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Tristan ChanTristan Chan


Hometown: Lexington, KY

Current: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: Great Divide’s Grand Cru

Tristan created this blog as a means for his friends share a nation-wide porch drink and he hopes that you’ll join the revolution. When not working on the site, you’ll likely find him obsessing over Kentucky basketball, hiking, skiing, dunking on fools (lets be real he can’t dunk), throwing a frisbee, otherwise known as “Colorado-ing”.

Emma Wargolet

National Content Editor

Hometown: Elkhorn, WI

Current town: Chicago, IL

Favorite Beer: How can you choose just one?

A native Wisconsinite living in Chicago, Emma finds that her best days are spent at any brewery with a sour in hand, writing comedy pieces or working on an intersectional feminist cross-stitch. You can find her across the city dominating Harry Potter trivia, recording episodes of her podcasts, Death & All Her Friends and Reel First Time, or jammin on her planner. Follow her craft beer life @CheersToCrafts!

Mathew PowersMathew Powers

National Content Editor

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Current: Homer Glen, IL

Favorite Beer: Matt doesn’t believe in beer monogamy.

Mark Twain said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why.” Well, Matt believes he knows why. His graduate work involved research into American beer history, and he composed a memoir remarking on his path towards becoming a full-fledged beer geek. Besides writing about beer, Matt also enjoys sports, music, humor, cars, camping, reading academic research and spending time with his family.

Josh RitenourJosh Ritenour

Social Media Manager & Editor

Hometown: Monclova, OH

Current: Waterville, OH

Favorite Beer: Balanced IPAs, Barrel-Aged, Sours & Funk

Born and bred in the great state of O-H-I-O, Josh grew up like most Midwesterners: drinking macro beer and having a sudden urge to move away. It was only during his move down South that he discovered craft beer. Ironically, it was Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, brewed a little over 100 miles north of his hometown. Since then his palate has matured into a love of everything sour and barrel-aged. His favorite beercation spots are Asheville, NC, Denver, CO and Grand Rapids, MI.


Abby Schmelingabby-schmeling

Social Media Manager & Editor

Hometown: Detroit

Current: Chicago

Favorite Beer: Bell’s Two Hearted Ale

Born and raised in Detroit, Abby now calls Chicago home. She spends her workdays as an editorial manager and strategist, and has paired that professional expertise with her passion for beer at PorchDrinking and by starting Chicago Beer Club (@chibeerclub).

While Michigan beer holds a special place in her heart, Abby looks for the local brew wherever she goes. When she’s not working or brewery hopping, you can find Abby running, writing or playing with her dog.

Mike ZollerMike Zoller

Midwest Region Editor

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Current: Chicago, IL

Favorite Beer: No way I could just pick one!

By day I work for Sprout Social (social media management) in Chicago. By night I roam the city looking for the best craft beer. You’ll find me usually at Beermiscuous or The Northdown Cafe. I’ll continue to root for the Bears no matter who’s at QB, I’m ready for the next Blackhawks Stanley Cup Parade (it’s already been too long) and there’s only one baseball team in the city that I acknowledge…Go Cubs! Follow me on Instagram: chicagobeer and on Twitter: @mikezoller.

Chris & Sylvia HollandsChris & Sylvia Hollands

Mountain Region Editors

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Current: Herriman, UT

Favorite Beer: Goose Island Bourban County

A #craftbeercouple who love experiencing new beers while exploring all this world has to offer! You will often catch us at a concert or traveling from brewery to brewery. The craft beer community is an amazing group and we are so proud to be a part of it. Cheers! Follow us on Instagram @chrishollands & @sylily

Hannah CarlsonHannah Carlson

Staff Writer

Hometown: Wayzata, MN

Current: Seattle, WA

Favorite Beer: Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale from Fremont Brewing Company

I really enjoy good food, good music, good friends and good beer. But not in that particular order.


Katelyn PelakKatelyn Pelak

Staff Writer

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Current: Seattle, WA

Favorite Beer: Founders Breakfast Stout

Katelyn currently resides in Seattle, a city she adores, but she learned to drink in the Midwest. Her passion for beer was instilled while homebrewing with her father and was nurtured by the demanding social life of a Big Ten student. When she’s not writing for PD or working for a Seattle-based tech giant, she can be found swimming, biking, and running. Lover of farmers’ markets, porches, and the heaviest of stouts, follow her on Twitter @BeerBlonde.

Victoria PrattVictoria Pratt

Staff Writer

Hometown: Stanfordville, NY

Current: Oakland, CA

Favorite Beer: Young Murks DIPA – Fieldwork Brewing x Pure Project Brewing

Victoria hails from a small town a few hours north of New York City, but her love of craft beer started in the Front Range. It expanded when she arrived in the Bay Area visiting small breweries nearby. When she is not visiting her favorite local breweries (Fieldwork and Cellarmaker), you can find her cheering on her Boston Bruins, New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, the USMNT or enjoying an afternoon at a local dog park with her Schnauzer, Freddie. You can follow her beer adventures on Instagram and Twitter @tapswithtor. Cheers!


Cory PelcCory Pelc

Staff Writer

Hometown: Cañon City, CO

Current: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel

Cory is a social worker by day and is a doorman at a music venue by night. He enjoys spending time with his friends and family, eating rad food, whittling on his patio, meditating, watching zombie movies, drinking whiskey, going to concerts, and collecting beers for his cellar.

Kezia IbarraKezia Ibarra

Staff Writer

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Current: Dallas, TX

Favorite Beer: Velvet Hammer Peticolas Brewing

Born and raised in the Lone Star state, Kezia can usually be found talking beer with her fellow Oak Cliffians and a camera in hand posting craft awesomeness on Instagram. A Marketing Account Executive by day, she spends her free time enjoying the booming Dallas craft beer and food scene. Her hobbies include photography, fashion, weight training (how else would she burn off those calories), traveling and cooking. Follow her on Instagram @kibarra83.

Pam CatoePam Catoe

Southwest Region Editor

Hometown: Houston, TX

Current: Austin, TX

Favorite Beer: Independence White Rabbit

A Texas girl through and through, Pam’s love for craft beer started with her discovery of Celis White by famed brewmaster Pierre Celis. She is a constant advocate for Austin’s burgeoning beer scene as a writer for Craft Beer Austin and as an organizer for Beer Necessities, a group dedicated solely to beer loving ladies.

By day she works in high tech semiconductor and spends her free time devouring the latest SciFi novel or playing Catan with the kiddos.You can follow all of her beer related shenanigans on Twitter and Instagram @PamCraftBeerATX

Jess BakerJess Baker

Staff Writer

Hometown: Waterville, OH

Current: Waterville, OH

Favorite Beer: Impossible question!

A digital, broadcast and social storyteller for nearly 20 years, Jess has been working to grow PorchDrinking’s Southeast team since August 2014. She’s a Certified Beer Server, runner, detailed beer-cation organizer, and #drinklocal evangelist.


Chris DayChris Day


Hometown: Blacksburg, VA

Current: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: A perfectly aged Odell Avant Peche

The only thing I love more than drinking a great beer is sharing one with friends. When I’m not doing that, you’ll probably find me obsessively analyzing data, reading, or riding my bike.

Desiree DuzichDesiree Duzich

Staff Writer

Hometown: Glendora, CA

Current: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: New Belgium Brewing’s Oscar Worthy Coffee Sour

Desiree, otherwise known as Spoiled Beer Brat, joined our team almost two years ago when she made her way down to Denver after teaching snowboarding up in Vail for a winter season. Outside of her day job working with the elderly, she makes a point to share her love of beer wherever she goes, whether it’s a new brewery adventure, a beercation, etc. Her goal this year get her Cicerone certification.

In addition to drinking craft beer, her hobbies include: hiking, snowboarding, tennis, cooking, #hashtagging, good times, and random adventures!


Chris KnostChris Knost

Staff Writer

Hometown: Maumee, OH

Current: Cincinnati, OH

Favorite Beer: North Coast Co. Pranqster

When Chris isn’t behind his computer, he feeds his hunger for adventure by camping, going to sporting events, and visiting friends and family in places near and far. Follow him @chris__knost or check out his portfolio at

Travis WegerTravis Weger


Hometown: Brownsville, OR

Current: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: Brew Dog Dead Pony Club

Oregon born, San Diego raised, Denver adventurer: self-described as living in the “triangle of beer,” Travis commits that he doesn’t make the basis of where he lives off beer. Starting with Stone Brewing in 2003, Travis made his mark in the beer community by working with breweries up and down the west coast. With 14 years in the creative industry, Travis has created work for Pepsi, Eddie Bauer, Puma, Esquire Network, the Wounded Warrior Project, Pony and various other brands around the world. He is the owner of Media OneTEN, LLC and Colorado Wedding Films and is a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves.

