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.
Jamaal is a 2022 nominee for the James Beard Foundation media awards in the feature category for his work on the series “Tek Cyear uh de Root.”
Where can people find you on social media?
Where can people find your work?
Good Beer Hunting | Huckberry | CraftBeer.com | Blavity
What topics do you regularly cover?
The affect beer has on culture—race, gender, and family.
What topics would you like to cover more in the future?
Brewing and its connection to community sustainability.
People should consider me an expert on ____ … and why:
College football and frying seafood—two things I saw/discussed regularly growing up in South Carolina.
What’s a favorite thing you’ve created in the last year?
“8&ALL” collab beer with Edmunds Oast, GBH, Dr Brian Alberts, Lost Lagers, and Damion Johnson.
What’s the last great thing you read or heard? (beer or not)
“The Comfort Crisis” by Michael Easter
What’s a fun fact, hidden talent, or something you enjoy that has nothing to do with beer?
I really enjoy watching hunting TV shows.
How did you get into covering beer?
I won a beer internship casting call that allowed me to travel to visit breweries and document my experiences. (World of Beer Drink it Internship)
Who is a reporter/author/podcaster and publication/show that inspires you?
Kate Bernot — she’s always sharp with information and does a great job of making it make sense.