September 20, 2012
IT'S HARVEST SEASON, and that brings thoughts of those amber waves of grain, of lively maidens dancing upon freshly sheaved bales, of strong-shouldered lads hoisting them onto horse-drawn carts while singing "Oklahoma!" In your dreams. The barley in your beer was likely genetically modified, sown by a robot and harvested by a computer-operated combine the size of a locomotive. It was air-dried and stored in a temperature-controlled silo for up to two years, swapped at the Chicago Board of Trade, analyzed in a laboratory, converted into malt, sold to a wholesaler and shipped to a brewery where another computer decided how much to add to the kettle.
January 19, 2012
"MINIMAL TASTE profile, minimal hopping, lacking in hop bouquet and threshold hop levels . . . " - Fred Eckhardt, The Essentials of Beer Style, 1989, describing style characteristics of malt liquor "Get your girl in the mood quicker, get your jimmy thicker, with St. Ides malt liquor. " - Ice Cube, Mix Tape, 1994, describing style characteristics of malt liquor And there you have it: the grand dichotomy of beer. To some it's all about the flavor, to others it's nothing more than . . . um, a stiff drink.
November 18, 2010 |
What has local doctors, legislators, and police cheering - and many young people mourning? Alcoholic energy drinks - nicknamed "blackout in a can" - are about to disappear. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent warning letters Wednesday to the manufacturers of alcoholic energy drinks telling them it is illegal to produce the beverages. Anticipating these developments, Phusion Projects, maker of the best-known brand, Four Loko, announced Tuesday that it was removing caffeine and the natural stimulants guarana and taurine, leaving potent malt-liquor beverages that taste more like fruit-flavored sodas than beer.
September 10, 2010 |
Among the ingredients of a teenage tragedy: a Mike's Hard Variety Pack of malt liquor, and a bottle of Southern Comfort. That's what police say a 22-year-old Chester County woman purchased for four Twin Valley High School students hours before the crash that killed two and injured the others. Jessica Lynn Copeland of Honey Brook Township was charged Wednesday with furnishing alcohol to minors and corruption of minors, said state police from the Embreeville barracks. The misdemeanor charges resulted from an investigation into a one-vehicle accident July 16 in Honey Brook Township.
June 27, 2008 |
Jeff Rosenblum, the owner of Jay's Pedal Power on Girard Avenue, has a graffiti-style ad painted on the wall next to his bike shop. It shows young people dancing in a party setting while they drink malt liquor. It features the Colt 45 slogan: "Works every time. " Rosenblum said he had reviewed the design beforehand and "personally did not see anything offensive. " But the city says ads like that one, placed by Pabst Brewing Co. around Fishtown and South Street, are illegal because they were put up without permission and wants them taken down.
August 2, 2007
Ads for Colt 45 malt liquor that were wrapped around two SEPTA buses will be removed, the transit agency announced yesterday. SEPTA said it was getting rid of those ads in response to community concerns. On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (D., Phila.) urged SEPTA to remove the Colt 45 ads, saying: "Given our rising epidemic of violence, your promotion of especially dangerous malt liquor is extraordinarily counterproductive. " Community activists have long decried the sale of malt liquor, which is similar to regular beer but has an alcohol content as high as 8 percent and often is sold in 40-ounce bottles.
July 31, 2007
WE ALMOST feel sorry for SEPTA. For a brief and shining moment earlier this month, the long-term budget crisis appeared to be solved, and the transit authority was ready to face a new day. But within the past few days: _ U.S. Rep. Bob Brady has made a public call for SEPTA to get rid of "bus-wrap" ads for Colt 45 malt liquor. The city has filed a lawsuit against SEPTA to prevent it from eliminating transfers as scheduled on Aug. 1. These actions come just days after two Pennsylvania congressmen introduced an amendment that would put the brakes on Gov. Rendell's plan to toll I-80, which was to be the source of funding SEPTA and other bridge and highway repairs around the state.
January 15, 2004
TOO BAD Susannah Park is horrified about Chink's Steak Shop and its name. (article, Jan. 9) How about her and the Anti-Defamation League having a meeting about the killings of Asian merchants in the city? Susannah and the ADL have no lives and get upset at the wrong things. If I were Joe Groh, I'd say drop dead - and the people in the neighborhood would say hooray for you! Richie Rim, Philadelphia I grew up in Wissinoming, frequented Chink's Steaks and never once thought of its name as a slur.
November 30, 2003 |
Greg Spearman and his neighbors have stood like sentries for more than a year outside a store in their West Philadelphia neighborhood, shooing away anyone who tries to purchase beer, malt liquor or groceries. They want 55 Fortune at 55th Street and Larchwood Avenue closed because they say such stores, known as "stop-and-gos" because they sell take-out beer and malt liquor, attract people who drink outside, loiter, and commit crimes. "The only way to shut them down is by what we're doing," Spearman said.
July 26, 2000 |
Witnesses went before a state House committee yesterday and branded malt liquor as "liquid crack" that is wrecking the lives of young and old people and entire communities. The House Democratic Policy Committee was in City Hall conducting a hearing as part of its investigation into the sale and consumption of malt liquor in minority communities. Many of the witnesses agreed that African-American communities are targeted by companies that manufacture, advertise and distribute malt liquor.