Weekend Roundup 10/29

by: Sara Bozich
October 29, 2015
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After a lovely date night at note last night (and Bass Pro Shops, #huntingwidow), I’ll need to find a way to avoid my neighborhood trick or treaters for whom I have not purchased candy. I see myself drinking Master of Pumpkins in bed with my iPad.

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The Capital Room at HMAC, mid-setup for this weekend’s live performances of Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The Halloween “season” is on for me starting tomorrow, though. Tierney is my date for the live performance of “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at HMAC, which I am SO excited to see in the new Capital Room! We’re doing the early show so we can head over to The Dirty Sweet’s Angels & Devils show at ABC. Forecast: Dancing.

On Saturday, I have a whole day of no plans, so I’ll probably clean and answer emails and maybe shop a little before the Heroes & Villains party.

Sunday, I’m brunching, period, and then #football.

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What are you doing this weekend?

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5 Perfect Ways to Celebrate Fall

by: Kelly Leighton
October 28, 2015
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Fall is my favorite time of year, and now that the weather is finally reflecting the season, I thought it’d be fun to talk about a few of my favorite fall activities.

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Apple picking

I’ve always wanted to do this, and over the weekend, my husband and I visited Paulus Orchard in Dillsburg to do so. It’s not too far, only about a 25 minute drive from our house in midtown. We paid for a bag and were able to walk up and down rows picking different types of apples and making sure they were just right. We also picked a few pumpkins from the vines. And we couldn’t leave without buying a bag of kettle corn, as we had watch them make it and the smell was amazing. The kettle corn definitely lived up to the hype. If you have kids, it’s very kid-friendly.

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Hiking

Hiking is one of my favorite ways to spend a weekend afternoon. Pennsylvania is home to many really great state parks. There are few things I love more than bundling up and spending a few hours in nature. Get out there before the snow comes!

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Beer Mile

I completed my fourth beer mile this past Friday. As fall is the best season for running, it’s definitely the best season for a beer mile, even if I didn’t PR (womp, womp). We had over a dozen people participate, and I think it’s safe to say everyone had a blast, even if it may have been some of our slowest miles. I encourage you to (safely) try it out before winter arrives.

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Football brunch

I really love brunch, and forgot how much I enjoyed a good mimosa until this past weekend. (Apparently, I did a lot of fall-esque things this past weekend.) With the Bills (my husband’s team) playing at 9:30 a.m., we invited a bunch of people over for brunch. It was a great way to spend Sunday morning, although I am looking forward to returning to 1 p.m. start times, as that is a much more suitable time for brunch. We had bloody marys, mimosas, egg casserole, muffins, baked oatmeal, pastries and cheesy potatoes. It was a great Sunday Funday.

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Running

Come on, did you really think my favorite activity wouldn’t make the list? My favorite weather for running is right now. I love throwing on a long-sleeve shirt and shorts and hitting the pavement without drowning in my own sweat or having frozen fingers. It’s the most wonderful time of the year to lace up and head out.

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7 Places to Find Craft Beer Flights (That Aren’t Breweries)

by: Jimi The Intern
October 26, 2015
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The best way to try as many beers without making your wallet or liver pay for it is to get samplers.

But, you don’t always want to head to a brewery or drink four-to-five full pints at your local watering hole.

The good news is now a lot of our local bars are starting to offer craft beer flights from all over the country. Sports bars and gastropubs alike are all hopping on this recent trend.

Underdogs Bar and Grille:

They offer two ways to sample their expansive list of craft beer.

Craft beer bucket – $10:

A bucket full of ice and three different brews from their bottle selection, which is pretty impressive. My last time there I was able to get Grapefruit Sculpin, Elysian Space Dust and Flying Dog Raging Bitch IPA all for $10.

At any other bar those three beers might cost you upwards of almost $20.

Flights:

If you don’t find anything that you like on the bottle list, which would mean you’re being really picky, they also have an ever-changing draft list.

Usually a sampler is around 4 ounces, but Underdogs knows how much you love craft beer and gives you a little more with 7 ounce pours.

Pair this with their great weekday specials like $9.99 NY Strips, and it’s a perfect midweek treat.

