May 21, 2016 |
Where there's smoke, there's usually fire. But it also means summer kitchens are heating up for the season's rush up and down the coast. In the case of Chesapeake & Maine (316 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 302-226-3600; dogfish.com ), Dogfish Head's hot new seafood restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, there's smoke bred right into some curious raw oysters with a special tea. They're potently flavored and appropriately named "Smoke on the Water. " And they're just the latest clever draw to the beer-centric juggernaut of Sam Calagione's ever-growing Dogfish Head empire, which a couple of years ago also added an inn. With a complete menu built around some ambitious seafood inspired by both the Chesapeake Bay and the state of Maine (which inspired the brewery's name)
May 5, 2016
Two decades ago, Sam Calagione launched Dogfish Head in Delaware - and helped jump-start America's craft brewing revolution by taking an innovative "culinary" approach to beer, adding unconventional ingredients like coffee, raisins, saffron, and maple syrup long before strange add-ins became, well, the norm. Now, he's transforming the oyster as we know it by infusing the holding pens of Chesapeake Bay oysters at Hoopers Island Oyster Aquaculture Co. with a "tea" made with smoked salts.
February 8, 2016 |
Super Bowl Sunday is typically a day of mass consumption - when snacking is endless and the beer flowing. GoPuff.com - a 24-hour, online delivery service conceived by two Drexel University students - hopes to deliver plenty of both, especially the beer, to your home this weekend. It's another convergence: a Wawa on wheels - one that can deliver whatever you need - be it ice cream, toothpaste, a dog collar, and now a range of brews from Guinness to Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA - at whatever hour, and in 30 minutes or less.
December 31, 2015 |
On the final day of 2015, I'm still not certain which was the worst beer development of the year: that sickly sweet root beer posing as an ale or a beer made with, I kid you not, semen. Swallow hard: Here's my year in review... and my predictions for 2016. February Anheuser-Busch InBred, I mean InBev, releases Bud Light Mixxtail Firewalker, a high-alcohol premixed cinnamon-and-apple cocktail designed to be poured over ice. Coming next: Bud Light Syringe. Stone Brewing pulls the plug on its poor-selling low-alcohol Levitation Ale . Coming next: The end of the stupid session beer fad. March Desperate to hold off State Store reform, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board suddenly decrees that - after 82 years on the books - the law requiring distributors to sell 24-bottle cases actually means they can carry popular 12-packs.
August 20, 2015 |
"MAJOR League Bocce" is exactly the sort of tongue-in-cheek name that works for a league that's "major" mostly in how fast it has grown. The casual, social sport league that is helping to rejuvenate the ancient game expects about 12,000 registered players this year in Philadelphia and 10 other cities nationwide. In 2004, Sarah DeLucas and fellow co-founders started D.C. Bocce League with about 50 players as an alternative to an intramural kickball league that just wasn't cutting it. "People took kickball a little too seriously," she said, "getting out of their crap jobs and taking everything to the next level.
August 14, 2015
GRAB A PENCIL, crack open a cold one and test your beer knowledge. 1. Which one of these TV shows does not have its own official beer? a. Game of Thrones. b. The Walking Dead c. The Simpsons d. The GOP presidential debates e. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 2. Which of the following is not an Anheuser-Busch brand? a. Loser Pale Ale b. Swill Beer c. Toxic Sludge d. Beck's e. None of the above 3. What is the beer that a Latin-owned Chicago brewery named as a tribute to Donald Trump after his anti-Mexican speech?
June 1, 2015 |
FAR FROM THE pub-crawling pandemonium of Philly Beer Week, Penny Ordway, whose Eviama Life Green Spa has long been a Center City holistic health haven, is debuting her therapeutic beer massage this weekend for a long summer run. "OK, it is a gimmick," the seriously organic Ordway admitted, "but there is an incredible amount of phytonutrient benefit to a beer massage. " Consumer warning: No, you don't stick your feet in a warm "Mud and Suds Pedicure" infused with Dogfish Head's Hellhound On My Ale. You'd have to drive to the Lodge at Woodloch in the Poconos for that.
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.