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Mar 25, 2015
Freddie Kitson

Get a taste for rare beers on Saturday in St. Paul



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    Get a taste for rare beers on Saturday in St. Paul

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    Updated: March 24, 2015 – 9:36 AM

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    This Saturday marks the second Northern Lights Rare Beer Fest at the Minnesota History Center. The event was dreamed up by Juno Choi, Mark Opdahl, and Dan Kearney of Chop Liver Craft Beer Festivals. It was the sort of event that they would want to attend—an intimate setting, that wasn’t overcrowded, with a lineup featuring rare beers. “We’re always mindful of the attendee, that’s really important to us because we wanted to create a beer fest that we would get excited about attending ourselves,” Juno explains.

    The fest itself has a promising cast of breweries, including Evil Twin, Lagunitas, Ballast Point, Surly, Steel Toe, Bent Paddle, and many more. At this event, only rare beers are served, which means you’ll get to sample brews that people usually have to follow delivery trucks or trade for online. Many of these beers will never be made again.

    The festival celebrates that exclusivity and the creativity of the brewers themselves. It it is created for attendees who seek out this sort of experience, much like a foodie in search of that rare dish. Juno hopes that this festival provides that and more. “We really hope attendees find some truly wonderful beers they didn’t expect and from breweries they didn’t expect it from. Sometimes you have these defining moments where your palate or taste changes/develops. We want attendees to experience that,” he says. “Overall, we want them to sample great beers, in a beautiful yet intimate environment, with great food to match the elevated beer, among passionate beer people like themselves.”

    That being said, expectations are huge at $100 per ticket and the Chop Liver crew knows this. “The most important part of that [living up to expectations] is providing a wonderful selection of rare and unique beers. We think everyone will enjoy the beers this year and it will only get better in years to come,” says Juno. In addition to covering their costs, a part of the ticket proceeds will be donated to Pints for Prostates — a cause that means a lot to the crew. 100% of the profit from the silent auction will also go the Pints for Prostates organization.

    Some of the beers to look forward to are: 2009 Surly Darkness, 2008 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Woodford Barrel Aged 1100 Wheat Wine from Figer’s Brewhouse, Sour Wench from Ballast Point, Blood from the Barrel from Steel Toe, 2014 Rum Barrel Aged Elf from Dark Horse Brewing, and Starkeller Peach from Schell’s.

    Food and refreshments are complimentary with admission and will feature products made with brewing ingredients such as fried hops and spent grain pretzels. The Zacc Harris Trio (an excellent local jazz group) will be performing their guitar-driven tunes throughout the evening. Event details are below and tickets can be purchased here.

    When:

    Saturday, March 28th from 7 PM to 10 PM

    Where:

    Minnesota History Center

    345 W Kellogg Blvd

    St. Paul, MN 55102

    Parking:

    $5 at the Minnesota History Center

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    Mar 24, 2015
    Freddie Kitson

    Beer events on tap

    With Wilmington’s brewery business booming, area bars and bottle shops are gearing up for the summer season. Beginning next month, several will host events featuring guest breweries from across the state as well as across the country. Others are expanding their outdoor spaces in anticipation of the warmer weather ahead.

    Bombers Bev. Co., 108 Grace St., will host Founders Brewing Co. of Grand Rapids, Michigan on Wednesday, April 1 and Ballast Point Brewing for a full 12-tap takeover on Saturday, May 30. Bombers is also completing work on its new “beer alley” offering outdoor seating.

    Wilmington Brewing Company, 824 S. Kerr Avenue, is also in the process of creating an outdoor beer garden.

    Fermental, 7250 Market St., will host Mother Earth Brewing of Kinston on Wednesday, April 22 for a pairing dinner with Vittles Food Truck. On Saturday, April 25, Fermental kicks off its 2015 Brewery Event Series with Battle of the Brews featuring two award-winning craft houses, Ballast Point Brewing and Atwater Brewery of Detroit.

    Fermental owner Steve Gibbs says the event will be an evening of “tastings, giveaways, live music, food trucks, brewery staff and a bit of friendly competition.”

    Guests can sample several beer styles and cast votes for winners in each of six categories. Beer will be available for sampling as well as by the pint or growler.

    Burnt Mill Creek, 2101 Market St., will host a Brewery Tap Takeover Series that will begin Saturday, May 2 and run every other Saturday through October. Foothills Brewing of Winston-Salem will be the first guest brewery of the season, followed by Oskar Blues of Brevard on May 16.

