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