May 16, 2013
YOU KNOW a microbrewery has stepped it up a notch when it graduates from kegs to bottles and cans - and not just because the beer can be shipped to more drinkers in new destinations. It's one thing to fill up a half-barrel with 15.5 gallons of brew. It's a whole 'nother thing to spray exactly 12 ounces of those gushing suds into an assembly line of fragile glass and dentable aluminum containers. It takes a lot of cash, plenty of floor space, technical experience and unending patience to handle the touchy, highly calibrated packaging equipment.
May 6, 2013
A JAZZ GUITAR leans against an armchair in a corner of Adam Schmidt's Old City office. "I don't play it nearly as much as I used to, which is actually why I brought it to the office," says Schmidt, 31. "At home, I don't find enough time to play. So I try to take a break and play every once in a while. " It's ironic, Schmidt admits: He has too much work at home, so he brings his personal life to the office. More often than not, the two worlds are one and the same for the young entrepreneur.
May 3, 2013
WITH Philly Beer Week just five weeks away, word is beginning to spill about many of the new brands that the locals will be showing off for the festivities. Consider this your early checklist. * Manneken-Penn , Dubbel, 7.5 percent alcohol by volume. For the third year, Philly Beer Week sent a local brewer to Belgium to collaborate on a one-off, and for the third year he came back with something different. This year it was Chris Wilson, of Weyerbacher, and Tom Peters, of Monk's Cafe, traveling to Brasserie de la Senne to produce what is being described as a "Belgo-American Dubbel.
May 1, 2013
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett's push to liberalize Pennsylvania's beer, wine and liquor laws drew broad criticism from anti-addiction groups during a Senate committee hearing yesterday. The hearing in front of the Senate Law and Justice Committee was the first for senators on the subject as Corbett applies heavy pressure to get a bill to his desk by June 30, when the Legislature wraps up business for the summer. "We have issues in this commonwealth considerably more important than how convenient or inconvenient it is to buy a bottle of vodka," said David Bender of the anti-addiction group Compass Mark.
April 26, 2013
WHY DO bars serve nuts? I'd always assumed it was to make you thirsty so you'd drink more beer. But that's only half right, as the taste and smell experts from University City's Monell Chemical Senses Center proved to me on a recent afternoon of sudsy experimentation. The center's researchers were gearing up for the Philadelphia Science Festival, the citywide nerd expo that runs through Sunday. Beer drinkers in particular will want to dip into Monell's fun presentation tomorrow at Yards Brewery, where they'll explain the chemistry behind beer-and-food pairings.
April 21, 2013
Sly Fox helped pioneer the craft-beer can revolution. Now, it's ripping the top off the genre altogether - literally. Gently yank the tab on its new "360 Lid" and nearly the entire end of the can is lifted off for wide-open sipping. Smell the hops! Take a big, refreshing gulp. No more small-hole, aroma-deprived glugging. Developed by Northeast Philly's Crown Holdings (and first seen at the World Cup), the 360 made its North American debut this spring with Pikeland Pils cans exclusively available at Citizens Bank Park.
April 19, 2013
WHAT'S with all the beer and food pairings? It's getting that you can't down a mug without someone shoving a plate of ale-braised Brussels sprouts under your chin. Wednesday night, Nick Macri, the chef at Southwark, at 4th and Bainbridge, laid out a four-course menu pairing imaginative dishes (seafood stew and hot-pepper relish) with suds from Ardmore's Tired Hands Brewery. Friday, the new Victoria Freehouse, on Front Street in Old City, will throw down a variety of British-style bitters and complementary English-themed plates.
April 19, 2013 |
Update: The victim was identified Thursday as Ali Fausnaught, 19, a recent transfer student to West Chester University. She was from Brownstone, Pa., in Lancaster County, the university said. A family friend who answered the phone at the Fausnaught's residence said the family was not available to speak at this time. ---- A 19-year-old woman plunged to her death from a rooftop party at a three-story apartment building late Wednesday afternoon near Temple University, police said.
April 11, 2013
USED TO BE, spring beer meant one thing, and one thing only: bock. Darkish, sweet, mildly strong, full-bodied lager meant to brace you against the last vestiges of winter and welcome the daffodils. It was liquid bread, the beer of Lent, of happy, dancing goats celebrating the verdant early days of the season. Paulaner Salvator . . . Ayinger Celebrator . . . Dock Street Illuminator . . . Anchor Bock . . . and so on. Bock beer is still alive and kicking but, lately, American beer makers have been giving us a whole 'nother take on the season - a lighter, spicier version of spring beer.
April 5, 2013 |
A Delaware County teacher has been charged with furnishing alcohol to two of her students. State Police arrested Katherine Leigh Preusser, 33, an English teacher at Ridley High School, on March 23, after a car in which she was a passenger was pulled over and open beer cans were found inside. Two students also were in the car at the time, one of them driving, officials said. Preusser was charged with corruption of minors, furnishing alcohol to minors, drug possession, and other related crimes.