21+ Ways to Celebrate the Holidays

by: Sara Bozich
December 4, 2016
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It’s official: Christmas tree photos are plaguing Facebook, Christmas music is everywhere — and there may even be some snow in the forecast in the next week or so — The Holiday Season is upon us.

There is no shortage of holiday fun in our area, and the below guide will help you find things for friends and family alike (or solo! Never be ashamed to enjoy any of these on your own!)

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If you’re still shopping (even for yourself), be sure to check out our Gift Guides, too. We’ve got a little something for everyone.

Plus, stay tuned this week for some fun ways to celebrate the holidays at home (um, beer + cookie pairing, anyone?), and maybe we’ll even fess up about our Hallmark/Lifetime Christmas movie habit.

Meanwhile, grab the virtual highlighter and find some fun ways to celebrate the season!

Theater & cinema

A night out at the theater with dinner prior is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. There are plenty of local and national performances that are heading through our area.

Local cinemas will also be reeling out the classic and more modern holiday movies so you have a chance to see all of your favorites on the big screen.

Fort Hunter

Harrisburg’s Fort Hunter has been celebrating the holidays every year with a variety of events with something for everyone. If you haven’t been to the 200-year-old house, there is no better time than Christmas.

For the whole family

While there is plenty to do, there is also ample opportunity to simply grab a drink with friends and family. Whether it’s a glass of wine or a flight of beer, be sure to keep it #local. I know I will.

Cheers and happy holidays!

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Gift Guide: Craft Beer Lover

by: Tierney Pomone
December 2, 2016
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It’s that time of year again – holiday shopping! While your craft beer lover is easy to shop for — because who doesn’t want beer under the tree (or in their stocking), if you’d like to think outside the bottle it can get more challenging each year to find a gift as unique as they are. Fret no further; I have all sorts of ideas for you!

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For the curious: Homebrew Kit Brooklyn Brew Shop:

If you’ve never homebrewed before and want to try it, but don’t want to invest in a huge kit you don’t know if you want, I recommend the Brooklyn Brew Shop’s growler-sized homebrew kits. That’s right, you brew one growler’s worth of beer! If it doesn’t turn out the way you had hoped, oh well, it was only 2L of beer. At the same time, if it’s awesome, maybe you want to keep exploring a newfound hobby. They have a variety of styles from Sorachi Ace Saison to Everyday IPA.

For the athlete: Beer-Branded Gear

It seems many craft beer lovers are also athletic and outdoorsy. Get them gifts that cover both of their passions by visiting brewery websites directly. Cyclists will love a new jersey or two; I find that the Victory and New Belgium jerseys are both excellent designs. Many breweries offer jerseys; hit up their favorite brewery’s site. Yogis always want new leggings, and I adore these hop print ones. For the outdoorsy type, this Sierra Nevada thermos is just plain awesome.

For your beer loving lady: Brewelry

There’s no such thing as having too much jewelry right? Especially when it’s beer gear! I love Bin 52’s collection of beer jewelry especially these understated homemade beerings. Chokers are back in style this year, and the Women’s Beer Collective has really cute beer-themed ones.

For everyone: Swag

I never thought that my beer tee collection would grow and that I would find myself rocking a beer tee, but here we are! Even girly girls like me enjoy a new tee/hoodie/long sleeve/tank every once in a while. While the Troegs hoodie in our house may belong to Ed, I definitely borrow it a lot. Who doesn’t love a hoodie with a built-in coozie and bottle opener? Hopheart has really cute tanks, like my favorite ‘You Can’t Drink With Us,’ which is out of stock, but the bleeding hop tank it cute too.

Hopheadz has brand new hop bine long-sleeved t-shirts, and also check out Coronado’s Mermaid for Life tee. For dudes, the best gift is a work shirt, whether it’s from Pizza Boy, Troegs, or even Stone.

And remember, worst case scenario, beer will never be turned down. Maybe give them a Yeti cooler cup to drink it in? Happy Holidays!

Steelers Week 13: Cheers, Jeers & Fears

by: Jimi The Intern
December 1, 2016
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We have hit the final quarter of the regular season, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are still in a scrap to make the playoffs. Wins against the low teams of the AFC have helped keep the Steelers in the hunt.

Pittsburgh starts off a final stretch to the playoffs this week when the New York Giants come to the Steel City for the first time in eight years.

»» WATCH TIP: This week’s game will be on FOX or head out to a local bar.

A win against the Giants would not only put the Steelers two games above .500, it would also give them a win over a quality opponent for the first time since their 43-14 drubbing of Kansas City almost two months ago.

The cheers, jeers and fears for this week take a look at the Giants and how they can help and hurt the push for the playoffs.

Cheers: Offense keeps rolling

Pittsburgh’s offense is back on track despite only achieving their self-imposed 30-point game once in the past six games, and that was in a loss to Dallas.

LeVeon Bell and Antonio Brown have come back to form in the last three games, and they show no signs of stopping. Bell is the best and most versatile back in the league, and Brown has proven that he can be the difference-maker in any game.

As long as you have Ben handing off and throwing the ball to those two, you are never truly out of any game.

Get ready for some fireworks down the stretch.

Jeers: Get off the field on third down

If it wasn’t for two goal line stands, the Thanksgiving game might have had a different outcome because the Steelers defense could find a way to get off the field on third down.

This team’s best asset is the offense, but they won’t have the opportunity to score if the defense can’t get off the field.

At times it seems like James Harrison, the 38-year-old Ironman is the only one who wants to get off the field. Maybe that’s because he is 38 and needs more rest. He’s the man, who am I kidding?

Fears: Defense, defense, defense

Defense wins championships. With all of the high-flying offenses that occupy the NFL now, the teams with the best defense get the furthest in the playoffs.

Denver pretty much won the Super Bowl with defense last year.

Right now, Pittsburgh has no defense. Last week, Scott Tolzien made his third start of his career, and the Steelers’ defense made him look like a seasoned vet. It was kind of pathetic.

I shudder to see what a guy like O’Dell Beckham Jr. does against this swiss-cheese defense this week, and if it’s not him then Sterling Shepard is more than capable of hurting this young secondary.

Although the Giants are 8-3, I don’t think they are as good as their record implies. They have a tough time running the ball, and Eli Manning is capable for a three-interception game every time he steps on the field.

If Pittsburgh can find a way to control their running game and the defense can corral Beckham, Pittsburgh has a chance to win their third game in a row.

Prediction

Brown catches two more touchdowns while Bell runs for another before Artie Burns seals the win with a late pick-six to give the Steelers a 34-24 win.

Categories: Sports, Steelers, Television

Weekend Roundup 12/1

by: Sara Bozich
December 1, 2016
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It’s a busy busy weekend for us! Tonight is the GK Visual staff holiday dinner, and of course, tomorrow is our Holiday Pop-Up Party at St@rtup Harrisburg. Some space remains, but ticket sales end TODAY.

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Saturday, I’m hoping to hit the gym, then the market and HBG Flea with my mom. By night, it’s another holiday party.

We’re back in State College on Sunday for our first Penn State Wrestling match of the season (in the BJC!).

What are you doing this weekend?

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