The State of the Brew-nion

by: Tierney Pomone
April 17, 2015
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You may be hearing a lot about craft beer these days as it becomes more and more of an every-day topic. This week at the Craft Brewers Conference, which is being held as we write/read/speak in Portland, Ore., specific statistics about the craft beer industry were released highlighting key points in the world of craft beer. I love geeking out about craft beer and having these statistics in my head, but what do these numbers truly mean and how do they affect consumers?


Volume Growth

Craft beer sold 22.2 million barrels (688.2 million gallons) in 2014. That’s an 18% increase for craft beer volume. What does this mean? Well, we’re buying more craft beer than ever! The more craft beer that we buy as consumers, the more that they will have to produce meaning more jobs, more money being spent by them to other businesses such as hop farms, and in turn this helps the economy as a whole throughout the United States.

Jobs in the Craft Beer Industry

The US Small Brewing Industry provides 115,469 total jobs: 64,068 full-time, 51,401 part-time. These are hundreds of thousands of jobs currently held in the United States, helping to keep us in work. This doesn’t include how many more there will be as the growth of the industry continues. Everyone from the brewers themselves to wholesalers, beertenders to delivery drivers; jobs are booming within the industry.

Number of Breweries

Currently, there are 3,418 breweries in the United States and 2,051 breweries in planning: 1,871 microbreweries, 1,412 brewpubs, 135 regional breweries. With the number of breweries growing exponentially each year, it is slowly becoming possible for nearly every consumer to drink locally. For us in the Harrisburg area, it’s likely that you’re within a 20 minute drive from a brewery. For me, I can bike to two in no time flat. Supporting local small businesses helps support your local economy and helps keep jobs in your neighborhood.

Percent of Market Share

Craft beer makes up 11% of the market share nationally. This is the first year that craft beer broke double digits of market share. The goal is 20% by 2020. How can you help? You can buy more craft beer of course! Oregon has already surpassed this 20% mark —  maybe it’s time for Pennsylvania to be next?

My favorite quotes about craft beer right now each came from Gary Fish of Deschutes Beer.

And it’s true. We all hold the future of craft beer in our hands.

I couldn’t agree more.

Love craft beer? Learn all about Harrisburg Beer Week — starting one week from today!

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Weekend Roundup 4/16

by: Sara Bozich
April 16, 2015
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I’m thinking Fusion Fire for dinner tonight. It’s been too long, and I don’t want to cook. Hoping I can talk husband into it.

Tomorrow, we’ll have #JM5K sign-ups and bib/race packet pick-up at The Sturges Speakeasy, starting at 5 p.m. Stop by and grab your stuff or even sign-up! Thinking maybe some 3rd in the Burging while we’re in town, particularly the food truck festival (where we’ll probably drop some Harrisburg Beer Week lit and stickers).

JM5K Swag bag-stuffing crew!

JM5K Swag bag-stuffing crew!

SATURDAY: JERSEY MIKE 5K! Join us for a fun, relaxed race, family activities and rock ‘n roll after party. <DETAILS

Sunday will equal brunch with friends, a final relaxation before #HBGBeerWeek prep ramps up.

Need more inspiration? Tune in tomorrow morning during the 7  o’clock hour to Glenn & Bob on The River 97.3 for “Sara’s Weekend Picks.”

What are you doing this weekend?


ON HEROES: Author Chris McDougall

by: Kelly Leighton
April 15, 2015
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Born to Run.

No, not the classic Springsteen song that always makes it on my running playlist. I mean, the popular book by Chris McDougall. I remember reading it a few years ago and being simply enthralled by the story. I also insisted to everyone I talked to that they simply had to read the book.

Now, a few years later, McDougall is back with another book, Natural Born Heroes. McDougall traveled to the island of Crete to learn the secrets of the islanders during World War II as they battled a much larger and much more prepared German army and how they survived and triumphed. I am about a third of the way through the book, and it’s really fascinating thus far.

Anyway, McDougall, who lives only about 60 miles outside of Harrisburg, kicked off his book tour on Sunday in Lancaster. I really hemmed and hawed about going. I had my last 20 miler in the morning, and those usually wipe me out and I need to spend the day eating and drinking.

However, my desire to see (and hopefully) meet McDougall triumphed my exhaustion, and off I went to Lancaster.

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And I am so glad I did. McDougall was AWESOME. His speech focused on the three aspects crucial to being a hero, according to Greek mythology. Those include compassion, strength and skill.

To have compassion, you need situational awareness, McDougall said. You need to be in tune with your environment and know what’s going on. To demonstrate compassion, McDougall introduced Liz Miele. Miele, a stand-up comedian and a marathoner, was pretty funny, cracking jokes about how she was still finishing her last marathon, how much sugar is in bananas and how she really feels about children. She had the audience laughing the whole time.

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After Miele finished, McDougall returned to the stage, and discussed the importance of strength. Not “The Rock” strength, but the importance of agility and mobility. Dr. Julie Angel soon came out and talked about parkour, which is “the activity or sport of moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing.” McDougall talked about taking classes in London and suffering through, but ultimately enjoying, parkour.

Finally, McDougall discussed skill, and to demonstrate, he showed us knife throwing. He talked about how throwing was a skill learned by the whole human species, however, it gradually went away when women were encouraged to not do it. However, he wanted to learn how, and so he began watching youtube videos about the no spin technique for knife throwing, teaching himself the technique. He even invited an audience member on stage to try it.

After his speech, audience members were invited to go outside to try parkour, visit food trucks, meet McDougall and get our books signed. It was a great event and I am excited to finish his next masterpiece.

Giveaway: Cork-to-Fork Pop-up Dinner April 24

by: Sara Bozich
April 13, 2015
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The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey and The JDK Group are back at it with the acclaimed CORK–TO-FORK pop-up dinner series.  This season they are partnering with Otter Productions for a murder mystery titled, “An Unbridled Murder,” on Friday, April 24.


It’s the day before the first jewel in horse racing’s Quadruple Crown: the Delmonico Stakes. The favorite to win (at 5-3 odds) is a newcomer named “Gonna Be Glue.”  Even though this is his first race, “Glue” has developed quite a following, but not everyone is a fan.  There may even be a plot to take out the colt before the big race. Will someone kill to protect “Glue?”

Guests of this one-of-a-kind dining experience will enjoy a custom-created menu paired perfectly with local handcrafted beer and wine.


Limited seats are available.

This week, we’re giving away 2 tickets to the Cork-to-Fork Murder Mystery Dinner at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey ($100 value). To enter, complete the Rafflecopter widget below.

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