The Absolute Can’t-Miss #HBGBeerWeek Events

by: Sara Bozich
April 19, 2017

With more than 200 events running nine days (starting this Friday!), it’s tough to pick your favorites.

The 2 Things You Absolutely Should Not Miss

Someone asked me tonight, what’s the one cannot-miss event, and my honest answer is one of our signature events (more info below): Battle of the Homebrewers. We’re throwing this fest in the heart of Midtown at the historic Broad Street Market with 35 homebrewers, 70+ beers you’ve never had (and likely won’t ever again), great food from Market vendors.

Even our Designated Drivers are treated — try non-alcoholic craft sodas from Boneshire Brew Works. Tickets are $25, and I’d just click this link and buy them now because I’m pretty confident we’re going to sell out.

If there’s one other thing you shouldn’t miss, it’s our NEW online-only exclusive raffle. Sponsors The Garlic Poet, ZerØday Brewing Co. and Harrisburg Area Community College have offered up some incredible, nearly priceless prizes — and you can enter to win online by purchasing a $5 raffle ticket. They include:

  • Tickets for 2 to an exclusive Chef’s Table Beer Dinner at The Garlic Poet (10 winners)
  • Design Your Dream Beer with ZerØday
  • Cicerone Level 1 Test Prep & Exam with HACC Brewing Science Program

Get all the details here »» And buy a bunch to increase your odds — 100% of the proceeds from raffle ticket sales benefits our exclusive beneficiary, Harrisburg River Rescue & Emergency Services.

Signature Events

(Note: Both of these likely will SELL OUT  — and soon! Buy tickets NOW to secure your spot!)

Battle of the Homebrewers

SUNDAY, APRIL 23 (2-5 pm) Broad Street Market, Harrisburg (Stone Building & Plaza)

The official homebrew competition of HBG Beer Week! You won’t want to miss the chance to sample these great beers — and possibly discover the area’s next professional brewer.


Little Big Beer Fest

SATURDAY, APRIL 29 (2-5 pm) Appalachian Brewing Company (Harrisburg) – The Abbey Bar

LBBF is back for 2017! It’s a celebration of unique and classic full flavor, higher-ABV brews.

You vote for your favorite after you’ve done some sampling. Which Big Beer will win top prize? It’s up to you to decide.


Friday, April 21 – Kickoff Night!

Decked Out Live: Unplugged & Collaboration Beer Release

The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey, 7-10 p.m.

Join The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey for a night of live Motown from 7-10 p.m. Releasing the collaboration that Brewmaster DeLutis did with Pizza Boy Brewing Co, Tröegs Independent Brewing, Appalachian Brewing Co, ZeroDay Brewing Co, Boneshire Brew Works, The Millworks Brewery, Tattered Flag Brewery, Molly Pitcher Brewing Co, Harty Brewing Co, and Ever Grain Brewing Co.

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‘3rd in the Burg’ Extravaganza: Beer, Popcorn, Music & Giveaways

ZerØday Brewing Company, 7-11 p.m.

Popped Culture will be releasing its unofficial HBG Beer Week Popcorn flavor along with Torchbearer Sauces. Art Gallery featuring Charlie Feathers. Live music starting at 8 p.m. Tickets will be given to each Brewery Patron to be in the running for a ZerØday / Popped Culture Merch Giveaway.

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Saturday, April 22

24 Hours of Harry Potter Films + Butter Beer

Midtown Cinema, 12:01 am – 11:55 pm

Wizards, witches, half-bloods and muggles! Join Midtown Cinema for all 8 Harry Potter films in a 24-hour marathon. Arrive late Friday night (4/21) for a prompt start at 12:01 a.m Saturday (4/22), and it’ll run all the way until 11:55 p.m. Saturday. View as many films as you’d like (sorry, no single film tickets available) Get a special prize if you complete all 8 films Enjoy FREE coffee Butter Beer brewed by Zeroday Brewing Co. exclusively for this event for purchase Food trucks during breaks.

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‘It’s Always Sunny in Harrisburg’ Celebration

ZerØday Brewing Company, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Do you want to celebrate Harrisburg Beer Week Paddy’s Pub Style? Come into ZerØday for a fun-filled day of Always Sunny in Philadelphia events! They’ll be playing “The Nightman Cometh” soundtrack. Lethal Weapon 5 & 6 streaming on our projector. ‘Always Sunny in Harrisburg’ wouldn’t be complete without a Rum Ham in our infusion tower. Come dressed as your favorite character. Even the McPoyle’s are welcomed!

