July 31, 2015
PEDALING up the hill to Abandon Brewing, above New York's Keuka Lake, late one afternoon last week, I shift down to my lowest gear and find the agony and joy of bicycling for beer. The sky has turned blue with billowing clouds after a late-morning electrical storm. My jersey is soaked, my legs ache. I am thirsty. About 100 yards into the climb, I know there is no way I'll make it to the top without walking. The 9 percent grade has defeated stronger riders than me, I tell myself.
July 6, 2015 |
What might be one of the next stops in the Garden State's growing craft brew scene? Try the dry town of Collingswood. On Monday, South Jersey's version of Northern Liberties is expected to introduce an ordinance that would allow craft breweries to operate in the borough. It could be approved as soon as early August. The decision to proceed with the ordinance comes after months of study and opinion-taking. "The overwhelming response from residents has been in favor with a firm expression that breweries would be a great complement to our business district," Mayor James Maley said.
February 27, 2015
THE CRAFT-BEER world's fixation with India Pale Ale shows no sign of fading. Just last month, for example, Philadelphia welcomed a new portfolio from California's Knee Deep Brewing that includes no fewer than five different IPAs, including a double, a triple and a heretofore unknown "Quad IPA. " Which is all perfectly fine if you're a hop addict, craving your next big fix of Simcoe, Citra or some other variety of the famously bitter, aromatic plant....
January 21, 2015 |
Out to help improve the beer-drinking experience, the Philadelphia life-sciences company Invisible Sentinel Inc. has entered into partnerships with four brewing companies for final validation of its Veriflow brewPAL. The technology by the University City start-up claims to be the first to provide same-day detection of pediococcus and lactobacillus, bacteria that attach to grain and can spoil the taste of beer. Last fall, Invisible Sentinel announced a partnership with Victory Brewing Co. in Downingtown to work on validation of Veriflow brewPAL.
January 18, 2015 |
They might not like Yuengling. But the Teamsters evidently are drunk in love with Gov.-elect Tom Wolf. A day after State Rep. Mike Vereb (R., Montgomery) said that Wolf's inauguration planners were excluding Yuengling, the Pottsville-based brew, from his inaugural celebration, the leader of Teamsters Local 830 sent out a news release praising the incoming governor - and teeing off on the brewery's president, Richard Yuengling Jr., whom the union has long described as "anti-worker.
January 17, 2015 |
Is America's oldest lager non grata to Pennsylvania's newest governor? Yuengling, from the Pottsville-based brewery, appears to have been left off the list of beverages to be served at next week's inauguration for Gov.-elect Tom Wolf. State Rep. Mike Vereb (R., Montgomery) said he learned from constituents and others that inauguration planners had specifically declared Yuengling not to be served. Vereb said Thursday he was not sure why, or if Wolf knew, but added that he didn't think it was accidental.
December 30, 2014
D.G. YUENGLING & Son made it through the Civil War, Prohibition and untold skirmishes with the giants from St. Louis and Milwaukee. But those were nothing like the challenge it faces in the age of endless choice. These days, the shelves are filled with everything from Lime-A-Rita to triple IPA. Samuel Adams has a TV commercial boasting that it makes more than 60 styles. Yuengling, meanwhile, is still plugging away with a portfolio of just seven full-time brands and three seasonals.
October 3, 2014
SPLASHING down a cold one in the tasting room at the new Forgotten Boardwalk Brewery, in Cherry Hill, you can't help but wonder: Why wasn't this place built on an actual boardwalk down the Shore? The curved funhouse mirrors, the wheel of fortune, the Skee-Ball machines . . . the only thing missing is the smell of salt air. So, I asked Jamie Queli, the brewery's 30-year-old owner, why she didn't open it in Asbury Park, whose aging, largely vacant boardwalk gave this brewery its name.
September 26, 2014
IF STEVE HINDY looks a little uncomfortable on Monday when he and a panel of local brewers gather for a talk about the "craft-beer revolution" at Yards Brewery, don't blame me. The founder of Brooklyn Brewery is an experienced journalist - a former Mideast correspondent for the Associated Press - and he can handle the grilling I'll dole out as moderator of the event. No, if he's squirming in his seat, it's because Philly hasn't always treated him so well. He has bad memories of one guy in particular - the man whom the Inquirer once called "the shadowy lord of the Philadelphia beer business.
July 3, 2014
FOR ALL their innovation, American craft brewers are starting to grow stale. Over-hopped beers? Yeah, they were novel . . . about 15 years ago. Now everyone brews a double IPA. Wacky flavors? Used to be we couldn't wait for pumpkin beer each autumn. Now, because there are so many of them competing for shelf space, the pumpkin season starts in two weeks and you'll be sick of them by Labor Day. Barrel-aged beer? Because it takes months and years to properly age and blend beer, barrel-aged beer was once a rarity.