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.
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.
June 14, 1989 |
Despite violent rainstorms outside, the long-running beer battle of Tacony played to a full house last week at a Liquor Control Board hearing in Fishtown. About 60 people braved Friday's squalls to watch the latest skirmish in a protracted tiff over the quest of a neighborhood deli to sell beer. For several years, Foodarama has sought a beer license for its delicatessen in the 4700 block of Longshore Avenue. And for several years, the business has been stymied by a string of hurdles: neighborhood protests, code violations, LCB rejections, legal appeals, even the ghost of a 19th-century landowner.
March 6, 2000 |
No use shooting people over spilt beer, but that's apparently what a man in New Jersey did early yesterday. It started with words and escalated into a triple shooting in the parking lot of the Woodbine Inn, on Route 73 at Remington Avenue, Pennsauken police said. Eli Morton, no age available, Rhashik Mathes, 24, and Ali Slon-El, 22, all of Camden, were allegedly shot by the driver of a black Nissan Pathfinder, who was said to be miffed that beer had been spilled on his car. Morton was admitted to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital with gunshot wounds to the legs.
January 24, 1996 |
Mr. Subliminal, the character Kevin Nealon used to play on "Saturday Night Live," would love the single-subject mural that wraps around the big, drafty, noisy, often-crowded, sparely furnished dining room at Jake & Oliver's House of Brews: amber waves of grain under a calm blue sky. The message: Beer good! The 40 micro-brews on tap second that notion; the beer-friendly menu notes: "Our beer selection changes hourly. " Jake & Oliver's is a response to the trend of beer drinkers being more discriminating about what they drink, and what they eat with the beer they drink.
February 5, 1994 |
Three Michigan basketball players, including starters Jimmy King and Ray Jackson, won't play against Michigan State tonight because they violated a team policy. Ann Arbor, Mich., police questioned the players yesterday about a Jan. 12 incident in which at least six 12-packs of beer were taken from a convenience store, but sources indicated to the Detroit Free Press the suspensions were for drinking. The players are under the state's legal drinking age. Steve Fisher, coach of the 13th-ranked Wolverines, said in a statement the suspensions were for a "violation of team policy.
March 18, 1990 |
The state Liquor Control Board has scheduled hearings this week on license applications submitted by owners of two food-court restaurants at Franklin Mills mall. The hearings Wednesday couldn't have come sooner for members of the Franklin Mills Advisory Council (FMAC), who have been waiting for a chance to voice their opposition to the sale of beer in the mall's food courts. "We're trying to get as many people as we can to attend," said FMAC President Rosemary Montagno.
January 10, 1990 |
At its Jan. 18 meeting, the Franklin Mills Advisory Council (FMAC) will review a draft of an amendment to its agreement with Western Development Corp. that would ban the sale of liquor at food-court restaurants at Franklin Mills mall. FMAC members requested the amendment from the mall's Washington-based developer in October after discovering that two food-court restaurants had applied for liquor licenses. Owners of Allegro Pizza and McKeown's Philadelphia have submitted applications to the state Liquor Control Board in Harrisburg for Type R licenses, which would allow them to sell beer, wine or hard liquor.
April 19, 1987 |
At a time when it should be savoring its recent tricentennial, the once- proud Philadelphia brewing community is instead pondering its demise. Last week, officials at Christian Schmidt Brewing Co. confirmed what had been rumored for weeks: Schmidt, Philadelphia's last independent brewery, had agreed to sell its brands to G. Heileman Brewing Co. of La Crosse, Wis. Financially weakened Schmidt had apparently wanted to sell its red-brick brewery...
April 3, 2002 |
Chicago Bears fans could already drink beer in the stadium. Now they'll be able to buy it outside before the game starts. The Urbana (Ill.) City Council has lifted a ban on Sunday morning alcohol sales in anticipation of the Bears' arrival for the upcoming season. The council unanimously approved the change on Monday night. Previously, alcohol couldn't be purchased between 1 a.m. and noon on Sundays. The new rule bans Sunday sales from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., the same as during the rest of the week.