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PA Flavor! The Ultimate Beer & Food Pairing

PA Farm Show Complex, 1-5 p.m.

PA Flavor is presented jointly by the Brewers of PA, the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association, the American Culinary Federation and the Department of Agriculture’s PA Preferred Program, and is designed to showcase the many unique beer and food offerings in Pennsylvania. Focusing on Pennsylvania products, this event brings together Pennsylvania breweries along with PA Preferred food producers and PA Preferred restaurants in a sampling event.

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Tuesday, April 25

‘Great Beer Needs Clean Water!’ Discussion

ZerØday Brewing Company, 6-9 p.m.

Join ZerØday for a fun night of live music & beer with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Pennsylvania office and learn about the importance of protecting our precious waterways. CBF PA staff will be here to answer questions about your water and will let you know how to get involved in standing up for one of the most basic rights we are all entitled to — clean water.

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Harrisburg Beer Runners ‘Sunset Bar Tour’

Throughout the East & West Shores, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the Harrisburg Beer Runners for a Sunset Bar Tour making stops along the East and West Shores. They will visit multiple bars, pubs and restaurants as they enjoy an evening sunset run and ice cold beverages. The event originates on City Island at 6:30 p.m. in front of the parking garage. Runners, walkers and all paces welcome. You decide the distance. Lace up your shoes and grab your beer money, we are going running and drinking!

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Wednesday, April 26

St@rt Up Your Palate with Speed Tasting

St@rtup Harrisburg, 6-8 p.m.

Love beer, but don’t know how to describe what you’re tasting? Check out St@rtup’s educational speed tasting event. The Concept is Simple: Learn Informative session about how to taste beer. (30 minutes) Taste & Share: You’ll have 8 minutes per small pour to chat with a brewer or brewery representative and take notes. Check it in on Untappd with the hashtag and watch everyone’s thoughts go by on the projector screen. (1 hour) Chat: Discuss your tasting experience and what to do with the info you’ve learned.

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Thursday, April 27

New Belgium Limited Releases & Cornhole Tournament

Greystone Public House, 6-9 p.m.

Featuring beers from New Belgium Brewing Co. including limited releases such as Lips of Faith, La Folie as well as seasonal brews and flagships. Inside Greystone’s private event space, they will feature live music with the second-floor bar doing a New Belgium Tap Takeover highlighting various styles of their beers. Hang outside and be part of their Cornhole Tournament to win limited edition New Belgium prizes (rain or shine). While outside, enjoy our beer garden and concessions.

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Also at Greystone Public House »» All week long!

New Belgium Brewing Co. Draft Beer Selections and Special Food Items crafted with New Belgium’s beer.

Friday, April 28

Mini Golf Outing on City Island

Water Golf on City Island, 1-4 p.m. (MUST pre-register)

Come out to support the Harrisburg River Rescue while enjoying a friendly competition of mini-golf and brews on City Island. Paid Registration includes 1 round of mini golf, drinks at the golf course (excluding sodas/water and food for sale at the snack bar), DJ, guaranteed door prize and Meal Ticket for food only at the After Party. TIME (Rain or Shine) Registration: 12:30 pm Shotgun Start: 1 p.m.

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Decked Out Live: Unplugged & FIRKIN FRIDAY

The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey, 7-10 p.m.

Join us for The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey’s last unplugged Decked Out Live of the season as they swing to the smooth sounds of jazz. A summer sneak preview firkin of Pina Colada Hefeweizen will be tapped promptly at 7 p.m. This is a brewery exclusive, and this will be the only chance to get some!

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Saturday, April 29

Harrisburg Beer Runners ‘Trot & Brew Crawl’

Throughout the East & West Shores, 12-3 p.m.

Join the Harrisburg Beer Runners for an afternoon Trot and Brew Crawl throughout the East and West Shore. The event originates on City Island at noon in front of the parking garage. Runners, walkers and all paces welcome. You decide the distance. Lace up your shoes and grab you beer money, we are going running and drinking!

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