Our mission at AmericanCraftBeer.com is simple. We want to have fun…Celebrate the Industry….And drag a whole new generation down the road to ruin at the same time...
My name is Tom Bobak and I’m the Founder & Editor In Chief of AmericanCraftBeer.com. Jeff Chenault is my partner-in-crime and we're both Music Industry refugees.
I come from 25 years of "living the life", having done major label work at some great places, Virgin Records, Geffen records and the EMI label group to name a few…
I had a whole lot of fun, saw some great music, hung out with some interesting people and did almost everything to excess… I eventually decided it was time to grow up, clean up my act a bit and become a more responsible member of society...
So, here I am, down to two vices but in for the long run … Serious Beer & Serious Fun!
And that’s why we created AmericanCraftBeer.com.
Jeff Chenault is our Creative Director. I met Jeff through music industry friends and it took me a year and a half just to chase him down and hold his attention long enough to make him part of this thing. Jeff’s an award-winning art director and graphic designer who's sole purpose in life seems to be making this world less crappy-looking. He comes to us with some reputation in The Biz. He’s created the album art, imaging, photographs and music videos for some of the music industry’s biggest artists…. and because we come from the same world, we think alike & get each other. He’s younger than me, but equally troubled and a perfect fit to what we’re doing here. When he's not dealing with official ACB design duties or generally getting into trouble, he's running his own design firm and saving the day, creatively, for all sorts of more respectable clients. Check out his "other job" here – www.eleven07.com
Nick Villaume is our Director of Media and Event Production and his decision to join us could be the worst mistake he ever made. Nick’s a digital Samurai, one of the best Joomla! programmers in the world and responsible for untold things happening just behind the scenes on the American Craft Beer matrix. He also brings a wealth of experience and a much needed voice of reason and sobriety to our sometime’s over the top operation… Nick’s “lived the life” and decided he’s done. He’s a card carrying AA member and an active sponsor to many in need in the Atlanta area. When Nick's not dealing with ridiculous ACB site demands or just keeping us out of trouble, he's running his own successful website development firm. Check out his "other job" here – www.thedevdepartment.com
Matt Lyman (if that's his real name...) is our Supervising Editor and writer of many things: articles, plays, copy, books. He once wrote a book that you may have heard of: A Tale of Two Cities. Matt is also a liar. He was brought onboard to be a voice for the Northwest and all we've received so far is complaints from fine drinking establishments that he needs to stop trying to drink their IPAs straight from the tap. Currently working in the Marketing department of a Financial Services company, Matt blows off steam by writing, reading, cycling and drinking the finest beers that the Northwest has to offer. A reformed PBR drinker, he is happy to say that he has found the light, and the light is bitter and hoppy.
Amber Medin joined our team as our first Texas correspondent back in September of 2012, and as Tom always intimates, is quietly working to take over the company as the head of ACB’s social media arm. When she’s not hijacking brilliantly crafted websites, she can be found overindulging in food news or overspending on beer and beercations. A former food writer and Virginia wine snob, she’s now using her grammatical powers and imbibing instincts for good as an advocate of the craft beer industry. Or at least that’s what we keep telling her so she'll fix our typos.
Steve Manghi is our Managing Editor and herder of cats. We're still not really sure what to make of this guy. He refers to himself as a "reformed banker" and; so far as we can tell, he either caused the recession and is in hiding with us or is just out looking to get free beer. Steve really does come from a background in the finance world and even doubled up working and school at one point to get an MBA; but really, now we just do whatever he tells us, Mr. Bigshot. When not finding the next social media outlet for us to yell into, Steve sits on the Board of Directors for Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery from his home turf of Seattle, WA. He also happens to be the only homebrewer of the bunch, so maybe he does know something after all.
Juliana Casale couldn't be more thrilled to join ACB as a Boston Correspondent. When she's not busy chatting up bartenders and exploring the bottoms of tulip glasses (what? it's research!) she can be found working downtown at a kickass content marketing startup and grumbling about the Hub's lack of happy hours. Juliana's other hobbies include participating in offbeat activities (2012: falconing, dogsledding, zombie 5K), mocking the grammatically disabled and praying for the return of HBO's Game of Thrones. Her affections can be bought with a Belgian tripel or a Twitter follow @attackofthetext.
Tim Ho is based in Atlanta and comes to us from the world of commercial brewing, having lugged hoses and developed calluses from tightening a bazillion tri-clamp fittings at Pyramid Breweries in Berkeley, CA and from overseeing production of 6.5 million barrels, annually, at the MillerCoors Brewing Company. Currently self-employed, pimpin' laboratory and biotech equipment, he day dreams of one day traveling around the world to chase fresh powder on which to "float" (ie snowboard) and riding all the single-track Mother Nature has to provide, all while chasing it with the finest local craft-brewed malted-barley adult beverages.
