May 27, 2016 |
In Philadelphia's thriving craft-beer scene, where hundreds of bars with formidable tap lists vie for the dollars of discerning drinkers, one of the toughest tasks has become to find a way to stand out. Though competition tends to breed excellence, there's also a by-product: collaboration. Increasingly, Philadelphia bars, stalwarts and upstarts alike, are teaming with brewers to create proprietary products - special beers exclusive to specific venues, often made to the nitty-gritty specifications of the people buying them.
May 26, 2016
Man falls onto tracks, is killed by SEPTA train A 55-year-old Texas man who had just visited the Liberty Bell was struck and killed by a Market-Frankford El train late Tuesday afternoon in Center City, authorities said. Just before 5 p.m., Woodrow Jackson, who was with his wife, apparently fell onto the tracks on the westbound side at the 13th Street station just as the train was arriving, police said. Jackson, of Cibolo, was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife was taken to a hospital to be treated for shock.
May 20, 2016 |
IF THE POP-UP of crocuses heralds spring, then the pop-up of beer gardens ushers in the summer season. Temporary outdoor restaurants, many using off-premises catering permits, have been all the rage in Philadelphia for the last several years during the warm weather, providing a social outlet for patrons and new revenue streams for savvy restaurateurs and the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society. The PHS, which launched the pop-up era in 2013 by opening a garden in a vacant lot on South Broad Street, this year again will headline two locations - on South Street near 15th (its third year)
May 20, 2016
NOW THAT BEER gardens are officially a thing in Philly and - shockingly - the suburbs, it's time for these outdoor drinking spots to get a few things right. Because a beer garden is more than just a bar without a roof. A beer garden is a shared place, in the sun, without solid walls and the typical constraints of a licensed saloon. It is about atmosphere and community and fun. The Germans, who have perfected the biergarten , call that spirit gemütlichkeit . It means warmth and friendship and good cheer.
May 20, 2016 |
If the pop-up of crocuses heralds spring, then the pop-up of beer gardens ushers in the summer season. Temporary outdoor restaurants, many using off-premises catering permits, have been all the rage in Philadelphia for the last several years during the warm weather, providing a social outlet for patrons and new revenue streams for savvy restaurateurs and the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society. The PHS, which launched the pop-up era in 2013 by opening a garden in a vacant lot on South Broad Street, this year again will headline two locations - on South Street near 15th (its third year)
May 15, 2016 |
Guns and alcohol are twin American obsessions that have been part of the republic since before there even was one. This week, an auction brought in big dollars for items tied to those national pastimes - with Philadelphia connections. A letter written by the sharpshooter Annie Oakley in 1920 to a Philadelphia woman - accompanied by two coins that Oakley had shot - sold during an online auction in Boston on Wednesday for $8,000. During the same auction, a check that then-Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson wrote to a Philadelphia brewer for a six-month supply of beer in 1793 went for $14,700.
May 13, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of May 10, 2016: Craig LaBan: We held the Inquirer's seventh annual Brew-vitational Competition for local beers at the paper earlier in the week. The private tasting event was our biggest to date, with 35 breweries and 64 beers. I can't divulge any results until our special Brewvi package in the Inquirer Food section June 2. But I had a tremendous panel of judges and there were some big surprise winners. A blind competition always delivers a few. You'll be able to taste most winners June 3 at Opening Tap at the Fillmore, which launches Philly Beer Week . Lovers of sour beer - our featured style this year - will rejoice.
May 5, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Watching those Nittany Lion home games may soon become even more palatable. A committee of Pennsylvania State University trustees on Thursday recommended that some fans be allowed to buy alcoholic beverages at Beaver Stadium, the Bryce Jordan Center and other athletic facilities on the University Park campus. The proposal is expected to win full board approval on Friday. Sales would occur only in private and controlled areas - including suites, club seats and reception areas - under the proposal.
May 5, 2016
Two decades ago, Sam Calagione launched Dogfish Head in Delaware - and helped jump-start America's craft brewing revolution by taking an innovative "culinary" approach to beer, adding unconventional ingredients like coffee, raisins, saffron, and maple syrup long before strange add-ins became, well, the norm. Now, he's transforming the oyster as we know it by infusing the holding pens of Chesapeake Bay oysters at Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture Co. with a "tea" made with smoked salts.
April 29, 2016
For those in need of a little professional guidance, here's a six-pack of can't-miss events during the Craft Beer Conference. All day Tuesday: Bell's Eccentric Cafe at City Tap House (2 Logan Square). The beer and food menus are the same as those at Bell's popular brewpub in Kalamazoo, Mich. Don't miss Hop Grandslam, a beefed-up version of Bell's Hopslam. 4 p.m. Wednesday: Craft Maltsters Guild Tap Takeover, Fox & Hound, 1501 Spruce St. All the beer - from the likes of Jester King, Burial Beer Co., Chimera, Pigeon Hill, and Selinsgrove Brewing - is made with specialty grains supplied by small malt houses.