    “I like to think of this as a six-month-long beer festival,” said owner Hunter Ford. “A lot of beer festivals can be overwhelming because there are so many breweries present. But these individual tap takeovers will allow people to have more intimate conversations with the brewers and really taste what each one has to offer.”

    Ford says the events will be family friendly and include a variety of food trucks as well as performances by local musicians.

    Palate Bottleshop and Reserve, 1007 N. Fourth St., has created what it’s calling an advent calendar for North Carolina Beer Month. The calendar, displayed in Palate’s storefront window, will reveal a featured North Carolina beer each day. Several events, such as guest brewers and pairings, in conjunction with NC Beer Month are in the works, according to general manager Andrew Bopes. Information on all upcoming events will be posted on Facebook and Instagram.

    Finally, look for Brewer’s Kettle to open its Wilmington store at the former1950’s era gas station at 4718 Oleander Drive in late April.

    Have a tip for Restaurant Roundup? Email us at restaurant@wilmingtonbiz.com

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    Mar 24, 2015
    Freddie Kitson

    March 23, 2015: the Big Business of Music Festivals, Inside the Luxe World of …

    1. THE BIG BUSINESS OF MUSIC FESTIVALS: The top five music festivals based on ticket sales reveal some surprises: Together they pulled in some $183 million in ticket sales, and three of the top five take place in California, including the top festival, Coachella. Forbes: “Last year, the [Coachella] festival brought in an incredible $78 million. That’s an enormous figure, especially considering that they runner up, Texas’ Austin City Limits, only brought in just over $38 million. That’s certainly a respectable amount for a festival, but it is telling that the next rung up on the ladder is almost double what ACL brought in.” http://onforb.es/1xcLyIC

    2. INSIDE THE LUXE WORLD OF A WATCH TRADE SHOW: Baselworld, a trade show for the watch industry, runs through Thursday in Switzerland, and will have to factor in the impact of Apple Watch—a launch that happened before the event. Bloomberg Business: “The ornate three-story booths that clutter the hall are built by brands like Patek Philippe and Rolex, with their marble floors and on-demand espresso. They get all the attention, but in addition to makers of high-end luxury watches there are vendors selling loud CNC machines, cheap plastic bracelet links, and every other little bit of the supply chain needed to make watches from the elaborate to the utilitarian. Thousands of new watches are unveiled in a single week, some unceremoniously placed in a vitrine, others announced in massive press conferences by celebrity ambassadors.” http://bloom.bg/1GKrqxB

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    Mar 24, 2015
    Freddie Kitson

    Moon: We love our alcohol in Pensacola

    If you find grammar mistakes, blame the alcohol.

    I think I’m still a little hungover. I was at my step-daughter Audie’s wedding recently, and I “tied one on.” (My son Jacob had never heard that term before. Now, he’s determined to use it. I hope he can also fit “pitching woo” into his vocabulary.)

    Please don’t blame me. It was the peer pressure. But you try to be a non-drinker in a community that practically worships alcohol. It’s like trying to be a Notre Dame fan in SEC land, which is another cross I have to bear.

    All day and evening, I had politely turned away alcohol. But people look at you strange when you don’t drink. Like you must have a “problem” with alcohol. Can’t you just not like the way it makes you feel? Or the way it tastes? (Actually, I do love the taste of a good German beer — Patrizer and Tucher were the beers I loved when I spent my two years in Nuremberg. These days, I prefer sweet tea.)

    Toward the end of the evening, a wedding guest came to our table — my wife, brother, my son Jacob and a close friend of my brother — trying to get someone to drink a shot of vodka with her. Everyone turned her down, but she insisted.

    “But I don’t drink,” I offered. She looked at me like I had said “I hate puppies.” Still, she wouldn’t budge.

    “Just one shot?”

    Everyone refused. She kept at it. So me, the non-drinker grabbed the shot and chugged it just to make her happy. Like I said, I don’t have a problem with alcohol other than I prefer not to drink it. Yes, I felt it. No, I didn’t like the feeling. So I went back to sweet tea.

    (Earlier this month, I also had to attend my brother Jason’s wedding in Biloxi. I think I gave the only sober best-man toast in the history of history. No cursing. No embarrassing stories about old girlfriends or such. Nothing for me to be ashamed of afterward. If you have to deliver a best man toast anytime soon, I advise you try it sober. That way you can remain friends with the groom and bride afterward. You’d hate for what is supposed to be a nice toast to ruin a relationship.)

