About Lew Bryson

Lew Bryson 

writes full-time about beer and spirits, since 1995. 

 

Books:

Four brewery guidebooks from Stackpole Books: Pennsylvania Breweries (4th edition released in 2010), New York Breweries, Virginia Maryland and Delaware Breweries, and New Jersey Breweries (with Mark Haynie).

Managing Editor, Whisky Advocate 

Since 1996, have handled story assignments, rough and finish edits, fact-checking, and rewrites at this quarterly magazine, now the world's pre-eminent whisky magazine; staff writer since 1994. Write the American Spirit column, regular feature writer. Work on the highly successful WhiskyFest events in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.

Blogs:

Seen Through A Glass, a beer and whiskey blog that has been quoted in national media, including the New York Times and Slate.
Why The PLCB Should Be Abolished, a political blog focused on rationalizing Pennsylvania's antiquated Liquor Code that began in April, 2008 and has resulted in appearances on radio and television, including a radio debate with then-PLCB chairman P.J. Stapleton.
The Session Beer Project, a surprisingly successful campaign to support the creation and appreciation of flavorful, lower-alcohol beers, referenced repeatedly in national media, that has led to the creation of Session Beer Day (April 7, mark your calendar!) and the support of several session-beer focused breweries and bars. 

 

Television:

The host of American Beer Blogger, a pilot show currently in post-production, featuring visits to various breweries, brewpubs, bars, and beer festivals; plans are for a season of shows.
Appeared in the 2001 television documentary Pennsylvania Breweries, with a script taken from the author's book; produced by PBS affiliate WQLN-TV (Erie, PA) and continues to be shown across the country on public television stations. 

 

Freelance Writer

Regular feature writer for Massachusetts Beverage Business magazine since 1999.
Columnist for Ale Street News, a consumer beer tabloid (circulation 125,000+), featured in the paper since 1995.

 

Presenter

Presents tastings, lectures, and presentations on beer and whiskey for conventions, restaurants, business meetings, and individuals.
Comments on beer and whisky topics in various newspapers and magazines, the AP, ABC News, and others.

Awards

Michael Jackson Beer Journalism Award (Trade and Media), 2008
Philly's Best Beer Writer, 2012 (as voted by the readers of Philly Beer Scene magazine)