Showcase of Pa. wine, beers and spirits to open at former Mulligan’s in Harrisburg – PennLive.com

It’s bold move for a nightclub guy.

But Ron Kamionka, Harrisburg’s after dark king, is tackling an unsuspecting project at the former Mulligan’s Downtown Pub at 17 N. Second St., which closed earlier this month.

On Feb. 28, Hops, Vines & Spirits Tasting Room will open, showcasing Pennsylvania wines, beers and spirits.

“It’s the most adult project I’ve ever done,” joked Kamionka, who is known for night spots such as Sawyer’s and Bourbon Street Saloon in Harrisburg.

Kamionka isn’t exactly entering unchartered territory with his Pa.-branded booze project. He’s taking a slightly different approach – the rustic chic tasting room will feature a revolving door of new products. Every month it will highlight two breweries, two wineries and one distillery.

He’s sticking to a hardcore Pa. theme.

“You won’t be able to buy a Bud Light and you won’t be able to buy a Grey Goose,” he said.

To complement the beverages, the tasting room will serve a Pennsylvania sourced menu, heavy on items such as charcuterie plates made from local meats and cheeses. Customers also will be able to order flights of cocktails, some infused or garnished with fresh herbs grown in the tasting room.

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Local producers such as Urban Churn Ice Cream in Harrisbug will be profiled every month, while a bottle shop will carry bottles of wine and beer along with snacks such as popcorn and nuts to go.

The idea for the tasting room came to Kamionka after he connected with a local winery.

“You see the passion and the amount of work they put into it. It reminded me of the old days and that enthusiasm I had,” he said.

Part of the appeal will be he convenience factor of having the products under one roof, Kamionka said, adding it’s not always easy to travel to the different wineries, breweries and distilleries. On specific nights owners will be on hand to conduct tastings with customers.

Kamionka said he’s hoping in the future to parlay the concept into larger venue, perhaps a tasting room with 20 or more vendors profiled every month.

“Tasting rooms are the big thing right now, and there are so many of the little wineries, breweries and distilleries. They have great products and they don’t get the exposure they need,” he said. “To me, it’s almost like an incubator project. We are selling the product but I’m showcasing a lot of local people who are startups.”

The first month will feature spirits from Tattered Flag Brewery & Still Works, wine from Broad Mountain Vineyard in Halifax and Moon Dancer Winery in Wrightsville, hard cider from Wyndridge Farm Crafty Hard Cider in Dallastown and beer from St. Boniface Craft Brewing Co. in Ephrata.

Hops, Vines & Spirits Tasting Room will be open 4 p.m.- midnight Wednesday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday with brunch.

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