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Two new tasting rooms to open in downtown Harrisburg, part of “tasting row” in SoMa

The interior of the new Sip@SoMa

Last April, downtown Harrisburg lost Sip@SoMa, a rotating, limited-engagement brewery concept on S. 3rd Street.

This was actually good news, as Swatara Township-based Boneshire Brew Works opened a permanent tasting room in the space.

But now Sip@SoMa is back—times two.

This week, Harristown Enterprises will debut a new Sip@SoMa just a few doors down from the original location. In addition, it plans to open another tasting room on the street, Sip@17, which will cater to small-group gatherings and tastings.

Both locations will feature products from a rotating lineup of Pennsylvania brewers, vintners and distillers, in limited engagements.

The bar at the new Sip@SoMa

“Harristown is thrilled to add these two new tasting rooms to this thriving neighborhood,” said Brad Jones, president and CEO of Harristown. “The first Sip@SoMa was a great success. These two new tasting rooms will add to the vibrancy of this block and create a destination tasting row for the SoMa neighborhood.”

Located at 23 S. 3rd St., the new Sip@SoMa is larger than the original location at about 1,000 square feet, plus a 600-square-foot patio in the back, which together seats about 40 customers. The industrial-style design also features a small bar and performance stage.

It will be open on Friday for 3rd in the Burg, featuring beverages from Adams County-based Ploughman Cider, the art of Sarah Fogg and live music from Shine Delphi. The Ploughman Cider engagement runs from Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 14 to 16.

Sip@17, located at 17 S. 3rd St., is a smaller space of about 600 square feet. It is intended mostly for special, more intimate events, such as wine tastings.

Sara Bozich will be responsible for booking vendors and promotion.

“We’re excited to again partner with Harristown with these new tasting rooms,” she said. “Adding to the success of the original Sip@SoMa will continue to grow this neighborhood and showcase downtown Harrisburg’s potential. We’re looking forward to introducing brewers and producers from around the state to the SoMa district—and vice versa.”

Longer term, Harristown’s plan for the two spaces is the same as for the original Sip@SoMa, now occupied by Boneshire—to lease them permanently and turn S. 3rd Street into a “tasting row,” according to the company.

“Harristown intends to offer these spaces for lease eventually and will be looking to build additional tap rooms in the neighborhood at other storefronts it owns,” Jones said.

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