Author Bio Blocks
Gray Chapman is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Punch, Atlas Obscura, Racked, Atlanta Magazine, and The New York Times. Her work covers a broad range of topics that include—but are not limited to—disease, vermin, and subcultures. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Dane, and two objectively perfect dogs.
Beca Grimm is an Atlanta-based culture writer and editor. She enjoys chasing her five animals around their 100-year-old house in SWATS, eating corn chips, and being horizontal. Grimm also co-created and acts as EIC for feminist cannabis culture zine Dope Girls, which in addition to an actual print product and community events, functions as a vehicle to raise funds for reproductive justice in the Southeast.
Ashley is a freelance writer based in Chicago. She's been making coffee for the last eight years, and is the online editor of Barista Magazine. After getting fed up with coffee bros, she created and currently hosts a podcast called Boss Barista, examining the coffee industry through a feminist lens.
Brian Alberts is completing his Ph.D. in history at Purdue University, and researches 19th century German immigration to the Midwest through the lens of the brewing industry.
Jeff Alworth lives and drinks in Portland, Oregon, and has been writing professionally for over 15 years. His passion has taken him all over the world where he’s collected insight and know-how for a number of books, including “Brewing the World's Classic Styles: Advice From the Pros,” his comprehensive guide to beer, “The Beer Bible,” and soon, a wonderful introduction to another fermented cousin, cider called “Cider Made Simple.”
J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham
A professor of Communication Studies at Randolph College, Dr. J. Jackson-Beckham has dedicated her career to the study of American beer. As the Diversity Ambassador for the Brewers Association, Dr. J. works to provide industry members with effective strategies for aligning inclusive organizational practices with overall organizational goals and tactics for diagnosing and removing barriers to access for populations that are underrepresented among craft beer drinkers and producers.
David earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 1988 and graduated from the American Brewers Guild Craft Brewer’s Apprenticeship Program in 1996. He was the Head Brewer at Water Tower Brewing Company in Eden Prairie, Minnesota from 1996 to 2002, the Head Brewer at Bandana Brewery in Mankato from 2002-2006., He has worked at August Schell Brewing Company since 2006.
Emily grew up with a healthy respect for food preparations, observing and helping in the kitchen at every opportunity. After transplanting from Virginia to Chicago, she joined a CSA program for the first time, sparking her interest in locality and seasonality and rekindling the romance of her summers spent on her grandparents' farm. She started pushing herself to make everything she ate from scratch, spending hours upon hours, and sometimes days, prepping for dinner parties and holidays. Now a trained chef, her philosophy is simple — eat fresh, eat quality, and eat homemade — which is a perfect compliment to the craft beer movement.
Stephanie is a writer and photographer focused on Midwestern beer. She found her way to Chicago from Northern Wisconsin. When not hiding behind a camera lens or hunched over a laptop working on her blog, The Girl and Her Beer, she often finds herself on the back stairwell of her apartment building, drinking with her cat.
Jeff is a freelance photographer in Chicago who tells journalistic and editorial stories for some of the regions' biggest newspapers and magazines. Sometimes he'll break your heart, and sometimes he'll lift your spirits — all with a single photo. He also recently took on a role managing the taproom at Penrose Brewing in Geneva, Illinois. His hometown brewery, Solemn Oath in Naperville, Illinois was where we first met — and we've been drinking and shooting together ever since.
Award-winning beer writer Melissa Cole calls London home but works all over the world, from judging some of the most prestigious beer competitions, running beer-matched events, collab brewing, training staff, advising burgeoning beer markets and trying not to set light to festivals whilst doing cooking with beer demos. Working on her third book, about cooking and pairing with beer, she’d rather be doing anything other than writing about the sexual politics of the beverage but apparently still needs to, because a big chunk of the brewing world hasn’t got the equality memo yet. Melissa Cole is a Certified Cicerone®
Bill is a Founder and Brewmaster of Victory Brewing Company, is a graduate of Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Covaleski's passion for home beer brewing lead him from a short career as an art director to a five-year apprenticeship under German trained Dutch brewmaster, Theo deGroen. In 1993 he earned a degree from the Doemens Institute of Munich Germany, having completed their International Course in Brewing Studies. Covaleski plays a pivotal, creative role in leading the overall growth and brand strategies of Victory Brewing Company.
Matthew is a British writer and photographer based in London, England and is GBH’s UK Editor. Working for GBH since 2015, he’s brought in-depth stories from the UK beer scene to GBH’s global audience as well as covering the US, Europe and New Zealand. He can be found regularly hosting episodes of our podcast and in addition to this also leads GBH events such as Uppers & Downers across the pond.
