5 New Brews to Help You Welcome Spring

by: Tierney Pomone
March 24, 2017
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It’s here, it’s here, spring is finally here! Spring is my favorite season – the sun comes out, the air smells new, and everything comes back to life. It’s a beautiful time of year, and I can’t wait to drive around with my windows down. Welcome the season change by adjusting what you drink.

Follow the seasons and welcome these 5 new spring seasonal brews.

Left Hand Saison au Miel

This year, Left Hand announced a new seasonal Saison series using local Colorado ingredients. The spring offering is Saison au Miel. As its name implies (miel = honey in French), this brew is made with Colorado wildflower honey and boasts a crisp flavor with mild tartness. Sounds perfect for a sunny spring day if you ask me. It’s packaged in 16 oz pounder cans, so it’s ready to go wherever you’re headed.

Dogfish Head Alternate Takes #4

While Aprihop was once my springtime go-to before it was replaced by Romantic Chemistry (my current spring go-to), Dogfish Head has a new flavor for this year. Check out Alternative Takes #4, a barrel-aged apricot farmhouse ale. The Alternate Takes series is kind of like a scratch series in that they’re limited release development-level brews that make the cut for a short release, but may not become a seasonal or year-round offering. #4 is aged on French-Oak wine barrels where it is fermented with Brettanomyces for 7 months before being blended with apricots and¬†re-fermented with a Belgian Saison yeast. It promises to deliver flavors of apricot, oak,¬†Brett funk, and earthy undertones.

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Golden IPA

Sierra Nevada will be bringing back their Beer Camp series this year with brews from around the world, but first, let’s check out the Golden IPA. A new spring seasonal, the Golden part comes from wheat malt and the IPA punches with an experimental hop variety alongside Simcoe, Chinook, Crystal, El Dorado, and Summit hops. Sierra Nevada describes the flavor as “dry, yet assertive,” and I’m thoroughly intrigued.

Sam Adams Fresh as Helles

Now that Cultivator is gone, where will you go for your spring helles bock? Right to Sam Adams. This brand new spring seasonal has a soft citrus flavor from the orange blossom petals added as well as Mandarina hops for a hint of tangerine. While Sam Adam’s doesn’t make all of my favorite beers, they’ve really been stepping up to the plate with their¬†latest releases, and I’m looking forward to giving this one a go.

Abita To-Gose

While not available yet, keep an eye out this spring for Abita’s new spring beer To-Gose. Brewed with key limes, this brew takes a fresh twist on the classic salty-yet-tart Gose. Look for this beer about a month from now on draft and in bottles and pair it up with a sunny day on the patio.

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Weekend Roundup 3/23

by: Sara Bozich
March 23, 2017
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Thanks to everyone who came out for our Pop-Up Happy Hour at Strawberry Square last night! We had a great time with great vendors. Keep missing these? Get on my mailing list — we host every month!

I haven’t quite yet finalized my weekend plans (a Harrisburg Beer Week volunteer meeting kicks things off), but you know my usual market-gym plans stand. There may be fewer events happening this weekend than with the bustle of the last, but there are a lot of really great options, no matter what you’re in the mood for.

Look for: Midnight Angel bottle release from Zer√ėday – a late night party for this barrel-aged beauty. Also — if it’s not yet sold out already — The Art of Wine Pairing at The Vineyard at Hershey looks to be a great Sunday afternoon event.

What are you doing this weekend?

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5 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

by: Kelly Leighton
March 22, 2017
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Hey, it’s 2017, and I am way late to the podcast game.

But I am making up for lost time because I am so into podcasts lately. Whether I am running, walking the dog, or just hanging out at home, I have a podcast on. I have a hard time watching television because I have to devote so much attention to it, but I love podcasts because I can multitask!

Let me know if you have any recommendations, as I am plowing through them way too quickly. Miles (my dog) is certainly appreciating the longer walks. Here are my latest favorites.

Running Podcasts

The Ali on the Run Show

I really enjoy Ali’s blog, so I was excited when I learned she had started a podcast. In each episode, she interviews an athlete, and the friendly conversation makes it easy to feel as if you are a part of it. My favorite episodes thus far are Emily Halnon (because I like her blog as well; I read a lot of blogs.),¬†John Honerkamp and¬†Chris Heuisler. But I’ve really enjoyed them all, and I look forward to each Thursday when a new episode lands on my phone.

RunnersConnect Podcast

OK, I also enjoy Tina Muir’s blog, and thus, I really like her podcast. Even though she is an elite athlete, she is somehow still relatable, and I appreciate her honesty about her struggles. The podcast is also very informative, and they have a daily, short update where coaches answer readers’ questions.

Non-Running Podcasts

The Black Tapes

I should preface and say that I grew up completely obsessed with Unsolved Mysteries, and my love of the unknown and creepy has not wavered. This podcast is a fictional account of a journalist, Alex, and her quest to figure out the mysterious paranormal investigator Dr. Strand and his unsolved “black tapes.” I binge-listened to it, and slightly regret it as I sit impatiently waiting for season 3, but I’d have to say this is my favorite podcast.

