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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

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.

TODAY! The Beer Circle’s 2nd Tour: Selin’s Grove Brewing Company

TODAY! The Beer Circle’s 2nd Tour: Selin’s Grove Brewing Company

Come join The Beer Circle for our 2nd tour on Saturday, August 18th! This time were heading north from Harrisburg and visiting central Pennsylvania. The main attraction is Selin’s Grove Brewing in Selinsgrove, PA. The only off-premises option is buying a growler, but their offerings are some of the highest rated beers that I’ve seen on Beer Advocate. Our first tour was a big hit and much fun was had. We got a behind the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Iron Hill Brewing, Pizza Boy Brewing Co., Selin's Grove Brewing Co., The Beer Circle

My Brew Day at Pizza Boy Brewing

My Brew Day at Pizza Boy Brewing

My fiancée and I are regular customers at Al’s of Hampden and when I told Al that I was engaged, he said that I needed to brew a beer for the wedding at the brewery in the basement of his pizza shop, Pizza Boy Brewing. We had several discussions back and forth on what type of beer I wanted to brew, and finally I settled on a Belgian Tripel aged in Apple Brandy Barrels with … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al's of Hampden, Brandy, Brew It Yourself, Pizza Boy Brewing Co., Tripel

Guest Post: Homebrew Contest Winning Mango Triple IPA

Guest Post: Homebrew Contest Winning Mango Triple IPA

Editor’s Note: These guest posts come from our friends, followers, and fellow beer geeks who have something they want to share. If you’ve attended a great event, tasted a rare beer, want to give your favorite brewery some love, or anything else beer related feel free to send us an email at thebeercircle@gmail.com and let us know! Greetings fellow beer lovers! I am honored and excited to be contributing to The Beer Circle this week and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Brew It Yourself, Pizza Boy Brewing Co., Tröegs Brewing Co.

The Beer Circle Eastern PA Brewery Tour Recap

The Beer Circle Eastern PA Brewery Tour Recap

Editor’s Note: We would like to thank everyone who joined us on our beer excursion. We all had a great time, met some interesting people, drank some good beers, and hope to do it all again soon. For those of you who missed out, the following post will demonstrate why you shouldn’t have! We hope to host more trips like this in the future, stay tuned for more details. Al’s of Hampden Bob and Russ carpooled up … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al's of Hampden, Bars, Breweries, Capone's Restaurant, Lancaster Brewing Co., Monk's Cafe, Pizza Boy Brewing Co., Stoudt's Brewing Co., The Beer Circle, Tröegs Brewing Co.