Writing

“As you’ve probably gathered by now, beer is more than just a drink to me. When I taste the perfect beer, I’m taken back to the places my wife and I have traveled in pursuit of this passion—a cozy Belgian cafe overlooking a canal on a rainy day, a farmhouse brewery in the Midwest with rustic wood beams that have seen countless seasons and harvests. When I write about beer, I try to do more than just profile a beer’s flavor and aroma or talk about what to expect when you visit a brewery. I want to tell the stories behind the beer and help you imagine my own experience when I first tried that particular bottle or visited that particular brewery or bar.” – David on writing about beer

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MOST RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Cacao, Brewing, and the Price of Nostalgia—Toward a Better Future for Chocolate Beer | Good Beer Hunting
The New Frontiers of American Wine-Inspired Beers | Vinepair
All In a Day’s Work: Mother Stewart’s Brewing in Springfield, Ohio | Pellicle
Livestock & Lager: Breweries Raise Animals and Agricultural Awareness | Craftbeer.com
Anchorage Brewing Adds Innovative Wood Coolship | PorchDrinking
Pairing Beer & Chocolate: An Interview with David Nilsen | Cacao Mag
Food, Drink & Poetry: A Conversation with Emily O’Neill | On the Seawall

HIGHLIGHTS

Good Beer Hunting

An Ever-Evolving Organism—Urban Artifact in Cincinnati, Ohio
Tending the Fires—Carillon Brewing Company in Dayton, Ohio

Pellicle Mag

Bruges, Beer, & Drowning Post-Election Dread
On a Wind-Tossed Sea—Behind Jolly Pumpkin’s Calabaza Blanca
No Smoke Without Fire: How Indiana’s Sugar Creek Malt Is Moving Beer Forward by Looking to History
Big Two Hearted—The Story Behind Bell’s Iconic IPA
Beer in the Land of Ice & Fire: Finding Comfort Amid a Storm in Reykjavík, Iceland
Finding Terroir in the Buckeye State—Branch & Bone Artisan Ales

Vinepair

Craft Brewers Unlock Tequila’s Base Ingredient with Agave and Barrel-Aged Beers
Ohio Coffee Beer Steps Into the Light

Beer Advocate Magazine

Recipe Revival: Early American Brewing Survives at Museums
Harnessing the Wolf: Breweries Attempt to Control Bacteria the Old-Fashioned Way

Craftbeer.com

Two Ancient American Beers Light a New Path at Dos Luces Brewery
Around Ohio in 18 Beers
Lady Justice Brewing Dreams Big, Supports Women-Based Causes
The Evolving American Brown Ale

Cacao Magazine

Craft Cousins: Beer & Chocolate

Civil Eats

Craft Breweries are Banding Together and Brewing for Good
Foraged Beer Takes Craft Brewing Back to the Land

Ohio Magazine

5 Michigan Breweries to Visit this Fall
Brewer Hannah Ferguson: Modern Methods Brewing
Branch & Bone Artisan Ales

Edible Ohio Valley

His Toughest Boss: Dayton’s Chef Dane Shipp

Midwesterner

Beer Tastes Better with Midwestern Malt
The Essential Midwestern Holiday Beers

Porchdrinking

Graft | The Haunting Artwork of Branch & Bone Autumn Zephyr
Fifth Street Brewpub Becomes Safe Bars Certified
Little Fish Brewing Talks About Consent
Debunking the Misconceptions Behind Craft Lagers
We’ve Got Your Bock: The Basics of Bock Styles
Book Review & Interview: Marika Josephson on Farmhouse Beer
The OGs of Craft Beer: Great Lake Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

Podcast Appearances

David Nilsen Builds a Bridge Between Beer and Chocolate | Good Beer Hunting
Episode 68: What You Need to Know About Chocolate & Beer | Good Beer Matters
The Dayton Beer Scene | Beers with Strangers
Why Is Education Vital to the Beer Industry? | Breaking Brews
Episode 39: How to Become a Professional Beer Writer & Educator | Good Beer Matters
Beerded Hops interview | Beerded Hops

