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About Lew Bryson

Lew Bryson 
Photo by David Handschuh

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


Drinks Writer for Flaviar.
Columnist for Craft Spirits Magazine.
Writes for The Full Pint


Whiskey Master Class, Harvard Common Press, February, 2020.  
Tasting Whiskey, Storey Publishing, 2014 (IACP Wine, Beer & Spirits category finalist).
Four brewery guidebooks: Pennsylvania Breweries (4th edition released in 2010), New York Breweries, Virginia Maryland and Delaware Breweries, and New Jersey Breweries (with Mark Haynie).

Former Managing Editor, Whisky Advocate 

From 1996 to 2015, handled story assignments, rough and finish edits, fact-checking, and rewrites at this quarterly magazine. Staff writer: wrote the American Spirit column, regular feature writer, craft whiskey reviewer. Worked on the highly successful WhiskyFest events in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.


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.


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.


The host of American Beer Blogger, a pilot show featuring visits to various breweries, brewpubs, bars, and beer festivals. The show was not picked up for further development, but did win a regional Emmy in 2013.
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).


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)
Member, The Order of the Writ
Kentucky Colonel

Lew Bryson lives in Centre County, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Cathy. They have two adult children and one feisty little Welsh Corgi, named Pippin.