For more than a decade John Holl, an award-winning journalist, has covered the beer industry traveling the globe and in search of the best beers, brewers, and flavors. He is the author of Drink Beer, Think Beer: Getting to the Bottom of Every Pint, and The American Craft Beer Cookbook, which captures the best of the brewery and brewpub menus. He is also the author of Dishing Up New Jersey a cookbook celebrating the foods, flavors, cultures, and traditions of the Garden State. These 150 recipes include dishes featuring New Jersey’s own produce — tomatoes, corn, cranberries, blueberries, apples — along with deep-fried boardwalk treats, late-night diner bites, and recipes contributed by casinos, bison and dairy farms, food trucks, old-school delis, famous bakeries, and more.
Currently John is the senior editor of Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine and the co-host of the award-winning Steal This Beer podcast. Previously John served as editor of All About Beer Magazine, and he has worked for the New York Times, Newark Star-Ledger, and the Indianapolis Star. Additionally, his work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Beverage World and Wine Enthusiast among many others. His earlier books include Massachusetts Breweries and Indiana Breweries. Having visited more than 1,300 breweries and brewpubs in the United States and around the world, John has met the people behind the beer, telling the story of beer and the culture of drinking. His work has received awards from the North American Guild of Beer Writers and by the British Guild of Beer Writers. John contributed a dozen entries to the critically acclaimed Oxford Companion to Beer and was featured in the New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA and Canada, published by Taschen. He also contributed to Savoring Gotham, a book that chronicles the history of New York’s food traditions and his writing was featured in the anthology, Beer: In So Many Words. An international beer judge, John delivered the keynote address at the 2018 Alberta Small Brewers Conference, the 2017 Minnesota Brewers Guild Conference, the 2017 Craft Brewing Events Conference, and the 2014 New Zealand’s Brewers Guild Awards dinner. He served as a judge for the 2014-2016 Great American Beer Festival and as a finalist judge for the 2010 – 2017 Samuel Adams LongShot Competition. He has also judged a number of other beer competitions including the Brussels Beer Challenge and, the International Beer Challenge, and more.
He regularly appears on NBC’S Today weekend edition in New York and on News 12 New Jersey, and he has been a guest on American Public Media’s Marketplace and National Public Radio stations in Boston, Chicago, Fargo, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Sioux Falls. John regularly hosts beer dinners and presents lectures on a variety of beer topics. Always in search of a new place to visit, a different beer to try and interesting people to meet, he is available for writing assignments, events, or interviews. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his family and a seemingly endless supply of beer. On Twitter @John_Holl.
Just ran into Bob Pease the CEO of the @BrewersAssoc at the #GABF hotel in Denver. Was recounting some recent #beer experiences and he says "small and independent doesn't always mean quality." But, damnit, the people who care about these things are working to change that!