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Giveaway: Al’s of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing Co.

Oh boy, guys, this is a BIG one. Your favorite bar (no, really) is this week’s featured giveaway.

Pizza. Beer. Happy.

I’ve already written mountains about Al’s, as it’s a personal favorite of mine as well.

This week, we’re giving away a Pizza Boy Prize Pack, including a Pizza Boy t-shirt, growler and $20 gift card.

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Happy Hours & Holiday Party, Alton Brown, #BarBrackets, Steelers, MORE

Happy Sunday!

We started our weekend, post Happy Hour (or at #sbhh, who’s counting) with Stout Day at The Speakeasy, followed by a great burger at Ted’s Midtown. I need to remember that when I’m craving a mushroom swiss!

On Friday, I guest-bartended for a lovely event at Cafe 1500, a fundraiser benefiting HACC in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Erin Cruise & Cruise Control played, I served up some Brewery at Hershey pints and then tagged in ABC’s Al Gnoza to take over after my shift.

cafe 1500 al gnoza

From there, it was “Andy’s night” — we visited The Forebay at the Hershey Lodge for their Wild Game & Mushroom menu, which was terrific. I think our favorites included the Buffalo Carpaccio, Pheasant Stew and the Braised Duck Leg and Mushroom Cacciatore. Check out my Flipagram of the meal here:

Saturday morning, I again took my post as co-host of The Bruce Bond Late Afternoon Show on Saturday Morning. Corky Goldstein joined us for the show, and we also talked to former NFLer Jon Ritchie. Every Saturday morning, peeps. 9 a.m. to noon on WTPA 92.1.

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Today, by some miracle, is just the Steelers game, which we’re watching with friends. Beforehand I hope to do some light housecleaning and a very overdue trip to the grocery store. It’s another busy week coming up.

In-between all this nonsense, we wrote our hearts out. Here’s what you may have missed:

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Steelers must avoid let down on the road

The game on Sunday between the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets will be a match-up between two teams that are going in completely opposite directions.

The Jets have lost eight games in a row and are reeling. Their first round pick, Geno Smith, has not panned out at all and now they have to go with Michael Vick to help make this season not a complete failure.

The Steelers, on the other hand, have won three straight and have Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben has been the hottest quarterback in the NFL in the last two weeks, compiling 12 TDs and no interceptions.

A few years ago a meeting of these teams was one of the marquee games of the week and often had playoff and Super Bowl implications.

Also a mainstay of the old match-ups was defense, something both teams have been struggling with this season.

Even though New York hasn’t been giving up a lot of yards, they have been giving up a lot of points. They are dead last in scoring defense at 28 point per game and have only forced three turnovers.

Pittsburgh started off the season poorly on defense but they have turned it around during the winning streak. They are still giving up a lot of points but are coming up with key plays to give the high powered offense chances to put up points.


CATEGORIES: Pennsylvania, Sports

Happy Hour Recap {The FireHouse}

Wednesday was the last #sbhh — that is, Happy Hour — of 2014, and we rang it in well.

sbhh firehouse

With The FireHouse has our lovely host yet again, we moved the party to the 3rd floor of the building, a spacious room with a full bar and stage. I could not believe how many of you had never been up there before, but I’m so glad that I was able to introduce it to you. Remember it when you need to plan a private function. It’s held countless fundraisers, was for a long time the home of the FSOSP’s Toys for Tots Party (coming up soon), and I’ve even attended a wedding reception there!

sbhh firehouse

W&L provided us with samples and glassware for the just-released Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, a delicious and fresh harvest beer — that was so good, we ran out of it before the party ended.

sbhh firehouse

We were treated to live music by the talented Olivia Farabaugh.

sbhh firehouse

Also thanks to W&L for the sweet prizes we gave away toward the end of the evening, including Miller Lite swag and the last two available tickets to Autos & Ales at the AACA Museum.

sbhh firehouse

THANK YOU to everyone who came out for the night — we had a terrific crowd, a great mix of new and old friends, fresh and familiar faces.

sbhh firehouse

sbhh firehouse

And of course, as always, thank you to our “Official Event Photographer,” Bart of Kollision Media and Hop Hedz Gear for capturing the fun. You can find the full album on Facebook (don’t forget to “like” us!) — tag yourselves!

sbhh firehouse

Missed this one? Fear not, there is one more chance to party with us this year: 3rd annual Holiday Party with at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey — Saturday, Dec. 6, 7-10 PM. Tickets are ON SALE NOW! (Buy early & save $!)

