September 14, 2012
FORGET SOCCER MOMS and NASCAR dads. In November, the presidency could go to the candidate who attracts the most craft-beer drinkers. Don't laugh, because it appears President Obama's re-election campaign has already taken note of an astounding phenomenon in 2008 election results - with the hope of a suds-soaked repeat in 2012. It's a stunning and previously unnoticed voting trend that almost certainly explains the presence last week of a craft brewer among the Democratic National Convention speakers, as well as the recent release of the Obama White House home-brew recipes.
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.
June 21, 2012 |
A 3 1/2-barrel handmade batch of pale ale is simmering just over his shoulder, filling the garage-size brewery with the sweetest aroma known to man, when Tim Hanna, one of four partners in the brand-new Tuckahoe Brewing Co., mentions the unfortunate gorilla in the room: "We're never going to totally get past C oors Light and M iller Lite down here. " "Down here" is the Jersey Shore, land of Snooki and Smirnoff Ice. Down here, "good beer" means it's cold, wet and half-price during happy hour.
June 8, 2012 |
OCEAN VIEW, N.J. - Matt McDevitt spent years living the dream of every grown-up Jersey Shore kid: teach high school during the year, work the beach patrol during summer; in his case, the Sacramento beach in Ventnor. But this year, McDevitt and three buddies, two of them also teachers at Mainland Regional High School, will spend summer chasing an even more tantalizing beach dream: presiding over their own brewery, the Tuckahoe Brewing Co., creating recipes inspired by everything from warm summer days (Marshallville Wit)
June 1, 2012 |
Scott Rudich got a text one November night from his pal Rich DiLiberto, who was in a bar drinking bad beer and listening to a bad cover band. "We should either start a brewery or a band," DiLiberto wrote. Rudich's reply: "Neither of us play instruments. " And so it was that the grains of Round Guys Brewery were set to steep. Of course, that dream would ferment for nearly 31/2 years before these two pharmaceutical workers would finally open the doors to their Lansdale brewery in early March, when Rudich could legitimately pick up the phone and say with a wink: "Hello, I am the yeast whisperer.
May 11, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO — The loneliest guy at BrewExpo America had to be Ales Kopecky, a Czech farmer who came to the annual beer-making trade show to promote his old-world Saaz hops. The Saaz variety may be the noblest of the so-called "noble hops," providing the distinctive flavor and palate-cleansing bitterness to pilsners and other styles. Yet few brewers lined up to savor the aroma from the pile of dried hops scattered atop Kopecky's booth. They were drawn instead to the Hopsteiner booth, where the multinational company was showing off its new Calypso hops variety.
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.
February 16, 2012 |
George Hummel's life-changing moment came while traveling in his youth, when he tasted something quite literally unforgettable. "There were these weird things in California called microbreweries," says Hummel. "The beer was really different. I couldn't get anything like that back here, so I started making my own. " Fast forward to this fall, when Hummel celebrated the 25th anniversary of Home Sweet Homebrew, a supply shop off Rittenhouse Square that he owns with wife Nancy Rigberg.
January 19, 2012
"MINIMAL TASTE profile, minimal hopping, lacking in hop bouquet and threshold hop levels . . . " - Fred Eckhardt, The Essentials of Beer Style, 1989, describing style characteristics of malt liquor "Get your girl in the mood quicker, get your jimmy thicker, with St. Ides malt liquor. " - Ice Cube, Mix Tape, 1994, describing style characteristics of malt liquor And there you have it: the grand dichotomy of beer. To some it's all about the flavor, to others it's nothing more than . . . um, a stiff drink.
December 15, 2011
"DON'T PASS OUT, Passover. " When Shmaltz Brewing launched in 1996 with that slogan, you'd be excused if you assumed it was just another gimmick, like Billy Beer of the 1970s or J.R. Ewing Beer of the '80s. Its He'Brew Messiah Bold and Genesis Ale ("The Chosen Beers") seemed little more than a scheme to use borscht belt humor to sell generic fizzy yellow liquid. A company does not thrive for 15 years, though, on schtick alone. It turns out that, along with cracking Jewish jokes, founder Jeremy Cowan can actually put out a high-quality product.