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Corks & Candies at AMT July 25

American Music Theatre’s second annual Corks & Candies — A Wine & Chocolate Event, kicks off on July 25.

Upgrading from last year’s successful first run, the event includes a pre-show reception featuring fine chocolates from Miesse Candies, wine samples from several local wineries, along with hors d’oeuvres from Miller’s, local merchant displays, and is followed by a showing of the critically acclaimed, fan favorite Original Show Music of the Night: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.


Corks & Candies runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m.; Music of the Night begins at 7:30 p.m.

Last year’s overwhelming success called for changes to the event structure. This year, chocolates will be butlered (hand-served), while wine samples will be available on the upstairs balcony and entry-level main lobby area, so that all guests may enjoy as much of the night’s offerings.

Featured wineries including The Vineyard at Hershey, Tamenend Winery and Twin Brooke Winery.

Following the reception, guests will enjoy a performance of Music of the Night, which reprises show-stoppers from hits such as The Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Evita and more.

Purchase your tickets NOW!

Your $32 ticket includes wine, chocolate, hors d’oeuvres and the show! Children’s tickets are $16 (of course, must be 21+ to consume alcohol).

Giveaway: Beer vs. Wine Dinner at Dodge City July 19

**Congrats to Ruth M.**

Dodge City Steakhouse — of Restaurant Impossible fame  (and where we hosted a great #sbhh Happy Hour last fall) — is gearing up for a summer full of events, from whiskey dinners to live music and make-your-own mojitos.


Be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates.

On July 19, they’ll host a Beer vs. Wine Dinner, matching five courses with your choice of a selected brew or vintage. With three seating options — 4 p.m., 6 p.m., or 8 p.m. — you’ll be able to customize your night out.

Click through to check out the menu:


#sbhh PHOTOS, B-Day Dinner at Bricco, Holiday Drinks & MORE

We kicked off our long weekend with an incredible tasting menu dinner at Table at Bricco for a dear friend’s birthday. It was, by no surprise, fantastic, and we loved the intimate quarters and top-notch service that comes along with this new addition to Bricco. Find me on Instagram to see the delectable dishes from the 7-course tasting menu.

This weekend was decidedly more chill than last. I finally saw my husband for the first time in at least a week, we hit a pool party, lounged with our neighbors, tended the garden, played catch (turns out I’ve got a “nasty splitter” says Andy, who’s coaching me to be a pitcher about 20 years too late) and then cooked out with some friends and tried a few new beers.

First haul from the garden (after lettuce).

First haul from the garden (after lettuce).

Today should be rather low-key, too, though I’m heading out for a run soon with friends, then hitting up some Gettysburg-area wineries (for you).

I’m planning to take a two-week vacation starting next weekend, so this week’s agenda will focus largely on prepping for that. I’m crashing my mom’s beach week, as usual, then Andy and I are Chicago-bound for a few days the following week. I’ll still be working some, but hope to get a chance to relax and decompress.

Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the week that was:

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Happy Hour Recap {The FireHouse}

Another great party for the books! For being the cusp of budget season and the 4th of July holiday, I guess everyone was ready to let loose a bit — and I’m so glad to have seen so many faces at Wednesday’s Happy Hour at The FireHouse.

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A big thank you to The FireHouse and its lovely staff for hosting our bar-centric event and treating us well.

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The night included $3 Pinnacle Vodka drinks and $3 Yards Brawler pints, plus of course FireHouse’s signature Black Martinis.

Thanks to W&L for supplying us with a sampling of Yards Ales of the Revolution beers, well-timed just in advance of our nation’s birthday. A big thanks also to W&L for supplying the Phillies tickets and Yards pregame prize, which we gave away towards the end of the event.

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Speaking of giveaways, a big thanks to Keystone State Wine & Spirits who put together the great giveaway baskets of booze — including rum, vodka and wine.

These events are never complete with YOU — and I thank you for being there to enjoy a great mid-week, semi-post-budget (not really), pre-holiday Happy Hour with us.

