Full Circle Brewing Tour: Road Diary #26

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By Mahalia Breen

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Day 28: Ohio to Pennsylvania

States: Ohio and Pennsylvania

Miles Driven: 365 miles

Travel Time: 5.5 hours

Beers: Everything Pizza Boy

"Pizza. Beer. Happy." This is the slogan of Pizza Boy Brewing Company in Enola, Penn.

Today was an early start for us. We left Elyria, Ohio, to make sure we were in Enola in time for 9 a.m. start.

This was a change in plans for us because originally we were meant to go to Hershey Park on this day, and brew the following day, but it was a good change for a lot of reasons.

Pizza Boy had a big canning run they needed to do, and we needed to get back to North Carolina because our inspections for our warehouse space that were supposed to happen the previous week did not happen at all.

So Ryan brewed with Terry Hawbaker and Al Kominski, while Edison and I went to nearby Hersheypark.

Terry has been a professional brewer for 22 years and in a small world coincidence, he used to brew on the brewery in the Jackie O's Brewpub, who we collabed with in Ohio, when it was something else.

Ryan and Terry met a long time ago before Ryan was a brewer. I met Terry when he came to Denmark to brew with Ryan in 2012.

Today they brewed a Rye lager in the vein of an Oktoberfest to be called Witterfest.

It was a nice easy brew day, spent sharing beer and eating pizza.

If you're looking for a family-friendly craft beer destination near Hersheypark, I'd highly recommend Al's of Hampden the pizza restaurant that houses Pizza Boy Brewing. When I went there around dinner time to pick Ryan up, the brewpub was filled with families.

We had a great day at Hersheypark. If I had it to do again I would have given myself two days to explore the park because there is Hershey's Chocolate World, an entry-free museum/shop right outside the park. Then for the price of admission you get access to a zoo, amusement park and water park.

That's too much to do in one day!

We stayed at the Hersheypark Camping Resort, which has three pools, basketball and volleyball courts, a playground, shop and Starlite movie theater. They also offer a shuttle between the park and camp, which we didn't use because of the way our day went.

We spent the last night of our Full Circle Tour eating ice cream and watching “Ice Age 3” projected onto a big screen on the side of a building on a hillside with fireflies and other happy families.

We would all be sad for this grand adventure to end, but we were also excited to get back to North Carolina to get our business started and to start making memories with our daughter in the state where both Ryan and I grew up.

Start asking for Casita beer at your local craft beer bar and check out our website www.casitacerveceria.com if you want to learn more about our brand.

Thanks for joining us on our adventure!

(Editor’s Note: Mahalia Breen and her husband, Ryan, are relocating their brewing business from Vermont to North Carolina. Before that, they embarked on one last grand adventure: The Full Circle Brewing Tour. They did a big lap around the country for the whole month of July, driving through 26 states, doing six collaboration brews with breweries across the country and seeing some of the best sites this country has to offer.)