March 20, 2015 |
A POWDER KEG of emotion and frustration exploded last night, and its blast decimated a town-hall meeting featuring some of the city's top officials. "I understand there is a strained relationship, but what we saw today is embarrassing," Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said in the wake of a melee between protesters and police in the Lawncrest Recreation Center, on Rising Sun Avenue near Comly Street. When the dust had settled, 10 people were taken into custody and were later charged with disorderly conduct, police said.
August 25, 2014 |
A day in the life of a Philadelphia pop-up beer garden begins hours before the suds start to flow. At 11:30 on an overcast Sunday morning, Jason Blacketer was doing battle with mulberries, clearing the spiky orange-reddish fruits that had fallen from a giant tree in the once-fallow lot tended by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society at 15th and South streets. Blacketer wiped the remnants of the early morning rain, from the tables and chairs. More unwelcome weather was forecast.
August 22, 2014
UP ON Tioga Street, in the vacant shadows of a postindustrial city, the sign above Kensington Pub declares, "Born Here. Raised Here. Still Here. " Inside, there's a life-size wall drawing of a guy pitching halfsies, the stickball game they used to play down the corner. The bar is mostly empty on this Friday afternoon. "Yo, what happened to the keg that guy brought in?" owner Kevin Konieczny asks his bartender. "What keg? The new stuff?" Nicole Kearney replies. "It's not on, yet. " "Well, what can we take off?"
September 23, 2012
Munich's mayor taps the first keg BERLIN - The world's largest beer festival opened Saturday in Germany as Munich's mayor tapped the first keg to kick off the 16-day Oktoberfest, known for its oompah music and traditional costumes. With only two blows of his hammer and a cry of "O'zapft is" - "It's Tapped" - Mayor Christian Ude inserted the tap into the first keg, opening the 179th Oktoberfest to the cheering of thousands waiting to be served their first beer. More than six million guests from around the world are expected to descend on the beer tents of Munich to celebrate the 16-day Oktoberfest extravaganza.
June 8, 2012 |
PHILLY BEER WEEK is in its seventh day. But, as Mayor Nutter declared at the Opening Tap ceremony of the annual celebration, only in Philly does a week take 10 days. Which means that, if you missed the incredible Stillwater/Hof Ten Bronze Age at Tapestry's Cirque du Saison street festival on Saturday, you can grab a glass of New Holland's Four Witches Black Saison at the beer-and-cheese pairing at McCrossen's Tavern (529 N. 20th St., Franklintown) today. If you missed Funky Buddha at Monk's Café on Sunday, you can still get a taste of the fruity Berliner Weisse at the Horseshoe Tourney at Bella Vista Distributors (755 S. 11th St., South Philly)
May 27, 2012 |
The game is part of family lore. Not because the Celtics lost the big one, the game everyone had already assumed to be a win. Not because of the incredibly lopsided score, how thoroughly dominating the Philadelphia 76ers had been in the old Boston Garden, with its fans dressed as ghosts and those banners hanging from the rafters, and with Larry Bird and Kevin McHale and Robert Parish playing on that odd-looking floor. May 23, 1982. Old Orchard Beach, Maine. The day I had a full pitcher of beer, freshly poured from the ice-cold keg that was already being used to heavily medicate a roomful of sad and angry green people, over my head.
April 26, 2012 |
FIVE YEARS AGO, the whole notion of a "beer week" was as unknown as a black IPA. There simply was no such thing. Today, if you plug the term into Google, you'll get more than 2.3 million results. There's an entry on the subject in the new Oxford Companion to Beer. San Francisco beer writer Jay Brooks, who wrote the section, has compiled an online list of nearly 100 beer weeks worldwide, from Alabama to Yakima. They now celebrate beer week in Tokyo; Toronto; Newcastle, Australia; and Washington, D.C. Next week, I'm headed out to San Diego for the annual Craft Brewers Conference to participate in a panel discussion about the beer-week phenomenon.
April 24, 2012
An Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest active in schools and scouting was allowed to work in suburban parishes for five years after doctors diagnosed him as a pedophile, called him "a very sick man," and told church officials he was a "powder keg" waiting to explode. The priest, the Rev. Peter F. Dunne, paid off one accuser himself and repeatedly resisted or ignored recommendations for therapy, according to internal church records shown Tuesday to a Common Pleas Court jury. When the pastor overseeing Dunne at a Bucks County parish in 1990 petitioned archdiocesan officials in a "very urgent plea" to get the priest some help, they responded by transferring Dunne to a parish 25 miles away in Montgomery County, the records show.
September 2, 2011
WE'RE ALL nostalgic for those days when getting out of bed before noon was blasphemous and having any kind of obligation on a Friday was unheard of, otherwise known as college. But the World Beer Pong Tournament exists to transport you back to those glory days when your highest purpose in life was to aim pingpong balls into keg cups. This weekend, McFadden's will host Philly's qualifying matches, which involve 10 cups on a 9-foot table. Each team will play four preliminary games with the top half of the teams moving to a single-elimination tournament.
June 2, 2011 |
As someone with a weekly drink column who's always in quest of the next great sip, variety in my glass is just a way of life. In the past decade, I've almost never ordered the same bottle twice. The notion of having an entire keg of one beer to consume in my home, then, has always been the ultimate nonstarter every time I thought about tackling home brew. And then Devin and Meg Griffiths moved in down the street. Within merely a few days, these outgoing newcomers from Texas (he's a postdoc fellow in University of Pennsylvania's English department)