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The Pub on WTAJ

Eric Braden Zimmett had a chance to sit down with Peyton Kennedy of WTAJ and wearecentralpa.com at Saints Coffee Shop, as the two discussed Braden Social Media’s work in the State College Food & Beverage Industry with Facebook Groups State College Eats –now at 2,000 members in less than six months — and its sister group State College Drinks.

“One of the things that draws me to this industry is all the stories and what goes on behind the scenes,” said Zimmett. “There’s so many stories to tell, especially now.”

The Pub Podcast, which aired its first episode on St. Patricks Day, will be one way Eric and Braden Social Media hopes to tell those stories.

“To sit down and be able to have a drink with a guest and have a very casual conversation where those stories come out, that’s my goal with it,” said Zimmett. “To have an unedited, just kind of raw, pub-style conversation.”

The Pub Podcast is now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Anchor. Find the original article and TV segment at https://www.wearecentralpa.com/news/local-news/the-pub-podcast-features-food-beverage-businesses-in-happy-valley/

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Partnering with Toast

Braden Social Media LLC is excited to announce we are now a Local Toast Partner.

“With a shared industry focus on Restaurants & Hospitality, Toast is an ideal local partner, and will add additional resources and industry knowledge to Braden Social Media and our clients, whenever appropriate,” said Braden Social Media Principal Eric Zimmett.

Toast visited State College this month for a nice intro coffee (& Toast) with Braden Social Media to discuss the partnership details and how we’ll work together throughout the year. Cheers to a great partnership!

Toast, Inc. is a cloud-based restaurant software company based in Boston, Massachusetts. The company provides a restaurant management and point of sale system. Learn more about Toast at toasttab.com

National Restaurant Week Oct. 4-10

Braden Social Media, along with our friends at Toast Inc, are celebrating National Restaurant Week Oct. 4 through Oct. 10. Join us in supporting the restaurants that have stood strong through the past year.

Let’s continue to support our local restaurants in these times, with dine-in, takeout, or delivery. Visit a local restaurant, share your experiences in State College Eats, and post on social media using #NationalRestuarantWeek.

Oktoberfest with The Blonde Bistro and Axemann Brewery

Das Haus war verpackt! Oktoberfest at Axemann Brewery and The Blonde Bistro drew a record-setting crowd to the 20,000 square foot production brewery and taproom on Axemann Road in Bellefonte.

It was the second annual Oktoberfest celebration at Axemann on Sept. 20, 2021 — the first being somewhat limited with restricted seating and spacing due to the pandemic. Though the facility — the former Cerro Metal Factory in Titan Energy Park — does allow for adequate spacing when required.

Oktoberfest itself originated in 1810 as a celebration of the marriage between Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig und Prinzessin Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The celebration took place over five days, when the locals ate, drink, listened to music, and enjoyed a festival-like atmosphere with parades and a horse race. It was such a success the event became an annual tradition.

Axemann Brewery opened in 2020 at Titan Energy Park in Bellefonte, at first with a standalone product, Blue Stripe beer, perfected as a home brew over six years in a barn milk house by owner Rod Stahl. Today, Axemann has several long standing varieties, as well as seasonal and limited releases, including an Oktoberfest and a stout. And an appropriate food-pairing with the adjoining Blonde Bistro.

The Blonde Bistro, led by owner Ciara Semack, joined Axemann after moving from its original location in Downtown Bellefonte. With an extensive menu from handhelds, to shareables, and ‘big plates’ featuring pasta dishes, chicken entrees, as well as ‘Axemann’s Faire,’ including Bratwurst, Sausage Sampler, Kebab, Tater Kegs, and more.

My personal favorite is The Blonde Bistro’s pepperoni pizza, a side of boneless bites, paired with Axemann’s Hop Alloy IPA.

October Food & Drink Events in Happy Valley

Axemann Brewery and The Blonde Bistro kicked off Oktoberfest celebrations in Happy Valley, but we’re just getting started! So grab your lederhosen and check out these Food & Drink Events in Happy Valley.

Don’t miss the next Food & Drink Event in Happy Valley with Happy Valley Events

Axemann Brewery and The Blonde Bistro host Live Music every Wednesday from 7pm-9pm.

Like Axemann Brewery and The Blonde Bistro on Facebook for updates on Wednesday Music, or join Happy Valley Events on Facebook. The venue is worth the trip, with tons of space, two levels of seating, and outdoor patios on both, nestled in the woods along the Logan Branch.

Friday Oct. 1st is First Friday in Downtown State College. Experience the Fall vibes of Downtown State College with First Friday’s casual atmosphere with friends, drinks, and dining at the diverse and delectable State College restaurants.

First Friday will feature live music from Hops & Vines, restaurant specials, and more. Free parking in the Pugh, Fraser and Beaver garages with validations from participating merchants. 

Shy Bear Brewing’s Okto’bear’fest Extravabandza starts Friday, Oct. 8th (I still think they were drinking when they named this)

Shy Bear’s 4th annual Okto’bear’fest is a three-day festival starting on Friday, Oct. 8 with Bavarian Stompers and Music all day long on Saturday including the Perfect Draw Cigar Lounge – Ma’am on Sunday – German food options all weekend long – as well as large pours of their Okto’bear’best Marzen. “The idea that you would not be here any or all of those days is unacceptable.” Check Happy Valley Events on Facebook for more music events at Shy Bear for October.

“In the rolling hills of Bethel, NY in 1969, thousands gathered across the countryside in search of live music.”

At Tussey Mountain on Friday, Oct. 8, they pay homage to that historic event with their own mini festival, Mock Stock, featuring local music, food & drinks.

The Central Pa Tasting Trail is taking part in the celebrations on Oct. 16th with Oktoberfest at Grange Park, featuring member breweries, all day music, food, drinks. A portion of all proceeds go The Centre County United Way.

The Central Pa Tasting Trail is holding the inaugural Oktoberfest @ Grange Park Saturday Oct. 16 at the Grange Fairgrounds, the first event of its kind at Grange Park.

More events added daily to Happy Valley Events. Join us! And we encourage you to share! Thank you ~

~Braden’s pub~

Welcome to Braden’s Pub

Welcome to The Pub, home of The Pub Podcast, the upcoming Pub Live, and The Pub Blog, featuring agency & client news, as well as interviews with local Food, Beverage and Hospitality brands in Happy Valley.

Join our Facebook Groups at State College Eats, State College Drinks, and Happy Valley Events.

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