September 17, 2016 |
After more than a year of anticipation that featured months of gridlock with a Delaware County township and pushback from residents and beer distributors, Wawa announced Thursday that it had gained approval to sell beer in one of its Pennsylvania stores. But the region's beer-consuming loyal fans of the convenience store should not get too excited yet: The approval is solely for one Delaware County store. Still, Wawa's foray into the beer market would mark the first time since 2003 that the Delaware County-based chain would be able to sell brews alongside its hoagies in the Keystone State.
September 2, 2016 |
Technology has improved almost everything about the experience of going out to a bar: Plan your night with a group text, get there in an Uber, split the bill on Venmo, and document it all on Instagram. But getting a drink in a crowded bar? It's still just as much of a hassle as ever. First, shout your order over the din, then pay with cash and wait around for change, use a credit card and wait for the receipt, or start a tab and try to remember to close it out at the end of the night.
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.