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 |
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.
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 |
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 16, 2014
JOSEPH Spearot sure went to a helluva lot of trouble just to drink beer on Arcadia University's dry campus. Undergrads might be expected to dodge vigilant RAs at the school's historic Grey Towers Castle residence hall by simply stuffing a suitcase with cans of Natty Light. Spearot? He built an entire brewhouse in his organic chemistry classroom, then spent months to obtain permission to "test" his experimental ale on human subjects. It was all part of the chemistry/biology major's unique senior project that also took him to a winery in Australia, the quality-assurance laboratory at Yards Brewery and - next month - a prestigious national brewing conference in Chicago.
May 12, 2014 |
Mary Harris needed a steady stream of income to help pay the cost of sending her young son to Chestnut Hill Academy. So she found a property to buy and renovate, one where she could become a landlord for the first time. When she had her first child at 40, Harris said, she realized that "I had the entrepreneurial drive, and I wanted a property I'd be excited to see everyday. " "Plus, my son was born in 2006, and I needed to pay his tuition" starting in 2012. "From an investment standpoint, I need the income for the next 16 years, and being a landlord makes a lot of sense as passive income.