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February 18, 2011 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Hall majored in business administration at Bloomsburg University, but even in college, he knew there was only one thing he wanted to do: brew beer. Traditionally, the world of craft brewing has been small and insular - like a hidden pub on a back alley. But in Philadelphia, where the roster of upscale gastropubs is ever growing and Philly Beer Week is fast becoming a civic holiday, opportunities to launch a successful full-time career in beer-making are expanding as quickly as the head of a carelessly poured pint.
NEWS
July 17, 2015
MY BAR TALK podcast partner, Glen Macnow, and I got to yapping about my suggestion of a couple of weeks ago for a Philly beer museum. The WIP sports talker came up with even better idea: A Beer Hall of Fame. To get things started, here are my nominees for the first class. You can vote for your favorites or add your own nominees at www.joesixpack.net . The Inventors *  Louis Pasteur. In 1858, the French chemist discovered that heat kills the bacteria that turns beer sour.
BUSINESS
October 13, 2006 | By Harold Brubaker INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant opened its sixth location last week, in downtown Phoenixville, but the Wilmington company is already geared up for more. Iron Hill is set to borrow $7 million from Citibank today to build five more brewpubs in the next three years, company president Kevin Finn said. Iron Hill is looking for sites in Center City Philadelphia, South Jersey, and Lancaster. Finn and two partners, Kevin Davies and Mark Edelson, launched Iron Hill 10 years ago amid a nationwide microbrewery and brewpub boom.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2008
A COUPLE of years ago at the World Beer Cup in Seattle, a contingent of judges from Germany found themselves scratching their heads at the evaluation guidelines for their country's most revered quaff, Oktoberfestbier. The biennial international competition, organized by the Brewers Association, lays out exacting criteria for 75 styles of ales and lagers, dictating everything from color and aroma to body and alcohol content. Even the most freewheeling brewers consult the standards as they design their recipes.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2012 | Joe Sixpack
TODAY IS IPA Day, or — since it's mainly a social-media phenomenon — #IPADay. Which is to say it's an occasion to drain a pint or three of India pale ale, then tell the world all about it. Right now, there are thousands of beer drinkers at IPA tap takeovers and other events across the country, entertaining themselves by taking photographs of foam-filled glassware. It sounds silly, especially when you consider that, according to the Brewers Association, last year's inaugural event generated roughly 10,000 tweets with the official #IPADay hashtag.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2010
FOR MORE THAN a century, American brewers have been pleading with you to serve beer on Thanksgiving. In 2006, the Brewers Association launched a website (now defunct) devoted to imaginative turkey-and-beer pairings. (India pale ale and Cajun deep-fried turkey!) In the 1980s, Anheuser-Busch answered health concerns about alcohol abuse with advertisements that portrayed beer as a sacred part of the Pilgrims' first Thanksgiving. In the 1950s, New York's Schaefer Brewing pleaded, "The trimmings should include real beer.
NEWS
March 15, 2013
News item: The Brewers Association has updated its Beer Style Guidelines, with definitions of 142 separate styles. The newest additions are Adambier and Grätzer. SO, THE authoritative organization of small American brewers has reached back a few centuries and turned up a pair of thoroughly obscure smoked European wheat beers for its comprehensive directory. They join a list of everything from Leipzig-style Gose to good ol' American malt liquor. I'm a big fan of style guidelines (heck, I wrote an entire book about 'em)
NEWS
March 7, 2014
IT TURNS out, corn isn't so bad after all. After decades of pounding the cob, the solons who represent America's small brewers now say it's OK to lighten beer with corn, rice and other so-called adjunct ingredients. In other words, the days when craft beer distinguished itself as all-malt are all gone. The change came as the Boulder, Colo.-based Brewers Association this week announced several revisions in its "core values and beliefs," including its troublesome definition of "craft brewer.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2011 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Small craft brewers have defied the nation's stubborn economic slump, unable to meet growing demand despite a pullback by consumers overall. Several brewers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are out to fix that supply problem by building new facilities, doubling and even tripling capacity to produce lagers and ales, and adding small numbers of jobs along the way. Flying Fish Brewing Co. in Cherry Hill has paid $750,000 in deposits on equipment...
NEWS
August 9, 2013
TO THE roll call of venerable U.S. foreign diplomats, we can now add this signature name: Joe Sixpack, beer emissary. I've just returned from my first mission on behalf of the U.S. State Department, a beer-soaked education and cultural exchange tour of Lithuania. I'm happy to report that I did not ignite any international incidents. In fact, judging from my reception throughout the Baltic countryside, I may have a future as a diplomat, spreading world peace one beer at a time: _ In Vilnius, the capital, members of the local chapter of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the worldwide gastronomic society, agreed that the Philly beers served with a gourmet menu were at least as good as wine.
