3 Cheers for Local Beer
The past few days feel like a whirlwind. I’ve been on-the-go like always, but this time I was all over the Harrisburg area enjoying some awesome craft beer events. Just because you didn’t make the event doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the beers – take a peek at what’s happening in our area right now:
It all started this past Saturday. Troegs hosted their first Full Moon Firkin event of the year and featured dueling Perpetual IPA and Nugget Nectar firkins. There were two kegs of each beer – a Nugget Nectar with Columbus hops and mango, Nugget Nectar with Columbus hops and apricot, and Perpetual IPA with Chinook and Columbus hops. The event drew in what looked like a million people with parking overflowing onto Hersheypark Drive and unfortunately for all of you, those four kegs were gone in just 35 minutes. But don’t worry, they released an awesome new scratch beer on Wednesday, but just wait — we’ll get to that.
Tuesday at The Warwick Hotel I got to spend a little time with the guys at Millbock Brewing and celebrated the official release of their Brown Porter. This is the newest addition to their growing lineup of awesome locally made brews. I really enjoyed this beer as it had the roasted grain flavor I truly enjoy in a brown ale or a porter, but it wasn’t so heavy-bodied that I could only drink one. If you haven’t checked out Millbock’s beers yet, I highly recommend you do. You’ll find them on tap at Al’s of Hampden, O’Reilly’s Pub and McGrath’s just to name a few.
Now on to my favorite beer so far this week: Troeg’s Scratch 87. I was lucky enough to get to sit down with Ffej Herb from Troegs and chat a little bit about this unique beer. Scratch 87 is the first barrel-aged scratch beer Troegs has ever produced. This scratch is their Troegenator aged 5 months in Heavenly Hill bourbon barrels.
According to Ffej, the beer was a bit of an experiment. “We hadn’t done a scratch with bourbon barrels before and wanted to see how it would turn out with an already big beer like our Troegenator. We wanted this to be part of our Splinter Series, but the yield was so small that it just wasn’t an option.”
Scratch 87 is on tap in their tasting room while it lasts, and there will be no growler fills or bottles.
So what’s on tap for the rest of the week? I’m not sure yet. My lovely friends from DuClaw were at Al’s Pizza last night with eight of their beers on tap including their latest, Old Flame. Then again there was a welcome party and Central PA launch of Lagunitas Brewing at McGrath’s (look for the full scoop on Lagunitas from Sara next week).
I’m indecisive as I write this, so check my Untappd feed, and get out there a sample a few yourself!
What new beers are you looking forward to? What is your favorite local brewery?