    It still amazes me how much of our society runs on alcohol. Having a hoity-toity event? You have to have wine with the cheese. Apparently, sweet tea and cheese is kind of low-rent. Want a festival that celebrates your favorite alcohol? Well, we have martini festivals, Bushwacker Festivals, wine festivals and beer festivals. Do you need 64-ounces of your favorite craft beer? The Florida Legislature is primed to “free the growlers,” allowing you to walk out with pounds of craft beer. You walk out of a 7-11 with a 64-ounce soda and you’re thought of as out-of-shape trailer park trash courting diabetes. But 64-ounces of craft beer makes you a connoisseur.

    I hope this doesn’t come off as anti-alcohol. It’s not meant to be. I love being in a room of drunk people, as long as they’re not driving afterward. They’re fun, for sure.

    But don’t assume that everyone drinks alcohol. And don’t think that because someone doesn’t drink they have a “problem.” If you’re trying to force non-drinkers to chug shots of vodka, maybe you’re the one with the problem. (Besides, if you don’t try to get them to drink, that means more booze for you!)

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    Mar 23, 2015
    Freddie Kitson

    Shmaltz Brewing ads SLINGSHOT AMERICAN CRAFT LAGER to award winning …

    Slingshot American Craft Lager® Hits Select Markets for an Exclusive April Roll-Out of 6-Packs (12 oz. Bottles) in New York, Illinois, Texas, and Iowas

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    Now brewing exclusively in Clifton Park, NY — Tuesday, March 10, 2015 — Take hold of Shmaltz’s newest addition to its year-round offerings, Slingshot® (5.3% ABV, 97 Rating on ratebeer.com), an American Craft Lager purposefully created to stand up to the big beer Goliaths of the world. Boasting a bright, citrusy hop aroma, supported by touches of wheat and rye, Slingshot® is guaranteed to strike the craft beer bullseye every time. Shmaltz rolls out Slingshot® in 6-packs (12 oz. bottles) to a handful of top markets this month, including New York, Illinois, Texas, and Iowa. The national launch of Slingshot® 6-packs to 37 states across the country begins in May 2015.

    “Slingshot pours a bright straw color with an elegant white head and light lacing,” says Richie Saunders, Lead Brewer at Shmaltz Brewing. “The aroma features subtle, tropical fruit notes of peach, lemon and red grapefruit with the light spice accent of noble hops. The malt bill combines 2-row pale malt with portions of Vienna and a touch of wheat and rye to add a delicate balance to the spice and fruit. Medium in body with a smooth, clean mouthfeel, Slingshot hits the mark as a well-balanced, refreshing but flavorful American craft lager.”

    Although there are upwards of 3,200 craft breweries within the United States, craft beer sales only make up a total of about 8% of the volume of the national beer market. The overall annual beer market pulls in a staggering $100 billion, of which craft beer brought in $14.3 billion. Every year, craft releases increasingly dominate more retail shelves and tap lines. Shmaltz raises a glass to the small production breweries that are making a BIG impact on the beer industry at large. Slingshot® is Shmaltz’s fermented tribute to the glories of the loveable underdog…Watch your back Big Beer!

    Jeremy Cowan, founder of Shmaltz, adds, “Craft brewers are now releasing a slew of 5% abv lagers and ales – true session beers – across their entire production in order to storm the shelves and taps held in the past so securely by the largest competitors. These fizzy golden beers perhaps appear similar to the mass produced distant relatives – but with a level of craftsmanship, detail, innovation found only in the small batches and risk taking of the family of passionate small business artisans. Although Shmaltz brews a wide variety of inventive craft ales and lagers, Slingshot®, steps into the mainstream action – with an obvious signature Shmaltz style – our chosen shtick!”

    About Shmaltz Brewing Company
    Ranked in 2013 as one of the “Top 100 Brewers in the World” by RateBeer.com, Shmaltz won 9 Gold and 5 Silver Medals in the World Beer Championships in 2012. A recipient of the “Distinguished Business Award” by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Shmaltz was also included in the “Top 50 Fastest Growing Bay Area Companies” by San Francisco Business Times.

