Yearly Archives: 2014

May 15, 2014 | Majoring in beer

JOSEPH Spearot sure went to a helluva lot of trouble just to drink beer on Arcadia University’s dry campus.

Undergrads might be expected to dodge vigilant RAs at the school’s historic Grey Towers Castle residence hall by simply stuffing a suitcase with cans of Natty Light.

Spearot? He built an entire brewhouse in his organic chemistry classroom, then spent months … Read the rest

Four laps, four beers, a world record

SIXTY YEARS ago this week, Englishman Roger Bannister ran the first sub-4-minute mile. In a tribute that could be dreamed up only by a beer drinker, Californian James Nielsen pulled on his running shoes, headed to the track, stretched a few times . . .

And cracked open a can of Budweiser.

Make that four Buds. One for each … Read the rest

Hops farming moves back east

OUT IN western Pennsylvania, just up the Allegheny River from Pittsburgh, brewer Matt Gouwens has a green thumb and a dream: One of these days, he’ll be brewing fresh beer with Pennsylvania-grown hops.

He’s so certain of that dream, he’s planted almost an acre of hops on his own property and boldly named his company Hop Farm Brewing Co.

“Local … Read the rest

Spring into beer with these events & brews

THE DAFFODILS are sprouting, the grass is growing. It’s time to hire some kid to mow the lawn so you can dive into beer-drinking season. Put these events and beers on your springtime to-drink list.


Arbrew Day, tomorrow

TreePhilly and Yards Brewing will encourage beer drinkers to exercise their green thumbs with a pint and a spade. Get planting … Read the rest

Sweet Baby Jesus is a Lent-Buster

SWEET BABY JESUS, it’s Holy Thursday!

The end of Lent is upon us, and so is your 40-day fast of beer, chocolate and/or peanut butter. What better way to celebrate your penance than with, yup, a chocolate-and-peanut-butter beer?

I’m talking about one of the hottest brands on shelves right now: Sweet Baby Jesus from Baltimore’s DuClaw Brewing.

Store owners can … Read the rest

The fake IPA Improves Profit Automatically

A LOCAL brewpub operator once told me that he always kept at least one Irish beer on tap, even if he didn’t have any actual Irish beer in the house.

Brown ale, rye beer, pale lager, whatever. He’d just plug the word “Irish” into the beer’s name (e.g. Irish pale ale), and, like magic, it became an Irish beer.

“In … Read the rest

Is the craft beer “bubble” about to explode?


EVERYONE in the beer industry is talking about the damn bubble.

They’re either worried that it’s going to burst, or vowing that it will continue to grow.

Like the earlier dot-com and housing bubbles, the craft-beer bubble is the product of what pessimists say is unsustainable growth, with about eight new breweries opening nationwide every week.

The bubble can’t … Read the rest

Wine learns a thing or two from beer

TURNABOUT is fair play, but in the case of Philly Wine Week it’s also long overdue.

The inaugural grape-juice jag, which continues through Sunday, was modeled on the city’s original bacchanal, Philly Beer Week.

Never mind that the winos have stamina for only 8 days of festivities while the suds set goes 10 – that’s close enough. After all, beer … Read the rest

Hoppy birthday, New Jersey

DRINK UP, Jersey, it’s your 350th birthday.

And Flying Fish – the Garden State’s largest craft brewery – has brewed a fitting pint for the occasion: NJ350 Anniversary Ale.

It’s the Camden County brewery’s version of a traditional English stock ale (this birthday marks New Jersey’s establishment as a British colony, remember), with a brash bite of modern-day American sedition.… Read the rest

100 years ago, an Irishman invented green beer

IT SHOULD not pass without acclaim that Monday marks the 100th anniversary of one of the great achievements in the history of beer.

On St. Patrick’s Day 1914, a New York City coroner named Dr. Thomas Hayes Curtin stood before his associates and others at a Bronx social club and unveiled his wondrous invention:

Green beer.

Never before had anyone … Read the rest