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Pints & Pedis April 30 at Polished Salon

Alright, ladies, this is a big one.

Mark your calendars now for April 30 for the first-ever Pints & Pedis, hosted by and Stouts and Stilettos, in partnership with Polished Salon & Spa and Wilsbach Distributors.


Pints & Pedis is an opportunity to share and grow your love of craft beer with like-minded women. Whether you’re been sipping stouts since the ’00s, are learning to love wheat beers or just like to try new things, this event is for you.

Pints & Pedis
Wednesday, April 30
5-9 p.m.
Polished Salon & Spa
829 State Street, Lemoyne
Get your FREE tickets here.


“Earn your brew” at the Jersey Mike Run

While you all know that I am not an athlete, but rather far from it, I will be running/walking the Jersey Mike Rock + Run 5K on April 19. While this event has personal connection for me, it was created both to help heal hearts and encourage a more healthful lifestyle.

photo by Dani Fresh

Kelly, Sara & Tierney at last year’s race.

Though you may not guess so at first, the craft beer community is quite connected to running. A couple years ago, Kelly wrote about hashing (which is actually a bit more drinking than running), but there are a ton of races that tie-in beer in their big post-parties, including the Harrisburg Mile and the Surf ‘n Santa 10 Miler Sara and Kelly did a few years ago.

There also are scientific benefits to beer drinking, and it’s considered by some to be a good recovery beverage (or to others, carbo-loading!).

Over the years, more and more breweries have gotten involved in 5K charity runs, not necessarily as an acknowledgment of our beer keg bellies, but as an encouragement to be healthy.

Dogfish Head hosts their Dogfish Dash each fall, and this year Troegs launched (and immediately sold out) its first race. They also are sponsoring a trail run in Millersburg this fall.


CATEGORIES: Craft Beer, Fitness, Running

Weekend Roundup 4/3

This week hasn’t been too exciting for me – I think I’ve spent every evening working (hashtag-self employment). My weekend isn’t much different. I’m looking forward to a relaxing couple of days with minimal plans but plenty “to dos.”

Andy will be fishing, and I have plenty of spring cleaning to do. I want to start some early prep on next month’s community yard sale and get rid of a ton of things taking up space in our house, including a trip to the consignment store.

Saturday I have a coffee date and may crash the #HbgWingUp, since it’s at nearby Moe’s, Saturday night. Then, on Sunday, I’m honored to be one of the judges for the Gettysburg 2014 Taste of the Town.

Sara with Glenn Hamilton -- every Friday morning on The River 97.3.

Sara with Glenn Hamilton — every Friday morning on The River 97.3.

Need more inspiration? Tune in tomorrow morning at 7:10 a.m. to Glenn & Bob on The River 97.3 for “Sara’s Weekend Picks.”

What are you doing this weekend?


Get Running: 2014 Spring Races

With the tough and lingering winter we had, it’s difficult to believe we will soon be complaining about running in the heat. But before we get that far, let’s enjoy my favorite running season: spring.


There are plenty of local races of varying lengths to jump-start or inspire your warm(er)-weather training, whether you’re looking to complete your first 5K or are aiming for a spring marathon.



Half Marathon


What’s on your spring race calendar?

Giveaway: Susquehanna Ale Trail Passport Event April 4-6, 11-13

**Congrats to Melissa!**

March was Pennsylvania Wine Trail Month, and now we’ll celebrate our local craft breweries in April.

This is not an April Fool’s joke! The Susquehanna Ale Trail, run by the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau, provides an opportunity for you to explore the local landscape and enjoy brewery tours, tastings and a up-close and personal view of the craft beer industry — in your own backyard.

Ale Trail Passport Event

The Susquehanna Ale Trail features nine regional breweries and brewpubs:  Bube’s Brewery,  Gunpowder Falls BrewingLancaster Brewing CompanyLiquid Hero BreweryMudhook Brewing CompanyRumspringa Brewing CompanySwashbuckler Brewing CompanyTröegs Brewing Company and Warehouse Gourmet Bistro & Brew Pub.