    Founder and owner Jeremy Cowan established the company in San Francisco in 1996 with the first 100 cases of He’brew Beer® hand bottled and delivered throughout the Bay Area in his Grandmother’s Volvo. He’brew® now sells across 37 states, through 40 wholesalers and nearly 5,000 retailers. In 2007, Shmaltz released a new line of craft brewed lagers under the Coney Island® banner. The Coney Island brand was recently acquired by Alchemy and Science, a craft beer incubator, owned by Boston Beer (Sam Adams).

    After 17 years of being an outspoken cheerleader for contract brewing, Shmaltz recently broke with tradition and opened its own New York State production brewery in Clifton Park, NY, 10 minutes north of Albany’s capital district. Shmaltz’s new home boasts a 50-barrel brewhouse with 20,000 barrels of annual capacity. The new brewery packages 12 and 22 ounce bottles and kegs of their diverse core and seasonal favorites, and hosts fans and beer tourists in their new tasting room for tours, barrel-aged previews, and special releases.

    In 2010/11, Cowan published his small business memoir, Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah: How It Took 13 Years, Extreme Jewish Brewing, and Circus Sideshow Freaks to Make Shmaltz Brewing Company an International Success. A free sampling of Chapter One and suggested beer pairings, can be viewed at www.craftbeerbarmitzvah.com. In 2012, Cowan spearheaded the creation of the non-profit New York City Brewers Guild (which manages NYC Beer Week) and served as its Founding President.

    Cowan also has presented at the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference, as well as previous Great American Beer Festivals, BevNet’s Brewbound conference, Beer Advocate’s Extreme Beer Festival, the Atlanta and the St. Louis Jewish Book Fairs, and the San Francisco and New York Jewish Museums.

    Shmaltz Brewing beers have appeared in such distinguished media outlets as The New York Times, CNN Headline News, Beer Advocate Magazine, NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” Fox Business News, Men’s Health, San Francisco Chronicle, The Jerusalem Report, New York Jewish Week, and Washington Post.

    For more information, please visit:
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    Mar 22, 2015
    Freddie Kitson

    Record crowd a nod to beer fest’s regard

    CHEERS: Sam Cleary of Wellington enjoys one of the 16 varieties of craft beer served up at MarchFest in Nelson on Saturday.



    Nelson’s annual craft beer and music festival MarchFest is making a habit of breaking attendance records.

    More than 3200 people turned out for the eighth instalment of the festival at Founders Heritage Park on Saturday to enjoy the sunshine, music, local food and, of course, beer.

    “That’s a new record. Best attendance ever,” organiser Eelco Boswijk said.

    More than 4000 litres of beer and 900 litres of cider was consumed between noon and 9.30pm, but Boswijk said the crowd was “calm and well-behaved”.

    People came from all over New Zealand and the world to sample the 16 varieties of craft beer that debuted at the festival.

    “It’s becoming a recognised beer event not just on the national calendar but internationally as well. It’s a wonderful feeling.

    “I think people are probably more aware of Nelson being the hop-growing region of New Zealand and New Zealand hops having a really good reputation around the world. We are part of that.

    “I think it’s fantastic. Every year the event builds and feels like it’s becoming more and more part of the calendar.”

    David Spargo, of Richmond, who has been to MarchFest five years running, said: “It just gets better every year.

    “It’s fantastic. Their pouring is really top notch, the music’s great, I like all the local food.

    “Gone are the days of lager or a draught, there’s just so much variety. It’s quite exciting to try someone else’s creation.”

    Boswijk said the new addition of brew talks, seminars by established brewers, had been a success.

    There were also more families and children in attendance, something that Boswijk said set MarchFest apart from other beer festivals around the world.

    “That’s what we’re trying to engineer. We’re trying to have an event where you can show you can drink responsibly. You don’t have to drink to excess and you can have a really great day out.

    “Beer festivals and drinking alcohol are not necessarily about getting drunk and causing problems.”

    – The Nelson Mail



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    Mar 21, 2015
    Freddie Kitson

    Canberra the craft beer capital of Australia

    Bentspoke Brewery owner Richard Watkins at his bar in Braddon Photo: Matt Bedford

    Times are changing in Canberra’s beer and cider industry –  when Canberrans ease back  at the weekend and crack open a cold one, bar owners say they are  most likely to try a craft brew.

    Bentspoke Brewery owner Richard Watkins said when you compared the ratio of craft-beer drinkers to population, Canberra was   “the craft beer capital of Australia”.

