Coming soon: Beer delivered your front door direct from the brewery

In yet another one of those LCB opinions that the agency’s lawyers are using to loosen the state’s infamously Draconian liquor laws, it appears that Pennsylvania breweries can now deliver beer directly to your doorstep.

The ruling comes on the heels of an earlier opinion that restaurants can use a so-called transporter-for-hire license for home deliveries. Several outlets, including Hawthornes in South Philly, are already delivering sixpacks.

The board’s delivery ruling prompted Pittsburgh’s East End Brewing last month to ask the LCB ...

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The best ale trails in the east

LAST WEEK’S column focused on beer travel overseas. Of course, you don’t have to go that far this summer. Right here in the good ol’ U S of A, there are plenty of beer-centric travel destinations. Indeed, regional tourism agencies have set up easy-to-follow travel guides from New England to Southern California.

These ale trails are more than just your usual beer-soaked pub crawl. They’re an opportunity to see America and meet the people behind the nation’s still growing small brewery ...

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Beer Radar: Point Breeze gets its own brewery. PLUS Tons of upcoming beer events

Point Breeze Brewing, a new local nanobrewery, should be up and running sometime in May, according to one of its partners, Kristen Nicholson. She and her brother, Kyler, and Patrick Rhine, have been home-brewing awhile, and she reports that they’re close to nailing down their state licensing on a half-barrel system. Their brewery is actually located in Port Richmond, and it has no tasting room or tours. But the beer will be distributed almost exclusively in the rapidly gentrifying ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Off Color Troublesome

Off Color (Chicago)
Gose
ALCOHOL: 4.3%

SIXPACK SEZ: A blended wheat beer intentionally inoculated with the same bacteria that causes cavities, puts the sour in sauerkraut and spoils beer – yeah, I’d say this one deserves its name. Yet, as the typically mouth-puckering German-style gose goes, this brew is hardly blue, with only a touch of tartness mingling with a surprising sweet flavor.

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The surprise of beer travel

THIS IS my year for beer travel, with group tours planned to Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria, as well as several Eastern U.S. destinations. I got things started earlier this month by leading about 150 beer lovers on a very cool river cruise to the Netherlands and Belgium.

Eight breweries, two lectures, a beer dinner and many onboard bottle-shares later, and I’m left with exactly what I look for in travel: a sense of surprise.

Here are a few ...

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Beer Radar: New brewpub, bar & bottle shop coming. PLUS: America’s Best IPA

The latest Bar Talk podcast with Glen Macnow and Joe Sixpack looks at the beer scene at Citizens Bank Park, and also ponders: What beer would Rocky drink…? Word from the Daily Pennsylvanian is that Fresh Grocer, the West Philly grocery at 40th and Walnut streets that’s popular among Penn students, is going to start selling beer… The Victoria Freehouse (Old City) welcomed a new upstairs neighbor last weekend. It’s the Front Street Dive, where they’ll be performing ...

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Beer without the buzz just wouldn’t taste the same

WOULD YOU enjoy drinking beer as much if it didn’t give you a buzz? Those bitter hops, that toasty malt – do we really need the alcohol to enjoy the flavor of a glass of ale?

It turns out, yes, we do.

In his new, utterly fascinating book, Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat (Scribner), Pulitzer Prize-winning author John McQuaid writes that ethanol – itself essentially flavorless – changes and improves the very chemistry of flavor.

First, the process ...

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Beer Radar: At least we’re crying into good beer this baseball season

It’s looking like it’s going to be a lo-o-o-o-n-g Phillies season, so you may as well enjoy a good beer. Beer blogger/Two Roads rep Lee Porter is out with his annual guide to good beer at Citizens Bank Park. Among the highlights: Conshohocken Brewery and Penn Brewing are both in the house, and that low-alcohol Schöfferhofer Grapefruit that everyone was talking about last year is available in cans… Meanwhile, you can save a buck off of Yards at Devil’s ...

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