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 Liquor: 5 Low-ABV Beers to Try Right Now
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 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 Men's Journal: The Best Craft Beer Festivals in the U.S.
For HuffPost: According To History, We Can Thank Women For Beer
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 HuffPost: Digestifs To Drink After Thanksgiving Dinner
For Delish: Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About Mead
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 Food52: Around the World in 12 Cookbook Shops
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 Invisible Oranges: Bootlegged - Is Your Merch Real?
For Invisible Oranges: To Find the Emerald - Uncovering Metal in Ireland
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 COSMOPOLITAN: 18 Dorm Room Things You Forgot You Were Obsessed With
Entertainment & Culture:
For Mental Floss: 10 Must-Listen True Crime Podcasts
For i-D: 2015 the Year of... Girl Gangs
For i-D: The Man Who Became Anna Wintour
Women's Issues, Advocacy, & Life
For NOW NYC: 2016 - The Year in Campus Rape
For The Cut: 10 Women on Making Friends at Work
For i-D: Is Anti-Feminism Really a Thing?
For Wonderland: Best of the Next - Hailey Gates