RECAP: Happy Hour at The Country Club of Harrisburg

by: Sara Bozich

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As promised, The Country Club of Harrisburg pulled out all the stops on Wednesday evening — and Mother Nature cooperated as well, providing a comfortable and gorgeous backdrop for our outdoor soiree.

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The night began with a welcome cocktail as guests arrived before making their way behind the clubhouse to the party.

The Country Club of Harrisburg provided chicken and vegetable skewers from their outdoors grill, vegetables and hummus, plus passed hors d’oeuvres (which were all excellent!).

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The Vineyard at Hershey shared samples of their wines, including their Seyval Blanc, Pink Catawba and Chambourcin.

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The Brewery at Hershey poured their Lageritaville, Wit Walker and Hip Hops Hooray.

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Our friends at Keystone State Wine and Spirits also brought samples of flavored vodkas and whiskies to share.

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This special event was free and open to the public, and guests had the opportunity to explore The Club’s grounds, including their new outdoor area, Guadelupe, which will feature fly fishing, hiking and skeet shooting.

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For more information on The Country Club of Harrisburg, visit their website or Facebook page.

Thank you to everyone who joined us — it was great to see such a collection of old and new faces!

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Thanks as always to our official event photographer, Bart from Kollision Media! For more photos, check out the Facebook album and tag yourself and your friends!

The next event will be announced within the week — Be sure you’re on the Events e-mail list to get first access!

6 Beers to Celebrate the 4th of July

Happy Fourth of July weekend! Get out there and drink some American brews and celebrate our Independence! George Washington would be proud to see you out there with an American-made craft brew, and I will too. Grab one of these super extra ‘Murrican beers and have fun (responsibly please).

Anchor Liberty Ale

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It’s got an eagle on the label, how could you go wrong? Anchor Liberty Ale is a Cascade dry-hopped American IPA that is usually described as the hopped up version of its brother, Anchor Steam Beer. Expect a bit of a malt back bone balanced by nuances of citrus and pine hop flavors. It was originally brewed to celebrate the bicentennial of Paul Revere’s ride, and I don’t think it gets much more Fourth of July worthy than that!

Yards Ales of the Revolution

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Brewed with recipes created by our forefathers themselves, Yards’ Ales of the Revolution series features a porter, tavern ale, and a tavern spruce created by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin respectively. Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale uses honey, rye, and wheat and is much like the colonial brew made at Monticello. George Washington’s Porter uses molasses just like the General called for to create a bit higher ABV to help fortify the troops. Benjamin Franklin’s Tavern Spruce uses actual blue spruce clippings to truly embody Franklin’s recipe.

21st Amendment Brew Free or Die!

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How badass is this beer name? Grab yourself a can of Brew Free or Die! this Fourth and truly live life in the pursuit of happiness, or hoppiness, your choice. This agressively hopped West Coast style IPA is known to be a little bitter in the finish, but that can happen when you triple hop it up with Columbus, Cascade, and Centennial hops. Don’t let that scare you, it’s got some great earthy flavors throughout and is a sneaky 7%ABV.

DC Brau The Citizen

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We the people, WE THE CITIZENS, this beer is the perfect Fourth of July beer name! Celebrate yourself, the citizen. DC Brau’s The Citizen is a Belgian-style Tripel in a can. Lightly carbonated, flavors of honey, hints of spice.

Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

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Put down that red, white, and blue canned imposter and pick up a Dale’s Pale Ale! Before everyone and their brother started canning, Oskar Blues was killing it in cans from the get-go. This has been my go-to tubing beer for years. Why do you want it on the Fourth? Because you want a patriotic red, white, and blue canned beer that doesn’t suck, that’s why. It’s a perfect pale ale, it’s Dale’s Pale Ale.

Stoudt’s American Pale Ale

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Here’s the perfect beer for your Fourth. It’s local, it’s in a can, and it’s called American Pale Ale. It’s got a flag on the can. You’re good to go. Yes, it’s kind of a basic beer, it’s just a pale ale, but that doesn’t mean it’s not awesome. Medium body, amber color, delcious citrus aroma.

Categories: Craft Beer, Holiday

Weekend Roundup 7/2

by: Sara Bozich

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What a beautiful night we had for Happy Hour at The Country Club of Harrisburg. Great food and drink, a terrific turnout — of course, full recap coming by the weekend.

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Details for the next one are coming soon:

Today I’m going kayaking – woohoo! — and tomorrow, my husband has the day off, so I might convince him to do something outside or maybe catch a movie in-between getting my hair ‘did and before we head to Zeroday for B’s 30th birthday shin-dig.

Tune in Saturday morning to 92.1 WTPA for my return to The Bruce Bond Late Afternoon Show on Saturday Morning! Big John is our special guest on microphone #3.

Afterwards, we’re heading to Gifford Pinchot State Park for some grilling and outdoorsy-ness with friends.

On Sunday, it’s a date night (uh, I should probably tell him) at a Farm-to-Table Dinner in Ortanna.

Need more inspiration? Tune in tomorrow morning during the 7  o’clock hour to Glenn & Bob on The River 97.3 for “Sara’s Weekend Picks.” I’ll be back on The River next week! Enjoy your 4th of July holiday — Please celebrate responsibly.

What are you doing this weekend?

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Straws & Stripes July 11 at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey

by: Sara Bozich

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This weekend’s 4th of July holiday isn’t the only patriotic event happening this month. Oh no.

“Merlot Mike” and The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey are rolling out the big guns to benefit two military charities at Straws & Stripes – a military appreciation benefit and dual wine/beer release party from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on July 11.

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The winery will release a new Sparkling Strawberry wine and the brewery will debut a new Strawberry IPA during the all-day music benefit headlined by Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band, Green River. The festival also features a food truck mash-up, artisan vendors, silent auction and more.

Proceeds will benefit two local military charities dedicated to assisting soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Arrive early and bring blankets and lawn chairs.

–> Check out Straws & Stripes on Facebook

Tickets are $15 online/advance; $25 couple online/advance; $20 at the door (Or look for Merlot Mike tonight at The Country Club of Harrisburg)

The Schedule:

  • 11:30 a.m.: Gates, Food Truck Mash-up, & Craft Vendors Open
  • 12:15 p.m.: Merlot Mike’s Release of Sparkling Strawberry Wine & Strawberry IPA
  • 12:15-3:15 p.m.: Special Wine Tasting in the Event Center
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m.: Sabrina Duke Duo on the Pond Stage
  • 3-5 p.m.: Not Quite Einstein on the Pond Stage
  • 5-5:30 p.m.: Special Presentation to Honor Our Heroes!
  • 5:3-8 p.m.: Green River, a CCR Tribute Band, on the Pond Stage
  • 7 p.m.: Bonfire Seen from Outer Space!

“Our five partners have a deep connection and commitment to the military through all of our families and we will continue to dedicate relentless fundraising efforts to military service organizations,” said “Merlot Mike” Wilson, partner at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey.

“The two organizations we are supporting this year provide advocacy efforts and therapeutic service dogs to soldiers with PTSD, and they offer amazing services to veterans who really need their help.” Wilson concluded, “Our five partners get the chance to live the American Dream every day because of what our troops fight for. This is the least we can do, and we will always do everything in our power to support and promote causes for veterans and active duty soldiers – always.”

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