2015 Blog Awards: Best Beer Blog Finalists

Meet the 6 finalists for best beer blog

Each year that we host the SAVEUR Blog Awards, we're astounded at the depth, variety, creativity, and ingenuity of the blogs nominated, and this year was no exception. We're thrilled to share a bit about the finalists in each of our 13 categories, which cover everything from baked goods to home design to cocktails. Meet our six finalists for Best Beer Blog, as they share the stories behind their blogs. Or, view all the finalists in the 2015 SAVEUR Blog Awards.

Boak and Bailey's Beer Blog

Jessica Boak and Ray Bailey About the Blog
Although it started life as a diary and a distraction from work, as it's matured, we've started to think as the blog as a way to fill gaps in the collective understanding of beer history and culture, and as a medium for challenging assumptions. We share stories we've discovered through archive research and interviews with key players, or sometimes, we just ask questions to kick­start a conversation. We don't churn press release material, and always aim to be honest and objective in reviewing beer and bars—even if that means delivering bad news. About Jessica and Ray
We have been blogging at boakandbailey.com since 2007, and post original material almost every day. We were named 2014 beer writers of the year by the British Guild of Beer Writers for our book Brew Britannia: The Strange Rebirth of British Beer. We live in Penzance, Cornwall, in the far west of the UK.
Jessica Boak and Ray Bailey

Guys Drinking Beer

Various Bloggers About the Blog
Summary: For 5 years, the GDB team has gone from reviewing to cellaring to advocacy to news coverage back to reviews again. Rare beers are found, 5­year vertical tastings of barleywines are embarked upon, in­depth beer politics and distribution coverage is brought and news is broken. All of this along with coverage of the culture of beer, from Dark Lord Day to sexism in craft beer to Big Beer buyouts to defending the High Life. (Basically, a little bit of everything, one pour at a time.) About the Bloggers
The guys in question behind GuysDrinkingBeer started out in Chicago but have since flung themselves across the Midwest—the site now features four writers submitting dispatches from from Madison, central Michigan, northwest Indiana and Chicago proper, giving the audience a wide swath of beer culture to cover and enjoy.

The Hop Review

Jack Muldowney, Tom White, Nick Costa, and Robert Battista About the Blog
The Hop Review aims to serve up great interviews, industry news & beer banter. Focusing on industry talks with beer veterans and startups alike, we aim to provide consistent and worthwhile content to fans of great beer and all­around great people. Centered around the booming Chicago craft scene, we've got a near­endless supply of Q&As, events, brew news, and other random banter to dip into. And we're excited to be able to keep sharing it.
Jack Muldowney

The Beeroness

Jackie Dodd About the Blog
The Beeroness is a vehicle to introduce people to craft beer in a new way, help them understand the flavors, the community and feel more comfortable exploring the beer scene. About Jackie
I'm a Seattle based recipe developer, food writer, and photographer. I'm the author of The Craft Beer Cookbook and the forthcoming Craft Beer Bites Cookbook. My love of craft beer and fascination with cooking came together when I started The Beeroness, a food blog dedicated to the art of cooking with beer.
Jackie Dodd
Pints And Panels

Pints and Panels

Em Sauter About the Blog
Pints and Panels was started in May 2010 and is a blog that reviews beer in the sequential tradition (aka pretty cartoon pictures). With thousands of beers currently on the shelves and a brewery opening in the U.S. every 16 hours according to the Brewers Association, Pints and Panels strives to educate drinkers on quality beers from not just America but from around the world in a fun and informative way through illustration. About Em
I live in my home state of Connecticut, where I'm the communications manager for Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford. I discovered good beer while watching the 2006 Super Bowl when I ordered a Sam Adams White Ale at a sports bar and was surprised at how delicious it was. I received her MFA in cartooning in 2011 from the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont and lived in Oregon for a year working in a beer shop before taking the job at Two Roads in 2013. My favorite beer styles are marzens and saisons.
Em Sauter
Don't Drink Beer Blog

Don't Drink Beer

Alex Kidd About the Blog
Don't Drink Beer was created to present high quality reviews of the world's most coveted beers and to provide perspective to the beer world at large. DDB strives to bring levity and critical introspection to the craft beer community through sharp satire and comedic commentary of current affairs in the brewing world. Through its self-aware tone and pointed analysis of the absurdities of beer trading culture, Don't Drink Beer seeks to bring levity and humor to a beer culture becoming increasingly strident. About Alex
I'm a Los Angeles-based writer, improviser, and home brewer. By meeting and staying in direct contact with many of America's most celebrated brewers, I've developed pointed commentary concerning the beer industry. Amongst my favorite styles of beer are Saisons, biere de gardes, and grisettes. I write thousands of words about beer every week, and generate in-depth reviews and comedy content on a daily basis. When I'm not brewing or writing about beer, I like spending time with my wife and two dogs.
Alex Kidd