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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 1, 2011 |
McGillin's Olde Ale House has already turned its taps over to the Germans for the month. Brauhaus Schmitz has plans to shut down South Street for a pig roast with an oompah band. And local Oktoberfest lagers, from brewers like Victory and Sly Fox, are currently flowing at watering holes around town. As Philadelphia embraces all things beer, it was only a matter of time until we saw the Hallmark-ization of Oktoberfest, with more celebrations starting earlier, getting bigger and lasting longer, and more local brewers joining the party.
June 10, 2016
B UZZ: HEY MARNIE, what do wine drinkers do during Philly Beer Week? Marnie: Most of them keep drinking wine, of course. But that doesn't mean they might not also cross the aisle to enjoy some beers. (PBW continues through Sunday.) Buzz: I wish my wife would do that. She hates beer. Marnie: She may just not have found one she likes. Many wine fans don't like everyday pale lagers. They might not realize there are other beers to try. Wine and beer have more in common than most people realize.
June 13, 2016
CELEBRATING AMERICA'S best beer-drinking city, Philly Beer Week began Sunday and finishes up this weekend after 10 days of pub crawls, tap takeovers, beer-themed game shows, and block parties. Here are some featured venues as the fun continues through the weekend. (Go to phillybeerweek.org for full schedule.) Bikes, Beers & Bluegrass Founding Fathers Sports Bar & Grill at 16th & South Streets is hosting a Bike Stop on Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. featuring a Keystone Mountain Boys concert to drive awareness and support for the Schuylkill River Trail.
May 31, 2013 |
By 11 a.m. on a typical Saturday, Jared Littman, 37, a Queen Village resident, has already been awake for six hours. He's mostly been working on PhillyTapFinder.com , the craft-beer-centric website he cofounded with his wife, Kristy, in 2010. Day and night, e-mails pour in to Jared's inbox from camera-phone-wielding beer geeks and bar managers across the city and suburbs with news of the latest beer-list updates and most recently tapped kegs. He spends hours each day entering that fresh data into his site.