Good Cause: A Night of UnWINEding with the YWCA

by: Sara Bozich

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The YWCA Greater Harrisburg’s Junior Board hosts its annual Happy Hour – “A Night of UnWINEding with the YWCA” – on Wednesday, April 1 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Spring Gate Vineyard.

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“A Night of UnWINEding with the YWCA” will feature the release of Spring Gate Vineyard’s new sparkling wine, “Pink Peignoir,” as well as food, live music, a silent auction and more! Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance online or at the door. Grand Cru Catering will be providing food for the event, featuring hors d’oeuvres and Maryland Crab dip.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the YWCA’s Camp Reily, a summer program for inner-city children to enjoy a rural camp experience each week during the summer months. Camp Reily provides programs including arts and crafts, swimming/water safety, hiking, field trips, as well as an educational curriculum focused on racial justice themes. The mission of the YWCA Junior Board, which is comprised of women ages 21-35 who dedicate their time and effort in support of the YWCA Greater Harrisburg, is to preserve and support the

YWCA’s Camp Reily, a 28-acre wooded property with a lodge, pool and hiking trails off Fishing Creek Valley Road in Middle Paxton Township.

For more information about “A Night of UnWINEding with the YWCA”, the YWCA or Camp Reily, visit their website or call 717-234-7931 x3056.

About the YWCA

The YWCA is the voice for every woman. For more than a century, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. More than 2 million people participate each year in YWCA programs at more than 1,300 locations across the U.S.

REVIEW: Vitalius Wine Aerator

by: Sara Bozich

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A few years ago for New Year’s Eve, we had friends over for dinner. They came bearing some great wines from the northern Virginia region along with an item that has become my second favorite wine tool (the first is a double-hinged waiter’s corkscrew — a must): a bottle-top wine aerator.

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I’ll assume that if you’re reading this, you’ve likely been to a wine tasting or 50. You know about swirling and aerating, and maybe once you actually remembered to open a bottle of wine an hour before your guests arrived to let it breathe.

Well, the wine aerator does all of that for you, right as you pour. They’re inexpensive, handy and make a great gift any time of year.

The Vitalius Wine Aerator, specifically, is a great choice. It fits tightly into the top of the wine bottle, so it never spills, and as you pour, the wine mixes with oxygen, which “opens up” the wine, enhancing the nose and unleashing layers of flavor the wine was intended to impart.

Ever have a wine that tasted flat? It should have been aerated. It’s also my trick for “cheap” wines (let’s face it, who can pass up a Fine Wine & Good Spirits “fill the tote” special?).

Of course, it’s also super light, thus portable, so it served us well at our local BYOB on Friday night.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 

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5 Spring Beers You’ll Want to Drink Now

by: Tierney Pomone

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Spring is finally (technically) here! I am beyond ready for baseball, deck drinking, Harrisburg Beer Week, and sunshine. A lot of people tell me they don’t like spring beers, but I think this is because they associate spring beers with “lighter beers.” Just because a beer is a spring seasonal doesn’t mean it can’t pack a punch. Grab one of my favorites and let’s celebrate the return of bunnies, flowers, and that warm spring air.

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Boulevard Belle Saison

Every once-in-awhile we see Boulevard Brewing’s beer pop up around us. If you happen to see their new Spring Belle Saison be sure to grab yourself one. This beer is brewed with chamomile, rose petals, and elderflower creating a perfectly floral saison with just a bit of the classic farmhouse funk and a hint of citrusy hops. With all that floral aroma you’ll be ready to sit on a deck with your friends and enjoy the sunshine in no time.

Great Lakes Chillwave

If you haven’t had Great Lakes Chillwave yet, you’re really missing out. Forget fighting for Hopslam or waiting in line for Heady Topper or Pliny the Elder. Great Lakes Chillwave is that high caliber of a beer. Check it out: high ABV like Hopslam? Check. Perfectly dank and juicy hop flavor like Heady Topper? Check! Available all around us and you don’t have to sell your first born just to get a taste? Double check. Do yourself a favor and grab one now as this is a seasonal release.

Intangible Ales Acidulated Hive

While Acidulated Hive isn’t a spring or seasonal beer, all of Intangible Ales’ releases are limited and this one is available right now. If you haven’t tried any of Intangible Ales’ offerings you are in for a delightful treat. All of their beers are small batches and bottled in cork and cages 750 mL bottles. They specialize in farmhouse and wild ales making them incredibly unique. In Acidulated Hive, expect to find hints of honey and fruit up front with a horseblanket funkiness coming through closer to the finish and a hint of tart. This brew truly evolves with each taste and is perfect for a more advanced craft beer drinker.

