Sunday, August 2, 2015


How "local" is your beer? It used to be that proximity of the brewery and clever references on the label would suffice.
Philadelphia bartenders take the season to heart, building menus that reflect both the calendar and the thermometer.
If you dine at Chef Joe Cicala's Brigantessa (1520 E. Passyunk Ave.), have a hearty meal and someone offers you voli dei Amari – flights of Amari – don't be afraid.
A longtime manager is now running the show.
Two months ago, I wrote a column featuring three breezy rosés for spring at $15 or less. But with plenty of warm-weather sipping still ahead, I've been reminded there are some more substantial rosés.
Something smells about Not Your Father's Root Beer, and I'm not talking about the heavy dose of vanilla extract that flavors the suddenly popular brew.