My name is Kendall Jones and I am a freelance writer based in Seattle, WA. While most people know me as the primary author of the Washington Beer Blog, I also write beer and travel stories for print publications. Increasingly, I am called upon to write about my other areas of expertise, primarily travel, food and wine.
In addition to writing about beer, I am available to host corporate and private beer tasting events for your company, organization or party.
Along with my wife and business co-founder, Kim Sharpe Jones, I produce and host Craft Beer + Food, Seattle’s premier food and beer pairing event, and am a staunch advocate of pairing fine foods with the best available beers.
I am available for media appearances and have significant broadcast experience, some of which is linked below.
Here are just a few highlights of my work beyond the Washington Beer Blog:
- I am a regular contributor to Seattle Magazine. I worked as the lead writer for the cover story in the October 2011 issue–a feature about the local beer scene which spanned 24 pages. The feature is available online (click here).
- I had three separate articles in the spring 2012 issue of SIP Northwest magazine and continue to work as a regular contributor.
- Seattle Magazine, October 2012, Best Seasonal Beers.
- Western Washington’s Top Beer Bars – published on KING 5 Television’s website.
- I am a regular contributor to Outdoors Northwest magazine.
- I am an online contributor for GoWestUSA.com.
- The Winter 2012 issue of Beer West Magazine featured an article I wrote about a local chef with a passion for good beer: Feasting at the Farmers Table.
- I write for the Washington Beer Commission, providing content for the Commission’s website (WashingtonBeer.com).
- I have appeared as a guest on several segments of KIRO radio’s Seattle Kitchen, a weekly food-focused radio show hosted by local celebrity chefs Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau. You can listen to two of those segments here.
- In October 2011 I appeared on NBC’s Today Show for a beer tasting with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. The video is online (click here).
- I have been a guest on dozens of radio shows, including local, national and international broadcasts (BBC Radio 1 and Armed Forces Radio).
- In December 2010 I appeared on KUOW’s Weekday with Steve Scherfor a 60 minute segment talking about Washington winter beers .
- We can organize and host private beer tasting functions for your company, organization or other private event. Read about the corporate beer tasting event I organized and hosted for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
- We produce beer-related events. Our annual Craft:Beer+Food pairs some of the Seattle area’s finest restaurants with local breweries to showcase how beer can be part of an elegant dining experience. BitterSweet:Beer+Chocolate paired local brewers with the chocolates of Theo Chocolate, not only highlighted beer and chocolate pairing, but also challenging brewers to create innovative new brews using chocolate and chocolate byproducts.
- Since 1998, we have produced the annual Beer Church Turkey Bowl. The annual charity event has earned more than $100,000 for a variety of charitable causes.
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We are independent. We are not working for Washington brewers. We are just happy and proud to live somewhere that has such a vibrant brewing community. The Washington Beer Blog respects and appreciates our local brewers, and there would be nothing for us to blog about if it wasn’t for their heroic efforts, but we are not blogging on their behalf. We work for you, the beer lovers of Washington.
Although I am best recognized as a blogger, I do not think of it as blogging. I don’t think of myself as a beer blogger. I’m a beer writer with a blog. I get to say that because I’ve been published off line. (Oh look at me, I’m so fancy!) Truthfully, to me the word blog suggests something much more personal than what I typically do. In most instances, I try to behave like a journalist. I’m not always sure what that means, but I try.
I’ll try to keep this short. I write to inform and educate. I love craft beer and I want to see the industry continue to grow. The craft beer industry fosters entrepreneurs and rewards creativity. It is good for our local and national economies. Small business is the backbone of America and craft breweries are small businesses. The list goes on and on. And yes, I do enjoy drinking craft beer very much. In short, I don’t just like craft beer, I believe in craft beer. I contend that the more a person knows about craft beer the more likely they are to support the craft beer industry.
Basically, I write to make people feel smart. Unlike many other bloggers and beer writers, I don’t want to be praised as some all-knowing beer guru. I honestly have nothing against anyone who seeks that kind of recognition. That aint me. Many people know a lot more about beer than I do, but there are multitudes who know less.
Some of what I write is way beneath many hardcore beer geeks. Sometimes they think I’m being a beer simpleton. I don’t apologize for that. In my mind, writing to appeal to beer geeks exclusively is like preaching to the choir. They already know a lot about beer and they already drink craft beer. I’m glad there are blogs and forums where hardcore beer fanatics really geek-out about beer, but that’s not what the Washington Beer Blog wants to be. That is not the kind of beer writer I want to be.
I read a lot of beer-related blog posts and other articles that leave me thinking, “Wow, that guy sure is smart. He knows a lot about beer.”
As a writer, I don’t want to be that guy.
Instead of, “Wow, that guys is smart,” I want my readers to walk away thinking, “Wow, I feel smart.” I don’t want people to walk away thinking, “Wow, that guy sure is enthusiastic about beer.” I want them to walk away thinking, “Wow, I’m really enthusiastic about beer.” I don’t want them to simply read what I write, I want them to go drink what I write.
In October 2011 I was honored to be the featured beer writer in Seattle Magazine’s annual “beer issue.” We (craft beer) even got the cover! In that issue I discussed a number of our local breweries and basically provided an overview of the Seattle beer scene for the extreme beer novice. We’re talking about a mainstream lifestyle magazine dedicating a lot of pages to beer. Impressive. It is widely read by all sorts of people. It is not Beer Advocate. Heck, it’s not even Draft Magazine.
When I first witnessed with my own eyes some of these “non-beer people” out touring the local beer scene using my issue of the magazine as a field guide, I was immensely proud. When people told me that the Seattle Magazine beer issue inspired them to visit breweries, try new kinds of beers, and otherwise explore the world of craft beer, I was profoundly satisfied with my work.
That is when I came to fully understand why it is that I publish this blog and write about beer in general.
My goal is to disseminate information that is meaningful for beer geeks and beer novices alike. I hope to do it in a way that is entertaining and interesting. I want the tide of craft beer that has been sweeping across America for the past 30 years to continue to rise. I hope that in some small way I am helping to make that happen.
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