Holy shmoly! A dry town gets wet

THERE ARE NO saloons in Pitman, N.J. No bottle shops or restaurants with liquor licenses, either. This is a dry town, a vestige of its founding as a Methodist retreat.

Yet on Saturday afternoon, with a ceremonial tapping of the first keg, a brewery will open on Broadway, the Gloucester County town’s main drag. A brewery with a tasting room and eight taps and plenty of suds.

And that’s not all, for by the end of summer, a second brewery is ...

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Philly hosts the beer world

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In 2005, the last time the Brewers Association held its annual conference here, a few local brewers thought it would be a swell idea to expose the conventioneers to a unique slice of Philly’s growing craft-beer scene.

So they trooped the visitors down to a seamy stretch of Delaware Avenue and held what was surely the city’s first-ever cask-ale event at a topless bar.

As dancers jiggled over the tap handles for dollar bills, visitors drained ...

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Sixpack of the Week: Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel

Weihenstephan (Freising, Germany)
Dunkelweizen
ALCOHOL: 5.3%

SIXPACK SEZ: With hefeweizen, the malt flavor is an afterthought, with the wheat serving as a blank canvas for all that spicy, fruity yeast character. But add some roasted malt and turn it dark, and suddenly you’ve got a whole ‘nother thing: caramel, chocolate and an overall creaminess that plays off the banana and clove of a lighter German wheat beer. This version, from the world’s oldest brewer, is outstanding when fresh, preferably ...

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