I love the excitement and thrill of Spring being right around the corner. The bright cheery sun full of warmth and light – shining longer and longer each day. Colorful flowers start to emerge from the recently thawed ground. The birds, rabbits and squirrels seem to come to life with their playful banter in my backyard.
And… most importantly:
IT’S HOMEBREW SEASON!
This girl gets giddy over really great homebrew. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not dissing my local breweries. Far from it. But, sometimes I simply enjoy the unbridled creativity and passion my homebrewing friends put into their creations. I have tasted some really solid and technically sound beers at homebrew competitions. And, I like the conversation that’s had during the festivals as you inquire about each offering.
Lucky for me and you, April is the month for lots of great local homebrew events in Central Pennsylvania. And, they all are a must-attend in my book. So get your tickets before they’re sold out!
APRIL 4, Saturday
~ Dillsburg Homebrew Fest ~
This event held at Noonan’s Tavern in Dillsburg, PA from 2-5pm is in its second year and supports Relay for Life Dillsburg (Team Heroes of Hope and the American Cancer Society).
UPDATE: SOLD OUT!!!
Tickets are $20 in advance. Contact Joy’ell at firstname.lastname@example.org. As of this posting, there were 15 tickets left. Remember what I said about getting yours before it’s sold out? Yeah. Do it. Now.
In addition to sampling beers, there will be finger food, door prizes, raffle baskets and 50/50 tickets available for purchase. Plus, you get to vote for your favorite brew. Who will you crown the winner?
APRIL 18, Saturday
~ Mac’s Mixed Nuts Brewing for a Cure ~
Another great homebrew event for a good cause! This competition benefits the Relay for Life Team of Hershey-Hummelstown Area and will be held from 1-5pm at Harmony Hall in Middletown, PA. Tickets are $20.
JT and the Mild Heat will playing throughout the day while you sip on some stellar brews. What a great way to spend a Saturday. Plus, Tierney is a guest judge!
If you are a homebrewer and would like to enter your beers, contact email@example.com. $10 entry fee (for unlimited entries).
APRIL 26, Saturday
~ Harrisburg Beer Week: Battle of the Homebrew Clubs ~
Don’t miss the first annual homebrew competition for Harrisburg Beer Week where homebrew clubs battle it out to be crowned best brews in PA. And, what better place than to have the event then at the state’s capitol to make it official? You’ll be able to sample 45+ selections from PA Alers, Y.A.H.A., Rehab, Sons of Alchemy, All-Grain Gangsters and more!
(UPDATE: They are no longer accepting homebrew entries. It’s all filled up!)
The event will be at FED LIVE (Federal Taphouse upstairs) from 1-5pm and all proceeds benefit Harrisburg River Rescue.
For your $25 ticket purchase, you get a commemorative tasting glass, snacks provided by Federal Taphouse and great tunes from the band.
My husband, Derek, will be entering beers for both the Dillsburg Homebrew Fest and Battle of the Homebrew Clubs during #HBGBeerWeek. He’s been working long and hard for the past few months creating his own recipes and brewing some tasty beers. I, of course, have the perfect job as “Sampler” after each batch is kegged. It’s a tough task but someone has to do it. (wink. wink.)
Hope to see you all at the homebrew fests and throughout Harrisburg Beer Week!