Brew News: March 2015 Edition

by: Tierney Pomone

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I remember being told a long time ago that the older you get, the faster time goes. I keep find this to be true every month when I get ready to write this and realize that the month has already gone by. March brought my birthday, as well as Sara’s, so happy birthday to us! It also brought more beer news and excitement.

Zeroday Brewing Announces April 8 Grand Opening

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In the super awesome exciting news department, Midtown Harrisburg’s own Zeroday Brewing has announced that they will officially open for business starting April 8. After two years of planning, hard work and dedication, they are ready to rock the local craft beer scene. On tap for the opening will be First Born (dry stout), Wit’s End (Belgian wit), Zeroday IPA, and Cheap Date (American blonde). Their house made ginger beer will also be on tap for opening, but you can already try that at The Sturges Speakeasy for all your Moscow/Kentucky Mule needs.

Bell’s Brewery Cease-and-Desist

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More. Beer. Drama. This time it comes from Bell’s Brewery, one of my absolute favorites. The problem? The word innovation. “Bottling Innovation since 1985” is a tagline that Bell’s Brewing uses, which gave them concern when Innovation Brewery came along and sought to trademark their own name. Now, I’ve met Larry and Laura Bell personally, and respect them for what they do for not just craft beer, but for local Michigan organizations. Despite my own connection, I think this has gone too far. I didn’t even know that Bell’s was using this tagline until this trademark lawsuit came along, and I bet you didn’t either. In fact, on their website, the first tagline you see is “Inspired Brewing.” Laura Bell released a statement on their Facebook page outlining the steps they had previously taken in an effort to avoid full-blown legal action, but as per usual everyone is outraged and marching with pitchforks. Okay, I exaggerate, but people are pretty displeased. I’m just going to sit here and sip my Oberon and watch while yet another legal battle unfolds.

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Weekend Roundup 3/26

by: Sara Bozich

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HEY! NEW SITE DESIGN FTW!

Thanks to Hauck Interactive for the expedient work and attention to detail and making sure this baby looks sweet and runs faster. Hopefully in addition to this visual update, you should be noticing some faster load times.

Now: Tonight I have a Harrisburg Marathon Board Meeting, followed by the last of the Brewed in the Burg interviews tomorrow (Did you see the trailer yet?) and my bi-monthly Friday afternoon hair ‘did. I’ll be sipping Perpetual with foils in my hair.

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Friday is for relaxing, but Saturday is radio day. I’m (fingers crossed) hoping to lure Mrs. Zeroday Brewing herself to the show, so it’s a great time to tune in — we’re live from 9 a.m. to noon on wtparock.com and 92.1 FM.

WAKE UP with me Sunday morning (too, I know, I ask a lot) for the FREE JM5K Run Clinic at Athleta — Jay will give a 30 min presentation, New Balance Harrisburg will offer a free shoe fitting (yes!) PLUS — free breakfast AND an opportunity to sign-up for the Jersey Mike 5K on April 18.

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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SIGN-UP: Spring Races 2015

by: Kelly Leighton

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After such a long and cold winter, I am so happy that spring is finally here! Apparently, so are local race organizers, because this season is PACKED with a ton of awesome races.

As usual, this list is not all conclusive, so feel free to add any others in the comments. Happy running!

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What is on your race calendar for this spring?

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REVIEW: Chatty Monks Brewing Company

by: James Werner

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If you’re a craft beer lover you probably have had the “we should open a brewery discussion,” with your drinking buddies but it’s always just a pipe dream.

The brewers at Chatty Monks Brewing Company had the same thought — but they didn’t brush it off as a dream, they made it a reality.

And they made that reality my dream.

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Going to small breweries in small towns is one of my favorite things to do, and Chatty Monks hits all my marks of a great small town brewery.

It was the second stop on what has become an annual brewery tour for my cousin and me.

The first stop was Sly Fox in Pottstown, which was great as usual, but there was no doubt we were excited to get Reading.

After about a half hour drive from Pottstown to Reading we walked in and were greeted by a large sign with their motto on it: “Chew. Chant. Chill.”

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I first ordered a sample each of their Chocolate Maid’s a Milkin’ Stout, 227 Double IPA and Revelation Ale.

The Revelation Ale was truly a revelation. It was hoppy, smoky and easy to drink. Honestly, one of the best beers I have had in a while, and I had to take it home to share with my family.

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My cousin called it, “gold in a growler.”

They only have eight taps now so they have to limit what they release. Our bartender said they didn’t have their IPA or Citra Pale Ale on tap. Those are two reasons to head back [Ed. note: and take the boss].

Chatty Monks doesn’t just have great beer, they have even better food.

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Eating their Forbidden Nachos was like a religious experience. Fresh-cut and fried tortillas topped with their house-made salsa, jalapenos, cheese and your choice of pulled pork or chili.

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We got pulled pork because I am a pulled pork fiend and devoured them. I could keep talking about them, but I won’t do them justice.

Other menu items are the Hopped Friars (French fries with home-grown hops sprinkled on them), Cheddar Bratwurst Soup and Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon Dip.

It’s a small but diverse menu, and they offer weekly specials to change it up, but the nachos are incentive enough to go again.

The place is small but cozy with pictures of monks doing crazy things on the walls and a brick façade making up most of the wall. It fits perfectly in with the other businesses on Penn Avenue.

Currently they have limited hours to keep up with demand for their product and I can see why.

We left around dinnertime and the place was almost full. A musician was setting up in the front for live music.

We chewed and chilled, and now I am chanting the Chatty Monks name all the way back here.

Giveaway: YWCA Happy Hour

by: Sara Bozich

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Next week, the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg celebrates its annual spring Happy Hour fundraiser with, “A Night of UnWINEding with the YWCA” at Spring Gate Vineyard.

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This week, we’re giving away two tickets ($30 value) to YWCA’s “A Night of UnWINEding” on April 1.

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Giveaway: Mary Lambert at Whitaker Center March 31

You probably recognize Mary Lambert’s voice and don’t even know it.

The singer-songwriter wrote and sings the hook on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ marriage equality anthem, “Same Love.”

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After years of hard work and both personal and financial struggles, Lambert signed to Capitol Records, released the EP, Welcome To The Age of My Body and was nominated for two Grammy Awards — for “Song of the Year” and “Album of The Year” — and then made history performing on the Grammy telecast with Macklemore, Lewis, and Madonna.

**UPDATE** Local band, Take 147, has been announced as the opening act for Mary Lamber.

Take 147 started in 2005 as a trio. In 2010 the formed an all-girl band with members Gretta Zechman , Amber Grunden, Patty Wilson and Rochelle Smith. They released their first full length album entitled “Nothin’ To Lose,” in June 2014. They continue to strive to bring in fresh songs to each gig with rotated set lists and play a variety of music covers and originals.

Next week, Mary Lambert will grace the stage at the Sunoco Performance Theater at Whitaker Center, at 8 p.m. on March 31.

Tickets are $25, $35 & $45. Buy tickets online or call 717-214-ARTS (2787).

This week, we’re giving away two tickets to see Mary Lambert perform live ($50 value) at Whitaker Center on March 31.

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