Straws & Stripes Strawberry Wine & Beer Release July 9

by: Sara Bozich
June 25, 2016
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The Fourth of July party doesn’t have to stop when the fireworks end this weekend.

Straws and Stripes at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey will continue the holiday festivities with their dual military appreciation and release party benefiting two local military charities from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9.


The winery will be releasing its Sparkling Strawberry wine, while the brewery will be rolling out a Strawberry IPA to coincide with the daylong music festival that will feature Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band “Tuesday’s Gone” as the headliner.


Strawberry IPA – 6.2% ABV 68 IBUs


Not your average strawberry beer. After brewing this IPA with Amarillo, Calypso and Belma hops to give the beer flavors of juicy citrus, mint and strawberry, Brewmaster Ryan threw it into the fermenter with a puree of Pennsylvania strawberries.

One keg of this beer will be on tap during the festivities, and the rest will be bottled and available for sale in 22 oz. bombers.

Strawberry Ginger Ale – Non-Alcoholic

For those of you who need to take a break or just aren’t into beer, Ryan used even more fresh-picked Pennsylvania strawberries to brew a refreshing ginger ale just for the event.

PLUS there will be a food truck mash-up, artisanal vendors, a silent auction benefiting two military charities and MORE.

Tips for spending the day at the vineyard:

  1. Buy tickets in advance! Pre-sale tickets are ONLY $15, but day of admission will jump to $20.
  2. Get there early to get the best views for the live music and to get the most out of the day. There is only one keg of Strawberry IPA and it will go quick.
  3. Don’t worry about the weather. The Vineyard offers many different venues, so this party will go on rain or shine.

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Get out and join Merlot Mike and the rest of the brewery as they salute all of our family and friends who have served and are serving in our armed forces.

RECAP: Pop-Up Happy Hour at Strawberry Square

by: Sara Bozich
June 24, 2016
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Wednesday kicked-off the first in a series of Pop-Up Parties I’m throwing at Strawberry Square this summer. Each will be a bit different, with varying vendors (current, future tenants and other partners).


This “Counter Culture” themed event was focused around the Square’s Little Amps kiosk. Peter and crew were slinging coffee (P.S. Alton Brown was right; my new fave drink is a cortado) — and giving away samples of their “Pennsyltucky Coffee,” which was a take on a White Russian using Midstate Distillery’s corn whiskey, cold brew, some sweetness and topped with whipped cream.


Midstate Distillery also shared samples of their rum, vodka, whiskey and a rum-based coffee liqueur made with Little Amps coffee.


On the beer side, award-winning homebrew Karl Larson shared a few of his excellent brews, including Saison Slice, a saison brewed with oranges that we all went nuts over; a barrel-aged strong ale; and Catherine on Coffee, his famed Russian Imperial Stout on Little Amps beans.


We snacked on the most delicious tapenade and fresh cheeses, thanks to Chef Collier and the team at Bricco.


Meanwhile, Barrie at The Candy Store offered dessert treats of assorted chocolate and gummies (plus vouchers for popcorn!)


We’re already planning the next ones, so make sure you’re on our email list and subscribed to the events on Facebook so you don’t miss a thing!

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Thanks as always to our photographer, Bart from Hop Hedz Gear and Kollision Media!

Brew News June 2016 Edition

by: Tierney Pomone
June 24, 2016
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Welcome to summer, welcome to June’s beer news. Not a lot is happening this time of year, which is actually kind of nice. There are, however, plenty of new brews launching almost every day. I’m really excited to try Dogfish Head’s new Flesh & Blood, but there are plenty of others for differing tastes. Here’s what’s up in beer for June.


HBG Presents $40K Check to Harrisburg River Rescue

Thanks to all the support from sponsors, breweries, and beer drinkers like you, we were able to present the Harrisburg River Rescue with an astounding $40K check earlier this month. This is double last year’s amount, and we are still feeling the afterglow of such an awesome week. If you missed it, check out this sweet video from GK Visual here (along with many other videos from HBG Beer Week). Don’t think this thing is over yet, we’re already planning for next year. Mark your calendars now, Harrisburg Beer Week 2017 will be 4/21-4/29/2017. THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Southern Tier Salted Caramel

If there’s anything that Southern Tier Brewing does well, it’s dessert beers. I already adore their Choklat, Mokah, and Crème Brulee and now they’re adding a Salted Caramel brew to the decadent collection. I’m fully expecting to take this brew and turn it right into a float! While this brew sounds a little heavy for summer, I think it will be perfect for an end of summer/early fall evening. Find it in bottles or on draft now.

Snitz Creek 2nd Location + Crowlers

Local favorite Snitz Creek has opened a second location with a tasting room attached. Located in Annville (318 Taxiway Road, South Londonderry to be exact), this location is primarily a tasting room and production center and isn’t the same as the brewpub in Lititz due to the food trucks vs brewpub atmosphere. Eventually they plan to turn it into an additional brewpub. Also, Snitz Creek is now offering crowlers for to-go sales, joining Zeroday, Troegs, Al’s of Hampden/Pizza Boy, Harty Brewing, and Brewery at Hershey.


Stone Citrusy Wit

Yes, you read that headline correctly. Not only did Stone brew a ‘non-hoppy’ beer, but a fruit one as well. Meet Stone’s Citrusy Whit, a lovely deviation from Stone’s usual path. Stone Citrusy Wit had tangerine & kaffir lime leaf added, hoping to separate it from the typical sweet orange flavors you find in a wit. Instead, expect a more dry flavor profile, perfect for your sunniest of days.


  • Dogfish Head Flesh & Blood + Seaquench Ale
  • Oskar Blues Passion Fruit Pinner + Priscilla
  • Sixpoint Puff
  • Rusty Rail Blue Collar Raspberry
  • Breckenridge Mango Mosaic
  • Alpine Willy Vanilly
  • Iron Hill Crusher Session IPA
  • Duclaw Hop Continuum No 4.
  • 21st Amendment Blah Blah Blah IPA

Have a beer news tip? Don’t be shy, email it on over!

Categories: Craft Beer

Weekend Roundup 6/23

by: Sara Bozich
June 23, 2016
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What a lovely event we had last night, the first in a series of Pop-Up Happy Hours at Strawberry Square. Look for a recap by the weekend — and be sure you’re on the mailing list (or follow on social) to find out about the next one!

Photo courtesy of Bricco.

Photo courtesy of Bricco.

Not sure my plans for tonight or even tomorrow because on Saturday I’m BEACH BOUND. I’m looking forward to spending time with my mom, sister and nephew in slower lower Delaware, my heart’s home.


What are you doing this weekend?


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