January 22, 2015 |
The American Revolution has been re-enacted on film and video more than 130 times, according to the industry site IMDb, from the 1908 short The Spirit of '76 , to The Devil's Disciple (1959) starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier, to the Mel Gibson vehicle The Patriot in 2008. Could one more make a difference? Yes, if it happens to be John Adams , HBO's profound, unflinching mini-series from 2008 featuring Paul Giamatti in the title role. No such distinction attaches to Sons of Liberty , a three-part mini-series that will be shown on the cable channel History on consecutive nights Sunday through Tuesday.
June 6, 2013
Buzz: Hey Marnie, it's Philly Beer Week. Does that mean you whiners get the week off? Marnie: Not exactly, Buzz. Wine and beer have so much in common that most wine stewards are beer enthusiasts, too. For example, I'm particularly proud of Pennsylvania's German brewing heritage. I support our local lagers, weizens and bocks whenever I can. Buzz: I love German beer. Do you know where I can get a good maibock weizen lager dubbel pilsner? Marnie: Buzz, it sounds like you know as much about beer as you do about wine.
December 24, 2010
OUT WITH the old, and in with the new - it's time for some new beer in the new year. Here are two for 2011. A national survey for Samuel Adams beers claims that more than 60 percent of men prefer to toast with beer versus champagne, if given the choice. I think it would have been 100 percent if guys knew they'd get to pop the cork. Which is exactly what they get to do with Infinium , a fascinating new collaboration between the youngish (25 years young) Sam Adams and Germany's decidedly old Weihenstephan Brewery, founded by Benedictine monks in 1040.
August 14, 2009
DOES IT really matter who makes your beer? The issue weirdly erupted during last month's great White House Beer Summit. Out of nowhere, even as the nation grappled over pressing issues like health-care reform, news pundits were blathering about the shocking revelation that Bud Light is foreign-owned. "Fox & Friends" host Gretchen Carlson (who looks like a Corona girl to me) flatly declared, for example, "They should be drinking American beer, in my mind. " Naturally, U.S. brewers chimed in and urged the president to serve their red-white-and-blue suds during his sit-down July 30 with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and the Cambridge, Mass.
June 26, 2009
ANOTHER CELEBRITY chef has seen the light. This time it's Iron Chef and 2009 James Beard Award-winner Michael Symon who's embracing beer in a big way, partnering with Pilsner Urquell to promote the lager's compatibility with food. "I think beer is becoming more and more accepted" as a part of gourmet cuisine, Symon told me in a telephone interview from New York, where he was preparing for a live cooking demonstration featuring Pilsner Urquell in his recipes. "And as beer gets better, that's only going to continue to grow.
April 24, 2008
Sunday, April 27 Pairing wine and chocolate , with tips from sommelier Eric Cavatore of Crossing Vineyards and Dough Haines of Newtown Chocolatier. $30, includes samples and learning materials. 2 p.m. at Crossing Vineyards and Winery, 1853 Wrightstown Rd., Washington Crossing. For reservations and more information call, 215-493-6500, Ext. 19, or visit www.crossingvineyards.com . Tuesday, April 29 Brewmaster's spring beer dinner , featuring a four-course menu that includes herb-crusted goat cheese salad, crab and shrimp spring rolls, grilled ostrich filet and more, all paired with house-brewed beer.
March 6, 2008 |
In the beginning, there were Dock Street and Yards. When people talk about the early years of Philadelphia's brewing renaissance, the names of those craft beer makers are the ones mentioned most. In 1986, Dock Street, brewed under contract in New York State, appeared in the city just in time to compete with an interloper from Boston named Samuel Adams. Then, in 1994, in Manayunk, Yards became the first commercial brewer in the city since Schmidt's closed seven years earlier, ending a storied era in Philadelphia beer-making.
February 4, 1999 |
For several years now, the arrival of Black History Month has rubbed me wrong - even as I eagerly and greedily partake of its bounty. The February banquet is rich with lectures, television specials, theatrical and musical performances and craft sales. The table of black culture and accomplishment groans under the weight of it all, but I am not satisfied. Because for the other 11 months - 337 days - of the year (minus a nod to Martin Luther King in January), African-American history gathers dust on a separate and unequal shelf, in libraries, in school curricula - and in most Americans' minds.
December 5, 1997 |
Dear Santa, How's it going, geezer? Betcha didn't think I'd catch up to you after that little stunt you pulled last winter at our annual poker game. You walked out of the club after running five straight pots and didn't give the rest of us - the Easter Bunny, St. Patrick, the Tooth Fairy and me, Joe Sixpack - a chance to get our money back. None of us believed that baloney about catching the last train home to feed the reindeer. Heck, the R-2 line doesn't even go to the North Pole.
February 14, 1997 |
It is staring me in the face, this blasted bottle of Budweiser. Thirty-two ounces in a caramel-brown bottle with a bright red label. The King of Friggin' Beers, baby. It's been maybe 10 years since Bud last touched Joe Sixpack's tongue. But now, in the spirit of journalistic accuracy, I find myself on the brink of actually tasting this dreck once more. The occasion is the Budweiser Backlash - a stiff, negative reaction to last year's network television broadside in which Anheuser-Busch claimed the nation's burgeoning microbrewery revolution was a fraud.