Brad HartsockBrad Hartsock


Hometown: Pikeville, KY

Current: Seattle, WA

Favorite Beer: Fremont Interurban IPA

Brad’s Kentucky roots are responsible for his love of bourbon and his writing for as he started after watching a Kentucky Wildcats game at the College Inn in Denver with Scott and Tristan. A Seattleite now, he believes the only thing more fun that drinking beer is homebrewing beer and the only thing more fun than homebrewing beer is homebrewing beer while drinking beer

Brady AkersBrady Akers


Hometown: Pine Village, IN

Current: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: Station 26 Double IPA, New Belgium Oscar Loves Cherry, So many more

Originally from small town Indiana, Brady’s big city dreams brought him to the Mile High City 10 years ago. While not executing his plan for world domination, he enjoys hiking, biking, kickball, attending concerts and comedy shows, and adventuring to new restaurants and breweries. Brady is also an avid fan of the Indianapolis Colts and the Colorado Rockies. Outside of his day job as an online marketer, Brady has a burning passion to experience craft beer, ranging from the traditional to the outrageous.

Brian PhippsBrian Phipps


Hometown: Littleton, CO

Current: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: Breckenridge Brewery’s Vanilla Porter

Brian Phipps is the Founder & a Strategist at Confluence in Denver, Colorado, that consults businesses to increase their positive impacts in their corporate giving and social responsibility practices. Confluence offers CSR strategy creation, implementation, and management. To find out more go to


Chelsea MitchellChelsea Mitchell


Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Current: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: Puncheon by Prairie Artisan Ales. I love sours and I love saisons – this is the perfect mix of them both.

Just a girl trying to cook with beer. I’m a St. Louis Cardinals die-hard fan, lover of saisons and my hero is Leslie Knope. In my free time (outside of grad school and PorchDrinking) I write for my personal blog, Drink and Spoon. If you want to find me, I’ll be at the breweries or in the kitchen!

Chris HilliardChris Hilliard


Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Current: Chapel Hill/Durham

Favorite Beer: Can’t pick just one.

I enjoy beer, and I enjoy writing. Putting the two together was inevitable. Outside of that, I enjoy reading, I write music reviews at, and I write fiction as well. During the day, I work in clinical cancer research, and I moonlight as — dare I say it? — an artist.


Chris WallnerChris Wallner


Hometown: McHenry, IL

Current: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: Everyday beer, Odell IPA. If I can find it, Black Tuesday.

After moving to Colorado 8+ years ago I fell in love with the craft beer scene. The small local community feel, the new styles and experimentation, and the overall (mostly) friendly atmosphere made me search out as many places as I could. As the scene continues to grow it is exciting to trade for beers from across the country to get a local flavor of what is new and exciting outside of my distribution area. When not searching out a new brewery I enjoy playing ultimate frisbee, hiking, skiing, being in the mountains, and biking. When travelling the country for my next Bike MS event I always make it a priority to stop in at some local places to see what is going on and what beers can be drank. After all, beer is a great post ride drink and a great way to celebrate.

Colin ClancyColin Clancy


Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI

Current: Park City, UT

Favorite Beer: Bells Two Hearted Ale

Colin lives in his 35-foot Winnebago Adventurer with his dog, Daisy. His website,, sells hand screen-printed goodness, and he homebrews a mean Belgian Wit.


Danny KingDanny King


Hometown: “Metro” Detroit, MI

Current: Legit Detroit, MI

Favorite Beer: Founder’s Dirty Bastard

I am a beer novice who write here because if I don’t write somewhere I create unhinged diatribes dissecting minutiae of pop culture like I’m Carrie Matheson. In law school because I felt bad escaping undergrad without drowning in student loan debt. I like my ales and my heroines red.


Drew TrollerDrew Troller


Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Current: Los Angeles

Favorite Beer: Rogue Brewing – Dead Guy Ale

I work in TV, I love the Reds and the Packers, and I have the world’s cutest terrier.

Gregory AceroGregory Acero


Hometown: Allentown, PA

Current: Pittsburgh, PA

Favorite Beer: Fat Head’s Hop JuJu, Alchemist Heady Topper, 3F’s Zombie Dust and Trillium’s PM Dawn

Full time med tech at UPMC, part time Army National Guard Medic, Call of Duty fan boy (hit me up on Xbox1), craft beer enthusiast, always down to beer trade, I can drink IPA’s/DIPA’s/Triple IPA’s, Pale Ales and Stouts for the rest of my life. Follow me on Instagram @a135 and Twitter @aceroMTF

Holly GerardHolly Gerard


Hometown: Littleton, CO

Current: Lakewood, CO

Favorite Beer: This is too hard to answer…

Holly is a Colorado native and proud of it (although the ocean is always calling)! While she isn’t seeking out the best beers Colorado has to offer, she can be found filling up her hard drive with tons and tons of photos, hiking the mountains for incredible views, dreaming of her next vacation out of state (to seek out additional beers and additional views), at an Avett Brothers show, binging on Instagram, at a Colorado Rockies game, or shopping at Nordstrom. Holly holds a Cicerone Certified Beer Server Certification and has the goal of becoming a Certified Cicerone soon!

John AmanteaJohn Amantea


Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Current: Cleveland, OH

Favorite Beer: Fat Head’s Head Hunter IPA

A true Clevelander through and through – a homer for the sports, the food, the music, and the beer. Always open to broadening horizons, especially trying new local flavors near and far.

Justin VicroyJustin Vicroy


Hometown: Lexington, KY

Current: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: Russian River’s Pliny the Elder

Vic is notorious for having a fridge stocked with nothing but Pliny the Elder. He also happens to be one of the biggest influences on getting our founder obsessed with craft beer. He also ralphed in our founder’s car… they called it even

Kara Loo, Kelissa HieberKara Loo, Kelissa Hieber


Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Current: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: This is so contextual! What is the time of year, location, and nearest brewery? We love belgian yeast, sour and wild ales, unique barrels, and clean session beers

Kelissa and Kara have been brewing, drinking, and adventuring together as a team since 2011. Kelissa is currently an assistant brewer at Goldspot Brewing Company in Denver, CO.

Kate StarkKate Stark


Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC

Current: Covington, KY

Favorite Beer: Triple Digit Chickow!

Kate has always had a penchant for organization. At Miami University, it manifested in an elaborately color-coded schedule, excel sheets to ensure she had the most efficient course load, and a focus on broadcast journalism. Following a stint as a TV news producer, Kate turned her skills towards project management. She now uses her powers for good, coordinating the schedules of more than 80 staffers to create a framework in which they can shine creatively. Kate gets to express her creative side as a ballet dancer, performing around Cincinnati with de la Dance Company and Pones Inc.

Kevin RisnerKevin Risner


Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Current: Cleveland, OH

Favorite Beer: McEwan’s Scotch Ale

Kevin Risner is a product of Ohio. He has lived there for most of his life except for brief stints in England and Turkey. At the present, he resides in the Cleveland area where he instructs international students at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Kevin’s beer history stretches back to when he studied abroad in England over a decade ago and consequently studied bitters, stouts and cask ales at hole-in-the-wall pubs. Not long after, for two sad years, he was deprived of delicious brews when living in Istanbul. Thankfully, at the present, he is not lacking in his choice of craft beers!

Michael WronskiMichael Wronski


Hometown: Chicago, IL

Current: Chicago, IL

Favorite Beer: Feierling Inselhopf

Mike was born and raised in Chicago and its suburbs. He gained an appreciation for fresh, locally made beer while neglecting his studies during a college semester abroad in Freiburg, Germany. Now, whenever Mike isn’t appreciating the various shades of beige in his cubicle walls, he’s inappropriately using company time to plan his next brewery trip. In his free time, Mike likes pursuing frustrating tasks like smoking pork shoulder in 7 degree weather, learning Chinese, baking bread at 3am on a work night, cheering for the Cubs and acting surprised when things don’t go as planned. Mike has a business degree from Purdue and is working towards becoming the next Anthony Bourdain via a House of Cards worthy scheme.

Natalie MigliariniNatalie Migliarini


Hometown: Asheville, NC

Current: Seattle, WA

Favorite Beer: Manny’s

Natalie Migliarini is a displaced southerner from Asheville, North Carolina currently residing in Seattle, WA. She is a mixologist, cocktail stylist, photographer, and recipe developer with a flair for discovering new and creative ways to use booze. Her specialty is creating fabulous cocktails with seasonal ingredients. She believes that every occasion begins and ends with a beautiful drink. In her spare time she enjoys exploring the latest cocktail trends in Seattle and around the world. She can be found on her blog Beautiful Booze.

Nik HeimachNik Heimach


Hometown: Auburn, IN

Current: Indianapolis, IN

Favorite Beer: Goose Islands’ 312

A life enthusiast with a pension for cultural critique and getting caught in the rain, Nik is part scribe, part superhero. In addition to a variety of writings and lifesaving, Nik makes videos, reads comic books and globe trots his way closer to answering the enigmas of life. Spoiler alert: there will be spoiler alerts.

