Beer Bits: Women, Baseball and More

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Ladies: Tired of macho types drinking you under the table? Switch to beer!

Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York discovered that men are better able than women to break down alcohol in hard liquor because of an increased presence of certain stomach enzymes.

The playing field is even, though, with drinks under 5 percent alcohol, like beer.

So now, it turns out that beer, served in adequate quantities, not only makes the opposite sex look better, it makes ’em feel better, too.

   Busch league

The economy may be headed for the tank, but we’re going to go down with a buzz. Anheuser-Busch, America’s biggest beer maker, reported its first-quarter sales were up more than 5 percent, for a record $3.4 billion.

A-B sold 24 million barrels of beer in the U.S. in the first three months of 2001. That equals about about three gallons of Bud for every man, woman and child in America.

Of course some of us – and I’m not pointing any fingers here, pal – consumed more than our fair share.

   Beer radar

Iron Hill’s Delco brewpub (State and Church streets, Media) is the latest to get its hands on an empty Jack Daniels keg. Brewer Mark Edelson dumped a batch of oatmeal stout in the whiskey barrel for a smooth brew he’s calling Bourbon Stout. It won’t be tapped for another month, but don’t say I didn’t warn ya. . .

What do you drink at a minor league ballpark whose team mascot is a shark? A microbrew named Flying Fish, of course. When the Riversharks open at Camden’s Campbell Field on May 11, fans will find the Fish on tap.

Meanwhile, Head Fish Gene Muller reports that he’s headed for two big out-of-town brew fests this season. His Farmhouse Summer Ale will be among a handful of U.S. brews served at Montreal’s Mondial de la Biere fest (June 14-23). And Belgian Style Dubbel will be the first area brew ever served at the annual Oregon Brewers Festival (July 27-29).

   Grand slam

   “I heard the beer costs $4 here. That’s a crime. It’s Brewtown, Miller Park. They should give the beer away.” – New York Mets outfielder Darryl Hamilton, on Milwaukee’s new ballpark, as reported in the New York Times.

It’s early in the season, but talk like that could make Hamilton a shoo-in for for Joe Sixpack Player of the Year.

   Thinkin’ of drinkin’

Today – Debut of Nodding Head’s Wee Heavy, happy hour at the Khyber, (2nd and Chestnut streets, Old City).

Tomorrow – Third annual Manayunk Brew Extravaganza, Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant (4120 Main St.), noon to 4 p.m. The event will pour samples from 30 breweries, plus food to soak it up and music to work it off. Tix: $20, or $25 at the door. Info: 215-482-8220.

May 4-5 – The 46th semi-annual Brewery Advertising and Collectibles Show, Kimberton Fairground Pavilion, Phoenixville. The show features cans, bottles, coasters, labels, neon signs, taps, trays, steins and other beer stuff to tastefully decorate your den. Tix: $5. Info: 610-439-8245.

May 8 – Dogfish Head Vintage Beer Dinner, Monk’s Cafe (16th and Spruce streets, Center City). Wash down caviar and foie gras with the last-known keg of Dogfish’s 1999 World Wide Stout, a year-old Raison d’Etre and other goodies. Tix: $75. Info: 215-545-7005.

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