Pop-Up: Happy Hour at Susquehanna Art Museum Nov. 9

by: Sara Bozich
October 22, 2016
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RECAP: Pop-Up at Strawberry Square

by: Sara Bozich
October 22, 2016
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We concluded our Pop-Up Series at Strawberry Square this past Wednesday with a semi-fall themed Happy Hour in the Atrium.

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I started things off with an Alton Brown-approved Cortado from Little Amps, who also was featuring its Horn Of Plenty. This seasonal latte is made with Calicutts‘ premium whole cinnamon, vanilla, and clove in a house-made simple syrup.

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For our final event, we featured *two* breweries! Ever Grain returned, this time sharing its HELLYES Helles Lager and its Wet Hop IPA made with Painted Horse Cascade Hops. Of course, they ran out of beer again!

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Boneshire Brew Works also joined us ahead of its opening (coming soon — stay tuned here for details). They brought their Tried and True Witbier.

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Since it’s fall and #apples, Jack’s Hard Cider also joined us with samplings of three different ciders — Dry-Hopped, Fireside (a spiced version) and Peach. All were big hits.

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MoMo’s BBQ & Grill shared sausage and meatball bites to tide imbibers over, and Popped Culture returned with some fall-themed flavors, including Apple Spice.

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Meanwhile, Strawberry Square tenants Tropical Smoothie offered samples, and chocolate and candy gummies from The Candy Store made for perfect dessert.

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For those who stuck around ’til the end, Auntie Anne’s gave out pretzels to lucky guests!

Join us from 5:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9 for our final Pop-Up Happy Hour of the year at Susquehanna Art Museum!

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Categories: Harrisburg, LivePA, SBHH

How to Choose the Halloween Beer for You

by: Tierney Pomone
October 21, 2016
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It’s almost time for one of my favorite holidays: Halloween! Get your costumes ready, your candy out for the trick or treaters, and celebrate the season with the perfect brew no matter your favorite style.


Pumpkin Beer

No Halloween would be complete without Jack-o-Lanterns and pumpkin everything. Pumpkin beers are my jam, and I’ve found I really love some more than others. If you like a sweeter pumpkin beer, go for Saucony Creek Maple Mistress Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Southern Tier Pumking. or Sam Adams Fat Jack. For dark pumpkin beers grab Southern Tier Warlock, 21st Amendment He Said Baltic Porter,  or Starr Hill Boxcar Pumpkin Porter. For ‘different’ pumpkin beers, go with New Belgium Pumkick, Terrapin Pumpkinfest with Cranberry

Chocolate Beer

The best part of Halloween, besides the costumes, is definitely all the chocolate. I adore chocolate beers year-round, but they’re especially great on a cool fall evening. Always go for Southern Tier Choklat as it’s readily available and the best chocolate beer ever made. If it’s too much for you or not available, go for Zeroday Dolce Vita, Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, Sam Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout, Boulder Beer Shake, or Dogfish Head Theobroma.

Candy-like Beer

Forget handing out candy; hand out some adult treats instead. There’s something out there for everyone. Oskar Blues Death by Coconut for those who feel like a nut, and those who don’t. Short’s has Strawberry Short’s Cake for those who like those pink Tootsie rolls. Pizza Boy Honeycrisp will be available soon for those who love anything and everything apple. DuClaw’s Sweet Baby Jesus is just like eating a Reese’s Cup. Southern Tier Creme Brulee is perfect for those who love caramels. Maybe even Allagash Saison for those who like lemon/orange candies.

Spooky Brews

It’s okay not to want a sweet treat of a brew. Grab a beer with a spooky label instead! If zombies are you thing, go for Three Floyds Zombie Dust or Spring House Brewing’s Braaaiins. Ballast Point has a bunch of skeleton-y labels, maybe grab a Dead Ringer Oktoberfest to be seasonal. Adroit Theory has some of the creepiest of all, like their Two-Headed Calf Farmhouse Ale. Great Lakes Nosferatu has an awesome vamp on the label, and it’s an Imperial Red (get it).

Categories: Craft Beer, Holiday

Steelers Week 7: Cheers, Jeers & Fears

by: Jimi The Intern
October 20, 2016
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Every year the Pittsburgh Steelers have a game like they had on Sunday.

Simply put, they lose to bad teams on the road. If you’re planning a Super Bowl or even an AFC Championship run, games like this cannot happen. You need to beat the teams you’re supposed to beat.

Here’s a crazy stat: Pittsburgh is 5-11 against sub-.500 teams on the road in the past four years. Not great.

I can handle a loss.

What happened in South Beach on Sunday was more than a loss. Big Ben left the first half early with a knee injury but came back in the second half because he’s #BigBen. Despite throwing a late touchdown, Ben did not look like himself.

The problem was a slightly torn meniscus in his left knee. My week seven cheers, jeers and fears focus squarely on how Ben’s injury will effect this team going forward.

Cheers: It comes at a “good” time

Truly, no time is a good time for a major injury to your quarterback. But with a tough matchup against the Patriots plus a bye the following week, it allows Ben to sit almost three weeks before he has to make a decision for the next game.

Players in the past have been noted to come back and play the same week after the surgery. We already know that Landry Jones will get the start this week, but Ben will be pushing every week to get back out there.

**Sometimes you have to look at the glass half-full.**

Jeers: Don’t divert from the game plan (too much)

Last year Landry Jones played almost two full games and came in relief of Big Ben in two others.

His first action was against an Arizona Cardinals that was rolling at the time. Vick did start the game and Landry came on in relief in a game that Pittsburgh had no business winning. Sounds a little familiar, doesn’t it?

Jones only threw 12 passes for 168 yards but had two touchdowns including an 88-yard dump-off to “that player who shall not be named.”

The game plan should be to feed the ball to Bell and Brown all day. They are the players who are going to give you the best chance to win. Don’t put the game on the arms of Landry Jones.

Also, run the damn ball. You have one of the best backs in the league, it’s okay to lean on him in every way possible.

Fears: The injury is worse than it appears

Ben has already been ruled out for Sunday’s game. That was no huge surprise considering he just had the surgery on Monday. On Wednesday, news broke that this injury might keep Ben off the field for more than a month.

It was widely accepted that Ben would be back for the Ravens game in two weeks, which would give him almost three weeks to heal and rest. Honestly, a few weeks of rest wouldn’t have been the worst thing for a 34-year old vet who has taken a beating his whole career.

A whole month, however, could put a big damper on a season that was shaping up to be pretty special in Pittsburgh. Even if he misses the Nov. 6 game against the Ravens, Pittsburgh will still have eight more games to keep in the playoff race.

It won’t be easy, but I’ll take a healthy Big Ben over most quarterbacks in this league.

Unless Landry shows he can make the necessary throws, I still expect Ben to give it a go for the game in Baltimore because, again, #BigBen.

Now, onto Sunday and the dreaded Patriots.

Pittsburg has a chance if they can get an early lead and control the clock with a strong game from Le’Veon Bell to keep the ball out of Tawwmy Brady’s hands.  Still, this was going to be a tough matchup even with Big Ben out there and with Landry, the outcome looks bleak.


Landry is serviceable this week and Bell goes for over 100 yards, but Brady and Belichick are too much and take a 27-19 win in Pittsburgh.

**With Ben, I would still go with a Pats 27-24 win.**

Categories: Sports, Steelers

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