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.
October 20, 2011
IT WASN'T so long ago that the only women you saw in the beer world were either wearing bikinis on TV or posing nekkid in pinups on the walk-in box at your local beer distributor. The pinups are probably still there, but I've noticed a big jump in the number of women working for small breweries - mainly as sales reps, but as brewers, too. I chatted with several of them recently. Here's what they had to say. Q: Is beer still a man'sworld? Wendy Domurat (sales rep, Dogfish Head Brewery)
July 26, 2013
Although Pennsylvania has benefited from the national microbrewing renaissance, outdated state laws favoring beer wholesalers are threatening to kill the buzz. The state's wholesalers enjoy exclusive distribution rights in their territories and ironclad commitments from brewers, limiting the growth potential of the craft breweries that helped make Philadelphia one of America's premier beer cities. Giving brewers more autonomy could foster the emergence and success of more breweries in a city and state with a rich beer heritage.
October 11, 2012 |
Two downtown restaurateurs - Rob Wasserman (Rouge, 500 Degrees) and chef Michael Schulson (Sampan, Izakaya) - have ventured into the Main Line with the Saint James (30 Parking Plaza, Ardmore, 610-649-6200), an American bistro in Suburban Square. Chris Sheffield of SLDesign created an open, lived-in look, with a skylight in the foyer, wooden tables, leather- and wool-covered booths, and white brick walls. It's an amalgam of Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel, with a dash of Anthropologie.
May 13, 2011 |
MUNSTER, Ind. - On one of the most important days on the beer calendar, when fevered drinkers from across the U.S. travel to northwest Indiana to buy one of the world's rarest beers, the unthinkable happened. Cradling a box of his newfound bounty, a man in jeans and a black jacket dropped a bottle of the day's manna. The 22-ounce bottle of Dark Lord - a pitch-black, high-alcohol stout made by Three Floyds Brewing for release this very day - shattered, its black, frothy gold spreading across the asphalt.
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.