August 23, 2012
YOU HEAR ABOUT these collaboration beers by guys from competing breweries, and you can just imagine the unique creative process - the artistic inspiration, the sharing of ideas, the dynamic environment that feeds their invention. But first things first. "Are we measuring in Fahrenheit or Celsius?" Tim Roberts, a longtime area brewer now at Yards Brewing Co., dropped by Iron Hill Brewery's Maple Shade, N.J., brewpub for a collaborative brew with its head brewer, Chris LaPierre.
June 21, 2012 |
A 3 1/2-barrel handmade batch of pale ale is simmering just over his shoulder, filling the garage-size brewery with the sweetest aroma known to man, when Tim Hanna, one of four partners in the brand-new Tuckahoe Brewing Co., mentions the unfortunate gorilla in the room: "We're never going to totally get past C oors Light and M iller Lite down here. " "Down here" is the Jersey Shore, land of Snooki and Smirnoff Ice. Down here, "good beer" means it's cold, wet and half-price during happy hour.
June 8, 2012 |
OCEAN VIEW, N.J. - Matt McDevitt spent years living the dream of every grown-up Jersey Shore kid: teach high school during the year, work the beach patrol during summer; in his case, the Sacramento beach in Ventnor. But this year, McDevitt and three buddies, two of them also teachers at Mainland Regional High School, will spend summer chasing an even more tantalizing beach dream: presiding over their own brewery, the Tuckahoe Brewing Co., creating recipes inspired by everything from warm summer days (Marshallville Wit)
June 1, 2012 |
PHILLY BEER WEEK is about the city's beer scene — its breweries, bars and restaurants, pub-friendly neighborhoods and Belgian cafes. It's a celebration of the city's long beer-drinking history, its unrivaled diversity of beer styles, its festivals and beer dinners. It's a chance to meet your favorite brewer, raise a glass with the mayor or carry the vaunted Hammer of Glory. More than anything, though, Philly Beer Week is about the beer. I'll make a rough guess that more than 2,000 brands of beer will be poured across the city and suburbs starting Friday.
June 1, 2012 |
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.
May 25, 2012 |
YOU THINK WE have a pretty good beer scene now? You should've seen this town back in 1879. Every neighborhood had its own brewery, and every corner had a saloon. In the preceding 30 years, more than 250 breweries had opened — many of them closing quickly, but others becoming national powers. A census by Western Brewer magazine counted an astonishing 94 breweries up and running. The city's population was barely half of today's, and yet it had 12 times the number of breweries we boast of in 2012.
April 19, 2012 |
IT'S A MOONLESS Thursday night in North Wales, Montgomery County. Down a dead-end street just past the giant Merck & Co. pharmaceutical plant, tucked along the SEPTA R5 railroad tracks, a darkened industrial building attracts a young crowd. The unpaved parking lot is full, light sounds of live jazz seep from the rear door, and the air carries the familiar aroma of malt. Welcome to Prism Brewing's Tap Room, one of the region's best-kept beer-drinking secrets and, it turns out, a harbinger of a remarkable surge of suburban breweries.
February 12, 2012 |
WESTERLY, R.I. - For two centuries it rested a mile from shore, shrouded by a treacherous reef from the pleasure boaters and beachgoers who haunt New England's southern coast. Now, researchers from the U.S. Navy are hoping to confirm what the men who discovered the wreck believe: that the sunken ship off the coast of Rhode Island is the USS Revenge, commanded by Oliver Hazard Perry and lost on a stormy January day in 1811. "The Revenge was forgotten. It became a footnote," said Charlie Buffum, a brewery owner from Stonington, Conn., who found the shipwreck while diving with friend Craig Harger.
November 10, 2011
NO OTHER American city celebrates Belgian beer like Philadelphia. I didn't say that, but one of the nation's biggest importers of Belgian beer did as Philly Beer Week hammered out details on a first-ever collaboration with one of Belgium's iconic beer makers, Brasserie Dupont. The makers of Saison Dupont , regarded by some experts as one of the top 10 beers in the world, will brew the official international beer of Philly Beer Week 2012. It's the first time the 167-year-old brewery has made a beer with someone outside its own family.
October 20, 2011 |
Anthony Koppany, 93, of Lansdale, an accomplished chess player who once played Bobby Fischer to a draw, died Monday, Oct. 17, at home. A native of Hungary, Mr. Koppany learned to play chess when he was 10 from a relative who became a chess master. After emigrating to the United States in 1949, he played with the North City Chess Club and was later director of the Franklin Mercantile Chess Club in Center City. In 1964, Mr. Koppany played Fischer at the Cheltenham Township Art Center.