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Kenton Martin

Kenton is a Southeast PA native who began diversifying his beer tastes alongside many of The Beer Circle writers at Zeno’s beerfests in State College, PA. He continues to live in the area and is an avid follower of the local microbreweries – going so far as to try his hand at brewing himself. Initial results have been very successful. Find Kenton Martin on Google Plus

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Hombrewers BPA: Behind the Scenes at Al’s of Hampden

Hombrewers BPA: Behind the Scenes at Al’s of Hampden

At the early time of 8 AM on a Saturday, a dozen local homebrewing enthusiasts showed up to a quiet Al’s of Hampden, ready to help contribute to a brew day. The beer, aptly called Homebrewers Belgian Pale Ale, is slated to be tapped on National Homebrew Day on May 3.  I was one of the homebrewers eager to attend and help out. We started out by learning how automated the system is compared to what … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al's of Hampden, Belgian Pale Ale, Pizza Boy Brewing Co.

Best Beers of 2013

Best Beers of 2013

We here at The Beer Circle like to think that we drink a lot of good beer. With that in mind, we decided to vote internally on what our favorite new beers of 2013 were. The criteria was simple: you had to have the beer to vote on it and the beer had to make its debut in 2013. The list ended up being, predictably, focused on Pennsylvania. Voodoo Pappy van Winkle Black Magick Probably the most sought … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer, Beer Facts, Bullfrog Brewery, Perennial Artisan Ale, Pizza Boy Brewing Co., The Beer Circle, Voodoo Brewery

Aviator Brewing Company

Aviator Brewing Company

In late October I had an opportunity to check out a few local breweries in the greater Raleigh area. Before I left for my trip, I scoured around to see which ones I could visit. One of the closest to where I was staying was Aviator Brewing Company – a brewery I had never come across before. Having only “gotten off the ground” in 2008, it was relatively young in comparison to most of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Aviator Brewing Co.

Voodoo Barrel Room Collection Release 2: September 28, 2013

Voodoo Barrel Room Collection Release 2: September 28, 2013

We at The Beer Circle have been looking forward to the second Voodoo Barrel Room Collection release ever since we warmed up from the first one…which was not all that long ago. Paige was super excited for her first visit to the brewpub, as she had to miss the first release because of work commitments. Kenton and Greg, having both been to release number one, were happy for the forecast featuring a low of 50. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Release

LiveBlog: Voodoo Brewery Barrel Room Collection Release – The Second

LiveBlog: Voodoo Brewery Barrel Room Collection Release – The Second

As we speak, Paige, Kenton, and Greg of The Beer Circle are in Meadville, Pennsylvania to sample some of the fine beers being released at Voodoo Brewery’s second Barrel Room Collection Release!  This event promises to be a lot like their first, but hopefully a bit warmer this time around.  We’ve established this LiveBlog for updates on the weekend’s release festivities, so stick around, crack open a beer of your own, and feel free to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Voodoo Brewery

Stoudt’s Beer Tasting

Stoudt’s Beer Tasting

Last Sunday, I had the privilege to attend a beer pairing event hosted at Checkers Bistro in Lancaster, PA. Not only did it feature Stoudt’s Brewing Company beers paired with top-notch food, but it included a table of Stoudt’s representatives. This included the founders/owners: Ed and Carol Stoudt. After getting seated, Ed and Carol gave a short introduction about the brewery. They attended a Brewer’s Conference on Portland, Oregon and were excited in what was going … Read entire article »

Filed under: Beer Pairing, Stoudt's Brewing Co.

The Brewery at Hershey

The Brewery at Hershey

Something new and unique has just opened in Hershey – Pennsylvania’s first combination winery and brewery. Initially known as just The Vineyard at Hershey, this past weekend marked the grand opening of The Brewery at Hershey. Beer and wine are both brewed, fermented and sold all on the same 40-acre plot of land. Nestled off the beaten path, but only a few minutes off the highway, the location is in a prime spot to attract locals and … Read entire article »

Filed under: The Brewery at Hershey

Novice Homebrewer: Converting All-Grain to Extract

Novice Homebrewer: Converting All-Grain to Extract

For my most recent homebrew, I was looking to make a chocolate stout, preferably using the locally produced Wilbur Chocolate in Lititz, PA. To my surprise, I was able to find a recipe entitled Wilbur Bud Chocolate Stout, but alas, it was a 12-gallon batch, all-grain recipe. Thanks to a simple search, I found some great advice on how to convert such a recipe. Here are the main rules of thumb to help with converting: 1. Convert … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brew It Yourself

Splinter Gold Batch #2 – Tröegs Brewing Company

Splinter Gold Batch #2 – Tröegs Brewing Company

Late last Friday night, I received a text message from Russ: “Did you get Splinter Gold? [It was] released at Tröegs today.” In disbelief, I thought Russ was pulling a fast one at first. Surely Tröegs would give more notice when releasing such a widely anticipated beer. After all, this was the first time the brewery would be releasing a Splinter series since its move to Hershey. It wasn’t until I saw this tweet that … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Wild Ale, Beer, Tröegs Brewing Co.

Al’s of Hampden: A New Location! – Enola, PA

Al’s of Hampden: A New Location! – Enola, PA

The Trip: This past Saturday, The Beer Circle writers Garrett, Kenton, and Paige were fortunate enough to be able to make a rendezvous at one of their favorite beer establishments in the Central Pennsylvania region. The location of which they speak, however, is not the same Al’s of Hampden which they’ve visited on a previous beer tour, this was something new – something the beer community has been much abuzz about for some time now. We’ve … Read entire article »

Filed under: Breweries, Pizza Boy Brewing Co.