I was born in Long Beach, California but spent my childhood in a suburb of Washington, D.C. Although I coached swimming, played lacrosse and tried my hand at other athletic pursuits from time to time, my real passions were reading everything I could get my hands on and drawing everything I saw.
After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking, I moved to San Diego on a whim with my (now) husband, where no jobs, friends or home awaited. Still, we managed to find all three and thrived in our amazing neighborhood of North Park for over ten years. Over the years it's become The Best Beer Neighborhood in San Diego --- arguably, the country. We’ve since moved slightly east in search of more than one bathroom and a garage (both of which we now have and enjoy on a daily basis).
Over the years, my career has gone from customer service to social media, copywriting, content marketing, and eventually freelance journalism. By March 2016, I realized the time was nigh to craft my own future. With a handful of anchor clients and a steady beer column under my belt, I took a leap of faith and decided to dedicate myself to full-time freelance writing.
Fast forward a few more years and I'm almost exclusively a food-and-drink freelancer, although I love to dabble in arts + culture, travel, music, and anything else people hire me to write about. It's definitely as good as it sounds. I spend my time visiting breweries, reviewing restaurants, investigating trends in the industry, researching coffee, and tasting everything that the San Diego/Baja California region has to offer. I've been lucky enough to work on national print stories as well as weekly takes in our local alternative weekly and everything in between. I've also been featured on Voice of San Diego and a guest on a few beer podcasts (Let Me Drink About It and The Indie Beer Show), and once I got over the sound of my own voice, I can admit that it's really fun to talk about beer with fellow nerds.
Since everyone asks, I don't have a "favorite" beer style, but I love festbiers, saisons, dark milds, and have grown to appreciate sour beer (best paired with food). I took the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) tasting exam in December 2018 and got an 80 (!). I’m working to rack up my beer judge experience points and who knows? Maybe I’ll go for a National ranking one of these years…
I also was one of the two recipients of the North American Guild of Beer Writers 2019 Diversity in Beer Writing Grant and am currently working on the piece to be published on CraftBeer.com in fall 2019. To say I’m honored and humbled by the award would be an understatement.
Now that you know my story, I'd love to hear yours. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.