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D.J. Paul hails from the Heartland of America, Northern Illinois to be specific. Growing up in the Midwest allowed him to experience many of the beers that now fall into the Pabst portfolio, Schlitz being his “favorite”.
His affinity towards all things beer began while growing up in Roscoe, Illinois when going beer can collecting with his father. It could have been the long hikes in the local forest preserve or the family trip to La Crosse, WI to get the rare can from G. Heileman Brewing Co. Fortunately this collection now resides here in Portland and is looking for a good home to display them in. From there he went on to college at Southern Illinois University, the home of the Salukis! It was during this time that he discovered quality beer, whether it was a German import or a new up and coming microbrew (craft beer was not part of the nomenclature back then). And during his senior year at SIU he took his first trip to Portland via the very scenic Empire Builder on Amtrak from Chicago and fell in love with this fine city and its burgeoning craft beer scene at the time. Now 15+ years later he finally resides here in Portland where he is never far from a delicious Oregon brewed beer. email@example.com
Nick Rivers currently serves as head of Web & Media operations and assists with advertising and community management. He’s been doing all things web, music, and media oriented for 15+ years. He’s written for and ultimately developed sites ranging from digital music and film to energy to beer. A native of Arizona, Nick moved to Southern California in 1991. After years of misguidedly consuming mainstream European imports, Nick began dabbling in small local breweries along California’s Central Coast before defecting.
Upon moving to the Rose City in 2004, he was properly indoctrinated into the world of craft beer from the Northwest and beyond. Nick met Angelo in 2007 and after sharing beer, music and a few jaw dropping antics, realized the need to join the Brewpublic team. You’ll find him lurking about the city, often at live shows and various beer bars, particularly at Bailey’s Taproom where it’s rumored he’s been caught working. He is easily distracted by beers of the barrel aged variety, Belgian sours, Portland indie music, and well, Portland in general. firstname.lastname@example.org
Angelo M. De Ieso II grew up in Maine and is proud to call New England his original home. Cascadia is now his home. He fell in love with great beer in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California.
He has been a correspondent for the Portland Tribune’s Guest on Tap column, LivePDX.com, and has been featured in publications such as Beer Northwest and PDX Magazine. Angelo also has a great interest in independent music, and has been a booker and organizer for shows around the Portland under the name Pop Tomorrow! Angelo garnered much knowledge regarding beer from his experiences homebrewing, working at Belmont Station, Pyramid Brewing, Upright Brewing, By the Bottle, Beer Revolution, Olde Depot Public House, Falling Sky Brewing, Cascade Brewing, and from many many knowledgeable, passionate, and loving people along the way. It is Angelo’s mission to bring “infotainment” and “edumation” to the readers of this website. Prost!
Aaron Miles is Brewpublic’s co-founder, and as such has served as creative director, webmaster, designer and assisted with business, advertising and promotions. He is a native of the Pacific Northwest and long-time Beervana resident. Friends since 2000 while at Portland State University, Aaron and Angelo joined forces to launch Brewpublic in 2008. Aaron works as a freelance creative consultant, web and graphic designer.
John Foyston is Oregon’s longest serving beer writer, and wrote a weekly beer column for The Oregonian until just recently. His work has appeared on CNN, and in Beer Connoisseur, Celebrator Beer News, Oregon Beer Growler, Mix Magazine and other publications and will occasionally appear on these pages, at least until Angelo and DJ get tired of him too…He can be followed on Twitter at @beerherejohnny.
One of Brewpublic’s more recent contributors, Ryan Spencer is also a bartender at Bailey’s Taproom and The Upper Lip. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and aside from leaving to attend the University of Oregon has lived here ever since. Upon graduation Ryan has worked in various breweries holding several positions throughout the Portland area including Gigantic Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewery and Deschutes PDX Pub. He is a Certified Cicerone and Certified BJCP judge, and recently passed the Advanced Cicerone Exam.
Megan Vose moved to Portland in 2007 to start her BA in Latin American Studies and Geography at Portland State University that began her love of craft beer and the culture that surrounds it continued to grow. Born and raised in the northwest it was always around, but in Portland it became a part of her identity and to whom those she identifies. Her years in Portland helped build up her knowledge, learn more about the craft and meet amazing people like Angelo. Vose’s undergrad degree allowed for some world travel, in which she discovered how much she loves finding craft beer culture out side of the US, especially in unlikely places.
