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.
May 13, 1998 |
Me and my big mouth. Joe Sixpack writes a few stories about the great beer rip-off at Veterans Stadium, and the next thing I know my e-mail service nearly crashes from the outrage of the nation's ballpark boozers. The folks at Philly Online, the Daily News Web site, have been soliciting questions for Joe Sixpack, which I've dutifully answered (despite cutting into the time I must devote to professional beer-drinking). Some excerpts: Q. What's the beef? It doesn't help that I don't like beer, but what's the problem?
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.
May 31, 1990 |
Holly Glaze was all set to host her seventh annual Memorial Day party on her 10-acre spread in Gloucester County on Sunday. She showed up two hours late. State police and agents from the Alcohol Beverage Commission arrested her in the parking lot of a Sewell Township liquor store for transporting three half-kegs of beer in her father's pickup truck. That is two more half-kegs than state law permits. Her father's pickup was confiscated, as were three half-kegs of Coors beer and a half-keg of root beer.
November 21, 1995 |
A new Old City deli called Charlie's Something Special isn't all that special to some in the neighborhood. Charlie's, on 3rd Street near Arch, wants a certificate from the Zoning Board of Adjustment to sell takeout beer and malt liquor. The deli is one of the first subjected to new city legislation that requires it get zoning board approval to sell takeout alcohol. Effective last May, the law is intended to make sure neighbors are aware of such plans. They can then voice their opposition to the zoning board or work out a compromise with business owners.
June 13, 2007
Frankford Avenue has a world-class assortment of beer drinkers' bars. That's a good thing because there are world-class reasons to cry in your beer as you mourn important civic history that's been lost to modernization. If you go, bring a box of Kleenex along with your designated driver. The Grey Lodge Pub 6235 Frankford Ave. You can drink: Preferably, one of the 10 microbrews that are on tap the day you visit. The selection changes often and include intriguing options like Middle Ages Wailing Wench and Troegs Sunshine Pils.
January 3, 2011
I applaud the editorial "Last call for state stores" (Monday). I moved here from Illinois and cannot understand the current laws. I have never read any credible research suggesting that binge and drunken driving is less here than in states where you can buy liquor in grocery stores. Here you buy a case of beer at a distributor but for a six pack or single beer, you go to a bar. If I had a problem, how does that system help? To your logical, comprehensive, and appropriately sarcastic editorial, I would also add the following: I am sure the Liquor Control Board's budget grossly underestimates the post-employment costs for its employees, derived from a pay and benefit package inconsistent with anything I have seen in the private sector.