REVIEW: Cheers to a Real Apple Ale

by: Jimi The Intern
November 10, 2015
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Most people who brew beer will tell you that a green apple taste in your beer usually isn’t a great thing and means that the beer needs more time to condition.

Another apple flavor is REDD’s Apple Ale, which is really like a malt drink, and not an ale at all. I’m not a snob when it comes to drinks, but after just a few sips I couldn’t stand to drink any more.

I thought that if I wanted a real apple taste in a drink that I was resigned to hard cider or apple juice.

Until now.

Apple Staged

New Glarus Brewing Company has found a perfect way to make a real apple ale that is more than perfect for this time of year.

Just by looking at it when it pours from the bottle you can tell this is a beer of a different breed compared to similar products on the market.

The base for the New Glarus Brewing Apple Ale (4.0% ABV 15 IBU) is a brown ale. Brown ales typically feature flavors of molasses, caramel and toffe, which is a perfect anchor for the apple taste.

New Glarus doesn’t  use apple flavoring or apple juices. They do it the right way.

Apple Selfie

It is said that drinking this beer is like taking a bite out of a Door County apple. I’ve never had a Door County apple, but I can only imagine. The apples are picked from local orchards and are squeezed especially for this brew.

So I imagine picking an apple right off the trees at our local Strite’s Orchard and bitting right into them.

That’s right — real apples in a real beer. It tastes like if you bottled a caramel apple. The apple aroma hits you before your first sip and it makes you stop to make sure you’re really smelling it correctly. Like I said, the maltiness of beer with low hop bitterness makes this beer a sweet and tart.

It’s an awesome beer and if you see it anywhere I would grab it right away because I am having trouble finding it.

I got my hands on one because of an awesome co-worker at Troegs who is from the area and went home not too long ago.

New Glarus

She also brought back Spotted Cow, a surprisingly approachable farmhouse ale, and Moon Dog, a great pale ale that I wish I could get around here.

New Glarus Brewing Company is aptly named for the city the located–New Glarus. They have six year-round beers, which includes Serendipty. This beer is brewed with apples, cranberries and cherries, fermented with wild yeast and then aged in oak barrels. Sign me the hell up.

I hate to hype them up this much because who knows when we will see them show up in our area.

Let’s all cross our fingers it’s soon!

Categories: Craft Beer, Food/Drink

The SantaLand Diaries Returns to Open Stage of Harrisburg in December

by: Sara Bozich
November 10, 2015
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David Sedaris’ “The SantaLand Diaries” returns to Open Stage of Harrisburg this holiday season

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Crumpet is back by popular demand! And nothing says “holiday spirit” like temper tantrums and sozzled Santas!

Check out our pre-party for the Saturday late night performance! (and see post for discounted tix!)

My dear friend Stuart Landon reprises his role as Crumpet the Elf for the stage adaptation of David Sedaris’ hilarious short story, The SantaLand Diairies, yet again — this year running Dec. 17-23 — just seven performances!

In 1992, brilliant American humorist David Sedaris debuted THE SANTALAND DIARIES on National Public Radio, delighting listeners with a cheeky look back at his experience of moving to New York City and finding a job as Crumpet the Elf at Macy’s SantaLand. Four years later, Tony Award-winning director Joe Mantello (WICKED) adapted the short story into a one‐man show that has since become a modern Christmas classic.

New this season

  • Holiday “spirits” via a cash bar will be available at each performance, featuring wine, beer and the “Crumpetini.”
  • Elevate your selfie: Crumpet the Elf will be on hand after the show for “Elfies” each night in the big red Santa chair.
  • A Saturday late night performance. Grab dinner, then join our pre-party (DETAILS HERE) before a 10 p.m. show.
  • Opportunity for YOU to score a walk-on role. DETAILS HERE.

