2015 September Preview

by: Sara Bozich
September 1, 2015
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Summer zoomed by, didn’t it?

I did my fair share of travel and relaxation, and I’m actually looking forward to a slower fall (though if the below is any indication, it’s unlikely to happen). I can’t wait for lazy football Sundays (the off-season version of the Sunday Funday) and our annual “Harvest Festival.”

For many of you, fall means pumpkin spice everything, but for me, it’s all about those Pennsylvania apples. I was lucky enough to hand-pick a few myself this weekend — it truly doesn’t get fresher than that.

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Pumpkin beers and Oktoberfest märzens are already on shelves (and in bellies), and soon these dog days of summer will soften into cool, crisp jeans-and-sweatshirt weather to match our moods.

September continues to be — easily — one of the most action-packed times of year. It’s also Bourbon Heritage Month (more on that soon), Yoga Month, Labor Day — and eventually (be patient) the true start of fall.

As is tradition, we’ve compiled some of the best for you — so bookmark this, dig out your calendar and grab your friends for a fun-filled 30 days.

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American Pinup opens at Chameleon Club Sept. 10

by: Becky Chan
September 1, 2015
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American Pinup will be opening for Medusa’s Disco along with Freakabout and Paper Avenue Sept. 10 at The Chameleon Club.

While Medusa’s Disco is a more psychedelic rock kind of headliner, American Pinup will be bringing their pop punk sound to join in opening the night. They will be promoting their new EP, “The Radio EP”, which was released on July 10. American Pinup has previously released two full albums and two EPs. Their newest album has four songs which take their music “to a new level.”

Hailing from Westchester County, NY, American pinup’s music can be described as punk pop with distinct rockabilly and ska influence. The front woman’s, Lauren West, voice encompasses that raspy rock-n-roll edge that gives their sound an alternative feel. In their newest EP they explore some of the genres they are heavily influenced by, but in a more extreme way. Instead of the blend of genres they normally take to, their push each song in the direction of one distinct genre at a time.

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As an artist or musician, it’s easy to mold and mesh and combine your influences to create your own sound. But there is so much to learn within one genre. I personally love how this band is taking the time to focus on what influences them, digging deep into what it sounds like to be pop or punk or what it means to be indie or alternative. It’s not always about sound either. It’s an attitude, as well.

“American Pinup run through a multitude of rock genres in their quest to expand their sound. With ample amounts of swagger and heart, the peppy quartet are musical shape-shifters.”  – Alternative Press

They made Alternative Press’s “100 bands to watch.” They have toured the country playing concerts and festivals including the Vans Warped Tour, The Fest, and SXSW.

The show is Thursday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. at The Chameleon Club. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. This event is 18 and over.

Categories: Lancaster, Music, Nightlife

Giveaway: Celtic Craic Music Festival 9/12

by: Sara Bozich
August 31, 2015
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The “1st Annual Celtic Craic Music Fest” will run from 2-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Blarney’s Twisted Irish Pub.

This inaugural event benefits the Capital Region Association of Irish and Celts (CRAIC) and features local Celtic music groups and Irish dancers, including nine bands on two stages. 

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Plus, food and drink specials all day.

Tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door.

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Brew News – August 2015 Edition

by: Tierney Pomone
August 28, 2015
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The next time that I’ll be writing my monthly beer news round up, it will officially be fall. I refuse to let summer die this soon, in fact I’m still trying my hardest to live the #PineappleLife and will not give up sundresses. Bring back the sun! Get out on your deck this weekend, bring your friends, and read up so you can share the latest beer news.

Updates on the new Dogfish Head Digs

picture via Brewbound.com

picture via Brewbound.com

In the past few months Dogfish Head’s Rehoboth brewpub expansion has gone from denied, to okayed, and now blue printed and planned. It looks insanely awesome, and I know Sara and I both can’t wait to check it out (and probably Jimi, t00).  This $5 million project will create a new restaurant, brewpub, distillery, outdoor area, shop, and stage area. They’re calling it their campus and it won’t be finished until 2017, of course if that’s if the winter weather cooperates. Regardless, this update is great for Dogfish and great for us as tourists as well allowing more space that they desperately need. Congrats Dogfish Head!

It’s Fresh Hop Season!

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It’s time to pick those hops and get ready for those fresh hop ales to arrive. Sara and my girl Chelsie picked their hops down at Sunny Brae Hops (read all about that here) which will be used in an upcoming Troegs Session IPA. Moo Duck just got a pile of freshies for their upcoming Great 38 Pale Ale, and Molly Pitcher Brewing just received citras for an upcoming fresh hop ales. While you wait for these few to finish up in the coming weeks, check out Zeroday’s Phresh Hop, which is already released and ready to party.

Victory to Can Headwaters Pale Ale

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One of my favorite quotes from #BBC15 came from Julia Hertz, “what feels good tastes even better.” The craft beer community as a whole has a real knack for giving back, more so than any other industry I’ve seen. Almost every brewery as a cause near and dear to their hearts and tried to use their influence to help, whether it be by using their following as a platform for change or donating portions of proceeds from designated brews. Pennsylvania’s own Victory Brewing Company is no different.

While I’m really excited to tell you that they’ll soon be canning their Headwaters Pale Ale because I love canned craft beer, what’s exciting is how it relates to the Headwaters Grant Fund. A portion of each can sold will be donated to the fund, which helps support local water advocacy groups. To date, more than $35,000 has been donated to different organizations who help protect the Brandywine Watershed. Grab yourself a can and do some good.

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