Michael Dietsch is a writer, editor, blogger, drinker, husband of ten years, and stay-at-home dad.
His first book, SHRUBS, premiered in September 2014 from Countryman Press, a division of W. W. Norton. SHRUBS explores the history of the beverage called shrub, from its origins in the Middle East up through to its modern use in the trendiest cocktail bars and restaurants.
His second book, WHISKEY, arrives in May 2016, also from Countryman. WHISKEY covers the history of the venerable brown beverage, the differences between — say — bourbon and scotch, and the abundance of cocktail applications for all the many different whiskeys of the world.
Dietsch and family live in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. When he’s not writing, blogging, editing, drinking, husbanding, and dadding, he likes to cook, bike, walk, and smoke cigars, though seldom all at once. He used to like to grill and smoke meats and vegetables in his spare time, but he currently lacks a yard. Or for that matter, spare time.
Lew Bryson has written about beer and spirits since 1995. His most recent book is Tasting Whiskey (Storey Publishing, 2014) and he has also written four brewery guidebooks from Stackpole Books. He was also the Managing Editor of Whisky Advocate magazine from 1996 to 2015 and is the author of several notable blogs about beer and spirits. Bryson won the Michael Jackson Beer Journalism Award in 2008 and was voted Philly’s Best Beer Writer by the readers of Philly Beer Scene magazine in 2012. He lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his wife, Cathy. They have two adult children and two Welsh corgis.
I’m Kayleigh, and I’ve always been a writer.
It started early. In fifth grade, I wrote short stories and won a statewide poetry contest. But I soon turned my obsessive curiosity a into a job at my high school newspaper, which gave me an excuse to ask a million questions of anyone and everyone.
Over the years though, I’ve also worked as a marketing copywriter and “account man” for a Washington, D.C. agency. My two year stint as an incognito luxury hotel, spa and restaurant evaluator for Forbes Travel Guide was one of my most interesting experiences. Evaluating dozens of properties against really tough facility and service standards for coveted star ratings is pretty rewarding when it’s anonymous and fair.
My first book, Booze for Babes: The Smart Woman’s Guide to Drinking Spirits Right, was aimed at empowering ladies to counter stereotypes by knowing their way around fine liquors. It also celebrated female distillers, bartenders and entrepreneurs.