April 4, 2014
EVERYONE in the beer industry is talking about the damn bubble. They're either worried that it's going to burst, or vowing that it will continue to grow. Like the earlier dot-com and housing bubbles, the craft-beer bubble is the product of what pessimists say is unsustainable growth, with about eight new breweries opening nationwide every week. The bubble can't help but explode, they say. Here are three reasons we're all gonna get soaked: 1. There are too many breweries There are about 2,800 breweries nationwide, with as many as 1,000 more on the horizon.
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.
March 28, 2014
TURNABOUT is fair play, but in the case of Philly Wine Week it's also long overdue. The inaugural grape-juice jag, which continues through Sunday, was modeled on the city's original bacchanal, Philly Beer Week. Never mind that the winos have stamina for only 8 days of festivities while the suds set goes 10 - that's close enough. After all, beer has been plagiarizing wine for years. The Everyman's drink, aiming to claw its way to the rarefied height of the vine, has adopted wine's expensive corked bottles, its aged and blended casks, its boorish Robert Parker ratings and lavish "pairing dinners.
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.
July 8, 2013 |
The theme for Shore dining this year has been a soggy one so far, as the birth story of nearly every new restaurant project began, quite literally, under three feet of water. But if Sandy's wrath was profound and far-reaching, slowing the pace of new openings - let alone re -openings - to sluggish levels not seen since the beginning of the recession, the forecast is finally brightening. Just as many of the coast's veteran restaurants have bounced back with shiny new post-hurricane kitchens, several of the season's newcomers have launched in crisply rebuilt dining rooms, too, their transitions actually hastened by the storm.
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.