Food/Drink

 Rich Howells

Just Born in Bethlehem confirms Peeps are back with new flavors after pandemic delays

Just Born in Bethlehem confirms Peeps are back with new flavors after pandemic delays

This week, Just Born Quality Confections in Bethlehem announced that its popular marshmallow Peeps will be back on shelves just in time for the Easter season. While designated as an “essential business” by the state and federal government, Just Born temporarily suspended production at its Bethlehem and Philadelphia manufacturing facilities last March to “ensure the […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Yuengling launches new Raging Eagle mango beer, available now in 24 oz. cans

Yuengling launches new Raging Eagle mango beer, available now in 24 oz. cans

From a press release: D.G. Yuengling & Son in Pottsville is disrupting the local beer scene with the launch of its flavorful new brand Yuengling Raging Eagle, a pilsner made with natural mango flavor for a refreshing taste. This contemporary addition to Yuengling’s portfolio is the ideal beverage for legal drinking age adults who are […]

 Rich Howells

Scranton and Wilkes-Barre St. Patrick’s Day parades postponed until September

Scranton and Wilkes-Barre St. Patrick’s Day parades postponed until September

On Sunday, the Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade Association announced that it will move its annual event from March to Saturday, Sept. 18, and today, Mayor George C. Brown followed suit and postponed the Wilkes-Barre St. Patrick’s Day Parade to Sunday, Sept. 19. These are tentative dates, as the onset of the coronavirus pandemic postponed and […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Pennsylvania breweries team up for release of PA Pride Pilsner collaboration beer on Feb. 5

Pennsylvania breweries team up for release of PA Pride Pilsner collaboration beer on Feb. 5

From a press release: In a continued effort to connect the Pennsylvania craft beer community with local agriculture, Deer Creek Malthouse in Glen Mills and the website Breweries in PA have once again teamed up following the success of their popular “PA Pride” collaboration beer. The original PA Pride, a hazy pale ale beer released […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Yuengling beer names country star Lee Brice an official brand ambassador

Yuengling beer names country star Lee Brice an official brand ambassador

From a press release: D.G. Yuengling & Son has announced a partnership with multi-platinum-selling country music singer/songwriter Lee Brice and the start of the Pottsville brewery’s Stars & Stripes program. Lee, who returned to Northeastern Pennsylvania to perform at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre in 2019, will serve as an official brand ambassador for […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Hershey’s Whatchamacallit produces a Whozeewhatzit, a new fan-named candy bar

Hershey’s Whatchamacallit produces a Whozeewhatzit, a new fan-named candy bar

From a press release: This week, the Hershey Company announced the Whozeewhatzit bar, the Whatchamacallit brand’s first new candy bar in a decade that “takes wacky, crazy, crunchy, and chewy to a new level.” The brand new bar, which has an added peanut butter crème layer and delicious rice crisps, all covered in a chocolatey […]

 Rich Howells

The V-Spot – 10 questions for 10 years in Scranton with co-owner Vinnie Archer

The V-Spot – 10 questions for 10 years in Scranton with co-owner Vinnie Archer

In mid-November, The V-Spot turned 10 years old, a major milestone for any small business, but they didn’t really get the chance to celebrate. Already operating at 50 percent capacity due to COVID-19 regulations, the popular North Scranton watering hole was one of many Pennsylvania bars and restaurants forced to close on Thanksgiving Eve, the […]

 Rich Howells

VIDEO: Backyard Ale House in Scranton talks about real impact of COVID-19 on bars and restaurants

VIDEO: Backyard Ale House in Scranton talks about real impact of COVID-19 on bars and restaurants

This week’s news that Governor Tom Wolf will allow Pennsylvania bars and restaurants to reopen at 50 percent capacity on Jan. 4 was welcomed after the latest shutdown led to another difficult month for the industry, but being able to welcome customers back inside again doesn’t mean their problems are over. The true impact of […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Pa. Liquor Board grants $2 million to produce and promote local beers and wines in 2021

Pa. Liquor Board grants $2 million to produce and promote local beers and wines in 2021

From a press release: Last month, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approved grants totaling $2,016,699.35 for 18 projects to increase the production of Pennsylvania-made malt and brewed beverages and enhance the Pennsylvania beer industry through promotion, marketing, and research-based programs and projects, and to enhance the Pennsylvania wine industry and increase production of Pennsylvania-made wines. […]

 The Conversation

Why being stuck at home, unable to hang out in cafes and bars, can drain creativity

Why being stuck at home, unable to hang out in cafes and bars, can drain creativity

While the pandemic has caused thousands of small businesses to temporarily close or shutter for good, the disappearance of the corner coffee shop means more than lost wages. It also represents a collective loss of creativity. Researchers have shown how creative thinking can be cultivated by simple habits like exercise, sleep, and reading. But another […]