I’ve known Dawson Flinchbaugh since my first post-college job at a local magazine, where I was called upon to be a judge for the Keystone Regional Chili Cookoff, held annually during Kipona.
We became fast friends, and I was there for the opening of Flinchy’s. Not long after, he, his wife Betty and a handful of his fellow travelers (many high school friends of Betty’s!) also took me under their wing when I joined them on a trip to Egypt in 2004.
We’ve shared about a million stories — and plenty of drinks — since then. But Dawson’s long been an active participant in the greater Harrisburg area, from his time with Harrisburg River Rescue to, of course, his alter ego, “Chief Chili.”
This month’s What’s on Tap, the web series partnership with GK Visual, features the one and only Dawson Flinchbaugh (well, actually there are a couple Dawsons now …). Grab a drink, and take a watch:
Football is here. The air is cool. Yep, it’s officially time for pumpkin beers.
Here are some of the pumpkin beers I have my eye on:
Elysian Punkaccino – This beer officially combines a few of my favorite things: pumpkin, coffee and beer. Punkuccino is brewed with cold brewed coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Elysian’s home town of Seattle as well as pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. The combination has got to be amazing, and I can’t wait for it to pop up here in Harrisburg. Expect to see it on tap and in 22oz bottles.
Evo Jacques au Lantern – This is one beer I can’t seem to keep my hands off of. I think what sets this pumpkin beer apart is that it has more actual pumpkin flavor than the intense spice flavor. Also, it isn’t overly sweet like some can be. I’ve already seen this brew on tap around town but don’t sleep on it, like most pumpkin beers it won’t be around long.
ABC Rutty Buck – A newer addition to Appalachian Brewing Co.’s lineup, Rutty Buck is a pumpkin ale brewed with rye malts providing for a different depth of flavor. Rye usually adds a spicier flavor to beers and with this one, it seems to enhance the nutmeg and pumpkin flavors you’d expect to find in a pumpkin ale. Plus, nothing pays homage to our local season change better than a name like Rutty Buck as we start seeing deer road side again this time of year.
Pizza Boy Punk’in Disorderly – Al says he’s got his pumpkin beer all ready to go, he’s just waiting for it to feel like the right time of year to launch it. Fair enough. Last year, this beer had a pile of marshmallow fluff in it and seriously was straight up amazing. Keep an eye on the Al’s of Hampden Facebook page for the launch of this great pumpkin beer.
Both teams are coming off of division games to play another division rival in a short turn around. The Ravens lost to the Bengals in a close but sloppy game, and the Steelers were able to snatch victory from the Browns after giving up a 24-point lead.
If history is any indicator, this game will be close. Ten of the last 12 games played between the teams have been decided by three points or less. The Steelers hold the all-time regular season series lead 20-16. The Ravens, however, have won the last three primetime matchups. These teams have a lot of history, and it’s safe to say they dislike each other and that is putting it mildly.
The Ravens are coming into this game dealing with an unusual situation that could be a major distraction for the team. They recently released their all-pro running back Ray Rice, who was originally suspended for only two-games for domestic violence.
A video recently released by TMZ shows a lot more violence than was originally known and the team had no choice but to cut him completely. The NFL has also suspended him indefinitely.
‘Tis the season for pumpkin beers, changing leaves, apple cider and …. races! The drop in humidity and temperature is a perfect equation for a race, whether it’s your first 5K or you’re priming for a PR. Lace up those sneakers, grab a friend and sign-up for one of these run-for-a-cause courses.
Marks of a good party: a ripped dress, flurry of next-day texts, word of rampant hangovers.
Check, check and check.
First & foremost, a shout-out to my girl, Mother Nature. I obsessed over the forecast, checking radar and storm percentages, and all you did was drop a tiny bit of drizzle — THANK YOU! The cruise is rain or shine, but let’s be real: We don’t need to turn this into the premise for Gilligan’s Island.