4 New Beers You Need to Drink Now

by: Tierney Pomone
July 15, 2016
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Is there anything better than a fresh new brew on a hot day? It’s been a scorcher this week, so grab one of these brand new beers and drink it now. Don’t let these new ones pass you by!

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Tröegs Nimble Giant

This beer was well worth the wait. After a year of experimentation and 7 scratch beer attempts, Nimble Giant is born. I love this beer, and I respect the amount of persistence and dedication to quality that Tröegs put into creating it. Expect to find some delicious dankness in this brew from those Mosaic hops, which are balanced perfectly by Azacca and Simcoe for a slightly tropical finish. I find it pairs best with sharp cheeses and game night along with burgers on the patio.

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Fat Tire & Friends Sour Apple

To celebrate the 25th birthday of Fat Tire, New Belgium collaborated with a few of their friends to put together the Fat Tire & Friends Collaboration Series. Read all about it and get full reviews from Jimi. Of the whole series, I prefer the Sour Apple collab with Hopworks. It has a hint of green apple flavor up front that doesn’t linger, isn’t too tart, and certainly isn’t sweet. I expected it to have a cider quality to it, but it doesn’t and that was a pleasant surprise. The yeast used definitely rounds out the residual sugars from the apples. I found it to be crisp and pleasing to the palate.

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Crystal Ball Jamaican Wheat

I wanted to try this at Harrisburg Brewers Fest and it alluded me, but thanks to my friend Nate, I’ve been drinking a lot of this on hot summer days. Crystal Ball’s Jamaican Wheat is made with mango and hibiscus giving it a semi-sweet mango flavor and a beautiful pink color. Plus, it’s available in 16oz cans so it’s perfect for your outdoor summer adventures. I plan to drink this basically all weekend.

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Starr Hill Hopfetti

Could this be the best beer name ever? Possibly, but despite my hopes and dreams for this beer to have glitter in it, it does not. What it does have is a pile of hops including Amarillo, Apollo, Centennial, Mosaic and Sorachi Ace. This triple IPA will knock you out at 10.2%, but it’s worth it for the flavor. The Sorachi Ace is the first thing that I tasted, so much so that I had to check if it had been oak aged (it’s not).

Categories: Craft Beer

Weekend Roundup 7/14

by: Sara Bozich
July 14, 2016
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Hey, I’m actually in town this weekend! And of course, busy I will be. Tonight, I’m checking the opening of Tröegs Splinter Cellar.

Tomorrow, we’re going to dinner at VRAI (first time! Recommendations?), and on Saturday, Tierney and I will be slinging the Harrisburg Beer Week swag at Dauphin County Brewfest — So if you didn’t get your #hbgbeerweek tshirts, glasses, etc., THAT is the time.

We’ll wrap the weekend with a family wedding at Historic Acres of Hershey!

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What are you doing this weekend?

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Running shirtless: Yay or nay?

by: Kelly Leighton
July 13, 2016
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It’s summertime, which means running isn’t always the easiest, thanks to the heat and humidity.

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There are all sorts of tips and tricks to make it a little easier, and I generally stick to going as early as possible, slowing my pace when needed and bringing water.

But recently, some friends got into a discussion about going shirtless, and I was surprised how strongly people felt. “Absolutely not. I don’t care how hot it is, I will not take my shirt off.” Others chimed in that they would, but only in an emergency situation. On the other hand, another friend of mine used to go running regularly in her sports bra without even thinking about it.

I had no idea runners felt so passionate about the shirt on/shirt off debate, so I figured I’d ask here:

Do you ever run shirtless?

Me? I am in the “only in an emergency” camp. My stomach is my least favorite body part, so I don’t feel comfortable baring it, especially running, as that leaves a lot of room for jiggling.

