August 23, 2013
SOMEDAY, Fat Tire , the enormously popular amber ale from Colorado, will be available in Pennsylvania. Not this year, and probably not next. But soon enough, New Belgium Brewing Co.'s flagship will shoulder its way in among the 6,229 brands already registered for sale in the Keystone State. First, it hits the shelves next door, in Delaware. Its slow, deliberate rollout this week in one of the nation's smallest states underscores the challenge that the brewery faces as it tries to establish a foothold in the heavily populated Northeast.
September 30, 2010
REGIONAL DISTILLERIES They aren't brewing moonshine, but professional distillers in and around Philadelphia are crafting a variety of products. Here's a sampling. Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats 320 Rehoboth Ave. Rehoboth Beach, Del. 302-226-5771 Products: Restaurant and distillery making Jin gin, Blue Hen Vodka (plus a variety of flavored vodkas) and Brown Honey Rum, Wit Spiced Rhum and White Light Rum. Philadelphia Distilling 12285 McNulty Road, No. 105 215-671-0346 Products: Bluecoat American Dry Gin, Vieux Carre Absinthe Supérieure and Penn 1681 Rye Vodka.
December 19, 1997 |
Only six more drinking days until Christmas. That means you'll have to double up on Joe Sixpack's annual 12 Beers of Christmas. Cooked up by happy brewers as a gift to beer fans, these holiday beers typically contain added malt and spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. Each is a satisfying alternative to eggnog and hot toddies, perfect for a cozy evening in front of the fireplace or 'neath the mistletoe. Hurry to your local specialty beer store or tavern, because most will be gone by next month.
October 9, 2009
WHAT'S OLD is brew again. From heather to pomegranate, unusual ingredients that were common in beer 1,000 years ago are making their way back into the modern brew kettle, thanks to a quirky new wave of experimentation by small brewers. Through academic research and consultation of dusty texts, these brewers are producing a stunning variety of unusually flavored ales that were - until recently - virtually extinct. The oddest, undoubtedly, is Dogfish Head Chicha , brewed this summer with purple maize that founder Sam Calagione and his staff chewed into mush, spit out and dried.
August 9, 2012
Quenching Brooklyn spirits Between its obsession for local, artisanal products and the borough's unquenchable thirst, it's no surprise Brooklyn has plunged deep into craft spirits, with eight distilleries opening in just the last 21/2 years. The tiny but mighty liquor store called Dry Dock in Red Hook (next to Fairway) is a prime destination for bottles from them all. Try a flask of this "white lightning" from Kings County Distillery, the borough's first, in a white Manhattan (see recipe on F4 )
December 23, 2012
Exotic Italian ales are the hottest new trend in craft beer. Turns out it's actually an old one, too - about 2,800 years old. That's the age of drinking vessels unearthed from Etruscan tombs and analyzed for trace ingredients by Pat McGovern, the molecular archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania Museum who's been a frequent collaborator on reimagining such "Ancient Ales" with Dogfish Head Brewery's Sam Calagione. Birra Etrusca is the spectacular result of their recent jaunt, a recipe collaboration with Italian brewers Baladin and Birra del Borgo.
June 19, 2005 |
The SS Dogfish, to most casual observers, is little more than a red rubber dinghy. And despite the bright spring sunshine that beamed down upon the Lewes Canal near the Delaware shore, it was still rather waterlogged with rain. To Dogfish Head brewer Sam Calagione, however, whose new book, Brewing Up a Business (Wiley, $24.95), details his unorthodox entrepreneurial rise, great journeys have always begun in tiny wet vessels. And this boat, docked just outside his Brewmaster's Suite at the Inn at Canal Square, was poised for a cruise to the farthest ends of his growing empire of beer.
May 3, 2013
WITH Philly Beer Week just five weeks away, word is beginning to spill about many of the new brands that the locals will be showing off for the festivities. Consider this your early checklist. * Manneken-Penn , Dubbel, 7.5 percent alcohol by volume. For the third year, Philly Beer Week sent a local brewer to Belgium to collaborate on a one-off, and for the third year he came back with something different. This year it was Chris Wilson, of Weyerbacher, and Tom Peters, of Monk's Cafe, traveling to Brasserie de la Senne to produce what is being described as a "Belgo-American Dubbel.
August 18, 2005 |
Craft beers are blooming in the Philadelphia region, giving hops-heads craving big flavors plenty to get excited about. Ten small breweries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware earned spots on a recent list of the 100 best in the world. Pennsylvania had five in the ranking by RateBeer.com, third behind California, with 10, and Michigan, with seven. "I think eastern Pennsylvania is the best place in the United States to be a beer drinker right now," said Brian O'Reilly, brewmaster at Sly Fox Brewhouse, which came in 54th and has locations in Phoenixville and Royersford.