September 13, 2013
PASCAL WAGNER looked me in the eyes and assured me: "Don't be afraid. Just put it in your mouth. " I paused. My companions on this weeklong expedition to the lush vineyards of Burgundy nodded with encouragement. "Go ahead," one said. "Lick it. " "You can actually taste the terroir," said Pascal, a sommelier, cellarman and local wine expert who was tutoring us on the ins and outs of the local product. I glanced down at my hand again. It held a small, dirty stone that I'd just scavenged from the soil beneath a vine laden with tight bunches of green grapes nearly ready for harvest.
September 6, 2013
A HANDFUL of rare ales that haven't even been brewed, yet are already so coveted that some beer drinkers are shelling out big bucks just for the right to purchase them months from now. Yes, we're talking about beer futures. The beers are sold through clubs operated by small breweries known for unusual, limited-edition styles. With names like the Reserve Society and Collected Works, the clubs add another fascinating layer of exclusivity to cult beer. In July, at Cigar City Brewing, in Tampa., Fla., for example, the newly minted El Catador Club sold out 1,500 memberships at $126 each in less a week.
September 2, 2013 |
In Closed Circuit , Rebecca Hall goes down a rabbit hole: secret courts, clandestine government agencies, surveillance, spying. The British thriller, in which she and Eric Bana are on the case of a suspected terrorist charged in a London bombing, is one of those ripped-from-the-headines affairs. "At the time, I thought it was on-point and topical, but it seems to be getting more so every day," says Hall, who plays a special advocate appointed to a closed courtroom trial, there to weigh the interests of the accused against those of the state.
August 30, 2013
IT'S NO longer good enough to make a beer that tastes, crazily enough, like pumpkin pie. Heck, even "imperial" pumpkin beer, whose higher alcohol content offers a decent buzz with dessert, is beginning to blend into the background. No, if you really want to grab the attention of fickle beer drinkers, you've got to come up with something like the new one from Kutztown's Saucony Creek Brewery. Its tongue-twisting Captain Pumpkin's Maple Mistress Ale is an imperial pumpkin (9.5 percent alcohol)
August 23, 2013 |
Anna Kendrick , 28, has a rare combination of humor, self-deprecation, and killer sex appeal. (See her kick derriere as Jake Gyllenhaal 's gf in End of Watch ). The Up in the Air actor has come out of her shell: She displays proudly her décolletage in GQ. Anna plays a beer-drinker in Joe Swanberg 's slice-o-life drama Drinking Buddies , which costars Ron Livingston and Olivia Wilde as fellow beer fans. Was Anna just acting, or does she really like beer?
August 16, 2013
REMEMBER when "sour beer" was a bad thing? These days, it's a bona fide, mouth-puckering trend, and nowhere in Philly is it celebrated more earnestly than at the annual Sourfest, at Devil's Den (11th and Ellsworth, South Philly). The event, now it its fourth year, launches Saturday, when 16 tap lines begin spewing the sour stuff. Over the next seven days, at least 50 sours will pour from taps and bottles. Now, if you're thinking, "Why would anyone want to drink flat, week-old Yuengling Lager ?"
August 2, 2013
REACH FOR a beer that calls itself Summersomethingorother, and you really don't know what you're going to come up with. Victory Summer Love ? It's a blond ale. Samuel Adams Summer Ale ? It's a spiced wheat beer. Brooklyn Summer Ale ? It's an English-style pale ale. Sierra Nevada Summerfest ? A Bohemian pilsner. Harpoon Summer Beer is a German-style kolsch. Breckenridge SummerBright is made with lemon and orange peels. Cricket Hill Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale is a Belgian-style pale ale. Basically, a brewer can call anything a "summer" beer, as long as it's refreshing.
August 1, 2013 |
ABOUT 100 citizens came together last night at Reading Terminal Market to have a beer and discuss the George Zimmerman verdict, Pennsylvania's voter-ID law and other hot topics involving race relations. The forum was part of the fifth-annual MLK365 Beer Summit hosted by Global Citizen, the nonprofit group that organizes the Martin Luther King Day of Service. The forum began in 2009 when President Obama convened a "beer summit" at the White House with Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates and Cambridge, Mass., police chief James Crowley after Gates' arrest.
August 1, 2013 |
What started as a chat about racism over beers with President Obama continued locally Tuesday night at Reading Terminal Market. More than 100 people attended the annual MLK 365 Beer Summit on Race Relations, organized by Todd Bernstein, founder and director of the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service. It was the fourth anniversary of Obama's "beer summit," a meeting over drinks with a Cambridge, Mass., police sergeant and the African American professor at Harvard University whom he had arrested trying to enter his own home.
July 29, 2013 |
The region's breweries have hit upon a new ingredient for their beers: environmental messaging. Their labels sing the praises of Delaware Bay oysters, pay homage to the headwaters of the Brandywine Creek, and highlight an aquatic insect that survives only in clean water. Many brewers also are donating a portion of the proceeds for stream restoration, land preservation, and other environmental projects. After Hurricane Sandy, it wasn't long before Flying Fish Brewing Co. in Camden County released its Forever Unloved Sandy brew (commonly referred to by its initials - F.U. Sandy)