September 19, 2010 |
I'm all for giving the undereducated, over-Budweisered campus crowd a chance to learn their Tucher from their tuchus . But what happens to the fizz of the city's hippest trend when craft beer goes college-town corporate? The massive new 300-seat City Tap House is a fascinating test case. The typical Philly beer-bar grunge has been thoroughly supplanted here by a soaring Mission wood space outfitted with salvaged planks and hammered copper. Fire pits blaze at night on the expansive "green roof" terrace of the second-floor balcony at University City's mod new Radian building, where well-scrubbed Ivy Leaguers network around tasting racks of wheat beer and thin-crusted pizzas beneath moonlit high-rise dorms.
March 5, 2009 |
As many as 30,000 beer lovers are expected to sip their way through the brewing bacchanalia that is Philly Beer Week beginning tomorrow, with more than 670 events across the region. There will be tastings of high-end craft beers, pairing dinners at gastropubs, even a 60-mile bike-and-drinking tour of local breweries during the 10-day celebration. More than 400 revelers made it to the Grey Lodge Pub's "Friday the Firkinteenth" in February. So how many will make the pilgrimage to Northeast Philly to quaff beer from firkins, the small kegs of artisan beer that drain by gravity, when Friday the 13th falls during the second annual Beer Week?
June 17, 2010
The East Coast Food and Wine Festival, to be held noon-5 p.m. June 26-27 at Hopewell Valley Vineyards in Pennington, N.J., will feature celebrity chefs Michael Colameco, Mary Ann Esposito and Barbara Seeling-Brown, and a banquet of restaurateurs, vintners and foodies. Tastings, tours, a farm market and much more are also planned. $35 advance, $40 at the door; two-day pass $55/$60. A portion of the proceeds goes to Share Our Strength, which fights childhood hunger. Call 609-890-7103 or go to www.slow foodandwinefestival.
March 11, 2010
Friday-Sunday, March 12-14 Philly Beer Weekend , a three day celebration of beer, featuring a wide array of events, including tastings, beer-themed dinners, rare beers, a "craft beer express," the sixth annual Brewers Plate at Penn Museum, and more. For more information, including a complete list of events with locations, times and pricing, visit www.phillybeerweek.org . Tickets for the Brewer's Plate fund-raising event are available at www.thebrewersplate.org . Monday, March 15 Spicing up your Passover , hands-on cooking class featuring tips on dishes that will take you beyond the same old Passover recipes and eight days of matzo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 17, 2012 |
For David April, the improbable road from Fishtown to GQ Spain started with a run and ended with a beer. A Kenzinger, no doubt. And a toast. "To the professor!" "To the professor!" echoed the endorphined crowd Thursday night at the American Sardine Bar in Point Breeze. To the professor? Is this Gilligan's Island? A brainy fraternity? No, it is the Fishtown Beer Runners' weekly homage to the scholar - Professor Manuel J. Castillo of the School of Medicine, University of Granada, Spain - who supplied them with a rather happy, not to mention hoppy, organizing principle.