Brew News – April 2015 Edition

by: Tierney Pomone

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I have great news to report everyone: April was a drama-free craft beer month! No law suits, no ‘craft beer is dead’ nonsense posted, and no one seemed to be stirring the pot. Maybe everyone was too busy enjoying the Craft Brewers Conference in Portland last week? Either way, it’s nothing but good vibes all-around for April. Here’s what you may have missed:

New Belgium Brewing to Add PA Distribution

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FINALLY! New Belgium Brewing (CO) announced this week that they are bringing us their tasty libations starting August 31, 2015. They’ll be available locally via W&L Craft Beer and Ace Distributing with popular offerings like Fat Tire and Ranger IPA. I’m already crossing my fingers for a huge launch week full of Rampant IPA and their Lips of Faith series. Pennsylvania is the 39th state that New Belgium distributes to.

Victory Brewing’s New Brewpub Opens

One of Pennsylvania’s largest breweries — and a #HBGBeerWeek sponsor — Victory Brewing, just got bigger! Their newest addition, Victory at Magnolia in Kennett Square just opened this past month. The new brewpub will feature the classic Victory brews as well as a few specials brewed from their 7 barrel brewery on-site. They’ve embraced their local community in Kennett by using locally sourced items on the menu (read: mushrooms!) — in fact, 800 reclaimed mushroom boards were incorporated throughout the design of Victory at Magnolia. Next time you’re traveling to Kennett, stop in and check it out.

Holy Hound Taproom Expands

Holy Hound Taproom in York just announced their expansion. Earlier this month they signed a lease for the space next door adding on 3,000 more square feet. What will they do with this space? Carry-out food and a bottle shop! They’re also eyeing up the space behind them to expand even further as the year goes on. York is truly blossoming into quite the craft beer town, and with this expansion Holy Hound is further cementing their status on the map.

Harrisburg Beer Week

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Well, it’s finally here. The first ever Harrisburg Beer Week starts today with more than 140 events scheduled throughout the greater Harrisburg area. We have a little something for everyone from beer + food tastings to meet the brewer nights to beer festivals and even a homebrew competition. Proceeds from Harrisburg Beer Week benefit Harrisburg River Rescue, a worthy cause that we’re proud to support. Harrisburg Beer Week has been my dream for years, and I am truly impressed at the positive response we’ve had throughout the community. To see this all come to fruition with the help of the amazing team and our sponsors is truly a dream come true. We’ll be out and about all week long at events, so please come out and be sure to say hi, I’d love to personally thank you for your participation and support.

Weekend Roundup 4/23

by: Sara Bozich

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Wow, it’s almost here. I’ll be glued to my office today (with the exception of this morning’s BodyFlow class) finalizing everything for the upcoming week — tomorrow marks the start of Harrisburg Beer Week.

Yesterday, Tierney and I visited abc27 (and I’ll be there over the weekend, too, so watch for me) with Tony Reigle from Harrisburg River Rescue, #HBGBeerWeek’s exclusive beneficiary, to talk about the week. Check it out:

FRI: The Official Kick-off Party at the Abbey Bar at ABC. Private, invite-only for sponsors/breweries/media at 5 p.m., but at 7 p.m., the doors open to the public. Come try the first pours of the (717) Collaboration! Plus, live music, swag, etc. We’re requesting a $5 donation to benefit HRR.

SAT: PA Flavor: The Ultimate Food & Beer Pairing Event — all Pennsylvania producers! Look for me at the Zeroday Brewing and #HBGBeerWeek booths.

SUN: So many options, but we’re taking my brother and sister in-law to The Sturges Speakeasy for the Troegs Brunch on Sunday. You’ll want to get your butt to The Battle of the Homebrew Clubs competition at Federal Taphouse in the afternoon. Great beer, and your chance to discover the area’s next brewer!

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.”

What are you doing this weekend?

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HAPPY HOUR: Cafe 1500 5/13

by: Sara Bozich

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Celebrate spring — and check out Chef Ben Beaver’s latest creations — with a HAPPY HOUR at Cafe 1500 on Wednesday, May 13.

HAPPY HOUR with SaraBozich.com
Wednesday, May 13
5:30-8 p.m.
Cafe 1500
6th & Reily Streets, Harrisburg

Join us for:

  • Half-price pizzas
  • Half-price Mojitos
  • $5 Vineyard at Hershey wines
  • FREE Vineyard at Hershey wine samples
  • FREE organic vodka samples
  • Free samples from Cafe 1500’s new menu
  • Giveaways
  • FREE parking!

RSVP via Facebook (helpful but not required)

RACE RECAP: Jersey Mike 5K

I really love the Harrisburg running community.

I know I constantly wax poetic about HARRC, my running group and all the new friends I make along the river on a regular basis, but this weekend just furthered strengthened my adoration.

5Ks are not my thing, by any means. I am a distance runner, and I enjoy running long distances at a steady paces. I struggle with speed, and I just don’t like the pain associated with short races. The thing is 5Ks are fast and hard, and they hurt. But, having been acquaintances with Jersey Mike, and knowing my good friend Sara Bozich was involved with the planning of this race, it was a no-brainer, I was in for the Jersey Mike 5K. Even if I cringed.

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Incidentally, my college roommate has just gotten into running, and I egged him on for this to be his first 5K. Former swim teammates, we were used to the discipline that being an athlete requires, and the transition from swimming to running was easy for both of us. I knew he needed to get a race under his belt to feel more confident.

