Yearly Archives: 2012

An oasis in a sandy beer wasteland

A three-and-a-half barrel handmade batch of pale ale is simmering just over his shoulder, filling the garage-sized brewery with the sweetest aroma known to man, when Tim Hanna, one of four partners in the brand-new Tuckahoe Brewing Co., mentions the unfortunate gorilla in the room:

“We’re never going to totally get past Coors Light and Miller Lite down here.”

“Down … Read the rest

Philly Beer Week, with a capital B

Philly Beer Week is about the city’s beer scene – its breweries, bars and restaurants, pub-friendly neighborhoods and Belgian cafes. It’s a celebration of the city’s long beer-drinking history, its unrivaled diversity of beer styles, its festivals and beer dinners. It’s a chance to meet your favorite brewer, raise a glass with the mayor or carry the vaunted Hammer of … Read the rest

A taste of yesteryear in the cradle of suds

YOU THINK WE have a pretty good beer scene now? You should’ve seen this town back in 1879.

Every neighborhood had its own brewery, and every corner had a saloon. In the preceding 30 years, more than 250 breweries had opened — many of them closing quickly, but others becoming national powers. A census by Western Brewer magazine counted an … Read the rest

The making of Brotherly Suds

TOO MANY COOKS may spoil the broth, but too many brewers never ruined the beer.

The proof is all those fabulous one-offs featuring two, three or more brewery logos on the bottles.

These so-called collaborative beers are made by beer-makers from competing breweries who share the brewhouse for a day in the spirit of artisanal camaraderie. That professional friendship is … Read the rest

Hopped up on new hops

SAN DIEGO — The loneliest guy at BrewExpo America had to be Ales Kopecky, a Czech farmer who came to the annual beer-making trade show to promote his old-world Saaz hops.

The Saaz variety may be the noblest of the so-called “noble hops,” providing the distinctive flavor and palate-cleansing bitterness to pilsners and other styles. Yet few brewers lined up … Read the rest

Does beer make you smarter?

LAST MONTH’S media reports that beer consumption makes you smarter ranks up there as one of the no-spit revelations of all time.

The “revelation” stemmed from a paper called “Uncorking the Muse: Alcohol intoxication facilitates creative problem solving,” by scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago. It concluded that test subjects solved certain problems more quickly after reaching a … Read the rest

Beer week: Wouldn’t it be great if…?

FIVE YEARS AGO, the whole notion of a “beer week” was as unknown as a black IPA. There simply was no such thing.

Today, if you plug the term into Google, you’ll get more than 2.3 million results. There’s an entry on the subject in the new Oxford Companion to Beer. San Francisco beer writer Jay Brooks, who wrote the … Read the rest

A brewing scene grows in the northwest burbs

IT’S A MOONLESS Thursday night in North Wales, Montgomery County. Down a dead-end street just past the giant Merck & Co. pharmaceutical plant, tucked along the SEPTA R5 railroad tracks, a darkened industrial building attracts a young crowd. The unpaved parking lot is full, light sounds of live jazz seep from the rear door, and the air carries the familiar … Read the rest

The Phillies have this one in the can

Sadly missing their big guns at the plate, the anemic Phils are at least entertaining fans this season with some power in the beer stands.

For the first time, Citizens Bank Park is selling 24-ounce aluminum “Tall Boy” cans of Bud, Miller Lite, Yuengling and other brands for 11 bucks a pop.

And “pop” is the operative word under the … Read the rest

A Victory at the South Philly sports complex

A $60 MILLION mega-drinking/partying complex named after a wallet-soaking cable TV company and developed by a monster real estate developer in the heart of South Philly’s isolated sports complex — man, I really wanted to hate Xfinity Live!

A fresh glass of St. Boisterous bock, poured at a rocking Victory Beer Hall, softened me. A burger from Broad Street Bullies … Read the rest