|Rating(1-10)||Knowledgeability = 6||Clarity of Response = 7||Politeness = 7|
|Comment||I certainly appreciate that Matt volunteers and follows through answering questions to the public without remuneration (I presume). So I don't wish to seem ungrateful nor disrespectful, but the bottom line is that I was not helped. I asked for the *name* and/or *source* of a beer glass depicted in supplied photos, but I received neither. If Matt doesn't know the answer, did he consult with others who might know? If in the end no answer is available to him, it would have been better to say so. Instead, he criticized my choice of glassware. Then he showed a photo of a somewhat similar glass (with a commercial logo on it, which I wouldn't want). Then he said that a glass similar to mine is widely available, while my inquiry stated clearly that I have searched intensively without result, and need to know the *name of the type* of glass for which I'm searching (or even of the similar one to which he referred), and/or *specifically where to look* for it effectively.|
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I can answer all questions about beer, the brewing process, ingredients, history, styles, glassware & serving temperatures, beer & food pairing, cellaring, the craft beer industry and much more. The only area in which I'm wholly unfamiliar (but still able to find out through direct, personal inquiry) is the purchasing of large-brewery equipment.
I've been involved with craft beer, in one regard or another, for almost 2 decades. I've taught craft beer courses at Emory University, I'm a BJCP Certified Judge, an Administrator for RateBeer.com (arguably, the largest beer website/database in the world, with over 100,000 members) and have been interviewed by ABC News, CNN, NPR, the Washington Post, FOX Business’s Cavuto Show, TheStreet.com, the Associated Press, the Houston Chronicle and many others. I'm an award-winning homebrewer, with multiple ribbons won (including the AHA’s National Homebrew Competition), and owner of one of the largest, most robust and comprehensive beer cellars in the world.
I write the “Ask Beer” column for Beer magazine, “Beer Talk...From the Wings,” for Hooters Magazine, the quarterly beer column for In The Mix magazine, a beverage-oriented publication that reaches such hospitality industry establishments as The Four Seasons and Four Points Sheraton, and “Ask the Beer Sommelier,” for Atlanta’s Finest Dining magazine as well.
I've been hosting craft beer tastings since the 90’s, and am truly privileged to call some of the most accomplished brewers and beer aficionados in the world, friends.
BJCP, RateBeer.com (as an Administrator), GA Craft Brewers Guild, Final Gravity Craft Brewers.
BEER Magazine, Hooters Magazine, In The Mix Magazine, Atlanta's Finest Dining magazine, TheBeerCellar.com.
I'm BJCP Certified, taught "From Grain to Glass, a Comprehensive Study of Beer," at Emory University and a Rutgers University graduate.
Awards and Honors
Multiple blue ribbons for homebrewing, including a second-place in the National Homebrew Competition.