GIVEAWAY: Ever Grain Brewing Co. Beer Dinner

by: Sara Bozich
December 7, 2016
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Ever Grain Brewing Company and Red Sky Cafe are pairing up for their first beer dinner — a 5-course pairing at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, and seats are still available.

»» Contact Ever Grain at 717-329-5252 to make your reservations ($55 a ticket).

The featured menu is a collaboration between Bruce Tanner, Ever Grain’s head brewer, and Wes Stepp, owner/chef of Red Sky Cafe. They put a twist on some classics to best pair fresh beers and North Carolinian cuisine for each course.

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Menu

First course: Tomato pie made with fresh tomatoes and herbs with crusty bread and Pimento cheese.
Pairing: Autumn Bell Porter

Second course: Shrimp n’ grits with mascarpone-laced grit cakes, NC green tail shrimp with fire roasted tomato cream.
Pairing: Hellyes Lager

Third course: Marinated Pork Belly served on sweet potato crostini with strawberry BBQ sauce, with southern chow-chow.
Pairing: Surf Breaker IPA

Fourth Course: Juniper Berry Cured Local Rainbow Trout topped with buttermilk-marinated fried oysters and spicy remoulade sauce.
Pairing: Saison Do Fromm

Dessert: Bacon-laced banana pudding
Pairing: The Udder One Milk Stout

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So, You’re Going to the Show: 6 Tips for Live Shows

by: Micah Jacobs
December 6, 2016
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The next two weeks are filled with live shows for me. This Friday I’ll be going to Lorna Shore at The Champ in Lemoyne then swinging over to Stage on Herr at HMAC to see JT and The Mild Heat the same night.

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I’ll finally be going to see Mac Miller at The Fillmore in Philly (one of my favorite indoor venues ever) and then a few days later going to The Chameleon Club for the August Burns Red Annual Christmas Show.

So that’s 4 shows in the matter of a week. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I love live music.

Over decades of going to hundreds of shows from local bar bands to some of the biggest festivals ever held, I have picked up a few tips for maximum concert enjoyment:

Minimize Everything

Leave your coat in your car, leave your wallet if you can, and guys, always ask to carry what you can for a lady (I see a lot of cargo shorts at shows) so she doesn’t have to carry her purse around the entire time if she doesn’t want to. I typically only go in with my ticket, phone, keys, ID and cash. The less you have, the better!

Be On Time

This seems like a no-brainer for me but there have been a few occasions where I let other people drive to shows and have missed great supporting acts and a handful of times where we even missed a few songs from the headliner. So make sure you are on time so you can lock down a good spot for the show or even for the tailgate! I like to get my money’s worth at shows and experience as much of it as I can.

Know Your Venue

Know what to expect if you’ve never been to the venue before. I remember going to see Nine Inch Nails a few years ago at Bryce Jordan Center in State College and after a few hours of tailgating, finding out they didn’t serve beer inside was, at the time, devastating. Some venues have dress codes that do not allow for hoodies or more commonly, hats. It’s always a good idea to check the venue website to get the details of how they run their shows and you can also find out about the best places to park from the venue as well.

Get Fresh N’ Clean

This tip is a bit more targeted towards the guys here because ladies will spend time to make sure their outfits are on point for the show but guys … come on guys. You’re going to be surrounded by a lot of people so let’s make sure we are at least doing the basics like showering, putting on deodorant, and if you have long hair (guys or gals), please tie it up or at least be respectful enough not to slap me in the face with it every few minutes.

Post-Concert Kit

I do this for almost every show except for the super local ones. I bring a change of shirt because I cannot stand driving home in a sweat-soaked shirt. Seems pretty basic but I take it a step further and bring a change of socks, deodorant, hand sanitizer, a towel to dry off with and maybe even some wet wipes depending on how sweaty I got during the show. Also important is to have a big bottle of water waiting for me when I get back. Hydrating before and after the show is clutch, and I’ve seen too many times concert-goers succumb to heat exhaustion.

FaceTime, Another Time

Has anyone seen this growing trend at any shows they have gone to? As if someone filming the entire concert right in front of you wasn’t bad enough, now they are holding up their phones to FaceTime with their friends who didn’t go to the concert. Its extremely distracting to those around you. Put the phone down after you snap a few pics or even get a short clip of your favorite song and enjoy the show!

Going to concerts is always about having fun and having a great experience so make sure you prepare yourself to have the best time possible! Do you have any tips or tricks when you go to concerts? Let’s hear about it below.