    “If you found out craft-beer sales in Canberra per capita I reckon we would stack up pretty high when compared to Sydney or Melbourne or Newcastle, the other craft beer Meccas,” he said.

    “We do have three breweries for 350,000 people … when you look at that, it’s a pretty good stat.”

    Mr Watkins said the lack of traditional pubs in Canberra had helped the rise of craft beer  because few places were tied into contracts with big brewing companies.

    “There’s currently two [craft] beer festivals running in Canberra throughout the year –  there’s Beer Day Out, which starts Canberra Beer Week … and next weekend we have the Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival,” he said.

    “If you can [nearly] sell  out two beer festivals a year, it says you have a pretty good presence.”

    Even Canberra’s large pubs have seen its impact with PJ O’Reilly’s manager Kelvin Fitzgerald saying 70 to 80 per cent of the bar’s business  coming from craft beers.

    “It’s becoming some of our biggest sellers,” Mr Fitzgerald said. “Carlton Draft is the only mainstream beer we have on tap, the rest of [them] are craft.”

    Beers such as Fat Yak, Ruby Tuesday and Little Ripper were selling very well. “It’s a bit of a national thing,” he said.

    “Ciders have come into vogue as well and people are really into boutique ciders … [and] because ciders have gone craft as well, it’s a very large segment of the market.”

    The owner of Plonk Beer and Wine said five or ten years ago his craft beer shop would not have been able to succeed in the ACT.

    “My understanding is there’s another 250 craft beer breweries in planning, so in about four years time we’ll have more than 400 in Australia,” he said.

    “We’re getting a lot of people regularly coming in saying, ‘We were at a friend’s house for dinner and we had this beer from your shop and we’re coming in for the one we tried and maybe something we haven’t seen before’.”

    The Canberra Craft Beer and Cider festival will be held on Saturday, March 28, at The Mercure from 11am.

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    Mar 20, 2015
    Freddie Kitson

    Rolling out the barrel: Anaheim’s Firkfest on Saturday features 34 local breweries

    Firkfest, a cask beer festival, will be hosting its second annual event at the Anaheim Packing House’s Farmers Park on March 21. Founder Greg Nagel is showcasing SoCal brewers, serving selections from 34 local breweries. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s festival will benefit Inspire Artistic Minds, a nonprofit that supports small businesses in the food and beverage industries.

    “Beer festivals need a fresh, authentic approach. I want to focus on unique nuances of modern craft beer,” says Nagel.

    The name Firkfest is a twist on the word “firkin,” a 10-gallon cask. Along with offering visitors a taste of local brews, Firkfest will host a Chili Cook-off between local chefs from O.C. favorites such as The Iron Press, Haven Gastropub, Pizzeria Ortica, The Crow Bar and Kitchen, Healthy Junk and more.

    Nagel said Orange County is not a craft beer mecca yet, but it’s definitely on its way.

    “Anaheim has made great strides in cutting red tape for breweries and has seen tremendous growth,” Nagel says. Nagel does pinpoint SoCal beer aficionados as a decidedly IPA kind of crowd, especially West Coast IPAs.

    Nagel looks forward to Firkfest. “I hope people have fun, he said. “There’s a lot to learn from a cask beer festival as opposed to a normal beer fest. It’s a one-time shot at trying these beers and so many brewers approach it completely differently. I think the festival opens up a creative sandbox for brewers.”

    OC Beer Blog Presents: Firkfest, a Cask Beer Festival and Chili Cookoff

    2nd Annual Festival – Presented by OC Beer Blog

    Festival features unlimited samples of over 50 casks of beer from 30 of SoCal’s best breweries

    Founder: Greg Nagel, OC Beer Blog founder

    Location: Anaheim Packing District, Farmers Park

    Date: noon to 4 p.m., March 21

    Tickets: $50; $15 for designated drivers. Available online at Firkfest.com

    Telephone: 714-798-3019

    Ages: 21 and over, babies in carriers allowed, no children or pets allowed

    Parking: Free parking in Anaheim Packing District lot or city structure down the street

    Anaheim Packing House will be open during the event

    Designated Drivers ticket- Includes unlimited chili and soda only

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    Mar 20, 2015
    Freddie Kitson

    Brewers Unleashed scheduled and MobCraft announces unique beer festival brew



    Tickets are released today for Thursday’s Brewers Unleashed series at the Miller Inn, 3931 W. State St.