Susquehanna Ale Trail’s Passport Event runs Fridays through Sundays, April 4-6 and 11-13, and includes:

  • 3+ beer samples at each location
  • light appetizers
  • tours
  • a souvenir mug
  • 10% discount at participating breweries and brewpubs

Passports are $15 each and can be purchased at participating locations. Be sure to include the hashtag #SATPassportEvent when you share photos and information!

To enter to win a pair of Susquehanna Ale Trail Passports ($30 value), leave a comment below.

For extra entries (you must leave a separate comment for each extra entry in order for each to count), you can:

Enter early and often. A winner will be selected at random on Friday.

Please note: You may do each of these items only once per giveaway. All repeat entries will be discarded.

Giveaway: Pete’s East End Pub

**Congrats to Eric!**

Pete’s Olde Towne in New Cumberland has long been a neighborhood staple — but did you know you could find the same great specials and friendly atmosphere on the east shore, too?

Owners Kevin Biggi and Matt Wall reopened the original Pete’s in 2012 , and with its success, saw the same potential in the former TJ’s East End Pub, which had been closed for more than two years.

With some TLC and years of experience in whole house renovation, Biggi and Wall refurbished and restored this Steelton icon last fall.

Pete’s East End features eight beers on tap at a 15-seat bar, complemented by high top tables and 16 TVs for all your sports-watching needs. The dining room seats around 50. Biggi and Wall also added a spacious deck to the restaurant, which seats around 50.

The menu and atmosphere are similar to the New Cumberland location, with a focus on easy-to-please selections like bolis, wings and locally sourced burgers.

To enter to win a $50 gift card to Pete’s East End Pub, leave a comment below.

For extra entries (you must leave a separate comment for each extra entry in order for each to count), you can:

Enter early and often. A winner will be selected at random at the end of the week.

Please note: You may do each of these items only once per giveaway. All repeat entries will be discarded.

Where to find Deschutes, Booze Cruise tix, homebrewing & more

After Friday’s very filling dinner at Pastorante (looking forward to bringing my dad in next!), we stopped at The Speakeasy for a cocktail and accidentally crashed a Stouts and Stilettos girls’ night.

Accidental girls' night at The Speakeasy.

Accidental girls’ night at The Speakeasy.

On Saturday, my rainy day adventures took my girlfriend, Jamie, and I to the mall, where we scored big on sales — and I ended up with a free umbrella, which was helpful for the rest of the day.

Of course, that afternoon was the Chef’s Table with Liquid Hero at The Garlic Poet, but I’ll have more on that later. Read my last review.

We never did make it to the movies (yet) but last night watched Saving Mr. Banks. Sorry, Disney fans, I don’t get it. Neither of us enjoyed that movie, despite the caliber of its stars.

I have a busy day ahead, so let’s take a look now at all there was:

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What's on Tap with Sara scored a Bronze Telly Award for video production.

What’s on Tap with Sara scored a Bronze Telly Award for video production.

Everything you need to know about the Jersey Mike Rock + Run 5K




Brewing Saison 27 with Alter Ego Brewing

While my birthday may have already came and gone, that doesn’t mean I can’t still brew my birthday beer.

Last year, I got together with Theo of Alter Ego Brewing, and we threw together the first of many yearly brews we will be doing for my birthday. Meet what I’m calling, “The Saison Series” – a seasonal Saison brewed with help from yours truly that is designed with no parameters other than to make it impossible to replicate.

Each year we’ll use the same basic saison recipe but will be changing portions to create a unique beer year-to-year.

Tierney's birthday beer: Saison 27.

Tierney’s birthday beer: Saison 27.

Last Friday, we brewed up Saison 27, which we are dubbing “The Year of the Hops.” This year’s version will feature a stronger hopping than the original and includes a strange mystery hop Theo picked up at Scotzin Bros.


CATEGORIES: Craft Beer, Harrisburg

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