But there have been times where the heat and humidity have gotten to me, and my shirt is completely drenched in sweat, weighing me down, and that’s usually when I give in. I spent a few days in Miami at the end of June for work, and by 5:30 a.m., the “real feel” was in the 90s, thanks to the high humidity and dew point. I was running loops around the hotel “jogging track,” and saw literally no one, so I stripped down because I was just so hot.

I also didn’t really care because I don’t know anyone in Miami. If anyone saw me running in just my sports bra, chances are we will never see each other again, so I didn’t really care. However, in Riverfront Park? That’s a different story, there is potentially a lot of people I know that could see me (and I’d prefer to have them NOT see me running in a sports bra) and generally my self-consciousness outweighs my “Omg, I am dying.”

As for other people, I couldn’t care less about their clothing choices, because it does not affect my life in the slightest.

So, do you run shirtless? Are you strongly in the “emergency camp,” “hell no” or “what’s the big deal”?

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Rosé, Will you accept this Rose?

by: Jimi The Intern
July 11, 2016
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Let’s get this out of the way now. Yes, I watch the Bachelorette. Not only do I watch it, I am in love with it and the rest of the Bachelor family (watch Bachelor in Paradise and tell me that’s not TERRIFIC television).

It is the highlight of my week. Don’t try to tell me how pointless or “fake” it is. It won’t work.

Clear? Good.

This is JoJo’s season and she is here to give a fresh face and personality to Bachelornation (That’s what we call ourselves).

The show gives me a chance to turn my brain off for a few hours every week and relax. To wind down even more I do what most mid-age women do on a Monday night and drink a good amount of wine while unapologetically yelling at the TV.

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I like to try new wines, so I decided that I would make a new tradition for my Monday nights. Each week, on the boss’ suggestion, I would grab a different bottle of Rosé to pair with the new Bachelorette episode.

This was easier said than done because it was slim pickings at my local liquor store. Other than eyeing up the wine I was saving for the finale, I had exhausted my options. If I am going to continue my foray into rosé I will have to branch out to some other stores.

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Premier (Episode 1) – Crios de Susana Balbo Rose of Malbec (Argentina 2015)

This wine was a good transition from the dry reds that I am used to drinking. It had a darker color than most rosés, more of a magenta color, with flavors of strawberry and juicy crisp fruits.

It was the best wine to drink with absolutely amazing premier episode that was one of the best in Bachelorette history.

Episodes 2-3

Unfortunately no wine was paired with these episodes. I was busy watching the Penguins win the Stanley Cup (goosebumps) and had to catch up during the day.

Episode 4 – Mouton Cadet Rose 2015

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It was a hot night, and I knew there would be some fireworks on the show. I grabbed this wine not really knowing what to expect because it was my first attempt at a lighter color rosé. The wine had fruity notes with a touch of refreshing citrus. It offered a nice break to the craziness that happened on the screen.

This episode was filmed at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and The Boss got her first taste of Bachelornation while she was there. She claims she isn’t hooked, but it’s only a matter of time.

Episode 5 – Dark Horse Rose 2014

Similar to JoJo, my choices were starting to dwindle. I thought I was going have to settle and go for a repeat option until at the end of the aisle I saw hope. It was a Rose and it was on sale for $8 — SOLD! For the money, it was the best out of the bunch. It did lead a little to the sweeter side with with a taste of strawberries, brown sugar and refreshing fruit.

Finale – Barton and Guestier Cotes De Provence Rose

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The Bachelorette finale is not just another episode, it’s an event that calls for a special wine. I searched the store in an attempt to find the best rosé. I came upon this French wine made with Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault grapes that received great reviews and tasting notes of white cherry and watermelon rind.

I can’t wait to get to the finale to see who JoJo picks and, more importantly, to try this wine.

I have a few reserves on the shelf for the remainder of the season and I am open to suggestions. Check in with my Twitter as I tweet about the episodes (be prepared for a lot of GIFS) and to see the wine I am drinking that night.

Categories: Food/Drink, Television, Wine

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