GIVEAWAY: Whiskey Business Wednesday at Stock’s on Second

by: Sara Bozich
February 8, 2016

Stock’s on Second, which has become known for its expansive whiskey line-up and hand-crafted cocktails, will be kicking off their new Whiskey Business Wednesdays with a whiskey pairing dinner on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m.

Whiskey Business Wednesdays will run weekly and feature half-priced whiskey and bourbons from 5-7 p.m.

The Kick-Off Dinner on Feb. 24 will feature four courses that will allow you to sample each whiskey neat and in a hand-crafted cocktail to compliment the dish.

Did you catch my story on Stock's on 2nd's new cocktail menu?

Course One: Woodford Rye taste and an Old Fashioned to compliment grilled baby octopus, an everything pretzel and jowl bacon.

Course two: Collingwood Whiskey taste and an Apple Shrub cocktail to compliment pork and masa tamale, chicken liver mouse and beet and raw sugar-cured Gravlax

Course three: Four Roses Small Batch taste and Hot Buttered Bourbon to complement pecan shortbread topped with a local pancetta crisp, Vermont 5 year clothbound cheddar and hand made chorizo.

Course four: Barrel-aged Chocolate Revolver to compliment Horehound hard candy and Gray salted caramel.

Tickets are $54 each (price does not include tax or gratuity), and reservations are required.

This week, we are giving away 2 tickets to the whiskey dinner (A $108 value)!

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Super Bowl 50 was Made for Craft Beer

by: Tierney Pomone
February 5, 2016
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As we get ready for Superbowl Sunday, we’ve got food, fun, friends, and of course beer on the mind. The cool thing about this year’s matchup is that both teams come from renowned craft beer areas.

Denver was one of the original ‘craft beer meccas’ in America, and now Carolina, specifically the Asheville and up-and-coming Charlotte area is following suit.

So, what will you drink for the big game? Jimi has some great quick 6 ideas, but you can also show your loyalty with some great brews from each area.

For the sake of the argument, I’m going to include the Greater Denver Area and ‘Carolina’ since that’s really two states, you know.

new belgium rampant

Denver: New Belgium, Avery, Left Hand

Because a lot of the Denver breweries have been around longer, they are much larger and have a bigger distribution footprint. You’re much more likely to find Denver beer around here than you are North or South Carolina beers. My suggestions for the game:

  • New Belgium  Brewing Rampant: For the love of hops, grab yourself a bomber (they’re ~$5) and get to it! It’s an Imperial IPA but not huge, hanging at 8.5% ABV.
  • Avery Brewing White Rascal: It’s in an orange can, show your team spirit! Nothing crazy about this brew, just a typical Belgian white with coriander and orange peel. Easy to throw back for the duration of the game.
  • Left Hand Wake Up Dead Stout (nitro if you can): Because I’m all about the Broncos winning, and I’d like the see the Panthers wake up dead. Okay, not literally. Save this one for when the game for when the game goes south (literally, har har) or as a celebration beer. It’s delicious and velvety smooth, and 10.2%.

duck rabbit milk stout

Carolina: Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, Duck Rabbit

I’m sad to report that the majority of my favorite breweries in the Carolinas aren’t available up here. I really want to you to drink NoDa Hop Drop n Roll, any beer from Wicked Weed, or a Westbrook White Thai. Maybe someday. Until then, our options are quite limited, with breweries like Sierra Nevada who originate in CA but have a second location in NC and Oskar Blues who originate in CO so may be a traitor to the cause. Nonetheless, here are my suggestions:

  • Oskar Blues IPA: This one comes in a blue can, so again show your team spirit! This lovely tropical IPA will get you through the duration of the game at 6%.
  • Sierra Nevada Otra Vez: This brew is an acquired taste, being a cactus-infused gose. It will remind you of hot summer days in the south, as I think this brew would be a perfect thirst-quencher for a hot, humid, Asheville afternoon.
  • Duck Rabbit Milk Stout: One of the first stouts I tried. Sip one and put deep thought into whether or not you see the duck or the rabbit on the label.

So, where do I stand in the Superbowl? I’ll be drinking Colorado beer, looking at Cam Newton like …

Falcons Panthers

Let’s go Broncos!

Categories: Craft Beer, Sports

Weekend Roundup 2/4

by: Sara Bozich
February 4, 2016
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After a brief tour to southwestern, northcentral and central Pennsylvania the beginning of this week, I’m back!

Tonight’s agenda includes dinner out with friends and hopefully wine. Friday, I may or may not be joining my husband for a Penn State Wrestling match (including an early happy hour at Happy Valley Brewing Co., which I just visited for the first time yesterday).


Saturday is a baby shower and more WINE. Then, finally SUPER BOWL Sunday.


What are you doing this weekend?


Celebrate The Vineyard at Hershey 4th Anniversary This Weekend

by: Jimi The Intern
February 3, 2016
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Get ready to celebrate Vineyard at Hershey’s fourth anniversary this Saturday with a full day of wine, beer and fun at their PA Preferred Celebration!

Vineyard At Hershey

Highlights of the festivities include the release of The Vineyard at Hershey’s renown Sparkling Moscato, which has won many awards, including the best sparkling wine in Pennsylvania. It will be on sale for a release-day price of just $15.

On the brewery side, Brewmaster Ryan DeLutis will debut his new “American Gladiator.” Also, all of the beers on tap will be available to go with their brand new Crowler machine!

»» GIVEAWAY:  Enter to win Crowler gift cards and Coozie!

From 11 a.m.-5 p.m. you can enjoy all things local! 

  • 12 p.m. — Press conference featuring special guests, BIG news about this years plans and will culminate in a Sparkling Moscato toast with this years new vintage.
  • LIVE music featuring Jazz-Me Band & Sherri Mullen Trio
  • Release of Merlot Mike’s Merloaded Cheddar Cheese from Jubilee Heritage Farms along with their other award winning cheeses
  • Casalinga Bella pasta sauce will be their to provide samples of their sauces
  • The Chicken Truck will be bringing their famous chicken dishes inside for the day

Winemaker Paul and Brewmaster Ryan will be holding an open house at the Production Center for guests for continuous tours and extremely limited barrel tastings.

From 5-8 p.m. they will be holding their first Country Line & Wine Dancing. All the dancers will receive a FREE wine tasting at 5 p.m. followed by a professionally led line dancing class.


Keep an eye out for:

  • First 25 people receiving free Decked Out Live! season passes!
  • 50% off Decked Out Live! season passes!
  • $7.50 bombers of Mean Cup o’Stout

All are possibilities, but not guaranteed. Get to there to see what great deals you can snatch up!

The Vineyard at Hershey always puts on a great party and Merlot Mike always has some surprises up his sleeves for anyone who shows up. This is one anniversary party you won’t want to miss!


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