September 19, 2014
DON'T ASK for a pint of pumpkin beer at South Street's Brauhaus Schmitz. One of Philly's few bastions of Bavarian beer purity doesn't serve the spice stuff because the Germans already have a perfectly fine autumn beer, thank you. It's Oktoberfestbier, also known as Marzen, that copper-colored beauty, rich in malt with a smooth body for endless guzzling. "Personally, I'm OK with pumpkin beer," Brauhaus Schmitz owner Doug Hager said. "But as a card-carrying German beer snob, we kind of laugh at it. " He's in the minority these days.
September 10, 2014 |
The list is long of the perfect accompaniments to beer: hot dogs, pizza, peanuts, and pretzels, to name just a few. Most definitely not on that list: pediococcus and lactobacillus. Consider them beer buzzkills. These are types of bacteria that often hitch a ride into breweries aboard grain. If they make their way into the beer itself, they can spoil taste by producing lactic acid, a chemical compound most commonly associated with sore muscles after exertion and first refined in 1780 from sour milk.
September 5, 2014
"DID YOU know," Jon Lyons, a sales rep for New York's Southern Tier Brewery, was saying the other night, "that the first person to run a marathon actually died at the end of the run?" Yo, I'm as big a fan of Greek tragedy as the next guy, and I'm somewhat familiar with the fable of the heroic messenger, Pheidippides, who collapsed upon reaching his destination. But this bit of trivia was not what I needed to hear 10 minutes before sprinting into the deathly heat and humidity of a Philadelphia summer evening.
September 4, 2014 |
This fall shoe-booties have moved sooo beyond the weathered, the chunky, the basic, and the black. Instead, they are sexy as slingbacks, serious as suedes, and classically colorblocked. "What other shoe transitions so well from day to night?" asked Elena Brennan, bootie aficionado and owner of South Philly's Bus Stop boutique. "It's one of the most versatile: cute with a dress, cute with jeans. Just cute. " After making its functional fashion debut in the 1920s to protect women's feet from dusty streets, the rugged and reliable shoe walked into high style in the 1980s with punk rock.
August 29, 2014
IF YOU haven't gotten your tix yet for October's Great American Beer Festival, in Denver, too late. The world's largest beer-judging event is sold out. But here's an insider's tip that will give you a taste of some of the champions: The last week of August is when local breweries deliver their bottles to Colorado for the medal competition. That means that specialties brewed especially for the event - the very best of their portfolios - go on tap locally over Labor Day weekend. Which means that, come October, when you hear that a local brewpub like Stewart's, in Bear, Del., or Round Guys, in Lansdale, has won a gold medal, you'll be kicking yourself if you don't get out there and taste 'em this weekend.
August 29, 2014 |
It's fizzy. It's fermented. It makes you feel wonderful. And it's brewed right here in Philadelphia. But it's not beer - it's kombucha, the mystical elixir whose colorful origin stories could pass as Indiana Jones sequel treatments. Long the dominion of clean-living DIYers with an affinity for alternative products (read: hippies), the tea drink has officially cracked the worldwide mainstream, inspiring both global companies and local upstarts to claim their piece of the cultured culture.
August 26, 2014 |
MIKE LeCOMPT, a Holmesburg native son who has been rocking since his Father Judge High School years, is such a legend at Northeast Philly and down-the-Shore pubs that he'll get his first breather on Wednesday after working 74 nights in a row. His long, hair-band locks, which flowed over his shoulders when he was lead singer for Tangier on their 1991 hit, "Stranded," is pulled back now into a Samurai-style ponytail. His open-to-the-navel shirts have given way to tees, and he wears his jeans looser these days.
August 25, 2014 |
A day in the life of a Philadelphia pop-up beer garden begins hours before the suds start to flow. At 11:30 on an overcast Sunday morning, Jason Blacketer was doing battle with mulberries, clearing the spiky orange-reddish fruits that had fallen from a giant tree in the once-fallow lot tended by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society at 15th and South streets. Blacketer wiped the remnants of the early morning rain, from the tables and chairs. More unwelcome weather was forecast.
August 24, 2014 |
Like to finish your race with a beer? You may want to add the Flying Fish 5K to your calendar. The race, which will be held on Sept. 6, begins at Flying Fish brewery in Somerdale, Camden County, and finishers 21 and over will get a beer at the finish line. The race is part of Great American Brewery Runs, a new series being put on by local breweries and Carl Ewald, who puts on the ODDyssey Half Marathon, a race held in Philadelphia in June. This race series started in May of this year with the Foxtrot 5K, which was held on the grounds of Sly Fox Brewing Company in Pottstown.
August 16, 2014 |
Luke Bryan, the country-pop superstar headlining Friday at Lincoln Financial Field, is unashamed of all the reasons behind his surging popularity. People magazine in May declared him "Country's Sexiest Man. " On ABC's Good Morning America last week, the 38-year-old native of Leesburg, Ga., easily joked with co-host Amy Robach about his butt's having its own Twitter account. That broadcast also featured Bryan playing four songs in Central Park for smitten fans, some of whom had been waiting since 2 p.m. the day before.