Philip JoycePhilip Joyce


Hometown: Seattle, WA

Current: Boulder, CO

Favorite Beer: Firestone Walker Double Jack

You can generally find me home brewing in my driveway, seeking out an epic beer release in the front range or BBQing sides of animals on my smoker. When more time allows you’ll find me exploring someplace/something outdoors by mountain bike, kayak or hiking boots.

Scott DavidsonScott Davidson

Staff Writer

Hometown: Aurora, CO

Current: Centennial, CO

Favorite Beer: Black Project – Blueberry Dreamland

I was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado. I’m the Founder and President of the Fermentologists, a Fermentation Science Club in Centennial, Colorado. I work part-time at Castle Rock Homebrew Supply and I’m the Social Media Coordinator for 105 West Brewing Company. I have been homebrewing for three years and I am experimenting with all aspects of fermentation science, including Kombucha, wine, cider, beer and my yogurt/cheese. I have not made a mead yet, but I’m sure I will soon.

Scott HoffmanScott Hoffman


Hometown: Bartlett, IL

Current: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: Russian River’s Pliny the Elder

Made my way over to Denver from Chicago 3 years ago, but I’m still a Chicagoan at heart. You can typically find me cheering on the White Sox and Bears from 1k miles away while simultaneously judging Denver’s attempts to make a decent deep dish pizza.

Scott JohnsonScott Johnson


Hometown: Luray, VA

Current: Luray, VA

Favorite Beer: Resolute by Brothers Craft Brewing

I’m a full-on geek with unbridled passion for craft beer, mixology, cooking, film, television, animation and music. With a literal degree in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication, I have set out to make a career by writing about anything, in a constant search to find the best things in life while entertaining the people along the way.

Sonny ChanSonny Chan


Hometown: Portland, OR

Current: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: Samuel Adams Oktoberfest

Sonny can usually be found playing ultimate frisbee, breaking a sweat at CrossFit, or drinking at beer festivals. His next major beer festival is Oktoberfest in Munich.

Will DozierWill Dozier


Hometown: Bailey, CO

Current: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: Ska Brewing’s Modus Hoperandi

Will is PD’s resident mad scientist. He homebrews, he photographs, he makes beer cocktails, and he hoards insane amounts of delicious beers. The kid’s got a fever and the only cure is more beer.

Patrick CombsPatrick Combs


Hometown: Denver, CO

Current: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: Fuller’s London Pride

Patrick Combs, Advanced Cicerone®, is on a lifelong quest to understand what can make a beer world-class on a molecular level. As the Production Manager at Cerebral Brewing, he combines his passion for science with the art of brewing. Like many other industry professionals, Combs discovered a love for beer when he began homebrewing over a decade ago. In February 2017, Combs joined the ranks of less than 100 people to successfully pass the Advanced Cicerone® exam. He hopes to continue his quest for beer knowledge by sitting for the Master Cicerone® exam in 2019.

Johnathan PylantJohnathan Pylant


Hometown: Orlando, FL

Current: North Augusta, SC

Favorite Beer: Cigar City Brewing’s Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale

I live on the border of GA and SC, and enjoy all the distribution perks that go along with that. I love beer for the stories it tells, the creativity it embodies and the love that it shares. My favorite pastime is sitting outside, enjoying a few random brews with friends.

Simon OffordSimon Offord


Hometown: Dana Point, CA

Current: San Francisco, CA

Favorite Beer: Cellarmaker Quad Dobis

Simon is an IPA and craft brew lover, who spends most of his free time searching out new beers and breweries, especially those that allow his dog to come along. Simon’s beer palate has expanded significantly since his days as a Gaucho in Santa Barbara, and he does not believe there is a better place in the world to drink craft brews than Northern California.

When Simon is not practicing the law or writing for or, you can probably find him playing or watching basketball or traveling with his wife. Follow Simon on Instagram @CaliforniaIPA

Danele BovaDanele Bova


Hometown: Bloomington, IL

Current: Bluffton/Hilton Head Island, SC

Favorite Beer: The one I’m drinking

Midwest girl transplanted to the south 10 years ago; drinking my way through the Carolinas; obsessed with hops, coffee stouts, and barrel fermented sours. Cheers!

Jeremiah Cornelius

Events Editor/Writer

Hometown: Elgin, IL

Current: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: Lawson’s Finest Liquids Sip of Sunshine

Born and raised in the Midwest, Jeremy moved to Denver in 2013 to live in a city and state with an abundance of room for adventure and a lot of great craft beer. Jeremy enjoys many Colorado outdoor activities including hiking, backpacking, cycling, and skiing. You will also find Jeremy embarking on adventures with his girlfriend, checking out new and favorite breweries, and obsessively following his alma mater, Marquette, in basketball.

Sue Bjorkman

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Casa Grande, AZ

Current: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: X-Ray IPA from Soulcraft Brewing

Sue Bjorkman is a freelance writer in Denver, Colorado. She has 19 years experience writing for numerous magazines, newspapers and online sources. Her specialty is features about fascinating dreamers and do-ers, travel and tourism, events and entertainment. Serendipitously, craft beer fits all these categories. A happy wanderer, Sue often plans road trips and even international adventures (like Belgium, of course) purely based on where the cool breweries are. Currently she’s in a super hoppy IPA phase. She plans to concentrate on Chaffee County, Colorado’s breweries, because well… a brew with a mountain view makes her pretty giddy.

Eric Griffin

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Sandwich, MA

Current: Tuscaloosa, AL

Favorite Beer: ‘O.W.K.’

Eric Griffin is an LA-based artist, writer, and beer aficionado. His work has been featured in various art exhibitions in Virginia and in media outlets such as the Huffington Post and past catalogs for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. He has also been nationally recognized at Carnegie Hall for a piece that earned him Scholastic’s American Visions award. His client outreach spans multiple states, with mural commissions in Alabama and Los Angeles, and graphic design work for companies working out of Southwest Virginia. Eric is a huge beer trader and collector, always open to new connections and opportunities to try any style of beer from breweries all over the U.S. Follow Eric on Instagram: @wicked_beer

Paul Lewis

Contributing Writer

Current: North Center neighborhood in Chicago, IL

Favorite Beer: Loosey Juicy New England IPA (Short Fuse Brewing, Schiller Park, IL)

My passion lies on the open road, traveling the country, and experiencing all the visual splendor our country has to offer us. In search of the best local beer, I have traversed through the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, the high plain deserts of West Texas, the sprawling metropolises of the East Coast, the small towns that dot the flyer over states, and everywhere in between. 50 states and 250 brewery visits later, I hope to now share my experiences with those who also around the country who feel travel and drinking have enriched their lives as it has mine. I also drink a lot of bourbon at eat a lot of red meat.

Robert French

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Fullerton, CA

Current: Sacremento, CA

Favorite Beer: Bootleggers Far Out IPA

Robert is a Southern California native, who recently relocated with his wife to Sacramento to be closer to his daughter and her family. By day he works the streets. Literally, he manage road maintenance and improvement projects. When he’s not on the street, you might find him homebrewing and beer-seeking. He makes a point of traveling for beer whenever he gets the chance. In fact, he has a yearly goal of hitting at least 100 different breweries/taprooms. If not drinking beer he can often be found vising wineries, exploring the local food scene or cooking. He also has a personal blog at and can be found on twitter and Instagram both @threefrenchs. Also on Facebook.

EG Metts

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Northern Jersey Shore

Current: Philadelphia area

Favorite Beer: Yards Brawler

slow heavy metal music, beer history, midnight jazz cigarettes.

Brian Haitz

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Cincinatti, OH

Current: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: 40 West IPA, WestFax Brewing Co.

Brian hails from the Midwest, but Colorado is definitely home. Among his love for beer he also delights in fishing, hiking, baseball, days up in the mountains and days down in his basement. If you’re ever on the west side of Denver, you’ll likely find him sitting outside trying a new local brew while listening to a Reds or Broncos game. When having a beer with Brian, you can always expect a humorous time with a great beard in view. You can follow Brian on Twitter @BrianHaitz

Seth Garland

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Denver, CO

Current: Arvada, CO

Favorite Beer: (Currently) Firestone Walker’s Stickee Monkee (All-Time) Avery’s Maharaja

I am a Denver native. I turned 21 around the turn of the century (never you mind exactly when), so I have seen Colorado’s amazing craft beer evolution from its early phases. Despite being born and raised here, I’ve never taken for granted the awesome beer scene, the mountains, the weather or our spectacular sunsets. When I’m not trying new beers, agonizing over every down of Broncos football, writing, or nerding out on music documentaries, I like to hang out with my three daughters, my wife, my dog and my tenor sax.