COMPLETE

Good Beer Hunting

An Ever-Evolving Organism—Urban Artifact in Cincinnati, Ohio
Cacao, Brewing, and the Price of Nostlagia—Toward a Better Future for Chocolate Beer
Tending the Fires—Carillon Brewing Company in Dayton, Ohio

Pellicle Mag

All In a Day’s Work: Mother Stewart’s Brewing in Springfield, Ohio
Bruges, Beer, & Drowning Post-Election Dread
On a Wind-Tossed Sea—Behind Jolly Pumpkin’s Calabaza Blanca
No Smoke Without Fire: How Indiana’s Sugar Creek Malt Is Moving Beer Forward by Looking to History
Big Two Hearted—The Fascinating Story of Bell’s Iconic IPA
Beer in the Land of Ice & Fire: Finding Comfort Amid a Storm in Reykjavík, Iceland
Finding Terroir in the Buckeye State—Branch & Bone Artisan Ales

Vinepair

The New Frontiers of American Wine-Inspired Beers
Ohio Coffee Beer Steps Into the Light
Craft Brewers Unlock Tequila’s Base Ingredient with Agave and Barrel-Aged Beers

Beer Advocate Magazine

Recipe Revival: Early American Brewing Survives at Museums
Harnessing the Wolf: Breweries Attempt to Control Bacteria the Old-Fashioned Way

Midwesterner

Beer Tastes Better with Midwestern Malt
The Essential Midwestern Holiday Beers

Beer Connoisseur Magazine

Urban Artifact Brewery Tour

Taproot Magazine

Plowman’s Pint: Bringing Beer Back to the Farm

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine
Love Handles: The Barrel House

The Reporter’s Notebook

Rabid Brewing’s Dino Delivery

Craftbeer.com

Ale Mail: Craft Breweries Deliver Direct to Customers during COVID-19
Livestock & Lager: Breweries Raise Animals and Agricultural Awareness
12 Classic Christmas Beers
Two Ancient American Beers Light a New Path at Dos Luces Brewery
Around Ohio 18 Beers
New & Noteworthy Peanut Butters Beers
Lady Justice Brewing Dreams Big, Supports Women-Based Causes
Rabid Brewing, a Reflection of Its Imaginative Founders
Former Manufacturing Building Is Now Pennsylvania’s Largest Brewpub
Feel at Home in this Ohio Brewery’s Airbnb
The Evolving American Brown Ale
9 Train-themed Craft Breweries
12 Craft Beers that Taste Like…Beer!
Beerosaurus: 11 Dinosaur-Themed Craft Beers
11 Breweries and Brewpubs with Impressive Menus
New Breweries Recommended by Craftbeer.com Writers
Cultivating Community with Brewery Bhavana
Raleigh’s Lonerider Brewing Serves Up Ales for the Outlaw in All of Us
9 Beers to Match Your Personal Phobias
Mexican Hot Chocolate Beers: Chocolate, Spice, and Everything Nice
Whole Coconut Brazilian Moqueca Fish Stew made with Witbier
Like Mexican-Style Lagers? Here Are 11 Craft Beers You Should Try
In the Hometown of the Wright Brothers, Warped Wing Brewery Is Taking Off

Civil Eats

Craft Breweries are Banding Together and Brewing for Good
Foraged Beer Takes Craft Brewing Back to the Land

Cacao Mag

Craft Cousins: Beer & Chocolate
Pairing Beer & Chocolate: An Interview with David Nilsen

Ohio on Tap Magazine

Brew Quarters: Breweries with Hotels and Airbnbs
Ohio Breweries Give Back
Crafted with Flavor: Tips for Cooking with Ohio Craft Beer

