The annual event is called Harrisburg Beer Week, but the name is misleading. It isn’t just for a week and it isn’t just in Harrisburg.
Elizabethtown’s breweries are getting into the act once again. Moo-Duck Brewery across the street from the train station, Funk Brewing on Market Street downtown and Cox Brewing in Rheems are all having special beers for the annual event. Beer Week begins Friday, April 20, and runs through Sunday, April 29. (The “week” lasts for nine days; perhaps organizers should have stuck to root beer when making the schedule.) The local breweries are releasing special beers for the event. Moo-Duck is releasing beers made by customers and employees. One of those customers, Kevin Engle, said his Red Beet Sour won’t be what people accustomed to sours would expect.
“It’s done in a different way than other sours are done,” Engle said.
The Small Batch Collaborative Tap Takeover is the only event at Moo-Duck, said Mike Brubaker, who owns Moo-Duck with his wife, Kristen. In addition to Engle’s beer, nine others are planned to be sold at Moo-Duck on Wednesday, April 25, for one night only: PA Swankey Anise Ale by Jeremy Johnson, Moscato Wine IPA by Shawn Campbell and Ali Myers, Flower Saison by Amanda Reider, English Mild by Matthew Leiby, Hazy DIPA by Jake and Evan, Strawberry Gose by Jess Miller, Weizenbock by Tesh Caldwell, Belgian Stout by Rick Brown and Hazy Pineapple Pale Ale by Chris Good.
Also on Wednesday, April 25, Funk Brewing and Cox Brewing are releasing Harrisburg Beer Wheat. Last year, both breweries made a beer by that name and competed with each other to see which one customers would prefer; this year, they joined forces to collaborate on a special beer release. Both the Funk and Cox taprooms plan to have the same beer for sale.
Other events can be found on the website www.harrisburgbeerweek. com.
All proceeds from Harrisburg Beer Week benefit Harrisburg River Rescue & Emergency Services, a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that provides community- based, water rescue and emergency services for the residents of the southcentral Pennsylvania region for more than 50 years. The group lost its former station during Tropical Storm Lee while performing rescues.
Jon “Norm” Norman, coowner of Funk Brewing, said he is proud to participate for the second year.
“I just love the feeling of community. … Everybody that puts the time in and the effort to put it all together for the people who love craft beer,” he said.