Category: Column

Seeking greater Independence, a microbrewer adds labels, pub

No one will ever mistake Bob Connor for Augie Busch, but the Northeast Philly brewery chief is building a mini-conglomerate that may unnerve some diehard microbrew fans.

In recent weeks, Connor’s Independence Brewing Co. has acquired three beer labels and joined with Washington, D.C.’s, Capitol City Brewing to operate a long-awaited brewpub at Broad and Chestnut streets. The moves suddenly … Read the rest

Hard cider comes out of hiding in Pennsylvania

Before last week, the last time I tasted hard cider, I was about 9. Granny was in the kitchen cooking up some possum stew, and Uncle Jed was out by the cee-ment pond, whittlin’ his stick.

Me and Cousin Jethro snuck into the root cellar and found Granny’s jug, threateningly marked XXX. Talk about “bubblin’ crude,” that cider had us … Read the rest

‘Beer snob?’ Moi? Think this is a wine column?

Possibly it escaped your notice between mugs of pilsener, but a nasty little spat is beginning to erupt in the world of beer.

The issue is snobbery among hops heads and the emergence of snooty, palate-enhanced “experts” who – much like those puckered oenophiles who delight themselves by sloshing chablis around their gums – are threatening to turn beer appreciation … Read the rest

All at sea with bilge-like beer

Ahoy, matey. Pull up your stool and listen ye closely as Cap’n Sixpack chills your spine with a terrible tale of seven dreadful nights adrift upon the high seas.

Neither pirates nor man-eating urchins plagued our odyssey. This fearless crew faced challenges of an even more evil sort:

A boatful of bad beer.

I shudder as the memory creases my … Read the rest

Pub winner poured on the blarney

Listowel, County Kerry, has about 4,000 Irishmen and 45 pubs.

It sounds like Fishtown, but Penn Charter grad Trevor O’Driscoll says it’s another world.

“There’s really not much I’ve ever seen that’s like this place,” O’Driscoll said about Finucane’s, the bar he won this week in the annual Guinness Win Your Own Pub in Ireland contest.

“I’m really not going … Read the rest

Rain stops, now they pour

Joe Sixpack’s been holed up for the past coupla weeks, waiting for the next ark. Though I believe I do see a bit of sun shining through the bottom of my tilted mug.

So damn the monsoon – it’s time to pull off your poncho and raise a pint. There’s plenty of beer action around the corner.

Start with the … Read the rest

Cousins file class-action suit in Vet Suds-Skimming Scandal

A pair of beer-drinking Phillies fans have tapped into the foaming furor over those paper cups of flat, overpriced Veterans Stadium brew.

Inspired by Daily News reports that exposed what appears to be a half-million-dollar stadium suds shortfall, the two engine mechanics have filed a class-action lawsuit that charges the stadium concessionaire with negligence and fraud.

“It’s unjust, It’s not … Read the rest

Thankfully, your cup runneth under at the Vet

Complaining about beer at Phillies games brings to mind that old joke about the two ladies disgusted with their lunch.

“The soup tastes horrible,” says the first.

“Yes,” agrees the second, “and the portion is too small. ”

Joe Sixpack spent the better part of last week griping about getting shorted two ounces on every $5 beer they sell at … Read the rest

Pabst: The newest retro beer

`You know what I had the other night, and it was really, really good?” said Joe, the man who holds the fate of my scalp in his hands. “A quart of Schaeffer.”

I nodded politely, of course, and not just because he was flashing a sharpened object toward my ears. In Fishtown, the barbershop is the source of all authoritative … Read the rest

Ale to the chief?

“If I were just a private citizen, Joe Sixpack, I would have mixed feelings about not getting a chance to disprove these allegations in court.” – President Clinton, speaking this week about the dismissal of the Paula Jones sexual harassment case.

Dear Mr. President,

I feel your pain.

You’ve spent five years in the White House, wining and dining fat … Read the rest