• Boulevard’s Hibiscus Gose pays tribute to the pleasantly
sour, slightly salty wheat beers that originated
in Goslar and became popular in Leipzig, Germany,
around the late 1800s. A great introductory sour
beer, Hibiscus Gose receives coriander and sea salt
during boiling, and is steeped with dried hibiscus
flowers at the end to create a vibrant pink hue. The
result is a tangy, sweet and sour ale with a refreshing
citrus character.
    Across the county line: Berks

      I crossed the county line looking for a statue and ended up drinking a few beers. No, this is not the start of one of my infamously bad jokes; the two are actually — seriously — related. On...

    • Posted May 4, 2016
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  • VINNY TENNIS | Staff Photographer photos Tricia Corcoran as Dolly Levi, left, and Bruce Weaver as Horace Vandergelder in “Hello, Dolly!” at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center in Ephrata. The show debuts tonight.
    Hello (again), Dolly!

    In all honesty, I had never seen the musical “Hello, Dolly!” on stage. I did not remember seeing the 1969 Oscar-award winning movie starring Barbara Streisand, Walter Matthau, and Michael Crawford … until I heard “Call on...

    • Posted May 4, 2016
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    ‘The Hunstman: Winter’s War’ and ‘The Jungle Book’

    ‘The Hunstman: Winter’s War’ This is not your child’s Snow White. This is the sequel to 2012’s “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Chris Hemsworth (a.k.a. Thor) is back as Eric the huntsman in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,”...

    • Posted April 27, 2016
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    ‘Somewhereville Station’ revisits the 50s and 60s

    In early 2015, Ephrata native Paul Stober had an idea. The member of the men’s Red Rose Chorus thought it would be swell to join with the all-female Red Rose City Chorus from Lititz for a combined...

    • Posted April 20, 2016
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  • Hop hop, hooray! The beer festival season is underway. Our Hop’in Around columnist kicked things off with Rails & Ales in Strasburg, and
the fun will continue through September when the Lititz Craft Beer Fest (pictured above) returns. Cheers! (Photo by Mike Shull)
    Let the festivals begin!

    Rails & Ales puts the season on the right track Over the weekend, I attended the inaugural Rails & Ales brewfest at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and by far, the museum is one of the best...

    • Posted April 20, 2016
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    Funk brings funny to Reamstown

    In his online biography, comedian Zach Funk describes Ephrata as “the kind of place where biology and debate class is the same thing (and) you can get into arguments about the minutia of manure.” “Ephrata was a...

    • Posted April 20, 2016
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    All aboard! Newest beer fest will feature St. Boniface one-off

      Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Director Jeff Bliemeister is a beer fan. So, when the staff of the museum suggested running a brew festival, he was all in. Rails & Ales was born. “We jumped at the...

    • Posted April 6, 2016
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  • From the back left, counter clockwise, Andi Hill, Lisa Harris, Elizabeth Pattey, Kenneth Seigh, Robin Payne, Preston Cuer, Rachel Faust, Brian Viera and Megan Riggs of "The Heiress" at Ephrata Performing Arts Center on Monday, March 14, 2016. SUZETTE WENGER | Staff Photographer
    A different portrait of a lady: EPAC presents ‘The Heiress’

    This may be a bit of a shock, coming from someone who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing; someone whose collegiate mentor was twice removed from Robert Frost; someone who toured the English countryside...

    • Posted March 23, 2016
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    It’s gettin’ Funcky in Leola

    All of Lancaster County is abuzz about Funck’s. Here’s a quick recap if you haven’t already heard about the new beer-stablishment. Brothers Alan and Matt Funck, owners of Funck’s restaurants in Fort Indian Town Gap and Palmyra,*...

    • Posted March 23, 2016
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    ‘WTF’ and ‘Zootopia’

    A dichotomy of comedies, Part 2 I caught an interview with “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” star Tina Fey last week, otherwise I would have had no idea the movie was opening this past weekend. So, I went and...

    • Posted March 9, 2016
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