BEER ZEN TEAM… Assemble!

 

 

POST MD

POST MD

Editor | Designer | Publisher

POST MD is editor and publisher of BEER ZEN and The Best of Osaka Guidebook. He practices an ancient zen ritual of enjoying a damn good coffee in the morning, intense exercise in the afternoon and a damn fine pint of ale in the evening. When not in his studio he can be found biking the streets of Osaka on his way to the next adventure. Or his next beer.

Chris Modell

Chris Modell

Assistant Editor | Writer | Small Craft Advisory

Originally from Milwaukee Wisconsin, Chris now makes his home in Tokyo. He enjoys virtually all beer styles, but a well-balanced and flavorful IPA has long been his favorite. The inspiration for naming his "Small Craft Advisory" column, which discusses the craft beer scene in Tokyo and the surrounding area, came partly from growing up near Lake Michigan. The inspiration for writing it, he reports, comes partly from a desire to justify spending more money on craft beer than he probably should.

Matt Timms

Matt Timms

Chief Photographer | Resident Epicurean | Co-Owner of Midnight

Born at a very young age, Matt slowly evolved from a caffeine-dependent life form into a fully-fledged proponent of the world’s second oldest profession, Beer. Also a devote follower of the overlord Photon, Matt can be found clicking, sipping and champing in dives, yatai's, taverns, bars, restaurants, brewpubs, clubs, cafes, bistros, eateries, buffets, cafeterias, park benches, diners, bbqs, parks, inns, saloons, speakeasy’s, hole-in-the-walls, food stalls, trucks, curbsides and at home while discussing very important topics like 'random stuff'. Matt highly suggests buying Matt a beer if you ever see him in such places discussing such things.

Duncan Brotherton

Duncan Brotherton

Kinki Breweries Explorer

Duncan is an Australian graphic designer and has been a resident in Kansai since 2001. Duncan designs, translates, teaches, drinks craft beer and occasionally updates his blog, Gee! Beer (gee-beer.blogspot.jp). Gee! Beer is a blog all about Ji-beer (地ビール), or Japanese craft beer in Japan. He has designed the logo for Dotonbori Beer (Osaka) and bottle labels for Dotonbori Beer and Akashi Beer and he is the official designer for Craft Beer Live, a two day event that brings together the majority of brewers in the Kansai area (including Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Shiga, Wakayama and Hyogo prefectures). Duncan spends the two days in the information tent handling questions and directing people to the right beers. For BEER ZEN he writes the Kinki Beers articles which introduces a Kansai Brewery each issue.

Brian Burgess

Brian Burgess

The Dark Side

Brian Burgess IS The Dark Side. Keep your IPAs and sours. He may taste them and even like them, but he will always return to The Dark Side. Midwesterner with 18 years in Kobe, Japan. He is a high school chemistry teacher who loves cooking... because he loves eating. Flavors are the essence of truly living.

Philip Starecky

Philip Starecky

Kansai Beer Lover

Montrealer based in Kyoto since 2006 who started Kansai Beer Lovers to make sure locals, expats and travelers could find information about the Kansai beer scene in English. Brewery Feature Columnist at Beer Zen who often writes pieces about his Beercations.

Fatou

Fatou

The Lost Beer Girl

Losing herself while discovering new cities is what Fatou is best at. Her home is Stockholm, Sweden but she tries to not be there too much. Beers, books, plants and colors pretty much define her. She is not just Fatou, she is The Lost Beer Girl.

Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor

Writer | Recipes Specialist

For twenty years, Josh has taught English around Japan and written on the side. Exploring the world of craft beer for him isn't restricted to drinking. He loves cooking with beer and looking for truly original, unexpected pairings.

Aubrey Laurence

Aubrey Laurence

Writer

Aubrey has been a craft beer fanatic since the mid-1990s and he has written about beer, hiking, and travel for a wide variety of publications in Washington and Colorado. He is also a Certified Beer Server with the Cicerone Certification Program, an avid homebrewer, and a hop grower. He lives in Bellingham, WA with his wife and three cats. Follow him on twitter @AubreyLaurence.