Jason Hollingsworth was trained on what good beer really is while going to school in Ann Arbor, surrounded by some of the country's best breweries. Originally recruited as our San Francisco correspondent, he made the move back to the Midwest in 2013 to cover the beer metropolis of Chicago. Known as "that guy who brings the fancy beer to parties," Jason still respects the balance between craft beer and mass-produced light beer, despite not indulging in the latter. Although he has a few favorites, Jason's passion for this beverage is unbounded by brand or style and he will enjoy your homebrew just as much as any top rated beer.
Jeanna Malines joined ACB as our Florida Correspondent in January of 2013. A reformed wino originally from Sonoma, CA, Jeanna caught the “beer bug” a few years ago… and she was hooked! Now, when she’s not thinking about beer, talking about beer or writing about beer she is brewing beer. While she occasionally puts in an appearance at her “real job”, you can often find her at her favorite homebrew shop, in the middle of a mosh pit at some metal/punk show or chanting along with The Ruckus at an Orlando City Soccer game.
Chris Pavetto is a jack of many trades, but a master of only one: loving beer. Based in Washington, D.C. he's part techie, writer, grad student, homebrewer, talentless guitar player and an all-around beer enthusiast. Chris will work for beer, literally – we once dangled a case of Dogfish Head in front of him and he worked for 72 hours straight. Now, he keeps up a day job at a software development company, goes to school for his MBA at night, and contributes to ACB in between. He hopes to one day land a real job in the craft beer industry, but we've got enough beer on hand to keep him going for a while.
Katelyn Pelak (KP) joined up with ACB in October 2012 as our Seattle correspondent, though she learned to drink in the Midwest. Her passion for beer was instilled while homebrewing with her father and nurtured by the demanding social life of a Big Ten student. When she's not writing for ACB or working for a Seattle-based tech company, she is chasing sunlight by hiking, playing beach volleyball, or crushing any other outdoor sport that isn't softball. (Beer in the dugout has yet to sway her). Follow her on Twitter under the handle @BeerBlonde; she enjoys sampling the full spectrum of beers, from blondes to stouts, and is excited to uncover more of the Pacific Northwest's extraordinary breweries.
Lindsay Snyder is our Coloradan transplant who now calls Wisconsin home. After reluctantly leaving behind her skis and her dog, she has grown to love Madison for the lakes, the people, and the beer. Having grown up in a household of Schlitz and Keystone Ice, and attended college in a small Midwestern town that subsisted on Natural Light alone, it's lucky for us that Lindsay ventured to Europe and tasted her first Belgian pale ale. Since then she's made a point to sniff out the best beer happenings within a 200 mile radius. There's little she won't do for a good IPA, an outdoor concert, and a shoes-optional policy.
Dave Stratton is an artist many times over, but like many talented people in LA he doesn't have much to show for it. He abandoned drawing after high school when note taking caused his pen strokes to look like bathroom graffiti on an etch-a-sketch. In college he found the three loves of his life: craft beer, his spouse, and improvised comedy. Dave transformed his artistic ability like Optimus Prime at the Louvre by shifting his craft to improvised comedy, writing, and creating digital media. You can often find him playing a robot Jack Tripper on the all robot cast of Three's Company Live on various stages around Hollywood.
Dan Varricchio lives in Boston and spends his daytime hours as a Social Worker for a child welfare agency in Massachusetts, however, his love and passion is beer. Dan's first experience with beer was when he was about 6 years old. His Grandfather loved one beer and that was Schaefer, and he remembers going with his mom to the local store to pick up a couple cases to bring home. Dan likes to sample new beers, tour breweries, attend a beer fest and finding the next new beer store. Prior to writing for American Craft Beer he wrote his own beer blog. In his free time he loves spending time with his wife and daughter and traveling.
Warren Wills has been hunting big game beers since 1995 when he first sampled New Belgium's Fat Tire as an under-aged beggar at Colorado State. Since then he's served overseas in the Army, traveled near and far across North America working as a traveling fraternity consultant via Chicago, created fight clubs as a longshoreman in Japan and daily assists over 120 customers count their pennies as a personal banker. He's seen it all and is willing drink most anything put in front of him. He's managed to survive the past 15 years living mostly in Southern California, Chicago, Minneapolis and Portland, OR where he currently resides. Writer and editor of Hoppinessis.com since 2010 and contributor to Beerzenjournal.com, a print journal based in Osaka Japan.