Hello from slower lower Delaware!
Apologies on a semi-brief Weekend Roundup.
Apologies on a semi-brief Weekend Roundup.
Long hot days outside laying by the pool, tanning at the beach, and evenings grilling are just a little bit better with a beer in hand.
We’ve done the write ups on how great cans are for the summer, and they are, but it’s no secret anymore. Cans are here, and everyone seems to be on board.
With that said, we’re still here to give you a set of local beers that need to be in your growler or crowler at the next outdoor gathering or patio chill session.
Don’t expect to see any high-alcohol beers on this list. For the summer we like to take it low (ABV) so we can enjoy more than one or two on a gorgeous night.
At only 4%, this beer packs a lot of flavor into an extremely drinkable beer. The balance of lemongrass and ginger makes this beer extremely refreshing and thirst quenching. It’s also very light, so you can indulge on a full growler if you like. The Belgian yeast gives the beer an extra bit of flavor with notes of clove and spices.
Pilsners are the quintessential session beer. They don’t fill you up, are extremely drinkable, and they pack a low-alcohol punch that makes these the beer to grab when the sun is bearing down on you. Camp Pils is a balanced pilsner that highlights the malt backbone of the beer while still playing to the hop heads with a slight refreshing bitterness.
When it comes to drinking a tradition gose, look no further than Gail. This beer hits the balance between the salty and sweet flavors everyone looks for in this ever-growing style of craft beer. Look to see if this one is in ZerØday’s daily infusion that may add anything from fresh fruit to Sour Patch Kids for even more flavor.
Put down that Corona and let that lime slice live a little in a crowler of this well-balanced but flavorful Mexican-style lager. If you’re heading out to The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey for one of their signature summer concert festivals, this should be your go-to all day. If you’re at home, pair this with a little bit of Blanco tequila for extra relaxation.
I remember some of my earliest albums my brother gave to me: — Megadeth “Rust in Peace”, Motley Crue “Shout at the Devil” and Pantera “Cowboys From Hell”. Metal helped shape my guitar playing and influenced me in many aspects of my youth.
I know it’s not for everyone, and I have heard it all. “You can’t understand what the screaming guy is even saying,” or “I’m just never that angry.” Heavy metal does the opposite for me personally, it actually soothes me and calms me down. Which, I suppose could be a concerning personality trait? Oh, well.
I wanted to get out of Harrisburg for the night, so my brother and I decided to do what we have been doing since I was about 13 years old — we went to a metal show.
Tucked away at the end of West Cottage Place off of George St. is the unassuming venue with a small sign over the door plastered with stickers and taped-up flyers. The craft beer selection in this place is plentiful with offerings from Dogfish Head, Victory, Bell’s and, of course, the York-based Liquid Hero Brewery.
I met my brother outside in the parking lot, paid the $5 cover and headed right to the front bar to order our drinks. Music was already blasting from local metal favorites, Wrath of Typhon.
Formed in 2009, Wrath of Typhon long has shared their original metal assault to stages all over the area. Saturday night was no different as they set the stage for legendary sleaze metal band, The Mentors. I’m not going to link them. You can Google them if you want but, don’t do it at work. Trust me.
Just past the merch table set-up, The Depot has a smoking section in the back with a decent whiskey selection and a few classic beers like Natty Boh and PBR while an old Zenith tube TV plays a distorted live feed of the show on the stage.
A lot of the same people are there, familiar faces and people I haven’t seen in years offer up a smile and a hug. There has always been a feeling of community at The Depot, and I don’t find that very often with live music venues. It’s a scene, but it’s not just about the music there.
The Depot holds a special place in my heart for live music, and there aren’t very many venues like this. It’s a venue I recommend checking out as soon as you can. The sound is great, the beer is flowing, and the crowd is always amazing.
Spend the night on the patio with a guided tasting by the Cornerstone’s head baker and catering coordinator, Mike Bates, plus 2050 State’s head brewer, Brad Moyer, as they pair five tapas with five 2050 State beers.
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