In the Dark

In 1989, Jacob Wetterling, an 11-year-old in Minnesota, was kidnapped. The case took nearly 27 years to solve, and investigative reporter Madeleine Baran set out to find how this case was so unsolvable. It was weird to listen to the podcast knowing how it would end for Jacob, but it somehow held my attention. My only complaint is that Baran could be a little too self-congratulatory. They just announced they are preparing for season 2, so I am curious to see if they can keep up with the momentum.

Missing Richard Simmons

I never in a million years thought I would like this podcast, but a friend suggested I check it out, so I downloaded it and was immediately hooked. Basically, the well-known and extroverted exercise celebrity has not been seen since 2014, and Dan Taberski, who knew Simmons via his exercise class, seeks to find out why. It has been fascinating thus far, but I do feel moderately guilty because it is just so invasive. Maybe Simmons just wants to hang out at home. But, on the other hand, I, along with millions of others, are curious as to why.

What podcasts do you love? Share in the comments!

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Pete Stone: From Harrisburg to L.A.

by: Micah Jacobs
March 21, 2017
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Chasing the rock n’ roll dream often ends in your parents’ garage or a second round knockout at your local battle of the bands. Perseverance, talent, and a little bit of luck goes a long way to lighting up a stage, winning awards, and releasing an album that wasn’t recorded in your buddy’s basement.

Recently I was able to speak with Pete Stone, originally from New Cumberland, Pa. and now of the L.A.-based rock band, The Rare Occasions, about his journey in music.

MJ: You’re originally from the New Cumberland area, what was music like for you growing up around here?

PS: There were a lot of ways music came into my life. I’m from a pretty musical family, with my mom, sisters, grandpa and other family members all somewhere on the scale of “musician.” I had awesome teachers who introduced me to all the joyous possibilities when making my own music. As for the larger music community — the rock scene seemed to have a heavier vibe, and I wasn’t really into that. I’ve personally been into the lighter side of rock music. I played in a group called Animal Arcade that performed at various venues (most often The Champ) when I was in high school. I enjoyed exploring that kind of folk and jam aspect that was a lot of fun and there was always a friendly atmosphere at the shows.

MJ: You’re based out of L.A now, how receptive has the local crowd been for your music?

PS: We have definitely had some favorable reception by audiences in L.A. We had a great intro to the area when we played NAMM. We have been playing a fair number of bar and club gigs, and we’re often invited back by the venues. Performing at the Viper Room has definitely been a highlight as well as this great spot called The Roar Room. Some people have been finding us on their own and coming out to hear us play, which is exciting!

MJ: The Rare Occasions won “Song of the Year” in the John Lennon song writing contest for your song Dysphoric. Tell me about your reaction to finding out a song you wrote was awarded¬†such high honor.

PS: Hearing that news was a thrill. I was actually in the middle of nowhere in Idaho with my girlfriend in the Sawtooth Mountains where we were camped out at. I was out pumping water out of this old school hand pump well and decided to take a break and turn my phone on. I was getting message after message, and it turned out to be the news that we won! I said sarcastically, something like “Now we’re definitely going to be famous!” I’m super grateful, and it truly means a lot when someone shows that they believe in what you’re doing and gives you a helpful nudge towards surviving it.

MJ: I talk to a lot of bands and I always have to ask, what makes The Rare Occasions stand out from the rest?

PS: We don’t shy back from pushing the boundaries of the different “moods” of indie rock. We go anywhere from heart-pounding Dysphoric¬†to the pop style of Futureproof, the more serious tracks like Notion, down to the bare-bones, full-out emotion of Goodnight or Bug Eyes. I feel that sometimes bands think they just have to be one¬†thing, have to appear super specific sub-niche of a sub-genre. It’s definitely a fallacy — I know my favorite bands push to different limits of what they can do with their songwriting and instrumentation. It’s something I intend to keep emphasizing on our future records.

MJ: What do you miss about the Harrisburg area the most?

PS: My cute little nephews and niece? Family? Friends? That’s Hard. Besides the lovely community, it has to be the river!¬†I spent so much time walking or sitting down there playing my guitar when I lived nearby¬†or watching the sunset reflect and shimmer across our lush river valley. I can go inside my mind to feel that calm and that restful beauty. I do that sometimes when scurrying between day jobs, gigs, rehearsals and everyday life.

MJ: Lastly, what do you think the future holds for Peter Stone in music?

PS: Right now, The Rare Occasions and I are finishing writing some material that we’ll be recording soon. I can’t wait to share it with all of you! I continue to meet local musicians and enter fully into the L.A. music community. I will definitely be spending some quality time playing our songs out on the streets for people!

Check out Pete Stone play some sweet guitar on Futureproof, the latest release from The Rare Occasions. Check out their Facebook page to see when The Rare Occasions will be coming back in Harrisburg, and sign up for their e-list to get new material when it’s released!

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