In 2012 Vose moved to Monterey, California where she began a Peace Corps Masters International degree in International Environmental Policy. In Monterey she worked for a small beer bar, named Post No Bills, through her first year of classes for a break from the daily grind of masters work, and also to be able to hob nob with the beer geeks, industry folks brewers of the area. Vose also became a returning guest on Pub Talk, hosted by The Beer Geek from Peter B’s brewery in downtown Monterey.
She finished her first year of classes and then was sent to serve 27 months in a rural indigenous village on the Caribbean side of Panama, in a province named Bocas del Toro, to support local farmers in best methods for cacao production among other things. Despite being quite isolated, my times out of my community allows her to explore the country and discover not only the blossoming craft scene in Panama, but in its neighbors of Colombia and Costa Rica as well.
Craft Beer is something she will gravitate towards everywhere she ventures, knowing that wherever in the world she is, it will lead me to good people.
Matt Van Wyk, co-founder and brewmaster at Alesgon Brewing & Blending in Eugene Oregon. Prior to relocating to Eugene from the Chicagoland area in the Spring of 2009, Matt brewed for three different brewpubs and one production brewery, most noticeably heading up the brewery at Flossmoor Station in Flossmoor, Illinois. It was there, in 2006, that he earned the GABF small brewpub brewer of the year.
Upon arriving in Eugene he became the brewmaster at Oakshire Brewing where he has lead them in growth from a brewery with around 75 barrels of production space to the current capacity of about 300 barrels at any given time and the company staff has doubled.
Since departing Oakshire in October 2015, he announced that he would be opening his own brewery with two other partners, Brian Coombs and Doug Coombs to form Alesong Brewing & Blending that opened in June 2016.
Dan Culver, a native Pacific North-Westerner and Beervana resident since 2003, made his way originally from Aberdeen, Washington by way of Bellingham and Eugene. He attended college at Western Washington University, during which time his love of craft beer was initiated (thank you Boundary Bay!). After graduating it was on to Eugene with the love of his life Laura, but only for about a year. Although it was a brief stay it played a key role in Dan’s increasing love of beer as it brought him closer to Oregon’s booming craft-beer industry.
After Eugene it was on to Portland in order to further his education, in more ways than one. Upon arriving in Portland, his first destination for a draft beer: The Horse Brass! One glance at the impressive line-up of taps and Dan knew instantly that Portland was the town for him. After finally completing his graduate work at Portland State and finding steady employment, he has now been able to focus on more important things in life, yes, that would be beer.
Being right at home in Beervana, Dan has improved his beer tasting repertoire over the past few years by making it a goal to visit every brewery, brewpub, and bottle shop in the metro area. Of course, his beer visits are not limited to the Willamette Valley –Dan makes a conscious effort to visit the finest breweries, pubs and bottle shops of every city he visits, from Kona to New York.
Dan’s current beer-related aspirations include continued active involvement in Portland’s beer community, contributing to Brewpublic, trying his hand at home-brewing, and just generally spreading beer love and appreciation wherever he goes. Odds are, if not out at a park or trail with Laura and their two shepherd pups, you’ll find him quaffing from an imperial pint at the Horse Brass or mixing it up with the patrons at The BeerMongers. Cheers!
Kerry Finsand is an Oregon native and has been a fan of craft beer for many years. He helped co-found Taplister and continues to be intrigued by technology and how it can assist in growing craft beer. He also assists with PDX Beer Week and organizes the annual Rye Beer Fest that is a fundraiser for local charities. When not drinking craft beer he enjoys attending sporting events and getting outdoors to explore all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Later this year Kerry will launch a new website, BeerHeard.com. Kerry can be followed on Twitter at @kfinsand.
Michael O’Connor is a freelance writer and “beertender” operating in Portland, Oregon whose work has been published in practically every local newspaper, magazine, and website based in the Portland area, including the Willamette Week, The Portland Tribune, PDX Magazine, Beer NW, Portland Picks, and now Brewpublic.
Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Michael discovered his love for great beer through his father, Paul, who introduced it to him on a family trip to Munich, Germany’s Hofbräuhaus, the beer hall famous for hosting Hitler’s rise to power. Ironically, the taste of that first German lager was so repugnant to young Michael that he started eating horseradish to get the bitter flavor off his tongue. It would take several more years of reluctant and sporadic beer drinking until Michael discovered his first craft brew, Rogue Dead Guy. The alien flavors of that first Rogue beer kick-started a fervent passion for all things craft brewed and Oregonian that hasn’t abated to this day.
