Fishtown Briefcase

A Review of Economy-Friendly Beers
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    March 9th, 2011trishyReviews

    We’re almost at the First Ever (possibly Annual) Fishtown Briefcase Bracket Madness Brunch… and we need to finalize our Sweet 16 cheap beer contestants.

    Whether or not you will attend, we’d love your input!

    Vote now!

    Especially if you aren’t sure if you like the way our brackets are currently shaping up

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    February 28th, 2011trishystuff

    We’ve got stuff for sale at

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    February 28th, 2011trishybracket madness

    Based on your votes, here is a potential bracket…

    fishtown briefcase bracket proposed

    (The google doc is here)

    Did you vote yet? There is still time to help us rearrange the brackets.

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    February 28th, 2011trishyReviews

    Labatt blue light

    Running is an activity which works a body hard and makes it quite strong. If one runs quite a far distance, say, 3, 4, 6, 13.1, 26.2 or more miles – a beer can be quite a refreshing beverage to quench thirst. Whether you choose to drink the beer before, during, or after, it is quite a satisfying activity. I would go out on a limb and say that even bad beer can taste good when you’re really sweaty and thirsty. Really good beer might not taste as good as its potential until after a glass or two of water/sport drink – this is debatable and perhaps depends on how much salt or electrolytes you’ve sweated out and how delerious you are at this point.

    It was on a recent day, during a late winter (spring fever) run that I had the opportunity to taste a Labatt’s Blue Light. There were a few things working in this beer’s favor:

    1)  I was hot and sweaty and had built up quite a thirst
    2)  The beer was handed to me for free from a friend – what an attractive price tag
    3)  The can is somewhat cute – blue and silver, depicting an icy mountain in Canada
    4)  It is a light beer, and doesn’t fill you up.
    5) Potentially great shotgunning beer – thin and not very bubbly, easy to swallow.
    6) We drank it outside on a lovely late winter (springlike) sunny day.

    Unfortunately, these are the bright spots working in favor of Labatt’s Blue Light…

    The downside – this beer really doesn’t have much of a flavor, and if it does, it tastes a little bit like Skunk Light. Now it is possible the reason we got these beers handed to us for free was because they were old and sitting in the fridge forever… but I couldn’t even finish my can. As I poured it down an alley grate it was almost clear.

    Unlike its bolder brother regular Labatts, Labatts Light is a bit weak, with a 4% alcohol content and 111 calories (8g of carbs). For comparisons you can check out other beer calorie/carb charts here and here. (e.g. you could have a Corona Light for 109 calories and 5 carbs with 4.5% alcohol)

    From my research, it looks like a 12-pack of 12 ouncers runs about $11-14, an 18-pack about $17-20 and a 24-pack can go for about $19-26 depending on your location and local variables. So a dollar per beer give or take a few cents or so as you buy in larger quantity. They also come in 24 ounce cans for those with extra large thirsts.

    I’ll give it a 2 out of 5. Not the best beer we’ve tasted at Fishtown Briefcase, and after Pennsylvania Style, definitely not the worst. Perhaps we should have gotten the Labatt Blue Light Lime.

    More info: Labatt Brewing Co. Wikipedia Page (their actual website is sucky and I can’t get much useful info from it waiting for a 3 minute flash app to load after entering my birthdate 3 times to access three different links.)

    Added: It is almost hard to believe that the same company that makes this beer also makes Magic Hat and Pyramid ales.

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    February 18th, 2011trishybracket madness

    Help us pick our top 16 beers right here for the Fishtown Briefcase Bracket Madness Brunch.
    Of course, feel free to suggest a beer in the comments as well!

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    February 18th, 2011trishyvintage-ads

    As a lady-person, I feel we have come a long way since this ad.

    from: A Motley Collection

    Also: coming soon — a poll and exciting event announcement!

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    December 28th, 2010trishfun, Money Saving Tips

    Check it out… Need something different to do with all those cans in your recycling bin? Check out these beautiful butterfly recycled beer can sculptures and get your ass inspired! Artist Paul Villinski collected tons of cans and carefully cut out butterfly shapes, assembled them into pretty patterns, and made some fly wall art. My fave is the one with the records though I have a soft spot for spirals. Dig the use of color and composition. Beauty IS in the eye of the beerholder here!

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    April 6th, 2009trishbeer, vintage-ads


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    February 20th, 2009trishbeer


    This alcohol-consumption chart shows how much folks spent on beer as well as general needs over the past 50 years. It seems that wine drinking and hard liquor are taking small hits but beer is on the end of a big decline in sales. Some might blame a hops shortage, and others might blame less discretionary income to sample many new products. Anyway, it’s an interesting discussion and article going on over there about the sudden dropoff in beer sales in 2008.

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    February 11th, 2009trishMoney Saving Tips

    Welcome to another feature of Fishtown Briefcase – the Money Saving Tips section! This is a section to help frugal folks or anyone struggling under a recession figure out how to get by on less than you did before. My personal qualifications for writing this column: At one point I was struggling with a huge load of personal debt and trying to get by and back from the red to the black. I’ve learned a lot over the years, and remembered (or put into practice) stuff my elders always tried to impart upon me as a child, but I didn’t want to have to deal with.

    Some people might be of the mind to hold a garage/yard sale or eBay or Craigslist their old stuff which they have sitting around. Others might take their used clothing or books to consignment and used stores and hope for a credit towards “new to them” merchandise. But honestly, the easiest way to try to get something equal for what you originally spent and find something new you like is to hold a swap.

    You can swap anything – from cans or bottles of beers to clothing, records, dvds, housewares, etc. All you need to do is find a bunch of friends or acquaintances who have a bit of clutter or extra stuff they don’t really want.

    1. Decide what the theme of the swap is going to be: clothing, shoes, books/media, beer, housewares, bric-a-brac (I just wanted an excuse to use that phrase), “anything goes”?

    2. Here’s where you might want to determine the scope of the swap. Shall it be limited to a few close friends? Shall it be open to anyone in your circle of friends and their circle of friends? You might also decide how you want it to work. Is it a 1:1 trade, meaning for each item you bring, you will receive 1 item in exchange? Or is it a “free-for-all” meaning that everyone needs to bring at least one item but can leave with as much or as little as they like? Will people take turns choosing items? How will highly-coveted items be distributed – first-come/first-served, or by turns? Determine what will happen to leftovers — will the original owners take their stuff back? Will they go to someone else’s house to be stored for the next swap? Or will they be donated to a charitable organization which needs these items or for sale in their charity thrift shops? (I usually choose the last for good karma…)

    3. Pick a date, time, location, and invite your friends and acquaintances to a place where you can put this stuff out for the swapping. Send out invites. Even use Facebook/Myspace/eVite. Ask everyone to bring a snack or dish to share so you can nosh and make it into a social event.

    4. Start swapping – get some new stuff you need, give some old stuff away, and stay out of the cycle of capitalism.

    You’ve spent little money to have a party, gotten rid of old crap you don’t want anymore, and gotten some new stuff for free! Sounds like a successful budget entertainment plan to me. Now get swapping…

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