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Last — but never least — thanks as usual to Bart K. from Kollision Media, the official photographer of Happy Hours.

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CATEGORIES: Harrisburg, Sara Bozich, SBHH

Last-Minute 4th of July Craft Beer Grabs

So it’s the 4th of July, and you’re going to a party, barbecue or other gathering and you need to grab beer. You’re better than grabbing the 30 rack of cheap-o beer, but you’re not sure what you can get where in a hurry. Don’t worry, I’ve got your back!

Summer beers, cat-approved.

Summer beers, cat-approved.

Head to Giant on Linglestown Road, Wegmans, Al’s of Hampden, Shady McGrady’s, Westy’s or your favorite craft beer pick up spot that’s open (Call first for holiday hours!) and snag one of the following:

Editor’s note: Troegs Brewing Co. also is open today! 

For Those Who May Not Like Craft: Not everyone is going to love craft beer as much as you. When bringing beer as your contribution to a gathering, I think it’s pretty inconsiderate to bring a beer that only you will enjoy and take back with you. If you’re headed somewhere where you’re not sure if everyone is going to be into craft beer, there are a few options you can take that are well known and acceptable.

Think simple like Sam Adams Summer Ale or Yuengling Summer Wheat — or consider challenging them with Sly Fox Royal Weisse, Lancaster Strawberry Wheat, ABC Water Gap Wheat, Shiner Ruby Red Bird or Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale. All easy-drinking, lighter bodied beers that won’t scare off non-craft drinkers. Worst case (or best case) scenario you end up drinking them yourself, but at least you can feel comfortable recommending some easy beers.

For Your Everyday Craft Drinking Buds: So you’re going to hang out with the crew. You guys usually drink craft beer together and are a bit more willing to step outside the box. They more than likely won’t judge you based on what you drink and bring to the table but are definitely expecting you to bring a respectable beer.

Let’s show them that you want to step outside the box for the 4th with Stone Brewing Enjoy By 07.04.14 as it’s the last day they recommend consuming it, Victory Prima Pils, Southern Tier Hopsun, Elysian Superfuzz, Ommegang Hennepin, Goose Island Sofie, or Brooklyn Pennant Pale Ale. Great, summer-friendly brews that are sure to please.

For the Connoisseurs: All right so you know what you’re getting into with this bunch. It’s going to be a bottle share and it’s going to be awesome. So maybe you’re like me and have a hard time holding on to beers and don’t have anything crazy to take.

Here are some impressive quick pick ups that no one will scoff at: Green Flash West Coast IPA, Dogfish Head Positive Contact or the new Rosabi, Lagunitas Cappucino Stout, Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, Stone Quadro Triticale,  Deschutes Mirror Mirror, or just about anything you can grab on Al’s bomber rack. While this group may seem the most intimidating, in the end they’re your friends, it’s the fourth, and we’re all out to have a great time.

What are you planning to enjoy while you celebrate America?

CATEGORIES: Craft Beer, Holiday

Weekend Roundup 7/3

What a terrific Wednesday night! We hosted another Happy Hour last night at The FireHouse, and it was a great crowd for the mid-week party. We’ll have a full recap by the weekend, so stay tuned.

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I no-kidding haven’t seen my husband for more than 5 minutes this whole week, so in some way I plan to see him today. What our plans may entail are yet to be decided.

4 Easy-to-Make Party-Ready Cocktails for the 4th

I am very excited that we were invited to a pool party on Friday, so let’s hope Hurricane Arthur chills out for a bit. Beyond that, we don’t have ANY plans this weekend (besides the gym on Saturday), so I have no idea what we’re going to do. Probably Sunday Bloody Marys, hopefully outdoor fun.

Meanwhile: Here’s your fireworks schedule for Dauphin and Perry counties.

What are you doing this weekend?


Hiking: Colonel Denning State Park

So far, summer 2014 has been quite the busy one. Not that I mind, I love weddings and brewfests and weekend getaways. However, I was pretty excited that last weekend held no plans, and thus we could go on our first hiking trip of the year.

