I strive to tell the real stories of the people behind the products, places, or trends, and I look for the points at which said products, places, and trends intersect with our lives, important movements, and rich histories. Yes, I'm interested in at what temperature that beer was fermented and for long, but I'm even more so intrigued by the diversity efforts being made at the brewery crafting that beer.
I’ve been fortunate to be able to go deep on compelling stories with heavy research and interviewing. I used The Decameron as a lens through which to view parallels between Florentines’ social behaviors during the Black Death to those of ours during Covid-19 for Good Beer Hunting. I talked to paranormal investigators to find out what was going on in “Manhattan’s most haunted house” without visitors during the pandemic for Fodor’s. I interviewed creative cosplayers and makeup artists about how they're disrupting the norms of "beer Instagram" for October. I gave readers an inside peek at how the Smithsonian's beer historian is tracking the pandemic's effects on the national beer industry in real time for Atlas Obscura.
I explored how New York City’s homebrewing scene is so vibrant when homebrewing takes up so much space and New Yorkers have none, for Edible Brooklyn. I interviewed a host of bands and breweries to figure out why the surge of metal bands making their own beers has become so prevalent for Kerrang!, and I also talked to brands and breweries about how and why craft beer became the hottest marketing tool of 2018 for Delish. I researched why so many people actually hate IPAs, because it turns out: science, for HuffPost. I investigated that weird stat that people who like beer are more likely to have sex on the first date, for Vice.
I had the privilege of hearing from some of the most important voices on the state of diversity in craft beer in 2020, for Craft Beer. I interviewed the founders of an exemplary internship program to break down the barriers of entry for BIPOC in beer, for VinePair; as well as the creator of a ground-breaking initiative to support women of color access roles in the industry, for October. Six months into the pandemic, I caught up with breweries juggling daily survival with increased efforts in community outreach and improved representation, also for VinePair.
And look, Ma, I can write time-sensitive news and run weekly columns, too! I had a weekly NYC events column for i-D; a weekly shopping column for Racked NY; and a weekly ice cream column and then a brewery and distillery column for amNY. Currently, I write daily food news stories for Mashed and have a monthly beer column for Decibel.
For a more complete list of my work with links, you need only look slightly to your right. And to read my writing marrying craft beer, bars, drinking culture and history, and personal attachments to all of it, subscribe to my newsletter Hugging the Bar here.
For VinePair: In 2021, Who are Beer Reviews Actually For?
For VinePair: Why a Drag Star’s Collaboration Matters in Beer’s Path Toward Better Queer Visibility
For Liquor: 5 Low-ABV Beers to Try Right Now
For VinePair: 11 Years of Untappd-How One App Gamified the Relentless Pursuit of Novelty
For October: How Eugenia Brown is Empowering Women of Color to Join the Beer Industry
For VinePair: Meet HDHC, the New Hopping Technique Coming to a Hazy IPA Near You
For October: Beauty and the Beer - How These Instagrammers Are Going Beyond the Bottle Shot
For VinePair: Craft Beer Is Responding to Covid and Racism Through Communal Initiatives
For Insider: I Tried Making a Beer Slushie at Home Despite Being a Beer Purist, and the Trend Officially Has My Approval
For VinePair: This Brooklyn Brewery Is Serving Up a Brighter, More Diverse Future for Craft Beer
For Atlas Obscura: How a Beer Historian Is Documenting COVID-19’s Impact on Brewing
For Craft Beer: All Together - Breweries Collaborate to Help Hospitality Workers
For Craft Beer: Outspoken Advocates for Diversity in Beer Enter 2020 Cautiously Optimistic
For Vice: Unpacking the Infamous Theory That Beer Drinkers Have Sex on the First Date
For Grub Street: Talea Is the Woman-Owned Brewery That Even Beer Haters Can Love
For Edible Brooklyn: No Space, No Problem: New York City’s Dedicated Home Brewers
For Kerrang!: Why So Many Metal Bands are Releasing Their Own Beers
For Craft Beer: Girls In Craft - Meet the Women Behind Female-Focused Beer Merchandise
For Lohud: Crafting an Image - Kings Court Brewery Co-Owner on Being a Woman in the Beer Industry
For Men's Journal: The Best Craft Beer Festivals in the U.S.
For amNY: NYC Beer Scene Grows with Local Groups for Women
For Delish: Why Companies That Have No Business Making Beer Are Suddenly Selling Their Own Brews
For HuffPost: According To History, We Can Thank Women For Beer
For HuffPost: Hate IPAs? It's Because Your Genetics Programmed You To Dislike Bitter Beers.
