• JoBoy's recent release, Session IPA.
    Session time out

    Whatever you do, don’t call it light beer! A couple years ago many craft beer drinkers came to the same conclusion: Sometimes bigger is not always better. Thus, the term session beer entered the popular lexicon of beer...

    • Posted January 28, 2015
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  • Benedict Cumberbatch portrays WWII codebreaker Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game.” (Photo courtesy of whysoblu.com)
    ‘American Sniper’ and ‘The Imitation Game’

    Seriously, with this review I want to make it blatantly obvious I am speaking about the movie “American Sniper” and not the real life warrior the movie is based on, Chris Kyle. Kyle’s legacy is a national...

    • Posted January 21, 2015
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  • Appalachian Brewing Company’s Aero-Head Bock is a lightly
hopped beer with slightly sweet maltiness.
    Bock around the clock

    ABC introduces Aero-Head January 9 marked the beginning of a new era at Appalachian Brewing Company. All locations began pouring Aero-Head Bock. This keg tapping officially launches a new series of flagship beers for the brewery; over...

    • Posted January 14, 2015
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    New Year and ‘The Interview’

    It’s been a rather predictable couple weeks at the box office (except for the hullabaloo surrounding the release/postponing/release of “The Interview,” see below). “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” has done exactly what film fans...

    • Posted January 7, 2015
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  • Not sure what to get? Try a Black Forest sampler.
    Black Forest Brewery opens

    There’s a new brew in town. Actually there are five new brews in town. While I was busy getting “canned” at St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company for their six pack release, a new brewery in Ephrata was...

    • Posted December 30, 2014
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  • The dwarven company of Thorin Oakenshield (and one hobbit) — each of them a gifted actor — couldn’t save “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” from being a cap on a canister of film to put this double trilogy to bed.
    Review: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’

    The end is nigh … or is it just the beginning? In the story of Middle Earth “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is just the midpoint. But this is the end of the films...

    • Posted December 23, 2014
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  • 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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