Ohio Magazine

5 Michigan Breweries to Visit this Fall
Bunk & Brew: Ohio Breweries Offer Airbnb Accommodations
Farmer Matt Cunningham: Rustic Brew Farm
Owner Betty Bollas: Fibonacci Brewing
Chef Becky Clark: Little Fish Brewing
Bartender Meagan Belarde: Branch & Bone Artisan Ales
Brewer Hannah Ferguson: Modern Methods Brewing
12 Ohio Beers to Drink This Year
Ohio Bean to Bar Chocolates
Eudora Brewing Company
Frozen Treats (multiple contributors)
Branch & Bone Artisan Ales
MadTree Brewing
Comfort Mood: The Merchant House
A Brew Twist: The Drunken Waffle Food Truck
Warped Wing Brewing Company

Edible Ohio Valley

Foremost Seafood
Namesake Coffee
His Toughest Boss: Dayton’s Chef Dane Shipp
Invoke
Grist Provisions
Fibonacci Brewing
Peace on Fifth
GoZERO
Table 33
Branch & Bone Artisan Ales

Dayton City Paper
Celebrating Germanfest
History by the [Beer] Can
Good for Wheat Ales You
Bock to the Basics: Dark, Malty German Lagers Ease the Sting of Winter
Back to the Farm(house): The Romance and Reality of Rustic Beer Styles
Belgium: A Wonderland of Beer
A Smaller Canvas: Warped Wing’s new can designs
Siss-er-what? Cicerones Dispense Sudsy Knowledge
Star City Suds – Miamisburg’s Craft Beer Scene Foams Over
Dayton in Dirndls: Germanfest Picnic Puts Down New Roots at Riverscape

