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What’s on Tap: Dawson Flinchbaugh

I’ve known Dawson Flinchbaugh since my first post-college job at a local magazine, where I was called upon to be a judge for the Keystone Regional Chili Cookoff, held annually during Kipona.

We became fast friends, and I was there for the opening of Flinchy’s. Not long after, he, his wife Betty and a handful of his fellow travelers (many high school friends of Betty’s!) also took me under their wing when I joined them on a trip to Egypt in 2004.

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We’ve shared about a million stories — and plenty of drinks — since then. But Dawson’s long been an active participant in the greater Harrisburg area, from his time with Harrisburg River Rescue to, of course, his alter ego, “Chief Chili.”

This month’s What’s on Tap, the web series partnership with GK Visual, features the one and only Dawson Flinchbaugh (well, actually there are a couple Dawsons now …). Grab a drink, and take a watch:

Dawson Flinchbaugh from What’s On Tap with Sara Bozich on Vimeo.

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Giveaway: Central Pennsylvania Oktoberfest – Oct. 4

In just a few weeks, Hershey Harrisburg Craft Beer Country hosts its second annual celebration of the local craft beer industry.

Central Pennsylvania Oktoberfest will be held Saturday, Oct. 4 at Hollywood Casino.

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The event features samples from 20 breweries, including the independent breweries of Hershey Harrisburg Craft Beer Country, complemented by authentic German-style Oktoberfest food. Your ticket includes a souvenir pint glass, plus, enjoy live music from Johnny Cash Tribute — Mr. David Stone.

A special VIP ticket includes early access, free food and small batch specialty beers from each brewery.

Tickets are $75 (VIP), $30 (GA/advance; $40/door). Designated driver tickets are just $10 and include two free sodas or waters.


This week, we’re giving away a pair of VIP tickets ($150 value!). Complete your entries by using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Psst – we’re also giving away a boatload of General Admission tickets over on our Facebook page

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HAPPY HOUR, Pumpkin Beers, 5Ks, Rubicon & MORE

Did you catch me live with Bruce Bond yesterday morning? No? Well, tune in every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon to listen to us discuss news and chat with guests. Bonus: “Like” our page on Facebook.

After radio, I visited Appalachian Brewing Co.’s 17th annual Capital City Invitational Beer Fest and had a great afternoon chatting with folks and trying new beers (and some old favorites).


Unfortunately, our evening plans were thwarted, but I ended up on the phone with one of my best friends for nearly two hours, so that helped salvage the night.

Today, we’re watching football (stress free!), cooking and prepping for the coming days.

A busy week is ahead: Be sure to add our HAPPY HOUR at MoMo’s to your Wednesday schedule.

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16 Pumpkin Beers to Try This Season

Football is here. The air is cool. Yep, it’s officially time for pumpkin beers.

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Here are some of the pumpkin beers I have my eye on:

Elysian Punkaccino – This beer officially combines a few of my favorite things: pumpkin, coffee and beer. Punkuccino is brewed with cold brewed coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Elysian’s home town of Seattle as well as pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. The combination has got to be amazing, and I can’t wait for it to pop up here in Harrisburg. Expect to see it on tap and in 22oz bottles.

Evo Jacques au Lantern – This is one beer I can’t seem to keep my hands off of. I think what sets this pumpkin beer apart is that it has more actual pumpkin flavor than the intense spice flavor. Also, it isn’t overly sweet like some can be. I’ve already seen this brew on tap around town but don’t sleep on it, like most pumpkin beers it won’t be around long.

ABC Rutty Buck – A newer addition to Appalachian Brewing Co.’s lineup, Rutty Buck is a pumpkin ale brewed with rye malts providing for a different depth of flavor. Rye usually adds a spicier flavor to beers and with this one, it seems to enhance the nutmeg and pumpkin flavors you’d expect to find in a pumpkin ale. Plus, nothing pays homage to our local season change better than a name like Rutty Buck as we start seeing deer road side again this time of year.

Pizza Boy Punk’in Disorderly – Al says he’s got his pumpkin beer all ready to go, he’s just waiting for it to feel like the right time of year to launch it. Fair enough. Last year, this beer had a pile of marshmallow fluff in it and seriously was straight up amazing. Keep an eye on the Al’s of Hampden Facebook page for the launch of this great pumpkin beer.

Brewery at Hershey Flash Gourd’n – Be sure to grab a glass of this at their Merlot/Pumpkin Beer release party tomorrow. This brew uses an Oktoberfest as a base and the pumpkin flavor is added later making it the epitome of fall beers.

What pumpkin beer list would be complete without the classic tried and true favorites? Be sure to also grab: Dogfish Head Punkin, Southern Tier PumkingTroegs Master of Pumpkins, Springhouse Braaaiins! and Fegley’s Devious Pumpkin.

On the hunt for a harder to find pumpkin beer? Add these to your ISO list:

Want even more inspiration? Follow “The Pumpkin Beer Guy” on Facebook. Sara did a story on him last year, which you can read here.


Weekend Roundup 9/11

After a harried week, I’m ready for the weekend. Tonight, we’re doing a little informal happy hour imbibing at the Brewhouse before heading home to watch the Steelers game. Be sure to check out intern Jimi’s take on the Thursday night matchup.

Tomorrow, it’s all R&R, before a busy Saturday.


I’ll begin the day as co-host of The Bruce Bond Late Afternoon Show on Saturday Morning on 92.1 WTPA from 9 a.m. to noon – Tune in! Afterwards, I’m heading over for ABC’s Capital City Invitational Beer Fest, one of my favorites, before a preview dinner at brand-new-and-not-yet-open The Mill in Hershey.

