Meet a Member: Kate Bernot

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?

@kbernot on Instagram and Twitter.

Where can people find your work?

Primarily at Good Beer Hunting and Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine/The Brewing Industry Guide, but also in Montana Craft Beer Connection, Imbibe, America’s Test Kitchen, Craft Spirits Magazine, and elsewhere.

What topics do you regularly cover? 

Broadly, the business of beverage alcohol—beer, spirits, non-alcoholic products, and increasingly, where those all converge! Less frequently, I also write about food, the restaurant business, and foodservice equipment.

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

I’m fascinated by the spaces where beer, spirits, consumer packaged goods, cannabis, and other traditional categories blend—as well as how all tiers of businesses are adapting to a reality where those lines matter less than they ever have.

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

Shifting business models within the craft beverage industry. I’ve reported on more mergers, acquisitions, licensing deals, joint ventures, and “strategic partnerships” within the last five years than I could have anticipated when I began my career. These deals, which can seem opaque or strange from the outside, generally have clear business imperatives and create smart efficiencies for the future. My reporting is always focused on trying to suss out those strategies. (On a geographic note, if you have questions about Montana beer, I’m your gal.)

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

I don’t know about “favorite,” but I’m proud of the reporting I did surrounding workplace culture and conditions at Mikkeller this year for Good Beer Hunting. It tested me as a reporter but I learned so much from the experience.

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

“Somebody’s Daughter” by Ashley C. Ford was a memoir I couldn’t put down. Ford’s writing has seemingly physical strength to it; her words were like a weight pressing against my chest.

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

I love hiking, camping, running, and answering questions about my backyard chickens.

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Author: Bryan Roth

Beer enthusiast and homebrewer.

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