Dave was born in Boston, and now lives just outside of it. He wrote for Brewbound among other places and now leads our news reporting daily. He is fond of cats, heavy music, and the “New England style” IPA. He's also "legit embarassed" that he doesn't have a better photo of himself and last we heard he was asking his parents to look for a better one.
Kristen is a Boston-based newcomer to beer writing and photography. A Baltimore native, her interest in beer grew when she moved to New England 15 years ago. She can generally be found with a beer or old fashioned in her hand and believes a 4 hour drive is a reasonable distance for a weekend getaway. Her passion for sharing beer and food with people has taken her to destinations across the United States and globe - she’s likely planning her next adventure right now.
Meaghan Garvey is a writer and illustrator based in Chicago. Her written work has appeared in MTV News, Pitchfork, and more; her drawings and zines live in the world. Her beer of choice is Old Style, canned
The GBH Collective
At GBH, we never drink alone. Our growing network of talented writers, photographers, and designers, sought out and curated by GBH Founder, Michael Kiser, aims to create the most compelling and insightful stories in beer.
C.J. Golobish is a Certified Cicerone® and the brewer for Liability Brewing Company, which is currently under construction in ambrosial Greenville, SC. He and his wife, both former Marines, are tolerated by a geriatric pug-mix and a smarmy cat. His musing can be found @ourdailyquest
Tobias is a writer and photographer from northerly Sweden who has pursued his passion for craft beer for more than three years. Searching for new craft beer stories has taken him to unexpected and remote destinations, including southern France and Thailand. He currently writes bilingually about beer for Sweden's largest culinary magazine, Allt om Matt.
Oliver is the Marketing Manager for the Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House in Baltimore, Maryland. He's also a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Nonfiction Writing program, and his blog, Literature and Libation, won the NAGBW award for "best blog" three years running. The fastest way to his heart is a pint of cask mild.
Marika Josephson is a co-owner and brewer at Scratch Brewing Company in Ava, Illinois, and is the co-author of The Homebrewer's Almanac. She holds a PhD in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research.
Kyle is a creative director, photographer, and writer, who lives in Columbus, Ohio. He’s really into Cleveland sports, coffee, saisons, and barbecued meats. He's also the brains behind the hashtag, #banquetandchill. Stop calling him a goddamn millennial, please.
Breandán is a co-founder of Belgian Smaak. He was named Beer Writer of the Year 2015 by the British Guild of Beer Writers. He was also named Best Young Beer Writer 2015 and Best Beer and Food Writer 2015. He is a Certified Cicerone® and an accredited beer sommelier through the UK Institute of Brewing & Distilling as well as a certified ‘algemene bierkenner’ from CVO Panta Rhei in Ghent. He has studied brewing (theory and lab) in Ghent. Breandán is Co-Founder and Brewer at Siphon Brewing, a microbrewery on the grounds of a four-generation-old family restaurant in Damme.
Michael Kiser is the founder of Good Beer Hunting. As a writer, photographer and industry strategist, he travels the world and works with breweries of all shapes and sizes to capture their stories, share their passions, and chart a path to your next great beer.
Brandon is an art director, photographer and interactive designer living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Weekends at Michigan breweries in his early 20s helped create an interest in craft beer and its creativity-oriented culture—an interest that has taken him to breweries all over the country. He still carries a soft spot for his first craft beer, a New Holland Mad Hatter. In his spare time he teaches college-level web design and runs long distances to burn off the beers he had last night.
Nate Micklos is a GBH contributor focused on economics and marketing, drawing expertise from his MBA and previous role as the U.S. brand manager of Pacifico beer. He recently relocated to Seattle from his hometown Chicago and currently works as a Senior Manager at Amazon.com.
Drew Millard is a professional writer and amateur golfer living in Durham, North Carolina.
Chase Mitchell is a comedian and comedy writer, originally from Atlanta, who now lives in Los Angeles against his better judgment. He has written for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity on Netflix, and several rightfully failed pilots. He is mildly afraid of being sued over this piece.
Amanda Mull was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in magazine journalism, which now seems sort of like saying she has a degree in cassette tapes. She’s an editor and writer living in Brooklyn, New York, covering everything from fashion to football for places like Rolling Stone, Glamour, Eater, Racked, and more.
Jim Plachy lives in the suburbs of Chicago. He used to write and podcast about video games but then he started drinking. He works in downtown Chicago doing a job with computers that his parents don’t understand. He also has two kids but they are too young to be interesting.
Originally from California, Evan is a long-term resident of Prague, where he writes and researches travel, food, and drink, mostly for the New York Times, as well as other publications. He generally covers central and eastern Europe, but also places like England, Italy, France, and Switzerland.
