December 3, 1999 |
Hours after three young Bucks County residents were given slap-on-the-wrist fines for attending a beer party at which revelers trashed a house in Solebury, authorities say, they celebrated with a keg party. The beer was ready to flow when police arrived. David Pratt, 19, and three others who had been charged in connection with the earlier beer bash were cited for disorderly conduct, along with 17 other young people. Authorities say Pratt threw the Friday night party at his house in Solebury while his parents were out of town.
April 3, 1998 |
When they close the book on the 20th century, society will look to intellectuals such as myself to contemplate the greatest achievements of the period. There can be no doubt that the top three are: 1. The ATM. 2. Microwave popcorn. 3. ESPN SportsCenter. Naturally, some special-interest revisionists will dispute this list. I imagine women, for instance, would cast a few votes for the Wonder Bra. And beer drinkers will protest that, surely, the craft-brew revolution or at least flip-top beer cans deserve some recognition for advancing our culture.
September 26, 1997 |
When the boss asked me to write about the secret of entertaining with beer, I asked her, Who do I look like - Martha Stewart? Grab a bag of pretzels and pop open a cold one! Beer cuisine is, as it should be, simple. It is Everyman's beverage. Unlike wine, it does not require a snooty sommelier to tell you that you're doing it all wrong. Snobs who are convinced that only vintage wine is suitable for fancy-schmancy dining should head over to Cuvee Notre Dame for a $5 lunch and a glass of Stoudt's Abbey Triple.
September 5, 1997 |
It's back-to-school time at local colleges, and I don't mind admitting I get kind of sentimental remembering those halcyon days at ol' Kegger U. Cutting 8 a.m. classes, pulling all-nighters, forging fake IDs - they're all happy memories of my higher education. For those who missed Dean Wormer's speech at freshman orientation, I remind the Animal House boys out there that it's about quality, not quantity. Besides making you look terrifically stoopid, binge drinking does some serious damage to the cerebral cortex that your parents are spending so much money to enhance.
July 13, 1997 |
As he unlocked his shop at 7 on a Saturday morning, Selim Abu Shechedem noticed a flier wedged into the frame of the front door. He picked it up, expecting an advertisement, but as he examined the paper more closely, he felt himself shaking in anger. "I felt shocked, frustrated, impotent," Shechedem, 54, recalled last week, sitting on a wicker basket of pistachios outside his coffee-and-nut shop in Hebron's Casbah. "It is not like I'm one of the kids who could start throwing stones, but I felt like screaming.
May 9, 1997 |
Softball season is here, sports fans, so it's time to consider one of the great mysteries of the game. And, no, I don't mean why do girls throw like girls. Joe Sixpack is puzzled more by the proper beer to consume during and/or after seven semi-sweaty innings of softball. This is a huge concern for the ballplayer confronted with a cooler full of light, tasteless dreck that your well-meaning but clueless coach inevitably pulls from the trunk of his car. Hey, don't wanna bloat my players with that heavy beer, he'll explain.
April 12, 1997 |
America's growing racial, ethnic and religious diversity, while potentially a "great thing" for the nation, also could turn into a "powder keg of problems," President Clinton warned yesterday. In remarks to a convention of newspaper editors here, Clinton laid out his vision of how both today's children and the nation can best prepare for the 21st century. One editor asked Clinton to offer advice to his fifth-grade son on how best to prepare for the world of tomorrow, prompting a discussion from the President about the challenges of racial diversity.
December 20, 1996 |
To hell with doctor's orders. I've been jabbed, probed and dosed, and they still can't knock this flu. After three weeks of phlegmy coughs and other horrible bodily secretions - a period in which I faithfully avoided all malt refreshment - I'm plunging head-first into the Joe Sixpack Winter Blahs Treatment, certain to cure whatever ales you: Take one bottle of beer, remove childproof cap, empty contents into glass, chug three times daily....
October 1, 1996 |
It's 90 minutes before game time in the parking lots outside Veterans Stadium, and the beer patrol has nabbed another beer-guzzling Eagles fan. He's a 21-year-old kid with a Ricky Watters jersey on his back and a can of cold Bud in his hand. Busted, dude. The kid looks like his world has collapsed. He won't be arrested, but his beer is confiscated and tossed into the trunk of a patrol car. A few feet away, Joe Sixpack, the voice of the beer-drinking public, winces.
September 6, 1995 |
People who haven't been in Big Wally's Tavern for a while ask where Freddie the Freeloader is. Wally Tibor or his wife, Evelyn, shake their heads as they break the news. "Freddie has passed on. " Then they talk about the cold night Freddie the Freeloader saved Old Jake's life. And Evelyn or Wally will say: "No tavern ever had a better dog. " A strong statement, since tavern dogs are probably the bravest, most useful of all dogs. Some have become legends, such as Bruno, a cross between a Doberman and a chow, with red eyes and a green tongue.