July 3, 2015 |
SOMETHING smells about Not Your Father's Root Beer, and I'm not talking about the heavy dose of vanilla extract that flavors the suddenly popular brew. Described as "ale with the taste of spices," it tastes exactly like soda and contains 5.9 percent alcohol. Two other versions sold in large bottles contain 10.7 percent and an astonishing 19.5 percent alcohol. The brew has social media and beer aficionado websites buzzing with excitement and high ratings, and buyers in Pennsylvania have been scooping up $50 cases since they arrived earlier this year.
May 8, 2015
YOU AND I walk through the woods and we see trees and bushes and thorny things. Tess Hooper, a young environmental educator at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, in Upper Roxborough, sees the makings of a fine beer. "This is a staghorn sumac," she said, nodding toward the kind of tree I've seen sprout dozens of times on vacant lots. "It bears these red cones that are like fruit. You could make beer with them. " Hmm . . . I must've missed that merit badge in Boy Scouts.
July 19, 2014 |
Frank A. "Hank" Salvatore, 92, of Somerton, a Republican from Northeast Philadelphia who served as an elected official at the state level for almost three decades, died Wednesday, July 16, of causes related to aging at Holy Redeemer Hospital. He was nicknamed Hank by his buddies while growing up in North Philadelphia, and the name stuck. He served six terms as a state representative from the 170th Legislative District and then four terms as a state senator from the Fifth Senatorial District.
February 8, 2013
LET'S PLAY a few bars. Y'know, beer-drinking songs - the kind of music that gets the crowd dancing with a bottle raised in the air. You take a gulp, grab a girl and start a little movement in your sacroiliac. If you don't know how to do it, Chubby Checker sang in his timeless "Hucklebuck," man you're out of luck. Lou Capozzoli was wailing the tune on his sax last weekend with the Rage Band at Ray's Happy Birthday Bar. The Passyunk Avenue joint was swinging, and I was reminded that there is no more sublime pleasure than drinking and singing.
February 26, 2012 |
Red Sox starters will have to wash down their fried chicken with soft drinks this season after new manager Bobby Valentine established dry ground rules for the clubhouse and road trips. The team will ban alcohol in the clubhouse and on the last plane flight of trips, Valentine announced at the team's training camp in Fort Myers, Fla., on Saturday. The move comes as a result of last season's September collapse, a tailspin that included reports of starting pitchers drinking beer in the clubhouse on their off-days rather than joining their teammates in the dugout.
December 15, 2011 |
Chef Arthur Cavaliere, a vet of El Vez and Amada whose last gig here was as executive chef at Parc, has landed in East Falls with In Riva (4116 Ridge Ave., 215-438-4848, www.in-riva.com ), a Southern Italian specializing in wood-fired pizzas and antipasti. In Riva - as in "by the river," playing off its location off Kelly Drive and the Schuylkill - is a partnership with developer Mark Sherman. Interior designer Shannon Willis has done a smashing job with the first floor, which has a high ceiling, cinderblock walls, and a concrete floor.
August 11, 2011
LIKE DINOSAURS, the dodo and disco, some beer goes extinct, too. It's a result of evolution, of course: The fittest survive while the weak disappear. Typically, the lost ones were obscure regional varieties that fell under the weight of widely distributed brands. Others were best-sellers that simply lost favor as tastes and customs changed. Dortmund Adambier, Pennsylvania Swankey, Grodziski, Broyhan, Kentucky Common - one can't help feel a bit of nostalgic regret for the forgotten names.
February 13, 2010 |
They are a throwback to the 1950s. Elvis Presley. Root beer floats. Drive-in movie theaters, and smooching in the backseat. Ah, nostalgia. The drive-in hamburger joint. Sonic, which calls itself the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants, has come to a neighborhood near you - six in metropolitan Philadelphia, including Bensalem, Levittown and the Northeast, as well as Audubon, Camden County, and Hainesport. The latest Sonic opened Feb. 1 in Feasterville on Bustleton Pike, at County Line Road.
August 16, 2009
Nothing beats a frosty mug of freshly pumped root beer hanging off a car window tray at one of South Jersey's genuinely old-school Weber's Drive-Ins. And few things could make me happier than the resurgence of more artisan renditions of root beer, which has suddenly become the country's hottest liquid flavor du jour. Among the best local examples is a crisp non-alcoholic draft from Downingtown's Victory (on tap now at Varga bar), and an herbaceously homemade brew at Chifa, which gets poured over horchata ice cream for an exotic Nuevo Latino float.
May 24, 2007 |
An Unser driving for A.J. Foyt at Indianapolis . . . for longtime Indy car fans, it doesn't get any better. Foyt is a four-time Indianapolis 500 winner. The tempestuous Texan collected the most Indy car wins ever (67). Al Unser Jr. is a two-time Indy 500 winner. His father also won the prestigious race four times. That Al Jr. is back behind the wheel of a race car that travels more than 220 mph is both heartwarming and scary. Al Unser Jr. is an alcoholic, who only recently stopped drinking.