March 1, 2007 |
PHILADELPHIA HOSTS its first major beer festival in about 10 years on Saturday, and I'm worried that some of you are a bit out of shape. Now, I know that many of you have been flexing those elbows at the excellent festivals surrounding the city, in Kennett Square, Adamstown, even Harrisburg. And Philly continues to host many smaller fests, including the annual Penn Museum tasting with Michael Jackson and Sippin' by the River at Penn's Landing. But the Philly Craft Beer Festival is the big time in the big city, folks.
July 24, 2008 |
Corona . . . Coors Light . . . Bud - the usual sudsy suspects at most any local bar. At TJ's Restaurant & Drinkery in Paoli, though, esoteric-sounding beer names are the norm - funky labels such as Holy Mackerel Imperial Black Ale,for example, or a yeasty quaff called Delirium Tremens. Both are requested by patrons far more than the typical brews. Ordering a Miller High Life is fine at TJ's, but why, when Sly Fox Chester County Brown Ale is so refreshing from the tap? With its revolving selection of 25 draft beers, and more than 200 by the bottle - there's even beer in many of the food recipes, as 90 percent of the menu items are prepared with the stuff - TJ's has become an oasis for local beer drinkers.
July 11, 2008
YOUR GAS TANK is empty, your home is in foreclosure, and your little ones go to bed with empty tummies. Worse than that, Budweiser just announced it's jacking up prices. How are we going to survive hard times without cheap beer? Dry those tears - here's Joe Sixpack's Recession-Numbing Survival Guide . Do the math I The first thing to remember is that we're talking beer. You can still buy a world-class craft beer for under $40 a case, equal to just $1.66 a bottle. Drink three of 'em for 5 bucks - then try to find a single bottle of decent wine at that price.
May 5, 2011
Here are area finalists for 2011 James Beard Foundation Awards, which will be announced Monday: OUTSTANDING RESTAURANT: Vetri. Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin, chefs/owners. OUTSTANDING WINE AND SPIRITS PROFESSIONAL: Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del. BEST CHEFS IN AMERICA: Michael Solomonov, Zahav. Also, Chef Vola’s, 111 S. Albion Place, Atlantic City, has won the American Classics award. The restaurant is owned by Louise Esposito, Michael Esposito, Michael Esposito Jr. and Louis Esposito.
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.
November 20, 2015
DO YOU know the first words spoken by Native-Americans to the Pilgrims after they landed at Plymouth Rock? "Welcome Englishmen . . . I'll have a beer. " Or something to that effect, according to an account (see sidebar) of the first visit to the Pilgrims' village by an Algonquin named Samoset. The greeting comes to mind this season because it was those words that eventually led to the first Thanksgiving in America. That's right - though our nation's annual feast is traditionally washed down with wine, it actually began with beer.
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.
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 )