THE CRAFT-BEER world's fixation with India Pale Ale shows no sign of fading. Just last month, for example, Philadelphia welcomed a new portfolio from California's Knee Deep Brewing that includes no fewer than five different IPAs, including a double, a triple and a heretofore unknown "Quad IPA."
LEHIGH VALLEY Beer Week starts Sunday, and among the assortment of festivals, tastings and tap takeovers that will draw beer lovers to Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton is a seven-course dinner with Garrett Oliver, the author, engaging lecturer and debonair brewer at Brooklyn Brewery.
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.