More Writing: My Work at Wine Enthusiast

Seven years ago, I began writing about craft beer for the Wall Street Journal (nothing like starting at the top!) Over the course of three articles, linked here, I chronicled the early days of the New York City craft beer boom. Then in a 2016 bloodletting, the section I wrote those articles for, was reduced from 16 pages daily to two, and my editor was laid off. After that I blogged about the NYC beer scene for the website to the TV show Beer Geeks, wrote briefly for an Eater subsection, Drinks, and did a few stories for VinePair.

Last year, I was in a Twitter thread with my former Vine Pair editor (she had moved on to Wine Enthusiast), about the health of craft beer during the economy. Suddenly she sent me an email asking if I wanted to write for WE. Well, yes. These are the stories we’ve done so far.

This is on the craft beer business survives the pandemic.

This one is on the rise of sour beers

And this piece wonders if IPA freshness is overblown (it is by a tad).

There will be more.

About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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