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Reinventing Happy Hour: The Garlic Poet

The following appeared in the print version of my Out with Sara column in The Patriot-News, but not on PennLive.

garlic-poetThe Garlic Poet Restaurant & Bar kicks off its grand opening on April 6, but they’re operating daily now with fresh, affordable cuisine and libations.

Any hotel bar worth its salt makes a name for itself in the community beyond its guests, and I believe The Garlic Poet has the chance to do just that.

Read about the background and dining options at The Garlic Poet.

The bar area seats about 26 and offers 18 beers on tap, from your basics – Coors Light, Guinness, Yuengling Lager – to a pretty impressive variety of craft beers. The current list includes Dogfish Head Chicory Stout, Full Pint White Lightning, Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter, Rogue Oatmeal Stout, Troegs Dreamweaver and Perpetual IPA, Victory Swing Session Saison and Golden Monkey, Sam Adams Alpine Spring and Chimay Triple, among others.

If you’re new to this craft beer thing — or simply indecisive – The Garlic Poet offers beer flights – four for $8 or 6 for $10 (some restrictions may apply) during Happy Hour. Wine flights – three for $12 – also are available.

Also during Happy Hour you can “pick your poison” — vodka, gin, bourbon, rum or sparkling — with its corresponding cocktail for just $4.

The “Pickle-tini” so far has been a hit, featuring Titos vodka paired with house-made spiced pickle juice. For all my bourbon-loving friends, the “New” Old Fashioned features Jim Beam, Tuaca and vanilla simple syrup.

I’m apt to try the gin cocktail, made with Beefeater, St. Germain’s Elderflower liqueur and fresh lime juice.

The Garlic Poet’s Happy Hour food menu highlights some of the restaurants most popular appetizers at a great price for sharing, three for $9 or four for $12, but I like the Sandwich Board, which offers Angus Slider, Twisted Grilled Cheese, Grilled Chicken or a Turkey Burger — each for only $5. Add a beer for an easy-to-please Happy Hour – $2 for domestic; $4 for craft.

After The Garlic Poet’s grand opening event next weekend, look for more cocktail-focused specials, including ‘Tini Tuesdays and Burger + Beer Thursdays.

With an emphasis on literature – namely poetry – The Garlic Poet believes that at a 140 character limit, Twitter is the simplest form of poetry. They intend to attract social media users with “tweet-ups” and other interactive events. In the future, look for screens dedicated to Twitter and Instagram feeds.

Happy Hour at The Garlic Poet runs from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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