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October 7, 1988 | By Steve Goldstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
The much-ballyhooed battle against the bottle in the Soviet Union is in ignominious retreat. For the first time in more than three years, draft beer is once again being sold on the streets of Moscow. Hordes of Muscovites queued yesterday in Indian-summer weather with glass jugs and two-gallon plastic containers at stands that formerly sold kvass, a nonalcoholic Russian fermented drink made from bread. As is usual before any holiday, the lines to buy alcohol were long on the eve of Soviet Constitution Day. Revelers were toasting a report in one newspaper that the state had decided to sharply increase the production of wine, beer, brandy and champagne.
NEWS
August 6, 2009
THE BUDWEISER Phillies. That should be their new name. After all, they promote it until you're drunk, puke, fight and murder. The alcoholic consumption in and out of the ballparks is ridiculous. Because of the tragedy recently there ought to be policy changes from the Phillies and the Eagles. There should be no-drinking sections, family days where there is no alcohol sold, and move last call up to the fifth inning. I can't take my 11-year-old son to a game without exposing him to a drunk, F-bomb cursing fan guzzling two beers at a time.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2006 | HOWARD GENSLER Daily News wire services contributed to this report
IN A STORY that will surprise no one but it's nice to see confirmed nonetheless, TMZ.com has video footage of underage Hollywood celebs getting into clubs - and drinking - while everybody not only turns a blind eye but helps facilitate the partying. Shown on the TMZ.com site is teen fave singer Jesse McCartney, 18, beer in hand, chatting up a woman at the ultra-trendy Hollywood club Mood. The problem is that in California, no one under 21 is permitted to enter a club like Mood, let alone be downing brewskis or vodka and Red Bull or Cognac and cough medicine or whatever the kids are drinking these days.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2010
NOBODY KNOWS who wrote the first drinking song, but it's a good bet that Zane Lamprey won't write the last. The booze hound/TV host is touring the country this fall in "Sing the Booze," a musical-comedy performance that showcases his decidedly dirty, inebriated songs. ("Beer, I Love You" imagines actual copulation with a cold glass of beer. "Baby, You're Beautiful When I'm Drunk" is a testament to the power of beer goggles.) Now, it's easy to write off Lamprey's show, stumbling into Philly tonight, as simple, dopey frat-boy humor.
NEWS
January 12, 2011 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia police officer was charged Tuesday with drinking and driving while on duty, allegations that resulted in his being fired last month. William Haviland, 42, had been on the force for seven years and was assigned to the 26th District, which includes Fishtown and parts of Northern Liberties and Port Richmond. Police said Haviland had been working a night shift Sunday, Nov. 7, when he went to a bar in Northeast Philadelphia, in the 7100 block of Torresdale Avenue, in full uniform.
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August 7, 2011 | By Mari A. Schaefer and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
The hit-and-run driver who critically injured a 9-year-old Bucks County boy leaving a Phillies game in San Francisco last week had been drinking before the accident, his passenger said. Police arrested Andrew Vargas, 21, of Hayward, Calif., Thursday, within hours of the crash that hospitalized Ryan White of Yardley. Preliminary tests indicated Vargas' blood-alcohol level exceeded the 0.08 legal definition of drunken driving. He was charged with felony hit-and-run, driving under the influence, and driving with an open container.
NEWS
June 7, 2011 | By Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
State Rep. John Galloway this afternoon admitted he had been drinking and driving early Tuesday morning and apologized for making "a very serious mistake. " The Bucks County Democrat was arrested in Harrisburg early Tuesday morning on charges of driving under the influence after refusing to take a Breathalyzer test, police said. Galloway, 50, was stopped about 3:15 a.m. on Second Street near Washington Street, not far from his apartment after a police officer spotted Galloway's car run a stop sign, said Capt.
NEWS
August 6, 2011 | By Mari A. Schaefer and Jeremy Roebuck, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The hit-and-run driver who critically injured a 9-year-old Bucks County boy leaving a Phillies game in San Francisco last week had been drinking before the wreck, his passenger said. Police arrested Andrew Vargas, 21, of Hayward, Calif., Thursday, within hours of the collision that hospitalized Ryan White of Yardley. Preliminary tests indicated that man had a blood-alcohol level that exceeded the 0.08 legal definition of drunken driving, He was charged with felony hit and run, driving under the influence and driving with an open container.
NEWS
May 23, 2000 | By Kathryn Masterson, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The halls of Upper Perkiomen High School seemed conspicuously lacking yesterday in gossip about drunken celebrations at Friday night's prom, students and teachers said. One week after an all-too-real mock accident and funeral brought an auditorium of students and teachers to tears, the teenagers said the blunt message of the "Every 30 Minutes" program was heard: Drinking and driving hurts an entire community - parents, teachers, emergency personnel and friends. Junior Michelle McCauley, 17, said that unlike two years ago, when seniors talked about drinking at the prom she attended as a freshman, she has not heard students this year talking about drinking at the prom or the traditional post-prom parties.
NEWS
March 31, 1993 | By Denise Breslin Kachin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It was billed as good, wholesome entertainment. Volleyball. Competition. Lots of kids. And most definitely, no drinking. Sponsored by Students Against Drunk Driving, Spring Fling at West Chester East High School on March 19 was to make a statement: Teens don't need booze to have fun. The event ended up saying much more about drinking than anyone expected. Eight seniors, including the student council president, a teacher's daughter, an officer of the school's SADD chapter and a popular athlete, were caught drinking beer at the event and suspended.