Hunger N’ Thirst:

Hunger N Thirst Bar

First, if you haven’t been here, go now. The combination of great food with one of the best draft lists I’ve seen in our area makes this a place of pilgrimage.

With 30 rotating drafts, you will find something to appease your palate. Whether that is a 17% bourbon barrel stout from Norway, or a kolsch that was brewed just miles away, they have it all.

Hunger N Thirst Flight

There is not set price for a flight and you can pick and chose as many as you want. The prices vary based on the beer, but nothing is outrageous.

For a bonus, check out their bottle shop and market located right beside the dining area.

Arooga’s Downtown Harrisburg:

Arooga’s has been growing as a craft beer leader in the greater Harrisburg area for years now, so it would only make sense that they were on this list.

Their Second street location has a constantly changing list of beers from all over the country.

Five 2.5-ounce samples for just $8 allows you to pick and choose from the 53 beers they have on tap. Check their website for the newest brews that are added to the taps — NOW INCLUDING ZERØDAY BREWING.

Right now they have over 15 different pumpkin beers on tap, including five from Elysian.

Garlic Poet + Grain and Verse:

If you’ve been following the site for a while you know that Garlic Poet is one of Sara’s favorite spots.

Their constantly rotating tap list is one of the most unique in the area. You can find anything from a barrel-aged stout to crisp, citrusy IPAs to go along with decadent food.

Right next to Garlic Poet is their sister restaurant, Grain and Verse. This place is a beer drinkers dream. They feature more than 300 bottles and three to four rotating drafts, including a beer engine.

The drafts are available for flights, but if you go with a few people you can each get a bottle to create flights of your own. Bottles range in size and price.

Funck’s Family Restaurant:

Funck’s might have been one of the first places in our area to fully embrace the craft beer movement outside of local bars.

Samplers include two different options. You can get four for $7 or eight for $13 and with 56 total beers on draft you’re sure to find a perfect combination.

Combine craft beer with NFL Sunday for a perfect fall afternoon.

Batdorf Restaurant:

Right on the same road as Funck’s is another great place to have a beer. The Batdorf in Anneville doesn’t have the largest selection, but they make up for it in quality.

Flights here operate a little differently. They chose four different beers at the beginning of the week to feature. Sometimes they have a theme, and sometime they don’t.

You will get four, 6-ounce samples for just $6.99.

Get'cher pumpkin beer fix at Rotunda Beer Co., in Annville.

Get’cher pumpkin beer fix at Rotunda Beer Co., in Annville.

Stop by Rotunda Beer Company next door for a perfect mix-a-six or growler fill.

A few years back bars started to embrace the craft trend. Now they can’t ignore the fact that people aren’t just drinking beer like they used to. They want more flavor and options and will chose smaller portions if they are able to try more and more.

Where do you guys head to get your samplers? Where did I miss?

I am always looking for new places to check out!

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Recap: ZerØday at Arooga’s “Think Local Drink Local”

by: Sara Bozich
October 24, 2015
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On Friday, we helped kick off Arooga’s new partnership with ZerØday Brewing Company: Think Local, Drink Local.

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You can now find ZerØday brews on tap at Arooga’s Downtown location (currently featuring Episode 4 IPA and Mango Hab), and a portion of proceeds from each pint goes to benefit Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg area.

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To celebrate, Arooga’s kicked things off with a special party featuring a firkin of ZerØrday Mango Hab on Peaches — 100% of which benefited Habitat. The beer was delicious — a nice slight burn — and it kicked in just 90 minutes! You can now find the original on tap while it lasts (or visit the brewery).

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We had a great crowd to kick off the weekend, and of course I snacked on some of my favorite Kangarooga Skinny Wings to go with my Mango Hab on Peaches.

Check out all the photos on Facebook — thanks as always to Bart K, the official #sbhh photographer!

Friday kicked off Zeroday Brewing Co. now on tap at Arooga’s Draft House & Sports Bar – Downtown Harrisburg! A portion…

Posted by SaraBozich.com on Saturday, October 24, 2015

“Think Local Drink Local” continues, so visit Arooga’s Downtown to contribute — and stay tuned for similar upcoming events at other Arooga’s locations!

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