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.
April 29, 2016 |
In 2005, the last time the Brewers Association held its annual conference here, a few local brewers thought it would be a swell idea to expose the conventioneers to a unique slice of Philly's growing craft-beer scene. So they trooped the visitors down to a seamy stretch of Delaware Avenue and held what was surely the city's first-ever cask-ale event at a topless bar. As dancers jiggled over the tap handles for dollar bills, visitors drained glasses from a freshly tapped firkin.
April 22, 2016 |
S teuart and Michelle Pincombe are spending a year living in a trailer, traveling through the United States and Canada, spreading the word about the power classical music can have in surprising places. Tuesday night the couple stopped at Dock Street Brewery at 50th and Baltimore Streets, where Steuart played Baroque cello while an attentive standing-room-only crowd quenched its thirst for Bach and beer chosen to somehow match each other. Our critics weigh in on the evening.
April 17, 2016
"Cold Mountain," the premiere, on record. A few different singers make last year's Santa Fe Opera premiere of the Jennifer Higdon/ Gene Scheer opera - as heard on the newly released Pentatone recording - far more than just a dry run for the later Opera Philadelphia outing in February. For one thing, you're not forced to look at the compromised set design in Santa Fe. For another, Nathan Gunn generates much vocal magnetism in the central role of Inman, even if his Philadelphia replacement, Jarrett Ott, filled in for him more than capably.
April 15, 2016
Appearance: Should be clear, although unfiltered dry-hopped versions may be a bit hazy. - From the Beer Judge Certification Program style guidelines for American IPA A bit hazy? That might be the traditional standard. But these days, some of America's top-rated India pale ales are as overcast as the airspace above South Philly's oil refinery on an August afternoon. Murky, cloudy, and even milk-like are some of the descriptors for the likes of Lawson's Finest Liquids Sip of Sunshine , Trillium Dialed-In, and the Alchemist Heady Topper , all popular IPAs made in New England, where the trend began.