Meredith Megan Rebar, owner of Home Brewed Events and Certified Cicerone, didn’t fall in love with craft beer until she tried one of the brews at Zeno’s Pub, a local dive favorited by her fellow Penn State alumni.

“I went to Penn State, which is a party school and I wanted more than was offered at parties,” Rebar says. “I stayed in the area during the summer and discovered an underground bar with great craft beer that had unique, different flavors. That’s when I fell in love with craft beer.”

Rebar’s passion for craft beer led her to become a certified cicerone, the beer equivalent of a sommelier, and is one of 2,700 certified cicerones in the world. She previously worked at Tröegs Tasting Room in Hershey before starting Home Brewed Events.

They offer a range of classes and packages, including private classes in your own home, beer tasting and pairings and a brew-off. The private brewing classes are ideal for smaller groups of up to five to 20 people while the pairings can be held for corporate groups up to 100. For those who are competitive, they offer head-to-head brewing where groups are split into two to four teams and compete to create the best brew.

Marilyn Sukonick-Zeff’s story starts in a Barnes & Noble. On a whim, many moons ago—as she says—she took her two children for story hour at the national bookstore and noticed there would be a tarot card reader coming in to promote selling the cards. The experience intrigued her so much she asked for a private reading with the woman on a different date.

 

Red Pedal Tours in Philadelphia is now offering a brand-new tour for foodies. We profiled Red Pedal Tours in our Spring 2014 issue when they had just hit the streets with their bright red pedicycle, and we are thrilled they are growing in popularity. The pedicycle is powered by you—there are 12 seats lining two sides of the cycle, with a bench in the back for three non-cyclers to enjoy the ride. Their history tours are a fun and active way to experience the city’s history in a new way.

 

A sneak peek of the venue spaces at the Museum of the American Revolution, which will open on April 19, was celebrated on Jan. 19 in Philadelphia. The invite-only event was held for industry insiders to showcase the new museum’s offerings for events and meetings, which includes four main event spaces: Rotunda, Patriots Gallery, Liberty Hall and Founder’s Board Room.