March 2, 1997 |
Based solely on appearances, one might assume that Bridgid's, with its rowhouse-narrow bar and unpretentious (paper napkins and camp-quality flatware) dining room, would draw its clientele largely from the Art Museum neighborhood. But insiders know that while many who frequent the place live within walking distance, a surprising number of out-of-towners also find their way here. One reason is a selection of beers that is both international and intellectual. Choices change frequently but the most unusual and hard-to-find elsewhere - the one that brought visitors from Seattle not long ago - may be the Down Draft, cask-conditioned British-style beer that connoisseurs of the brew prize for freshness and flavor.
July 12, 1989 |
Always, there seems to be a steady stream of people going in and out of the Foodarama on Torresdale Avenue in Tacony. Inside the squat, brown-and-gold building at the corner of Longshore Avenue is almost everything in the way of convenience for the neighborhood. There's a check-cashing service, a lottery ticket window, an 82-seat delicatessen serving dill-flavored chicken soup, hot pastrami sandwiches and scrambled eggs, and a mid-size supermarket that delivers. If you need help with your tax return, just ask. Want a caterer for your parents' anniversary party?
September 20, 1996 |
Brett Favre says he wants out of the NFL's substance-abuse program not because he craves a beer, but because he misses his freedom. Favre is appealing his status in the league program, which he entered in May after he told the NFL he was addicted to the painkiller Vicodin. His appeal is being reviewed by NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who could reach a decision as early as week's end, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported yesterday. Favre, last year's MVP, spent 46 days last summer at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kan., to treat his addiction.
June 20, 1991 |
It was poetry reading night at the recently opened Cafe Flix on North Church Street in West Chester. A man with long brown hair squeezed his way through the crowd up to the old wooden bar, where countless draft beers and shots of whiskey used to be served. He ordered a six-pack to go. "We don't serve alcohol," Dave Shur, owner of the cafe, informed the patron from behind the bar. The man seemed momentarily stunned. He stared into the glass-front refrigerator that for years had been stocked with assorted beers.
March 20, 2009
HOW MANY calories are in your favorite beer? There's almost no way to know for sure. Unlike most all other food products in America, beer, wine and spirits are exempt from the federal Food & Drug Administration's nutritional labeling requirements. Those labels we squint at while grazing in the supermarket for low-fat Cheez Doodles are absent from beer packaging. "Even mom-and-pop oatmeal cookie companies have to divulge their nutritional data," author Bob Skilnik said. "Why not brewers and vintners?"
March 29, 2013
"I DON'T like beer. " You wouldn't believe how many times I have heard that. There are some people who just won't drink beer. At bars and restaurants, at tutored tastings, at casual backyard barbecues, I'll offer a stranger a bottle and you'd think I was spreading the plague. Here - I promise, it won't kill you. "No, I hate beer. " Dude, if you don't wanna drink, fine. You've got some personal or moral issues with alcohol, that's cool. I'm not going to force it down your throat.
March 27, 2002 |
A dozen events at this year's The Book and the Cook acknowledged Philadelphia's status as one of the country's great cities for fine beer. In his 12th annual appearance at the festival, celebrated beer writer Michael Jackson explored the differences between ales and lagers. He appeared at an intimate dinner Friday night and at three informal "tutored tastings" (with 400 thirsty guests each) on Saturday, all at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
February 1, 1991 |
Maybe it was only the first round, but the victory went to the neighborhood. No, the city Zoning Board of Adjustment members said, one after another. No. No. No and No. No zoning variance for a takeout beer and food store in a vacant warehouse at 60th Street and Springfield Avenue. It was a victory that felt good to residents of this Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood, still recovering from the July 1988 shooting death of 5-year-old Marcus Yates, inside a now-closed variety store on the same corner.
December 31, 2007
Have you noticed that the price of beer is going up? The simple explanation is that supplies of hops and barley, two key ingredients in brew-making, are shrinking while demand for beer is increasing. Bad harvests and low prices for these commodities bear some of the blame, but another major factor is the nation's poorly fashioned energy policy. Thanks to government subsidies to promote ethanol production, more and more farmers are abandoning a variety of crops - including barley and hops - and switching to corn.
May 12, 1987 |
Joe's beer is back. Joseph W. Ortlieb, a member of one of Philadelphia's best-known brewing families, has returned to the business with a new beer that is now being distributed at beverage stores and taverns in Philadelphia and its Pennsylvania suburbs. It's called Trupert American Pilsner, and - hang on, Philadelphia - it's a micro beer, or one of those new, boutique brews that feature high-quality ingredients and prices to match. Ortlieb said Trupert should sell for about $16-$17 a case.