Daniel Moran

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Evanston, IL

Current: Chicago, IL

Favorite Beer: Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, Great Lakes Chillwave, and Half Acre Galactic Double Daisy Cutter

I got into craft beer through going to Phish shows, trying different brews as I racked up different shows in different areas of the country. I’m thrilled about how craft beer culture has grown since then, when New Belgium brews didn’t even make it west of the Mississippi.

By day, I work in customer success for a web development firm. When I’m not working, I can be found exploring Chicago’s food and beverage scene, cheering on Chicago sports teams, watching futbol, reading, and arguing about which NEIPA tastes the most like a Creamsicle.

Follow me on Instagram @namesrhyme or on Twitter @1DanMoran

David Nilsen

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Warsaw, Indiana

Current: Greenville, Ohio

Favorite Beer: Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, Great Lake Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

David is a professional beer writer and educator and Certified Cicerone living in Ohio. He leads beer tastings, classes, and pairings and writes for a variety of beer, food, and travel publications. He is also a National Book Critics Circle member. You can find him on Instagram @davidnilsenbeer and on his website,

Justin Graziano

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA

Current: Denver, CO

Born & Raised in Santa Clarita, California and relocated to Denver, Colorado in 2017 seeking new adventure and quickly found myself loving the world of beer photography. I created an Instagram account called @beerbreathco that has driven me to many new paths and journeys. I enjoy lifestyle, nature, and product photography. In my spare time I enjoy long walks to the fridge and pizza.

Kevin Hartnett

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Holliston, MA

Current: Chicago, IL

Favorite Beer: Harpoon IPA

Kevin is a big fan of traveling and learning about the places he visits by sampling their beer. He is also a big fan of the Boston sports teams, Tottenham Hotspur, and has recently taken up cooking and baking. His dog Dale is a big fan of pale ales.

Ana Plefka

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Chicago (suburbs)

Current: Chicago (north side)

Favorite Beer: Eille by Off Color Brewing

Ana is a PR professional living on Chicago’s north side. When not working, you can find her perusing the nearest bottle shop for a saison to try, exploring the city’s restaurant scene, listening to ABBA, adding to an encyclopedic knowledge of celebrities and their filmography history, attempting to brew her own beer, or doing a variety of those things simultaneously.

Katie Kalk

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Portland, OR

Current: Austin, TX

Favorite Beer: Creature Comforts’ Tropicália

When not dragon boating, running or obsessing over her dog, Katie can be found writing, drinking craft beer and obsessing over her dog. A PNW native, Katie now lives in Austin Texas and testing out how “weird” Central Texas can be. Follow her on Instagram @nokegtostandon

Jessica Spengler

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Rhinelander, WI

Current: Grand Rapids, MI

Favorite Beer: The next one

Michigan-based writer Jessica Spengler has lived all over, from small town Wisconsin to the great streets of Brooklyn, and a few places in between. Her love of craft beer spurred her writing career, which spans 10 years and multiple publications. She is currently a senior staff writer and assistant editor for Bricker Publishing, publishers of The Grapevine Magazine and Beverage Master: Craft Spirits and Brews. When she’s not studying the proper pumps for wineries or the right size tank for your brewery, she sips any IPA she can get her hands on while delving into prohibition history and true crime.

Asa Stone

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Hitachi, Japan

Current: Albuquerque, NM

Favorite Beer: One that pairs well with the given moment

Asa is a beer scholar specialized in scientific research and outreach. She sees beer as an integral part of society, and she elevates the appreciation for the role of beer in society through science, education, and advocacy. Follow Asa on Instagram: @beerpairedlife.

Rachel Morrison

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Naperville, IL

Favorite Beer: IPAs are my favorite, while I don’t necessarily have one favorite, I love End All IPA by Solemn Oath Brewery and TORO! by Forbidden Root.

Rachel has a background in marketing and currently works for a data and technology startup in Chicago. She would rather work in beer. For now, she is wrapping up the Business of Craft Beer Program at the College of DuPage, home brewing, teaching beer yoga, and photographing and writing about beer. She’s passionate about fitness and traveling as much as possible.
Instagram: @beergogglesblog

Karen Mills

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Current: Boulder/Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: I don’t think I’d be able to pick just one. Ska Brewing Mexican Logger, Something Brewery Fruity Sparkles, WeldWerks Tropical Milkshake IPA are some of my favorites.

After slowly making her way east-bound, Karen found that Colorado fits most (if not all) her passions: her two puppies, the outdoors, fit lifestyle and most importantly, craft beer. When Karen isn’t at her day job coordinating various marketing projects, she seeks out beer adventures with great company. Not to mention, she loves being able to write about and share those adventures. You can also find her on Instagram @karencmills or @theadventurouspint! Cheers!

Tim Haran

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Sandy, UT
Current: Cottonwood Heights, UT

Favorite Beer: It’s always changing, but Elephino Double IPA (Red Rock) and Fresh Squeezed IPA (Deschutes) often hold the title.

Tim is a former journalist who enjoys writing about beer. In 2018 he founded, a website and podcast dedicated to telling stories important to the Utah craft beer community. An avid homebrewer and a lifelong baseball fan, Tim lives just outside Salt Lake City with his wife, Amy, and a Wheaten Terrier mix, Wrigley (#GoCubs). Follow Tim on Instagram/Twitter: @timharan and @utahbeernews

David Drury

Contributing Writer

Hometown: St. Charles, IL.

Current: St. Charles, IL.

Favorite Beer: Lunch from Maine Beer Co. and anything from Chicago’s Maplewood Brewery

Dave lives in a far western suburb of Chicago, where he’s lived his entire life. When not at work, he is either watching/writing about his favorite team (the NIU Huskies), drinking, or traveling (which he tries to do as much as humanly/financially possible).

Jack Raymond

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Traverse City

Favorite Beer: Magic Trait, Speciation Artisan Ales

A Traverse City transplant, Jack took to the Grand Rapids beer scene in a big way. There’s a wealth to try and bartending at HopCat has afforded Jack access to a rotating list of some of the best taps worldwide. Sours and Lagers are go-to’s. When not slinging drinks, spot Jack wapping the flippers of a pinball machine or at a local show, craft beer in hand.

Katie de la Rosa

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Lafayette, LA

Current: St. Denver, CO

Katie is a former journalist who realized one day she wanted to move from one side of the bar to the other. She worked as a taproom and communications manager for Wibby Brewing in Longmont for two years before recently moving on to Epic Brewing in Denver. If she’s not talking to you about how awesome South Louisiana is and how you really should visit sometime, she’s probably watching sports or documentaries with her fiancee, Emma, and dog, Puzzles. But let’s be honest: she’s probably talking about Louisiana.

Michael Moeller

Contributing Writer

Hometown and current town: Louisville, KY

Favorite Beer: Ask me again tomorrow but I’m writing this with a New Belgium Fat Tire on my desk right now

Michael is a Public Relations and Social Media Manager. Until a few years ago, Michael knew next to nothing about the beverage industry but grew to love and appreciate beer after starting Building Breweries: A Beer Podcast. During the course of this podcasting project, Michael learned more about beer from founders, owners, and other beverage industry leaders. Since then, he’s worked for a couple of breweries and loves to pour beer. Catch his beer travels on Twitter (@michaeldmoeller) or Instagram (@buildingbreweries).

Danielle Engel

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Arvada, CO
Current: Hayward, CA

Favorite Beer: Constantly shifting with the season, my mood, and given activity.

Danielle’s mother is the root of her craft beer passion, having taken her on the New Belgium Brewery tour for her 21st birthday, been cruising breweries and bottle shops ever since. She currently works for Drake’s Brewing Company in San Leandro, CA keeping up with trends in that merch life. She likes to spend her free time drinking beer with her husband and finds crafting relaxing.

Zach Clevenger

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Granite Bay, CA

Favorite Beer: What I drink at home casually is much different than what I drink at breweries. I have been enjoying the Firestone Lager at home lately so probably that one right now.

I have a BS of Science from University of Denver where I studied Finance and Accounting. Worked in IT straight out of college until I got into photography a few years ago and decided I wanted to find a way to do that in the beer industry and the rest is history. Currently working for Burning Barrel as well as freelancing for many local breweries, the Sacramento Area Brewer’s Guild and Sacramento Beer Week.

Dustin Wenger

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Chambersburg, PA
Current: San Antonio, TX

Favorite Beer: Real Ale Axis IPA

Dustin is a videographer and photographer by trade, and lover of all things beer by hobby. From drinking it to photographing it, and even occasionally brewing it, beer has certainly taken up a special place in his heart (and liver.)

