March 20, 2011
In a wonky world like craft beer, where small-batch is often most sexy, it's easy to overlook a pioneer that's grown large with success. But don't snooze when walking past those piles of Sierra Nevada in your local beer store. This trail-blazer of the peppy pale ale, now in its 31st year and the second-largest craft beer producer in America (after Sam Adams' Boston Brewing), can still bring the flavor when it comes to seasonals and special offerings. Their Southern Hemisphere Harvest last year was one of the freshest hops-forward brews I've sipped.
February 20, 2015 |
Thirsty Philadelphia has more than its share of beer festivals to dive into. But few get to the heart of the region's beer brewing soul - both its history and its future - as much as the Philly Bierfest, being held Saturday, Feb. 21 at the German Society of Pennsylvania. Yes, the "arm wrastlin' roller girls" are a draw for some. There will be tuba-popping Polkadelphia funk, and beer-and-cheese pairings from nationally known cheese master Max McCalman. But the most pressing focus of this fourth annual event will be an exploration of the state's deepening relationship with the German beer tradition, whose current growth is described by Victory Brewing founder Bill Covaleski as nothing less than "the end game of craft beer.
August 17, 2015 |
At Kennett Brewing Co., the lights are low, the tables are long, and the community, seemingly, is organic. Owners Jossy and Mark Osborne - who live in Little Britain, Lancaster County, a dry township - said locals and friends pitched in to create everything from the company's signs to its bathroom sinks. The sociable spirit transferred to the pub, a cozy but warehouse-like space tucked off South Broad Street in Kennett Square. Customers "say it's [like] coming into somebody's house or living room," said Mark Osborne.
June 1, 2014 |
SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. - Mayor Lenny Desiderio is waxing poetic about white cosmopolitans and sidewalk dining in Sea Isle. What? Yes, in Sea Isle, a place buoyed for decades by such sturdy traditions as No Shower Happy Hour, $1.50 Coors Light mugs (no purchase of mug required), and phone booths that doubled as urinals more often than you'd like to think about. "Martinis, Manhattans, white cosmos, red cosmos," Desiderio says of what people are drinking at SideKix, the urbane little offshoot of his landmark party bar, Kix McNulty's, designed for, say, a more sophisticated Sea Isle drinking experience.
May 13, 2016
DONALD TRUMP for president? Forget about it, say the nation's brewers. But don't expect them to line up behind Hillary Clinton, either. That's the outlook from a straw poll I conducted among beer makers at last week's Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia. Among the 96 brewers and other beer industry members I polled while strolling around the conference exhibition hall, only 15 said they'd vote for Trump in November. Clinton was backed by exactly half of the brewers - but that support looks shaky because many of her supporters indicated they might not bother to vote in the fall.
June 10, 2016
NOW IS NOT the time to slow your celebration of America's best beer-drinking city, for the final four days of Philly Beer Week feature some killer drafts and some typically incomprehensible entertainment. For example, turtle races. You have not experienced the thrill of sport until you've witnessed two-inch hard-shells in a mad dash across a piece of felt. The glory, the sheer athleticism, the ... Oh, what the hell am I talking about? The third annual Turtle Races at Drury Beer Garden (1311 Sansom St., midtown)
October 22, 2009
Saturday, Oct. 24 Brewer's Reserve tasting , featuring hand-crafted beers from Flying Fish Brewing Co., including Exit 4 American Tripel and Belgian Imperial Cru, and Iron Hill Brewery, including Heywood Tripel and 2004 Barleywine. Pay for what you drink. 1-5 p.m. at Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant, 124 East Kings Hwy., Maple Shade, 856-273-0300, www.ironhillbrewery.com . Sunday, Oct. 25 Craft beer lovers singles night , featuring craft beer tastings, hors d'oeuvres, and entertainment.
August 15, 2014
FOUR YEARS ago, when she launched the first Sour Fest, at South Philly's Devil's Den, owner Erin Wallace was happy to offer a modest list of about a dozen sour ales, including the highly regarded likes of Petrus Aged Pale Ale , Cantillon Kriek and Russian River Consecration . At the time, the existence of these quirky, tart varieties seemed nothing more than a blip in the growth of artisan brews. Most craft brewers were focused elsewhere - on hops or high alcohol. Sour beer, by contrast, didn't seem to have much of a future - not just because of its off-putting name and unconventional flavor, but because of its somewhat complex and time-consuming brewing methods.
June 27, 2008
I'M NOT A beer snob. As I drink my pint of expensive craft beer, I don't roll my eyes when you sit next to me and order a bottle of Corona or Coors Light, or whatever it is the beer snobs scoff at. I don't look at my drinking buddy and make some harsh comment. I'm not a beer snob. I like Sam Adams. I don't jump up and down like a madwoman and proclaim that Sam Adams beers are overly commericalized macro-brews fooling people into believing they're made with the same care as that expensive pint of craft beer in my hand.
December 1, 2010 |
Bruce Nichols, 62, a longtime champion of quality beer in Philadelphia and cofounder of Philly Beer Week, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, of leukemia. Mr. Nichols had started an annual dinner and beer tasting in Philadelphia with renowned British beer expert Michael Jackson in 1991 that lasted until Jackson's death in 2007. Philly Beer Week started in 2008, and now boasts that it is the largest beer celebration of its kind in the country. Mr. Nichols was chair of the nonprofit that ran the annual 10-day event.