December 30, 2014
NARROWING the field to just one Beer of the Year is a daunting task. Here are my other favorite new beers of 2014. Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose (Boonville, Calif.). Don't ask me how Gose, a heretofore obscure tart German wheat beer made with salt, coriander seeds and lactic bacteria, became the trendiest new style of 2014. Tasting like a cross between a mimosa and a margarita, this one comes in cans. I'm looking forward to revisiting it down the Shore this summer. Ballantine India Pale Ale (Los Angeles)
October 10, 2014
THE GREAT American Beer Festival awards are such a tease. Like brazen tarts, the judges tempt us time and again with medals for seductive, mouthwatering brands that just beg you to take a drink. But we can only look, never taste. These award-winners are one-offs. Brewpub seasonals. Special blends. They come and go, peeking out at you like a Maxim magazine nip-slip. Beers like Two Brothers Sour Beer #2 , from Illinois, named the best wood-aged beer in America. I'm sure it's a fine beer; it outpolled more than 100 other entries in the category.
July 3, 2013
On Pa. transportation aid, let's go More than 70 percent of the 175 folks working at our company's Philadelphia headquarters walk, ride bikes, or take public transportation. Of another 200 working throughout the state, many enjoy alternatives to the automobile to get around. I only hope that Harrisburg officials eventually move to sustain Pennsylvania as the progressive state it has become in attracting and retaining young folks looking for a good job - by maintaining a quality of life that includes access to all types of transportation.
May 31, 2012
Meet the esteemed judges for our third annual Inquirer Brew-vitational local beer competition: Jan Matysiak , our special guest out-of-town brewer, has been the brewmaster at Sixpoint Craft Ales in Brooklyn since late 2011. Before that, Matysiak studied brewing science at University of Munich-Weihenstephan, worked for several German breweries, and was most recently managing the brewing operations at Live Oak Brewing Co. in Austin, Texas. Tom Peters , co-owner of Monk's Cafe and the Belgian Cafe, is one of the nation's leading experts on Belgian beer.
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.
February 12, 2012
BLACK IPAs are so 2011. Last year's hot new style, which exploded in popularity before beer gurus could even settle on a proper name (Cascadian Dark Ale? American Black Ale?), is already getting shoved to the side by a new crop of India pale ales. Would you believe white IPA? OK, you saw that one coming - so, how about Baltic IPA? Those are two of the new styles that found their way into my fridge before I even turned the first calendar page of 2012. And I won't be surprised if there are more newfangled IPAs to come.
August 25, 2011
GOURD HELP US, it's pumpkin-beer season again. That means brewers aren't just raiding the spice cabinet, they're reaching for their Roget's Thesaurus , too. No other beer style inspires more puns than the Great Pumpkin. Pumking , River Horse Hipp-O-Lantern , JackAle Lantern , Gourd of the Rings , Mashing Pumpkin , Pumpkin Up the Volume - well, you get the idea. "Coming up with the names is half of the fun," said Dick Cantwell, co-owner and brew master of Seattle's Elysian Brewing.
September 17, 2010
THE SHORT POUR Film Fest, to be held this weekend at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, owes a big debt to the inventors of Steadicam. Despite imbibing ample, sudsy portions of their feature subject, dozens of film directors somehow managed to keep their cameras focused long enough to produce a watchable body of work. The festival, the first devoted to short films about beer, includes more than two hours of original live action, animation, music videos and commercials. "It's really opened my eyes to how much media coverage and attention there is on beer, even way beyond what we see in TV commercials," said the festival's producer, Jeff Moses.
January 8, 2010
THIS TIME OF the year, everybody does a Top 10 List. But I consume beer by the sixpack, so that's what you're getting today: The 6 Beers That Defined the Decade. These aren't necessarily my favorites. (Heck, I can't even pick my favorite from last night.) But they are beers that set the pace in the American beer scene in the '00s. _ Stone Ruination (2002) Though not the first imperial (or double) India pale ale to be bottled, its in-your-face attitude defined the rule-breaking innovation of American craft beer in the '00s.
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.