August 16, 2016 |
Were you skeptical that crowdfunding would help small companies go public? So were we, but it's actually happening. Forthcoming IPOs include craft beer companies, a bionic pancreas, and a camp for girls. Roughly 75 small companies, some start-ups and some longtime small businesses, have filed with federal regulators to go public using crowdfunding "portals. " These stock and bond offerings are put out via the new financing portals, which are all electronic. The portals became legal as of May, but regulators stress that investing in start-ups is risky.
July 8, 2016 |
In 2008, news of a global hops shortage sent brewers into a cold panic. But for a few would-be farmers, it planted the seed - or, more precisely, the rhizome - of an idea. Though it had been nearly a century since this region's hops industry was decimated by a disease called downy mildew, then eradicated by Prohibition, perhaps, they thought, it was time for a comeback. Today, that resurgence is taking root in places like Oast House Hop Farm in Wrightstown, N.J., where about an acre of a former horse farm has been impaled with 20-foot poles, suspending vines bearing the flowers that give beer its bitter, floral, herbal, or fruity notes.
July 1, 2016
Soda worth the extra cents There has been much ado about soda in the news lately. One bubbly beverage worth the extra 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax is the Philadelphia-brewed Press Gang Ginger Beer. It has the right amount of ginger, plus lime juice, vanilla, and, yes, cane sugar for sweetness. - Samantha Melamed Press Gang Ginger Beer, $3.99 for 11 ounces, at Fair Food Farmstand at the Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th St., Philadelphia, 215-386-5211. For your fresh fruit The farmers' market is the inspiration for many of the wares at Heirloom Home & Studio, the small ceramics studio run by Gregg and Jackie Moore of Glenside.
July 1, 2016 |
We're a mobile society. Now even pop-up beer gardens can move, too. Parks on Tap - a new partnership among Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, Fairmount Park Conservancy, and Avram Hornik of FCM Hospitality - sends a mobile beer garden from park to park in the city for 14 weeks, starting Wednesday, June 29. The two trucks - one with regional craft beers, wine, and nonalcoholic drinks, and the other with snacks and sandwiches on a menu created by...
June 30, 2016 |
Baby bumps could be giving way to beer bellies in Northern Liberties, where Yards Brewing Co. plans to build its new suds factory in the vacant warehouse that had until recently been home to Destination Maternity Corp. Yards is under agreement to lease up to 85,000 square feet at the maternity apparel company's former headquarters building at Fifth and Spring Garden Streets, part of a plan to boost production beyond the capacity of its current brewery about a mile away, company officials said.
June 24, 2016
"BREAKING: SIX-PACKS APPROVED FOR SALE AT PENNSYLVANIA GAS STATIONS!" - Headline on Gov. Wolf's blog WITH THAT, Pennsylvania, your beer laws have finally entered the 20th century. And, yes, I do mean last century, for despite the screaming caps, last month's approval is both meaningless and illustrative of the small thinking that accompanies liquor regulation in this state. For starters, the approval applies only to nine gas stations statewide, and most are in the boondocks, so . . . next time you are in Mahanoy City, fill 'er up!
June 17, 2016
You remember your father's beer, don't you? Piels, Schmidt's, Ortlieb's. When I asked friends on Facebook recently to name their pop's favorite, they had no problem recalling those days gone by. "Löwenbräu dark for fancy occasions and Budweiser for every day," said Rebekah Nault. "Every Friday afternoon, when I was a kid, a truck would deliver a case of Schmidt's for my parents, and a case of Frank's soda for me and my brothers," said Joe McDonnell. "Colt 45. Dad had soul and said it had 'More Flava!
June 13, 2016
CELEBRATING AMERICA'S best beer-drinking city, Philly Beer Week began Sunday and finishes up this weekend after 10 days of pub crawls, tap takeovers, beer-themed game shows, and block parties. Here are some featured venues as the fun continues through the weekend. (Go to phillybeerweek.org for full schedule.) Bikes, Beers & Bluegrass Founding Fathers Sports Bar & Grill at 16th & South Streets is hosting a Bike Stop on Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. featuring a Keystone Mountain Boys concert to drive awareness and support for the Schuylkill River Trail.
June 11, 2016 |
Need something to do this weekend? Don't worry, we've got you covered. KIDS 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and continuing on a varied schedule through June 26, Arden Theatre , 40 N. Second St. $15 to $46. 215-922-1122. Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1911 novel, Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon's 1989 musical tells the story of an orphan girl who is sent to live with her strange uncle in a haunted manor house in the Yorkshire moors. Given that it has the usual Victorian children's-story horrors (though with the usual happy ending shining through the gloom)
June 10, 2016
NOW IS NOT the time to slow your celebration of America's best beer-drinking city, for the final four days of Philly Beer Week feature some killer drafts and some typically incomprehensible entertainment. For example, turtle races. You have not experienced the thrill of sport until you've witnessed two-inch hard-shells in a mad dash across a piece of felt. The glory, the sheer athleticism, the ... Oh, what the hell am I talking about? The third annual Turtle Races at Drury Beer Garden (1311 Sansom St., midtown)