Michael moved to Portland in 2007 by way of New York City, where he witnessed 9/11, graduated from NYU, edited The Amazing Spider-Man and Wolverine at Marvel Comics, and met his future wife, Dipti Muni. He was hired at Bailey’s Taproom on January 1, 2008 as its first employee after harassing owner Geoff Phillips for a job over the course of several months.
The majority of the week he can be found behind the bar at Bailey’s pouring pints for thirsty patrons; the rest of the week, he can be found on the other side of the bar at Portland’s finest drinking establishments.
Frank Dennis James “I was born in Highland Park, Michigan, an inner-city “suburb” – the tiny enclave had balked when Detroit had attempted to annex it a century ago – whose fame stems from the fact that Henry Ford built his first assembly line there and generations later native son Bobbie Joe Hill led that 1966 UTEP basketball ball team that broke Adolph Rupp’s heart and changed college basketball forever.
“In college, the gypsy life called and I answered affirmatively. I’ve lived from coast to coast: Ann Arbor, Colorado Springs, New York City, Chicago, Boston, Providence, Madison, Ypsilanti, Milwaukee, Seattle, Vancouver and Portland. I’ve visited or driven though every one of the lower 48 states, except for Utah and Nevada. Along the way, I’ve earned degrees from Michigan, Brown and Wisconsin and worked a dizzying array of jobs: gas pump jockey, landscaper, cashier, golf club lavatory houseman, busboy, waiter, bartender, record store manager, blues club bouncer, college instructor/administrator and attorney.
“My beer education began seriously in ’93 when I moved back to Wisconsin and fell in with a cadre of beer-drinking co-workers, including one couple who’d dedicated themselves to traveling the world, eating well and drinking good beer. And because both were very good attorneys, they took extensive notes that detailed their travels and indulgences. Attending a beer fest with them was like drinking your way though a graduate seminar in beer.
“When I helped move a friend to Seattle in ’95, to ease the drudgery of the 2000 mile road trip, they supplied me with an inch-thick list of craft breweries – and their specific beers – from Milwaukee to Vancouver, BC. Along the way, I fell in love with hoppy beer, cool, rainy weather and the notion of making the Northwest my home. Over the next 6 years, I loaded up on frequent flier miles, finalized moving plans and eventually made another cross-country, craft beer-fueled, stuff-hauling road trip in 2001. After stays in both Vancouver, BC and Seattle, I settled on Portland because of it’s weather – seriously! – and its celebration of beer, bikes and dogs.
“Since then, I’ve traveled the Northwest, from Grant’s Pass north to Whistler, BC, developing a real jones for the hoppiest brews I can find and further educating my palate. I’m not a homebrewer – yet – but cooking is a passion that correlates and I’ve learned a lot about good beer from decades of talking to brewers, drinking everything from Stroh’s, that good old Detroit river water, Canadian lagers and ales we’d sneak across the border in our car trunks, beer from the small, German-influenced breweries that dot Wisconsin and the delicious offerings of places like Hair of the Dog right here in Portland.
“What a long, strange trip it’s been.”
Jana Daisy-Ensign was born in Oregon, raised in Northern California and returned north to make Portland home in 2001. She grew up in a beercentric environment; visiting micro-breweries on family vacations rather than children’s theme parks, learning beer fundamentals long before she began sampling and finally making her own initial debut into the world of craft beer working on the Butte Creek Brewing bottling line in Chico, CA in the late 90s. After earning her graduate degree in Communications, she worked in the non-profit sector for a number of years, meanwhile ever exploring new breweries, beers and the joys of home brewing. Jana began working as a Sales Representative for Mt. People’s Organic Wine & Beer Distribution in 2006 where she remains enthusiastic about supporting independent producers and spreading a love of great beer. After living in various areas of Portland metro for over a decade (with her husband, beer aficionado, Tim Ensign), Jana‘s knowledge about and passion for beer has greatly expanded. In addition to her work in the beer industry, Jana is a proud mother, yoga teacher, gardener and writer. She owns and operates a small farm, Earth & Sky Farm (www.earthandskyfarm.com) with her husband Tim in Oregon City, Oregon. Their historic family farm currently offers choose and cut Christmas trees during the holidays (and yoga classes year round), but will hopefully someday boast fields hops!
Marc Demeule is Brewpublic’s Québecois correspondent. Says Marc: Beer is wonderful. It’s a good way to socialize, share and have fun with friendly people (especially if they can appreciate good beers too). Beer tasting panels made with friends is also an occasion to taste plenty of different flavours from around the world. Thanks to everybody who imports beer, trades some on the Internet and to every beer store owner who bring us new products, new breweries, creating an infinite wish list for every beer geek. All of those different beers inspire microbrewers and home brewers to craft better recipes, trying to brew higher quality products and create amazing beers (who could have thiought to brew a Double IPA few years ago?).
