SATURDAY MARKS the 500th anniversary of Reinheitsgebot, the German law that simply decreed beer can be made with only water, barley, and hops. Yet there is nothing simple about Reinheitsgebot, starting with its name, which Americans can correctly pronounce only after a liter of lager or two.
Joe Sixpack drinks beer and writes about it for a living in America's Best Beer-Drinking City. Yes, it is a dream come true and, no, he is not currently in need of an assistant. He's won a bunch of journalism awards and was named America's top beer columnist in 2002 and 2006. He is the author of the upcoming Joe Sixpack's Beer Reporter Notebook (Camino Books) and he hosts a Web site at www.JoeSixpack.net.