Haidar Hachem

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Miami, FL

Favorite Beer: Depends on the day/my mood

Haidar Hachem is a type 1 Diabetic and cancer survivor who lives his life by running ultra marathons (in speedos) and drinking beer. He is a brewer at Strange Beast Brewpub and is a Certified Cicerone brewery/beer reviewer and is also on his way to becoming a BJCP Judge and Advanced Cicerone. Cheers!

Max Sundermeyer

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Winona, MN
Current: Minneapolis, MN

Favorite Beer: Cold Press Black Ale from Bent Paddle Brewing Company

Max loves to tell a story. For years, he’s been helping a wide variety of companies help share their stories through many forms of content development. When not at work, odds are you’ll find Max in one of the Twin Cities’ many amazing taprooms, searching for his next favorite beer. In addition to being a craft beer enthusiast, Max enjoys baseball, running and history. Most importantly, he loves spending time with his wife and their crazy, but wonderful, pit bull.

Casey Street

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Pensacola, FL
Current: Alexandria, VA

Favorite Beer: Dogfish Head 60 Minute

I’ve spent the last ten years working on and off of Capitol Hill, but these days my passion is craft beer, and more importantly, craft breweries. I love everything about a good local brewery from the different styles, the sense of purpose and community, and a passion for producing great beer. My dog Chloe and I are avid supporters of Northern Virginia breweries (and all breweries!) on our website or Instagram @brewintel.

Kailey Partin

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Bryn Mawr, PA
Current: Portland, ME

Favorite Beer: Allagash Cureiux

A Maine transplant, originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Kailey has a background in performing arts management and multi-media design. During the week Kailey is the Director of Branding and Hospitality at Rising Tide Brewing Company, on the weekends she is a beer tasting and brewery touring hobbyist who loves working in the craft beer industry. When not working or enjoying a cold beer, she can be found soaking up the sun and exploring the beautiful coast of Maine.

Scott Grossman

Contributing Writer

Hometown:Cleveland OH
Current: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: The Reverend by Avery Brewing Co.

Scott is a Denver-based freelance beer writer who loves craft beer, wine, travel, and the outdoors in general. After a life-changing college experience when a friend introduced him to Odell’s 90 Shilling and he discovered that there was more to beer than light lager he became a dedicated explorer of craft beer. Scott has a passion for spreading the good word about his favorite breweries and sharing great beer with friends old and new.

Jasmin Hudacsekjasmin-hudacsek

Operations Manager

Hometown: Aurora, CO

Current: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: Myrcenary Double IPA

Jasmin comes from a background in journalism, but decided her story-telling and creativity was better suited for building software. She writes code for FIVE x 5 Solutions during the day and tries to keep the PorchDrinking machine well oiled at night. She has a fondness for technology, cocktails, riding her single-gear bike and, of course, craft beer. You can follow her on Twitter @j_sm_n and Instagram @tech_vvitch.

Kevin Kain

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Pelham, NY
Current: New Rochelle, NY

Favorite Beer: Captain Lawrence Freshchester

Ever seen that meme of the evolution of a beer geek that starts with lager and ends with lager? That’s basically Kevin. He does enjoy an array of styles, but is most impressed these days with humble beers that he tries to showcase on his blog, Casket Beer. When not working as an urban planner, or raising two wonderful daughters, Kevin dedicates his time to beer (thinking and drinking), and listening to his records. You can also find him on Instagram and Twitter at the handle @casketbeer.

Keith Adamskeith-adams

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Chico, California

Favorite Beer: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, although I’m bit obsessed with Russian River STS Pils at the moment.

Like a craft brewery you may have heard of Keith was born in Chico, California in 1980. When he isn’t chasing his two kids around he’s drinking, writing about, or home brewing beer. Creator of @beerselfie on Instagram.

Jadon Flores

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Temecula, CA

Favorite Beer: Strong Willed Warrior Imperial Stout – Karl Strauss, followed closely by Lamvinous by Cantillion.

I’ve worked in the beer industry for over 6 years, from beertending to brewing and currently help professional breweries troubleshoot problems for the brewery equipment manufacturer Premier Stainless Systems. I have an insanely built DIY homebrew set up and I love using it and my wife has always been very supportive. I have a brand new baby girl who takes away most of my sleep but is a great assistant brewer!

Dan and Lizziedan-and-lizzie

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Appleton, WI (Dan) West Chicago, IL (Lizzie)

Current Town: Peoria Heights, IL

Favorite Beer: Monday Night – Anti Meridiem #2 (Dan) Urban Chestnut + Riggs – Session IPL (Lizzie)

Dan and Lizzie keep it 100 with the superpower to YEET all of their vacations into beercations. They adamantly believe in the idea of #beertogether. Married to their love of craft beer (and each other), their pop culture references and salty banter, both on and off camera, are on fleek. Too millennial for you? Don’t @ them… But if you must, you can hit them up @tilbeerdouspart

Carson Miller

Contributing Writer

Hometown and current town: Golden, CO

Favorite Beer: The Knotty by Three Weavers Brewing CO.

Carson lives her life in search of the three B’s: Beer, Breakfast food, and Bernese Mountain Dogs. After four years of living in Los Angeles studying journalism, she’s very happy to be back in a place where the highways only have three lanes and a good hike is never far. Some favorite places she’s traveled include Argentina, Cambodia, Israel, Peru and Brazil. When she’s not writing for you can find her producing her own beer-and-babe-centric podcast called The “B” Word or working on home-brewing in her parents kitchen.

Karl Kalinkewicz

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Saratoga Springs, NY/Los Angeles, CA

Current town: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Favorite Beer: Cantillon 50°N-4°E

Working internationally, Karl spends most of his free time chasing down excellent beer in likely and unlikely places, figuring out exactly how much 20kgs of beer weighs for the suitcase home. Equally passionate about music, Karl loves to pair the beers he drinks with records from his vast vinyl collection. You can check out how he spends most of his afternoons and evenings (and, ok, some mornings) by following @vinyl.and.beers on Instagram.

Jereme Zimmerman Jereme Zimmerman

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Twin Meadows Goat Farm, KY (Just outside of Glencoe, KY)

Current Town: Berea, KY

Favorite Beer: DuClaw’s Sweet Baby Jesus! (Along with about a billion others)

Jereme grew up cavorting around the hills of the Northern Kentucky goat farm where he was also homeschooled. His dad made hooch and threw an annual goat roast and kegger every year for over 25 years. Some of his earliest memories are of playing with his Star Wars toys under the table while his grandparents drank beer and listened to Oompah music at Cincinnati Oktoberfests. He attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, where he majored in English with an unofficial minor in Craft Beer. He then left the hills of Kentucky for several years to be a mountain biking, beer-drinking bum in the Pacific Northwest and Southwest. He also worked some during that period, forging together a freelance writing career that has been going strong (with the occasional wobble) for over 15 years. Upon returning to Kentucky, he transitioned his writing career from mostly boring technical stuff to writing and speaking about fermentation and homesteading topics (initially, under the pseudonym RedHeadedYeti). Among other things, he is currently on the Fermentation Advisory Board for Fermentation magazine and is a columnist for Plant Healer magazine. His first book Make Mead Like a Viking was published in 2015, and his second book Brew Beer Like a Yeti was published in 2018. He is very humble.

Alexis Dickie

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Ortonville, MI

Current town: Charlotte, NC

Favorite Beer: Mixed Berry Dairelynerwiesse from Salud Cerveceria

Alexis has been to over 500 breweries around the US and in 30 countries abroad. She is originally a Michigander and attended Michigan State University (Go Green!) before moving south to escape the brutal winters. You can follow her brewery explorations on Instagram at @adventures.and.ales or her website

Loren White Loren White

Contributing Writer

Hometown: People’s Republic of Santa Cruz, California

Current Town: Washington, DC

Favorite Beer: Don’t have one, but my desert island beer is West Ashley by Sante Adariius.

Loren is recovering American Macro-Brewing Adjunct Lager fan, who stumbled upon a bottle of KBS back in 2011 and has been a card carrying beer geek ever since. In addition to craft beer, he’s a rabid food enthusiast [read: glutton] and lover of all things tasty. In those rare instances when Loren is not eating or drinking, he enjoys traveling and backpacking.

Meghan Howes


Hometown: Canton, OH

Current town: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge, Red Evelyn Imperial Red Rye IPA (Black Shirt Brewing Co), Speciation’s Allopatric, anything from Fremont

Born with a cleft palate in the cradle of the NFL, raised in a super-conservative household by Evangelical Christians, Meghan is a bit of a black sheep. Baa baa.

After graduating from The College of Wooster with a BA In English, she did some time bookselling in New Haven, Connecticut, before heading west to the University of Montana for her MFA in Creative Writing (poetry). Howes then taught writing for two years (including a stint as the U of M’s Poetry Fellow) before accepting a job in Colorado at the University of Denver College of Law in 1999.

