#HBGBeerWeek2017: Let’s Get Weird, Artsy & Extreme

HBGBeerWeek Weird, Artsy & Funky Events for 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve posted up here in StoutsAndStilettos.com. A long while! Me, Tierney and Colleen N., along with our friends Sara and Jimi, have been working day and night on the final touches of Harrisburg Beer Week 2017. And, the kick-off day is almost here! April 21, 2017. We can’t wait to get our ‘9-day Celebration of Craft Beer’ on.

Here are my picks of the more unusual, quirky and artsy events lined up for 2017:

APR 21 (FRI)

SweetWater Brewing Co ‘Midnight Frozen Tshirt’ Contest
April 21 @ 12:00 am – 1:30 am
What? I mean. I’ve heard of a wet tshirt contest. But a frozen one?! The winner of this outrageous event goes home with a prize from SweetWater Brewing Co.

The Vegetable Hunter Boutique Brewery Launch Party & Meet the Brewer
April 21 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The place where my husband, Derek, just started brewing will feature his eclectic, rustic beers in the funky little vegetarian restaurant aptly named: The Vegetable Hunter. The interior is decorated with colorful wall murals, chalkboard art and rock and roll themed elements. There will be live music, food specials, beer samples plus say hello to Derek and quiz him on his brews.

Evolution Brewing Co 2nd Annual Pinehople Luau & Hula Contest
April 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
A Pinehople Luau: Evolution Brewing Co.’s Pinehople IPA paired with Hawaiian menu items. Then check out the Hula Contest beginning at 9pm.

Spiritual Rez @ The Abbey Bar
April 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Boston’s beloved reggae-rock funkateers Spiritual Rez playing upstairs at Appalachian Brewing Co. Harrisburg. I’ve never seen them before but it sounds like a blast. “You can expect infectious anthems chock-full of rollicking guitar riffs, ocean-bathed melodies, swagger-centric basslines, crisp soaring horns and ska-infused jams.”

APR 22 (SAT)

24 Hours of Harry Potter Films + Butter Beer
April 22 @ 12:01 am – 11:55 pm
8 Harry Potter films in a 24 hour marathon! Get a special prize if you complete all 8 films. There will be FREE coffee (cuz you might need it for the 24 hour duration) and Butter Beer brewed by Zeroday Brewing Co. exclusively for this event for purchase.

‘It’s Always Sunny in Harrisburg’ Celebration
April 22 @ 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
ZerØday Brewing Co. is hosting a fun-filled day of Always Sunny in Philadelphia events. “The Nightman Cometh” soundtrack playing overhead. Lethal Weapon 5 & 6 projected on the wall. A Rum Ham in their beer infusion tower. Dress up as your favorite character. Role-playing. Sweet!

‘Insanity Wing Eating Contest’ with Deschutes Brewing Co.
April 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Who doesn’t love a good wing eating contest? But how about who can eat the most North Hanover Grill’s flaming hot Insanity Wings? Yeah. You’re gonna need lots of Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA to combat the HEAT!!

APR 23 (SUN)

Imminent Liquidation 7: Central PA’s Premier Craft Beer Bottle Share
April 23 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Always an epic day of beer sampling at Imminent Liquidation. Attendees sharing rare and hard-to-find beers with fellow craft beer enthusiasts at Grain + Verse. Like, Whalez, Bro!

Battle of the Homebrewers
April 23 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The official homebrew competition of #HBGBeerWeek. 35 local homebrewers go head to head to compete for top prizes. Taste 70+ brews that are sure to be stunning and creative. It’s at the historic Broad St. Market this year. So that means food vendors to keep you well fed while enjoying the fest. Live Music from Jason Carst.

DoLive’s ‘Paints & Pints’
April 23 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Attendees will be painting hops on canvas and on beer glasses. Happy Hour beer specials will be available to drink while you paint.

APR 24 (MON)

240th Year of Independence with Yards Brewing
April 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Yards Brewing Co. is giving out special rewards for those who dress in Colonial attire at the Midtown Tavern. Get those wigs and cravats out, Yo!

APR 25 (TUE)

‘Ladies Night’ Collab Beer Release, Shopping & More
April 25 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
OK. Shameless plug. This is the day you can get your hands on the Stouts & Stilettos + Boneshire Brew Works collaboration brew: Oatmeal Cookie Stout. We’re calling it a Ladies Night but all are welcome to attend. Drink it on draft or take home a limited release bottle. PLUS shopping with LuLaRoe, metaledwith jewelry and HBG Beer Week merch. Shop AND drink. That’s how we do!

‘Hops & Hashtags’ Bottle Swap
April 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
More bottle share goodness! Bring a unique craft beer or two for sharing. Snacks and tasting glasses provided so you can try as many different beers as you’d like. Yard games like life-size Jenga, cornhole, etc. to play throughout the evening.

Make Art, Drink Tröegs!
April 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The annual “Art of Tröegs” contest is back and just in time for HBG Beer Week. Tröegs inspired adult activity books (No! Not THAT kind of adult activity. Get your mind out of the gutter!), a community art mural and gobs of Tröegs beers on tap.

Beer & Ice Cream Flight Pairing
April 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Yes!!! I attended a Beer & Ice Cream Flight Pairing a few years back at Market Cross Brewery and it was awesome! Would never think to pair the 2 indulgences together. But it totally works! Here’s the run-down:  Pair 1 Market Cross Beer Ice Cream created by Urban Churn and 3 Victory Beer Ice Creams with their respective beers for a wild and delicious experience!

