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Who is Beer Reporter Joe Sixpack?
"Calling 'Joe Sixpack' a beer column...
is like calling Mike Royko's a tavern column or A.J. Leibling a boxing writer. Like all the best columns, Joe Sixpack is about people and place."
-American Journalism Review
He's Don Russell, an award-winning Philadelphia writer with more than 30 years in the newspaper racket.
Over the years, he's written about crooked pols, stupid criminals and a flying pig. His reports led to the federal government’s first-ever environmental racketeering prosecution, the closure of a county jail, the reform of the Philadelphia taxicab industry, numerous criminal indictments and a highly publicized face-off with the Philadelphia Eagles that eventually allowed fans to bring hoagies into the Eagles’ new football stadium.
And like any decent newsman, he managed to expense his personal lifestyle, which in Russell's case means beer...
Lots of it.
Today, under his more familiar byline, Beer Reporter Joe Sixpack, Russell is one of America's best-known beer writers. He has written a weekly beer column for the Philadelphia Daily News for 15 years.
He's the author of 3 books:
Russell is a founder and the executive director of Philly Beer Week, a non-profit organization promoting the beer scene in Philadelphia. Founded in 2008, it is the largest beer celebration of its kind, with 1,000 separate festivals, dinners, tastings, tours and educational over 10 days in June.
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