February 5, 2014 |
Greek and Roman historians were fond of depicting northern Europeans as beer-swilling barbarians, incapable of appreciating the fruits of sun-splashed Mediterranean vineyards. Writing in the late first century B.C., Dionysius of Halicarnassus sniffed that northerners were known to drink a "foul-smelling liquor made from barley rotted in water. " Time to give the barbarians some credit, says University of Pennsylvania archaeologist Patrick E. McGovern. Chemical analysis of residues from ancient drinking vessels and strainers, found in what are now Denmark and Sweden, reveal traces of elaborate hybrid beverages made from berries, birch resin, honey, and herbs, McGovern said.
February 27, 2013 |
On the surface, it's a lawsuit that seeks to prove the punchline to "Why is American beer like having sex in a canoe?" (You'll have to Google the answer.) Thomas and Gerald Greenberg of Montgomery County say the Budweisers they've been drinking haven't had the advertised kick. The brothers Greenberg assert Anheuser-Busch has been watering down their beer to less than the 5 percent alcohol content the mega-brewer prints on their Budweiser labels. They've been doing serious research to buttress their claim.
February 22, 2013
Salt at your fingertips While the pepper grinder is a must-have in the cook's kitchen, I find that salt mills don't seem to work as well. Also, it's hard to tell how much salt you've actually added. I much prefer to measure by the pinch. Thus the need for a saltcellar next to the stove, like this one made of glazed stoneware. - Maureen Fitzgerald Homestead saltcellar, $9.95, Crate and Barrel. Crystal-powered IPA For beer geeks who crave fancy glasses as much as any wine lover, here's some beautiful Spiegelau crystal to amp your IPA pleasure.
July 13, 2012 |
BOOK NERDS know that if you're looking for beer at the library, you head for Section 663 in the Dewey Decimal System. You'll find it filed under Useful Arts, a designation that I don't think anyone could argue with. Or, for a taste of the real stuff, head out back at the Indian Valley Public Library in Telford at 6:30 p.m. on July 28for the library's annual Brews for Books fund-raiser. This year's theme is West Meets Local, with a selection of beers from both coasts. I'll be leading a breakout session focusing on my favorites.
June 15, 2012 |
IF YOU WANT to know where beer is headed tomorrow, find a homebrewer today and drink his or her beer. This shouldn't come as a surprise. It was homebrewers, after all, who launched the microbrewing revolution by turning pro. And it was homebrewers who originated many of the recipes that were refined for commercial products. Judging by the homebrews I sampled throughout Philly Beer Week, I'd say we're in for a round of big, unusual flavors that taste a lot better than they sound.
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)
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.
February 16, 2012 |
In a back room at Appalachian Brew Pub in Collegeville, amid towers of plastic cups, a dozen tall, dark, unmarked bottles await a turn in the spotlight. One by one, the bottles are opened, poured, and studied. As noses dive deep into cups of amber brew, few words are spoken. One or two people close their eyes, analyzing, savoring, before they take a sip. The contents of each cup represent hours of isolated toil and, at this, the monthly meeting of the Stoney Creek Homebrewers Club, each member has the chance to get and give advice.
January 26, 2012
Nightly, through Feb. 9 Year of the Dragon , Chinese New Year dinner, featuring a menu that includes Pu Pu platter; longevity noodles with pork, tomato and chili; salt and pepper shrimp and scallops; sesame chicken; Peking duck fried rice; and chocolate shortcake. $45 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations available nightly during regular dinner hours at Sampan, 124 S. 13th St., 215-732-3501, www.sampanphilly.com . Saturday, Jan. 28 Belgium comes to West Chester beer tasting, featuring Belgian-style craft beers from more than 20 breweries, including Devil's Backbone, Dogfish Head, Harpoon, Peekskill, Stoudt's, Weyerbacher and many more.
July 28, 2011
WILCO TANGO FOXTROT: From California's Lagunitas Brewery, it's the same question the Daily News infamously posed on Page 1: WTF? Golden Shower: Perhaps realizing that a yellow pilsner named after a deviant sex act involving urine may not appeal to all beer drinkers, Dogfish Head relabeled this beer as Golden Era. Happy Ending: As if we don't get the naughty reference, the label on this imperial stout from Sweetwater features a...