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January 24, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Is there such a thing anymore as a great cocktail under $10? In this era of baroque mixology, house tinctures, and high-end cult-booze mixers, the value drink has indeed become an endangered species. But keeping prices unnaturally fair has been one of the founding principles behind Buckminster's, where owner Michael Pasquarello is keenly aware of his restaurant's trailblazer status in the sub-Washington Avenue zone of Point Breeze. So manager Rich Maiale was tasked with creating a drink list to maximize value, and one of his best - the McQueen - rings in at $7.50.
NEWS
January 17, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
While the rest of the beverage industry is busy collaborating and cross-pollinating among genres (see the coffee-beer in last week's "Drink"), the usually staid wine world has largely remained aloof from the mash-up fray, pushing instead toward purity of terroir and "non-interventionist" ideals. It's no wonder Dan Phillips (formerly of Grateful Palate) has been quoted as saying he hopes his bourbon barrel-aged Southern Belle "offends every sommelier and Frenchman in the world. " Of course, he's using barrels from cult producer Pappy Van Winkle (good luck getting the actual bourbon!
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2016 | Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
In recent weeks, the postings on Craigslist have taken on a desperate tone: "Looking for two tickets for . . . Jan 12th. Willing to negotiate price. " "In search of 1 ticket. . . . Price negotiable!" "Forgot to purchase, and they are now sold out. Please email or text if have tickets. " These hot tickets were for, of all places, the Franklin Institute - more specifically, Science After Hours, the museum's monthly, no-kids-allowed science rave. More than 2,600 people bought tickets for the Tuesday-night event, a speakeasy-theme gathering focused on the science of booze and bootlegging.
NEWS
January 3, 2016 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Joe Strummer's punk rock takes an odd but mesmerizing detour on the Clash song "Lose This Skin" (from the 1980 classic Sandinista! ) with wailing violins and the croaky vocals of Tymon Dogg. So when longtime Clash fans Brendan Hartranft, Leigh Maida, and Brendan Kelly decided to take a little detour at Coeur from their usual focus on beer, they had the perfect name for a new house cider and a collaborator with its own kind of wild yeast croak: Bullfrog. The Williamsport brewery was one of the first in Pennsylvania to work with brettanomyces, a natural wild yeast that lends Bullfrog's beers and ciders a tart smack and terroir funk.
NEWS
December 20, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
I admire a creative cocktail program that reflects the spirit of a restaurant's unique menu, especially when the urge to incorporate unusual signature ingredients - apricot? almonds? - doesn't roll entirely off the tracks. That's a real possibility at Kanella South, where the exotic spices of Cyprus, which is also a treasure trove of brandies, piney masticha liqueur (Skiros), and spirits scented with cinnamon (Rakomelo), provide ample opportunities. But general manager Ulises Robles, a Junior Merino acolyte and former Positano Coast mixologist, is clearly in his element.
SPORTS
December 14, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Since America's response to its grotesque gun violence is more guns, it's hardly surprising that in the face of a campus binge-drinking epidemic, more colleges have decided to sell alcohol at sporting events. Having already ceded authority over their athletic programs to boosters, shoe companies, and TV networks, university presidents have more recently been busy surrendering to powerful brewers. "One of the main issues confronting universities is alcohol abuse," West Virginia University president Gordon Gee said earlier this year.
NEWS
December 13, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
My taste in mixed drinks has drifted away from the elaborate concoctions that marked the early days of the cocktail revolution. Most busy bartenders, eager for streamlined recipes, will say the same. But something just happened as Jesse Cornell began dipping enthusiastically into various French spirits for a beguiling new fall drink at Restaurant Neuf called Les Arbres, Les Feuilles, Le RĂ¢teau ("the trees, the leaves, the rake. ") The brandied backbone of cognac took on the quinine-tinged wine aperitif called Byrrh.
NEWS
November 30, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Nothing says retro Americana quite like the parasol-topped scowling-face mug of a good tiki drink. The Yachtsman in Fishtown has been at it for a year. And now Bud & Marilyn's is dabbling in island kitsch with a pop-up holiday tiki bar for the hidden courtyard it shares with sibling Little Nonna's. This planter's punch, inspired by the 19th-century classic, is already among the best of the throwback drinks on B&M's regular cocktail list, so it's a natural to star at the holiday event.
NEWS
November 23, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
One of the true pleasures of dining at a New Jersey restaurant with a great wines and a top-notch sommelier to match its tasting menu is the chance to sip a wide array of unfamiliar wines. And somm Carl Rohrbach did a stellar job of just that at elements in Princeton, pouring everything from a crispy white Jura savigny blend (Chateau d'Arlay) to a cultish California vin gris (William Selyem) and a lesser-known Nebbiolio gem (Produtturi di Carema). The frustration, of course, is returning to Philadelphia and the difficulty in finding those bottles in the State Store system.
NEWS
November 16, 2015 | By Lisa Scottoline, Inquirer Columnist
You may have seen the news story that one of the major big-box stores has applied for a liquor license, which would allow consumption on premises. In other words, you could drink while you shop. Yay! Happy days are here again! Reportedly, the store is doing this because it's expanding its grocery and food items, but I don't care why. Bottoms up! I already love shopping in big-box stores. Why? Everything is BIG! If you need to buy laundry detergent, the smallest bottle is 187 ounces.
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