I’m Jordan St. John.
I started writing about beer in order to get into brewing school at Niagara College. When I applied to brewing school the first time, there were something like 200 applicants for 24 positions. I sort of figured that with that many people applying to get into brewing school, it would be a good idea to have some credentials to show on the application.
As it turns out, if you start writing about beer in order to get into brewing school, it’s moderately disappointing when they decide that you don’t need a portfolio for that year. On the bright side, by the time I was accepted to brewing school in 2011, I had been writing about beer for 6 months and had landed a full time job as the national beer columnist for QMI. As far as I know, I’m Canada’s only national beer columnist, which is neato peachy keen.
In addition to the blog and the weekly column and the brewing school experience, I have somehow managed to parlay this gig into becoming the co-author of a book on homebrewing to be published in late 2012, a collaborative brewer in Toronto with a Beeradvocate average rating of a solid B, and returning officer for the Canadian Brewing Awards 2010-2011. I have designed a website for a brewery. I have worked packaging lines. I have drunk some very good beer with some very nice people. I have helped break up streetfights.
If all this activity persists I may revise my title from “semi-legitimate beer guy” to “actual bona-fide beer writer.”
If you need to get in touch with me, you can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org or @saints_gambit on twitter.