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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Hard to find a drink in Beersville

By Bill Landauer




The question remains: Where can you get a beer in Beersville?


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SEERSVILLE, Pa. — (MCT) The name of the town sings out from a plain green road sign on Route 248 in eastern Pennsylvania.

Beersville. One mile ahead.

No giant stone pretzels or statues shaped like suds-filled steins mark the entrance to the Northampton County town. Instead, the highway signs stop saying Beersville and start mentioning Klecknersville. Did you miss it?

Turns out Beersville, about an hour and a half northwest of Philadelphia, is easy to miss. It has a Facebook page. On it, BeerNerd Beer, Stewart Kraft Brewer, and a guy who calls himself Rickie Bobbie who went to "Nasbar University," all claim to live in Beersville.



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Edward Pany, curator of the Atlas Cement Co. Museum (yes, there is such a thing), remembers when Beersville fielded its own baseball team. They used to play Northampton Borough.

But the question remains: Where can you get a beer in Beersville?

From the small town of Bath, take West Main Street and cruise for a few miles past woods and pastures. Eventually, a parking lot full of yellow school buses will appear, flanked by a collection of slate-sided houses overhung by ancient maples. The cross streets are West Beersville Road and Pool Road.

Is this Beersville?

"Yes, it is," said Betty Creyer. The 84-year-old has lived on Pool Road for 34 years. The address on her mail might say Northampton, but the town has always been Beersville to her.

Across the street, there's a white-sided building with six apartments; it used to be the grocery store. Creyer couldn't remember the name. About a block up the street, Clinton Stover ran a barber shop.

It's a quiet town. A lot of the people who lived there when she first moved in have passed on, and the newcomers all seem to keep to themselves, Creyer said.

Where can you get a beer in Beersville?

"I don't drink beer," Creyer said. "I guess my husband had one or two, but that's it."

So why do they call it Beersville?

"I don't know," she said.

Norman and Carol Zader, who live up the street from Creyer's place, have been Beersville residents for 48 years. They were regulars at the Beersville Country Hotel. It had been Beersville's prized watering hole since back when Pool Road was a dirt track crossed by horses and buggies. The hotel offered square dancing, shuffleboard and hot pastrami sandwiches.

Carol drank snake bites — Yukon Jack and splash of lime. Norman had Neuwiler or Schaefer's — whatever they had on tap.

"It was great," Carol said. "You could go out there, get loaded and not have to worry about driving."

In 1985, the hotel burned to the ground. A modular home sits on the lot where the hotel once stood.

Things have largely quieted down since those days, Zader said. Clinton Stover's barber shop closed, and the grocery store left town.

There were few signs of beer in Beersville, as if it all dried up when the hotel died.

To the rear of one house on West Beersville Road, an old trailer sits on cinder blocks, the logo for Michelob fading on its sides. On the porch of the house, there were two empty Yuengling cases. Nobody answered the front door.

Towns like Beersville are as common as bubbles in a mug of ale. Most of them have old hotels. There's Pennsville and the Pennsville Hotel, for example, which was an old stagecoach stop also in Northampton County.

That's where Beersvillians go for beer.

Jim Bealer and his wife, Shannie, live on West Beersville Road in a modular home.

Asked where the beer is in Beersville, Jim Bealer pointed to the red shed behind his house. That's where he keeps a supply.

"Keystone Light," he said.


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