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)

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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500 years of Reinheitsgebot purity: Enough already

SATURDAY MARKS the 500th anniversary of Reinheitsgebot, the German law that simply decreed beer can be made with only water, barley, and hops. Yet there is nothing simple about Reinheitsgebot, starting with its name, which Americans can correctly pronounce only after a liter of lager or two.

For, even after half a millennium, the edict remains a lightning rod for an unsettled argument among beer-lovers – one that pits tradition against modernity.

The traditionalist sees it as the benchmark of beer purity, ...

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