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?
- Instagram: @peterlafrancetoo
- Facebook: @theoldgrowler
- Twitter: @theoldgrowler
Where can people find your work?
- Books: “Beer Basics” and “Cooking & Eating with Beer“
What topics do you regularly cover?
Today’s beer market. The history of beer. Beer and food traditions, cooking with beer, Economics of beer. Beer and taxes. And the politics of beer.
What topics would you like to cover more in the future?
The culinary traditional pairing of beer and street-food from around the world. Researching the many types of fermented malt beverages there have been since brewing beer began. Exploring the aromatics of fermented malt beverages.
People should consider me an expert on ____ … and why:
Food and beer. I have published two books on the subjects. Cooking & Eating with Beer” and “Beer Basics,” both published by John Wiley & Sons.
What’s a favorite thing you’ve created in the last year?
Re-branding BeerBasics.com into TheOldGrowler.com
What’s the last great thing you read or heard? (beer or not)
Nose Dive: A Field Guide to the World’s Smells by Harold McGee
What’s a fun fact, hidden talent, or something you enjoy that has nothing to do with beer?
A “Radio Voice” cultivated when a DJ on a couple of AM radio stations in Vermont.