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NEWS
July 17, 2015
MY BAR TALK podcast partner, Glen Macnow, and I got to yapping about my suggestion of a couple of weeks ago for a Philly beer museum. The WIP sports talker came up with even better idea: A Beer Hall of Fame. To get things started, here are my nominees for the first class. You can vote for your favorites or add your own nominees at www.joesixpack.net . The Inventors *  Louis Pasteur. In 1858, the French chemist discovered that heat kills the bacteria that turns beer sour.
NEWS
March 7, 2014
IT TURNS out, corn isn't so bad after all. After decades of pounding the cob, the solons who represent America's small brewers now say it's OK to lighten beer with corn, rice and other so-called adjunct ingredients. In other words, the days when craft beer distinguished itself as all-malt are all gone. The change came as the Boulder, Colo.-based Brewers Association this week announced several revisions in its "core values and beliefs," including its troublesome definition of "craft brewer.
NEWS
January 3, 2014
JUST BEFORE the end of 2012, the Brewers Association, the Colorado-based organization that represents small breweries across America, issued a fatwa against poseurs in the beer world. The campaign, called "Craft vs. Crafty," sought to expose breweries that did not meet its definition of "craft" brewers: "small, independent and traditional. " Its hit list included the likes of Blue Moon and Shock Top, because they're fronts for big, bad Coors and Anheuser-Busch, respectively. Yuengling, Lion and Straub were outted because, although they're more than a century old, their use of adjunct ingredients, including corn and rice means that they're not traditional enough for the organization.
NEWS
October 25, 2013
THERE'S a brewery in Malvern making superb beer that you can't buy - not for all the money in the world. The ales are fermented with unusual yeast strains, then meticulously aged for months in wooden barrels and often blended before bottling. Those few who've been lucky enough to get a sip say that they're on par with some of the most highly rated sour ales of Belgium, beers that often sell for $30 a bottle or more. But put away your credit card. The only sure way to get a sip from La Cabra Brewing is if you get your name on an exclusive mailing list.
NEWS
August 9, 2013
TO THE roll call of venerable U.S. foreign diplomats, we can now add this signature name: Joe Sixpack, beer emissary. I've just returned from my first mission on behalf of the U.S. State Department, a beer-soaked education and cultural exchange tour of Lithuania. I'm happy to report that I did not ignite any international incidents. In fact, judging from my reception throughout the Baltic countryside, I may have a future as a diplomat, spreading world peace one beer at a time: _ In Vilnius, the capital, members of the local chapter of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the worldwide gastronomic society, agreed that the Philly beers served with a gourmet menu were at least as good as wine.
NEWS
March 15, 2013
News item: The Brewers Association has updated its Beer Style Guidelines, with definitions of 142 separate styles. The newest additions are Adambier and Grätzer. SO, THE authoritative organization of small American brewers has reached back a few centuries and turned up a pair of thoroughly obscure smoked European wheat beers for its comprehensive directory. They join a list of everything from Leipzig-style Gose to good ol' American malt liquor. I'm a big fan of style guidelines (heck, I wrote an entire book about 'em)
NEWS
September 14, 2012
FORGET SOCCER MOMS and NASCAR dads. In November, the presidency could go to the candidate who attracts the most craft-beer drinkers. Don't laugh, because it appears President Obama's re-election campaign has already taken note of an astounding phenomenon in 2008 election results - with the hope of a suds-soaked repeat in 2012. It's a stunning and previously unnoticed voting trend that almost certainly explains the presence last week of a craft brewer among the Democratic National Convention speakers, as well as the recent release of the Obama White House home-brew recipes.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2012 | Joe Sixpack
TODAY IS IPA Day, or — since it's mainly a social-media phenomenon — #IPADay. Which is to say it's an occasion to drain a pint or three of India pale ale, then tell the world all about it. Right now, there are thousands of beer drinkers at IPA tap takeovers and other events across the country, entertaining themselves by taking photographs of foam-filled glassware. It sounds silly, especially when you consider that, according to the Brewers Association, last year's inaugural event generated roughly 10,000 tweets with the official #IPADay hashtag.
NEWS
June 1, 2012 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Scott Rudich got a text one November night from his pal Rich DiLiberto, who was in a bar drinking bad beer and listening to a bad cover band. "We should either start a brewery or a band," DiLiberto wrote. Rudich's reply: "Neither of us play instruments. " And so it was that the grains of Round Guys Brewery were set to steep. Of course, that dream would ferment for nearly 31/2 years before these two pharmaceutical workers would finally open the doors to their Lansdale brewery in early March, when Rudich could legitimately pick up the phone and say with a wink: "Hello, I am the yeast whisperer.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2011 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Small craft brewers have defied the nation's stubborn economic slump, unable to meet growing demand despite a pullback by consumers overall. Several brewers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are out to fix that supply problem by building new facilities, doubling and even tripling capacity to produce lagers and ales, and adding small numbers of jobs along the way. Flying Fish Brewing Co. in Cherry Hill has paid $750,000 in deposits on equipment...
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