He is the author of the best-selling Kindle Single, Why Beer Matters, as well as the followups In Praise of Hangovers and Why We Fly: The Meaning of Travel in a Hyperconnected Age, which focuses on the meaning of the voyage from the point of view of a travel writer, starting with a difficult road trip to Hungary’s Tokaj wine region. His most recent ebook is The Meanings of Craft Beer.
Clara is a photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She can frequently be found playing soccer, picking cats up without permission, and taking the long way home. Her work skews editorial with a focus on people in their element; photographing the beer world is a total treat.
Dave is the Social Media/Marketing Manager for The Collective Brewing Project in Fort Worth, TX. Sometimes he takes alright photos and is half decent at putting coherent sentences together in article form. When he isn't doing "brewery things" you may find him teaching music at the local community college, traveling places to drink beer, or dreaming about cheese.
Matthew Clark Rogers is a lifestyle photographer and film maker based in San Diego, Ca. When he's not shooting photos he's riding his skateboard.
Matt is a self-taught photographer and PhD chemist. He recently transitioned from lab research to serving as the Brand Manager and head of Quality Control for Hacienda Beer Co. in Baileys Harbor, WI. Matt also loves hiking and backpacking and is constantly searching for his next outdoor adventure.
Mike Sardina is the Events Manager, Hospitality Lead, and Employee Wellness Director at Bissell Brothers Brewing in Portland, Maine. In addition to writing words and shooting photos, he plays the crucial role of GBH Typo Patrol. When he's not exploring New England's natural beauty and the thriving beer community within it, he’s probably contemplating the foamy perfection that is a Suarez Family Brewery Lager pour.
Hillary is a designer and stylist in Chicago specializing in weddings and events. For Good Beer Hunting, she creates an endless amount of stunning collateral and helps plan special gatherings, bringing the GBH experience to life for some of my most important audiences.
She's been my travel companion for countless GBH adventures, including Sweden, Portugal, and most recently Quebec. She hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan, recently named "Beer City USA" by Charlie Papazian's annual poll. Hillary married me in 2011, and was featured as Hunter/Gatherer #12.
Cory Smith is a creative director and photographer based in Brooklyn. He got his start shooting fashion as well as concerts in the New York area and festivals abroad. After covering the music scene for years, he decided to turn his lens to his other passion, craft beer. Wanting a deeper connection to the world of beer, he began interviewing and writing stories about breweries and the people behind them. Combining his passion for travel and beer has taken him throughout the US and internationally to places like Sweden, Denmark and Iceland.
Mark is a theater producer in Chicago. He helps lead the Bruised Orange Theater Company, and helps create the I Saw You Series. He also is the co-creator and director of the Laarsen's podcast. He's been an avid homebrewer for years. He was first features as our Hunter/Gatherer #14.
Blake Tyers spent years in Atlanta’s film industry as a motion picture stills photographer, shooting shows like The Walking Dead and Halt and Catch Fire. But photography took a backseat when he started making beer for Creature Comforts Brewing Co. These days, he’s the brewery’s GABF-medal winning Wood Cellar and Specialty Brand Manager.
Julie Verratti is a Co-Founder and Director of Business Development at Denizens Brewing Co. in Silver Spring, MD. Julie earned her bachelor's degree from Brandeis University where she played varsity soccer. After college, she directed and advised on electoral and issue campaigns in various states before earning her law degree from the George Washington University Law School. Prior to co-founding Denizens Brewing Co. she was a Presidential Management Fellow and Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Small Business Administration. Julie was recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Brewer’s Association, and currently sits on the Diversity Committee for the BA. Locally, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Brewer’s Association of Maryland and Co-Chairs the Government Affairs Committee for BAM. She is also the Treasurer of the BAM PAC. Julie directs all business development and distribution sales for Denizens Brewing Co. She still plays soccer on the weekends and tries to ride her motorcycle whenever her schedule or the weather permits. The best decision she ever made was to jump into the beer business.
Lily Waite is a queer trans woman working as the assistant manager for a bottle shop in Kingston-upon-Thames, south west London, having worked in the beer industry for three years. She’s an artist and writer, whose work focuses on queer and trans politics and representation.
Max Wastler is an online store owner and writer living and working in Chicago, Illinois. With his blog, All Plaidout, television pilot Made Right Here, and shop, Buckshot Sonny's, he strives to tell a uniquely American story through the people he meets, the places he goes, and the products he finds for his shop.
Each year, he collaborates with GBH, Camp Wandawega, brewers, and chefs to throw the biggest brotherly party in the woods you've ever seen called #goodbeerbuckshot.