Jess Baker | CraftBeer.com
Jess Baker is editor-in-chief of CraftBeer.com, the website for beer lovers published by the Brewers Association. Before CraftBeer.com, she was the senior editor of news and social at Weather.com, where she taught superstar meteorologist Jim Cantore how to tweet. She’s a runner, a die-hard Springsteen fan, and a mom who recently moved from Atlanta back to her hometown outside Toledo, Ohio.
Tristan Chan | PorchDrinking.com
Tristan Chan is the Founder of PorchDrinking.com, which he created simply for his friends across the country to share a virtual porch drink. However, the project has grown and now lists 115 writers and co-writers! When not working on the site, you’ll likely find him obsessing over Kentucky basketball, hiking, skiing, and working as a marketing manager for Ratio Beerworks.
Mike Crimmins | Firmidable
Mike Crimmins is Digital Manager at Firmidable, an agency that provides marketing for attorneys. He has trained staff and clients on how to use Google Analytics as a driving force for their web presence and will be speaking on this topic at BeerNow20. Mike is also a homebrewer and blogs at Passion for the Pint.
Damian DeBuiser | Brew Happy
Damian DeBuiser is host of the Brew Happy Show, an Audio/Visual project based out of Portland, Oregon. Brew Happy is a weekly Podcast with over ten years of longevity and a focus on craft beer and cider, the industry that surrounds it, and the people that make it. Damian will be presenting on podcasting at BeerNow 20. On the side, Damian is a bartender at Adrianna Hill Ballroom in Portland.
Mike Drumm | BeerAttorney.com
Mike Drumm has been an attorney for 14 years and owns the law firm Drumm Law, LLC, based in Colorado. He has been working with breweries since 2010. He regularly presents and writes on legal beer topics across the country. Mike is proud to claim “I am not your typical boring lawyer and put on an entertaining and informative presentation.”
Dustin Hall | Brewtography Project
Dustin Hall is a photographer in Denver, Colorado focused on the beer industry. He is author of the 232-page coffee table book “Discovering Colorado Breweries”, which he funded in part via a Kickstarter campaign. For his real job, Dustin works as a Senior Systems Administrator.
Shannon Harris | The Brew Brotha
Shannon Harris is a contract brewer, social media content curator, influencer, and well-known craft beer enthusiast based in Austin, TX. He has collaborated with breweries across the country and in Africa, Italy, Germany, and Mexico when traveling internationally. Shannon is an advocate for diversity in the brewing industry and will be speaking on that subject at BeerNow20.
Julia Herz | Brewers Association
Julia Herz is the Craft Beer Program Director for the Brewers Association, co-author of the free CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Course, as well co-author of Beer Pairing (Voyageur Press). She is a life-long homebrewer, BJCP beer judge and Certified Cicerone®. She is also well-known as the dynamic voice of craft beer.
Emily Hutto | RadCraft
Emily Hutto is the Founder of RadCraft, a Denver-based agency providing communications support to fermented malted barley crafters across Denver and the country. Emily is also a writer and photographer, including authoring the book Colorado’s Top Brewers and writing for outlets such as Craft Beer & Brewing, 5280, and CraftBeer.com.
Caitlin Johnson | Big World, Small Girl
Caitlin Johnson is a beer blogger and social media influencer based in Austin. She also freelances on beer, drinks, and travel for a number of outlets. Caitlin has thrived with Instagram, has over 16,000 followers, and will be speaking on the platform at BeerNow20. Blogging since 2015, Caitlin has since worked with numerous brands which include Whole Foods, GrowlerWerks, Jameson Whiskey, Shiner Beer, Sugarfina, Guinness, and Dogfish Head.
Lester Jones | National Beer Wholesalers Association
Lester Jones is the Chief Economist for the National Beer Wholesalers Association, where he tracks the economic factors that impact the beer distribution industry and alcohol policy decisions at the federal, state and local levels. He evaluates and develops primary industry data, including economic impact, tax impacts, sales and volume data. Lester has more than 20 years of experience in research, survey methodology and applied economics. He previously served as chief economist at the Beer Institute, where he developed and executed significant research initiatives that helped shape America’s beer industry.
Jason Logsdon | Amazing Food Made Easy
Jason Logsdon is successfully blogging at Amazing Food Made Easy, which has more than 150,000 monthly pageviews generated by more than 100,000 unique visitors, newsletters with over 22,500 subscribers, and an active Facebook group with 28,000 people. He is also the author of 12 (!) cookbooks on modernist and sous vide cooking. Jason has become a master at creating a passive revenue stream from his blog that includes kitchen products, traditionally published books, recipe licensing, paid cooking courses, self publishing cookbooks, e-books, patronage, affiliate sales, wholesaling books, selling brand swag, and ad networks.
Gary Magnone | HoppedLA
Gary Magnone co-founded and runs Hopped LA, a website that helps people discover unique and exciting beer experiences around Los Angeles. He accomplishes this by providing coverage of upcoming beer events, news about new brewery and beer bar openings, announcing new beer releases, and telling the stories behind local brewers and the beers that they craft. Gary works as a digital marketing consultant in Studio City in the Los Angeles area.
Greg Nagel | OC Beer Blog
Greg Nagel has six years of experience running a beer festival in CA called Firkfest that has sold out every year and raised over $65,000 for charity. Greg started as a beer blogger at OC Beer Blog but over the last four years has turned professional in his writing. He now writes for local outlets such as OCWeekly.com and OrangeCoast.com.
Ken & April Pishna | Living a Stout Life
Ken & April Pishna, in their 40s, left their suburban Denver house with their kids, sold or gave everything away, bought an RV, created a nomadic business, moved into the RV, and left Colorado, their home of 30 years. Now they travel around the country in search of great stories around a great beer and share those stories their readers.
Lori Rice | Fake Food Free Productions
Lori Rice is a food and beverage photographer and writer working with major food and drink brands, agriculture boards, magazines, and cookbook publishers. She wrote and photographed the book, Food on Tap: Cooking with Craft Beer and her new book, Beer Bread, will publish February 4, 2020. Lori also spends time educating and inspiring artisanal food and beverage entrepreneurs and other creatives who hope to produce their own photos for advertising, websites, blogs & social media.
Harry Schuhmacher | Beer Business Daily
Harry Schuhmacher is Editor & Publisher of Beer Business Daily, Craft Business Daily, and Wine & Spirits Daily. He has worked in the beer business for over 30 years in a variety of positions, and has published Beer Business Daily for over twenty years. In addition, he is the producer of the Beer Industry Summit and the Wine & Spirits Summit. He is often quoted as a beer industry expert in national publications such as Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. Harry lives in a restored brewery in San Antonio, Texas. He enjoys reading, dive bars, and drinking beer in beer-clean glasses.
Veronica Vega | Deschutes Brewery
Veronica Vega is Director of New Product Development at Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon. She is the company’s first female lead brewmaster and has risen through the ranks, starting as a tour guide 13 years ago. Veronica will be presenting at Beer Now on Shape Tasting With Craft Beer, which brings together tasting notes (the words) with concept art (the shapes) to illustrate a visual description of beer.