May 10, 2012 |
Here are tasting notes on some of my favorite Italian beers tasted recently in the Philadelphia area. Prices are retail, unless otherwise noted. Bruton Bianca , 750 ml, $19 at Pizzeria Stella (Second and Lombard) — similar to a Belgian wit, but creamier in texture due to the use of Tuscan spelt, with finely woven coriander, orange peel, and white pepper. Bruton 10 , 750 ml, $28 at a.Kitchen (135 S. 18th St.) — a big barley wine with 10 percent alcohol, but stunning lack of burn, rich with licorice, tobacco, and caramel.
October 3, 2003 |
IF A TWISTER drops Dorothy and Toto's farmhouse on the northeast corner of 55th and Larchwood, look for the 18th Precinct Town Watch to be under it. They do not move for twisters. They do not move for blizzards. They do not run from rain, hide from hail or seek shelter from storms. They say they shall not be moved and they have not been for 336 days according to the wooden sandwich board that they update as a daily ritual. That's how long the neighbors have been in continuous protest of a deli-and-beer-takeout that has been trying to do business on their corner since this time last year.
June 28, 2013
THIS IS a great week to be a beer geek in Philadelphia. Yeah, I know, we're still licking our wounds after Philly Beer Week earlier this month. But starting today, the city hosts the geekiest of beer lovers: People who not only know that the IPA you're sipping was dry-hopped with Simcoe hops, they likely know the farm where those hops were grown, their cohumulone content and whether they were tossed into the conditioning tank by a left- or right-handed brewer. OK, I'm kidding about that last part.
January 3, 2014
JUST BEFORE the end of 2012, the Brewers Association, the Colorado-based organization that represents small breweries across America, issued a fatwa against poseurs in the beer world. The campaign, called "Craft vs. Crafty," sought to expose breweries that did not meet its definition of "craft" brewers: "small, independent and traditional. " Its hit list included the likes of Blue Moon and Shock Top, because they're fronts for big, bad Coors and Anheuser-Busch, respectively. Yuengling, Lion and Straub were outted because, although they're more than a century old, their use of adjunct ingredients, including corn and rice means that they're not traditional enough for the organization.
June 19, 2012 |
To Chris Kunda, the incredulity is as predictable as it is understandable. "We get 10 people a day who say, 'What do you mean, I have to buy a case!?' " said Kunda, owner of a King of Prussia beer business on Henderson Road, a bustling commuter strip and highway feeder in Montgomery County. For fourscore years, Pennsylvania has been an island among the states, requiring its beer "distributors" to sell beer by the case or keg or not at all. Now, that system may be confronting its most serious challenge to date.
December 12, 2003 |
Store owners who want to offer takeout beer and malt liquor would be prohibited from such sales without special permission from the city, under a bill adopted yesterday. City Council also was expected to vote on a controversial bill that would allow a Wal-Mart in Port Richmond, but held that measure for action until next Thursday. Council gave unanimous approval to Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell's bill that would restrict new beer takeout stores known as "stop-and-gos" in Center City, West, North and South Philadelphia.
May 19, 2008 |
As a guy who's spent his entire working life running a beer distributorship, I often ask my customers, "What's good about selling beer in convenience stores?" The answer runs something like this: "It's convenient. You can stop for gas, and get beer and cigarettes at the same time. " Now, I can't be the only person who sees a problem with making it easy to buy beer and gasoline in one convenient location. And even though I live in Luzerne County, I know that people in Philadelphia's neighborhoods already are troubled by "convenience stores" that are more than a little careless about checking IDs for underage drinking and that all too often become nuisances in otherwise peaceful residential neighborhoods.
December 2, 2003 |
A City Council committee gave preliminary approval yesterday to two separate bills that would ban new stores that sell takeout beer and allow a Wal-Mart to be constructed in Port Richmond. The bills are expected to come up for a final vote before the full Council on Dec. 11. Council's Rules Committee voted unanimously to recommend to Council a bill proposed by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell that would prohibit new small neighborhood stores that sell takeout beer and malt liquor in various parts of the city.
December 5, 2012
CORRECTIONS * A story in Tuesday's Daily News about a lawsuit settlement by the University of Pennsylvania and a fraternity with the family of a student who died in a fall in 2011 contained incorrect information. Suds Beer Store of Trevose, Bucks County, agreed to pay $375,000 to the family. * A blog post by Christine Flowers that was reprinted in Tuesday's Daily News misstated information about Kasandra Perkins, who was killed in a murder-suicide by Kansas City Chiefs player Javon Belcher.
March 20, 2011
In a wonky world like craft beer, where small-batch is often most sexy, it's easy to overlook a pioneer that's grown large with success. But don't snooze when walking past those piles of Sierra Nevada in your local beer store. This trail-blazer of the peppy pale ale, now in its 31st year and the second-largest craft beer producer in America (after Sam Adams' Boston Brewing), can still bring the flavor when it comes to seasonals and special offerings. Their Southern Hemisphere Harvest last year was one of the freshest hops-forward brews I've sipped.