Samurai Artist aka Ezra Johnson-Greenough

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for the last 5 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to brewing beer. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation and beer education events/tastings.

"SNOB" Ritch Marvin

Ritch Marvin, or as he is better known by his nickname "S.N.O.B." Ritch due to of his Supporters of Native Oregon Beer posterboy status, is the resident photography and video expert. Whenever possible he shoots the highest quality beer photography on The New School, as well as filming, editing, and producing our "Behind the Pint" video features. He is also a prolific and award-winning homebrewer who occasionally collaborates on beers at places like Coalition and Breakside Brewery.

Gordon "ElGordo" Feighner

Gordon Feighner, aka "ElGordo," is The New School's copy editor, as well as the resident enforcer if people get out of line. If things are messed up and mispelled badly, it's probably because ElGordo has not had a crack at editing yet. A former longtime Belmont Station employee, he now works as a consumer advocate. You can find him regularly having a pint or three at the Horse Brass and at most every beer fest in town. A native Georgian, he often bootlegs bottles back from the southeast, as well as from his various international travels.

Bill Night

For the last several years Bill Night has been writing a Portland-centric beer blog called It's Pub Night, named after the ritual weekly phone call or email rounding up friends for a night out: "Hey, it's pub night!". Despite his advanced age, he is lending a hand to the New School with a monthly rant called "Piss and Vinegar". The name of the column comes from the British colloquial phrase "taking the piss" -- making fun -- and the sour character of Bill's rants. He will continue to maintain It's Pub Night, and he invites you to take a look at some of the fun things over there, like the Beer Review Generator, the Portland Beer Price Index, and the Six-Pack Equivalent Calculator.

Brian Yaeger

Brian Yaeger is the author of Red, White, and Brew: An American Beer Odyssey. He contributed to the Oxford Companion to Beer and writes for All About Beer, Draft Magazine,, Portland Monthly, Willamette Week, and more. He earned a Master in Professional Writing (with a thesis on beer). Other than GABF, his favorite, can't-miss event is the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest where he's drawn to any band with a tuba. Along with his wife, Half Pint, he runs Inn Beervana Bed & Beer in Portland where he also lives with his baby boy I.P.Yae, and German Shorthair Pointer, Dunkel. 


Branden Andersen is a Bend-based beer writer who regularly contributes Central Oregon stories to The New School. He started casually beer writing in the spring of 2013 under the pseudonym "The Beer Detective." Since then, he has contributed to local and regional blogs and freelanced to regional and trade magazines. Branden is currently studying to become a Certified Cicerone and is always looking to expand his knowledge of the beverage and industry as a whole. To check out his personal site, go to For tips or leads, email him at

Ben "Yalie" Edmunds

Ben Edmunds, or the "Yalie", as we like to call him, is the GABF award-winning Head Brewer at Breakside Brewery and a beer educator who teaches classes on all types of beer with his company, Oregon Beer Odyssey. When he is not brewing, teaching, and exploring Portland's culinary scene, he writes a regular column on The New School called "New Brew Odyssey" that often focuses on new or forgotten brewing styles and techniques, as well as the occasional critique or interview. Read his previous stories here