• The inaugural Ephrata Brewfest was held June 25. Each attendee got to take home a keepsake mug.
    Ephrata Brewfest: good libations

    The sun was shining Saturday, June 25, and the beer was flowing from 12 breweries as the first Ephrata Brewfest went off with success. Organizers promised the event’s return for 2017, and plan to make it bigger...

    • Posted June 29, 2016
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  • Upton ordered a flight containing Whale of a Wheat, St. David’s Lager, and Somers Amber Ale. (Photo by Michael Upton)
    Hopin’ Around: Special travel edition: Bermuda

    This island destination has pink sand, palm trees, and … beer. Of course, while on vacation I made it a point to visit Bermuda’s only brewery and sample all their beers! I wasn’t the only one. Dockyard...

    • Posted June 29, 2016
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  • Ephrata Brewfest organizes (From left) Erin Treese, George DiIlio, Jim Summers, Susan Rowe, Penny Talbert, and Joy Ashley, met to Tuesday
to plan the layout of craft beer festival the Whistle Stop Plaza. Tickets are selling fast for the event scheduled for Saturday, June 25,
from 1-4 p.m. The affair will help raise funds for the Ephrata Public Library, Downtown Ephrata Inc., and the Ephrata Rec Center, (Photo by Patrick Burns)
    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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  • 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. (Photo by Suzette Wenger)
    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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  • Zac Efron (left) and Seth Rogen are back as Teddy Sanders and Mac Radner in “Neighbors 2: Sorority
Rising.’ (Photo from hypebeast.com)
    ‘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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  • Upton sampled a flight of beers at York city’s Mudhook Brewing Company, attached to York Central Market.
    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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  • Johnny Depp is back as The Mad Hatter in “Alice Through The
Looking Glass.” Is his quirky sex appeal enough to propel the
film to #1 in the box office?
    ‘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...

    • 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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