Midwest Living
The Art of the Flight

Morebeer.com
Popular Craft Beer Styles
How to Make a Yeast Starter

PorchDrinking

Graft | The Haunting Artwork of Branch & Bone Autumn Zephyr
Anchorage Brewing Adds Innovative Wood Coolship
Wolves & People | The Oregon I Am Farmhouse IPA
Fifth Street Brewpub Hires Former Goose Island Brewer
Fifth Street Brewpub Becomes Safe Bars Certified
Rogue Ales & Spirits | Honey Kolsch
N.E.W. Ales Brewing | #AlphabetMafia Hazy Pale Ale
Women in Beer—Chicago Pink Boots Peaches & Her
From Bean to Beer: The New World of Chocolate Beers
Strong BA Series: Warped Wing Whiskey Rebellion
Bee to Bottle: All Abuzz About Honey Beers
Little Fish Brewing Opening Taproom in Dayton
GABF Virtual Recap | Lady Justice Brewing
GABF Recap | Wolf’s Ridge Brewing Wins Big at GABF
GABF Recap | Lock 27 Brings Medal Home to the Gem City
Oktoberfest Beer Showcase: Great Lakes Oktoberfest
Wolf’s Ridge Heartlandia American Lager
Orpheus Brewing’s Diversity Program Teaches Tomorrow’s Craft Beer Leaders
New Book Explores & Expands the World of Farmhouse Brewing
Barrel House Uses Petty Joke for Serious Good
Devil Wind Dankel Dunkel
Beers Inspired by Mexican Culinary Traditions for Cinco de Mayo
Knead a Beer? This New Book Is Full of Great Beer Bread Recipes
Lady Justice Brewing Won’t Let a Virus Ruin Their Grand Opening
Eudora Le Cheval Magique
Seedstock Bohemian Dunkel
Land-Grant Stargazer Black IPA
David Nilsen’s Best Beer of 2019: Ohio & Midwest
Beer Buyer Profile | Sara Stathes of The Barrel House
Little Fish Brewing Talks About Consent
Christmas Classics: Great Lakes Christmas Ale
PorchDrinking’s Thanksgiving Beer Pairings
Market Garden Prosperity Wheat
Grisette: The Grey Lady of Belgian Beer
Event Recap: Ohio’s Ale-O-Ween Offers Spooky Treats
Event Preview: A Comprehensive Guide to Ohio’s Ale-O-Ween
Brink Brewing’s Incredible Success: 2019 GABF
2019 Denver Rare Beer Tasting Brings Out the Elite During GABF Week
2019 Great American Beer Festival: Obscure & Historical Beer
GABF State Spotlight | The Best Ohio Beers
Oktoberfest Lagers: Märzen, Festbier, & Autumnal Confusion
Debunking the Misconceptions Behind Craft Lagers
We’ve Got Your Bock: The Basics of Bock Styles
Dayton Breweries Come Through Strong for Community
Viking Age Brew: An Interview with Mika Laitinen
This Ain’t the Beer that You’re Used To: An Interview with Dom Cook
Wooly Pig Rustic Helles
Book Review & Interview: Marika Josephson on Farmhouse Beer
Branch & Bone Black Razzath
North High Cover Crop Beer
Book Review & Interview: Brew Beer Like a Yeti
Ale-O-Ween: Getting Spooky with Ohio Breweries
A Conversation with Fal Allen on Gose
Taft’s Ale House Gustav Vienna Lager
Book Review & Interview: Brewing Eclectic IPA
The OGs of Craft Beer: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
The OGs of Craft Beer: Great Lake Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
Book Review & Interview: The Beer Bucket List by Mark Dredge
Book Review & Interview: Cheese & Beer by Janet Fletcher
Carillon Brewing Coriander Ale
Book Review & Interview: Beer Pairing by Julia Herz
Rivertown Brewing Raspberry Flicker
Book Review & Interview: Brewing Local
Book Review & Interview: Beer Is for Everyone!
Christian Moerlein Over the Rhine Ale
Book Review & Interview: 50 Must-Try Craft Beers of Ohio
Moeller Brew Barn Blackberry Prairie Wheat
Book Review & Interview: My Beer Year
Brewer of Beyoncé-Inspired Beer Told to Hold Up
Book Review & Interview: Brewed in Michigan
MadTree Ye Olde Battering Ram
Little Fish Sunfish Saison
Book Review & Interview – Atlas of Beer
Event Recap | Ale-O-Ween 2017
2 Days, 2 Nights: Dayton’s Craft Beer Scene
Book Review & Interview – Tasting Beer
Rockmill Brewery Tripel
A Hop-Hearted Eagle Is Helping Yellow Springs Brewery Soar
Jackie O’s Brewery Scrip
Book Review & Interview – The Homebrewer’s Almanac
Book Review & Interview: Trappist Beer Travels
Scratch Brewing
Saint Benedict’s Brew Works
Warped Wing Trotwood Lager

Taste of Home
So, What’s the Difference Between Lager and Ale?
Easy Beer Bread

Indiana on Tap
Indiana’s Largest Hops Farm Poised for More Growth as Two-Year Anniversary Approaches
Anderson on Tap Proves the Future is Bright for the City’s Craft Beer Fans
Getting Back to Our Craft Beer Roots with Classic Styles

Podcast Appearances

David Nilsen Builds a Bridge Between Beer and Chocolate | Good Beer Hunting
Episode 68: What You Need to Know About Chocolate & Beer | Good Beer Matters
Branch & Bone Artisan Ales | Brewery Travels
The Dayton Beer Scene | Beers with Strangers
Why Is Education Vital to the Beer Industry? | Breaking Brews
Episode 39: How to Become a Professional Beer Writer & Educator | Good Beer Matters
Beerded Hops interview | Beerded Hops

Miscellaneous

Food, Drink & Poetry: A Conversation with Emily O’Neill
Ask an Expert: Involving Craft Beer in Wedding Receptions | The Knot Magazine Ohio
Phantom Carriage Brewery Pours Horror by the Pint | Rue Morgue
St. Benedict’s Brew Works | Travel Indiana