    They’ll pour rare brew samples from Tenth and Blake including the Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout 2013 and 2015; Fragrant Fire, a Big Eddy Rye Wine aged in bourbon barrels with Sichuan Peppercorns, Tien-Tsin peppers and Chinese Hot Mustard Seeds; Le Rêve, a Cherry Imperial Wheat beer aged in a brandy barrel and finished it with additional cherries and lavender; and Big Eddy Uber-Oktoberfest, released last fall.

    The event is free but you’ll need a ticket. They’re available online.

    Heads up for beer festival season: Madison’s MobCraft Beer plans to release a one-off beer that will be available only at beer festivals featuring MobCraft this year. Tom Daykin wrote this about the crowdsourced brewery. MobCraft has monthly competitions between beer recipes that can be submitted by anyone. The recipe with the most votes at the end of the month gets brewed.

    Visit the MobCraft booth at a festival. Prove that you cast a vote in the monthly recipe contest and you can partake in the exclusive beer, a specialty one-of-a-kind barrel-aged beer from the Sour Stash line or the Barrel Cellar.

    The next Milwaukee festival is the Crafts and Draft Beer Fest on April 19.

    © 2015, Journal Sentinel Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Mar 19, 2015
    Freddie Kitson

    15 reasons to celebrate #iloveyorkcity

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    Thank you, LNP (formerly Lancaster Online), for throwing down the gauntlet in the War of the Roses, responding to YDR’s recent editorial about “Fixing York” with a snarky listicle of 10 reasons why Lancaster’s downtown is “better” than York’s.

    It probably wasn’t your intent, but your piece merely inspired #iloveyorkcity folks to work even harder to improve our community. Improvement is the impetus of our Fixing York series. We know we have issues (an inferiority complex to Lancaster chief among them). We know we have work to do.
    We need a more positive, widely shared view of our hometown.

    That should be our regional goal – lifting one another up rather than tearing down. If you recall your history, the real War of the Roses ended with a Lancaster victory, but the marriage of Henry Tudor (Lancaster) to Elizabeth of York ushered in peace and the Renaissance (you know, like the “faire” in your county).

    That should be our guiding principle.

    Still, we can’t resist the opportunity to provide our own list of reasons to celebrate the White Rose City:

    1. Central Market: With all due respect, yours is not “better” than ours — and Gov. Tom Wolf spends a lot more time in ours than in yours. Oh, and…

    2. Governor: This “son of York,” as Gov. Ed Rendell called him at the inauguration, is our town’s biggest booster.

    3. Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center: It rivals any performance venue in Lancaster (and don’t forget the Pullo Center at Penn State York, the Utz Center, and York College venues).

    4. Rock stars! The guys from Live have invested heavily in their hometown with a state-of-the-art recording studio and a high-tech venture.

    5. Other stars: York has also produced such creative luminaries as Jeff Koons, Cameron Mitchell, Ken Ludwig, Dominick Argento and Craig Sheffer.

    6. Parades: Our St. Patrick’s Day Parade is awesome — and our Halloween parade is even awesomer.

    7. Street Fair: Mother’s Day brings the streets of York to life with food, fun and families.

    8. Royal Square: The grassroots redevelopment effort is breathing new life into an old neighborhood with art galleries, restaurants and other attractions.

    9. History: The “First Capital” claim might be overblown, but the Continental Congress spent nine months here — because Lancaster couldn’t accommodate the delegates.

    10. Stadium: All due respect, we like ours better. And as you point out, we did win the War of the Roses last season. (In fact, we’re ahead 84-72 over all eight seasons.) Also, as you failed to point out, we were Atlantic League champs in 2010 and 2011.

    11. Microbreweries and beer fests: We have several great microbreweries (Mudhook, Liquid Hero, etc.) and excellent beer festivals.

    12. Amish: Yes, we have them, too. And unlike Lancaster, we haven’t ironically turned them into a tourist attraction.

    13. Eagles: OK, they’re not in York city, but York County is home to the popular nesting pair near Codorus State Park.

    14. Foodstruck: Thousands have attended these popular downtown food events.

    15. Restaurants: We’ll put the Left Bank and other downtown eateries such as the White Rose up against Lancaster restaurants any day. Oh, and by the way, Baron Von Schwein originated in Lancaster, but where did it open a bricks-and-mortar restaurant? York.

    Hey, every rose has its thorn (as a guy from Harrisburg sang). But let’s not jab each other with them. Let’s work together to make all of southcentral Pennsylvania bloom.

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