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HOLIDAY PARTY: The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey Dec. 6

ON SALE NOW! 2014 Holiday Party — Saturday, Dec. 6 at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey



4 New Brews for November

A new month means new beers! I’ve been sampling and tasting, for research purposes of course, some new brews hitting our area over the past few weeks. Looking for some new brews to try out? I’ve got a few for you:

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed

deschutes fresh squeezed

I wrote a haiku about this beer that basically went like this: Oh Deschutes Fresh Squeezed, your hops are just so juicy, let’s get married now. And I mean it. While this beer isn’t new in general, it’s new and exciting to us as it continues to launch throughout our area. It seriously has the juicy dankness that I love in an IPA with citrus flavors and a perfect medium bodied mouth feel. The color is also gorgeous. As much as I love stouts, this could keep me in IPAs for days. P.S. – This just became a year-round for Deschutes – expect to see a lot of it!

Troegs Blizzard of Hops

troegs blizzard of hops

This year, Troegs introduced a new series of beers that they’re calling the Hop Cycle. It features different hops showcased in seasonal beers every few months. Remember Cultivator and Hop Knife? This is part of that series. Meet Blizzard of Hops, my favorite of the hop cycle beers yet. Expect to find a thinner-bodied IPA with piney notes that isn’t too bitter as they salute the upcoming winter. Somehow, it encompasses that crisp winter air we smell and feel on those first cold days.

Evolution Rise Up Stout

Stout Day was yesterday and while this may be a holiday celebrated by a few every-now-and-then, for me stout day is every day. I try to drink them as often as possible as I find them irresistible. I first tried Evolution Brewing’s Rise Up Stout almost two years ago at the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ festival in Timonium, Md. I was excited because it was a stout, and because the Atlanta Falcons big thing is to Rise UP! This coffee stout packs the perfect blend of roast malt stout flavor and coffee – a favorite combination of mine. While the beer itself isn’t new, it’s new to our area as of this month.

Starr Hill Shakedown Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout


Speaking of stouts, add this one to your “to try” list. Starr Hill makes some pretty great brews, and I’m anxiously awaiting the moment to try this one. This brand new imperial stout released Nov. 1 features dark chocolate and cherries blended in during fermentation producing a complex beer that will change flavors as it warms from cellar to room temperature.


Weekend Roundup 11/6

What a great Happy Hour last night! We had a terrific turnout on the 3rd floor of The FireHouse — so good that we ran out of the featured beer! Look for the full recap by the weekend.

Photo credit to Adam Porter

This happened: Tara Leo Auchey & Liz Laribee joined me last night at #sbhh

And though it was the last #sbhh of 2014 — Fear not, you can party with us one more time: Saturday, Dec. 6 is our annual Holiday Party at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey. Details/ticket sales also should be live by the weekend.

Tonight: Stout Day! Celebrate with Stouts & Stilettos at The Sturges Speakeasy.

Find me tomorrow night as one of the guest bartenders (I’m on around 7 p.m.) at Cafe 1500 for the HACC 50th Anniversary Party. There will be live music, great drinks and plenty of prizes. Join us!

Later, Andy and I are doing one of our favorite dinners of the year, the Wild Game & Mushroom Dinner at The Forebay at The Hershey Lodge.

Bruce Bond

Saturday morning: You know where to find me. Co-hosting The Bruce Bond Late Afternoon Show on Saturday Morning with the one and only BRUCE BOND. Tune in LIVE (seriously, when do you get live radio anymore?) from 9 a.m. to noon on 92.1 WTPA.

Have you seen our WOT interview with Bruce

By night, we’re headed to Lancaster for the launch of The Case For Beer, which I hope to have more information on next week.

Sunday is just football, which is some miracle. Overall a reasonably low-key weekend.

Need more inspiration? Tune in tomorrow morning during the 7  o’clock hour to Glenn & Bob on The River 97.3 for “Sara’s Weekend Picks.”

What are you doing this weekend? 


Steelers Season Causes Buzz but No Hangover Yet

At the beginning of the season, we talked about how many drinks you would need to get you through this Steelers season.

Now, that we are just over the half way mark in the season, I think it is time to revisit those drinks and see how drunk we might be at this point of the season.

There has been cause for concern this season so far and many times where I’m sure you found your self taking a few more sips than you anticipated during some games (Tampa Bay).

