Merlot & Flash Gourd’n release party SATURDAY!

by: Sara Bozich
August 22, 2016
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Although the headlining act for the evening is Everclear, the real star of The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey’s Merlot and Flash Gourd’n Release Party might be bourbon

For five years now, the famous (or infamous) Merlot Release Party has been The Vineyard’s biggest event of the year. In the past, the first bottle of Merlot has been delivered in dramatic fashion — whether flown in by helicopter or delivered by Paul Tuetel Sr. from Orange County Choppers.

The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey’s Merlot and Flash Gourd’n Release Party is THIS Saturday, Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to p.m.

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In addition to dope add of scoring of Everclear as this year’s feature entertainment, two bourbon-aged treats are being released — limited only! — alongside the Merlot and Flash Gourd’n pumpkin ale.

Interm Jimi and I did the hard work for you and already pre-tasted this weekend’s features.

Flash Gourd’n

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The Brewery at Hershey’s version of a pumpkin spiced ale starts with a traditional Octoberfest base with pilsner and Munich malts to impart the bready, smooth and subtly sweet flavor that is accentuated by the traditional fall spices of allspice, nutmeg and ginger.


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This is the fifth year for winemaker L. Paul Vezzetti’s Merlot and each year it is one of the most anticipated wines in the Vineyard’s lineup. It’s a classic Merlot with great bold flavors and a classic dry finish.

And, about the bourbon I mentioned …

Flash Bourb’n

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Brewmaster Ryan Deluitis took the 2015 batch of Flash and laid it in oak whiskey barrels from Smooth Ambler Distillery for almost a whole year. The end result is almost a whole new beer. It features a great woody note with a touch of bourbon to round out an extremely balanced beer.

NOTE: Ryan only made a limited amount, so get there early to check it out.

Articles of Impearment

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No, that’s not a typo. The base for this cider is done with all Pennsylvania apples and fermented with fresh pear mash and then was aged on bourbon soaked oak, to give the cider a pleasant whiskey aroma. It has a sweet, refreshing taste with hints of vanilla, pear and just a little bit of bourbon.

Drink Up!

Bottles of Merlot and Articles of Impairment will be available to purchase to go while Flash Gourd’n will be availed to take home in crowlers. Flash Bourb’n will only be available to drink during the party.

Pro tip: Get to the Vineyard early with lawn chairs and blankets to claim your spot in front of the stage. The best seats will go quickly. Gates, food trucks and the artisan village open at 11 a.m. with the live music starting at noon.

Grab one of the featured beers, wine or cider and relax with a day full of music and more at the Vineyard.

Schedule of events:

  • 11 a.m. – Gates, food trucks and artisan village
  • 12 p.m. – Wave
  • 3 p.m. – All Jacked Up
  • 6:30 p.m. Everclear

RECAP: Happy Hour at Greystone Public House

by: Sara Bozich
August 20, 2016
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Thursday’s Happy Hour at the new Greystone Public House was fantastic.

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The event took place in Greystone’s private event space, which is the right of the main entrance. It spans two floors, and so did our party.

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We first were greeted with fresh oysters and prosecco, thanks to John Gross and Terlato Wines, respectively.

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Chef Jason Viscount went all out, as usual, with a beautiful spread, and the staff was outstanding.

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Keystone State Wine & Spirits also was in attendance, sharing tastes of their hop liqueur and two new tequilas.

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If you haven’t yet dined at Greystone, please be sure to read my dining review.

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Thank you to everyone who came out to Greystone for the evening! I love getting to see friendly faces and meet new friends. Be sure to stay up-to-date on what we’re doing by joining my email list!

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Thanks to Yenma K Photography for capturing our night! You can find the rest of the photos on Facebook. Tag yourselves!

