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.
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.
March 19, 2009 |
If you got a start just before the sun went down one balmy evening last week you could cover a good deal of territory in Northern Liberties, preferably on foot given the nature of the festivities, which centered on the consumption of craft beers, often with higher-than-average alcohol content. It was getting toward the midpoint of Beer Week, mussels and beer (a crisp Belgian pale ale called Maredsous 6) laid out at Abbaye at Third and Fairmount, and the dinner crowd beginning to pick up at N. 3rd pub, the local stalwart just up the block.
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.
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.
March 25, 2016
ONE NIGHT in 1987, Jeffrey Rosenblum opened a bottle of Whitbread Ale and poured himself a glass. He took a sip and glanced down at the bottle. Something caught his eye. Something unspoken, something visceral. Something. He rose from his living room couch and placed the empty on the mantel. That's where it all began. With a single bottle of imported English ale, Rosenblum launched a collection that would spread from the mantel, across shelves, into cabinets and every nook in his home in Northeast Philadelphia, more than 4,000 bottles strong.
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.
April 4, 2016 |
Home: Swarthmore Family: Wife: Rena; children: Bill, 35, Abby Robinson, 31, Adam, 28. Diplomas: Gettysburg College, economics; University of Pennsylvania, master's, education; Drexel University, associate's, construction management; Temple University, master's in business administration. Career: Taught sixth grade, rehabbed houses in the summer, construction project manager. Also: Mayor of Swarthmore, 1998 to 2002. For fun: Beers and burgers with the guys.