July 16, 2011 |
Philadelphians are buying more craft beer than ever, but the region's brewmasters are bracing for the biggest name in beer to move into town. Anheuser-Busch InBev, maker of Budweiser products and the world's largest brewer, trademarked the name "215" this spring, along with the area codes for 14 other U.S. cities. The filing is the first public step toward creating a new beer by the same name. "We're being attacked," said Bill Covaleski, brewmaster and president of Victory Brewing Co., a craft brewery in Downingtown.
June 15, 2011 |
Chester County's brew brothers, John and Peter Giannopoulos , say they are planning to expand their Sly Fox Brewing business beyond their Schuylkill Valley brewpubs, adding a full-scale brewery in Pottstown and a beer-keg factory at a future location in the Philadelphia area. The new brewery - 30,000 square feet on six acres at the Pottstown Airport Business Center, with equipment from the United States, Germany, and Italy - will triple Sly Fox's production, to 15,000 liters a day, by the end of the year, says John Giannopoulos.
June 2, 2011 |
PULLING HIS PICKUP truck alongside a 60-foot-long, 5-foot-wide trough filled with yellowish-brown grain, Gary Schuler cracks a small smile and softly says, "I call it my golden feedbowl. " Given that a few moments later he refers to a nearby mound of manure as "black gold" and a manure spreader he once used to distribute vegetable trimmings to his grazing herds as a "salad shooter," it's clear that Schuler has a penchant for wryly colorful euphemisms. But the grain filling that mammoth trough is something special, one stop on a cyclic chain that Schuler refers to as "beer, barley and buffalo.
May 13, 2011 |
MUNSTER, Ind. - On one of the most important days on the beer calendar, when fevered drinkers from across the U.S. travel to northwest Indiana to buy one of the world's rarest beers, the unthinkable happened. Cradling a box of his newfound bounty, a man in jeans and a black jacket dropped a bottle of the day's manna. The 22-ounce bottle of Dark Lord - a pitch-black, high-alcohol stout made by Three Floyds Brewing for release this very day - shattered, its black, frothy gold spreading across the asphalt.
May 6, 2011
LATELY, THERE'S been a bizarre struggle over tap handles in Philadelphia. Instead of going at each other's throats with more spigots that pour clear, yellow lager, the Big 3 have been battling it out with a cache of surrogate brands that are the flavor/style/philosophical opposites of their flagships - namely, witbier. Budweiser ? Forget about it. Anheuser-Busch has hooked up with InBev and now its sales reps are pushing Hoegaarden . The guy in the Miller uniform is rolling in a keg of orange-flavored Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat and the Coors truck has a fancy new paint job with a logo for Blue Moon . It's white beer, folks.
April 12, 2011 |
The last employment contract for Charles Pizzi , the Tasty Baking Co. boss, called for him to collect more than $3 million in the event the company was sold. The $4-a-share offer by Flowers Foods is great news for anyone who bought the stock after it collapsed this winter. But it's a disappointing discount from where the stock traded for most of the last 20 years. Angry readers keep calling, posting, and e-mailing to ask why Pizzi deserves anything for being at the helm when the ship ran onto the rocks.
August 31, 2010 |
This year's Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe opens Friday with a pioneering idea that could become a model for new work, a project far outlasting the festival's two-plus weeks of cutting-edge, oddball, occasionally thought-provoking, and sometimes brilliant performances. With major grants, an expanded new space in Northern Liberties, and a determined leader, the festival is tackling research and development - a concept generally associated with new drugs and new cars, but not new works of art. It has developed a program called LAB - the Live Arts Brewery - that pays a handful of theater artists, dancers, and musicians (at this point all local)
June 3, 2010
CL: We're joined by two guests who help put some fizz into our local brew scene. Suzanne Woods (a.k.a. "Beer Lass"), a Philly-based beer blogger, also a rep for Sly Fox in Royersford. Suzanne was a judge at the Inquirer Brew-vitational taste-off of new local beers. Whitney Thompson, a brewer for Victory Beer, is one of the few active professional female brewers in the region. We'll get their unique take on Women in Beer, great beer in general, and their best bets for the Beer Week festivities.
May 27, 2010 |
BILLY PFLAUMER despised "light" beer. The onetime local beer baron once said that for people who drink the stuff, he would create a sixpack that contained five bottles of regular beer and one bottle of water so they could dilute their beer to their taste. Billy was a quintessential Philadelphia character, an intriguing rogue and onetime jailbird who disgusted neighbors of his once-sprawling brewery in Northern Liberties by allowing it to disintegrate after it closed in 1987, becoming home to the homeless, both two- and four-legged - as well as the multilegged that creep and crawl - piles of abandoned tires and bottles and other debris.
May 26, 2010 |
William H. Pflaumer, 76, the last of the local beer barons, died of heart failure on Saturday, May 22, at Pennsylvania Hospital. Mr. Pflaumer was a quintessential Philadelphia character widely known as "Billy" or, more grandly, "Billy the Beer King. " The final owner of the brewery that produced Schmidt's - Philadelphia's best-known beer - he was sentenced to federal prison in 1983 for evading more than $125,000 in excise taxes. The Christian Schmidt Brewing Co., between Second and Hancock Streets south of Girard Avenue, was the city's last independent brewery and had been a local institution since 1860.