In 2008, she was promoted to assistant dean of communications, a position that she held for nine years. After vacating the deanship, Howes landed her “dream job” as director of communications for Black Shirt Brewing Co in Denver. She conveniently lives less than a mile from the brewery, in the Cole neighborhood, where she and her wife of 21 years bought a house in 2002. Live music, poetry, well-built beer, bicycles, #vanlife, dogs, and the Western History Collection at the Denver Public Library are a few of her favorite things.

Brandon Cohran Brandon Cohran

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Outside of Atlanta, GA

Current Town: Athens, GA

Favorite Beer: 8 Bit Brewing Dank Souls—if you know, you know!

I was born and raised in Georgia, so it’s safe to say I’m a sad sports fan all the time. Craft beer enthusiast and sometimes beer trader. I’m a public historian by day and a liquor/homebrew store employee by night. I wrote a thesis on Georgia beer history. Any form of gaming. I’m guilty of dragging my wife to breweries too frequently. I have the cutest cat on Planet Earth, Phoebe. It’s always stout season. Follow me on Instagram @crafthandler.

Chea FranzChea Franz

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Denver, CO

Current: Fort Collins, CO

Favorite Beer: Odell IPA

Chea is a former journalism junkie who found her way to public relations where she now represents a multitude of brewery clients. When she’s not spreading the good word about craft beer, Chea enjoys hanging with her husband David and their social influencer dog Lucy. Follow Chea and Lucy on Instagram: @cheafranz and @lucy_the_cocky_poo.

Bryant Vander Weerd Brandon Cohran

Contributing Writer

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Current Town: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: Boulevard Tank 7

Bryant and his wife moved to Denver back in 2013 and almost immediately fell in love with the craft brewing scene. When they bought a house in 2014 that was a half mile away from Comrade Brewing, that sealed the deal. Bryant works as a Videographer/Motion Graphic Designer and enjoys biking, snowboarding, and porchdrinking… both the activity and the website.

Christiana Torres

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Central IL

Current town: Chicago, IL

Favorite Beer: Blueberry Sorbaze – Marz Community Brewing Co.

Growing up in small town Central Illinois, Christiana now lives on the south side of Chicago. She enjoys exploring Chicago’s vast craft beer scene during her free time. She is passionate about writing, community, and pasta.

Rich Stoner Brandon Cohran

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Middletown, NJ

Current Town: Fair Haven, NJ

Favorite Beer: Kane Brewing Sneakbox

Rich Stoner is the founder of the après-ski lifestyle clothing and media brand, All About Après. He has been a long time contributor for many publications on topics like fitness, skiing, gear, beer and food. No stranger to the ski and après-ski scene, however, his passion is on the slopes and enjoying good food and drinks with good people. You can find him perfecting his craft carving turns in the Green Mountains of Vermont or smoking BBQ and drinking beers is his own backyard. @allaboutapres

Dan Renfro Dan Renfro

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Chaska, MN

Current Town: Round Rock, TX

Favorite Beer: Pinthouse Brewing’s Green Battles

Dan is a midwest transplant escaping the cold in the south. In addition to craft beer, he likes talking about sports, stand-up comedy, and Zac Efron. He believes that all beer is good; everyone just needs to find the right one. You can follow his explorations and see his dog via his Instagram @Scout4Beer.

Caroline and Lauren Caroline and Lauren

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA (Caroline); Phoenix, AZ (Lauren)

Current Town: Portland, OR

Favorite Beer: Upright Brewing’s Supercool IPA (Caroline), Sunriver Brewing Co’s Rippin (Lauren)

Lauren Raymond and Caroline King are both medical students in Portland, Oregon. Lauren moved to Oregon about a decade ago and developed a passion for craft beer around the same time. She has lived and traveled across the state, in pursuit of Oregon’s great outdoors and its even better IPAs. Caroline’s love of beer started with a love of giant soft pretzels; she lives in search of the perfect beer-salt-pretzel ratio.

Kindsey Bernhard Kindsey Bernhard

Kentucky Regional Editor

Hometown: Covington, KY

Current Town: Louisville, KY

Favorite Beer: Pilsners or West Coast IPAs!

I love three things: craft beer, dogs and sports (and maybe in that order). I live in Louisville and you can find me slinging beers for Gallant Fox Brewing. When I’m not working, I am probably recording an interview for my podcast, “Boys Are From Märzen: A Women in Beer Podcast.” Or, you can find me at one of the many awesome breweries across Kentucky.

Ruvani De Silva Ruvani De Silva

Contributing Writer

Hometown: London, UK

Current Town: Austin, TX

Favorite Beer: A full beer-omnivore who likes to try everything!

Ruvani is a passionate and well-traveled beer writer who has written for Craft Beer Austin, Hop Topic World, Boak & Bailey, and other publications. She has managed a successful beer blog in her adopted home of Austin TX for several years, and organized beer tours and events while living in London, England. As a British South Asian person living in Texas, she brings a unique voice to the world of American craft beer. Follow her @amethyst_heels on Twitter and Instagram.

Nathan Jahns Nathan Jahns

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Merrimack, NH

Current Town: Aurora, CO

Favorite Beer: Big beautiful balanced IPAs like Pipewrench Gin Barrel Aged IPA by Gigantic Brewing in Portland, OR

Having been born in Australia, Nate’s parents almost named him Foster. They reconsidered and then almost named him Carlton. Thus, his beer interest started at a young age. Nate went to college and grad school in MN and his family lives there so he visits often. He also lived in Portland, OR for a while before moving to Denver so let’s just say he spends a lot of time in some pretty strong beer states. He also enjoys visiting other countries and trying their beers . . . but is often confused on what the heck is going on. Mbege?! Nate is also a science nerd, working as an Aquatic Ecologist, and is really, his wife says obsessed, with music. And then he does all the really Coloradan outdoor stuff.

Justin Pennel Justin Pennel

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Coeur d’Alene, ID

Current Town: Bozeman, MT

Favorite Beer: Impossible question, I’m always trying new beers

Justin has lived all over the western United States and has tried a lot of good beers along the way. When he’s not checking out new breweries, he can be found hiking in the mountains, taking pictures of beer for the gram, watching football and hanging out with his wife and dogs.

Alex Sertic Alex Sertic

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Lake Zurich, IL

Current Town: Chicago, IL

Favorite Beer: Official by Bell’s Brewery and Moon Man by New Glarus Brewery

Alex Sertic is a suburbanite who currently lives in the big city. He is a Chicago Public School Special Education teacher and has been teaching for 9 years. Most weekends he and his wife can be found searching the city for the latest breweries and coffee shops. His beer and coffee Instagram account handle is @goodbeansandbrews.

Jason Ehrreich Justin Pennel

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Aitkin, MN

Current Town: Farmington, MN

Favorite Beer: Modist Dreamyard

Photographer by trade, Jason tries to look at creative ways to showcase beer on his Instagram account When Jason has free time you can find him cruising on his Onewheel looking for the next new journey along with a passion for trying new brews and new food throughout Minnesota. Jason is a die-hard Minnesota Timberwolves fan and still hoping to see an NBA Champion his lifetime.

Clayton Schuster Clayton Schuster

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Fairbanks, AK

Current Town: Monterey, CA

Favorite Beer: Maibock by East Brother

Clayton is a craft beer and homebrewing fanatic based out of the greater San Francisco Bay Area. All he wants from a beer (and most things) is to not be bored. His writing can be found in Vice, Hyperallergic, Hi-Fructose Magazine, Hopculture, and elsewhere.

Stephanie Ward Stephanie Ward

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Yorktown, VA

Current Town: Shaw Neighborhood – Washington, DC

Favorite Beer: Founders Breakfast Stout

Where did the United States win its Independence? None other than Stephanie’s hometown, Yorktown, VA. A Virginia gal through and through, she went to Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and has spent her career in Northern VA practicing Interior Design Management for hotel brands and owners. Outside of work, craft beer has brought so many fun memories into her life. From a Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout deep in the mountains of Utah to beer tastings with her family at the holidays – beer always brings joy! She has a love and appreciation for all craft beer but everybody has their favorites. Give her a bourbon barrel stout, a hazy IPA or a fruited sour and she’s on cloud nine.

Erik Stabile Erik Stabile

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Winnemucca, NV

Current Town: Fort Collins, CO

Favorite Beer: The Rusty Nail by Fremont Brewing

I live in Colorado, where I keep a beer in one hand, and either a camera or a fly rod in the other. I like it all, from IPAs to aged Stouts, farmhouse ales to crisp kolsches.

Brian HennighausenBrian Hennighausen

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Alexandria, VA

Current Town: Great Falls, VA and Park City, UT

Favorite Beer: Russian River’s Pliny the Elder IPA.

