• Paideia delivers a thick head. Brewed in the English style of pale
ales, it has a solid maltiness spiked with a bouquet of flowery

    St. Boniface products now available in cans! The moment many fans of St. Boniface Craft Brewing have been waiting for is finally here. No longer is a growler necessary to get beer to go. Six-packs of Libation...

    • Posted December 17, 2014
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  • Jim Carrey (left) and Jeff Daniels are back as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne in the long-awaited sequel to “Dumb and Dumber.” According to our favorite film critic, it’s the unfunniest comedy he’s ever seen. (Photo courtesy of athenacinema.com)
    ‘The Pyramid’ and ‘Dumb and Dumber To’

    Welcome to what some call the dead zone, the movie industry’s moniker for the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas releases. Why is it dead? Well, because jockeying for position in the box office rankings is hard, having...

    • Posted December 10, 2014
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  • Kristie Ohlinger (left) portrays Miss Hannigan and Tori Moss plays Annie, in the Ephrata Performing Arts Center’s rendition of this timeless classic of an orphan finding a home. “Annie” plays at EPAC through Dec. 21. Tickets are available at ephrataperformingartscenter.com and are selling out very quickly. (Photo by Marty Heisey)
    ‘Tomorrow’ is now: EPAC presents “Annie”

    I have to admit, I went into the opening night performance of EPAC’s “Annie” on Thursday, Dec. 4 with a bias. Not long ago, I saw a superb version of the musical. You see, it wasn’t even...

    • Posted December 10, 2014
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    Foam for the holidays: local brews

    ‘Tis the season! Thanksgiving has come and gone and I feel I can finally talk about holiday beers (although most brewers are as overzealous as many Christmas fanatics who celebrate earlier and earlier every year and have...

    • Posted December 3, 2014
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  • The Smoked Chipotle Porter on tap at St. Boniface is the winning homebrew from the Lititz Craft beer festival, created by Brian Thomas, Jason Clement, and Will Meiser of Waterfowl Brewing. (Photo by Michael Upton)
    And the winner is …

    Delicious! The winner is delicious. I’m talking about the winner of the Lititz Craft Beer Festival’s homebrew competition. A Smoked Chipotle Porter created by Brian Thomas, Jason Clement, and Will Meiser was crowned king of homebrews during...

    • Posted November 19, 2014
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  • “Big Hero 6,” an animated feature about self-inflating robot Baymax (left) and young prodigy Hiro, was #1 at the box office last weekend.
    ‘Big Hero 6’ and ‘Feast’

    Big bot a big hit  I really wanted to see “Interstellar” over the weekend. I love space movies on the big screen and I am a Matthew McConaughey homer, for sure. As we neared the theater I...

    • Posted November 12, 2014
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  • If wine and beer had a baby, it might taste like Grand Smash IPA, 
JoBoy’s newest creation. (Photo by Michael Upton)
    JoBoy’s unveils Grand Smash … and more

    For many years, beer aficionados and foodies have been making a case for pairing food with beer. Food pairing was once reserved only for wines, but those days are gone. Taking things a step further, Jeff Harless...

    • Posted November 5, 2014
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    Not your granddad’s ‘Cabaret’

    Every writer has a novel. Whether it lives in the imagination or in print, every writer has a certain level of desire to write the great American novel. Clifford Bradshaw is no different, as I found out...

    • Posted October 22, 2014
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    Porter: the workingman’s beer

    The American India Pale Ale, a.k.a. IPA, is still the most popular style among beer aficionados. But as the seasons put a nip in the air, drinkers usually start looking for something a tad darker to warm...

    • Posted October 22, 2014
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  • Erik Wolfe is part of the whiskey dream team that is bringing distillery history back to the region. (photo by Michael C. Upton)
    Whiskey a ‘go go’

    For the first time in more than 100 years, a Lititz company put whiskey in a bottle. Bottling of Bomberger’s Distillery whiskey took place on Wednesday, said Lititz resident Erik Wolfe, who is helping to reprise the...

    • Posted October 15, 2014
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