September 10, 2015 |
First it was wine. Then beer. Now juice. University City's Invisible Sentinel Inc., developers of microbial detection tools aimed at preventing spoilage, has now entered a deal to help Netherlands-based Refresco Gerber, a European bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices. Refresco's clients include Ocean Spray, Del Monte and Welch's. Refresco will use Invisible Sentinel's Veriflow ACB technology for rapid detection of alicyclobacillus, a bacteria that produces compounds that spoil juice products.
September 10, 2015 |
Quake was back at Bok. Daniel "Quake" Gibbons, a proud member of the Class of '93 and an immovable force on the offensive line of the Bok Technical High football team, had read on Facebook about an alumni gathering at a new restaurant atop his alma mater's roof. Gibbons wasn't going to miss it. He was looking forward to busting it up with his old Wildcats teammates, catching up with the cheerleaders, and maybe even running into some of his old auto-body shop teachers. The posting said to bring Bok gear if you had it, so Gibbons, who is 41 and works as a security guard in West Philadelphia, proudly broke out his royal blue 1992 division championship jacket.
September 4, 2015 |
FROM TIME to time, I like to check in with the U.S. Patent Office for a progress report on the exciting field of beer inventions. Over the years, we've seen brilliant ideas, ranging from tooth protectors on beer bottles to beer pong tables that keep your beer cold. Honestly, if we could channel some of that ingenuity into, say, theoretical aerodynamics, we'd have those rocket packs by now. So, what's new? Here's a handful of recent patent applications. * Shotgun Accessible Beer Can (#2015-0183547)
August 28, 2015 |
WELL, IT'S about damn time. Nearly 25 years after New Belgium Brewing started brewing in Fort Collins, Colo., its beloved Fat Tire Amber Ale is coming to Philadelphia. That makes Pennsylvania the 39th state to get its hands on the brand, behind the likes of Alabama, North Dakota and, I think, Guam. Fat Tire, of course, is a near-iconic brand in craft-beer circles. Brewed by a famously green, socially conscious, employee-owned company, it may not be the highest-rated beer in the world, but - thanks partly to its fun, offbeat logo-it is certainly among its most recognizable.
August 21, 2015
ANYONE who thinks that Philadelphia's beer scene ends at the Schuylkill River needs to take Regional Rail to Norristown, hop onto the Rt. 99 bus for an hour or so, get off in Phoenixville, curse SEPTA and start walking. This once-stinky Chester County town has transformed its dinky downtown alongside an abandoned steel mill into a lively restaurant and nightlife destination. In just three blocks along its main shopping corridor, Bridge Street, there are two brewpubs, a pair of winery outlets and a distillery.
August 14, 2015
GRAB A PENCIL, crack open a cold one and test your beer knowledge. 1. Which one of these TV shows does not have its own official beer? a. Game of Thrones. b. The Walking Dead c. The Simpsons d. The GOP presidential debates e. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 2. Which of the following is not an Anheuser-Busch brand? a. Loser Pale Ale b. Swill Beer c. Toxic Sludge d. Beck's e. None of the above 3. What is the beer that a Latin-owned Chicago brewery named as a tribute to Donald Trump after his anti-Mexican speech?
August 7, 2015 |
Beer geek and reformed lawyer Kristen Cevoli and business partner Jon Shinners unlocked the door on BeerLOVE , their bottle shop/tasting room at 714 S. Fourth St. in Queen Village. The storefront, across from Essene market and down the block from Famous 4th Street Deli, is stocked with about 500 beers, plus a sizable list of large-format beers. They also have eight taps dispensing many one-offs. Customers can sample flights, get a full pour, or fill a growler. Food is basically packaged bar snacks, including popcorn, plaintain chips, jerky, pickles, s'mores.
August 6, 2015 |
Beer lovers and Wawa fanatics are one step closer to being able to carry out six-packs of beer with their hoagies and groceries from one Delaware County store. At a meeting Tuesday, the Concord Township Board of Supervisors announced its approval of Wawa Inc.'s request to sell beer at its store on Naamans Creek Road in Chadds Ford. The decision does not mean shoppers can start flocking to the store for brews. Wawa still needs approval from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
July 23, 2015 |
Weeks of suspense have attended convenience-store giant Wawa's request to sell beer at a Delaware County location. On Tuesday, the Concord Township Board of Supervisors decided that the suspense would last at least two more weeks. Just hours before a verdict was due Tuesday, the township announced that no decision would be on tap before the supervisors convene Aug. 4. Their decision will determine whether Wawa, one of the region's most popular convenience chains, can elbow its way into a beer market long dominated by distributors selling larger quantities.
July 21, 2015 |
Kim Ladig is as loyal as Wawa customers come: The Garnet Valley resident visits her local Chadds Ford store two to three times a day. "For coffee, a sandwich, gas, I'm really here all the time," Ladig said Friday, hands full of groceries, her two children at her side. "They've got it all. " Almost. This week, Wawa, one of the region's most revered convenience stores, could take the first step toward adding yet another item to the short-list for its dedicated, harried shoppers: Beer.