The Garden State Craft Brewers Guild has announced that it’s hired beer writer Don Russell as its first executive director. Russell, who writes the Joe Sixpack column for the Daily News, served as co-founder and executive director for Philly Beer Week until 2013 when he left acrimoniously over what PBW chairman William Reed said was a dispute over compensation.
If you haven’t made it to the Academy of Natural Sciences’ chocolate exhibition yet, you have until next Saturday, when it closes. As a “last shot” of chocolate decadence, the Academy is hosting a beer and chocolate pairing tonight led by Don Russell, who writes the “Joe Sixpack” column in the Daily News.
From 7-9pm, you’ll get to taste sweet and savory chocolate treats and have Don explain why they each pair well with the different beers you’ll be sampling. Also, reps from the museum’s catering company will be there to teach you how to cook and bake with various types of cocoa, so you can even tell yourself that this is an educational experience. Even if we know why you’re really going.
Tickets are $35.
Academy Of Natural Sciences [Event page]
Swap 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]
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]
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.
Joe Sixpack names his favorite 6 beers of Beer Week so far.
What are your favorites?
Joe Sixpack: As Philly Beer Week continues, here are some fave brews [Philadelphia Daily News]
Joe Sixpack criss-crosses the country highlighting some of the more unusual and bizarre beer laws out there.
What state requires beer with an alcohol by volume greater than 3.2% be sold at room temperature? Read Sixpack’s column for the answer.
It’s a state of confusion in nation’s beer laws [Philadelphia Daily News]
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.
Joe 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.Â
Also if you’re looking for last second stocking stuffer, consider Don Russell’s book of Christmas beers, still available at these locations.