“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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Lore of the Lakes: Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland, Ohio | Good Beer Hunting

Bar Hops: Craft Chocolate Discovers Beer’s Trendiest Ingredient | Vinepair

Big Two Hearted—The Story Behind Bell’s Iconic IPA | Pellicle

Seventh Son Reborn—One Brewery’s Unusual Strategy for Expansion | PorchDrinking

Food, Drink & Poetry: A Conversation with Emily O’Neill | On the Seawall

Cacao, Brewing, and the Price of Nostalgia—Toward a Better Future for Chocolate Beer | Good Beer Hunting

After the Harvest—Tracking a Beer from Grain to Glass at Seedstock Brewery in Denver, Colorado | Pellicle

Ohio Coffee Beer Steps Into the Light | Vinepair

It’s Okay that You’re Not Okay: Coping with Anxiety in Craft Beer | PorchDrinking


Good Beer Hunting

b-Roll no. 679—The Barrel House Closet
Lore of the Lakes: Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland, Ohio
b-Roll no. 669—Wandering in Denver
The Whey Forward—The Beverage Makers Innovating to Solve a Major Food Waste Issue
Leaving the Edges Wild—Wooly Pig Farm Brewery in Fresno, Ohio
b-Roll no. 624—Dos Luces Brewery
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

Hello Darkness My Old Friend—In Search of American Porter
The Heart and Soul and Core—Troegs Brewing’s Unlikely Flagship Doppelbock
Make Beer, Sell Beer, Make the World a Better Place: Lady Justice Brewing in Aurora, Colorado
After the Harvest—Tracking a Beer from Grain to Glass at Seedstock Brewery in Denver, Colorado
A Time and a Place—Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
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


For These Felines, Breweries Make the Purrfect Home
Bar Hops: Craft Chocolate Discovers Beer’s Trendiest Ingredient
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


City Guide: Drinking Your Way Through Dayton, Ohio
Beer Tastes Better with Midwestern Malt
The Essential Midwestern Holiday Beers

Taproot Magazine

Plowman’s Pint: Bringing Beer Back to the Farm

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine

The Milk Stout Whisperer: Kelly Montgomery of Third Eye Brewing
Love Handles: The Barrel House


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
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

Ohio on Tap Magazine

Sip by the Season: Ohio Breweries Have the Right Beer for Any Time of Year
Amber Waves of Grain: Drink Beer Grown Here
Brew Quarters: Breweries with Hotels and Airbnbs
Ohio Breweries Give Back
Crafted with Flavor: Tips for Cooking with Ohio Craft Beer

Ohio Magazine

Branching Out: Little Fish Brewing Puts Roots Down in Dayton
D.O.P.E. Cider House and Winery
Big Ash Brewing
Fifth Street Brewpub
Wooly Pig Farm Brewery
Sonder Brewing
Road Trips: Medal-Winning Ohio Beers
Style Masters: 5 Ohio Craft Breweries
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

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


Book Review & Interview | Josh Bernstein’s Complete Beer Course
Ohio Breweries Continue Awards Success at WBC
Yellow Springs & Urban Artifact Partner to Benefit Women’s Brewing Scholarship
Event Preview: Scarlet Lane Brewing’s Scarelastic Book Fair
World of Flavor: Sake’s Key Ingredient Unlocks New Possibilities at Hi-Wire Brewing
PorchDrinking’s Year in Ohio Beer 2022
Seventh Son Reborn—One Brewery’s Unusual Strategy for Expansion
Ohio Breweries Find Repeat Success at GABF
Denver Rare Beer Tasting Impresses After Three Year Absence
Great American Beer Festival Pouring Guide: Chocolate Beers
Great American Beer Festival Pouring Guide: Ohio Beers
The Return of Great Lakes Blackout Stout
Little Fish Dayton Station Opens Its Doors
Book Review & Interview | Indianapolis Beer Stories by Amy Beers
Coffee, Cacao, & Boundless Creativity: Hi-Wire’s 10W-40 Lineup
Book Review & Interview | Wild Brews by Jaega Wise
Big Drop Brewing | Galactic Extra Dark N/A Chocolate Stout
Hooray for Craft Beer! A Review & Interview with Author Em Sauter
It’s Okay that You’re Not Okay: Coping with Anxiety in Craft Beer
Hop Defense—Science Explains How Hops Can Inhibit Bacteria in Brewing
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

The Reporter’s Notebook

Rabid Brewing’s Dino Delivery

Cacao Mag

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

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

Popular Craft Beer Styles
How to Make a Yeast Starter

Beer Connoisseur Magazine

Urban Artifact Brewery Tour

Beer Advocate Magazine

Recipe Revival: Early American Brewing Survives at Museums

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 & Other Appearances

David Nilsen, Final Gravity, Chocolate, and What’s Up with Craft? | Cincy Brewcast
David Nilsen on His Craft Beer Origin Story, Thanks to Great Lakes Brewing | Good Beer Hunting
How to Pair with Chocolate at Your Brewery | Craft Beer Professionals
Match Made in Heaven: Craft Beer and Craft Chocolate, with a Little Understanding | Hugging the Bar newsletter
Dayton, Ohio beer with David Nilsen & David McKinney | Brewery Travels
David Nilsen Interview | Om Travelers: The Nostalgia Chocolate Podcast
Beer Writer & Educator David Nilsen | It Start with Beer
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


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