What they say

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“Stuart Landon as David/Crumpet is the Zen master of comedy. Watching Landon is nothing less than magical; he brings to the role energy, hilarity and adorable mischievousness. He is that unique snowflake that you grab on to and pray hard that it never melts.” – THE PATRIOT-NEWS

“Even if you’ve seen THE SANTALAND DIARIES before, you’ve never seen it like this,” said Executive Artistic Director Donald L. Alsedek, who is directing the comedy. “You owe it to yourself to see Stuart Landon in candy cane tights.”

Performances of THE SANTALAND DIARIES take place Dec. 17 – 23 at Open Stage of Harrisburg’s intimate Angino Family Theatre, located off of Court Street in Downtown Harrisburg. The theatre lobby opens one hour prior to performance.


  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18
  • 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 — Join us for HAPPY HOUR at 8:30 p.m.
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 (no bar)
  • 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21
  • 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22
  • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23

Run time: 80 min. Admission is $25-35 Regular and $21 Student (with valid ID)

Buy tickets

THE SANTALAND DIARIES is recommended for mature audiences due to language.

Giveaway: A Toast to Four Diamonds Jan. 22

by: Sara Bozich
November 9, 2015
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A Toast To Four Diamonds

The 5th annual Chocolate, Beer, and Wine Tasting benefiting the Four Diamonds Fund will be Jan. 22, 2016 — and tickets are on sale now.

Buy tickets now!

Choose from beer, wine or joint pairing with chocolates at HERSHEY’S Chocolate World.


Make it a date night or come with a group. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cocktail hour, live music, a silent auction and more. Hear moving speeches from a Four Diamonds family and our special guest speaker, Jay Paterno. End the evening with exclusive pairings of local wines, beers,and of course, specialty Hershey’s chocolates!

This week, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to A Toast To Four Diamonds. To enter, complete the Rafflecopter widget below:

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Steelers Week 9 Cheers, Jeers & Fears

by: Jimi The Intern
November 7, 2015
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Last week’s game against the Bengals was more than a tally in the loss column. It was a loss for the whole city.

After Bell’s injury I immediately went to Twitter to get the Steel City perspective and it was eerily silent no matter where I looked. I think a lot of people couldn’t believe that something like this could happen again.

Well it did. The Steelers and their fans alike need to get over it and put all of their muscle behind De’Angelo Williams.

He is the guy now and my weekly cheers, jeers and fears go out to him and the entire offense.


What can De’Angelo do for you?

Apparently a whole hell of a lot. Last week, in relief of Bell, he went for 79 yards on nine carries against a pretty good defense.

If that’s not enough, then look at his numbers for the first two games. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

Right!? It’s not that bad.


The Steelers scored 10 points last week. That’s unacceptable.

With Ben back and weapons like Brown and Bryant lurking on either side there is no way that this team should score any less that 20 points.

Brown looked to be uncoverable in the first few weeks. He was catching everything, but now he will disappear for a few series before making his next catch.

Bryant is one of the biggest receivers in the league and needs to start playing like it. He can go up and grab anything thrown in his direction.

Get off your ass, Pittsburgh.



Stop forcing your throws. Like I said a second ago, you have the weapons.

Dink and dump it to Brown to get him in open space so he can break some ankles. And all you need to do with Bryant is throw it in his general vicinity because he has a 79-inch wingspan. That’s 6.5 feet.

Another fact is that Bryant has 11 touchdowns in his first 13 games. Throw it to him. A lot.

Now let’s look at Oakland.

They have quarterback in Derek Carr. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree are threats on the outside. The defense could always be better, but they aren’t the worst.

These aren’t the Raiders we’ve been used to seeing. This team can play and they have something to play for. Right now they are behind the Steelers for a wild card spot, but a win would put them in the drivers seat for the rest of the season.

It won’t be easy for them though.

Pittsburgh is at home and has to be looking to bounce back from a terrible showing last week in front of their fans.

Oakland is good, but they just won’t have enough this week to take-down a Steelers team that has their backs against the wall.

Steelers win 28-21.

Categories: Pennsylvania, Sports

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