Harrisburg Beer Runners ‘Sunset Bar Tour’
April 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Harrisburg Beer Runners ‘Sunset Bar Tour’ will make stops along the East and West Shores of the Susquehanna River. You’ll hit multiple bars, pubs and restaurants for ice cold beverages – all while enjoying an evening sunset run. The event originates on City Island at 6:30pm in front of the parking garage. Runners, walkers and all paces welcome. You decide how extreme to make it. Lace up your shoes and grab you beer money to go running and drinking!

APR 26 (WED)

9 Small-Batch Collaboration Brews Tap Takeover
April 26 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
All taps will be taken over by small batch collaboration brews at Moo-Duck Brewery. Owner and Brewer Mike Brubaker teamed up with employees, homebrewers and faithful customers to make the beers. Expect fun, non-traditional styles and ingredients. NINE unique brew creations in total!

Tröegs Gardening
April 26 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A unique gardening and beer drinking experience from Tröegs + Highland Gardens. Limited, Scratch and a Barrel-aged beer from our Splinter Cellar will be on tap. Try out your green thumb and visit the Tröegs planting center outside Brewhouse to plant your own tomato or pepper plant in a Tröegs beer can to take home!

‘Battle of the Brewers’ 6 & Live Music
April 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The 6th Battle of the Brewers! Featuring defending champion Ever Grain Brewing Co. going up against Molly Pitcher Brewing Co. They are both preparing a kolsch style beer using carrots and citrus fruits as ingredients. Funky! It’s basically a blind tasting – you can buy one or both and vote on your favorite. Live music from Shawan & the Wonton starting at 7pm.

St@rt Up Your Palate with Speed Tasting
April 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Love beer, but don’t know how to describe what you’re tasting? Here ya go. It’s an educational speed tasting event. The Concept? Learn (Info session about how to taste beer), Taste (You’ll have 8 minutes per small pour to chat with a brewer or brewery rep) and Chat (discuss your tasting experience and what to do with the info you’ve).

Art & Brew Crawl
April 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Explore 15,000 square feet of paintings, pottery, clothing, jewelry, mixed media art pieces, sculptures, and more, on three floors at the Millworks. Browse three art galleries and visit 18 artist studios that house 32 talented resident Millworks artists. Meet our Millworks artists, some will pour you a beer, others will show you how they perform their craft. Sample 8 Millworks Brewery beers.
Leave with 7 items that our artists will personally make for you. Meet our Executive Chef and leave with some Millworks spice samples you can take home.

APR 27 (THU)

St Boniface Brewing Co ‘Feats of Strength: 3lb Challenge’
April 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
How many 3lb weights can you hold while holding your pint of 3lb IPA? Hmmm? Never tried doing that! Winner gets a gift card to the St. Boniface brewery & Smoked Bar & Grill.

‘Beat the Genius’ Connect 4 Game Contest + Tap Takeover
April 27 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Drink Evil Genius Brewing Co. beer and play ‘Beat the Genius’ – competitive yet friendly games of Connect 4.

APR 28 (FRI)

ABC’s 20th Anniversary ‘Party Like It’s Firkin 1997’
April 28 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Appalachian Brewing Co. is celebrating their 20th Year Anniversary and they’re hosting a kicka$$ party. The Theme: “Party Like it’s Firkin 1997.” Two firkins will be tapped. (Don’t even ask which ones, it’s a surprise!) Klock Entertainment will be rolling back 90s hits so you can “Get Jiggy” with it!

Great Lakes Brewing Co & Skittles Pairing + Keep the Glass
April 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Great Lakes Brewing Co.’s NEW Hop Madness Double IPA paired with Skittles. ’nuff said!

Evil Genius Beer Co Coloring Contest
April 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Color your little heart out while drinking beer. Be sure to stay within the lines for a chance to win some free swag from Evil Genius Beer Co.

‘Yacht Rock Sunset’ Brews Cruise with Free Will Brewing Co.
April 28 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
“Hop” aboard the Free Will Brewing Co. Sunset Brews Cruise on the Pride of the Susquehanna River Boat to enjoy the smooth sounds of 70’s & 80’s Yacht Rock all while sipping suds at sunset. This 4 hour event includes: a complimentary Free Will beer, 2 hours of sail time on the Susquehanna River, a photo booth and guaranteed groovy good times.

‘Rack Your Brain’ Spelling Bee(r) + Great Lakes Brewing Co Rackhouse Ale
April 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
B-E-E-R, Beer. Think you have what it takes to out-spell the competition after a few Great Lakes Brewing Co’s Barrel-Aged Rackhouse Ales? Join GLBC at the Coliseum Megaplex for a barley-soaked night of dictionaries and libations.

Caricature Night with St. Boniface Craft Brewing Co.
April 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Eeeek! A caricature artist will be in the house at Market Cross Pub & Brewery to capture that beautiful face of yours. Delicious St. Boniface Craft Brewing Co. beers on tap.

APR 29 (SAT)

Rubber Soul Brewing’s ‘Race of Youth’ Tricycle Race
April 29 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Form a tricycle racing team to compete for cash and other prizes. Or just come and cheer on the racers.

Little BIG Beer Fest
April 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
little festival – BIG BEERS. LBBF 2017 is celebrating Year 3 with some badass, high-ABV brews (aka Big Beers)! Expect special releases, collaborations and a few classic selections. Only 300 tickets available. Last I heard, there were only 50 left.

SweetWater Brewing Co Tube Inflating Contest & Glass Night
April 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Multiple limited SweetWater offerings on tap including the Bacon Smoked Pulled Porter! Wear an authentic Big Johnson shirt and SweetWater Tom will buy you a beer. Oh! And, there’s a Tube Inflating Contest on the porch. Six contestants will try their hand at inflating a tube as fast as they can. Good luck not passing out from all that… inflating. 🙂


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