Born and raised in Virginia, Brian now splits his time between his native Old Dominion and the ski slopes of Utah. He owns his own technology consulting company but dreams of the day when he can gleefully leave that behind and fully immerse himself in his passion for craft beer! He is an avid homebrewer and also a Certified Cicerone on his way to becoming an Advanced Cicerone. He also enjoys hiking, skiing, swimming, reading, writing, traveling, and living the good life with his beautiful wife and their two giant Saint Bernard dogs. Follow him at @brewscapes on Instagram and Twitter, and check out his website

Mackenzie Helms Mackenzie Helms

Regional Events Coordinator – Colorado

Hometown: Miami, FL

Current Town: Colorado Springs, CO

Favorite Beer: Rock Cut Brewing’s Goblin King

Originally from South Florida, Mackenzie now calls Colorado home. His passion for craft beer started in the south, and has only increased during his time in Colorado. When he’s not working, Mackenzie can be found at breweries, talking about college football, and hanging out with his dog.

Eric Johnson

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

Current Town: Colorado Springs, CO

Favorite Beer: La Folie, New Belgium Brewing

I was born on the east coast but I have lived in Colorado since I was eight so it is truly my home. I am a software developer by day but I enjoy tossing back cold beer while hitting the links in my free time. I am the founder and host of the Beer Blazers podcast and an award-winning home brewer. I am an avid Colorado sports fan and live and die by the Broncos season. As far as I am concerned there is nothing better than tossing some ribs on the smoker, turning on a football game, and kicking it on my patio with a cold beer and my dogs. You can follow me on Twitter @BeerBlazers.

Aaron GoreAaron Gore

Contributing Writer

Hometown: The Open Road (I’m on my 17th address in 33 years)

Current Town: Fort Mill, SC

Favorite Beer: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Aaron is a father, husband, and lover of all things fermented. When not occupied by all of that, he is a Certified Cicerone, Certified Cider Professional, Advisor for UNC Charlotte’s Craft Beer Business Essentials program, public speaker, and the founder of Fresh Pitch Beverage Consulting. He also likes cooking, Doctor Who, travel, and virtually every Disney movie except Frozen.

Jason Ley

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Waterford, MI

Current Town: Grand Rapids, MI

Favorite Beer: West Coast Double IPAs and American Wild Ales

Ley sold his house and nearly everything in it to go location-independent after calling B.S. on chasing the cliché 9-to-5 grind. Instead, he hustles with passion as the CEO of Better Drinking Culture, author of their first book, The Drinker’s Manifesto, a Certified Cicerone®, Executive Bourbon Steward, freelance branding and experience consultant for the service/hospitality industry, public speaker, and creator of Emmy-nominated Modern Ahabs. Vet him at, get social at @JasonLey.

Jeannine BoisseJeannine Boisse

Contributing Writer

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Current Town: San Diego, CA

Favorite Beer: Tart Cherry Wit from Culture Brewing, Murklands from Pure Project, Midnight Painkiller from JuneShine

I fell in love with the craft beer movement when I took a brewery-hopping trip through Northern California, Oregon, and Washington about 10 years ago. I relocated from the Bay Area to beer mecca San Diego and love exploring the local beer and booch scene. Beer is a connector and I’ve met many passionate people over the years in the search of good beer or the perfect outdoor patio. I’m into beer yoga, true crime podcasts, and collecting new plants.

Dane Skousen

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO

Current Town: Washington, D.C.

Favorite Beer: Ska Brewing 22nd Anniversary Bye BBA Russian Imperial Stout

Dane Skousen has been on the search for the perfect coffee stout for many years. He uses his beer musings to fuel the hunt for the elusive “8% ABV cold-cup-of-coffee bitter stout” that is undoubtedly out there. He grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is now residing on the outskirts of Washington DC. He doesn’t have so much of a favorite beer, but ties the beer he’s drinking to the place, time and friends he is with…although Ska Brewing’s 22nd Anniversary Rye BBA Russian Imperial Stout is up there.

Elijah RiveraElijah Rivera

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Delhi, NY

Current Town: Fort Collins, CO

Favorite Beer: Impossible to pick an all-time favorite, but currently it’s Odell Colorado Lager

Elijah has been a craft beer enthusiast since his first sip of Chimay Red in 2006, and he has worked in the craft brewing industry since 2013. He is currently a Cicerone Certified Beer Server and studying to become a Certified Cicerone. He moved to Fort Collins with his partner, Brittany, and their mini schnauzer, Roz, to pursue a degree in Fermentation Science and Technology at CSU. He is excited to explore and write about everything the Colorado beer scene has to offer.

Erik Eidem

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Current Town: Minneapolis, MN

Favorite Beer: Anything on nitro

As a Cicerone Certified Beer Server and home brewer, it has always been Erik’s mission to share what he knows, and learn what he doesn’t, about craft beer. He has a penchant for malt-forward styles. Every day is a new day to taste, explore, and learn more about the ever-expanding craft beer world. As an actor, writer, and producer, some of his credits include CSI: Miami, NCIS, 90210, Veronica Mars, Love and Mercy, and several national beer commercials. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now runs a production company in Minneapolis. Erik attended London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Sage advice: never go beer-for-beer with Colin Farrell…it doesn’t end well. Join his journey on Instagram @thebardofbeer.

Caitlin BraunCaitlin Braun

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Current Town: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: The weirdest sounding beer on any menu

Caitlin grew up in Western New York, spent five years in South Florida, and has now happily landed in the beer Mecca that is Denver. Her passion for beer grew over a decade plus of bartending. She spends her free time exploring Denver looking for dive bars with her husband, or at home playing with her German Shepherd, Nala.

Jason Murphy

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Liberty, KY

Current Town: Cumming, GA

Favorite Beer: Don’t Call it Hotlanta from Monday Night Brewing, Whiskey Hour from Pontoon Brewing

I was born and raised in rural Kentucky. I spent the first 28 years of my life there before I met my (now) wife in 2008 and eventually moved to Georgia where she lived. I enjoy spending time with my family here and we really enjoy doing anything outdoors, traveling, and visiting the beach. I work in Logistics for an Automation Company here in Metro Atlanta by day, and by night I’m a self-proclaimed beertographer. You can follow along on Instagram @georgia_beercraft

Jesse ValencianaJesse Valenciana

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Current Town: Nashville, TN

Favorite Beer: Barba Negra from Cruz Blanca & Great Central Brewing’s Pilsner (aka Crispy Boy)

Jesse is a jaded, former beer professional; having given close to a decade of his life and patience to it. Since leaving the professional beer sector and walking away from the hard seltzer phase he dove into in an attempt to rebel from the beer snobbery he was surrounded by, Jesse has moved down to Nashville and is thoroughly enjoying his time as a civilian and falling back in love with all things beer. Harass him @jessevalenciana on whatever social media platform you prefer.

Katie Camlin

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Current Town: Kansas City, MO

Favorite Beer: New World Geography, an Italian Pilsner from local brewery Alma Mader

Katie Camlin is the beer manager at Kansas City’s Plaza Liquor, who made news in 2020 for scooping sports media on the Patrick Mahomes contract signing. Katie is a lifelong Kansas City resident who loves local beer, video games, and science fiction.

Ryan MeaneyRyan Meaney

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Bow, NH

Current Town: Saint Paul, MN

Favorite Beer: Summit EPA

Ryan is an English teacher and writer who has lived in both Twin Cities. His writing has touched on local music, politics, food, and beer, and wants to touch on all of those things and more for PorchDrinking. When he is not cooking something new and exciting with his wife or chasing his nine-month-old around the house, Ryan enjoys reading, golfing, and trying his best to cheer on the Minnesota Vikings and the University of Minnesota Gophers.

Bailey Mahon

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Elkhorn, WI

Current Town: Phoenix, AZ

Favorite Beer: Maui Brewing Co. Imperial Coconut Porter

A self-proclaimed boss babe with a flair for cooking, crafts, and coffee, Bailey spends her free time expanding her encyclopedic cinematic knowledge, spoiling her fur baby, Jo The Dog, and eating dark chocolate. Sipping a local beer while watching the sunset over the South Mountain Preserve is a permanent part of her daily routine. Follow along with her misadventures on Instagram: @coffeebeansandtumbleweeds

Brian MargiottaBrian Margiotta

Contributing Writer

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Current Town: St. Louis, MO

Favorite Beer: Technical Ecstasy – 2nd Shift Brewing

Lifelong St. Louis native & enthusiast with a passion for showcasing my community; beer and otherwise. I spend my days working in IT & Cybersecurity; but once the workday is over, I can usually be found at one of our many breweries, watching baseball (go Cardinals), and being a self-proclaimed foodie. I love to travel too and love to seek out new breweries and beer when on the road.

