When I passed the unexpected vision of the crisp yellow awnings and cheery flower boxes in front of tidy CK Cafe, I promptly did a U-turn to check it out.
This wine, made from vines that average 45 years in age, has a deep ruby hue, aromas of stony earth, ripe berries, and an almost lush burst of dark cherry fruit that has a sparkle of cracked pepper on the finish.
Twelve expert judges crowned three champs in two categories: lagers and new beers of 2017. And the public named its favorite flagship beer. Here's what you can expect in your mug.
Judges sipped 79 local beers to pick winners in this year's categories of "New Beer" and "Lager".
Beeramisu, an otherwise traditional Italian tiramisu layered with Vietnamese coffee stout instead of espresso, is a perfectly delicious beer dessert fusion metaphor for two immigrant cuisines that have helped keep South Philadelphia vital.
With nearly 80 beers on the table for blind tasting at Brewvitational VIII, 12 experts were assembled for the panel from across the region's beer world.
Close behind in the public vote, two other breweries tied for second as runners-up: Conshocken Brewing Co.'s Type A IPA and the decadent Double Chocolate Milk Stout from Lancaster Brewing Co.
It was bigger. It was Brewvi-er. It was open to the public!
What's so good about a proper Chabichou is that the taste of good goat's milk is always pure and prime - like a breezy day on the farm in spring.
You've always wanted to be a beer judge. I know this because my mailbox practically explodes each spring with thirsty notes from jealous readers volunteering...
They convincingly asserted the city's claim as a major restaurant destination with awards for best chef, best restaurateur, and best "wine, spirits or beer" professional. Plus best chef in the Mid-Atlantic region.
You can now find in Philly the Vietnamese dish President Barack Obama made famous last spring on Anthony Bourdain's "Parts Unknown."
It's such a pleasure to go "wine shopping" in Philadelphia the way residents of free market states can -- that is, browsing some thoughtfully curated...
This fire engine red spread made from cherry peppers, garlic, and cider vinegar has plenty of zip to give any hoagie - or Zep - some zing.
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