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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

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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

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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

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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.

CATEGORIES: Craft Beer

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 SaraBozich.com 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? 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Ingredients

  • 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.

CATEGORIES: Food/Drink

Giveaway: $50 Cafe 1500 Prize Pack

This Friday, the Vartan Group will host a special 50th anniversary party for Harrisburg Area Community College at Cafe 1500.

HACC is the area’s premier community college, and if you didn’t go there yourself, you certainly know someone who did (Fun fact: My dad once taught classes there!).

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Friday’s event at Cafe 1500 celebrates HACC’s 50 years of excellence in education — and is chock full of great giveaways and prizes.

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Highlights include:

Plus, The Vartan Group will donate 50% of all food and drink sales to HACC.

This week, we’re giving away a special event prize package including a $30 Cafe 1500 gift card and 5 raffle tickets (total value $50).

To enter, complete the Rafflecopter widget below: 

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90s Halloween, WINE, #BarBrackets, Brew News, Steelers pregame & MORE

Whoa! I almost completely forgot to write this post. After last night’s 90s Halloween party and post-party antics, we headed down to POUR in Lancaster for brunch with my longest friend, Kelly, and her future husband — which then turned in to splitting samplers at Spring House.

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Andy and I kicked off the weekend with a romantic, firelit dinner at The Accomac. Our night was lovely; a review is forthcoming.

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Pre-90s party, I joined Bruce for our Saturday morning radio gig (please follow & listen in each week from 9 a.m. to noon).

The Billy Cave Trio, an all-student band playing original music, joined us live on the air on Saturday.

The Billy Cave Trio, an all-student band playing original music joined us Saturday.

The rest of today is all about football, relaxing and prepping for the week.

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Steelers look to keep rolling in rivalry game

Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense have been putting up some huge numbers, but unfortunately the Steelers defense has been giving just as many.

This could be a big problem when the Steelers face off against the Ravens this Sunday night in Pittsburgh.

Joe Flacco and the Ravens love to go for the big plays, and they have the weapons to do it. Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones and Steve Smith Sr. have all shown they can make the big plays.

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Although the Steelers defense has shown some improvement in the past weeks, mainly in turnover margin, they are still not a good defense that can win you a game if you need it.

The Steelers offense was reeling when these two met in week two. Through six quarters, including the Ravens game, the Steelers offense had only put up nine points.

There is a different story right now and this offense is one that can keep you in any game.

Big Ben is coming off a career game last week, and the offense has shown great improvements over the past few games. They might find it a little harder this week when they go up against the second ranked scoring defense in the league.

The first meeting this season, where the Ravens won 26-6, broke the mold of the previous five games that were decided by three points or less. This game should get things back to normal.

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Brew News – October 2014 Edition

Happy Halloween! October has totally flown by, and it’s time for the monthly craft beer news roundup. This month features new beers, craft beer drama, a must-buy book, and everything else you need to know. Read up:

Flying Dog Cookie Beers Coming Soon

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Baltimore’s iconic Otterbein’s Bakery has teamed up with Frederick’s Flying Dog Brewing (read all about my visit here) to create some awesome cookie-inspired beers just in time for the holiday season. The collection will include Imperial Hefeweizen inspired by and to be paired with Otterbein’s sugar cookies, Oatmeal Raisin Stout inspired by and to be paired with Otterbein’s oatmeal raisin cookies, Oak-Aged Hazelnut Scotch Ale inspired by and to be paired with Otterbein’s ginger cookies, and Roasted Peanut Brown Ale inspired by and to be paired with Otterbein’s chocolate chip cookies. The brewer explains that the cookies inspired the beers, not created the beers, and aren’t meant to replicate the cookies but rather complement. You’re going to have to ask Santa to bring you this one as their only distributing these brews in Maryland. Let him know it comes in 12-packs and on draft.

Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Everything

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I feel like over the past few weeks Sierra Nevada has had me drooling over the idea of barrel aged everything. They released Barrel-Aged Maple Stout at their locations for the lucky few close to either Chico, CA or Mills River SC. Coming soon, there will be Bourbon Barrel Aged Torpedo. Keep an eye out for Bourbon Barrel Aged Narwhal while you’re at it too. Holy barrels, Sierra Nevada! Personally, I’ll take one of each if you’re asking. These are all very limited releases.

David Chang vs Garrett Oliver – Beer Snob Drama

Earlier this month, GQ published a post from David Chang, a renowned chef, who says he hates “fancy beer.” He apparently likes to make it a point to go to fine establishments and be sure to order “their lightest and crappiest beer” and saying that “beer snobs are the worst bunch.” Garrett Oliver, owner of the Brooklyn Brewery, responded via GQ in a post basically letting Chang know he was sick of his crap. Oliver calls Chang the snob, not the beer world.

So what’s the verdict? While we’re all proud of Oliver, who has more swagger than anyone in the craft beer world, I think the craft vs. big beer arguments is so three years ago. Yes, as an accomplished chef you should have finer tastes than beer that tastes like nothing, but to each their own.

Pre-order The Beer Wench’s Guide to Craft Beer

Speaking of accomplished craft beer personas, The Beer Wench recently wrote a quick beginners guide to everything craft beer which is now available for pre-order. Ashley Routson aka The Beer Wench has been writing, blogging, and tweeting everything craft beer since before I could even drink and basically knows her stuff. Head over to Amazon and preorder a copy of The Beer Wench’s Guide to Beer: An Unpretentious Guide to Craft Beer which will include intros to beer styles, tasting, beer pairing, recipes and more.

Want more beer news? You got it!

CATEGORIES: Craft Beer

Weekend Roundup 10/30

HALLOWEEN EDITION!

Last night, I hosted a fabulous (If I may say so) little dinner party that lasted way into the night, as is wont to happen with such good company. We’re a bit slow moving this morning.

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Scenes from the Quehanna Highway, part of the beautiful PA Wilds.

We were going to hand out candy tonight, but instead friends have an extra ticket to HMAC’s sold-out live performance of Rocky Horror. Assuming I get in a nap, this is the new plan.

Tomorrow night, Andy and I have a romantic dinner planned at The Accomac, our rain date from a few weeks ago. It’s one of their Firelight nights, and I’m looking forward to finally dining on-menu there.

Then, on Saturday morning I’m back on the radio with Bruce Bond (*Like* us here) — tune in to 92.1 WTPA LIVE from 9 a.m. ’til noon. We’ll have Logan Bedard, the 13 year-old drum phenom who often plays with Shea Quinn, on the show.

By night, we have two parties, but may attend zero. All depends on Team Surra Outdoors.

Finally, Sunday: brunch with my longest friend at POUR in Lancaster, with a swing by Thistle Finch after.

DON’T FORGET — Next week is our Nov. 5 HAPPY HOUR at The FireHouse – the last #sbhh of the year! (Besides the Holiday Party on Dec. 6.) Among other great stuff, you’ll have a chance to WIN the LAST 2 tickets available for next week’s Autos & Ales at AACA Museum. Be there!

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? 

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