Photo by Matthew Gilson

Photo by Matthew Gilson

Michael Kiser
Founder, Creative Director

Based in Chicago, Michael founded GBH almost a decade ago, and has grown the team and the business into such a force that Imbibe Magazine named him "one of the 75 people to watch in 2016."

Michael studied fine arts and writing at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and worked as an innovation strategist creating new-to-the-world products and services for companies like Nike, Samsung, HP, and Adobe. 

Now, he puts all this experience to work in the beer industry, helping breweries large and small plan their portfolios, develop new brands, and connect with their most important audiences. 

  Photo by Michael Kiser

  Photo by Michael Kiser

Austin L. Ray
Editorial Director

Based in Atlanta, Austin leads our global writing team in pursuit of the most compelling stories in beer and beyond. An award-winning journalist, he's written about beer, music, comedy, and culture for 15 years.

Austin did a lot of reading and writing at the University of Missouri-Columbia, but learned his biggest lessons working for—and partying with—Mizzou’s student newspaper, The Maneater. Since then, he's written for places like Rolling Stone, Creative Loafing, the Oxford American, and The A.V. Club.

Now, he spends his days as the content manager at MailChimp, and his nights and weekends editing, facilitating, and growing all things editorial for GBH.

The Studio Practice

A multi-disciplinary team devoted to creating, reinventing, and growing compelling brands of all shapes and sizes, all over the world.

Mike Duesenberg

Mike Duesenberg

Art director

Mike Duesenberg works alongside our strategy and creative practice to deliver compelling communications, presentations, and brand platforms. He helps make GBH and its partners look good.

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Andrew Thiiboldeaux

Andrew Thoboldeaux

Composer, musician

Andrew creates original scores for GBH videos and the podcast. He's a mountain crooner, formerly one-half of the math rock/baroque pop duo, Pattern is Movement. He lives in Philadelphia.

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Anthony Bruno

Anthony Bruno


Anthony is the GBH deveoper, helping keep our online experience ship-shape and top-notch. He also helps us hatch big ideas, so keep an eye out for some radical new shit.

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Sam Alcarez

Sam Alcarez

Ilustrator, designer

Sam is an illustrator and graphic designer in Chicago. He enjoys drawing pictures of skulls, talking at his girlfriend about professional wrestling, and contemplating the primal emptiness of outer space.

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Hillary Schuster

Hillary Schuster

Experience Director, comms designer

Hillary is a designer and stylist for GBH. She creates stunning collateral and helps plan special gatherings, bringing the GBH experience to life for some of our most important audiences.

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Jordan Stalling

Jordan Stalling

Sound engineer

Jordan is the resident sound engineer for the GBH podcast. He’s also an Assistant Engineer at Particle Audio, a post-production house in the River North area of Chicago.

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Potluck Creative

Potluck Creative

Videography, editing

Mikey Litchfield and Sam Jorden collaborate with us to create stunning video documentaries and short films, including our recent Saison Dupont mini-doc filmed in Belgium.

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Luke Gregulak

Luke Gregulak


Luke works with Mike D. on infographics for GBH and packaging design for our partners. He's Columbia College alumn, skateboards a bunch, listens to scary music, and bartends at Solemn Oath Brewery.

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The Editorial Team

Our network of collaborators includes writers, photographers, and videographers  in every region of the US, and increasingly around the globe. Here, we highlight the core team of storytellers.

Kyle Kastranec

Kyle Kastranec

Storyteller, Midwest

Kyle is a creative director, photographer, and writer who lives in Columbus, Ohio. He’s really into Cleveland sports, coffee, Saisons, and barbecued meats. He's also the brains behind the hashtag, #banquetandchill. Stop calling him a goddamn millennial, please.

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Matthew Curtis

Matthew Curtis

Editor, United Kingdom

Matthew is a British writer and photographer based in London, England and is GBH’s UK Editor. Working for GBH since 2015, he’s brought in-depth stories from the UK beer scene to GBH’s global audience as well as covering the US, Europe and New Zealand. He can be found regularly hosting episodes of our podcast and in addition to this also leads GBH events such as Uppers & Downers across the pond.

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Evan Rail

Evan Rail

Storyteller, Central Europe

Evan is a long-term resident of Prague, where he writes and researches travel, food, and drink. He is the author of the best-selling Kindle Single, Why Beer Matters, and a variety of others.

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Stephanie Byce

Stephanie Byce

Storyteller, Midwest

Stephanie is focused on the Midwest, having found her way to Chicago from Northern Wisconsin. Otherwise she's up in Montreal—or on the back stairwell drinking with her cat.

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Cory Smith

Cory Smith

Storyteller, Northeast

Cory Smith is a GBH photographer and writer based in Brooklyn by way of Richmond, Virginia. But his recent travels as a concert photographer have taken him as far as Iceland.

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Jeff Alworth

Jeff Alworth

Storyteller, PNW

Jeff Alworth lives in Portland, OR, and has been writing for over 15 years. His books include Brewing the World's Classic Styles: Advice From the Pros, The Beer Bible, and Cider Made Simple.

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Katharine Uhrich

Katharine Uhrich

Content manager

Katharine Uhrich manages our digital content and newsletter. She is also the communications director for Forbidden Root, a new botanic-inspired brewery in Chicago.

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Breandan Kearney

Breandan Kearney

Storyteller, Belgium

Breandan studied brewing theory and lab in Ghent, is Co-Founder and brewer at Siphon Brewing, and Best Young Beer Writer 2015 and Best Beer and Food Writer 2015.