While perusing DCNR’s website, I clicked on Colonel Denning State Park because I liked the name. Once I realized it was less than an hour from my house in Harrisburg and it had a lake open to the public, I was sold.

We arrived on Sunday afternoon around lunchtime. It was a beautiful summer day and while there were a fair amount of people there, it wasn’t crowded by any means.

Col Denning State Park

We decided to hike up the 2.5-mile Flat Rock Trail to the vista. Once we climbed onto the trail, we were immediately greeted by a steep and high climb. Yikes, I remember thinking, “this isn’t exactly a walk in the park.” Luckily, it evened out for a bit, and we climbed over streams and over rocky patches. For the most part though, we were climbing.  Personally, I thought it was pretty tough. Parts of the climb were almost vertical. My quads were definitely burning after the first 10 minutes of climbing.

col Denning State Park

About a mile in, we passed a father and his young son on the way down. “There’s a couple more tough spots,” he warned. “But the view is worth it.”

Using that as extra motivation, we had a little more pep in our step. The climb up took us a little over an hour to complete. But, he was right, it was worth it. Climbing up on to the rocks, we could see for miles. It was absolutely breathtaking.

Col Denning State Park

There was room to sit, so we took a seat to take a break and have some snacks and water.

Then, it was time for the descent. What goes up must come down, and this trek down was almost as hard as the climb up. Because it was so steep, it was difficult to get steady footing. I am very clumsy and I had visions of myself tumbling down the mountain. Luckily, I only lost my balance twice, once into a tree and once into Tim, so I’d consider it a win.

After two and a half hours, we were back at the start, significantly sweatier and definitely worn out. At this point, the lake sounded so appealing to my overheated body. We quickly changed into our swimsuits and raced over to the lake, which was sparsely populated. There was a small beach, as well as a section of water roped off for swimmers. The freezing cold water felt delightful for about five minutes, and then we called it a day.

If you’re looking for a tough hike, this is definitely the park to visit. The lake and views make it that much better, and I can’t wait to go back.

As always, make sure to pack hydration, fuel, sunscreen and bug spray while hiking! And always check for ticks after.

CATEGORIES: Fitness, Pennsylvania, Travel

USA v. Belgium: Catch World Cup Fever at local bars, restaurants

Even though you’re barely a soccer fan, I know you have the fever — who doesn’t? The U.S. plays Belgium at 4 p.m. TODAY in the FIFA World Cup, and you’re desperate to catch all the futbol action.

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Last week, I wrote this story about World Cup watch parties for the noon match against Germany. Throngs of people flooded bars over lunch to watch the U.S. advance (but not win, but still …).

You can continue to find unofficial World Cup viewing parties at places like Flinchy’s, Tellus360, The Sturges Speakeasy (Tip: Make reservations), the Maennerchor, Mr. G’s Sports Bar, Molly Brannigans, Anthony’s Micro Pub, MoMo’s BBQ & Grill – and more.

Moe’s Bar & Grill will feature the match today as well, plus it’s Taco Tuesday, which conveniently also begins at 4 p.m. $2 hardshell tacos, $2.50 softshell tacos, $1 off Taco Salads, $3 Corona bottles — plus Happy Hour runs from 5-7 p.m. Sold!

Appalachian Brewing Co. Harrisburg will open up the Abbey Bar early to show the match on the 8′ x 8′ screen.

Last week a reader asked about places to watch near Hershey. My picks are:

Need your craft beer fix whilst you watch? Al’s of Hampden will have ESPN on TVs, as will Federal Taphouse, who promises to even turn on the volume for the match. Also, Taphouse will not be serving any Belgian brews from their 100-draft list (“so don’t ask!”). Instead, score Rogue Ales Morimoto Imperial Pilsner, Troegs Hopback and Helltown Mischievous Brown for just $3 during the match (Order the Helltown Brown).

I’ll continue to update this post throughout the day as we learn of more specials, etc. Go U.S.A.!

Where are you watching? 

