Ezra Johnson-Greenough (aka 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.
Aaron is a freelance writer and beer guy based in Eugene, OR. He worked as a beer steward at The Bier Stein for six years, and has written about beer since 2009. Other liquid interests lie in homebrewing, food and beer pairing, gruit, cider, and cocktails. Solid interests include cooking, food fermentation, and gardening. Ethereal interests include music, hiking, discussions about beer quality, and whether his qualifications as a Certified Cicerone and BJCP National judge matter.
Author of The Great Northeast Brewery Tour and a contributor to The Oxford Companion to Beer, Ben Keene has judged beer competitions across the United States and frequently speaks at industry conferences and conventions. He lives in Seattle.
My name is Heidi Howard. I am a craft beer enthusiast turned freelance beer writer from beautiful, beer-centric Bend, Oregon. What makes me a worthy beer writer? I’ve been judging beer since 2015, and have LOTS of experience drinking craft beer. I have explored breweries all over the Country, from Washington to Florida and a bunch of places in between. I take the fun of craft beer very seriously! My goal in writing is to bring people into the craft beer world by explaining beer in a way that both newbie and experienced craft beer drinkers understand and enjoy.
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.
Gordon “El Gordo” Feigner
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 owns and manages one of Portland’s finest breakfast establishments. 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.