profile to get the correct result. A great pilsner should be light in color and body, have spicy and slightly bitter hop flavors, and an unmemorable malt flavor that just hides in the background of the beer. You know who has that? Prima Pils. Victory makes excellent German-style brews, and this is no exception. These go perfectly with your burgers and dogs on the grill.

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Left Hand Travelin Light Kolsch

I’m very particular about Kolsches and don’t prefer an “interpretation of a kolsch” but rather the crisp, clean, light perfection of one on a hot day. While it’s going to be warm this weekend, not hot, Left Hand Travelin Light is still a lovely throwback beer for all day drinking. You won’t get sick of the flavor since it’s so light — in fact, expect a crisp finish paired with a slightly biscuity, slightly citra beer.

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SaraBozich.com’s Official “Cans of Summer”

Categories: Craft Beer

Weekend Roundup 5/25

by: Sara Bozich
May 25, 2017
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Why do I feel like my life is ruled by hockey lately? That’s tonight’s plan (though I need a food plan).

This weekend, I’m foregoing the group camping trip to hang with my GK Visual peeps and try our hand at the Vidjam Filmmaking Weekend.

Saturday, I’ll hit the gym (and hopefully market) before filming, then we’ll wrap something up by 7 p.m. Sunday.

Monday, I’m hoping to be poolside for a friend’s birthday!

What are you doing this weekend?

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2017 Summer Race Roundup

by: Kelly Leighton
May 24, 2017
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Memorial Day is right around the corner; the unofficial start of summer is here. What races are on your schedule?

There are so many great, fun races, and I am going to have to restrain myself from signing up for a 5K every weekend. Summer brings a ton of shorter races to the area, so use this time to work on your mile or 5K PR.

Without further ado, here’s your 2017 summer race roundup. I’ve included as many local races as I could find, but let me know what I’ve missed!


1- Mile

5K

7K

10K

10-Miler

Half Marathon

Miscellaneous

Categories: Fitness, Running

GIVEAWAY: Harrisburg Hoopla

by: Sara Bozich
May 22, 2017
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The first ever Harrisburg Hoopla is set for Saturday, June 3 on City Island complete with friendly competition, live music, food, and beverages to benefit local nonprofits.

Think of Harrisburg Hoopla as an adult field day with teams competing in a series of activities and sports for the right to donate to their favorite charity.

At the end of the day, the top three teams donate a portion of the event’s proceeds to the charity of their choice.

You can make your own team of friends and family, or signup as a free agent and be assigned to a team the day of the event. Teams are made up of at least six participants.

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Activities include:

  • Dodgeball
  • Bubble soccer
  • tug-o-war
  • Relay races
  • Wheel barrel races
  • Water balloon catch
  • Dizzy bat
  • Volleyball
  • Corn hole (tiebreaker)

The event concludes with a winner’s ceremony and a concert by Big Hoax on City Island. Concert-only tickets also are available for $15. 

Harrisburg Hoopla is hosted by The Emerging Philanthropy Program, a partnership between the Harrisburg Young Professionals and The Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

The event aims to unite Harrisburg’s businesses, restaurants and nonprofits to support the local economy, raise awareness and support the local nonprofit organizations all while having fun.

This week, we’re giving away FOUR (4) participant access passes for the event and concert!

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