7 Local Fruit Beers Ranked

by: Tierney Pomone
August 18, 2016
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It’s Mid-August already, and summer is starting to wind down. I drank a lot of fruit beers this summer, for research of course, and hope to inspire you to do the same. Don’t be scared of a little fruit in your beer, it’s exciting and refreshing on these hot sticky days we’ve been having.

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Here’s my list of 7 local fruit beers from favorite to least favorite.

Important details: a) No Troegs Scratch beers were included intentionally as they aren’t available regularly. Same goes for the Pizza Boy limited-release sours. b) I chose local beers that you can get pretty regularly when in season. c) I only chose beers with actual fruit in them, not hops that make it tropical or fruity.

7. Rivertowne Brewing Hala Kahiki Pineapple

Yes, I know, it’s a shock to see a pineapple beer score so low on this list, but remember there are some that didn’t even make the list. I like this beer a lot, especially served Amanda-style with a shot of Malibu. Many find it rather unappealing, which I took into consideration. I think this beer of all pineapple beers tastes the closest to eating raw pineapple which I adore. Others find its aroma to be uninviting. Haters gonna hate, I say this brew is worth drinking while it’s still hot out.

6. Liquid Hero Schweat Ale

When I got to the beach, I take some Schweet Ale. This strawberry brew is perfectly balanced: not too sweet, not too much strawberry. Grab a few of these cans for a friend who doesn’t think they like beer, and you’ll have them converted.

5: Victory Kirsch Gose

I was happy to hear that Victory was bringing back this beer for a second term. Kirsch means cherry in German, so obvs this is a cherry brew. I really enjoy the cherry tartness in this brew, but it is lacking a bit of the salty goodness that I love in a gose. Maybe that will appeal to you? None-the- less, it’s a great summer fruit beer worth trying.

4. Zeroday Blueberry Shandy

I remember back in the day when Zeroday was a man cave homebrew operation. Theo and Brandalynn used to throw epic summer parties that included this lovely brew among others. This brew tastes like summers of the past to me, but to you expect an understated blueberry flavor with a hint of lemon that drinks almost too easily. Drink one with a Harrisburger while listening to Yam-Yam and be the most HBG thing ever.

3. Crystal Ball Jamaican Wheat

I really owe Nate at GK Visual all the credit for introducing me to this beer, which instantly became what I drank all summer long. Hibiscus and passion fruit make this beer like a tropical fruit punch that’s pink and awesome. At one point this summer we added mint leaves for fun, and it definitely didn’t hurt. Grab some cans before it’s gone.

2. Lancaster Brewing Blue Trail

Harrisburg Brewer’s Fest was a hot and sweaty day. Sara and I walked ourselves up to the LBC stand and found something new and exciting, Blue Trail Blueberry Shandy. It was seriously the most refreshing beer I’ve had in a very long time. It’s perfectly balanced between lemonade and slight blueberry flavor. There are almost no words beyond that ‘ah’ as you exhale after your first sip. Best news yet: it’s now in cans.

1. Selin’s Grove Saison de Peche

Okay, let’s be honest, no one does fruit beers the way Selin’s Grove does fruit beers. Yes, they may be as limited as a scratch beer, but they happen each year seasonally. Yes, they don’t distribute, but who cares. Make the trek up to the brewery for this the Saison de Peche. Literally no one has ever been disappointed by it, or their Kriek or Framboise for that matter. Find me someone who was, and I’ll tell you they’re lying.

Categories: Craft Beer

Weekend Roundup 8/18

by: Sara Bozich
August 18, 2016
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See you tonight for Happy Hour at Greystone! We have a great lineup of stuff to show off at this new restaurant, including free food samples, great drink specials, plus tequila samples (and hop liqueur!) — Plus the chance to WIN great stuff.


Tomorrow, hair did — maybe some 3rd in the Burg fun (really wanna swing by Stash and would love to catch Heathers at Midtown Cinema).

On Saturday, I’ll hit up Next Step, then maybe a pool party. And Sunday — housework?


What are you doing this weekend?


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