• LR Ephrata Beer
    Finally: the Ephrata Brewfest!

    Not without its bumps and setbacks, The Ephrata Brewfest is now definitely a go. More than a dozen brewers and several hundred beer fans will descend on downtown Ephrata’s Whistle Stop Plaza Saturday, June 25, for the...

    • Posted June 15, 2016
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  • Pretty soon, you won’t be
able to enjoy any more barrel-aged
Anniver5ary Hegemony
stout. Stop by St.
Boniface and try it while the
limited batch is still available.
    Bonifest featured three musical acts

    The Brew Review pairs Isaac’s food, beers Several months ago, I was having a beer at St. Boniface Craft Brewing when I ran into co-owner and brewer, Jon Northup. The brewery had just received a huge order...

    • Posted June 15, 2016
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  • SUZETTE WENGER | Staff Photographer Brian Viera as Spike, Sharon Mellinger as Sonia, Ed Fernandez as Vanya and Cynthia Charles as Masha in “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center.
    Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, interrupted

      Even though I was trained to be a Navy cook, when I reached my command onboard the U.S.S John F. Kennedy (CV-67) I was sent to the damage control division. My job for the rest of...

    • Posted June 15, 2016
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    ‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’ and ‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’

    Comedies with colons There are good ideas … and there are good ideas gone wrong. So, which describes “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping?” Well … “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” is the story of Conner (Andy Samberg),...

    • Posted June 8, 2016
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    Across the county line: York

      I crossed the county line to catch up with some new brew friends. I met JR Heaps and his fiancée at Meeting of the Malts in March. He had established himself at a table with a...

    • Posted June 1, 2016
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    ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ and ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’

    Early summer smackdown Not many people nerd-out on movies like I do, so you’ll have to pardon me and my talk about box office numbers for a minute. There is an epic showdown brewing, which will all...

    • Posted May 25, 2016
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  • Beer connoisseur Michael Upton attended the Little Big Beer Fest at Appalachian Brewing Company’s Abbey Bar in Harrisburg on April 30.
    Across the county line: Dauphin

    I crossed the county line looking for some big beers, and they were pretty easy to find. In Lancaster County we have our own Appalachian Brewing Company (in Lititz), but I had to head to Dauphin County...

    • Posted May 18, 2016
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  • Tom Hayden (left) of Foodstock, organizer of the NachoMama’s Taco Cook-off, and taco creator Amanda DeVine, of DeVine Destinations. The tacos shown, are Amanda’s creation, filled with pulled pork. (Photo by Michael Upton)
    Black Forest event to raise money for FoodStock

    Black Forest Brewery’s summer events kick off Sunday, May 22, with NachoMama’s Taco Cook-off. All proceeds from the $5 per person admission will go to FoodStock, a seven-band concert event benefiting Power Packs and the Manheim Central...

    • Posted May 18, 2016
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    ‘Captain America: Civil War’

      Avengers divided! If you haven’t made a firm decision on which side you sit, Team Cap or Team Iron Man, you will after seeing The film kept course with other Marvel ventures, bringing in $181 million...

    • Posted May 11, 2016
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  • 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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