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.
April 8, 2016
IMAGINE ORDERING a nice, cold pint of beer in a bar, but before the foam has a chance to settle, the bartender pulls out a syringe and gives the glass a squirt of alcohol. Forget about careful brewing methods or even enjoyable flavor. Just choke down your dose of ethyl alcohol like it's medicine. This was needle beer, and it's the way America drank its suds during Prohibition, whose ban on beer came to a close 83 years ago today. The practice seems alien in our age of fine craft-beer cuisine, but it was an everyday fact of life for a man who wanted to wet his whistle during the Roaring Twenties.
February 1, 1991 |
On a Southwest Philadelphia street corner that has seen its share of trouble, entrepreneurs saw opportunity. They bought a large corner property at 60th Street and Springfield Avenue and made plans for a mini-plaza featuring a self-service laundry, grocery, restaurant - and beer takeout. When neighborhood residents heard "beer," they sensed disaster, worried about an ugly past returning: They saw the threat of drug dealers again hanging out at the intersection. They saw the threat of guns.
June 1, 2012 |
HOW DOES a beer drinker navigate 10 days of nonstop suds? I asked a few pros for some tips. And by pros, I mean guys (and a gal) who are among the most die-hard beer fans I know. All agreed a bit of planning is essential. "I actually sat down and looked through the events at phillybeerweek.org , and also made a list I heard through the hop vine," said Natalie DeChico, of Langhorne, who last year won the annual Philly Beer Geek contest. Stephen Lyford, of Bellmawr, N.J., who serves as Philly Beer Week's unofficial photographer, also checks his Facebook invites and Twitter feeds, then creates his own Google calendar.
August 22, 1997 |
I remember the Ballantine scoreboard in right-center at Connie Mack Stadium. I remember Ballantine Blasts by Wes Covington and Johnny Callison. And I remember vendors with heavy cases of bottles, climbing through the steep left field bleachers yelling, "Hey getcha cold beer!" Yo, beer man! Over here! Ballantine and Wes and Johnny are gone from Philly. So too, sadly, is the noble beer vendor. They stopped selling beers in the stands at Veterans Stadium a few years ago. In an attempt to crack down on rowdyism and underage drinking, beer vendors were required to check IDs of everyone who purchased a cup. The plan failed when spectators griped about the hassle and vendors found it took twice as long to sell a rack of beers.
March 25, 1988 |
Dave Mela put the finishing touches on a batch of India pale ale that he had cooked on his kitchen stove the other night and recalled his introduction to home brewing. "I went to Britain about five years ago to visit my wife's family, and I went to a store, where I bought a kit for home-brew. I had never seen home- brew before. " He brought the can of malt extract back to the United States and forgot about it - just another odd souvenir. About six months later, on a whim, he brewed the batch.