The first ever Harrisburg Beer Week will take place from April 24 to May 2, 2015 throughout the Harrisburg area. Tierney Pomone, craft beer blogger from Stouts and Stilettos, is the brainchild behind the effort to promote local craft beer.
“Craft beer is my passion,” said Pomone. “I’ve been dreaming about a Harrisburg Beer Week for years and couldn’t be more excited to see it come to fruition in 2015. The timing is perfect as we see more and more breweries opening in our area. I was born, raised, and still live here in Harrisburg and can’t wait to showcase yet another facet of the positive things that our area has to offer.”
Assisting Pomone in executing this endeavor include Sara Bozich, nightlife, food and drink writer, and fellow Stouts and Stilettos contributors Colleen Nguyen and Chelsie Markel.
The weeklong celebration of craft beer will feature local breweries including Appalachian Brewing Company, Tröegs Brewing Company, The Brewery at Hershey, Pizza Boy Brewing Company, Free Will Brewing Company, St. Boniface Brewing Company, and Moo-Duck Brewery.
PA Flavor, the fifth annual festival showcasing Pennsylvania food and beer producers, will be held on April 25 at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show Complex. There will be up to 40 Pennsylvania breweries and 20 PA Preferred food producers and 20 PA Preferred restaurants at the sampling event.
The week will end with “Little Big Beer Fest” on May 2 at the Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg.
Throughout the week, bars, restaurants, brewpubs and other local businesses will participate in a variety of craft beer events including tap takeovers, brewing demonstrations, exhibits, beer pairing dinners, a homebrew festival, meet the brewer nights, panel discussions, and more. You can check out the ever-growing list at http://harrisburgbeerweek.com/events/. Be sure to check out the battle of the homebrew clubs on April 26th at the Federal Taphouse.
Proceeds from the event benefit Harrisburg River Rescue, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer organization that provides community-based, high quality, cost effective water rescue and emergency services for the residents of the south central Pennsylvania region.