Schnapps & hops: Beer gets into the spirit

UNDER a leaky roof in a tired corner of Camden, there’s a single barrel of whiskey quietly aging and mellowing toward what might be the next frontier for American craft beer. It’s marked “IPA-skey.”

James Yoakum, the owner at Cooper River Distilling, pulled a sample for me the other day and handed it over. It was smooth and a bit smoky, with the delicate yet unmistakable bitterness of hops.

The spirits began life as a batch of India pale ale from ...

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Beer Radar: 2 new suburban breweries. PLUS: 30 new beers in town.

Brewer Brian McConnell, who is leaving Rock Bottom (King of Prussia) to open Sterling Pig Brewing in Media (Delco), reports his new 15-barrel brewhouse is in place. He said he couldn’t have completed the rigging without the help of Scott Morrison (ex-Barren Hill, etc.) and Paul Rutherford (Iron Hill). He’s hoping for a late-April/early-May opening. Meanwhile, McConnell says he’lll be replaced in KoP by a familiar face: Chris Rafferty, who previously brewed for Flying Fish and the old John Harvard ...

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Yards Brewing one of Philly’s top workplaces 2015

The following is part of Philly.com special report on the region’s top-rated employers.

Working at a brewery is not all about free beer and pretzels.

Just ask Steve Welsh, the packaging manager at Yards Brewing, about the summer of 2008, about the heat and pain of digging ditches, building walls, and tying rebar for the floor of the brewery’s new location on Delaware Avenue in Fishtown.

This was not exactly what he’d signed up for when he started work at Yards a ...

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Pizza and wine? That’s actually against the law in 29 states

Wino Marnie Old laid out menu and made the case for the grape stuff. Joe Sixpack counters with the suds.

CAESAR SALAD

WINE: A crisp, tangy salad needs a crisp, tangy white wine. Schuylkill County’s Galen Glen Gruner Veltliner is a brilliant example, made with a rare Austrian grape that naturally echoes the garden-fresh taste of leafy greens.

BEER: I know you tried to throw me with a challenging mix of greens, Dijon mustard, lemon juice and anchovies, Marnie, but a Sly Fox ...

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Pennsylvania beer vs. Pennsylvania wine: It’s not a fair fight

This week, Joe Sixpack defends his turf against his wine-sipping Daily News colleague Marnie Old. It was not a fair fight – so Cheap Buzz, who will drink practically anything, stepped in to referee.

BUZZ: Hey, Marnie, I read that you’re going to debate Pennsylvania beer vs. Pennsylvania wine on Tuesday at World Cafe Live.

Marnie: Yes, it’s a “people’s choice” dinner during Philly Wine Week to determine which drink is the best food partner, loosely based on my first book, He ...

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Beer Radar: Thickheaded LCB ruling of the month. PLUS: Beer for Invalids

Count me among the skeptics who thought we’d never see the day when 1 out of every 10 beers sold in America was from a small, craft brewer. The Brewers Association announced this week that craft sales hit 11 percent of American beer sales volume. Until lately, I assumed good beer would be a minor niche, that big beer was secure because most people care more about price that quality. That’s still the case, but the craft numbers keep ...

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Bar Talk podcast special guest: Tom Kehoe of Yards Brewing

After its fun debut last week, Bar Talk – Philly’s first live beer-focused podcast with Glen Macnow and Joe Sixpack – continues on Wednesday with special guest Tom Kehoe of Yards Brewing.

Tom is one of the city’s microbrewing originals, launching his brewery out of a tiny garage on the hillside of Manayunk. Today, he runs the city’s largest production brewery, with an award-winning portfolio of British-style ales.

We’ll talk about Tom’s career, how he grew his business and where it’s headed.

And, ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Blue Mountain Evan Almighty

Blue Mountain (Afton, Va.)
Altbier
ALCOHOL: 6.6%

SIXPACK SEZ: No, this beer is not some weird homage to a bad Steve Carell movie. Instead, it named for the owners’ son. You can do that sort of thing when you open a brewery. Even better, you can decide to bottle a very nicely made version of the rarely seen altbier – an old German style that’s fermented with ale yeast but lagered at a cooler temperature for a crisp, clean, balanced ...

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Handcrafted at Perkins Center

Join Joe Sixpack for an evening of artistry celebrating the unique and hand-made at Perkins Center for the Arts in Collingswood, N.J., on Saturday, May 16th from 7-10 p.m. This one-of-a-kind tasting has been named both the Best Foodie Event in South Jersey and The Best Way to Buy Art in the Garden State.

The event features over a dozen regional craft micro brews, a distillery, a gourmet food cart fare, handmade beer steins, live music and a silent auction. In ...

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