Sours Galore at Devil’s Den

2686Swap your summer pilsners and pale ales for something with a little more tang. Devil’s Den will soon be serving beers that are sour, tart, bitter and sharp. Beginning Saturday, August 16th until Friday, August 22nd, the gastropub will be celebrating their 5th Annual Sourfest. For seven days one draft tower will be completely devoted to sour beers. That’s a total of 8 lines and plenty of sours to try throughout the week.

In keeping with the celebration, Tuesday August 19th, Don Russell, better known as Joe Sixpack, will be hosting a sour tasting and brewing class. Devil’s Den will serve as your classroom as you learn the fine techniques behind preparing a pucker worthy brew. All students will also enjoy appetizers and a tasting of six different sour beers such as Free Will Peach Lambic, Bruery Oude Tart, Barren Hill Berliner Weisse, Bom Wild & Funky #1, Allagash Confluence and Tilquin Gueze. The class is $35 per person and tickets can be purchased at the bar or online.

Devil’s Den [Foobooz]

 

 

Joe Sixpack Out At Philly Beer Week

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Don Russell, better known as Joe Sixpack and the founder of Philly Beer Week is out.

That’s the news that’s coming through right now, anyway. Details are still coming in, but check out the main Philly mag page for everything we know right now.

UPDATE: Danya Heninger has statements from Russell and Philly Beer Week chairman of the board of directors, William Reed had to say.

Joe Sixpack Out At Philly Beer Week [Philly mag]

Why Cancelled Beer Fests Are A Reason For You To Drink MORE

You’ve heard all the clichés: Becoming a victim of your own success; having too much of a good thing; be careful what you wish for. As Greater Philly’s beer prowess grows mightier by the month, it seems we may be starting to confront what some may call a good problem: too many awesome beer events.

Some of you may have been planning to attend Joe Sixpack’s Fall Beer Expo at the United German-Hungarian Club Oktoberfest tomorrow, only to be quietly notified some time back that the beer fest portion of Oktoberfest had been canceled. Same goes for the TrackPackPA.com Craft Beer Fest at Parx East Casino that was scheduled for September 10: Cancelled before the first keg was tapped.

The reason for both of these cancellations? Poor ticket sales.

The cause: too many concurrent events.

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Tour With Joe Sixpack

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The Edible World Tour is back and this time with Don Russell (Joe Sixpack) galavanting around Northern Liberties. The tour kicks off from the brand new Swift Half in Northern Liberties and takes you around the storied beer neighborhood with stops at Ortlieb’s, the Foodery, Standard Tap and 700 Club.

The tour is Saturday, June 13th from 2 to 5:30 pm. Tickets are $75 ($65 for First Person Arts members) and are all-inclusive.

Speaking of Mr. Sixpack, today his column focuses on some good summer brews including the surpisingly fun Roy Pitz Watermelon Lager.

Edible World Food Tours [Official Site]
Joe Sixpack [Official Site]

Joe Sixpack On NPR

Beer SantaJoe Sixpack, Don Russell was interviewed today on NPR’s Fresh Air regarding Christmas beers. Click through the link to hear the report or to check out his 10 favorite Christmas ales. 

Also if you’re looking for last second stocking stuffer, consider Don Russell’s book of Christmas beers, still available at these locations.

Christmas Beer Yields Christmas Cheer [NPR]
10 Christmas Beers, from Soup to Nuts [NPR]
Joe Sixpack [Official Site]

Tonight

Don Russell, better known by as Joe Sixpack, is teaching a sold-out class at Tria Fermentation School this evening. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the joy as Tria’s 12th and Spruce location is hosting a special happy hour featuring pours of Sly Fox Christmas Ale, De Struise Tsjeeses and Scaldis Prestige from bottles, plus Gouden Carolus Christmas and Brasserie Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux on draft.

Tria Cafe [Official Site]

Bargain Beer Hunting

Joe Sixpack concerns himself today with finding some beer bargains with his “Recession Numbing Survival Guide.”

Among the suggestions:

  • Good beer is still a lot cheaper than good wine.
  • Alcohol by volume is more than just the buzz, it’s usually also the complexity of flavor.
  • Homebrewing can save yourself some money.
  • Buying by the bottle or sixpack is indeed cheaper in Jersey.
  • Hit up Center City Sips and find a good beer. Jose Pistola’s offers $2 Blanche de Bruxelles and Marathon Grill gets down with $2 Allagash White.

Recession-proof your beer habit [Philadelphia Daily News]

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