I’m not a brewer or an expert. I have just had a strong interest for beer since… let’s say 1990. Grolsch and Heineken were the only « imported » beers in Québec. Then a few microbreweries tried to have a piece of the beer market between Molson and Labbatt (two macros). Unibroue changed the beer mentality by introducing new products and they are still there, even if they are now owned by of Saporo.
I went to several brewpubs and beer events in my area (province of Québec) and I had the opportunity to drink beer in Belgium, UK, Ireland, and France. I also have experienced beer times in Cooperstown, Boston, Burlington and Portland Beervana. Yeah, Beervana!
Matthew DiTullo, a native New Yorker, had always enjoyed the bounty of craft beer offered in the Northeast states. It wasn’t until he moved to Portland, Oregon where beer completely consumed every thought of his mind. He can regular be found on the forums of BeerAdvocate and Ratebeer and enjoys revisiting his favorite pubs in Portland.
Along with his passion for tasty, fermented beverages, he’s a freelance video editor and a new media artist interested primarily in video and mixed media works. His artwork ranges from process oriented video installations to geometric drawings.
Matthew continues to take advantage of all things beer related in the Northwest and is proud to call his home Beervana.
Kim Schimke was born and raised in Northern California by two brew evangelists, her parents. Growing up touring different breweries all around California, Kim was exposed to the world of hops ever since she graduated from a sippy cup to the pint. Having received her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology at Sonoma State, her knowledge of beer increasingly expanded as finals and midterms pushed her to pursue nearby brewery gems like Lagunitas, Bear Republic, Russian River, and HopMonk. She also has her Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development from Drexel University. Kim takes a less formal, unstructured approach to her beer education, however. Her breadth of knowledge comes straight from the bottle, or tap, or can, or wherever good beer is readily available and drinkable. When Kim isn’t trying to convince others she isn’t a lush, she spends her time on social media including Instagram, Twitter, and Yelp under the moniker kimsbaybrews. Kim has also moonlighted as an advice columnist for the Petaluma Post since 2007. She now drinks her way through the bay in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ben Edmunds is a brewmaster and beer educator. He studied brewing at the Siebel Institute and completed his formal training at Doemens Academy in Munich. He is the lead brewmaster at Breakside Brewery in Portland and Milwaukie, Oregon. He founded Oregon Beer Odyssey, a company that offered formal classes in beer tasting and appreciation, in 2010 as a venue for spreading the gospel of good beer to as many people as will listen. One day, he hopes to open a craft brewery in Havana, Cuba.
Ben Kilduff I’m 37 years old. I have lived in Portland, OR my whole life, and have been into craft beer for 3 years. Since turning 21 ,that is fifteen years of catching up to do. Since being enlightened to the world of craft beer, I have delved into homebrewing. I am still a novice, though, and have a lot of more to learn, but I love it. I have also gotten into cellaring beer. Like a squirrel, I stow away only the best “nuts” in the crawl space of my house. To add or subtract from treasure trove, I have to take everything out of the utility closet and peel open a square of carpet, floor and insulation. This is an amazing hobby! There is always something new to try, or some seasonal release beer that I couldn’t get enough of the last time it was out. Sometimes I have to bolt from the bottle shop before I but everything in sight. The people are also what makes this hobby so much fun. Beer geeks in general are very willing to share a special beer or relay their geekdom with anyone who wants to listen.So, cheers to the beer geeks – I am proud to be in your company!In addition to beer I am a big baseball fan. Go RED SOX!
Curtis Barnard, JR is a native Oregonian and relatively new to the craft beer scene. His desire to eat and cook great food lead to home brewing experiments and craft beer enlightenment. Over the past three years while working for the school paper at Oregon State University he’s developed a passion for both photography and the stories that go with the photos. Combining storytelling with local craft beer seemed a natural union, which led him to become a contributor to BREWPUBLIC.
Sara Hancock resides in Beautiful British Columbia where she is delighted to be a part of an emergent and diverse craft beer community. In addition to enjoying the act of drinking beer she has a keen interest in all aspects of brewing from history, to science, to culture, to marketing and more – she blames her social science background for her nerdy devotion to learning about all aspects of craft beer.
Sara notes: I began my beer education by simply trying all the different styles I could find. The more I challenged my preconceptions the more my palate developed. At that point I wanted to delve a little deeper into the beer world by learning about proper serving, how to read labels, how to evaluate beer and how to brew at home.
