With a passion for American beer and an interest in the culture of drinking, John Holl has spent the last several years traveling the country chronicling craft brewers and the imbibers who support them.
A journalist since 1996, John has worked as a reporter for the New York Times, the Newark Star-Ledger and the Indianapolis Star. In 2008 he dedicated his efforts to the full-time pursuit of covering the ever-growing American craft beer scene.
In addition to his duties as news editor and columnist of The Ale Street News and associate editor of Beer Connoisseur Magazine, he is a regular contributor to Beverage World Magazine, Craftbeer.com and All About Beer Magazine.
John has also written beer and travel themed article for the Wall Street Journal, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Celebrator Beer News, Alma Cerveza, and Patch.com.
His first book, Indiana Breweries, a guide to beer in the Hoosier State was released in 2011. His second book, Massachusetts Breweries was released in mid-2012. To coincide with the 2012 London Olympics NBC Publishing will release his first ebook Across the Pond and Into a Pub.
In 2013 Storey Publishing will release John’s first cookbook Craft Beer Kitchen – Recipes from and Inspired by America’s Breweries.
John also 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.
John served as a finalist judge for the 2010 and 2011 Samuel Adams Long Shot Competition. He has also judged a number of other beer competitions including the 2011 Copa Cervezas de America, the Pilsner Urquell Master Homebrewer Competition, and the Hacker-Pschorr Backyard Oktoberfest Contest.
Having visited more than 900 breweries in the United States and across the world, John has been privileged to learn about the brewing process from some of the most dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable people in the business.
An award winning journalist, John regularly appears on NBC’S Weekend Today in New York, News 12 New Jersey and has been a guest on Beer Session Radio on the Heritage Radio Network. He has been quoted in beer-themed articles by Edible Manhattan, Patch.com, and the Star-Ledger. He has hosted several beer events and lectures throughout the country.
Always in search of a new place to visit, a different beer to try and interesting people to meet, John is available for writing assignments, events, or interviews.
John lives in Jersey City, N.J. and may be reached at email@example.com.