Running in the snow

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Granted, I realize this post would have been more helpful last week, but I digress. I am pretty sure it will snow again. Sadly.

As much as I hate the treadmill, I figured I’d be on it this past weekend. However, 30 inches of snow closed my gym both days. So, my choices were run in the snow or not run.

Hi, have you met me? I decided to take my chances both days. I would not recommend running during a storm, as I tried Saturday. However, after the storm, I ran Sunday through some semi-plowed streets, and it wasn’t too bad at all. I managed to slowly hit 1o miles, which was good enough for me.

Tools for Running in Snow

Yak Trax

I bought a pair of Yak Trax when I first started running back in 2010, and I cannot rave about them enough. They provide support and stability and I’ve never fallen in them, which is saying something as I trip over my own two feet regularly. Yak Trax are removable spikes and coils that you strap on your shoes that are designed to allow you to run on snow and ice. They aren’t perfect — I definitely have to slow down and watch my footing, but they are way better than a regular old shoe. You can order them from their site, and Fleet Feet in Mechanicsburg carries them for sale as well.

Base Layer

It’s so important to keep your core warm. I have a tank top from Under Armour from maybe 2011 (so, yes, pretty old), that is the best to throw on first before a real layer (similar here). I’ve learned that throwing on just a small extra layer like that helps so much. I am usually sweating when I am done, despite sub-freezing temperatures.

Warm Hat

In keeping with tradition, my warm hat is from American Eagle in 2005 (I have photos of me wearing it in college), but it is the warmest, fuzziest, dumbest-looking hat. I don’t care, it keeps my head and ears warm, and that’s so pivotal. It’s okay to look like Uncle Eddie. Just leave the cigar for post-run.

Thick Tights

There is a huge difference between regular running tights and thicker ones. I’ve learned that lesson the hard way. Make sure your running tights have some extra warmth in them and aren’t pencil thin.

Rain Jacket

Going hand-in-hand with the thicker tights, splurge and buy yourself a good jacket. When the snow is pelting you, it’s helpful to have that protective barrier. Pockets are always a bonus too.

Good Attitude

Most likely, you’re not running anywhere close to your normal pace. Running through snow is a much harder workout, I felt like I had run a marathon by the time I got home Sunday. My legs were shot. I don’t pay any attention to how long it has taken me to go X amount of miles. I just run and enjoy being outside.

Finally, remember to be safe.

You could be wearing the brightest color, and a car still may not expect you. Cars don’t have the best control in these conditions either. I always side on getting out of their way. I’d rather take a 15-second break. I don’t really feel like ending up in the hospital.

Categories: Running

Whiskey in the Winter: Neat v. Rocks?

Whiskey is made for winter.

Its undertones of caramel, toffee and roasted notes go perfectly with wind whipping at your nose and chilling you to to the bone.

The warm sensation that you get when taking a sip of whiskey is what most people like to call liquid insulation.

Being a Penn State grad, I know a hell of a lot about liquid insulation. When bundling up like Randy from A Christmas Story isn’t enough, whiskey will do the trick.

A few questions then arise.

What do I buy? How do I drink it?

If you’re still thinking of Jack and Jim as your only choices when it comes to whiskey, this section is for you.

Cocktails like an Old Fashioned and Manhattans are great cocktails. To really get to know a whiskey you need to strip it down to its purest form in to ways. Neat and on the rocks.

Michter’s American Whiskey:

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Michter’s was once located just a short jaunt away from Harrisburg. It was the official whiskey of the American Revolution, and I can see why.

I got a bottle of Michter’s U.S. 1 for Serbian Christmas, and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

Neat: You will really get to experience the full flavor of the whiskey. After the first bite from the alcohol you get a sweet flavor with a strong lingering butterscotch flavor that entices you to take the next sip.

On the rocks: The flavors get extremely mellowed out. The bite from the alcohol is subtle rather than bold when drinking neat. The butterscotch taste completely dissipates with the addition of ice.

Clyde May’s Alabama Style

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This is something that Sara has become a huge fan of recently.

Clyde May’s deviates from traditional whiskey making practices by adding oven-dried apples to the barrels to produced their own Alabama-style whiskey.

Neat: Apples. In the nose, upfront and throughout the entire experience with hints of cinnamon towards the end. All of the flavors are followed by a burst of vanilla and caramel to sweeten the palate.