I enjoy traveling throughout the Pacific North West visiting breweries, brewpubs and tap rooms in Washington, Oregon and of course, British Columbia. I enjoy pretty much all styles of beer but if pressed I am a sour beer, Belgian and dark beer (stout and porter) kind of gal.
The one thing I have grown to love almost as much as drinking a great beer is writing about beer culture. I want to put it all out there, to share what I know, to reveal what I don’t, and to learn from others in the process. Sláinte!
Check out Sara’s own beer blog, The Parting Glass.
Ginger Johnson is the founder of Women Enjoying Beer(R) (WEB) is an industry leader in marketing craft/beer to women. Ginger started the business when she recognized a huge portion of the population was not actively involved in craft/beer. WEB serves the female craft/beer consumer from the consumers’ vantage point. WEB supports the beer community and the female consumer through events, education and training (B2B and B2Consumer), edutainment, live weekly radio show, writing, speaking and consulting. Ginger is a beer enthusiast, highly energetic beer diplomat and is changing the craft/beer landscape, one woman at a time.
Jen Sotolongo, a native Washingtonian, traded Seattle for Portland two years ago. In between living in the two Pacific Northwest cities, she also lived in Boston for school, Spain, Chile, and New Zealand for fun, and New York’s Hudson Valley to support her husband’s law school endeavors. It was during these adventures that Jen cultivated her love for beer. Early on in life, her father helped develop her taste for quality brews, as he encouraged her to take sips from his mug at the dinner table.
Jen has spent time working for environmental non-profits and is currently earning her MBA in Sustainable Systems from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. She and her husband dream of returning to New Zealand (after getting their Portland fix) to open a brewery in Wellington.
You can find Jen running long distances through Portland’s great parks, making treks to the Gorge or coast on the weekends, or imbibing in a local brew, of course.
Jason “Jay Bar” Butler Beer is an expression of art in the craftiest way and crosses cultural boundaries as much as any common bond. Like good food, good friends and good lovers; beer is something to be appreciated by the most particular of connoisseurs. Mostly though, beer made with attention and passion is great. Jay does not claim to be a connoisseur of beer, but he knows what he likes.
Growing up on Budweiser in almost every part of the country over the years, Jay was first introduced to craft brews in Monterey Bay, California at local jaunts with his neighbor. After moving to Portland in 2001, his appreciation for a good pale ale was indoctrinated courtesy of Deschutes Mirror Pond. Living in Portland, one can not help but be tempted by the plethora of variety presented in even the lowliest of dive bars to the brew festivals that happen several times a year in the NW. His favorite IPA changes all the time.
Jay has enjoyed discovering craft brews and local brews alike in many parts of the world. Whether it be a trip across the U.S. with Angelo, a pint and pizza with Aaron, or locally brewed malt in Bulgaria with Eastern European honeys – Jay enjoys variety in all forms. Although preferring the pale ale pours, he’ll try anything once….unless it comes in a plastic bottle. Noroc!
Sean White was raised in the small college town of Athens, Ohio. He has been an all grain brewer for 8 years, as well as a BJCP certified judge and homebrew advocate. He has lived & worked as a cook in many places, including Glacier National Park, Big Sky & Bozeman Montana, Zion National Park in Utah, Santa Cruz, California, and Brooklyn, New York. Sean did his first internship for Sixpoint Craft Ales in Brooklyn in 2009, and in September he moved with his girlfriend, Clarissa to Portland Oregon. He started with a 5 month internship at Upright Brewing, and was hired by soon-to-be-licensed Breakside Brewing as a brewer. He is currently working for Green Bottling, a mobile bottling unit, and Alameda as a part-time brewer. Sean is incredibly stoked about the future and to finally be in the industry he feels he was meant for! He enjoys brewing all kinds of beers, but he especially likes to brew saison-type beers and wild & funky ales. He dreams of one day opening a true farmhouse brewery integrated with a small farm. Other than brewing (and drinking), he loves to rock climb, cook at home, work in the garden, and refer to himself in the 3rd person.
Tyler Kreis Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved trying different foods. My dad once told me, “You’ll never know you’re going to hate it unless you try it.” So, I kept that same advice when it came to beer. I love trying different beers, and I haven’t found any that I hate. There’s so much time, work and energy that goes into making a beer – making each one a work of art. I want to share the liquid art with everyone and show them that there’s so much more than watered down beer out there waiting to be loved.