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 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.

“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 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.

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

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

Mike Sardina

Mike is a passionate craft beer enthusiast, an active member of the Brewers Association, the California Craft Brewers Association, and the American Homebrewers Association.  Prior to joining Societe Brewing Company as its Assistant Executive Officer and Chief Legal Officer, Mike practiced IP Litigation at a large multinational law firm in Silicon Valley, California.  For the last seven years, Mike has been actively involved in the San Francisco and Bay Area beer community, and now he calls America’s Craft Beer Capital, San Diego, California, his home.  For all things California beer, follow him on twitter at @SocieteMike.  Contact:

John Chilson

John Chilson writes about Portland history and architecture at Lost Oregon. He’s always interested in learning more about local breweries, brewers and brewpubs and especially likes telling their stories. And drinking beer. Follow him on twitter at@LostOregon

Michael O’Connor

Michael O’Connor is a writer, filmmaker, and beer aficionado based out of Portland, Oregon. A graduate of NYU and former editor for Marvel Comics and Avalon Publishing in New York, he moved to Portland in 2007 and shifted careers to the craft beer industry while moonlighting as a freelance writer on the side. He has been published in magazines and websites like The Willamette Week, The Portland Tribune, PDX Magazine, Portland Picks, Beer NW, and Brewpublic, produced several films through the NW Film Center, and as buyer and manager at craft beer bar Bailey’s Taproom, Michael is responsible for keeping over twenty rotating taps constantly fed with the finest brews available. You can follow his blog, read his short stories, and watch his films at You can also find him on Twitter @oconnoblog and Facebook