beer

Mudhook Pint Night Ride

Mudhook Brewing and Gung-Ho bicycles hosts a pint night ride in York. It's a fun social/conversational pace. It's not long... a 13ish mile ride that starts after work and meanders side streets down into York for a beer and food stop at Mudhook Brewing. They pick up the first pint and chill and enjoy company and good food and beer.

With full bellies, we head back out to the parking garage and ride to the top for sunset. After the photo opps, we spiral back down and up through the city to the north extension of the rail trail and then back through neighborhoods with blinkie tail lights and headlights blazing the way home.

During good weather, rides are every other week on Wednesday. Contact Gung-Ho or visit the Gung-Ho Community on facebook for details of upcoming rides.

Uploaded by Ed Hidden on 2016-06-01.

2015 Hibrewnation Beer Fest in Harrisburg

Hibrewnation is a great beerfest. It's held at the Harrisburg Farm Show so a cab right to a friends house is reasonably priced (and highly recommended!) We sampled an incredible amount of beer from special timed releases during the VIP 2hr window ahead of time. I suggest doing that if you plan to go because you get access to beers you won't see during the normal hours and with the added time, you can pace yourself more easily and don't feel rushed to sample everything to quickly and can actually enjoy the different flavors.

It's a good time and a few more locations are on tap for the winter in York and Gettysburg. Keep an eye out.

And even better, I met some colorful characters along the way... some of them I brought along. ;-)  Thank you friends for a great day of hanging out, chatting and joking around. That's what I remember most about the day. Good times with good friends. (and the secret to a happy life!)

Drop in on Crystal Ball Brewing in York.

We had the opportunity to try Crystal Ball Brewing at the Hibrewnation Brew Fest and loved their Tripel and Coconut Porter. So, since they are close by in York,  we dropped in. Cool operation. The brew masters took the time to show us around. If you get a chance, drop in and take a growler. Just don't expect a glamorous tasting room, it's standing room only, but the beer is good. They even have an oatmeal stout with smoked bacon on right now.


Beercation - PA Winter 2015

Here's a little taste of our recent brewery visit to the outer philly area. We enjoyed Free Will brewing at a recent festival and decided it was time to drop in and say hi. We managed to make there JUST in time to join a tour of the brewery. Sadly, it was a person who doesn't typically give tours, but the operation was really interesting to see. Lots of low ceiling basements. Interesting to see what someone can do when they have to make stuff work when conditions aren't optimal. They are moving the brewhouse upstairs shortly and it will be interesting to pay a visit in a year and see how it's changed.

Then, we found that Round Guys brewing was also nearby. I had heard the interview with Scott the brewmaster on the Brewing Network Sunday Session a few years ago and had always had them on my wish list of places to visit. That was an fun place and plan to make it back there to sample other stuff I wasn't able to fit in.... such as their mead menu. Cool stuff. Neat place. Go visit them!

 

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Taproom

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Future Brewhouse

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Good looking beer. 

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New tanks... all with person names. 

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Aging beer... including some of the "300gal Intermediate Bulk Containers" 

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Low ceiling fermenters

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Unique fermenter...no conical. Lots of lost beer with this design. But you do what you have to. 

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Brew system

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Brew Kettle.

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Big fodor and barrels

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"high tech bottling line" [sarcasm] - They are anxious to upgrade this too. 

Beercation (Craft Beer Brewery Visits)

We've enjoyed craft beer and home brewing during our travels. It's always cool seeing new places and try things unique to an area. We managed to visit a few breweries on our recent trip to Atlanta. We even snuck in a trip to Fullsteam when we were passing through Durham (after seeing them on a recent Brew Dogs TV show.)