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You’re invited! A free Q&A on Pa. coal country’s signature drink and trivia!

by Spotlight PA Staff |

Boiling up some boilo.
Submitted by Matt Cragle

As temperatures drop, Pennsylvania coal country is putting pots of boilo on the stove. Sweet, tangy, and strong, the alcoholic drink (and some say cold remedy) is a wintertime staple and the Americanized version of a popular Eastern European beverage.

But how did boilo make its way to the Keystone State?

To learn about the drink’s globe-spanning history and how to make some yourself, Spotlight PA is hosting a free virtual event with boilo expert Paul Domalakes of Schuylkill County, the cradle of Pennsylvania’s boilo boom.

Join us Thursday, Dec. 14 from 6-7 p.m. on Zoom for a free Q&A and demonstration on crafting boilo, and as a bonus, try your hand at some Pennsylvania wintertime trivia in the last half hour for a chance to win Spotlight PA swag.

» Spotlight PA’s events operate on a “pay-what-you-can” honor system. If you value this public-service event, pay it forward and contribute any amount to Spotlight PA now so we can keep our programming free for everyone: spotlightpa.org/donate.

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