October 23, 2015 |
The noisy, laughing, tearful, music-filled scene inside Village Idiot Brewery, in Mount Holly, N.J., was exactly what Rich Palmay wanted. His business partner was tending bar. His family and friends were gathered 'round tables. His son was playing an upright bass. Everyone's glass was filled with his beer. And there was Palmay, cigar stuck in his mouth, taking it all in. It was just a photograph on the wall, part of a memorial display that Village Idiot installed after its 56-year-old co-owner collapsed and died in the brewhouse on the night of Aug. 19. And, yet, with each sip of Palmay IPA - the beer he was making that fateful evening - the crowd could taste and feel his presence.
October 16, 2015 |
(What once was a nine-alarm fire is now a manageable little blaze. That's what happens in the NFL when a team wins a single game and has a record of 2-3 instead of 1-4, as the Eagles did Sunday against the Saints. There is still plenty to fix, still plenty to talk about as they confront their biggest rivals, the New York Giants. Yes, the Giants - not the Cowboys. But that is an argument for another time. This week, David Murphy and Rich Hofmann began the afternoon in agreement - the beer of choice for both was Sierra Nevada in a can.)
October 12, 2015 |
My buddy Mike once said to me, "Look, I'm fat. But that doesn't make me a gourmet. " He was talking about beer. He was at my house, and I was holding forth on whatever I was pouring, and he was calling me out. He claimed I didn't know anything about beer, including how to pour one. But I really like beer. So when my wife dragged me (memo to self: Change dragged in final version) to a destination wedding in northern Vermont, only one name sprang to mind: Heady Topper. Heady Topper is the unicorn of beers.
October 10, 2015 |
Fall is upon us. Time for changing leaves, corduroy, and flannel, pumpkin spice something or other, and festivals galore. To truly enjoy the season, get out in the brisk weather before winter's forced hibernation. We have a jam-packed guide full of fall ideas citywide to keep you busy outdoors. From Brewerytown to Fishtown to the heart of Rittenhouse, we have your weekend mapped out wherever you choose to fall into Philadelphia. FRIDAY Selfie sticks allowed The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center wants you to get out the tripod and capture the moments that often go undocumented for this year's Sixth Annual Philly Photo Day . Photographers of all skill levels are encouraged to participate and submit their favorite shots taken during the daylong celebration.
October 9, 2015 |
(It has been suggested, given the Eagles' 1-3 record, that we acknowledge the awful realities and change the name of this thing to "Birds Over Bourbon" and begin seriously medicating. But we're not there yet. David Murphy drank one of the Dogfish products, Rich Hofmann drank one of the Flying Fish products, and the subject quickly turned to what it always quickly turns to with this team.) Dave: So, are you still sticking to your opinion that this is all still just about Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson and the rest of them not playing as well as they can?
October 9, 2015
What beer needs is a superhero. One of those comic-book action figures - let's call him (or her) Sudzzler: Faster than a speeding bar tab. Able to open a wax-sealed cork-and-cage bottle with a single twist. More powerful than a multinational industrial-brewing conglomerate. Pitted in an ageless battle against evil archenemy Dr. Wino. Superpowers include: * Ice-vision, to instantly chill warm beer. * Shape-shifting belly. * Tapakinesis, the ability to use one's mind to attract a bartender's attention when the crowd is three-deep.
October 2, 2015 |
(Day-drinking for this week's installment of Birds Over Beers. Rich Hofmann and David Murphy went with the Allagash White, a cloudy beer that fits in perfectly with the current assessment of the 1-2 Eagles among the populace.) Rich: The story of the week is Sam Bradford. I guess the story of every week is going to be Sam Bradford, but especially this week. I don't think getting him was a big mistake. I don't think they're doomed to failure. But he does have to play better than he has so far. Dave: This is Sam Bradford.
October 2, 2015 |
IT TAKES BRICKS and people to build a neighborhood, but don't forget to bring along the beer. That's the message from Ken Weinstein, a private Germantown developer who has converted scores of vacant and deteriorated commercial properties, including some of the city's popular beer-centric destinations. On Tuesday, he'll lead a fun but wonky pub-crawl in Mount Airy, called "Beer: An Agent of Change. " I caught up with him last week for a few pints at Earth Bread + Brewery, one of the properties he owns and helped convert into one of the city's flourishing brewpubs.
September 26, 2015 |
Michael Puggi, a native son of Ninth and McKean in South Philly, took a trip late Monday to the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. The area was primped for Pope Francis, who will celebrate a private Mass on Saturday morning at the cathedral while Puggi slings some papal T-shirts at Broad and Walnut. But before the pilgrims converged, Puggi marveled at the beauty of his city. The Knotted Grotto was lit with prayers, handwritten on strips of white paper. A woman approached, said she was from Mexico, and gave the 40-year-old union laborer a green bracelet.
September 25, 2015 |
(They say it's always 5 o'clock somewhere and, well, because their schedules were a little bit hectic this week, it was 5 o'clock in Istanbul when Rich Hofmann and David Murphy got together for Birds Over Beers. Which meant that it was breakfast sandwiches accompanied by Shiner Bock (Rich) and Sixpoint Crisp (Dave) - because, if nothing else, we're all about the authenticity.) Dave: So we're sitting here, drinking beers at 10 a.m. in Center City Philadelphia. And I have to say, at 0-2, I thought there would be more Eagles fans.