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May 29, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
We drank the best of beers, we drank the worst of beers. We exalted the lightest of brews, then honored the darkest, too. It was a day of wisdom from the judges, but also plenty of foolishness - inevitable any time you set nearly 60 beers on the table for an afternoon and instruct the experts to discuss. "I'm just looking for a beer I want a pint of," said Fergus Carey, the white-maned co-owner of Fergie's Pub and several other bars, disappointed by his first few sips. "Maybe I just don't like beer?"
NEWS
May 29, 2015 | Lauren McCutcheon, Daily News Staff Writer
You like beer. You have kids. (You like them, too. Sometimes.) In theory, you could be one of the 60,000 or so participants in Philly Beer Week, starting tomorrow, lasting 10 days and including 100s of delish events. But there's that pesky thing. Kids can't enjoy beer the way you do. What's a parental drinker to do? Here's your guide: How to Take Your Kid to Beer Week (in five easy, mostly free steps): 1. Know the law Legally, you could buy your child a seat at the $125-a-person, eight-course dinner Tuesday at Sancho Pistola's (19 W. Girard Ave.)
FOOD
May 29, 2015 | Craig LaBan, The Inquirer
Cheese(s) of the month, bolstered by beer Beer makes just about everything better, and it's especially true with washed-rind cheese, whose flavors take on extra dimensions when yeasty brew is added to a brine brushed across the rind during aging. Two excellent examples using local beers come from Pennsylvania farms. Tommenator from Keswick Creamery near Newburg in Cumberland Valley is a semi-firm raw milk tomme, whose naturally mild flavor takes on a hoppy tang and malty resonance, thanks to a Troegenator double bock from Tröeg's Brewing Co. A considerably more assertive beer cheese is the funky wedge from Calkins Creamery in Honesdale called Levon's Luck, a softer round that reminds Aimee Olexy at Talula's Garden (where it's included on cheese plates)
NEWS
May 29, 2015 | Joe Sixpack, Daily News
Opening Tap. Varga Bar's Pints & Pinups Block Party. Fishtown FestivAle. The Great Beer Expo. These are the anchors of Philly Beer Week that deserve all the attention they get. But each edition of the vaunted citywide celebration gives beer lovers a chance to dig deeper into the local scene - a new bar, a new beer. You'll find plenty of gems if you comb through the hundreds of events at PhillyBeerWeek.org and its free smartphone app. Here are a few I've found. Events are pay as you go, unless ticket prices are listed.
FOOD
May 29, 2015 | By Anna Herman, For The Inquirer
The reasons to cook with beer are as varied as the types of beer. The best reason is that beer can have so many nuanced flavors - unique to each particular brew. There will be sweetness from malted grain, bitterness from hops, and rich fruity tones from the yeasts and other ingredients that combine during the brewing process into a liquid with many possible culinary uses. Belgians have beef-and-beer stew - carbonnade flammade, which rivals the French beef and red wine classic, beef bourguignonne, full of savory meat and vegetables brought together with a sauce featuring Belgian ale to great effect.
SPORTS
May 15, 2015
In the last two years, the number of breweries in New Jersey has more than tripled. Good luck finding their beer down the Shore. That's because quantity, not quality, is still the key to beach-town beer consumption. The raucous, rocking bars of Wildwood, Sea Isle City, and elsewhere along Ocean Drive are all about Stoli Razberi drinks and buckets of fizzy yellow liquid. Yes, you'll spot an occasional local beer mixed in among the taps. But a true craft-beer bar down the Shore is as rare as a seagull without an attitude.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 24, 2015
LAST WEEK'S column focused on beer travel overseas. Of course, you don't have to go that far this summer. Right here in the good ol' U S of A, there are plenty of beer-centric travel destinations. Indeed, regional tourism agencies have set up easy-to-follow travel guides from New England to Southern California. These ale trails are more than just your usual beer-soaked pub crawl. They're an opportunity to see America and meet the people behind the nation's still growing small brewery scene.
FOOD
April 24, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
The Franzone family of Bridgeport and Conshohocken has made it to the third generation in the pizza business, as Charles Franzone III opened a branch of Franzone's Pizzeria at 114 Levering St. in Manayunk (215-508-1050). It's the same deal - thin-crust pies, sweet sauce applied in a spiral - as the original founded by his grandfather in 1955. Unlike most other quickie spots in Manayunk, Franzone's closes at midnight - the building's historical certification does not allow later hours.
NEWS
April 17, 2015
THIS IS my year for beer travel, with group tours planned to Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria, as well as several Eastern U.S. destinations. I got things started earlier this month by leading about 150 beer lovers on a very cool river cruise to the Netherlands and Belgium. Eight breweries, two lectures, a beer dinner and many onboard bottle-shares later, and I'm left with exactly what I look for in travel: a sense of surprise. Here are a few discoveries that caught me off guard.
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