An introduction to the blog

Hey all,
as some of you know I have worked for many local breweries in some capacity so I want to head off any claims of being biased from the beginning.
Breweries or beer related businesses I have worked for directly and indirectly: Upright Brewing, Taplister, Laurelwood, Beer NW, NAOBF, Ninkasi, Hopworks, Double Mountain, Belmont Station and Pelican.

With that out of the way the goals of this blog are to explore all things beer. You will see a lot of reviews and opinions on beers and things happening in the industry. I will try to keep everything fair and professional. It would not serve me well to attack unfairly since I may end up working for any one of them.
That said I clearly outlined a few people/company/places that I am not a fan of. I think thats about as up front as it gets.

Some other cool features you will see are bar and restaurant reviews, always with an eye towards beer friendly spots. As well as continuing the video series I started with chief “SNOB” Ritch Marvin that we have been producing for Taplister.

Samurai Artist
Samurai Artist

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. 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 in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact:


  • Bill
    Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:48 PM

    Welcome to the party! I guess I’m old school. I feel old, anyway.