On Sunday, since our game isn’t on, we’ll probably do yard work, etc. and prep for another busy week.

Mark  your calendar for Wednesday, and join us at HAPPY HOUR at MoMo’s BBQ and Grill, featuring plenty of free samples and fun.

This weekend, along with the bulk of September, is PACKED, including at least ample wine and beer festivals — and loads more. Grab a pen and plan out your weekend now!

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 v. Ravens: Biggest rivalry gets the biggest stage

The NFL’s best rivalry will be in the spotlight in the season premier of Thursday Night Football on CBS as the Pittsburgh Steelers clash with the Baltimore Ravens (8 p.m.).

Both teams are coming off of division games to play another division rival in a short turn around. The Ravens lost to the Bengals in a close but sloppy game, and the Steelers were able to snatch victory from the Browns after giving up a 24-point lead.

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If history is any indicator, this game will be close. Ten of the last 12 games played between the teams have been decided by three points or less. The Steelers hold the all-time regular season series lead 20-16. The Ravens, however, have won the last three primetime matchups. These teams have a lot of history, and it’s safe to say they dislike each other and that is putting it mildly.

The Ravens are coming into this game dealing with an unusual situation that could be a major distraction for the team. They recently released their all-pro running back Ray Rice, who was originally suspended for only two-games for domestic violence.

A video recently released by TMZ shows a lot more violence than was originally known and the team had no choice but to cut him completely. The NFL has also suspended him indefinitely.


CATEGORIES: Pennsylvania, Sports

HAPPY HOUR: MoMo’s BBQ & Grill Sept. 17

It’s BACK! Join us for a FREE Happy Hour at MoMo’s BBQ & Grill on Wednesday, Sept. 17

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MoMo’s BBQ & Grill
307 Market St., Harrisburg
Wednesday, Sept. 17
5:30-8 p.m.
RSVP appreciated but not mandatory.

FEATURING: Finch’s Beer Co. – get FREE samples & pint glass!

  • $3 Jim Beam Maple & Jim Beam Fire drinks
  • $3 Drafts of Finch’s Threadless IPA
  • FREE snacks
  • & more!

This event is FREE and open to the PUBLIC. See you there!

CATEGORIES: Food/Drink, Harrisburg, SBHH

Fall Race Roundup

‘Tis the season for pumpkin beers, changing leaves, apple cider and …. races! The drop in humidity and temperature is a perfect equation for a race, whether it’s your first 5K or you’re priming for a PR. Lace up those sneakers, grab a friend and sign-up for one of these run-for-a-cause courses.hbg marathon kelly





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What’s on your race schedule this fall?

Booze Cruise Recap

Marks of a good party: a ripped dress, flurry of next-day texts, word of rampant hangovers.

Check, check and check.

First & foremost, a shout-out to my girl, Mother Nature. I obsessed over the forecast, checking radar and storm percentages, and all you did was drop a tiny bit of drizzle — THANK YOU! The cruise is rain or shine, but let’s be real: We don’t need to turn this into the premise for Gilligan’s Island.

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Second, thanks to The Pride of the Susquehanna for a great cruise. It goes by way too fast! (P.S. We already scheduled the spring event — Save the Date for Wednesday, June 3, 2015! Also, be sure to sign-up for the events list so you get these details FIRST. Next year, we’re going to offer Early Bird pricing.)

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Huge thanks to my good friends at Alter Ego Brewing Co., who cooked up two EXCLUSIVE craft beers for the night: Booze Cruise IPA and Booze Cruise IPA on fresh peaches from our friends at Weiser Orchards Farm Market. The “on peaches” was a massive hit, and you guys went through it all! They also brought along their best-in-the-business Ginger Beer, which we paired with some organic low-cal vodka, thanks to Keystone State Wine & Spirits.

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Speaking of generous partnerships — your FREE ticket to this weekend’s Merlot/Flash Gourd’n Release Party come of course from our friends at The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey.

Also in your mini-swag bags, thanks to Urgent RX for the headache cure! Anyone use theirs the next day? Tell us about it.

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Your on-board prizes, including a boat-load (ha) of booze, was care of Keystone State Wine & Spirits, restaurant gift cards from Ceoltas Irish Pub, MoMo’s BBQ & Grill, The FireHouse Restaurant, Mangia Qui and Suba, plus sweet tees from Hop Hedz Gear.

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The all-night on-board dance party was again thanks to DJ Cashmere, who again just killed it.

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Last — but never least — thank you to Bart K. of Kollision Media and Hop Hedz Gear for capturing the night for us. You can find MORE PHOTOS on our Facebook page.

Mark your calendar now for the next event: FREE HAPPY HOUR at MoMo’s BBQ & Grill on Sept. 17.

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CATEGORIES: Harrisburg, Nightlife, SBHH


Giveaway: Capital City Invitational Beer Fest 9/13 at ABC

A second chance to win!

Harrisburg’s original craft beer festival is back!The 17th Annual Capital City Invitational beer Fest is THIS Saturday, Sept. 13 at The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company in downtown Harrisburg.

BeerFest-2014-Poster-TwitterSample brews from across the mid-Atlantic region, treat yourself to an Oktoberfest style buffet, enjoy live entertainment and take home a commemorative sampling glass.

SESSION #1 (2-5 p.m.)

SESSION #2 (6-9 p.m.)

$35 advance, $40 at the door, $15 Designated Drivers

Buy Tickets Now: Tickets currently are available only online and at ABC Harrisburg.

This week, we’re giving away ANOTHER **2** pairs of tickets to the 17th annual Capital City Invitational Beer Fest (your choice of session).

Complete your entries by using the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Sorry, winners from the first round giveaway are not eligible to win these tickets. 

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