Episode 58: Little Big Beer Fest

Episode 58: Little Big Beer Fest

On Stage at the HBG Beer Week Little Big Beer Fest at Appalachian Brewing Company

For the second time the Beer Busters took over the stage at the Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing in Harrisburg, this time for the crowning event of Harrisburg Beer Week: the Little Big Beer Fest. The fest featured big beers from a limited number of local breweries. We managed to corral someone from just about every brewery represented (and a few other old and new friends) to come up on stage, sip some beers and chat. This was an awesome event and a fitting end to an incredible week of beer in Harrisburg, orchestrated by the ladies from Stouts and Stilletos and Sara Bozich. Here’s to hoping next year is even awesomer!

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Our roster of guests and the beers we sipped:


Sara Bozich from SaraBozich.com
John Stemler from Free Will Brewing Company

  • Sara’s Sweet Heat
    8.8% ABV Imperial Nut Brown w/ Anchos, Pomegranate and Habaneros


John Stemler and Mike Weiser from Free Will Brewing Co.

  • Kragle
    6.6% ABV West Coast-ish IPA


Brad Moyer and Steve Nott from Bube’s Brewery
Zach Ziegler from Molly Pitcher Brewing Company

    8% ABV Maibock aged in Tequila Barrels


Jesse James De Salvo and Ryan Jonstonbaugh
from Crystal Ball Brewing Company

  • Forewarned
    9.3% ABV Belgian-style Strong Ale

Dain Shirey from St. Boniface Brewing Company

  • Libation
    8.5% ABV Double IPA (firkin and can)


Trevor Fitzgerald from Evil Genius Beer Company

  • Shut Up, Meg
    5% ABV Farmhouse IPA
  • Turtle Power
    6% ABV Grapefruit Pale Ale


Jared Barnes from Wyndridge Farm

  • New England Cider
    15 % ABV Cider
  • Imperial Cherry Berliner Weisse
    9.5% ABV


Patrick Freer from Snitz Creek Brewery

  • Cerveza de Mole
    5.6% ABV Vienna-style Lager with Cocoa Nibs and Chiles
  • Hip Wader
    4.2% ABV German Hefeweizen


Artie Tafoya from Appalachian Brewing Company

  • Outta Focus
    8% ABV Double IPA


Tierney Pomone, Chelsie Markel and Colleen Nguyen
from Stouts and Stilettos

  • Sun Kissed Stout
    8% ABV Chocolate Imperial Stout with Orange Zest
    (Collaboration with Pizza Boy Brewing Company)


Bart Kaminski, Kevin Keller and Paul Miller
from Hop Hedz Gear

  • Some Beers…


Phil Hollen from Tröegs Brewing Company

  • Mad Grave
    Blend of La Grave and Mad Elf


Bill Helzlsouer from bearcatonbeer.com

  • Some more beers…


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