Dogfish Head Aprihop

With a newly redesigned label, Dogfish Head Aprihop returns as their spring seasonal. Boasting a big hop flavor and hints of apricots in the nose and finish as the name suggests, the return of Aprihop always signifies the return of spring for me. If you don’t think you like IPAs, this is a good one to try out as it has the hint of apricot in it that really harshes the hop bitterness.

Ommegang Nirvana IPA

Ommegang is well-known for their stylistically accurate Belgian beers such as their Hennepin Saison and Three Philosophers Belgian Quad. For the first time ever, Ommegang is brewing an IPA. This April grab a Nirvana IPA, packed with Bravo, Simcoe, Centennail, Topaz, and Mosaic hops then dry hopped with more Centennial, Citra, Simcoe, and Amarillo. That’s a lot of hops! Expect to find juicy citrus flavors with no hop harshness. And, at just 6.5% ABV it won’t bog down your day.

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Weekend Roundup 3/19

by: Sara Bozich

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So much #HBGBeerWeek! Last night, the girls and I recorded with the one and only Chachi for his Breakfast Beers podcast. Today, it’s a marathon shoot day for “Brewed in the Burg,” the doc I’m working on with GK Visual.

Watch the Brewed in the Burg trailer.

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Friday night, we have a double date with friends at Fusion Fire, which will be relaxing, fun AND delicious.

Of course, Saturday morning, I’m back on the air as Bruce Bond’s co-host on WTPA (tune in!). Todd Shill joins us — you can watch his episode of What’s on Tap to prep you for it.

After that, I have NO PLANS. (Seeing a theme lately?) I’m going to cook and clean and binge-watch Scandal. So there.

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?

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HAPPY HOUR: Ad Lib {Hilton} April 1

by: Sara Bozich

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Join us for a spring HAPPY HOUR with SaraBozich.com on April 1 at Ad Lib Craft Kitchen + Bar.

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Ad Lib Craft Kitchen + Bar (READ more)
Hilton Harrisburg, 1 N. Second St.
Wednesday, April 1
5:30-8 p.m.
RSVP appreciated but not mandatory.

FEATURING:

  • Custom, discounted Ménage ‘a Trios Vodka cocktails (See below)
  • Complimentary snacks from Ad Lib
  • SPECIAL entertainment surprise! (You won’t guess)
  • $4 Yards Rye IPA drafts
  • More!

This event is FREE and open to the PUBLIC. See you there!

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Beer Mile: Round Two

With warmer temperatures slowly creeping in, I couldn’t be happier to say adios to the treadmill and to running in pants. And what better way to give winter the heave-ho and welcome spring than with a beer mile?

You may remember me participating in one last spring, and spoiler alert, I set my first PR of 2015! But let’s rewind to the beginning.

Before & After: The Beer Mile

Before & After: The Beer Mile

I’ve mentioned this a few times, but I am on a doctor-ordered gluten-free diet, so the hunt for a acceptable (5% abv or higher) gluten-free beer was on. I ended up with a six-pack of Omission Pale Ale from Giant. Now, I am not a craft beer fan, so I was wary of how this was going to go, and slightly nervous I’d be gagging during the first lap.

Just like last year, we met at the same friend’s house in Midtown. Fortunately, taking a loop around her block is exactly a quarter mile. We did a warm-up lap, so everyone knew where to go, and then we cheers-ed and the timer started.

Luckily, the Ommision beer didn’t have a strong taste. That’s not to say I was enjoying it, but I wasn’t choking it down. Out of eight of us, I finished my first beer right in the middle of the pack and then took off. I managed to maneuver into second place during that lap, and then I cruised in for beer #2. It started going down a little easier, but on my second lap, I could definitely feel it sloshing around in my stomach and I kept loudly belching during the run — and I wasn’t the only one.

Halfway done, I reminded myself as I began drinking beer number three. I think the third lap was the toughest. Knowing you still have another beer and another lap to go, and all that liquid is really moving around in there.

Fortunately, I made it through with no issues, finished my last beer and took off. I was too far off the leader, but I was pretty comfortable in second. As I approached the “finish line,” I heard my time announced as I stopped: 8:48. Yes! That was quicker than my time of 9 minutes and change from last year (the timer wasn’t as efficient last time).

Once again, a super-fun event that combines two of my loves: running and drinking.

I’d encourage you all to try it, but just remember to drink- and run- responsibly.

Categories: Craft Beer, Running

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