Akira Makabe

Akira Makabe

Writer | Translator

A Kanagawa native who moved to Osaka after graduating university, Akira found both a career and a new appreciation for beer in Kansai. Now located in Silicon Valley, he is the owner of Cowboy Craft, which exports American craft beers to Japan. He shares his love of craft beer (particularly extra-hoppy west coast styles) to his followers on social media and anyone else who will listen. Web: cowboycraftjapan.com Instagram: instagram.com/cowboycraft/

Monica Dorn

Monica Dorn

Writer | Translator

Monica spent a total of nine years living, studying, and working in Kansai, Japan before returning to her hometown in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2016. She developed a love of craft beer while working at Cherry Bomb and TNT in Osaka, and continues to discover amazing new craft brews from America’s west coast. She “helps” Cowboy Craft’s beer export business by tagging along to brewery meetings in hopes of tasting her next favorite IPA, red ale, or sour. Web: cowboycraftjapan.com Instagram: instagram.com/cowboycraft/

Daniel Kotlikov

Daniel Kotlikov

Translator

Quad lingual IPA lover and a recent father. Born in Soviet Russia, raised in a small town near Tel-Aviv and debuted in Osaka circa 2006. PC gamer and a geek at heart, Sci-Fi and Fantasy enthusiast. Persistent at being active. Consciously tasted craft beer in 2011 and it has been a delightful ride even since.

Yooki Chun

Yooki Chun

Translator

Born and raised in Japan. Grew up in the Ninja town Iga Ueno in Mie prefecture and spent adventurous 5 years in Seattle for college study. A recent mother that gave up beers and weekend rides on her Harley-Davidson Sportster for a lovely daughter.

Raymond K. Terhune

Raymond K. Terhune

Translator

Born and raised in Japan (US father and Japanese mother), Raymond had his first encounter with craft beer during his time in college in Portland, Oregon. Coming from a science background, he quickly developed a pallet for good beer and an appreciation of the science behind brewing. After coming back to Japan, he was pleased to find out that the second craft beer boom was beginning. Over the past several years he has been elated to see the growth and expansion of the craft beer scene in his native land. What he enjoys the most is making new friends and connections at the various beer festivals and brewing events in Kansai and Japan. You can always find him enjoying a good pint and extending a helping hand to new comers to the scene.

Jeremy McMahon

Jeremy McMahon

Writer | Photographer

In 2007 in downtown Osaka, an insistent friend took an Asahi out of Jeremy's hand and replaced it with a Stone beer. Thus began a headlong journey into the world of craft beer, that would grow to even supplant his obsessions of record-collecting and Aussie Rules Football. Now a writer, rater, and fervent confabulator, Jeremy can be found either at an unassuming seat in the bar admiring an imperial stout, or at home juggling one his twin baby boys whilst sipping a delicate saison. He never spills a drop.

Warren Wills

Warren Wills

Writer

Warren Wills has been turned on by Craft Beer since his first Fat Tire Amber Ale in 1995. He started writing as americancraftbeer.com's Portland Correspondent in 2013, and has since become its Assistant Editor. Currently, he's 37 states through a series on the industry, history, and featured breweries for each of the United States. When he's not writing, attending craft beer festivals, events or bottle shares, he is a Support Consultant for Orchestra Software - a maker of craft beverage software, including OrchstratedBEER. Warren loves Belgian-style sours, NE IPAs and Imperial Stouts, but has never been known to turn down any beer put in front of him. His latest writings can be viewed at americancraftbeer.com.

Matt Gale

Matt Gale

Writer

Matt Gale is from South Australia. He is a massive fan of IPA's and a lover of Coffee and/or Chocolate Stouts! "Within Japan, you can't go past Shiga Kogen beer. Their IPA's are mother's milk!"

