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360° of Beer

360° of Beer

With only a recent resurgence in the craft beer world, a unique can innovation wasn’t something that most expected. After all, cans are still somewhat of a hot new thing in craft beer. However, craft cans aren’t exactly new to ...

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Thank You, Bert!

Thank You, Bert!

During my college years, “beer” was to be avoided at all costs. It was horrible, cold and even worse when warmed up a little. I would have rather had a glass of wine. Bert Grant’s Yakima Brewing Company and Real ...

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Respect the Wood

Respect the Wood

You invite some friends over for beers and when everyone leaves, you find that someone left their beer on your great-grandmother’s cherished coffee table that her lover brought back on the Titanic—which you were fortunate enough to inherit. Before your ...

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The Trailer Park Challenge

The Trailer Park Challenge

Once a month, the bell tolls for a sole sommelier. At the appointed hour, the clang resonates throughout the city of Philadelphia, reverberating through each and every down- town restaurant. His fellow sommeliers hang their heads in mourning. They duck ...

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Not the Time of the Season

Not the Time of the Season

Sneakers toe the line. A roar is caught in the crowd’s throat and your head booms hot with the pulse of your heart ready to run. It’s August. It’s time to buy pumpkin beer. You have to go ahead and ...

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RNV’s Hop Roots

RNV’s Hop Roots

In 1978, President Carter passed the law legalizing beer making. The hops, yeast and malt industry geared up for the new phenomenon of artisan brewers. They sponsored craft beer festivals and conventions with information, samples and presentations of their commodity. ...

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Train Kept A-Rollin’

Train Kept A-Rollin’

“Everyone’s drinking the Kool- Aid and looking through their goggles,” says Rui Lucas. He’s not talking about the electric acid test kind of beverage. The general manager at Iron Abbey Gastro Pub in Horsham, PA is referring to craft beer. ...

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Ultima Helles Beer Can Chicken

Ultima Helles Beer Can Chicken

I have to admit that I’m a sucker for new innovations and even repeats of the oldie but goodie. When I saw the Sly Fox Helles release (in that fancy convertible can), I immediately started thinking of beer can chicken. ...

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McCloskey’s Tavern

McCloskey’s Tavern

Prior to the inception of Tired Hands Brewery and the announcement of soon becoming home to an Iron Hill location, the town of Ardmore was mostly unknown to those in the craft beer world. Now, after the brewery’s June 2012 ...

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Finding the Perfect Combination

Finding the Perfect Combination

Bill Hanson and his brother-in-law Tommy Joyner were down the shore, watching the Phillies and drinking Scotch when Joyner got a phone call. The owner of a Center City building was looking for a tenant who would bring life to ...

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