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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

Weekend Roundup 3/27

We’re almost there! The weekend is now in your sights. 


Tonight, I’m having a meeting with the Stouts & Stilettos gals on another event we’re brewing up … Be sure to stay tuned for more on that.

On Friday, Andy and I are heading back to Pastorante, this time with a reservation, for a lovely dinner possibly followed by The Grand Budapest Hotel at Midtown Cinema. Perfect date night.

Then on Saturday, we’re heading back to The Garlic Poet for another Chef’s Table, this one featuring Liquid Hero. If you haven’t yet read my review of their last one with Millbock, it’s a must-see.

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?


ON SALE: 3rd annual Booze Cruise June 4


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Mark your calendars: Tickets for the third annual Booze Cruise – Wednesday, June 4 — are on sale now.


The same great event you’ve come to expect, including a pre-party on the Overlook Deck at City Island at 5 p.m. with beer and liquor samples. We’ll then set sail aboard The Pride of the Susquehanna at 6 p.m. for a two-hour cruise. 

Booze Cruise Recap {Sept. 2013}
Booze Cruise Recap {2013}
Booze Cruise Recap

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Order your tickets now: This event will sell out!

CATEGORIES: Harrisburg, Sara Bozich, SBHH

Chris Rattie & The Brush Valley Rumblers Friday at the Abbey Bar

For every band that makes it big, there are countless others that — though they may be just as musically talented — never quite break out.

And as a member of State College-based roots rock band The Rustlanders until about 2011, Chris Rattie lived through the ups and downs of the rock and roll business. The Rustlanders were in the process of recording their second album with Grammy-winning producer Don Was in LA’s famed East/West studios — but the record never saw the light of day, and the Rustlanders went their separate ways.


“It’s the same old story that happens to thousands of bands — through bad dealings, bad deals, mismanagement, the record basically got shelved,” Rattie said in a recent telephone interview. “At some point I may go back and revisit some of the songs I wrote for that album, but right now I’m just looking forward and wanting to create new things.”

Looking forward and moving forward is exactly what Chris Rattie & The Brush Valley Rumblers are concentrating on as their tour — in support of Rattie’s debut album All These Things – stops at the Abbey Bar this Friday night.


CATEGORIES: Harrisburg, Music, Nightlife

Giveaway: Free Wings for a Year {Arooga’s DT 2-Year}

**Congrats to Joe!**

This weekend Arooga’s Downtown celebrates two years! Congratulations!

Here’s what’s new with the ever-growing wing king:

AroogasRemember Bacon Tuesday? Well, it’s back and better than before: Every Tuesday, FREE BACON from 5-9 p.m. at the bar — Arooga’s Downtown, only.

Don’t forget about Half Price Happy Hour from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at ALL Arooga’s locations. BONUS: Friday & Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to midnight at Arooga’s Downtown, ONLY.  “Every craft, every draft, every drink, every shot is half-price.” This is a great chance to try some higher end craft beer for way less.

Of course, Arooga’s Downtown is celebrating its 2nd anniversary all weekend during March Madness. The party includes $5 Bud Light pitchers and 39 cent wings ALL WEEKEND — Friday through Sunday. PLUS:

  • Friday – 10 p.m. DJ Caraby (And don’t forget that aforementioned half-price Happy Hour goes from 10 p.m. to midnight).
  • Saturday – 9 p.m. Ghost Face Killa Wing Eating Contest — Winner (survivor) scores a trip to Las Vegas. Plus, half-price Happy Hour from 10 p.m. to midnight.

If that isn’t enough for you, Arooga’s also is giving away FREE WINGS FOR A YEAR! It includes five free wings per week with a punch card – PLUS, a bottle of wing sauce, Arooga’s growlers and Arooga’s bottle opener key chain.

To enter to win the Arooga’s Downtown 2-Year Anniversary Prize, 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.

CATEGORIES: Food/Drink, Giveaway


Home, Training Help, New Cidery (+), Awards & More

I bought a Neti pot today. Aren’t those supposed to work? And furthermore, who gets a cold that is only a stuffy nose/sneezing?

Anyway. We did part of 3rd in the Burg on Friday, but unfortunately I didn’t plan well enough for dinner at Pastorante, so we had to think fast. Home 231 (P.S. LOVE the new site design!) was kind to make space for our party of five on Friday and generously shared some of their terrific appetizers, including the artisan cheese plate and deviled eggs trio.

Artisan cheese plate, deviled eggs trio at Home 231.

Artisan cheese plate, deviled eggs trio at Home 231.

Yesterday we attended a beautiful wedding of two of our dear friends at the Cameron Estate Inn in Mount Joy. It was a gorgeous afternoon and evening for it, and the dance floor was busy all night.

Today, I’m off to the gym, then a coffee date, then ironing? Who knows, I’m wild. Let’s just get to the meat of this:

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4 Go To Craft Beers for Beginners

This post goes out to those of you who are learning, reading and ready to make the plunge into craft beer. This also goes out to the faithful who love what they love but are considering moving on.

While I’ve talked about tips for picking beer, stylistic guides through Craft Beer 101, and even new beers each season, something I haven’t talked about are quick go-to beers to ease the decision-making process.

A go-to beer, in my mind, is a beer that is consistently awesome regardless of where you get it, easy-to-find, usually decently priced and a solid representation of its style. Here are my top 4 go-to beers:

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale

bells two hearted

Believe it or not, it was about two years into my exploration of craft beer before I ever gave this beer a shot. My first ever was in the September of 2012 with Sara at Shady McGrady’s and ever since my life has been changed. This beer is easy to find throughout our area and is always my go-to when I can’t decide. In this beer, expect to find an incredibly drinkable flavor of hops, very little malt and a more textured mouthfeel. It’s hop-heavy but not bitter, a bit of sweet with citrus but not syrupy, and a perfect 7% ABV.



Weekend Roundup 3/20

Happy spring! It’s really here!

You should register for this:

You should register for this:

Earlier this week, we wished good friends bon voyage, while other friends’ dream came one step closer. Today, another friend will welcome her second daughter on this first day of spring, and this Saturday we’ll celebrate another two friends’ marriage. How ’bout that for new beginnings? I’m thrilled for all this welcome change and happiness for those I love.

Tonight’s events are still TBD, but tomorrow I’m to get on my 3rd in the Burg and check out the st@art-up-iversary and perhaps dinner at Pastorante (finally).

Of course, there are four days’ worth of events below for you to peruse to help plan your own weekend.

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?


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