My name is Stephen Beaumont, and in brief, I’m a very lucky guy. Why? Well, for over two decades now, I’ve made the bulk of my living travelling around the world, tasting and writing about beer. I got started in the very early 1990′s with a column in the largest circulation edition of Canada’s largest circulation newspaper – again, I’m a lucky guy! – and never looked back. In the years since, I’ve written for a ridiculous variety of publications, from Wine Enthusiast Magazine to The Celebrator, Playboy to Ale Street News, The International Herald Tribune to Whisky Advocate and City Bites to Nation’s Restaurant News. I’ve also written, co-written or contributed to eleven books, including The World Atlas of Beer, co-written with Tim Webb and coming to a real or virtual book store near you in the fall of 2012.
When I’m not tasting, talking about or writing about beer, I taste, talk about and write about spirits, cocktails and food, with the occasional foray into travel journalism. I’m proud to say that my work regularly appears in eight magazines and is more irregularly published in at least six or eight other publications, ranging from online journals to conventional newspapers and full-colour glossies.
In the past several years, I have become fairly active in the hospitality trade, as well, trying desperately to convince restaurateurs and restaurant and bar companies that it really is worth their while to teach their staff about beer. My nemesis is the frozen, shaker-style pint glass filled right to the rim with ice-cold beer, with nary a millimeter of space remaining for foam.
If you want to get in touch with me, please do! I welcome samples of beers and spirits I cannot otherwise get my hands on and am only too happy to email you the instructions on how to get them here. I will be equally delighted to discuss appearing at your event, hosting your dinner or tasting, helping to train your staff or almost anything else beer-related. Feel free to leave a comment below if you’d like me to get back to you.