After last week’s brief layover in Colorado for a chat with WeldWorks, we’re returning to Spain this week. If you haven’t already, you can check out a thematic part one to this episode featuring Xavier Losada, brewer and bottle shop owner of Bee Beer Craft Beer and Cheeses. This time around, we catch up with Jeff Cioletti, a fellow writer and prolific traveler who’s long covered the world’s many alcoholic offerings.
I’ve been lucky to know Jeff for some time, but we typically only see each other once or twice a year around the U.S. beer industry’s big events of the Craft Brewers Conference and Great American Beer Festival. In June, however, we found ourselves In Madrid as part of a short media tour hosted by Mahou San Miguel. It was as good a time as any to chat on and off the mic.
Along with writing for All About Beer and DRAFT magazines, CraftBeer.com and acting as editor at large of Beverage World, Jeff has also written multiple books, including the most recent The Drinkable Globe, also the name of his website where he tracks the wide world of booze. Needless to say, Jeff is well versed in a variety drinks, history and their global connections, and continues to explore them. He’s most recently diving deep into sake.
But beer is still where we can find a wheelhouse, and that’s what brought us together, so I decided it would be good to pick his brain about what he’s learned and continues to think about in beer and beyond.