Meet a Member: Beth Demmon

In “Meet a Member,” we highlight the people who make up the North American Guild of Beer Writers. It’s a chance to learn more about the wide collection of journalists, podcasters, bloggers, and vloggers who cover the industry. See and archive of these Q&A profiles.

Where can people find you on social media?

Where can people find your work?

The best spot to find out (almost) everything about me is at The rest of the stuff you can probably find out on Twitter, because I’m not exactly known for my filter…

What topics do you regularly cover? 

I’m best known for being a beer writer, but I write fairly extensively about cider as well. I also cover RTDs, spirits, and the occasional-but-steady overall travel, food, drink, and general hospitality industry. 

What topics would you like to cover more in the future?

Definitely cider — it’s a segment I’m paying a lot of attention to and would love to continue to cover a lot more of. I’m also currently writing a book about the overlaps between beer and cider, so I get to drink a lot of both!

People should consider me an expert on ____ … and why:

The flavors and profiles of craft beer and cider. I’m a certified BJCP judge and Certified Cider Professional through the American Cider Association. After having written about (and drinking) both pretty extensively for a few years, I can hold a pretty decent conversation about either. 

What’s a favorite thing you’ve created in the last year?

Reviving Prohibitchin’ as a Substack! It’s my monthly interview series that focuses on women and non-binary individuals working in beverage alcohol across the world. It started a few years ago and originally focused on women in the San Diego craft beer industry, but when COVID closed the magazine it was previously published in, I realized there were still tons of stories from people who rarely get the opportunities to share their perspectives.

I moved it to Substack in January 2021 and I’m stoked to keep it going, thanks to the readers and sponsors (hat tip to Rev Nat’s Hard Cider in Portland, Oregon) who keep it alive. If you haven’t subscribed yet, it’s free!

What’s the last great thing you read or heard? (beer or not)

Milk Blood Heat is a collection of short stories by Dantiel W. Moniz. I’m a huge fan of short stories, thanks to an ever-diminishing attention span, and these kept my attention the entire time. Absolutely breathtaking, highly recommend if you’re into fabulous fiction.

What’s a fun fact, hidden talent, or something you enjoy that has nothing to do with beer?

When I was growing up, I either wanted to be an astronaut or professional cartoonist. I’d still be cool doing either! (Probably more so the cartoonist route now, as I am deathly afraid of heights and deeply hate cold places, such as the expanse of space, or anywhere with snow.)

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Author: Bryan Roth

Beer enthusiast and homebrewer.

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