November 9, 2012
IN HONOR OF the centennial anniversary of its sinking on April 5, 1912, the Franklin Institute offers "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition," Saturday through April 7, 2013. The show illustrates the ship's conception, aftermath and, of course, its ill-fated maiden voyage. What separates this from many other Titanic centenary activities is its focus on the personal stories associated with certain artifacts. Objects include a set of tiny perfume bottles - some still containing their original perfumes - a salesman was taking to the U.S., and the iconic cherub statue that graced the ship's Grand Staircase, an artifact never before seen in museums.
December 23, 2012 |
As a teenager stacking barrels after school at his family's brewery in Pottsville, Pa., Richard L. Yuengling Jr. was encouraged by plant workers to avoid a career in the family business. America's taste for national brands such as Budweiser, Coors, and Miller, they said, was going to put them all out of a job. Undeterred, Yuengling bought D.G Yuengling & Son Inc. from his father in 1985, and built it into the maker of the country's best-selling craft beer brand. As the company's value soared in the last decade amid a surge in demand for craft brews, Yuengling became a billionaire.
August 10, 2012
Special Events Baywatch Beach Party Beach themed party. Whisper Club, 1712 Walnut St. $10; free with bathing suit. 8/11. 10 pm. Germantown White House Exhibits Interactive exhibits featuring George Washington's family & household. Germantown White House (formerly Deshler-Morris House), 5442 Germantown Ave.; 215-965-2305. Southeast Asia Dragon Boat Festival Celebration of Southeastern Asian culture. Penn's Landing, Spring Garden St. & N. Columbus Blvd.; 215-922-2386. 8/11. Noon-7 pm. Peach Festival & Sidewalk Sale Peachy foods, live music & savings at local shops.
October 3, 2008
SOUTH Philadelphia isn't just prosciutto and cannolis anymore. And it's not just Asian spring rolls and Mexican quesadillas, either. In the off chance you haven't noticed, there's been a huge influx of hipsters to the neighborhood - young, laconic urban types in tight jeans and tats, cruising Passyunk Avenue on single-gear fixies. And that means one thing: beer, lots of it, and good stuff, too. South Philly - a huge swath of city blocks whose corner taprooms offered little more than BudMillerCoors - now rivals Northern Liberties and Fairmount as a craft-beer mecca.
April 10, 2009
AFILM DOCUMENTARY about the three-tier beer distribution system sounds like the kind of yawner they show in Economics 101. But as "Beer Wars" opens Thursday with a one-day nationwide screening, suds lovers are foaming over in joyous anticipation. The film, by director, writer and producer Anat Baron, is described as a "David and Goliath tale" about the battle for market share and shelf space between micro- and macro-breweries. Beer blogs have been filled with speculation about the first theatrical movie devoted to craft beer.
January 16, 2009
THE NEW YEAR stumbled out of the gate when Center City's Brasserie Perrier closed after an 11-year run. The classy joint had a dependable beer selection, not to mention a beautiful bar. But despair not, for there's some intriguing growth in the city's beer-drinking scene in the outlying neighborhoods. West Philly, for example. Now, here's a puzzlingly under-tapped swath where I barely need a thumb to count the bars devoted to craft beer: White Dog Cafe, Mad Mex, Dock Street Brewpub, Fiume and Bridgewater's.
August 9, 2013
TO THE roll call of venerable U.S. foreign diplomats, we can now add this signature name: Joe Sixpack, beer emissary. I've just returned from my first mission on behalf of the U.S. State Department, a beer-soaked education and cultural exchange tour of Lithuania. I'm happy to report that I did not ignite any international incidents. In fact, judging from my reception throughout the Baltic countryside, I may have a future as a diplomat, spreading world peace one beer at a time: _ In Vilnius, the capital, members of the local chapter of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the worldwide gastronomic society, agreed that the Philly beers served with a gourmet menu were at least as good as wine.
January 25, 2013
IT WAS inevitable that Pennsylvania's new breed of cheese-makers would bond with the state's thriving brewers. Artisan creameries and breweries are small, locally-owned businesses with handmade products that typically are unique, full-flavored alternatives to their run-of-the-mill mainstream competitors. Also, as Howard Field of Farm Fromage in Lancaster observed, "We're both nuts. " He added: "We're kind of O.C.D. We both like to adjust this and that. We're always trying different techniques.
May 31, 2013 |
When the Inquirer decided to focus one of the two categories at this year's Brew-vitational on a single style of beer, the choice was easy: pilsner. Pennsylvania's brewers have become known as specialists in the classically crisp and hoppy lager with roots in the Czech and German traditions - perhaps more than any other region in the country. "So many of the greatest pilsners in the world are made here, I rarely drink any from Europe anymore," says Mike "Scoats" Scotese, owner of Hop Angel Brauhaus and the Grey Lodge Pub, both of which are hosting pilsner events for Philly Beer Week.
March 29, 2012
Make like that funny love scene from "Lady and the Tramp" as Le VirtÃ¹ (1927 East Passyunk Ave., 215-271-5626, www.levirtu.com ), a restaurant dedicated to the cuisine of Abruzzo, Italy, serves up Maccheroni alla Mugnaia, a single-strand pasta that is prepared and served uncut, stretching up to 60 feet. The pasta is made using only flour and water, then formed into a circle and gradually hand-pulled and manipulated into a longer, thinner loop which can be extended to the desired length.