Drinking outside the box on Valentine’s Day

by: Jimi The Intern
February 10, 2015
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A glass of wine on Valentine’s Day is like having beer while watch the Super Bowl, you can’t have one without the other, right?

Wrong.

There are so many more options when trying to decide what drink to have to wind down or get going with your special someone.

Now to get you in the mood, you can do what I am doing right now and listen to You Make Me Wanna… by Usher. There’s nothing smoother than Usher on Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day Cocktails

Chocolate is another thing that you can’t help but associate with V-Day, but instead of just the heart shaped box this year, why not pour that chocolate into a glass?

A chocolate martini could start any date off on the right note or be perfect when snuggling in for a movie at the end of the night. Since it’s also Chocolate-Covered February in Hershey, it’s just the right time to break out your mixology skills to master the HERSHEY’S Kisses Signature Chocolate Martini (check out the Chocolate Martini Mixology class offered later this month — a great date idea).

Hershey's Kisses Signature Chocolate Martini

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Giveaway: metalledwith Bleeding Heart Necklace

by: Sara Bozich
February 9, 2015
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Looking for a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart (or maybe just something pretty for yourself)?

Check out metalledwith original, handcrafted jewelry inspired by nature. Each piece is original and unique wearable art often featuring items like a pressed leaf, notes from an old hymnal or avian images. metalledwith is based right here in Harrisburg, Pa.

Richelle Dourte is a certified naturalist with a background in environmental science. She is largely self-taught in metalworking and draws inspiration from nature. Richelle creates metalledwith jewelry, which incorporates organic elements into handcrafted metalwork. The ideas are original, wearable art made in and from Pennsylvania. When choosing materials, preference is given to those that are organic, native botanical species and recycled.

metalledwith jewelry is sold at a number of local retailers, including Stash, as well as through an Etsy store.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this week we’re giving away a special piece from the metalledwith collection featuring a Bleeding Heart flower.

metalledwith bleeding heart

According to Dourte, it grew last spring and was handpicked, pressed and cast in a crafted brass bezel on a 16-18″ adjustable chain.

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Bears win thriller in overtime

by: Jimi The Intern
February 8, 2015
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Saturday night provided another classic chapter in the Hershey Bears and Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins rivalry and it ended with the Bears making a tremendous comeback.

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The Bears erased a two-goal deficit in the third period and forced the fifth overtime game of the season between these two rivals.

Jim O’Brien laid a pass right on the tape of Mike Moore who ripped it behind Penguins goalie Jeff Zatkoff that set off a roar in the Giant Center that is usually only heard during the playoffs.

Moore’s first goal of the season couldn’t have come at a better time.

hershey bears

The game had a playoff feel from the opening face-off. At the start of the game only four points separated the two teams in the standings and every point matters.

The first period started off like a lot of the meetings between these two rivals, with hard hits and bloody noses.

Wilkes-Barre had the best chances but they were unable to capitalize on any of them and the first period ended scoreless.

The Bears were able to break the tie a minute into the second period when forward Stanislav Galiev slid the puck passed Zatkoff.

Giant Center was rocking but it didn’t last for too long, as the Penguins were able to rattle off three unanswered goals including their first short-handed goal of the season.

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4 Weird Beers to Try Now

by: Tierney Pomone
February 6, 2015
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One of the cool things about craft beer is the freedom that brewers have to create pretty much whatever they want. This experimentation has led to many staples we enjoy today such as a coffee stout, apple ale, or even the spicy Habanero Sculpin.

Sometimes, these ideas get a little weird. That doesn’t mean that they’re necessarily bad, but they may raise some eyebrows. Who knows, someday these could be the new standard! Looking for something off-the-charts?

Check out a few of these weird beers pushing the boundaries of drinkers everywhere.

Snitz Creek Seltzer’s Smokehaus #7

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Is there anything more local than Lebanon Bologna? I don’t ever want to live in an area where I can’t pop into the grocery store to get what I need for bologna roll ups. What better way to show local pride than by creating a beer with this Lebanon staple, right? Snitz Creek’s Seltzer’s Smokehaus #7 is a rauchbier that doesn’t actually contain bologna (you’re welcome vegetarians/vegans), the grains used are smoked in the Seltzer smoke-houses creating that same smoky flavor. You should be able to find it on tap around Harrisburg, and soon in bottles, too!

Rogue Beard Beer

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The following information may gross some of you out. When beer is brewed, malted grain and hops are used first, and then it is fermented with yeast. In brewing, there are many types of yeast out available for use. Some use basic Belgian strands, some use souring strands like brettomyces, but Rogue took it even further by collecting yeast from their brewer’s beard. That’s right, random yeast that was collected from brewmaster John Maier’s beard, which he claims to not have shaved since 1978, was used to make this beer. So what’s it taste like? Well, I had no fear tasting this one at McGrath’s awhile back and found it to be a bit like a saison with just a little bit of funk to it.

 Sprecher’s Hard Root Beer

sprecher hard root beer

In comparison to some of the other beers on this list, the idea of an adult root beer seems tame. I mean, we have vodka in every flavor under the sun and hard lemonade and tea, why wouldn’t we have adult sodas? When I get beered out, I go one of two directions: cider or mixed drink. With this, I don’t have to choose either, because it 100% tastes like I’m drinking a root beer I picked up at the Broad Street Market. Only, this  has booze so win-win. You can usually find this on tap at Al’s of Hampden – how fun would a crowler be at your next party?

Dogfish Head Ta Henket 

dogfish head ta henket

Four years ago I took my first trip to the Dogfish Head brewpub in Rehoboth and accidentally found myself drinking one of the four final glasses of their Egyptian brew Ta Henket. Dogfish Head had a short-lived show on A&E about brewing, and during an episode on the show they went to Egypt to investigate ancient beer recipes. They seriously had hieroglyphic translations it was awesome. While they were there, they picked up regional ingredients, including yeast strains collected next to a pyramid, to create this ancient ale. While I may have gotten one of the last glasses of the original batch, you can still get some of your own in bottles, when available. So what does it taste like? Pepperoni pizza combos. Yes, I’m serious. That’s exactly what it tastes like.

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