|Zeroday Brewing Company
250 Reily Street, Suite 103 | Harrisburg, PA 17102
Zeroday Brewing Company opened its doors today, April 8, 2015, in midtown Harrisburg, PA. The ribbon cutting ceremony, which took place at 12:30 PM, was attended by eager beer drinkers, Mayor Eric Papenfuse, and a Stormtrooper.
Co-owners and husband and wife team Theo and Brandalynn Armstrong chose the location within the City of Harrisburg, eager to work with their neighbors and share their beers.
Theo is the brewer, and Brandalynn handles the business side of the brewery (though she’s not afraid to get into the brewhouse). They first introduced their brand in 2013 with a brand launch and crowdfunding campaign.
After needing to abandon their original identity, Alter Ego Brewing Co., due to trademark issues, Theo and Brandalynn pushed on and found new life with Zeroday Brewing Company. Bartley Kaminski of Kollision Media designed the eye catching Ø logo and attractive T-shirt designs.
The name Zeroday pays homage to a hiking term that refers to a day spent in a town off a trail worth exploring, much like the city of Harrisburg. A zero day is a day when no hiking miles are logged.
The atmosphere at Zeroday is industrial meets man cave with piercing orange walls and metallic touches from the taps to the chairs. Large windows offer beer drinkers a chance to peer into the brewery… “where the magic happens.”
As expected, the brewery was packed with local beer writers, an NBC 8 news crew, and eager beer drinkers. The bar staff, however, didn’t seem to break a sweat, serving up beers like they’ve been doing this for months.
On opening day, Zeroday offered 5 beers on tap including Firstborn, a dry stout served on nitro; Wits End, a Belgian Witbier; Cheap Date, an American Blonde ale; Dolce Vita, a Chocolate Hazelnut Sweet Stout served on nitro; and Zeroday IPA: Episode 1, an IPA brewed with Zeus and Zythos hops.
The food menu at the brewery includes a hopped hummus called Hoptimus, a soft pretzel with a mustard flight, select cheeses, and the Midtown Half Pound, which includes hard pretzels and choice of mustard.
Zeroday focuses on using local Pennsylvania vendors as much as possible. They also plan to partner with area food trucks to provide additional food on the weekends. Cider is also available as well as wines from Knob Hall and housemade ginger beer.
On opening day, Shugar’s Philly Deli was serving up subs early in the day, while the Mad Dash Concessions food truck was selling delicious grilled cheese sandwiches later in the day.
On April 28, Zeroday will release Saison 28, a hopped saison brewed to celebrate Stouts and Stilettos’ own Tierney and her birthday. The exclusive release of Saison 28 will take place after the screening of “Brewed in the Burg” at Midtown Cinema as part of Harrisburg Beer Week. The documentary is a snapshot into the Central PA beer scene done by GK Visual.
Brandalynn will also be speaking at the Pennsylvania Women in Craft Beer Conference on May 1 during Harrisburg Beer Week. Other women speaking at the event include Irena Bierzynski, Production Brewer at Victory Brewing Co.; Sandy Cindrich, Co-Owner / President at Penn Brewery; and Valerie Delligatti, Yeast Coordinator at Tröegs Brewing Company.
Zeroday Brewing Company will be open 4 to 11 PM Wednesday through Friday, noon to 11 PM Saturday and noon to 8 PM Sunday. Beers are available in flights of 5 beers for $12 or pints.
If you go, there is free parking on either side of the building and metered street parking, which is free after 7 PM. The brewery is located in the rear of the Midtown Cinema building on Reily Street. The main entrance is located along the side of the building facing Green Street.
Currently, Zeroday beers are for on premise consumption only. Growler fills and Crowler purchases are coming soon!