Categories: Harrisburg, Music, Nightlife

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Gift Guide: Perfect Everyday Gifts for Everyone on Your List

by: Jimi The Intern
December 5, 2016
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As I’ve gotten older I’ve noticed the toys and other tech gadgets on my wish list being replaced by more useful everyday items. A prime example is that my list thus far consists of new floor mats for my car. That’s it.

Small items that someone can use every day are often one of the best ways to go when searching for that perfect gift. This list will help put you on the right track to finding the most practical and useful gifts no matter who is on your list this holiday season.

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Insulated water bottle

Plastic water bottles create clutter on your desk and can warm up — especially when you’re in the office with the heat blaring during the winter months.

These insulated bottles contain more volume than disposable water bottles and keep your water cold for hours. I fill mine up with cold water before bed, and it still is chilled in the morning.

Bottles can run from expensive to more economical.

  • King Do Way $15I bought this one and while it doesn’t have the volume of others, it still holds 17 ounces and keeps the water cold for hours. They also come in a variety of colors and styles to add personality.
  • S’Well $25-65 S’Well is one of the most popular brands on the market, but it comes with a price. S’well has a few more options when it comes to style and are available in a variety of sizes.
  • Hydro Flask $20-60: You might have seen these growlers circulating through local breweries, but they also make great everyday options along with the 64 oz.

Personal coffee mug

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No, not something with their name on it, rather a themed mug.

The Boss Lady got me this awesome “Who’s Your Daddy” Darth Vader mug, and I use it every morning. So whether it’s Star Wars, a favorite team or even a motivational message, there is something for everyone.

It’s something they will be assured to use almost every morning or possibly at night if they are classy and like wine out of a mug (#college).

Bluetooth earbuds

I sprung on a pair of these a few months back and will never go back to a tethered life. I love them and constantly swear by them when people ask about getting new headphones.

If you know someone who is struggling with the new iPhone’s configuration, a pair of these is the perfect remedy to whole “one input jack” dilemma.

The battery lasts for hours and they charge quickly. Mine get a full charge in just 30 minutes and last for more than four hours.

  • Phaiser BHS-730 – “Intern Jimi pick” Great quality sound and easy to pair with any device. They are small enough to fit right in your pocket when not in use.
  • Beats By Dre – Again, one of the most popular and trusted options in the headphones game. They come in a variety of styles to meet your needs.

Do your research to make sure you’re getting the right ones for the best price.

Drinking accessories

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Another perfect birthday gift from the boss was a pair of whiskey tumblers and silicone ice cube trays. I use these a few times a week when sitting down to enjoy a good glass of whiskey.

Having the proper drinking items can change the way you experience your favorite drink.

  • Proper glassware: If you’re like my family, breaking a glass is a weekly occurrence. Soon, you’re down to just a few glasses that have been hiding in the back of the cupboard. The right glassware can make a big difference in the way you drink.
  • Ice cube Tray: Have a proper ice cube in your glass can completely change the way your drink tastes. A big cube melts slower and doesn’t dilute the drink while chilling it.
  • Cocktail baskets: Figure out what their favorite cocktail is and put together a basket that has everything they need to make it at home.
    • Intern pick: Manhattan cocktail basket
  • Quality growler: Growlers come in all shapes and sizes now. Some are better than others and even though it’s just a vessel for transporting beer, it can make all the difference in how the beer keeps over long periods of time.
  • Favorite booze: Booze is always good. No one can be mad about getting their favorite beer, wine or liquor.

No matter who you’re buying be sure to put some thought behind the gift and get them something they will use throughout the year. Some of the best gifts I’ve gotten have been small but thoughtful items that I use constantly.

What could you use this holiday season?

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GIVEAWAY: A Toast To Four Diamonds

by: Sara Bozich
December 5, 2016
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The sixth annual A Toast To Four Diamonds, a chocolate, wine, and beer tasting event benefiting the Penn State Four Diamonds Fund, returns Friday, Jan. 20 at HERSHEY’S Chocolate World.

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Choose from a wide range of local beer and wine to pair with your choice of a variety of Hershey’s Chocolate products. Along with the tasting, the night also features a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, live music from 3 West plus a large silent auction.

Event Info:
A Toast To Four Diamonds
Friday, January 20
6:30-10 p.m.
HERSHEY’S Chocolate World

Last year, this event raised more than $15,000 to benefit pediatric cancer and aid local families. The Four Diamonds Fund’s sole purpose is to support kids and families struggling with all forms of pediatric cancer. The funds raised provide families with everything from paying for life-saving treatments to travel and lodging during treatments.

This week, we’re giving away two (2) tickets to A Toast To Four Diamonds.

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