It’s a dreary April day in Central Pennsylvania, but what the daylight hours lacked in sunlight the evening hours will make up for with the light of laughter, music and beer (and, of course, the magical glow of pizza). Not sure what to do tonight? Here are a few suggestions to get your weekend rolling.
Susquehanna Ale Trail
April is known for its showers, but this April the showers will be made of glorious, glorious beer. The Susquehanna Ale Trail’s annual Brewmaster Tasting Tour features special tastings, behind-the-scenes tours and meet-and-greet sessions with the region’s brewmasters. The trail has expanded to 14 breweries including some of the area’s newest establishments like Red Lion’s Black Cap Brewing Co., Hanover’s Miscreation Brewing Company and Wacker Brewing Company in Lancaster. The passport event starts tonight and runs this weekend and also the weekend of April 17-19. Tickets are $15 and designated drivers pay $5.
Lititz Cask Beer Festival (Lititz)
The Bull’s Head Public House in Lititz provides an even more authentic British pub experience than usual this weekend as it hosts the 10th Lititz Cask Beer Festival in the General Sutter Inn ballroom. For the uninitiated, cask-conditioned ale – considered by some (read: Brits) to be “real beer” – is an unfiltered beer served slightly warmer than your typical pull from the tap. Cask beer undergoes a second fermentation inside the cask, which creates a natural carbonation and development of flavors. Take a deep dive into this esoteric style with a lineup of 18 beers including Dogfish Head Squall, Great Lakes Burning River with tangerines and Lavery 1847 Rye Stout with Scorpion peppers. The festival starts this afternoon at 4 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m., continuing tomorrow from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. with a special English-style breakfast at Bull’s Head Public House from 8-11 a.m.
Crazy Tomato Soft Opening (Lancaster)
Pizza and beer are probably the three greatest words in the English language. Crazy Tomato – the PA-based restaurant featuring pizza, subs, wings, bolis and more – hosts a soft opening for their latest (and first Lancaster) location at 380 Centerville Road. Happy hour hint: The establishment also has about 40 taps.
David Sedaris at the Strand-Capitol (York)
Humorist and essayist David Sedaris appears at the Strand Capitol tonight. Sedaris is the author of nine books including 2007’s Me Talk Pretty One Day and his latest, 2013’s Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. His paper-dissolving acidic wit extends from the page to the stage, making Sedaris one of the best writers to see in a live setting.
Spring Thaw Brewery Collectibles Show (Mechanicsburg)
The vintage beer memorabilia extravaganza madness continues tonight at the Park Inn in Mechanicsburg. Trust us when we tell you that this collection is much more impressive than the collection of Miller Lite cans that you and your friends amassed last weekend.
Berks Jazz Fest
The 25th Berks Jazz Fest – the region’s premier jazz festival – kicks off tonight and runs through April 19. Esteemed horn player Wynton Marsalis gets the festival started with a performance at Santander Performing Arts Center.
Andrew Combs (York)
Nashville singer-songwriter Andrew Combs plays at Kable House Presents tonight. The Kernal and Bernhardt Family Band open. Doors are at 7 p.m.; music starts at 8 p.m.
Also playing: Brian Fitzy (Tellus360); Cee-Jay Jones (Harrisburg Comedy Zone); Charlie Zahm & Friends (Ware Center); Dr. Slothclaw (CD release show at The Depot); Herb & Hanson (Holy Hound Taproom); Leadfoot (Tubby’s); The Shackeltons (Abbey Bar); +ZPlus+ (Chameleon Club)