World Cup Fever, Beer Treats, Ballet, Racing & Radio [AND MORE]

From the New York City Ballet to the dirt track races in Abbottstown — I do it all. Or, at least I did yesterday.

So, Friday my plans changed when my husband no longer had to work late. Instead of hanging with friends, we wanted to stay close to home, so I chilled a bottle of Pinot Blanc and we headed to Cafe Magnolia for a celebratory dinner on the deck. Good thing, too, because I was passed out on the couch by 9:30 p.m. These 6 a.m. Friday workouts really knock me out!

Bruce's Spinning Wheel of Topics

Bruce’s Spinning Wheel of Topics

Yesterday, I began my day as Bruce Bond’s co-host on “The Bruce Bond Late Afternoon Show … on Saturday Morning” on WTPA 92.1. We had a great time, and I’ll definitely return as a guest. In fact, there is talk to find sponsorship to have me become a regular part of the show. Interested? Contact me, Bruce or WTPA!


4 Beer Infused Summer Treats

Summer seasonal fruits, vegetables and flavors are in full swing as are summer brews. Cooking with beer can be easy and delicious with the right beer and the right recipe. Before the 4th gets here and you’re not sure what to take to the party, check out our quick round up of four simple and speedy craft beer infused summer snacks that will surely be the hit of the day.

stone ipa pickles

Homemade IPA Pickles

With your gardens in full force and all this rain we’ll have a surplus of veggies in no time. I know many people have been not just making their own pickles but canning for years, and this year will be my first attempt at doing so with this easy recipe using Stone Enjoy By IPA. You can also substitute in Perpetual IPA, Pizza Boy West Shore IPA, Sam Adams Rebel IPA or whichever one you have in the fridge. Beyond that, the recipe calls for 1 1/2 cucumbers, cider vinegar, kosher salt, dill, garlic and pepper flakes if you choose. It makes 2 pint-sized mason jars of pickles that will be great on your burgers. Click here for the full recipe via Porch Drinking.

Chocolate Porter Popsicles

Summer is made for popsicles, especially adult popsicles. I’m a huge fan of the chocolate fudge pops, so a recipe reminiscent of those appeals to me greatly. Porters I would recommend for use in a chocolate popsicle: Boulder Beer Shake, DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus, and Breckenridge Vanilla Porter. All have a dessert-type flavor that will pair perfectly with the chocolate milk used for the pop part. Also, feel free to use a Southern Tier Choklat Stout or Troegs Java Head Stout as a substitution as well. Finally, be sure to drop some off at my door when they’re ready. Find the full recipe here via Bites n Brews.

Porter Black Bean Dip

Fourth of July is right around the corner and you know you’re going to have to take a side dish to that barbecue. Keep is simple and delicious by taking porter black bean dip. For a bean dip, you’ll want to select a robust porter with nutty and roasted flavors. Think Kona Pipeline Porter, Great Lakes Brewing Edmund Fitzgerald, Deschutes Black Butte Porter, or Yards General Washington’s Tavern Porter. My girl The Beeroness is the queen of craft beer cooking and has created the perfect side for a hot day. Just add veggies, pita chips, or a spoon. Find her full recipe here.

garlic cheddar beer bread

Garlic Cheddar Beer Bread

Whether you’re grilling up chicken or boiling some crabs you’re going to want some bread on the side. Many know Red Lobster for their cheddar biscuits, but I’m not about chain restaurants. I am about cooking and getting together with friends, and hope to add this beer bread to summer festivities. Beer bread is pretty quick and easy to make and when you add two of my favorite things, garlic and cheese, it sounds like a drool-worthy recipe. When baking beer bread, I recommend a wheat beer. Try Finch’s Wet Hot American Wheat, Breckenridge Ophelia, or Southern Tier Hop Sun. You don’t want too much flavor to overpower the garlic and cheesy goodness. Note, the recipe only calls for a 12 oz bottle so you’ll have plenty of that sixer left to drink. Check out the full recipe via Gimme Some Oven here.

CATEGORIES: Craft Beer, Food/Drink

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