FOR THE PAST few years, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has been inviting area beer-makers to a series of tastings it calls Brewer's Reserve. They're an opportunity to match its beers with similar versions made by other brewpubs and breweries in the vicinity, and share them with patrons.
SAM CALAGIONE should hire himself a patent lawyer. The Dogfish Head Brewing president has himself another invention. This time it's Sofa King Hoppy, a giant, computer-controlled pneumatic cannon that shoots hops into the boil kettle. This is the kind of wonky contraption that makes craft brewing fun.
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.