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April 18, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Montgomery County man is facing charges over serving alcohol at his daughter's Sweet 16 party at his home last month, authorities said. Whitemarsh Township police arrived at Arthur Blumenthal's house about 10:30 p.m. March 21 and found an underage boy lying in the grass and vomiting, county District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Whitemarsh Police Chief Michael Beaty said. The teen was hospitalized and treated for an alcohol overdose. In the basement of the home, officers found more than 60 minors, and a large amount of beer and empty cans.
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April 18, 2014
SWEET BABY JESUS, it's Holy Thursday! The end of Lent is upon us, and so is your 40-day fast of beer, chocolate and/or peanut butter. What better way to celebrate your penance than with, yup, a chocolate-and-peanut-butter beer? I'm talking about one of the hottest brands on shelves right now: Sweet Baby Jesus from Baltimore's DuClaw Brewing. Store owners can barely keep sixpacks in stock, and the unusual brew has suddenly and surprisingly become 18-year-old DuClaw's top-selling brand.
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April 11, 2014
A LOCAL brewpub operator once told me that he always kept at least one Irish beer on tap, even if he didn't have any actual Irish beer in the house. Brown ale, rye beer, pale lager, whatever. He'd just plug the word "Irish" into the beer's name (e.g. Irish pale ale), and, like magic, it became an Irish beer. "In this town," he reasoned, "if it says 'Irish,' it sells. " Years have gone by and that brewpub is no longer in operation. But now there's a new version of the old trick: the fake IPA. India pale ale, of course, is one of the classic, noble styles of world brewing heritage.
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April 7, 2014 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Friends, time for another installment of Your State and City Government at Work. First, Harrisburg found religion! The legislature located its conscience! Sort of. In the wake of the attorney general's aborted sting operation, where four Philadelphia Democratic state representatives allegedly took cash gifts from a lobbyist but were never charged, House leaders moved to ban lawmakers from accepting cash from lobbyists and other parties working with state government. Let us pause to reflect.
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April 4, 2014
EVERYONE in the beer industry is talking about the damn bubble. They're either worried that it's going to burst, or vowing that it will continue to grow. Like the earlier dot-com and housing bubbles, the craft-beer bubble is the product of what pessimists say is unsustainable growth, with about eight new breweries opening nationwide every week. The bubble can't help but explode, they say. Here are three reasons we're all gonna get soaked: 1. There are too many breweries There are about 2,800 breweries nationwide, with as many as 1,000 more on the horizon.
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April 3, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
A FEDERAL grand jury has charged former city official Dominic Verdi with seven counts of extortion, fraud and conspiracy for using his office to direct business to Chappy's Beer, Butts & Bets - a South Philadelphia beer distributor he co-owned. As deputy commissioner of the Department of Licenses & Inspections and a member of the Public Nuisance Task Force, Verdi, 58, allegedly orchestrated special treatment for bars and clubs that bought beer from Chappy's, according to an indictment from U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger.
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April 3, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
For bar owners facing heat from the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections, no problem was too large to handle with Deputy Commissioner Dominic Verdi on your side, federal prosecutors say. Failed an inspection? Not a problem. Running a gambling operation or a strip club? Don't sweat it. Implicated in the beating death of one of your patrons? No reason to shut your doors. As long as you bought your beer in the right place. A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday pulled back the curtain on an alleged long-standing arrangement between the former L&I official and dozens of bar and restaurant owners, all of whom say they received special treatment for buying their alcohol from Chappy's Beer, Butts and Bets, a South Philadelphia beer distributor in which Verdi held an ownership stake.
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March 28, 2014
TURNABOUT is fair play, but in the case of Philly Wine Week it's also long overdue. The inaugural grape-juice jag, which continues through Sunday, was modeled on the city's original bacchanal, Philly Beer Week. Never mind that the winos have stamina for only 8 days of festivities while the suds set goes 10 - that's close enough. After all, beer has been plagiarizing wine for years. The Everyman's drink, aiming to claw its way to the rarefied height of the vine, has adopted wine's expensive corked bottles, its aged and blended casks, its boorish Robert Parker ratings and lavish "pairing dinners.
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March 21, 2014 | By Julie Xie, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Restaurateur Michael Schulson's vision for the city's most historic spot calls for Independence Hall, Independence Day, and lots of local beer. "Where does it become more American than that?" he asks. It doesn't, he answers. With that in mind, he's trying to make a beer garden out of a patio and part of the ground floor of the Rohm & Haas building at 100 S. Independence Mall West by the Fourth of July. "Philadelphians love their beer. I thought I would do a beer garden in Philly if I got the right space," Schulson said in an interview.
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March 19, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Harry C. Broadley, 89, of Springfield, Delaware County, a longtime engineer for the Christian Schmidt Brewing Co. who turned the key in the lock on the brewery's final day, ending an era, died Wednesday, March 12, of heart disease at Riddle Memorial Hospital. From 1955 to 1989, Mr. Broadley was the director of engineering for Schmidt's brewery, at Second and Hancock Streets in Northern Liberties. In its heyday, the plant was a Philadelphia institution. Started in 1860, Schmidt's grew until by 1970 it was producing more than three million barrels of beer annually.
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