For Hop Culture: The Changing Gender Dynamics of Belgian Beer
Food & Drink:
For HuffPost: Why Hershey's Chocolate Tastes Like ... Well, Vomit
For Eat This, Not That!: Experts are Questioning the Efficacy of This Popular Weight Loss App
For PUNCH: The King of New York’s Most Infamous Metal Bar
For HuffPost: Sweethearts Conversation Hearts Are Back, But They're Not Very Chatty
For HuffPost: Digestifs To Drink After Thanksgiving Dinner
For Delish: Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About Mead
For amNY: Bars with Pool Tables in the City Remain, Bucking an Overall Trend
For Food52: 26 Cooking Tools Even a Minimalist Can't Live Without
For Food52: 11 Inspiring Restaurant Interiors We're Bookmarking, Stat
For Observer: New York’s Tiniest Restaurant Returns
For Brooklyn Magazine: Better Off Spread - A Peanut Butter Line That’s Sweet, Spicy and Totally Metal
For Good Beer Hunting: Gin Lane vs. Beer Street — How One Artist Captured a Pivotal Century in Our Drinking History
For Good Beer Hunting: The Plague Mirror — Recognizing Ourselves in Black Death-Era Italy Through The Decameron
For Mental Floss: 8 Times Historical Leaders Threw Their Opponents Out Windows
For The Hairpin: Rose Bertin, The First Celebrity Stylist
For Lip: Empress Elisabeth of Austria: Was the 19th Century Monarchy Just as Bad as Today’s Media?
For Fodor's: What Are New York’s Most Sought-After Ghosts Getting Up to Without Visitors?
For Loudwire: 11 Metal Travel Destinations Every Metalhead Should Visit
For Food52: Around the World in 12 Cookbook Shops
For Food52: The Scots Have Their Own Version of Hygge and It's Called Còsagach
For Food52: These 12 Bookstores Are Worth Traveling for
Humor & Essay:
For The Belladonna: The GoFundMe Page for Marie Antoinette’s Clothing Allowance
For Little Old Lady Comedy: Horoscopes By The Drunk Girl In The Bar Bathroom
For Delish: I Ate Meals With My Dog Every Day For Two Weeks, And It Completely Calmed My Anxiety
For ELLE: I Tried To Be A Fashion It Girl And Failed
For i-D: How Instagram Can Make You Forget Why You Love Fashion
For Invisible Oranges: Bootlegged - Is Your Merch Real?
For Invisible Oranges: To Find the Emerald - Uncovering Metal in Ireland
For i-D: God Save the Queen - Female Punks on the Rise
For i-D: The Griswolds are Partying in the U.S.A.
For i-D: The D.I.Y. Empire of Meredith Graves
For ION: Darby's Girls
For Pancakes and Whiskey: Shovels & Rope - The South was Alive and Kicking at the Bowery Ballroom
Home & Design:
For Food52: Minneapolis Style - A Little Cozy, A Little Scandi-Cool
For Food52: You Don’t Need a Green Thumb to Take Care of These Hardy Indoor Plants
For Food52: Marble vs. Quartz: Which Is the More Popular Selling Feature?
For domino: The One Trick You Need When Moving From an Apartment to a House
For domino: Renovating a Bathroom Turned This Apartment Into a Dream Home
For COSMOPOLITAN: 18 Dorm Room Things You Forgot You Were Obsessed With
Entertainment & Culture:
For VAGA: Youth Culture Photographer Cheney Orr — “Young in Havana, Cuba”
For BUST: Meet The Female Comedians Who Are Getting Laughs In Countries Not Known For Their Comedy
For Mental Floss: 10 Must-Listen True Crime Podcasts
For Observer: Let These Five Food Podcasts Be Your Guide to the Culinary Scene
For i-D: 2015 the Year of... Girl Gangs
For i-D: Meet the Feminist Comedy Duo That Catcalls Men
For i-D: Rediscovered Pportraits of 70s NYC Bad Boys, from Mick Jagger to John Belushi
For i-D: The Man Who Became Anna Wintour
For i-D: Richard Prince's Misogynistic Track Record
For i-D: John Kilar is the Ultimate Festival Photographer
For i-D: New Gen Activist Doreen St. Felix Talks 'Scandal' and Beyonce
Women's Issues, Advocacy, & Life
For Lohud: Self-Defense Classes Offer Mental and Physical Strength, Engender Confidence Say Participants
For NOW NYC: 2016 - The Year in Campus Rape
For The Cut: 10 Women on Making Friends at Work
For i-D: Breenan Louis is Making the South Safer for Queer Youth
For i-D: Young, Colored & Angry! Sets Out to Flip That Phrase on its Head
For i-D: The Younger the Better When it Comes to Advice
For i-D: Is Anti-Feminism Really a Thing?
For Racked: Shopping in Noho With Twitter Maestro John Jannuzzi
For Racked: It's 2015. Fashion Is Full of Vegans. So Why Is Fur Still Trendy?
For Wonderland: Best of the Next - Hailey Gates
For i-D: What "Made in America" Looks Like Today
For i-D: The Real Cost of Fast Fashion, From Two Sustainable Fashion Experts
For i-D: Who Will Take the Throne at Balenciaga? 11 Ideas
For i-D: The Young Designer Expanding Fashion's Reach to People in Wheelchairs
For i-D: Is Brooklyn New York's New Epicenter of Fashion?
For i-D: So What is Fashion Week Like for an Up and Coming Designer?