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Blake Tyers

Blake Tyers

Storyteller, South Atlantic

Blake is the Wood Cellar and Specialty Brand Manager at Creature Comforts with a background in motion picture still photography in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Bryan Roth

Bryan Roth

Business writer

Bryan Roth is a writer living in Durham, North Carolina, who's been recognized by the North American Guild of Beer Writers and focuses on industry trends and insights for GBH.

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Matthew Rogers

Matthew Rogers

Photographer, West coast

Matthew is a lifestyle photographer and filmaker based in San Diego, Ca. When he's not shooting photos he's riding his skateboard.

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Mark Spence

Mark Spence

Storyteller, Travel

Mark is an avide hombrewer and theater producer in Chicago. He helps lead the Bruised Orange Theater Company, and helps create the I Saw You performce series. He travels.

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Matthew Sampson

Matthew Sampson

Storyteller, studio photographer

Matthew is a midwest-based stoyteller and studio photographer for special projects at GBH. He's also a trained chemist and serves as an internal expert for our editorial team.

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Dave Eisenberg

Dave Eisenberg

Business reporter

Dave wrote for Brewbound among other places and now leads our news reporting daily. He is fond of cats, heavy music, and the “New England style” IPA in csase you're looking for a reason to judge him.

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Mike Sardina

Mike Sardina

Storyteller, Typo Patrol

Mike Sardina is the Events Manager, Hospitality Lead, and Employee Wellness Director at Bissell Brothers Brewing in Portland, Maine. In addition to writing words and shooting photos, he plays the crucial role of GBH Typo Patrol. When he's not exploring New England's natural beauty and the thriving beer community within it, he’s probably contemplating the foamy perfection that is a Suarez Family Brewery Lager pour.

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Here are just a few of the magazines, sites, and fellow storytellers that love GBH. 

The Next Web

GBH named one of the "50 email newsletters you need to know about." Have you signed up yet? Stay informed.

Lucky Peach

GBH discusses the whys and hows of the underground beer trading scene, and how it affects craft culture.

The Webby Awards

GBH is honored as one of "The Best of the Internet" in the "Culture" category from the 19th annual Webby Awards.

Popular Science

The GBH Beer Peen Hammer is selected one of PopSci's "10 Best Things" for March 2015 in their "Obsessed" column.

Brew Talks

Brewbound's Brew Talks series comes to Chicago, and GBH's Michael Kiser sits down to talk brand strategy.


Winner of Saveur's Best Wine or Beer Blog in 2013, and nominating partner for 2014’s incoming class of content all-stars.


Talking coffee, beer, and coffee beers with the Good Food show.


Named "10 Chicago Power Players You Need to Know Right Now" in the Zagat Chicago guide, alongside Kevin Heisner + Matt Eisler, Charles Joly, and Jason Vincent.

Business Insider

Market saturation, the bubble, and how it might just keep expanding.

Cool Material

Named one of "15 Podcasts Every Guy Should Know" along with WTF by Marc Maron, This American Life, and Radiolab.

Podcast Thing

Michael Kiser's favorite podcasts and episodes, from beer, to raising kids, to just trying to be Okay.


The first Eat, Drink and Be Merry issue shares a GBH apartment profile of my two-flat in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood.

B&R Magazine

Bar & Restaurant magazine digs in to the tarts, sour, and acid trends happening across beer and cider.

Tasting Table

Our favorite places to drink, and be drunk, in Chicago.

Crash on

An interview about starting-up and finding balance in self-employment

One Part Plant

Jessica Murnane digs into Michael Kiser's beer-infused worldview to discover his true inspirations.

Basil Haydens

One shot, one bourbon, and one beer.
A conversation with Max Wastler.

American Spectator

Featured as one of “Four Beer Blogs You Should Read” by author Patrick Ryan.

The Michigan Beer Film

Proud to be a talking beard in one of the coolest films ever produced about craft beer by Rhino Media Productions in Kalamazoo, MI.

Outside Magazine

The online mag uses GBH as a resource for “a larger city-making story” about Chicago.


Collaboration is part of who we are. These are the brands that share an ethos with GBH,
and worked with us to create rad content and experiences for others.  

New Belgium

Creating The Slow Ride Sessions series, uniting artists and artisans around a good beer, and a good day's work.

Hand Eye Supply

Featuring "Tools, Books, and Clothing for practical purposes" — Our work-inspired stockist in Portland, Oregon.


Working to bring craft coffee and
beer cultures together with the
Uppers & Downers series of
events and experiences.


A presentation at the Apple Store on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, about the journey of Good Beer Hunting entitled: From Passion to Platform

Camp Wandawega

Producing one-in-a-lifetime events in the nearby Wisconsin wilderness.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Hosting events that bring together the beer and scotch worlds through
tasting and education.


Capturing the diverse spirit of Oktoberfest in Chicago for the
Expedia Viewfinder site.


Writing, photography, and unique cultural experences with a collective
of Chicago artists.

Goose Island

Taking the Fulton & Wood series of innovative beers to a national audience through storytelling and events in America's best cities.

Mash Tun

Helping launch and sustain Chicago's academic-style craft beer journal form Maria's Packaged Goods.

Beer Camp

Rocketing across the county in Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp bus. Festivals, storytellling, special events.

Potluck Creative

Collaborating to tell compelling stories through video and photography.


Sharing the art of the perfect pour with Unison's glassware collection at a pop-up event for coffee and beer.

Brooklyn Brewery Mash

A nationwide tour for craft beer culture and art. Hosting and facilitating unique conversations for beer fans.

Beer Advocate

Cover stories, photo features, and a new monthly GBH column that takes you deep into beer scenes around the world.