November 16, 1994 |
"Sometimes the best wine for Thanksgiving is a beer," says Lynn Hoffman, professor of food and wine at Drexel University and a fan of good beer. "There are a lot of big, loud flavors at Thanksgiving, and not everybody likes wine enough to have a big, loud wine to go along with it. There are a lot of people who are just uncomfortable with the idea of wine. It not their family beverage. They don't drink wine . . . and Thanksgiving is not the time to educate them. " Hoffman proposes either a light-flavored beer to cut through the intense flavors of the meal and refresh your mouth, or a more intense beer that will stand its ground next to the richest stuffing you can put on the table.
December 19, 1991 |
A beer-selling convenience store that neighbors said was a public nuisance because it attracted drug dealers and drunk and disorderly persons was ordered closed by a Common Pleas Court judge yesterday. Judge Ethan Allen Doty, after a hearing on a lawsuit filed by residents and the District Attorney's Office, ordered Sang K. Bae, the owner of Ogontz Hoagie City, to stop selling beer and sandwiches and to discontinue all other operations until a final hearing. "We're elated!"
December 28, 1988 |
Booze in a bucket. That's what you can get from two men who live next door to each other on 11th Street near Mount Vernon. You holler your order from the sidewalk. Out from an upper-story window comes a plastic bucket on a rope. Put your money in the bucket - $2 for a quart of beer or bottle of wine - and one of the "proprietors" hauls up the cash, places the beverage in the bucket, and lowers it to the sidewalk. The two men, who appear to operate as friendly competitors, say they've quit selling booze, but they were doing business on Monday, what with the state liquor stores closed.
August 5, 1993 |
After imbibing 2 1/2 cases of beer on the night of April 5, William Henry Haines got undressed. He probably should have gone to bed. Instead, at 2 a.m. April 6, Haines left his Levittown apartment - in the nude - and casually walked around between two apartment buildings. Some of Haines' neighbors didn't appreciate it, and called Falls Township police. Shortly thereafter, Haines, 38, was arrested, still in the buff, inside a utility room of the Chesterfield Apartments, 1338 New Rodgers Rd. A soft-spoken Haines, now serving time in Montgomery County Prison for another offense, stood before Bucks County Judge Isaac S. Garb on Monday and said that drinking was his downfall.
December 9, 1993 |
Mike celebrated his sixth birthday a little differently than most kids. Instead of cake and punch, he drank a few beers with his mom. "She had her friends over and all. It was my birthday party. She just put the can beside me and gave it to me . . . It felt good, real good. " After those first beers, Mike, now 19, went from cutting class and drinking quarts with his uncle to chugging whiskey and sleeping it off in a dumpster. By 16, he had graduated to marijuana and then a daily crack cocaine habit.
June 17, 2011
LAST COLUMN, I mentioned that one of my favorite beers of Philly Beer Week was the homemade braggot that George Hummel of Home Sweet Homebrew served at Opening Tap. That had a few of my readers scratching their heads, "Brag-what?" It's not a common beer style, and some will argue it's not really beer at all. Braggot is beer mixed with mead. (I'll assume you already know that mead is fermented honey.) It's an ancient drink that, over the centuries, has been known as bragget or bracket or braggat or a seemingly endless variety of other spellings.
March 14, 2014
IT SHOULD not pass without acclaim that Monday marks the 100th anniversary of one of the great achievements in the history of beer. On St. Patrick's Day 1914, a New York City coroner named Dr. Thomas Hayes Curtin stood before his associates and others at a Bronx social club and unveiled his wondrous invention: Green beer. Never before had anyone laid eyes on such a spectacle. Beer, the color of shamrocks, filling the mugs of hundreds. "Everything possible was green or decorated with that color," an eyewitness reported.
September 25, 1987 |
Eugene Fink became interested in Philadelphia beer memorabilia about 14 years ago, when his young son began collecting beer cans. The son has long since lost interest in beer cans, but Fink's collection of 19th-century implements, prints and posters has grown to about 1,000 pieces. And about one-fifth of that is now on display at an intriguing exhibit at the German Society of Pennsylvania, on Spring Garden Street near 6th. "You'd really be surprised at what the insurance costs are on this collection," said Barbara Lang, society program director.
November 1, 2013
* The History Channel's Gary Monterosso will be the featured guest at "Beer for Babes," a ladies-only program (men can be put on a waiting list) that also will feature food and beer pairings by Chef Kevin Cronin at Atlantic City Bottle Company (648 Albany Ave., Atlantic City, 609-348-6400, acbottlecompany.com ). 2 p.m. Sunday, $30. Reservations: email@example.com * Day of the Dead celebrations are in order this week. Union Taco (712 W. Girard Ave., 267-455-0445, uniontaco.com )
November 1, 1990 |
Back in May, neighbors told the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board that they'd like to see a laundromat, a 7-Eleven, a hardware store, a day-care center - anything but the beer distributorship that was planned for an abandoned building on the corner of Front Street and Lehigh Avenue in the city's Fairhill section. Now the search is on for one of those other uses for the site, as the LCB informed residents in an Oct. 23 letter that it had denied a license to the beer business. "Everyone's happy, and it shows that if you really go forth doing something worthwhile, you get results," said Eddie Morales of the 100 block of East Sterner Street, a block away from the property in question.