October 29, 1996 |
An argument over beer cost Lester McClinton his life. McClinton stepped up to the bulletproof cage at a convenience store, at 29th and Jefferson streets, at about 11:30 Thursday night and ordered a 40-ounce bottle of Colt 45 from shopkeeper Man Say Voong. It would be the last drink McClinton ever ordered. After a loud dispute with Voong, McClinton was shot to death and a woman customer wounded. It was the beginning of a 12-hour ordeal in which the woman and another man were trapped in the store with the bloody corpse, the woman suffering a painful gunshot wound of the arm and forced to sit in the dead man's blood.
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.
August 9, 2012 |
You wouldn't think it would be all that hard to be a vegetarian beer drinker. I mean, I've had about a zillion different beers over the years, and I usually examine my glass pretty closely before taking a mouthful. Not once have I noticed a pork chop in there. Beer is made with water, malt, hops and yeast. And yet, here I am at Old City's Khyber Pass Pub with my colleague Vance Legume, and he's holding things up wondering if the bartender's about to pour him a beer made with, I dunno, minced kitten parts.
May 8, 2015
YOU AND I walk through the woods and we see trees and bushes and thorny things. Tess Hooper, a young environmental educator at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, in Upper Roxborough, sees the makings of a fine beer. "This is a staghorn sumac," she said, nodding toward the kind of tree I've seen sprout dozens of times on vacant lots. "It bears these red cones that are like fruit. You could make beer with them. " Hmm . . . I must've missed that merit badge in Boy Scouts.
December 9, 2014 |
TOM SHERIDAN'S parents separated when he was a child, so he grew up with a dual citizenship in the river wards - splitting every week between his mom in Kensington and his dad in Port Richmond. So last year, when Sheridan had his Do Good Brewing epiphany while eating tomato pie and drinking his homemade beer at Tacconelli's Pizzeria, in Port Richmond, he wasn't shocked to realize that his life's dream was rooted in his childhood streets. "My whole business plan was to be a neighborhood kid with a neighborhood brewery, selling only to neighborhood bars, and donating a percentage of the sales to neighborhood charities," said Sheridan, 26. The Do Good Brewing Co., on Amber Street near Westmoreland, in Port Richmond, produces small batches of cream ale that is on tap from Cheers Cafe around the corner to the Kensington Pub, the Bridesburg Pub and neighborhood bars throughout the river wards.
November 18, 2010 |
As the song goes, "In heaven there is no beer," but East Falls has plenty at Fork and Barrel, the 6-week-old European beer haven. Fork and Barrel is the latest creation of Matt Scheller and Matt and Colleen Swartz, the Lehigh Valley trio who own and operate the Tap and Table and the Bookstore Speakeasy. They've ventured into Philadelphia with the concept of pairing a wide array of lesser-known European beers with dishes that are classically inspired farmhouse fare. Scheller heads up the beverage program that is so beer-centric, there's no wine or spirits.
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.