On the rocks: The apple taste is still present, but diminished. Instead of a rush of flavors, the taste is smooth and blended perfectly.

Dad’s Hat Rye:

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Rye disclaimer: Rye whiskey is very different from a lot of whiskey. Your first sip might seem like it has an incredible bite, but it’s just the spiciness from the rye used on the blend.

Neat: Spicy — which is to be expected — burn in the back of the throat. If you sit on the flavor for a while you will get oak, cherry and subtle tobacco notes.

Rocks: Adding an ice cube does a lot to this drink. You still get the spice on your tongue from the rye accompanied by sweet caramel notes without the burn.

Dad’s Hat also makes ryes that are finished in Vermouth barrels and Port barrels. I would love to get my hands on some to do a comparison between the three.

In the end it all comes down to your own preference. I personally like a little bit of bite to my whiskey, especially in the colder months.

Drinking it neat will warm you up instantly.

Putting one single ice cube in it changes it drastically. It almost completely takes away the sting from the alcohol. Ice can mellow out some flavors while uncovering other flavors that you might not have taste previously.

I would suggest grabbing anyone of these bottles and doing a test. Drink it neat and then drop one ice cube in to see how much the taste changes.

Categories: Food/Drink

Giveaway: Pretty Things Peep Show at HMAC

Pretty Things Peep Show returns to The Capital Room at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center next month!

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The Pretty Things Peepshow is a sexy mix of variety entertainment called BROADVILLE. The show has been on the road since 2009 having done over 700 shows in nightclubs, concert halls, Festivals, Car Shows, Tattoo Conventions, private parties and more. 

There will be **2** shows at The Capital Room at HMAC on Valentine’s Day Weekend:

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Pretty Things Peep Show is the brainchild of Go-Go Amy,  “The girl with the scarlet tresses and a million dresses!”

Go-Go Amy serves as producer as well as performer, doing burlesque, fire eating, whips, machete ladder, balloon swallow, straight jacket escape, comedy game show, blade box, quick change magic and hosting.

This week, we’re giving away 2 tickets to The Pretty Things Peep Show at HMAC (your choice of Fri or Sat show).

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Pizza Boy brews first collaboration beer in Poland

Our friends at Al’s of Hampden // Pizza Boy Brewing, including Al Kominski, Terry Hawbaker and Ed Swingle, recently visited Europe to brew a collaboration beer with Browar Stu Mostów, a craft brewery in Wroclaw, Poland.

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Proving yet again how tight-knit the brewing community is, the collaboration demonstrates how friendly, encouraging relationships are brought together over good beer.

Fun fact: The two breweries were connected in two ways — one, by their common technology provider, BrauKon; and two, by a mutual friend in the distribution business.

This joint venture between the two breweries included education — each sharing their techniques and learning from one another — something they feel is an opportunity not only for both breweries but the entire global beer industry.

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“Cooperation matters to both parties. Sharing our experiences is invaluable. We’re going to observe the way [Browar Stu Mostów] work, think it over and perhaps draw some inspirations. You can also learn from us, mostly, what not to do. You may think ‘these crazy Americans did that so we’ll stay away from it.’ When you share knowledge, the community of brewers grows and grows. It’s like one big family. And that’s important to us,” Al said.

Check out the video Browar Stu Mostów created about the visit, part one in a series of two.

Browar Stu Mostów is the oldest brewery in Wroclaw, Poland, and has eight centuries of tradition in brewing beer, Wroclaw is considered the Craft Beer Capital of Poland and the “City of Good Beer.” It also has the most craft brewers than any other Polish city and also holds home to the biggest and oldest beer festival in Eastern Europe, Good Beer Fest.

Poland, I learned, is considered a “heaven for craft beer,” and is one of the fastest-growing areas in Europe. Because they’re not bound by limitations like German Purity Law, many brewers are traveling to Poland to brew with them.

“We attract craft beer stars from around the world: Mikkeller, The Alchemist, Camba, Pizza Boy Brewing.”

Browar Stu Mostów pizza boy brewing

The beer that Browas Stu Mostów and Pizza Boy collaborated on is set to release in March. At that time, they’ll release part two to the above video.

And **hopefully** some of that beer will make its way over here for us to try.

Categories: Craft Beer, Featured

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