Cheesesteak politics

Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, stopped by Pat’s and Geno’s steak shops in South Philly today. Judging by the reviews, things did not go well.

Reminds me of what happened in 2003 when Democrat John Kerry failed the infamous cheesesteak test. Here’s my Daily News column on the incident from Aug. 14, 2003.

Cheesesteak bites Kerry


THE presidential election is still 15 months away, the nation’s attention is on Ben and Jen, and ...

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America’s next hipster beer?

Ten years ago this summer, Mark Hellendrung and a group of investors sat down with the owners of Pabst Brewing Co. and convinced them to part with one of its many retro beer brands, Narragansett.

“It was worth everything,” said Hellendrung, a former executive with Nantucket Nectars and Magic Hat Brewing Co. “And it was worth nothing.”

Narragansett had been around since 1890, and became part of the huge portfolio of brands that Pabst began acquiring in the 1970s when it took ...

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Who belongs in the Beer Hall of Foam?

MY BAR TALK podcast partner, Glen Macnow, and I got to yapping about my suggestion of a couple of weeks ago for a Philly beer museum. The WIP sports talker came up with even better idea: A Beer Hall of Fame.

To get things started, here are my nominees for the first class. Vote below, or add your own nominees in the comments.

The Inventors

Louis Pasteur. In 1858, the French chemist discovered that heat kills the ...

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Note to New York Times: The perfect outdoor wine is beer

LAST WEEK, The New York Times tackled the quandary of outdoor wine drinking. Specifically: How does one enjoy a fine vintage on a picnic without the proper glassware?


For starters, everyone knows it’s impossible to balance a crystal Champagne flute on a cashmere blanket. Never mind those pesky bugs swarming that 2005 magnum of Saint Emilion Grand Cru. But the big question on the south lawn at the summer estate is: Cabernet goblets or claret chalices? Oh, pooh! The ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Fish Brewing Hodgson’s Double India Pale Ale

Fish Brewing (Olympia, Wash.)
Double IPA
ABV: 9.9%

Here’s a big, strong DIPA that’s named as a tribute to 18th-century British brewer George Hodgson, a mythic name in beer circles in that he probably gets more credit for “inventing” India pale ale than he deserves. Ironically (for this bomber can be had for under 7 bucks) Hodgson’s brewery was also well known for price-gouging.

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Beer Radar: Shakeup at Twin Lakes. PLUS: Free Ommegang for a year

Happy Hour Yoga, the seasonal yoga-and-beer tasting I do at Yoga on the Ridge with my favorite yogi, Mrs. Sixpack, is going on the road. We’ll be doing a Friday evening session on Sept. 18 at Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery. Enjoy a spirited one-hour outdoors class on the beautiful grounds of the Lafayette Hill brewery, then join me with brewer David Wood and owner Erin Wallace for a tutored tasting. We’ll be serving ample food from Chef Paul ...

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