You’ve probably heard that there are certain wines that go well with food groups, like white wine and fish, or red wine and hearty red sauce dishes. There’s also an art to pairing beer and cocktails with your meal because the right drink and spot-on menu choice can enhance your overall dining experience. We've rounded up a few winning food and drink combos whose unique flavors come together to create a delicious meal.
Tröegs Independent Brewing
Tröegs is one of our region’s most Instagrammed locations, and one photogenic food item is the Oktoberfest Pretzel, coated in malted barley and sea salt, served cheese and horseradish mustard dipping sauces. It’s a BIG pretzel, and you’ll get it to share, but then you’ll wish you didn’t because it goes so fast! What to pair with it? If you’ve never sampled Tröegs beer before, start with a flight of their award-winning Anthology Series which includes favorites like Perpetual IPA, Troegenator Double Bock, Sunshine Pils, DreamWeaver Wheat, and JavaHead Stout.
Greystone Public House
Greystone Public House is one of Harrisburg’s casual, yet upscale dining experiences, with reimagined American dishes and creative seasonal drinks. There’s an art to combining cuisine and cocktails, and Greystone recommends The Greystone Manhattan alongside their Smoked Duck Breast with sage gnocchi, roasted wild mushrooms, asparagus, and cherry gastrique. The smoked duck complements the charred oak flavor of the Greystone Single Barrel Knob Creek Bourbon, while the richness of the dish and the fattiness from the duck balance out the heat from the alcohol in the cocktail and allow the flavor of the bourbon to shine.
Mount Gretna Craft Brewery
Mount Gretna Craft Brewery offers a sweet and savory combo that plays on the sweetness of a dark beer with hints of chocolate, like the Iron Master Stout or Rail Trail Brown Ale, with a flavorful local beef burger. You can also take a rich, spicy beer that has a touch of bitterness and subtle fruit aroma, their Starbarn Siason, and pair it with a tangy Carolina-Style Pulled Pork Sandwich or house-made chicken wings. Smooth, malty beers that expertly balance their sweet and bitter flavors are a refreshing companion to foods that also blend the sweet and the spicy. Try a pint of Campbelltown Kolsch or Palmyra Pilsner with the Pronios Italian Sausage Sandwich or a shareable plate of flavorful fries like the BBQ Pork Fries or Chicken Bacon Ranch Fries.
Located on a tree-lined street near the Capitol, Home 231 is our region’s first farm-to-table restaurant, and they deliver seasonal menu creations as fresh as their veggies! Grab a table in their charming courtyard and order up a red or white Home 231 Sangria by the glass or pitcher for sharing. For a light and easy food pairing, try their Roasted Vegetable Board, with peak-of-season local vegetables, hummus, and a crisp baguette. This combination is refreshing and flavorful for a warm summer day!
Ever Grain Brewing Company
Ever Grain Brewing Company must have tasted a lot of food and beer to come up with their winning combinations. Under many of their craft kitchen menu items, you’ll find a few beer recommendations, making sure what’s in your pint glass matches what’s on your tray. Their Best Damn Fried Chicken Sandwich (sounds promising) goes well with Enormous, a rich copper-toned double IPA with aromas of lemon, vanilla, and blackberry. You can also try the Charcuterie & Cheese tray, matching up the Kaboo, a go-down-easy pale ale, or The Udder One, a chocolatey full-bodied milk stout.
Appalachian Brewing Company
Appalachian Brewing Company produces some of our region’s most drinkable and crowd-pleasing craft beer, and it’s meant to be paired with a full menu of delicious pub food. Their Mile-High Meatloaf with garlic mashed potatoes and “Jolly Scot” gravy goes well with, of course, Jolly Scot Scottish Style Ale. The light and fruity Argyle Sweater IPA cozies up nicely with a juicy cheeseburger, topped with bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers. At ABC, even the kids can ex-PAIR-iment with food and drink combos tasting ABC’s line of craft sodas alongside a full kid’s menu.
More Regional Things That Just Go Together!
Okay, so these aren’t food & drink pairings, per say. When it’s not dinner time and you’re hoping to check off two places at once, these activity and drink combos can be found next door to each other!
Zeroday Brewing Company & Midtown Cinema
There’s a lot to see and do in Midtown Harrisburg, but one stop that’s doubly delicious and entertaining is Zeroday Brewing Company and neighbor Midtown Cinema. Stop in at Zeroday for a sampling of their clean, balanced ales and lagers. Their flagship favorites include Mango Hab, a refreshing IPA brewed with sweet mangoes and spicy habanero heat, and Wastin’ Daylight, a light-bodied cream ale that complements a relaxing day. When you’ve decided on a favorite, take a nitro to go and head next door to Midtown Cinema for a movie. (Just in case you’re worried, you’re totally allowed to do this. We checked!) Midtown Cinema is Harrisburg’s independent art house theater showing limited release indie flicks and foreign films.
Escape Room Hershey & Hershey Biergarten
For anyone who likes puzzles and pilsners, Escape Room Hershey and its neighbor, Hershey Biergarten, provide an afternoon of entertainment and food. First, book a room at Escape Room Hershey, choosing from three themed puzzle rooms: Mystery in the Theater, Wizard's Laboratory, and Wacky Candy Factory (how appropriate for Hershey, PA!) Get started looking for clues and share your findings with your team. You'll have one hour to unlock the door, but we know you can do it! What better motivation to escape than a brew at Hershey Biergarten. They have Hershey's largest craft beer selection, and a mouthwatering menu that includes flatbreads, street tacos, and sandwiches! If you and your group are discussing your daring escape, make sure you keep your voices low for future players around you!
Like bacon & eggs. Chocolate & peanut butter. Burger & fries. Sandy & Danny.