Darren Cockrell

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Portland, OR

Current Town: Ft Collins, CO

Favorite Beer: Mexican Brunch from Kane Brewing

Darren is an entomologist by day, and a porch drinker whenever not studying bugs. If he isn’t obsessing over some cool spider or the newest beer news, he is rock climbing, hiking, cooking, or playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Aimee RossiAimee Rossi

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Current Town: Syracuse, NY

Favorite Beer: Flower Power Ithaca Beer Co.

If I’m not enjoying a craft beer I’m probably obsessing over my cat Luna. Yes, she’s a black cat and she was also born on Friday the 13th so I’m probably cursed for life? I think it’s safe to say that I can beat anybody in Mario Kart. Fun Fact: I have a tattoo of Koopa Troopa drinking a beer on my ankle(sorry mom).

Britt Antley

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

Current Town: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: Bierstadt Lagerhaus Slow Pour Pils

Britt is a native Texan who spent 12 years in Houston, did his time in the Big Easy and then made it to the Rocky Mountains to settle in Denver. He supplements his beer drinking habits through IT work, giving him the freedom to try as many beers and visit as many breweries as possible. While his amount of Untappd unique check ins is concerning, a love of cycling and the great outdoors ensures he remains a semi-functional and mostly healthy human. You can find him on Instagram and Untappd @brittskibeers.

Lindsay SimpsonLindsay Simpson

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Ashburn, VA

Current Town: Colorado Springs, CO

Favorite Beer: Any coffee beer, especially ones from Something Brewery

I made my way out to Colorado in 2015 and instantly became a beer snob. I enjoy traveling and finding breweries along the way. I started my beer instagram @BeerswithaBlonde in 2019 to share my beer experiences. I recently began homebrewing as well and love learning more about the process behind making delicious beer. I also enjoy swimming, hiking and rock climbing in my free time. For my day job I work as a Physical Therapist in Outpatient Orthopedics and am studying for my Orthopedic Certified Specialist.

Angie Seitz

Contributing Writer

Hometown: York, PA

Current Town: Harrisburg, PA

Favorite Beer: Hard to say, and it usually changes depending on the season

I first fell in love with craft beer over a decade ago after watching a documentary on the science and history behind Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch. That beer holds a special place in my heart to this day. My main hobbies include drinking beer (of course!), spending time with my dog Hunter, trying to stay active by hiking at nearby state parks, visiting local craft breweries, spending time with my two idiot sisters, going to outdoor concerts, and reading books on engineering disasters.

Jen BrilJen Bril

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Harrisburg, PA

Current Town: Pittsburge, PA

Favorite Beer: 400 IPA by Four Points Brewing

Jen is a Pennsylvania-proud craft beer enthusiast. She has lived in Pittsburgh for the last 16 years where she has watched the craft beer scene explode. She will enjoy an IPA any day, but always makes room for a crispy lager or any foeder-style beer. During the day, she works in a pediatric healthcare setting. Outside of beer, Jen enjoys biking, camping, the beach and karaoke. Follow her craft beer adventures @hellobrewtifulpgh on Instagram.

Jeffrey Wiser

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Eugene, OR

Current Town: Portland, OR

Favorite Beer: Sticky Hands by Block 15 Brewing

Jeff is an education professional, fly fisherman, writer, and beer lover. He’s been fortunate to live in several great beer markets, including Seattle, an emerging Phoenix, Los Angeles, and Portland, Oregon. Jeff is a regular homebrewer, hop-grower, has love for virtually all beer styles and is particularly particular about finding the right beer for the moment — to pair with dinner, to drink on the river float, or as a reward for mowing the lawn. He’s a believer that beer is and should be for everyone.

Jesse BobickJesse Bobick

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Cameron, WV

Current Town: Nashville, TN

Favorite Beer: Bearded Iris’ Attention Please DIPA

Jesse Bobick is a digital marketer, professional pianist, and an Instagram beer blogger @localbrewdude. Jesse currently works as a marketing director at Naxos of America, a classical music record label and distribution company. In his free time, Jesse enjoys hiking, playing music with friends, visiting breweries, and, of course, writing about beer.

Kreis Holland

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Current Town: Orlando, FL

Favorite Beer: I’m always all over the place, but I’ll always settle on a side-pull Crispy Boi!

After catching the beer-bug while living in Alaska, Kreis is now the cofounder and Head Brewer of Tactical Brewing Co. in Orlando, FL. He also produces and co-hosts the podcast “Craft Beer is Dead” (@craftbeerisdeadpod) with fellow PD contributor, Brie (@the_pintsized_traveler). When he’s not turning valves and putting bubbles in beer, Kreis is often spending time with his family (his emotional support human, and their puppers), climbing, running, playing board games with friends, or fermenting anything from Kimchi to Kefir at home. Follow @KreisFace.

Brie_BernstelBrie Bernstel

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Scranton, PA

Current Town: Orlando, FL

Favorite Beer: Douchesse De Bourgogne

Brie moved to Florida 7 years ago and met her husband shortly after. He was already planning to open a brewery here in Orlando which prompted her to visit breweries and in the end fall in love with the industry. Flash forward to now and she is a “craft beer personality”, Cicerone CBS, Pink Boots Society member, podcast co-host of “Craft Beer Is Dead” with @kreisface, event/ multimedia coordinator and is on the “Orlando Beer Week” committee. Far cry from her college softball days but she wouldn’t change a thing!

Jennie Olson

Regional Editor

Hometown: Arvada, CO

Current Town: Lafayette, CO

Favorite Beer: Schwarzenegger by Liquid Mechanics or Face Down Brown by Telluride Brewing Co.

After a career shift from teaching, Jennie entered the beer industry nearly 8 years ago and has never looked back. When she’s not trying to check off a visit to every brewery in the country (for research), she can be found running, skiing, playing the ukulele, and obsessing over Peyton Manning. Preferred beer styles are anything dark & roasty or malty & sweet – but her favorite part of the beer industry is learning the stories behind the people making the delicious beverage.

Julie RhodesJulie Rhodes

Industry Editor

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Current Town: Broomfield, CO

Favorite Beer: Wibby Volksbier Vienna

Julie is the owner of Not Your Hobby Marketing Solutions, a strategic beverage business consulting company, where she helps small to medium sized craft beverage companies learn how to work smarter, not harder. She has been in the food and beverage industry for over 3 decades, holds a BA in Marketing, is a leader and committee member in the Pink Boots Society, a member of the BA DEI Marketing & Communications subcommittee, multiple state brewery guilds, the American Cider Association, Women of the Vine & Spirits, and the North American Guild of Beer Writers. She is also one of the founding members of the Safe Bars P.A.C.T. initiative and speaks, writes, consults, teaches and advocates for social justice and profitability in the craft beverage industry. When not working, she’s hanging out on the slopes of the Rocky Mountains or watching sci-fi movies with her husband, two boys, and their gaggle of pets.

Jeff Knese

Contributing Writer

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Current Town: Chicago, IL

Favorite Beer: Supermassive Café Deth – Revolution Brewing Company

Jeff is a writer, beer enthusiast, photographer, musician, undefeated roller derby coach, and former Chuck E Cheese character actor. He loves planning trips and discovering new & interesting places. He is just one state away from being part of the esteemed 50 states visited club. Learn more about Jeff on Instagram @extremefajitas or

Givon BlakneyGivon Blakney

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Rockford, IL

Current Town: Kansas City, MO

Favorite Beer: Barrel Aged Abraxas

Givon has always been a stout lover at heart. Illinois winters can be brutal, and those massive bodied stouts are essential in keeping the body warm. He eventually came around to appreciate all beer styles. Upon moving to Kansas City with his wife, Givon fell in love with the community aspect of craft beer. Not long after his discovery of the craft community, he decided to start blogging about beer, as well as becoming a Cicerone Certified Beer Server. You can follow Givon’s beer journey on Instagram @sentricstyles.

Leanne Lomax

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Corona, CA

Current Town: Denver, CO

Favorite Beer: Currently Zuni St. Brewing’s Naranjas, but ask me next month and it might be something completely different.

When she’s not sitting at a bar reading a book, Leanne enjoys sitting at a bar chatting with locals. Other hobbies/potential bar chat topics include hockey (Go Avs!), house plants, and cats.

Eeva SharpEeva Sharp

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Petoskey, MI

Current Town: Between Asheville, NC and Northern Michigan

Favorite Beer: Sessionable IPAs, Toasty Brown Ales, and Funky/Sour styles

Grand Rapids, Detroit, Asheville and Antwerp, Belgium are all excellent places for beer and places that Eeva has called home. She is a Certified Cicerone and craft brewery professional who has worked for some of the largest and smallest craft breweries in the world. Eeva is a storyteller who loves creating connections and sharing the science and craftsmanship of the brewing community. Off the clock, Eeva enjoys the bounty of her family’s organic farm, cooking beer-paired meals and walking in the woods with her big greyhound, Merch. Follow her on Instagram: @Thethirdsip