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Joe Sixpack is Don Russell, the award winning columnist at the Philadelphia Daily News. Born and raised in the City of Brotherly Love, he s spent more than 30 years researching his favorite topic: Beer!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Camino Books, Inc.; 1st edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933822104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933822105
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark C. Haynie on March 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've enjoyed Don's columns in the Philadelphia Daily News and his website for many years now. A true died-in-the-wool beer geek and Philadelphia born and bred native, I could think of no one better to give outsiders and inside look into "good beer" in the Philly area. This book is a great reference for those who wish to find the best the City of Brotherly Love has to offer in the beer category. One could waste a lot of time searching through all the bars and restaurants in the city to find those few gems. Well, Don has done all the legwork for you. All you have to do is buy the book and make the trip. He even provides maps and mass transit routes along with visitor tips! In addition to serious beerhunting, he has included some humorous anecdotes from his newspaper past and a history of beer in the city. A must have for anyone who plans on visiting the "Best Beer Drinking City in America".
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Whether you love beer or think you hate it, no trip to Philadelphia should be made without a copy of Joe Sixpack's Philly Beer Guide in hand. Joe Sixpack is Don Russell, winner of the 2006 Brewers Association Beer Journalism Award in Consumer Print, and roving brewsman for over ten years at the Philadelphia Daily News. His caricature, inked throughout the book in a dozen humorous settings by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Signe Wilkinson, is the perfect representation of this beer-drinking journalist.

"Joe Sixpack's Philly Beer Guide: A Reporter's Notes on the Best Beer-Drinking City in America" is full of Philadelphia tough-guy attitude, while spouting rivers of information about beer in the city, the suburbs, and at the shore. His directions for bar-hops in different sections of the city are priceless, with constant subtle tips about his preferred haunts, what to order, how to get around, and what beer to pair with Philly fare. Russell's light Philly-lingo adds to the flavor of authenticity.

Chapters flow intuitively for anyone who would like to explore the Philadelphia beer scene with a minimum of effort. It is written for a guy who won't read the directions, but wants the knowledge quickly when he decides to give in. As an extra bonus, Russell adds little boxes with bar-tales, info, money-saving hints, and local opinions to each chapter, like seasoning on a well-dressed steak. Yo, good stuff!
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It's pretty obvious that this book is indispensable to the beer-loving visitor to Philly and to the native novice. It's a quirky but thorough review of the huge beer scene in Philadelphia. But this is also a book for the blase beer geek who may be a bit settled in his ways. It's a challenge to the reader to go adventuring and discover new worlds. Get a copy, get some friends and plan a night out. That's what I've been doing and my copy has paid for itself many times over.

Lynn Hoffman author of The New Short Course in Wine
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Joe Sixpack has created a great book for anyone living or planning to visit to Philadelphia for its beer scene. Use this as your one-on-one tour guide around the city and some coverage to the 'burbs as well.

Joe gives you the lowdown on some of the best beer bars in the area and covers every brewery/brewpub you can visit. He even gives nice day trips if you wanted to walk along and do a bar hop.

Definitely pick this guidebook up to the best spots in the city and be sure to visit his blog/column in the local paper.
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