It's been 23 years since my wife, Daria Labinsky, and I left our previous jobs as newspaper editors to see the country and some of the world beyond. Writing about beer was not part of the plan. Neither was writing books, but I've been lucky to co-author four of them with her, write three on my own and contribute to many others.
The three most popular - "For the Love of Hops," "Brewing with Wheat" and "Brew Like a Monk" - are about beer and brewing, but I don't pretend to be a brewing expert.
I'm a journalist. I visit places (mostly breweries, but for the most recent books hop farms and research facilities) I collect stories, I ask people what they do and why they do it, I sort through various histories, and I try to make sense of what brewing scientists have to say.
Not everything I learn makes it way into books, so as well as writing for a variety of magazines I comment on the importance of the "where in beer" at www.appellationbeer.com.