Andrea Kirkland-Machuca

Andrea Kirkland-Machuca

Writer | Photographer | Chef at The Culinary Underground

Andrea Machuca is the chef of The Culinary Underground - a craft beer and chef driven pop-up beer dinner experience. She ardently supports independent craft beer, loves Star Wars (and all things Star-Wars-Related), and frequents local farmers markets in search of eclectic ingredients. When Andrea isn’t slinging artisan cheese or cooking, you’ll find her hiking, mountain biking, or pairing her latest dishes with cheeses and/or craft beer. Check out the latest Culinary Underground exploits at: eatdrinkandbehoppy.net

Justin Vail

Justin Vail

Writer

Justin has been in Japan since 2013. He enjoys beer, sports, and adventures. You can usually find him on the weekend at one, or many, of Osaka's fine craft beer establishments.

Jean-Vyes Terreault

Jean-Vyes Terreault

Writer | Photographer

Jean-Yves Terreault hails from Montréal, Canada, where he started drinking microbrews once he hit majority. Unibroue's Maudite was an early favorite, and since Belgian ales have held a special place on his palate. As a freelancer, he teaches, writes, translates, guides and shoots photos. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors with his two sons. While not a brewer, he does the next best thing: homemade sausages that go so well with beer. Jean-Yves's photos can be viewed at: terophoto.blogspot.jp

Mike Whalen

Mike Whalen

Writer | Photographer

Mike Whalen never cared much for beer until the day he was offered a brown bottle with a light green label. It was his first Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and life would never be the same again. When he’s not writing about beer, he is drinking beer, talking about beer, or reading about beer. He lives in Oakland, California, USA.

Noriko Vail

Noriko Vail

Translator

Noriko was born and raised in Osaka. She lives with her Texan husband, still in Osaka, and translates Japanese to English and English to Japanese.

Kagumi Otani

Kagumi Otani

Translator

Kagumi comes from Osaka. She doesn't know how she could live without craft beer. IPA is her boyfriend.

Ajen Birmingham

Ajen Birmingham

Writer

Ajen Birmingham is a former Osaka resident of several years. While in Japan he produced beer festivals and tasting events. He currently resides in Washington states where he works as a sales rep for Diamond Knot Craft Brewing.

Dan Frio

Dan Frio

Writer | Photographer

Dan Frio lives in Orange County, along the Silk Road of California craft beer. He writes about cars, music and occasionally, when not drinking it, beer.

Liliana Pereira

Liliana Pereira

Writer

Liliana Pereira is a Portuguese girl from Lisbon. She has lived in London, Macau and now Munich. She loves writing, traveling and has discovered a new love for beer after moving to Germany. Japanese food fan, Dirndl aficionado, cat person and girlfriend of Kenta Kuhne.

Kenta Kuhne

Kenta Kuhne

Translator

Kenta Kuhne is half-German, half-Japanese, born and raised in Munich, he has also lived in Manila and Tokyo. He is an avid beer drinker, especially Augustiner Hell. Kenta is experienced and passionate about food and beverage. Oktoberfest regular, cat person and boyfriend of Liliana Pereira.

Joey Pencala

Joey Pencala

Writer

Joey Penkala, originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, began homebrewing over ten years ago and has since turned his passion/ hobby of brewing beer into a full time profession. He is now brewing at Lost Province Brewing Company in Boone, North Carolina.

Samuel Varian

Samuel Varian

Writer

Samuel has been writing since his childhood, and drinking beer since he was (somewhat dubiously) considered an adult. Always on the lookout for new experiences, he enjoys trying any food or drink he's never tasted before. An ardent student of The Hop, his favorite beers tend to be double IPAs. The call of adventure brought him from the USA to Japan, where he fell in love with both the culture and his wife. For BEER ZEN, he writes Japan's Craft Entrepreneurs.