Yearly Archives: 2001

Beer cans with a high-tech chill

Here we are, 4 1/2 months into the year 2001, and I gotta tell you, I am not much impressed by this so-called 21st century.

For one thing, where are those jetpacks we were promised?

I figured we’d be flying all over town by now, leap-frogging over SEPTA buses and double-parking on Billy Penn’s hat. Instead, we’re stuck in traffic … Read the rest

Now is the time for all real men to partake of real beer

If patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, then hawking “real beer” to “real men” is surely the last refuge of a beer advertiser.

Now it’s Genesee’s turn to glom onto the oft-abused demographic. The brewery’s latest press release declares, “Genesee Beer’s strength in the marketplace is as a good honest beer at a great price. It has a … Read the rest

Hemp makes the list of bureau’s banned buzzwords


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms may be loose on language, but it’s getting tough on drugs.

In a reversal of an earlier label approval, the agency has told Frederick Brewing of Maryland it can no longer call its popular dark ale Hempen Ale.

The beer is made with hemp seeds, like those used to grow marijuana. The … Read the rest

To the ATF, what’s foul is fouled up

“Containers of malt beverages shall not contain any statement, design, device or representation which is obscene or indecent.”

– Title 27, Sect. 7.29(a)(3), Code of Federal Regulations, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

If the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms rated movies, the XXX “Sex Party Three” – currently on the marquee at the Forum adult theater at 22nd and Market … Read the rest

Beer Bits: Women, Baseball and More

Ladies: Tired of macho types drinking you under the table? Switch to beer!

Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York discovered that men are better able than women to break down alcohol in hard liquor because of an increased presence of certain stomach enzymes.

The playing field is even, though, with drinks under 5 percent alcohol, like … Read the rest

Making it more palatable


   Blue Moon Belgian White

  The label: The beer is not from Belgium; it’s made in Memphis. And Blue Moon Brewing Co. is actually Coors.

The complaint: The Confederation of Belgian Breweries says it’s a misleading attempt to glom onto the Belgian beer fad. It’s been nagging Coors and the ATF about the wording for years.

The solution: Coors has … Read the rest

Beer Radar – April 13, 2001

Plastic bottles of Miller Lite are everywhere at the Vet, and so is Bud (at least, through the 7th inning). But what if you’re looking for a quality beer with some actual flavor?

Red Bell, once an oasis of craft brew at the ballpark, was selling only its lame-o light and a very Yuenglingesque lager on Opening Day. Meanwhile, the … Read the rest

Setting your traps for these Trappist brews


Want to be a Trappist beer hunter? You have to know your prey:

First, don’t be confused by imitations. Many breweries (Affligem, Leffe, even New Jersey’s Flying Fish) produce abbey-style ales, but an authentic Trappist ale is made in a monastery.

The ales range in flavor and strength, but generally they’re amber-colored with a fruity aroma and spicy taste. … Read the rest

Monk’s goes the distance for Belgians

Score another one for Philadelphia, the Belgian beer capital of the United States.

Earlier this month, a few lucky diners attending the annual Book and the Cook dinner at Monk’s Cafe (15th and Spruce, Center City) became the first to taste a glass of the obscure Belgian Trappist Achel on American soil.

Renowned beer expert Michael Jackson marveled upon draining … Read the rest

Avoid the squeeze play and save some dough at the Vet

Box seats at the Vet: $24.

Cold hot dog served by finger-licking vendor: $2.75.

Bringing your own hoagie and sneaking into the expensive seats: Priceless.


According to the Chicago-based Team Marketing Report, an afternoon at Veterans Stadium will set back a family of four $132.42.

That’s actually cheap by major league standards. The most expensive team – the Boston … Read the rest