Friday, January 30, 2015

Joe Sixpack

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

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WATCH THE beer commercials during Sunday's Super Bowl, and you'll see ponies and horses and Pac-Man. Here's what you won't see during breaks in America's most-watched athletic event: professional athletes.
MARK BRAULT turns one shovel of heavy, water-soaked barley on the slick, painted floor of a 150-year-old timber-framed barn, and then another, and another, as country music plays on the speakers. He'll turn 3,500 pounds of grain three times this day and for 3 1/2 days total, the essential labor in a process known as floor-malting that aerates and untangles the sprouting grain.

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