July 1, 2014 |
IF IT'S TUESDAY, this must be Belgium. No, we're not not referring to the old film starring the late Suzanne Pleshette. We're talking World Cup soccer. The U.S. team takes on Belgium in the round of 16 tomorrow afternoon (4 o'clock, ESPN). The Red Devils, who are favored, haven't lost a match to the United States in 84 years. That fact may have something to do with the cocky attitude of Belgium Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, who recently tried to engaged President Obama in a friendly wager.
June 27, 2014
A FEW years ago, I pitched what I thought was a great idea for the city: A beer garden at LOVE Park. I could just imagine the lunchtime crowds, the evening diners with their families, the skateboarders and foodies, people just hanging out - all of them coming together and enjoying the city's finest, freshest beer at one of its most scenic locations. The reception from city reps who oversee the popular but underutilized park was colder than an ice-filled keg bucket. Beer? Forget it, they sniffed.
June 24, 2014 |
The cardboard box outside the Flying Fish Brewing Co. seemed to suggest there's nothing at all to making beer. "Barley. Yeast. Water. Hops," it read. But step through the doors of South Jersey's first gathering of the American Homebrewers Association - as about 100 people did Sunday afternoon - and you are reminded how differently those four ingredients can be combined. "I took first place for a Flanders Red last Saturday," 57-year-old Jim Fish of Brooklawn was telling Mike Nurthen of Westmont.
June 13, 2014
WHEN word spread earlier this spring about the upcoming Bare Beach Beer Bash at a Poconos nudist resort - where attendees must get nekkid for a microbrew sampling-the reaction was predictable. There were the eww-yuck s: Victor Fiorillo at Philadelphia magazine said he'd never met anyone at a beer festival he'd want to see naked. There were dumb jokes: How do you toast a naked beer drinker? Bottoms up! There were puns: Would you go? Depends on the tap list. And there was a lot of nervous laughter, as if mixing exposed flesh and booze was completely unknown.
June 6, 2014
B UZZ: Hey, Marnie, I see it's Philly Beer Week. How come everyone makes such a big deal about local beer nowadays? I always thought the good stuff was imported. Marnie: That may have been accurate decades ago, Buzz, but times have changed. Many local beers are now fantastic. Beer quality is determined by the people who make it, not the region where it's made. Buzz: I thought all the good beer came from Germany. Marnie: It's true that certain places have earned a reputation for excellent beer, like Germany and Belgium, Colorado and Oregon.
June 5, 2014
Hoist one for Philly Beer Week and the $2.3 billion that craft beers pump into Pennsylvania's economy. More than 20,800 people have jobs in the trade. That's plenty to celebrate, but the creativity on display is something to savor. Take Purple Monkey Dishwasher or Two Blind Monks, whose names reflect the quirkiness of the brews. Some of this year's excitement surrounds the local debut of Colorado-based New Belgium's Fat Tire, an amber ale popular among connoisseurs. Local brewers, of course, are showing off as well.
June 2, 2014 |
Purple Monkey. Two Blind Monks. Chain Breaker. You just have to love the names of the beers at the International Great Beer Expo, held Saturday at the Navy Yard as part of Philly Beer Week. About 100 brewers from the United States and abroad offered 2-ounce pours to the crowd of beer lovers who hopped from one line to the next to sample the cold beverages. The day began with a VIP hour catering to the most ardent beer fans, who paid $75 for the opportunity to try a special sampling of limited beers.
May 30, 2014 |
After four hours of concentrated sipping, after 52 local beers had passed our lips, it came down to one last vote for the best new brew. And judge Brendan Hartranft could barely contain himself: "We know these brewers and their families and their beers - but not like this," said Hartranft, co-owner of the Memphis Taproom, Strangelove's, and two other gastropubs. Each beer had been coded and served blind to the eight judges in several flights of clear cups. The identities of three of the winners of The Fifth Annual Brew-vitational competition were about to be revealed.
May 30, 2014
YES, YOU heard it right: New Belgium Brewing is coming to town for Philly Beer Week. And, yes, that means Fat Tire , the smooth-drinking amber ale with the simple red cruiser bicycle label, will be pouring from local spigots for the first time. I mention this development for two reasons. First, based on the number of questions I've fielded about this brand over the years, I'd expect long lines when the Colorado brewery's suds foam here for the first time tomorrow evening at West Philly's City Tap House.
May 30, 2014 |
In 1988, Don Feinberg went to visit Brasserie Dupont in Tourpes, Belgium, in hopes of importing its Vieille Provision Saison, a then-little-known style of farmhouse ale typical to French-speaking Wallonia. Feinberg was the American importer of Duvel who had cofounded Vanberg & DeWulf with his wife, Wendy Littlefield. And he'd been told by his friend, the beer writer Michael Jackson, that this special beer - a dry, spicy, yeast-driven ale historically brewed to quench the thirst of farmhands in summer - was worth bringing to America.