Harrisburg Beer Week: Where to find rare & limited brews

The following is a guest post written by Stouts and Stilettos founder and Harrisburg Beer Week co-producer Tierney Pomone. We asked Tierney to drop some knowledge on where to find some of the more unique, obscure or downright rare brews that will be available during Harrisburg Beer Week, April 24-May 2. Class is now in session – better take some notes.


This one’s for the beer nerds, beer snobs, whale hunters and rare beer enthusiasts – or whatever you choose to call yourself these days. During the first EVER Harrisburg Beer Week, I am honored to be able to present to you a whole bunch of rarities. Some of these beers are one-of-a-kind, some of them never leave their home town area, and some are just plain limited releases. Try not to drool too much over the thought of these yummy rare libations.

Let’s talk firkins, because we have at least 10 planned for you over the course of the week. Victory Brewing is bringing out some firkins, which they basically never do, so this is a major rarity from a Pennsylvania favorite. They’ll have surprise firkins at Brewhouse Grille on 4/25 and McGrath’s Pub on 4/30. Also, Pizza Boy Brewing Co brewed up a special batch of Wingstinguisher, which they brew exclusively for Aroogas. This Double Wingstinguisher will be firkined up at Arooga’s Downtown on 4/30 along with their Pizza Boy tap takeover.

Oh, so you like barrel-aged beers? Starting the very first day of Harrisburg Beer Week we have some afternoon delights planned for you from Evolution Brewing including a secret double barrel-aged beer as well as their Fall Migration. Also, Free Will Brewing will have special barrel-aged offerings at Al’s of Hampden on 4/26 and Brewhouse Grille on 5/1. Tröegs will be letting some of their rare barrel-aged brews out at Stocks on 2nd on 4/30. Plus, we hear there’s a Goose Island Bourbon County event at Brewhouse Grille on 4/30.


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Are saisons more your scene? Check out Zeroday Brewing’s collaboration with me, Saison 28. We’ll be releasing it 4/28 following the Brewed in the Burg screening at the Midtown Cinema around 7:30/8 p.m. Also, Moo-Duck brewed a #HbgBeerWeek exclusive Ginger Saison. You can grab theirs at their brewery on 4/30.

Oh, but there’s more…

The Brewery at Hershey is hosting a Smokin Hot Happy Hour at Momo’s on 4/27 featuring their Smokey the Beer. What’s cool about this brew is that it is designed to taste like bacon! Arooga’s 15 is hosting a randall event with Tröegs’ Troegenator running through bourbon-soaked wood ships on 4/27. The Warwick Hotel is hosting Great Lakes Brewing Company on 4/28 with limited release beers that haven’t been to our area before. Draai Laag Belgian Ales from Millvale, PA, will be at the Black Gryphon on 4/30, a first for our area. Lancaster Brewing is having an IPA showdown at their Harrisburg location on 4/30 with their specially brewed West Coast-style IPA that they’ll be battling against their Hop Hog IPA.

In case that’s somehow still not enough for you, check out some of the one-of-a-kind home brew creations at the Battles of the Homebrew Clubs at FedLive 4/26 including ReHAB, Sons of Alchemy, Pa Alers, All Grain Gangsters, York Area Homebrew Association and more. Many of our professional local brewers climbed the ranks starting in these clubs, or ones just like them.

Little Big Beer Festival. 5/2. Have ya heard? Every brew at this festival is considered a ‘Big Beer’ meaning higher ABV, plus they’re all limited-edition brews. Molly Pitcher Brewing collaborated with Bube’s Brewing on a crazy tequila barrel-aged brew. SaraBozich.com collaborated with Free Will Brewing on a spicy brew. Stouts and Stilettos collaborated with Pizza Boy Brewing on Sunkissed Stout. This is just the tip of the iceberg – there will be plenty of epic options.

Oh, and if you like a bottle share, Imminent Liquidation, the area’s premier ultimate bottle share event, will be taking place 4/25 at Grain + Verse Bottlehouse. This is a BYOB sharing-is-caring sampling event you won’t want to miss. Because, #WhalezBro.

717 Collaboration Ale

Finally, the beer we’ve all been waiting for, the (717) Collaboration Brew. For the first time ever, Appalachian Brewing Company, Pizza Boy Brewing, and Tröegs Brewing have collaborated to create a unique beer just for the locals only. This IPA-meets-Saison-inspired brew will be available on tap first at the #HbgBeerWeek kickoff event at the Abbey Bar @ ABC on 4/24. Then, starting 4/27 it will be released on draft at Tröegs Brewing and Pizza Boy brewing as well as distributed only throughout the 717 area code via Ace Distributing and Wilsbach Distributing. Plus, pounder cans via Troegs. This is an EXTREMELY rare beer, in limited quantities, available while supplies last!


Get the skinny on all official #HBGBeerWeek events on the event calendar.


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Tierney Pomone is the founder of Stouts and Stilettos, a blog dedicated to women in craft beer. Tierney first came up with the idea for Harrisburg Beer Week, having seen other celebrations of craft beer throughout the country and felt the Harrisburg region deserved one as well. You can often find T drinking her brews straight from the bottle (or can) and capturing her #beerporn on Instagram.

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