Yearly Archives: 2010

As Philly Beer Week continues, here are some fave brews

AS DIRECTOR OF the raucous celebration of America’s best beer-drinking city, I’ve tried to show up at as many of Philly Beer Week’s 1,000 events as possible.

One afternoon, I even hired my nephew as a chauffeur to cart me around town – and disappointingly managed to hit only a dozen bars. (Use the gas pedal, kid! )

Nonetheless, here … Read the rest

The good news about Philly & beer

WITH ITS Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, Art Museum, Italian Market, Constitution Center, Fairmount Park, Antique Row, Society Hill, Convention Center, stadiums, universities, restaurants, music scene, cheesesteaks and Center City shopping (not to mention Rocky), it’s almost preposterous that anyone would visit Philadelphia for its beer.

And, yet, there it is as part of the region’s tourism marketing effort, a pitch … Read the rest

For Beer Week, new places to find lots of brews

PHILLY BEER Week (June 4-13) will feature more than 700 events at more than 140 bars in the city and suburbs. It’s a great chance to get out and bend an elbow at some of the region’s classic joints.

Just make sure you save a bit of liver capacity to explore a handful of new joints that have opened just … Read the rest

5 must-stops for real beer-lovers

YOUR CORNER bar is your favorite beer haunt, of course, but every once in a while you’ve gotta stretch your legs.

This year, make your vacation plans around one of these five Beer Destinations You Must Visit Before You Die.

McMenamin’s Edgefield

This 99-year-old former poorhouse on 74 acres in Troutdale, Ore., outside of Portland, is one of the McMenamin … Read the rest

Sale of industry-changing Anchor triggers a few shudders

THE FATHER of the American craft beer movement is moving on, and that has some beer lovers worried.

Fritz Maytag, owner of Anchor Brewing, said last week that he would sell his San Francisco brewery to a pair of investors with little background in brewing. The news set off a wave of fear and loathing among some beer fans worried … Read the rest

This contest beckons brewers who walk on the wild side

CATEGORY 23. It is the netherland of beer, a cryptic destination for brewer-artistes whose imaginations pry them from the realm of conventionality.

Category 23 is the final classification in the Beer Judge Certification Program’s biblical taxonomy of styles. The first 22 define traditional styles of ales and lagers: porter, wheat beer, Belgian ale, bock, pale ale, and so on. Category … Read the rest

State of confusion in beer laws

LAST WEEK’S hearing on state beer registration rules left some observers scratching their heads: How is it, in an age when Pennsylvania boasts one of America’s top beer scenes, that state residents must contend with such a complex range of anachronistic of laws?

It’s a pain in the behind, for example, to have to go to one store for a … Read the rest

Picture this – the beer of your dreams

I JUST RECEIVED the latest addition to my substantial beer porn collection.

It’s another grand book filled with seductive color photographs of luscious lagers, creamy ales and tempting Trappist triples, just begging to be sipped, and sipped again.

If you’re in love with beer, your shelves undoubtedly have a few of these well-thumbed tomes, with titles like “Michael Jackson’s Great … Read the rest

Smoke & booze: Sweet stinky memories

COUNT ME among the happy guzzlers who, in the wake of the great American smokeout, breathe easier and stink less after throwing back pints at the corner bar. As countless cities and towns have outlawed smoking in even the diviest dives, the air has cleared and you can actually crawl out of bed the next morning without sucking on an … Read the rest