WHEREIN WE DISH UP POUR OVER CENTRAL PA’S TOP (BEER) EVENTS
Harrisburg Brewers Fest
The Capitol City’s love affair with craft beer continues with the 12th annual Harrisburg Brewers Fest – the outdoor beer festival benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – on June 20. The festival takes place at 2nd and Locust streets in downtown Harrisburg and features 50 regional and national breweries offering more than 70 beers. There are two tasting sessions – the first from 12-3:30 p.m. and the second from 5-8:30 p.m. Snack on concessions and enjoy the good feeling that comes from drinking good beer and giving back to a good cause. Tickets are $50 per person.
Beer pairs well with, well, just about anything, really. On June 20, The Sweetest Pint Downtown Tasting Tour pairs beer with berries. Why not? Sounds like a refreshing summer combination. Spend the afternoon (from 2-6 p.m.) strolling downtown York and sampling beer and berry-inspired dishes at many downtown locations including Baron Von Schwein, Tutoni’s, Roburrito’s and more. Due to popular demand, the Sweetest Pint has expanded from its signature beer and chocolate event held in March to include this event and a beer and pumpkin pairing event coming in the fall.
Lancaster Brew Festival
You know what’s another great pair? Beer and baseball. The Lancaster Barnstormers along with The Chameleon Club and Lancaster Brewing Company host the inaugural Lancaster Brew Festival during the Barnstormers vs. Somerset Patriots game on June 14 from 1-4 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium. The festival features 15 local and national craft breweries including Wacker Brewing Co., Spring House Brewery and Great Lakes Brewing Co. Play ball! And drink beer!
Red Lion’s 1st Annual Suds and Songs Festival
What about beer and music? You got it. Check out Red Lion’s 1st annual Suds & Songs Craft Beer and Music Festival on June 6 from 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. at Vulcan Fields. Get your fill of craft beer from local breweries like Black Cap Brewery and Wyndridge Farm Brewery and Cidery plus bluegrass and folk music. Entry to the festival is free and food and beer can be purchased from vendors. All proceeds benefit the Indian Steps Museum.
The second annual St. Bonifest – the celebration of the Feast Day of St. Boniface – takes place at Ephrata’s St. Boniface Craft Brewing Co. on June 6 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and promises to be even bigger and better than last year. Tickets to the event gets you music from The Last Time, The Vinegar Creek Constituency duo and Jake Lewis and the Clergy, food from The Fridge, Soulvlaki Boys and more; plus a commemorative St. Bonifest glass and a free pint.
Does a beer festival and fundraiser that includes hard-to-find craft beers paired with food from local restaurants in an intimate museum setting sound like your idea of a great time? Us too! See you at History Untapped (June 13) at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum in York. Featured breweries include local favorites Liquid Hero Brewery, Crystal Ball Brewing Co., Gunpowder Falls, Victory Brewing Co. and more.
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Bluegrass Beer Festival and Pub Crawl
Just in case you didn’t get enough beer festivals this month, the Marietta Beer and Bluegrass Festival takes place on June 6 from 3-9 p.m. and features six bars throughout Marietta with live music and food specials. The featured brewery for this year’s festival is Dogfish Head.
Spring Music & Grape Blossom Festival
Naylor Wine Cellars, Stewartstown
Ok, we know beer and music festival aren’t for everyone, so here’s a wine and music festival. Enjoy a family-friendly wine and music festival with live music by Kayla Kroh, American Hollar and Josh & Good Old Stuff as well as food from Big Dave’s BBQ and Grady’s Grub. Tickets also include a souvenir Naylor wine glass.
Sip & Stroll
If you haven’t been to downtown Hanover lately you’re really missing out. The city is undergoing a cultural transformation with new breweries, art galleries and entertainment venues popping up within the last year. Take in Hanover’s budding nightlife scene during Sip & Stroll from 4-8 p.m. featuring beer and wine tastings at local restaurants and art galleries.
Pints for Pups
Buchanan Park, Lancaster
We forgot another great beer pairing: dogs! Pints For Pups – the dog-friendly beer tasting benefits local pet care programs. Bring your dog and enjoy a buffet, a commemorative pint glass and live ska music by The Pietasters from 4-7 p.m. (a VIP hour takes place at 3-4 p.m.)