So, on Saturday afternoon, around 11 a.m., with the sun beaming down on us, we ran the mile-ish from my house to City Island and lined up with hundreds of other runners, some wonderfully costumed, to take place in Sean’s first 5K. But, after a winter of running in 10 degrees, 80 degrees felt wonderful, but also sort of stifling.

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The 5K was a typical City Island track, we ran toward the Harvey Taylor, with a loop around the Sunken Gardens, before heading back to the Island. After the fact, the 5K felt quick, but during those 3.1 miles, I distinctly recall that I constantly repeated my favorite dreadmill mantra to myself. “Less than 15 minutes.” “Less than 10 minutes.” “Five minutes, you can do anything for five minutes.”

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And in slightly less than 22 minutes**, it was over. While it was a rude awakening that maybe I should do some speedwork, it was a super fun race. After most had finished, we were treated to pizza and beers, and there was a costume contest, judged by none other than Craig Finn from The Hold Steady.

The fun was far from over, as most of us, still clad in sweaty t-shirts and expensive running sneakers, trekked over to the Federal Taphouse for some beverages and music.

And after that, a whole crew of us moved to Anthony’s for happy hour and then to Zerøday to round out the Harrisburg experience. Although I called it a night pretty early- I had a long run scheduled with my group at 7- it was one of my favorite weekends in a long time.

Running + sunshine+ booze+ good friends. What more can a girl ask for?

**Editor’s note: Kelly is apparently too modest to share that she WON the women’s race!

5 Tips to Survive Harrisburg Beer Week

by: Sara Bozich

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It’s almost here. In just a few days, Harrisburg Beer Week — the collaborative many months-long labor of love between Tierney, Chelsie, Colleen and me — will be here.

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This small dream has grown into a glorious 130 140+ events over nine days, the majority of which feature LOCAL breweries, all at locally owned bars, restaurants and other small businesses.

We are more than a little excited. And hopefully, you are too.

But let’s get realistic. We can’t go to every event — no one can. And with so much action, we need to plan strategically.

Here are the best bets and some tips on surviving Harrisburg Beer Week:

Get the skinny

By now hopefully you’ve gotten your hands on one of our printed Event Guides (we’ll have more at the Kick-Off and PA Flavor) or you’ve at least perused the website event page.

  • Best bet: Sign-up for our email list. We’ll be sending daily emails breaking down EACH DAY’S events.
  • Use the Event Guide (web/online/email) to plot out your week. I would suggest picking 1-2 items for each weekend and/or 2-3 days during the week. Keep your eyes open for events in your ‘hood, favorite breweries — or better yet, new-to-you breweries for maximum enjoyment. Bonus: Don’t forget our educational events.
  • Curate: Check out my handpicked under-the-radar events for Harrisburg Beer Week via Fly Magazine.

Celebrate responsibly

We’ve partnered with Uber and the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association to secure great deals to ensure it’s easy for you be safe during Harrisburg Beer Week.

  • Uber: Use the promo code “hbgbeerweek” to get your first uberX ride, up to $20, free! Plus, for each ride taken, Uber Harrisburg will donate $2 to Harrisburg River Rescue and Emergency Services.
  • Four local hotels are offering weeklong discounts during Harrisburg Beer Week.

Choose wisely

When planning your #HBGBeerWeek schedule (see above) be sure to balance fests with food-related events and educational seminars. There are plenty of options to choose from!

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Make the most of downtime

Personally, I’ll be clearing much of my schedule otherwise as this becomes my life for the week. However, I’ll still be making my gym commitments, trying to eat right and making sleep a priority. You know how I roll.

I always try to stick to a healthy breakfast and lunch so there’s a little extra room for play in the evenings. Moderation is key, all around. Remember, you don’t have to drink #allthebeer. To keep myself accountable, I even signed up for a race the day after Beer Week concludes (or maybe because I’m insane). I’ll be running the Vinewinder, because how else to celebrate the conclusion of Harrisburg Beer Week than a 4 mile run at a winery?

Let’s get real

Okay, let’s be serious. Some of us are going to end up a little less than awesome a few mornings next week.

If you’re coming to the Official Kick-Off Party or PA Flavor, stop by our table and grab a sample of Blowfish for Hangovers. It’s an effervescent with caffeine (kinda like Alka Seltzer in that fizzy way), but it’s the only FDA-approved hangover treatment. And, uh, it works pretty well. Wake up, drop it in a pint of water, drink up, feel better.

Want to stock up? Buy on Amazon or at CVS stores.

Here are some other stories that might help you through the week:

 

 

 

Giveaway: Suba Tapas Bar

by: Sara Bozich

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Suba, the cozy upstairs neighbor to sister restaurants Mangia Qui and Rubicon is probably best known for the best cocktails in town and its incredible fish tacos.

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I’ve been raving about their handcrafted drinks long before “craft” was cool, and — in case you didn’t know — they also host free live music every Friday and Saturday night.

In fact, just a few weeks ago, we took a bachelorette party and listened to Erin & the Project over some Firefly cocktails (the house favorite).

While the uber-popular Firefly is a menu staple, Suba updates their cocktail offerings seasonally to showcase new concoctions. I love discovering the latest and greatest — Find more mouth-watering selections here.

This week, we’re giving away a $50 gift card to Suba. To enter, complete the Rafflecopter widget below.

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