Hello, summer! We spent yesterday pouring samples of Finch Beer Co.‘s Wet Hot American Wheat, Fascist Pig Imperial Red and Secret ‘Stache Stout at Harrisburg Brewers Fest.
Were you one of our fellow pourers? Need brunch/soccer-watching/wine-tasting advice?
But first, on Friday night I guest-grilled at the Hilton Harrisburg for their annual Easter Seals benefit. After, we grabbed a martini (Happy Hour!) at Red Door, then had a lovely dinner at Cafe Fresco. That was all I could handle, though. Getting up at 5 a.m. for the 6 a.m. workout took its toll on me, and I’m pretty sure I was asleep by 10:30 p.m. Friday.
We’re unsure on plans today. If it’s nice enough (and it seems it might be), I’d love to do something outside and get some sun. Maybe a hike and Bloody Marys or a trip to a pool. However, there is a lot of work to catch up on, too.
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Hi! So, you’re in town for Troegs annual Brewers Fest! Welcome to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s capital city.
You’re probably wondering what the heck there is to do in this town, and wait – isn’t Philadelphia the capital? Fear not, I’m here to answer all of that for you.
This is me! My hair is shorter now, but find me at the Finch’s tent.
First of all, feel free to peruse the rest of this site. We talk about food, beer, wine, travel and fun. You may want to explore our list of local breweries — or perhaps you’re looking for a list of ongoing events (see: Weekend Roundup) — we’re ready for you. And hey, feel free to hit me up on Twitter (@sarabozich) for other recommendations or just to say hi!
Second, you can find the full story on this via my PennLive column, along with loads of other great content about beer, wine, food and fun in the greater Harrisburg area.
- Easter Seals Grill-A-Thon on the Hilton Harrisburg Patio (where you’re probably staying).
- Arooga’s monster pre-Brewers Fest beer event (unofficial title). Get all the details on brews here.
- Get to know us: It’s 3rd in the Burg. Explore galleries, food truck feast, movies, more.
- Find concise dinner reviews here also.
- UPDATE: I just found out that McGrath’s Pub will also have a pre-Brewers Fest Bash featuring 5 Troegs Scratch Brews including Naked Elf and Rugged Trail. Pint glass giveaway from 6-8 p.m.
Today’s the day! You’ll do breakfast at McGrath’s Pub (or maybe Roxy’s). Hit up Arooga’s again for a Flower Power firkin dry-hopped with simcoe. Plus, post-Fest suggestions — READ IT ALL HERE.
Hey, we are, like, really into BRUNCH in Harrisburg. My top 2 picks are El Sol & Crawdaddy’s — but there is LOADS MORE where that comes from.
Beer-ed out? Check out our local wine scene, most of which are open on Sunday afternoons.
SOCCER: We got that, too. Find FIFA World Cup games at places like MoMo’s BBQ & Grill (recommended), Molly Brannigans, The Sturges Speakeasy, Ted’s Midtown (all within walking distance), Mr. G’s, Rookie’s, Grotto Pub (short drive).
It’s 90+ degrees all week and we’re starting to long for the pool, the beach and even the creek. While canned craft beer is available year-round, it is most prevalent during the summer due to its ideal packaging. Whether you choose to drink directly from the can or not, craft beer in a can is key as it keeps sunlight out, is a lighter container, incredibly easy to transport and suitable in more places. Plus, it’s like a mini-keg for your mouth. This summer, check out a few new refreshing canned beers for your next adventure.
This year Troegs began canning their Perpetual IPA and Sunshine Pils in 12oz cans and Troegenator in 16oz cans. For me it’s going to be the summer of Perpetual as I am currently in love with this beer, but feel free to grab that Sunshine Pils and throw in a lime. You won’t be disappointed. Also, be careful with those Troegenator pounders as it’s 8.2% ABV.
Down the road in York, Liquid Hero is also canning their brews including their Irregardless IPA, Schweet Ale and American Hero. I see lots of Schweet Ale at future barbecues this summer as I find it to be the perfect level of sweetness with a bit of strawberry in the finish.
Also nearby, Sly Fox Brewing out of Phoenixville has been canning for years. Their claim to fame, however, is the 360 cans they launched last year. These cans actually allow you to pull the entire top of the can off allowing for a ‘can that drinks like a glass’. In the innovative cans you’ll find their 360 IPA of course. In regular cans, you can pick up any of their flagships, but for summer I recommend their Pikeland Pils or the Royal Weisse.
Holy weekend ahead, people. My week has been nuts, but mostly in a good way. However, I’m desperate for some rest, so that may be what tonight is for — or we could end up at Suba for Happy Hour.
Tomorrow, however, stop and see me at the Easter Seals annual “Celebrity” Grill-a-Thon, where I’ll be flipping burgers from 5-6 p.m. on the Hilton Patio. Afterwards, we’ll probably swing by Arooga’s for one of the great beers they’re tapping in celebration of Harrisburg Brewers Fest.
Speaking of — if you’re going, stop and see me and Andy at the Finch’s Beer Co. booth where we’ll be slinging samples of their Wet Hot American Wheat and Fascist Pig at both sessions.
Sunday we have zero plans, but there could be a hike and cheap Bloody Marys on the agenda — or possibly nothing at all. It’s been that kind of week.
Need more inspiration? Tune in tomorrow morning at 7:10 a.m. to Glenn & Bob on The River 97.3 for “Sara’s Weekend Picks.” What are you doing this weekend?
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