September 22, 2011
YO, POT HEADS, this bud's for you! That's right, I'm talking about marijuana beer. Stoner suds. Ganja brew. Miller Really High Life. It's commercially unavailable, obviously, due to federal drug and alcohol laws. But now that several states have OK'd the sale and use of marijuana for medical purposes, it's cropping up in private circles. There have been reports of California dispensaries selling behind-the-counter homemade pot beer at 20 bucks a bottle. And there's a growing discussion about home-brew recipes online.
October 9, 2008
There's a fine new Italian bean brewing in the local espresso scene now that Massimo Taurisano has traded Northern Italy's Hausbrandt for the slightly darker Miscela d'Oro from Sicily at his six Academia del Caffes and his 400 wholesale clients. The recent roaster change was due to the exchange rate and Miscela's desire for a competitive East Coast presence. The result: a half-pound $10 can, a great alternative to pricier competitors. I've come to love Miscela's more robust and chocolatey brew - first served locally at Osteria.
March 17, 2011 |
If most normal humans are made up of nearly 90 percent water, I am at the very least 80 percent coffee. Not only do I drink it from morning to night, loving the hot black spark perking through my body and mind, I've come to savor its myriad roasty flavors, the manual craft of brewing gear, and especially its culture of rituals - which can be oh-so-hard to change. Like most discerning Philadelphians, my ritual for more than a decade has been a cup of La Colombe, the city's "house brew," judging by the number of restaurants and cafes that have a pot of Corsica or shot of Nizza at the ready.
June 3, 2011 |
In a world where people sue McDonald's for serving coffee too hot, a Philadelphia woman has sued a Dunkin' Donuts for serving coffee she says was too sweet - so sweet it sent her into a diabetic coma. Danielle Jordan, 47, of Oxford Avenue near Langdon Street in Crescentville, filed a personal injury lawsuit against the Dunkin' Donuts on Frankford Avenue near Bridge Street and Northeast Donut Shops Management Corp. Jordan is seeking unspecified damages after she claims she ordered coffee with artificial sweetener on June 15, 2009, but the server put sugar into the brew, according to the suit, which was first reported this morning by the Courthouse News Service.
January 23, 1998 |
Next time you're sitting at the bar, spacing out as you peel the label off your bottle, consider the breadth of info at your fingertips. Your average beer label is full of facts, both trivial and pertinent. Check out the newest bottle on local shelves, from Yards. Yards Brewing Company is owned by Tom Kehoe and John Bovit, a couple of college buddies who have a thing for British-style ales. The name means nothing - it just sounds kind of English. They sold their first keg on April 18, 1995, and started bottling last month.
August 21, 1991 |
A controversial malt liquor was ordered off store shelves by the state police yesterday because the name of the high-alcohol brew violates state law, a state police spokesman said. Colt .45 PowerMaster, manufactured by financially troubled G. Heileman Brewing Co. Inc., of La Crosse, Wis., and distributed by Clement & Muller Inc., of Northeast Philadelphia, was targeted for removal because the name, PowerMaster, connoted the strength of the beverage. That's a violation of the state liquor code, said Lt. John McGeehan, head of the area's state police liquor-control enforcement unit.
April 16, 1992 |
Because seeing is believing, it would be difficult to find a how-to topic that didn't lend itself to the video format. Producers, recognizing the VCR's value as a teaching tool, have responded with instructional tapes covering the gamut of human activity. They teach skills as basic as dancing, and as complex as tapestry weaving. Video how-tos are so ubiquitous that it seems no topic is too arcane. As evidence of video's ability to plumb the obscure, consider two recent releases - one explains napkin-folding and the other demystifies home brewing.
July 27, 1992
At Tau Kappa Epsilon on the Penn State campus in State College, the brothers are probably toasting the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, thanks to a recent decision that got the fraternity off the hook on a a 1986 charge of serving liquor to minors. Unfortunately, the court's 5-2 decision is having a negative impact well beyond Happy Valley. The case involved drinking by minors at a party attended by undercover officers. The state high court overturned the convictions, ruling that chemical analysis, rather than testimony from arresting officers, is necessary to make the rap stick.
August 30, 1990 |
An 80-year-old Bridesburg woman discovered yesterday that her late husband had left an unsuspected legacy in their basement: chemicals brought home from his job at the nearby Rohm and Haas plant. Police said that Jean Dimperzio, of Stiles Street near Duncan, called authorities about 8 a.m. yesterday to report a strange odor emanating from her house. When police and Fire Department officials arrived, they discovered in the basement a witches' brew of old chemicals that been stewing since the death several years ago of Dimperzio's husband, who worked for the Rohm and Haas facility in Bridesburg, police said.
May 26, 2010 |
With permission granted from our better halves, the only thing cooler than a simple "guys' night out" is a "guys' night" splashed in craft beer. The hardest part in this brew-obsessed region, where the ale flows from South Street to South Jersey in stupefying variety - from hipster gastropubs to Belgian mussel bars, a German brat hall, and even a brunch spot awash in growler drafts - is simply choosing where to begin. Consider it scouting for "girls' night out," too. Great beer is a gift with equal-opportunity appeal.