The first problem that could’ve caused you to drink would have been the offensive line, and this status hasn’t changed too much. The big thing is that they are staying healthy and this gives them the chance to play together, something that Steeler offensive lines in the past haven’t had a chance to do.

A few sips of your beer are still good for this one. Although it could change in a heartbeat, one injury can throw this into a full beer chug.

The next problem was trying to find a replacement for Emmanuel Sanders, and up until three weeks ago this should have cost you a beer or four. No receiver was stepping up to grab that second spot and a lot of them looked like they wanted nothing to do with the job. With the emergence of Martavis Bryant in the past few weeks this problem might not be as gleaming.

Bryant has accounted for five touchdowns in three weeks and seems to be a new weapon for Big Ben, especially in the red zone.

The only reason that this could cause you to have more than a few tugs on a beer is if Antonio Brown gets injured in the next few weeks.


Alton Brown’s “The Edible Inevitable Tour” Nov. 11 at Hershey Theatre

One year for Christmas, my husband seriously splurged and bought me a set of Shun knives. We love to cook, and these will last a lifetime — there was just one concern: I was often cutting myself, and the Shuns are seriously sharp.

Alton Brown, renowned foodist, author and television personality, also loves Shun knives — and put together for the company one of his high-energy but informative videos about how to cut with, clean and store the utensils for best — and safest — usage. Andy made this required viewing for me before I was allowed to so much as slice an onion.

Alton Brown Live 5 - Credit to David Allen

Of course, we’ve also caught Brown on many of his other Food Network shows (like Iron Chef America) and appearances, and we were stoked to learn his “Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour” is coming to Hershey Theatre on Nov. 11 (that’s one week from today!).

Fans attending the Food Network star’s show can expect to see a pinch of comedy, talk show antics, a multimedia lecture, live music (he sings!) and a dash of “extreme” food experimentation (ponchos are provided for those in the first few rows), and of course … puppets.  Enthusiastic fans and critics have raved about the interactive component where Brown invites audience members on stage to serve as his assistant.  

“We have combined science, music, food, and a few other things no one in his right mind would allow me to do on TV, in to a two hour extravaganza that’s fun for the whole family,” says Brown.  He has been cultivating the show’s material for about a decade and wrote most of the musical numbers which all take a comedic look at food.

Alton Brown Live 6 - Credit to David Allen

Brown currently hosts the game show, Cutthroat Kitchen and serves as a mentor and judge on Food Network Star.

Brown created, produced and hosted the Peabody award winning series “Good Eats” for 13 years on Food Network, which still can be seen on the Cooking Channel. He has written seven books including the James Beard award-winning “I’m Just Here for the Food” and New York Times bestselling sequence “Good Eats.”

The “Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour” come to Hershey Theatre  at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Tickets run $42.35-$142.35 (tax and applicable fees apply) and are available at Hershey Theatre Box Office.

VOTE! Then, Drink This: Swing Vote

Today is Election Day!

Please do your civic duty and VOTE! Click here to find your polling place. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Great, now that you’ve voted, let’s have a drink.

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The following recipe was created by top mixologist Adam Bernbach, who hails from our nation’s capital.

Using the classic Brown Derby – a true American cocktail – as his inspiration, Adam created Basil Hayden’s Swing Vote, a refreshing and contemporary drink that features sweet honey and dry grapefruit notes to highlight the trademark spicy finish of Basil Hayden’s Bourbon.

With the addition of Madeira, this cocktail is a one-of-a-kind addition to enjoy while watching the results roll in.

In fact, Madeira was a favorite of Thomas Jefferson himself!

No matter which party you vote for this November 4th, Basil Hayden’s Swing Vote makes the perfect celebratory (or consolatory) cocktail.

Check it out: Nancy from Nancy & Newman in the Morning on BOB 94.9 made the Swing Vote on-air this morning! 

Nancy, Hauer & Newman drinking the Swing Vote today on BOB 94.9.

Nancy, Hauer & Newman drinking the Swing Vote today on BOB 94.9.

Basil Hayden’s Swing Vote

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  • 1 ½ parts Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
  • ¾ parts Madeira
  • ¾ parts Honey Syrup*
  • ½ part Lemon Juice
  • 1 dash Grapefruit Bitters (You can substitute orange bitters, which may be easier to find)
  • Grapefruit Wheel
  • Mint Sprig

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a Double Old Fashioned glass with ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and a grapefruit quarter wheel.

*Honey Syrup

In a small saucepan, heat  1 cup each of honey and water. Stir until fully incorporated, then let cool and refrigerate.


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