“I think about beer” is making the rounds on the internet!  Here’s a collection of all the various pieces and collaborations I’ve done with other sites.  If you’re interested in having me write something for your site or publication, please use the “Contact Me” link or email me at so we can discuss your project. – The online magazine for the Smithsonian Institute

UNESCO Just Added Belgian Beer To Its Heritage List – My work on the history of the Trappist Breweries was mentioned and  linked to in this piece.

The Equipped Brewer – The Equipped Brewer is a site devoted to providing peer-to-peer and expert advice for new and upcoming breweries and cideries and other craft beverage makers. I’ll be contributing regular pieces based on my years in the beverage business.

One-Way Kegs – A guide to the different disposable keg options.

Keg Collars, Caps, and Wraps – A guide to buying, keg collars and caps as well as keg wraps.

UPC Programs Boost Craft Beverage Sales – How to create a UPC program for your packaged craft beverages.

Boost Your Craft Beverage Sales with Point of Sale Items – A guide to buying banners, wearables, tin tackers, and other POS.

Glassware: More Than Just a Beverage Holder – A guide to the various basic glassware shapes.

How to Choose the Right Beer Packaging – How to acquire/select the cardboard packaging for  your craft beverage.

Boost Your Craft Beverage Sales by Hiring a Wholesaler – The information you’ll need to select and hire a wholesale/distributor.

Keg Management: Creating a Long Term Growth Strategy – How to develop a long-term plan to acquire and maintain your cooperage.

CheatSheet – CheatSheet is a lifestyle and culture site. They recently interviewed me, along with Master Cicerone® Pat Fahey, about the Cicerone Program.

Beer Experts: How to Become a Certified Cicerone®

Poached Jobs – Poached Jobs is a job site the links up service industry employers and employees.  It also seeks to provide content that is interesting and educational to everyone in the service industry of restaurants, bars, hotels, and more.

Secrets of the Cicerones

A Year In Beer A Year In Beer is a project of Visit Flanders tourism board that will highlight one Flemish beer a day for an entire year.  Periodically, I’ll be submitting an article about one of my favorite Flemish beers.

April 2, 2014 – Boon Kriek Mariage Parfait

April 22, 2014 – Oud Beersel Oude Geuze

May 2, 2014 – Boon Oude Kriek

May 26, 2014 – Hof ten Dormaal Blond

June 2, 2014 – Westmalle Dubbel

June 26, 2014 – Achel Blond 8

July 4, 2014 – Prearis Grand Cru 2013 Bourbon

August 27, 2014 – 3 Fonteinen Oude Kriek

September 27, 2014 – Vicaris Tripel

October 17, 2014 – Vicaris Winter 

October 21, 2014 – De Cam Oude Lambiek

Ask a Cicerone® – Ask a Cicerone® is a regular feature on the Serious Drinks website, a division of the Serious Eats website, that asks Certified Cicerones® various questions about beer.  I’ve tried to link directly to my responses where applicable, but they changed formatting.  Just look for me by name: Christopher Barnes.

The Best Beers for People Who Don’t Like Beer

The Best Wheat Beers

The Best Beers for Tacos

Which is Better, Draft or Bottled Beer?

What are the Best Lower Alcohol Dark Beers?

What’s the Best Hoppy Beer?

What’s the Best Affordable Beer?

What’s the Best Way to Learn About Beer?

Your Favorite Stouts or Porters

The Best Beers for Thanksgiving

The Best Beers to Pair with Oysters

Your Favorite Pumpkin Beer

The Best Beers to Drink with Burgers

How Far Have You Gone for a Beer?

Which Beers are Best with Grilled Food?

What’s the Weirdest Beer You’ve Tried?

What’s Your Favorite Session Beer?

Wonderful Wanderings: Belgian Beer – Wonderful Wanderings is a travel blog based out of Belgium that I’m writing a series about Belgian Beer for.

Belgian Beer: Hof ten Dormaal

Belgian Beer: Brasserie d’Orval

Belgian Beer: Brasserie de la Senne

Belgian Beer: Het Nest Brewery

Belgian Beer: Brasserie de Brunehaut

Belgian Beer: St Bernardus beer

Belgian Beer: Cantillon

Belgian Beer: De Koninck

Belgian Beer: Chimay

Belgian Beer: Rodenbach

Belgian Beer: De Halve Maan

The Six-Pack Project – Organized by Bryan Roth of the “This Is Why I’m Drunk” blog, this collaboration seeks to put together definitive 6-packs that highlight a regions best beers.

The Six-Pack Project: Oregon

The Six-Pack Project: Belgium 101

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