Yearly Archives: 2001

You’ll be in safe hands now: Concession workers will be wearing gloves at the Vet this season

The ballplayers won’t be the only ones wearing gloves when the Phillies host the Cubs today at Opening Day 2001.

For the first time in memory, the Vet’s concession workers will be wearing them, too.

Stung by a season of health-code violations and a notorious nose-picking affair, the stadium concessionaire will require its workers to wear plastic sanitary gloves when … Read the rest

Tapped out? Try peddling that empty keg

It’s true. You can, in fact, sell anything on eBay.

For evidence, see lot #1124390907 – an empty Schmidt’s beer keg that recently sold for 20 bucks.

Not only was it empty, but its owner had the gall to describe it as an antique. “This will make a great decoration in your den or home bar. A genuine beer keg … Read the rest

Red Bell rings into the stock market

Red Bell Brewing’s plans to go public this week hit a snag when early traders started swapping non-existent shares.

Brewery prez Jim Bell said he expected the stock (RDBL) to be formally listed on NASDAQ’s over-the-counter bulletin board by early next week.

“There’s a false market out there,” said Bell, who reported that premature trading had set the share’s price … Read the rest

He peed his pants and now he’s stained for life

He got drunk, forgot his gun at a bar, wrecked an unmarked cop car, left the scene of the accident, and then tried to cover it up.

But that isn’t the worst of it for Homicide Capt. James Brady.

According to the Inquirer, he “wet his pants. ”

And now, in a peculiar example of public humiliation, many in the … Read the rest

What makes an authentic Irish pub?

On the occasion of St. Patrick’s Day 2001, I have an important millennial question:

What happened to the leprechauns?

Used to be, the begorra buggers were dancing their happy jig on every other barroom wall, splashing mugs of green beer amid meadows of marshmallow shamrocks. The height-deprived imps were the official symbol of the blessed holiday.

This year, though, when … Read the rest

Depravity goes south for Mardi Gras

I’m not sure when this happened, but it’s time someone makes a formal declaration:

Mardi Gras on South Street now ranks right up there with Philadelphia’s greatest celebrations of depravity.

When 50,000 people show up on a cold February dawn and commence immediate and prolonged consumption of alcohol and drugs, you know it’s an Official Philadelphia Event.

This is no … Read the rest

A keg man’s quest: Letting the beer run free and clean

Vince Rapinesi is responsible for more good-tasting beer in this town than anyone else alive, and get this: He’s never had even a single sip.

He’s been in the beer business since the mid-’40s, when he worked at his parents’ distributorship at 59th and Springfield in Southwest Philadelphia. Those were the days before forklifts, when men hoisted wooden kegs on … Read the rest

Valley Forge drops its Blue Bell location

Valley Forge Brewing Co. has shuttered its Blue Bell location. Citing ongoing litigation over the property, owner Dave Biles says, “Unfortunately, there’s not much we could do about it. ” Valley Forge’s original location (Gateway Shopping Center, Wayne) is still doing fine, says Biles. On tap this weekend: Belgian triple, winter ale and VF’s award-winning imperial stout. . .

Manayunk … Read the rest

Vet BYO ban on tap

Having thoroughly fleeced the peasants in the cheap seats, Veterans Stadium now turns its attention to the aristocrats in the luxury boxes.

An unwritten BYO rule that has saved these beer-drinking blue bloods millions of dollars at taxpayer expense will be abolished starting on Opening Day this spring.

City Hall officials say that, under a new food and beverage contract … Read the rest

Sifting through Joe’s mailbag

Lately, my mailbox has been overflowing with perplexing questions about proper beer-drinking conduct.

Personally, Joe Sixpack has only two rules:

1. Never put your head on the bar.

2. Do not attempt to dance.

But these are complicated days, and many Daily News readers are hopelessly confused. As a public service, I offer these solutions to your completely fabricated beer … Read the rest